Sedgefield Community Life

Neighbourhood Crime Watch, The Trust Projects & The SCA

Community Safety

Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)
Sedgefield News Article
Why Neighbourhood Watch?
It’s easy to shrug it off and assume that Anti-social Behaviour or other crime won’t happen to you or that nothing can be done about it. In fact, a great deal can be done to prevent it.

It has always been true that the Police cannot prevent or solve every crime alone but it is especially appropriate to remember that, in these times of more limited resources, each of us has a vital role to play by being a little more diligent and observant. Residents of a community possess a special knowledge of their neighbourhood that the Police find hard to acquire. For example, a Police officer may not recognise someone in your garden as a stranger, but your neighbour might. It is this kind of awareness and willingness to help that is the basis of Neighbourhood Watch.

Residents need to work together with the Police to make Sedgefield safe and crime free, even if we have to look inwardly sometimes in order to address the problem head on. If you spot suspicious behaviour, contact the Police quickly with accurate information. This provides the best chance of successfully apprehending criminals.

Vital numbers: Police 101 or 999. Crimestoppers 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity: full anonymity is respected. There will be no names, no police statements, no courts. Contact by phone or online.

Remember, crime isn’t as common as you think… but don’t be a victim. Please lock up, stay safe and sleep well. Please lock up, stay safe and sleep well.

Local Police: Call 101 to report concerns, seek advice or pass on information. Always keep notes and ask for an incident number.
Crime Prevention Officer: Rona Stocks. rona.stocks@durham.pnn.police.uk
Police Community Cohesion Officer: Faye Callan. 101 Extension 742317. Faye.callan@durham.pnn.police.uk
Confidential email address: John.lamb@durham.pnn.police.uk.
Any information we receive will be developed and acted upon.
Joint Ventures with Durham Constabulary
We are currently organising events with the Sedgefield Police Beat Team and this is the rundown:
Open Council Meeting 7th May Neighbourhood Watch will have a stand in the Parish Hall from 6.30pm featuring a display of home security and crime prevention equipment by Rona Stocks, Crime Prevention Officer at Durham Police. All members of the public can come along for a chat with the NHW Team and ask Rona about her ideas and security measures. Remember the more difficult it can be made for criminals, the more likely it is that crime can be reduced.
NHW Coffee Morning 31st May at 10 am in the Parish Hall Again, Rona Stocks will be attending together with NHW members and our Police Beat Team. There will be a raffle and tombola with some cracking prizes offered by local Sedgefield Businesses not to mention tasty home-made produce to accompany your coffee. It’s an opportunity to meet friends and find out what Neighbourhood Watch is all about.
Cyber Security Our presentation in April was delivered by Katie Cain, Police Cyber Crime Prevention Officer and was well received. Amongst the good advice given were simple techniques to make passwords more secure whilst keeping them easy to remember. Leaflets provided by Katie will be available at our other events.
Sedgefield Show Our Beat Officer, PC Lamb has invited NHW to join the Police Team at Sedgefield Show in August and so we are planning a joint effort which could involve police dogs and motorbikes.

Register before 20th May

Community Life

Anti-social Behaviour
This is our No 1 priority as of now and it is highly appropriate to offer our congratulations to PC John Lamb and Amy Jorgeson for their hard work and dedication in tackling this problem.

Whilst not totally eradicated by any means, the incidence of ASB has been notably reduced. However, work will continue in the same vein to ensure we can further reduce the problem as far as possible. Please note that this includes the Zero Tolerance approach stated in the Police Notice outlined here last month which will involve Social Services and lead to a criminal record where appropriate.

This is where your support is essential as parents, guardians and neighbours in the true sense of Neighbourhood Watch. Do you know where your teenagers are on an evening and who they are fraternising with?

Two important facts should be borne in mind:
1) The majority are good kids who can be led astray by one or two influential but misguided ringleaders;
2) The majority of incidents are committed by young Sedgefield residents, not people from other areas.
Therefore, the bitter pill to swallow is that the perpetrators are from this Community; they are your neighbours, and the solution lies within your Community.
Christian Aid
Sedgefield News Article It’s that time of the year when we call upon our volunteer collectors to again give freely of their time, to first deliver the envelopes, and then call back to collect your donation. If we fail to call when you are at home and you wish to give, you can drop your envelope off at St. Edmund’s Church on Saturday 18th May, during the Mediaeval Fayre between 10am and noon at the Christian Aid table.

