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February 2020 Diary
Sun 2nd Sedgefield Farmers’ Market 8.30am -12.30pm
Reflective, meditative Tiazé-style ecumenical service, St. John Fisher Church, 6pm. Everyone welcome.
Mon 3rd Sedgefield Local History Society, Ceddesfeld Hall, 7.45pm. True Heroes of the Sea by David Hastings. Contact Suzanne Hoper 01429 888250.
Sedgefield Methodist Wives & Friends. Dorothy’s Well Update with Jim O’Connor. Contact Margaret Dickerson 01740 621093 or Jennifer Mason 01740 620296.
Tue 4th Sedgefield Tea Dance, Sedgefield Parish Hall 1-3pm, £2.50 including refreshments. Joyce 01740 622601 or Ann 01740 629070 for details.
Wed 5th Sedgefield Women’s Institute, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 7.15pm. “Ceddesfeld Ukulele Band”, competition - a lady’s handkerchief.
Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch Meeting, Sedgefield Social Club (Upstairs Room) from 7pm.
Fri 7th Veterans Coffee morning, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10am-12pm.
Sedgefield & District U3A 2pm at the Parish Hall. Jean Harrod on ‘Deadly Diplomacy'. Guest Welcome £3 at the door. 01740 629574 Quiz night, Sedgefield Cricket Club at 8.30pm.
Sat 8th Sedgefield Twinning Association AGM, Ceddesfeld Hall, starts at 6.30pm and followed at 7.30pm by a buffet meal (bar open). Free to anyone interested in the association but please contact Judith Edgoose on 07899 984464, email mail@toddshousefarm.co.uk.
Tue 11th Ladies Club, Ceddesfeld Hall, Cornerstone Support Housing
Thu 13th Sedgefield Show Committee Meeting, Sedgefield Social Club at 8pm. All meetings are open to everyone who would like to get involved.
Fri 14th Country Market, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10-11.30am. Cakes, crafts, plants, refreshments, everyone welcome.
Mon 17th Sedgefield Family History Group, Methodist Church Hall at 7.15pm. "Stories & Quirks of family history research in a military museum" with Steve Erskine. Sedgefield Methodist Wives & Friends. Paton Baldwins, Chris Lloyd.
Tue 18th Ferryhill, Sedgefield & District Flower Club, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 2pm. Nicola Davies Murray. Members free, £5 non-members. Sedgefield Tea Dance, details as Tue 4th.
Thu 20th Sedgefield Memory Café, Sedgefield Fire Station, 10.30-12pm. For dementia clients and their carers only.
Fri 21st Sedgefield in Bloom Coffee Morning, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10-11.30pm. Refreshments, home made cakes and scones, book stall, tombola, and raffle. Live Music Night at Sedgefield Cricket Club, 7.30pm. Main guest is Stony with the John Wrightson Band and support. Admission £11, 01740 621347 for more details.
Tue 25th Mordon & District Ladies Circle, Mordon Village Hall, 7.30pm. Talk on memory care. Ladies Club, Ceddesfeld Hall, Erland Randall - Life in the Sand Pit.
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Peace, wellbeing and mindfulness
On Sunday 2nd February at 6pm a reflective, meditative, Taizé-style ecumenical service will be held at St. John Fisher Church in Sedgefield. Organized by Sedgefield Area Churches Together.

Who Built the Ark?
Sunday 9th Feb 11am–12.30pm in St Edmunds Church. Join Noah in his Ark, dressed as an animal if you wish. Story, mask making, craft & music. Children to be accompanied by an adult.

Mayor’s Civic Ball
Friday 6th March 2020 at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield Drinks Reception: 7pm. 3 course meal 7.30pm.
Entertainment by International Singing Star Peter Grant, accompanied by Ivory Dan McCormack, supported by Watermelon Dance & Zumba Fitsteps Group, The Mayor’s Charity Band - 60’s rock & roll dance music. Carriages at Midnight.
Tickets £35 from Sedgefield Town Council Offices - 01740 621273
Raising funds for Butterwick Hospice & the Alzheimer's Society
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A Spectacular Panto
Between Christmas and New Year was Panto time as ever, and the Sedgefield Players’ choice this year was a new version of 'Mother Goose' by Alan Frayn. The titular (in more ways than one) heroine of the piece was played by Tom Guest who also choreographed the show alongside Gill Rowe.

The plot, as convoluted as most pantomimes, saw Fairy Friendship (Viv Jacobs/Rosemary Jones) sending Princess Priscilla of Gooseland (Alisha Quinn/Emily Legender) to stay with Mother Goose and her children, Billy (Kieron O'Donnell) and Jill (Kelsey White) so that she could be inaugurated into the Goose Royal Family, headed by the King & Queen of Gooseland (Dave Jasper, Hilary Yeoman and Jessica Sadler.

Jill's boyfriend Colin (Lucy Atkinson) and his Uncle the mean, merciless, miserly Squire of Goosingham (Peter Hook) are on opposite sides of a Rent War with the Squire calling in the Bailiffs (Jacqui O'Meara and Liz Flanagan) to oust Mother Goose from her home. The evil Demona Discontent (Sarah Legender) seduces Mother Goose with Youth and Beauty, which sets her on a quest to become good again, lose her greed for riches and restore Priscilla to her rightful place as Princess of Gooseland. Supporting and ensemble role were taken by SPYS as usual.

Tech support was provided by Adam White and Richard Flanagan; Walter Howell created beautiful back cloths & scenery and wonderful costumes like the one below were created and developed by Jeanne Iveson.

Sarah Atkinson, directing her first Panto for the Players said 'It's been a fantastic experience from start to finish and the audiences have been exceptional.

Next up for the Players is their March Production of 'The Railway Children' by children’s favourite, E Nesbit, in an adaptation by Mike Kenny. This show features the entire company of the Players (over 80 people) across 4 performances from the 12th to the 14th March, before heading to the Isle of Man Festival in April. Tickets will be available soon. We will also be fundraising with shows including 'Love is all around' - a Cabaret evening on February 14th. More information to follow.
From Sedgefield to Skegness
Sedgefield Blues Club have just returned from the annual trip to the Great Rock and Blues festival at Butlins Skegness, over 50 artists seen in 3 days. Around 5000 rock and blues fans descended on the seaside town for a long weekend of great music from around the world. They showcase up and coming acts through to legendary artists which included the eldest son of Muddy Waters & Dr Feelgood. For us, it is a great opportunity to spot potential acts to grace the Sedgefield Rock and Blues Club stage in the future. There were many highlights one of which was the sublime Miguel Montalban, an extremely talented guitar player, check him out on Youtube. Tickets and more great live music at www.sedgefieldblues.com.
Events at The Manor House
We have a great programme of events to start the New Year
31st January – 2nd February is Independent venue Week
Friday 31st January:
The Alan Hull Songbook with Dave Hull-Denholm and Ian Thomson of Lindisfarne
1st February: The Bird Scarers
with Michael and Gary Chaplin – tales of life in the Durham Coalfield
2nd February: Songwriters Afternoon with Phil Caffrey, Hayley McKay & David Neil Crabtree
Tickets for all 3 events £10 each or for the whole weekend at £25.
Friday 21st February:
‘Call my Quaff’ wine tasting evening with Newcastle Wine School. Tickets £25. More details on www.manorhousesedgefield.co.uk/calendar All tickets available from The Manor House 01740 629 264 enquiries@manorhousesedgefield.co.uk or www.wegottickets.com (search Sedgefield).