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What's on in Sedgefield and the surrounding area.

November Diary/Event Updates

Monday 1
Sedgefield Local History Society, Ceddesfeld Hall, 7:45pm. Norma Neil and “Sedgefield through the eyes of Youth”.
Wednesday 3
Sedgefield Women’s Institute Meeting, Parish Hall, 7:15pm. New members welcome.
Friday 5
Sedgefield and District U3A, Parish Hall, 2pm. Rich Garside and “The Durham Miners—Adjusting to Decline”. Guests welcome, £3.00 at the door. Contact 01740 629674 for details.
Sedgefield Cricket Club Quiz Night, 7.30pm. All welcome.
Sedgefield Blues Club: Ben Poole + The Rain Kings, Sedgefield Parish Hall, doors 6:45pm, only 10 tickets left.
Saturday 6
Café COP Caring for Creation, Parish Hall and St Edmund’s Church, 10am - 12pm. See details below.
Sunday 7
Farmers Market, Village Green, 8:30am - 12:30pm, featuring Sedgefield in Bloom as the community stall.
Friday 12
Sedgefield Women’s Institute Coffee Morning, Parish Hall, 10am - 11:30am. Homemade cakes & crafts, books, bottle tombola, and raffle. All welcome. Homecare Clothing are in the Fletcher Room at the same time.
Sunday 14
Remembrance Sunday Service, St Edmund’s Church. Limited numbers, see article below for details.
Tuesday 16
Ferryhill, Sedgefield & District Flower Club Open Night, Parish Hall, 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm). Flower demonstration by Jan Faulkner, “Christmas Time”.£5 for members, £8 for guests. All welcome. Tickets from 07533 752870 or 07721 767408.
Friday 19
Sedgefield Blues Club: Eliana Cargnelutti + George Shovlin & George Lamb, Sedgefield Parish Hall, doors 6:45pm, Italy's finest female guitar player touring the UK. A winner of the Introducing stage at Skegness Rock and Blues Festival.
Thursday 25
Sedgefield Show AGM, Sedgefield Social Club, 8pm. All welcome.
Friday 26
Sedgefield Veterans Coffee Morning, Parish Hall, 10am. Tea, homemade cakes and raffle. Everyone is welcome.
Tuesday 30
SOLD OUT—Mayor’s Flower Demonstration

Save the date

Sunday 5 December
Carols on the Green, Sedfgefield: Friday 17th December, 6.30 pm, followed by refreshments in Ceddesfeld Hall. Come young and old, all are welcome.
Monday 6 December
Days In and Days Out (DIDO), Parish Hall from 1pm - 3,30pm. Please bring along a plate of food for our Xmas buffet. We ask that everyone wears a mask on entry and that you wear something warm and cosy as the Hall will be ventilated for COVID. For more information phone Brenda on 01740 629574 or just come along.
Friday 17 December
Carols on the Green, keep an eye out for more details nearer the time.
Early January
Bloom Christmas Tree Collection, £5 per tree, collected and recycled. Further details in next month’s edition.
Saturday 19 February
A Murder Mystery Evening, Parish Hall. Part of the Mayor’s Charity Events‘ Calendar and is in conjunction with Sedgefield Players. Further details will be available in next month’s news.

Advent discussion group: “Old Testament Nuggets – Born of David’s Line” Thursdays 25th November and 2nd, 9th, 16th December at 7 pm in the Methodist Church, led by Revd. Chris Humble. Everyone is welcome – just turn up!
Carols in the Car Park
Carols in the Car Park: Sunday 5th December, 7 pm, Sainsbury’s car park. Everyone welcome to this free event, but booking is essential. Booking link. Order of Service. Safety Advice.

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Sedgefield Library

Check with the Library for COVID-19 updates.
Usual Opening Hours:
Wednesdays: 9:30am-12:30pm
Thursdays: 9:30am-16:30pm
Fridays: 1:30pm-17:30pm
Saturdays: 9:30am-12:30pm
Also, the Facebook page CountyDurhamLibraries is absolutely full of interest. We recommend following them.

One Step Forward Bereavement Support Group

As Panny Pighills left the village some time ago, the first port of call for bereavement support is now Sue Archer.
You can contact Sue on 07779 093386 or 01740 239278 or go to our Facebook page: Unfortunately we can only offer telephone support at the moment, but we hope to be back at St Edmund’s on Thursdays (15:00-17:00) before too long.

