Church Notices

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 .

Remembrance Sunday 2018

This year, Remebrance Sunday falls on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, and the two minute silence will, of course, be observed at the eleventh hour.  In addition, the services will make the centenary of the cessation of hostilities in the 1914 - 1918 war.

The dates are in the on-line Calendar in this web site, but just for clarity, the following services are to be held on November 11:-

08.00 Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer); Bucklers Hard Chapel

10.00 Remembrance Service Beaulieu Abbey Church; (includes reading of the Roll of Honour and Two Minute silence)

15.00 Remembrance Service; St Paul's Church East Boldre

Please try to arrive in good time, as experience tells us that these services will be very well attended.

The speaker at the Beaulieu Abbey Church service will be the Rev'd Robin Nash, formerly Vicar of St Alban's and St Luke's in Bournemouth.  The speaker at the St Paul's East Boldre service will be the Rev'd Lynda Mead.

An initiative to increase planned giving

Generous God; Generous People

Despite living in a prosperous area, despite having large reserves, your Finance Committee is seriously concerned about the state of the Abbey Church finances.  Why?  It is an age old story.  As our expenditure increases, our planned giving from members of the congregation and the community is decreasing.  We still receive gifts, usually earmarked for projects to beautify our Church building.  But our budgeted Income and Expenditure account (planned income versus known expenditures) shows a deficit of around £5,000, and the discrepancy between income and expenditure is rising.  And this for an annual budget of just over £100,000!

We do have restricted reserves, which are there to assist in funding large building projects.  The annual interest from these reserves goes a long way to financing year on year maintenance of the building.  But our annual planned income from individuals is decreasing, and this is not, even in the medium term, sustainable.

From Sunday 21 October, we will distribute an explanation of our position, and our request for help.  We have identified four groups of people; those who already contribute via the Parish Giving Scheme, those who contribute on a regular basis via Standing Orders, those who are registered for Gift Aid, and those who are registered in the Electoral Roll of the Parish.  Members of those groups will receive this material, either by hand if they are regular congregation, or via post.

Please read this material carefully.  Please consider regular giving via the Parish Giving Scheme, or by Standing Orders.  If you have any questions, please talk with the members of your Finance Committee, listed below.  Many thanks.

Andrew Percy (Treasurer and Chairman), Mike Dawkins , John Hughes, Peter Melhuish (Church Warden) and Mick Wigfield

Girls Only Jazz Concert cancelled

With great regret, the concert scheduled for Saturday October 20, in Beaulieu Abbey Church has been cancelled.

Hopefully, there will be many opportunities in the future to enjoy this exciting orchestra.