Beckley Parish Council Needs you!: Application pack available now if your thinking of becoming a member of Beckley Parish Council. 01424 787825 Email Looking to be a New Parish Councillor to stand for election in May, (since only one or two serving Councillors have committed to staying on!) Some Councillors feel they have done their stint, others can no longer give the time and commitment that they feel the PC deserves; 3 have already stated they are standing down.

To be a Councillor you need to either live, work or own property in Beckley; and you need to care enough about the village to be prepared to attend monthly meetings and do some homework on topics arising on the agenda such as planning applications, maintenance of council property, and solutions to village issues. The Council works as a team and needs a cross-section of the community; indeed it is best if all walks of life are represented, so do not be put off by stereotypes of what a Councillor should be like. The Council has legal and financial advisors available, and Councillors are eligible for free training sessions, so most people learn a lot as they go along. The Parish Clerk keeps the accounts, writes the Minutes and letters on behalf of the council and gives advice to new Councillors whenever asked; she is, as you will soon see, a Treasure!

Beckley, by virtue of its population size, has 7 Councillors. The best situation is when these people have been elected, as have all 7 of the present council; being elected gives a sense of confidence and security in the mandate from the village. If 7or less people stand they automatically become Councillors and the cost of an election is saved. If only 4 stand, those 4 can co-opt 3 other villagers to join them (request them to join); if less than 4 stand the village is likely to be administered by a neighboring council such as Peasmarsh.

Councillors are at the heart of decision making in the village and are kept informed by ESCC and RDC. They can bring new ideas to meetings and can allocate funds for projects that benefit a majority of the village. They represent the village in planning enquiries and keep in contact with local police, local organisations and Beckley School. Working with other Councillors to resolve a villager’s problem can be very rewarding and learning how to work within the limits of protocol can be quite stretching. Do please come and visit the Parish Council at the monthly meeting or contact the Parish Clerk or Rother 01424 787825

Sainburys active kids vouchers: If you shop at sainburys please collect the vouchers which are given to you at the till or online shopping. Beckley school and Pre school are collecting these vouchers.The schools will receive new sports equipment.Please just pop the vouchers in or pass them onto a parent.

Table Sale: Beckley Village Centre Sunday 22nd March 10 am to 12

Beckley Preschool and Northiam Nursery are holding a charity table sale. There will be a wide variety of items for sale including a selection of bric-a-brac, second hand childrens items and all things you’d find at a boot sale, so come on down to bag a bargain. Refreshments will be available all day, there is plenty of FREE parking and entry (although donations welcomed) Contact: if your interested in having a table. Also Saturday 6th June Craft fair. (£12 a table) both of these events are to be held at Beckley village centre. more details are available. if you or anyone you know would like a table please contact the above.

The friends of Beckley Church: Working party Saturday 28th march 10am to 1pm. There are just three volunteers looking after our beautiful church grounds and we are hoping villagers will donate a couple of hours to assist in the general clearing up after the winter weather. Some tools are available but it would be a good idea to bring along hand tools and your gloves. Coffee and biscuits will be provided call Spence Hall 01797260716 if you fancy helping out.

Little Gate Farm: Come and see the farm on Saturday 28th March, 10am - 4pm. Meet the team and the new lambs and chicks. Easter Bunny Hunt and lots of activities for kids. Under 3’s free, Adults £6 Carers half price.

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

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 in the month. Visit the website for 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. Beckley History Society contact Danny Rushbrooke on 253521 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

Every week there is a list 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.Please email me

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 Please keep your eyes open for anything.

Mrs Deborah Ongley

Beckley Main Street