Church Notices

In Vacancy - the most frequently asked question

In response to the most frequently asked question, the Area Dean Revd Simon Newham says:

Why does a vacancy take ‘so long’ to fill?

  • It gives a parish and others involved in appointments (e.g. Archdeacon and Bishop) time to discern what a parish, and any new incumbent, actually needs to thrive (this could include pastoral reorganisation). This is reflected in the Parish Profile – which takes time, discernment and prayer, to produce well.
  • A vacancy allows a necessary period of time between the leaving incumbent and the arrival of any new one – for the parish to let go of the previous priest and be ready to receive the new who might be very different.  We are not a business (although there are of course comparisons to be made) and a priest is not a CEO – much of our work is far more relational – coming to a new parish is like being married rather then simply employed and some time between ‘partners’ is all for the good.
  • The vacancy allows new gifts in different people to develop as others become involved in the life of a parish – perhaps for the first time during a vacancy.
  • Vacancies are kept to as short a time as possible – there is no policy (as far as I am aware) of making vacancies last for any particular period of time.

Beaulieu Abbey Church Opening Times

The Abbey Church should be open by these approx times below:

Monday        10am

Tuesday         9am

Wednesday  10am

Thursday      10am

Friday             9am

Saturday      10am

Sunday         Open ready for morning service.

The main door of the church will be closed at approx 1pm.

Welcome Stewards Rota

This note is specifically directed at those members of the Beaulieu Abbey Church congregation who have volunteered to act as Welcome Stewards.  If any other member of the congregation would like to take on this important role, in the first instance, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that welcomers areasked only to be on duty for thirty minutes prior to the start of the Morning Service. 

The roster is as follows:-

14/04/2024  Jamie Burton & Sophie Burton
21/04/2024  Pam Sattar & Anne Carpenter
28/04/2024  Mary Noble & Michael Imeson

05/05/2024 Carol Mileusnic & Mary Cooper

12/05/2024 John Hughes & Kathy Hughes

19/05/2024 Annie Melhuish & Peter Melhuish

26/05/2024 Angela Whitehouse & Nigel Whitehouse

02/06/2024 Jamie Burton & Sophie Burton

09/06/2024 Pam Sattar & Anne Carpenter

16/06/2024 John Hughes & Kathy Hughes

23/06/2024 Mary Noble & Michael Imeson

30/06/2024 Carol Mileusnic & Mary Cooper


Many thanks for all your help.

Peter Melhuish



Scrabble & Tea every Thursday

Scrabble n tea


 'Scrabble & Tea' held in the Abbey Church Hall.

Anyone is welcome to join us, every Thursday 2pm - 4pm.



Safeguarding; an important message

Safeguarding Aide-Memoire

The Benefice is committed to theSafeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within the our ChurchCommunity.

In accordance with the Diocese ofWinchester Safeguarding policies and practice and with theoverarching Church of England National Safeguarding Policy and Practiceguidelines.

Within the Benefice of Beaulieu, Exburyand East Boldre with Buckler’s Hardthe appointed Benefice and ParishSafeguarding Officer is:

Mrs Jane Barnicoat-Chongwe,

Telephone contact: 023 8087 9748 or

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Incumbent / Rector - Revd John CWhite & The Benefice Safeguarding Representative - Jane Barnicoat-Chongwe

Dated and Effective from 7th March2017

For more information visit the DiocesanWebsite:


The main forms of abuse are:

Physical: bruises, burns, cuts, bites,fractures, etc. which do not have anexplanation.

Emotional: changes in mood orbehaviour, withdrawn or clingy.Depression, aggression or extreme

anxiety, nervous, low self esteem.

Neglect: under nourishment, failureto grow, constant hunger, inadequatecare, dirty, inappropriate clothing,unkempt.

Sexual: knowledge of adult sexualbehaviour – words / drawing. Sexuallyprovocative, sexual infections.

Discriminatory: racist, sexist, based ona person’s disability.

Spiritual: using faith, spirituality, trust tomanipulate and control people.

Financial: money, possessionsdisappearing, no money for essentials,

jewellery, valuables missing.

Institutional: care home, etc.

Grooming: of individual, family, church.

We may become aware of abuse or concerns about someone’s behaviour in anumber of ways.

  • •A disclosure from a person who has or is experiencing abuse;
  • •An allegation about someone’s conduct;
  • •A concern about someone’s behaviour.

All must be taken seriously and acted on.

Child Protection

Adult at Risk of Abuse

Domestic Abuse

It is everyone’sresponsibility to safeguard children,young people and vulnerable adults.




Attempt to investigate yourself;

Discuss the case with anyone else;

Speak to theaccused;

Ignore it.



Never promise to keep a secret, orconfidentiality. Tell them you may needto share this.

Assure them they are not to blame forwhat happened.

Reassure the person they have done theright thing by telling you.

React calmly, be aware of non-verbalmessages and body language.

Listen, do not ask leading questions orinvestigate. Avoid making comments orjudgements.

Tell them what you are going to do andthat they will be told what is happeningat each stage.

Refer as soon as possible to theDiocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

Find support for yourself.



Make full notes of what you are told –including names, the person making thedisclosure / referral, and date and time.

Date and sign your notes.

Use the words the child/ vulnerableadult used – do not ‘translate’ intoproper names, etc. As far as possibleuse the exact words used in thedisclosure.

If someone else is making an allegationor raising a concern you will need toinclude their contact details.

The original document should be keptsafely and a copy forwarded to theDiocesan Safeguarding Adviser. If youtype up the notes keep a copy of thehand written notes.

What to record: (6WH)

Who was involved – names of key people;

what happened – facts not opinions;

where it happened;

when it happened – date and time;

why it happened;

whom it was referred to;

how it happened.



You are not expected to be an expert inthese areas so refer on.

All Allegations and Disclosures mustbe referred to theSafeguarding Advisor.

If you believe the person is at immediaterisk of harm when they leave you, makea referral directly to the appropriateagency – Police or Social Services.

All disclosures, allegations, concernsshould be referred initially to theDiocesan SafeguardingAdviser, who willinform the bishops, archdeacons, deans,clergy, etc. as appropriate.

No concern is too small – all disclosures,issues or concerns seen or that you aremade aware of must be acted on assoon as possible.

Do not investigate yourself and nevermake assumptions.

Your Parish Safeguarding Rep is:Jane Barnicoat-Chongwe



Diocesan Safeguarding Manager

01962 737317 or 07921 865374

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Evening and weekends safeguarding

advice available from Hampshire

County Council (covers the whole of the

Winchester Diocese) 0300 555 1373

In an emergency use the 999

emergency number. If you do you should

contact the Safeguarding Manager as

soon as possible.

List of National Help Lines

Stop It Now Helpline:0808 1000 900

Childline: 0800 11 11 (free from mostphones and won’t show on phone bill)

Action On Elder Abuse Helpline:080 8808 8141

National Domestic Violence Helpline0800 2000 247

Mens Advice Line 0808 801 0327