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Bank Service Point proposal
As previously reported, Sedgefield Development Trust has been trying, since the closure of the Barclays Bank branch in Sedgefield, to encourage the introduction of alternative banking facilities. We are pleased to confirm that we are now in detailed discussions with NEFirst Credit Union with the objective of establishing a Service Point in Sedgefield.

The main purpose of the Credit Union is to provide savings and loan facilities on a “not for profit” basis, and it is owned and run by its members. It has established a large number of Service Points in North East England.

We expect that the Sedgefield Service Point will be open once a week in an easily accessible community location. The principal activities will be to register members, to deposit cash in savings accounts, and support the completion of loan documentation. There will be no facility to withdraw cash. Loans and withdrawals from funds will be issued to members by bank transfer. The location will be staffed by volunteers under the supervision of the Credit Union.

We would welcome your views and would be very grateful for any comments or questions that you may have.

Please contact Mike Ashwell on 07843 229357
Every first Sunday of the Month, on the village green, from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

In The News

National Photonics Healthcare Centre
Sedgefield News Article
The official opening of The Centre for Process Innovation’s (CPI) National Healthcare Photonics Centre (NHPC) took place at Netpark last month. Stakeholders and prospective development partners attended a detailed presentation on the centre’s ambitions in the field of healthcare innovation.

The centre’s resources, will be available to client companies, allowing both firms to work alongside each other in the development process. The NHPC will have the means to manufacture small numbers of devices for testing purposes. The centre’s overarching goal is to help companies bring their photonic enabled products from the laboratory bench to market as quickly and safely as possible.

CPI aims to help companies become successful in Britain and feels it has a particularly important role to play in helping the North East become a global hub both for photonics related technology and, in the long term, for healthcare in general. As well as speeding up the development cycle for new products and ensuring they satisfy the high level of regulatory requirements, the NHPC will offer partner companies strategic advice in overcoming the challenges of competing with large and well established firms to get a foothold in this difficult to enter but ever expanding market.
Science and Art do mix!
Sedgefield News Article
AMBITIOUS plans to create hundreds of new jobs at NETPark have taken a major step forward with the opening of a new 1km road. And a new piece of artwork features at the new entrance.

Dignitaries gathered at the North East Technology Park (NETPark) during National Science Week to mark the opening of the road, named Rosalind Franklin Way after the pioneering scientist who contributed towards the discovery of DNA.

The works will allow a further 26 acres of land to be developed and create additional space for research and development companies which need room to prototype and scale up to manufacture on site.

The launch of the new road was held next to the bold Synergy sculpture, (pictured), which consists of four 300kg spheres and one larger, 700kg central sphere. All five spheres are made of stainless steel, with a blue mirror finish, and colour changing LED lighting to provide a dramatic effect at night.

The sculpture was created by Newcastle’s Full Blown by inflating and stretching stainless steel. Full Blown’s director Kate McDonnell said: “Each sphere is positioned at a different height to provide a dynamic eye line view, so as you enter the site you get different views as you move round the sculpture.

Amazingly, the sculpture can be seen from space and as a satellite image it emulates the NETPark logo
Sedgefield Young Citizen of the Year 2018
Do you know a young person, aged under 21 (on 31st December 2018) who has made an exceptional contribution to Sedgefield?
They may have:
• Excelled at representing our community in sport or the arts and culture
• Been a great example to others in a club, society or at school
• Done an amazing good deed
• Cared for someone close
• Simply been a positive role model for young people in Sedgefield
If you know someone who fits these descriptions, or who deserves the award for other reasons, please consider nominating them for the first Sedgefield Young Citizen of the Year Award (plus prize), which will be presented by the Mayor of Sedgefield in the Parish Hall during the Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday 7th May.

Email your nomination to natalie@sedgefieldtowncouncil.gov.uk or post it through the town council office letterbox. Please include in your nomination:
1. The full name, address (if you know it) and age of the young person
2. An explanation of why they deserve the award (no more than 200 words)
3. Your name and contact details
Sponsored by Sedgefield Town Council, Rotary Club of Sedgefield, Sedgefield Development Trust, Sedgefield Youth Club.
Local Agricultural Show hits its 166th Year
Sedgefield News Article
Whether you are a baker, crafter, artist, or gardener why not enter Sedgefield Show and showcase your talents! Or perhaps your children or grandchildren would like to enter a category - baking, home grown vegetables, photography, handwriting, craft, a miniature garden and many more. Even your dog can get involved in a companion dog show!

Schedules are available to download from www.sedgefieldshow.co.uk The Sedgefield and District Agricultural Show takes place in the Robert Brown Show Field, West Park, and the Show Committee anticipates a record number of entries and attendees on Saturday 10th August 2019. The recently developed logo and branding will help to attract families from further afield. The Show promotes the talents of our local community as well as showcasing rural life, with exhibits of the best local produce, livestock and wares, and offers something for all the family to enjoy.

Ian Mason, Show Chairman, said, “After increasing success and interest in Sedgefield Show, we are excited for this year’s event, bringing new attractions in the hope of increasing attendees from a record number last year. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind support and commitment.”

Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities including a full range of competitions and displays comprising agricultural classes for horses, ponies and donkeys, vintage tractors, horticulture and a “Crufts Qualifier” dog show. The cattle and sheep and goat classes make a return this year, along with heavy horses. The Show will also host a Period Costume Display on Horseback by Rebecca Rawlinson and her team. Several marquees will host craft stalls, horticultural displays, home produce and handicrafts. The popular food hall makes a return this year with a vast range of local and regional delicacies on offer.

In the horticulture marquee visitors can view prize vegetables, home and farm produce and outstanding floral arrangements, and in the craft tent, a vast array of baked goods and crafts, whilst a wide range of goods will be on offer in the shopping marquee.

Villages like Sedgefield have been dependant on these rural activities for such a long time, and the Show Committee would like to thank the many supporters whose commitment allows a unique event like Sedgefield Show to bring local people, industries and traditions together to showcase rural life.
Quiz-lovers raise cash for church conservation
Sedgefield News Article
The fund to help preserve Sedgefield’s ancient parish church has been given a £400 boost thanks to a couple who enjoy setting puzzles and locals who love solving them.

Friends of St Edmund’s Church say their Spring Quiz Night and pie and pea supper at Ceddesfeld Hall again proved ‘a great success’. This year’s winners were a team of friends who called themselves ‘The News Team’ - Chris & Rachel Stephenson, Chris & Julia Rowsby, Lesley & Colin Lowe and Jane & Jonah Jones. Quizmasters Judy and Peter Evans were thanked by MC Alison Hodgson for producing questions on a wide range of subjects which included local knowledge, current events and picture posers.

Members of the Friends are now busy helping to promote a concert of choral music by the highly-acclaimed Sage Gateshead Chamber Choir in St Edmund’s Church at 7pm on Saturday, March 30th (if you see the April edition of the News early enough you may still get tickets.) ‘The Call of the Heavens’ programme will feature pieces by Bach, Rutter, Parry and Haydn.

Tickets cost £10 including refreshments, and are available on the door or by calling 01740 662302 (Brian Mutch) or 645854 (Anne Eyley)