Mrs Deborah Ongley, Beckley Main Street

Report by officers of ESCC on the proposed 30mph speed limit in Beckley. On Wednesday 12th February 2014 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, immediately before the Parish Council meeting, officers of ESCC will present their findings following the proposed 30mph Consultation Event held in November 2014. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Orchids – easy exotics for your home. Beckley Horticultural Society presents a talk by Joseph Ford, Horticultural Consultant with demonstrations and a chance to buy plants. Tuesday 18th February in the Village Centre 7.15pm. Followed by: 2014 show schedules explained. Join us for a sociable evening with light refreshments and raffle. Free to members; non-members £2.00; or join the society on the evening Family £6; individual £3 per annum.

If anyone has any empty ink cartridges would you please save them and drop them into the village hall. Beckley preschool can send them off and raise money for the pre-school. This contributes to new toys and equipment for the children

Beckley Village Centre has new chairs thanks to a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. As a result the centre has 50 old chairs looking for a new home. Please phone 01797260213 should you be interested.

If you haven’t got a 2014 calendar yet then this is your last chance to obtain one. Calendar girls by Beckley players still have some left in Beckley motors and wills bakery northiam for £5 with all proceeds going to leukaemia research.

Neighbourhood plan would you be interested in volunteering to become involved in creating a plan for Beckley? Neighbourhood Plans have come about as a part of the government’s Localism Act, designed to put greater decision making into the hands of communities. Any parish can develop a Neighbourhood Plan. It is put together by residents and must reflect the views of the whole community. It has to be researched, written and consulted on. It would include villagers’ views on building and development as well as shops, transport, medical facilities etc. and how villagers would like to see Beckley evolve. Once finished it is submitted to Rother District Council before being judged by an independent Inspector. A completed and approved plan is not contestable, so if villagers have said they do or do not wish to have developments in a certain area or of a certain type or density, then it will not happen. It must, though, accept (after consultation and debate) central governments’ requirements for overall residential accommodation requirements – it is the how, where and what that the NP can determine.

The plan would take about one year to produce. It would involve about ten villagers (including at least one member of the Parish Council), who have specific skills, are computer literate and have some time to spare.

If you feel you may be interested in taking forward the concept of a Neighbourhood Plan and would like to receive more information, please email your contact details or telephone 01424 751550

The parking of cars and work vans on the pavements in Beckley Main Street, especially by the Old Post office in four oaks. It has been an ongoing pet hate for local people. This problem has been noted to the local police. Please make people aware that parking on pavements you can be reported and find will be given. It just takes a minute to check if you have left enough room for a mother and push chair to get through! They shouldn’t have to go on the main road to pass your car or work men’s van.

Here to help” is in the need of volunteers in the Beckley area as there is only one volunteer who is now getting very busy. They help Elderly and young people when they first come out of hospital. It might be offering transport to the doctor or hospital, even doing a little shopping or helping to cook a meal. Fuel is paid please if you can spare some time to this great cause call for more details 01797280377.

2014 will 100 years of the Great War in 1914, we are looking into the names of the Beckley men sadly killed that are commemorated on the memorial. If you have any information on these names below please contact 01797260 416.

Walter L Alexander,Albert J Bates,Reginald E Bates,Alfred C Blanche, Robert H Blundell,John T Blunt,Ernest Bryant,Arther Butler,Jesse Carter,Bert Catt,R.F Aronald Edgell,Reginald E Field,Albert Fielder, Fred Goldsmith,Hyland Harvey,Frank Mills,Edwin Phipps, Edward Playford, Charles H Scott, Albert E Skinner And George Johnson.

If you have a dog DONT let it do its business on the playing fields and pavements in Beckley. There are dog fouling bins in the village so use them. If you see any owners not picking up their dogs mess, they can be reported with £75 find. If you would like to make a dog fouling complaint please phone 01424 787000 or complete an on-line complaint forms via Rother website site.

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.

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

A list of some of the clubs, society’s, classes and groups in Beckley.

Why not join up today!

Beckley computer club 07904 837 751

Beckley Park Cricket Club 01580 830245

Beckley Baby Club every Wednesday (term time only)

9.15-11.15 £2

Aeroba-Funk. High/Low Impact Aerobics with an Old Skool Style and Mix 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

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.

Next meeting Wednesday 12 th February

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.

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