CHRISTMAS TREE: Middleton St George Parish Council has agreed to the purchase the village Christmas tree. It is hoped to have a switching on ceremony by the Christmas tree on Station Road on November 27 from 4pm with musical accompaniment from Cockerton Silver Band.

POLICE MEETING: A Police and Communities Together Meeting for the central and Albert Hill areas of Darlington is taking place on Monday, October 17, at the YMCA at Middleton Court in Darlington. All residents are welcome and a representative from the neighbourhood police team will be in attendance.

NATURE TALK: Darlington and Teesdale Naturalists’ Field Club meeting on Tuesday, October 18, will hear a talk from Norma Pagdin and Joan Bradbury on a Natural History of the Shetlands. The meeting takes place at 7.30pm at Darlington Arts Centre on Vane Terrace. Visitors are welcome for a suggested donation of £2.