25th June 2005


At the Church Fete on 25th June Beckingham Willow Works and History Group had a stall where they sold raffle tickets, gave out handouts and held a display of historical items of interest.
The raffle tickets were sold in aid of the Church with 3 prizes of Photographs of the Church and village.The handouts were an invitation to all interested to attend The Recreation Room on
16th August between 11am and 3pm for a tea and chat about village reminiscences and to view the hundreds of old photographs of the village and its residents.
There was also a display of a model of the Willow Works, courtesy of Neil Trickett and an original basket that had been hand crafted from the Willow Works.
11th July 2005
On Monday 11th July 2005 The Environment Agency and the RSPB arranged to inspect the premises of The Old Willow Works for evidence of Bats and nesting birds. A full inspection was carried out, inside and out, and a 24 hour video camera was set up to record any activity overnight.
Unfortunately, there did not appear to be any current bat population inhabiting the building, although the common Pipistrelle Bat was heard and seen outside.  There was evidence, however of owls using the building and Chris du Feu collected some pellets for further investigation.
A Barn Owl was spotted flying across the fields which appeared to enter the back of the Old Willow Works

collecting owl pellets
Later, the pellets were found to belong to the Barn Owl and to contain two species of vole (Bank Vole and Short-tailed Vole) and two species of shrew (Common Shrew and Pygmy Shrew)

Barn Owl
16th August 2005
Tuesday 16th August the History Group held a Village Open Day at the Recreation Room from 11am. The aim was for residents of Beckingham (and visitors) to visit and meet other members of the village, chat in the informal atmosphere and view the many interesting items on display. There were
historical agricultural and domestic objects and included a Willow Stripper from the Old Willow Works on Trent Road.

Recreation Room Open Day
The late Peter Mason's files (local well-known historian) were on view - these are an invaluable historical record of the village, its inhabitants and past industry. There were also display boards with information and a computer set up to view a slideshow of old photographs.
It was estimated that over 50 people visited during the day, young and old alike. There was also a visit by a gentleman who had

various historical artifacts and implements
been evacuated from Sheffield during the war and he was happy to talk about his experiences. The day was felt to be a huge success and another Open Day will be planned for the future.
September 2005
"Villagers in Beckingham finally have a new full sized post box after more than 10 years of

Delivery of postbox
campaigning. The past three postmasters in the village all failed in their attempts to get one of the big red mail boxes to replace the small wall box in the Recreation Room wall. But current postmaster David Lewis, who has been in charge since March, succeeded with the help of line

positioning postbox
manager Diane Hoyles. The post box has been sited on the village green in front of the post office and mini
market. The small wall box was not ideal for sending large envelopes and would overfill very quickly. Villagers often had to travel a fair distance to post their letters."
Proud new owners, Parish Council Chairman Henry Gourley, Councillors Brian Suart and Don
Brown, villagers Marion Brown, Robin and Madge Fletcher and Postmaster David Lewis.
proud owners
Bonfire Night 2005
Beckingham Bonfire Night got off to a fantastic start. The bonfire was a huge construction contributed to by many with special thanks to Brash's for their donations and Rob Smithson for the loan of the tractor. Thanks also to the pre-school
children for making the guy. The bonfire was officially lit at 6.00pm by Bob Davison

bonfire in the making
and the fireworks display followed, which was spectacular and thoroughly enjoyed by all those present and neighbouring villages too! St John's Ambulance attended to administer any first aid should it be needed (which it wasn't).
There was lots of food available from the Village Hall which included hot dogs,

bonfire alight
hamburgers, jacket potatoes and refreshments. Thanks to everyone who helped with the food and also those that helped to build the bonfire
Christmas Market 4th December 2005
The Christmas Market was held on the village green December 4th 2005. There were lots

entering the spirit
of stalls selling Christmas decorations, gifts, crafts etc and also Tombolas and Raffle Stalls - something for everyone, young and old. This year even saw a Wurlitzer Organ that provided music during the day and refreshments as usual

were available from The Recreation Room. The highlight of the day
of course was that special visit by Father Christmas who had lots of presents to distribute to the children! A huge thank you to all those that helped on the day either in putting up and dismantling the marquees etc or
helping with refreshments. The day was deemed a great success.
Carol Service/Switching on Tree Lights 2005
Saturday 10th December 6pm saw the switching on of the Christmas lights followed by the Carol Service on the Village Green led by Henry Gourley, Chairman of

Carol service
the Parish Council. There was an excellent turn out for the exceptionally mild evening. Hot soup was served at the interval followed by a visit by Father Christmas

santa's visit
who had come all the way from Lapland to hand out presents to the children. Thanks to Hugh Smith for the donation of the Christmas Tree.

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