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

Sedgefield Village Neighbourhood & Crime Watch Panel

No report this month.

PC Todd-Crime Report
PC Todd-Crime Report

Sadly I must report on the increasing number of Lead Flashing thefts which Sedgefield has been experiencing. Homes in Rowan Oval, The Lane, The Gables and North End have fallen victim to nocturnal thieves. Some CCTV footage is being examined to try to identify the offenders. Can I ask that residents check their own property and remove any items which might assist the offenders climbing onto the outhouse/garage roof (ladders/bins etc).Please contact police if you see anything suspicious during the night.

We have also seen an increase in damage to vehicles; wing mirrors damaged in St Edmund’s Green, Hardwick Hall & Eden Drive; a vehicle driving along Front Street damaged by an egg thrown at it; and the door handles of two vehicles parked at Winterton Cottages damaged by persons attempting to force entry. Other crimes reported include, in Cross Street, the same window damaged on two separate occasions and a wheelie bin set on fire behind Front Street.

Pub Watch

At a meeting held recently in Ceddesfeld Hall, no issues were raised which required further action by members.


No report

SDT Projects

Woodland & Wildlife Big Planting Day!

The Woodland Trust will deliver our 840 trees during the first two weeks of March, and the planting should take place the weekend after they arrive - so now the real work begins!

We do need a few extra volunteers, so that we can make the day a real success. Some of the first to sign up for tree planting have been able to familiarise themselves with the site at a walk around. If you would like to do the same, please feel free to ask.
Contact Roger Clubley on 07803 269956, and if you text rather than call, please include your name and email address.

Sedgefield Farmers’ Market

Spring is on the way (Music at the Market starts next month) and all around the country, the trading season is picking up. Sedgefield is no exception and to reinforce the point, Albion Grilled Cheese joins us for the first time this month. Mark Johnson from Trimdon uses locally baked sourdough bread mixed with a blend of delicious melted cheeses (from our very own Parlour Made) with local meats, to make his own version of the American classic grilled cheese sandwich. Yum! For more stall news, keep your eye on the Farmers’ Market Facebook page and on Twitter @sedgyfarmmarket.

The charity stall will be Sedgefield Area Churches Together (SACT), who will be offering free Hot Cross Buns and drinks, craft activities for children, information on the churches in the area and events during Lent and around Easter, as well as a Foodbank collection point for non-perishable goods, to help feed people in need in the county (numbers have risen since recent changes in the benefits system). Do come and say hello, share a smile and have a chat!

Sedgefield Energy Switch

Energy Switch is between Auctions at present, but if you would like information or need any assistance, please call the Sedgefield Development Trust’s Energy Switch Helpline on 07980 134 594 and we will be more than happy to help.

Homework Help is up and running!

The project continues to grow, with more helpers and more students getting involved (our thanks to all concerned!) So far, Sedgefield library has welcomed us on Thursday and Friday evenings, and the calm atmosphere, room layout and internet access are helpful.

If you'd like further information, to offer help or ask for assistance with homework, please contact us. In particular, if you are able to offer help with German at GCSE level, we'd love to hear from you in order to be able to respond to an enquiry. You can can now find us on Facebook. as well as reaching us at

Snippets from Sedgefield Development Trust’s AGM

The last year has been a real success on many fronts. All projects have been able to expand their activities and some have attracted new volunteers, helping them to thrive. We have two new projects, Homework Help and Woodland & Wildlife, and last September were involved in enabling Sedgefield Folk Festival to provide a wonderful free show for people who would not normally be able to get along to such events.

Financially, thanks mainly to the local businesses who advertise in Sedgefield News, the Trust is in a strong enough position to support all of these projects; in fact we are currently in talks about two further rather exciting developments.

New ideas come along on a fairly regular basis and though it might take a year, maybe more, to get them off the ground, they are launching as properly researched and well supported ventures. We have an active board, with a good gender balance, of 9 Trustees plus a small number of Executive members. Anyone with a real interest in our work is very welcome. There’s nothing to lose and we can ease you in gently!

Contact SDT via the individual project telephone numbers and email addresses, or simply email

Ceddesfeld Hall-Home of Sedgefield Community Association

On 27th January, SCA held their annual Burns Supper, a sell out event and a great evening of good food, tradition, fun and friendship. A Scottish piper provided the usual welcome and guests enjoyed a delicious 5 course meal. Special thanks to Bruce Cunningham, for his dramatic ‘Address to the Haggis’, to Jim Sutherland for his ‘Toast to the Immortal Memory ‘ and to Maxine Crallan for her very humorous ‘Response from the Lassies’. Maxine and Lol went on to perform two songs from the man himself. Thanks to organisers Ian and Sheila Sutherland and Pat Buckley Atkins and to others who helped on the day.

The next family event at Ceddesfeld Hall is the Easter Egg Hunt on Monday 2nd April. Children under 12 are invited to join in the hunt for Easter eggs hidden in the grounds. There are prizes galore for different age groups and families are welcome to bring along a picnic if the day is fine, to enjoy on the lawns. There is also an Easter bonnet competition. It begins at 1.45 pm in the main hall with the selection of the Mediaeval Fayre May Queen and her attendants (raffle ticket draw). The egg hunt begins at 2 pm. This is a free family event, sponsored by SCA and the Mediaeval Fayre committee. The bar is also open.

As mentioned before, SCA were successful in the current round of the Co-op Community Fund initiative. With this support, we aim to provide more events for younger families and to purchase a range of good quality garden toys and games, for use at organised, weekend events in summer on the lawns at Ceddesfeld. Please support us by becoming a Co-op member (just £1) and selecting SCA as your chosen charity.

