Beckley church coffee morning at the village centre on Tuesday 1st April is also Beckley horticultural society’s turn to have a table and raffle. Any members with and home cooking or items for sale please bring them to the hall from 10:30am.

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.

Now the weather is better and the sun has come out ,Beckley Preschool are tidying up the garden at the front of the village hall after the awful wet winter, They are going to get the children planting flowers , bulbs , vegetable plants, seeds etc. so if anyone has any they would be able to donate they would be so grateful . Plus they are in need of large pots / planters to plant in, plus need to replenish some of the bark around the planting beds and under the benches. So if anyone is able to donate anything to help with the garden. The children and staff would be very grateful. This is a garden not just used by the preschool but for the whole community too appreciate and use too. Every little helps. Someone will be at the village hall on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday 9-12 Tuesday and 9-1 Wednesday & Friday should you wish to drop off any thing.

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

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

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

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/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.

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.

Deborah Ongley

Beckley Main Street