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Beenham Village Events

Beenham Village Events (BVE) is a community organisation constituted under the auspices of Beenham Parish Council for the purpose of organising social and fundraising events for the benefit of residents of the parish of Beenham. The group has helped to organise many popular Summer Festivals and village Christmas Tree celebrations.

Xmas events in Beenham

Advent windows around the villagepicture of advent window 4 in churchWalk around the village and look for the beautiful advent windows on display. Well done to all the people who are taking part and bringing a Christmas festive atmosphere to our community. A new window will be displayed each day until Christmas Day; look here for the ones that are currently on show.
Many thanks to our BVE members who have organised this delightful event.

Christingle and Turning on the Tree Lights
On Sunday 4 December the Christingle Service in St Mary's church will start at 4pm, followed by 'Turning on the Lights' at 5pm and then mulled wine and mince pies in the Community Room, with entertainment by the Beenham Band. See more details here

Father Christmas visits Beenham
Father Christmas will visit Beenham this year again on Friday 16 December between 5pm and 6:15pm. All children should look out for him.

Christmas Tea Room
Come along to a festive Christmas Tea in the Victory Hall on Tuesday 20 December in the Victory Hall. Everyone is most welcome.

Climbing Wall on the Rec
Outdoor Academy’s 28’ Climbing Wall came to Beenham Village Rec on Saturday 1st October. It was great to see children and adults growing in confidence and having great fun in the surprisingly good weather.

Three gentlemen from the village with a combined age of 206 years scaled the wall together much to the delight of onlookers!

Beenham School PTFA laid on brilliant refreshments and the 50/50 raffle and auction of flowers from Mad Hatter were well received.  See a selection of photos here.  All in all another great village event!

Platinum Jubilee Year 2022
The village celebrated the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in style and lots of people joined in the activities. Many thanks to all the helpers and participants who made this happen.

The community was greatly saddened by the death of Her Majesty in September 2022.

Beacon Lighting
The BBQ and the Beacon lighting at St Mary's church went really well. The hamburgers were thoroughly enjoyed and the bonfire went up with a roar. Bridge Building
The Grand Opening of the new bridge in Greyfield Wood took place at 4pm on Friday 3 June - on schedule and a wonderful bridge.  These are the first people crossing it. See more on the Greyfield Wood page, and there is a photo galley here. The Teddy Bear trail around the wood was very popular with the younger members of the village. picture of people crossing the bridgeFun Day on the Rec
What a great afternoon we had with our 1950s style Fun Day. Look at the photo gallery here to see our wheelbarrow race, the egg and spoon races, sack races, welly throwing and lots of other activities. Young and old and everyone in between enjoyed the afternoon. Many thanks to all the people who made this event happen, and to Tina Alder who took so many action photos. picture of fun dayVictory Hall Bring Your Own Picnic
The final event on our busy schedule of Platinum Jubilee celebrations was the picnic and film in the Victory Hall and Beenham Club.  A great event to round off four days of community activities. This event was also in aid of Ukraine.

Beenham in Bloom

Following a good entry again this year for The Six Bells Beenham in Bloom competition the presentation of winners' awards and prizes took place as part of the 'Climbing Wall on the Rec' event on 1 October. Here is a photo gallery of the winners.

Many congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all adults and children who took part. Thank you so much for creating and looking after your beautiful baskets, tubs and gardens, they looked spectacular. We were delighted that so many people in the village took the time to take a walk around the village to admire the entries and choose their favourite.

The Six Bells Beenham in Bloom 2022 presentations were made to the adults by Moira Hopes, co-owner of the Six Bells, and Tony Roe made the presentation of the children’s prizes along with the Edwin Roe Memorial Cup for the best floral entry. This year it was won by Beenham Pre-school.

Many thanks go to The Six Bells, Beenham, Englefield Garden Centre, Rosebourne and the Thatcham Garden Centre for the donation of fantastic prizes


Beenham Scarecrow Festival 2022
scarecrow_graphicScarecrows were displayed around the village, sometimes in the most surprising places. There is a photo gallery of all the entries here,

A huge thank you to everyone who entered the festival this year and to the tireless judges who gave up their time to adjudicate. The Scarecrows were all amazing and the five teams of judges, including young children and grandparents, said it was incredibly difficult to judge as they were all so brilliant.  The results, which were extremely close, are as follows:
Highly Commended: Ridge House, Webbs Lane - Spiderman and 11 Church View - Noddy
In 4th place joint position: Fyfield - Sponge Bob Square Pants and Pre-School Poppy & Pete
In 2nd place joint position: Stocks Cottage - The Queen and her corgis and Ararat - Celebrating in Style
And this year's winner in 1st place: Winrush - Mary Poppins

Supporting your BVE
BVE has a committee and enlists the support of other people, either to join the committee or to provide assistance in running events. For further information please contact please contact Pat Owen via e-mail patowen0@hotmail.com or by phone 0118 961 5860 or 07947 478840.

Regular activities in the Village
Beenham's Afternoon Tea Party is held on the last Tuesday of each month and is popular with all age groups within the village.  Come along to Beenham Club, Picklepythe Lane from 2 to 4pm for a chat, a cup of tea and a delicious slice of cake.  If you need a lift then phone Pat on 0118 961 5860 or 07947 478840 and something will be arranged.

Greener Beenham
We all know how important the wider environment is to our health and well-being. Beenham residents are supporting a number of initiatives:

Take those difficult to recycle items along to the monthly market in the Victory Hall

Buy your eggs from local egg producers at the Victory Hall on Saturday mornings 10am to 1pm

In November 2020 Greener Beenham started their campaign to help local flora and fauna in the Parish.  Phase one saw a group of willing volunteers planting small saplings - provided by the Woodland Trust - of Silver Birch, Rowan and Field Maple. We managed to plant clumps of narcissi around the green along Church View, opposite the junction of Stoneyfield and Back Lane and Mallard Way.
The Green Team includes Jane Liming, Pat Owen, Janette Hammond, Helen and Chris Apsey, Nathaniel and Cassie Hart; please support the idea of planting trees and wild flowers in our open spaces.

pictures of tree planting in Beenham

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