Christian Aid seeks to support some of the world’s poorest people, so we once again ask you to be as generous as you can. Last year we collected just under £4000 from Sedgefield, Bradbury & Mordon. This amount was further increased by approximately £426 as a result of gift aid declarations.
Thank you all for your continued support. David & Margaret Glass
Steve’s Nature Diary
I made an early spring visit to one of my favourite local sites, Durham Wildlife Trust’s Bishop Middleham Quarry Nature Reserve - primarily looking for butterflies and although the sun was shining it was a little on the cool side and I didn’t see any. The reserve at this time of year can look very bare which makes it easier to spot the multitude of deposits left by dogs or should I say left by inconsiderate owners who think because it’s a nature reserve they don’t need to pick it up! What I did see however, was a number of spring migrants which had recently returned from the Sahel area of Africa. There were around a dozen Sand Martins flying over the quarry looking for insects to feed on and then prospecting new nest sites above the existing quarry on the other side of the road. It is good to see them back after making such an arduous journey. When you read this, many of the migrants will be back from their travels and you will have the opportunity to hear the dawn chorus again with birds such as Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiff Chaff in full voice.

Going back to butterflies (if you visit the reserve in May you should see more than I did), the newest findings from the annual UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme led by Butterfly Conservation reveal that last year's heatwave may have given several species a boost but 2018 wasn't a good year for all butterflies. More than two-thirds of UK butterfly species (39 of 57) were seen in higher numbers than in 2017, with two of the UK’s rarest, the Large Blue and Black Hairstreak, recording their best years since records began.

But despite the upturn, 2018 was still only an average year for the UK’s butterflies. Around two thirds of species (36 of 57) show an apparent decline since records began 43 years ago with 21 of these showing significant long-term declines. It was also a surprisingly poor year for some garden favourites. The Small Tortoiseshell slumped by 38% compared to the previous year and the Peacock was down 25%, whilst the migratory Red Admiral crashed by 75% after a good year in 2017.

This long term decline is mirrored in a range of other species from water voles (now missing from 94% of the places they once lived) to toads (numbers have dropped by 68% in the last 30 years alone). With this in mind, The Wildlife Trusts have produced an updated animated trailer of The Wind in the Willows. This has revisited the riverbank 100 years later to discover how the world has changed. And it’s not a pretty sight. Rivers are choked with pollution and litter, trees are torn down to make space for development and grass gives way to concrete. But sadly, this picture is far from a fantasy. The release of the Wind in the Willows trailer launches a new campaign for a Wilder Future. The campaign is calling for Nature Recovery Networks to protect existing wildlife sites and map out where wildlife ought to be. This will join-up important places for wildlife and also allow more people to live closer to nature.

If you would like to see the film and support this campaign visit https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wilder-future and play your part in nature’s recovery.
Sedgefield News

NEWS DELIVERERS NEEDED URGENTLY News of a long-standing volunteer moving away means that volunteer(s) are needed to deliver a total of 60 copies to Caden Court, Naylor Rd, Lisle Gardens and Swyfte Close. If you can help, please contact Judith Edgoose. Call 07899 984 464 or email mail@toddshousefarm.co.uk
Farmers Market News
Sedgefield Farmers Market News
Sunday 5th May from 8.30am
Our Market has grown steadily, and it’s not just bigger month on month compared with previous years, but the range of produce is greater. Stallholders tell us that they like coming to Sedgefield because the customers are knowledgeable about food, it is a lovely setting and the people are good for a chat. Compliment for our customers - that’s you, readers - so thank you! If you have ideas about how the Market or our range of produce should develop, or know of local producers you would like us to invite, talk to me at the Market or get in touch.

Remember, every market gives you a chance to get yourself or your friends, one of our Sedgefield Farmers Market shopping bags; they are re-usable, can be cleaned, and mean you can refuse plastic bags for ages. This is about reducing plastic waste and its impact on our planet.

Sedgefield Community Association will have the community stall this month. As I write, the exceptional sunny weather looks set to last, so let’s hope for an exceptional May market too! It would be great to have sun for the Maypole dancing this year! Both adults and children are welcome to join in the fun. DON’T FORGET TO GO GREEN WITH ONE OF OUR FAB NEW JUTE BAGS! Do come along and support them - and of course, explore our Farmers' Market! Send enquiries to farmers@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk
Energy Switch News
Sedgefield Energy Switch News
Our energy switching scheme’s next auction takes place on 21st May so if you have not participated in our scheme previously, now might be a good time. Don’t just take our word about the savings that have been achieved, talk to friends and neighbours.

