Community Life

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Ceddesfeld Hall, Nature Diary and your letters.

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Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch

Interactive Facebook PACT meeting For the Police and Communities Together meeting on August 20th, Sedgefield Police asked members of the public to send messages via Facebook messenger to 'Sedgefield Police'.

The feed was monitored in real time by a representative from the local neighbourhood policing team. Topics were specific to our area and individual neighbourhood priorities were discussed. All members of the community were welcome to be involved. It will be interesting to hear if the method was successful enough to be repeated. Sedgefield Village Neighbourhood Watch returns next month. 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.
Police Community Cohesion Officer: Faye Callan. 101 Extension 742317.
Confidential email address:
Any information we receive will be developed and acted upon.
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A round up on the Trust projects

Keep up to date with the latest news about the Development Trust projects.

Farmers Market

Sedgefield Farmers’ Market Sunday 6th September

We had twelve stalls on the Green in August, but September is always busier, so expect a bigger, busier market on Sunday 6th September - but it will still be COVID safe. Our newest trader is Zoe Rutter, La Chocolatrice. She makes delicious handmade chocolate bars, chocolate pearls, drops and buttons. Be ready for “a symphony of sensory pleasures.” We expect plenty of regular favourites and winter veg fans will celebrate Mellanby’s return - they are a big attraction from September through to spring.

Francesca and Olly Lawson will be here with cold pressed rape seed oil, Screaming Chimp with Chilli Sauces and for spice lovers Peter McKeone’s Diablo Seasonings will be back. Finally, if the Bees at Hardwick have had any luck, there just might be some honey for sale at the SDT tent.

Our wonderful volunteers will do everything they can to ensure you have another safe Sunday morning on the Village Green.
Keep up-to-date with any late additions or changes on Facebook @sedgyfarmmarket.

Energy Switch

Our 6th year of Energy Switch
The current auction period is open until 5th October, Auction day following on the 6th October. Offer letters issued on 19th Oct & offer acceptance closes on 17th November. Click here to register but if you need more help, please do call our helpline: 07980 134 594. URGENT. Most switchers use the internet route, but a small number of people cannot. We seek a trustworthy volunteer to take up Peter Burnip’s valued service to them. Please call SDT chairman Roger Clubley, 01740 620609, if you can help.

If you need more information, find us at the SDT stall during Farmers Market.

Woodland & Wildlife

Volunteers are delighted to be back in action. We’ve had a couple of working sessions and even carried out a bat survey. It’s been interesting to observe the changing flora and fauna on site over the past few months and we look forward to further activities.

If you would like to know more about the project contact or join our facebook page Woodland & Wildlife – Sedgefield.

Homework Help

COVID-19 restrictions continue, but term starts in September, regardless. We still offer help to students, although we may have to be creative about how, using remote meetings or screen sharing (subject to good safeguarding practices & parental/carer approval). Contact us if you'd like help, or could offer to help some students better understand their homework.

We will get back to normal operation as soon as that is viable, but meantime, if you'd like to get in touch, find us on Facebook or email us at

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Steve's Nature Diary

As you drive through Sedgefield it is difficult not to notice the new housing developments. The government are proposing to reform the planning laws, which is interesting because existing planning laws have not been working, (we have seen huge declines in the natural world) and many people think that the reforms will make a bad system even worse, especially for wildlife.

We live in one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. The White Paper proposes a planning system with three categories of land, earmarked for growth, renewal and protection, but this simplification brings the risk of creating a disconnected landscape, one in which wildlife continues to decline because nature doesn’t slot into neat little boxes. Protecting isolated fragments of land is not enough to help wildlife recover, nor will it put nature into people’s lives, something that is now recognised as vital for our health and wellbeing.

Possibly like some of you, I have commented on planning proposals - not necessarily completely opposing development, more about ensuring that they have space for nature and up to date measures linked to limiting climate change and flooding. The Wildlife Trusts say “It is critical that government weaves nature into the heart of every housing development, old and new. Government proposals for ‘tree-lined streets’ are nothing like enough. Parks, green spaces and all the areas around our homes must be part of a wild network of nature-rich areas that will benefit bees and birds as much as they will enable people to connect with on-your-doorstep nature every single day. This is essential if we are to tackle the twin climate and biodiversity crises as well as provide homes that people want to live in surrounded by beautiful, buzzing green spaces.”

The Wildlife Trusts work with national and local government, businesses and local communities to influence planning and development to achieve better outcomes for wildlife. Nature-rich housing developments, designed with environmental sensitivity and green infrastructure at their heart, can provide people with easy access to nature where they live and work, and deliver multiple social, environmental and economic benefits. I am sure many of you, like me, benefited during lock down by being able to access your local green spaces around Sedgefield.

Both the Durham and the Tees Valley Wildlife Trusts respond to planning applications. Being a member of your local Trust helps to fund staff time to do this, so if you haven’t already, why not join?

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Ceddesfeld Hall: Home of Sedgefield Community Association

SCA are very pleased to have opened the doors again to a few groups who can now return to activities at Ceddesfeld Hall.

