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What's on in Sedgefield and the surrounding area.

Monthly Diary

SEDGEFIELD LIBRARY Current Opening Hours Wednesday 9.30am-12.30pm, Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday 1pm-5pm

We will be closed on Saturdays for the time being but you can now browse. Once you have hand anti-bac-ed, you are welcome to choose from the shelves.
There is a limit of 4 people allowed in the building at any one time, and the time allowed is 15 minutes.
You may borrow up to 6 books and can also order books from other libraries to be delivered. Masks should be worn and please bring your library card to be scanned for Track & Trace. There is also now computer access, but that is also limited to 30 minutes. Sorry, there are no scanning, printing or photocopying facilities yet.

This is as we are at the moment but watch this space. We hope that more hours and facilities will be available soon. The online catalogue system available for reserving books. BorrowBox is still available with membership.
Tel: 0300 026 9521.

COVID-19 Covid-19 has had a significant impact on events in the village. We suggest contacting the club, organisation individually. We will post any information that is sent to us.

Submit your events/updates or information to

Diary dates to diary.news@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk
Arts & Events to sedgefieldartsandevents@outlook.com
Event Posters to sedgefieldweb@hotmail.co.uk

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Regular Events & Activities

Sedgefield Library

Check with the club for COVID-19 updates.
Usual Opening Hours:
Wednesdays: 9:30am-12:30pm
Thursdays: 10am-6pm
Fridays: 1pm-7pm
Saturdays: 9:30am-12:30pm

Thursdays 10:30-12:30: Basic computing, tailored to your needs.
Thursdays 2.15pm: 'Boogie Beat' Pre-school session. Booking reqd.
Craft Group: 1.30pm 2nd & 4th Friday
Book Circle: 2pm 3rd Friday. New members welcome. New Borrow Box Service. Download the app and gain access to audio e-books or audio books on computer, tablet or mobile phone. This is a free service to all our members. More information at the library. Summer Reading Challenge: Space Chase, limited spaces, please book

Tel: 03000 269521


The Hub

Sedgefield Community College
Closed due to COVID-19.
New Dance Generation: Monday U9s 5-5.45pm. Over 9s 5.45-6.30pm
Clubbercise:Tue 6.00pm
Zumba: Tue 6.30pm & Thurs 7pm
Blade Taekwondo: Sat 10.30am
Call 01740 617882 for all enquiries


Sedgefield Community Association

Ceddesfeld Hall is closed with immediate effect. In line with Government advice, relating to Coronavirus, COVID-19, Ceddesfeld Hall is closed from Tuesday 17th March, initially for two months. All SCA events up to mid July have been cancelled. Very best wishes to all members and patrons of Ceddesfeld Hall.


Sedgefield Social Club

Check with the club for COVID-19 updates. Usually Entertainment every Saturday. Telephone Number: 01740 620591


St John Fisher Catholic Church

Check with the contacts for COVID-19 updates. Wed & Fri mornings, 9.45am. Sunday 10.45am with Children's Liturgy in term time. Adoration on Thursday at 7pm. Legion of Mary meeting Friday mornings after Mass. To contact The Parish Office, email parishsecretary1961@btconnect.com


New Generation Church

Check here for COVID-19 updates.


One Step Forward Bereavement Support Group

Check with the contacts for COVID-19 updates. One Step Forward is a group offering mutual support after bereavement. We meet every Thursday from 3pm to 5pm in The Welcome Room in St. Edmund's Church. Further details from Panny Pighills: 01740 620909/07443 423113

Sedgefield Methodist Hall Non-Profit Playgroup

Check with the contacts for COVID-19 updates. Mon, Wed & Thurs 9.30am - 11.30am in term time. For children aged 2 to 4. Contact Barbara Smith 01740 620923 or Jane Jones 01740 620893.


