Sedgefield Community Life

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Community Safety

Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)
Sedgefield News Article Personal Attack Alarms
Personal attack sounds, and is, extremely serious, though it is often softened by the phrases ‘Bag Snatched’, ‘Purse Snatched’ or ‘Mugged’. Few, other than the victims really appreciate the initial shock and long-term effects. Police reports from our Beat Team demonstrate that this is happening in Sedgefield. No-one is immune. Attackers often have the audacity to warn victims not to struggle or scream as it will only make things worse for them. Not true. Conversely, this response makes it difficult for the robber and a personal attack alarm can help do this for you. So what is it? This safety device is capable of creating a 125db sound that attracts attention and scares away potential assailants. To compare, it’s the same volume as a military jet during take-off. It’s also simple to use. Instead of having a button that could easily be pressed by accident, the device utilises a pull-pin. Once pulled, the device emits its ear-piercing sound for up to 30 continuous minutes, or until the pin is replaced.

It can be reused over and over, and it easily attaches to purses, keys, and backpacks. It’s also small enough to fit in your pocket. But it packs a wallop. Evidence has shown that attackers panic on hearing it and their instinct is to flee the scene. It works so well that Police are recommending it strongly as a deterrent. This advice applies to us all, not just the elderly and vulnerable. Buy one and make it difficult for them, not you!
Durham Police Recruitment Drive
Police Forces have launched major recruitment drives to boost the number of officers across the region. Durham Constabulary is accepting applications for new police constables and launched their campaign on 10th October. For the first time, forces offer Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships in conjunction with universities. Student officers will study towards a degree in Professional Policing Practice as part of a 3 year training programme while working as a Police Officer. Durham Constabulary has partnered with Northumbria University and the university fees will be paid for by the force, with students being paid police officers from day one, with a starting salary of £24,177.

The recruitment drive is part of a national campaign, which aims to recruit 20,000 new police officers over three years. It is hoped that this will benefit our Beat Team in Sedgefield. Through the apprenticeship, you will ‘earn while you learn’, combining vital on the job experience with classroom-based learning at Northumbria University, as well as joining a Force that has achieved the highest possible overall rating for four successive years from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services. Sounds like a ‘no brainer’.
Lock It Up Campaign
Dark nights are here and last month we gave advice on security for the winter including your vehicle. Police officers are patrolling the streets in the hope of catching suspects riding around on bikes and trying car doors. Officers patrolling as part of the Lock It Up campaign will also try car doors looking for unsecured vehicles. If yours is one they will give you a polite knock even if it is at 3am, reminding you to Lock It Up!

Theft from vehicles mostly occur from those left unlocked. Thieves try their luck until they find one. The Police will do everything they can to disrupt and tackle those responsible, but let’s work together to make it difficult. Keep it locked. Also, on frosty mornings don’t leave your car unattended with the engine running. It’s an open invitation to a thief.

Remember, crime isn’t as common as you think, but don’t be a victim. Lock up, stay safe and sleep well.

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.
What this space for news of an upcoming competition. We are still looking for volunteers so
please contact woodland@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk for more details.
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Community Life

Steve’s Nature Diary
Take a walk around Sedgefield, Bishop Middleham or any of the local villages I am sure that you will have noticed lots of changes. Not only increased development, more people around and more cars on the road, but changes in the countryside as well. More litter especially plastic and definitely more dog poo in plastic bags hanging on the trees.

Some of the species of animal and plants you see have changed, with hedges disappearing, wildflower meadows in decline and more houses being built. You don’t see as many corn buntings and yellowhammers singing their distinctive songs, “jangling keys” and “a little bit of bread and no cheese” respectively - or reeling swifts flying overhead.

It’s a rather gloomy picture so it is no surprise that this October, following on from the State of Nature reports in 2013 and 2016, leading professionals from more than 70 wildlife organisations joined with government agencies for the first time, to present the clearest picture to date of the status of our species across land and sea.

The news is not good. The UK’s wildlife continues to decline, the latest findings show that since rigorous scientific monitoring began in the 1970s there has been a 13% decline in average abundance across wildlife studied and that the declines continue unabated. The State of Nature 2019 report also reveals that 41% of UK species studied have declined, 26% have increased and 33% shown little change since 1970, while 133 species assessed have already been lost from our shores since 1500.

Tees Valley and Durham Wildlife Trusts have been working to try to reverse this decline by managing nature reserves and delivering successful projects. One example is the Heart of Durham Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary project which has resulted in saving this butterfly from extinction. In Middlesbrough, the little known reserve, Maze Park, has had a number of areas created for the Grayling butterfly, a species specifically mentioned in the State of Nature report. These are just two small examples of what is being done locally.

