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When Alan Ball quit vampire drama True Blood at the end of its fifth season, he knew he was taking a risk. Few US show creators choose their exits – indeed The Walking Dead appears to sack one a season – and to leave, as Ball did, for an as-yet-untested show is the biggest risk of all.

Appeals: Benjamin Franklin

The facade of 36 Craven Street, London WC2, where Benjamin Franklin (1706-90), the American statesman, inventor, writer and philosopher, lived on two separate occasions for a total of 16 years. The Friends of Benjamin Franklin House are appealing for pounds 400,000 for the first phase of restoring what is now the only one of Franklin's houses still standing.

Appeals: The Friends of St James' Mission & School

The Friends of St James' Mission & School is organising a sponsored walk from Bath, in Avon, to Netley Marsh, near Southampton, on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 July. The Rev George Biggs, of St Matthew's Church, Netley Marsh, will walk the 60 miles and individuals and businesses are asked to sponsor him. The charity is raising money for expensive water supply equipment at St James' School at Nymandhlovu, a rural boarding school in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe, in an effort to protect it from drought. The new project, costing pounds 30,000, will provide pumps, more storage tanks and a water reclamation system.

Residents set for new battle of Hastings: Caroline McGhie looks at a Regency church caught in a fight between tradition and tourism

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