Diary and Events

Monday 1
Easter Picnic, Ceddesfeld Hall, 2pm-4pm. Egg hunt for children under 12. Prizes for all ages for decorated and dyed eggs and Easter bonnets. Bar open and free entry.
Friday 5
Sedgefield in Bloom, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10am. Come along and join us for home made treats at our Easter Special coffee morning.
Saturday 6
Friendly Fixers, Fishburn Youth and Community Centre, 10:30am to 12:30pm. Repair café.
Sunday 7
Sedgefield Farmers Market, Village Green, 8:30am to 12:30pm.
Sedgefield and District U3A, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 2pm. A talk by George Beautyman on the Tees Pumping Station. Visitors welcome, £3.
Monday 8
Sedgefield Local History Society, Ceddesfeld Hall, 7:45pm. Aycliffe and District Bus Preservation Society with Dave Clark.
Thursday 11
Mayor’s Fashion Show and Craft Fair, with Betty’s Boudoir and craft stalls, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 7:30pm. Prosecco cash bar. Tickets from £6 from Sedgefield Town Council Offices (weekday mornings).
Friday 12
Sedgefield Cricket Club, quiz night, 7:30pm. All very welcome, including non-members.
Saturday 13
Rock and Blues Club, Laurence Jones Band and Gary Grainger, Sedgefield Parish Hall. See sedgefieldblues.com.
Mamma Said, Sedgefield Social Club. Sedgefield based four piece band playing pop, soul and rock n’ roll covers.
Tuesday 16
Ferryhill, Sedgefield and District Flower Club, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 7:30pm. Open night flower demonstration by Vanessa Wellock —”Bringing colour to grey”. Members £5, guests £8.
Sedgefield Memory Café, Sedgefield Methodist Hall, 10:30am to 12pm. For those living with dementia and carers.
Friday 19
St. Edmund’s Church coffee morning, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10am-12pm. Raffle, cakes, cards available. Donations of raffle prizes and cakes gratefully accepted.
Saturday 20
Sedgefield Community Association quiz night, Ceddesfeld Hall, 7:30pm for 8pm. Pie and peas, £10. Groups of 6 or less. Raffle and fund raiser for Mediaeval Fayre. Bar open.
Sedgefield Games Club, Sedgefield Parish Hall, from 6pm. Come along and play a variety of board games. £2.50.

More dates for the diary

Speed Quiz at Hardwick Arms
Every Thursday at 8pm in the Hardwick Lounge Bar.

The Mediaeval Fayre is coming soon!
The Mediaeval Fayre will take place on Saturday 18 May. St. Edmund’s is looking for volunteers for people to lead tower trips, serve refreshments and act as stewards. Lists will be placed at the back of the church.

Arts Update with Geoff Millichap

Sedgefield Players’ update

At the time of writing the Players were about to start their three night run of Calendar Girls.

The whole cast thoroughly enjoyed the whole rehearsal process and were delighted that each night was a sell out. Raising money for the Butterwick Hospital, this play brought laughter and tears and thanks must go to director Sarah Atkinson for bringing it to life.

With thanks to Dress Circle for the set and props, the Ladies of the WI for providing some of the flowers, Adam, Richard and Lucy for tech support and Millie, Amy, Kelsey and Emily for their fabulous help backstage.

Just as Calendar Girls is put to bed, so the process starts again for the June production. This year the group will be performing Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov.

The play portrays the visit of an elderly professor and his glamorous, much younger second wife, Yelena, to the rural estate that supports their urban lifestyle.

Matters are brought to a crisis when the professor announces his intention to sell the estate, with a view to investing the proceeds to achieve a higher income for himself and his wife.

50 years of The Lyric Singers

2024 is our 50th Anniversary year, an impressive feat for a community choir. It’s been a busy start to the year, and exciting things are already afoot. North-East film maker, Carl Joice has been capturing the essence of what makes us a great bunch of people to sing and spend time with.

He is creating a documentary not just about the music, but us merry musical Sedgefield folks too. We can hardly wait to see just what he’s uncovered about us all!

Local composer Bridie Jackson ran three writing workshops to gather ideas and inspiration for the lyrics to a piece commissioned just for our Anniversary. We have already begun to rehearse it and it sounds magnificent!

Make sure you’re there for its premiere at our Summer Concert in June. With a change of venue to the acoustically-fabulous, St. Edmund’s Church, our summer performances promise to be something suitably special to celebrate our 50th year.

Whilst it would be easy to overlook the bunch of people who love to get together to sing. We are delighted to award Honorary Life Membership to our own, talented and rather special soprano, Kay Marsland, for dedication above and far beyond the norm.

As a child, Kay supported all the choir’s activities. Now, as a talented soprano, Kay encourages everyone to be more confident, always has a word of welcome and sings with passion, skill and beauty. A founder-member of Lirica, she continues to delight with her talents across our choral family.

Congratulations, Kay on receiving your Honorary Life Membership, it is thoroughly deserved.

More local events

The Great Carrot Hunt Trail, Hardwick Park
An opportunity for kids and adults to celebrate the arrival of Easter and (hopefully) some better weather over the holidays in the beautiful setting of Hardwick Park.
28 March to 14 April, £1.

Mamma Said, Sedgefield Social Club
A female-fronted local 4-piece covers band performing a repertoire of the best classic pop, soul and rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Saturday 13 April.
Pretty Woman: the Musical, Sunderland
The hit musical continues to tour the country under the musical supervision of Sedgefield’s Tim Jasper and arrives in Sunderland late in May.
28 May to 8 June