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Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch. HELP!

Hello ALL you Citizens of Sedgefield. This may be the last time you are able to read a report from the NHW. We are running out of members and no one is coming forward to plug the gaps. The current committee retires at the AGM on Tuesday 9th October 2018 (see leaflet enclosed in this edition of Sedgefield News).

As we are all in the higher echelon of age (70, 80 and 90years) we feel that we cannot continue to operate. WE NEED SOME YOUNG BLOOD to take on the job. It isn't too difficult - liaison with the police and the public, running 5 bi-monthly meetings each year - but it does need more members who are prepared to take on the task.

So please do come along to the AGM. It’s in the Fletcher Room, Parish Hall on TUESDAY 9th OCTOBER at 7pm. You could help to keep our NHW afloat. We will be very pleased to see you! David Hillerby, Vice Chair (retiring)

Crime Prevention Officer:

Police Community Cohesion Officer: Faye Callan; Telephone 101 Extension 742317.

Sedgefield Village Action Group

No report this month

SDT Projects

Sedgefield Farmers’ Market: 7th October

Stephen Winter recommends… “Had a lovely walk up to the market on Sunday with our visiting friends. Fantastic weather. Great atmosphere, good food to buy and games for the kids to play. Nice touch with the band playing in the background.“ Thanks Stephen - glad you enjoyed it! Well, what more can we add? Except that the next market is on Sunday 7th October. On the Community Stall will be Sedgefield Young Farmers, and music is courtesy of the Sedgefield Handbell Ringers.

Energy Switch

Sedgefield Energy Switch: Registration is open until the 9th October.

People wishing to join the scheme for the first time should also register now. Register online at then go to ENERGY SWITCH/click on ‘REGISTER NOW’, click ‘SIGN UP TODAY’ and fill out your details. If you prefer to register through the post, or need any assistance, please call the Helpline, 07980 134 594 and we will be happy to help. Registering commits you to nothing and you will not receive any pestering phone calls (guaranteed). SDT has a stall at the Farmers Markets so please do come along for a chat or if you need to ask for help.

Homework Help

With Autumn term well underway, Homework Help Sedgefield is up and running. More volunteers have joined us and we now cover most subjects up to A-Level and include careers advice and university interview preparation. Do you need our help? Or could you help? e-mail or message us on Facebook.

Sew Easy

We felt it important to inform anyone who may be interested in joining our Sew Easy Group that we are unable to take any new members at the moment. It is in the nature of the process of dressmaking and sewing in general, that members have widely differing abilities.

Some need more help than others. We want to be able to give each member the time and support that they need, as equally and fairly as possible. The project is extremely popular and as soon as there are vacancies we will let you know. In the meantime thank you to everyone for your support so far. Gloria and Dot. 01740 622447

Sedgefield Folk Festival Charity Concert

The weekend before Sedgefield Folk Festival, a free concert was held for elderly or disabled people and those who are mostly housebound. On Saturday 25th August, Sedgefield Parish Hall was packed with people looking forward to the entertainment.

The show kicked off with the John Wrightson Band, filling the hall with a mix of folk and popular music. Trevor Bond followed, giving everyone a really good laugh with his craic and great entertainment with his songs. The evening ended with another entertaining session from the John Wrightson Band.

Once again, Joan Edmundson kindly organised the whole event and made all the arrangements for the concert to take place. A very nice ‘pie and peas’ supper was also provided for all in attendance. The event was enabled by sponsorship from Sedgefield Charities and Sedgefield Development Trust. Many thanks to Joan and the sponsors; the concert was a great success and all of us attending really enjoyed the evening. What a great little town we live in! OD

Ceddesfeld Hall-Home of Sedgefield Community Association

Visitors to Sedgefield Folk Festival had a great weekend at Ceddesfeld Hall. Special thanks to Joan Edmundson and her team of supporters and volunteers for organising such a fantastic festival, as well as to the helpers at Ceddesfeld, including bar staff, who were kept busy across the whole of the weekend.

By now you will have seen the Sedgefield Book Ends list of events and activities, which begin on Saturday 29th September with a Lennon McCartney & Liverpool Poets evening at Ceddesfeld Hall (7.30 pm / £5 entry on the door). We have a talented list of performers, including Trevor Bond, Nest, John Wrightson Band, Lirica, Roz and Graham Hall, Ean Parsons and others. If you enjoy The Beatles songs and some lively poetry, you will enjoy the night!

The book festival has something for everyone. There are 2 children’s events, the first at Sedgefield library on Saturday October 6th from 10 - 12 noon. Sarah Gibbeson, an illustrator of children’s books, will provide a workshop for youngsters age 7 to 12 years, cost £1. Then on Saturday 20th October in Ceddesfeld Hall at 12 noon - 1 pm, children’s writer Adam Bushnell will give a talk and provide activities based around his book Folk Tales of County Durham, which includes The Pickled Parson. This is a free event also for 7 to 12 year olds.

For any budding writers or poets, there is a wide range of workshops and a number of talks and readings by authors encompassing a wide range of genres and subjects.

Lirica perform ‘Let’s Face the Music’ on Sat 6th October at 7.30 pm. Tickets £6. On October 13th at 7 pm, a special 4 course Dinner and entertainment will be held in celebration of Captain Cook’s first voyage on HMS Endeavour. Tickets £18.

And Finally - Creative displays from the U3A photography group, artist Jane Spinks and Ceddesfeld art group, as well as workshops (Paul Parsons ‘Fat Bloke on Bike’ and Anna Woodford’s Poetry workshop) and a book sale featuring local authors, close Book Ends on Saturday 20th October. The bar will be open and tea, coffee, cake and biscuits served. Further information in the Library, Book Ends FB page or on the SCA website.

