About Us

Community generation for Sedgefield, Bradbury, Mordon & Fishburn.
Sedgefield Development Trust (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.


Sedgefield Development Trust Projects are run by volunteers and you can get involved at any time with any project, speak to us to learn more about each project.

New Project (November 2023)

Thermal Imaging Camera Loan Scheme

Save money on your energy bills The Thermal Imaging Camera loan scheme is a new project brought to you by Sedgefield Development Trust.

We want to help you spot heat loss around your home with one of our FLIR thermal imaging cameras, which you can loan for free. Its simple to use though your smart phone and it helps you to find draughts in your home. These nifty gadgets connect to smartphones to quickly spot where heat is either escaping or entering. The cameras work best in the winter when the weather is cold and draughts are easier to spot.

Why are we lending cameras?
We genuinely want to help our customers be more energy efficient and with our Energy Switching scheme subject to the volatile engery market, we see this as an effective means of finding heat loss areas in your home. It's simply the right thing to do, not only because it keeps your bills low, but because it’s better for the environment as well.

More About Our Other Projects

The market is held every first Sunday of the Month, on the village green, from 8.30am to 12.15pm. We have up to 20 stall holders with a wide range of local produce.

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.

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

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

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.

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: www.dbka.co.uk or www.teesbees.co.uk or www.durhambeekeepers.org

Friendly FIxers

Don't ditch it, fix it!
Friendly Fixers is a Repair Café where you can bring your broken, damaged or torn household or personal items for advice or repair - all completely free of charge.
Anyone can pop in, even just for a cuppa and a slice of cake. Repairs are free but donations are encouraged if possible to help with the running costs of Friendly Fixers.
First Saturday of the month from 10:30am - 12:30pm
Fishburn Youth & Community Centre (TS21 4ED)

Bicycle and Active Travel Project

A group set up to promote Cycling and active travel in and around Sedgefield.

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.


A project which provides 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.

Sew Easy

A project allows groups of likeminded people to sew together.