STARTING OCTOBER 25 HALLOWE'EN WITH THE NATIONAL TRUST Children's events at National Trust properties include a "Ghost, ghouls and witches" activity day at Dunster Castle, Somerset (October 25), a fireworks and sound show at Tatton Park, Cheshire (October 31) and ghostly stories and spooky fun at Plas Newydd, Anglesey, and Dinefwr Park, Carmarthenshire (October 26). Details: 0181 315 1111. For a "Children Welcome" information pack send 55p SAE to: The National Trust, PO Box 39, Bromley, Kent BR1 3XL.


DEVELOPING INDEPENDENCE Informal seminar for parents, carers and teachers of under eights at Ruskin House School, 48 Herne Hill, London SE24, 10am-3. 30pm, to demonstrate what it is like to be the child of a full-time working parent. Fee: Pounds 55. Details: Dawn Keenan, 0171 737 4317.

NOVEMBER 3,5,13,18,19,25,27 AND DECEMBER 4

SAVING ENERGY THROUGH PEOPLE:AWARENESS, COMMITMENT, MOTIVATION Free workshops organised on behalf of the Department of the Environment in Bristol, Didsbury (Manchester), Leeds, Norwich, St Albans, London, East Midlands and Southampton. Booking essential. Details: BRECSU Events, 01923 664602 (fax); e-mail: NOVEMBER 5

RITE TO REDE ORCSHUN Christie's chairman Lord Hindlip is putting special items under the hammer at the auctioneers' premises in St James, London SW1, in aid of the Dyslexia Institute in its 25th anniversary year. These include: an original photograph of John Lennon and Paul McCartney on the film set of A Hard Day's Night (no negative exists); a martial arts display by the Olympic team; and an Emma Sergeant painting and a commissioned bronze by Lloyd Le Blanc worth Pounds 12,000 and Pounds 10,000 each. A double ticket costs Pounds 30 (includes champagne reception). Details: 01784 463851.


LIVING DANGEROUSLY Illustrated talk by Sir Ranulph Fiennes in aid of the British Dyslexia Association at The Royal Geographical Society, London SW7, 7pm. Admission to lecture and reception: Pounds 25. Details: The Last Word Lectures, 0171 792 9512.


ELECTRON RESOURCES WORKSHOP Organised by British Society for the History of Science education section at the Science Museum, London SW7. It will focus on resources produced to commemmorate the discovery of the electron. Fee: Pounds 5 registration. Details: 01367 718963 (telfax); e-mail: bshs@hidex.demon.

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