The Trust Projects, The SCA, Neighbourhood Crime, The Sedgefield Plan plus more

Sedgefield Village Neighbourhood & Crime Watch Panel

At the April N/H/Watch meeting, members once again reported strong dissatisfaction with current Police communication, which is now via the nationally used internet based system, Alert – Keep in the Know.

The panel’s secretary has written to Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg, to record our concerns on this matter.

Consequently, it is intended that our local Police Inspector will attend the next meeting on Tuesday 11th July, to hear members concerns directly and discuss the matter. Please come along and give your views in person on this aspect or any other that you may have. To contact Local Police & report any concerns, seek advice or pass on information to them, call 101. NB: it may be prudent to keep a note of details of any conversation & also obtain an incident number. For advice or assistance, contact Police Community Liaison Officer Faye Callan. Call 101 Extension 742317. Email

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Sedgefield Farmers’ Market Sunday 2nd July from 8.30am

We’re expecting a good turnout of traders at the market on Sunday 2nd July, all bringing excellent food from our local area. Our meat, poultry, sausage, fish and pastry stalls have a growing reputation around the region for the superb quality of their produce. Just to mention two others, Proper Patisserie will be back with their luxury treats, and Rosalind has been busy with new lines for sale in her Larder! Hope I’m not giving away any secrets here, but I do keep track on social media!

Durham Deafened Support, featured in the News last month, will be on our Community Stall to raise awareness of their work , and music will be provided by Lol & Maxine with the Ceddesfeld Ukulele Group.

Sedgefield Energy Switch

Additional Chance to REGISTER for the MAY AUCTION The results of the May Auction see good savings, an average of £215 against what people would pay if they stayed with their existing supplier for another year.

To give residents the chance to take advantage of these potential savings, we have arranged an extension to the registration period, until 11th July. In general, electricity costs seem to have remained at the level they were in February but gas prices offered by the winner of the May Auction, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) have seen reasonable reductions. So if your gas usage is that of a medium user, 12500 Kwh/year, or higher and your existing tariff is coming to an end fairly soon, it could well be worthwhile completing a registration to get a comparison against your costs for the next year.

Note: For people who are already a part of our scheme and your contracts come to an end toward the end of the year we will be taking part again in the October Auction. Registration dates will be provided in the August issue of Sedgefield News.

Our scheme continues to be well supported. Registrations for the May auction saw a 20% increase on the same period last year. In increasing numbers, residents of Sedgefield seem to share our view that our scheme provides the best opportunity of gaining the most competitive tariffs available at the time of the auction.

Registration can be achieved in one of two ways: If you are happy to register online yourself, go to & open the ENERGY SWITCH section. Click on the GREEN ‘REGISTER NOW’ button, then the ‘SIGN UP TODAY’ button and simply fill out your details.

If you prefer to register and receive information through the post, or need any help, please call the Sedgefield Development Trust Helpline on 07980 134 594 and we will be happy to assist, or complete your registration for you. Registering for the scheme commits you to nothing and you will not receive any of those pestering phone calls (guaranteed).

Including savings from the February auction, total savings since the start of the scheme are now £120,000.

Healthwatch County Durham celebrates - with cake and cooperation!

We launched our first annual report at a fantastic showcase event on Wednesday 14th June in Durham, with high profile guest speakers, a highly competitive quiz, the premiere of our ‘Volunteer Vlogs’ and a delicious afternoon tea. Healthwatch County Durham has been delivered by a partnership of Pioneering Care Partnership, Citizens Advice County Durham and Durham Community Action since July 2016. It has had a very successful year and the celebration event showcased some of this work. This has included speaking to 100 people with learning disabilities about barriers to their annual health check; the comments cards we have sent to every new recipient of a care package in Co Durham; and the 34 residents of eight care homes for people with learning disabilities we spoke to as part of Durham County Council’s (DCC) review process.

Guest speakers showcased four great projects in more detail. Gail Linstead spoke about the contribution HWCD staff and volunteers made to their Urgent Care consultation in 2016. Dr Jonathan Smith shared what a great experience Silverdale Family Practice had had during our Enter and View visit, saying that the visits are a great way to break down barriers, give practices an independent view on the success of their service and help them highlight areas for improvement.

Tony Bentley, a Healthwatch research volunteer talked passionately about his experience of putting himself in the shoes of a relative looking for information about one of the 134 care homes in Co Durham, the challenges he faced and the suggestions we have made to providers and Durham County Council to make this process easier for people. We launched our survey looking at people’s awareness and experience of pharmacy services at the event and Greg Burke, Chief Officer of the Local Pharmaceutical Committee spoke about how much he is looking forward to working with Healthwatch and the importance of getting, and learning from, the views of service users.

Our volunteers had the last word, when we premiered their film at the end of the event during ‘Afternoon tea at the Healthwatch Movies’, talking about the great work they have done this year, giving 620 hours in just six months! Brian Jackson, Chair of HWCD said ‘what a fantastic event, I can’t wait till next year!’

PC Todd-Crime Report
PC Todd-Crime Report

The warm summer weather has not stopped criminals from targeting shops, and Sainsbury's and the Co-op have become victims of shoplifting. Other crimes reported this month include damage to the cover on the cricket pitch, damage to a fence in Durham Road, damage to building materials at the Hope Inn and finally, damage to a window in North End.

I want to appeal to owners and drivers of works vehicles. Recently, four transit type vans have become victims of crime. On each occasion the owner has reported the vehicle was secure, and on each occasion there is no forced entry made. Yet a large amount of electric tools and other specialised equipment has been stolen from the vehicles. We believe a TIBBE key may have been used. A quick search on Google brings up all the information and I’m sure the criminal fraternity will use it to their advantage. If you are a tradesman and store tools in your vehicle overnight, please consider your security. Other makes of vehicles will have similar ways to entry which can be exploited by nocturnal thieves.

