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Sedgefield Community Life

Neighbourhood Crime Watch, The Trust Projects & The SCA

Community Safety


Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)
Sedgefield News Article
A Sedgefield Anecdote Recently a visitor to Sedgefield from another part of the UK was able to enjoy a warm sunny day in our village and took in a cricket match with his friends and relatives. After a relaxing summer day, he returned to the lodgings to find that a much-valued wristwatch was missing. Having failed to find it he returned home resigned to the fact he would likely never see it again. Sometime later a Sedgefield resident handed a watch in to our Beat Team at the station stating that it had been found on the cricket field. Our Constabulary immediately swung into action, investigating the piece and finding a serial number. They contacted Omega who were able to trace where the watch had been bought and therefore who was registered as the keeper. To the delight of the owner he was duly re-united with his treasured possession.

Special thanks must go to the resident who demonstrated an honest and neighbourly spirit in a simple act that brought great pleasure to an individual they have never met. Congratulations also go to PC John Lamb and his team for diligent and thorough pursuit of their duties, serving the community in ways which are not always obvious or visible to the rest of us.
NHW at Sedgefield Show
Many thanks to those who visited our stand, which we shared with Durham Police and especially to those who contributed to Neighbourhood Watch by buying a Tombola ticket. Every one of the 47 prizes we had on display was won.

PC Lamb took it upon himself to hand out the prizes which tested his diplomacy when a smoothly shaven man won some beard oil and a lady won some aftershave. The stand was occupied by police vehicles including a 4X4, a custody van and a BMW pursuit vehicle with siren and lights, which made it difficult for NHW to compete for attention!! A lot of people seemed interested in being locked in the custody van. One man asked if his wife could be put in the van and when asked how long he wanted her detained, said about a fortnight would do. Unfortunately, suspects must be released after 24 hours, or charged, and disobeying your husband has not been an offence since 1648.
Farmers Alert
Also advertised at the Show was the launch of Sedgefield Farm Watch and many thanks to Sedgefield Bloomers for allowing NHW the use of their tractor to highlight this. The first meeting will be held at 7pm on 9th September at Hopper House Brew Farm. You can also sample the micro-brewery produce.
Speak Up to Stop Crime
Criminals rely on fear within the community to protect their identity, whether they are guilty of theft, abuse, burglary or anti-social behaviour. One of the main reasons criminals avoid detection is public inertia. Have you got information about a crime? Do you want to tell someone you can trust - someone safe and totally independent?
Then tell CrimeStoppers - it’s 100% anonymous
They won’t ask your name and won’t judge. They just listen to what you know and pass it on for you. When you hang up the phone or click SEND, you’re done.

Call 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers-uk.org. Crimestoppers Trust is a registered charity
Remember, crime isn’t as common as you think… but don’t be a victim.
Please lock up, stay safe and sleep well.

Local Police: Call 101 to report concerns, seek advice or pass on information. Always keep notes and ask for an incident number.
Crime Prevention Officer: Rona Stocks. rona.stocks@durham.pnn.police.uk
Police Community Cohesion Officer: Faye Callan. 101 Extension 742317. Faye.callan@durham.pnn.police.uk
Confidential email address: John.lamb@durham.pnn.police.uk.
Any information we receive will be developed and acted upon.
Main tasks to focus on over the next few months:-
🌿 Undergrowth clearing around the trees - by slashing weeds and leaving the weeds as mulch or by pulling weeds and removing them from the base of the trees.
🌿 Pulling the plant competition from out of the plastic sleeves e.g grass, nettles.
🌿 Litter picking.
🌿 As undergrowth gets bigger, clearing pathways among the trees is useful.
Can you help?
Please contact woodland@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk for more details.
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Steve’s Nature Diary
Most people are familiar with honey bees and bumblebees, but look closely and there are smaller furry bees moving from flower to flower. Many of these are solitary bees; of the 267 species of bee in the UK, 90% are solitary bees. Solitary bees don't produce honey, aren't social and don't live in hives. They don't swarm and are not aggressive, male solitary bees don't sting and females will only sting if roughly handled.

One of the reasons solitary bees are non-aggressive is that they don't have a hive to defend. 70% of solitary bees are mining bees and nest in underground burrows. The rest nest in cavities in banks or walls and are known as cavity nesting bees. Those that nest in underground burrows excavate their own nest. The female builds the nest by herself. She chooses a suitable piece of ground in which to nest and uses her body to dig out a nesting chamber in the ground. She adds pollen to the chamber, which is often moistened with nectar, and lays an egg. She then seals off that section of the nest before moving onto the next chamber.

