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If you are enjoying the extracts: from the Beckley school logbook why not buy a copy of “Diary of a Victorian Schoolmaster” or its companion book ‘Beckley C of E School, The Victorian Years.’ Available to buy at the school office or the Rose and Crown. A donation from each book sold goes towards the Beckley School Association.

14.10.14: Miss Beaney – Assistant Mistress was telegraphed for this morning 11.30am. Her father is dangerously ill. The Head teacher gave Miss Beaney permission to be absent; and informed the chair of Managers.

15.10.14: It will not be possible to adhere strictly to the timetable. A draft from the lower group removed, to work with the upper group. This will leave a small class to be taken charge of by the temporary new teacher.

16.10.14: Owing to the death of her father Miss Beaney has been granted leave of absence until Tuesday 20th.

19.10.14: Admitted Elsie Goodwin who is staying with Edmund Eldridge in Clayhill (stayed until 30.10.14 – gone back to London – readmitted 28.06.15).

20.10.14: Miss Beaney returned.

22.10.14: Received a letter from the Medical Department. The Scott family may now be re-admitted. The children have been absent since July 3rd.

Editor’s note: Albert Fielder lost when HMS Aboukir torpedoed off the Dutch coast. Aged 34 son of Mr and Mrs Fielder of Bromley.

Concert at Peasmarsh church: 20th October 7pm given by Triptych Singers founded by Fr. Jim Jelly! Light refreshments will be serve with wine and proceeds go towards the RNLI.

Guy Competition: if you are quick!!!! Northiam Bonfire Boys are inviting people to make a guy and put it on Northiam Village Green at lunchtime on 20th with a chance to win a prize! Details on our website www.northiambonfiresociety.co.uk

Northiam’s Bonfire Procession: This will be held on Saturday 20th October, leaving the Bonfire Field (on the A28 south of the village) at 7.30pm, processing into the village, and returning for the lighting of the Bonfire at about 8.30pm followed by fireworks. Bonfire Societies will be wearing their distinctive costumes and carry flaming torches, and no Bonfire Procession would be complete without drums! Bar and food will be on the Field, which will be open from 6.30pm, and there will be live music before the Procession and after the fireworks. Entry to the Field is just £1, but we hope you will want to give generously to the charity collectors along the way rattling our distinctive purple buckets). You are advised to bring a torch! For more information: northiambonfiresociety.co.uk

What a triumph: the church’s flower festival was last weekend. I do hope you managed to visit and see the wonderful flower displays and the amazing creatures and art work that Beckley school children made.

Holy Eucharist: Sunday 21st October 8am and at Beckley church. There are always toys, activities and people at the back of the church during the services to keep the little ones occupied during the proceedings.

History of state surveillance: a talk by Geoff Beer. Village hall Friday 26th October as part of the Beckley History societies programme. 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

Fun Pumpkin carving competition: take a carved pumpkin on the theme of Halloween to the Rose and Crown at 6.30pm on Tuesday 30th October and see if you can win the Pumpkin Challenge Cup. Free entry.

Beckley Village Centre: Readers living in Beckley know how important our Village Centre is to the community. Think of all the activities it holds – Preschool, Table Tennis, Taekwando, Pilates, Beckley Players, History Society, the WI and much more. The Centre is looked after from day-to-day by Deborah and Wil and management is the responsibility of a committee of trustees. This is where we need your help. Please consider becoming part of this committee. With just 4 meetings a year this is not an onerous task but you would make a real contribution to the village. To find out more contact Nigel Pearson 01797 260537 or Mary Howse 01797260213

Beckley 10k: takes place on Sunday November 4th in aid of the village centre. Please support the runners and cheer them along the route. Also be extra vigilant when driving on that day as there will be runners on the village roads.

Beckley Lunch club: in aid of the Village hall. A two course meal with coffee or tea for just £5.00. The next one will be November 8th. Everyone welcome but pre-booking is essential. Contact Tony Bryant 01797260518 for more information or bookings.

War Memorial: This November marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. The “There but not there” theme that is a nationwide project has been applied to our very own war memorial by a couple of ingenious locals. Do take a look.

Village Play: The village school will be putting on a very special play to commemorate the end of WW1 in the village hall on Friday 9th November at 7.30pm and all villagers are invited to attend what could prove to be a very moving piece of drama. It is based upon the school logbooks entries of that time.

Parish Council meetings: Please be aware that the PC meetings have moved to first Monday of the month….same venue same time. Next meeting November 5th.

Coffee morning with stalls, books etc: Friends of All Saints hold a monthly coffee morning on the first Tuesday of the month. The next one is 6th November 10.30 – noon. In the Village Centre. It is in aid of the Sarah Lee Trust this month.

Farmers Market/ coffee stop: Saturday 11th November come along to the village hall 10-12 and support the local producers. Lovely bread, meat, plants, soaps and sweets amongst other items. coffee shop/ breakfast – the WI do a lovely bacon roll at the farmers market and set the small hall up as a coffee shop…..do try and come along.

Flu vaccines have started: Northiam surgery are again providing Flu jabs but are changing the system slightly. This year there are going to be three types of flu vaccine. A flu vaccine for people who will be aged 65 or over on the 31st March 2019.A flu vaccine for anyone with a qualifying condition who will be 64 or younger on the 31st March 2019.A nasal flu vaccine for anyone who will be 17 or under on the 31st March 2019.

The reason for having two different adult vaccinations is because the immune response to vaccination diminishes with age. This is why in some years the flu vaccination has not given as much protection to the population as we would hope. Therefore the two vaccinations produce an immune response in a slightly different way and should maximise the immune response of everyone who receives it. Read more about the flu vaccination

Due to there being different flu vaccines for different patients we are changing how we do the flu clinics this year. Firstly there will be separate clinics for 65’s and over and under 65’s. Secondly we are going to split the over 65 clinics up alphabetically. The reason we have changed to an alphabet based system is to try and even up the numbers in all the flu clinics that we run as in previous years some are much busier than others.

Clinics will be held at Northiam on the following days for patients 65 AND OVER No appointment is needed

Wednesday 7th November - Patients with surnames starting G to J 2pm to 3.30pm

Thursday 15th November - Patients with surnames starting K to N 2pm to 3.30pm

Wednesday 21st November - Patients with surnames starting O to S 2pm to 3.30pm

Thursday 29th November - Patients with surnames starting T to Z 2pm to 3.30pm

Obviously if you can’t make the clinic slot appropriate to your name you are welcome to come to one of the other ones at either surgery

Patients who are 64 and under can attend either of the clinics listed below please call to make an appointment

Monday 5 November from 5pm

Childrens Flu Clinics

Preschool children age 2, 3 and 4 can receive the nasal flu clinic at the surgery. Children who are in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered the vaccination at school.

We will be doing clinics for the preschool children on the following days by appointment- Please call to make an appointment

Wednesday 31st October from 1.30pm

Thursday 22nd November from 2pm

Fitness Sessions: Jubilee field Wednesdays 6am and 10am open to all £6 per session. The sessions are open to all and are mainly for adults, but are kid friendly, so feel free to bring your kids along and they can join in or just play on the new equipment.

Parish website: The Parish council has spaces on its website www.beckleyparishcouncil.org.uk and they are happy to advertise village events on this page. Please send details to sueevans900@gmail.com

Beckley also has some Facebook pages: Search for the groups: Beckley Village Society, Better Beckley Project and Bargains in Beckley (A free selling site)