Cowes Heritage and Community Group


Registered Charity: 1192247

Beckford Centre

Welcome to the

Cowes Heritage and Community Group website

A new Archive Room and a Store are being added to the existing structure to accommodate all the historical material that the former group, Cowes Heritage, has collected since its formation in 2003.


Despite the dreadful June weather, and significant countrywide shortage of materials,  we now have a roof (and skylights) to  the new extension – which will house the Archive Room and Store.

However the patio doors which will lead out to the Decking Area are still awaited (after two months) and until these are installed the extension will not be watertight for the outstanding plasterboard, decoration and electrical work.

The sub-floor and underfloorheating elements have also been installed but material shortages (this time the new boiler) are hindering progess.

On a more positive note, the new signage is now installed (see the top right of this Home Page).

We aim to change this Home Page every so often to feature activities of the groups using the Centre – or highlight one of our books or DVDs for sale. Or we may just highlight an interesting fact about Cowes and its surrounds.

Today the focus is on…


We have a monthly newsletter that keeps our readers up to date with what’s happening at The Beckford Centre…

Now, admittedly, there’s not a lot going on with regards to our groups being able to meet but that’s because we have major building works going on at the rear of the Centre – see above for more details – but we hope that very soon we can re-open the doors to our members and start up our activity groups once again.

In the meantime, take a look at the Bugle by clicking on the link below – and if you’re new to our website, we also have all our back issues available for you to read.

Click here to view the July issue of Beckford Bugle