Citizen of the Year, 2000
We are very sad to report that the very first Sedgefield Citizen of the Year, Billy Cooper, has died.
For many years Billy could be found behind the bar at the Golden Lion, but he was so much more than the almost legendary landlord of one of our best loved pubs.
On page 2 we include a brief tribute to Billy from Les Butler, the 99 year old Burma veteran, who came to Sedgefield Army Camp in 1941 and has lived here ever since.
A Hive of Activity
Those busy bees at Growing Together in Sedgefield have a new home.
“The Hive of Sedgefield” is to be in the former Turner’s showroom building in Rectory Row, which Carole Lawford and her volunteers have now rented, Sedgefield Windows having relocated to Portrack Lane in Stockton, leaving not only the building but, importantly for Carole, land at the rear for growing and harvesting.
Plans for the land include more space to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers, as well as providing an opportunity for horticulture training. They will sell plants for home growing, like a small garden centre but also offer small, raised beds where people can grow what they like with help from the team of volunteers.
The building will become a base to provide support and fun for local people. The first stage is to create some retail space to help people with their shopping. As a Community Interest Company all the profit will go back into community projects and this will help fund the development of the rest of the building.
The next priority is to develop the kitchen for workshops and cookery lessons. The Hive will provide the food and support as now but on a bigger scale rather than in volunteers’ homes. Carole is already working with businesses in Sedgefield but looks forward to developing other links to support local people and to attract more visitors.
If you have a few hours’ spare would you like to help? Or can you provide some advice on building maintenance, especially roofing and plumbing? Jobs that need doing include scraping walls, painting, repairs, clearing weeds ready for planting - so please get in touch if you can help.
Growing Together in Sedgefield has received funding and support from Sedgefield Town Council, Durham County Councillor David Brown and Livin.
‘We are grateful for the faith they have shown in us and we will continue to work with them’, says Carole. ‘The building and outside area will be fully accessible. For me, for everyone. That’s the foundation of everything. Thank you all for the support we’ve had. Let’s all make 2021 a new and safe start.’
You can contact Carole at email@example.com or on Facebook/ Growing Together in Sedgefield.
College donates over 2000 items to local Foodbank
Staff and students from Sedgefield Community College handed over 2250 individual items to the Billingham and Stockton Foodbank appeal as their festive spirit spread. It is the fourth year running in which the award-winning school has donated to local Foodbank charities, and this year has seen record-breaking results.
Charity Coordinator Paul McGeary said, “Year-on-year our Foodbank contributions have grown. We have created a momentum that shows no signs of slowing down. Our first ever collection in 2017 yielded 1000 items and last year we gathered an impressive 1500 items for Durham Foodbank appeal.
“This year we are handing over 2250 individual items which is of particular pertinence in times of Covid-19, which has badly affected Foodbank collections. We have educated our students as to the importance of Foodbanks, and dispelled many myths surrounding the beneficiaries of our donations. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our staff, students and parents and carers for embracing the project and already we are looking ahead to breaking records again with next year’s collection.”
Sedgefield News: from the past
by Martin F Peagam, The Time Traveller, for Sedgefield Local History Society.
Have great Christmas folks.
If you would like to know more about your local history, visit the Facebook site of Sedgefield Local History Society. Martin F Peagam, The Time Traveller.
I’m a Sedgefield Hardwick Staff Member Get Me Out Of Here!
All pupils love seeing their teachers humiliated and this year, at Sedgefield Hardwick, their dreams came true. With a bit of Christmas magic, the help of Little Ant and Little Dec, a few reindeer and some extremely mischievous snowmen, the “I’m a Sedgefield Hardwick Teacher Get Me Out Of Here” trials were born. Little did the teachers know what was in store for them but they would soon find out.
It’s Snow Joke was the first trial and it was a messy one. Staff were placed in a vote off on the school’s social media channels with the ‘lucky’ winners being Mr Clark and Miss Bourner. Their mission was to decorate a gingerbread man. However, as it is the time for giving, we had a few surprises planned for them. They got in to a few sticky situations, being covered in strawberry sauce, sugar and maple syrup amongst others! They were both so covered in icing that you couldn’t tell if the gingerbread men were on the plate or standing up next to the table. When they were finished, they looked better than the gingerbread men they were supposed to be decorating. However, Mr Clark got a bit hungry on set and ate more than he decorated!
We have a few more trials and surprises in store for the rest of the teachers and they will soon have their turn. Just wait!
That’s it from Little Ant (Alice), Little Dec (Ollie) and their assistant (Ava)
PS: if you want to watch the trials then they are all available to watch on the school’s Facebook page! www.facebook.com/SedgefieldHardw
Editor’s note: you may think that web address looks wrong, but it’s not! I tried it.
As the New Year begins and spring approaches, we all hope for brighter days, typified for many of us by spring blooms pushing through the cold earth.
Back in September, volunteer Bloomers planted 4,000 purple crocus corms donated by Sedgefield Rotary Club. These tiny bright flowers should soon be seen popping up along the church bank and around the Rotary Wheel at Winterton.
The purple crocus is the symbol of Rotary's worldwide campaign to eradicate polio. The tiny flowers represent the purple dye used to mark a finger of a child who has been immunised.
Since the campaign began in 1985, 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated, cases have been reduced by 99.9% and polio is now classed as endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after the last recorded case the world can be considered free of polio.
Sedgefield in the snow
Amongst the horrors of 2020 there has always been beauty, so we’ve included the image below to celebrate the place we are so lucky to live in - and to put in a quick word for a short spell of crisp winter!
Award winning photography by Ken Wilson (Sedgefield)