Sedgefield Community Association-Reviews

2016 Event Reviews


On Saturday 23rd January, Sedgefield Community Association held its 17th Traditional Burns Supper. The first was held in the Millennium and since then this traditional evening of Scottish Fayre, hearty entertainment and local talent, the highlight of course being ‘Bruce’s Address to the Haggis’, has raised funds for various organisations and charities – and the SCA.

The traditional menu was prepared by Elaine Swift and her team, who served Mrs Sutherland’s Scotch broth followed by ‘Haggis, Neeps and Tatties’, another course of Roast Beef and Vegetables, deserts, cheese board, whisky or port, and to finish off, coffee and mints. It was all absolutely delicious.

Paul Cook ‘The Piper’, invited people to their seats. Ian Sutherland welcomed everyone and went on to say The Selkirk Grace. The Address to the Haggis was made by Bruce Cunningham and the Toast to the Immortal Memory by John Robinson. Len Partridge made the Toast to the Lassies and Maxine Robinson replied on their behalf. A magnificent rendition of Tam’O Shanter was made by Jamie Sutherland, followed by ‘A Man’s a Man For a ‘That’. Everyone joined in with Auld Lang Syne.

It was a great evening of fun, friendship, songs and ‘clatter’; an evening, that the man himself would truly have enjoyed.

Robert Burns was born in the Ayreshire village of Alloway on the 25th January 1759 and died on the 21st July 1796 aged only 37. He was most certainly a man who loved living life to the full. His poems reflect the richness of his life as well as his love of Scotland, and we shall continue to celebrate his poetry in the traditional way, hopefully for many years to come.

The event was sold out, with over 60 local people attending. Thanks especially to Pat, Wendy and Ian and to other members of the SCA for their continued work in organising such a fabulous event.


The first Open Mic Night at Ceddesfeld Hall was a great success. Over 50 people attended the event and were thoroughly entertained all evening by a variety of performers covering a range of styles from country rock, acoustic, a capella singing, folk, poetry, country and western and pop.

The Milliners, a newly formed duo, opened the evening. They were followed by Rob Guest on guitar and piano, and the very talented Kristen Peacock who sang a moving solo rendition of ‘Your Daddy’s Son’. The Hokey Folkies, on guitar and banjo and with great harmonies, sang some of their own songs. Tom Guest, sang a Sam Smith cover, ‘Lay me down’ and was joined by Kristen, Catherine Lines and Rachel Lee in singing Whitney Houston’s ‘How will I know’ – absolutely fantastic harmony singing. Sandy Clubley and Kristen, on melodium and harp, played a range of melodies, (sounding happy and sad at the same time), which might be heard in a French town perhaps - very different but quite beautiful. Terry West recited three poems, which were very well received, and local singer Nick, sang a folk/rock set. The evening was closed by second performances from The Hokey Folkies and The Milliners.

Thanks to Anthony Rob and Kristen Peacock for their technical assistance.

This first event raised £120 which will go toward improving the sound system in the main hall. We are already planning the next event so watch this space for details.


Over 70 children and their families attended the Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Monday and a great time was had by everyone. There were competitions for the best Easter bonnet, decorated and dyed eggs as well as a fabulous hunt all around the grounds for chocolate eggs. There were special prizes for first, second and third placed winners, (to be announced in the local press soon) but every child received a prize, so no-one went away empty handed.

It was a great day. Happy Easter everyone!


Over 60 guests attended the evening and enjoyed a celebration of which the man himself would have been proud. A drinks reception was followed by a delicious meal of broth, steak and ale pie, lemon posset, cheese and biscuits and coffee and mints.

Thanks must go to Kit Fletcher, Sue and Phil Broomhead and Tony Guest for providing readings, Shakespearean quotes and a quiz, all of which was very well received. Photographs taken by Stephen Curry.


The second Open Mic event provided entertainment which was varied and of a very high standard. The night was hosted by Richie Parry, who as well as performing with his band the Holkey Folkies, had everyone laughing with poems and anecdotes in between acts. Other acts included The Milliners, John Weighall, Andrew Darnton, Ean Parsons, Kristen Peacock, Joanne Dunn, Catherine Lines, Chloe Leavy and Anthony Robb. Special thanks must go to Anthony and Kristen for their technical support.

37 photo's from the night
SATURDAY 21ST MAY Image Gallery

It was a great day, which began with an amazing ‘Rio Carnival’ parade of children from both of the local primary schools. The procession was led by the May Queen Robyn Taylor and her attendants, Isabel Williams, and Ruby and Scarlett Cockburn, in their carriage. They were followed by elephants, flamingos, giraffes, tropical birds, musical instruments and all things Olympic, with torches, Olympic rings and banners. A fabulous band of drummers escorted the parade and went on to give a wonderful rousing performance at the end. It was impressive. Huge thanks must go to Sedgefield Primary School, Hardwick Primary School and Apollo Arts for their combined enthusiasm and effort.

The weather was changeable, but spirits were not dampened. The green was busy with a wide variety of fairground rides, craft and charity stalls, attractions and entertainment including, children’s dancing, Morris dancing, birds of prey, Living History and of course Mediaeval Knights who engaged the crowds throughout the day. Ceddesfeld Hall and its grounds were busy also, with further activities for children, including puppet shows and face painting.

It was a brilliant community event. Thanks to all volunteers who help in the run up and on the day!

SATURDAY 11TH JUNE Image Gallery

The SCA are delighted to be part of Sedgefield Day which took place on 11th June. The event started at Ceddesfeld with a display of school work and children’s voices (from both primary schools) ringing out across the lawns. There were displays promoting Sedgefield Players, Lyrics, Sedgefield in Bloom, Twinning, The Blues Club and the History Society as well as science and astronomy from Net Park.

Ladies Escape served strawberries and cream and other refreshments were served throughout the day by Twinning and the Bloomers. Face painting and children’s games and sports kept the youngsters entertained whilst an afternoon of music and singing was enjoyed in the main hall. Lol and Maxine Crallan opened the show followed by the Ukulele group, Ceddesfolk (family) Ceilidh Band, Northumbrian Pipers and Lirica who entertained audiences from 12.30 to 4 pm.

It was fabulous and huge thanks must go to all who took part and performed free of charge. Ceddesfeld Hall hosted only part of the fun on the day, with lots of other activities going on, on the green, in the Parish Hall and St Edmund’s Church. Sedgefield Town Council, Sedgefield Village Games and funding from DCC Community Fund facilitated the day. Many thanks to the individuals involved with these organisations. Another great community event.


Thanks to all of the volunteers who made Ceddesfeld Hall Beer Festival such an enjoyable and successful event. Without their commitment and hard work, the event just would not take place. Special thanks must go to our sponsors, The Bailey Group, Bright and Kind, Parsons Containers, Select Financial Services and to Sedgefield Web Design who created all of the promotional materials. The wide range of beers went down very well, as did the burgers and sausages. Thanks to Lol and Maxine Crallan for the entertainment on the Saturday night. We’re already looking forward to the special 25th anniversary festival next year!