For new participants to the scheme, if your current contract comes to an end before the end of June, this is the registration period for you. For those people who have been part of the scheme previously and your contract ends before the end of July, this is the auction for which you will again need to register.

May Auction Key Dates: Registration closes 20th May. Auction Day 21st May. Offers issued from 3rd June. Offer acceptance closure 2nd July. As before, if you are happy to register on line yourself, go to www.sedgefieldweb.co.uk open ENERGY SWITCH, click on ‘REGISTER NOW’. Follow the links and fill out your details.

If you prefer to register and receive information through the post, or need any assistance, please call the Helpline, 07980 134 594 and we will be more than happy to assist, or to complete your registration for you.

Note for Online Registrants: We received a number of phone calls to our helpline after the last auction from people who had not received their personal offers. In all cases their offers had been posted by their computers into the Junk or Trash folders rather than the Inbox, so please check these folders for any emails which you might be expect relating to our scheme.
New email addresses for SDT and its projects
We are now using email on our own domain, and although it results in long email addresses, they are predictable when you get used to them. The change will be gradual, and we will keep track of mail from old addresses, but if you receive a message from a new address, please add it to your Contacts. The full list is at the bottom of each webpage and the Sedgefield News Facebook page.
Ceddesfeld Hall: Home of Sedgefield Community Association
Sedgefield Community Association News
Sedgefield Mediaeval Fayre Saturday 18th May will be a fantastic community event, for the family. The ‘Greatest Showman’ theme runs across the day, starting with the children’s walking parade at 10 am and free ‘Circus Skills’ activities will be taking place on the lawns at Ceddesfeld. There’s a wide range of new craft and charity stalls as well as mediaeval displays, ‘Living History’, tug of war, ‘Birds of Prey’, face painting and much more. Refreshments will be served all day at Ceddesfeld Hall by Sedgefield Bloomers, so don’t miss out on your bacon butty or chocolate cake!

Many local businesses sponsor the fayre and community groups support it in the run up and on the day. The fayre is run solely by local volunteers and all help, whether for an hour on the day, or an evening collecting, is extremely helpful and makes a massive difference. The timetable house to house collections is on p 4. The rota for collections and sorting (13 - 16th May) is up in the foyer at Ceddesfeld Hall. Contact Sarah, Pat or Wendy, for a time slot on a stall. There is a free raffle draw for all volunteers.

SCA Future Events
We’re also looking forward to Sedgefield Day, June 22nd, SCA Beer Festival; 5th & 6th July, Family Fun afternoon; 3rd August and the Sedgefield Folk Festival; 6, 7 & 8th September, and...
Now in its third year, Sedgefield’s own book festival (this year entitled ‘Pebbles in a Pond’) will run from Saturday 28th September and 20 October. We have some exciting new events lined up! There will be more on these events in the coming months or visit the new SCA website for further details.
For more information on Ceddesfeld Hall events, regular activities, room hire and bar opening times, contact Wendy on 01740 620206, Pat on 01740 620607, Sarah on 01740 622185. Visit us on Facebook or see the SCA website, www.sedgefieldsca.org.uk
Ball Game correction
After reading your article on the 2019 Ball Game I want to correct you on one point. The ball is "alleyed" when it is kicked in, and recovered from, the Spring Lane beck, not when it is thrown up to start the game. I have played and followed the Ball Game since about 1947. In those days there were two alleys, the Spring Lane one, and a now filled-in pond at the bottom of North End near the garage. Also, in those days there were unwritten rules; the game was between the farmers and the tradesmen with the farmers kicking one way and the tradesmen the other.

The ball was supplied by the church, and the then Church Warden, a Mrs Ward, took the ball to every house in the village before Shrove Tuesday to solicit donations. The Church Warden always started the game, and if the ball was not alleyed before 6.00pm it went back to the church. In later years, both my father and an uncle started the game as the oldest known resident. Vic. J. Wright
How times change!
I was most amused by the letter in last month’s News, concerning horse manure in the Winterton estate. How times change! I recall my father and another gardener down the street having a gentleman's agreement that when the Co-op milk horse left a deposit either side of an imaginary line in the road, that dictated which of them could collect it for their gardens. Sometimes the line was known to move a bit, in favour of whoever was there first with a bucket & spade!

The other gardener was a postman so worked shifts & would often win the race. There must be very few keen gardeners in Winterton. Alan Patterson
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