Why advertise in the SEDGEFIELD NEWS?

Sedgefield News is written and distributed by volunteers - five of whom edit and/or provide regular contributions and over sixty others who distribute and deliver over 3,200 copies to every letterbox we can find in our area. Deliverers often send back lovely feedback, telling us that people look forward to receiving their monthly copy of the News.

Producing the paper is made possible by the income from our advertising, which not only covers our printing costs, but also provides a small surplus income. This is put into Sedgefield Development Trust to support community projects across Sedgefield, Fishburn, Mordon and Bradbury. The range and scope of these projects has grown over the years and we now run:
Bees at Hardwick
Beekeeping group supporting and managing an apiary whilst extending the knowledge of our beekeepers.

Bike and Active Travel
Set up to promote cycling and active travel in and around Sedgefield.

Days In Days Out (DIDO)
A programme of entertainment, educational talks and social interaction for older residents.

Farmers Market
Organising and developing the market, held every first Sunday of the month on the Village Green.

Homework Help
Homework Help volunteers help students and pupils with their homework, to gain understanding and confidence so that they can do more on their own.

Repair Café
Our latest project, working to set up a friendly, local repair café.

Sew Easy
Sewing sessions for all ages and abilities.

Website providing information about Trust projects and the online version of the Sedgefield News.

Sedgefield Energy Switch
Working together with iChoosr, we have tried to help Sedgefield residents to save money on their domestic gas and electricity bills.

Woodland & Wildlife
A community conservation project which relies on volunteers who donate their time to the upkeep and development of the woodland site near NETPark.
When we set up Sedgefield Development Trust, an important part of our remit was to support local business to grow and thrive. That’s why we try to keep prices low. Even the smallest business can be encouraged to test the market for their services.

The pandemic years showed us that where they could, our regular advertisers have done their bit to return that support, for which we are very thankful, so advertising in Sedgefield News doesn’t only put out your message to everyone in our local area. It supports community projects as well as all the other organisations who need to get their message out to readers through the News. To enquire about advertising, email news@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk

Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch Committee

Humanitarian scams
Fraudsters often use global events or tragedies as an opportunity to prey on your compassion and willingness to help others in need. They may use the situation in Ukraine as a cover story to get you to divulge personal details, move money out of your account, or ask for donations to fake relief efforts. Please be careful and check you’re donating to an accredited, legitimate charity.

Romance scams
The coronavirus situation has meant lots of us are using dating sites and social media to meet others. Not everyone is who they say they are and scammers can pose as others online.

Always do your background research on the person you’re speaking to and don’t transfer money to someone you haven’t met in person – especially if they say they’re overseas and need the money for some kind of emergency or crisis. Speak to someone you trust first.

Cost of living scams
Fraudsters will try to take advantage of the cost of living crisis and might get in contact about a range of issues affecting us all. They might pretend to represent local councils offering financial support, energy companies, or retailers offering toogood- to-be-true discounts, or direct you to fake loan websites or offers. The government has recently announced a range of measures to help families with the rising cost of living.

If someone calls you pretending to be from the council and asks for your bank details so they can give you a refund, hang up. If they text or email you, don't click on any links. Councils will never call or email asking for your bank details. The gov.uk website has more information about the rebates the government is offering, where you can see if you're eligible and find out how to claim them.

The rising cost of energy is also leading to scammers contacting consumers about energy price offers and refunds. If someone gets in touch about an offer for a great energy price deal or a refund, don't click on any links or give them any personal information over the phone. Genuine companies will understand if you want to look into the offer, or call back on a number you can find on their website.

If you're looking for retail offers and discounts, be wary of offers that seem too good to be true. Use reputable discount websites rather than using a search engine, or go directly to the retailer.

Scammers could set up fake loan websites. The interest rate may seem low, but they'll say you need to pay an admin fee before they can release the money – this will be a scam.

