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May Diary
Wed 1st Sedgefield WI. Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7.30pm. AGM. Bring and Buy spare plants, seeds & seedlings. Members’ Competition, ‘A Plant Pot Holder’.
Fri 3rd Veterans Coffee Morning. Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10am-noon.
Sedgefield And District U3A. 2pm in the Parish Hall. Katie Bartle, Durham
Police 'Cyber Security'. Members Free, Visitors Welcome £3 at door.
Sat 4th Drop in Surgeries. Cllr John Robinson. Bradbury & Mordon Village Hall 9–9.45am. Sedgefield Library 10-11am. Fishburn Community Centre. 11.15am- 12 noon.
Sun 5th Sedgefield Farmers’ Market. On the village green from 8.30am - 12.30pm
Mon 6th Local History Society. Ceddesfeld Hall, 7.45pm. ‘Comedy in Music’ by Ollie Burton.
Tue 7th Sedgefield Tea Dance. Sedgefield Parish Hall. All welcome. 1pm-3pm. £2.50, incl. refreshments. For info call Joyce 622601 or Ann 629070.
Annual Town (Council) Meeting. Parish Hall at 7pm. Preceded at 6.15pm by a showcase of Sedgefield Community Groups; speak with and find out about local groups and what they do. Refreshments provided.
Thu 9th Sedgefield Show Committee Meeting. 8pm in Sedgefield Social Club.
Fri 10th Sedgefield Country Market. Parish Hall 10am-11.30am. Home baked produce, Crafts, Jams, Cards, Plants, Refreshments. For info call 629441.
Sat 11th Sedgefield Twinning Association Quiz Ceddesfeld Hall 6.30. See below.
Mon 13th Methodist Wives and Friends. Methodist Hall: 7.30pm. Gardening Talk by Marjorie Goodchild.
Wed 15th Neighbourhood Watch Meeting. 7pm in the Social Club upstairs room. All welcome. Free Entry.
Thu 16th Sedgefield Memory Café. 10.30am - 12pm @ Sedgefield Fire Station. Please Note - for Dementia clients and their carers only.
Sedgefield, Ferryhill & District Flower Club Coffee Morning. Parish Hall. 10-11.30am. All Welcome.
Fri 17th Sedgefield Folk Festival Live Music Night Fundraiser. Parish Hall. 7.30pm. Main Guest, Chris Bannister singing the music of John Denver. Also, Dave Harris and Christine Ringer (Blue Horizon) and John Wrightson Band. Tickets £12. Call Joan 621347.
Sat 18th Sedgefield Mediaeval Fayre. For all the delights of the day, see SCA section on Community Life page.
Tue 21st Sedgefield Tea Dance. Sedgefield Parish Hall. All welcome. 1pm - 3pm. £2.50 incl. refreshments. For information call Joyce 622601 or Ann 629070.
Sedgefield, Ferryhill & District Flower Club. 7.30pm in Sedgefield Parish Hall. Carol Grieves-“Dance”. All Welcome. Members Free. Non Members £5.
Fri 24th St Edmund’s Church Coffee Morning. Parish Hall (Main Hall). 10am - noon.
Tue 28th Ladies Club. Ceddesfeld Hall, 8pm. A talk on “The Titanic” by Chris Lloyd.
Fri 31st Neighbourhood Watch Coffee Morning. 10am in the Parish Hall, tombola, raffle, books, crime prevention display.
Sedgefield Blues Club. Stan the Band + Chris James & Martin Fletcher (Support). Doors open 7pm. Tickets £7.50. Contact details and further info at www.sedgefieldblues.com
Sedgefield Twinning Association Quiz Night Sedgefield Twinning Association’s Quiz Night, with buffet supper, is being held to raise money for the September visit from Sedgefield’s Twin Town of Hamminkeln in Germany. The ticket price, £10 per person includes a buffet supper and glass of wine/soft drink. There will be prizes for the winning teams and also a raffle. To attend, please contact Tim Jeanes on 623456, 07804289240 email tj.jeanes@btinternet.com or Alison Hodgson on 620912, 07484807503, email abhodgsons99@btinternet.com by May 8th at the latest.
Sedgefield Local History Society: A day out to Castle Howard, one of the premier stately homes of England, on Tuesday May 14th leaving Sedgefield at 9am. The cost of £33 includes coach, entrance to the house and gardens and tea/coffee voucher. To book a place please contact: Suzanne Hopper 01429 882250 or Alison Hodgson 01740620912.
Ceddesfeld Acoustic Group: First Friday & last Wednesday of every month. All acoustic instruments welcome.
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Church repair fund boosted by “awesome” performance
Arts and Entertainment Updates by Tom Guest
A Spring concert in St Edmund’s Church by the Sage Gateshead Chamber Choir was summed up in a single word by one member of the audience, attending his first ever choral evening - “awesome!” The concert featured works by Bach, Rutter, Parry, Haydn, Whitacre, Esenvalds and Arlen, and it raised at least £840 to help with repairs to the church roof.

“We are extremely grateful to Musical Director Denise Stout and the choir for giving their services free of charge,” said Parish warden Brian Mutch. Ron Eyley welcomed the choir and later thanked them for an outstanding evening’s entertainment. He also paid tribute to the organising team at St Edmund’s. Above: Musical Director Denise Stout is presented with flowers by Anne Eyley
Humble Boy
The Players most recent production of Charlotte Jones’ ‘Humble Boy’, performed in March has been hailed by audiences as being a huge success.

The play, which is loosely based on Hamlet, tells the story of Theoretical Astrophysicist Felix Humble (Tom Guest) who, plagued with self-confidence and social anxieties, returns to his family home to attend the funeral of his father. His difficult relationship with his mother Flora (Viv Jacobs) is pushed to the limit when it’s revealed she has been having an affair with George Pye (Geoff Clifford- Brown), father of Felix’s ex-lover, and unbeknownst to him the mother of his child, Rosie (Sarah Legender).
Flora’s neighbour Mercy Lott (Jean Hewling) and a ghostly apparition of Felix’s father James (Terry West) serve to lead the plot along and allow Felix to come to terms with his grief, his lack of understanding of ‘how the world works’ and allow himself in some form to just ‘be’.

A poignant and at times funny play was brought to life by Sarah Atkinson on a sumptuous garden set, designed by Walter Howell. Adam White developed a beautiful and moving soundscape that allowed the action of the play to unfold, leading to the final moments when Felix was finally able to scatter his father’s ashes, and move on. Thanks must go to all the helpers working front of house, on prompt and backstage with this production, as well as to our fantastic audiences.

In April the Players performed two plays ‘War Brides’ by Marion Craig Wentworth and ‘Beata Beatrix’ by Gillian Plowman at the Richmond One Act Drama Festival, part of the All England Theatre Festival. Jacqui O’Meara and Terry West were nominated for Best Actress and Actor for their roles in ‘Beatrix’, whilst Walter Howell took home the award for Best Set as well as being nominated for Best Director. ‘War Brides’ won awards for Best Actress, shared by Sarah Legender and Viv Jacobs and Best Supporting Actress for Lucy Atkinson as well as winning overall, which means it will be moving on to the next round at the Washington Arts Centre in May. Keep your fingers crossed!