Can you spare a few hours 3-4 times a year? We are looking for volunteers to join the field mowing team. Mowing normally takes 2-3 hours and and the rota runs from April to October/November. If you are interested and would like more information, drop in to Beckford Stores or contact us through the website homepage.
John Bell from the Iona Community will be coming to Beckford Church on Saturday 1st April 2017 between 2 and 5pm, leading a seminar entitled ; “Looking for the larger Christ.”
For further information, click this link John Bell Seminar
Saturday 4 Jun 2016 and Sunday 5 Jun 2016
An opportunity to view a cross-section of life in a village community, and enjoy a stroll in at least 15 beautiful gardens and the village’s own Nature Reserve – a site of Special Scientific Interest. Additionally there will be themed flower displays in the Grade 1 listed 12th century church. Teas, Champagne Bar and Barbecue, also attractions for children including a Quiz Trail. Classic Cars, Vintage Radio, Tennis and Croquet demonstrations, plus historic photograph collection of the village. Tours of the ringing chamber and bell-ringing demonstrations. New this year: admission to the former Private Chapel of Beckford Hall. (Separate fee). Funds raised are principally for the maintenance of St John’s Church, Beckford.
Opening times: 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day. Entry fee of £5.00 per adult covers both days, accompanied under 16s free. Pre-booked groups are eligible for a 20% discount plus one free ticket if the party is comprised of 20 or more. Small extra charge for entry to the former Private Chapel of Beckford Hall. Tickets available on the day at the Village Hall car park or at any of the gardens
Main Street, Beckford, Worcestershire GL20 7AD
February 19th 2016 sees another Quiz ‘N’ Chips night. The last one was very popular and raised nearly £400.
Twelve tables of six people can attend and be served hot fish and chips, then can play the quiz and win prizes.
A raffle will be held. The licensed bar will serve cans of beer, lager, whole bottles of wine and soft drinks.
Phil Smith had a great idea to present a 1940s film and photos of his vast collection of Beckford as it was and of local families in Beckford Village Hall. Together with Peter White and Jessie Alexander, he was going to tell the village all about the recent history of the village and of some of the families of Beckford.
The event was a sell out. Food had been prepared, Jack from the Beckford Inn was serving drinks from the bar and all was ready, but as people arrived it was evident that Phil had been taken very ill. He left in an ambulance with his family.
The evening continued with food served up by Beckford WI. Keith Yates showed the film and photos with Peter and Jessie recounting their memories. Andy Slade connected his laptop and demonstrated to us the history section of ‘The Shieling’ website (http://www.theshieling.net/home.php ) which has not only the same film and some of the photos, but also much local historical content. An auction of a framed print of Station Road and the raffle draw, with the first prize of a night’s B & B in Beckford Inn, was conducted by Roger. The evening ended with a nostalgic musical interlude with singers Rebecca Hughes and Roger Nurden, accompanied by Graham Galer and Yo Yates on the recently tuned village hall piano.
Only after locking up did we find out the devastating news that Phil had died that night. Although it was a financial success with nearly £700 raised for village hall funds, it was very much overshadowed by the loss of one of Beckford’s most well-known gentlemen. Phil will be greatly missed by so many people, including the village hall committee who so appreciated his work over many years for the Village Hall.
There will be a clinic at the Village Hall for patients entitled to a vaccination and who live in Beckford and surrounding villages on Thursday 22nd October 10.30am – 12.30pm.
The fields around Beckford Community Village Hall have long been used for exercising dogs. Villagers, and others, arrive on foot or by car and take their dogs with them around the fields.
Recently, two problems have arisen.
First, dogs have been seen on the upper part of the fields, beyond the hedge where a notice says ‘no dogs beyond this point’. The reason this notice was put there some years ago is that the upper field is used by children and young people, for playing football and training. We do not want them to encounter the mess that even well-behaved and controlled dogs may leave there. The mess raises serious health issues in that dog faeces can cause severe illness, even leading to blindness, in children. We therefore request that everyone should be careful to observe this restriction, which still leaves plenty of space for dogs to run around on the lower field.
Secondly, and very regrettably, some people have been leaving dog mess in the general waste bins, ignoring the special bins provided for the purpose. This creates a very unpleasant task for the local volunteers who empty the bins, as well as causing the waste bins to get into an unhygenic state.
We hope that everyone concerned will take note of these points and respond accordingly. Some local playing fields do not allow dogs. The BCVH committee want to continue to provide this popular local facility, but if problems continue we may have no alternative but to ban dogs on our fields.
BCVH Ltd committee
We are having a Film Show and Photography Exhibition at Beckford Village Hall, Saturday October 24th at 7pm. Ploughman’s Supper, Licensed Bar, Raffle and Music. Chat over old memories like the arrival of evacuues in the war and reminisce about people and events. Admission by ticket only £7.50 from Yo 881373, Margaret 881600 and Phyl 881288.
Notice is hereby given that the 5th AGM of BCVH Ltd (Beckford Community Village Hall Ltd) will take place on Monday 28th September 2015 at 7.00pm in Beckford Village Hall.
All residents of the parish of Beckford are welcome to attend.
Declaration of Interests
Names of Members and Representatives
Appointment of Independent Assessors (Hon. auditors)
Election of Officers : Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Bookings Clerk
9. Any Other Business
10. Date of Next Annual General Meeting
The new defibrillator has now been installed on the front of the hall, and an awareness session was held on July 14. The defibrillator requires a code to operate and is a useful tool which may help when ambulance attendance is delayed. If someone has a suspected heart attack an ambulance should be called and, if a trained person is available, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation should be started. If someone is willing to help who has received defibrillator training, the ambulance control will give the code for the defibrillator, which can then be obtained and used until paramedics can take over.