Sedgefield Baby & Toddler Group

Methodist Church on alternating Mondays and Tuesdays. All sessions run from 9:30am—11am.
Mondays: 1 Nov, 15 Nov & 29 Nov
Tuesdays: 9 Nov, 12 Nov

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Fishburn Academy Band

(FAB) is back and looking for new members.

Are you currently learning a brass instrument or gave up playing as a result of the pandemic? Would you like to continue playing with likeminded people in a band to improve your ability?

If you, or someone you know, are interested, then please contact us or anyone in the Fishburn Band. Rehearsals at present take place on Monday evenings at 7pm in Fishburn Bandroom (TS21 4AJ) and all abilities are welcome.

Contact FAB Chairman Andrew Wilson at or

Lumiere Returns Across the County 2021

In November, the Lumiere lights will make a long-awaited return to Durham, with spectacular light and sound sculptures from around the world, interactive installations, and community led projects cheek-byjowl with some of the city’s most celebrated historic buildings.

The festival began in 2009, originally intended to be a one-off event, but public demand saw it return, each year growing in popularity. In 2017, the displays attracted a record 240,000 visitors.

For the first time in 2021, the lights will be extended beyond Durham City to selected sites around County Durham, transforming Raby Castle, Peterlee’s Apollo Pavilion, & Finchale Priory (among others) into nocturnal extravaganzas.

In another novel innovation for Lumiere 2021, the festival will also feature the poetry of ten leading contemporary poets; Michael Rosen, Kae Tempest and TS Eliot prizewinner Roger Robertson are among those whose brand new commissions will be projected onto the walls of Durham Castle throughout the 4-day weekend.

As usual the star of the show will be the architecture and local businesses of Durham itself.

Lumiere opens 4:30pm until 11pm from 18 to 21 November. The event is still free and 24 of the 37 installations can be visited without a ticket but for the full experience up to 6 free tickets per household can be booked at

Mark Thomas at The Witham

Mark Thomas performs at Funny Way to Be comedy club at The Witham, Barnard Castle on 18 November as part of a starstudded season that has already featured established acts like Simon Brodkin & Britain’s Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay, with further talents Gary Delaney, Robin Ince & Jenny Éclair still to come. The venue really does go from strength to strength in attracting first-rate talent to the county.

A veteran on the UK comedy circuit for 34 years, Mark Thomas is a household name and master of thoughtful humour, well-known for delivering political comedy around heavyweight themes and for his knack of informing & subverting while entertaining his audiences.

His new show 50 Things About Us serves a potted history of the United Kingdom, and an examination of some of the national myths that feed our sense of national identity with belly laughs and some silliness alongside weightier ideas about what it means to be British in the 21st century.

Tickets are available at

Sedgefield Lyric Singers: Honorary Life Membership

At the Lyric Singers’ AGM on Zoom back in February, 4 long-standing choir members were nominated to receive honorary life memberships for outstanding service to the choir.

Now the choir has resumed rehearsals in the safe space of St Edmund’s Church, all four nominees were presented with beautiful, framed certificates by Choir Chairman, Clare Reid.

The four members are former conductor and bass David Jasper and sopranos Elaine Thomson, Connie Spring and Alwyn Pearson.

All four were absolutely thrilled to receive such splendid mementos, recognising their sterling contributions to and great support of the Choir over very many years.

Tim Minchin At Stockton Globe

Tim Minchin, the much-loved musician and comedian brings his nationwide tour Back Encore to Stockton in November.

Minchin is a regular face on British TV through his many musical and comic contributions to shows like Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and The Jonathan Ross Show.

He is also a star of musical theatre for his performing roles in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Hamlet, as well as for his writing; having composed musical adaptations for Groundhog Day and Roald Dahl’s Matilda – which won a record 7 Olivier awards and several Tony’s.

His much-celebrated Back tour from 2019 is now being restaged at the iconic art deco Stockton Globe venue, which hosted the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder before closing its doors in 1975.

The Globe recently reopened after a 46-year hiatus and a £28m facelift, with a full programme of comedy and music, and is already attracting an array of big names to the area. Minchin showcases his truly unique blend of heartfelt ballads and surreal comedy for two nights on 21 and 22 November, tickets are available for both nights, visit tim-minchin-back-encore-2021/ stockton-globe for details

Save the Date for Panto this Christmas...

Is it too early to think about the return of pantomime season to our local theatres?

Oh no it isn’t.

Durham’s Gala theatre will showcase their production of Robin Hood from 24 November, with the usual live music and knockabout thrills and spills.

Tickets available now at

The Witham Barnard Castle will be running Sleeping Beauty over the Christmas period—more details next month.

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