Beckley village voice

This Sunday 24th June 2012.Charity Dog Walk & Family Scavenger Hunt.

Starts at 10.30am from Beckley Village Hall, £2 per person, £5 family which includes a prize for each child and a treat for your dog! Everyone is welcome along with all proceeds going to Beckley Preschool and Northiam Nursery. Contact Pippa on 07795 250886 for further details.

Beckley Players are performing a farce, Key for Two, directed by Roy Iremonger, on Wednesday 27th June to Saturday 30 June. The box office will open from 28 May, and tickets can be booked with Ann Bowler on 01797 260232. There will be a gala night on the Wednesday, with wine and canapés, tickets £10, and on the Friday we will have a theatre supper, tickets £15. Tickets for the remaining performances will be £6.

From Chris Fairman, Your church yard needs you!!Now don’t get that wrong, what I mean is, the group that maintains the church yard needs some help. We are very fortunate in having a wonderful church and a beautiful churchyard but it does need a fair amount of effort to keep it looking so good.

Until recently Tony Shepherd managed the upkeep with the assistance of several local people. Well time has taken its toll. Tony has moved away, and due to personal reasons, a number of the others have had to stand down. The result is that as we approach the summer we have just two volunteers to cope with all the work.

We urgently need a number of other volunteers willing to use the tools provided or their own tools to cut the grass and manage the ever present weeds.

If you feel you could commit a couple of hours a week and would like to help then please ring me and we can discuss how you can get involved. The work is not that hard and it can be most rewarding. Chris Fairman 01797 260360

As you know our fete is fast approaching. Raffle tickets are on sale at the garage and at the Rose and Crown and there are lots of fab prize. Lots of local clubs like guides, WI, Horticultural society are coming too. If there is any other groups in Beckley who would like to have a stall to raise their profile. Please contact Tina on 252366.

Saturday 7th July it will be Beckley school summer fete. This year they have invited lots of community groups such as preschool, brownies friends of church etc. to run their own stalls to help them with running costs. They want to make this a real community day. There will be fitness challenges, crockery smashing, rugby/football challenges, maypole dancing, zumba, human show jumping, teas cakes bbq along with the usual tombola’s hoopla. Sarah’s closet will be making a one off appearance for designer/branded clothes. So if anyone has anything they would like to donate there will be bins outside the school gate appearing after the holiday for donations or drop it off at the office. They will be also collecting unwanted toys (in whole/good condition) soft toys, books bric a brac.

Raffle tickets will be on sale soon too 1st prize hamper 2nd prize wine 3rd prize a day out for a family.

This month Feathers are beginning their third year so Allan (the Beckley Birdbore) is offering this superb deal for the whole of June.13 kg bags of the very popular Sunflower Hearts for just £19:99. With a selection of half priced feeders to compliment this amazing offer. Just contact Feathers at Salehurst for FREE delivery to the Beckley area. Allan will hopefully deliver the same day and you will understand why he is called “Birdbore”

Feathers wild bird

Beckley Buzzy Bees Toddler Group. They meet at the Beckley Village Hall, Every Wednesday morning from 9.15 to 11.15.Supported by the Playgroup and a qualified member of staff is on hand during the session to assist with the organisation and to coordinate events. Speakers are regularly arranged and a “healthy snack time” is part of the session. The group offers a friendly supportive atmosphere to all visitors for just £2.00 a session (to cover running costs) everyone is welcome throughout the morning and more details can be obtained from Julie on the Playgroup phone numbers or by e-mail at

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

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 105 members.

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. Rother District Council has a fly tipping telephone line 01424 787000 or an online reporting system give full details of location and what the fly tipping consists of.

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.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

Beckley will have a computer group coming soon to the village hall. They are in the process of starting a computer club for local people to learn new skills. Awaiting more information for this column in the next week or so.

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

Beckley Baby Club every Wednesday 9.15-11.15 £2

Aeroba-Funk. Every Tuesday 6.30pm.Aerobics for all levels of fitness to 70s, 80s and 90s Music. Emma 07809 887471

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 114 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.

Suspicious vehicle. The following vehicle has been seen in suspicious circumstances in Rye, Northiam, Flimwell and the A21 at Hastings and Battle. Please keep an eye out for it and call on 101 if seen; we would very much like to talk to the occupiers.

White Ford Transit ‘double cab’ flatbed van with ‘Mr Lee’ written on the side Registration: S561 TOC.

Protect your mobile phone. During May there were several thefts of phones across the District. Most of these occurred due to careless owners leaving them on tables in public places, then being distracted by someone whilst the phone is stolen, normally by an accomplice. We also recommend registering your phone on, a national property database which makes it easier for your phone to be returned to you if stolen or lost. The Database is FREE and used by all Police forces in the UK. We also recommend security marking your phone with a UV marker pen which Police can supply free of charge.

To put everything is this column Please email.

Mrs Deborah Ongley, Beckley Main Street