Church Notices

Chartres Trip

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We are delighted that this trip to Chartres has received an enthusiastic

response and that the dates and arrangements are now confirmed.


The arrangements are: Travel by coach from Beaulieu on Tuesday morning 19 May, then by ferry to Caen and on to Chartres, arriving in the afternoon. The same coach (comfortable with loo facilities) will take us, remain with us and bring us back for the homeward journey to Beaulieu to arrive back in the evening of Friday 22 May.

This will give us two full days to explore Chartres Cathedral and wander the Mediaeval City.  Lucie Lewis will travel with us as our guide and there will be a specialist guide for our visits to the Cathedral.

The cost of the complete trip including travel (coach and ferry), hotel (bed and breakfast) and guided visits to the Cathedral will be £395, per person, sharing a double or twin room.  Single rooms will cost an additional £25 per person, per night. Other than breakfast, the cost of food and drink is not included.

Deposit payments of £100 per person are now requested from the people who would like to join this exciting trip to Chartres.  Please contact Sue Nicholas on 01590 612736 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any queries and to arrange method of payment and to confirm room requirements.  The balance will be required by the beginning of April and will be requested in March.


Honeypot Concert

A Christmas Concert

in aid of The Honeypot Charity

 in Beaulieu Abbey Church on

8 December at 7.30pm

with special guest speaker, Dan Snow.

The Beaulieu Warblers, conducted by James Fitzgerald are providing the music.

Tickets £10 to include a champagne reception, are available from Honeypot House, 02380 890002.

Chartres Visit ... Revised Dates

Chartres .... Tues 19th May until Fri 22nd May 2015

We are planning a trip to Chartres for anyone from Beaulieu Village and also our three churches.
We would travel by coach from Beaulieu on Tuesday morning, we would take the ferry across the Channel and continue to Chartres in the coach, hoping to arrive during the afternoon. The reverse for the homeward journey, arriving back in Beaulieu, late afternoon on the Friday.
Our excellent knowledgable and genial guide would travel with us.
This would give us two full days to explore the cathedral and to wander around the city.
We cannot estimate the cost until we know how large a coach we would require.
If you might be interested in this venture could you please contact Sue Nicholas Tel no, 01590612736
or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Chartres Cathedral

News From Beaulieu School


HELP NEEDED for Children in Uganda


We are asking for help on behalf of Bujoloto Primary School, a school in Mbale in Eastern Uganda.

Five years ago we linked with this school to learn about a culture, completely different from our own and to give the children experience of the wider world.

Nimrod Wambette is the headteacher of this enormous 2000 pupil school with only one computer! Every class has over 100 children and most have to stand in lessons through lack of furniture. Children walk miles to attend, often in dangerous conditions and go without food during the day and then walk miles to get home. This is how important education is to these children! They fully understand that education can change their future.

Nimrod has already visited Beaulieu several times to meet the children and become immersed in everything this unique village has to offer. Every time he visits we collect articles for him to take back to school with him. Unfortunately we are unable to send items to the school as they don’t tend to arrive, so we take full advantage of his visits to load him up!

I know you must be thinking, how Nimrod can make such frequent visits to the UK? It’s easy, during the week he is the head of the school and at the weekend he runs his own coffee plantation at the foot of Mt Elgon. In his spare time he heads a local cooperative that grows and exports coffee to the UK! It is this link with Cafe Direct that enables him to visit.

Last Easter, my family and I visited Nimrod and stayed with him in his home over the Easter period. Easter Day we attended his local church, a brick built building with a tin roof and packed full of families and lots of children! The service was extensive! We slipped away after two and a half hours! A mix of preaching the word of God, joyous singing and a massive fundraising exercise, all in one service! Not really a million miles away from us really! The children were also very involved but they went in and out of the church as they pleased. When they got bored they would go out and play, turning cartwheels or playing games and then slipped back in to listen some more! An experience none of the family would forget!

Nimrod is due to visit again in December. Families at school collect items but we are really struggling to find spare items in the home to give him this time around. So this is why I am writing to you.

Below is Nimrod’s wish list. Remember this school has 2000 children aged from 4 to 16 and very little equipment. What they have, is what we have been able to provide. He is always keen to take back old laptops that work but are just out of date as he can give these to his teachers. They do not have digital cameras and these are also very useful for teachers so if you have upgraded yours recently please think about sending them to Uganda. Working mobile phones are also sought, don’t forget to take your sim card out, I am sure you may have an old one tucked in a drawer somewhere!

Electricity and running water is intermittent at best. Both are non-existent in the villages! Wind up rechargeable head torches are extremely useful, just to be able to see after dark!

Nimrod’s Wish List

  • pens, pencils, rulers, felt tips      etc
  • new or used free size sports wear      (sneakers, track/training suits,etc) balls
  • laptops
  • used digital cameras, and usable      mobile phones
  • Educational and Entertainment      DVDs on topics like volcanoes, climate change, wildlife, nature, planets,      world, history, science, Queen's Diamond Jubilee, comedies, cartoons,      English Language Teaching, cartoons, Children’s videos
  • Windup rechargeable head lights
  • Holdalls/bags to      pack equipment in to take back to Uganda

If you do not have any of these items, but would still like to help, then you can!  Donations are just what we need and then I can buy him exactly what he requires. PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN! 

