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Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)
Sedgefield News Article Twelve Scams for Christmas
It may be the season of goodwill, but thieves and scammers never take a holiday. Some tips to stop you becoming a victim of fraud:
1. Online Shopping Fraud: If possible, use online retailers that you have used before and have a good reputation. Be cautious when purchasing expensive items, especially those items that seem to be at a price ‘too good to be true’.
2. Telephone Fraud: Don’t assume a caller is genuine - people aren’t always who they say they are, and numbers showing in your phone display can be cloned. Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full password. Don’t be rushed – a genuine bank or organisation won’t mind waiting to give you time to stop and think.
3. Auction fraud: Always use recommended methods of payment rather than transferring money direct to a seller. Research the seller before you bid. If available, check their feedback but be mindful this can also be falsified.
4. Holiday fraud: Always pay with a credit card; if they don't accept it don't buy from them. Use companies that are ABTA or ATOL protected.
5. Loan and investment scams: Reputable loan providers will not ask for an advance fee. If they ask for an advance fee just say no. Research any loan or investment companies online before making any financial commitment.
6. Ticketing fraud: Only buy tickets from reputable ticket sale, or resale, websites that are licensed to resell tickets and offer protection to buyers.
7. Donating to charity: Visit the charity's website by typing the address into your browser rather than clicking on a hyperlink embedded in an email, social media or online ad.
8. Mobile malware/malicious apps: Make sure you have the latest software installed on your mobile device for increased protection. Only download apps from official app stores like Google Play, Apple Store and Microsoft.
9. Links to websites: If you receive a link through email/social media, please be aware, these can contain malware that could infect your computer; e-cards are an example of how this can happen. Always check the sender is someone you trust before you click on the link and ensure your anti-virus is up to date.
10. Social media scams: Be careful about the personal information you put on your social media accounts. Check your privacy settings to ensure that you are only sharing the information with the people that you want to.
11. Dating fraud: Guard your privacy when chatting online & be selective with the information you provide about yourself. Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust. Trust your instincts, if something feels wrong act on it.
12. Mobile payments: Always ensure that your phone has a strong password, or make use of the biometric settings to safeguard what is on your phone from unauthorised access. If lost or stolen, most mobile devices have the software to wipe all data from their memory remotely - learn how this works. If you have difficulty get a trusted friend or relative to help.

Police Report
Sedgefield Police Beat Team have reported 35 incidents in Sedgefield in the month prior to 11th December 2019. This included:
Thefts: farm tractor stolen; thefts from the Co-Op, Sainsburys and Bolams (12 incidents in total); and theft of diesel (3 incidents)
Burglaries: residential burglary – theft of central heating boiler. From 22 October to date there have been 5 burglaries at the Co-Op. The burglaries are planned and different vehicles have been used. One person has been arrested and released on bail. It has been suggested by Police that internal shutters be fitted to deter criminals. Local police are working with CID to trace others responsible.
Anti-Social Behaviour: 3 incidents. Our Police Beat Team reported that crime in Sedgefield is very low compared to surrounding areas but we need you, to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity promptly and in complete confidence.

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.
Turn your real tree into a log pile habitat!
Saturday 4th January 10am-1pm
Bring your tree to the Woodland & Wildlife site, where we will be preparing the Christmas trees to make homes for wildlife. You can stay and help strip the branches, or drop it off at NETPark, TS21 3FH (follow the green arrows from the Discovery 1&2 car park).
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Steve’s Nature Diary
Some of you who read this column may have seen a recent Countryfile programme (December 1st) which was based in the Tees Valley.

The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust managed to get coverage for a couple of projects and even I made a very brief appearance! I was leading a guided walk at Errington Woods, New Marske as part of “Sensing the Wild” funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project aims to take groups of blind and visually- impaired people out to experience wildlife and nature across the four seasons in local green spaces.

The Trust is working with Going for Independence, a socially focused organisation, whose aim is for people to be empowered to live life to the full, maximising their quality of life and independence. Their particular knowledge base is around equipment and adaptations for independent living, including the use of electronic assistive technology www.goingforindependence.org.

To deliver the project the Trust has been supported by a number of friends groups to deliver both indoor and outdoor workshops. For the outdoor workshops/guided walks, members of the friends groups have been providing one to one support and have been given training on how to assist a blind person. They have also been involved in choosing accessible routes for their special visitors. Indoor sessions are used as a way of building up confidence in participants and the friends groups. The autumn session included a visit from foxy (stuffed fox), playing conkers, having a closer look at seeds and fruit, sloe gin tasting and guess the variety of apple.

