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General Clubs & Societies

Women’s Institute
The WI was started in Beenham in 1920 and still meets regularly on the second Wednesday of the month in the Community Room at 7.45pm. Its activities have been considerably updated and nowadays, as well as interesting speakers, there are visits to places of interest, theatre trips, meals out and regular pub lunches. Just turn up at a meeting, or if you need transport contact
Carolyn Main (President), Tel: 971 0164

Scottish Dancing
The Purley Scottish Dancers meet in the Victory Hall on Monday nights from 7.45-10.00pm between September and May.
You are welcome to come along and find out why so many people love Scottish Country dancing. It can be hugely rewarding as well as great fun. The dance steps and movement create flowing patterns and dances can be slow and elegant or extremely lively. You don't need any experience and you don't need a partner. All that's needed is a little enthusiasm! Everyone moves around and you will find yourself dancing with many different partners so it's a great way to make new friends. Dancing has many added benefits. It can improve confidence and self esteem, and is acknowledged for increasing fitness and stamina. One hour's dancing can burn up 300 calories, as well as reduce stress, increase energy and improve co-ordination.
Contact Katrina Alderton on 0118 9713331 or Jackie Oversby on 0118 987 3623 or 07745 310794, email jackieoversby@gmail.com

Beenham Friendship Club
This club is for people over the age of 55. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 2.30pm in the Victory Hall. Meetings cover a wide range of activities, including all-day coach trips, and afternoon visits to places of interest. New members are very welcome.
Contact Robin Chapman, Tel: 971 3715

Beenham Club
Formerly the Working Men's Club, Beenham Club is next door to the Victory Hall. The Club provides a place to enjoy a drink in relaxing surroundings with facilities which include a full-size snooker table, 3 dartboards, widescreen tv and extensive Jukebox. The club has organised Darts and Snooker teams and have live entertainment and Darts Knockouts monthly.
If you are: a group or team looking for somewhere to meet, interested in forming a Darts, Snooker, Crib, Whist or Dominoes Team to play in local leagues, looking for somewhere to hold a Charity fundraising event then why not base yourselves at Beenham Club - give us a call or ask at the Bar and we will try to accommodate you.

Normal opening hours are: Monday/Tuesday 7 -11pm (only when Snooker team is at home) Wednesday 7pm -11pm (only 1st Weds of month or when Darts team is at home) Thursday 7:30pm - 11pm (only when Darts team is at home) Friday/Saturday 7:30 - late (only if there is Entertainment/Darts KO.) Sunday 12pm - 7pm.
Children are allowed in the Club but must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
Members and non-members welcome. Membership is free - ask at the bar.

Check the noticeboard outside the club or keep up-to date with events by joining our group on Facebook - just search for Beenham Club
Contact Beenham Club : 0118 971 3991 or e-mail: beenham_club@hotmail.com

Beenham Wind Orchestra

Beenham Allotments Association
The Association was formed in 2010. It leases a one acre site close to the centre of the village, off Back Lane. The site is divided into 24 separate allotments, a few of which are shared by more than one allotment holder.
The allotment site is now fully established with robust fencing and established hedging, security gate, plots boarded on all sides, water available on site, and car parking area, roads and pathways with a weather-proof surface,
The initial enthusiasm within the Parish for allotments was strong and all the allotments were let in the first year of the Association’s existence.
After the first year, and in subsequent years, there has been a steady turnover of plot holders, and any vacancies are quickly taken up, showing an ongoing interest, although Membership was extended to surrounding Parishes last season due to more plots becoming available than expected. These plots are on a five year lease basis. (3 Plots were allocated to this purpose, and are now all taken).
The Association has an elected committee. The committee manages the affairs of the association and may be contacted via The Membership Secretary by Telephone on 01189 714465 or e-mail helenapsey@hotmail.com. Alternatively visitors to the allotment site on a fine weekend are likely to find a number of association members working their plots, and a warm welcome. Prospective new members seeking an allotment should contact the above to get their name added to the waiting list.
We occasionally hold social events and growing competitions which all adds to the enjoyment of being a plot holder.

