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News, Arts & Features

It's the Sedgefield News but online, including monthly updates from Steve’s Nature Diary. Plus, all the latest Arts updates by Tom Guest.

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Sport

All the latest ramblings from Sports Editor Chris Lines plus updates from the Squash Club, The Harriers, local Football teams, Sedgefield Rugby plus others.

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Community Life

Sedgefield Village Neighbourhood & Crime Watch, PC Todd’s report, Pub Watch, The Sedgefield Plan. Plus, all the hot topics in your letters and the regular meetings list.

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What's On?

All the latest events from around the village. The team provide the 'What's On' details in the Diary & Liz Delderfield will provide all the Social Media feeds. Keep them up to date and you can be featured here.

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Farmers Market

All the latest updates from the market plus the featured community group. The market is held every first Sunday of the Month, on the village green, from 8.30am to 12.30pm.

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Energy Switch

Sedgefield Energy Switch is a new 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.

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Shaping the future of Lanchester and Sedgefield

People at Lanchester and Sedgefield are being invited to help shape the future of where they live, work and shop.

Durham County Council has launched a consultation on new character appraisals which have been produced for the communities’ historic conservation areas. An appraisal helps raise awareness of the special character and interest of an historic area. The documents recommend ways to improve a conservation area and to manage change. They also provide an interesting history and snapshot of the area.

The Sedgefield document includes minor changes to the boundary, no alternations to the rules on external alterations, and management proposals. Both appraisals are at the draft stage and people who live, own businesses and shop in the two communities are now being encouraged to have their say. Drop in information sessions are being held at Lynwood House, Lanchester on Wednesday 3 February 2016 from 2.30pm to 6.30pm, and Ceddesfeld Hall, Sedgefield on Tuesday 16 February 2016 from 2.30pm to 6.30pm. Staff from our design and conservation team, who are leading on the publication of the appraisals, will be in attendance.

Cllr Neil Foster, the council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “The purpose of character appraisals is to make sure that the unique characteristics and historic features of our conservation areas are preserved, whilst ensuring that they meet the needs of modern communities. “I hope local residents and businesses will help us build a detailed picture of what is special about the area in which they live and work, by taking part in the consultation events.”

To find out more about the appraisals and to have your say, visit www.durham.gov.uk/consultation email design.conservation@durham.gov.uk or phone 03000 267146. The consultation period for both documents ends on Friday 27 February.

Breaking News - Planning Application Refused

The application for 150 houses on land south of Beacon Lane has been unanimously refused by councillors this afternoon. The main reason was that this development would negatively impact on the rural aspect of the town.

Sedgefield’s ‘Legion of Volunteers’ Celebrate Achievements

Around 80 representatives of voluntary groups within Sedgefield attended ‘A Celebration of Sedgefield Volunteers’ in the Manor House on 17 December. The event, organised by Sedgefield Village Games, was in recognition of the work that residents of the village do for their community. Sedgefield Town Council and the Co-operative sponsored the celebration, ensuring everyone could enjoy a glass of wine and some festive food. There was festive music from Lirica and SLYC, and speeches given by Chris Lines, who organised the event, and Hayley Gibson, Co-operative Team Manager.

Chris Lines spoke about the birth of the ‘Sedgefield Village Games’, and the work of the voluntary organisations, commenting that many of the people in the room hadn’t met before, but despite this, they all have something in common; “a love of Sedgefield and a passion to sustain what makes our town special for the generations to come.”

Hayley focused on what the Coop could accomplish within the village, explaining the concept of the ‘Doorstep Challenge’ - an initiative launched nationwide by the company to encourage helping people in the community, by anonymously leaving shopping at their Sedgefield’s ‘Legion of Volunteers’ Celebrate Achievements doorstep. Hayley explained that in Sedgefield, residents can nominate a someone who they feel has had a tough time recently, and is selfless in their contributions to Sedgefield. The branch also has a Community Fund which any organisation can apply for, and in the past, the Community Hospital has benefited. The store has received formal recognition from Sedgefield’s Mayor, and wishes to expand on its presence within the community.

Representatives of various groups took part in the celebration, including Park Run, Guides, Harriers, Brownies, Lirica, Sedgefield Lyrics Youth Choir. When asked why they contribute to village life, most had a similar response: that volunteering is a way to make new friends, feel part of the community, and of course, have fun - to quote one of the Post-It notes on the SDT board, “Once you start, you cannot stop.” Huge accomplishments are possible through volunteering. A member of the Sedgefield Guides has been selected to travel to the Philippines, which required her to be selected from all the Guides in the North East. Some organisations, such as the Lyrics choirs, have existed for over 40 years.

As well as being its own reward to the volunteers, their work also provides a variety of activities that anyone can take part in; whether it be joining Rob Guest to sing in one of the choirs or running alongside 180 people at Park Run in Hardwick Park. Sedgefield’s vibrant community wouldn’t be the same without our volunteers. There are hopes that this event will become an annual celebration, and that more voluntary organisations will be able to join in. Overall, it was great fun and an excellent chance for like-minded people to meet, as they continue to make Sedgefield a town to be proud of.

Jake Graham

Strictly Come Sedgefield