The project has visited local green spaces for its autumnal walks including Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool; Linthorpe Cemetery, Middlesbrough; South Park, Darlington; and Errington Woods. All these places are relatively accessible and are havens for wildlife in urban situations and well worth a visit if you are in the area. On the walks the friends groups help to guide their partner. To make the activities more sensory, natural objects are collected, touched, smelt and described. Participants also experience light and shade, walking on different textures and magnifiers are used for looking at smaller objects and species.

At the end of the Errington walk the friends had organised a camp fire and barbeque with sausages and toasted marshmallows. The Countryfile presenter enjoyed this! One of the participants had never had toasted marshmallows before! As well as getting the groups outdoors there is a social side to the activities and this has included: memories being reignited by playing conkers and one lady from Poland learned the game for the first time as it is not a custom in her country.

Many participants don’t get out much because of the support they require and definitely don’t get out into the wider countryside. From the project we are hoping to gain an insight into how people with low vision are isolated and excluded from activities that others can access and looking at ways to improve this.
Happy New year to you all.
Farmers Market News
Sedgefield Farmers Market News
Sedgefield Farmers Market News Sunday 5th January On Sunday we’ll be welcoming back The Woodland Trust as our charity stall.

Buoyed up by the huge success of our Christmas Market, we’re eagerly anticipating the coming year, starting with the first market of 2020 on the first Sunday in January.

It’s worth following our Facebook page to keep up with all the latest. We’ll have our weather eyes open and will let you know if there are likely to be problems, but we’re pretty used to coping by now. Here’s hoping to be able to wish you a Happy New Year in person!

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 JUTE BAGS!
Homework Help
Sedgefield Homework Help
Homework Help wishes all its current and potential students and helpers, the students' parents and carers and all the wider community who support and encourage us, a Happy and Successful New Year!
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
CHRISTMAS TREES FOR HABITATS Turn your real tree into a log pile habitat! Saturday 4th January 10am-1pm Bring your tree to the Woodland & Wildlife site, where we will be preparing the Christmas trees to make homes for wildlife.

You can stay and help strip the branches, or drop it off at NETPark, TS21 3FH (follow the green arrows from the Discovery 1&2 car park).
Dates for your Calendar
This year the project will be recognising some significant national wildlife days. Look out for further information about the activities we’ll be organising for those days and look out for more dates in the spring.
Plough Sunday, 12th January
We’ll be on site preparing the ground for hedge planting and creating habitats.
Wildlife Day, 21/22 March
Activities on site for all the family.
Earth Day, 18/19 April Open Day
Sedgefield Energy Switch
Sedgefield Energy Switch
The energy switching scheme which SDT promote is available to all, and over the past four years, at the time of the auction, has produced tariffs which have been the best in the energy market. so if you don’t use a computer, why not contact us?

We will complete all the registration paperwork for you and see if we can help reduce your energy costs. Contact our helpline on 07980 134 594 or come along and talk to us on the SDT stall at the monthly Farmers Market. Remember you will be only talking to Sedgefield people and you will not be committing yourself to anything by talking to us.

The next auction will be held in February 2020 with the following key dates applying:
Registration from 3rd December 2019 to 10th February 2020
Auction Day 11th February 2020
Personal Offers issued the 25th February
Final Day for Offer Acceptance 24th March.

Don’t forget if you are part of the scheme now and your existing energy contract comes to an end before the end of April 2020, you need to register for this auction. If you are happy to register online, go to this link. If you need any assistance with registration, please call our helpline: 07980 134 594. We are very happy to help.
Ceddesfeld Hall: Home of Sedgefield Community Association
SCA would like to wish all members and friends of Ceddesfeld Hall a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Our Christmas Eve Quiz Night begins at 8pm, with prizes for the winning team as well as mince pies and nibbles. This is a free event and everyone is welcome to come along a join in the fun.

An Open Mic night is scheduled for Saturday 18th January (7.30 pm 11 pm) and a Pop and Prosecco Evening, (which is a must for singers of all abilities) takes place on Friday February 25th (£5 a ticket or pay on the door). More on this next month.

The Burns Supper (Saturday 25th January) offers a drinks reception, followed by a 5 course meal (choice of haggis or roast beef in advance please) to include a cheese board and coffee. In true tradition there will be ‘pipes, toasts, talks and quotes’ too, all for £25. Tickets can be purchased by contacting any of the numbers at the foot of the column.

