Sedgefield Community Life

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Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)
Sedgefield News Article
The Holidays are Coming
As the weather improves our thoughts turn to summer holidays and trips away to relax under the sun. Enjoy your well earned break with the peace of mind that you have done everything you can to keep your property safe while you are away from home.
Here are some tips on how to deter burglars and make their life difficult:
- Leave a car on the drive. It looks as though you are home.
- Close and lock ALL windows and doors securely.
- Tilt all blinds so that no one can see straight in.
- Lower blinds over patio or French doors.
- Lock your garden gate.
- Fit timers to interior and exterior lights so that lighting times mimic your routine.
- Don’t advertise the fact that you are going away by telling all your friends/acquaintances. Conversations can easily be overheard.
- Don’t mention it on social media. A criminal can piece together information. All they need is the date and address. Post your ‘good time story’ afterwards.
- Tell only a trusted neighbour or relative. Ask them to keep an eye out for unusual activity and to check daily and push any post right through the letterbox.
- Don’t order anything that may need to be delivered when you are away and don’t tell suppliers you are on holiday.
- Don’t write addresses on luggage labels, a phone number will do if it is lost.
- Fit a burglar alarm.

Online Shopping
If you are shopping online take precautions. If using a retailer or individual you are not familiar with make sure they are reputable by checking customer reviews/recommendations. What is their score in satisfaction surveys?
Is the payment page secure? There should be a padlock symbol in the browser window frame when you attempt to log in or register. The address of the page should start ‘https://’. The ‘s’ stands for ‘secure’.

Unless you know the seller personally, never pay by direct transfer into their bank account. This is a common scam. You’ll have little chance of getting anything back! Don’t buy online when you are using unsecured wi-fi, such as a hotspot in a cafe or hotel. Logging in to a hotspot is no indication that it is secure, so use 3G/4G instead, or wait until you get home to your secure wi-fi. Remember that paying by credit card offers greater protection from fraud, non-delivery and dishonoured product warranties.

Use different passwords for each website you use in case your details are hacked from one or more of them; and when you have finished your shopping session always log out as closing your browser isn’t enough.

Check your payment and card statements regularly to make sure you’ve been charged the right amount and that your card hasn’t been cloned and used for other purchases in your name. (Comprehensive, simple and free advice is available at www.getsafeonline.org). 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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Community Life

Handyperson Service
If you need help fitting security equipment, Durham County Council now runs a handyperson service that will do small scale jobs for residents of Co Durham who are over 60, disabled, a victim of crime, at risk of falling or are vulnerable in other ways. This service can undertake small jobs in and around the home, taking up to a maximum of 2 hours, which affect your safety, security and comfort.

The Handyperson can do a home safety check to identify work that needs to be done to help you feel safe. It is available to both owner occupiers and tenants (tenants need to check first whether some jobs are the responsibility of the landlord).

Examples of Jobs and Costs
- Fitting security equipment.
- Replacing light bulbs.
- Changing tap washers.
- Hanging pictures.
- Put up shelves.
- Fitting replacement locks.
- Fit curtain rails.
Other than plugs and fuses this does NOT include electrical works or work connected to a gas supply.
The charge is £15 per visit for up to an hour which can cover one or more different jobs carried out within that time. If jobs take over one hour an additional £15 is payable. Clients pay for materials at cost price (unless you supply them yourself).

The Handyperson Service is funded by Durham CC; Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group. For advice or assistance, call 0300 456 2220 or email handyperson@bernicia.com
Don’t Show Bias - Come and Try Us!
Sedgefield Farmers Market News
A lifelong cricket lover, I am familiar with the “breathless hush” which enfolds many a rural cricket ground. What I didn’t expect was to walk into a similar bubble of calm when I visited Fishburn Bowls Club on a lovely summer evening in the middle of May. On and around the green between twenty and thirty people we’re taking part in, or watching, a league fixture against Cockton Hill.

The club is keen to welcome anyone, male or female, young or old, who is interested in or merely curious about outdoor bowling. Membership fees are £17 for the year and give members access to the club’s facilities between the end of April and the beginning of September, subject to the greenkeeper’s agreement. All new members can borrow bowls from the club if they want to spend a week or two deciding whether bowls is the sport for them. Currently the club has 21 members. As well as the opportunity to play socially, the club competes in four leagues across Durham and Teesside giving anyone with a competitive streak ample opportunity to test their mettle. Players pay a fee of £1 to take part in home league matches and travel to away games is usually provided in a 12 seater taxi at a cost of £3 per person per match.

