War talk: Tonight Friday 5th September in Beckley village centre 730pm. Beckley Boys World War 1 an illustrated talk given by Bernard Baverstock. All welcome.

Bric-a-brac sale: Sunday 7th September 12–4 Several houses in Hobbs close Hobbs lan are going to be selling their unwanted household and ‘bric a brac’ items, all houses in Hobbs Close are invited to take part and of course anyone else who lives nearby. There will be several houses involved so come and grab a bargain!! Please do not bring cars into Hobbs Close as there is very limited parking and lots of children around.

Big Coffee morning: Saturday 20th September BSA coffee morning as part of Macmillan cancer big coffee morning. inc good quality used children’s clothes sale at Beckley village centre @ 10am

Floral poems: Dear all horticultural members this is for all those who are thinking of entering the poetry class – yes, there’s a poetry class! - In the Beckley Horticultural Society’s September Show 27 th (you don’t have to be a member). We don’t want to put people off by setting narrow guidelines, so: · subject to be, broadly speaking, anything to do with the natural world: e.g. countryside, animals, seasons, weather, plants, water, land, earth, sea, stars - just about everything then· serious or amusing/witty· rhyming· blank verse, i.e. still got rhythm, but ain’t got rhyme· prose poem, i.e. looks like prose but ‘feels’ like poem· or any other form of poem you can think of· to be no longer than will go on a sheet of A4 – in a sensible size typeface! We’re hoping to get a professional writer for the judging, so watch this space. And if it’s something you might be a bit shy about doing, nobody will know who has entered unless they win an award – and then you don’t need to be shy about it, do you.Best of luck. Frank Nunneley

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.

Jumble Sale: Sunday 28th September Beckley preschools are holding a jumble sale 10 -12am free entry at the village centre. If you have items to donate please drop them off from Monday 8th September at the village centre.

Contact your 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.

Dog mess: If you have a dog don’t let it do its business on the 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. Why not check out Rother’s new updated website you can search information by entering your postcodes which then gives you links to dog fouling, news on your bin collections etc.

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 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.

Policing: 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.

Email 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.

Mrs Deborah Ongley

Beckley Main Street