Nationally, the Wildlife Trust have been lobbying government to include important elements in the new Environment Bill and Sir David Attenborough, president emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts has made a short film with the charity to provide answers to the State of Nature partnership’s latest warnings of continued, devastating wildlife declines in the UK. He says” “Now is the time to tell our politicians that we need a Nature Recovery Network set in law. A legally binding network for nature would mean that wildlife is prioritised when managing our land and planning our towns. Powerful new environmental laws can ensure habitats are expanded and reconnected meaning all life will thrive once more”.

It’s time to turn things around. Nature is capable of extraordinary recovery but we must act now! Tell your politicians now is the time to put nature into recovery. Everything works better when it’s connected. Visit https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/nature-recovery-network
Farmers Market News
Sedgefield Farmers Market News
New! Kevin Malt’s Wearside Bakehouse - bringing freshly baked bread, and Kettle & Keg, Coffee & Hot Beverages - a distinctive outfit in the Italian style! Sharing the charity stall are St John Ambulance and Neo Angels, who support parents & babies in the neo-natal ward at North Tees Hospital. Find out about their work and buy locally hand knitted angels for your Christmas tree!

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 Homework Help
No updates this month.
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
Competition news coming soon.
Community Banking Update
As reported previously, we have been trying, since the closure of the Barclays Bank branch in Sedgefield, to encourage the introduction of alternative banking facilities. The valuable banking service provided by the Post Offices in Sedgefield and Fishburn is much appreciated, but we believe that the opportunity to establish a Community Bank Service Point should be seriously considered.

We have been in discussion with the NEFirst Credit Union to establish a discrete and personal service for one or two sessions per week, in a suitable community building, with easy access for all. The main purpose of the Credit Union is to provide savings and loan facilities on a “not for profit” basis.

The principal Service Point activities will be to deposit cash in savings accounts, and to provide support in completing loan documentation. There will be no facility to withdraw cash. Loans and withdrawals from funds will be issued to members via bank transfer and the location will be staffed by suitably experienced volunteers under the supervision of the Credit Union. Please send any comments or questions to treasurer@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk
Sedgefield Energy Switch
Sedgefield Energy Switch
DID YOU FORGET? Last October, record numbers registered for our scheme, but this year saw a significant drop. Did you perhaps not realise that you needed to register again just before your one year contract ended? SDT does not want anyone to miss potential savings, so we have negotiated an extension.
You can now register until 20th November. If you are happy to register online, go to this link. If you need any assistance with registration, please call our helpline: 07980 134 594. We are very happy to help.
Ceddesfeld Hall: Home of Sedgefield Community Association
It has been a very hectic October at Ceddesfeld Hall! Sedgefield Book Ends 2019 has attracted a range of enthusiastic audiences and participants who have enjoyed a wide variety of author events, writing work shops, talks, concerts and exhibitions and a celebratory dinner. It was fantastic to offer several additional and rather special events this year, including Mike Thornton’s talk on Norman Cornish, a Spoken Word Night and the launch of Jez Lowe’s much anticipated second novel The Corly Croons.

The heart of Sedgefield Book Ends lies with local people; writers, poets, novelists, illustrators, musicians, performers and artists, who have provided fantastic entertainment as well as food for thought, words and images. They have been fantastic. The organisers are delighted that the programme was so well received and attracted growing numbers of visitors of all ages. Thanks must go to all who helped to organise and run the festival and to the sponsors, Sedgefield Community Association, County Durham Community Foundation and Durham County Council.
Looking ahead
Tickets for the STC Firework display and Halloween Howler pumpkin competition (Friday 1st November at 6.30 pm) can be purchased from behind the bar or at STC offices at £2.50 per adult and £1.50 per child.

A Christmas Craft Fayre (in support of STC Snow Party) will take place in the main hall on Saturday 30th November from 1pm to 4 pm. On Friday 20th December, following STC ‘Carols on the Green’, mulled wine will be served at Ceddesfeld, followed by a night of ukulele music with Ceddesfeld Ukulele Band and there will be a quiz night on Christmas Eve. Much more on all Christmas events next month.

For information, the Entrance Hall and Swinhoe Room at Ceddesfeld Hall are due to be decorated, with work beginning on November 16th. Hopefully there won’t be too much disruption and apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused. The hall will remain open.
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
It’s GOLD AGAIN for Blooming Sedgefield
It was good news for Sedgefield in Bloom, who once again won Gold and Best Small Town at the Northumbria in Bloom awards in Gateshead. Gold awards also went to Ceddesfeld Gardens, the Manor House, the Dun Cow and Hardwick Country Park.

