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New lease of life for Sedgefield Nativity figures
Fishburn artist and graphic designer Kevan Stevens has just completed one of his most challenging commissions to date – the restoration of a group of key figures to illustrate the Christmas story at St Edmund’s Church in Sedgefield.
For several months, he has worked to repair, re-model and re-paint the plaster sculptures of Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, shepherds, wise men, angels and the animals who stood around the manger.
Friends of St Edmund’s told
A highly-desirable, detached, three-storey Georgian residence in Sedgefield could soon become the property of a lucky local for whatever price the would-be purchaser wants to pay for it!
The charming bijou house comes complete with a range of quality furniture and will be particularly attractive to potential buyers because there will be no legal fees or council tax to pay.
The property will come on the market very shortly, it will be chain-free, and could be somebody’s pride and joy in time for Christmas.
Agents handling the deal admit that the rooms are not terribly large but maintain they are generously proportioned since they were only ever designed for . . . a doll.
The house measures 28ins high by 22ins wide and 13ins deep and was assembled by a skilled local cabinet maker.
The current owner has donated the house to St Edmund’s Church who will put proceeds from its sale towards the cost of running the ancient building.
“The children in our family thoroughly enjoyed the doll’s house but we now feel it’s time for some other youngster to share the enjoyment it gave them,” said the donor (who has asked to remain anonymous).
The doll’s house is now on display in the church but arrangements to view it when the church is closed can be made with Parish Warden Brian Mutch on 01740 622302.
It will be sold using the ‘sealed bid’ system with a reserve of £250. Bids should be sent to Parish Administrator Rachel Stephenson at 3 Ivy Row, Station Road, Sedgefield, TS21 2JT, with the envelope clearly marked ‘Doll’s House’. Closing date 1 December 2017.
Friends of St. Edmund’s walked in the footsteps of no lesser personalities than the legendary Sir Walter Scott and artist JMW Turner this week when they visited Rokeby Hall and Park, a privately-owned country house near Barnard Castle.
It was, everyone agreed, a superb day out which began with lunch at the two-storey, award-winning Mainsgill Farm Shop off the A66 and was followed by a guided tour of the hall itself, a fascinating house completed in 1735 and sold to the Morritt family in 1769. It is regarded as a fine example of the Italianate Palladian style (though the external colour of the building in some parts may not be to everyone’s taste).
Rokeby is now the home of Sir Andrew Morritt and his family and houses a collection of fine needlework pictures by Anne Morritt which date back to the 1700s, a rare surviving ‘print room decorated with 18th century prints, a death mask of Mary, Queen of Scots, and an oil copy of Velasquez’s ‘Toilet of Venus’ (the original is in the National Gallery).
Later, several members walked beside the River Greta to inspect views that attracted Turner and are still popular with artists from a wide area.
The visit was arranged by Brian Mutch and Alison Hodgson.
For four days in September, local families and visitors to Sedgefield will be able to explore the special features of Saint Edmund’s centuries-old church at times when the building is not normally open to the general public.
And for a lucky few, on three days, there will be a chance to see Sedgefield from the highest point in the town – the top of the church tower, the second highest church tower in County Durham. Only the Cathedral is higher.
The church will be opening its doors as part of a nationwide Heritage Open Days festival from Thursday, September 7, to Saturday, September 9, between 10am and 4pm and on Sunday, September 10, from 11 am to mid-day.
At noon on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 20 people will be able to enjoy an escorted tour up the tower with parish warden Brian Mutch who says that views from the roof on a fine day are ‘fantastic’.
There is no charge for entry to the church but a £3 donation for climbing to the top of the tower would be welcome.
Since they were launched in 1994, Heritage Open Days have become Britain’s largest and most popular grassroots heritage event.
Footnote: Volunteers are needed to help as stewards or with the serving of refreshments during the festival and should see Brian Mutch or complete the sheets at the back of the church to show the times they are available.
Donations of savouries, cakes and biscuits would also be welcome.
Friends and their friends voted a recent visit to Constable Burton Hall a great success
Members of the Friends enjoy a day out at Rievaulx
while investigating the interactive
information systems installed there.
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St.Edmund's Church, Cross Hill, Sedgefield, Stockton-On-Tees TS21 3AT
Chairman: Dr Alistair Irvine, Neasless Farm, Sedgefield, Stockton on Tees. TS21 3HE
Secretary: Mrs. Alison Hodgson, 18 Hardwick Road, Sedgefield Co Durham TS21 2AL
Treasurer: Mrs. Lynda Clegg, 16 Hardwick Road, Sedgefield, Co Durham TS21 2AL
Membership Secretary: Mr Brian Mutch, 6 Hasledon Grove, Sedgefield, Co. Durham TS21 2JW