Ceddesfeld Hall is a fantastic asset to the town. Long may it continue. The numbers using the hall, as part of a section, group or as a visitor, is growing. Annual membership fees (£8 adult, £7 Senior, £4 child/full time student) are vital in sustaining SCA and Ceddesfeld Hall for the community. This entitles individuals to reduced rates for room hire with free committee meetings, charitable status and insurance protection for registered sections. We strongly encourage regular users to become members, so that SCA can continue to develop, grow, maintain the hall and offer very reasonable room hire and bar prices.

Future events include St George Dinner and Mediaeval Fayre (more next month.)

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

Saying Goodbye to Coffee Pot Row

At their February meeting, Sedgefield Local History Society was delighted to receive a historical newsletter from the other side of the world highlighting a very special connection with our neck of the woods. Sedgefield resident Olwen Evans kindly brought along a copy of the Louisville Historian, recently spotted by her son when he was working in the USA. The headline ‘ Saying Goodbye to Coffee Pot Row’ may strike a chord, especially with Trimdon residents.

Loiuisville, Colorado can trace many of its residents to Wingate, Deaf Hill and the Trimdons, attracted by the prospects of the developing mining industry in America. Three immigrant families came from the same street - Trimdon Colliery’s Coffee Pot Row. Census records from 1881 and 1891 (see specifically document the families of Barker, Dixon and Wardle/Kimber, names which may still ring a bell in Trimdon today. A splendid family photo in front of their house in Louisville’s Kimbertown, shows about a dozen members of the Wardle/Kimber family, looking very prosperous.

Other local names include Thirlaway, Lawrence, Smith, Carlton, Ashburn, Mitchell, Liddell, Nixon, Bowes, Harris, Carveth, Dalby, Thomas, Duffy, Atkin, Simpson, Palmer and Hilton. Many may have been impelled to emigrate by the Trimdon Grange mining explosion of 1882 and the poor housing conditions prevailing at home. The article includes a photograph of Rosa Street in Trimdon Grange, showing the terrace (or row) of houses characteristic of the time. Literally a world away from the single-family, free-standing homes with gardens the emigrants were able to build in Louisville, under the Colorado sun.

Named after a huge sign hanging outside a business owned by John Michael Walker, Coffee Pot Row is still remembered in the Trimdons, the name used in various situations. If you would like a copy of the Louisville Historian or have any further information on the Colorado emigrants, please ring 01740 620091 or email Sedgefield Local History Society meets on the first Monday of every month at 7.45pm in Ceddesfeld Hall. Visitors and new members are always very welcome.
See Diary for details of our March speaker and WWI commemoration.

Make a splash at your local fire station!

Let’s face it, washing the car is nobody’s favourite job. So why not take the hassle out of it and head down to our local fire station for the National Car Wash League? You’ll be helping to raise vital funds for The Fire Fighters Charity and you’ll put Sedgefield’s fire fighters in the mix to win a national fundraising award.

It’s all happening at Sedgefield Fire Station: Saturday 3rd March 10 am - 4 pm Fire fighting can be dangerous, stressful and traumatic. When fire fighters are injured, they can be in pain and unable to work for months. Dealing with life or death situations every day often takes its toll emotionally too.

The National Car Wash League provides a vital source of income for the Fire Fighters Charity, as well as being a fun and popular event. It costs £8.5million a year to keep the Fire Fighters Charity running, and with no regular government funding, we rely completely on your donations and goodwill. You can show your support to our firefighting heroes on Saturday 3 March – then drive away safely, in a clean car!

Grateful thanks

I would like to record my grateful thanks to those who kindly helped when I suffered a fall outside the old Hope Inn during the snowfall of Thursday 18th January. First, to the two contractors who got me to my feet and those friends who walked me home afterwards; especially to the thoughtful lady (who unfortunately did not leave her name) who found my handbag and took it straight to the Police Station; and finally to the police, who got in touch and delivered the bag to my home address immediately. No bones broken - no financial loss - just immense relief all round!

Audrey Lofthouse

Residents should think carefully..

before donating clothes etc to some doorstep charities. One or two collectors are under investigation from the Charities commission for acting as ‘Commercial operators’ who then donate some of the funds generated to certain Charities. Cancer Research & Genetics Uk, for example, is under investigation.
Moreover, it comes to something when they cannot even spell ‘Research’ properly on their collection bags.

Leo McCormack

House building in Sedgefield

A welcome article in Steve’s Nature diary last month, highlighting the need to protect our environment and wildlife and highlighting the work that Wildlife Trusts carry out to influence housing development. There are many reasons we need to continue our fight to protect the character of Sedgefield and if we are to have new housing it needs to be the ‘Right homes in the Right Place’. Our infrastructure and services are at breaking point.

The ‘Right Homes in the Right Place’ is not happening in Sedgefield as is demonstrated by the Storey and Wimpey development on Eden Drive. That development causes great upset to the majority of residents; it is an absolutely disgusting ‘blot on the landscape’ on what were lovely open fields with a very pleasant country walk . Wildlife from that area has been devastated. The prospect of accidents at the 689 roundabout when the through road is operational is terrifying. The few who promoted and supported the Eden Drive development should be ashamed.

Developers who have planning permissions in Sedgefield aren’t even building the type of accommodation residents have identified as needed. There is only one thing driving developers and that is profit; communities are treated with contempt in the entire process. Never doubt that developers will continue to ‘attack’ our community and I urge all residents to get involved and protect the Sedgefield that we value. If we had wanted to live in a town we would have moved there – these people have no right to have such an impact on our chosen way of life.

Julia Bowles

Fishburn Art Group

Is looking for new members. The group meets every Monday from 9.30 to 12noon in Fishburn Community Centre. If you are interested, do visit on any Monday to see what goes on and meet existing members.
For more information contact Julie Underwood on 07770 972 988 or email