Resident Newsletter: October 2020

Beechwood Village Community Trust
Residents Newsletter
October 2020

Things to look forward to…..

Before lockdown, the Beechwood Village Community Trust approved an application for funding to support a local community group, Parents 1st. Sessions are currently postponed, however, the two informal information events and a 10-week programme called ‘Me & My Community’ will be launching, when we re-open.  You can read more about the fantastic opportunities that Parents 1st will be bringing to our community here:


BRAND NEW YOUTH CLUBEssex Boys and Girls Club are ready and waiting to launch on Wednesdays at The Beech, for our young people between the ages of 10-25. Have you missed playing team games and having a laugh with your friends at youth club? The self-confidence sessions will leave you feeling on top of the world. We’ll let you know when sessions are starting – Watch this space!

Street Tag

The new free to download ‘Street Tag’ App, has recently been launched in Basildon and we would encourage all of our residents on Beechwood and Craylands to download this fantastic app and give it a try. Street Tag places a number of virtual tags around Basildon, which are visible on the map in the app and once you reach the location, you gain points, and what do points make? Prizes! There’s a variety of prizes on offer, all based around healthy activity – bowling, mini golf etc! A leader board shows the top point earners, you can play as an individual or set up a group, so that families and friends can play as a team. This is a great activity for the whole family to get involved with! For more information on how to begin tagging visit:

Southend Achievement Through Football (ATF)

Beechwood Village Community Trust, recently awarded Southend ATF a grant to provide weekly sporting activity sessions at Northlands Park, for children and young people aged 11 – 16. These sessions are focused on building friendships, healthy exercise and lots of fun! Staff at Southend ATF provide coaching in a safe space where young people can express themselves through leisure activities, to get an understanding of their abilities. The club will run for 1 year and at the first session had over 40 young people attend!

Community Hub Closure – Update

The Beech Community Hub sadly closed it’s doors on 20th March 2020 due to Covid -19 and has remained closed since that time. We are reviewing the situation daily, to look at when we might be able to open our doors again.  While there are restrictions in place, such as the ‘Rule of 6’, and with our community’s health and well-being in mind, we feel that it would be sensible to remain closed during this time.



We have been working hard to make sure that The Beech is a safe place when we return. We have installed hand sanitiser stations, new signage and one-way systems, in preparation for our reopening. We will only re-open the Beech when it is considered safe to do so.

In the meantime, remember to: Wash Hands, Cover Face, Make Space!

Have you been inspired throughout lockdown?

Do you know someone that has gone above and beyond during the pandemic? We would love to hear from you and include your good news stories in our next Newsletter! Please contact: or call 07872 033403.

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