Some interesting meetings, an opportunity to congratulate your neighbour, and how to report a rough sleeper … plus an opportunity to listen to some of the Darlington Parliamentary candidates on POLITICAL / Aycliffe Radio.

There are internet links to find out more about all the following on my blog at:


• DCC County Council meeting (Council Tax, Corporate Management), Wednesday 4 December.

• OASES Climate Action meeting, Tuesday 3 December.

• GATC Environment (Allotments AGM; South Agnew Plantation; town centre bus shelters; Cobblers Hall Wood biodiversity improvements) and Recreation (Oakleaf reports; Parks update) Committee meetings, Wednesday 27 January.

• GATC Policy & Resources meeting (Events staff appointments, a ‘paper light’ Council, St Oswald’s boiler).

• Awards success for County Durham youth services at the Social Worker of the Year Awards.

• Have your neighbours enhanced your life with their Christmas display? Nominate them for recognition by GATC.

• Report rough sleepers via the Street Link app, or phone 03000 260 000.

• HealthWatch County Durham December News Update (mental health at Christmas; Kooth; Bowel Cancer campaign; Dry January and more).



• Guided Walk – to the very end of the Stockton & Darlington Railway (8 miles, 5 hours), meet 10am Wednesday 11 December in St Helens Auckland (behind Hollands Tractors, DL14 9AX), £4.

• Wildlife Watch (4-11s), Low Barns Nature Reserve, 10am Saturday 14 December, £1.

• Chinese Ball Puzzle (5-11s), Durham Oriental Museum, drop-in 1-3pm Saturday 14 December, FREE.

• Father Christmas in the Park (plus Christmas trail, craft activities and story time), Hardwick Park, 14-15 and 21-22 December, £10:50 – need to book.

• Christmas at Durham Castle (Families), 1-3pm, Sunday 15 December, FREE.

• Christmas Walkabout Weekend, Durham City Centre, 11am-3pm, 14-15 December, FREE.


• On POLITICAL / Aycliffe Radio, live on Friday 6 December, my guests will be Darlington parliamentary candidates Anne-Marie Curry (LibDem: 4:30pm) and Matthew Snedker (Green Party: 5pm), and live at 6-7pm, Sunday 8 December, Jenny Chapman (Labour):