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Sedgefield Community Life

Neighbourhood Crime Watch, The Trust Projects & The SCA

Community Safety


Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)
Sedgefield News Article TV Licensing Last time we warned of popular scams over Christmas and sure enough an old favourite has raised its head. An email is hitting Inboxes now which purports to be from TV Licensing and suggests that you need to renew your bank details as they have been ‘lost’. The layout and logo look very convincing. If you receive this, delete it immediately. If TV Licensing need to contact you, they will write a letter.
Please visit our Facebook page to see an image of this scam email.

Neighbourhood Watch Security Equipment
Sedgefield NHW is currently co-ordinating the acquisition of various items of security equipment that will be loaned (in the case of holiday packs) or supplied free of charge (in the case of attack alarms, door alarms, purse bells and UV pens) for the benefit of vulnerable residents in our village. Holiday packs will comprise a TV simulator, three timers and a Patlock (strong lock for French doors). See our Facebook page or come to our next meeting for more information.

Equity Release
Advertising aimed at elderly and retired people is encouraging them to release the equity tied up in their homes. Please be aware of the financial risks. Equity release being sold currently is in fact a mortgage. Another one to take out after you have spent your working life paying off the original mortgage. Before you make such a decision it is essential that you take independent advice (from an advisor of your choice). Martin Lewis of TV consumer advice fame, recommends that the best way to release equity is to sell your property and downsize. Go to: www.moneysavingexpert.com/mortgages/equity-release for more information.

Police Report: Our Police Beat Team have reported the following: Burglaries at the Co-op. The person arrested and released on bail has now been charged with commercial burglary. One other person has since been arrested and is in prison awaiting trial. Further arrests are expected.

Robbery at the Premier convenience store. One person has been arrested and is on remand awaiting trial for a Well done to our local Police Team for their efforts in achieving a quick result. Farm Watch The recent meeting reported some thefts of equipment and suspicious activity. Another issue was fly tipping of horse manure in lanes and farm entrances, in some cases, 15 tons at a time. Police soon got a whiff of the culprits and suspects are being questioned (albeit from a distance!) C.O.P.S.

Our support goes to PC John Lamb, who is spending a cold night in an abandoned and haunted prison to raise money for Care Of Police Survivors (COPS), a charity dedicated to helping families of Police Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. To donate please go to: www.justgiving.com/careofpolicesurvivors. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

Crimestoppers
The Crimestoppers Regional Manager, who is based in Sedgefield, will be giving a presentation on what this initiative is all about at our next NHW Meeting on Wednesday 5th February 2020 at 7pm in the Social Club. Come along and find out more!

The Crimestoppers strap line is SPEAK UP. STOP CRIME. Call them on 0800 555111 if you see anything suspicious or have any information at all about an incident, or if something just doesn’t seem right. It is 100% anonymous. They won’t ask your name, won’t judge, but just listen and pass it on. When you hang up the phone you’re done.
If you have any information, queries, concerns or news for us, please get in touch via the ‘Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch’ Facebook page. 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.
Sign up before 10th February 2020 as registration closes. Registering for the energy switch commits you to absolutely nothing. Once registration closes, there is a tendering process after which you will receive a personal offer. You then simply choose to accept or not, if you think it is worth it.

Community Life

Steve’s Nature Diary
When I last visited the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust nature reserve, Maze Park, and had a pleasant stroll around and along the river, looking for seals, I hadn’t seen a great deal; a charm of goldfinches had been the highlight. But as I got back to the car, I closed the boot and I saw something in the corner of my eye. Two Roe deer bounded away on their spring loaded-legs towards the railway line, like antelopes on the African savannah. This strange habit is known as stotting, from a Scottish term meaning “walk with a bounce”.

As they departed the white patches on their backsides shone like beacons in the dim light of a winter’s morning. This is quite often the view that people get of deer. Occasionally it is possible to come across a small herd grazing but you have to be really lucky or very good at stalking! We also had a video sent to us of two deer stotting though the Tees Barrage International White Water Course. You can find it on the Teeswildlife Facebook page.

