Church Notices

Stars in memory of a loved one


At St Katharine's Church, Exbury, you are welcome to write your loved one's name onto a star and hang this on the Christmas tree in Church.

Opportunities to do this will be Sunday 13th December, 11.15am Morning Prayer, and Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 4.00pm Christmas Holy Communion. 

Please note: if you wish to attend any of the Christmas Services at St Katharine's or the other churches, you will need to register how many of your family are attending for social distancing/track and trace purposes.  Please email the Benefice Office. 

Below - The Christmas Tree in St Katharine's Church with Stars, and members of the congregation about to put their stars on the tree.

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Christmas Services; 2020

This note is updated on December 26.  We are now in Tier 3 of the pandemic control system.  There are still strict controls on public worship, which include:-  social distancing of at least one metre, assuming all within the building are wearing masks, no public singing or chanting, maximum practical air flow, tracing in place for all attendees.

 Afte successful Carol Services and Holy Communions over Christmas, we are now preparing for our Benefice Service, which will be held in the Abbey Church on Sunday, December 27.  It will be at 10.00 am, and no pre-booking is necessary.   However, we are aware that some other nearby churches are NOT holding services this Sunday, space may very well be limited.  If we need to do so, we WILL turn worshippers away, so that we remain 'COVID-19 safe', even though it would be a very upsetting thing to have to do.

Peter Melhuish (Warden) on behalf of Father John White; Rector of Beaulieu, Exbury and East Boldre 

Remembrance Sunday, November 8, 2020

Remembering the Fallen at Beaulieu War Memorial

(1) Remembrance Sunday (November 8) Memorial Service

(2) Remembrance Day (November 11) at 10.50 am

(1) As a result of the recently announced government lockdown, the planned 'open-air' Remembrance Service on Sunday around the Beaulieu War Memorial on Sunday next, November 8, will not now take place. 

Instead, Fr John, our Rector, will conduct a short Remembrance Day service via Zoom.  The service will start at 10.50, and include elements of the service already planned, and will include the Two Minute silence and the reading of the names of the fallen associated with the benefice. It is hoped to include a video clip featuring the Beaulieu War Memorial. All members of our Benefice congregations will receive invitations.  If anyone else, reading this web page, would like an invitation, please email our Benefice Administrator, Elizabeth Field, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Traditionally, the collection taken is for the work of the Royal British Legion. Although this cannot now be made on Sunday, nevertheless donations are still most welcome. Mr Robert Gayner, who organises the Collection each year, will be happy to receive these. It would be helpful to receive it via an evelope clearly labelled 'Royal British Legion' collection. 

(2) As the government now allows open air services for special commemorative events, Fr John has planned a short service at Beaulieu War Memorial, on Remembrance Day, Wednesday November 11. It will include the laying of wreaths by representatives from the local community and the observance of the Two Minute silence. All members of the Beaulieu community are warmly invited to attend this service, but strict compliance with social distancing, wearing of masks and avoidance of singing will be required.

Please also note that cars will NOT be permitted on Church Meadow, so all those attending this service are encouraged to walk to the War Memorial.  Only those actively participating in the service will be within the Churchyard.  All others must observe from the Church Meadow area.

Further details will be posted to this page as they become available

Peter J Melhuish

Church Warden (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICE Sunday 4th October 9.30am. 

In these strange times, we are required to impose social distancing, and therefore to limit the number of worshippers in Beaulieu Abbey Church.  The maximum number of persons (bubbles) in the Abbey Church is limited to approximately 70.  For special services, we may need to require registration prior to the service.

All persons who wish to attend the Harvest Thanksgiving Service at 9.30 on Sunday October 4, and who have not registered their interest on Sunday September 27, must contact the office via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) as soon as practicable.

Regrettably, persons who have NOT registered their intention to attend, may be refused admittance.

Many thanks

Peter Melhuish (Church Warden)

Notice of the Annual Meetings Oct 6, 2020

All Church of England parishes are required to have two annual meetings.  In the first of these, a Meeting of Parishioners, the only item of business is the election of Churchwardens.  All members on the Parish Electoral Roll, together with all residents in the parish may vote.  After this (often very short) meeting, there is the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, which is in effect an AGM for the Church.

Due to the imposition of nationwide 'LockDown' in March 2020, all arranged annual meetings of this type were cancelled.  After the recent easing of restrictions on meetings, the Beaulieu APCMs (Annual Parish and Church Meeetings) have been scheduled to take place on Tuesday October 6 in the Abbey Church, starting at 6.30 pm.

The  Agenda is available on this website, at;

The Minutes of the Previous Meeting (in March 2019) are also available on this website at