Farewell to Mayor 2017/2018
My year as Mayor of Sedgefield has been rewarding and enjoyable. Before I became Mayor, I was already aware of the large number of interest groups within Sedgefield mostly run by volunteers operating in Sedgefield and which contribute to the community as a whole. During the past year I have had the opportunity to find out more about some of these groups and I have joined some of their meetings which has been a great experience. I have also enjoyed meeting with other civic dignitaries, either welcoming them to Sedgefield or at other events around the North East.
It has been a huge honour to represent the community on occasions such as Remembrance Sunday, and other times in the year that are very important to the people of Sedgefield.
The Civic Service was held in St Edmund’s and Michael King (lay reader) kindly arranged the service to coincide with Harvest Festival being apt for the farming community which many will know has encompassed my whole life. The children from Sedgefield Primary and Hardwick Primary school took part in the Carol Service, also in St Edmund’s Church and performed as a joint choir which was a wonderful start to the Christmas season.
One of the privileges of being Mayor has been the opportunity to raise money for good causes during the year. I chose two main charities, the Great North Air Ambulance Service and the Macular Society. Through a number of events held during the year, some individual donations and the very generous support and contribution from many friends and residents of Sedgefield and the surrounding area, I have managed to raise over £9,500 which was shared among the two charities as well as the following community groups: DiDo, Pop in, Guides & Brownies, Scouts & Cubs, Taste & See, SPYS, Sedgefield Cricket Club Juniors, Sedgefield Memory Café, Sedgefield Junior Squash Club, Sedgefield Harriers (Juniors), Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch, Sedgefield Village Veterans.
This was only possible thanks to the many people who supported my events and I am extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed in any way. Numerous businesses have provided prizes for events or helped publicise my initiatives, and that has been very helpful, while venues such as St. Edmund’s Church have been invaluable.
I would like to thank the staff at Sedgefield Town Council who have been very supportive throughout my time as Mayor. Also many of my fellow town councillors have attended or supported my events and civic dignitaries along with a number of Sedgefield residents and I give you my thanks.
Finally, I would like to pay tribute to my family and friends, who have played a huge role in my year as Mayor of Sedgefield. Whether volunteering at or attending events, or contributing in other ways, they have provided more assistance than I can adequately acknowledge. In particular, my wife Elizabeth has enjoyed being Mayoress of Sedgefield, despite her difficulties with her eyesight, she has embraced this opportunity and been a great support to me.
My year as Mayor of Sedgefield has really flown by! It has been a huge honour to serve the community in this role and also thoroughly enjoyable. In a previous edition of the Extra, I noted that as someone who has been involved with many organisations and initiatives in Sedgefield over the years, even I have had my eyes opened to how much happens here. Throughout our time as mayor and mayoress, Elizabeth and I have been able to meet many new people and find out more about some of the great activities and events available to residents of all ages. We really do have an amazing and vibrant community spirit and that plays a huge part in making Sedgefield a very special place to live.
By the time this article is published, I will have hosted my final event of the year, a hog roast at Sedgefield Cricket Club. This followed my charity ball in late February, which proved to be a very successful event. Elizabeth and I are very grateful to all of those residents who supported the ball and to the individuals and businesses who donated prizes for the auction, raffle and bottle draw. In particular, we want to thank those fellow town councillors who helped make the event a success, and especially the town council staff and our excellent auctioneer on the night, Chris Rowsby. By the time we have added up all of the money raised at events during my year, I am confident that we will have many thousands of pounds to donate to the Great North Air Ambulance and the Macular Society, as well as other local good causes. Once again, many thanks to everyone who has contributed and supported me during my time as Mayor of Sedgefield.
A Message from the Mayor
I am enjoying being of Mayor of Sedgefield and feel that I am starting to settle into the role. Elizabeth and I have already attended a wide variety of events in Sedgefield and it has been great to meet many people and organisations who do so much for our community. It was a particular pleasure to welcome my counterpart from our German twin town of Hamminkeln, Burgermeister Bernd Romanski, and his wife Heike, when they joined a visit organised by Sedgefield Twinning Association.