Beenham Wind Orchestra

Beenham Wind Orchestra
The band is a wind band, formed in 1999, welcoming all woodwind, brass and percussion players. It has players of all ages and abilities. It meets on Friday evenings, at 7.30pm in the school hall, term time only.
Contact Simon Witcomb, Tel: 01635 869869. Alternatively, visit the band’s website at: www.beenhamwindorchestra.co.uk/

 

Bell Ringing
Bell ringers meet every Tuesday at 8.00pm at St Mary’s Church. Beginners are very welcome.
Contact Marcus Allum, Tel: 971 4446 or marcusallum@aol.com

       

Village Market
An indoor market is held in the Victory Hall on the 2nd Saturday of each month except for January and August.   This is a monthly social event to meet your friends and neighbours for conversation, coffee, tea and cake. Browse the regular stalls for a bargain or buy a cake and a jar of jam for Sunday tea.  To book a stall, contact Nola Rice-Wood,  Tel: 971 4822 or by email on nolesandfrank@hotmail.co.uk

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 popular Summer Festivals and village Christmas Tree celebrations.

Beenham's Afternoon Tea Party is held on the last Tuesday of each month.  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 for a lift.

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 Lesley McEwen via email: lesleymcewen@btinternet.com

Beenham Art Group
The group meet on a Tuesday morning from 9.45am until 12.15pm in the Victory Hall. All abilities are welcome. Any interested persons should contact Sunny Still on 9712255

Beenham Walkers

Beenham Walkers is a small friendly group of local walkers who meet on alternate Thursday mornings for a two- to three-hour walk. Sometimes we walk from Beenham; on other occasions, we start in villages such as Pangbourne, Mortimer and Bradfield or on the Downs at Aldworth or Watership Down. Occasionally, the walk includes coffee or lunch in a pub.
If you would like to be added to the mailing list, or would like more information, please contact Peter McEwen at peter.mcewen2@btinternet.com or phone 9713677

 

Zumba Dancing
Zumba Fitness classes are run every Sunday morning 11:00 - 12:00 in The Victory Hall. Come along and join the fun.
With its Latin inspired music, easy to follow steps and interval based routines, Zumba fitness is first and foremost Fun and it will also give you a great workout. Contact Neil Daniel, Tel: 0745 425248

 

Ballroom Dancing
Ballroom Dancing is held in the Victory Hall on a Thursday evening from 7pm to 9:30pm.  For more information, contact Patricia, Tel: 01635 863426.

 

Beenham Investment Group Ltd. (Greyfield Wood)

Greyfield Wood, situated at the west end of Beenham Village, was purchased in 1995 by Beenham Investment Group, which is, in turn, owned by about 40 households, mainly within the village.
Greyfield Wood consists of approximately 40 acres and is a mix of ancient woodland and commercial trees and offers a vast and varied habitat for a wide variety of animals and birds.
Greyfield Wood is managed as community woodland and villagers are encouraged to use this lovely location at every opportunity.
There are streams to “puddle” around in, well-trodden paths through the heart of the woodland and every likelihood of seeing deer, grey squirrels and recent activity by badgers.The plants on display vary with the season – bluebells, wild orchids, ferns, brambles and holly around Christmas.
Walkers, joggers and responsible dog walkers are very welcome. There is, however, no bridleway through Greyfield Wood! Also, please note that there are no parking spaces near the wood.
For more information on how you can enjoy this rural woodland, or if you are interested in becoming a member of Beenham Investment Group and sharing in the development of Greyfield Wood, please contact Ken Ewen, Tel: 0118 971 2856  and pilotdad@btinternet.com

 

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Current News: We have produced a guide to Greyfield Wood, for the use of parishioners and visitors. Click on the map above to view print or save a copy.

UK Wolf Conservation Trust
Butlers Farm in Beenham village is home to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust and houses several wolves in enclosures. The Trust has a magazine (WolfPrint),  enthusiastic  volunteers, thousands of supporters and different levels of membership. Further details on the Trust Page or on their web site: www.ukwolf.org

Sporting Clubs

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Badminton Club
Beenham Badminton Club meets on Tuesday evening in the school hall between 8.00 and 9.30pm. Potential new members, over the age of 16, are invited to join this friendly mixed group (sex, age and ability) for 2 free sessions before deciding if they wish to join.
Please contact either Terry or Pauline Stares tel: 01189713481

Bucklebury Badminton Club
Bucklebury Badminton Club play at Elstree School in Woolhampton where they have four courts.  Club night is on Tuesday evenings from 8 to 10 p.m.  The standard is mixed and you can come for fun or for more serious matches.  They have teams in the Newbury league and are looking for more men to play in divisions two or four. Ladies are also welcome as are men who don't want to play in the matches.  Check out our website for more information http://buckleburybadminton.intheteam.com or just turn up on any Tuesday evening.

