ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT by Tom Guest

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Jane Spink Art Exhibition

Now becoming an annual fixture in the Manor House events programme, this year’s exhibition starts from Wednesday 11th July and to Saturday 14th July inclusive, each day between 9 am and 4pm at The Manor House. Entry is free and tea and coffee will once again be served throughout the day. Lunch, available between 12 noon and 2pm, needs to be pre - ordered as there is limited availability. All details will be on Jane’s facebook page - ‘Jane Spink Art’ and on the website www.janespink.co.uk . The QR code links to Jane’s Website. This year’s paintings show an advance in style and technique throughout, with a strong emphasis on the beauty of the North East coastline and countryside. Queries are welcome so feel free to get in touch at janespink2001@yahoo.co.uk


Players succeed with new venture

The Players most recent production, ‘The Jewish Wife and other plays’ was a unique piece of theatre and very different from that which they are used to performing. The piece looks into the historical rise of the Nazi Party through the eyes of the people of Germany in the 1930s and follows Bertolt Brecht’s inimitable style. The theatre was set in thrust, with audiences extremely close to the action, creating an intimate and powerful feeling. The use of archive film footage and the quickly changing scenes added to the pace and power of the piece. It was a huge challenge for the Players, but one they rose to admirably, with audiences praising this exciting and interesting venture. Pictures from the performance are by John Finlayson.

Next up for the group is the annual drama festival in September (more details closer to the time ) but first, the Youth Section (SPYS) perform their version of Robert Louis Stephenson’s ‘Treasure Island’ adapted by Phil Wilmot. Tickets for the 3 performances are available now. Details on the poster, right.


13th Annual Sedgefield Folk Festival.

31st August - 2nd September. Time is running out for the purchase of tickets for concerts in the Parish Hall. At the time of writing, tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening concerts are virtually sold out but there are still some available for the Saturday afternoon concert featuring Jez Lowe, Jack Burness, Granny's Attic and Marske Fishermen's Choir.

However, there is an alternative concert in Ceddesfeld Hall on Friday evening with Stockton to Darlington Ukulele Express and Maxine and Lol Crallan. As usual singarounds will take place in the Social Club on the Friday night, hosted by the Pot and Glass Folk Club, and on Saturday afternoon and Sunday in Ceddesfeld Hall. On Saturday there will be an Open Mic evening at Ceddesfeld with Old Age Travellers. For further information on all the events and activities taking place please contact Joan Edmundson on 621347 or visit www.sedgefieldfolkfestival.co.uk.


100 Years of the WI

As part of Sedgefield WI's Centenary celebrations, everyone is invited to join WI members on the Sedgefield Heritage Walk on Tuesday 10th July. Please meet at the Parish Hall at 1.30pm for a 2pm start. The walk is just over one and a half miles and takes in many of Sedge-field’s historic buildings. There will be light refreshments in the Parish Hall afterwards along with an opportunity to browse Sedgefield WI's archives.