Anyone who works with children and who would like to pick up some free invaluable and practical outdoor skills is invited to sign up for a new course. Middlesbrough Environment City’s Forest Schools Basic Practical Skills will offer insights into nature, tools, shelter making, fire craft and risk assessments. The training takes place both indoors and outdoors at Middlesbrough’s Stewart Park and runs over one weekend, with 50 places available. Those applying are expected to have a reasonable level of fitness. Course dates are February 16 and 17, and 23 and 24; March 16 and 17; April 20 and 21; and June 8 and 9. To book, call Middlesbrough Environment City on 01642-243183 or email

GARDENING CLASSES: People wanting to learn new gardening skills are invited to come along to the visitor centre at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, for hands on lessons every Monday afternoon between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. The classes are run by Valda Walker and cost £3.50 per session. For further information call 01642-591087.

GYM DEALS: Active Gym is providing a range of new offers to help people of all ages get active and lead healthier lifestyles. The initiative - launched this month by Middlesbrough Council’s Sport and Leisure Service to replace the town’s X4 gyms - features improved membership packages with more categories at reduced prices which offer better value for money. For further information contact your nearest Active Gym centre or visit

ASSAULT APPEAL: A man needed hospital treatment for an injury to his face after an alleged assault in Goldies pub on Stockton High Street. The incident happened at 12.15am on Sunday, December 30 (CORR). The victim was assaulted in an apparently unprovoked attack. ANyone with information is asked to call PC Ian Brown on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.

SHED BLAZE: Firefighters were called to extinguish a shed which was damaged by fire. One engine from Redcar fire station went to the small blaze on Rushpool Close on the South Lakes estate at 12.47pm on Wednesday, January 30.

CHARITY HELP: Wilkinson shop in Captain Cook Square, Middlesbrough, is urging charities to get in touch for a donation or products to help community projects. Application forms are available from the town centre store.