Trust projects

Community generation for Sedgefield, Bradbury, Mordon & Fishburn

SDT is a registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee and is owned and controlled by the community. All surplus income raised by all SDT projects must be used to benefit the communities of Sedgefield, Fishburn, Mordon and Bradbury.
SDT is a member of the Development Trusts Association. Company No 4312745. Charity No 1100906.

Sunday 3rd January

Farmers Market

The market is held every first Sunday of the Month, on the village green, from 8.30am to 12.30pm. We have up to 20 stall holders with a wide range of local produce.

Read more
8th February 2021-Registration Closes

Energy Switch

Sedgefield Energy Switch is an initiative from Sedgefield Development Trust Working together with iChoosr, we're trying to help Sedgefield residents save money on their domestic gas and electricity bills.

Read more
A community conservation project

Woodland & Wildlife

A community conservation project which relies on volunteers who donate their time to the upkeep and development of the woodland site near the NETPark.

Read more
Math's, English, Sciences and more

Homework Help

Homework Help volunteers help students and pupils with their homework, to gain understanding and confidence so that they can do more on their own.

Read more
Delivering local news since 2002...

Sedgefield News

Sedgefield News started life as an independent 4 page newsletter in May 2002, one of the earliest projects of Sedgefield Development Trust. Such was the flow of news, information and advertising that in a less than a year it grew, first to 8, then to 12 pages. Printing costs and volunteer time have kept it at this size, requiring some ingenuity to satisfy the demand for space! Our online presence is part of the solution.

We can reward you with natural local honey!

The Bees at Hardwick

All of the 7 bee-keepers have completed as a minimum, the beginners course offered by Darlington Bee keepers or some other bee keeping organisation and some have a little more experience than others. With the help of a grant brokered by SDT we will have more hives and colonies in 2017. The aim is to increase the colonies to about 12 and for all of the bee keepers to support and manage the apiary whilst extending their knowledge.
If you think you might be interested in learning about bee keeping you can contact one of the local associations and check out the training available. Please visit their websites: or or

Citizen of the Year

Jointly run by Sedgefield Development Trust, Rotary Club of Sedgefield and Sedgefield Town Council

Each year someone who has made an exceptional contribution to Sedgefield is chosen by a representative panel of assessors drawn from the organising group plus the previous year’s winner. Nominations are solicited from within Sedgefield Village boundary and the award is presented by the Mayor of Sedgefield in the Parish Hall during the Annual Town Meeting in May. Nomination forms are distributed annually in the February edition of Sedgefield News.

Pictured: 2018 winner-Sarah Guest
Previous Winners
  • 2000: Billy Cooper
  • 2001: Alan Smart
  • 2002: Wendy Gill
  • 2003: Derek Lofthouse
  • 2004: Joan Edmundson
  • 2005: Jackie Postgate
  • 2006: Nancy Wells (Rana Coates – special award)
  • 2007: Peter Hinde
  • 2008: Keith Wells
  • 2009: Sandy Clubley
  • 2010: Ken Saiger
  • 2011: Geoff Raynor
  • 2012: Alison Hodgson
  • 2013: Norma Neal
  • 2014: David Hillaby
  • 2015: Walter Howell
  • 2016: Shelia McMillan
  • 2017: Angela Bannister
  • 2018: Sarah Guest
  • 2019/20: Howard Smith


In 2007 we were awarded a grant from Awards for All, to create a project which would provide an opportunity for residents to come along, once a month to enjoy a programme of entertainment and educational talks and social interaction. The project was designed to counteract the social exclusion and loneliness which can and does exist, even in a vibrant village such as ours, especially when people are widowed, which is becoming more prevalent, given the demography of our area, as people are living longer. Our members age varies from 50's to 90's with diverse needs and disabilities.

We are now in our eighth year with more than 70 members, and at least 50 attending every month. Our programme consists of a meeting once a month, usually on the second Monday, in the Parish Hall with a variety of entertainers and days out to places of interest. We also have a group of our more active members who get together to do Line Dancing.

Sew Easy

This project is now up-and-running. Anyone who is interested please call me on 01740 622447. If you need to leave me a message, please include your telephone number so that I can call you back. Gloria Wills,