Recently, I announced details of the charities that I will be supporting during my term as mayor. I will be raising funds for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), the Macular Society and other local good causes. I have chosen GNAAS because the organisation is not publicly funded and it has come to the aid of friends of mine in the past. The Macular Society provides outstanding help and support to people with macular disease and dystrophies. Macular degeneration generally occurs among older people, but Elizabeth has had the disease since her early thirties and is registered blind. She has had excellent experiences in her contact with the charity and we are both very keen to raise money for such a worthy cause.
My fundraising activities will take place throughout my time as Mayor of Sedgefield, so look out for details as they are publicised and all support will be gratefully received. The fundraising will culminate at the annual Mayor’s Charity Ball early next year. Please note that the event will be a week earlier than usual this time, on Friday 23rd February at Hardwick Hall Hotel. I hope to see many of you there and at other civic occasions and events between now and next May.
Welcome to the new Mayor 2017/2018.
Sedgefield Town Councillors were delighted to elect Councillor David Brown as Mayor of Sedgefield for 2017/18. Councillor Brown, pictured below with his wife Elizabeth, has been a long-standing member of the town council. This page will be updated regularly with information regarding the Mayor’s chosen charities and events in 2017/18.
Farewell to the Mayor 2016/2017.
Mayor’s Charity Fund.
During his year as mayor, Chris Lines raised an incredible £7,200 towards his three chosen charities – The Lullaby Trust, Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Friends of Sedgefield Harriers – and other local organisations. At the Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday 9th May 2017, Chris Lines presented cheques to the following location organisations:
Taste & See, Pop-In, DIDO, Sedgefield Squash Club, Sedgefield Players, SPYS, Sedgefield Village Veterans, Sedgefield Development Trust, Sedgefield Lyrics Youth Choir, Lirica, One Step Forward, Sedgefield Youth FC, Sedgefield In Bloom, Sowers & Growers, Sedgefield Primary School PTA, Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School PTA, 1st Sedgefield Scout Group, Sedgefield Guides/Brownies.
Take a look at some of the pictures from the cheque presentation below! If your photo is not displayed and you would like a copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
Lirica and SLYC Poster
For more details about the concert and to buy tickets use the contact details on the poster
Places are now available at the Mayor’s Charity Ball, which will be held at Hardwick Hall Hotel on Friday 3rd March 2017. Tickets for this black tie event cost £30 each and include a three course meal and entertainment by the Emerald Thieves. Based in County Durham, the Emerald Thieves are Glastonbury Festival regulars, with a fantastic international reputation, having performed throughout Ireland, Europe and the Middle-East. They fuse traditional Irish music with modern indie-folk, rock and pop hits. The five-piece group play electric fiddle, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, Hammond organ, bass and drums, and will certainly persuade guests at the ball to get up and dance. There will also be a tombola and auction on the night and the event will raise money for the Mayor’s Charity Fund. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01740 621273 to book tickets.
Mayor’s Update – Autumn 2016
So far, I have had a very rewarding year as Mayor of Sedgefield. It has been a huge privilege to attend events in and around the community, all of which have helped showcase this wonderful place. I am now busy organising a schedule of my own events for the rest of the year to raise money for the Mayor’s Charity Fund.
The fund will support three charities that are close to my heart for different reasons:
• The Lullaby Trust, which provides specialist support for bereaved families and anyone affected by a sudden infant death. The trust has been chosen in memory of local girl Alice Robinson, who passed away in November 2015 aged just 11 months. Alice was the daughter of good friends and Sedgefield residents William and Katy Robinson.
• The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, in memory of my mum Margaret Lines, who died in 2009 after a brave battle with cancer, who was a long-time resident of Sedgefield and very active in the community. Mum received care at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, where much of the foundation’s work is focused.
• Friends of Sedgefield Harriers (FoSH), a charity that was founded to support amateur sport and improve sports provision in Sedgefield. FoSH is leading the campaign to build training facilities in Sedgefield that will benefit the hundreds of young people in Sedgefield who participate in sport.
