Sunday 2nd February 8.30am-12.30pm

In The News

It is not always easy to understand what is recyclable and what isn’t. Despite the information printed on packaging, we can still be left confused. So what do these common symbols mean?

The Green Dot (or can be another colour, depending of the colour of packaging) found on chocolate wrappers and crisp packets. This does not mean that the wrapper is recyclable; the green dot only means that “the producer has made a financial contribution towards the recovery and recycling of packaging in Europe”, so look for other symbols to see if it can be recycled.

A Mobius Loop of three arrows indicates that the material is capable of being recycled, but it does not mean that it is recyclable in all recycling collecting systems. On occasions where a percentage figure is in the middle of the symbol it shows that the packaging is made of a certain percent of recycled material.

Plastic resin codes. The number in the middle of arrows shows the type of plastic resin that has been used to make the product. Numbers vary from 1—7 and not all local authorities recycle the same items. Please remember that plastic bags are NOT part of the recycling scheme in county Durham. You can take plastic bags to supermarkets. Hard plastic, as used in toys, is recyclable at household waste centres but not via kerbside collection.

A seedling logo means that the material is Compostable, but only in industrial composting units! Please don’t put this into your home composter, or into plastic recycling. It will contaminate the recyclable plastic. Plastics marked with the seedling logo can be recycled with garden waste, but if you don’t have a brown bin then it should go into general waste.

Materials suitable for home composting are marked with a logo like this on the right. The Forest Stewardship Council logo indicates that the wood based products, anything from paper to Christmas trees, originate from well managed forests independently certified in accordance with the rules of the FSC.

Tidyman is just a moral reminder not to litter and to dispose of your rubbish appropriately. More information on recycling and what different symbols mean can be found Recycle now website. For ideas and chat on greener living and eco friendly living visit Greener Sedgefield on Facebook.
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More Local News

An invitation from Sedgefield Twinning Association
Sedgefield Twinning Association was founded in October 1982 and over the last 38 years people of Sedgefield have shared much fun and friendship with residents of Hamminkeln, Germany.

In May 2020 we will welcome another group of German visitors to Sedgefield. Some of the founder members are still active, but this year we hope to involve more people to help take our association into the 21st Century. So we are planning a buffet supper and social evening to follow our AGM on Saturday 8th February. It will be free to all present and past members, as a thank you for all their hard work and fundraising over many years, and their loyalty and help even when they are no longer able to actively take part in our visits.

It will also be free to anyone who would like to meet us and hear more about what we do! There will of course be no obligation to join the Association (although we would love you to!) If you would like to know more about twinning before you come, you can meet Alda Hummelinck in the Pickled Parson from 5.30 onwards!

We do hope you will join us for a meal and a drink from the bar at Ceddesfeld. The AGM starts at 6.30pm in Ceddesfeld Hall and the buffet supper will be from 7.30pm onwards. We just ask that you let us know if you intend to come, for catering purposes. Please ring or text Judith Edgoose on 07899 984464 or email mail@toddshousefarm.co.uk.
Your efforts in getting this paper out to readers are very much appreciated and we want to say thank you. You are warmly invited to a get-together on Monday 17th February from 7.30 - 9.30pm at Ceddesfeld Hall. Drinks & nibbles provided. Editorial team members and trustees of Sedgefield Development Trust look forward to meeting you.
Hardwick children set a good example
At Sedgefield Hardwick, we have been learning about the importance of caring for our area. Climate change is a huge topic and talking point currently, and it is important that we all play our part to try and help slow climate change and encourage people to recycle and create less waste. As well as being important globally, it is also important to care for our local area. If we didn’t care for Sedgefield, litter would become a big problem all throughout the village, which would then be dangerous for local wildlife (who may eat plastic waste) as well as looking and smelling unpleasant!

As part of our project, we recently undertook a litter-pick throughout Sedgefield, focussing on the alleyways and paths around the Doctors’ surgery and the Hardwick estate (the litter crew is pictured right).

We found a variety of waste, such as plastic, aluminium, glass, including glass bottles, crisp packets and fruit juice bottles. We mainly found these items in bushes along alleyways, but some were also along the paths.

It was very pleasing for us to find that the Village Green was very clean; in fact we could hardly find any litter at all there! We hope that everyone in our local community will continue to show such high levels of care and ensure that Sedgefield is a beautiful, litter-free place to visit all year round!
Sedgefield News: from the past
by Martin F Peagam, The Time Traveller, for Sedgefield Local History Society.
In February 1870: 150 years ago
The Poor Law Board released the results a of a survey of the wages of agricultural labourers. In Sedgefield the average weekly earnings were as follows: Men 18s, Women 7s 6d, Children under 16, 4s. The report added ‘some employers make an allowance of ale and porter in harvest time’. The information had been collected in the Harvest Quarter, so the rates were 25% higher than in the rest of the year.
That same month, Matt Gibbon - a ‘farmer from Sedgefield’ was charged with hawking vegetables in West Hartlepool without a hawker licence. The court accepted Gibbon’s plea that he was not aware that a licence was needed, but he still had to pay court expenses of 11s 6d.
In February 1920: 100 years ago
Sedgefield Rural District Council was seeking authorisation to acquire loans, to enable it to purchase sites for housing. The purchase price of the land was £440 in Bishop Middleham, £150 in Trimdon, and £400 in Sedgefield.

