SEDGEFIELD DEVELOPMENT TRUST PROJECTS

SDT is a registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee and is owned and controlled by the community.


The Trust Projects
Our trust members and volunteers have contributed immensely to our growth and community projects and with your support it will continue long in to the future.
Roger Clubley, Chairman, Sedgefield Development Trust.
Chairman’s Report to AGM 2016
Introduction to Sedgefield Web.

"Whether you live here, have historic connections here or if you are planning a visit, Sedgefield Web is for YOU. We hope it's a resource that you will want to use again and again, so please keep us posted. Feel free to contribute - photos, news, information - help us keep it fresh. Sedgefield Web is established and RARING TO GROW!"

"SDT is very proud of this venture and of the team that has worked so hard to maintain and update the content on a regular basis. I am quite sure it will prove to be just as popular and successful as its partner, Sedgefield News".

Supporting the Sedgefield Development Trust.

Sedgefield Web is a community enterprise, one of the projects of Sedgefield Development Trust Limited (SDT). SDT is a registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee and is owned and controlled by the community. All surplus income raised by this venture and all SDT projects must be used to benefit the communities of Sedgefield, Fishburn, Mordon and Bradbury.

SDT is a member of the Development Trusts Association. Developed by Sedgefield Development Trust Limited. Company No 4312745. Charity No 1100906.

Generating revenue for the community .

Sedgefield Web was established to raise funds for the charity with the support of local businesses in the form of advertising on our website. Advertising space for businesses is excellent value and establishes a strong link between the community and services, products and the needs of the Sedgefield area. It is a cycle that we wish to develop and grow, not only for the local community but for the wider visiting public who bring business to our region.

We have established a great following. Watch this space for new features and keep on looking out for us when you search Google, you will usually find us at the top of page 1!!

A market run by VOLUNTEERS and helpers.

The market is held every first Sunday of the Month, on the village green, from 8.30am to 12.30pm.

A FREE community stall, music tent & health bus are available throughout the year. The free stall is available to clubs and societies for promotion or fundraising. To take advantage of this fantastic opportunity call Roger Clubley: 01740 620609, email farmersmarket@sedgefieldweb.co.uk.

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Savings of over £131,000 has been achieved by the residents of Sedgefield

Sedgefield Energy Switch is a new initiative from Sedgefield Development Trust. Working together with iChoosr, we're trying to help Sedgefield residents save money on their domestic gas and electricity bills. So far Sedgefield households have saved, on average, over £225 each per year, simply by switching their energy tariff or supplier through the scheme.

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The online information hub

Sedgefield Web is a community enterprise which transforms the Sedgefield News into an online information hub.

Sedgefield Web was established to raise funds for the charity with the support of local businesses in the form of advertising on our website. Advertising space for businesses is excellent value and establishes a strong link between the community and services, products and the needs of the Sedgefield area. Sedgefield Web is at the heart of providing online information for the community but can only grow with the support of the community!

For more information please email sedgefieldweb@hotmail.co.uk.

The news run by VOLUNTEERS and helpers.

Sedgefield News started life as an independent 4 page newsletter in May 2002, one of the earliest projects of Sedgefield Development Trust. Such was the flow of news, information and advertising that in a less than a year it grew, first to 8, then to 12 pages. Printing costs and volunteer time have kept it at this size, requiring some ingenuity to satisfy the demand for space! Our online presence is part of the solution.

For more information please email sedgefieldnews@hotmail.com.

The Bees at Hardwick

All of the 7 bee-keepers have completed as a minimum, the beginners course offered by Darlington Bee keepers or some other bee keeping organisation and some have a little more experience than others. With the help of a grant brokered by SDT we will have more hives and colonies in 2017. The aim is to increase the colonies to about 12 and for all of the bee keepers to support and manage the apiary whilst extending their knowledge.

If you think you might be interested in learning about bee keeping you can contact one of the local associations and check out the training available. Please visit their websites: www.dbka.co.uk or www.teesbees.co.uk or www.durhambeekeepers.org

If you would like to visit the apiary and see the bees at work please contact Clare or Ian Midgley on 01325 308283. We have plenty of protective bee suits and can organise one of the group to supervise your visit. That way you will decide if you are comfortable around bees and observe a little of what it entails. In the winter months the bees are less active and hives cannot be opened for visitors. The spring and summer are the times to check us out.

We will be actively looking for additional sites for our bees as the project expands. Have you got an allotment, orchard, garden, corner of waste ground, farmer's field where we could consider placing hives? Ideally we need vehicular access. We can pay an annual rental or can reward you with natural local honey!

Call Us.

DIDO

In 2007 we were awarded a grant from Awards for All, to create a project which would provide an opportunity for residents to come along, once a month to enjoy a programme of entertainment and educational talks and social interaction. The project was designed to counteract the social exclusion and loneliness which can and does exist, even in a vibrant village such as ours, especially when people are widowed, which is becoming more prevalent, given the demography of our area, as people are living longer. Our members age varies from 50's to 90's with diverse needs and disabilities.

We are now in our eighth year with more than 70 members, and at least 50 attending every month. Our programme consists of a meeting once a month, usually on the second Monday, in the Parish Hall with a variety of entertainers and days out to places of interest. We also have a group of our more active members who get together to do Line Dancing.

For further details of how to become a member please contact Gloria on 01740 622447.

Sew Easy

This project is now up-and-running. Anyone who is interested please call me on 01740 622447. If you need to leave me a message, please include your telephone number so that I can call you back. Gloria Wills

Citizen Of The Year

The Citizen of the Year Award is run jointly by Sedgefield Development Trust, Rotary Club of Sedgefield and Sedgefield Town Council. Each year someone who has made an exceptional contribution to Sedgefield is chosen by a representative panel of assessors drawn from the organising group plus the previous year’s winner.

Nominations are solicited from within Sedgefield Village boundary and the award is presented by the Mayor of Sedgefield in the Parish Hall during the Annual Town Meeting in May. Nomination forms are distributed annually in the February edition of Sedgefield News.

  • 2000: Billy Cooper
  • 2001: Alan Smart
  • 2002: Wendy Gill
  • 2003: Derek Lofthouse
  • 2004: Joan Edmundson
  • 2005: Jackie Postgate
  • 2006: Nancy Wells (Rana Coates – special award)
  • 2007: Peter Hinde
  • 2008: Keith Wells
  • 2009: Sandy Clubley
  • 2010: Ken Saiger
  • 2011: Geoff Raynor
  • 2012: Alison Hodgson
  • 2013: Norma Neal
  • 2014: David Hillaby
  • 2015: Walter Howell
  • 2017: Angela Bannister