Diary and Events

Friday 1
Sedgefield’s Women’s Institute, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10am to 11:30am. Festive coffee morning, homemade cakes, raffle and tombola. Everyone welcome!
Sedgefield and District U3A, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 2pm. Christmas Party, shared table and quiz.
Saturday 2
Snow Party, events from 10am in St Edmund’s, Sedgefield Parish Hall, Ceddesfeld Hall and Village Green.
Sedgefield Town Council Crafts Fayre, Ceddesfeld Hall, 1pm to 4pm. Bar open from 1pm to 7pm.
Sunday 3
Christmas Wreath Workshop, Ceddesfeld Hall,10am to 1pm, £35 with all materials provided. Contact 07523 398922 to book a place.
Monday 4
Sedgefield Local History Society, Ceddesfeld Hall, 7:45pm.
Wednesday 6
Sedgefield’s Women’s Institute, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 7:15pm, ‘Musical Entertainment’ followed by a pooled supper. Members competition is ‘A music box’. Visitors welcome £4.
Thursday 7
Mordon Parish Meeting, Mordon Village Hall, 7:30pm. Mayor’s Carol Service, St. Edmund’s Church, 7pm.
Friday 8
Mayor’s Christmas Coffee Morning, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10am to 11:30am, with Hardwick Primary Choir and Nichola Jones Gifts and Cards.
Saturday 9
SACT Advent Abroad, St. Alban’s Church, Trimdon Grange, 10am to 2pm including refreshments and light lunch. Free event, all welcome.
Thursday 14
Whist, Domino Drive and Draw, Mordon Village Hall, 7pm. Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch, Ceddesfeld Hall, 7:30pm.
Friday 15
Christmas Coffee Morning, Sedgefield in Bloom, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10am. Lots of homemade treats, raffle, and more.
Saturday 16
Sedgefield Games Club, Sedgefield Parish Hall, anytime from 6pm. Come along and play a variety of board games. £2.50.
Sunday 17
Carol Singing, Mordon Village Hall, 5pm. Collection for charity.
Tuesday 19
Ferryhill, Sedgefield and District Flower Club, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 2pm. Member’s Christmas Workshop, £25. Book by 4 December. 07533 752870 or 01325 722373.
Sedgefield Memory Café, Sedgefield Methodist Hall, 10:30am to 12pm. For those living with dementia and carers.
Friday 22
SACT Carols on the Green, Sedgefield Village Green, 6:30pm, followed by refreshments in Ceddesfeld Hall. All welcome.
Christmas Kanika Pila with Sedgefield Smile Time Ukulele Bank, Ceddesfeld Hall, 7pm.
Sunday 24
Christmas Eve Quiz, Ceddesfeld Hall, 8pm.
Sunday 31
Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Dance with Mamma Said and piper. SOLD OUT.

More dates for the diary

Christmas Services

St Alban’s, Trimdon Grange
9 Dec 4:30pm Carols & Christingle
24 Dec 6:00pm Eucharist
31 Dec 10:00am Eucharist
St Catherine’s, Fishburn
13 Dec 6:00pm Carols
17 Dec 10:00am Eucharist
24 Dec 4:00pm Christingle
St Edmund’s, Sedgefield
10 Dec 10:00am Eucharist
17 Dec 4:00pm Christingle
24 Dec 10:00 am Eucharist
24 Dec 11:30pm Eucharist
25 Dec 10:00am Family Service
St Mary Magdalene, Trimdon
10 Dec 10:00 am Eucharist
17 Dec 4:00pm Christingle
24 Dec 11:30pm Eucharist
24 Dec 5:30pm Carols
St Michael’s, Bishop Middleham
14 Dec 10:00am Eucharist
17 Dec 10:00am Eucharist
17 Dec 6:pm Carols
24 Dec 9:30am Eucharist
24 Dec 5:30pm Crib service

Annual Tree Recycling
On 6 January 2024, from 10am to 12 noon we will be welcoming people to bring their real Christmas trees to the Woodland & Wildlife site.