Please bring items or donations to school by Monday 1st December.  Thank you.

From Jane Noble (headteacher) and all the children at Beaulieu Village Primary school.

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Charting The Church History


By Anthony Norris

It is a requirement of the Diocese that the Parochial Church Council of every Parish complete what is called a ‘Terrier’.

The introduction to the document describes what it should contain. Precising, it says ‘A true Note and Terrier of all the Glebes, Lands, Meadows, Gardens, Orchards, Houses, Tenements, Rent-charges in lieu of Tithes, and other Rights belonging to the Parish Church of Beaulieu, together with a true Inventory of all the Goods, Books, Ornaments, and Utensils of the said Parish and Parish Church’. So the Terrier records everything in the possession of the Parish Church. However it mentions nothing about the history of the items in the inventory. It was not until 1973 that a formal method of church recording was introduced. This task was begun by The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, NADFAS for short. It was not until 1987 that Beaulieu Abbey Church had compiled their own NADFAS Church Record. That it was completed was due in no short measure to the unstinting efforts of a group of church helpers led by Eileen Lappin. Such a mammoth undertaking has enabled much of the history of Beaulieu Church to be catalogued for future generations.

However, we were very fortunate that in Eileen Lappin we had a person with incredible drawing skills and she has included within the records detailed drawings of all the main features of the church.

I expect many of the church congregation have marvelled at the grandiose memorial in the Sanctuary, attached to the East Wall, but I expect, as it is in the Chancel which is locked when services are not taking place, few have had opportunity to look at the memorial at close quarters and read the words engraved on it.


History 1

However, as part of the Church Record, Eileen Lappin made a wonderful scale drawing of the memorial in which we are easily able to read its text.

History 2

Although this memorial is not the oldest in the church as a plaque dated 1605 exists on the West Wall of the Chancel, it does pre-date the beginning of the recording of baptisms, marriages and deaths which began in 1654. So researching into its history was somewhat more of a challenge. However a surprising quantity of information can be found.

The memorial, as one can read, was to commemorate the death of Mary Do, who died in childbirth on 18th June 1651. To be able to afford such a magnificent memorial it was evident that the family were very affluent and influential. The vertical acrostic  MARY DO, together with the Elliot coat-of-arms which heads the memorial makes it even more impressive.

Mary Do was the daughter of Thomas Elliot. The Elliot family lived in Beaulieu from soon after the Dissolution. Bovery Grange [now Beufre] was held, in 1578, by Nicholas Elliot. He had five sons, Nicholas, Henry, Daniel, Thomas and John, and three daughters Elizabeth, Jane and Dorothy. Daniel went off to become, eventually, a well-to-do merchant tailor in the City. On Nicholas’ death the farm passed to Thomas. Thomas took the style of Gentleman, and obtained a grant of Arms. He married Elizabeth Castell, perhaps of the Castells of Walhampton, also a member of the gentry, with arms of their own. They had four sons and three daughters, including Mary [Moll]. It would seem the children were under-age when their father died in 1612; it is known that Mary [who married William Do] was born only the previous year.

One John Do [Doe] took a lease of Curtle in 1616, which appears to have remained in the family until it passed to the Goters in the 1650s. William Do, probably son of John, was a churchwarden in 1634 and was also referred to as a Gentleman, implying status in the community. 

Mary Elliot married William Do on 23rd September 1634, by licence, at St Michaels, Southampton. They had a number of children, including Martha, who, it is recorded in a nuncupative [verbal] will, that “I do give all that I have to my poore Mother, Mary Do, yea let her have it all who else shoulde, and for God’s sake pray her to be good to the Poore

Mary died on June 18th 1651, in childbirth, aged 40.

The name Elliot, and their legacy to the parish, remained until very recently. Daniel, son of Nicholas, died in 1628 and left money in his Will to the Parish which was benefitting from it until recently. His Will included ‘…to pay twenty pounds a year thereof to one Mr. Robinson who is minister or preacher of the Parish church of Bewley during so long time as he shall live or continue Preacher of the same parish to and for the betteringe of his means of living. And after his decease or moving from the parish to anie other place… [the same £20 a year]…shall be paid to everie other succeeding minister and preacher of the same parish….’ The Will goes on ‘…I give to the parish of Beawly where I was born, the sum of Twenty pounds to be distributed at the discretion of Mr. Robinson ye minister thereof… to and amongst the poorest aged and impotent people inhabiting the said parish …’.

It was only in the 1970s that a lump sum was paid to the church to terminate the bequest. So the church benefitted from Daniel Elliot’s bequest for over 300 years, though its value gradually diminished with inflation.

Early this year, when updating the heating system, the removing of tiles under the choir stalls revealed the vault, directly in front of the memorial, probably containing the remains of Moll Do. It is quite likely that the Chancel was raised in the alterations of 1840 to conceal the vault.

History 3Roof of the vault containing Mary Do’s remains, revealed under the choir stalls.