Beckley

Sunday 27th April from 11am - 3pm at Beckley village centre.

30 craft stalls, raffles, tombola’s, bbq, and children’s activities. A visit from Jake from Jake and the never land pirates. All proceeds go to Beckley preschool and Northiam nursery.

Beckley Summer school fete this year will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1. The fete will be held on Saturday 5th July it will be themed and visitors are encouraged to dress up in Edwardian style outfits or WW1 outfits if possible. All Beckley clubs and societies are invited to have a stall and enter into the spirit of the afternoon in costume with an “old fashioned” style stall/game, please contact bsapta@live.co.uk to find out more. In keeping with this theme there will be maypole dancing and lindy hop displays. If anyone has anything else appropriate to display or school photos from this era we would love to hear from you. Local businesses will be asked to sponsor ads in our fete programme and there may even be ration books to use!

Reminders for you Parish council AGM 14th may at 7pm, and then the parish council meeting starts at 7:30pm. Parish assembly will 23rd may at 8pm both held in the village centre.

HELP NEEDED! Some of you have joined the Facebook page of the Better Beckley Project without knowing too much about the project itself so I’m hoping you might be willing to help with the start of our ambitious plans. One of the first actions will be to deliver a full colour leaflet explaining the aims of the project to every Beckley household. We already have volunteers to deliver to some areas of the village but need help with the rest.

Please can you let us know either via Facebook page or via email phil@philmaynard.co.uk if you would be willing to do a one off delivery?

The Better Beckley project, A village led project to upgrade the facilities in the Jubilee Field and improve the conservation and wildlife assets in the adjacent Frog Field, opening it up for the leisure and education.

There is a widespread support for a more ambitious approach to the quality of amenities in the jubilee field largely focussed around seeking ways to significantly improve play facilities so families don’t have to travel to nearby villagers to use the resources there. Coupled with this there is a less well known but still very important movement to make more of the frog field by enhancing it and opening it up for leisure and education. Both fields are the village assets owned by the parish council and therefore belong to all of us. The better Beckley project is an initiative started up by a group of ten villagers to come up with a plan that achieves both objectives under one umbrella.

If you want to be involved and find out more about this fabulous project. There will be a presentation at the parish assembly on the 23rd may at 8pm held in Beckley village centre. Also there will be in time a flyer posted through your letter box to Beckley Residents.

There is a Facebook group “Better Beckley” it’s been set up as an open group so anybody can join. This will have further information. Further contact details to follow.

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

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.

Why not check out Rother’s new updated website you can search information by entering your postcodes which then gives you news on your bin collections etc. www.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 SMALL HALL DOWN STAIRS. Every 2nd Wednesday at 730. Visit the website for 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