Beckley village voice

Beckley Preschool & Northiam Nursery. Sunday 29th April. Are organising another Charity Dog Walk and Family Scavenger Hunt. Meeting at 10.30 am at Beckley Village Hall, £2 per person, £5 per family includes prize for the children and a treat for your dog. Call 07795 250886 for more info. All proceeds to the nursery.

The Associated Country Women of the World, the WI will be walking in Beckley on Sunday 29th April. ACWW helps rural women to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families through water and cultivation projects, hygiene course, income generation and skill training. The challenge is to walk around the word in 24 hours. In every world time zone at 10a.m. someone will be walking to mark ACWW Day. The local walk starts from Beckley Village Centre. Everyone is welcome to join the walk of about 3.5 miles (gentle - only one stile). Donations for ACWW. Contact Mary Howse 01797 260213.

Beckley School Association Needs You! What’s it all about?

The BSA raises money for Beckley School.

The school then uses this money to buy resources. We do this to improve our children’s experience in school, to enrich their education.

We also have a giggle and make a few friends along the way.

How do we do this?

We organise events like .The Summer Fair, its great fun but we always need new ideas and help – without new parents joining the BSA events like this won’t happen. This is where you come in.

For more information or to join our mailing list email Tina Langmead at

It’s that time of year again once Easters over we turn our thoughts to our biggest event -THE SUMMER FAIR! BSA are looking for a volunteer to write to local businesses to see if they would like to advertise in our fete programme and to collect the money and ads. I also need someone who is familiar with publisher to collate the programme (could be one and the same person as this makes creating the programme easier guidance available! if there is anyone out there with these skills please get in touch as we need to get this aspect underway fairly soon after we return to school.

Beckley Diamond Jubilee Dog Show. Saturday 2nd June 2012

Jubilee Field Beckley. First class 2pm

Class 1- Prettiest bitch

Class2- Handsome dog

Class 3-Best jubilee themed lead

Class 8-Child handler

Class 9- best crossbreed (companion club members only)

Class 10-Dog judge would like to take home

The Rye and District Association of the National Trust would appreciate your assistance in the following event.

Tuesday 24th April

Our walk this month meets at 10.30 am at the Plough Inn Crowhurst. Two circular, hilly walks, from the Plough: 3½ morning and 4 mile afternoon.

If you wish to take part in the walk please confirm at least 24hrs before by email: or phone: 01797 260637.

New link on Beckley School website for BSA.Just type in and see the link on the left hand side for BSA. Take a look at all the events coming up in 2012. Also all the money they have raise over the years for the School. BSA are after a tea urn! If you know of one or someone who may be able to help please email

The Village cookbooks are going like hotcakes! Beckley Motors, Rose and crown and Donna-Jayne’s have them on sell. They make a great gift and are a great keepsake to mark the Queens Jubilee. They also feature lots of old photos of the village. All profits go towards the New Jubilee Clock.

Messy Church is creating lots of mess and needs more little fingers to get stuck in! Messy Church brings adults and children together where they experience a fun-filled Christian community outside Sunday worship. It is for all ages and an adult must bring a child or vice versa! Each meeting is themed, has a creative messy activity, sing song and ends with a shared meal. We meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 4pm at Udimore Community Hall next to St Mary’s Church. Future planned themes include:

Tuesday 1st May - Creation

Tuesday 12th June - Noah’s Ark (note adjusted date)

Tuesday 3rd July - Feeding the 5000

August TBA - Sandcastle Picnic on the beach with other Messy Churches

Tuesday 4th September - New Beginnings

Any questions please call Jo 01424 882652 or Verity 01424 883242

THE HISTORY OF BECKLEY VILLAGE SCHOOL A Talk By Bernard Bavistock. Saturday 19th May 7.30pm Talk at the Village Hall (refreshments available & raffle)

All villagers welcome entry is free but we welcome donations towards village clock fund. We hope that you will support this project so that Beckley Village can once more have a village clock.

Beckley Preschool, with financial help from Beckley Village Centre, have been working on the front garden at the Village Centre to give the Preschool children an outside play and gardening area. The next stage is to install 2 benches and begin plans for planting - particularly the 3 raised bed areas. The Preschool would like Beckley groups to become involved in the project and would be interested to hear from anyone who would like to make a donation towards these items / ideas /help etc. For instance, each bed could have an item/sculpture that represents their group? We want the area to reflect our village, a community.

Please contact us call Beckley Preschool on 01797260582. We would love to hear from you.

Would you like to learn more about how to get the best from your computer? Or are you a terrified person who wants to start from the beginning. We have someone who is very interested in starting up Beckley Computer Club again. They want to put out this idea for Beckley and surrounding villages from the young to the retired, male and female, experienced professionals and terrified new users. If you or know someone who would like to join this club please email or call 01797 260 737.

Parish council AGM will be Wednesday 9th May at 7pm and the Parish assembly meeting on Friday 18th may at 8pm. everybody is welcome to come along and put their views across about any matters in the village in the open part of the meetings.

Beckley Village Walking group. We meet up on a Sunday morning at the Beckley village centre. Our aim is to build up to a 13 mile sponsored power walk at the end of May/early June. For more information email or call 01797 260843

Exciting new website group called Bargains in Beckley. Setup for locals to sell items they no longer need and want to sell, if you are looking for something why not try posting a wanted post. No selling fees like most internet sites or local free papers. Just go on face book and enter Bargains in Beckley and join this free group we have over 85 members now selling all their goodies.

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 fouling isn’t just unpleasant, it’s illegal. Dog owners have a responsibility to clear up after their pets, those that don’t can face fines of up to £1,000. There have been many reports in the main street right next to the dog fouling bins! If you would like to make a dog fouling complaint please phone 01424 787000 if you don’t make this call they will keep letting their dogs do it.

Beckley Preschool aim to provide activities and equipment in a relaxed and happy atmosphere so that children will progress in all areas of development and become independent in preparation for school. We believe that a child’s first experience in a learning environment should lay a good foundation for their enjoyment of education and discovering new experiences. Beckley Preschool opening times are: Mornings 9.00am - 12.00pm Monday to Friday. Lunch Club 12.00pm - 1.00pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please call Beckley Preschool for further information: 01797 260582 or visit their website .

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

Why not join one of the many groups held in Beckley village centre.

Pilates every Wednesdays 1.30pm contact 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 Secretary Julie 252404

Guides Wednesdays 6.30pm contact Pam Colgrave 01797 253177

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

Regular monthly Council Meetings are held in the Village Centre’s Meeting Room. Every 2nd Wednesday at 730.

Village Lunch 2nd Thursday 12.30pm bookings Lila Bryant 260518

History Society Friday evenings contact Dennis Ward 260313

Beckley horticultural society 01797 260232

Beckley players 01797 230572

Beckley bowls club 01797 252129

Residents of the village may like to also join Beckley village society; it’s been set up to inform villagers of the goings on in Beckley by an email informing you of everything from fetes, fairs, sport events and future housing planning. To join just send your name to

Or join our Facebook group Beckley Village Society with over 106 members now, the site can be used for local businesses, sharing events or just to post a photo of the beautiful Beckley scenes.

If you see anything suspicious in the village please call

PC Nigel Collins 07787 685691 or 0845 6070999.

All the surrounding villages have it and Beckley is still waiting!

To put everything is this column Please email me by 10am Monday to make Friday’s column at:

Mrs Deborah Ongley, Beckley Main Street