PANTO TIME: Snow White comes to Gainford next weekend – oh yes she does! The popular panto will be performed at Gainford Academy Theatre on Saturday, December 15, with shows at 2pm and 4pm. Tickets are £6 for adults and £4 for children under 12. Contact Tony on 01325-730922 or Neil on 01325-733140 for details.

COFFEE AND CAROLS: Newbiggin Methodist Chapel will host coffee and carols on Tuesday, December 11, starting at 10.30am. It will be led by Jane Ford. All welcome.

ADVENT BRUNCH: 10am mass at St Osmund's Catholic Church, Gainford, on Wednesday, December 19, will be followed by Advent Brunch in the parish centre. There will be continental meats, cheese, various bread and pastries and warm mince pies plus tea and coffee. There will also be  a raffle. All welcome. Contact 01325-730191 for further details.

DOG FOULING: Barnard Castle Town Council is discussing whether to allocate £500 in the next financial year to take part in a Teesdale-wide Green Dog Walking initiative, which aims to tackle dog fouling problems throughout the dale. Members will discuss the cash at a finance meeting on December 17.