The Trust Projects, The SCA, Neighbourhood Crime, The Sedgefield Plan plus more

Male victims of domestic abuse are top priority for the Young Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner

A new campaign to support male victims of domestic abuse was launched at Police HQ in Durham on Tuesday 12th June.

Domestic abuse can be psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional. Victims may feel threatened, coerced, controlled or degraded. 2.5 million cases of domestic abuse against men are reported in the UK every year. One in six men have been victims of violent domestic abuse from an intimate partner. They are far less likely than female victims to tell someone else about their experience. Libby Wright, the 17 year-old Young Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, who is the driving force behind the new campaign, wants people to understand what male domestic abuse is and how to get support. Libby was elected to the role by Police Cadets in 2017, and has teamed up with Ron Hogg, Stephen Cronin and senior figures from Local Government, the NHS, the Harbour support service and the Police to champion the rights of male victims.

Male victims of domestic abuse in County Durham who may need support or advice should contact Harbour on 03000 202525 or

Notes from Neighbourhood Watch Meeting held on 12th June 2018

Neighbourhood Watch wish to record sincere appreciation of the donation received from outgoing Mayor David Brown from his local awards in May. Once again attendance was less than hoped for. However, the report provided by new Local Police Officer John Lamb was most comprehensive and explanatory as to how the recent reduction of intolerable behaviour from youths at the weekends was achieved.

Members thanked John, his local colleagues and the other officers involved, for their work and especially their achieved outcome. There was active discussion of the use of (resident) CCTV with CPO Rona Stocks, offering advice, home visits for this and other prevention matters for anyone who contacts her. Her contact details are below. The Alan Sowerby Citizenship Awards will be made at Primary schools in July. Full Minutes are posted in Notice Boards (Police Station & adjacent Library)

Crime Prevention Officer:

Police Community Cohesion Officer: Faye Callan; Telephone 101 Extension 742317.

Planning issues: Sedgefield Village Action Group notes

There isn’t much to report from SVAG at the moment as we are waiting to hear when the Wimpey application for 60 houses on the 'horse field’ at the bottom of Stockton Road will go to a planning meeting. Maybe by the time you read this we will know, as we were told it would probably be June. SVAG will again represent the majority of residents’ views at the planning meeting but we do still need residents to help us.

Signs. Some people think that the Wimpey signs in the two fields either side of the Stockton Road entrance mean that Wimpey will be building there, but that is not the case – the signs are there illegally. Wimpey do not have planning permission to put them there, but are now applying for that permission and indeed saying they want them there until 2024. Does that indicate that they don’t intend to have Eden Drive building site finished until 2024? To date they do not have any further permission to build on new areas. This is another example of developers showing total disregard for rules and residents’ opinions. The Sedgefield Neighbourhood Plan (NHP) has completed a re-consultation stage resulting in a need for some minor word changes and updating of maps; the Town Council (TC) will progress this and we have requested they treat it as a priority. It is even more important that we have our NHP making progress as the County Durham Plan (remember the first Plan was withdrawn a couple of years ago and has been started again) will be out for consultation on June 22nd with any comments required to be in by August 3rd. The Town and County Councils will publicise where the Plan can be viewed (libraries, Council offices, online and some ‘drop in sessions’ with County officers present to answer questions). We need to keep a close eye on what the County Plan indicates should happen with future housing development in Sedgefield – so please have your say at any consultations.

In other news, the land between Old Beacon Lane and Butterwick Lane where a company called ESRG was looking to develop housing is now ‘in the hands of' a company called Hellens Group Ltd. They have requested the opportunity to meet the Town Council about their plans. We understand STC will probably do this at a meeting in July and the public will be able to attend so watch out for information.

SVAG will carefully look at what impact the County Plan will have on our community, but we need everyone to have their say. You can contact SVAG by email on or on 0752 3457584.

SDT Projects

Sew Easy

The group is always hard at work and obviously enjoys the experience. Our machines (new ones in the foreground bought with a grant from County Councillor David Brown and Sedgefield Development Trust) are used to the max! Sew Easy meets twice weekly (details p 12) and will hold a Fashion Show on 23rd October in the Parish Hall, to show off the fruits of their labour - jackets, dresses, tops and trousers and many accessories. Proceeds will be shared between DIDO and the Dementia Café group.


