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The Mediaeval Fayre
The Mediaeval Fayre Flower Queen and her attendants (photo right) were chosen by raffle at the SCA Easter Picnic. Imogen Groves (aged 11) from Sedgefield Hardwick School, with her attendants, Paige Hymer, (age 10), Hannah Davey (age 7) and Martha Edge (age 5) led the opening procession for the Mediaeval Fayre in a horse drawn carriage.

The ‘Easter Picnic’ was originally organised as part of the village Millennium celebrations. It has been running since 1999 and has been enjoyed, come rain, shine, or one year as the snow fell. It's a great opportunity for families to come together and enjoy a free family event.

One such family, visiting from the Midlands, enjoyed it so much that it has become a special event for which they make a journey every year!

Over 125 children and their families attended the Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Monday and a great time was had by everyone, with lots of competitions and a fabulous hunt all around the grounds for Easter chicks. Every child received a prize, so no-one went away empty handed. Super sunshine added to a great afternoon.

Since then we’ve had a wonderful, wet Mediaeval Fayre
Every first Sunday of the Month, on the village green, from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

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Greener Sedgefield
With the seasons changing many are having a good clear out of their wardrobes. To pass on the unwanted items of clothing and footwear that still have life left in them is not difficult as we are spoilt with choices of charities to donate to. But most charity bags that are put through our letter boxes state that only items that are in good condition are wanted, so what to do with the clothes that are well past their best?

There are a few different options to give fabrics and textiles a new life and save them from going to landfill or being burnt in incinerators. With fashion industry being one of the biggest polluters and people in the UK buying more clothes per capita than in any other European country it’s well worth considering textile recycling.

It might not be well known but our local authority is running a textile recycling scheme and all household waste recycling centres in the county accept clothes and textiles in any condition, plus shoes, for recycling. These items will be shredded and turned into new products.

Fire Fighters Charity takes clothes and shoes for recycling and it couldn’t be any easier - there is a collection bin by Sedgefield fire station. Some retailers run textiles recycling schemes whilst also rewarding the customers. H&M gives a £5 voucher off your next shop if you bring a bag of clothes of any brand and in any condition to the shop. Oxfam will give you a £5 M&S voucher if in your bag of donated clothes there is at least one piece of M&S branded clothing or footwear. If you would like to find out more about recycling, reducing and reusing or share your ideas with others please join Greener Sedgefield on Facebook.
Siiri Tenno-Marshall
All the fun of the Fayre, before it happened!
By the time you read this the Medieval Fayre will be over for another year and everything will have been packed away until next year. As we have a new focus on ‘greener Sedgefield’ it is perhaps worth celebrating the great job that the Fayre does in encouraging and supporting us to ‘recycle’ what we no longer need or want, so that others can make use of it. Sedgefield News Article The intrepid band of volunteers walk around the village followed closely by a car and trailer collecting the bounty. And this year everyone has been very generous.

On the first evening bag after bag of books, toys, tins and bric-a-brac arrived at Ceddesfeld Hall to be sorted by volunteers, some long standing and some new to the job. Hopefully much of it was sold at the Fayre, generating funding for Sedgefield Community Association and joy for those who became the new owners of teddies, games, books, a new vase or plant pot. Somehow, buying a tin of beans when you know the money is going to a good cause is so much more rewarding that picking it off a supermarket shelf.

Everything that is left at the end is taken away by the British Heart Foundation for more recycling and fundraising. So next year please continue to support through donating, collecting/sorting and buying!
Sue Dobson
Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo
I moved in… well, a little while ago now, and enjoyed the initial calm of blank walls while belongings remained in boxes. I had intended to sort my things as I packed to move, but I just couldn’t. Were it not for the help of friends, it would not have happened. Then a friend gave me this book. Sedgefield News Article Kondo’s principles seem to be: do all the sorting in one marathon; collect everything of one category together in one place; keep only what sparks joy in you (thus surrounding yourself with things that make you happy); decide the home for each item; acknowledge when something has pleased you in the past, but you no longer want it; everything else can be given or thrown away. Kondo recommends an order for categories to sort, starting with clothes; but since mine were already in the wardrobe whilst the books were still in boxes, I started on the books.

I was apprehensive; I didn’t want to find that I was left with only lightweight stories, and discover I wasn’t interested in more “serious” literature. However, I’m quite pleased with the balance of what is left. And I feel a second wave of sorting is to come. There is something liberating about clearing out in this way.

