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Private wing of Palace House opens with launch of new exhibition

A part of the late Lord Montagu’s private apartment in Palace House has been opened to visitors for the first time with the launch of a new exhibition. The Lady and the Rebel is a tribute to the present Lord Montagu’s grandmother Pearl Pleydell-Bouverie and his aunt Elizabeth Montagu and their stories are told through their own words and possessions.

The newly opened wing includes the library which the late Lord Montagu used as his sitting room and office. A great devotee of opera, this is where he would play his records or watch the early evening television news whilst enjoying a cup of tea. Visitors will enter the library through its false bookcase door.

Another section of the newly opened corridor, together, with a former bedroom, has become a gallery space for art from the Art Russe Foundation. About 25 paintings and sculptures will be on display until a permanent gallery opens in the grounds next year.

Coastal Access Talks

Natural England’s consultation with the Beaulieu Estate over the route of the coastal path is continuing. Their priority remains the protection of nature conservation interests across the estate, as well as the privacy of residents and the operation of any businesses which may be affected. To better inform Natural England’s thinking, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust working Beaulieu, Exbury and Cadland Estates, commissioned a study into the effects of public access on nesting birds, overwintering birds and flora. The findings have been presented to NE who are still holding meetings with local residents and land owners.

The Beaulieu Estate are also working with NE on a salt marsh survey of the Solent Maritime Special Area of Conservation. Work to classify and map salt marsh zones and their habitats will be taking place during August and September.

Village Car Parking

The Beaulieu Estate continues to work closely with Beaulieu Parish Council regarding the issues concerning car parking in the village. Trials are being carried out on restrictions to parking in part of the High Street, with the aim of providing short-term parking for shoppers. Discussions with the parish council, New Forest District Council and the Highways Authority are ongoing in respect of any other ideas to help with the parking situation. Tentative plans are being drawn up for a possible private car park in part of Haywards Meadow, to take pressure off the High Street. If eventually approved and funded, this would be strictly for the use of traders and residents.

The Master Builders House Hotel Buckler's Hard



The Hound of the Baskervilles is based on the novel of the same name by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This version is a 1959 British gothic horror and mystery film, directed by Terence Fisher and produced by Hammer Film Productions.  Starring roles are: Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes, Sir Christopher Lee as Sir Henry Baskerville and André Morell as Doctor Watson. It is the first film adaptation of the novel to be filmed in colour and is one of the most critically acclaimed films in Hammer Film Productions’ history.

We have the privilege once again of welcoming HUGO VICKERS, the renowned royal and film biographer, author and television personality to introduce this first film of the new season.

Supper menu: Pond Head sausages and mash with peas and thick onion gravy, to include a glass of wine or beer, followed by coffee/tea and mints

Supper: 6.30 pm at £11.50 Film : at 7.30 pm £5 members, £8* guests, (*or see special offer).

Tickets from The Hon.Sec, B&DFS, Peachtree House, Hatchet Lane, Beaulieu SO42 7WA Telephone reservations to 01590 612731

New Forest Disability Pop Up scheme

It's not just the flowers that have been popping up at our local garden centres!

Having secured funding from The Big Lottery, The New Forest Disability Information Service is delighted to extend its outreach service this year. In addition to its 6 regular monthly drop-ins across the New Forest - New Forest Disability has recently been holding Pop Up information sessions at local garden centres.

Thanks to the generosity of The Big Lottery and these venues offering space to host the Pop Up, New Forest Disability has been able to offer visitors information and advice on a broad range of topics; these include disability-related issues (benefits, daily living aids, carers, meals, transport), topical health and H&S information.

So thank you to the centres which have taken part and offered an extra attraction for their visitors, namely: Fairweathers Garden Centre, Beaulieu, Cadnam Garden Centre, Cadnam and MacPennys Nursery in Bransgore.

New Forest Disability will be offering lots more Pop Ups in the coming months, so look out for posters in your area telling you when and where we will be 'popping up', or call the office on 01425 628750 or visit and view the Outreach section.

So, have a question? For yourself? A family member? A friend? A neighbour? Pop along and ask us!