Diary and Events

Saturday 1
Friendly Fixers, Fishburn Youth and Community Centre, 10:30am to 12:30pm. Repair café.
Sunday 2
Sedgefield Farmers Market, Village Green, 8:30am to 12:30pm.
Wednesday 5
Sedgefield WI, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 7:15pm. We have two very special fluffy guests for members to meet—the Alpacas of Rookhope. Their owners will be there to talk about their animals and their business. Member’s competition is a soft toy. Visitors are always welcome (£4).
Thursday 6
D Day 80, a short commemorative service will be held at Sedgefield’s War Memorial near St. Edmund’s Church at 10:50am. A two minute silence will be observed at 11am.
Friday 7
Sedgefield WI coffee morning, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10am to 11:30am. Home made cakes, raffle and delicious refreshments. Everyone welcome.
Saturday 8
Sedgefield Games Club, Sedgefield Parish Hall, from 6pm. Come along and play a variety of board games. £2.50.
Ferryhill Town Band Summer Concert, St. Edmund’s Church at 7pm. Tickets from b.mutch@btinternet.com, on 01740 620910 or From Loft to Loved.
Wednesday 12
Sedgefield Local History Society, visit to the Faith Museum in Bishop Auckland, leaving Sedgefield at 10am. Tickets are £18 or £16.20 if we get 10 or more people. Please ring Suzanne on 07435 567624 to put your name down.
Tuesday 18
Ferryhill, Sedgefield and District Flower Club, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 7:30pm. Flower demonstration by Lucy Richardson. Members free, guests £5. We are having a competition - we would love you to join in. A flower arrangement titled “Summer Breeze” will be judged by our demonstrator. Prizes will be awarded!
Sedgefield Memory Café Sedgefield Methodist Hall, 10:30am to 12pm. For those living with dementia and carers.
Friday 28
Sedgefield District Uniformed Services Group (formerly Sedgefield Village Veterans Association) coffee morning, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10am.

More dates for the diary

Parish news
Everyone is invited to the induction of our new Rector to the Parish of the Upper Skerne. The service will be held on Sunday 9 June at 4pm in St Edmunds Church with Bishop Sarah, acting Bishop of Durham. Refreshments afterwards in Ceddesfield Hall.

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

Arts Update with Geoff Millichap

Sedgefield Lyric Singers’ 50th Anniversary Concert

This is an exceptional year for your community choirs, for Sedgefield Lyric Singers turns 50! Join us for what promises to be a very special celebration at our Anniversary Concerts on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June.

Packed with pieces selected by members of the choir, past and present , and you, our audience, this celebratory programme is a smorgasbord of musical magnificence!

These will be the most passionate and emotionally-charged performances we’ve ever given. Watch out for the world premiere of Bridie Jackson’s “Where We Belong,” which we commissioned, to mark this wonderful celebration. If you’ve never heard your choirs sing, then this is the concert for you.

Supported by our choral family, the stunning Lirica and our delightful youth choir, SLYC, this is a treat for all music lovers. We are returning to our beautiful performance space: St. Edmund’s Church whose superb acoustics create an astonishing atmosphere for these powerful performances. We are exceedingly excited to perform there. Starting at 7:30pm, this is a not-to-bemissed event, so organise your tickets NOW, to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to seeing you there to celebrate 50 years of superb, choral, community singing!

Sedgefield Players’ Uncle Vanya

Rehearsals are well under way for the June production of Uncle Vanya. The cast are really enjoying bringing this play to life and are excited about performing it.

Tom Guest, who plays Uncle Vanya said, ‘This is such a wonderful play with so many levels and we have worked hard bringing the characters to life and finding the humour in it.

Coming to see a play by Chekov may worry people, but it’s so beautifully written and acted, it would be a shame to miss it’. Playing the part of Nanna is Jean Hewling accompanied by fellow long-term player, Geoff Clifford-Brown.

More local events

Bishop Auckland Music Society June Concert, Chamber musicians Maxim Calver (cello) and Kumi Matsuo (piano) bring Debussy, Brahms, Schumann & Mendelssohn to Bishop Auckland Methodist Church on Friday 7 June at 7:30pm.

Call 01388 606075 or 07415 092040 for ticket enquiries or call in at Brotherton’s Music Shop. Visit Bishop Auckland Music Society on Facebook for more details.

Cloister Open Air Theatre, Midsummer Nights Dream, Durham Cathedral
Chapterhouse Theatre company brings Athens to Durham for an evening of outdoor theatre 15 June, 7:00pm, £20 per adult durhamcathedral.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/1173653143

Free Family Workshops, Oriental Museum, Durham
Learn about board games, rangolis, and weather dolls, and make your own. Booking is essential. Saturdays throughout June, £0 dur.ac.uk/things-to-do/whats-on/events-calendar/2024/06
Spennymoor Mural Festival, A quirky local celebration with national reach, Spennymoor’s mural festival returns featuring local artists 1 - 7 July, £0. facebook.com/Spennymoormuralfestival/
Durham Brass Festival, Durham Acts including Public Service Broadcasting and Smoove & Turrell at various venues make this year’s festival the biggest yet. Many events are free 5th-13th July, Prices vary, brassfestival.co.uk/.