Sedgefield Community Life

Neighbourhood Crime Watch, The Trust Projects & The SCA

Community Safety

Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)
Happy New Year from NHW and we hope you and your families enjoyed a wonderful Christmas.
Hopefully you were not a victim of one of the 35 crimes in the Village reported by PC John Lamb at our Neighbourhood Watch Meeting on 9th January 2019. (This is by no means the total number of crimes). The good news is that three of the five cars stolen in the ‘2 in 1’ thefts (combined house burglary and car theft) we reported in the last issue, have now been recovered, but we still need to take precautions with our vehicles (see below).

Shoplifters were also active at the rate of about one per day over the Christmas period but again the good news is that all but two perpetrators were successfully detained. These successes rely to a great extent on public awareness and diligence in providing valuable and prompt information to the Police. Therefore Neighbourhood Watch promotes exactly what those two words say: keep watch on your neighbourhood and report suspicious activity. Remember, people usually act suspiciously for a reason. Catching criminals is important but prevention is better and avoids creating a ‘victim’. Tell us what’s important!

By now you will have received our survey leaflet. It is our aim that every resident has the opportunity to tell us the things that matter to them, so please give us your views. Please return the leaflet to the deposit box in the CO-OP by 31st January 2019.

The new Committee will use your feedback to set its priorities. We look forward to hearing from you. Why not attend our next meeting? – Wednesday 13th February at 7pm in the Social Club (upstairs room). All residents are welcome, so please feel free to come along.

Crime prevention Car Crime
This month we look at car thefts, which are largely opportunistic and can be avoided. Try taking the following steps as a deterrent: Use your garage if you have one.
Your car is more valuable than the stuff you store in the garage!
If you have a drive or parking bay, park nose first in the space. (Thieves want to act quickly and hate trying to find reverse gear).
If you must park on the street, place the vehicle under a light.
Never leave valuables or tools in the vehicle.
Use an anti-theft device.
When locking the car check the door to confirm it is locked and that all windows and sunroof are closed. Don’t store your documents in the glove box.
Don’t store ‘HOME’ in your sat nav. If they also steal your house keys then this is a risk.
If you have keyless entry, buy a ‘Faraday Cage’ to protect the fob from remote electronic downloading of the codes.

Email Fraudsters We have had further reports of fraudsters using e mails claiming to be from TV Licensing. These ask you to click on a ‘secure link’ to insert your bank details due to failed direct debits. NEVER click on a link to a website that has been sent to you to enter your personal information! As an added note of caution, banks may not reimburse your loss if you have ‘willingly’ given your bank details to a fraudster. Remember, 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.

Register before 11th February

Community Life

Steve’s Nature Diary
Sedgefield News Article
Winter is a good time to visit some of our rocky shores, whether it is Redcar, Saltburn, Seaham or Blackhall Rocks we are certainly blessed and there is always something to see. Take limpets for example. You can find these conical shaped shells stuck to rocks on beaches, which never come off no matter how hard you pull. You might think they are boring but you will be amazed by the day in the life of one of these creatures. These plainlooking sea snails are champion survivors, living in one of the most extreme environments on earth. The intertidal zone is the area of the beach which is covered by high tide but exposed at low tide, which means animals living in this area need to be able to live in and out of the water but normally can only breathe in one.

Imagine if your house filled with water twice a day, but you were unable to leave and had to find a way to breathe until it receded again! That’s what it’s like living on a rocky shore. To survive, limpets need to stay damp and they can only breathe underwater, yet twice a day the tide goes out leaving the limpets high and dry. Or it would leave them dry if limpets didn’t have a super smart way of dealing with this. To prevent themselves drying out each limpet uses the edges of their shell to create a ‘home scar’; a small groove on the rock which fits their shell exactly. When the tide goes out they use their muscular foot and a chemical secretion to clamp down into their home scar and prevent themselves from drying out. This is why you should never pull a limpet off its rock, once off their home scar they will dry out and die.

When the tide comes in and covers the limpets they set off across the rocks to find algae to eat. But how do they find their way back to their home scar? The limpets leave a chemical and mucus trail leading back to their home. While out and about on their travels limpets use a specialised tongue called a radula to scrape algae off the rocks. This radula is covered in tiny microscopic teeth which were recently discovered to be the strongest known material in the natural world, even stronger than spider silk, so if you wanted to, you could think of limpets as tiny bulldozers with a pretty sophisticated satnav system.

Some of the information for this month’s diary came from Kent Wildlife Trusts’ Guardians of the Deep project and if you want to download more information about the Durham coast visit this website.
Farmers Market News
Sedgefield Farmers Market News
Sunday 3rd February Customers at the beer stall will want to join us in thanking The Three Brothers Brewery, who have been regulars for well over a year, for brewing good beer and bringing it to us. They need to re-prioritise their business so can no longer attend Sedgefield Farmers Market. We wish them good luck for the future.

The good news is that we’ve wasted no time in finding a replacement, so let’s give a warm welcome to Russell Allen of Roundhill Brewery, who will join us from February's Market. Billingham based Roundhill has established a good reputation for its brews, so come along and talk to Russell and give his beer a try. We hope to have a fuller range of regular stalls this time, although it was actually very pleasing to have such a lively little market in January.

