Sedgefield Veterans is a group of exarmed
forces women and men who
previously served in the Royal Navy,
Army or Royal Air Force. The group
was formed in 2006 with the
intention of assisting veterans and it
has grown into an organisation
which has supported various local
groups and special events.
We have a wide range of causes. We
also have bought union flags that are
positioned on the flagpoles adjacent
to both St. Edmund’s and Winterton
churches. We have also recently
supported a Royal Marine whose
home was subject to an arson attack
and have contributed to the St
Edmund’s Church roof restoration
The Veterans group, pictured above,
has been involved with many special
events including repatriations as
fallen troops were returned home to
Blighty, Spitfire on the Green, reenactment
weekends and Armed
Forces Day celebrations, held on the
Sedgefield Village Green and in
Trimdon; also the Princess Royal’s
visit in 2012 (below), and regular
Winterton remembrance services,
along with Sedgefield schools.
One of our group, Army veteran John
Cutting from Bishop Middleham, is a
sculptor. Several of his pieces are
currently on display until 20
November at an exhibition called
“Through Soldiers’ Eyes” in Bishop
Auckland Town Hall.
Our organisation mainly raises funds
by holding a monthly coffee morning
and like many others, has had no
income for well over a year. We’ve
really missed engaging with the
local community at our monthly
coffee mornings and can’t wait to
get everyone together again.
The first coffee morning since the
start of the Covid pandemic is to be
held in Sedgefield Parish Hall on
Friday 26th November commencing
at 10am, with the usual tea, homemade
cakes and raffle. Everyone is
If any ex-service personnel in
Sedgefield or surrounding areas
wish to join or find out more, please
call 07713 778059 or post a
message on Sedgefield Village
Veterans Facebook page.
No report this month.
New Teaching and Leadership Centre
On Tuesday 14 September, our new state-of-the-art Teaching and
Leadership Centre was opened by Susanna Kempe, the Chief Executive
of the Irvine Laidlaw Foundation. The new building has many purposes, one of
which is to host our initial teacher training hub, allowing university students
first-hand experience of outstanding teaching. It is through this approach that
Sedgefield Community College (SCC) and The Laidlaw Schools Trust intend to
ensure there is always a constant resource of exceptional teachers within the
Trust’s schools and the wider region. In addition to this, our students now have
access to 6 additional teaching spaces.
A number of students from different schools in the Trust gave speeches at the
opening, including SCC’s Head Girl Kristen McDonald, who said: “This is a huge
development that will bring many opportunities for students at Sedgefield
Community College and within the Laidlaw Schools Trust. Students here at
Sedgefield are increasingly aware that we are now part of a community of
schools across the North East and we are excited to learn of the broader
opportunities this collaboration will afford us.”
The new building has already been booked for a number of events over the
next term, including hosting faith reps during Inter Faith Week, sessions for
trainee teachers from Durham University and workshops for Year 8 linked to
Black History Month.
Amazing Spaces For New Faces!
With the start of a new school year, the children at Sedgefield
Hardwick Primary School were blown away by the transformation to
the Key Stage 2 corridor and classrooms. The resplendent renovations
have already inspired learning with the addition of brand new word
walls, which contain multiple words linked to each foundation subject.
The classrooms are all based around a specific subject and each one has
been renamed. The Studio will enable the children to release their creative side
through Art and Design and Design Technology, the Lab will bring out the
children’s inquisitive, scientific minds, whilst in the Orb the children will travel
across the world and through different time periods and in the Hive the
children will explore technological advances in Computing. The streamlined
teacher walls and pupil resource areas house a multitude of equipment which
pupils can access independently, allowing them to truly innovate.
Other eye-catching additions to the
central learning space, now known as
the Hub, are the newly created booths
for character education sessions as a
safe place for pupils to express
“The classrooms’ new, modern looks
have encouraged us to work as hard as
we possibly can,” stated Emily Rigg, a
Year 6 pupil. “All the classrooms look
spectacular, it makes me want to stay
and learn,” explained Hannah Davey, a
Year 6 pupil.
