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

Sedgefield Village Neighbourhood & Crime Watch Panel

No report this month.

Sedgefield Fire Station Car Wash & Open Dayt

Saturday 16th September, 10am-4pm Let’s face it, washing the car is nobody’s favourite job, so why not take the hassle out of it and head down to Sedgefield fire station for the National Car Wash League. On 16th September, fire-fighters up and down the country will be on hand to make your car sparkle, and your valued donations will go towards The Fire Fighters Charity, the leading provider of support and rehabilitation to the fire and rescue community. Fire fighting can be dangerous, stressful and traumatic. When fire-fighters are injured, they can be in pain and unable to work for months.

Dealing with life or death situations every day often takes its toll emotionally too. The Fire Fighters Charity is here for all of the UK’s serving members of fire and rescue staff – and their families. No other organisation provides such a full package of health and wellbeing support, exactly tailored to the needs of fire-fighters. We also give lifetime support to retired fire-fighters and their families. They’ve risked so much for us and in return, we provide help and support when they are in real need.

It’s a great chance for you to get your car washed, meet some of your local Fire-fighters, have a look around our fire appliance and fire station - and help raise money for the charity.

Sedgefield Village Action Group

Important Information for Residents As most people may now be aware, the appeal by developers to build 100 homes on the old General Hospital site between Sedgefield and Fishburn has been approved. This development is on brown field land and some of the S106 monies will go towards the reinstating of street lights which have been removed by DCC.

The removal of street lighting on Stockton Rd however is still on the agenda. SVAG intend to raise concerns at the full DCC Council meeting on 20th September relating to DCC’s Energy Reduction Policy with specific reference to public consultation and the removal of street lighting in vulnerable areas.

The result of the Public Inquiry on Avant Homes development for 150 homes on Stockton Road/Beacon Avenue will be known on August 25th. The Public Inquiry for the appeal by ESRG for the large development behind Sainsbury’s around to old Beacon Lane has now been withdrawn. A new application would be necessary if they wanted to resurrect their proposals in the future. No further news regarding Sedgefield’s Neighbourhood Plan has been forthcoming from DCC.

SVAG was formed at the behest of local residents who attended the Sedgefield Plan consultation events. The remit was to inform local residents of upcoming housing applications and appeals, with the aim of trying to limit overly large scale housing development and protect the green fields and rural aspect of the town. Once the ESRG Public Inquiry is finished, the role (for the foreseeable future anyway) will be finished and the group in its current format will conclude.

Contact SVAG representative on 07523 457584 or email

PC Todd-Crime Report
PC Todd-Crime Report

Crime remains low this month with only 6 crimes reported. On the domestic front a wheelbarrow, some tools and a set of aluminium ladders were taken when a shed in Maple Grove was forced open and four wheelie bins were stolen from one property on Winterton Estate. In Bradbury, damage was caused to a farmer’s gate by persons on a quad bike and in Mordon, an attempted burglary of a farmer’s outhouse was foiled when the alarms sounded. Two commercial properties in Sedgefield were targeted. A water bowser was stolen from the Stockton Road building site and damage was caused to a number of recovery vehicles in a compound in Salters Lane.

Pub Watch

No information this month.

SDT Projects
Sedgefield Farmers’ Market

Sedgefield Farmers’ Market - Sunday 3rd September

At the Farmers' Market on Folk Festival weekend, Ceddesfolk take the early slot in the music tent, followed by Alter Ego. Our own Bees at Hardwick take one of the Community Stalls, to answer your questions on beekeeping and if the weather has been kind, the bees will have produced some local honey to sell. Some wax products may also be available. Also hoping to join us on the 3rd are The National Trust. Come along for a sociable morning and meet our brilliant producers - who may Talk of Many Things. Of Cabbages and Kings? Yes! Rumour has it that the Veg are back!

Sedgefield Energy Switch

The current registration period closes 9th October, with the Auction on 10th October Personal Offers are sent from 23rd October and Acceptance closes on 28th November. All the information is at If you need any other assistance, please call the Sedgefield Development Trust Helpline on 07980 134 594.

Ceddesfeld Hall-Home of Sedgefield Community Association

On Friday 1st September we support Sedgefield Folk Festival, with Stockton to Darlington Ukulele Express hosting a ‘Ukulele Kanikapila’, a fabulous evening of happy music and popular songs. Tickets are £5 from Lol on 621729. The same evening, a musicians session will be held by Joe Childs in the Oldham room. On Saturday from 10.30 to 11.30am we have a musicians products stall and workshops for ukulele, guitar, spoons and Northumbrian pipes. From noon to 2.40pm there are Durham traditional music and song competitions in the upstairs rooms and from 12.30 to 3pm, a singaround in the main hall. The World Spoons championships begin at 4pm and Saturday culminates in an Open Mic night featuring the Old Age Travellers - a free event. Evening events are 7.30 to 11 pm and the bar is open from 11.30 am until 5 pm, then 7 to 11pm on Saturday. The festival finishes with a final singaround led by Ernie Gilchrist on Sunday from 11am to 3pm. More details on the website.