Discussions were also taking place with the North Eastern Railway Company about seeking a late train service from Newcastle to Ferryhill every evening, and extending the existing 9.05pm Saturday service from West Hartlepool to Trimdon, to include Coxhoe Bridge, West Cornforth and Ferryhill.
In February 1970: 50 years ago
Doug Moscrop reported that ‘it was not a day for favourite backers’ at Sedgefield Races on 24 February. The only favourite to win was Kernan, who romped home by five lengths in the last race of the day, the Tow Law Novices Chase. By then, Moscrop reported, ‘most people had little money left’.
Sedgefield Community College
Is proud to announce that it has achieved the national ‘World Class School’ quality mark. This mark is only awarded to non-selective state schools that offer the best education to young people in the UK. To achieve the award, students are assessed against a framework of skills and competencies that it is considered young people need to flourish in an emerging global economy. Throughout the assessment process students had to show considerable independence, creativity and the ability to function as an effective team and deliver quality outcomes.

This award will no doubt provide parents and carers with yet another illustration of the exemplary educational experience provided at Sedgefield Community College. Congratulations to Mr Davies and the staff and students on this notable achievement.
New Head Teacher
In the December issue it was reported that Sedgefield Community College would be joining the Laidlaw Schools Trust in Spring 2020 and that Mr Davies, the current Head Teacher would be taking a strategic Trust-wide role.
Following an extensive selection process Mr Geoff Robinson has been appointed as the new Head Teacher from September 2020. Mr Robinson has been a Deputy Head Teacher at the college for 10 years and knows the school extremely well. The Governors are confident he will prove to be an exceptional appointment.
The Community College now has its own Automated External Defibrillator which is fixed to the wall just inside the entrance used by the community (The HUB). The type fitted is seen quite commonly in public places and is similar in so far as no particular training is required to use it, as the equipment itself guides the user through the operation required. The defibrillator is available for community use at any time that the school is open. Hopefully it will not be not needed.
Care Navigation at Skerne Medical Group
How you can help when making an appointment If you have called the GP Surgery recently to book an appointment, you may have been asked to provide brief details about the reason for your visit. This isn’t because the receptionist has an unhealthy interest in your personal life, but it’s to help you get the best possible care. The receptionist staff have been trained to navigate you to the most appropriate service or person.
This signposting is called Care Navigation and is being used at many GP practices across the country.
By understanding the reason for your visit, the receptionist can make sure you get seen by the right person, at the right time, so that you don’t waste your time with extra appointments. It also makes it easier for staff to match patients to practitioners – a significant logistical challenge at a busy practice.

The staff at Skerne Medical Group care for over 15,000 patients in our local community, and in addition to doctors, the group has a number of specialist clinical roles to help patients.
- Phlebotomist
- Health Care Assistant
- Practice Nurse
- Clinical Practitioner
- Paramedic
- Practice Pharmacist
The best person to treat you depends on your clinical requirements.
A phlebotomist is highly trained in taking blood samples, whereas a clinical practitioner can prescribe drugs and treat minor illnesses and injuries. The practice pharmacist can undertake complex medication reviews and the practice nurse can carry out chronic disease reviews. We will take a look at the different roles in more detail in a future issue of the Sedgefield News.
Most people are happy to provide a little bit of extra information to ensure they get the best care. However, if the matter is sensitive, you don’t need to share! So, if you can, please support the receptionists, and remember, the best person to help you is not always the GP.
CPI is a three times winner
At the annual North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) award ceremony held at Hardwick Hall recently, CPI's commitment to upskilling current employees and nurturing future talent was clearly demonstrated when they won The Apprentice-ship Employer of the Year award. CPI has chosen to donate the £2,000 prize to Thornaby Academy.

The Apprentice of the Year award was won by Ben Gay, a Laboratory Scientist apprentice at CPI's National Biologics Manufacturing Centre, during his comple-tion of a degree in Biological Sciences at Teesside University.

The Young Achiever award was won by Dan Wallis, who has worked at CPI for just over seven years, recently being appointed as plant supervisor. Dan showed professionalism and leadership in his role as a key player in commissioning the Calysta bespoke demonstration plant under strict deadlines. Jodie Coe, Director of Organisation Development at CPI said "We will continue to have a strong focus on the development of local young scientists and engineers.
Sedgefield Youth FC
Riverside Shoot Out. Sedgefield Youth FC Under 11s have been invited to take part in a penalty shoot out at the Riverside Stadium. The penalties will be taken at the half time interval in the Championship clash between Boro and Blackburn Rovers on Saturday 1st February. If you are at the match, please give your support for the lads who will be hoping to secure victory in front of around 20,000 fans!

The SYFC U11s team are currently unbeaten in their current league campaign and are hoping to transfer their form onto the Riverside pitch!
New Baby & Toddler Playgroup in Sedgefield
A new playgroup for babies and toddlers is starting on Tuesday February 4th at Ceddesfeld Hall in Sedgefield. It will run every Tuesday during term time, from 9:15-11:15.
Parents and carers are welcome to bring their little ones for playtime, snacks, stories and songs. The playgroup will provide a local opportunity for parents and carers as well as children to socialise. Please note that parents and carers are expected to stay during the session. The group is open to everyone on a pay-what-you-can basis, but a small contribution of £3 is suggested to cover weekly running costs.

The playgroup is also collecting toys and equipment suitable for babies or toddlers. Thank you to everyone who has already donated. If you would like to donate something, please get in touch via the Facebook page or by email as below.
Please check the Facebook page for more information or to subscribe. https://www.facebook.com/groups/sedgefieldplaygroup/ If you are not on Facebook, the playgroup can be contacted at sedgefieldplaygroup@gmail.com