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In the war against single use plastic a few supermarkets and retailers are introducing the use of paper bags instead of plastic bags. But is paper really the ‘green’ alternative to plastic?Greener Energy Admittedly, in the right conditions paper breaks down into biodegradable matter and is hence less harmful to wildlife, but we’re not meant to litter in the first place so that’s really no argument here. Besides, as we have learnt after the meeting with an representative from the council’s waste management services that all the general waste in County Durham gets incinerated we know that we are not sending anything to pile up in landfills.

It might not be well known but actually it takes four times more energy and three times more water to produce a paper bag than it would do to produce a plastic bag. Paper production emits 70% more air pollution and 80% more greenhouse gases than plastic production. Whilst plastic bags can be reused a number of times paper bags are rarely used more than once or twice. And once we recycle the paper bag, if we haven’t binned it already that is, recycling a paper bag uses 91% more energy than recycling a plastic bag. Also, paper can be recycled normally only four, maximum up to six times in its lifespan before the fibres become too short for it being possible to be reused. Paper bags are heavier in weight which means that transporting them adds even further to their already big carbon footprint.

This is not a pledge to keep using plastic bags though, just a pointer that by grabbing a paper bag we’re not necessarily doing the ‘right’ thing for the environment. The best anyone can do is to REUSE and BRING THEIR OWN - whatever material their shopping bags are made of, and keep using them as long as they have life left in them. There is also an increasing number of reusable produce bags being marketed online that can be used for items like loose fruit and veg and which would be a great substitute both to plastic and paper bags. Although, if you’re crafty it would be easy enough to make your own out of any old garment that is made of thin light material. Or, are there any local craft groups out there that would be interested in making produce bags or shopping bags for local residents?

Greener Sedgefield is an online community group for exchanging ideas on more sustainable living, for more info find us on Facebook.
Every first Sunday of the Month, on the village green, from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

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Fantastic fundraising
I would like to say a big thank you to all our customers and colleagues who have raised a fantastic £4294.52 for The Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust.
Mark Solan who runs the trust was overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity. This has been particularly close to our colleagues hearts, as the Trust helped one of our own colleagues Rebecca Sutherby, who sadly lost her battle with cancer on 6th June. She is a big miss to many colleagues in store and will never be forgotten.

The Trust, based in Spennymoor has helped many in our local area. Mark now has plans for bigger premises, with more treatment rooms, larger wig bank, a cafe and a drop in area . Their aim is to improve the quality of life of those affected by cancer in County Durham. Many thanks from everyone at Sainsbury’s.
Angela Doidge, customer services, Sainsbury's Sedgefield
Sedgefield Charities: Education grants for students
The Trustees of the Sedgefield Charities make a number of awards each year to residents in the Sedgefield area who are taking up full time study beyond A level or its equivalent. Applicants must live in Bishop Middleham, Bradbury, Cornforth, Fishburn, Mordon, Sedgefield or Trimdon. Application forms and further information can be obtained by contacting the Clerk to the Trustees, John Hannon, East House, Mordon, Sedgefield TS21 2EY.
Tel: 01740 622512. e-mail east.house@btinternet.com
The closing date for applications is September 15th 2019.
Les Joss Memorial Mathematics Award 2019
Every year the college presents a mathematics award in memory of the late Mr Les Joss, who was a mathematics teacher himself and a governor at Sedgefield Community College for a number of years. This award is always presented to a student who has proved themselves to be an outstanding mathematician, demonstrating not only excellent mathematical skills but also perseverance and resilience.

This year, the award was presented by Lorna Joss (Les’s widow) to Ethan Wrightson, a Year 10 student who has consistently impressed with his approach to his studies in mathematics. Well done Ethan!
Long-serving wardens make church history
Two men with long and distinguished records of service to churches in the Sedgefield area have made local church history by being honoured with the title of ‘Churchwarden Emeritus’. Parish wardens, John Burton and Brian Mutch are the first church officers in the Parish of the Upper Skerne, which covers Bishop Middleham, Fishburn, Sedgefield and the Trimdons, to be awarded the accolade. The pair were presented with ‘certificates of grateful appreciation’, cards and personal gifts by the Revd. Geoffrey Short, Team Rector, to mark their long and dedicated service.

