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Roger, Chairman-Sedgefield Development Trust

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Farmer takes his ease at 100

Born in Sunderland, son of a sea-going engineer and a sometime laundry and shop worker, George Edgoose celebrated his 100th birthday with family, friends and fellow residents at the nursing home in Stockton, where he now lives.

 

His father left the sea in 1908 to work for Doxford's shipyard, building destroyers, and later started a market garden, which set George – around 7 years old at the time - off on a regime of plantcare, which was to continue until well into his 90s. More of that later.

 

George and Greta Edgoose, married in 1942 and bought Todd’s House Farm, Sedgefield, in 1953, after the death of her father and the subsequent sale of their market gardening business in Easington.

At Todd’s House, there was a great deal of hard work to be done to bring the house and buildings up to standard for a family and a Tuberculin tested herd. The learning curve was fast and soon the couple were sharing the work of a mixed farm, milking, looking after calves, pigs and hens, a few ducks for Christmas – but never sheep - long story!

 

The vegetable production continued but now it was mainly potatoes and turnips, on a field scale – selling to a wholesaler near Darlington. The emphasis changed after they sold a field to Buxtead Chickens, George managing the poultry unit for a number of years, alongside the farm.

 

By the time they sold the cows in 1968 the farm was all grass, they were milking about 15 cows and keeping heifer calves to increase cow numbers but had stopped keeping other livestock.

The work of the farm gradually passed to the next generation in the late 70s, but George started a kitchen garden after “retiring”. It became legendary amongst family and friends – there was always a surplus! This went on until he was well into his 80s, when the work became too hard, but he continued the upkeep of the front garden, his skill and enthusiasm for flowers making an impact on the visual appeal of the Todds’ House Farm B&B and holiday cottage business. He only condescended to have a walking frame after he had fallen over while watering the plants, on condition that he would be able to use it to go on watering plants, which he did!

 

The telegram from the Queen is a proud symbol of a target that George was as determined to reach as any of his long, hardworking life!

 

Arts excellence award for college

Sedgefield Community College is proud to announce that the quality of its Arts and Cultural provision has recently been recognised by the Arts Council England, through the award of Artsmark status. This award is at the ‘gold standard’, which recognises the highest possible standard and is reserved for only those organisations demonstrating exceptional practice. Achieving this status is thoroughly deserved and goes some way to recognise the efforts of a dedicated team of staff, who have created an environment rich in opportunities for students to experience and excel in the arts.

APRIL DIARY

Wednesday 1st

Sedgefield W.I. "Woollybacks of Stanhope" Lynne Dent, Sedgefield Parish Hall at 7.15pm. Members' competition is a knitted hat. Visitors are always welcome.

Saturday 4th

Quiz Night Sedgefield Cricket Club 8pm Presented by John Bryant

Sunday 5th

Sedgefield Farmers’ Market on the village green, from 8.30am to 12.30pm

Thursday 9th

Sedgefield Show Meeting at 8pm in the Nag's Head. ‘Grand National Draw’

Friday 10th

Sedgefield Country Market Parish Hall 10-11.30am. Cakes, produce, crafts, cards and plants for sale. A perfect opportunity to enjoy a tea or coffee and cake while meeting friends, whilst a warm welcome awaits everyone

Sedgefield and District U3A (instead of Good Friday) Sedgefield Parish Hall at 2pm. Roger Barrell 'Shell Shock'. Members Free - Guests £3 at the door Everyone welcome. For further information call Brenda on 01740 629574

Live Music Night Sedgefield Cricket Club 7.45 pm

Headlining: Izzy Burns Band. Also featuring Sonic Fruits, Keith Morrison & John Wrightson Band. Admission £10 including buffet. Tel 621347 for more info.

Monday 13th

Methodist Wives and Friends Gordon Henderson - Roman Medicine

Local History Speakers Ceddesfeld Hall at 7.45pm. Dr John Banham:

Backhouse and Co. Darlington - Quaker Bankers

Tuesday 14th

Neighbourhood Watch Panel Meeting Fletcher room, Parish Hall 7pm.

Ladies’ Club Ceddesfeld Hall. Dorothy's Well, with Jim O’Connor

Wednesday 15th

Afternoon Tea in memory of Joyce Lowe 2.30pm in Ceddesfeld Hall. Proceeds to the British Red Cross North East. Tickets are £10 pp from Ann Carr

01740 629070 or from Sedgefield Post Office

Saturday 18th

Coffee Morning in aid of 1st Sedgefield Guides. 10 - 11.30am in the Methodist Church Hall. Coffee, home-made cakes and book sale

Monday 20th

Meditation group The Welcome Room at St Edmund’s. 7 - 7:30pm. All welcome for a short time of reflection.

Sedgefield Family History Group (Branch of Cleveland FHS). 7.15 at

Ceddesfeld Hall (Please note new start time). “Chester where are you?” A Great Uncle who was born in Ripon and ended up in Canada.

Visit www.sedgefieldfamilyhistory.org.uk or telephone 620367

Tuesday 21st

Ferryhill, Sedgefield and District Flower Club Scottish National Demonstrator Kate Kerr “Au Naturelle” Parish Hall 7.30pm. Various stalls and a raffle. Tickets available at Jayne Fashions, Town Council Offices or contact Flower Club Secretary on: 07533 752870.

Monday 27th

Methodist Wives and Friends Chris Lloyd ;150 years of Darlington Market

 

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