BECCMARK Newsletter

BECCMARK June newsletter by Alison Smith

Hi everyone. So here we are half way through the year June already. Although I must confess that of course I am writing this to you in the month of May, the 3rd to be exact and if you step outside you would probably think it to be more like the 3rd of November – Hopefully June will be warmer – a lot Warmer!

One country that has more than it’s fair share of sunshine is Africa, which neatly brings me to introduce you to one of our stall holders. Carol Whitehead has the most amazing stall selling products from Africa. I asked her about her stall and this is what she said:- “Bourne End has been my home for 35 years along with my late husband, children and grandchildren. For many years I worked as a senior career for social services. To relax, I enjoy gardening, cooking and especially jewellery making and crafts.

It was in my homeland of Kenya in East Africa, as a child, that I learnt from my grandma and then later became qualified in the intricate craft of Masai bead making as well as basketry. My brightly coloured baskets are made entirely from natural materials – sisal plants and leather – and using dyes from roots and leaves. I taught many women and children from the poorer villages so that they too could make a living selling what they made to shops and tourists. The proceeds invariably help pay the all important school fees – state education is not free as is it in the UK – as well as daily food and clothing needs.

These days I also make jewellery using precious and semi-precious stones including jade, malachite, sapphire, amethyst, mother of pearl and abalone shells. The pieces are something you will treasure for many years especially since these stones are becoming rarer due to overdevelopment and climatic change. I joined Bourne End Community & Craft Market, in the library three years ago and very much enjoy the friendly atmosphere and talking to people with similar interests. Whether you are on the lookout for a genuine hand-made gift or just enjoy a mooch around, come along to see me at our next fair.”

Africa makes me also think of safari and the wild animals there. We have our own set of wild animals and domestic ones at BECCMARK. Of course not real but in felt form.

Sally Boyce is the very cleaver lady who make these animals. She started doing crafts whilst at home looking after her young son. She was then asked to make items for her Mum’s craft stall and that’s when it all evolved and her craft experience began. Sally has tried her hand at many crafts from latch hook to sewing, eventually doing some felt dogs and cats that became very popular. Now she practically has nearly every animal you could think of on her stall and it’s a grand display. They make brilliant presents for all sort of occasions.   

      

As I write this newsletter, I find I have my three cats standing around the fireplace. No they are not waiting for the fire to be lit but for the mouse that has made its way in and has found itself trapped in the hearth with three set of beady eyes looking at it. So before total carnage takes place, I will finish and wish you all well and let’s hope for a warm and enjoyable June. Ok now to retrieve a mouse!

Alison Smith – Crafter

Upcoming dates:-

June 10th, July 8th, August 12th, September 9th, October 14th, November 11th and December 9th.

 For information visit http://www.BECCMARK.co.uk or call 07989716635 or email rosiehagan@me.com

 

Help needed to Find a Mrs. Turner.

This message came today on behalf of Ken Allen who is searching for a Mrs. Turner.

Hi Kaye, not sure if you may be able to help once again. A friend of mine, Ken Allen, is trying to find out anything he can about a Mrs Turner who he believes was a teacher/mistress at one of the Wooburn Green schools, I would guess about the 1950’s. Anything you may be able to find out, he would be grateful for. Thanks. John.

Do you think you may be able to help Mr. Allen?  Any information could be of great help. If so, please get in touch.

Thanks, Kaye.

 

BECCMARK April Newsletter

BECCMARK April Newsletter from Alison Smith

By the time you are reading this, we will have changed the clocks and the evenings will be lighter, spring flowers are making a welcome appearance and I’ve just spotted a large bumble bee and colourful butterfly in my garden Read more…

An Appeal to Help Find Relatives of Two Wooburn Green Soldiers

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is appealing for relatives of two Wooburn Green soldiers who will soon be commemorated by the organisation.
Sapper Charles Alexander John East and Private Frederick William Godfrey, both died in the UK due to illness or injuries sustained during their active service in the First World War. However, the CWGC were never informed of their deaths and were therefore not commemorated as war dead.
Sapper East, of the Royal Engineers, was 40 years old when he died on November 27, 1918. His was married to Eliza East of Ferry Lane, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. He was the son of William and Eliza Ann East.
Private Godfrey, of the Hampshire Regiment, was 39 years old when he died on November 24, 1918. He was married to Florence Henrietta Godfrey and they lived in Wooburn Green.
The CWGC would like to find their relatives as they may wish to know they are to be commemorated and will receive a CWGC headstone in their honour.
Samantha Daynes, Media Manager for UK Operations at the CWGC, said: “Both men died whilst serving their country and whilst we weren’t alerted to their death at the time, we now recognise them as war dead.
“Whether our men and women who served during both World Wars died on the battlefields far from home, or back on British soil, they must all be remembered.
“We would love to be able to find the family of these two soldiers.”


If you are a direct relative of either Charles or Frederick, please contact the CWGC by emailing enquiries@cwgc.org , with your name and details of relationship. or if
 you prefer you may contact us instead at jkgurney@tiscali.co.uk