Although they have relinquished their duties as parish wardens, both John and Brian will continue to serve as deputy wardens. Brian will have special responsibility for safeguarding the fabric of all church buildings in the parish. Taking over as parish wardens will be church members John Burrows and Reader Bill Armstrong who have strong links with Saint Michael’s Church in Bishop Middleham but will work throughout the Upper Skerne. Sunday’s service saw a special presentation to Reader Michael King, to mark his hard work and leadership as Lay Chair of both the District Church Council and the Parish Church Council during the years that the Upper Skerne had no Team Rector or Vicar.
Familiar faces to many. Top to bottom John Burton, Brian Mutch, Bill Armstrong, Michael King & John Burrows.
Sedgefield News from the past
August 1869 – 150 years ago
by Martin F Peagam, The Time Traveller, on behalf of Sedgefield Local History Society On Tuesday 10 August the second annual show of the Sedgefield Floral and Horticultural Society took place at Hardwick Park. Although rain fell at intervals, the show was deemed a great success.

As well as displays of flowers, vegetables and honey, there were sporting contests: a handsome silver cup was awarded to the winner of a bicycle race which was described as ‘one of the great features of the show’. The united bands of Trimdon Grange and Wingate played music. Amongst those exhibiting were the gardeners of the neighbouring gentry who provided attractive displays of stove and greenhouse plants.

Mr Stobart, gardener to Mr Anisty of Norton, took first prize for a display of six foliage plants ‘of immense dimensions’ and also won a prize for his white grapes. Mr Dick, gardener to Lady Vane, won a special prize offered by a wire manufacturer in Stockton for the best trained plants in wire hanging-baskets.
August 1909 – 110 years ago
Members of the Sedgefield Cycling Club were amongst the many cyclists from local clubs who gathered at Wolviston. The village was ‘thronged with cyclists’ for an annual feast of sports on the village green.

The sports included three-legged running races, skipping, quoits, and a donkey derby, and culminated with the chase and capture of a live pig – a contest won by Miss Bolton of Haverton Hill, who received a copper kettle for her efforts.
If you would like to know more about your local history, please visit the Facebook site of Sedgefield Local History Society or come along to one of our meetings.
Blooming delight!
Following the July visit of Northumbria in Bloom judges, Sedgefield welcomes Leanne Bone and Keith Jackson of Britain in Bloom on Tuesday 6 August. They will tour the village centre, visiting...

Ceddesfeld Gardens, before enjoying planting at both sides of Rectory Row, the wildflower meadow & mixed border at Wykes Close and the wonderful troughs outside the Social Club. Gardens at Crispin Court & Malton Terrace, created by the Bloomers, & the sumptuous displays at the Golden Lion and Dun Cow, which always attract praise.

The agricultural heritage area at Beacon Lane & the Turnpike Bed opposite, which provide an attractive show at the entrance to the village. Beneath the village signs, planters created by town council gardeners offer a colourful welcome to Sedgefield, along with the beautiful tubs, hanging baskets and beds around the village green. The Bloom Bike and Beacon Bed have become firm favourites over the years.

Judges are always impressed by the Manor House gardens, created by the Bloomers, while planting provided by new proprietors at the Pickled Parson, Impeccable Pig and Herd & Herb (formerly Hardwick Arms) have brought a touch of class to the centre of the village.

‘Results are not announced until the autumn, so we all have a long wait, but we are pleased to see Sedgefield looking so lovely and greatly appreciate the outstanding support from our wonderful community.’ Norma Neal
Brownie Gold Award Achievement
Millie Beamson of 2nd Sedgefield Brownies has achieved her Gold Award at Brownies. The Gold Award is the highest award in Brownies and has recently been established as part of the new Brownie programme. Millie is the first Brownie in our Division to achieve this award. This is a huge achievement for which we at 2nd Sedgefield Brownies are very proud.

Millie has been a Brownie for over 3 years, joining in guiding activities, setting an excellent example to her peers and showing what it is to be a member of Girlguiding. Only the most dedicated Brownies will achieve their Gold Award as it takes a lot of effort and hard work so it is an outstanding achievement. Well done Millie!
Photo: Millie is pictured with Brown Owl, Joanne Tinkler and Mayor of Sedgefield, Leo McCormack.