Much to discuss at Gainford and Langton's annual parish meeting

ANNUAL MEETINGS: Gainford and Langton's annual parish meeting will take place tonight (Monday, May 13) in the village hall. Reports from the village hall committee, Riverside Trust and parish charity trust will be presented at the meeting along with parish council chairwoman Linda Britton's annual review. There will also be a 15  minute open forum. The meeting starts at 7pm and will be followed at 8pm by Gainford and Langton Parish Council's annual meeting.

GARDEN PARTY: The congregation of the Darlington Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, based at St Osmund's RC Church, Gainford, is holding a garden party on Saturday, June 1, in the church grounds. The highlight will be a gourmet lunch. Tickets are £12, including fine wines. For details and tickets call 01325-241262 or 01325-730191.

OPEN DAY: Money raised at an open day organised by J H Agri in The Field, St Mary's, Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, on Friday, May 31, will be donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. The event, from noon to 8pm, will showcase a range of agricultural equipment and services and there will be refreshments and a prize draw. Admission is free.

MEET MP: North-West Durham MP Pat Glass is holding a constituency surgery at Crook Civic Centre from 3pm to 4.30pm on Friday, May 17.

STRKING UP: Coundon WI members will welcome the Brancepeth and Newton Aycliffe Band for a performance in the Welfare Hall, Leeholme, on Wednesday, May 15, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4, which includes supper. For details, contact 01388-662925.

CHURCH CONCERT: The latest in a series of events to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Christ Church, Hamsterley, takes place on Saturday, June 8, when the Glendale Choir will perform a summer evening concert starting at 7pm.

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION: The work of the Hwange Conservation Society in Zimbabwe is to be outlined at a talk being given by Anne Wilkinson at Winston Village Hall on Friday, June 7. Advance booking is not required, but there will be a small admission charge to cover costs. Contact Lynne Lobley on 01325-730844 for details.

NEW CHAIRMAN: A new chairman of Whorlton and Westwick Parish Council will be elected tonight (Monday, May 13) after the incumbent, David Kinch, lost out in the local elections. Seven candidates stood for the five Whorlton seats available, and Mr Kinch lost out by just three votes.

GARDEN FETE: Teesdale and District Lions Club are organising an open garden and fete at Barningham Park in aid of Butterwick Hospice on Sunday, May 19, from 2pm to 5pm. Visitors will be able to tour the gardens. There will be music by the Barnard Castle Band, activities for children and a selection of produce and craft stalls. Admission is £4 for adults, free for children. No dogs (other than guide dogs) allowed.

SPRING FAIR: Cockfield Methodist Church is holding a spring fair on Saturday, May 18, from 10am to noon. There will be various stalls plus a raffle and tombola. Admission is by donation at the door.

GUEST SPEAKER: Wendy Wardle will give a demonstration of mediumship at Willington Spiritualist Church on Tuesday, May 14, starting at 7pm. Admission is by £2 donation. The church will also hold a spring fair on Saturday, May 18, from 10am to 1pm.

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