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2019 Ball Game - match report
Shortly after the start of this year’s Ball Game, the passengers on X12 to Durham found themselves becalmed at Sedgefield zebra crossing amid a sea of swirling, unpredictable humanity. To the uninitiated passengers, it appeared to be mayhem unfolding on the roads; to the locals it was just the latest enactment of our annual Shrove Tuesday Ball Game.

The game is ancient in its origins, a contest between local farmers and tradesmen. The game resembles a lawless free for all characterised by behaviour that might kindly be described as robust but in fact it’s governed by rules, traditions and conventions which determine how the game is won. The game begins at 1pm on the village green just behind the bus shelter opposite The Corner House. Players and spectators alike gather tightly to ‘Alley’ the specially made leather ball. This involves the ball being passed three times through a metal ring set into the ground, before being released for the assembled throng to chase. This action is traditionally carried out by a chosen elder resident, the honour falling this year to Mr David Mortimer.

The ‘Alleying’ done and the ball thrown out of the huddle the game was on. Eager to catch or kick the ball, players surged through the centre of the village, weaving their way through and past the braver spectators whose chosen method of viewing was to get as close to the action as possible. Others, arguably of a more sensible disposition watched from the margins of the ruck or, better still, from the warmth and safety of the local pubs and cafés. By 1.30 the ball had disappeared into a local pub to reappear sporadically throughout the rest of the afternoon.

By 4.30pm the ball had been dipped in the beck and returned to the village green by the victor. This year’s winner was Mike Adcock. Mike becomes the third member of his family to win the game following his father, John, in 1974 and his brother, Tom, in 2017. Tony Magee
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See what's on near you this month, updates by Tom Guest. Don't forget to submit your event poster/details, reviews or videos.
Head off to the diary for all the latest dates for: Veterans Coffee Morning, U3A, Drop in Surgeries, New Generation Church, Methodist Wives & Friends, Local History Society, Sedgefield T Dance, Sedgefield WI, Sedgefield Country Market, Cricket Club Quiz, Ladies Club, Sew Easy, Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch Meeting, Live Music Night at Sedgefield Cricket Club, Sedgefield Family History Group, Sedgefield Memory Café, Bradbury and Mordon Ladies Circle and more...
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£'s saved by Sedgefield Residents

The next Sedgefield Energy Switch auction period key dates are:

  • 2nd April 2019-Registration Opens
  • 20th May 2019-Registration Closes
  • 21st May 2019-Day of Auction
  • 3rd June 2019 -Offers letters issued
  • 2nd July 2019 -Offer acceptance closure
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Stall Holders

The market is held from 8.30am to 12.30pm on the village green. A FREE community stall, music tent & health bus are available throughout the year. The free stall is available to clubs and societies for promotion or fundraising. To take advantage of this fantastic opportunity call Roger Clubley: 01740 620609, email farmersmarket@sedgefieldweb.co.uk.

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Homework Help continues, and there is room for more students as well as more helpers! We are also looking to set up sessions in Fishburn. If you would like to volunteer, or to request help with homework or careers guidance, email: homeworkhelpsedgefield@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

Subjects Available

English, Maths, Sciences (physics, chemistry, biology), French, German, Spanish, History, Politics, Careers guidance, Help preparing university applications and interviews & Essay writing

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The next tree pack from Woodland Trust will be delivered 20/21st March. Hopefully we will be planting 23rd/24th March. Can you help?
Please contact sdtwwcontact@gmail.com for more details.
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