Church Notices

A walk of witness on Good Friday

Members of the three parishes of East Boldre, Exbury and Beaulieu walked through the village of East Boldre on Good Friday morning.  The group was welcomed to St Pauls, East Boldre by Father John White (Rector of the Benefice)  and by the wardens, Graham Sterling and Marigold Jordan.  Prayers were said at four parts of the journey, led by Jane Barnecoat-Chongwe.  The weather was uniformly dreadful, but the spirit of witness was strong.  Coffee and Hot Cross buns were kindly provided, as we reached our goal of Hatchetts Pond.  Pictures (thanks to Carol Mileusnic) can be seen by clicking here.

Peter Melhuish

Waterside Churches Together Night Shelter; an update

Waterside Churches Together Night Shelter update

During 2017 the churches of the Waterside area felt that there was a need to provide some shelter to homeless folk who seek refuge in the Waterside area.

An ecumenical management group was formed and four churches on the area offered their buildings (Marchwood, Hythe, Dibden Purlieu, and Fawley) to be used to house the homeless on four nights a week.

Volunteers were sought and more than 60 offered (6 from Beaulieu Abbey) their help. This help covered the manning of the shelter at night, cooking evening meals and breakfast, transporting beds and cooking equipment between venues. Two full time ‘organisers’ were recruited (expert in social matters and homeless welfare) who provided training for the volunteers, were first point of reference with those needing a bed and generally managing the activities. The organisers were also the formal first point of contact with the various homeless agencies operating in the Waterside.

The project was planned to run for 14 weeks (during the worst of the winter) and was concluded at the end of February.

The Night Shelter is now a registered charity.

A review meeting was held in mid-Marchand Chair of the Trustees, Rev Edgar Ruddick summarised the first winter:

  • Operating on only 4 nights, non-consecutively, has been an issue.
  • A multi-centre model as current, and spread across our community does not have easy appeal.
  • Changing patterns of homelessness are moving homeless folk towards larger cities.

The Trustees of the charity and now thinking ahead to next winter and have posed themselves the following questions:

  1. Is a 7 night provision on the Waterside possible and could it be at a single location ?
  2. Should the catchment area be widened to include Totton ?
  3. Might a New Forest-wide approach be adopted in partnership with the Lyndhurst Anglican Deanery who are exploring their own needs for the homeless ?
  4. Should an evening meal service at one location be offered in late Autumn as a precursor to the offer of a shelter later in the winter ?

These and other issues relating to the homeless and those who are connected with the Food Bank are to be discussed in the coming months.

As a part of the Christian community in the Waterside we should support the Night Shelter both with our continued prayers and practical help as the plans develop for the 2018/9 winter.

John Hughes

Palm Sunday; a Benefice Walk

The Beaulieu Band and the Beaulieu Abbey Church choir, preceeded by Dolly the Donkey,  led an enthusiastic group of worshippers from the centre of Beaulieu Village to the Abbey Church.  Father John led the group in prayers and hymns, first at the School, then at the Garage and finally at the Tumbrells.   Pictures of the walk can be found by clicking here.

The Beaulieu Benefice Summer Day Out

We are planning a lovely charabanc trip from Beaulieu to Wells via Wilton on Tuesday June 26th . We shall leave the Abbey Meadow at 10am, a coffee stop in Wilton and onwards to Wells.

Our day will conclude with Evensong in the Cathedral, before a gentle drive back to Beaulieu. Fuller details nearer the time, if you are interested names to John and Kathy Hughes 02380207433 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to the Benefice Office 01590 612242.

All are welcome so please come and bring a friend


On Thursday 15th March, 7.15pm-9pm, the British Heart Foundation are holding a FORUM at the Abbey Church. Based on the format of BBC's “Question Time”, an invited panel will respond to questions from the floor. The subject for the evening will be “The National Health Service; the best way forward.” Tickets will be £10 available from the Beaulieu Newsagents until 12noon.