Church Fete: Annual church fete Bank Holiday Monday 25th August If you have any quality bric-a-brac or good condition books to raise funds to help maintain our beautiful village church. Phone Keith 260720 Keith 260 226.

Beckley Horticultural Society: have a table at the church fete any members with plants, produce or anything for sale please bring it to the glebe field from 1030am.

Bus Service: Do you use the bus service in Beckley? There is worrying news that the service will change to every two hours and no service at all on Sundays. To have your say call Highways Contact Centre 0345 60 80 or for people with the internet visits the website.

Beckley Boys World War 1: An iiiustrated talk given by Bernard baverstock on Friday 5th September in Beckley village centre at 730pm.

Bird Day: Allan, the Beckley bird boy has a special day at Feathers, his bird shop in Salehurst. On Saturday 30th August at Parsonage Farm, Salehurst, TN32 3PJ from 10am onwards Feathers Wild Bird Care and Busters Farm Shop are holding a BBQ, Beer and Birds day. Offering an Owl display - giving you the opportunity to get close, maybe even hold and photograph these beautiful birds of the night. A superb barbecue if you get a bit peckish washed down with a refreshing glass of beer or perhaps a posh Pimms for the ladies. For the children they have a Bouncy Castle, Tombola and other “kiddy” things. You can chat to the RSPB who will have a stand alongside the immaculately dressed David from Rye Harbour Nature Reserve who will be able to give you all the in’s and out’s about this remarkable reserve. With tea, coffee and a variety of cakes for the sweet toothed this will be an enjoyable, educational and fun day out. Follow the “Feathers” signs from the Robertsbridge rounder bout on the A21 or just head for Salehurst and find Parsonage Farm behind the church. Allan, Joe and Roger look forward to seeing you. Feathers...01580 880803. Busters....01580 882020

Better Beckley Project: update for you may have wondered where the Better Beckley Project went just lately. Well, it is alive and well and merely suffering from an onset of summer holidays. However, things have been happening, and are planned for the future. First, there will be a big open day for the whole village from 2 - 5pm on Saturday 27th September –Don’t worry yes it’s on the same day as the Horticultural Society Annual Show opposite in the village hall, but we are working closely together with them on the timing so the two events are a success. We have varies gazebos, a bouncy castle, other entertainments, Dog show, a guided walk around the Frog Field and, most importantly, a series of images of what an improved amenity might look like. Your views on this are paramount. And your ideas as to what more (or less) is needed are also very important. We will also be distributing a questionnaire before this event by door to door delivery, and by leaving them at the garage, the Village Hall, and the Rose and Crown. This questionnaire is designed to get more detail on what villagers want and don’t want by way of improvements. Once again, we must stress that whatever eventually happens will be by consensus. So your response to this is really important. We have also begun drawing up a long list of potential funders. These will be approached to help with various stages and components of the overall plan once we have agreement from the village as a whole, and a more detailed plan. Both these factors will emerge from the consultation event on September 27th, and the questionnaire – so do please try to get to one and fill in the other! As ever if you have questions to ask, or comments to make, you can do so through the Better Beckley Facebook page, or by contacting one of the team listed on the original leaflet.

Councillor: 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.

Hall Hire: 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 are 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.

PCSO: Becky Unicombe is part of the local policing team for Rother Levels which includes Beckley. Should you see anything that you feel needs to be reported contact details are: Mobile 07810055744 Email There has been some vanadium in the village from post boxes being set on fire, the preschool outside toys being smashed, equipment at the playing fields and fly tipping in the waste bins! So please keep your eyes open for anything.

Contact me: 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.

Deborah Ongley

Beckley Main Street