Church Notices

Beaulieu Village Fete in 2019

After torrential rain on the Friday, and gloomy weather for much of Saturday morning, the 2019 Beaulieu Village Fete became dry and hot from the opening time onwards.  In keeping with this year’s theme of the musicals, the Fete was opened by Adrian Hall who played Jeremy in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and who arrived in Chitty with Lord Montagu.  The Fete was generally regarded as a great success, building on its philosophy of being simply a Traditional English Village Fete.  The setup crew on Friday morning braved heavy rain to erect gazebos, the coconut shy and marquees.  Everything performed splendidly and very many folk went home tired but happy.  Early pictures of the event can be seen by clicking here.

Sea Sunday 2019 with a representation of HMS Pickle

Fine weather showed Bucklers Hard at its very best for the 2019 Sea Sunday outdoor service. Around sixty members of the Benefice turned up, and enjoyed music from the Beaulieu Band, hymns led by the Beaulieu Abbey Church Choir, and an address by Canon Andrew Wright, the General Secretary of the Mission for Seafarers.  Bucklers Hard wharf was made even more delightful by the recent arrival a full sized reresentation (not replica) of the Royal Navy ship Pickle, which was the ship used to bring back to England news both of the vistory at Trafalgar, and the death of Nelson.

Many of us were really surprised to know that, according to Andrew, Noah actually built a second ark, under strict orders from Higher Authority.  We were told that Noah had detailed instructions to build an ark with many decks, and then to fill it, not with a menagerie of many varieties of animal, but solely with carp!  Noah was really amazed at this and asked the Higher Authority why he was making such a strange request.  The answer  'I have always wanted a multi-storey car(p) park'!

Pictures of the event (some taken by Choir Member Jamie Cunliffe) can be seen here.



"desiderata" is a Latin word, and means, I think, 'things to be aimed for in life'.  These words, written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann, have been wrongly attributed to the writer on a gravestone in a church in Baltimoread.  But wherever you think they have come from, they are an insightful statement on personal aims and behaviour.  They have had profound impact on many who read them for the first time.  Please try!


GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

By Max Ehrmann © 1927

The Annual Beaulieu Abbey Choir Picnic

Beautifully situated in the grounds of St Leonard's Farmhouse, and warmly welcomed by hosts Patricia and Adam Mills, the Annual Beaulieu Abbey Church Choir Picnic was a great success!  In one of the warmest days of the year so far, members and guests enjoyed the tranquil surroundings and were treated to some truly beautiful summer food.  Very many thanks to all those who helped with the food, and to that stalwart group who fetched, erected, dismantled and stored the gazebos.  The gazebos themselves were part of the stock of the Beaulieu Village Fete, and they provided wonderful shade on a gorgeous but hot afternoon.

Again, many thanks to Patricia and Adam.

Some pictures can be seen by clicking here.

The Gala and The Fete

The Musical Gala

A very few tickets remain for the Musical Gala, to be held in the Abbey Church on Saturday next, July 13.  Anyone wanting a ticket (price £20.00 including an interval drink and canapes) should contact either Jan Hoy by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Peter Melhuish (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) as soon as possible.


The Beaulieu Village Fete

The Fete is to be held in the grounds of Palace House between the hours of 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm on Saturday, July 20, 2019.  For fancy dress specialists, the theme this year is 'Musicals'.  This is a traditional English Fete, with bands, food, stalls and fun, all in a beautiful setting in the grounds of Palace House (by kind permission of Lord and Lady Montagu).  Everyone invited!  Proceeds to both the Beaulieu Abbey Church and local Beaulieu organisatins, via the Beaulieu Common Good trust.