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The plastic bag charge and reports of damage to the environment has led to a huge shift in consumer behaviour. Plastic is a big issue but there are many other products that require lots of energy, water and trees, all limited resources, in their manufacture. Alternatives are becoming more accessible and popular, so what can people do at home to be more sustainable?

Zero waste stores are becoming more common and have refill stations where you can top up on products such as shower gels, detergents and food products, using your own containers. Supermarkets are often happy for you to take clean containers along for purchases from the deli, fish and meat counters. A simple bottle of water refilled time and again saves money and waste. The production of kitchen roll and toilet paper uses an enormous amount of water and trees. Old clothes and towels can be repurposed as washable alternatives to kitchen roll or wipes.

If you prefer kitchen roll, bamboo ones are made from a sustainable source and can be machine washed. Toilet paper made from recycled materials is sold in many supermarkets. Greener Energy Cling film is single use, but beeswax wraps are handy alternatives for sandwich wrapping or covering food. They can be re-used and are compostable when past their best. Need a book? Borrow a good read, from the library or have a look at second hand shops supporting a good cause.

A bar of soap is as effective as hand wash pumps without all the packaging. Again, refills are available for hand wash if you prefer them. Shampoo and conditioner bars can last much longer than bottles and just like deodorant bars remove the need for plastic.

Colgate estimates the UK uses 264 million toothbrushes a year - a staggering amount of plastic that is usually thrown away. A rechargeable toothbrush would produce less waste; bamboo ones can be composted when worn out. Even chewable toothpaste tablets exist, removing much plastic and paper packaging.

Rechargeable batteries can be used hundreds of times, compensating for the initial cost. Lastly, in a lifetime a woman will use around 11,000 menstrual products. Most contain plastic and sadly, most are not disposed of correctly. Washable pads, sanitary knickers and menstrual cups could save money over time and reduce the environmental impact.

Many things can be swapped, refilled or repurposed. Only a few have been mentioned here. What works for one may not for another, but even one swap makes a difference.
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Sedgefield News from the past
by Martin F Peagam, The Time Traveller, on behalf of Sedgefield Local History Society 192 years ago, in September 1827, the Duke of Wellington visits a friend The 127 feet tall Wellington obelisk towers over the Wynyard Estate. Sedgefield News Article It is a testament to the friendship shared by the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry and one of the greatest military commanders, the Duke of Wellington. The obelisk was erected in September 1827, to honour Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, who visited Wynyard Hall on the 24th September, during a triumphal tour. He was one of the leading military and political figures, serving twice as Prime Minister. His victory against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 puts him in the first rank of Britain's military heroes. The two men were companions-in-arms during many military ventures in their younger days. However, the obelisk also reveals another side to their relationship.

Sedgefield News Article The foundation stone of the obelisk originally read ‘Wellington, friend of Londonderry’ but now simply reads ‘Wellington’. Disappointed not to be given a place in Wellington’s cabinet in 1828, Londonderry had the other words removed!

However, on the death of Wellington in 1852, he learned he had awarded him the Order of the Garter and Londonderry acted as pall-bearer at Wellington’s funeral.
Starting 3rd October in Sedgefield
The NHS have realised that society needs more than medication for total well-being. Stress is a major cause of long-term ill health, absence from work/education and accounts for a huge proportion of doctor’s appointment time. Medication may work but what patients often require is a way of coping with general life and the daily challenges that arise.

Public Health England and Parliament have joined with leading Yoga Therapists and approved a 10 week course. The Yoga In Healthcare Alliance is training Yoga teachers to deliver the course over ten 2-hour weekly sessions.

Students will receive a manual detailing what is covered each week which can also be used for home practice and future reference. If you suffer from Stress, Anxiety, Low Mood, want to Lose Weight, are concerned about Diabetes or Heart Health, please consider this course as the first step to a healthier and happier You. Local doctors will be happy to advise if this course is suitable or you can self-refer. All participants will be screened to make sure it is safe and appropriate for them.

Your local Yoga4Health Teacher is Cristina Moreira. For more information call 07463 292899, email info@casayoga.co.uk or visit www.casayoga.co.uk
Skerne Medical Group Public Consultation
I attended one of the events during the 8 week consultation, to hear the presentation from the partners at the Skerne Medical Group. The purpose of the engagement is to propose the future structure of the Practice and the delivery of service, while considering Patients, Practice Staff, Finance and Facilities. Five scenarios were put forward for consideration.
1. Extend Harbinson House, Sedgefield and retain and extend Trimdon Colliery Surgery.
2. Extend Harbinson House, and build a (larger) new surgery in Trimdon (Village) to accommodate 7,000 patients (plus retain Trimdon Colliery until 2027).
3. Build a new surgery in Trimdon (Village) for the entire practice, plus retain Trimdon Colliery until 2027.
4. Occupy a single site at Sedgefield Community Hospital plus retain Trimdon Colliery until 2027.
5. Extend Harbinson House, retain Trimdon Colliery and Fishburn.

