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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

 

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…

News on activities & Services at St. Paul’s & St. Mary’s, Wooburn

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St Paul’s has some lovely activities for children leading up to Christmas.

On Saturday 10th December children can have ‘Breakfast with Santa’.  Contact sophiewinkler@googlemail.com for timings and tickets.

If your children enjoy crafts, getting messy and tea then come to the Messy Christmas Crafts on Saturday 17th December 3-5pm at St Paul’s Church Hall.  This is a joint venture with St Mark’s Church in Bourne End.  Contact clandeacon@talktalk.net.

Christmas Services: There will be a Carol Service at 6pm on Sunday 18th December at St Paul’s, and the popular Christmas Eve Crib Service will be held back in St Paul’s church this year at 4pm.  Children are welcome to come dressed as Shepherds and Angels.  The Midnight Mass will start at 11pm at St Paul’s.On Christmas Day at St Paul’s there will be a Communion Service at 8am; followed by an All-Age Service at 9:30am. On New Year’s Day there will be an Informal Holy Communion at 9:30am at St Paul’s.

Regular Activities: The Friday Communion Service and Lunch held at St Mary’s will continue in term time, as will the Youth Club on Mondays 7-8:30pm in St Paul’s Church Hall, Toddlers on Tuesdays 9:30am at St Paul’s Church Hall, and Tots Praise on Fridays 9:45am also at St Paul’s Church Hall.  Further information can be found on our website www.stpaulswooburn.org

The Walk Centre: We support The Walk Centre in Nakuru, Kenya, which helps slum-dwelling children and their families by providing education, healthcare and food aid. As well as helping with the charity’s many projects we aim to provide girls with handmade dresses, made from pillowcases, and boys with handmade shorts, made from adult t-shirts. We hold regular workshops to make dresses and shorts for the children. The next one will be on Saturday 7th January at St Mary’s. If you are interested in getting out your sewing machine please contact Sam at dressesmadewithlove@aol.co.uk.

Hire of Church Halls: For more information on any of our services or to St Mary’s Church Hall or St Paul’s Church Hall and Garden contact stpaulswooburnparishoffice@gmail.com or 01628 525512.

 

Dates for Cornbury Music Festival 2016

The festival is on 8th, 9th & 10th July at The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire. A great line up with lots of room for camping along with kids zone, poetry corner & comedy stage.

For tickets, go to   www.theticketfactory.com/bookingsdirect/online/tickets/festivals/cornbury-music-festival

Cornbury Music Festival 2016

Cornbury Music Festival 2016

A Visit to Bourne End Regatta with Dave Henwood

Dave Henwood has kindly sent in this article on his visit to Bourne End during Bourne End Week.

As many of you will already know, Dave travels back here from Wiltshire on a regular basis & often shares his stunning, local photos with the Facebook community. He has a huge catalogue of pictures capturing the beauty & change that creeps in with time.  Those of you who follow his trips will be aware that the railways are his passion & I was very lucky recently, to receive a sneak preview of his book, “Life On The Railway”. As soon as I hear that the book is on sale, I will let you all know.

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Bourne End Week – (Colour and Confidence make the Bourne End Regatta)

The first question must be, what was I doing in Bourne End on a day when the Train to get me there wasn’t running? A fair question easily answered. It had been just over a week since my last visit to the area that I called home for so many years, Thursday May 19th providing an all too rare opportunity for a weekday visit with the camera, unhindered to a point, with my only commitment on that date being to meet someone at Paddington Station, London later that evening. A very enjoyable walk from Marlow to Bourne End saw me spend almost an hour sat on the river bank between the hourly trips of the Marlow Donkey, which I was attempting to photograph whenever the intermittent sun coincided with its passing.
All in all that was a great day but there was something missing. Being a weekday, the River was quiet with just the odd pleasure craft out and about but of course this is not always the case. Summer weekends can bring a significant increase in water borne traffic and one week in particular will add an array of additional colour and excitement to that. I refer of course to Bourne End Week, the annual celebration of sailing on this part of the River.
It’s true, Bourne End’s Regatta is not in the same league as that of Henley but it is equally enjoyable albeit less well known. My return visit on Sunday May 29th was a combination of wanting to re-visit my former Buckinghamshire home village at some point, and my daughter wanting dad to take her out for the day which gave me the idea of combining the two, and we are so glad we did. Living in Wiltshire, it would have been a 90 minute drive up the M4 and associated A roads but using the train is always more relaxing and just as easy.
Today, though, the Marlow Donkey itself was taking a well earned break, with some fairly odd ball work taking place at Maidenhead Station causing the branch line to be closed. A comfortable mini-coach was supplied by the railway in lieu to transport passengers quickly between the branch line stations.
My daughter, who had accompanied me on a previous visit to the area somehow managed to remember that Ice Cream was available at Spade Oak Wharf. Other strange memories arose from her memory banks such as, Dad, we need to go to the Co-Op near the loos to get a Kinder Egg!
Well, who was I to argue, she seemed to have the day all mapped out and had already cottoned onto the fact that Dad had just been paid. We arrived on the coach from Maidenhead and made the Co-Op in Wakeman Road our first port of call, if you discount the loo of course. Suitably refreshed we walked through the village and down Oakfield Road to the River, pausing at the UTSC just as the afternoon session was kicking off. We moved onto Spade Oak for the aforementioned Ice Cream and found a nice spot to sit and watch the activity unfold.
In the couple of hours we were there, a few photographs were taken illustrating the busy nature of the River and the sterling job being undertaken by UTSC members in the Safety Boats – guiding the larger craft safely through what was at times a maze of sails and multi-coloured wind propelled craft.
Soon it was time to head back but time was available for us to walk up to Vineyards foot crossing over the railway, alongside the Spade Oak nature reserve and back via Upper Thames Way to the Marina where I had a quick catch up with Peter Osborne and Charlotte got to meet Rocky the Marina watch dog!
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Thank you to Dave for sending in his beautiful photos of Bourne End Regatta.

