Firstly a letter from a concerned friend posting on behalf of All Saints Church in Beckley. Im trying to get a few more of you local people to attend the family services held there once a month. We started to go to Church again once we had our baby girl 11 months ago, we decided we would like her Christened but really felt like we wanted to explore why. Since attending Church it saddened me a little to see a clearly once strong congregation dwindling, the Church now shares Services between Beckley and Peasmarsh. Not only was I surprised how much I enjoyed it but also how the small congregation made us feel so warm and welcome , we have both become friends with the people and we look forward to seeing the each time at the services. The Reverend Bill Dolman is both articulate and engaging, taking in to account that family services are not a long affair but a celebration of both the church and the gathering of the community.

This month the service at Beckley will be held on the 29th June at 10am, it’s will be to celebrate St Peter and St Paul Patronal Festival. There will be messy play for the children to keep them entertained. Next month on Sunday the 27th July there will be a Pet Services, this will be held outside and we would love you to come along with your pets, from your hamsters to your husky dogs all are welcome. Messy play will not be in the church this month as the animals themselves with be the children preoccupied. We look forward to seeing you

Beckley Park Cricket Club 2014 season has started they are always looking for new members to join the club. If you, or you know anyone who would like to play either regularly or just one or 2 games a year please contact 01797 260161 or 07599175491. Also they are looking for a scorer.

Bit of a book worm? Don’t forget Northaim Library based in Northiam Village Club, Main Street, Northiam. A small village library run by volunteers its open on a Thursday and Saturday afternoon 2-4pm.

Beckley school would be grateful for any small plastic flower pots, small toys such as McDonald’s happy meal toys/kinder egg ones or party bag fillers if anyone has any they could donate just leave them by the office door at the school.

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 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!

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.

There is a Facebook group “Better Beckley” it’s been set up as an open group so anybody can join.

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.

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.

*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.

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 me to put something is this column, please email it’s here from you! Whether it’s an upcoming event, information on a society anything Beckley this is your column.

Mrs Deborah Ongley

Beckley Main Street