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Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)
Sedgefield News Article As Autumn arrives... Summer is over but we can look forward to winter fun too. Halloween, bonfire night and, as some ‘wag’ recently observed, ‘Christmas will soon be here’. However, Autumn’s arrival means that the days grow shorter and soon the clocks will be changing. This means longer nights, which are attractive to criminals operating under cover of darkness. As the nights close in, here are a few actions you can take to prevent criminals spoiling your winter fun:
- Adjust settings on light timers so lights come on as soon as it is dark outside.
- Ensure external lights keep your property well illuminated.
- Ensure light timers keep your property interior well-lit so that if you are still at work when night falls it looks the property appears occupied.
- Keep blinds tilted however, so that the interior of your house does not become a showcase to prospective burglars.
- Make sure equipment, toys, bikes and other items used during the day are safely and securely stored indoors before it is dark.
- Make sure your car is secure and if possible parked off the street, preferably nose first on a drive, or better still, in a garage.
- Always keep entrance doors, gates, garages & outhouses securely locked.
- Take garden furniture, barbeques, hose pipes and other summer garden items indoors for the winter.

Bicycle Crime Valuable items such as bikes are targets for theft generally but especially on dark nights. Those without a secure lock are an easy target so make sure you lock it with a good quality secure lock such as a chain and padlock, D-lock or cable lock. Keeping your bike indoors is the most secure solution but if you need to park your bike on the street here are a few tips:
- Avoid Dark Alleys: even if it is locked a thief will have an ideal opportunity to break through the lock.
- Butterfly Racks - avoid parking which only allows you to secure your front wheel to the stand. Even if you do not have quick release wheels, a thief will find it very easy to detach your wheel and make off with the rest of your bike.
- Avoid short posts or even tall posts that a lock can fit over. Your bike will be lifted over the top. Even if there is a sign on top that the lock can’t fit around, remember, a determined thief will unscrew the sign and lift your bike over
- Avoid drainpipes – these are easily shattered or removed.
- City or Town Centres overnight – avoid leaving your bike in these locations even if there is CCTV coverage.

Security Marking. By security marking your bike you will greatly increase the chance of police identifying & returning your bike if it is stolen. It also acts as a visible deterrent to thieves by making the cycle less attractive to steal.
Operation Spoke. Cycle shops in County Durham & Darlington are working with Durham Constabulary with a joint aim to mark and register every cycle in the County. Go along to any cycle shop to have it marked and registered for free, now.

The Bike Register is used by all Police Forces in the UK to reunite stolen goods with their owners.
Police Report Our Beat Team have reported that in August / September the following crimes occurred in Sedgefield:
- Regular shoplifting in Sainsbury’s and Co-op
- Trolley dash in Sainsbury’s (leaving without paying)
- Fuel theft at garages on A689 (leaving without paying)
- Numerous vehicles systematically stripped of parts in the temporary overnight car park at ‘Hardwick Live’. Investigations are ongoing.

Call 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers-uk.org. Crimestoppers Trust is a registered charity
Remember, crime isn’t as common as you think… but 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.
Open Weekend October 19th & 20th, 10am-12pm
We would love to show you around, especially if you have never ventured into the area before. If you find it as inspiring as we do you may decide to take up the challenge yourself, but there’ll be no pressure from us.
Please contact woodland@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk for more details.
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Community Life

Steve’s Nature Diary
I recently did a holiday club for children based in a church in Stockton. Luckily the church had a small garden and we had the opportunity to have a look for what we could find outside. We found the usual slugs and snails, woodlice, lots of spiders and a number of insects. We used sweep nets and sampled the trees by gently brushing the leaves into a white tray and the find which excited everyone was the Green Shieldbug, pictured right.

This group of insects can be identified by a distinctive triangular shield shaped section on their back. It is well named, at least in the summer, being bright green and stippled with tiny black dots in spring and summer, which changes to greeny-bronze in autumn. Its wing tips are dark brown. It grows to a length of about 15 mm, and the antennae have five segments (as opposed to the shorter, four segmented antennae of most other groups of bug).

Found in hedgerows, grasslands and woodland edges, the Green Shieldbug is also common on horticultural crops and in nearby roadside vegetation. Adults hibernate in grass tussocks or leaf litter and emerge in May. Females lay clusters of small, barrel-shaped eggs on the undersides of leaves. These hatch into wingless nymphs, which crawl between plants to feed, and become the new generation of adults in September. These bugs can often be seen basking in the sun during late summer before they hibernate. Both adults and nymphs suck plant sap. Their alternative name, the Green Stink Bug, refers to the smell that it leaves as a trail over fruit and vegetation. If it is present in large numbers, this can taint and spoil a crop. The insects also produce this smell if handled or disturbed.

