Church Notices

Christmas Services; 2020

This note is written in mid November.  There are still eleven days of 'Lock Down #2', and the future directions of government and diocesan policy as regards the opening of Churches over Christmas, are as yet un-clear.  However, we can assume that the present restrictions (social distancing, masks to be worn, no congregational singing) will remain in place. 

On the assumption that services CAN be held over Christmas, here is the provisional timetable for services.  It is entirely possible that government directives will require changes to these schedules at very short notice.  Please ensure that you view this web page at regular intervals, as we will be using this as the main method of communication.


29th November Advent Carol Service

10am via Zoom


Sunday 20th December

10am Christmas Carol Service at Abbey Church

2.30pm Christmas Carol Service at East Boldre


Thursday 24th December - Christmas Eve

4pm Christmas Holy Communion at Exbury


Friday 25th December - Christmas Day

10am Combined Christmas Holy Communion at Abbey Church

Attendance WILL be limited, and registration will be required for the 'non-Zoom' services.  This web page will publish details of how this is to be achieved, as things become more clear..   However, we intend that priority will be given to our regular congregation.


Father John White; Rector of Beaulieu, Exbury and East Boldre 

Remembrance Sunday, November 8, 2020

Remembering the Fallen at Beaulieu War Memorial

(1) Remembrance Sunday (November 8) Memorial Service

(2) Remembrance Day (November 11) at 10.50 am

(1) As a result of the recently announced government lockdown, the planned 'open-air' Remembrance Service on Sunday around the Beaulieu War Memorial on Sunday next, November 8, will not now take place. 

Instead, Fr John, our Rector, will conduct a short Remembrance Day service via Zoom.  The service will start at 10.50, and include elements of the service already planned, and will include the Two Minute silence and the reading of the names of the fallen associated with the benefice. It is hoped to include a video clip featuring the Beaulieu War Memorial. All members of our Benefice congregations will receive invitations.  If anyone else, reading this web page, would like an invitation, please email our Benefice Administrator, Elizabeth Field, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Traditionally, the collection taken is for the work of the Royal British Legion. Although this cannot now be made on Sunday, nevertheless donations are still most welcome. Mr Robert Gayner, who organises the Collection each year, will be happy to receive these. It would be helpful to receive it via an evelope clearly labelled 'Royal British Legion' collection. 

(2) As the government now allows open air services for special commemorative events, Fr John has planned a short service at Beaulieu War Memorial, on Remembrance Day, Wednesday November 11. It will include the laying of wreaths by representatives from the local community and the observance of the Two Minute silence. All members of the Beaulieu community are warmly invited to attend this service, but strict compliance with social distancing, wearing of masks and avoidance of singing will be required.

Please also note that cars will NOT be permitted on Church Meadow, so all those attending this service are encouraged to walk to the War Memorial.  Only those actively participating in the service will be within the Churchyard.  All others must observe from the Church Meadow area.

Further details will be posted to this page as they become available

Peter J Melhuish

Church Warden (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICE Sunday 4th October 9.30am. 

In these strange times, we are required to impose social distancing, and therefore to limit the number of worshippers in Beaulieu Abbey Church.  The maximum number of persons (bubbles) in the Abbey Church is limited to approximately 70.  For special services, we may need to require registration prior to the service.

All persons who wish to attend the Harvest Thanksgiving Service at 9.30 on Sunday October 4, and who have not registered their interest on Sunday September 27, must contact the office via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) as soon as practicable.

Regrettably, persons who have NOT registered their intention to attend, may be refused admittance.

Many thanks

Peter Melhuish (Church Warden)

Notice of the Annual Meetings Oct 6, 2020

All Church of England parishes are required to have two annual meetings.  In the first of these, a Meeting of Parishioners, the only item of business is the election of Churchwardens.  All members on the Parish Electoral Roll, together with all residents in the parish may vote.  After this (often very short) meeting, there is the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, which is in effect an AGM for the Church.

Due to the imposition of nationwide 'LockDown' in March 2020, all arranged annual meetings of this type were cancelled.  After the recent easing of restrictions on meetings, the Beaulieu APCMs (Annual Parish and Church Meeetings) have been scheduled to take place on Tuesday October 6 in the Abbey Church, starting at 6.30 pm.

The  Agenda is available on this website, at;

The Minutes of the Previous Meeting (in March 2019) are also available on this website at


Ride and Stride 2020 results

Almost a dozen worthy members of the parish and congregation set out to stride (there were ten of us) and ride (just one) around the Benefice.

The walkers startwd at Beauliue Abbey Church car park, walked to Buckles Hard, and then on to St Pauls, Easr Boldre.  The cyclist (John Hughes) started in Exbury, and managed to visit eight or ten churches before joining the tired walkers for refreshments.  Many thanks to Graham Sterling, ably supported by Sylvia Lovell, for providing liquid refreshment.

It was a delightful morning's exercise.  Latest estimates of amount raised are £785, but there are more monies which have been paid directly into 'Virgin Giving', which will swell the amount.  50% of all monies collected are returned to the host Churches, the rest goes to the Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches trust.

It is an annual event, so we will meet again in 2021, on the second Saturday of September, which is September 11.  Hope to se you all there!

Peter J Melhuish