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Beaulieu Twinning Association visit to Hautvillers

Beaulieu Twinning Association visit to Hautvillers

France December the 7th to Sunday 9th December 2018  Report from Jenny Graefe


After an appalling drive through mostly sheeting rain and gusting winds starting at six in the morning from Beaulieu and not ending until our arrival in Hautvillers in the late afternoon, our delegation of six were greeted in the early evening by Catherine and Patrick, who then accompanied us to Marie-France and Dany’s home, where we spent a jolly evening together and enjoying, of course, much champagne and tasty canapés!
On Saturday morning after breakfast at the Campanile Hotel, we returned to Hautvillers to the school dining room where we were given our name tags and introduced by Patrick and translators to the members of the other Twinning towns and villages and to drink more champagne!
We were then all invited to sit at long tables and enjoy a very well organised and delicious picnic lunch with much red and white wine! Fortified against the cold, grey weather, we walked back to the “Mairie “where Patrick, in his official capacity as Mayor and attired accordingly, asked the six official delegates to join him in laying a wreath at the memorial cross in the courtyard accompanied by a fanfare and followed with a minute’s silence to honour those fallen in the two wars. I also planted the poppy made by the children of the Beaulieu School behind the wreath.
At 2pm we all boarded a bus and were driven to the War gravesites of the English, German and Italian fallen soldiers. In quite emotional ceremonies, each representative of the Twinning towns laid together with Patrick a wreath in the respective colours of their nation at the foot of their memorial stones. After a minute’s silence and subsequent fanfare, I read out the short poem in both English and French at our memorial and then signed on behalf of the BTA a golden book. This procedure was repeated at both the German and Italian War graves.
On our return to Hautvillers we had time for a short rest and change of clothes before being collected by the bus in the evening and driven to Ai where, in a beautiful Art Nouveau hotel building, we enjoyed a fantastic five course celebratory meal. Each Twinning partner contributed a local speciality, for the most part wines and champagne but our hand made Beaulieu Chocolates supplied by Trevor in the village were greatly appreciated. The evening was a huge success and, luckily for us, we had the pleasure of Veronique on our table to aid communication with the Italians!
Sunday morning was an early start, meeting at the Sal de Fetes to set up our stands for the Marche de Noel before opening to the public at 11.00 am. Despite the continuing bad weather, the market was quite busy and we managed to sell most of our produce.
During the afternoon, two of the German delegation came over and asked if I had time to talk to them. They thanked me for the reading at the War graves which they found quite moving and were obviously surprised at my being able to speak fluent German. They presented me with a bottle of wine and extended an invitation to the BTA to join them in Kiedrich next year at a time to be decided. Patrick heard of this and later in the evening expressed his joy at a possible deepening of ties between us.
At 6pm the rain, as if on cue, stopped for a while allowing us to enjoy the most magnificent firework display, choreographed to jolly Christmas music and carols and signalling the end of the Christmas market.
After packing up the stall, we all remained in the hall and enjoyed a rustic pizza supper on long tables and discussed with hands and feet the events of the day! All totally exhausted but happy with the success of the market and the whole weekend, we said our goodbyes to the other Twinners and returned to the hotel.
On Monday morning after an early breakfast, we returned to Champagne Lopez-Martin, loaded up with champagne, said fond farewells to Catherine and Patrick and set off for Calais!
I think all of us who took part in this weekend would agree that it was a huge success.





Beaulieu Commemorates the One Hundred Year Anniversary of the end of the First World War

poppy1The village of Beaulieu is commemorating the one hundred year anniversary of the end of the First World War with a stunning display of poppies in the Twinning Garden, situated in the High Street.

