The secretary recorded NH Watch thanks to the police, and specifically to PCSO Lisa Hall, for the recent, major improvements in contacting the public via “In the Know / Alert” emails to residents, most noticeable from early December.
Sedgefield Crime Report:
PC Todd introduced our Crime Prevention Officer, Rona Stocks, who gave a brief introduction about crime prevention measures, mentioning a new property marking method. Rona stated that she wished to work with members of the community to prevent crime and was available to visit and give advice as required. PC Todd then issued his Crime Sheet which detailed 23 separate crimes. However, the consensus was that discussion of this report be passed over as the major concern of people present was ongoing antisocial behaviour activities that blights their lives.
Despite atrocious weather the room was packed by residents at the end of their tether, driven by a desperate need to seek help from the police to stop the behaviour that occurs in Sedgefield almost every weekend; behaviour that damages their lives. These residents listed the areas directly affected as: Rectory Row, Burton Mews, Ceddesfeld Hall & Gardens, The Church & graveyard, The Green, The Pottery in Cross Street, Wykes Close, High Street & Stockton Road.
Residents stated that over the past 6 months matters have turned more sinister and despite them being reported to the police and despite the police’s proactive “local” attendance, things are getting worse. Several very serious and specific examples, including alcohol abuse, drug related activity and organised fighting, were reported to the three police representatives in attendance at the meeting.
Residents were advised to keep their own record but also to report every incident/ offence to the police. This information is imperative if resources are to be committed to a problem.
Next Panel Meeting is Tuesday 10th April 2018
This month Lead Theft continues to be a problem for residents, as properties in
Woodland View and Kerr Crescent have discovered to their cost. It appears that the persons responsible are walking around between 2am – 3am. Please report any suspicious persons as we would like to catch these lowlife! Other crimes reported include a burglary at the building site in Eden Drive where a container was entered and tool compressor and generator were taken.
In NETPark, recently laid ground cables were stolen from the roadside. A burglary occurred overnight at the Black Lion where the gaming machines were attacked and money stolen. In Cross Street the small windows of the pottery were again broken on two separate occasions. In Eden Drive a Ford Fiesta was forced open and attempts made to steal it before they gave up only to find another Ford Fiesta in South View where they managed to steal the vehicle. This was later found burnt out in the Bowburn area.
At a meeting held recently in the Golden Lion, no incidents were reported requiring further action by members.
Despite the worst efforts of the #beastfromtheeast2, WE DID IT!
All 840 trees were planted over a day and a half, by a fantastic band of all-weather heroes and heroines, whose ages ranged from pre-school to beyond 70! It was painfully cold (see below) and the badly overgrown ground was hard to work on, but if you took the time to look up now and again, the progress was so amazing that it
inspired you to dig in. With so many people coming together with a common aim, it felt as though we were creating a new community as well as a woodland. All in all, a wonderful experience.
Of course, this was just the start. There will always be things to do, so if you weren’t able to get involved this time, please do stay in touch. Check out the Sedgefield News Facebook page and Twitter feed for Woodland related posts, and if you would like to add your name to the group, please text 07803 269956 with your name (including surname please) and email address if you have one.
Following the unfortunate cancellation of last month’s market we hope to put on a really grand market on such an important day in the calendar - and we certainly won’t be April Fooling anyone into staying away! News of stallholders is still coming in as we go to print, but we can tell you that Mellanby’s vegetable lorry will be making its last appearance until the autumn, and that you may want to bring a wheelbarrow to take advantage of Durham Tees Valley Compost & Woodchip’s stall! The Spring/Summer season of the Farmers' Market Live Music tent opens with lively tunes from Ceddesfolk to shop by, so if the weather is kind, enjoy a few moments with us on the village green.
Sedgefield Energy Switch will be back with a report next month.
Homework Help continues to grow steadily, with more students and helpers getting involved (thanks to you all!) Following an item in mainstream media regarding parents helping their children with homework, Sedgefield Homework Help's co-ordinator was interviewed live on BBC Radio Tees on 12th March. The programme is available on the BBC iPlayer for a little while longer, if you are interested in hearing it: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05y4h81 (the Homework Help part starts at about 1:37:25 and continues until about 1:42:05). If you'd like to know more about the initiative, either to request help or to offer it (regular or occasional) please e-mail email@example.com or find us on Facebook. We are always on the lookout for more helpers - the more helpers, the more students we can help.
