A newsletter to members of the Beckley & Area Community Benefit Society
Hello to all BACBS members and supporters. This month's newsletter is relatively short, but we're not short of activities in April, especially over Easter weekend - please see below!
We are short of volunteers though. Would you be willing to help us with our events programme, Good Neighbour Scheme or Community Engagement initiative? If so, please contact Mike Hobbs, BACBS Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community litter picking
Several of our villages have organised litter picking, in order to clean up our roads and verges - which surely do need attention! Beckley's litter pick will start from The Abingdon Arms at 2.30pm on Sunday 7th April, returning afterwards for well-deserved refreshment at the pub. In other villages, please consult your notice boards. Under supervision, this is something that children can enjoy taking part in. Please wear bright clothing (e.g. high-vis jackets) and gloves, and bring some big bin liners - we will separate recyclables and general waste.
Easter Jazz Supper
On Easter Sunday, 21 April 6.00 - 8.30pm, our usual early evening jazz session will take the form of a jazz supper! Ollie Weston (saxophones), Martin Pickett (keyboards) and Mark Hodgson (bass) will provide the music. Head chef Joe and his kitchen team will provide bowls of spicy jambalaya. Sam and her bar staff will be pulling and pouring the drinks. Entry is free, tables can be reserved, and bottles of wine will be raffled. Jazz and jambalaya: don't miss out.....
Work off Sunday's jambalaya with a tasty walk to Horton cum Studley on Easter Monday, leaving The Abingdon Arms at 10.30am, returning in time for lunch and drinks. Distance around 4 miles, with a few stiles; dogs on leads please. If Horton cum Studley friends would like to join us from Horton, and with return lifts possible by prior request, please contact Mike Hobbs at email@example.com.
We have just commissioned another supply of our very successful small folding, laminated map of the Otmoor area. This second edition shows the pubs, shops and a few other points of interest, but now also shows the location of heart defibrillators - another service to the community, just in case! The map is available for sale, price £4.50, from The Abingdon Arms in Beckley, the Village Shop and Talkhouse (Stanton St John), White Horse (Forest Hill), Nut Tree (Murcott), Crown (Charlton on Otmoor), and the Village Shop (Islip).
The theme of our poetry evening on Sunday 28 April, 6.30 - 8.30pm, will be 'The Spirit of Place'. The Next Step Poetry Group will read their own and others' poems, and will be joined by guests Phil Poyser (also known as ‘Doggerel Banksy’ after his beloved Jodrell Bank!) and Mark Rawlins from the Macclesfield Creative Writing Group. Local contributions, your own poem or a favourite poet, will be welcome.
Plus all our regular community events
......…. which this month are the Beckley lunches for women (on Tuesday 2nd April) and men (Wednesday 3rd), Children's After-School Activity Café (Thursday 4th), community coffee morning (Friday 12th) and community afternoon tea (Wednesday 24th). Please see our More than a Pub programme here.
Accessible toilet construction
Work continues on schedule, with construction of the roof expected to start shortly. The project remains on track for completion in the early summer.
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