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Not a Good Idea .. Update

We understand that The Garmen Ride will now be re-routed so that it will no longer run through Beaulieu on Friday 5th ... Phewwww !!

The Garmin Ride Out takes place on Friday 5th September ... This is a ride for 500 cyclists who will start and finish at Gang Warily. The ride will be coming through Beaulieu at the start and then back through Beaulieu at the finish of the ride. That should not normally be too much of a problem ... except Friday 5th September is the day that the Exhibitors arrive for the International Autojumble. The International Autojumble is the National Motor Museums busiest event of the year .... so maybe, not the best day to choose to hold a cycling event !!

Defibrillator for the Village

The Parish Council is investigating the possibility of installing a heart defibrillator in the village.

In view of the fact we are a busy tourist destination the Parish Council are investigating the possibility of installing a heart defibrillator in the village. We have taken the advice of the South Central Ambulance Service who are very keen that we should get one installed somewhere central in the village in view of the distance we are from the nearest casualty department. The British Heart Foundation are running a scheme to help finance defibrillators in rural areas and we have applied to them for funding with balance to be financed by a generous local donor. We are currently trying to decide on the best location for the machine with the forecourt of the Village Hall our preference at the moment. We originally wanted to locate it in the village phone box but this has not proved possible due to the old red box being listed!

The type of defibrillator that we are planning to acquire is designed to be used by untrained people but we are keen to get as many people as possible in the village to come to a training session that the South Central Ambulance Service will run for us. We are intending to contact those people in the village who we feel would benefit from this training starting with the first aiders from Fairweather’s Garden Centre, the village school and the Montagu Arms.

When there is a medical emergency in the village and a 999 call is made to the ambulance service, they will tell the caller where the defibrillator is located and will stay on the phone to give instructions as to how to use it. In addition, the machine itself gives very clear audio operating instructions.  As a safety precaution these machines are designed so that they will only give the patient a shock to get the heart back into its proper rhythm if it is needed so they are fairly foolproof to operate and they definitely save lives.

We will keep you posted on our progress in getting a machine installed in the village but in the meantime if anyone has any views on where the best location for it would be or would like to be trained on its use, please ring Sara Steele on 01590 612 216.

Roll of Honour Board

Sunday 3rd of August is the Sunday that the C of E commemorate the start of WW1. We were going to do nothing special; until my cousin reminded me of the Roll Of Honour Board.
This board for many years resided in a corner of the mill. It is quite distressed, shabby chic, and was sign written probably by someone local. It consists of a list of names of benefice men that served in the War, in various regiments or were reservists, remember many were volunteers. The descendants of many of these men are still in our community.
It is quite appropriate that this board instead of being in the SOE museum should be brought back into the community for this week-end.
We will probably allow it to rest in the Abbey Church window between the laid up British legion banners. Sally Brearley is going to do a little floral tribute in front of it. Grateful thanks to Ralph Montagu, who has loaned the Roll of Honour Board to us for the week-end.
Frederick Norris
Roll of Hunour

Victorian Christmas

The Victorian Christmas Committee are required to notify local residents of an application for a road closure for the High Street, B3054 to be closed from 3pm to 9pm on Saturday 29th of November for a Victorian Christmas Fair.
Also ... They are looking for help with their Christmas Evening Event on Saturday 29th November.  Comely Wenches are required to work in the soup kitchens. This proved very popular last year.  Marshals also required to help safely muster visitors. Big important yellow high viz jacket and radio go with the job!
Contact Jenny Graefe 01590 612143 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beaulieu Village Fete

The Beaulieu Village Fete raises money both for the Abbey Church, and for the Beaulieu Common Good Trust, which in turn helps organisations within the area.  The fete will be held from 1.30pm on July 19th until 4.30.  We are hugely fortunate in having attracted the actress Geraldine Somerville to open the Fete.
This notice is mainly to keep the event, and its date, in your minds as we approach the day.  Nothing supports the event more than your attendance, hopefully bringing as many of your friends and family as practicable.
However, a second reason for the email is to ask for your help in one or two of the stalls.  
  • We are constantly looking for bottles (contact Nigel Betteridge (02381 846229) or Richard Blythe (01590611249), but these can certainly be brought to the Fete on the day, preferably in the morning when the stall holders are busy setting up.  Wine and spirits are perhaps the most attractive, but other bottles welcome.  For each bottle donated, we net around £5!
  • Handbags and Jewellery;  again, stallholders would welcome your items, in as fresh a condition as possible please
  • The Prize Draw was very successful last year, and we hope to emulate that this year.  Draw tickets are available on the day, and many stallholders already have supplies to sell
  • This year as an innovation, we have a Champagne Stall, where thirsty attendees can buy glasses of champagne fresh from our Twinning Village of Hautvillers
  • Once more we will be entertained by both the Beaulieu Primary Schoolchildren with their Maypole dance, and the Beaulieu Warblers, who will entertain us in their own inimitable and attractive manner.  There is a Dog Show, which will not be too serious!
The fete committee joins me in extending a warm welcome to ALL members of the community to come and enjoy the Fete; surely one of the best traditional Fetes in Southern Hampshire.  I do hope to see you all there.