Church Notices

Remembrance Sunday 2019

Remembrance Day, 2019


Beaulieu Abbey Church was filled this morning (Remembrance Sunday) by over two hundred worshippers, including around forty members of the 3rd New Forest East Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.  In a manner similar to that of many Churches and communities throughout the nation, prayers, hymns, readings, the National Anthem and an address were shared in the Abbey Church itself. Then the congregation moved to the village War Memorial (in our case, located in the Churchyard), where the names of the fallen were read out, a two minute silence was kept, wreaths were laid and a short service of ‘re-dedication’ was shared.


The congregation included both serving and retired members of the Army and Navy, members of the Beaulieu Volunteer Fire Brigade, members of the Beavers, Cubs and Scout movements and the Beaulieu Abbey Church Choir (supplemented by Chorale). Click on this link, to see photos of the event, taken by Sophie and Jamie Burton (to whom many thanks)


During the service in the Abbey Church, the Choir sung an anthem, which used the following words by Peter Aston

So they gave their bodies to the Commonwealth

and received praise that will never die

and a home in the minds of men.

Their story lives on without visible symbol

woven into the stuff of other men's lives


During the ‘Act of Re-Dedication’, the following prayer was said:-


Merciful God, we offer to you the fears in us that have not been cast out by love:

may we accept the hope that you have placed in the hearts of all people,

and live lives of justice, courage and mercy:

through Jesus Christ our risen Redeemer.


The Inaugural bike ride

Today, Saturday November 9, was scheduled as the inaugural bike ride for the newly formed Beaulieu Abbey Church Activity Group (BACAG to its friends).  Unfortunately, the day started fine but rapidly deteriorated, and the Convenor (John Hughes) decided that the event should be postponed. 

True to his commitment to his position, John cycled all the way from Dibden Purlieu to the Abbey Church, simply to ensure that news of the postponement had reached all those who had registered for the ride.  And a good thing he did!  Far from finding no-one there, John was met by his namesake, Father John, dressed for bad weather, and ready to ride!!

However, a very few drops of rain soon deterred these apparent stalwarts, who cycled all the way from the Abbey Church to the Old Bakery at the foot of Beaulieu High Street, a distance of at least 250 metres. Intrepid indeed! A photograph recording this ride for posterity can be viewed by clicking here.

Further activities of BACAG will be announced on this web site. A walking group as well as a cycling group are planned. All are welcome, whatever the weather!

Stop Press; No Men's Breakfast

As a smallish scale Rugby Union game is being played in Japan tomorrow (Saturday morning our time, November 2nd), the Benefice's Men's Breakfast is cancelled, and will be re-scheduled for a later Saturday.  Apologies to any who do not pick up this message in time!  May the best team win!  Of course, The Turfcutters will be showing the game!


St Katherine's Exbury: Christmas Fayre


Our next fundraising event is a Christmas Fayre which is taking place on the 23rd November in St Katharine’s starting at 11.30am. There will be our famous home made soup and crusty bread for which there is always a great demand not to mention tea and the delicious ‘Ladies of St Kath’s’ cakes for you to enjoy! There will be many Christmas items for sale and gifts, Christmas cards and festive wrapping for all tastes to purchase.

Santa has left his sack for us to use as a lucky dip with ‘a gift every time’ for the children. There will be books to browse, ideal to curl up with in front of the fire on a cold winter’s night.

There is a raffle which you never know, may well win you one of the excellent prizes on offer. You can win a fabulous Christmas cake as well; all you will have to do is guess its weight correctly. There is a very large cuddly toy just waiting to be taken home, but it needs a name maybe your choice will be the winner. This event promises to be as popular as all of our previous events. So put the date in your diaries, bring your children and grandchildren, if you haven’t got any to hand borrow some from friends and neighbours instead. Come to think of it why not bring the friends and neighbours along as well. We will be waiting! There is plenty of parking opposite the church where you can leave your vehicle safely. Look for the signs.

Ride or Stride for our Historic Churches

This Saturday, the 14th September, is Ride and Stride day across the county of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, In our district, this means we work to raise money for  the Hampshire and Islands Historic Churches Trust (HIHCT), which assists local churches, our wonderful ecclesiastic heritage, when they are in need of supporting  finance to care for their fabric.   Beaulieu Abbey Church has been a recipient of the generosity of this Trust.

As part of the day the Hampshire section of the  are encouraging people to visit the many churches in Hampshire that have offered to be open. The idea is that the visits are by bike or horse (!) but many people go by car. Of course,most of the churches will be open on the Sunday too.

If you think that you would like to take part it could be a most enjoyable way of seeing local churches AND contribute to the upkeep of Hampshire churches. It is clearly a bit late to get sponsorship, as the website suggests, but there will be the opportunity to contribute at each church as it is visited and that church will keep 50% of what is raised with the other 50% going to the HIHCT.

This link takes you to the relevant page on the charity’s website, and gives advice as to how to become a participant:

For those who are Riding and Striding on Saturday 14th September 2019, you are free to choose your own route and to visit as many of the churches in your area you choose to visit as you wish, between 10 am and 6 pm.