Sedgefield In Bloom Christmas Tree Collection
Sedgefield in Bloom volunteers are planning to run a Christmas Tree collection service for the disposal of real trees on 06/01/21, 09/01/21 and 13/01/21. For a small donation of £5:00 per tree the volunteers will collect it from your home, saving you time and the effort of clearing up the needles from your car. All monies raised from the collections will be used in Bloom activities.
The trees will be taken to be recycled at the Woodland & Wildlife Project site at NETPark.
Anyone interested in this service can contact Alice Hobson for further information. Call 01740 622706 or email email@example.com
Some community group efforts are continuing through Coronavirus
Sedgefield Handbell Ringers have not been able to meet socially, as they share music and bells. They have however met up virtually by Zoom, usually each fortnight and have enjoyed chatting.
The Local History Society have only had one meeting, in September, when Martin Peagam gave a virtual talk. They have been investigating more chances to do this. However, we have had a flood of people joining the Local History Facebook page, with quite a few conversations going on regarding the History of the village.
While naturally disappointed that we haven’t been able to use our usual venues, including Ceddesfeld Hall, members of Sedgefield U3A have continued to organise many of their groups and to meet virtually, using Zoom. We have continued our
monthly Speaker meetings since June and have a further programme already arranged into early next year.
Our Wine Appreciation Group have had three meetings over recent months and have enjoyed a wide variety of wines from many regions of the world as well as learning a lot about viticulture and oenology through quizzes and games.
Our Book club has continued to meet on a monthly basis and have discussed in great depth and with often very differing views, books chosen by the members, the Lunch Club have organised two picnics in the grounds of Ceddesfeld Hall but are disappointed, now that the weather has turned, that we are not now able to continue to meet in village pubs or cafe because of local restrictions.
While it has not been possible for our House and Gardens group to visit our usual venues we have had a
very interesting visit to the grounds of Ceddesfeld Hall, where local Bloomers explained the history of the landscape and told us about the more recent renovations and planting of the area.
Our biggest success this summer, however, has been the publication of a book of short stories and superb photographs, illustrating the history and times of Sedgefield.
‘Beyond the Village Pump’ is a joint effort by our Creative Writing and Photography groups; originally aimed at this autumn’s Book Festival, it was completed ahead of schedule and can be purchased for just £6 by contacting the local group on SedgefieldU3A@gmail.com.
As you can see, we are still a really, pro-active group of older residents who are continuing to make the very best of a difficult situation while looking forward to returning to our regular haunts in due course.
Durham Deafened Support
In ‘normal times’ Durham Deafened Support run
two very successful groups in Ceddesfeld Hall
in Sedgefield, a Craft Group each Wednesday
and a Local Community Support Group
including Lip Reading each Thursday.
DDS rapidly became aware that our service users were amongst some of the
most isolated people, unable to use the phone and take advantage of some of
the telephone befriending services or groups that were operating by Zoom
which exclude many deafened people. DDS have throughout this difficult year
kept in touch via E-mail, via a member only Facebook Page and for members
who did not have the means to communicate electronically, via a weekly
information and activities sheet.
We are now able to offer visits to people who may be struggling with their
hearing loss, risk assessments are in place and our staff have visors to enable
people to lip read. We offer a ‘try before you buy’ for hearing aid compatible
equipment and can offer support with tinnitus and loneliness/ isolation as a
result of hearing loss.
If you require help at this difficult time, please do not hesitate to contact us by
either E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone 0191 5183358. We
look forward to hearing from you.
Church ‘Friends’ launch Sedgefield 2021 Calendar
Just £7 and you don’t need to leave home to get a copy!
The Friends of St Edmund’s Church calendar is out now, in the familiar slimline, full-colour, hang-anywhere format.
With images by local photographers, the calendar comes in a plastic wallet and costs just £7 plus 50p for a robust cardboard envelope for posting – it has become a popular Christmas present.
Coronavirus constraints are preventing people from getting out and about, so a free, socially-distanced delivery will be provided to people in and around Sedgefield. Orders can be placed from the comfort of your home.
Call Brian Mutch on 01740 622302, e-mail email@example.com or write to 6 Hasledon Grove, Sedgefield, TS21 2JW. For the first time the Friends have the facility for payment by credit or debit card.
Church Clock Appeal
Brian Mutch is also the person to contact to donate to the Friends’ appeal to restore the Victorian church tower clock to its former beauty and to correct working order.
The Friends are are delighted with the initial response, saying it’s clear from the donations already received that the plan is much appreciated.
The aim is to have the faded blue paintwork re-painted and the fingers
re-gilded with gold leaf, returning the Victorian clock to its previous attractive state, as seen above.
In Memory of Mam
by Steve Orwin
My mother, Margaret Orwin, passed away recently. A week before her passing she read an article in the Sedgefield News about the St. Edmund’s Church clock refurbishment campaign and she asked my Dad to send a donation to the fund.
St. Edmund’s Church was very close to Mam’s heart. Her mother, Margaret Barratt, a sister at Sedgefield Hospital during the 50's and 60's, donated a flower stand which is still in place today.
The family will also be making a donation to the fund. It will be lovely to know that when any family visit Sedgefield village, we can look at the finished clock face in memory of Mam.