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Keep in the Know

Keep in the Know Durham and Darlington is a free messaging service brought to you by Durham Constabulary where you decide when and how you are kept informed about the issues that matter to you. Registration is quick, simple and completely free and if you change your mind, you can unsubscribe at any time. To sign up visit the website www.keepintheknow.co.uk

Once you sign up you will get an automated email containing a link asking you to activate your account. The messages will come through as an email, so once you are signed up you don’t need to keep checking back for updates, you will receive them automatically.

The system allows you to choose who you wish to receive messages from and what subjects interest you, this means that the only messages you will get are the ones that are relevant to you. You can log into the system at any time and change your preferences so that you manage what you receive as your needs or interests change.

During the registration process you will have the opportunity to review and select additional licenced information providers who will, if authorised by you, be able to see your data and send you messages too.

Current licensed information providers who are also able to send messages out on the alert system are Action Fraud, Get Safe Online and Neighbourhood Watch. You simply choose on sign up if you want to opt in (or out) of receiving additional messages from these providers. If another licensed information provider comes on board, you will receive a message to notify you and you can choose if you would like to receive messages from them too. You can add or remove an information provider at any time.

Your personal details will be securely held under the provisions of the Data Protection Act (GDPR).
As a registered recipient you may also hear good news stories in your community or we may appeal for information to help us identify suspected or wanted criminals or suspect vehicles. If we are appealing for information we may provide an officers name and contact details so you can contact the officer directly, or if you choose to reply to the Keep In The Know message we will ensure that the message is passed on to that officer.

NB. Keep In The Know is not monitored 24/7. It is not for reporting crimes or incidents. You can report a crime by calling the non-emergency number 101 or in the case of an emergency, dial 999. 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.
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A round up on the Trust projects

Keep up to date with the latest news about the Development Trust projects.


Farmers Market

Sedgefield Farmers’ Market Sunday 4th October

Despite the difficulties of Covid19, the last Market was a successful and, we believe, a safe one. We’ve had no reports of virus transmission, and it was clear to see that everyone was showing thought and care for other folks.

September wasn’t quite up to pre-pandemic size but it was cheering to see the winter veg back on sale and great to welcome La Chocolatrice - ‘delicious’ was the verdict in our house! This month the Bees of Hardwick pay us a rare visit, with local honey and other bee related products. It will sell quickly!

With the recent rise in the number of infections and new restrictions imposed in our region we must continue to be cautious. As I write, the Market on 4th October will go ahead, but please do keep an ear tuned in case that has to change. We will redouble our safety efforts, so hopefully we can deliver another safe and sustaining Market.

If anything changes, the news will go out on the Sedgefield Farmers Market Facebook page and on Twitter @sedgyfarmmarket. Meanwhile we’ll keep up the info on stalls as it comes through and hope for a sunny morning so that standing in a socially distanced queue isn’t too uncomfortable! Thank you for loving and supporting our market. You make it worth doing.
Keep up-to-date with any late additions or changes on Facebook @sedgyfarmmarket.


Energy Switch

Last chance to catch this auction.
This registration period closes on the 5th October. At previous auctions some people have missed out because their registration submissions have been incomplete, probably because of not having the necessary information to hand, so please note the following and have it available before starting your registration.

As well as personal details you need to know who is your existing supplier, when your tariff ends and how much Gas and Electricity you use annually. All this information can be found on your latest or your annual energy statement.

If you need more information, find us at the SDT stall during Farmers Market.



Woodland & Wildlife

Volunteers are delighted to be back in action. We’ve had a couple of working sessions and even carried out a bat survey. It’s been interesting to observe the changing flora and fauna on site over the past few months and we look forward to further activities.

If you would like to know more about the project contact woodland@sedgefielddevelopmenttust.co.uk or join our facebook page Woodland & Wildlife – Sedgefield.


Sedgefield BUG on a roll!

Following the official launch of the Sedgefield Bicycle Users Group last month, we have been delighted to see the Facebook page reach 70 members already. We spoke to lots of people at the September Farmers’ Market (right) and our two petitions, one to improve the A689 Cycle path to Wynyard and the other in favour of a 20mph zone across the village, each received over 70 signatures.

Several BUG members met up for the Cycling UK Big Bike Ride on 12th September and rode a long loop through Trimdon, up to Quarrington Hill and back to the village via Coxhoe. Everyone enjoyed a well earned coffee afterwards.

We were delighted to see that with the support of the council the cycle track has been properly mowed and cleared to allow easier riding to Castle Eden Walkway, and discussions are due to take place around further work soon.

The BUG aims to be a focus for all forms of Active Travel and we welcome anyone who is interested in getting around on foot as well as by bike. Please get involved with the discussion by joining the Facebook page - search for Sedgefield Bicycle Users Group. Follow us on Twitter @SedgefieldBUG or email us at SedgefieldBUG@gmail.com.

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Steve's Nature Diary

It was my birthday recently and a friend bought me a book, His Imperial Majesty by Matthew Oates, and for those of you who know me it's not a book about one of the royals! I will give you a clue; the subtitle is "A natural history of the Purple Emperor". Yes, that's correct - it's about a butterfly! I am about half way through it and it makes interesting reading.

The Purple Emperor is our most elusive and least known butterfly which likes to spend its time at the top of trees and it became a passion for many Victorian and Edwardian naturalists, not to mention modern ones like the author of this book. The most interesting part so far is about this butterfly's habit of feeding on a range of material on the ground including fox droppings. Victorians and some modern-day lepidopterists used this habit as a way of baiting for the butterfly and they tried bananas, sheep carcasses, shrimp paste, pickled mudfish and even human sweat.