Solitary bees are much more efficient pollinators than honey or bumble bees. In general they are hairier and, like a child in a high chair, get their dinner all over the place. Solitary bees get covered in pollen as they move from flower to flower; they don't have pollen sacks like social bees so drop a lot more with each visit. This makes them fantastic pollinators, a single red mason bee (a cavity nesting bee) is equivalent to 120 worker honey bees in the pollination service it provides.

You can even provide places for cavity bees to nest in your garden using bamboo - www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-make-bee-hotel.
The ideal accommodation for cavity bees are long hollow tubes. In nature they nest in dry, hollow plant stems of perennial wild flowers, but the shelter bamboo provides is ideal. Female bees pack the poles with balls made of pollen glued together with nectar, these are food stores for the developing larvae. She places the pollen ball in the tube and lays an egg on top before building a partition wall and repeating the process until the pole is filled. The end is sealed with mud, leaves or hairs depending on the bee species so you can see what mix of bees you have by the capping they use. The most likely tenants you will find in a bamboo bee house will be the red mason bee, the leaf cutter bee and the wool carder bee, I'll leave you to guess how to recognise their characteristic nest caps. If we have a mild September many of these bees will still be active so why not take a close look or even make you own bee nest from bamboo for your garden.
Farmers Market News
Sedgefield Farmers Market News
Sunday 1st September from 8.30am
Mellanby’s return with their hugely popular winter veg, and amongst other great producers, for the very first time we have Sparkling Apple Wine from J&R Armitage. You can also bring your own apples for pressing, if you like!

Sedgefield Development Trust's Bees at Hardwick are here this month, selling local honey, and we’ll have music to enjoy from a local Northumbrian Piper.

To contact the Market, use farmers@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk and for Charity stall & Music use charitystall@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk DON’T FORGET TO GO GREEN WITH ONE OF OUR FAB NEW JUTE BAGS!
Homework Help
Sedgefield Farmers Market News
Homework Help is gearing up for the new term and already we welcome our latest volunteer, a native French speaker who moved to Sedgefield a couple of years ago. We are very pleased to have her join the team.

There is always room for more helpers, though, especially as we'd like to keep expanding and help more local students and pupils, so do get in touch! And, of course, if you would like help with your homework, contact us and we'll do what we can to put you in touch with a suitable helper in your area of interest. Homework Help "does what it says on the tin".

Students bring along their homework (usually to the library on a Thursday or Friday evening) and helpers share their understanding, knowledge and ways of reasoning in order to help the students improve their grip on a subject and gain confidence in it. Maths and English were particularly popular last year, but we have also helped with modern languages, sciences, some careers advice and preparing a university application.

The Homework Help team offers a diverse range of subjects and if we don't cover your area of interest, we will try to find someone who can.
Email homework@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk or go to our Facebook page. Also contact us if you'd like help with your homework. We'll do our best to match you with a suitable helper. For more information, see our Facebook page or go to www.sedgefieldweb.co.uk/homework-help.html.
Woodland & Wildlife
Sedgefield Woodland & Wildlife
No report this month but check out some great images and updates on our Facebook page.
Sedgefield Energy Switch
Sedgefield Energy Switch
LOOK AT THESE SAVINGS! Since October 2014, Sedgefield residents have saved a total of £177,609. If you would like benefit, the next registration period is open now and until 7th October.

You can register in two ways.
1. Go to www.sedgefieldweb.co.uk/ ENERGY SWITCH. Click on the GREEN ‘REGISTER NOW’ button, then ‘SIGN UP TODAY’ and fill out your details.
2. Register and receive information via the post, or for assistance, call the Sedgefield Development Trust Helpline: 07980 134 594. We will help or complete registration for you. Registration commits you to nothing and you will not receive pestering phone calls (guaranteed).

REMINDER. If you are already in our scheme, and wish to continue, and your contract comes to an end between now and the end of the year, you need to register again now. SDT has a stall at the monthly Farmers Markets so if you have any questions, talk to us there.
Ceddesfeld Hall: Home of Sedgefield Community Association
Thanks to the volunteers and helpers at the Family Fun event on August 3rd. Children enjoyed toys, games, bouncy castle & face painting and it really was fun in the sun for all!