Returning to the market in February, we have the Woodland Trust. Do come along and support them - and of course, our Farmers' Market. Send enquiries to farmersmarket@sedgefieldweb.co.uk
Energy Switch News
Sedgefield Energy Switch News
We are rapidly coming to the end of another registration period which closes on 11th February. If you are a part of our switching scheme and your contract comes to an end before the end of April, you need to register for this auction. The scheme, we are pleased to say, keeps growing with new people joining at each auction, so if you are interested, now is the time to act and register. Register in one of the following ways:
1. To register on line yourself, simply click HERE then simply fill out your details.
2. If you prefer to register and receive information through the post, or need any assistance, please call the Sedgefield Development Trust Helpline on 07980 134 594 and we will be more than happy to assist you 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).
Homework Help News
Sedgefield Homework Help News
Homework Help can now offer help with Spanish as well. Whatever the subject, to ask for help, to volunteer or to find out more, please contact homeworkhelpsedgefield@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.
Woodland Wildlife News
Sedgefield Woodland Wildlife News
A green corridor, community conservation project on the northern edge of NETPark. The project relies on volunteers who donate their time to the upkeep and development of the newly planted site.

Activities so far have included; the planting of 840 native trees, litter picking, clearance of undergrowth and a botany survey with Durham Wildlife Trust. There are many more exciting ideas for future plans, such as sowing a wildflower meadow, extending the woodland and encouraging more wildlife onto the site. New volunteers are always welcome, we value any contribution people are able to give.

If you are interested in joining in the activities of the Woodland and Wildlife group, would like to join in the conversations over e-mail, or for more information, please contact sdtwwcontact@gmail.com. Alternatively, if you are on Facebook please search for 'Woodland and Wildlife - Sedgefield' and then request to join the page.
Ceddesfeld Hall: Home of Sedgefield Community Association
Sedgefield Community Association News
Join us for lots of activities throughout 2019 starting with:-
Open Mic Night - Saturday 23rd February, 7.30 pm – an evening for talented, local performers
Ceddesfeld Ukulele Band - Saturday 23rd March, 7.30 pm – a night of popular, happy music
Easter Picnic and Egg Hunt – Monday 22nd April (Easter Monday) – a fun event for the family
St George's Dinner – Saturday 27th April – a scrumptious evening to raise funds for the Mediaeval Fayre
Sedgefield Mediaeval Fayre – 18th May—a fantastic day for all, which attracts visitors from far and wide and includes Escafeld re-enactment group preforming on the green
Sedgefield Day - Saturday 22nd June – a day for all community groups (not just SCA) to shine and promote their activities; to include entertainment across the day
Beer Festival – Friday 5th & Saturday 6th July – a great opportunity to try some delicious new beers and ciders in a relaxed, welcoming environment
Family Fun Day – Saturday 3rd August - sports/garden games afternoon – fun for younger children
Sedgefield Folk Festival – 6th, 7th, 8th September – a fantastic weekend for all folk enthusiasts
Sedgefield Book Ends - Saturday 28th September to 19th October – 3 weeks of literary events and activities, art exhibitions and workshops to include; writing, poetry, music, art and photography and a celebration of local authors and illustrators.
Dinner – Saturday 12th October – in celebration of Sedgefield Book Ends with a literary theme
Firework Display – Friday 1st November – In support of Sedgefield Town Council (STC)
Snow Party - Saturday 7th December– Christmas Craft Fayre – in support of STC
Mulled Wine/Ukulele Night Friday 20th December, following carol singing around the tree on the village green
Christmas Eve Quiz - 24th 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
The Unknown Poet
After ten years, this is my final poem as the Unknown Poet. I thank everyone at the Sedgefield News for publishing my work over the last ten years. Some were not that great yet some were little gems... Special thanks to Sandy Clubley.

Yours truly, Richard D Fearnside. The Unknown Poet 2009-2019

The final flourish
From the first poem written in two thousand and nine,
Sedgefield news then printed line after line…
The Village New Year - Nurse Tyler and November,
Only Yesterday - The Wasp and Remember Remember.
Nep’s Tune - Blood Red and To Be a Campanologist,
The darkest had to be - May’s Sinister Twist.
When mysterious Gnomes appeared on our green,
My poem was written, but the culprit never seen!
Many more I could add to this list,
Over ten years did I persist…
Writing songs in print without music or chord,
Planning out verses on paper and keyboard.
I thank editor Sandy who’d always assist,
With a suggestion there, or a tweak or a twist.
As I am unmasked as the Unknown Poet,
It's time for someone else to take over and show it!
Good value
My wife and I tried the farmers market for the first time in a while. We walked away with two bags of vegetables that will easily last us one week plus. It cost £3.50!! If you looking to stretch the budget, get there on the first Sunday of the month. Use it or lose it. Colin Wears
Road safety
Yes it’s me again. I have no idea how this system works (chicanes on Durham Road). Why oh why have we still got them? They are a total waste of money and time in our village (town). They don’t work. I have watched carefully as car drivers become more and more frustrated with them, causing pollution as they stand there waiting to go through, and then racing through at more than 30 mph. Don’t get me wrong; if we feel we need a lollipop person to see ourselves and our children across this busy road, then surely we could have had a zebra crossing or traffic lights. I’m sure these would have paid for themselves by now. The chicanes are an eyesore and cause many problems for the nearby houses. Come on - ditch them and use a bit of our council tax to make this system much better. Bobby Workman
Oil savings
I'm pleased that you are still informing people about "Sedgefield energy switch". However, if you are buying domestic oil check out the details of the Oil Club. After paying large amounts of money to fill our tank in the past, I saved over £50 on my first order for 500 litres. There are over 5,000 clubs in the country, including Sedgefield which covers Mordon and area. Details at www.oil-club.co.uk. I hope this information is helpful. Dorothy May
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