Can you sew?
For The Love Of Scrubs, Our NHS Needs You. Volunteers are needed to make Scrubs for health care workers looking after our nearest and dearest. A simple pattern and some free fabric is available. Help is needed urgently. If you can't sew, could you donate clean, plain cotton or poly-cotton bedding? Please drop it off in a sealed bag at Sedgefield Co-op. For further information, contact Beth and Alex on 01740 623557. Thank you.
Capture the Spirit!
Local photographers are being invited to test their creative skills by capturing images depicting ‘the spirit of Sedgefield’.
The photographs could be used in the 2021 calendar planned by Friends of St Edmund’s Church.
Membership secretary Brian Mutch said “We’re looking for pictures showing more than the local beauty spots and events we have featured in the past two years. We’d like to see interpretative shots depicting aspects of life that make our town the special place it is.”
Entries in colour or monochrome and suitable for use in the slimline, month-by-month calendar.
Opportunities to get out to take pictures may be restricted at the moment because of the coronavirus, but people might welcome the chance to look for unusual subjects whilst out on the permitted daily exercise walks.
Brian would be happy to provide further information on 622302.
You can send hard copies to Brian at 6 Hasledon Grove, Sedgefield,
TS21 2JW or email your entries to email@example.com.
Local innovation helps the fight against Covid-19
New technology is being used to connect loved ones and keep staff safe at North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals. Hospitals across the region are deploying technological solutions to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. Here are a few of the changes taking place at our local hospitals.
Remote observation devices have been installed to reduce Coronavirus contact for front line staff. The devices can automatically take several observations from a patient, including blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and heart rate. The observations are displayed on a central computer allowing one nurse to monitor an entire ward. If any observations move outside safe ranges, a warning alarm is sounded at the central computer.
This solution would normally have taken several months to deploy but it was done in just a few days with local teams and suppliers all pulling together.
High quality video conferencing cameras have been put in place to allow loved ones to talk to patients without putting themselves or others at risk.
To reduce the number of in-person visits, software has been provided to allow community staff to hold virtual visits (where clinically appropriate) with patients using a video link across the internet.
All of these developments help us to fight back against Coronavirus, keep more people safe, and help the heroes at the front line.
Whilst NHS staff are delivering care services directly to Covid-19 patients, thousands of people are working behind the scenes delivering all sorts of services and keeping businesses solvent. Innovation has come to the fore and individuals, communities and businesses are finding new ways of doing things to adapt and tackle the challenges that we face.
Four businesses based at NETPark are working directly to innovate and develop solutions to tackle different aspects of the pandemic.
REPROCELL Europe, who specialise in tools and products for stem cell and 3D cell culture research, have joined a consortium to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. Dr David Bunton, CEO said: “We are pleased to support an international consortium, led by the Belgian life sciences company eTheRNA, which is developing an RNA-based vaccine.”
Nano-technology manufacturer Graphene Composites has been working on a graphene ink that can be applied to face masks and other PPE as a viricide (virus killing) to provide added protection against coronavirus.
Stream Bio Ltd develops and manufactures fluoroscent molecular probes used for labelling antibodies. The probes increase the sensitivity of antibody testing, enabling earlier detection. It is hoped that Stream Bio’s probes can be used in the fight against COVID-19.
Biotechnology firm Kromek Group is developing a mobile pathogen detection system, to detect biological threats, such as COVID-19.
Janet Todd, NETPark manager at Business Durham, said: ‘It’s great to see that NETPark companies are looking at innovative ways to fight COVID-19 and pro-actively seeking out collaborative opportunities.’
Sedgefield News: from the past
by Martin F Peagam, The Time Traveller, for Sedgefield Local History Society.
In 1918 – 102 years ago, Sedgefield was coping with a Pandemic.
The First World War ended with the signing of the Armistice on November 11th. At 25 Front Street, Sedgefield, Mr and Mrs Robinson had hoped that their family could soon be together again. Willie Robinson was with the Machine Guns Corps on the Belgian/German border. His elder brother Richard was with the Royal Army Service Corps in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Just before Christmas, May, their sister, had the sad task of writing to Willie, to inform him that Richard had succumbed to something which was proving much more deadly than the guns and bullets of the trenches.
A global pandemic, the Spanish Flu, spread rapidly, killing indiscriminately. In a world ravaged by war, and in the years prior to the foundation of the NHS in Britain, it wreaked havoc.
The Spanish Flu remains the most-deadly pandemic to date. It infected 500 million people, about a quarter of the world's population at the time. The death toll is estimated to have been anywhere from 17 million to 50 million (and possibly as high as 100 million) - an estimated 1% to 3% of the world's population. But there was hope.
By December 1920 the pandemic was over. And life for everyone, including the Robinsons, would return to normal.
Enjoy Blooming Sedgefield
Take your permitted walk for exercise around Sedgefield and you’ll see evidence of Mother Nature’s handiwork everywhere you look. Spring bulbs are popping up everywhere, colourful tubs and troughs, bright flowers at Beacon Lane, alpine beds near the Golden Lion, beautiful gardens in Ceddesfeld Hall grounds, not to mention our rich heritage of mature trees and blossom around the village.
All these and more bear witness to the care and devotion of gardeners past and present and to the strength of Sedgefield’s community spirit.
When circumstances change, it would be lovely to put together a display of photographs showing nature’s bounty during this difficult time. Please email your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep safe and keep blooming !
Going that “eggstra” mile
With rainbow pictures showing huge support for the NHS a similar theme was adopted for the Sedgefield virtual Easter Egg hunt. The community came together on Facebook, posting images of decorated eggs adorning the windows of more than 120 local homes.
A band of volunteers, adopting social distancing, delivered eggs to each home. Thanks must go to the Coop, Sainsbury's and John Robinson, who all sponsored eggs. A great example of community spirit.