In support of Durham Book Festival, (Friday 29th September to 6th October) SCA are organising several ‘fringe’ literary events. As well as workshops in creative writing, improvisation and journalism, we have book signings, sales, children’s activities, and events with local authors, playwrights and poets. Final arrangements are to be confirmed so look out for posters.

On Saturday 30th September, 8 - 11pm there is an evening in celebration of Bob Dylan, who recently won the Nobel prize for Literature for his poetry and lyrics. The evening will include some of his work as well as other ‘story telling’ songs, poems and readings linked to the main theme of literature. We’re hoping for an interesting evening! it’s a free event and there will be a raffle. If you think you could contribute to the evening, please call Sarah on 622185.

To conclude the Book Festival fringe events, on Saturday 14th October, SCA are holding a ‘Writers, Words and Wit’ Dinner. The tickets cost £18 and the evening begins with a drinks reception at 7pm, followed by mains and sweet courses, cheese board, coffee & mints.

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

Inconsiderate parking

I would like to draw attention to some very thoughtless drivers who think it is ok to park across footpaths in the village.

Last week someone left their car across the front of the disabled spaces outside Aubergine cafe, so that my husband, on his mobility scooter, and a lady with a pushchair and several small children, could not get past without going into the busy road. My husband had to reverse up to the crossing as there is no lower pavement between.

I am a driver myself and know it's difficult to find a space sometimes. Heaven help us when the new houses are built! Please, all we ask is a little thought and consideration to other road and pavement users. Mrs Janet Malin

From curtains to Kenya…

Hello. My name is Harry Brown. I am 18yrs old and have recently completed my A levels. I am planning to take a year out before heading to university, to travel to Kenya to volunteer in a deprived rural school for 16 weeks.

The school is situated in the south east corner of Kenya and I will be teaching primary aged children in classes of up to 60. I will be living in very basic accommodation with no electricity or running water.

To undertake this trip I need to raise a substantial amount of money. So far I have held cake stalls, car boot sales and am selling stuff on eBay. I also work in the Dun Cow and I will be abseiling from the Transporter Bridge.

I am also collecting second hand clothes, shoes, bags, soft toys, bedding, towels and old curtains. I then am able to weigh these in with a company called Bags2School in return for money towards my trip. I would be extremely grateful if anyone had any of the above items that I could collect from their homes, or, I live at Hopper House Farm on the Racecourse Road if anybody would prefer to drop them off.

My phone number is 07876547446 and I am able to collect bags at a time convenient for you. If you require bags I am also able to drop them off or you are able to just fill bin bags. I will be collecting until Christmas and I thank you in anticipation.

Kind regards, Harry Brown

Thanks 1

The Pop In Club would like to thank Lakota and Katie and the team from Sedgefield co-op for organising a wonderful afternoon "Tea with a twist" on Thursday 27th July in the Parish Hall. Everyone had a lovely time and the food and entertainment were excellent. Wendy and The Pop In Club.

Thanks 2

Please could we thank everyone who supported and helped with our Charity Dance in July, for C.H.U.F. and Prostrate Cancer. The sum raised was £560, with £280 going to each of the above Charities. Angela and Ron Bannister. Look out for our next Charity event in October. We would love to see you all there. Supported by DIDO, a Sedgefield Development Trust Project.

A response to Phil Wilson MP's article in our August edition, on Sedgefield Community Hospital I have a relative in Sedgefield hospital. The ward is excellent, staff highly skilled, they treat a range of patients and do an excellent job. It should be saved. It looks after many from around the area, not just Sedgefield. I have been told that two care assistants have to either share a job, or one must go, and others will be moved, but there may actually not be as many posts as is made out in your article.

I work in a large government organisation that has to outsource so much, and it's a false economy. Hospitals care for people, and care homes do too, but there is a huge range of difference between them. If our tax money is spent at a rate of 115 or so billion pounds a year on hospitals then that's where it should be spent, not on dumping people into private care provision, with most of the money being profit for those companies. The tax was willingly paid by the nation to be spent on care of the nation, free at the point of use, not taxed again and again to obtain your own care.

It's a false economy, as I have found to the cost of my own health and that of my loved ones, pushed into the private care system only to find it sadly lacking. The system is trying to get to a point where they only provide care in acute settings, the rest being done either at home in the community, or in a private care provider's facility Cared for by the NHS in the right setting, people can thrive. But to being cared for by other providers, funded by NHS is simply not the same. The quality of care is so variable. Two care facilities in the same area - one NHS and one private - I know which one I would want to be in.

Sedgefield community hospital needs to be saved. If it's closed it will be forgotten what the standard was, and the next standard down, you really don't want. Name and address supplied