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Greetings to you all from the BECCMARK team. Since I last spoke to you we have changed the clocks and gone into Winter mode! The beginning of Winter never seems to bother me too much as there is Bonfire night and of course Christmas. It’s by January I’ve had enough of it!
Too keep us all sane during these months most of us at BECCMARK are busy crafting. One such person is Chris Brocklebank. Chris makes items to keep us warm, dry and snug in winter, and here is what she is all about in her words:
This is the fourth year I will have had a stall at BECCMARK and I hope it will not be my last. I started knitting as a small girl; I can remember sitting next to my gran with these massive, wooden knitting needles and brown wool as she tried to teach me to knit. I in time taught myself to crochet and by the time I was 11 years old, I was crocheting table cloths and mats using silk, and later on baby clothes for my daughter.
I then decided to change craft and started making embroidery and tapestry and now coming full circle, have started knitting again and have been for around six years. I now hand-knit hats, scarves and snoods in chunky yarns which are marble, glittery or both, and dress scarves in ladder yarn, perfect to wear during the Christmas season. Every item is unique. There are a few designs of hats that I create, suiting various tastes, similarly with the choice of snoods or scarves. The scarves are long enough to wear any which way you choose and the soft yarn is lovely to snuggle into on those cold wintry days and the snoods are big enough to go over the head and still sit inside your coat. Colours vary from white, cream, earth tones, pastels and jewel and there will be something to suit everyone.
Another lady who is with us every month is Sally, who is our Avon lady.
Avon has become very well established beauty product in Britain over many years and Sally has been an Avon representative for over 32 years.
The Avon product has evolved greatly over these years and now sells a huge amount of products from clothing of all types, kitchen accessories, children’s toys as well as the vast arrange of beauty products and toiletries that it is more known for and much more.
Sally always has products to sell on the day of the BECCMARK sale at heavy reduced prices, and of course, can always take orders. She is a very popular lady, not just with our other crafters, but with customers. If you, like a lot of people, think of Avon as just lipstick and perfume, then think again.
The range of gifts she has for Christmas is amazing, from stocking fillers to larger items, which are of a very high standard, different from the normal on the high street and in most cases a lot cheaper than the high street, and that’s got to be a good thing! Sally has brochures which you can take away and look at in the comfort if your home, take orders and (as long as you’re not too far away) will deliver them to you. Come along and see what she has to offer, I think you may be surprised!
As this seems to be an all-girl affair this month I better mention one of our male crafters! Jon Lawrence is new to us at BECCMARK and we feel very privileged to have just a talented gentleman among us. Elements Craft Project is a Buckinghamshire based workshop created and led by the award-winning craftsman Jon Lawrence.
Jon has been developing his skills for over 20 years. Formally trained in cabinet making he has won international acclaim for his design and artistic quality, earning a silver medal at the international woodworking and turning exhibition.
His love for design and materials stems from his training as an engineer. Jon believes that “there is beauty in functional forms that can appear industrial at first glance”. He also has a keen eye for details of shape and form inside a piece of wood, which he says are, “waiting to be revealed”.
Jon has worked on a variety of commissions ranging from furniture, display cabinets, trophies, turned items, musical instruments, jewellery boxes and much more. So if you are looking for something bespoke and just a little bit special for a loved one this Christmas, Jon may have the answer. (email :-email@example.com or mobile no. 07470407050).
Well that’s it for this month. Next time I will be talking to you we will be coming up to the last bit of the Christmas rush. Sounds silly really as I write this today has been 20 deg outside!
So in the meantime take care and we all look forward to seeing you at our next BECCMARK on the 11th NOVEMBER at 10 am at Bourne End Library.
11th November and 9th December
For information please visit:- http://www.BECCMARK .co.uk or call 07989716635 or email:-firstname.lastname@example.org . You will also find us on Facebook.
This is a must! Go to http://www.bourneendcommunitycentre.org.uk & you will be able to take a look at 4 issues of Target magazine from 1966. See which shops, garages, builders & more, were advertising back then. Perhaps you attended some of the events advertised or you remember the various family names mentioned. I know it made me smile to see some of the adverts like Gaylors Garage, Clifford’s Dairies, Arthur Shortland Ltd, Launderama & Billinghurst & Sons Ltd. amongst many more. We even had 4 local Police Stations to call if needed. If you love local history, then this will keep you busy for hours.
Look up Articles of Local Interest on the website for more local ghost stories!
This is a very recent haunting in Wooburn, the lady who experienced this has asked me not to mention her name.
” In 2012 I was renting a house in Northcroft, Wooburn Green. I had been living there happily with my 2 teenage daughters for 6 months or so. One evening the 3 of us were sat together watching television when we noticed what appeared to be a large ball of smoke cross the room from right to left above the TV. It was touching the ceiling but seemed to be about 12 inches tall & a couple of feet wide. It moved across the ceiling quite quickly & all 3 of us saw it. My daughters were completely freaked out, screaming & running to the far side of the room.
Within seconds it just faded away but we could find no explanation for what we saw.
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A lady who used to live in a flat in Oakwood, Flackwell Heath during 1990 has kindly sent in this story but wishes to stay anonymous.
When the council offered me a flat in Flackwell Heath, I felt both lucky & excited. When I moved in I was full of great ideas for decorating & got stated on the kids room. My 2 little boys often cried at night & usually ended up climbing into my bed. I suppose I thought it was due to all the changes & a new bedroom that unsettled them, but this did go on for weeks. My eldest son would follow me into each room saying “don’t leave me with him” (There was no one there) & he became quite anxious. My mother would often have the boys to stay on a weekend & she told me that they were very well-behaved. They always…
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As we approach Halloween, why not take a look at some of our previous local ghost stories which can be found under “Articles of Local Interest”.
This story of a sighting in Wendover Road, happened in 1980 –
“My family lived in the white house at the top of Wendover Road, opposite Claytons school for 40+ years before Mum & Dad moved away earlier this year. I moved away quite a few years ago now, but it was our family home and I grew up there.
Dad worked for Thames Water and my sister and I often played in the Thames Water pumping station grounds in school holidays.
On one occasion, whilst playing hide & seek with my sister and our friends, I saw a ghost of a man on the south west corner of the 70s pumping building. This would have been around 1980. He was a man dressed in a blue or green parka type jacket, approx. 35/40 years old. He was a kind soul (at least he didn’t scare me!) and just walked…
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With the possibility of a new local history group, Roger needs to hear from more people who may be interested before going ahead. Please let your friends & family now & get in touch on the email address below. Thanks.
This Sat 14th Oct
The XC’S live Reggae Band 9pm till late .
Friday 20th October
Natalie The Medium
£15 per ticket .
Friday 27th October
8pm till late.
All at The Wooburn Working Mens Club during October.
Thanks for update Mandy!
This is a fundraiser for St Marks, a scrumptious tea and entertainment from the fabulous Blend Choir!
All welcome and we’d love to see you there! If you’d like to book your place please contact me, payment requested in advance please as numbers limited. Please feel free to invite family and friends!
Jane Cottrell – email@example.com
This is taken from the Target… if you’d like to know more, pop in to the Community Centre & pick up your copy of the Target! Also don’t forget the celebrations on 21st October where you can enjoy afternoon tea for £3 starting at 2.30pm & at 7.30pm an evening with 1960’s music from The Keynotes, £6