Our most common native deer, the Roe deer tends to be solitary in summer, but forms small, loose groups in winter. The males have relatively short antlers, typically with three points. They begin to grow their antlers in November, shedding the velvet from them in the spring. By summer, they are ready for the rutting season. After mating, they shed their antlers in October and begin to grow a new set. Roe deer live in areas of mixed countryside that includes woodland, farmland, grassland and heathland. They eat buds and leaves from trees and shrubs, as well as ferns, grasses and heathers. A slender, medium-sized deer, the Roe deer has no tail with a pale buff patch around its rump. Their coats are brown in colour, turning reddish in the summer and darker grey in the winter. Roe deer are one of only two native species of deer in Britain, the other being the much larger Red deer and you would need to travel a lot further afield to catch a glimpse of them. Although Roe deer are classified as native, they were hunted to extinction in England and Wales by the early eighteenth century and these we see today are probably descendants of animals introduced here from mainland Europe. They are doing well in many rural areas, although in some places they can cause problems by browsing the woodland understorey, and this raise the tricky question: when does a native mammal become a pest?

The Roe deer has no natural enemies now that lynx, wolves and bears no longer roam our countryside. Now there’s an idea for another "Rewilding" story…
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Sedgefield Homework Help
This is to give notice that Sedgefield Development Trust Ltd. will hold its Annual General Meeting on Monday 10th February 2020 at 7.45 pm in the Boardroom of the Parish Hall.
Any special or general resolutions proposed must be with the Company at its registered office, 7 Melgrove Way, Sedgefield, TS21 2JN, no later than 12 noon on Sunday 2nd February. All nominations for Directors must be with the Company Secretary no later than 12 noon Sunday 2nd February.
This AGM is an open, public meeting.
SDT is owned and controlled by the community. You are welcome to attend Sedgefield Development Trust is a company limited by guarantee; Company Number: 4312745 and is a registered charity; Charity Number: 1100806
An Ideas Forum?
One of the great things about an open meeting like our AGM (above) is that there’s a very good chance that someone will pop up with a brilliant new idea that could in time become one of SDT’s successful projects. Ideas can vary greatly. Some have provoked much heated discussion; others are accepted as yes, blindingly obvious!
Here’s a quick rundown of what we do already:
Sedgefield News, SedgefieldWeb, Energy Switch, The Farmers’ Market, DIDO, Sew Easy, Woodland & Wildlife, Homework Help, The Bees at Hardwick and in conjunction with STC & Rotary, the Citizen of the Year. In development for some time has been a possible sustainable energy project in conjunction with NETPark. But do you have a great idea? You are very welcome to come along and share it with us.
Farmers Market News
Sedgefield Farmers Market News
Sunday 2nd February Spice Up Your Life! The latest addition to our food range is a spice merchant from Middlesbrough, Diablo Seasonings (the Boro is increasingly well known for its cosmopolitan food outlets!) Believe me, the sight of this range of spices and seasonings will take you back to holidays in the sun! It’s great to know that our new plantswoman, Debbie Owen, who came for the first time in January, produces all the plants she sells; nothing is bought in!

The Woodland Trust makes a return visit to our charity stall this month, with tree planting so significant in the current climate crisis. Come along find out how you can help.

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 JUTE BAGS!
Woodland & Wildlife
Sedgefield Woodland & Wildlife
CHRISTMAS TREES FOR HABITATS A superb response from the local community led to over 40 trees being recycled and reused on the land.
Wildlife Day, 21/22 March
Activities on site for all the family.
Earth Day, 18/19 April Open Day
Sedgefield Energy Switch
Sedgefield Energy Switch
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR THE FEBRUARY AUCTION The current registration period closes on 10th February. If you are a part of our switching scheme already and your contract comes to an end before the end of April you need to register now, or if you are thinking of joining us for the first time, now is the time to act. You can register in one of two ways; First, if you are happy to register online, go to this link, simply fill out your details. Second, through the post. If you need help, please call 07980 134 594, the Sedgefield Development Trust Helpline. We are happy to assist, and can even complete registration for you. Registering for this scheme commits you to nothing and you are guaranteed not to receive any pestering phone calls. We are very happy to help.
Ceddesfeld Hall: Home of Sedgefield Community Association
Activities for 2020 are already in full swing at Ceddesfeld Hall. We have such a variety of interest groups who meet regularly. There really is something for everyone!

