Beckley

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WWI commemorative weekend: two very special events are being held this weekend;

Memorial 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. Refreshments will be served and poppies will be on sale. Audience participation with the war time songs is expected!

War Memorial Wreath laying Service: This Sunday 11th November marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. Everyone is welcome and it would be great to see a large turn out to mark this special occasion. The children of the village are invited to attend the ceremony and place a cross for a person named on the memorial. Please gather at the memorial at 10. 45am ready for 11 o’clock. This ceremony will be followed by a short Holy Eucharist in the church for those who wish to attend.

Farmers Market/ coffee stop: Saturday 10th 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.

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

Christmas Craft Fair: once again the preschool are organising a Christmas craft fair on Saturday 24th November in the village hall. 10-2pm. Do support all the wonderful local crafts people and in turn support the preschool. There are also lots of fun activities for the little people and of course Father Christmas himself!

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

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

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

Thursday 22nd November from 2pm

Parish Council meetings: Please be aware that the PC meetings have moved to first Monday of the month….same venue same time. Next meeting December 3rd.

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 4th December 10.30 – noon. In the Village Centre. It is in aid of the Sarah Lee Trust this month.

Messy Church is back!!!!: New venue now at the Village Centre Thursday 6th December 3.30- 5pm.

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 December 15th. Everyone welcome but pre-booking is essential. Contact Tony Bryant 01797260518 for more information or bookings.

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)