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The Beeches Grand Opening    2 May 2015

Saturday 2nd May. Not a terribly significant date in history, but one of great importance to all users, patrons, supporters and staff at The Beeches, and actually to all in Isleham and the surrounding villages. On this lovely Saturday we officially opened the Centre, with the ceremonial ribbon cut by two honoured denizens of the village, Ruth Diver MBE and Vernon Place, photographer. Over lunchtime there were terrific speeches firstly from Philip Aspland, the Chair of the ICA, who spoke about the long journey from inception to the day of opening, and how grateful he was to everyone that had been involved.

He was followed by Derrick Beckett, IPC Chair and District Council member for Isleham. Derrick also spoke of thanks and of his pride in the achievement and his belief that the village and surrounding area was already benefiting beyond expectations from what the centre offers.

Attended by more than 100 people including those from the village, invited guests and representatives from the main contractors and architects, it was a lovely and somewhat poignant event.

It was also a terrific bonus to have two sponsors for the day with Cheffins Estate Agents & Auctioneers and Mr Colin Murfitt, of C.J. Murfitt Builders Ltd of Soham.

VE Day Anniversary Dinner & Dance

The opening ceremony only proved to be the hors d’oeuvres for what was one of the best nights at The Beeches so far!

We celebrated the 70th anniversary of VE day in some style:more than 140 guests, many in fancy dress from the era, partied like it was 1945. The Galaxy Big Band put on an amazing performance with its excellent musicians and singers. There was a mixed degree of expertise on the dance floor, from Lindy-hop super stars through to line-dancing novices.

Many commented that the night far surpassed expectations and may well have to become a fixture in the Beeches calendar for years to come!

Sports & Gala Day 2015

I would like to draw your attention to a huge week for the village and the centre. On Saturday 27th June we are having the first Summer Ball in The Beeches, after three hugely successful Balls in the marquee, prior to building the centre.

There will be a three-course meal, charity casino, and the amazing band ‘The Other Commitments’, through to the early hours, for a night of great summer party fun.

A charity auction will also take place for holidays, events and gifts. Tickets are selling already but tables are still available for 10 or 12 guests; tickets are £40 each. Don’t miss out on this, as numbers are limited and tickets are first come first served. Best dresses for ladies and lounge suits for men for a glamorous and special occasion in our great village.

The following Saturday is Gala Day, and The Beeches will be at the heart again this year. The marquee from the Summer Ball will remain to form an additional indoor facility.

We particularly wish all those involved with the Gala every success this year.

I hope to see you at one or all the events listed below and thank you all again for your support for all that happens at The Beeches, Isleham.

Mark Goldsack


Upcoming beeches events:

see posters for more details

27th June - Summer Ball

4th July - Gala Day and Family Disco

13th November - Sportsman’s Dinner

20th December - Family Christmas Disco

31st December - New Years Eve Party


The Beeches bar will be open all day and evening; if you would like to help out for an hour or two please contact Louise on 01638 780097.

No experience necessary, training will be given, and its a great fun way to be part of Isleham’s biggest and best day of the year.

Vernon Place and Ruth Diver MBE unveil the Beeches plaque

Above L to R:

Mrs Margaret Cornell, Chair of ECDC, Tony Cornell Mayor of Ely and Councillor Liz Every with Councillor Derrick Beckett and Phil Aspland

A cricket match on the opening day

The Rev. Mike Banyard dedicating a prayer

Many thanks to Mike Rouse & Zoe French for the photos

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