Newsletter 31st January 2021

31st January 2021. No.1915
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Father John 01590 612183, The Office 01590 612242 (currently working from home)

Please note: Monday is Father John's rest day. Urgent enquiries on this day should be directed to the Benefice Office. Details above.

The Bulletin & Magazine are a good source of information for Services & activities in the Benefice, please take a copy of each. Any articles for the Magazine need to be sent to the Office by the 12th of the month.

In the light of the recent decision to lockdown, I have decided it is in our best interest to suspend worship in our churches on Sundays. We shall be zooming the Benefice Holy Communion Services at 10.00am until further notice.           Fr John.

Sunday 31st January
Presentation of Christ in the temple, Candlemass
10.00am Via Zoom Holy Communion from the Rectory
No other services in Benefice

Wednesday 3rd February
10.30am Via Zoom Morning Prayer.      Please email the office for the link if you wish to join.

Sunday 7th February
10.00am Via Zoom Holy Communion from the Rectory
No other services in Benefice

This will be suspended until further notice.

Benefice Administrator: Elizabeth Field. Office hours are Monday and Tuesday 10am – 3.30pm and Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm working from home.

Dates are being booked to illuminate the exterior of the Abbey Church to mark an anniversary, a family event, or in memory of a loved one. January – March 2021, 6pm – 10pm. £25 donation in Aid of Church Funds. Please email the office to check date availability. Fr John.

Reminder: Covid precautions for Abbey Church
The kitchen is CLOSED for everything, if you need a drink bring it with you. The single lavatory is open only for emergencies. The disabled toilet will only be opened by a steward. The Hall may NOT be used unless booked via the office. These rules are in place to keep EVERYONE safe.

There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity. The NHS will never ask for a person’s banking information so please do not provide as it will be a scam.


Could all those members who kindly donate by standing order please advice their bank that donations should be paid into our new account with CAF Bank. This will reduce our bank charges which Barclays introduced last year. The details are; Sort code 40-52-40, account no. 00033283. Alternatively donations can be made via the Parish Giving Scheme, a more efficient way of giving. For more information please contact me. Thank you. Andrew Percy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The Ashley Larder is a mobile larder service providing fresh and ambient foods provided by Fareshare, can be accessed by those on low incomes by paying a small subscription which will not exceed £5.00 for a family of 4. The service is operating 9.30 - 11.30am at the Ashley Baptist Church, 3 Lower Ashley Road, New Milton, BH25 5AA. Please contact Sara Steele on 01590 612216 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Items required – tinned vegetables, rice pudding, sponge puddings, 500g bags of sugar, shampoo & conditioner, shower gel, soap, small packets of washing powder/detergent.
Eggs – The Foodbank are continuing with their egg fund. This is to enable them to purchase boxes of eggs to include in food boxes that are given to families in need. For more information or to donate contact the Foodbank first on 07768 713329.

Items required - tins of meat/meat balls/chicken in white sauce/Irish Stew/chicken, tinned mince, Fairy Liquid, J clothes, Shampoo & conditioner, toothbrushes & toothpaste. For more information and to check someone can receive donations, please contact 01590 610008 Mon – Fri 10am – 2pm.

Every Thursday, 1.00 – 2.30pm, located in the car park of St Mark’s Community Hall SO41 8EJ (opposite The Musketeer). Run by volunteers, this is a membership scheme helping people of the local community with reducing food shopping bills. Cost of membership varies between £2.50 - £5.00 a week depending on the size of your household. A membership form needs to be completed and proof of address/ID provided unless a recognised referral agency refers you to this scheme. Please see the Beaulieu Benefice website for more information.

The Abbey Church will be illuminated for the thanksgiving for the work and friendship of Annie and Peter Melhuish on Sat 30th & Sun 31st January.
Monday 1st February, In memory of Freda White (birthday).    Tuesday 2nd February in memory of Anne Chichester.                              Fr John.

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS: Veronica & David House, Marigold Jordan, Jackie Hutchins, Ruth Willrich, Annette Southward, David Kelso, Helen Matcham, Manfred.
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We respect the circumstances of the above named and leave it to them to disclose any personal details.
*If you would like a name added to this list, please speak to Fr John.