Two species of Green Shieldbug can be found in the UK - one native (the Common Green Shieldbug) and one that arrived very recently from Europe (the Southern Green Shieldbug). The Common Green Shieldbug is bright green with tiny black dots and dark wings, while the Southern Green Shieldbug is uniformly green in colour and has pale wing membranes.

Common Green Shieldbugs do not damage plants by drawing their sap, but the recently arrived Southern Green Shieldbug may damage some vegetables, especially runner and French bean pods. However, this species is most numerous in late summer, after the cropping period, so gardeners don't need to worry just yet about its presence in the country. There are around 30 species of Shieldbug in the UK and they can be found in a number of habitats. Some are relatively common, like the Gorse Shieldbug and the Hawthorn Shieldbug, whilst others are confined to particular habitats in particular geographical area. Keep your eyes open for them!
Farmers Market News
Sedgefield Farmers Market News
As the cold weather approaches, we would like to send a huge thank you to our enthusiastic, hard-working team of volunteers. They brave all weathers throughout the year, putting out signs or stalls, and others work in the background to make this one of the best markets there is. We could not run without them.

October has always been a good market, so there should be lots of good things for you to browse, taste and buy - and speaking of buying, Honey’s owner (see opposite page)has now had to invest in a new Farmer’s Market bag! If you would like one, they are always on sale for just £4.50 at the SDT stall. The RSPB will be here this month, with Harlequin Morris entertaining.

To contact the Market, use farmers@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk and for Charity stall & Music use charitystall@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk DON’T FORGET TO GO GREEN WITH ONE OF OUR FAB NEW JUTE BAGS!
Homework Help
Sedgefield Farmers Market News
Sedgefield Homework Help
Email homework@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk or go to our Facebook page. Also contact us if you'd like help with your homework. We'll do our best to match you with a suitable helper. For more information, see our Facebook page or go to www.sedgefieldweb.co.uk/homework-help.html.
Woodland & Wildlife
Sedgefield Woodland & Wildlife
Open Weekend October 19th & 20th, 10am-12pm After a lot of hard work by our volunteers, things are beginning to look a lot more manageable around the hundreds of trees we have planted since the project began two years ago.

We would love to show you around, especially if you have never ventured into the area before. If you find it as inspiring as we do you may decide to take up the challenge yourself, but there’ll be no pressure from us. If not, just enjoy a walk in the country and maybe spot some of the wildlife that we are discovering every season, on our little patch of heaven.
Sedgefield Energy Switch
Sedgefield Energy Switch
LAST CHANCE to register for current auction is October 7th so now is the time to join or re-register if you’re already in the scheme. Previously we have been able to arrange extensions beyond the auction date but this may not always be the case, so don’t risk it. For people who registered at last year’s October Auction, your contract will come to an end before the end of the year or early in January, so you’re advised to re-register now to continue to take advantage of any savings. Contracts only last 12 months, so take action before that comes to an end.

At the time of writing this article (15th Sept) only 51 people have registered for this auction. At the end of registration last year the number was 249, so many of you may still need to register.

As before, if you are happy to register online, go to www.sedgefieldweb.co.uk , open the ENERGY SWITCH section, click on ‘REGISTER NOW’ and follow the links to fill out your details. If you prefer to register and receive information through the post, or need any assistance, please call the Sedgefield Development Trust Helpline, 07980 134 594 and we will be more than happy to assist, or complete your registration for you.
Ceddesfeld Hall: Home of Sedgefield Community Association
A very entertaining weekend was enjoyed by visitors to Sedgefield Folk Festival but now attention turns to Sedgefield Book Ends The festival begins on 28th September and features fantastic writers, poets, speakers, illustrators, musicians, performers and artists. First comes an evening of music and poetry from Across the Pond, with an impressive line up of top local performers.

The Spoken Word Night (Mon 14th Oct, 7.30pm) is new this year. With headliner Kate Fox it includes support acts from Lisette Auton, Steve and Pauline May, with Tony Gadd (Gong Fu Poets), hosting the event. Steve May, an Edinburgh Fringe First winner with Wigan Young People’s Theatre, regularly performs poems and stories around the NE of England and further afield. All of the support acts are published poets and polished performers! You will not be disappointed. Author, singer and songwriter Jez Lowe will launch his second novel ‘The Corly Croons’. Jez is currently touring America but will be in Sedgefield on Sunday 13th Oct at 7.30 pm for an evening of story and song. A must for all fans.