Days In Days Out for seniors is still going strong although we have sadly lost a lot of our founder members - as you can imagine 11 years on - so we are actively seeking new members to enjoy our interesting and sociable activities. Call Gloria on 622447.

Sedgefield Farmers’ Market

Alongside our adventurous traders with their cornucopia of tasty produce, the RSPB will be visiting the village green this month. With live music comes from Lol, Maxine & the Ceddesfeld Ukulele Band and games for the children, the stage is set for a thoroughly enjoyable morning!

Homework Help

Homework Help is available to the end of term and beyond, so if you would like any help with school or college homework, please contact us at and we'll see what we can do!

Woodland & Wildlife

On a crisp sunny February morning I turned up at NetPark to discuss a project to plant a woodland and wildlife area on the outskirts of Sedgefield. Since that initial meeting an enthusiastic group of volunteers have planted 840 trees in blizzards, cleaned up the site on a mass litter pick and over the past 6 weeks have been clearing a considerable amount of undergrowth. This has been very hard but rewarding work, definitely better than going to the gym! We can be very proud of the achievements so far, it’s a fantastic example of the proactive attitude of this community.

I’d first heard about the project in 2017 and immediately wanted to be involved. I was interested in the environmental aspect of the project and as a Mum of two young girls it was an excellent opportunity to introduce them to nature and plant trees which will grow with them. They would be able to visit the site as adults and know that they were part of its beginnings. They have really enjoyed the visits to the trees; the freedom the open space allows them is rare in an increasingly urbanised world.

The Woodland and Wildlife site has become my happy place; it is so peaceful, and I feel proud knowing we have made a small difference to the environment. The changing seasons make every visit different and I’m quickly gathering knowledge of the flora and fauna. I can highly recommend getting involved no matter how big or small your contribution, it will be valuable! Melissa Hinton

Ceddesfeld Hall-Home of Sedgefield Community Association

Arrangements for Ceddesfeld Hall Beer Festival are well underway and we’re looking forward to a great weekend. There is a varied selection of beers from a range of breweries including; Titanic Plum Porter, Oakham Citre, Black Death and Ruby Revolution, to name but a few. There will also be a selection of ciders. Doors open on Friday 6th July at 7 pm and at 6 pm on Saturday. BBQ food is available both nights as well as entertainment from Lol and Maxine on Saturday evening.

Friday August 31st sees the start of Sedgefield Folk Festival. Events at Ceddesfeld begin with an evening of ukulele music, featuring the Stockton to Darlington Ukulele Express, Ceddesfeld Ukulele Band and Lol and Maxine Crallan. Tickets are £5 and can be obtained from Lol Crallan on 621709 or from behind the bar at Ceddesfeld.

On Saturday 1st September starting at 7.30 pm, The Old Age Travellers feature in an Open Mic Night. This is a great evening of varied music from local folk singers as well as visitors from further afield.

Other activities at Ceddesfeld Hall:
Friday and Saturday evening - musician session, with Joe Childs, takes place upstairs, starting at 7.30 pm.
Saturday morning workshops (10 am): Ukulele, fiddle and guitar and Northumberland pipes.
Saturday afternoon (1.30 pm) - Durham Traditional Song Writing Competition run by Sheila Sinn. A great opportunity to perform your own work.
Saturday afternoon (1 pm). Singaround with Ernie Gilchrist, followed by a dedication to the wonderful Bert Draycott given by Ray Thom, then a dedication to Martin Nesbitt given by Mike Ward. The festival finishes with a Sunday Singaround (10.30 am to 3 pm with buffet) led by Ernie Gilchrist.

Sedgefield Book Ends. We’re also looking forward to an exciting programme of events inspired by books, beginning at the end of September. More on this next month.

For more information, contact Wendy, 620206: Pat, 620607: Sarah, 622185 or visit

Sedgefield Twinning Association visit to Hamminkeln

A month ago, members of Sedgefield Twinning Association returned from a lovely 4 day visit to Hamminkeln. Although we were a very small delegation this time, as usual we were made to feel very welcome and given a wonderful time, with a guided tour of a “water castle”, Schloss Raesfeld, followed by a lovely lunch and a visit to the local museum which showed us what it was like for ordinary people of the area who were caught up in World War 2. A “beer seminar” involved tasting a selection of beers (not just German ones) and also whisky and Schnapps. Nobody reported a headache the next day, and even the teetotal among us had a great time, maybe because we were served roast pork and crackling as well!

