St. Edmunds 4pm Sunday Services
Following a review of the 4pm Evensong and Eucharist at St. Edmunds a decision has been made, after consultation with regular members of the congregation, to cease offering these two services with effect from the end of August. The 8am traditional language Eucharist at St. Edmunds on Sundays will continue and all are welcome at this quiet early morning service. Geoff
Calendar sales success at Sedgefield Show
First at the sales stall was local resident Haydn Neal (pictured right with Friends’ membership secretary Brian Mutch) who was followed soon afterwards by Sedgefield’s Mayor, Cllr Leo McCormack, and his wife, Sandra (pictured).
“We were delighted by the comments we received from both locals and visitors”, said Brian. ”All the signs are that the Calendar will prove just as successful as the one we produced last year.”
The slimline, month-per-page, hang-anywhere Calendar includes both colour and monochrome pictures of scenes and events in and around the town taken by nine local photographers during the past year.
Hidden treasures' outing by Sedgefield Friends
The 'two-in-one-day' social outing arranged by the Friends of St Edmund's in Sedgefield earlier this year proved such a great success that the experience is to be repeated on September 5th with a morning visit to the magnificent Bowes Museum and an afternoon trip to the 'secret' gardens at Eggleston Hall.
"We are expecting it to be a different but thoroughly enjoyable day out," said co-organiser Alison Hodgson, secretary of the Friends, this week.
The £45 cost includes coach travel, admission to Bowes, a light lunch and entrance to Eggleston Hall Gardens.
Reservations can be made by contacting Alison on 01740 620912 or membership secretary Brian Mutch on 01740 622302.
Bowes, a magnificent 19th century building near Barnard Castle, houses internationally-significant collections of fine and decorative arts. It is one of the most popular day out attractions in the region and has been described as 'a hidden treasure in the heart of Teesdale'
The nursery gardens at Eggleston Hall, not so very far away, have been labelled 'the 'secret garden of the North' and 'a hidden gem for plant-lovers everywhere'. There may well also be an opportunity to visit the garden cottage art gallery and studios to meet talented artists Amanda Hodgson and Victoria Bellas Carter.
Supporters of the Friends are welcome on the visit. Organisers recommend early reservations for seats on the coach.
'Christmas Extravaganza' at the Sage visit plan by Friends of St Edmund's
Christmas may still be months away but the Friends of St Edmund's in Sedgefield are already busy organising what promises to be the highlight of their year's social programme – a chance to see the massed voices of the highly-acclaimed Inspirations choir and the Royal Northern Sinfonia in a 'Christmas Extravaganza' at the Sage.
The annual blockbuster concert on the afternoon of Sunday, December 15th, is recognised throughout the North as a 'not to be missed event'.
The Friends are keen to secure tickets as soon as possible for a party from the Sedgefield area. Supporters of the Friends will be particularly welcome.
Co-organiser Brian Mutch said this week "At £19, tickets are an absolute bargain - as anyone who has ever been to this annual concert will tell you. It's a really fantastic event."
Early application for tickets is vital so that the Friends' group can be seated together.
Transport to the Sage will be left to individuals but lifts may be available for those without cars.
Further information is available from Brian on 01740 622302 or from secretary Alison Hodgson on 01740 620912.
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