Church Notices

Benefice Administration; an opportunity


Beaulieu Abbey Church invites expressions of interest in the following position; Part Time Assistant to the Benefice Administrator.  Informal queries regarding the nature of the job can be directed to the Church Wardens on 01590 612242.  However, formal expressions of interest should be lodged with the Church Warden, Mrs Sally Brearley, either by mail to the Benefice Office, Beaulieu Abbey, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The final date for expressions of interest is 31 October 2017.  Selected persons will be asked to come for interview, having prepared a brief statement giving reasons for wanting the job, a brief statement of their career to date, and the names and addresses of two persons willing to testify to their abilities.  Such interviews are likely to take place in the week starting Monday 13 November.  It is hoped that the successful candidate can start work soon after December 1.


A more formal Job Specification can be read on-line by clicking here.


The Benefice Harvest Supper; October 9th, 2017

The Beaulieu Abbey Church Social Committee once more provided a Harvest Supper for well over 100 guests in the Domus (by kind courtesy of Lord and Lady Montagu).  The affair is always popular, and this year was no exception.  Despite a slightly smoke filled Domus half an hour before the scheduled start of the Supper, all turned out really well.  The food was magnificent, silly songs were sung and generally a great time was had by all.  Father John profusely thanked the many people who had worked so hard to achieve such an excellent result.  Pictures of the event can be seen by clicking here.

Isle of Wight Trip September 2017

Thirty six people shared coach transport to the Isle of Wight on Tuesday last.  There were two objectives in the itinerary, which had been designed and fine-tuned by John and Kathy Hughes.

Our first stop was the Victorian church of St. Mildred, Whippingham.  The existing church on the site as removed, and this Church built to the requirements of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who owned the Church when they purchased the estate at Osbourne House.   An excellent guide, Mr Colin Dutton, gave us a tour of Church and Churchyard.  It was a most enjoyable and enlightening experience.

The inner man was then satisfied by a trip across the Island to Godshill, where we enjoyed various options for lunch in very picturesque surroundings.  W e then re-traced our tracks to our second destination, Quarr Abbey.  We were met by Father Luke, who gave an informative account of the history of the Benedictine Foundation at Quarr.  We toured the grounds, visited the Church and listened whilst the monks sung evening prayer.  In addition, more excellent food and drink was consumed.

The trip worked extremely well, and we were back at Beaulieu by 8.00pm, just eleven hours after we set out.  Thanks again to John and Kathie.
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Advent Service, Winchester Cathedral


There will be an atmospheric Advent service in Winchester Cathedral, starting at 18.30 on Saturday 2 December 2017.  The service will take place both in darkness and in light, will use music and readings to provide a fitting introduction to the Advent season.  We hope to arrange coach transport from the Church Meadow to Winchester for this important and memorable srvice.  Further details will be published both on this site, and in the Pew Sheet.  Please book this date in your diaries.

Beaulieu Flower Festival; a blooming success!

The Beaulieu Abbey Church Flower Festival was successfully held in the Abbey Church on September 15, 16 and 17.  Despite the sceptics who said that the date was too late in the year, and the festival would be dull and uninteresting, quite the opposite was the case!  Visitors were astounded by the number of organisations attached to Beaulieu that contributed Flower Arrangements; there must have been at least twenty contributing organisations or clubs, with Beaulieu in their title.  A vibrant district indeed!  The arrangers took words and phrase from F.S. Pierpoint's hymn "For the Beauty of the Earth". and made creations to echo those ideas.  We have loaded a set of photographs for your interest, including scenes of the preparation of the arrangements, the drinks party to celebrate the opening of the Festival, volunteers hard at work in the kitchen preparing cream teas and other delights, and a sample of the arrangements themselves.  To see these pictures,  click here.