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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

BECCMARK Monthly Report

Each month we will have an updated report from BECCMARK & to start us off we have a little background information from  Alison Smith.

BECCMARK March Report

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BECCMARK (which stands for Bourne End Community and Craft Market) was started 6years ago by its co-founders Rosie O’Hagan and Julia Wooster. Their idea was to bring good quality artisan products in the form of Food and Arts and Crafts as well as other small local businesses to the community.

At the same time, by having the Market in the local library in Wakeman Road, they were supporting the funding of the Library which was, at the time, under the threat of closure.  They also wanted to support local charities, which, to date, have benefitted from well over £3000, by having a tombola where the stall holders donate items from their various tables.

The Market takes place in the public room at Bourne End Library (Wakeman Road, SL8 5SX) every second Saturday of the month and has grown considerably over the years and we now have 40 regular stall holders and also one-off stalls offering all sorts of wonderful food and crafts as well as garden produce, health, beauty and fitness specialists for the family as well as items for our beloved pets. I truly believe that you could come in and get most of the weekend shop with us! You can buy your Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner for entertaining with the choice of excellent cheeses for that all-important cheese board, lovely jams, marmalade and honey for that lazy Sunday morning breakfast, meat for your Sunday dinner. You could get that birthday present and card that you have been meaning to get, buy the plants for your garden……..and the list goes on.

So each month I will be bringing you news introducing you to the producers and crafters that bring us these wonderful products, starting with the one thing we all love FOOD. I will be introducing them to you and the products they sell.

So, if you like home-baked produce (always samples available), hand made unique jewellery, cards, embroidered, felted and knitted goods, crafts, bags and freshly brewed coffee and tea, pop along and see us at BECCMARK, for a fun and inspiring morning out. Our next fair is on Saturday March 11th starting at 10am until 1pm.

I look forward to seeing you there

Alison Smith  (BECCMARK Crafter)

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Upcoming Dates

11th March, 8th April, 113th May, 10th June, 8th July, 12th August, 9th September, 14th October, 11th November and 9th December.

For information, visit http://www.BECCMARK.co.uk or call 07989 716635 or email rosieohagan@me.com   

or go to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BourneEndCommunityCraftMarket/ 

Early Spring Ball

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Message from Penny Drayton…

Final few tickets and a table available to reach maximum capacity at the hotel for the Ball! Please don’t hold back, come and join us, have a brilliant night out and support this incredibly important campaign at the same time.

Bonus prize draw on the evening for every ticket purchased, you need to be in it to win it…

Also looking for 2 volunteers for the evening to sell and fold the raffle tickets throughout the meal. The prizes are fantastic so the sales are expected to be huge! Please contact me if you can help (you get to stay and party away for the evening too..)

Just 10 days to go. Hope to see you there!

Our Advertising Rates are Still at 2016 Prices

Our advertising rates have not gone up this year, so get your advert booked in at 2016 prices – £20 per month or 6 months for the price of 5.

Ads are shared all over facebook, twitter &  in our advertising gallery along with being placed in the Business Directory pages.

Email: villagejournal@btinternet.com

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Table Top Sale for Stokenchurch Dog Rescue – Sat. 18th Feb

Tabletop sale for Stokenchurch Dog Rescue this Saturday!!….. in the warm!!

11am start  till 1pm in Longburrow Hall, Park Lane, Stokenchurch, High Wycombe, Buck.  HP143TQ

All the normal stalls raising much needed funds for our pooches and lots of stuff as we have not had a sale for a couple of months! Volunteers always welcome too. Please share!!!

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Welcome to Thames Valley Alert: Community Messaging

Great way to keep up to date with crime in your area.

This looks like a very useful service although you will have to give you details, address, tel. number etc. The website states the following:

Thames Valley Police are committed to involving the community in the policing of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes. We believe that by improving the flow of information between the community and its police we can all make a greater impact in the prevention and detection of crime and anti social behaviour.

This site provides an invitation for you to participate in the exchange of information with Thames Valley Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other community groups. You do not need to join a specific watch scheme but you may find that there are like minded residents or businesses in your area who would welcome your support.

If you live or work in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire or Milton Keynes, you are invited to register now to become a registered recipient of messages of information, crime alerts or witness appeals local to the area in which you live or work in a way that suits your needs and lifestyle by email, text or telephone. Register now to Thames Valley Alert.

As a registered recipient you will not only benefit from two way messaging but may also learn about those in your community subject of anti social behaviour orders, help identify suspected or wanted criminals from the Gallery pages or learn about community groups, events or meetings in your area.

Please note: This service is not monitored out of office hours and is not for reporting crimes or incidents. To report these please contact Thames Valley Police on 101. 

It’s worth noting that this is not an anonymous system and in order to verify your registration they will require your full name and correct location.

And whilst on the subject, who remembers this PC?

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Why & Who is Deliberately Letting the Horses out?

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This week has had numerous reports of the horses in Slate Meadow, escaping & wandering around parts of Wooburn Green & Bourne End.

Several times, local residents have reported the fence posts have been lifted & wire has been cut, which leads to the assumption that this has been a deliberate action. Coincidentally, a few days previously, a notice was put on the gate asking for the horses to be removed within 5 days or they would be destroyed.

While local residents & the police have done their best to catch the horses & tape off open areas of the fence, it appears that someone is still cutting the fence to let the horses out. Some believe that perhaps the horses are being given the chance to escape rather than be destroyed but this action is only putting both motorists & the horses in danger.

Whether the person behind this is trying to help the horses or get rid of them, don’t underestimate the local community where the importance of both Slate Meadow & the horses are concerned!

If you would like more information on “Save Slate Meadow” please go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/SaveSlateMeadow/ 

or for “Keep Bourne End Green” please go to https://www.facebook.com/keep bourne end green

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