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‘Ladies in Lavender’ - and other Players’ news.

Regular supporters of the Sedgefield Players may have noticed that our June production of ‘Ladies in Lavender’, sadly, didn’t happen as planned. It will however be performed in 2018, as our March production. The reason for the delay has been cast commitments of work (mine I’m afraid) and changing the date became the best option for the performance. Huge apologies to anyone who didn’t get the message.

The Players are now hard at work on the annual Drama Festival of One Act Plays, which will take place from the 11th - 16th September in the Parish Hall. Groups from all over the region will come to compete and be adjudicated. The Players and SPYS will enter 3 productions which will be revealed very soon.

Before that, on the 21st and 22nd July, the SPYS present their summer production, this year an adaptation by Adrian Mitchell of C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. After the huge successes of The Snow Queen and The Jungle Book, the show is sure to be a sell out performance and we very much hope to see you all there. Tickets available from the usual places, Tickety Boo, 07763 257846 and TG

Art at The Manor House

The Manor House will host a third annual summer art exhibition starting Wednesday 12th July continuing until Saturday 15th July. Local artist Jane Spink will exhibit her latest work inspired by the beauty of the North East, featuring The North Yorkshire Moors and Northumberland Coast as well as local scenes. Jane will be painting in the Manor House throughout the exhibition with the challenge of completing a new picture each day. Last year Toshach's Tea shop served lunches at the exhibition and were a tasty success. They will be served this year and can be booked in advance.

Entry to the art exhibition is free and all are welcome; tea and coffee will be served throughout the day. Also there will be an opportunity for visitors to unleash their creativity, playing their part by adding to the community art project. The Manor House will be open Wed12th to Fri 14th July, 10am - 4pm and Saturday 15th, 11am - 3pm. Further information, including daily updates throughout the exhibition, can be found on the Facebook page 'Jane Spink - Art'. You can also email or visit

12th Annual Sedgefield Folk Festival:

1st - 3rd September

Time is running out for the purchase of tickets for the 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 performance featuring the Stockton to Darlington Ukulele Express, Leonard Brown, Brothers Gillespie and the main guest Anthony John Clarke, Belfast singer/songwriter.

There is however an alternative concert in Ceddesfeld Hall on Friday evening, hosted by Maxine and Lol Crallan featuring the Stockton to Darlington Ukulele Express and other ukulele groups. As usual, singarounds will take place in the Social Club on Friday night, hosted by the Pot & Glass Folk Club, and on Saturday in Ceddesfeld Hall there will be all the usual free workshops in the morning, the World Spoons championship during the afternoon as well as the traditional song writing competition.

The weekend ends on Sunday with a big singaround and free buffet for everyone in Ceddesfeld Hall. For further information contact Joan Edmundson on 621347 or visit the festival's website

If you like music maybe you really could play in an orchestra!

Maybe you used to play an instrument but haven’t practiced so much in recent years. Maybe you have more time now and have decided to learn to play. If you like playing music, playing with other people will help you learn and build your confidence. Being part of an orchestra is a great way to start playing with others. Cobweb Orchestra believes that welcoming all players and giving them the chance to develop and learn is the best way to run a Community Orchestra. There are no auditions.

Yes you do need to have some basics -to be able to count and read music. But you don’t have to be a virtuoso (let that come with time!). You just need to be keen to play. Cobweb Teesside rehearse at St Aidan’s Church, Billingham. on Monday evenings, 7.30 – 9.30 pm. We will be holding a concert on Monday 17th July. Everyone welcome. Even if you do not have an instrument, you may be able to borrow one from Cobweb’s instrument library. If you think you might be interested in playing with us, or would just like to talk about what we do please contact us (details below.) Blow the cobwebs away - start playing! Phone 01740 629522 Email

Open mic night

The next opportunity to show off your talent is on September 2nd as part of Sedgefield Folk Festival. Always a good night, there’s sure to be an extra buzz with festival visitors in the room. One for your diary!