Another day we visited an organic farm with 4,500 laying hens, which sold not only eggs but products made from them, direct to the public via their shop and markets. Of course we also sampled their products – which included strawberries, vegetables and “pick your own” flowers.

Welcoming us, the Mayor of Hamminkeln, Herr Bernd Romanski, emphasised the importance, particularly in the present world situation, of this continuing friendship between countries. Personal friendships and understanding each other’s ideas is the only way to achieve peace. Nobody wants to fight their friends! This was true when Twinning links were set up after World War 2 and is equally true today.

We are enthusiastic to continue this 35 year old tradition, and think that there must be others in Sedgefield who would enjoy a visit to Germany. Next year friends from Hamminkeln visit us, and we will be looking for hosts for them. But even if you do not want to host, by all means come and join in while they are here (dates not yet been decided). If you would like to know more, come to our social event on July 13th in Ceddesfeld Hall, between 4pm and 6pm. For £10 pp you will get a glass of bubbly, strawberries & cream and a a fun prize quiz entitled “Do you know your village?” We have a collection of photographs of unusual views of Sedgefield! For more information contact Judith Edgoose on 07899 944464 or any other member of the Committee.

Grant Funding still available for Businesses & Farmers in the Sedgefield Area

The LEADER fund is still open to applications from farmers and businesses in the Sedgefield area. The £1.584 million fund has already helped dozens of farmers, businesses and community organisations across the Durham Coast and Lowlands area, but there is still money left in the pot for new projects to come through.

The fund covers rural areas between Dawdon in the north to Newton Aycliffe in the south. Sedgefield and surrounding areas, including Foxton, Mordon, Bradbury, Fishburn and Bishop Middleham are all eligible for funding between £2500 and £180,000 for capital projects. The scope of the funding is wide; LEADER has already funded projects such as playgrounds, robotic mikers, factory production line machinery and building works for holiday accommodation.

Applications are welcomed from projects that will provide:
-Support for increased farm productivity
-Support for micro and small businesses or farm diversification (non agricultural)
-Support for rural tourism
-Support for rural services
LEADER is European funding, so farmers, businesses or those thinking about a start-up are encouraged to come forward before the funding disappears.

The Sedgefield area is new to this funding so it would be fantastic to continue to support the area.

To discuss an idea or for more information contact the Durham Coast and Lowlands team on 03000 262618 / 266894 or email

Local hardworking 15 year old boy

Looking for work: dog walking, pet-sitting, lawn mowing, babysitting etc. Available weekends and July & August.

Please contact Cameron at

The Inner Wheel Club of Sedgefield

Thanks everyone who supported their Fashion Show on Tuesday 29th May. With your help we raised £740 for the Alzheimer & Parkinson Charities. Thank you all very much. Ann Carr, President

Christian Aid Week 2018

Thanks to the generosity of people in Sedgefield, Bradbury, Mordon & Mainsforth, we are delighted to report that a final total of £3936.48 was collected and will be increased by approximately £426 as a result of the completed Gift Aid declarations, and a further £153 given at the Good Friday Procession of Witness. A grand total of just over £4,515 will go towards helping to improve the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Thanks also to our dedicated collectors, who gave time and effort to this very worthy cause. After delivering envelopes they try to call back twice, but it is not always possible to catch everyone at home. We are sorry if your envelope was not collected. Thank you to those who brought their envelopes to St Edmund’s on Mediaeval Fayre day; or to one of our other churches, their collector or to our home afterwards.

Margaret & David Glass

Fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Martyn, Zoe, Rachel and Lee are hiking / walking 26 miles of the Northumberland coast on Saturday 21st July. This will be a massive challenge for us, but nothing compared to what most cancer sufferers go through every day. Our first thoughts will be of Dad and what he had to go through and I'm sure he'll be watching over us and drag us all across that finish line. Any donations are welcome, every penny counts. Fund-raising is hugely important to Macmillan. Without people running marathons, climbing mountains, and donating in other ways, Macmillan wouldn’t exist. Using JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Your money goes directly to the charity with speed and efficiency. Thank you.

Rachel Fenwick