Ceddesfeld Hall: Home of Sedgefield Community Association
This article is dedicated to Nancy Wells, who very sadly passed away on Tuesday 9th February. Nancy had been poorly for some time, but remained at home until recently, caring for her husband, Keith.
Nancy was a remarkable lady, who dedicated her life to the community of Sedgefield. She had many attributes; helpful, hardworking, well organised, reliable, practical, great cook…to name but a few. Most of her work was based at Ceddesfeld Hall, where she was a long serving Trustee and Housekeeper.
Both Nancy and Keith were founder members of SCA in 1970 and Nancy has been part of and involved with many of the sections for 50 years. She was treasurer of the gardening group and the catering section, as well the Twinning Association. Nancy was an excellent treasurer for the Twinning Association and there were always enough funds to provide for a successful visit when friends from Hamminkeln came to stay. Keith and Nancy often visited Germany and kept in touch with friends there.
Sourcing food, preparing and serving a three-course meal for more than sixty people was all in a day’s work to Nancy - the food was always freshly cooked and served piping hot! In fact, Nancy has catered for royalty and other important people, including for Prime Minister Tony Blair’s son’s christening and for Princess Anne. Nancy was presented to the Princess Royal during her visit for the Sedgefield 700 celebrations. Following this, she and Keith were invited to and attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
Nancy was also Sedgefield Citizen of the Year (2006) in recognition of her service to the life of the village. “She’s there (at Ceddesfeld Hall), most days of the week, sorting out one problem or another.” “She does a tremendous amount of unseen work”. “If she grumbles from time to time, she is dedicated!” “This ‘behind the scenes’ person must have nearly as many responsibilities as the keys she carries.” These quotes, from her award presentation, give an insight into her work.
For John Nicholls, Chairman of the Gardening Section, Nancy was not only the secretary and treasurer but also their ‘personal caterer’. She made the most delicious sausage rolls and pie and peas. John once asked her why her pastry was so highly regarded, and her answer was that it was “all down to the lard!”
Latterly, well into her 80s, Nancy continued to provide tea and coffee on Thursday mornings, as well as refreshments after the Remembrance Day service at the church. She also catered for the annual SCA Chairman’s Evening and the Christmas meal for the Northumbrian pipers and until recently, she provided hot suppers for the squash club match nights on a very regular basis.
Sedgefield has lost a great and loyal friend. Nancy’s contribution to village life has touched many people and generations of families within the town. There really will never be anyone else like her, and she will be greatly missed. Nancy’s funeral will unfortunately be a quiet affair, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. In normal circumstances there would have been a very special celebration of her life and her contribution to SCA at Ceddesfeld Hall.
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