Church Notices

Exbury Fete:- Volunteers Needed

   " St Katharine's Needs You."

Can you help us to run our stall at Exbury's Village Fete? Because of unforseen circumstances we are short of hands this year. The fete takes place on the 4th of August. It opens at mid day so we would welcome you with open arms if you could join us at the stall between eleven and half past. 

This event is an important source of much needed income to meet our day to day running costs.

If you feel you can spare us some time please give one of our church wardens, Brian Hernaman, a ring for information as to how you can support us on telephone number :- 023 80 897528

The Benefice BBQ yet once more!!

The BBQ will be held, in the delightful grounds of Palace House by kind permission of Lord and Lady Montagu, in the late afternoon of Sunday July 21st.  .  Shelter will be provided in the large Beaulieu marquee, which will be left over from serving as a Tea Tent in the Beaulieu Village Fete, held the day before.

Details of menu, pricing, times of start and stop and other important facts will be released as and when decisions are made.

But Book the Date now!!

Beaulieu Village Fete; July 21, 2018: Advance Notice

The Beaulieu Village Fete is held on the third Saturday of July, and each year attracts many hundreds of visitors.  It is unashamedly "old fashioned"!  There are many stalls for bargain hunters; arena events such as Fancy Dress (especially for children this year, with a theme of Nursery Rhymes), Dog Competitions, Maypole Dancing and other surprises.  For the energetic, there are games including a Cricket Net, a Coconut Shy and an Assault Course.  Come one; come all!!!

There are always opportunities for helpers in many tasks.  If you are a Beaulieu resident, an Abbey Church member or simply someone who would like to help on the day, please email Peter Melhuish at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Travelers from Beaulieu visit Kent; what a wonderful county this is!

For the fourth year in succession, a group of people from Beaulieu (and from Lymington) have traveled together under the guidance of Lucie Lewis and Sue Nicholas.  After overseas visits in previous years to Chartres, to Santiago del Compostela and to Normandy, this year they stayed in the UK, and enjoyed the springtime beauty of Kent.  In five days, they visited Tunbridge Wells, Canterbury, Leeds Castle near Maidstone, All Saints in Tudeley (to see astonishing modern stained glass windows), Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens, and Petworth House.  For many of us, this was part pilgrimage and part sight-seeing tour.  It was a wonderful and often moving experience. Some photos are included in the Gallery (follow this link).  Many thanks to Sue and Lucie!!  Peter Melhuish

A Chance to honour the memory of a young servicewoman.


Jane Barnecoat-Chongwe’s son, Peter, is a serving member of the RAF.  Peter’s friend, Emily Kendrick, also served with the RAF (including time spent in Afghanistan).   Sadly, Emily recently died of ovarian cancer, and her funeral will take place next week in Cardiff.  More details on the BBC Wales Newslink. Emily’s parents will receive on her behalf a medal for Service in Afghanistan.  Tragically, Emily was only 25 years of age.  There will be a Flypast, which Peter and other RAF / military personnel will attend .  

We continue to owe so much to our young women and men, serving, as members of Her Majesty’s Armed forces .  We thank God for them, firm in the knowledge that Emily will rest in peace and rise in glory.

Peter and Emily