Always check a company offering loans is fully regulated by checking the FCA website. If you're struggling financially, talk to your bank and see what support they can offer. Remember – if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Our Committee currently has a vacancy. If you are interested in being actively involved in helping to protect our Community please let us know. Come to our next meeting on Wednesday 10th August at 7pm in the Social Club to find out more or leave your contact details on our Facebook page or at the Council Office.

To report anything suspicious in your area call Durham Constabulary on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

To report concerns, seek advice or pass on information call 101. Keep notes, ask for an incident number. Information received will be developed & acted on.

Confidential email address: amy.jorgeson@durham.police.uk. Any information we receive will be developed and acted upon.
Steve's Nature Diary

One of the best things about summer is that when you get home from work there is enough light to go for an evening walk. Recently such a trip was very rewarding, not only because the weather was good, that I managed to get my 10,000 steps in, that we saw lots of seals, terns, curlews and redshank but we also managed to catch up with a rarity. We got good views of a Caspian Tern, which is a very rare vagrant to the UK with around, on average, five records per year. Although distant it was easy to pick up the Caspian Tern.

It is the world's largest tern with a large coral red bill, and it really stood out amongst the smaller terns. It normally breeds in scattered colonies in Eurasia, Africa, and North America and its preferred habitats include sandy or pebbly shores of lakes and large rivers and along coasts. The conservation status for this species is "Amber' in the UK because it is a species of concern in Europe.

We were at Seal Sands and after the seeing the tern we had a walk along Greatham Creek where there was lots to see including the Grayling butterfly, a relative rarity in the North but locally common on Teesside with excellent cryptic camouflage. This makes it difficult to see when at rest on bare ground, tree trunks, or stones. The wings are kept closed when not in flight and the forewings are usually tucked behind the hind wings, concealing the eyespots, and making the butterfly appear smaller.

In flight it is a distinctive, large butterfly with a looping and gliding flight, during which the paler bands on the upper wings are visible. It was a little windy but once you got your eye in you soon picked them up and we managed to see quite a few individuals. August can be a good time to see butterflies and that is why Butterfly Conservation have organised their Big Butterfly Count and you have until 7 August to take part. The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide citizen science survey aimed at helping to assess the health of our environment.

It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies. Over 107,000 citizen scientists took part in 2021, submitting 152,039 counts of butterflies and day-flying moths from across the UK. You can take part by visiting bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org and download a handy butterfly ID chart or free app to identify and record the butterflies you spot.

Choose a place to spot butterflies and moths and watch for 15 minutes then record which species you see. You can do it in your garden, park or on a walk. It is useful to count butterflies because not only are they beautiful creatures to be around, but they are also extremely important as vital parts of the ecosystem as both pollinators and components of the food chain.

However, they are under threat. Numbers of butterflies and moths in the UK have decreased significantly since the 1970s. This is a warning that cannot be ignored. Butterfly declines are also an early warning for other wildlife losses. They are key biodiversity indicators for scientists as they react very quickly to changes in their environment. Therefore, if their numbers are falling, then nature is in trouble.

So, tracking numbers of butterflies is crucial in the fight to conserve our natural world. That's why taking part in this massive citizen science enterprise is of great importance not just for our butterflies but for the wider environment and biodiversity in general. Don’t forget you have until August 7th to take part so get counting.

Ceddesfeld Hall: Home of Sedgefield Community Association
Ceddesfeld Hall: Home of Sedgefield Community Association

Ceddesfeld Hall Beer Festival – Good to be Back! SCA was delighted to see the return of this very popular event. Huge thanks must go to the volunteers who helped in the run up and throughout a very busy weekend. Visitors certainly enjoyed the beers, ciders (which sold out) and of course the entertainment provided by Lol & Maxine Crallan, and Mamma Said. Looking forward to next year already!

Family Fun Afternoon – Sunday 21st August – 1pm to 4 pm A fun afternoon for families with younger children (up to 12 yrs). There will be a range of garden games and sports equipment available for children to play with and the bar will be open. Bring along a family picnic.

