Our activities range from Art to Ukulele Workshops, Carpet Bowls to Squash, and Craft to Gardening, providing a varied programme delivered for, and by, our members.
Our rooms available for hire are:
HALL-Limited to 70 people. Use for Birthday parties/family celebrations, conference, christenings, weddings, larger group meetings, demonstrations, training/presentations
LOUNGE-Spacious and comfortable - extends into main hall
CHETWYND/SWINHOE/OLDHAM-Section/group meetings, training, presentation, display, private meetings.
BAR-Small and cosy - completely run by volunteers - new volunteers always welcome! Open Monday to Thursday 7.30pm to 10.30pm, Friday-7.30 to 11pm, Closed Saturday. Open most big event days and evenings.
Play Group 9:30am (w term time), U3A Computing 10:30am (w), Bowls 1:30pm (w), Bridge class 1:30pm (w), Durham Deafened 1-3pm(w), Local History-7:30pm (m-1st), Family History-7:45pm (m-3rd)
Bowls 9am (w), Pop In Club (w), Garden Society-Tuesday 7:30pm (m-1st), Bridge 7:30pm (w), Players Committee (m), Ladies Club & Craft 7:30pm (f-2nd & 4th)
Play Group 9:30am (w term time), Pop In Club (w), Weight Watchers 6pm (w), Handbells 7:30pm (w), Sedgefield Players 7:30pm (w-Parish Hall), Northumbrian Pipers-8pm (f-2nd & 4th), Ceddesfolk-8pm (m-3rd), Acoustic Group (m-last)
Bowls 1:30pm (w), Art Group 10am (w), Pop In Club (w), Escape (f)
SLYCS Youth Choir 6.00pm (w), Lyric Singers 7:30pm (w), Acoustic Guitar 7:30pm (m-1st), Ukulele Workshop 7:30pm (m-4th)
Bar open for events or bookings only
Bowls 1pm (w winter only), Concertina Players-Beginners 1-3pm main group 2-5pm (f), SPYS 5:30pm (w-Parish Hall), Bridge 7:30pm (w), Sedgefield Players 7:30pm (w-Parish Hall)
To view more information about each activity, group or club please see below. Key: (w)=Weekly, (f)=Fornightly, (m)=Monthly.
SCA hosts and supports many activities and interest groups. Unless stated, all take place in Ceddesfeld Hall.
Sedgefield Acoustic Group is a group of singers and musicians that meet on the last Wednesday of every month (and sometime the first Friday) in Ceddesfeld Hall. It gives an opportunity to those who may not otherwise play outside of their own home to have an audience and get together to share material and knowledge in a mutually supportive environment. The group includes those less confident through to seasoned performers and those who write their own material. Everyone who comes along is given great support and encouragement to improve. Players cover a range of material from standard chart covers to folk and blues and the range is always surprising. Most play guitar but other instruments include the ukulele and the accordion – everything is welcomed. The format is a sing around – each player playing a song and playing again when their turn comes round. The group perform individually as The Last Wednesdays at local events.
The arrangements for the group are very informal – basically turn up after 8.30pm on the last Wednesday and join in. The bar at Ceddesfeld Hall is open and we enjoy a pint while playing! There is a Facebook page – Sedgefield Acoustic Group.
Ceddesfeld Art Group meet on Thursday mornings 10am – 12noon. The group has been in existence for over twenty year although none of the current eleven are founder members . Our group currently comprises seven women and four men. We have a small turnover of members, two having joined in the last year and a half. Most are members of other SCA sections.
We all are interested in a variety of media, ranging from acrylics, pencils, pastels, watercolours and oils. The more experienced people are always willing to help new artists with advice in the selection of materials and techniques. We usually put on an exhibition about once a year in Ceddesfeld.
If you would like to join our friendly group, pop along on any Thursday morning, or contact Malcolm Scott on 01740622871. Subs are £1 a session plus the annual membership of SCA. Coffee and tea are available from Nancy in the kitchen for a small charge. We wouldn't be without it!!!! Remember, all abilities are welcome.
New members are always welcome to learn to play Bridge. The sessions are every Monday at 1.30pm and cost £3.00 per session.
Contact : Pat Buckley Atkins on 01740 620607.
The Bowls Club has been a thriving club since the very early days of the SCA and currently has 37 members. Carpet bowls is a gentle sport that can be enjoyed well into old age providing exercise and social interaction for members as well as providing for members who still have a keen competitive nature. Internal competition matches are played annually and the club plays in the Durham Community Carpet Bowls League. We play all over County Durham against teams in Wolsingham, Escomb, Bowburn, Lansdowne, Bishop Middleham, Tudhoe and Hamsteels.