The presentation is available on the website. Several points were shared from the process so far. Some new staff have been recruited, including GPs and clinical staff. They will need to be located with their mentors and support staff wherever possible.

Movement of staff between sites loses patient appointment time of 30 minutes for every staff member per journey. When consulted, the Practice Staff view is one site is preferable. The presentation was followed by questions from those attending.
The meeting closed following reassurance from Dr Hearmon that they are looking at all options from the perspective of patients, staff and Partners, and want to find an option to serve the community and provide the best care, so that the practise will ‘survive and thrive’.
Carole Lawford
166th Sedgefield Show
combination of holidays and my other job as children’s taxi driver had meant I’d missed the last few Sedgefield Shows. This year I had a few hours before the taxi was booked so I hurried down to the Robert Brown Showfield at West Park to see what I had been missing.

The sheer scale of the event, and the organisation required, always impresses and this year was no exception. With classes from “pedigree beef” to “dog with the waggiest tail” and displays including vintage tractors and cars, there really was something for everyone. My favourites were the incredibly well behaved, goats and the baby alpaca.

The equine classes took place in the main ring and there were tents with vegetables, flowers and home & handicraft sections. The funfair is always a big hit with the children and there was plenty of opportunity to sample food and drink. The signs provided by a local estate agent were great fun and kept you from getting lost.

One of the really enjoyable things about the show is the way it brings people together and you only seem to walk a few yards before you’re chatting with a friend or someone you know. I had a great time and will be back again next year, this time with the children.
Planning for the 167th Show is already underway, and more volunteers are always needed. The first meeting is at Sedgefield Social Club at 8pm on September 12th.
Paul Savage
Church Calendar launched
Sedgefield Show proved an ideal venue for the Friends of St Edmund’s Church to launch sales of their eye-catching 2020 Calendar. It didn’t take long before copies were being snapped up, and one of the first at the sales stall was Sedgefield’s Mayor, Cllr Leo McCormack, and his wife, Sandra.

“We were delighted by the comments from locals and visitors”, said Friends’ membership secretary, Brian Mutch. ”All the signs are that the Calendar will prove just as successful as last year’s.” The slimline, month-per-page Calendar with colour and monochrome pictures, shows scenes and events from the past year, taken by 9 local photographers.

Cellophane-wrapped, they are on sale at £6 (£6.50 with a sturdy card envelope for posting to friends and relatives) from secretary Alison Hodgson (01740 620912), Brian Mutch (01740 622302), Toshach’s Tea Shop or members of the Friends’ committee. Profits will be used to help maintain the fabric of Sedgefield’s ancient parish church. As the Friends of St Edmund’s would tell you - it’s an ideal Christmas present!
2 new Heads at Sedgefield Community College
Eight students were nominated for the role of Head Boy and Head Girl at Sedgefield Community College. They all took part in a formal interview, which mimicked the intensity of a professional job interview.

The selection panel, made up of Headteacher Mr Davies, and Assistant Headteacher Mrs King, chose Ethan Wrightson as Head Boy and Lois Ireland as Head Girl. Both students demonstrated that they have the qualities that are required to represent the values and ethos of the College. Head Girl, Lois Ireland and Head Boy, Ethan Wrightson.
Vote on Sedgefield’s Future
It’s clear from the design of their badge below, Sedgefield Town Council hope that residents will use their vote in the Community Referendum to approve the Sedgefield Plan. To help you to make a decision, details of the Plan are in Sedgefield Extra, which should arrive with this Sedgefield News. Voting is on Thursday 12th September in the Methodist Church Hall on North End.
Scouting abroad
This summer we got the amazing opportunity to attend the 24th World Scout Jamboree in North America, along with 38 other people in Unit 33 of Durham & North Yorkshire (one of 100 units in the UK Contingent).

For 2 years leading up to the trip we prepared for the 3 week adventure, which took us to New York, Washington and Toronto. As part of our 'Big City Experience' we were able to visit the sights of New York and Washington, including the Empire State Building and the White House - as well as getting used to the American heat!

Then it was time for West Virginia - the main site for the Jamboree, holding 45,000 people! Arriving in the pouring rain we didn’t know what it had in store for us. All we can say is it was an amazing 12 days of exploring the site, meeting lots of new people, learning about different cultures and experiencing Scouting from around the world; not to forget trying new activities from shooting and archery, to paddle boarding and mountain biking, as well as the worlds 2nd longest zip wire!

The scale of everything was huge, massively emphasised during the opening and closing ceremony, When we were surrounded by 45,000 other Scouts from around the world it was truly an 'I Was There' moment that neither of us will ever forget. Our final stop was Canada, for 'hosted hospitality'.

A local scout group invited us to their camp site where we stayed for three nights whilst we explored the local area and went sight seeing in Toronto. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way to represent not only the UK but Sedgefield in this once in a life time experience.