We will be using the trees to extend the dead hedges which we created over the past 2 years.

Dead hedges provide habitats for insects and small mammals and act as a barrier to allow areas of the site to regenerate.

We will also use the trees to create log piles which provide vital shelter to wildlife during winter.

Christmas trees can be dropped off at our site (find us on Google Maps at TS21 3FH). Families and individuals are welcome to stay to help process the trees and have a look round.

For more information or if you would like to volunteer with us please contact Melissa – woodland@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk or join our Facebook page Woodland & Wildlife - Sedgefield.
Merry Christmas to all!

Christmas tree collection
Sedgefield in Bloom will be doing our annual Christmas Tree collection on Saturday 6 January 2024 for a cost of only £5 per tree.

This year, all trees will be chipped on site, free of charge, by AW Treecare, and used on areas around the town. More details to follow next month.

Arts Update with Geoff Millichap

Sedgefield Players’ Christmas pantomime

Rehearsals are well under way for the pantomime – Snow White and Rose Red. Involving the whole group and the SPYS, the stage will be packed and features the usual songs, slapstick, audience participation and our signature end of show song, Reach for the Stars.

Leading the way as Snow White and Rose Red are Kelsey White and Lucy Atkinson with Emily Legender and Amy Henery playing Prince Otto and Prince Hans. There can be no panto without an Evil Queen, scarily played by Sarah Legender, so get practicing your booing. Providing some light relief is Rosemary Jones and Gill Hook as Bruno and Boris, palace henchman.

Along the way we also meet Alan, the magic mirror, Dame Dolly, played by Tom Guest and the dwarves. Liz Flanagan and Paul Walker split the role of Wednesday, and Jackie O’Meara and Jason Legender plays Sunday.

The other dwarves are played by some of our older SPYS. We have a team of dancers and our younger SPYS and other players play the villagers. Written by Tom Guest, this wonderful panto is set to an 80’s soundtrack, so will be feet tappingly great.

Please note online matinee tickets have already sold out, but you can join a waiting list.

In March 2024, the Players will be putting on Calendar Girls. Information about this wonderful play will be announced shortly.

Tickets are £8.50 from sedgefieldplayers.co.uk, ticketsource.uk and Tickety-Boo.

Step into Christmas

#Welcome to my Christmas song
I'd like to thank you for the year
So I'm sendin' you this Christmas card
To say, "It's nice to have you here."
I'd like to sing about all the things
Your eyes and mind can see
So hop aboard the turntable
Oh, step into Christmas with me.#
(Bernie Taupin / Elton John: Step Into Christmas)

Join Sedgefield Lyric Singers, SLYC and Lirica as they Step Into Christmas for their seasonal concert.

Dates: Fri 8 and Sat 9 December
Venue: Sedgefield Parish Hall
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £7, £5 (U16s), available at Tickety Boo, on 01740 621196, or from members of the choirs.

So, in the words of the song... #Take care in all you do next year
And keep smilin' through the days
If we can help to entertain you
Oh, we will find the ways.
So merry Christmas, one and all
There's no place I'd rather be
Than askin' you if you'd oblige
Steppin' into Christmas with me.#
Sedgefield Lyric Singers

More Local Events

Cinderella at Gala Theatre, Durham
Raucous and riotous update of the familiar family favourite. Throughout December to 6 January Tickets from £8 Visit this website for full details.

Christmas Crafting at Loft to Loved
A whole host of different craft workshops are on throughout December. Christmas decorations, mosaic designs and needle felting. Times & prices vary
Christmas Carols at Ushaw House with Durham Miners' Brass Band
St Cuthbert’s Chapel hosts a program of traditional songs and carols, mulled wine and mince pies. Audience participation is welcome 4 December at 7:30pm £8 (£6 child) Website
Winter market at Bowes Museum
Stalls for local artists and craftsmen alongside Christmas activities and themed tours of the museum. 15 to 17 December, 10am to 4pm, £6.50 (£3.50 child)