Ceddesfolk started as a monthly open session in Ceddesfeld Hall, where we could share a love of tunes - so much a part of the North East & Northumbrian culture, although not so much in this part of the region, where a remarkable singing & singer/songwriter tradition thrives instead. So we dug in and soon had a core of musicians determined to take this tune thing forward.
We formed a band and our first outing was to play a ceilidh for a church in Billingham, where one of us had connections. In time those two joined the band, one or two others left, and we became what we are today - 6 people playing fiddle, whistles and recorders, melodeons, harp, highland pipes, piano accordion, concertinas, bodhran and spoons, piano, shruti box, ukulele, guitar...the list grows every few months!
Two of us are also dance callers, so we have played for ceilidh dances around the region as well as in Sedgefield - fundraisers, birthday parties, one memorable wedding! We also love to play concerts, when we can choose our favourite music and work in duos or trios as well as a full band.
Two or three years on, we are still discovering one another's extraordinarily varied taste in music. A rehearsal really can be mind expanding; we've been known to cover Mediaeval English, Northumbrian, Irish, Eastern European, Latin, French, American and Shetland in one evening. Our next venture is to record a few of these different styles so we can give people an idea of the sort of sound we make.
The North Eastern Concertina Players meet on the second Sunday of the month from 2pm to 5pm in the Ceddesfeld Community Centre, Rectory Row, Sedgefield, Co. Durham TS21 2AE. (No meeting in August). We promote and encourage the playing of concertinas of all systems and players of any standard and experience welcome. There is an annual subscription of £5, payable in January and a charge of £1 for each time you attend a session.
If you have never played a concertina before but think it might be something for you, contact our chairman, Dave Turner, who can give advice on how to get started. We sometimes have instruments which can be borrowed and can also give guidance on purchasing an instrument. Concertinas are not cheap - have a look at secondhand instruments on ebay - so you need to be sure.
We have a beginners group which meets on the fourth Sunday of the month from 1pm to 3pm. (No meeting in August). It also meets for an hour from 1pm to 2pm before the main group, so the players can then join in the main group, if they wish.
We play a variety of music, mostly in four or five parts, from written music, using treble, baritone and bass concertinas. We usually spend the first hour working on a new piece or revisiting something we have tried before, then after tea and biscuits and a chat, we hear solo pieces from anyone wishing to show what they have been working on. For the remaining time, those present pick something for the whole group to play. We are not a folk group - in fact most of the music we play is not folk - but there are many folk tunes in our repertoire
We are a small, friendly group and all concertina players are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Dave Turner, Chairman, telephone 01642 588197, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Craft club are a friendly group of people who enjoy all things crafty. New members are always welcome and will have an opportunity to participate in varied activities including, sewing, stitching, embroidery, card making, knitting etc in a small, friendly group environment. Sometimes, group projects are worked upon and demonstrations of new skills, techniques and activities are arranged. Come along to socialise, develop your skills and improve your ability and creativity.
Contact: Jean Easson 01740 620656
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DDS employ four lip-reading teachers who teach weekly. They also provide:
Attendance at the group is by referral only if you are interested in attending a group or would like them to demonstrate equipment please contact DDS either via phone – 0191 5183358 or e-mail – email@example.com. Or visit the website www.ddsupport.org.uk
Ladies Escape is group of friendly ladies who enjoy getting out and about and socialising.
There is no age limit and current members range from mid thirties to mid sixties. A programme of events is organised, including activities such as, summer pudding night, cinema visit, Seaton Carew walk and fish and chips, theatre visit, carrier bag party, summer BBQ, quiet drink and chat at the Dun Cow, visit to local dairy, visit to tomato grower, Christmas night out and car treasure hunt etc.
Charity events are organised at various times, with an annual donation being made to a suggested charity each year. The group meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday in the month. Fees include membership of SCA (£8 annual fee) plus £1 meeting to cover room hire.
Contact Chairman Sue Smith via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Family History Society is a group of friendly people who have an interest in researching family history. The group meet every 3rd Monday at 7.45pm, and have frequent on-line sessions. Please visit our website for more information.
Fund raising and organising conservation and environmental work.
We are all garden enthusiasts and very sociable people and enjoy gardening and all the beautiful flowers and bulbs and anything to do with bees/butterflies etc. We meet on the 1st Tuesday in the month commencing with A.G.M. and pie & pea supper. We have various speakers and demonstrations also a visit and guided tour of gardens/nursery and refreshments our programme for this year is:
The Handbells Group meets every Wednesday at 7:30 pm at Ceddesfeld Hall (Monday in the first week of the month). We have great fun playing old favourites and learning new pieces and occasionally perfom them. The ability to read music is an advantage but not vital. We would welcome new members at any time.
