Mrs Deborah Ongley, Beckley Main Street

BSA are holding a small animal pet show in Beckley village centre 2-4pm Saturday 20th April. All proceeds to Beckley school’s play equipment. There are classes for cats (photos only) birds, rabbits, guinea pigs.Class one- Cats- photo entries only- £1 per photo no bigger than 7x5 & mounted

1a-Cat and owner lookalikes

2a-prettiest cat

3a-fluffiest cat

4a-funniest photo of a cat

5a-The cat the judge would like to take home

Class Two-Rabbits-£1 per sub class entered

1b-the rabbit with the smallest ears

2b-the rabbit with the longest ears

3b--fluffiest tail

4b-prettiest rabbit

5b-The rabbit the judge would like to take home.

Class three-Guinea pigs-£1 per sub class entered

1c-most attractive

2c-best pair of guinea pigs

3c-smallest guinea pig

4c- brightest eyes

5c-guinea pig judge would like to take home

Class four-Others (all other small pets eg hamsters/gerbils/reptiles) -£1

1d-the pet with the best eyes

2d- Smallest pet

3d-the pet best at hiding itself

4d-most unusual/scariest/ugliest pet pet

5d-pet judge would like to take home

Class five-birds-£1 per sub class entered

1e-most colourful bird

2e-best pair/trio of birds

3e – bird who makes the most noise

4e-cheekiest bird

5-bird judge would like to take home

Classes – You can enter as many classes as you wish. Sorry no dogs or ferrets.The Rules.No dogs, cats, fish or ferrets allowed .Pets must be in a suitable secure container/cage.Pets must be in good health.They must have fresh water available in a dish.You can bring a little food.Be prepared to answer questions about pets.Pets will be given a card stating which classes they are in.Please arrive at 2pm to allow judging to begin at 2.30pm.

Saturday 6th July 11am -3pm Beckley school summer fete. All Beckley societies are invited to attend and run a stall for their own cause so that this will be a real community event. Please contact for more info.

Wednesday 10th July 9.30-11am open morning at Beckley school. All the villagers are invited in to come and look around the school and celebrate the children’s wonderful work which will be on display.

We’ve all put a wheel up on the kerb when space is tight, whether it’s a quick run into the local shop, or a sneaky parking spot. Leaving your car straddling a kerb and taking up the whole pavement especially in residential areas makes life very difficult for some people. If you use a wheelchair, for example, or have a pushchair, it can be impossible to use a pavement if there is a parked car on it. So please have a thought when parking on the pavements in Beckley that there is room for a push chair night or daytime!

Another way to keep updated on the village news, Cllr. Bernard Baverstock will be writing a monthly article in the Parish Magazine giving a personal view of parish business.

Spring fair on Saturday 27th April in Northiam, if you would like a stall or to feature an advert in our programme please contact Sharon Parker on 01797260582 or Kayleigh on 01797252799 ( for more info and prices, spaces are limited and on a first come first serve basis, all proceeds go to Northiam nursery and Beckley preschool which is a registered charity

If you would like to advertise your trade/business we are creating an A5 programme which will be given to our Beckley and Northiam parents and members of the public on the day of our spring fair in April! All proceeds go to Beckley preschool and Northiam nursery

Beckley Players are performing “Calendar Girls” in May. The performance dates are Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th May, and tickets will go on sale from 1st May. Box office contact number nearer the time. They anticipate this to be a very popular show, which is why they are doing 5 performances, instead of the usual 4. Showing times and prices to follow closer to the date.

A date to remember Saturday 15th June 2013. 40’s & 50’s Night at Beckley Village Centre 730pm till 11pm. Tickets are £6 on the door. Come along and listen and dance to the sounds of glen miller, Vera lyn, Jackie Wilson plus many more played by “Beckley’s very own DJ Darcie Rose” and guests. Bring your drinks and nibbles. Further info

Bargains in Beckley. Setup for locals to sell items they no longer need and want to sell, if you are looking for a Christmas present or clearing out the loft why not try posting a post. No selling fees like most internet sites or local free papers. Just go on face book and enter Bargains in Beckley and join this free group we have over 166 members.

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. Rother District Council has a fly tipping telephone line 01424 787000 or an online reporting system give full details of location and what the fly tipping consists of.

Dog fouling isn’t just unpleasant, it’s illegal. Dog owners have a responsibility to clear up after their pets, those that don’t can face fines of up to £1,000.If you would like to make a dog fouling complaint please phone 01424 787000 if you don’t make this call they will keep letting their dogs do it.

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

Why not join one of the many groups held in Beckley village centre.

Beckley Baby Club every Wednesday 9.15-11.15 £2

Aeroba-Funk. High/Low Impact Aerobics with an Old Skool Style and Mix’d Sounds (70’s, 80’s, and 90’s onwards) Suitable for all levels of fitness. Tuesdays 6.30pm.Emma 07809 887471

Pilates every Wednesdays 1.30pm contact 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 Secretary Julie 252404

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

Regular monthly Council Meetings are held in the Village Centre’s Meeting Room. Every 2nd Wednesday at 730.

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

Residents of the village may like to also join Beckley village society; it’s been set up to inform villagers of the goings on in Beckley by an email informing you of everything from fetes, fairs, sport events and future housing planning. To join just send your name to

Or join our Facebook group Beckley Village Society with over 151 members now, the site can be used for local businesses, sharing events or just to post a photo of the beautiful Beckley scenes.

If you see anything suspicious in the village please call

PC Nigel Collins 07787 685691 or 0845 6070999.

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