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March 2020 Diary
Mon 2nd
Sedgefield Local History Society, Ceddesfeld Hall, 7.45pm. ’History of Mining in the Northeast of England’ by Peter Sagar. Contact Suzanne Hopper 01429 888250.
Sedgefield Methodist Wives & Friends. Rainbow Singers. Contact Margaret Dickerson 01740 621093 or Jennifer Mason 01740 620296.
Tue 3rd
Sedgefield Tea Dance, Sedgefield Parish Hall 1-3pm, £2.50 including refreshments. Joyce 01740 622601 or Ann 01740 629070 for details.
Wed 4th
Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch Meeting, Sedgefield Social Club (Upstairs Room) from 7pm. Sedgefield Women’s Institute, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 7.15pm. ‘History of the National Garden Scheme’ by Iain Anderson, Fairtrade Fortnight Display, competition: home-grown bulbs in a small pot/bowl
Fri 6th
Veterans Coffee morning, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10am-12pm.
Sedgefield & District U3A Sedgefield Parish Hall, 2pm. Peter Barron, ’Grandad at Large on’. Guests welcome, £3 at the door.
World of Prayer Service, prepared by the Christian women of Zimbabwe. St. Edmund’s Church at 2pm. Quiz night, Sedgefield Cricket Club. 8.30pm with John Bryant.
Blues Club 10th Anniversary gig at Sedgefield Parish Hall, Gerry Jablonski + Paul Cowley, tickets from www.sedgefieldblues.com
Tue 10th
Ladies Club, Ceddesfeld Hall, Medieval Fayre Fundraiser
Thu 12th
Sedgefield Show Committee Meeting, Sedgefield Social Club at 8pm. All meetings are open to everyone who would like to get involved.
Fri 13th
Country Market, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10-11.30am. Cakes, crafts, plants, refreshments, everyone welcome.
Mon 16th
Sedgefield Family History Group, Methodist Church Hall at 7.15pm. ‘Old Stockton—Part 2’ with Lynn Lamport.
Tue 17th
Ferryhill, Sedgefield & District Flower Club, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 7.30pm. ‘The Art of Simplicity’ with Sue Waring. Members free, £5 non-members.
Sedgefield Tea Dance, details as Tuesday 3rd. Thu 19th
Sedgefield Memory Café, Sedgefield Fire Station, 10.30-12pm. For dementia clients and their carers only.
Fri 20th
Sedgefield Women’s Institute, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10am-11.30am. Raffle, cakes, all welcome.
Live Music Night at Sedgefield Cricket Club, 7.45pm. Fund raiser for the Folk Festival with local performers. Admission £10, call 01740 621347 for more details.
Tue 24th
Mordon & District Ladies Circle, Mordon Village Hall, 7.30pm. Talk by Mel Gray.
Fri 27th
Sedgefield in Bloom Coffee Morning, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10-11.30am. Refreshments, home made cakes and scones, book stall, tombola, and raffle.
Other events
Breastfeeding Cafe Wed: 1.30-3.00pm Fishburn Education Centre
Wiggles & Wobbles Term time on Wednesdays, 10-10.45am & 11.00-11.45am in the Parish Hall. For children 0 to 4
Fri 8th & Sat 9th May VE Day Bank Holiday weekend celebrations. Local History Society Exhibition from 10am - 4pm in Ceddesfeld Hall.
VE Night Dance Saturday 9th May, in the Parish Hall, hosted by Sedgefield in Bloom.
Further details of both events from Norma Neal on 620091 or norma@neal.myzen.co.uk

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A Spectacular Panto
Independent Venue Weekend supported by BBC Sounds and BBC 6 Music took place in the last week in January with The Manor House taking part over the final weekend, staging three great gigs and spotlighting local performers.

The weekend got off to a hugely successful start with two of the current members of North East legends, Lindisfarne performing previously unreleased songs by the late frontman of the band, Alan Hull. Dave Hull-Denholm (Alan’s son-in-law) with a voice uncannily resonant of Alan’s own, and bassist Ian Thomson interpreted Alan’s lyrics in a memorable and thought-provoking performance, and of course they performed many Lindisfarne classics including memorable versions of Run For Home & Clear White Light. Alan Hull is surely still underrated as a song-writer and North East legend who has left a massive legacy and enduring influence on North East music. Much of the music performed is available on the Album ‘The Alan Hull Songbook’.

On Saturday evening Michael and Gary Chaplin gave an early performance of The Bird Scarers, regaling the audience with fascinating, wide-ranging anecdotes from the Chaplin family history. Michael is son of North East writer and poet, Sid Chaplin, born in Shildon and lived in Ferryhill and Gary is his nephew. The show is surely destined to go out to a wider audience. Promoter John Tate brought along three talented local songwriters for a performance on Sunday afternoon, of original material for The Manor House Songwriters Afternoon. Dave Needham (Whitby), Hayley McKay (Darlington) and veteran Phil Cafferty (Wallsend) entertained in turn to introduce and perform their own songs to the appreciative audience.

Phil has a long pedigree with The Caffreys and in his own right, Dave is an excellent guitarist and talented singer/songwriter and Hayley, whose voice has country influences, has performed by invitation in Nashville. All three are up-and-coming on the North East music circuit. The ambience of the historic Manor House was enjoyed by an audience that included many new visitors and the Pineapple Bar in the cellars was well stocked with good beers and wines for the weekend! Independent Venue Week is a growing annual event and we can look forward to it coming round again in 2021.
Sedgefield Blues Club-10 Years On
At the blues club anniversary gig on March 6th (details in the Diary) we’ll be supporting the Youth Club, another volunteer run club. All proceeds from the raffle will go to this community fund. Prizes include, 2 tickets to the next gig, artist CDs, t-shirts, wine & beer tokens. So if you’re coming along it would be great if you could buy tickets.