Terry Graham, the club treasurer, feels that ‘The club’s greatest asset is the friendly atmosphere with which it welcomes new members and the spirit in which it competes in the leagues and competitions.’ To find out more, call Terry Graham on 621328 or Gordon Robson (club secretary) on 621627. Tony Magee
Steve’s Nature Diary
Sedgefield Farmers Market News
When you read this, you will still have chance to sign up for the Wildlife Trusts’ month-long national nature challenge 30 Days Wild. You can get your free pack at www.wildlifetrusts.org/30DaysWild and start planning for a wild June. Sign-up closes on the 15th June.

Last year's 30 Days Wild was a record breaker with over 350,000 people embracing the challenge of experiencing nature every day during June. In the pack there is a handy pocket-sized guide to 101 Random Acts of Wildness, a packet of wildflower seeds, a wall chart to make memories of your wild month, and wild-at-heart stickers to share with family and friends.

Things you might try include some of the more usual activities, such as instead of going for a walk to the same old places try visiting a new nature reserve – visit https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/nature-reserve put your post code in and it will tell you where your nearest nature reserve is. There are at least 14 nature reserves within a 10-mile radius of Sedgefield!

Or try getting up early and visiting your local woodland to enjoy the dawn chorus. Or you might do something more constructive like build a bird or bat box or insect hotel for your garden. For the more adventurous why not have a go at going barefoot in the park, dancing in a downpour or lying on your back and watching the clouds go by. From little actions (like stopping to smell a flower on your way to the shops or taking a moment to watch squabbling sparrows in a hedge) to big things (like giving up single-use plastics for a month or writing to your MP about why nature matters), 30 Days Wild is all about re-connecting with the natural world and doing a little bit of good for wildlife.

For the first time, the Wildlife Trusts have also produced a pack for care homes alongside packs for schools and businesses. Research has shown that providing contact with nature can help people to feel happier and healthier.

One of 30 Days Wild’s highlights, our Big Wild Weekend will take place on 15-16th June. Wildlife Trusts across the UK are planning a fabulous array of events. Last year these events included a dusk-to-dawn expedition, a prowl for owls, glow worms, nightjars and stars. Visit Durham, Tees Valley or Northumberland Wildlife Trusts websites to find out what is happening near you. Now in its fifth year, 30 Days Wild participants keep up to date and share the fun and activities across social media using #30DaysWild
Sedgefield News

NEWS DELIVERERS NEEDED URGENTLY News of a long-standing volunteer moving away means that volunteer(s) are needed to deliver a total of 60 copies to Caden Court, Naylor Rd, Lisle Gardens and Swyfte Close. If you can help, please contact Judith Edgoose. Call 07899 984 464 or email mail@toddshousefarm.co.uk
Farmers Market News
Sedgefield Farmers Market News
Sunday 2nd June from 8.30am
An expanded set of stalls made an attractive sight from every direction as people approached the market last month. The stalls were arranged around a space for Maypole dancing on the top of the Green, and this could be the scene again in June, with another visit from DZ Circus School offering a wide range of circus skills for you to try. It's all free for kids of any ages! So if you're a 80 year old kid you're included!

The Lions Charity are taking our Charity Stall and we have a double helping of music this month. First up are the Cobweb Connections Jazz Band and they will be followed by Fishburn Brass Band. Plenty to see and enjoy!

Our "Sedgefield Farmers Market" reusable bags will be on sale again to help you avoid single use plastic. Find them on the SDT stall. DON’T FORGET TO GO GREEN WITH ONE OF OUR FAB NEW JUTE BAGS! Do come along and support them - and of course, explore our Farmers' Market! Send enquiries to farmers@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk
Ceddesfeld Hall: Home of Sedgefield Community Association
Sedgefield Community Association News
The next SCA event is Sedgefield Day on June 22nd - an opportunity for groups and organisations to showcase and promote what they do. We have Sedgefield Veterans, Discover Brightwater, Sedgefield Squash Club, Sedgefield Bloomers, the Local History Society, Sedgefield Development Trust, Sedgefield U3A, Sedgefield Players, Sedgefield Community Association, Ceddesfeld Art Group and Sedgefield Book Ends.

There is always space for more, so please get in touch! Sedgefield Twinning Association are providing the refreshments, and musical entertainment will include Sedgefield Schools combined choirs, The Push Button Band, SLYC, The Raggle Taggle Band, Sedgefield Lyric Singers, Lirica, Lol and Maxine Crallan and Ceddesfeld Ukulele Group – and of course, the bar is open! Look out for posters around town and on social media.
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
I'm Only A Horse
When out for a ride, needing the loo,
I’m only a horse, there’s nothing I can do.
Recently two letters, written about me,
Just like my deposits for all to see.
With my watery eyes ‘n’ blushing long face,
The manure police are now on my case ...
As I trot along, feeling very wary,
Sedgefield now seems a little bit scary.
If me and my rider are all but able,
We will try to make it back to the stable.
Accidents can happen, so I beg your pardon,
If so, scoop up and chuck on your garden!
Richard D Fearnside 2019 - he's back!
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