I will also support other good causes in Sedgefield during my term of office. Donations can be made to the fund at any of my events during the year or directly at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MayorofSedgefield2016-17.
Events in the pipeline include the annual ball and a concert by Lirica and (hopefully) Sedgefield Lyrics Youth Choir early in 2017. Also, between now and March, I am welcoming entries into my Sedgefield Selfies (tag #SedgefieldSelfies on social media) competition. It’s a chance for people to share images of their favourite places in Sedgefield and showcase all that is great about our wonderful community. Thanks to the Dun Cow for generously supplying a great £50 prize voucher for the overall winner – the best images will also appear in a gallery on the town council website. To find out more about how to enter the competition and details of all of my events during the year, visit www.facebook.com/MayorofSedgefield2016to17.
Former Mayor 2016/2017
Councillor Chris Lines was appointed the Mayor of Sedgefield in May 2016, replacing Councillor Gloria Wills.
“I’m hugely honoured to have been appointed to this role. I have lived in Sedgefield for most of my life, as have many of my family. I loved growing up here, was later married here and now I run a business in the Manor House in the centre of the town, and my wife and I are bringing up our own children here too. There have been changes in Sedgefield over the years and, inevitably, more are on the horizon. However, there has always been a really strong community spirit here and it’s really important that we sustain that for this and future generations. As Mayor of Sedgefield, I aim to play my role in doing so over the next 12 months. I hope that residents and businesses will be keen to work with me on events and initiatives that will benefit some very deserving charities and I will welcome any offers of support.”
Chris Lines will be raising money during the year for three specific charities:
- The Lullaby Trust, which provides specialist support for bereaved families and anyone affected by a sudden infant death. The trust has been chosen in memory of local girl Alice Robinson, who passed away in November 2015 aged just 11 months. Alice was the daughter of Sedgefield residents William and Katy Robinson, good friends of the mayor and his family.
- The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, in memory of his mother Margaret Lines, who died in 2009 after a brave battle with cancer. Lines received care at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, where much of the foundation’s work is focused.
- Friends of Sedgefield Harriers (FoSH), a charity that was founded to support amateur sport and improve sports provision in Sedgefield. FoSH is leading the campaign to build training facilities in Sedgefield that will benefit the hundreds of young people in Sedgefield who participate in sport.
The mayor will also support other local good causes during his term of office.
Please stay tuned for dates of upcoming Mayoral events.
If anyone would like to contact Chris Lines about his role as mayor, they can reach him on email@example.com or 07971 868329.
Former Mayor – 2015/16
Cllr Gloria Wills was Mayor of Sedgefield from June 2015 – May 2016 and over the course of the civic year has organised and attended many events both in and outside of Sedgefield. A selection of these include:
• Jane Austen History – 9th November 2015
• Country Meets Rock ‘n Roll – 9th January 2016
• Strictly Come Sedgefield – 13th February 2016
• Civic Ball – 4th March 2016
• STC – Children’s Tub Planting – 11th June 2015
• Sedgefield Day – 20th June 2015
• Sedgefield Community Hospital Garden Party – 27th June 2015
• Open Gardens – 5th July 2015
• Sedgefield Show – 8th August 2015
• Golden Wedding Anniversary Mr and Mrs Postgate – 14th August 2015
• Scarecrow Festival – 30th August 2015
• Diamond Wedding Anniversary Mr and Mrs Howlett – 17th September 2015
• Halloween Howler – 31st October 2015
• Snow Party 28th November 2015
• Civic Carol Service – 10th December 2015
• Northumbria in Bloom Judging – 13th April 2016
During the year, Cllr Wills has been a ‘singing’ mayor, a ‘ rock and rolling’ mayor, and a ‘strictly’ mayor, all culminating in the Mayor’s Charity Ball which raised over £5,000 for her chosen charity, Alzheimer’s Society, and for local groups and organisations.