Kondo claims that people often discover what they really like, what they really want to do, when they do a thorough, honest sort-out. I can believe it. I’m nervous about attacking the rest, but looking forward to it. Maybe it’ll even help me to make the most of my fleeting sojourn on this planet.
Tamzin Lafford
Entries invited for 2020 Sedgefield Calendar
Local photographers of all ages are being invited to share their work and win a coveted place in the 2020 calendar to be produced by the Friends of St Edmund’s Church, Sedgefield. Organisers are looking for copyright-free contributions to illustrate life through the seasons in Sedgefield and the surrounding area. ‘We need unusual or eye-catching shots of local people and events,’ said Friends’ chairman Ron Eyley this week.Sedgefield News Article He stressed that pictures taken by young people would be particularly welcome but that parental consent would be needed if photographs showing children were selected for publication. Last year’s calendar was the first produced by the Friends and proved a sell-out. Copies were sent to supporters in several parts of the world.

Photographs for use in the 2020 Calendar will be chosen by a panel of church members. Entries in jpg format should be e-mailed to Ron at ron.eyley@btinternet.com before the end of June, and young people should identify their age.

Further information can be obtained from Friends’ secretary Alison Hodgson on 620912. ‘This year’s calendar raised a significant amount of money to help with fabric- preservation and other work at St Edmund’s but there is still a lot more to do,’ said Alison.
Trevor Terry (left) and Anne Eyley of the Friends of St Edmund’s Church with Kevan Stevens, the calendar’s designer.
Sedgefield Graveyard Panel
Family research in the churchyard at St Edmund’s, Sedgefield, will now be easier, thanks to painstaking detective work by local historians and the skills of Fishburn graphic designer Kevan Stevens.

People searching for the final resting place of their ancestors will be able to access a new information panel in the church entrance porch, listing those buried in the churchyard and the location of their graves.

Sedgefield News Article The detail is based on a comprehensive survey by members of Sedgefield Local History Society and development by a team from St Edmund’s working on Durham Diocese ‘Inspired Futures’ project which aims to make churches more accessible and user-friendly to the local community. The information was then accurately reproduced on a large interpretation panel by Kevan, MD of The Art Room North East Ltd.

Churchwarden Brian Mutch, has described the panel as ‘a valuable addition to church and town records’ but he admits that not all graves can be identified as ‘the carved lettering on some headstones has suffered from the ravages of weather over a long period and can no longer be read’. The earliest identifiable gravestone dates back to 1709 (William Walton).

Two of the most interesting are a memorial to Sergeant Frederick Hardwicke (Bolton), who fell in the Heavy Brigade’s gallant cavalry charge at Balaklava in 1854, and a skull and crossbones carving on the 1711 tomb of John Rawling, whose tombstone now lies flat on the grass near the church entrance.
(l-r) Brian Mutch, Alison Hodgson and the Revd. Geoff Short with the new interpretation panel.
Sedgefield News … from the Past
June 1919 – 100 years ago
On 7 June 1919, Mr George Maddison, well-known Starter at Sedgefield Steeplechase, was killed in an accident at Metal Bridge. The death occurred when Mr Maddison, who was employed by the Newcastle Breweries Company to drive a steam-powered dray, started up his dray, tried to mount it as it moved off, slipped, fell, and was run over. He was about 50 years old and had formerly been a farmer at Bradbury.

Following the First World War, discussion was taking place about memorials to those who had died. Not all the memorials under consideration were monuments. One proposal being considered in various villages around Sedgefield – Trimdon, West Cornforth, etc – was an idea put forward by Dr C Bazan, Medical Officer for Health, to set up a District Nursing Service.
In June 1869 – 150 years ago
On Saturday 5 June a cricket match took place between teams from Sedgefield and the Asylum, at the Asylum Cricket Ground. The Asylum Eleven won without the loss of a single wicket in the second innings.

Adverts appeared in a number of newspapers at the end of the month. Richard Lowes, the Steward for the Sedgefield Asylum, was seeking tenders for the supply of goods to the Asylum. Amongst the goods to be supplied were flour, cheese, butter. And also, for the supply of ale and porter. If you would like to know more about your local history, visit the Facebook site of Sedgefield Local History Society or come along to one of our meetings.
Martin F Peagam - The Time Traveller, on behalf of Sedgefield Local History Society