Sedgefield Folk Festival – 2 to 4 September 2022 It is wonderful to see the return of this very popular event. There is a great programme to look forward to. Do make sure to get the necessary tickets, as places at Ceddesfeld Hall and the Parish Hall are limited for this busy festival! The bar will be open for all events at Ceddesfeld Hall.

Friday 2nd September

Ceddesfeld Hall - More Ukes, Maxine & Lol Crallan & Sedgefield Ukulele Smile Time – 7.30 pm to 11 pm. A splendid evening of popular songs and music. Tickets (£6) available from Lol & Maxine on 07785 281471.

Ceddesfeld Hall – Music Play Around (any instrument/all abilities – dots will be available), led by Su Childs & Raggle Taggle – Oldham Room - 8 pm to 10.30 pm – Free

Sedgefield Social Club – Sing Around with Pot & Glass Folk Club -7.30 pm to 11 pm – Free

Saturday 3rd September

Ceddesfeld Hall – Afternoon Concert, featuring Bernard Wrigley, Lirica, Pete Ivatts -1.30 pm to 3.30 pm - £10 – Tickets can be reserved by calling Joan on 01740 721347

Sedgefield Parish Hall – Evening Concert, featuring The Hayley Sisters, Chris Bannister, John Wrightson Band and John Weighell – 7pm to 11pm - £17 – Tickets must be reserved by calling Joan Edmundson on 01740 621347

Ceddesfeld Hall – Open Mic Night, featuring The Old Age Travellers (as well as much more local talent) – 7.30 pm to 11 pm – Free – Raffle – Proceeds to go to Sedgefield Folk Festival

Ceddesfeld Hall – Music Play Around (any instrument/all abilities – dots will be available), led by Su Childs & Raggle Taggle – Oldham Room - 8 pm to 10.30 pm - Free

Sunday 4th September

Ceddesfeld Hall – Sing Around with the John Wrightson Band – Free Buffet - 11 am to 3 pm

Ceddesfeld Hall bar and lounge is open from Monday to Friday (7.30 pm) and at our events. All welcome.

For more information on Ceddesfeld Hall events, regular activities, room hire and bar opening times, contact Wendy on 01740 620206, Pat on 01740 620607, John on 01740 620042, Sarah on 01740 622185. Visit us on Facebook or see the SCA website, www.sedgefieldsca.org.uk

Your Letters

Tribute to Jenny 1927 - 2022

It is with much sadness to say Sedgefield has lost one of its oldest senior citizens. Jenny Moyle, who recently turned 95 years old, was really proud to live in Sedgefield a village she lived in almost her entire life.

Jenny was born in a village called East Hetton, near Kelloe and moved here in her early childhood years. The family ran a paper shop North End and later moved to Maple Grove. Jenny met her future husband Stan in Maple Grove and they were married in 1950 and they moved into Elm Avenue when they were newly built in 1957, she lived there ever since. Jenny had many friends in the village and loved going to the 'Pop In' at Ceddesfield Hall and the 'Days In, Days Out' club.

Jenny enjoyed her nursing career which included working at Sedgefield General Hospital. We will all miss her. God bless. Geoff Moyle

Thank you

A really big ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported the Coffee Morning on Friday 17 June in particular the line dancing group members and all the people who helped make it happen – especially Ron Bannister, who is our faithful No1 fan!

As many of you know Angela Bannister arranged this fund raising event to supplement the money we had already raised in aid of this dreadful humanitarian disaster, which sadly is still on-going, and unfortunately will be for many years to come.

The Coffee Morning raised an amazing £432 which included donations. This, together with the Dance for Ukraine gave a massive total of £1,142 after rental costs for the use of the Parish Hall. This has been shared equally between British Red Cross UK and UNICEF UK i.e. £571 to each charity. Our sincere thank for the generosity of Sedgefield people and friends from surrounding villages. We could not have done this without you!

Gloria Wills