Ceddesfeld Hall’s Easter Egg Hunt (under 12’s) is on Easter Monday 2nd April. As well as a hunt for Easter eggs hidden in the grounds, there are prizes for different age groups and an Easter bonnet and decorated egg competition. The afternoon 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 2pm. This is a free event, sponsored by SCA and the Mediaeval Fayre committee. The bar is also open.
Another fund raiser for the Mediaeval Fayre is St George’s Dinner which takes place on Saturday 21st April. The evening starts with a drinks reception at 7pm, followed by a meal of vegetable soup, steak pie, dessert, cheese and biscuits and coffee or tea to finish. Entertainment is provided by the Push Button Band. At a very reasonable price of just £18, tickets are going fast. To book a place please contact Pat on 01740 620607 or John on 01740 620042.
Preparations for the 48th Mediaeval Fayre (Saturday 19th May) are well underway. We’re looking forward to a range of new craft stalls to complement the community stalls, as well as the usual popular attractions and activities which include mediaeval displays, Living History, Tug of War, Birds of Prey, face painting, Punch and Judy and much more on the green and in the grounds of Ceddesfeld. The event begins at 10 am with a walking parade of local school children. The fayre is a long standing community event which draws people to the town and provides an opportunity for a great family day out. There are refreshments and the bar at Ceddesfeld Hall and of course it’s also a busy day for the local pubs and businesses, several of which sponsor the event.
Many local groups do help out and any support from volunteers who can offer time in the run up with collections or on the day would be very beneficial. Please get in touch or add your name to the rota lists in the foyer at Ceddesfeld. All volunteers this year will have an opportunity to take part in a free prize draw. We’re looking forward to a great day!
In helping me to compile this article, PCSO Amy Jorgenson noted that Keith takes
part in nearly every event that takes place here, and it’s true! From Royal and
Presidential visit visits to his annual Christmas Card competition at our Primary
Schools, the Ball Game (has he really only missed one?), Mediaeval Fayre, Sedgefield
Day, the Snow Parade, New Year’s Eve, patrolling the Village Green on Friday nights?
- he’ll be missed there for sure!
Some time ago, PC Todd was instrumental in recovering £200,000 worth of stolen car parts from Trimdon. Alerted to a suspicious vehicle at a barn/garage in Trimdon, Keith checked the vehicle and found that it was stolen. He waited for the suspects, who returned with a trailer to remove the vehicle. When they did, both males were arrested. Inside the barn were stolen car parts from all around the country. Along with a female Police Officer, Keith received an award from a National newspaper for his response to an incident in which two men were stealing a vehicle. When the driver of the car badly injured Keith's colleague with a wrench, he came to her aid and administered first aid. The culprits ran off, but were later arrested, by Keith, his Sergeant and his Inspector.
Stringent views on wrongdoers have been a frequent feature of our “Letters from PC Todd” and many a rogue has felt the power of Keith’s wrath, but at the same time, his care and interest in people’s welfare is genuine; and as for his efforts for charity… He completed the Coast to Coast cycle route from Whitehaven to Sunderland for Cycle for Heroes; ran the London Marathon in aid of the ABF Soldiers’ charity; did the Quadrathon at Sedgefield Race Course, also in aid of the ABF Charity and has even taken part in an ‘It’s a Knock Out’ obstacle course - for charity of course. On a more serious note, following the attack at the end of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, Keith was part of the team who gave reassurance to the public at the ‘One Love Concert’ which was staged last June.
Reassurance - a very good word to apply to our Bobby on the Beat. Editor
Christmas may still be ten months away but one group in Sedgefield is already hard at work planning a major festive attraction for the town – a repeat of the highly-successful Tree Festival first staged in St Edmund’s Church two years ago. Much more on the six-day charity event as the plans take shape...
Would like to share their thanks and gratitude for the local community’s support during their youngest daughter’s battle with leukemia. Rosa Johnson was diagnosed with ALL in November 2015 and in January of this year they finally heard the words that she is now in remission. We could not have got through these dark times without the support of the local people, businesses and Sedgefield Primary. The love and generosity has been amazing. Our journey has now taken a different path. We still have a way to go but things are looking a lot brighter for our family. Thank you so much - it means the world.Love Danielle, Colin, Jasmine and Rosa xx
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who rushed to help my husband on Wednesday 6th March when he fell in the street opposite the bank. 2 men ran from a van to help him up and a lovely lady (Christine?) brought her car and took us to the surgery. She waited with us until a nurse was available to dress his bumps and bruises. I then took him to North Tees and they confirmed that nothing was broken. Once again, thank you all so much.Mrs Janet Malin