Here is the January Newsletter for Sessay

Happy New Year

Just a quick personal note to wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 2024

New Years Eve

fireworks over big ben

The Sessay Village Bar will be open on New Years Eve. 8pm onwards! The evening is planned to be a gentle social evening leading up to Midnight! One thought to help the evening flow, you might like to bring an ‘act’ to join in with the traditional feel of a ceilidh. This might be a song, a joke, a poem, a tune on a guitar, a story or something else to entertain (no pressure). Everyone to bring a plate of food to share. Please let Dennis know if you think you will come. 01845 501202 or email.

Sessay Stitchers – A new group for the New Year

Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, dressmaking, patchwork, weaving, embroidery, cross stitch, felting or any other craft involving fibres/textiles ? Would you like to gather with other people who are interested and supportive of what you are doing ? In the Sessay Stitchers group you could get an opinion on what you are making, receive encouragement if you are a beginner, or you could just chat and have company as you stitch, knit, hook etc.  Although there wouldn’t be a leader or ‘teacher’ of the group, we are sure to learn from each other at times.

The Sessay Stitchers are a new group about to start gathering in the Village Hall. We will be an informal group, providing company as we stitch, hook or knit. We will share ideas, opinions, encouragement and maybe even knowledge about any fibre-related craft. Although there won’t be a leader or teacher of the group we are sure to learn from each other at times. 

We are having an initial meeting Thursday January 11th 6pm until 8pm,

Subsequently we will be meeting in the afternoons…….fortnightly, Tuesdays 2pm until 4pm. Here are the first few dates…….
Jan – 23rd
Feb – 6th and 20th
March – 5th and 19th

Meanwhile, if you want to ask anything about the group, please e-mail Kay, [email protected]

The fee for the hire of the hall will be £10.00 for a couple of hours, shared among the group that would be a very small cost. Not everyone will see this notice, so please spread the word if you know anyone who wants to start or who already loves any fibre related craft.

So, if you enjoy knitting, crocheting, dressmaking, patchwork, weaving, spinning, embroidery, cross stitch, felting or any other craft involving fibres/textiles, we hope you’ll come and gather with other people who are interested and supportive of what you are doing. Whether you are an expert, a complete beginner or anything in between, if you’d like friendly, informal company when making anything fibre based – we look forward to seeing you.

Sessay Cricket Club News

Everyone at Sessay CC would like to wish everyone in the village a Happy New Year and we hope to see you for some cricket in 2024!

On Saturday 13th January we are hosting a Race Night in the bar. The bar will be open from 6.30pm and the first race will start at 7.30pm. Snacks will be provided. It’s usually a great night- we would love to see as many people there as possible. All welcome! Please register your interest via the website

Trudy Johnson, one of our Emerald players, has been selected for England women’s U19 squad. An excellent achievement for Trudy and a great selling point of our successful our Emeralds section of the club is.

We have Sessay CC merchandise available for sale over the bar including mugs, travel cups and water bottles. You can see a display of those on the back bar. We have launched our December newsletter which details some key events and investments in the club. Please sign up to keep up to date via the website:

Ladies Darts

The Darts season is current. There are confirmed matches on February 14th & 28th and March 13th with more possible. These are all Wednesday and the Bar will be open too between 8 and 10pm.

Any other business

Village Hall Refurbishment

Refurbishment has started and walls for the storage area have appeared from the mud. It is expected that the main hall and bar area will continue to be in use throughout, apart from a couple of days when doors will be removed/moved/created! Access to the kitchen and toilets will be maintained too. For now the entrance to the Hall will be through the double doors to the back of the hall where there is a ramp for easy access.

Sessay Community Trust has a meeting on Thursday January 4th. Minutes can be found here.

Sessay Community Trust AGM is February 5th at 7:30 in the Village Hall. All welcome!

Pig Race

Thank you to all who attended, bought pigs, supported the races, organised and helped on the evening. It was a successful, fun night despite the pigs needing a bit of encouragement on the first race, but Duracell to the rescue and all was well.
There were 67 adults and 12 children’s tickets sold.
Total raised was £876 – fantastic effort!

The owner / pig winner of each race were :
1. Indoor Bowls Flat, D & S Ayling with Beatrix Trotter
2. Ladies Dart Novice Chase, H. Smithfinan with Albert Swinestein
3. Tuesday Club Handicap, M Anderson with Porker
4. Cricket Club Champion Stakes, C Pipes with Jennifer Lopig
5. W.I Open , M May with Pigasso
6. Outdoor Bowls Sprint, S Barton with Hogwash
7. Sessay Open Chase, J Syers with Hogzilla
8. All Comers Stake, O Dale with Smokey

Christmas Tree Festival

Thank you so much to everyone who created amazing trees, helped out or came to our wonderful Christmas Tree Festival – we raised nearly £250 for the church redecoration and we couldn’t be more grateful.
Judith and Sue

Planned Events at the Village Hall

Comedy Night is being planned for Wednesday February 7th.

Also a Family Quiz Night and the next Scarecrow Festival in May are being talked about.

Sessay Village Bar

Every Friday 7:30pm

A nice social evening and full stop to the week. Keep up with gossip. Occasional quizzes and other events such as dominoes or bingo. Just for fun! Keep up to date for last minute changes via Sessay Village Bar Facebook page.

Regular Events at the Village Hall

Sessay Indoor Bowls Club

Tuesdays 7:15. All are welcome. Sessay have two mats and there will always be one mat open for visitors and practice on Tuesday nights in the Village Hall, except for maybe a couple of nights later in the season. 7:15pm for a 7:30 start. The club has two teams playing in local leagues again this year.

January 8th

Hearts And Crafts Class 10:00. Classes vary each week. £2 entry. The class is currently heavily subscribed. Resources and Artists time is limited. If you’ve been before please keep coming. If you would like to start coming, then please contact Carole Trow by Email, and ask to go on a waiting list.

More about Rural Arts classes here.

January 9th

Tuesday Club – 2:00 pm. History from Unusual Sources – the origins and history of Nursery Rhymes – Mrs D McKeown

January 10th

Sessay WI 2:00 pm Life in the Arctic Mr Dennis Ayling

Find the full WI Programme here

Find the full Tuesday Club programme here.

January 14th

St Cuthbert’s Church – 10.30 Morning Prayer with David Brooke and coffee afterwards

January 22nd

Rural Arts Class 10:00. Classes vary each week. £2 entry. The class is currently over subscribed. Resources and Artists time is limited. If you’ve been before please keep coming. If you would like to start coming, then please contact Carole Trow by Email, , and ask to go on a waiting list.

January 27th

Community Café – Come and Join us for Tea, Coffee, Cake and a natter. Bring a neighbour.

January 28th

St Cuthbert’s Church – 10.30 Holy Communion with Rev Pauline and coffee afterwards

More about Rural Arts classes here.


If you want your event in the newsletter, or can think of something I’ve missed, please let me know by the last week of each month. Thank you.

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    • Hi, Thank you for your comment.
      The email you responded to was for February. The email was sent in error after many hours struggling with a new email system which Im using to save the Village Hall money. It linked to a web page which was incomplete. I apologise. You should have the correct email now.
      Your comment related to an unfinished web page on which I can only publish the information I’ve been given. If the names of clergy are missing, perhaps you should check the original source in future “Saints Alive”. Next time you are unlikely to see the web page before its complete. The web page is now as up to date as it can be. Any changes, please look again as I update whenever I’m notified.
      Kind regards

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