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Sedgefield News - August Edition
Sedgefield Scouts 50th Anniversary
Sedgefield Scouts, Cubs and Beavers recently enjoyed their 50th birthday with a big celebration in Hardwick Park, involving pioneering, a camp out and making a big banner for the 50th anniversary. I headed along to find out what’s changed over the years and what has ensured the Scouts’ success has continued.
Hugh Dunlop, the leader of Sedgefield Scouts, told me how being a Scout leader gave him the opportunity to do things that he wouldn’t be able to do as a parent. Hugh explained that as the leader he kept an eye on the Scouts, as did the Cub and Beaver leaders, but patrol leaders (young Scouts) made a lot of decisions, gaining life skills and confidence. Although the laws and safety surrounding these groups have changed, everything to do with the movement has carried on, making it as popular as ever 50 years on. “We’re watching them develop from little idiots into big idiots”, Hugh laughed. In just half an hour at the camp I learnt how much of a friendly, fun atmosphere the Scouts has always had.
Thirteen year old Fred, a patrol leader himself, told me how he thought the best bits of Scouts were the number of friends he had made, working in teams and learning to cook. He told me how, because of Scouts, when he’s older he’ll know how to “cook more than just beans on toast!”. Achieving the position of patrol leader to him meant that he had gained more confidence and was able to work together with a lot of people. Something that has never changed in regards to Scouts is the ability to have new experiences, such as big country camps that involve groups from all over the region, as well as the chance to get awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh award, which these young teenagers were already planning to place on their university application! The 50th Scout anniversary was celebrated well in Sedgefield, as these groups still continue to teach, introduce friends and benefit young people in their future years.
by Kelly Aitkin
Sedgefield Show - still growing!
The 163rd Sedgefield and District Agricultural Show takes place in the Robert Brown Show Field on Saturday 13th August and has already attracted a large amount of interest. It has been a growing tradition for over 160 years and this year a record number of entries and attendees are expected. The need-to-know details are: Gates open 10am, Car parking free; Marquees open 12 noon; Activities many and varied!
There's a full range of competitions and displays; agricultural classes for horses, ponies and donkeys, vintage tractors, classic car display, small livestock, horticulture and a “Crufts Qualifier” dog show. Cattle, sheep and goat classes return, along with the heavy horse category, and the Show will host three centre ring attractions during the day.
Several marquees will house craft stalls, horticultural displays, home produce and handicrafts and the popular food hall will offer a vast range of local and regional delicacies. In the horticulture marquee, prize vegetables, home and farm produce and outstanding floral arrangements take the stage. Visit the craft tent for a spinning and weaving demonstration, “hands on” proggy mat making and stalls offering individual designer products.
There's plenty for children at the Funfair, along with Go-Kart party, Magician, Beat the Goalie, International Centre for Life display and much more.
The Show Committee would like to thank the many supporters whose commitment allows unique events such as Sedgefield Agricultural Show to bring local people, industries and traditions together.
Summer Comes to Sedgefield
Britain in Bloom judges, Eileen Burns, Val Giles and new judge Ron McParlin enjoyed their summer visit to Sedgefield so much it took them twice as long as usual to complete the judging trip.
Accompanied by Sedgefield Bloomer, Ian Sutherland, they enjoyed Stephen Young’s beds, tubs and hanging baskets together with volunteer Bloomers’ hanging basket towers and the eye-catching Bloom Bike in the village centre.
Green & friendly - but different!
Having found out that there are many local internet sites (see them on Facebook) where you can buy, sell and swap, we have decided not to go ahead with the 'freecycling' at the Farmers' Market. However, if you would like to offer something for collection, send us a brief description and contact phone number, by email, text or letter to the editor (see below). We will give your offer a line or two in the News.