Beckley village voice

Tomorrow Saturday 7th July it will be Beckley school summer fete.

This year they have invited lots of community groups such as preschool, brownies, Horticultural society, 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 are on sale 1st prize hamper 2nd prize wine 3rd prize a day out for a family.

Beckley Horticultural Society are having a stall at the school fete if any members or non-members have flowers, plants, produce or cakes for them to sell they will be gratefully appreciated. Please bring to the school field from 11 am.

Beckley Rangers Football Club is holding its annual presentation and open day on Sunday 8th July, 10am - 2pm @ Beckley Jubilee field. All welcome especially boys and girls looking to join one of our teams for next season - we have teams from Under 9’s to Under 15’s. Our open day will consist of presentations of the season’s trophies; football matches so turn up with trainers/boots not forgetting shin pads and join in! BBQ and drinks and plenty more fun! For more information about the open day or joining a team please contact Naomi Goodman on 01797 253658 or or see our website

Beckley school as promised to all villagers are invited to look round the school on Tuesday 10th July between 9 -10.30 am. If possible could you let the school know -so they have an idea of numbers 01797260324

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.

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. 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. Still awaiting more information.

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.

To put everything is this column Please email.

Mrs Deborah Ongley

Beckley Main Street