Also look out for SCA website and Facebook page which posts lots of event information.
2020 SCA calendar of events
Open Mic Night: Sat 18th January
Burns Supper: Sat 25th January
Pop & Prosecco: Fri 21st February
Ukulele Kanikapila: Sat 7th March
Easter Picnic: Mon 13th April
St George Dinner: Sat 25th April
VE Day 75th Celebrations: Fri 8th May
49th Mediaeval Fayre: Sat 16th May
(Get in touch if you’re interested in applying for a craft stall)
Open Mic/Spoken Word: Sat 20th June
Beer Festival: Fri 3rd & Sat 4th July
Family Sports & Games: Sat 1st August
Folk Festival: Fri-Sun 4th - 6th September
October Dinner: Sat 17th October
Book Ends Festival: Sat 26th September to 15th October
Lirica Concert: Sat 10th October
STC Fireworks: Fri 30th October
STC Snow Party & Craft Fayre: Sat 28th November
Christmas Ukulele Kanikapila: Friday 18th December

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
BBQ memories
Following the Parish Family BBQ held at The Rectory in Sedgefield in September, the money raised was used to purchase spring bulbs and compost. Along with plant pots and baskets donated by members of St Michael’s Church, Bishop Middleham and St Edmund’s Church, Sedgefield, these were presented to Carol and Dorothy of the Memory Café (centre & right respectively) by Rev Geoffrey Short. A big thank you to everyone who attended the event and to Betty's Boudoir for the raffle prize. Julie Latheron, on behalf of the Parish of the Upper Skerne
On 3rd December Val Guest hosted a Christmas Flower Demonstration in St. Mary Magdalene Church. All the flower arrangements were raffled and an amazing £426 was raised in aid of Cancer Research. Thank you to everyone who came along and made it a success. Suzanne Hopper
Plotting for the future by Carole Lawford
The future is often in our thoughts during the festive season, as we reflect on this year, and consider what we want from the year ahead. I’m planning for 2020 to be a year of progress and community for myself and those who are supporting me to move forward and achieve my project’s aims. It really is giving me a forward focus and not back to my lost legal career. So onwards to several small and medium projects whilst the huge job of finding a venue for the main Market Garden continues.

Sedgefield is a busy little place, with all kinds of events and classes, new skills to learn, social occasions and our fantastic Sedgefield News to help us plan and know where they are and when. The community and festive spirits are strong here, I am feeling myself as we share ideas and bringing them to life.

By January, when you’re reading this, at least one of the pilots will be scheduled or completed and I will be able to share it with you by February.

So Happy New Year and may the 2020 bring you what you need, if not everything you want, and you enjoy the potential changes we all have ahead.
Thank you for your kindness and support.
Carole and Honey
Dawn of the Age of Graphene
NETPark is home to the CPI Graphene Centre, a focus of expertise on this wonder material. But what is graphene? Why does it attract so much corporate interest? Think back to school science. Graphene is pure carbon, which exists in different forms, e.g. diamond and graphite, because its atoms can link to each other in several ways. Graphene is a single sheet of graphite comprising a one atom thick ‘net’ of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal array reminiscent of the geometry of a bee honeycomb, or the structure of chicken wire fencing. It has been referred to as a ‘two dimensional material’ - one of its dimensions comprises the diameter of a single carbon atom! This arrangement of carbon atoms imparts several remarkable properties.

Graphene is the thinnest and lightest material known, with a very high strength:weight ratio (200 times stronger than steel); it has high electrical & thermal conductivity along the plane of the carbon sheet, much higher than copper or silver. It is the best heat conductor at room temperature, and the best electrical conductor known. In fact, latest research indicates that room temperature superconductors can be developed from graphene.

Its optical properties are also under intensive study, for it is almost totally transparent. Along with high electrical conductivity, lightness & phenomenal strength, graphene can be ideal material for more efficient solar panels, LCDs etc.

The CPI Graphene Centre helps with developing & commercialising new products. It has attracted several new start-ups to NETPark, to work on game-changing formulations, e.g. graphene epoxy & polyester resins for anti-corrosion coatings and paints; additives to strengthen concrete; combination of graphene with aerogels to produce the strongest, lightest, most resilient materials ever developed, with uses in bullet-proof armour, aerospace, renewable energy generation; manufacture of revolutionary medical devices & sensors; in desalination of seawater, domestic water purification, separation of oil from water, waste water treatment; improving the effectiveness of personal hygiene products. Finally, the application of graphene formulations to computer chip and printed circuit technology will revolutionise electronics and computing.

The positive impact on the UK economy cannot be overestimated. We are very fortunate to have a local centre of energetic, innovative expertise focussed on a truly game-changing discovery. AF
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