Thanks to all the groups who have been in touch to let us know their plans and ideas looking forward to the autumn/winter and next year, very much with the hope of a further lessening of Covid – 19 related restrictions and an eventual return to some normality. Trustees have worked hard to ensure that Ceddesfeld Hall is safe, with the relevant risk assessments, distancing measures, one-way system, track & trace contacts and hygiene rules in place. The hall is currently open on a part time basis only (Wednesday evening, Thursday and Sunday) for those groups who have signed up.

We hope to extend opening sessions in September. It will be a while before the bar and lounge are open as work is planned to update the cask storage under the bar. Committees and groups continue to hold virtual meetings and people are managing to keep in touch. The community events are a great miss. SCA would have been busy getting ready for the annual folk festival events, arranging Sedgefield Book Ends and looking forwards to autumn and winter activities. Whilst Government restrictions continue, bookings for family events and parties cannot be taken.

The refurbishment programme for exterior works continues and scaffolding will be going up at the end of August to allow for further painting of outside woodwork and drainpipes, repairs to the soffits and fascias and a roof inspection. It is expected that the scaffolding will be in place for a few weeks. The SCA email address is

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,

Not a bad place to live!

On Tuesday 28th July, my son dropped his wallet as he got into his car outside our house. Within half an hour it had been handed in at the police station and an officer had found his mobile number and rung to say the wallet had been handed in.

Huge thanks to the gentleman who found it and handed it in, and another big thank you to the very efficient officer. Sedgefield isn't a bad place to live, is it? R. Lister We agree, and in these times it is so good to receive a couple of good news stories to cheer our readers (not to mention the editorial team!) Thank you.

FLU CAMPAIGN 2020 - from Skerne Medical Group

The combination of flu and COVID-19 together this winter makes the national flu immunisation programme absolutely essential to protect vulnerable people and support the resilience of the health and care system.

Unlike in previous years we WILL NOT be able to offer a 'walk in' service for our Saturday clinics. All patients need to ring us for an appointment slot (available between 8:30am and 11:30am).

Our flu campaign will start with patients aged 65 years & over (including those who will have attained 65 years by 31st March 2021). Please contact us to pre-book an appointment for one of the clinics on:
Saturday 5th September at EITHER Harbinson House surgery, Sedgefield OR Carrol House surgery, Trimdon Colliery
Saturday 12th September at EITHER Harbinson House surgery, Sedgefield OR Beveridge House surgery, Fishburn

Please attend your booked appointment slot as close as possible to the time, to allow for social distancing & PLEASE WEAR A FACE COVERING.
Please ring for an appointment slot on 01740 620300 for Sedgefield, 01740 620284 for Fishburn or 01429 880284 for Trimdon Colliery.

Funding to Support Dairy Farmers Affected by the Coronavirus: DEADLINE EXTENDED

Dairy farmers in England will be able to apply for government funding of up to £10,000 each to help them overcome the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The aim of the Dairy Response Fund is to support those most in need due to a decrease in demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have been forced to close. To be eligible for support from the fund, farmers will need to demonstrate that they have suffered a reduction in the average price paid for their milk of 25% or more in April 2020 when compared with February 2020.

Eligible dairy farmers will be to entitled to funding which covers 70% of their lost income during April and May 2020 to ensure they can continue to operate and sustain production capacity without impacting animal welfare.

Competition rules for the dairy industry have been temporarily relaxed.
Farmers can apply for a single payment and applications can be submitted directly to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).
Useful Links: Dairy Response Fund 2020 Handbook

Beauty in WInterton

When Lisa Kilner decided to set up a new business, she knew it was going to be a real challenge but starting a beauty company during the COVID-19 outbreak proved to be an almost impossible one. However, after many months of preparation and lots of hard work, Lisa is now able to offer manicures, pedicures, facials, tinting and waxing from her home spa in Sedgefield.

She wants her customers to feel they have a place to slow down, relax and enjoy the experience.

To get in touch with Lisa you can call her on 07702 667205 or via Facebook (LK Beauty Sedgefield) or Instagram (@LKBeautySedgefield).

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Sedgefield Energy Switch is a new initiative from Sedgefield Development Trust.

Working together with iChoosr, we're trying to help Sedgefield residents save money on their domestic gas and electricity bills. Sedgefield still continue to have the highest switching rate in the country.

Registrations 1670
People Registered 790

Key dates:

  4th August-Registration Opens
  5th October-Registration Closes
  6th October-Day of Auction
  19th October-Offers letters issued
  17th November-Offer acceptance closure

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Buy Local

Sedgefield Farmers Market is held every first Sunday of the Month, on the village green, from 8.30am to 12.30pm. The market has about 20 stall holders each month, varying throughout the seasons, providing meats, vegatables, Handmade pies, pastries and cakes, Fish, Spices, Cheeses and more.

To book a stall call Roger Clubley: 01740 620609, email Farmers Market:

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