Diary and Events

Wednesday 1
Sedgefield WI Annual General Meeting, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 7:15pm. Members’ competition is “a pretty mug”. Visitors are always welcome (fee £4).
Friday 3
Sedgefield Memory Café coffee morning, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10am to 12pm. All welcome.
Sedgefield and District U3A, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 2pm. A talk by Carol Dean on Lasting Impressions. Visitors welcome, £3.
Saturday 4
Friendly Fixers, Fishburn Youth and Community Centre, 10:30am to 12:30pm. Repair café.
Sunday 5
Sedgefield Farmers Market, Village Green, 8:30am to 12:30pm.
Monday 6
Sedgefield Local History Society, Ceddesfeld Hall, 7:45pm. “From Telegram Boy to Bomber Boy” by Lynn Defty.
Tuesday 7
Sedgefield Town Council Annual Meeting, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 7pm. The Mayor’s charity cheques will be distributed to local community groups and the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year awards will be announced.
Saturday 11
Christian Aid coffee morning, Sedgefield Methodist Church, 10am to 11:30am.
Sedgefield Games Club, Sedgefield Parish Hall, from 6pm. Come along and play a variety of board games. £2.50.
Sunday 12
Christian prayer walk with Sedgefield Area Churches Together, meet 3:30pm at Sedgefield Methodist Church. The walk will be followed by a picnic starting around 4:15pm at the Methodist Church (tea and coffee provided). Bring your own picnic (indoors if wet). All welcome to either or both!
Friday 17
Ferryhill, Sedgefield and District Flower Club coffee morning, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10am to 11:30am. £2 for tea/coffee plus scone/cake. All welcome.
Saturday 18
Mediaeval Fayre, see front page for details.
Rock and Blues Club, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 6:45pm, Ramblin’ Preachers and The Main Line.
Tuesday 21
Ferryhill, Sedgefield and District Flower Club, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 7:30pm. Flower demonstration by Sue O’Brien —”Inspired By”. Members free, guests £5.
Sedgefield Memory Café, Sedgefield Methodist Hall, 10:30am to 12pm. For those living with dementia and carers.
Friday 24
Inner Wheel Club of Sedgefield charity coffee morning, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 10am to 12pm. Cake stall and more.
Saturday 25
101, Sedgefield Cricket Club, 8:30pm. Playing songs from Oasis, The Jam, The Killers, The Cure, and many more.

More dates for the diary

Memory Loss and Dementia
Sedgefield u3a will be hosting a visit from the regional Alzheimer’s Society on Wednesday 15 May at 6pm to 8pm in Ceddesfeld Hall when they will be sharing information, advice and support strategies to help us all to deal with this pernicious disease. This meeting is free and is open to everyone from Sedgefield and District or further afield. Please tell your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues about it too. We look forward to meeting you all then.

Speed Quiz at Hardwick Arms
Every Thursday at 8pm in the Hardwick Lounge Bar.
St Edmunds Tower Trips
At Mediaeval Fayre. Call in early on the day and book.

Arts Update with Geoff Millichap

Sedgefield Players’ update

As usual, it’s going to be a busy few months for the Players. Hot off the success of Calendar Girls, the group is taking on an equally wonderful, but diverse play in Chekov’s Uncle Vanya.

This play is absolutely wonderful and director Sarah Atkinson is enjoying the challenge of such a huge play. Playing Uncle Vanya is Tom Guest who said, ‘This is such a different type of play from what we normally do, but we are never shy of taking on something new, and I feel that the audience will appreciate this’. Supported by Peter Hook, Lucy Atkinson, Amy Henery, Christine Walker, Jean Hewling and Paul Walker, it’s not to be missed.

First up, though, is a chance to get out your dancing shoes and come and join us for a celebration of all that is ABBA and Eurovision – a night of music and fun. Come and sing and dance and see if we get nul points for a fabulous evening in the Parish Hall, Sedgefield on 1 June at 7:30pm (£10).

Bishop Auckland Music Society

London-based Romanian pianist George Todică is an award winning chamber musician & solo performer. On Friday 3 May he performs Mozart, Rachmaninov and Chopin, among others, at Bishop Auckland Methodist Church at 7:30pm.

Call 01388 606075 or 07415 092040 for ticket enquiries or call in at Brotherton’s Music Shop.

More local events

Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club, Sedgefield Parish Hall
The Ramblin’ Preachers and The Main Line bring yet more blues rock to the renowned Sedgefield institution. 18 May, £15 sedgefieldblues.com

Pitmen Poets Reunion Tour, Various Venues
Billy Mitchell, Jez Lowe, Bob Fox and Benny Graham tour the north east with soul, songcraft and laughs, performing at Barnard Castle and Durham in May. thepitmenpoets.co.uk/tour

Smile Time Kanikapila
Ceddesfield Hall hosts the Ukulele Smile Time Band’s next Kanikapila on Saturday 4 May. A truly participatory event, bring ukes, colour, sunshine and a sense of fun to this community sing-along for good vibes and good times.