Please report suspicious vehicles or persons and don't become a victim. Until next time, Keith.

Pub Watch

Ceddesfeld Hall-Home of Sedgefield Community Association

Well it rained and rained but despite the weather, Sedgefield Day at Ceddesfeld Hall was all it promised to be; a really good community day, showcasing various local interest and sports groups, organisations and a wide range of performers.

The combined choir featuring children from both primary schools got the day off to a fabulous start. There was much to find out about, lots to watch, listen to and enjoy and of course, homemade, delicious food provided by Sedgefield Twinning Association. Performances from Lol and Maxine, Ceddesfeld Ukulele Group, Sedgefield Hand Bell Ringers, WD 60s and Sedgefield Lyric Singers entertained audiences with a very varied programme. Thanks to all of the organisations who took part and to SCA and individual helpers on the day. The 25th Ceddesfeld Beer Festival takes place on 7th and 8th July, and this year it’s our silver anniversary! Doors open at 7pm on Friday and 6pm on Saturday and there’s entertainment on Saturday from Lol and Maxine. Come along for a great weekend, with a wide range of beers (and some ciders) plus BBQ both evenings.

The first weekend in September brings Sedgefield Folk festival to Ceddesfeld Hall. As usual, lots of events and work-shops are planned. On the Friday night we have an evening with Stockton to Darlingtom Ukulele Express and Lol and Maxine Crallan (£5 entry) and on Satur-day evening an Open Mic featuring the Old Age Travellers; just two of the many events at the hall and across the village. Please check websites below for more details. Ceddesfeld bar will be open Sunday to Friday, with real ale at very reasonable prices.

For more information, contact Wendy, 620206: Pat, 620607: Sarah, 622185 or visit

New Sedgefield Youth Club

Sedgefield Town Council is starting up a new youth club, to run on Monday evenings in the refurbished Fletcher Room in the Parish Hall. The first sessions will be held on Monday 3rd July, from 6:00-7:00pm for children from school years 3 to 6 and from 7:00-8:30pm for school years 7 to 11. Run by qualified and experienced youth workers (who also run Fishburn Youth Club), entry to the club will be on a first come first served basis. The first session will be free to attend and entry in the future will be 50p for years 3 to 6 and £1 for years 7 to 11.

The town council hopes that the youth club can soon become a well-established and successful feature of community life, but that will depend on the input of young people. During the first session, the team running the club will talk to young people about plans for facilities that can be provided, or might be considered, in the future.

The new club is one element of the wider youth provision programme that the town council is continuing to develop. For more information about Sedgefield Youth Club, contact Natalie Chowns-Smith at the town council office on 01740 621273 or email

Jewellery appeal

St Edmund’s church would very much like to use any unwanted pieces of old or broken gold and silver jewellery, to help in acquiring a much-needed new sound system.

Donations will be sold to a reputable dealer and the money put towards replacing the present system, which is now well past its sell-by-date. Even small items would be a great help. Items can be handed to Church Wardens, Brian Mutch (01740 622302), or Brenda Moore (620758) or to any member of the Church Council.

The Bees at Hardwick are “expanding”

No, we’re not producing giant bees, but over the past two months we have grown from just 3 colonies to 9. This has been done by buying in two colonies, splitting existing colonies and retrieving swarms – twice so far!

There are six beekeepers working together to promote the health and expansion of bees in the Sedgefield area. Some of our colonies are quite small and need a bit of nurturing with extra food and observations. So these past six weeks have been very busy.

We have needed to build hives and prepare frames for the bees to be adequately housed. This has been quite a challenge. Bee keeping is actually heavy work with a lot of lifting and standing about outside. You might think we wish for bright sunshine, but try standing in a bee suit with boots and rubber gloves in 25 degrees of sun. We have found it a challenge to keep up with the carpentry as hives and frames are built from 'flat pack' – a bit like Ikea for bees!

We have now gained experience in gathering in swarms. Our two were quite straight-forward but exciting at the same time. It seems that the bees like the posts in the raspberry canes in the garden and have made a bee line for them each time, so no climbing involved. (See photo on Page 12). Let’s hope that we can gather some honey from the more established colonies.

Clare Midgley, SDT Beekeeeping Group

Letter-Christian Aid Week 2017

Thanks to the generosity of people here in Sedgefield, Bradbury, & Mordon, we are delighted to report that a final total of £3,768.80 was collected. This will be increased by approximately £354 as a result of the completed Gift Aid declarations, and by a further £140.41 given at the Good Friday Procession of Witness. As a result, a grand total of just over £4,263 will go towards helping to improve the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.

Thank you also to our team of dedicated collectors, who gave their time and effort to this very worthy cause. After delivering the envelopes our collectors endeavour to call back twice, however it is not always possible to catch everyone when they are at home. We are sorry if your envelope was not collected. Lastly, thanks to those who brought their envelopes to one of our churches, or to their collector’s address and to our home afterwards.

Margaret & David Glass

Letter-It was a Red Letter Day

for Sedgefield resident, Nidia Callin, when she was both baptized and then confirmed by the Bishop of Jarrow, the Right Revd. Mark Bryant, during a special evening service at St Edmund’s. Nidia’s husband Philip was confirmed too, along with Matthew Thompson of St Alban’s, Trimdon Grange, and Joe Vaulks from St Michael’s Church at Bishop Middleham.

Pictured below after the service are (l-r) Joe Vaulks, Matthew Thompson, Fr. Michael Thompson, Bishop Mark, Nidia Callin and her husband, Philip.