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Ryc .. Fare Thee Well

Sunday 29th of June the feast of St Peter and Paul saw our departing priest in charge bring a bicycle into the church. Explaining that the wheels of the bike represented the driving force of the bike making it go forward so were Peter and Paul the wheels of the church. The triangular bike frame represented the Holy Trinity. However I cannot now remember what the bicycle bell represented ! Ting-a-ling.
The Church was full for the Combined Benefice Service which was followed by a presentation and commemoration ceremony in the Domus. Beaulieu Bubbly flowed and a trad jazz band played and tributes were given. A book of signatures and good wishes was collected .We wish Ryc and Pauline good luck and health in retirement. God Speed to you both
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Shipwrights School

 Shipwright School groundwork

Mary Montagu-Scott reports that the next series of courses for the Shipwright School build start in July with an opportunity for apprentices, students and enthusiasts to learn a variety of traditional carpentry techniques, under the supervision of master carpenter, Henry Russell. There will also be an opportunity to watch or take part in the timber frame raising weekend from the 1st – 3rd August – an activity not seen at Buckler’s Hard in over 200 years. For further information on the courses

Music Extravaganza

Television presenter, Sally Taylor is hosting a Musical Extravaganza in Beaulieu Abbey Churchon Saturday 30th August, to raise funds for the Countryside Education Trust and The Haven Appeal (breast cancer charity). The evening, starting at 7pm, will offer a variety of musical styles from jazz to light opera, cabaret and instrumental solos. During the interval the Beaulieu Band will play in the Cloister and guests will be served wine and canapés. Tickets at £21 are available by emailing Jan Hoy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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All Change At The Village Shop


All change at the Village Shop

As we say farewell to Mel Bond at the Beaulieu Village Shop, after more than six years, we welcome the new proprietors Anne Marcer and her daughter Nicole.

Mel’s shocking horse-riding accident last year, from which he’s told he can’t expect to recover fully for another two years, contributed to his decision, and we thank him for his assiduous dedication to the shop over recent years and wish him well in the future. Mel and Glenda are not moving from the area.

Anne, who has worked in the shop for ten years, predating Mel’s tenure, knows the shop well and has plans. To all the previous lines and services the shop offered in the past, she’s planning to add more. To begin with, and after redecoration, refurbishment and layout changes, small gift jars of sweets personalised to the gift recipient will be available. Additionally, local UPS deliveries will be held at the shop for collection if the addressee is out and there’s no answer at their door.

Anne and Nicole have other ideas too, to help make the Beaulieu Village Shop a yet greater local amenity, and we wish them every success for a flourishing business.

Parish Council Meetings

Just a reminder that the Beaulieu Parish Council meetings are now held on the third Thursday of every month. The meetings are held in the Beaulieu Village Hall and start at 6.30pm.