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Underage drinking

As summer belatedly arrives, it seems that lighter evenings and some sunshine has led to a spate of underage drinking in Sedgefield by groups of young people.

A Town Councillor and others have received complaints about the disgraceful behaviour of teenagers in the "village" centre in the vicinity of Pizza Castle/ King Chef area. Girls urinating on the Church grass, staggering drunk across the road in front of traffic and throwing up on the pavement. Visitors to our Village have stated that they feel unsafe in our village centre. Particularly on Friday and Saturday evenings. If you witness such behaviour, then you are urged you to contact the local police. The increased teenage antisocial behaviour will be highlighted to the Town Council, so that they can also escalate to the police.

This is only a small example, gatherings have also occurred in the Showfield which result in littering, vandalism, urinating in full view, and foul language. After one such occurrence two black bin liners of rubbish were collected by volunteers.

Police have seized quantities of alcohol from youngsters and issued warnings which can lead to a criminal record for antisocial behaviour. Police are asking parents to please be aware of where your children are.

Parcel Scams
Never pay online to recover a 'lost' or undelivered parcel. Report any strange emails asking for payment for parcels to be re-delivered to reportphishing@gov.uk. As of 31st March 2021, they had received more than 5.5 million such reports, allowing them to remove more than 41,000 scams and take down 81,000 malicious websites.

Remember, if you are a witness to any crime or antisocial behaviour you can report it to police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Crimestoppers won't ask your name, won't judge, just listen to what you know and pass it on for you. When you hang up you're done. Crime isn't as common as you think. but don't be a victim. Please lock up, stay safe, 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 8.30am-12.15

COVID-19 forced us to keep the market confined, for safety, but now we can address the huge number of requests we have received from would-be traders. At the market on June 6th, prepare to encounter Kombucha! If you've never heard of it, Malcolm Robertson will explain all about this refreshing and healthy drink. Elano's Cakes & Bakes specialises in apple bakes from local fruit, alongside plenty of other teatime treats.

Our free Charity/Community stall, released from lockdown confinement is now available again. The summer months are spoken for but you can book a slot from October. Email Anne Gladwin at charitystall@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust. co.uk


Energy Switch

For new participants, if your current contract ends before the end of June, this is the registration period for you and if you have been part of the scheme before and your contract ends before the end of July, you will need to register again at this auction in order to receive your next offer.

Prior to registering, have to hand the following information from your latest statement or Annual Summary: name of current supplier, name of current Tariff, date when current Tariff ends, amount of gas & electricity used per year. Key dates

Registration opens on Tuesday 30th March and closes on Monday 17th May. Auction is on Tuesday 18th May. Offers issued from Monday 31st May, closure is Tuesday 29th June.

If you prefer to register and receive information by post, or need help, please call the Sedgefield Development Trust Helpline, 07980 134 594. Leave a message and we will call back. We can help or complete registration for you.


Woodland & Wildlife

Hedging the view to the west At the beginning of May we planted a 100m mixed native hedgerow to make up the site's western boundary.

Yes, it's been another busy month for the volunteers at the Woodland & Wildlife Project. The 420 trees were donated by The Woodland Trust as part of their 'free trees for communities' initiative. The wildlife tree pack included blackthorn, hawthorn, rowan and hazel which were planted as a hedge. The pack also included silver birch and oak which were planted across the site. Our last group session focused on mulching the new hedgerow with woodchip that NETPark no longer required. Although it was hard work it was a great morning working in the sun and chatting with a fantastic group of people.

With the support of Sedgefield Development Trust and NETPark, the Woodland and Wildlife Project continues to develop a space for nature and the local community.

If you would like to know more or to volunteer with us, please contact Melissa at woodland@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk or join our facebook page - Woodland & Wildlife, Sedgefield.


Homework Help

It is such a joy to see students gain confidence and progress in their understanding.
Homework Help volunteers offer help to students across a broad range of subjects, and will look for a helper if a new request so requires. Please get in touch if you would like help or could offer some. We are not teachers - we are just offering the experience we have to help students along. If you'd like help with (or could offer to help with), contact homework@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk.


Sustainability

There is still time to sign up for the Footpaths Sustainability Course, designed for people who want to make changes in their daily life to reduce their carbon footprint.

We will have 7 sessions in total, each lasting 2 hours and taking place approximately every 2-3 weeks at a time agreed by the group.

The focus will be on 5 different topics - home energy, waste & water, transport, consumerism and food - all topped and tailed by an introduction and a ‘where next?’ session. Between sessions, participants will be encouraged to find out more about their own situation and look at changes they can make.

The focus is on achieving practical changes within a supportive environment. All the activities have been tried and tested in community groups in Leicester over a number of years and they do produce results!

There is no charge to take part, just a commitment to learning and a desire to make changes. We anticipate starting in April, and while Covid restrictions are in place, some of the sessions are likely to be online.

To find out more or to register your interest, please contact the organiser via Sedgefield News. Email news@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk


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Steve's Nature Diary

What will you be doing on 1 June? I will be taking part in The Wildlife Trust's launch of this year's 30 Days Wild campaign by having a Big Wild Breakfast. I am not sure what to do yet; it could be an early visit to a reserve bird watching with a bacon sandwich, or perhaps butterflies and bagels, worms and waffles or toads and toast in the garden.

Either way I will start my 30 Days Wild by spending 30 minutes observing wildlife, along with my breakfast. The Wildlife Trusts invite everyone to see how much wildlife they can spot in just 30 minutes. It's a breakfast bio-blitz!

The 30 Days Wild annual challenge has had more than a million participants to date – a record 650,000 people took part in 2020 alone. Every year, people sign up to do a 'random act of wildness' every day for 30 days in June.

