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Beckley School Log Book quote: in August 1894–Mr W Blackmore, the then Headmaster, wrote

22.8.1894-The attendance in the upper part of the School is very bad indeed. Children of 8 years of age are sent to work in the harvest fields and no notice is taken of it. Boys and girls indiscriminately are employed in making bods for sheaves. The Infants attend well. A Circus at Rye has drawn over a dozen children from school.

23.8.1894-A very wet day. Infant’s attendance small- 119 in upper school & 56 Infants present.

24.8.1894-The average of the attendances this week is the lowest of any week since June. School tea party this afternoon. Average 157.

27.8.1894-171 in attendance morning and afternoon.

28.8.1894-Primrose League tea party at Northiam. Many of the parents are members. Rather a large number of Infants absent. 160 present am & 136 pm.

30.8.1894-Most of First Class boys absent Shimming.

31.8.1894-Attendance lower again today as several of the farmers will commence hop-picking on Monday, and probably more towards the end of the week it was decided to close today. School carried on and two attendances marked. Average for the week 88 in Mixed Dept. and 71 in Infants. Total 159.

Cupcakes or Tray bake; if you could donate some homemade cupcakes or a tray bake to the church fete this Bank Holiday Monday the friends would much appreciate it. Donations can be dropped off on the day.

Can you help? A few extra people are needed to help erect tables for the Bank Holiday fete on the day before (Sunday) if you can help please contact John Wright on 260503.

Beckley Church Fete and Dog Show; Monday August 28th on the Glebe field. 1pm. Come along and support our church and enjoy music from the Wealden Brass Band. All the usual stalls such as bric-a-brac, bowling for gammon, hoopla, beat the goalie, splat the rat, bbq, Pimms, ice creams and much more!

Holy Communion: Beckley Church: Sunday August 27th at 8am.

The Better Beckley Village Playground Group; has been shortlisted to possibly win £4,000 from Tesco. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores - being awarded to local community projects.Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

The Better Beckley Playground group’s aim is to provide high quality, challenging play equipment for children of all age groups that offers imaginative as well as physical play and to offer children and their parents a place to meet and socialise – somewhere to forge friendships while ensuring children remain healthy and active. This would help Improve physical activity levels among local children and lower obesity levels among children and adults.

“We would like to improve beyond recognition the recreation facilities in the Jubilee Field and to create a park that is regularly used and appreciated by local children and their families”

Please support this local initiative.Voting is open in local Tesco stores throughout September and October. You can cast a vote using a token given to you at the check-out in store each time you shop.

Beckley Speedwatch: So far this month 36 vehicles were recorded speeding in Beckley. During the last year 558 vehicles were recorded. So far in August some motorists have been recorded as doing as much as 60mph in the village. The more evidence speedwatch can gather the more power we will have to request changes. More volunteers needed for an hour a month to help slow traffic down in our village. If you are interested in helping for just an hour a month please contact

Farmers Market: Beckley village hall on Saturday 9th September 10-12pm. This is not closing down despite recent rumours to that effect! Lots of interesting stalls and local produce. Please support this event, support your local businesses and your village hall.

Mobile Library: Beckley Village Centre –September 7th & 28th 11-11.40am

Autumn Show: Following on from the very successful summer show , Beckley Horticultural Society’s next show will be on 23rd September, followed by their

Autumn workshop: getting the most out of your soil and plants in winter on Saturday 21st October 10am. Their final event of the year is the Agm and social evening on November 27th.

Old Rural Days: A Beckley History Society Talk by Melvin Smith 27th October . Beckley village Centre 8pm

The Christmas Opera: Saturday 16th December has SOLD OUT but still some tickets available for Sunday 17th in the lovely music room at Frewen College (Brickwall House).Tickets £28.00 to include a glass of Champagne and chocolates on arrival. Three singers-Thomasin Trezise (soprano), Paul Hopwood (tenor), Philip Smith (baritone).Limited tickets 65 only, please book early. Black Tie or lounge suit.7.00 for 7.30.

Save the Date: 30th June 2018! this space!

Hedges and Road Signs: There are several hedges that have grown well thanks to the recent weather! Please can homeowners ensure that any hedges they are responsible for are kept trimmed back if they border a pavement. Also several of the village’s traffic signs, which were beautifully cleaned by the Parish Council earlier in the year, are becoming obscured by rampant vegetation! If there is a sign near your house please consider trimming back any excessive vegetation (only if safe to do so) in order to help make our village a safer place.

New Parish website: The Parish council has recently updated its website if you have a local event that you would like advertised on this page please send details to

Beckley Cricket Club are always looking for new players of all abilities and age groups. If anyone is interested in playing, scoring or umpiring please contact Roger Howis 07599175491

Brownie/Guide helpers needed: Beckley Guide and Brownie unit are in desperate need of some extra help in order to remain open from September onwards…….without extra help they may have to close. You don’t need to have been a guide or Brownie yourself you just need to be enthusiastic, enjoy developing new skills and enjoy meeting new people. If you wish to find out more contact

Beckley’s clubs: society’s, classes and groups held in Beckley Village Centre: Beckley Parish Council Regular monthly meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday in the month. Visit the new website for updates BECKLEY W.I 2nd Monday 7.30pm BECKLEY W.I ARE LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS Call Marion 260450 or Anthea 260838. Beckley Trefoil meets at 2pm - 4pm 9 on the 3rd Monday of the month in the small hall. Busy Bees (Baby and toddlers Group) Term Time only every Wednesday £2.50 per family 9.15-11.15 free tea, coffee for parents. Free snacks for the children. Pilates every Monday 6-8pm Wednesdays 1.30 -230pm Sarah Lush 07769651899. Taekwondo every Wednesdays 4.30- 6pm contact Petra Darvill 01233 330128. Brownies and Guides term time Thursdays 6.30pm in the small hall. Table Tennis every Thursday 930 - 1130 am old & new members welcome Carol Cobby 01797 252382. Yoga every Friday 930-11am contact Romeu Goldingham 01424 421 876. Friends of Beckley Church Coffee Morning 1st Tuesday 10.30am-1230. Beckley Lunch Club 2nd Thursday 12.30pm bookings Tony Bryant 260518. Beckley History Society contact Bill Bullock 01797 252173. Beckley Horticultural Society 01797 260232. Beckley players 01797 230572.

Outside of the centre: Beckley bowls club 01797 260537. Beckley Rangers club Beckley Parish Church: Holy communion 8:00, Matins or Eucharist 10:00 ( 2nd and 4th) Beckley Gospel Church: Every Wednesday Bible study 7:00

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