The Fire Station Memory Cafe and Hardwick Primary School won Silver-Gilt, whilst the private gardens of Claremont Grove were awarded Silver.

As always, Sedgefield scored very highly for community involvement, as well as horticultural achievement and environmental awareness.

The national awards ceremony for Britain in Bloom took place on 25 October at the Linley Hall in Westminster. We will provide an update in the next News.
The Bloomers
Plotting for the future by Carole Lawford
November already! Many plot holders are tidying and closing down for the Winter. It’s bulb planting time for a Spring flowering, and I’m enjoying the planning of colours and succession. How many bulbs can you cram in? Well, Monty says as many as you like, as long as they’re not touching each other and you feed them - and if Monty says it, then it’s the law! I’ve gone for 3 layers, red Tulips on the bottom, creamy Daffodils above, and Snowdrops and Grape Hyacinth mingled for the top layer. I can’t wait to see them.

I met with the Soil Association this week to discuss requirements for being authorised as organic. They were keen to stress how important it is to get the right advice and gave this confusing example...

‘If you’re an organic gardener or simply want to buy organic compost, always carefully check the label of any product you buy. Our research has discovered that, as compost contains ‘organic matter’ i.e. decaying plant or animal material, it can be labelled ‘organic’ but still contain constituent parts that aren’t suitable for organic gardening.’ Which? Gardening magazine. Hm!

I received a fantastic gift last week - a huge whiteboard with coloured pens, an eraser and bright coloured magnets. It’s amazing and I wouldn’t have thought of it myself. I’m planning and writing reminders on it and it works well for me - apart from the small issue of Honey licking the bottom part. It now it lives behind a sofa so she doesn’t have access. Since I’ve mentioned Honey, she is growing. At a recent vet visit I was assured she is the right size and weight, and she enjoys her worming tablet, from the way she wags her whole body as she receives it.

I had checked because there was a hiccup last week when I realised I had fed her breakfast twice! Of course, no, she didn’t let on, she enjoyed both, the little monster, so I have a system to prevent that now.

Our training is going well. Honey is a bright, fast learner and will do anything for a treat and some fuss. At a training last week she was well behaved all day. I was so proud of her, and once she got bored, the wooden floor ended up cleaner when we left than when we arrived! Enjoy whatever you’re doing this month. We’re back in December. carole.lawford1@btinternet.com
Advent & Christmas Christian Celebrations 2019

Everyone is welcome to join in!
6th November, 3rd, 10th and 17th December - “Living in the Light” ecumenical Advent reflections – 7:00pm, Methodist Church New Room
30th November - Snowman Parade – 3:30pm, St. Edmund’s, Sedgefield
5th December - Ecumenical Civic Carol Service – 7:00pm , St. Edmund’s, Sedgefield
8th December - Christingle service – 4:00pm, St. Mary Magdalene’s, Trimdon Village
15th December - “Heaven’s Got Talent”, New Generation Church Christmas Special – 6:30pm, Bethany Centre, Woodham Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4UD
20th December - Carols on the Green with Fishburn Band, followed by mulled wine and mince pies at Ceddesfeld Hall – 6:30pm
Sunday 22nd December: Family Carol service – 10:00am, Methodist Church, Sedgefield
Christingle – 4:00pm, St. Edmund’s, Sedgefield
Carol service – 5 pm, New Generation Church, Bethany Centre, Woodham Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4UD
Carol service – 6:30pm, St. Michael’s Bishop Middleham
Christmas Eve: Christingle – 4:00pm St. Catherine’s, Fishburn
Crib service – 4:00pm, St. Michael’s, Bishop Middleham
Eucharist – 6:00pm, St. Alban’s, Trimdon Grange
Carol Service – 6:00pm, St. Mary Magdalene's, Trimdon Village
Holy Mass – 6:00pm, St. Joseph’s, Coxhoe
Holy Mass – 8.00pm, St William's, Trimdon
Midnight Eucharist – 11:30pm, St. Edmund’s, Sedgefield
Midnight Eucharist – 11:30pm, St. Mary Magdalene's, Trimdon Village
Midnight Eucharist – 11:30pm, St. Michael’s, Bishop Middleham
Christmas Day: Christmas service – 10:00am, Methodist Church, Sedgefield
Christmas Day Eucharist – 10:00am , St. Edmund’s, Sedgefield
Holy Mass – 10.45am, St. John Fisher, Sedgefield

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