SCA currently has over 670 members. Membership fees are very important to SCA as all money goes towards the maintenance and upkeep of the hall, which is run wholly by volunteers. The annual subscription fee is very reasonable; £8 for adults (18 to 60 yrs), £7 for senior (60 plus) and £4 for children and full-time students.

The SCA are committed to providing value for money. All members are entitled to discount for room bookings. For example, to book the main hall for an evening event costs £60 for a non-member, whereas a member would only have to pay £35. A wedding booking (11am to 6pm) would cost members £100, compared to £140 for non-members. All details of room hire can be found on the SCA website.

In recent weeks, the Swinhoe and Oldham rooms and the foyer have been re-decorated. A new carpet is due to be laid in the foyer and the staircase will be re-decorated in March. The outside of the building is scheduled to be painted a little later in the year.

SCA is holding its first Wedding Fair on Sunday 3rd May. All enquiries to go to Amie Davies via email at diy-a-wedding@hotmail.com. There are a few exhibitor spaces remaining.

A Pop & Prosecco night, which will be a fun night of group singing, takes place on Friday 21st February, from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. This popular social event is new to Ceddesfeld Hall and welcomes adults of all abilities from shy beginners to veteran divas. The Singing Elf - vocal tutor Rebecca McGarvie - will bring the pop, teaching upbeat hits from the 60s and 70s.
Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained via email; info@sedgefieldsca.org.uk or from Sarah on 01740 622185 or Rebecca on 0191 3721682. Tickets can also be purchased on the door. For more information, visit www.thesingingelf.co.uk.
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
Sedgefield Mediaeval Fayre-Saturday 16th May 2020 SCA are very keen to attract increased sponsorship for this, our biggest event and would love to hear from local firms & businesses, pubs & restaurants, who have much to gain from getting involved. For more information on Ceddesfeld Hall events, regular activities, room hire and bar opening times, contact Wendy, 01740 620206; Pat 01740 620607 or Sarah 01740 622185. Follow us on Facebook or visit our website, www.sedgefieldsca.org.uk.
Message from Australia
I have been very touched by my friends in Sedgefield as well as elsewhere sending me messages and thought for the residents of Sydney and New South Wales. I am currently staying in Victoria, the nearest fire being 12 kilometres away. It’s scary stuff but I am touched by your messages and love, which I have passed on.
Best regards, Mavis Wayman
Sew grateful
I would like to thank all those amazing generous ladies and gentleman who have donated their once-loved sewing machines and over-lockers to refugees at the centre in Thornaby.

Nineteen machines were given to delighted ladies, who will now be able to develop skills, and gain satisfaction and purpose in their difficult circumstances. There was also a most generous gift of a large quantity of material, wools and sewing cotton, all of which have been put to excellent use. Here’s a thank you message from Shirza, an Iraq asylum seeker:
“We are so grateful for your kindness. These sewing machines have made so many people happy. It has given us something to help with our independence, for example, making clothes for our children, curtains and bedding and lots of projects.” Chris Mills
A catch-up from Carole Lawford
Hello my fabulous friends and happy new year. I’ve been having some treatment but I’m feeling better now and I’m very happy to be moving into a beautiful adapted flat, just perfect for me as my needs change. It’s very exciting!

Soon I will look out on a pond with green space around me and ducks on my terrace. Honey loves watching them! Carole and Honey
Guides work to raise funds
Members of 1st Sedgefield Guides helped busy shoppers to pack their Christmas shopping in Sainsbury's, and some of the money raised will be used to support three guides who will attend the International Community Experience 2020 trip to Cork in Ireland in April. Olivia, Grace and Ellen will join 21 guides from across the North East who will meet guides from across the UK.
L-R Amelia Martin, Grace Rowe, Olivia Martin & Ellen Parry, pictured with guide leader, Joanne Thompson & Sainsbury’s manager, Nichola Young.
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