CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: Saturday November 28, 10am to 2pm Beckley Village Centre to raise funds for Beckley Pre-School and Northiam Nursery (registered charity). Email Put in your calendars for a great day out. The pre-school has boxes to collect items for the annual Christmas Craft Fair. This is their main fundraising event for the year and this is how they raise monies to buy equipment, toys and support the children at Beckley and Northiam. Many thanks for your continued support please drop off any donations to the Beckley Village hall. Monday to Friday, 8.30am to noon. Items still to be kindly donated. White or red bed sheets, table cloths, a real Christmas tree, bacon, milk, bread rolls, ketchup, raffle prizes from business/shops, two elves to help father Christmas in his grotto, a butcher wanting to take turkey orders, people who would spare an hour serving bacon sandwiches or on a stall selling raffle tickets email

VILLAGE CALENDAR: This year Tina is making a village calendar to raise funds to support the Better Beckley project. Do you have any old photos of Beckley businesses in the past that you think would make an interesting addition to a village calendar? If so please can email her with details

CAN YOU HELP?: With the recent changes in our local bus services, many in our village who rely on buses are finding it difficult to attend the Northiam surgery without a long wait (up to 2 hours) for a bus after their appointment. We would like to set up a voluntary driver service to ease this problem and are looking for two types of volunteer: two or three people who could accept phone calls from those needing a lift and act as a co-ordinator and a number of drivers who could spare a little time to provide the lifts on an informal rota basis. If you are interested in helping, please contact Mike Rowe on 01797 260806 or alternatively email

BECKLEY FARMERS MARKET: Saturday December 12, 10am to noon Beckley village Hall Vegebox with fresh fruit and veg, wonderful Lighthouse Bakery breads, meats include Sussex Wild Foods, Emily’s home produced Lamb, Fi’s Pork, Zara’s Salad Dressings, Amanda’s Cakes, Lindy’s Sweets and David’s chocolates. In the car park Rex will be back with his French Cheeses.

Crafts will include Roger’s walking sticks, David’s wooden toys, Sandra’s blankets and homeware, Hilary’s textiles, Marianne’s baskets and Penny with her plants amongst others. Refreshments will be provided by the lovely ladies of the WI as usual.

Come and support local producers, meet your friends and do some Christmas shopping! Should you wish to get in touch with the organiser Paul Lewis 01797 260286 Dates 2016 January 9, February 13, March 12, April 9, May 4, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10.

PARKING: Parked cars and vans along main street: Please do not mount the pavement when parking along main street. The pavement is for people to walk on, push chairs, mobility scooters, electric and manual wheelchairs. When pushing a pushchair 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.

DISTRICT COUNCILLORS: Contact your District Councillors: So that residents are aware they can contact our District Councillor Ian Jenkins or Martin Mooney

via e mail. This will help the parish by giving you more immediate responses to questions or concerns. or

VILLAGE CENTRE HIRE: Beckley Village Hall is available to hire either of the two halls or committee room. Why not hold your friends and family celebrations here. Prices start from as little as £11 per hour. For further information and to book email or call 01797260846.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES: Beckley’s clubs, society’s, classes and groups held in the village hall. Why not join one today. Regular monthly Beckley Parish Council Meetings held in the Village Centre’s. Every second Wednesday in the month (December 9, 7.30pm). Visit the website for updates. Beckley Trefoil Guild now meet at 2pm to 4pm still on the 3rd Monday of the month. Beckley computer club 07904 837 751. Beckley Park Cricket Club 01580 830245. Busy Bees (Baby and toddlers Group) every Wednesday £2 per family 9.15am to 11.15am free tea, coffee for parents. Free snacks for the children. Pilates every Monday 6pm to 8pm Wednesdays 1.30pm to 2.30pm Sarah Lush 07769651899. Taekwondo every Wednesdays 4.30pm to 6pm contact Petra Darvill 01233 330128. Beckley Trefoil Guild meets Third Monday of the month in the Small Hall at 7.30pm. Brownies Thursday 6.30pm. Table Tennis every Thursday 9.30am to 11.30am old and new members welcome Carol Cobby 01797 252382. Yoga every Friday 9.30am to 11am contact Evelyn Lamb 260569. Friends of Beckley Church Coffee Morning first Tuesday 10.30am to 12.30am WI second Monday 7.30pm contact Ann Jones 260527. Beckley Lunch Club second Thursday 12.30pm bookings Tony Bryant 260518. Beckley History Society contact Danny Rushbrooke on 253521. 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.

PARISH CHURCH: Beckley Parish Church: Holy Communion 8am, Mattins or Eucharist 10am (second and fourth).

BECKLEY GOSPEL CHURCH: Every Wednesday Bible study 7pm.

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: Becky Unicombe Police Community Support Officer Rye, Neighbourhood Policing Team Tel: 101 Ext. 566262 Mobile: 07810055744 Twitter: @Rye_Police Mobile 07810055744 Email

DEFIBRILLATORS: Public access defibrillators (PADs) can be found in public spaces: Northiam Spar shop, Peasmarsh and Iden village halls, Rye sports centre plus many more local to Beckley. Thanks to Beckley Parish Council, Beckley has now got one located on the wall by the main doors at Beckley village hall. Its briefcase-sized box on the wall contains a PAD. It’s there for anyone to use on someone in cardiac arrest. They are simple and safe. The machine gives clear spoken instructions. Once in position, the defibrillator detects the heart’s rhythm. It won’t deliver a shock unless one is needed. Every second counts. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 percent. More information on how it works: Visit Rother Responders fantastic website

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