Youth Club

Check with the contacts for COVID-19 updates. Monday Evenings in Term Time. Parish Hall. Juniors (50p) 6-7pm, Seniors (£1) 7-8:30pm. Table tennis, Xbox, Playstation, tuck shop and more. For info email natalie@Sedgefieldtowncouncil.gov.uk


Sedgefield Tea Dance

Check with the contacts for COVID-19 updates. For information, call Joyce 01740 622601 or Ann 01740 629070


Fishburn Art Group

Check with the contacts for COVID-19 updates. Fishburn Art Group is looking for new members. The group meets every Monday from 9.30am till noon. Anyone interested is welcome to visit to see what goes on and meet members. For further info call Julie Underwood on 07770 972 988 or email underlogs@talktalk.net


Sew Easy Sessions

Check with the contacts for COVID-19 updates. Mon 6.30-9pm & Wed 1-4pm. Venue: Parish Hall Boardroom

Arts & Entertainment

Email any reports/reviews to Geoff Millichap: sedgefieldartsandevents@outlook.com

William Turner’s sites in County Durham

Raby Castle, the Seat of the Earl of Darlington, 1817 : Walters Art Museum, Baltimore William Turner's work and reputation recently saw him added to the design of the new £20 note, which may be the highest national honour we can confer. Now that local visitor attractions have reopened, we in Durham again have the opportunity to revisit his strong links with the County and the dramatic works he produced on our doorsteps.

JMW Turner was born in London in 1775 & his talent was obvious from childhood. He was selected by the Royal Academy for formal training aged just 14, and would become it's youngest ever inductee. At 22 he visited Durham on his formative 1797 tour, already as a well-travelled & adept architectural draughtsman. However it was in the North that his talent for landscape painting blossomed. On a 1000 mile journey through Durham & Northumberland, the lakes, & the abbeys of Yorkshire, he learned to enhance rather than simply record the terrain, and convey his own personal impression of a location, rather than reproduce a photo-realistic rendering. On this tour he became the 'landscape poet', as which he is viewed today, able to inject emotion, psychology, and the sublime into his scenes. He single-handedly raised the status of landscape painting in the art world.

Turner’s approach, emphasising individual experience over & above literal copying, was attuned to the idealistic Romantic movement of the day so it was unsurprising that Turner would be drawn to Durham during the early part of the 19th century. Durham, like the lakes, had become a hub of the Romantic scene, attracting visitors like Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, John Ruskin, William Wordsworth & Sir Walter Scott among many others.
Turner was in Durham again in 1801 & in 1816, when he sketched High Force Waterfall, but it was in 1817 that he made his most extensive tour of the region as a mature artist, producing sketches of Durham City, Brancepeth Castle, Bishop Auckland & Witton Le Wear, and taking in the Durham Dales, Barnard Castle & Lune Forest. The most substantial work to result from this trip was his oil painting of Raby Castle, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1818, and which is notable for its emphasis on the sky.

Turner was inspired by the light in Durham's landscapes & he had a dizzying ability to capture light & atmospherics. It was this, alongside his capacity for expressing the subjective impression of a panorama, which made him a key influence on the Impressionist movement, as well as on the American modernists & Abstract Expressionists that followed, notably, Mark Rothko, but also on the work of Whistler, Monet & several others.
One of our greatest painters, Turner’s scenes can often best be experienced in situ, when the weather permits.

Sites like Raby Castle, High Force, Durham Cathedral, and the Bowes museum are of course well worth a visit in their own right, but for a new perspective on familiar territory, try following The "Turner Trail" of local places where he stayed, painted, and where he is exhibited. You can find it on the website, ThisIsDurham.com

Images: Raby Castle, the Seat of the Earl of Darlington, 1817 : Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Durham Cathedral, 1798-99: Royal Academy

Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace: 5th November 2020, Vue Cinema, Darlington

Those who long for the return of live music to our venues should not miss the transmission of Nick Cave’s live act, showing at Cinemas across the north of England this month. Being 2020, it’s a concert but not as we know it. In response to venues closing across the country, Nick Cave collaborated with award-winning cinematographer Robbie Ryan to record a solo performance alone in the lofty surroundings of the West Hall, Alexandra Palace, in June this year.

Cave has been releasing novel, challenging work since the 70s, steadily building an army of dedicated listeners and impressing critics worldwide. In that time he has achieved commercial success not only with his band ‘The Bad Seeds’ but as an acclaimed composer of musical scores. Some of his best known work now includes compositions for films like The Road, or Lawless & of course, his track ‘Red Right Hand’ appears in several movies & TV shows, most prominently as the theme song for Peaky Blinders. In this show described by the Guardian as “utterly magnetic” in a 5-star review, Cave again showcased his creativity in the format as well as the content of the production.

It remains to be seen whether having an audience but no performer, at a broadcast featuring a performer but no audience, will prove to be successful, or strictly a historical oddity, a relic of an age of public restrictions. Whatever else, it promises to be an opportunity to catch a once-in–a generation talent at the peak of his powers, in an undoubtedly memorable & unique experience - even by the standards of 2020.


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