Sedgefield Primary School (Rectory Row) are very excited to welcome
new and returning pupils to a new exciting term. Our smallest nursery
pupils are settling in amazingly well to our family feel environment.
They are learning about themselves through interactive activities.
Our new Reception pupils are very excited about joining their family groups. All
pupils throughout the school are placed in a family group from the Amazon
Rainforest Group, alongside “siblings”, to explore a range of community and
They continue in these groups throughout their time at
Sedgefield Primary, gaining team
points for their family group team, as
they work with pupils from all ages
across the school.
These groups really
enhance our community environment.
We are excited to have an author
visiting us this term, who will be
running a range of interactive creative
workshops throughout the
school. Sedgefield Primary look
forward to letting you know more
about this and other upcoming events
A glimpse of the past
Elizabeth Stocks was sorting
through her grandparents’
photographs and found this
stunning image of the Sedgefield
Workingman's’ Club outing from the
1950s and a beautiful image of
Can you find the Lost Robot?
A school trip to New York provided the inspiration for Gary Forster’s new shop
in Sedgefield. Gary, one of the teachers supporting the visit, was in the gift
shop at the Museum of Modern Art when he spotted the robot. He brought it
back home, but his wife was less than impressed with his new artwork. After
several unsuccessful attempts to find a space in his house it has eventually
found a home in his new shop on Church View.
The Lost Robot sells beers, ciders, gins, and tonics with a section dedicated to
local brews and a wide selection from further afield including non-alcoholic
beers and ciders. He also provides a delivery service, and a website is under
construction. Opening hours are 10am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday.
NETPark is set to expand significantly following a £50
million investment by Durham County Council, which will
create over 1,200 jobs.
Plans to expand the North East Technology Park (NETPark) in Sedgefield,
County Durham, have been given the go ahead by the Council’s Cabinet, which
has agreed to £49.6m to finance the first phase of the expansion providing up
to 270,000 sq ft of new laboratory, office, production and storage space.
The success of NETPark is such that expansion space is needed so that
companies can reach their full potential. NETPark Phase Three will be
developed on council owned land to accommodate the growing demand, both
from businesses already established in the park and from companies looking
to relocate or expand their operations.
NETPark is managed by Business Durham, the business support service of
Durham County Council, and it will also oversee the new development.
Orbit Open Day Orbit, Durham University’s new business accommodation space at NETPark, is
hosting an Open Day on 7 October for interested parties to find out more. Visit
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/orbit-open-day-tickets-169819541821 for free
Demeter achieve further success
Demeter Water Solutions, which is based in Sedgefield, have
been shortlisted in the Care Sector Supplier Awards for their
continuing successful work in the care industry to save
businesses water costs and usage.
The awards aim to seek out the best providers of products and services to the
care sector in the UK with the judges looking for evidence of innovation,
enterprise and performance.
Demeter, owned by husband and wife team Liz and Andy Smedley, help
businesses across the UK to reduce their water usage and costs. Using their
Utilities Manager software, they provide water management, logging and
monitoring services to constantly record water supply usage.
This shortlist nomination comes hot on the heels of recent success, where
they were announced winners in the 2021 Edie Sustainability Leaders Awards
in the Water Management category after collaborating with their client
Barchester Healthcare, to successfully save the group over £380,000 in water
Jigsaw of St Edmund’s
Jigsaw enthusiasts will soon be able
to test their skills on a unique
charity fund-raising puzzle – but
they will need plenty of time and
lots of patience to crack it.
The challenge comes in 1000 pieces
and features a striking photograph
of Sedgefield’s centuries-old church
and surroundings shot by local drone
pilot Jonathan Clegg.
It’s being produced by the Friends of
St Edmund’s as part of the group’s
tireless campaign to keep the fabric
of the church in a decent state of
Membership secretary Brian Mutch
said this week: “It’s a wonderful
picture and we are already being
asked how soon it will be available
because it would make a superb
Christmas gift. Orders have flooded
in since we circulated information to
members of the Friends.”
The limited-edition jigsaw measures
66cm x 52cm and comes with a
price tag of £20. Expressions of
interest can be sent to Brian by email
at email@example.com or
by ringing him on 01740 622302.