ABOUT 5,000 households in Darlington qualify for help with their energy bills, but many people do not realise they are eligible, a survey has revealed. For more information, visit homeheathelpline.org.uk or call 0800-336-699.

SIGN UP: Northgate Guides is looking for new members, aged ten and over, to join the group. The next meeting will be held at Northgate United Reformed Church, from 7.45am until 9pm, on Wednesday, February 27. For more information, call 0800-169-5901 or email girlguidingnorthlodge@gmail.com

FAREWELL TRIP: Outgoing Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sir Paul Nicholson, will visit Darlington Town Hall on Friday, February 22, at 2pm, for a farewell visit. He will be succeeded by Sue Snowdon, in March. Darlington mayor Paul Baldwin will be in attendance.

ON STAGE: James and the Giant Peach will be staged at Darlington Civic Theatre from Tuesday, March 5 to Saturday, March 9. The production is suitable for children aged five and over. Evening performances start at 7pm. Tickets cost £12.50 for adults and £9 for children. Visit darlingtonarts.co.uk or call 01325-486555.

CHURCH FUN: A range of activities aimed at children in school year six and upwards will be held at St Matthew and St Luke’s Church, in Brinkburn Road, Darlington, on Sunday, February 24, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Activities include games, music and prayer.