Sedgefield Folk Festival
SCA are pleased to host events and workshops from 6th - 8th September. Friday, 7.30pm. ‘Ukulele Kanikapila’, featuring Lol & Maxine, Ceddesfeld Ukulele Band and MoRUkes. Bring your own instruments & join the fun. Tickets £5 from Maxine on 01740 621729.
Also 7.30pm, upstairs, a musicians session led by Joe Childs. Saturday morning 10.30 - 11.30 am Workshops include Ukulele with Lol Crallan, Guitar & Fiddle with Sue & Tom Gordon, Banjo led by Colin Tipping and Northumbrian Pipes, led by the Cleveland branch.
Saturday afternoon from 12 noon upstairs, the Durham Traditional Music & Song writing competitions, Junior & Open unaccompanied singing, and miscellaneous instrumental competitions. 12.30 - 5.30pm in the main hall. Ernie Gilchrist & Ian Tyzack lead a singaround.
7.30 pm Open Mic Night features The Old Age Travellers. Sunday morning. The festival ends with a singaround & complimentary buffet.
Sedgefield Book Ends
Organisers are delighted to present such a varied and exciting programme of events, including well known authors and performers, talks, writing skills & poetry workshops, writing for wellbeing, music & spoken word nights, photographic & art exhibitions children’s workshops and celebratory dinner. A ‘Literary & Arts Fayre’ closes the festival on 19th Oct.
‘Writers, Words & Wit’ Sat 12th Oct. 7pm, Tickets (£20 from tel. numbers below) include drinks reception, dinner (vegetable soup, pork with apple - or veg option, chocolate pudding, cheese board, coffee & mints.
Tickets for the five highlight events from Ceddesfeld Hall bar, Norma, 620091, Sarah, 622185 or email info@sedgefieldsca.org.uk.
Pay at the door for other (£3) events. Children’s events are free. Contact us with any queries. Sedgefield Book Ends is sponsored by SCA, Durham County Councillors, CDCF and Durham City Book Festival
For more information on Ceddesfeld Hall events, regular activities, room hire and bar opening times, contact Wendy on 01740 620206, Pat on 01740 620607, Sarah on 01740 622185. Visit us on Facebook or see the SCA website, www.sedgefieldsca.org.uk
Sedgefield In Bloom
After an action packed year, Sedgefield in Bloom volunteers plus council gardeners Stephen Young and Ben Gray were happy to extend a warm welcome to Britain in Bloom judges Keith Jackson and Lee-Anne Bone. On a beautiful August day, Sedgefield was looking at its best, with colourful displays in tubs, baskets and beds on the green, as well as the many Bloom projects elsewhere around the town. Volunteers have worked hard to develop further areas of garden in Ceddesfeld grounds, which has become a great attraction for visitors and locals. Wildflowers at Wykes Close and on entrances to the town have been universally admired. The formal garden at the Manor House provides the perfect backdrop for a summer wedding, while the Bloom Bike and Beacon on the green raise a smile.

Newly developed beds at Malton Terrace and Beacon Lane (the Turnpike Bed) pay tribute to Bloomers no longer with us. In recent years, new volunteers have made a great impact, bringing a variety of skills to the team. Local businesses and organisations also contribute generously to the success of Sedgefield in Bloom and judges are always impressed by the wonderful community spirit so evident in Sedgefield. August was the third judging visit, as Northumbria in Bloom judges Allannah Robinson and Janet Beakes came along in April and July. Bloom secretary Norma Neal said, ‘Sedgefield has previously won many gold medals in both the regional and national Bloom competitions. Awards ceremonies in Gateshead in September and Westminster in October will show whether we have done enough to maintain the high standard we so proudly set.’
Thanks!
The Taste Group would like to thank all those who came to their coffee morning in the Methodist Church, in July. We raised £170 for a family in Rwanda, who are supported by the charity group , Compassion UK. Many thanks Pam Lamb, Sedgefield
A stitch in time
The Inner Wheel Club of Sedgefield wants to thank three of its members, Enid Hillerby, Mary Hall and Rita Howlett, who have knitted beautiful children’s jumpers, hats and scarves for over 20 years. The finished articles are used to support the Inner Wheel’s many overseas projects. Enid and Mary joined other Members for afternoon tea in Yarm as a celebration. Unfortunately Rita was poorly. We think they are amazing and thank them very much. Ann Carr, The Inner Wheel Club of Sedgefield. Pic: Mary seated at the front, Enid just behind
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