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

Sedgefield Village Neighbourhood & Crime Watch Panel

Our next Neighbourhood Watch Meeting will be held in the Fletcher Room of the Parish Hall on Tuesday, 12th June 2018. The meeting starts promptly at 7.00pm and will not last more than an hour.

If you value having a viable Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Sedgefield please make the effort to come along and participate or just listen. Our new PC, John Lamb will be on hand to update us on recent events and to hear of anyone’s concerns and issues (publicly or privately). Whilst Sedgefield is a low crime area, crime is still being committed in Sedgefield. Car crime, thefts, burglaries and of course, as we are all aware, regular Anti-Social Behaviour all still occur in Sedgefield.

The purpose of N/H/Watch is to minimise crime by being the extra eyes and ears for our local Police and to have formal, regular contact with them as well as looking out for our neighbours and their properties. As we have stated several times, our group is struggling to keep going; we seriously need more support and active participation from younger (than pensioner) residents, so if you can make the time please come along and get involved.

Call 101 to contact Local Police to report concerns, seek advice or pass on information. You are advised to keep notes of the conversation & obtain an incident number. Below are the up-to-date police contacts. Please note any you may need, as we may not have space to publish them all every month. Crime Prevention Officer:

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

SDT Projects

Sedgefield Energy Switch

No report this month.

Sedgefield Farmers’ Market

Sedgefield Harriers are visiting the Farmers' Market community stall this month, so come along and find out more about them, perhaps maybe even join them - it’s one way to keep, or get, fit! The entertaining “Push Button Band” provides the music this month. Proper Patisserie will be here in June. Other stall news will be posted on Facebook and Twitter.

Homework Help

Students are in the middle of exams, but Homework Help sessions are continuing for those who wish. Yet another helper has come forward to further strengthen the team.

We can offer a broad range of subjects right up to A-Level, with particular strengths in sciences, maths, German and French (so far!) If you'd like help, or to offer help, email or find us on Facebook ( Huge thanks to all our helpers, and all the best to the students with their exams.

Woodland & Wildlife

The warm weather has certainly brought out the weeds, but fortunately, a team of dedicated weeders has grown alongside them! They are spending many hours and a great deal of energy tackling the problem before the baby trees become overwhelmed by the competition.

The trees are doing very well, but the goup’s dedication will need to continue through the growing season. If you would like to get stuck in too, look for our group on Facebook and request to join, or call or text 07803 269956.

Ceddesfeld Hall-Home of Sedgefield Community Association

Mediaeval Fayre The sun shone on the 48th Fayre and it was a great community day, in true Sedgefield tradition. The children’s walking parade was lively, vibrant and colourful with over 200 children taking part, from nursery age to Y6. The band of drummers kept the beat and the art work which celebrated British and American architecture, sport, famous people, cartoons, and literature was wonderful. The procession was led by the May Queen, Sophie Green and her attendants, Evie Legender, Amelia Taylor, and Georgie Luke. Thanks to all of the children, staff and parents from both primary schools who participated in putting on a marvellous show. The good weather brought in the crowds who enjoyed the different stalls and displays, as well as the mediaeval events, tug of war and country dancing. The birds of prey were very popular and we’re happy to report that the escaped buzzard was found, safe and sound, later in the day. The children’s entertainment, Living History and face painting on the lawns at Ceddesfeld attracted families and friends who were able to relax and enjoy the fun in the sun shine, a drink from the bar and delicious refreshments (bacon and sausage butties, quiche, salad, sandwiches and cakes) prepared and organised by Sedgefield Bloomers.

In the run up and during the day of the Fayre, well over 100 local volunteers turned out to help. Some have been involved for many years; they come back time and time again. Some new people too this year made a difference in ensuring everyone stayed safe and the event ran smoothly. Local businesses are generous with their sponsorship and are keen to support the community. SCA would like to thank all of the individuals, groups, organisations and businesses for their continued support. Sedgefield Mediaeval Fayre just wouldn’t go ahead without them. In 2020 Sedgefield will celebrate the 50th Mediaeval Fayre; what an achievement and huge testament to the people of Sedgefield for their long standing community endeavours and spirit.

