Beckley village voice - March 23

BSA Bingo night was a success over £200 was raised for the Jubilee Clock. Big thank you to everybody who came along.

Tina from BSA has a skateboard that was found at village hall if anyone has lost one?

Sarah’s closet is now overflowing with clothes and accessories- men’s kids and ladies too so come and grab a designer bargain for £1 upwards. Don’t forget this Sunday 25th March 11-1pm Beckley village hall as part of Beckley school Easter Fair and Egg hunt.

Teas cakes, bacon rolls, crafts, games, egg hunt, tombola and loads more 50p adults £1 children (includes 1 go at egg hunt)

The Village cookbooks are going like hotcakes! Tina has restocked Beckley Motors, Rose and crown and Donna-Jayne’s. They will also be on sale at the Easter Fair for just 9.99... All profits are going to the village clock appeal. They make a great gift for Easter 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 3rd April - Easter

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.

If you are not already a member of the Beckley Horticultural Society you might be interested in joining. Being an Olympic and diamond jubilee year the society has arranged a full programme of events, holding four shows, plant and produce and coffee mornings.

Member ship can be as little as £3 for the whole year. Please contact Frank Nunneley membership secretary 01797260296. Dates for the shows to put in your diary Spring show Saturday 14th April 2pm, plant produce cake sale and coffee morning Saturday may 12th 10:30, sweet pea and rose show Saturday16th June 2pm, summer show Saturday July 28th 2pm, autumn show Saturday September 22nd 2pm, AGM and social evening Monday November 26th 7:30pm.

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.

Next Parish council meeting is Wednesday 11th April at 7.30 pm in the Village Centre. Also the 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 77 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

The post box at furnace lane/ Kings bank cross roads has now been repaired.

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 104 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 me by 10am Monday to make Friday’s column at:

Mrs Deborah Ongley, Beckley Main Street