Craft Fair at The Falcon

Weather permitting, you can visit a craft fair & have an excellent pub lunch all at the same venue.

The Falcon  in Watery Lane will be hosting this event on 4th June from 11am. If you would like to book a table then call 01628 522752 for more details.

The Falcon Pub Craft Fair

The Falcon Pub Craft Fair

Events Calendar Update

Take a look at the Events Calendar for recently added activities & events.  Whether you want a wedding fair, singles night or join a charity walk, there is a good selection of activities coming up!

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Wedding Fair

Bourne End Christmas Fun Night in Pictures

Sadly, I couldn’t get down to the Fun Night myself but Dave Henwood did, all the way from Wiltshire along with his new pride & joy… a top knotch camera! Thank you so much Dave for acting as photographer for The Village Journal & sending these fabulous photos which show the busy & successful Christmas Fun Night 2015 & the wonderful community spirit on the lead up to Christmas! 🙂 

Dave added a little message…..

Having enjoyed last years Christmas Fun Night in Bourne End, I decided that a re-visit in 2015 should be put in the diary. For those that don’t know, I moved from Buckinghamshire to Wiltshire in 1995 but still return regularly to Bourne End and Wooburn Green during the summer months. Making the journey on a dark December evening though requires a bit more dedication but I’m glad I made the effort. It could have been Junction 17 to Junction 8/9 on the M4 but in this case I chose the Train which was far easier. A great evening was enjoyed by many and I think, it was even busier than last year with children of all ages seen having fun and doing a good job persuading mum to limit the mulled wine and dad not to hover too long at the Rebellion Brewery stand!

After a pleasant stroll round the village, testing out the ‘Night Portrait’ setting on the new camera, I called into SMILES for some well earned Fish and Chips. I’m afraid I didn’t manage to obtain either of the two ladies names that appear in the photographs, so, if you recognise yourself, please feel free to add some feedback. Until next year as they say…..well, until the spring anyway. Merry Christmas to you all.

 

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Bourne End Christmas Fun Night 2015 

What’s on this weekend… 9.10.15

Lots to choose from this weekend on the events calendar, so here is a taster of entertainment in your area.

Church Lane Vintage & Handmade Market is on today between 9am & 4pm in Chalfont St. Peter.

“Hog Wild” are playing rock n roll numbers at Ye Old Swan, Burnham at 9pm

On Saturday at 10am is the Berkshire Car Boot at Desborough School

Bourne End Community & Craft Market is on between 10am & 1pm

At 8pm is a Jazz Supper at The British Legion in Loudwater

On Sunday is a Giant Car Boot at Taplow, starting at 11.30am

Bisham Abbey Wedding Fair starts at 11am

7.30pm – Jazz Picnic with Big Band, Soundforce at Bourne End Community Centre

Check the calendar for more events & details.

Check the events calendar for regular updates

Check the events calendar for regular updates

Penn Festival

pennfestTomorrow, Friday 17th July is the start of Pennfest with a brilliant line up including Scouting For Girls, Razorlight, Jack Pack & Happy Mondays, to name a few. Some lucky people will be there all weekend – Camping is a popular way to make the most of festivals & glamping is even better…. WOW Tents are advertising on the Pennfest website, offering  a great way to camp in style. I think these tents would even tempt me to “sleep rough” for a few days!tents1

If you are not lucky enough to be off to Pennfest, check out the Events Calendar for other activities going on this week.

Events Calendar Update

I have just spent 2 & a half hours looking for activities & entertainment for you & then adding them to the Events Calendar, but there is still lots more to add.

We have quite a variety of great things to do & see around here – sheepdog trials, boat festival, Falcon Beer Festival, Pennfest, car boots, concerts, loads of Farmers’ Markets, Karaoke, Dog Shows, Classic Car Shows, live music, Art & Craft Shows…in fact this should keep you very busy over the next few weeks. Read more…