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Welcome

The parishes of Beaulieu, Exbury and East Boldre in the New Forest lie between the outskirts of Lymington and the communities along Southampton Water, bordering the north shore of the Solent on both sides of the Beaulieu River. This is a beautiful and peaceful part of Hampshire full of bees and butterflies, ponies and partridges. Here one can surely see the works of God.

There are three churches and a private chapel within the Church of England Benefice, a Baptist Chapel at East Boldre, a primary school at Beaulieu to serve the area, several halls and community centres, sporting clubs, two museums, an arboretum, several shops, three hotels, various farms and rural businesses, river traffic, a nature reserve, ancient monuments, yachting, bird sanctuary, wildfowling, managed forest, heathland, two garden centres, bicycles for hire, two farm shops, two medieval barns, two garages, five pubs, a lively resident community and plenty of tourists.

Reverend John C. White, known as Father John  The Rectory, Palace Lane  Beaulieu SO42 7YG  tel: 01590 612183

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From the Rectory Study

  • From the Rectory June 2021

    The pair of swans about which I wrote last month have become parents...four tiny, fluffy, cute cygnets nestle in the feathers of the Pen; two eggs are yet to crack open.

    Following our benefice Annual Meetings, Adam Mills and Sally Brearley, Dr Graham Sterling, and Brian Hernaman and David Hughes were elected churchwardens. Thank you to them, and to those serving as PCC members this year.

    On 17th June 1246, some 42 years after its construction was begun, Beaulieu Abbey was dedicated. The service was conducted by the Bishop of Winchester in the presence of King John's son, King Henry III, his wife Queen Eleanor, their son, Prince Edward, the Abbot Alcius de Gisors, and the bishops of Bath and Wells, Exeter and Chichester. Although the Cisterican Monastery is now largely ruined, nevertheless the remaining buildings and stones remind us of what was once one of the wonders of Christendom. Belinda, Lady Montagu's wall hangings in the Domus provide us with a vivid record of the Abbey's history. It was a seat of learning, religious works being copied and illuminated. Fugitives could claim sanctuary at Beaulieu, so long as they remained within the precincts. Although the monks were not medically trained, nevertheless a garden in the Cloister includes many medicinal herbs used to treat various complaints.

    It is a privilege to worship in the monk's former Refectory. There has, in the history of the Church, always been a deep relationship between buildings and those who use them. Buildings can express our feelings of profound hope or faith. There has always been sacred space where God has spoken, and holy ground where the only appropriate response is worship; as T.S. Eliot expressed it in his 'Four Quartets', “where prayer has been valid”.

    St Paul uses the image of a building in a more specifically spiritual way. He speaks not of a physical building, but of the people of God as the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. He says that we are the building, and each one of us is a living stone. As such, we support each other by living for each other; by being there for one another. We give thanks for our Cistercian heritage, for the first monks who journeyed from Citeaux to Beaulieu, and for those worshippers whose prayers through the centuries have made this hallowed ground.

    Congratulations to Marion Loveland who celebrates her 100th birthday on Sunday 6th June. Following the 9.30am service refreshments will be served in the Cloister – weather permitting.

     

    With my love and prayers,

    Father John

     

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Church Notices

  • Sunday 13th June service - Full

    Sunday 13th June Service - Full   We have reached the capacity allowed in Church for social distancing restrictions. If you have a seat/seats booked please Read More
  • Sun 6th June Service - Full

    Sunday 6th June Holy Communion Service - Full Capacity allowed following social distancing rules has been met for this Service. Seats are full. If you have Read More
  • Sunday 30th May service - Full

    Sunday 30th May service, Beaulieu Abbey Church Seats are full to the capacity allowed (covid restrictions). If you have already booked seats, the service starts Read More
  • Sun 23rd May Service - Full

    Sunday 23rd May Holy Communion Service - Full Capacity allowed following social distancing rules has been met for this Service. Seats are full. If you have Read More
  • Edit to Calendar of Services

    Edit to Calendar of Services Please note: on the Bulletin for Sunday 9th May the calendar stated that on 16th May the 11.15am Service would Read More
  • Evensong returns

    Evensong returns Evensong returns to Beaulieu Abbey Church on the second Sunday of the month. 6.30pm, Sundays 9th May, 13th June,  11th July - Sea Sunday Read More
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Safeguarding

PROMOTING A SAFER CHURCH

The Gospel speaks of welcome for all. Being faithful to this compels us to take with the utmost seriousness the challenge of preventing abuse from happening and responding well where it has.

For information, guidance & resources, please visit www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding. Further information is displayed on the notice boards in the Church porch.

Rector: Father John 01590612183, Beaulieu Parish Safeguarding Officer: Sophie B 07596 491860,  Diocesan Safeguarding Officer: Jackie R 01962737317.

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The Daily Offices

Morning Prayers -  8.30am
Tuesday to Saturday - Abbey Church

Evening Prayer - 5:30 pm
Tuesday - St Paul’s, East Boldre
Wednesday - Abbey Church
Thursday - St Katharine’s, Exbury
Friday - Bucklers Hard
Saturday - Abbey Church

Coming Soon

15Jun
Tue Jun 15 @10:00 - 03:30PM
Benefice Office
Benefice Office
16Jun
Wed Jun 16 @10:30 -
Holy Communion
Beaulieu Abbey Church
18Jun
Fri Jun 18 @09:30 - 12:30PM
Benefice Office
Benefice Office
20Jun
Sun Jun 20 @08:00 -
Holy Communion Suspended until further notice.
Bucklers Hard Chapel
20Jun
Sun Jun 20 @09:30 -
Holy Communion.
Beaulieu Abbey Church

Rector & Church Wardens

Rector

The Revd John C White
(Known as Father John or 'FJ')


Beaulieu Abbey & Bucklers Hard

Adam Mills

Tel 01590 616329

email turftech@turftrax.co.uk


Exbury

Mr David Hughes
Tel: 023 8084 3613

Mr Brian Hernaman
Tel: 023 8089 7528


East Boldre

Dr Graham Sterling

Tel: 01590 612 378