You don't find the Purple Emperor, seen right, in the north east but at least the butterflies you do find don't need these substances to attract them! This year has not been an exceptional one for butterflies. In our garden we have had the usual Peacock, Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, the occasional Speckled Wood, and pictured below left, Comma and below right, Painted Lady.

If we have a very mild October, there may be butterflies on the wing, including the easily identifiable Comma, with its ragged wings. The upper wing is a rich orange, blotched with black, but if you look very carefully, when it closes its wings it looks like a leaf and is almost impossible to see. But if you look even closer you find a white mark like the punctuation mark – hence its name.

Towards the end of the nineteenth century it was feared that the Comma might disappear altogether from Britain possibly due to the use of insecticides on one of its favourite food plants - hops. However, after the First World War, its population bounced back and it is one to watch out for in your garden if not this month then next March when the adults that hibernate emerge.

If readers ever take a particularly good photograph of any of the wildlife featured by Steve in his Nature Diary, we would be happy to include it either on this page or on our Facebook page. Email jpegs to news@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk

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Ceddesfeld Hall: Home of Sedgefield Community Association

During September and October, SCA should have been hosting its fourth annual arts and literature festival, Sedgefield Book Ends. At the time of lock down, an exciting programme was already beginning to take shape, with new events planned to build on what was a prestigious and varied line up in 2019. Festival highlights last year included the Norman Cornish Centenary Lecture, a ‘Spoken Word’ night with Kate Fox and guests, an evening with Jez Lowe, a talk by Michael Chaplin, (which recreated his father’s inspiring journey from pit lad to man of letters) and an evening of music and poetry from ‘Across the Pond’. Audience feedback from the main events was very positive and appreciative with several considered suggestions to take the festival forward. Popular events and ideas included a visit from a crime/thriller writer, more spoken word and performance poetry, (popular with a younger audience) children’s activities, writing/well being therapy workshops and live entertainment from polished local performers, singers and songwriters.

The final ‘Super Saturday’ event brought together an impressive gathering of local authors, illustrators and poets and included published new works from local groups and individuals. One such group, Sedgefield U3A Scribes has produced a new collection of poetry and prose this year. The stories are fictitious but their settings are real places in and around the village of Sedgefield. The U3A photography group has produced a range of photographs which compliment the stories. ‘Around the Village Pond’ costs £6 and can be purchased from Toshach’s, Loft to Loved, Pat on 620607 or Maxine on 620905.

‘Here come the Dooblies’ would also have been launched at Sedgefield Book Ends 2020 but alas, festival plans are now on hold.
Let’s hope that we can resume activities and events in 2021.

With regards to the most recent Covid-19 lockdown measures (September 17th), Ceddesfeld Hall will close until further notice. Work to the exterior of the building and repairs to the roof will continue. Keep safe and well.


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


Blooming strange times!

For Sedgefield in Bloom volunteers, like everyone else , 2020 has been a strange year. Judging days with Northumbria and Britain in Bloom were cancelled early in lockdown, but we carried on doing our best to keep Sedgefield looking beautiful.

While council gardeners, Stephen and Ben have done a great job keeping the centre of the village looking bright and beautiful with tubs, beds and baskets, Bloomers have been litter picking, dead heading, weeding, pruning, cutting back plants, path edging and trimming epicornal growth from the base of trees. We have tended our existing plots around the village and in Ceddesfeld Gardens, where our newly created stumpery looks splendid in the Stepping Through Time Garden.

Our hanging basket fountains near the Golden Lion and Manor House, the troughs at the Social Club and the wild flower meadow opposite, all made an impressive show. Naturally, coffee mornings and dances have taken a hit, but we hope to set up some innovative fund raising ideas soon. Watch this space and the local Facebook page.

We really appreciate all the kind comments and the generous donations from grateful residents during this testing time. Sedgefield is blessed with hundred of very talented gardeners. Now that we are coming into autumn, please think of the Bloomers when you lift and split your plants. We'd be thankful for any spares you may be able to send our way.
Get in touch with me by email: norma@neal.myzen.co.uk or call me on 01740 620091. Many thanks for your continued support and encouragement.


Message from Skerne Medical Group: FLU CAMPAIGN Group

In October we will receive more stocks of the flu vaccine therefore if you are eligible (see criteria below) and do not yet have an appointment please contact your usual surgery on one of these numbers.

01740 620300 for Sedgefield
01429 880284 for Trimdon Colliery
01740 620284 for Fishburn
Eligible patients are those who have one of the following -
- Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis.
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure.
- Chronic kidney disease at stage three, four of five.
- Chronic liver disease.
- Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson's disease or motor neurone disease.
- Learning disability.
- Diabetes.
- Splenic dysfunction or asplenia.
- A weakened immune system due to disease, such as HIV/AIDS, or are on treatment, such as for cancer.

Also eligible are patients who are - - Aged 65 years or over (or who will be 65years by 31st March 2021)
- Aged 2 or 3 years on 31st August 2020, that is with a date of birth on or after 1st September 2016 and on or before 31 August 2018.
- Morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above).
- Pregnant.
- In receipt of carer's allowance or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
- Health and social care staff.
- Household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List.


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Sedgefield Farmers Market is held every first Sunday of the Month, on the village green, from 8.30am to 12.30pm. The market has about 20 stall holders each month, varying throughout the seasons, providing meats, vegatables, Handmade pies, pastries and cakes, Fish, Spices, Cheeses and more.

To book a stall call Roger Clubley: 01740 620609, email Farmers Market: farmers@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk


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