Sedgefield Day. Our next community event, is on June 23rd, and is for all local groups (not just SCA) and organisations who want to be involved, to promote what they do. Get in touch if you would like a display space. All activities are at Ceddesfeld Hall and grounds. The combined school choirs and SPYS will be performing as well as Ceddesfolk, The Push Button Band, Raggle Taggle and Ceddesfeld Ukuleles. There will be displays and activities from the craft group, Sedgefield Civic Trust, Sedgefield Players and SPYS, Sedgefield Bloomers, the art group, Tiny Talk, U3A, the squash club and some others yet to confirm, as well as refreshments and Ceddesfeld bar across the day. Come along to see what your local community has to offer. There really is something for everyone. Details can be seen on the website in the coming weeks and look out for posters around town.

Following Sedgefield day there is the SCA Beer Festival (6th & 7th July), Sedgefield Folk Festival (31st August, 1st& 2nd September), Sedgefield Book Ends, which runs between Saturday 29th September and 21st October; more on these next month, or visit the SCA website for further details.

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

Retirement - but not the end of service to the community

The Revd. Michael Thompson, Team Vicar in the Parish of the Upper Skerne, will retire on July 31st, four years after accepting the post and making his home at Trimdon Grange. Well loved by many, Michael and his family intend to remain in County Durham where, after a period of rest and reflection, he plans to offer his services in some form to the “former mining communities that were once the mainstream and energising force of life in this county”. Father Michael was ordained deacon in 1986 and made priest the following year in the diocese of Newcastle. Most of his ministry was spent in the London area before returning to the north east. Father Michael said that after accepting the offer to serve as Team Vicar in the Upper Skerne he was “delighted to become part of a parish full of potential and hope. It was wonderful to work with children again and help support the parish leaders and different congregations and communities within this wide-ranging and varied parish.

“Within the spectrum of community life in the Trimdons and Fishburn I also found an echo of my working class roots. It was an honour to give the prayer of benediction and march before the miners’ banners on Gala Day. Memories of this and being involved with the dedication of the restored Trimdon Colliery miners’ banner will always remain with me."

For many parishioners, Father Michael will be remembered for his great sense of humour! The Revd. Martin King thanked Father Michael for his ministry in the parish and told him: “You will be missed. You are well loved by a lot of people.”

Royle visit delights Christmas Tree Festival team

Popular television newscaster Pam Royle will again open this year’s Festival at St Edmund’s Church in Sedgefield . Demand for trees has led organisers to believe that this year’s festival will be even better than that in 2016, which attracted praise from visitors all over the North East and further afield.

Local businesses and organisations in Sedgefield have already taken up offers to sponsor and decorate around 40 trees, ranging in size from 3ft to 6ft high, so that there is now space left for just a few 3ft trees at a cost of £16 each. Any local group interested should contact Brenda Moore on 01740 620758.

News From NETPark: Small Wonders

The NETPpark based Centre for Process innovation (CPI) has recently announced the launch of a new collaborative project aimed at enhancing the Centre’s work in the field of nanomedicines. They will work in close partnership with a range of business and academic organizations to strengthen their nanoformulation capabilities, to better develop the next generation of nanomedicines.

Used in conjunction with conventional medicines, nanoformulations can help enhance the properties of these drugs by, for example, improving the ability to target specific body tissues and facilitating the passage of drugs between cells. Ensuring that the right amount of a molecule can be delivered to the right tissue at the right time can enhance health outcomes and reduce negative side effects. Nanoformulations can therefore provide medicines and vaccines that are more effective, and enable new therapies for difficult-to-target sites, such as the delivery of nucleic acid therapies for cancer treatment.

Clearly a project such as this has the potential to confer significant benefits for the future development of medicines. The project will also give the CPI a lead role in strengthening The North East’s position as a hub for medicines’ manufacture. The market for nanoformulated medicines is a growing one, having a value of $15.8 billion in 2014, projected to rise to $44.5 billion by 2019.

Graeme Cruickshank, director of CPI’s National Formulation Centre, commented, “We are thrilled to be working with such a strong consortium of collaborators on a project that will have positive impact for a rapidly emerging market. CPI are also delighted to have given support to a programme to inspire the workers of tomorrow and give them some insight into future careers. In a 12 week college project with University Technical College South Durham, Year 12 pupils worked on concept and design ideas, health and safety awareness, marketing and prototype development, with CPI mentors on hand to provide guidance. Some were tasked with finding new ways of using graphene in a composite, whilst the others focused on solutions to improve thermal management of industrial systems.