The Norman Cornish Centenary Lecture (Sept 30th) and Michael Chaplin’s talk on his father Sid, ‘Hame’ Growing up in the pit villages of Durham (19th Oct) will provide fascinating and poignant insight into family life in the 1920s and 1930s.

Tickets for the dinner ‘Writers, Words & Wit’ (Sat 12th Oct) are available from the numbers below. The evening starts at 7pm with a drinks reception. Dinner is vegetable soup, pork with apple (veg option available), chocolate pudding, cheese board, coffee & mints and the price is £20. The Sedgefield Book Ends pamphlet has been put through your door so you will know that there are many more activities and workshops to enjoy. Do come and make the most of what the festival has to offer.

You can buy Tickets for the five highlight events from the bar at Ceddesfeld Hall, Norma (620091) or Sarah (622185) or from info@sedgefieldsca.org.uk. Other (£3) events can be paid for at the door. Children’s events are free. The Sedgefield Book Ends 2019 Facebook page has all information.
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
Have you spotted it yet?
If you didn’t know that you needn’t wait for the first Sunday of next month to stock up on your favourite pies, it’s probably because of what’s known in the trade as a soft opening. The proprietors of Charlie’s Country Kitchen, one of the most loved stalls at Sedgefield’s Farmers’ Market, decided to take it slowly when they opened a new delicatessen, Needful Things. Just like Charlie’s famous pastry, they are determined to get the shop just right, as a recent change in the balance of products demonstrates.

A shop was a long time coming for Charlie & Duncan. Before, it was all market stalls, starting when they lived in Spain and Charlie decided to use her spare time to try her wares at the local street market.

Moving to Britain, though not home to the West Country, a chance comment overheard at their first stall at Newcastle Quayside, became their tagline - “I Love Pies Me”. Soon though, they made the move to real food markets, Durham & Sedgefield - and the rest is history. Baking may be their mainstay, but there are other good things to explore in the delicatessen. Having set out to sell the best cheeses, they now have a growing reputation for exactly that. See for yourself with a stroll along Sedgefield's lovely old High Street. Needful Things is open from 9am - 4pm, five days a week.
Plotting for the future by Carole Lawford
Welcome to October. I love this time of year, the harvest festivals, the shorter days and atmospheric evenings. It’s a time of change. My change is my puppy Honey, who is now 12 weeks old. You may have seen or met us already - she’s a Cockerpoo and my assistance dog. We’re more familiar with Guide Dogs who help people with sight issues. They come to their owner at 2 years old when they’ve been trained before they’re matched. Honey has been with me from 9 weeks old, and is getting to know me and my routines; our routines. I bought her a smart carry bag so we can move around safely before she had her injections; but she decided she didn’t like it, and preferred my Sedgefield Farmers Market bag instead! I think she likes the smell of the jute. We’ve amused lots of onlookers as she sits poking out of the top of it in the basket of my walker.

When we’re trained, her role will be to learn my routes home from the village shops, my plot, whatever adventures we undertake. She will help with bringing me things I need, or drop, reminding me of specific things, taking my keys out of the door, closing windows, laundry jobs etc., the small but important jobs I did without thinking, but that now have serious consequences when I forget them. It’s wonderful, I’m learning how MS affects my brain and thinking, and Honey is already helping. We’re grateful to Lucy and Cate at Clifton Lodge Vets for their support and advice. It was a strange feeling when I recognised myself on the front page of the Sedgefield News in the surgery waiting room.

Work on my plot has been delayed by the time of year. People have holidays booked, and childcare responsibilities to manage. We had some sand delivered and several companies are considering donating materials. In the meantime, I started my treatment with some recovery time, and as the season comes to a close, I can plan and look forward to next year with some excitement. Heritage varieties really appeal to me. I have a nice stash of seeds of heritage varieties and unusual varieties of familiar produce - rainbow coloured carrots, golden beetroot, multi-coloured chillies, and other treats. I like the experimental aspect of growing. Plant it, nurture it, and watch with anticipation as Mother Nature and Father Time do their thing. I love it. If you want to contact me, email carole.lawford1@btinternet.com
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