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


Were you one of the 859 people to get a flu vaccination at the September ‘walk in’ flu clinic? If so, a big thank you from everyone at the Skerne Medical Group, as you have done your bit to keep yourself and our community healthy. In addition you have helped to save hundreds of individual appointments, which will hopefully free up appointments for those that really need them. If you missed it, join us for another ‘walk in’ session on Saturday 13th October.

‘Walk in’ Flu clinic - NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY If you are eligible for the FREE flu vaccination and haven’t yet received it, we invite you along to our October ‘walk in’ clinic on Saturday 13th October at Harbinson House, Sedgefield between 8:30am & 11:30am. The free flu vaccination is available to patients who are 65 years and over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31st March 2019), pregnant women and patients aged from 6 months to less than 65 years of age with a serious medical condition such as; chronic (long term) respiratory disease, e.g. severe asthma, COPD or bronchitis; chronic heart disease, chronic liver disease, chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five, chronic neurological disease such as motor neurone disease or Parkinson’s disease or learning disability; diabetes; splenic dysfunction, those patients with a weakened immune system due to disease or treatment; people living in long stay residential care home and carers.

Children’s Flu vaccination Skerne Medical Group are also able to extend the seasonal influenza programme to all children aged 2 and 3 (but not 4 years or older) on 31 August 2018 (i.e. date of birth on or after 1 Sept 2014 and on or before 31 August 2016) and we have been advised we will receive a supply of the vaccine very soon. We would like to extend the invitation to parents/carers to bring their child, providing they meet the aforementioned age criteria, PLUS any child who is at risk based on the eligibility criteria above, to the same clinic, on Saturday 13th October 2018, Harbinson House, Sedgefield between 8:30am & 11:30am. The vaccine available to children, unless contraindicated, is in the form of a nasal spray rather than an injection, which we are sure will please the children!


Sedgefield and District U3A covers Sedgefield, Morden and Bradbury, Bishop Middleham, Fishburn, and the Trimdons. We currently have 114 members, all retired or semi-retired.

Don’t let our title put you off! The University of the Third Age is not a typical learning establishment. There is no curriculum, there are no entrance qualifications, there are no lecturers, there are no classrooms or campus buildings and there are no exams or certificates… Instead, members learn as and when they wish, by sharing knowledge and experience and diverging off onto interesting tangents as they appear. They learn where they wish, often in community spaces, sometimes in members’ homes and, dependent on the group, in many and varied venues across the North. Members enjoy their learning; keeping a healthy mind is as important as maintaining a healthy body, and happy in our skin, we’re beyond the stage of competing to show academic achievement.

Current Interest Groups include Art in Action, Book Club, Bridge, Computing/IT, Creative Writing, Homes & Gardens visits, Health and Wellbeing, Lunching Out, Photography, Science, Industry and Technology, Theatre, and Wine Appreciation. We’re hoping in the near future to start a Playing Cards group. If you would like to introduce another option do came along and talk to us. We’d be delighted to help in every way we can. Or… just join in: remember that it’s stopping ‘doing’ that makes us old - not ‘being old’ that makes us stop doing!

Our interesting, informative and entertaining monthly Speakers cover a wide range of subjects@
- 5 October - 100 Squadron RAF
- 2 November - An Update on Space
- 7 December - Christmas Party
- 4 January - Smart Motorways.
Do come along at any of them and find out more about your local U3A. First Friday of every month, 2pm in the Parish Hall. We look forward to meeting you there.

Sedgefield Twinning Association: after 33 years the friendship is still strong!

This summer, one of the founder members of the German delegation to Sedgefield, Scout Leader Heinz Hessling, visited Sedgefield with his daughter Birgit, her husband Andreas, and Father Manfred from the monastery at Marienthal. They were hosted by Girl Guide leaders from Sedgefield who, with the Scouts, met at the Racecourse. Many exchange visits have taken place over the years, and long term friendships have been formed. The memories are still very much alive of, for example, attending a Jamboree together in 1987 when the Berlin Wall was still up – and how frightening it was to witness the divided city and to see the soldiers with machine guns!

Photo: L to R, back row: Father Manfred; Liz Garner; Birgit and Andreas Repke; Heinz Hessling; Julie Towler; Janice Burnip. Front: Jackie Postgate MBE

Love where you live

I live at West End in Sedgefield and the amount of dog mess outside of my front door and up the wall is disgusting. I would appreciate it if you could place a message in Sedgefield News regarding this matter I have reported it to the Council. Many thanks Name and address supplied

Ninety Not Out!

One of Sedgefield’s best loved characters enjoyed a very special occasion last month. Afterwards this note was popped through the door. My 90th birthday celebration at Ceddesfeld Hall on the 25th August was an occasion enjoyed by many, not least by me. I send my thanks to all my friends and relatives who gave me such lovely cards and presents. I will treasure them. Our daughter Helen and son Keith organised my “do” with great skill and enthusiasm. My thanks also go to them. Nancy and I just sat back and let our kids do all the hard work. It was a wonderful might and it will remain in my memory for a very long time. Yours very sincerely, Allan Smart

Caterers Needed!

Sedgefield Squash Club is looking for people who may be interested in providing after-match meals for our teams. Between October and March, the club hosts around 2 home matches each week, and catering needs to be simple and nourishing fare for 10 people, who will be eating at Ceddesfeld Hall at around 9.30pm on a match night. We are happy to hear from interested parties who may want to consider this service partially or wholly and can discuss further details and remuneration. If you would like to find out more, please email Thanks. Simon Hill, on behalf of Sedgefield Squash Club.