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August Diary
Fri 2nd Veteran’s Coffee Morning meet in the Sedgefield Parish Hall from 10am to noon.
Sun 4th Sedgefield Farmers’ Market is on the village green from 8.30am-12.30pm.
Tue 6th Britain in Bloom judges are visiting Sedgefield from 9am.
Sedgefield Tea Dance are back at the Sedgefield Parish Hall and everyone is welcome. 1pm-3pm, £2.50 including refreshments. For information, call Joyce 622601 or Ann 629070.
Wed 7th Sedgefield Women’s Institute in Sedgefield Parish Hall from 7.15pm. “Funny Bones and Wisdom Teeth”, a humorous talk by Dr Lowry. Visitors always welcome.
Sat 10th Sedgefield Show at Robert Brown Show Field, West Park. Gates are open from 10am.
March4Men will be walking around Sedgefield Racecourse in aid of Prostate Cancer.
Wed 14th Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch Meeting in Sedgefield Social Club (upstairs room) from 7pm.
Fri 30th Folk Festival Charity Night
Lots to do in August
Some of the regular groups and events are having a well earned rest in August but there is always something going on, so why not get involved. Sedgefield Show will take centre stage on Saturday 10th August but here are a couple of other ideas for the summer holidays and beyond.
March4Men: Saturday 10th August
If you want to take a little gentle exercise, and help raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer UK, then March4Men may be the event for you. A relaxed walk around Sedgefield Racecourse, each lap is 2km and you can do as many (or as few) as you want. The course is wheelchair friendly but dogs are not permitted. Registration opens from 9.30am and the march starts at 11am. For more information visit this link for tickets or Facebook page March4men.sedgefield.
Archaeology at Bishop Middleham Castle
In 1075, Durham was a buffer between the warring nations of England and Scotland. Governing the region was almost impossible so William The Conqueror came up with an ingenious solution — get the local bishops to do it. This gave them great power and wealth and they were known as the Prince Bishops. There are estimated to have been over 300 medieval bishops houses in England and Wales and Bishop Middleham Castle is one of these residences. DigVentures have been commissioned, as part of the Brightwater initiative, to excavate the castle grounds. The dig will take place from the 5th to the 23rd August and is suitable for adults, and families with children aged 12 and above. It’s free but booking is essential.
If you would like to be an archaeologist for a day, or even a week, please visit www.digventures.com/bright-water/background/bishop-middleham-castle.
And strictly for the children
The Space Race Summer Reading Challenge is under way at the Library. Reading for fun the summer long!
Christmas Extravaganza at the Sage:
Friends of St Edmund’s are taking bookings Christmas may still be months away but the Friends of St Edmund’s are already organising what promises to be the highlight of their year’s social programme, a chance to see the massed voices of the highly-acclaimed Inspirations choir and the Royal Northern Sinfonia in a ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ at the Sage. The annual blockbuster concert on the afternoon of Sunday, December 15th, is a ‘not to be missed event’. The Friends are keen to secure tickets as soon as possible for a party from the Sedgefield area. Supporters of the Friends will be particularly welcome. Tickets are £19 and early application is vital so the Friends’ group can be seated together. Transport to the Sage will be left to individuals but lifts may be available for those without cars.
Further information from Brian Mutch on 01740 622302 or Alison Hodgson on 01740620912
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The Chocolate Factory comes to Sedgefield
Sedgefield Players On July 19th & 20th, Sedgefield Players Youth Section (SPYS) delighted audiences with their annual summer extravaganza, this year a production of Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. The production featured on over 40 children, playing the famous roles of Willy Wonka (Kieron O’Donnell), Charlie and Grandpa Joe (Charlie Lines and Joshua Wilson) and the horrible children, Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt and Mike Teavee (Naomi Law, Emily Legender, Kelsey White and Alisha Quinn). The rest of the SPYS played various roles including Narrators, Parents and of course the bizarre Oompa Loompa’s of Loompaland. With set design by Walter Howell, costume design by Jeanne Iveson and Lighting and AV designed by Adam White and operated by Richard Flanagan, the show, directed by Sarah Atkinson and Tom Guest was a highlight of the SPYS year. In September the SPYS will take part in the annual Sedgefield Drama Festival of One Act Plays with their production of ‘As It Was’ by ex SPY, Lucy Atkinson. The adult Players will present ‘The Spy’ by Bertolt Brecht and ’Twa Sisters’ by Tom Guest. The festival runs over the second week in September and will feature a huge variety of performances every evening. Tickets available soon from www.sedgefieldplayers.co.uk and Tickety Boo.
Bring me Sunshine
Sedgefield Players
Sedgefield Lyric Singers, Sedgefield Lyrics Youth Choir (SLYC) and Lirica came together in the Parish Hall, to perform their annual summer concert. Although very hot on stage, it was a wonderful evening of entertainment, showcasing each of the three fantastic choral groups in the village. The Lyric Singers entertained with songs including ’The Rhythm of Life’ from the Musical ‘Sweet Charity’, a Choral Selection from the film ’La La Land’ and a very challenging Eric Whitacre piece ’Sleep’. SLYC, who seem to grow in talent and ambition every year, performed songs from ’The Greatest Showman’ and ’Sister Act’ as well as John Legend’s beautiful ’All of me’. Lirica challenged themselves with a barbershop version of Toto’s ’Africa’, Shawn Mendes’ ’Stitches’ and more classical pieces like ’Sing a song of sixpence’ as well as a stunning arrangement of ’amazing Grace’. All three choirs came together to sing Bob Chilcott’s ’Like a Singing Bird’, a really beautiful piece with two songs working alongside each other, ending a very successful evening. The choirs will be back again to perform at Christmas. As ever, new members are welcome when rehearsals start back in September.