A relaxing social evening featuring talks, carft, cookery and beauty demonstrations, quizzes and the occasional shared supper. Contact email@example.com
Meetings on the first Monday of each month except August, 7.45 pm at Ceddesfeld Hall. Meeting details below:
The Sedgefield Lyric Singers are a friendly and enthusiastic community choir. Established in 1974, today's choir is as committed to the enjoyment of singing with friends as it has ever been. We now have 47 members who meet on Friday evenings at 7:30pm to sing a variety of musical delights including: classical, pop, musicals, choral and folk. We are a community choir so there are no auditions required and no need to be able to read music. What you do need is enthusiasm, a sense of humour and a love of music. Men are especially welcome to make up the Bass, Baritone and Tenor section.
The choir give a number of performances each year, including concerts with the Sedgefield Lyrics Youth Choir in the Parish Hall, and performances across the region. In 2015, the choir took part in the Sage Gateshead's 'Sing The Living' concert in Hall One with a number of other groups from the North East. Led by Musical Director Rob Guest and accompanied by Kristen Peacock, rehearsals are fun and energetic - a great way to start your weekend and it’s good for your health too!
Come along and have a go – we would love to meet you on Friday 7:30 - 9pm at Ceddesfeld Hall, Sedgefield
We meet on the second Wednesday of the month in the main Hall at 8.00pm. We are a friendly and enthusiastic group who share a love of the Northumbrian Smallpipes, the North's traditional instrument. We enjoy playing music composed for the pipes from Northumberland as well as folk music from Scotland, Ireland and around the world. There are usually about twelve pipers at our meetings and we also have concertina, fiddle and recorder players. Everyone is most welcome to come along and join us to play pipes (or another instrument that can play in 'f') or simply to listen.
If you feel you would like to learn to play the pipes we have beginners sets for hire, and we have a beginners' session in the Oldham room upstairs from 7.00pm to 8.00pm before the main meeting.
We have a performing group who practise upstairs on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 7:00pm - 9:00pm and play mainly at NGS gardens opened for charity around the region. We have also played at annual dinners, weddings, Sedgefield Fayre, and various summer fairs and concerts for charity. Last year we produced a CD as a result of requests from members of the public. Do come and meet us if you would like to know more about the North's own instrument.
Contact: Barbara Hobson 01740 620934
This is very friendly group for older people. They meet every Tuesday and Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon. It’s always good to pop in for a chat and keep up with friends, have a cup of tea and some cake. New members are always welcome.
Contact: John Hannon (Secretary) 01740 622512
Meeting twice weekly in the parish hall, Sedgefield Players produce a wide range of shows, offering a variety of challenges to members. The Players present full-length plays in Sedgefield Parish Hall in March and June, a traditional pantomime at Christmas and a Festival of One Act Plays in September. Our youth section (SPYS – aged 7-17) join with the adults in pantos and other shows, as well as putting on their own productions with great success. Sedgefield Players and SPYS have won numerous awards at our own and other festivals. New members are very welcome in any capacity – acting, singing, dance, stage management, technical work, costume, make-up, set design, front of house – or anything else you may have to offer! For more details, visit our website
The choir is for young people between the ages of 9 and 18 years of age. No audition is necessary, just a love of singing and a willingness to work hard and improve. The choir enjoy singing a wide range of songs, including pop, folk, gospel and choral. The children are encouraged to develop new skills, learn harmonies, improve their musicality and sing for health and well being. SLYC perform to the community on several occasion throughout the year, joining the Lyric Singers and Lirica for their Christmas and summer concerts. The choir is led by Rob Guest and Kristen Peacock and meet every Friday from 6:00pm to 7:15pm.
Contact Rob Guest on 07813 601731
We are a friendly group who are keeping our exchange with Hamminkeln progressing and have various social evenings and money making evenings to raise our funds.
The Charter was signed on October 26th 1982 on our first exchange, so we have been going now for 33 years gone October.
We have an exchange going on 14th – 18th June this year for any one interested who would like to join and be a member of the Twinning
This group of very friendly players ranging from absolute beginners to advanced. Music and song sheets are provided and there are also a limited number of ukuleles to borrow, on the night, for those not wishing to make a purchase before trying. Tuition is differentiated to suit the range of ability and there is opportunity to perform during each session. Please contact Lol Crallan on 01740 621729 if you require further details, or just come along. It will be great to see you, and the bar is open too!
Regular meetings in and around the village.