Happy new year to you all: I thought I would change the format of my weekly column. Bringing a personal touch to it. Being a full time mum of two young children and running a busy cleaning company i don’t have a lot of spare time but the wonders of the internet, Facebook and mobile phones I seem to keep my head above water! Having lived in Beckley 36 years I would like to think I qualify as local girl now! I have seen the village change so much over the years from losing the post office, butchers and a pub. On a positive note the primary school has grown with a fantastic ofsted report. Beckley playgroup has become a Pre school / nursery and has a successful weekly baby group with great Netmum feedback. So I would like welcome any new residents to Beckley and hope you will enjoy living in the village as much as I do. Should you have new neighbour’s please inform them of this column or if they use Facebook get them to join Beckley Village Society so they can get to know what happening in Beckley. Every week there is a list of some of the societies and groups in the village. 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 this is your column. If you are a member of any of the societies / groups in my list or your not on the list im trying to get them all up to date regarding contact details. Please email me

Learn to cook: Healthy authentic Indian Curries at Home Demonstration by Shirley Saeed

Beckley Village Centre Wednesday 21st January - 7.00pm ticket only - £5 from Paul / Angie Lewis 01797 260286

Friends of Beckley Church: Tuesday 3rd February Coffee morning beckley village centre 10am all welcome

Dog fouling: There are dog bins placed around the village please dont allow your dogs to foul on the pavements. Children seem to always walk in it even if its pointed out to them!

Parked cars: Please do not mount the pavement when parking along main street. The pavement is for people to walk on, when pushing a pram you should never have to push your child either into the hedge or the main road to pass the vehicle. The local police have been told about this in the village and car owners can get fined.

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.

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

Clubs: 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 next meeting February 11th. 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. 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.

Beckley Parish Church: Holy communion 8:00, Mattins or Eucharist 10:00 ( 2nd and 4th)

Beckley Gospel Church: Every Wednesday Bible study 7:00

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 A report of a black car (Ford),two gents trying to enter a property in Hobbs Close by giving false information. So please keep your eyes open for anything.

Mrs Deborah Ongley

Beckley Main Street