The Parish Council have arranged for the children at the Beaulieu poppy5Village Primary School to each make a poppy which are being planted in the Twinning Garden on Monday November 5th so that they will be in situ during the week leading up to Remembrance Day on Sunday November 11th

The children have made 109 poppies which are designed to turn the Twinning Garden into a Garden of Remembrance for the week and we hope will be a fitting tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. It will also have importantly involved local children who will have gained an understanding of the sacrifices made by previous generations. Twenty six of the poppies will have a plaque on them with the names of those who died during the First World War taken from the East Boldre and Beaulieu War Memorial. One poppy will be dedicated to ‘the fallen of Hautvillers’, the French village twinned with Beaulieu. The plaques have been beautifully written by the older children from the school who will then plant them in the Twinning Garden on Monday November 5th.

The Beauileu Twinning Association have very kindly sponsored the cost of making the poppies which has only been made possible by the hard work that Councillor Lindy Shanks has put into the project from designing the poppies to helping the children construct them.

poppy3 poppy4 poppy2 We hope that as many of you as possible will come during the week to view what should be a memorable sight.



Beaulieu Community Speedwatch

Beaulieu Community Speedwatch

Volunteers Needed

In order to address the issue of speeding HGVs and other traffic in the village we are trying to establish a community speedwatch scheme with the backing of the local parish council and police community support officer (PCSO)

Full training will be given you just need to be able to commit to a couple of hours per month.

To register your interest please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating ‘Community Speedwatch Volunteer’ in the title line of the email.

New Forest Pony owners Plea to Drivers

#add3minutes to your journey for the winter

New Forest commoners and organisations are appealing to local drivers to slow down as the clocks go back, to prevent the usual huge rise in animal deaths and injuries in the longer nights.

Nearly 100 free-roaming animals were killed or injured in the New Forest last year.

A quarter of these – 25 animals - were killed or injured on just four key routes in the evenings in the two months after the clocks go back. About three quarters of the accidents involved local drivers. 

Now New Forest commoners, the families who own the animals that maintain the Forest, have teamed up with other organisations to focus efforts on reducing accidents this winter. They are asking locals to add just three minutes to their journeys and drive slowly across the Forest.

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Fireworks Spectacular


One of the largest firework displays in the south on Saturday 27th October, choreographed to music with a range of entertainment for the whole family.

Arrive early and enjoy the attractions of Beaulieu before fireworks and live entertainment. For a great value extra charge enjoy old time fairground entertainments, including a big wheel, gallopers and a coconut shy. We're all set to make this a firework party to remember.


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Please note: Extra charges apply to Fairground entertainment, Monorail and Top Gear Simulator ride when operating. All event details are provisional and subject to change. We advise you to bring cash with you as most rides and food outlets only accept cash. Extra cash facilities will be available (charges apply)

Programme of Events

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Visitor Information

The Beaulieu attraction will be open from 10am as usual, but tickets for the Fireworks will not provide admission until 3:00pm. Visitors with Attraction tickets who arrive before 3:00pm are welcome to stay for the fireworks.

Tickets for Fireworks include admission to all Beaulieu attractions until 5:00pm, with the exception of World of Top Gear which will close at 3:00pm and the National Motor Museum which will remain open until 9:30pm. Visitors who arrive after 3:00pm will be able to ride the Monorail for an extra charge.

Please note, if you are buying tickets for more than one person, all covered by your e-ticket will need to arrive together. For large group ticket purchases, please contact the Events Team on 01590 614614.

In the interest of the safety of all our visitors, dogs and sparklers are not permitted at this event. We advise bringing a torch with you. We advise against bringing deck/folding chairs due to space and viewing limitations.

Please Note: For Crime Prevention purposes, as a condition of entry, visitors may be subject to a search. The venue management have the right to refuse entry.

Taking place on:

27October 2018

Time: 7:30pm

Admission with Fireworks tickets from 3:00pm.

Ticket Prices

Adult £13.50 • Child £8.75 • Family £38.00

Only valid for entry after 3pm. Available until 5pm 18th October.

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Adult £14.50 • Child £9.00 • Family £42.00

Only valid for entry after 3pm. Available from 5pm 18th October and from Visitor Reception from 3pm on the day.

A family ticket covers one adult and up to four children or two adults and up to three children. Child prices apply to children aged 5 - 16 inclusive. Under 5s go free!