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As you know Bernard is trying to obtain photographs of the “Beckley Boys” who were killed in WW1. Of the twenty one names recorded on the Beckley war memorial He now has pictures of nine, but would like more, and believe those that he needs may be in the possession of relatives. So this is where you the reader come in, can you look at this list of soldiers below ask locals who might know relatives of these “Beckley Boys” searching for photographs of these war heroes. These are generally local names with local connections.

Albert Fielder - Leading Stoker on HMS Aboukir drowned 22nd September 1914 aged 34.

Richard Edgell - killed on 5th May 1915 aged 19

Arther Butler - killed on 9th May 1915 aged 19

Edwin Phipps - killed on 3rd July 1916 aged 18

Jesse Carter - killed on 3rd October 1916 aged 25

Reginald Field - killed on 18th October 1916 aged 27

Robert Blundell - killed on 17th January 1917 aged 23

Charles Scott - killed on 10th August 1917 aged 23

Edward Playford- killed on 11th August 1917 aged 33?

Charles Carter - killed on 29th March 1918 aged 24

Ernest Bryant - killed on 30th March 1918 aged 24

Alfred Blanch - killed on 3rd April 1918

George Johnson - killed on 24th August 1918 aged 39

John Blunt - no known details.

Fred Goldsmith - no known details.

All help much appreciated.Tel:01797260416 email bernardbav@hotmail.co.uk

Spring fair Sunday 27th April 11am-3pm at Beckley village centre. Pirate themed, with bouncy castle, tombola’s, raffles, children’s activities, bbq and a balloon race. Craft stall holders welcome; please call 07752543430 to book a table.

Update on the proposed 30mph speed limit in Beckley. Write up copied from the Beckley parish council website.

Mr Michael Higgs and Mr Brian Banks, officers at ESCC, attended the Parish Council meeting on 12 February 2014 to report on their findings following the Public Engagement event held in the Village Hall on 29 and 30 October 2013 at which members of the public were invited to make their comments on the proposed 30mph speed limit. We were delighted to hear that 46 villagers had made the effort to send in a completed questionnaire and the ESCC officers were impressed by peoples’ helpful and sincere comments. Details of the results are attached to this document, but suffice it to say that Mr Higgs has responded to the suggestions made by the majority that the build-out at Dunedin be dropped and he also responded to the majority view that the removal of the cat’s eyes would be detrimental. Thus Mr Higgs, on behalf of ESCC, promised to draw a new plan with the above changes that he would then submit to the Police for their approval of the changes. We welcomed five members of the public to the meeting and four of them assisted the debate by questioning the ESCC staff over the plan. Councillor Baverstock asked ESCC officers if the Parish Council should immediately pass a resolution and vote on the scheme, but Mr Higgs advised this should not take place until after the revised drawings were available. Due to pressure of work, ESCC officers were unfortunately unable to guarantee having the drawing available for the next Parish Council meeting on 12 March 2014, but said if the revised drawing is not available by then it will be available shortly afterwards, if the Police are satisfied with the proposed changes. Mr Banks was able to state that the financial commitment had already been made and the money set aside for this project. The council would like to thank Angharad Davies and Ian Jenkins for their support of the 30mph limit and reassure any villagers concerned about waiting another month – getting the best scheme seems to have taken for ever, but we are grateful that ESCC has listened to every suggestion made to them, and we now have a scheme that satisfies the vast majority of the village.

So that residents are aware they can contact our District Councillor Ian Jenkins via e mail. This will help the parish by giving you more immediate responses to questions or concerns. cllr.ian.jenkins@rother.gov.uk.

Beckley Village Centre is available to hire. By people hiring and supporting fund raising events put on by the hall committee it will keep the hiring costs down. Why not book a Children’s party, wedding reception or conference. For further information on charges and hall bookings call Margaret Lenton 01797260420

Beckley’s clubs, society’s, classes and groups held in the village hall. Why not join one today.

Regular monthly Council Meetings held in the Village Centre’s Meeting Room. Every 2nd Wednesday at 730. Next meeting April 9th vist the website or updates. www.beckleyparishcouncil.co.uk

Beckley computer club 07904 837 751

Beckley Park Cricket Club 01580 830245

Beckley Baby Club every Wednesday £2 (term time only)

9.15-11.15 free tea, coffee for parents. Free snacks for the children.

AEROBA-FUNK High/Lo Impact Aerobics with an Old Skool Style and Mix’d Sounds (70’s, 80’s, 90’s plus) Every Tuesday 6.30pm-7.30pm Beckley Village Hall Emma 07809 887471

Pilates every Wednesdays 1.30pm Sarah Lush 07769651899

Taekwondo every Wednesdays 4.30pm contact Petra Darvill 01233 330128

Beckley Trefoil Guild meets Third Monday of the month in the Small Hall at 7.30

Brownies Thursday 6.30pm

Table Tennis every Thursday mornings old & new members welcome Carol Cobby 01797 252382

Yoga every Friday mornings contact Evelyn Lamb 260569

Friends of Beckley Church Coffee Morning 1st Tuesday 10.30am

WI 2nd Monday 7.30pm contact Ann Jones 260527

Village Lunch 2nd Thursday 12.30pm bookings Tony Bryant 260518

History Society Friday evenings contact Dennis Ward 260313

Beckley horticultural society 01797 260232

Beckley players 01797 230572

Beckley bowls club 01797 252129

Beckley Rangers club chairman Phil Brain on 01797 260513 or secretary Peter Sands on 01424 882579.

If you want to put everything is this column, please email. beckleyvillagevoice@live.co.uk

Mrs Deborah Ongley

Beckley Main Street