Church Notices

A Demonstration of Flower Arrangement

The Flower Team enjoyed an inspirational demonstration by Fin from Belle & Blossom. She taught us how to make Christmas wreaths and a very special kind of posy. These pictures give a taste of the quality of the process and the finished product.  Many thanks to Fin.


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Christmas Services 2018

The following services will allow us all to celebrate the birth of our Lord:

Sun 23rd December   8.00am     Buckler’s Hard                             Holy Communion

Sun 23rd December   9.30am     Abbey Church                              Sung Communion

Sun 23rd December   11.15am   St Katharine’s Church, Exbury      Carol Service

Sun 23rd December    6.00pm    Abbey Church                               Carol Service

Mon 24th December    4.00pm    Abbey Church                              Crib Service

Mon 24th December    6.30pm    St Paul’s, East Boldre                  Carol Service

Mon 24th December    11.30pm   Abbey Church                             Midnight Communion Service

Tues 25th December   8.00am     Buckler’s Hard                            Holy Communion

Tues 25th December   10.00am   Abbey Church                             Combined Benefice Service, Short Holy Communion and Carols.

Sun 30th December   8.00am      Buckler’s Hard                            Holy Communion

Sun 30th December  10.00am     Abbey Church                             Combined Benefice Service, Holy Communion.

Beaulieu Village remembers World War 1

The following Press Release was prepared by a member of the Beaulieu Parish Council, and is reproduced here by permission

Beaulieu Commemorates the One Hundred Year Anniversary of the end of the First World War

The village of Beaulieu is commemorating the one hundred year anniversary of the end of the First World War with a stunning display of poppies in the Twinning Garden, situated in the High Street. The Parish Council have arranged for the children at the Village School to each make a poppy which are being planted in the Twinning Garden on Monday November 5th so that they will be in situ during the week leading up to Remembrance Day on Sunday November 11th.

The children have made 109 poppies which are designed to turn the Twinning Garden into a Garden of Remembrance for the week and we hope will be a fitting tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. It will also have importantly involved local children who will gave gained an understanding of the sacrifices made by previous generations. Twenty six of the poppies will have a plaque on them with the names of those who died during the First World War taken from the East Boldre and Beaulieu War Memorial. One poppy will be dedicated to ‘the fallen of Hautvillers’, the French village twinned with Beaulieu. The plaques have been beautifully written by the older children from the school who will then plant them in the Twinning Garden on Monday November 5th.

The Beauileu Twinning Association have very kindly sponsored the cost of making the poppies which has only been made possible by the hard work that Councillor Lindy Shanks has put into the project from designing the poppies to helping the children construct them.

We hope that as many of you as possible come during the week to view what should be a memorable sight.

Click here to see three photos taken on the opening day, November 5, 2018

Homelessness in the Waterside and the New Forest

The Waterside Churches together Nightshelter update November 2018

During the winter of 2017/18 the Waterside Churches Together launched the Nightshelter project. Within the Waterside area five local churches provided overnight accommodation on a rotating basis for those who were homeless and had been referred to the Nightshelter by the local agencies working with the homeless and needy in the waterside area. In the event there was a very low uptake.  Recent changes to the provision of Statutory Services through the new Homelessness Act have led the Waterside Nightshelter Charity Trustees to consider other ways to help the homeless or those who are under threat of becoming homeless.

It is now the statutory responsibility of Councils (in our case the NFDC) and other agencies to help the homeless or those threatened with homelessness; to this end more resources will be made available from the NFDC.

Although the needs of the homeless remain, the urgent need now appears to be to have means for the homeless or those threatened with homelessness to make contact with the helping agencies such as Citizens Advice Bureau, 2 Saints, and the Job Centre. These agencies are in Hythe so the Trustees believe that to have a ‘drop in’ Centre, staffed with knowledgeable people who can assist with a sympathetic ear, where folk can charge a mobile, use the internet or just enjoy a warm drink and some food will be a very positive way to help.

It is hoped to change the name and the charitable objectives. The Charity will be known as ‘The Crossings’ and will be an umbrella charity for other communities in the New Forest to be a part and be able to respond to local homeless needs.

It is hoped that the first ‘Drop In’ will open from January on two mornings a week (Wednesday and Saturday) in the Jordon Room at the front of St John Church in Hythe.

Further information about the project and how you may be able to help and support will be provided in the weeks to come.

An exciting view of the Abbey Church

In mid October, the Beaulieu Abbey Church was delighted to welcome the developers of the ‘Dine and Divine’ web site.  The Home Page of that site contains the following description of what it is....    “An Occasional Diary.     Two school friends now in retirement visit historic local churches followed by lunch nearby.” 

Beaulieu Abbey Church was almost the thirtieth church visited by this pair.  Their routine is well established.  MW takes photographs, both external of the surroundings, and internally of the main points of the Church and writes up his impressions.  BQ then describes the eating experience at a local hostelry or restaurant.

MW, co-incidentally a long term resident of Beaulieu and a supporter of the Abbey Church, took many photographs of Beaulieu, the Beaulieu Estate and Motor Museum, the location of the Abbey Church and the main aspects of the Abbey Church’s internal ambience.  He has kindly given permission for us to link to his site. You may admire his technical and aesthetic skills by clicking here .