Popular activities include listening to birdsong, taking wildlife photographs and planting seeds. 30 Days Wild has been proven to boost your health, happiness and your sense of connection to nature. If you register to take part in 30 Days Wild you get a Big Wild Breakfast nature 'bingo' placemat to download, a bundle of educational and fun resources, top technical tips from wildlife webcam experts, details on how to record your breakfast bio-blitz nature spots, wildlife guides, how-to guides, a fun quiz event and much more.

There's a pack of wild ideas with options for schools, care homes and businesses to take part too. Thousands of people share their own top tips and inspiration via the 30 Days Wild Facebook and Twitter communities.

In 2020, a five-year review of 30 Days Wild participants, run in conjunction with the University of Derby, found that people reported they felt happier and healthier from taking part, with positive effects lasting for up to two months afterwards. What could be better than making time for yourself and connecting with nature for just a few moments of your day?

It's fun, free and easy - and after such a challenging year, we've never needed nature more! Will you join me this year?

Sign up at www.wildlifetrusts.org/30dayswild

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Ceddesfeld Hall: Home of Sedgefield Community Association

On the way at last - fingers crossed!


The Trustees are very pleased that a partial, limited reopening of activities for sections and groups has begun. The rule of 6 (or two households) applies to all indoor spaces and due to safety restrictions at Ceddesfeld, the maximum capacity for the main hall is limited to 24 people and the capacity limit for the smaller upstairs rooms is 12. Distance, ventilation, and hygiene are the key words, and all groups and sections will follow the strict Covid secure guidelines outlined on the SCA risk assessment, as well as their own 'Hirers' risk assessment. Sedgefield Toddler Group, Art Group, Ceddesfolk, Lirica, Northumbrian Pipers, North Eastern Concertina Players, Ukulele Group, Squash Club and Youth Choir have all planned for a cautious, safe return between May 17th & June 21st. They are looking forward to resuming their activities. Hopefully, after step 4 (no earlier than June 21st) legal limits on social distancing and contact will be lifted, so larger groups like the Craft Club, Carpet Bowls, Pop-in, Handbell Ringers, Ladies Escape, Local History Society, Lyric Singers etc., will be able to return. Larger events, family celebrations and parties will be allowed too - a lot to catch up on!

All things being well, SCA hope to have the bar open by the end of June. A lot of work has already gone into getting the place ready. SCA wish to thank Cornforth Industrial Cleaning Ltd, for their deep clean service in the bar and lounge, which was provided, free of charge. This followed the replacing of the beer lines and refurbishment of the beer cellar. The place is looking good, and ready to be back in full use. A card payment system is to be introduced.


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 NEWS FROM THE PAST

June 1971—50 years ago
Newspapers were full of reports of the rescue of a miner from Fishburn Colliery. Mr William Marsden, a deputy at the pit was recovering in Sedgefield General Hospital, having been trapped underground for twelve hours when his leg was caught in a ventilation door.
June 1921—100 years ago
It was reported in the Shields Daily News on 21 June 1921 that: Lunatics belonging to the Stockton Union and housed at the county asylum Sedgefield have intimated through a guardian that they prefer to be known mentally defective.
On 2 June 1921, Easington District Council met. They considered, at length, a report on pig killing and whether miners who owned pigs should be allowed to kill them at home rather than at the slaughter house. The Council went on to consider plans for a new road between Trimdon and Trimdon Grange and agreed that these be submitted to Sedgefield RDC.
June 1871—150 years ago
At the weekly meeting of the Sunderland Board of Guardians held yesterday with Mr G. Child, vice- chairman, there was discussion about a smallpox epidemic. It was reported that there were 315 cases over a two- week period and concern was expressed about the Sedgefield Asylum. A lunatic pauper had been refused admission by Dr Smith, because there was smallpox in the Workhouse. It was questioned whether the doctor had the authority to do this.

If you would like to know more about your local history, visit the Facebook site of Sedgefield Local History Society or come along to one of our meetings.

Martin F Peagam - The Time Traveller - on behalf of Sedgefield LHS

Your LETTERS: What a winter's tale!!!

Around four months ago if someone had told me that life could get worse I would not have believed them. COVID was still upon us, going through a second wave, confined to the house, no family face-to-face contact, all activities halted, masks and hand sanitizers at the ready. Then it happened; the central heating boiler started to play up, just as the weather got really cold. It wouldn't stay alight and then wouldn't re-light once it went off.

We called out our local heating engineer and he went through all the usual causes, contacting the manufacturers on several occasions for their supposedly 'expert' advice, really quite similar to how the doctor deals with your ailments especially when you are as old as we are - a process of elimination.

Finally just when we were due to use a very large hammer and end it's days before it ended ours, our engineer who has a wonderful obstinate character in terms of "never to be beaten" finally cracked the problem.

We always try to support our local tradesmen and this was no exception however things got so intense that we would not have been surprised if he had walked away, however he didn't, and in this case we owe a debt of gratitude to Jonathan for his perseverance, his technical ability and his determination to getting the job done!
Well done JPL!
Gloria and Brian Wills


Thank you from the Bloomers

The Sedgefield in Bloom team are very grateful to all those kind people who have donated plants, cash and muscle to help our efforts along.

At the last count, the pink posse topped an incredible 19 members, turning out regularly on Wednesdays from 10 am. If you'd like to join us, come along to Ceddesfeld Hall gardens, armed only with enthusiasm. We'll supply the togs and tools. Plants still gratefully received too. For further details, contact Norma on 01740 620091 or email norma@neal.myzen.co.uk.


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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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