Football
The football clubs in Theale (Theale Tigers), contact Dean Proudley proudley33@aol.com, and Thatcham (Thatcham Tornadoes), website: http://thatchamtornadoes.intheteam.com/modules/page/page.aspx?pc=home organise teams for children in the local leagues.

Beenham Dads' Football
The Beenham Dads meet weekly at the Willink Sports Centre (large flood-lit astroturf pitch at the back of the school) between 9:00 and 10:00 on Monday evenings (except Bank Holidays).
As our name suggests we are a group of Dads living in Beenham, all abilities are welcome, the numbers playing vary through the year but we manage to average out at 7 or 8 a-side.
Our 3 main aims as a team/club are:
Fitness – for many of us this is our only exercise for the week.
Social – we have grown into a close knit group that enjoy the competition and enjoyment of playing on the pitch but also enjoy other non-playing social evenings culminating in the Annual Christmas Awards Dinner at the 6 Bells.
Improvement – a number of us haven’t played since leaving school some 25-30 years ago.

Swimming
The nearest District Council swimming pool is at the Northcroft Centre in Newbury. However, three local schools now have their pools available for use at specified times. The schools are:
Kennet School Leisure Centre Tel: 01635 871112
Willink Leisure Centre Tel: 983 4845
Bradfield College Sports Complex Tel: 964 4600 (members or members’ guests only)

Tennis
The Indoor Tennis Centre at Bradfield College Sports Complex is open for booking by members of the public. There are three excellent courts which can booked up to six days in advance. Open Mon-Fri 07:00-22:00, Sat-Sun 08:00-21:00. Costs vary between £14-19 per court per hour depending on the time of day.
For an annual fee of £50 families can play as often as they like. (A joining fee applies, and reduced rates for singles.)
Tel: 964 4600

Douai Park Tennis Club plays at Douai Park. Coaching is available.
Web site: http://www.douaitennis.org

Theale Green Leisure Centre
Attached to Theale Green school, the leisure centre runs fitness classes, aerobics and circuit training, trampolining courses and gymnastics. Badminton and tennis courts are available and there are outdoor football pitches.
Tel: 932 3725top


Clubs & Activities for Children

Beenham Pre-School Group
We are a friendly Pre-School  based in the heart of Beenham Village but easily accessible from local villages, Theale and Thatcham. We have an exceptional outside play area which we use all year round and in every weather ! Children have a wide range of stimulating opportunities to learn through play both on-site and during outings in the local environment and further afield. Each child is allocated a Key Worker who works with them from their first day, helping them to settle and monitoring their progress.  We use “Next Steps” to ensure that every child is given developmentally appropriate opportunities to learn catering for them as an individual. We are also a member of West Berkshire’s “Every Child a Talker” (ECAT) programme.
Families are invited to join us for various events throughout the year such as our Nativity Play, Easter Egg Hunt, Leavers’ Party, etc.  We have close links with Beenham Primary School although we welcome children who will be attending a variety of different primary schools in the area.
We are open from 9am to 2.45pm Monday to Thursday during term time, and we now offer the option of a cooked lunch.
For further information, or to view our latest Newsletters, please visit us at www.beenhampreschool.org or contact our Manager, Paula Read, at info@beenhampreschool.org or 01635 860039.

 

Beenham After School Club (The Wolves Club)
The club aims to provide safe, high quality childcare for children aged 4-11. The children are in a secure and stimulating environment and have the opportunity to learn through play activities. They can choose a healthy snack from a wide range of options. It is held in the Community Room and has access to the school grounds.
The club is open between 3:05pm-5.45pm Monday-Thursday during school term times. It is also runs Fun Days from 8:30am-4:30pm for part of the summer holidays. It is open to all primary age children.
Places can be booked monthly in advance: booking forms are available from the school office Tel: 971 3397. E-mail:finance@beenham.w-berks.sch.uk.

Bradfield Brownies
The 2nd Bradfield Brownies meet during term time at St Peters Church, Bradfield on Mondays between 6pm-7:30pm. We have Rainbows (4-7 years), Brownies (7-10 years), Guides (10-14 years) and Senior Section (14-18 years). Please email secondbradfieldbrownies@yahoo.co.uk for further information.

 
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