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

Sedgefield Village Action Group

The Wimpey signs – Wimpey have applied for permission to keep the large sign in the field to the left as you leave the village. The application is scheduled to go to planning committee on July 19th.

The Sedgefield Neighbourhood Plan – the Town Council (TC) continue to work on the required wording updates. SVAG have been told that there may be a special meeting for the Council to approve it – but no date has yet been arranged. County Durham Plan - The Action group will be making a response to the County Durham Plan, we have several questions which need clarification, about the contents in the Plan on issues affecting Sedgefield. The Plan is a lengthy document (it is on the DCC website) but it is your opportunity to make comment. Comments must be in to DCC by August 3rd.

The meeting between the Hellens Group developer (they have an option on the land between Old Beacon Lane and Butterwick Lane) and Sedgefield Town Council did not take place as expected in July but is now scheduled for 6.15pm September 10th. For over a year now members of the Action Group have requested that the TC have more contact and information sharing with the community – it has been suggested that a quarterly open public meeting could give people the opportunity to engage more with the TC and hear what is going on. There has also been repeated requests made that all TC minutes and agendas should be on the TC website for members of the community to access should they be interested.

SVAG have been told that the TC are still considering these points and, in their Sedgefield Extra, have asked for feedback on what residents would want on the TC website. You can contact SVAG by email on or on 0752 3457584.

Crime Prevention Officer:

Police Community Cohesion Officer: Faye Callan; Telephone 101 Extension 742317.

SDT Projects

Sedgefield Farmers’ Market

Why not have a stroll round the stalls and chat with some of the very interesting and committed people who care so much about the quality of the food they produce.

The Woodland Trust will be taking the Community Stall this month, and there’s live music from The Northumbrian Pipers. If you like what you hear, the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society Cleveland Branch meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday evening at Ceddesfeld Hall, and they will happily help beginners to get to grips with the complexities of these lovely instruments. Talk to them at the market or contact Dave Cook on 01325 310114, email

Energy Switch

Although energy costs have continued to rise this year, our scheme has helped to minimise the increases by producing market leading energy tariffs at each of the three auctions held this year. The outcome has resulted in savings by Sedgefield residents, of £48,000.

If you would like to know how you could benefit from our scheme, come and talk to us at Sedgefield show on Saturday 11th August. SDT continues to believe that this scheme offers the best opportunity for reducing energy bills and so we will continue to promote it for another year.

For those whose contracts come to an end before the end of the year and for anyone wishing to join for the first time, the key dates for the next registration period are: Registration Opens on 14th August and Closes 9th October. The Auction is on 10th October and Personal Offers will be sent from 22nd October. Acceptance closes on 27th November. Registration can be achieved in one of two ways: If you are happy to register on line yourself, go to the enrgy switch website then simply fill out your details.
If you prefer to register and receive information through the post, or need any help, call 07980 134 594, Sedgefield Development Trust’s Helpline and we will be more than happy to help 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). You can also talk to us at the Farmers’ Market

Woodland & Wildlife

The dedicated group who have been struggling to keep the weeds (top right) at bay and watching the trees respond to the drought, were mightily relieved when we had some rain last week. Rudolf Reichel posted “Visited the site this morning. What a difference the rain has made. And heart-warming to see how "our" little trees have responded! Some have taken a beating and a few may have died, but overall it is looking good.” Fresh growth, bottom right. Again, on the positive side, we are finding a huge variety of flowers and insect life on the site.

Tim Dredge embarked on a bird and butterfly survey just a few days ago and has already reported finding Peacock, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Wood White and Tortoiseshell butterflies, and Goldfinch, Linnet, Long -Tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Magpie, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Pied Wagtail, Swallow, Sand-Martin & best of all BUZZARD!

Ceddesfeld Hall-Home of Sedgefield Community Association

The 26th Ceddesfeld Hall Beer Festival was well attended, with visitors enjoying the fine selection of beers and ciders as well as the evening sunshine within the beautiful surroundings of Ceddesfeld lawns. Special thanks must go to the volunteers who helped with organisation and ensured that the event ran smoothly. SCA would also like to thank Robinsons of Wingate, Manor House Weddings, Select Financial Solutions, The Bailey Group, Fleet Recruitment, Three Brothers Brewery, Daleside G&P and LWC Suppliers for sponsoring the event. Their contribution makes a huge difference.

Friday August 31st sees the start of Sedgefield Folk Festival. Details of the weekend’s events at Ceddesfeld Hall were given in last month’s edition. Things begin with an evening of ukulele music, featuring the Stockton to Darlington Ukulele Express, Ceddesfeld Ukulele Band and Lol and Maxine Crallan. Tickets are £5 and can be obtained from Lol Crallan on 01740 621709 or from behind the bar at Ceddesfeld. A free Open Mic Night follows On Saturday 1st September starting at 7.30 pm, featuring The Old Age Travellers. All proceeds from the raffle go to the festival.

Sedgefield’s own literary festival, Sedgefield Book Ends begins on 29th September with an evening in celebration of Lennon & McCartney and the Liverpool Poets. The theme for the festival is ‘Lines of Life’ and we are looking forward to a month of very varied events and activities to suit all ages. Find details of the events (which include talks and workshops by local authors and illustrators, photographic and art exhibitions, musical events and a special celebratory dinner celebrating the 250th anniversary of the first voyage of Captain Cook and the Endeavour), on the special Book Ends insert in September’s edition or visit ‘Sedgefield Book Ends’ Face Book page or the SCA website for more information.
Festival information boards will be at Ceddesfeld Hall and in the library, as well as posters around town.

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

Concern about security guards

On Friday, 20th July, I walked up Front Street at about 10pm towards the Post Office in order to post a wedding anniversary card to my daughter. As I passed the new Corner House pub, there were 2 "security guards" on duty (we would have called them bouncers in my day). One of them said "That looks like an important envelope you're carrying."
I replied "No, it's just an anniversary card."
Then he said "Any money in it?"
So I said "No, not at all"
Then he said "Any cheques?"
So I replied "No, I never send money or cheques in the post". And I walked past him. But I was sufficiently disturbed by the encounter that I took a different way home.
Perhaps the management of the Corner House can explain why their security staff ask such intrusive financial questions? I would love to know their response! Name and address supplied.