Sep 27

Harvest Home Auction 2013

Saturday, 14th September saw our annual Harvest Home and even though numbers were down, we still managed to raise £560 for the Senior Citizens Fund in the village.

Terry Trip was our ace auctioneer and he did such a good job we had to slow him down! As ever, produce and generosity from the village and Beaufort regulars was amazing and we had plenty of goodies to go around.

I can’t begin to thank everyone who contributed and bid enough, but I will single out Lady Hyacinth once again who despite being poorly did a fantastic job again with her ploughmans and puddings.

Lots of others contributed as well, including Dave and Ann, Biggus Dickus and Fiona, Chris and Sal, Josie and Keith, Brian Noble, Derek Watts, Lizzie’s luscious plumsand a host of others (but please forgive me if I missed you out – my memory’s not what it was).

Terry was helped by Fiona selecting the goods and Big Dave collecting the money and Sam and Liz kindly did the raffle (thanks team).

I was determined to win the Wallace and Gromit lunchbox but if it wasn’t for Julie Blackwell letting me buy it at the end it wouldn’t be resplendent on our top shelf where it is now.

Huge thanks to everyone who came along, bid, and had a bit of fun. Another memorable night.

‘Ace Auctioneer Terry Tripp in action’

‘Ace Auctioneer Terry Tripp in action’

“Marvellous Martin from Badminton walks off with his goodies”

“Marvellous Martin from Badminton walks off with his goodies”

“Top shelf Wallace and Gromit Lunchbox (thanks Julie)”

“Top shelf Wallace and Gromit Lunchbox (thanks Julie)”

Sep 27

Annual ‘Kilcott Experience’ 2013

Sunday 29th September sees our Annual ‘Kilcott Experience’ with the famous Hogweed Trotters and PROPS – the latter, as you may know, is a Fishponds based special needs charity near and dear to our hearts.

Please see poster below, if you don’t fancy anything energetic, just come along anyway for a value burger especially prepared for us by Lady Hyacinth and her team (Barbie will be going from noon to about 1.30pm).

Hopefully see you Sunday…


Sep 24

Gromit Cake (?)

Seen here is a Gromit cake(?) not only featuring the brilliant ceramic Gromits, but also Bert and Chef, two characters from Yate based A C Services (Southern) Ltd, who have been tracking everything connected with the Gromit Unleashed Trail and kindly keeping the Beaufort informed.

It’s nice to put names to faces and they certainly look at home amongst the Gromits – thanks for all of your support lads …



Sep 21

The Greatest Dog Show on Earth!

Fresh back from the sponsors night at “The Greatest Dog Show on Earth!” we managed to check up on Harmony Gromit and make sure all was well.

Located at the ‘Gromit Unleashed ‘Pup Up’ Gallery’ (in the old Habitat building in Bristol) we found our precious pooch on the first floor nestled in amongst the ‘Nature’s Best Dogs’ category looking a little bit concerned, please see piccie below.

Dogshow Harmony

It’s a cracking exhibition and anyone trying to make it there won’t be disappointed, extended opening hours are proposed for Saturday and Sunday and, due to public demand, the exhibition is going to stay on for an extra day on Monday before the all of the Gromit’s are packed off in readiness for auction in October.

Whilst there me and my wife Fiona met several old friends, including Royston Griffey and Bob McKeown from the Long John Silver Trust (representing the Matthew, host to Newfoundland Gromit) and Bristol Mayor George Fergusson, resplendent in his red trousers as usual and cock-a-hoop at the success of the Gromit Unleashed Trail.

We joked with him about Bristol’s successor to Gromit and while Royston was keen on Unicorn’s, George was all for pirates, he could envision a stack of Long John Silver’s around the city and I was with him all of the way.

I then spent my entire weeks wages on Gromit merchandise including a brilliant new book ‘The Art of Gromit Unleashed’ – get’em while you can…

Sep 15

Radio Bristol’s Steve Yabsley and Daughter Lizzie Say Goodbye to Gromit

Harmony Gromit gets a visit, before his sad departure, from Radio Bristol’s Steve Yabsley along with ace Gromit Trail blazer, his daughter Lizzie.


On Gromit’s last Friday with us (6th Sept 2013) Steve visited us with his family, a cameraman and a singer – not to cover the meal he had just had with us but to film his latest song “Crack Open the Booze” for You Tube.

The Beaufort became chaotic as Steve led his merry band around the pub with lead singer Dave Rogers (of 1st Take Videos fame) and cameraman Chris getting assorted customers to join in the fun.

Most affected were Marilyn and her colleagues from Sodbury and District Tangent Club who hitherto were enjoying an innocent game of skittles when in burst the carousers with Dave hugging and ‘rough kissing’ all and sundry. They then made their way around the rest of the pub, just about including everyone in their merriment.

Dave did such a good job of making people happy that there wasn’t a murmur of complaint and we’re all looking forward to the video, secretly hoping that Steve will let us view the World Premier of his drinking song in the very pub where the action took place.

We’re also hoping “Crack Open the Booze” will be a huge success, the last celebrity to perform in our Skittle Alley was Jack Whitehall and look what’s happened to him…

Sep 10

Goodbye Gromit …

Monday 9th Sept’ 2013 was a sad day for the Beaufort as we said goodbye to our Gromit.

Harmony’s 10 week stay at the pub has been magical and we made lots of friends along the way, many thanks to the Unleashed Team for supporting us and allowing us to take part.

Huge, huge thanks to the Aardman Team for making their creation available to an adoring public. Goodness knows how Bristol and the rest of the West Country will follow that…


Harmony was craned away at 10am and is shown here nuzzling Eldoradog (from Westonbirt) for their journey back to a secret location in Bristol prior to their taking part in the ‘Greatest Dog Show on Earth’.”

Sep 10

Gromit-o-Meter Final Total

Our final fund raiser for our four legged friend has, along with Gromit’s dish, firmly taken us past the £5,000 mark for the Grand Appeal. I can’t begin to thank people enough for their huge generosity and kindness.

Along the Edge with Gromit’ was always going to be our last big day and we were honoured to have our own Harmony Gromit as ‘Gromit of the day’ on the Unleashed Trail. The event was painstakingly organised by Chipping Sodbury Rotarians John Wells and Barry Riley and they were ably assisted by other members of the Club, none of whom left anything to chance.

On this event we didn’t have our usual ‘A Team’ doing the BBQ, they were replaced by our ‘Elite Team’ and what a cracking job they did, raising a massive £404.50p in the process – another record?

Hawkesbury Cricket Club kindly allowed us to use their field for overflow parking and Tom Cole lent us his gas burner to enable us to cook the onions!

Many thanks to one and all, we’re very, very grateful.

Mark, the delighted Landlord”

Elite Team BBQers

The picture features are worn out ‘Elite’ BBQ team, Lady Hyacinth (in red) alongside Mr Brightness with Jackie and Simon flanking Harmony. Daphne also starred but managed to avoid being photographed.

I don’t know who took the pic but you can see their thumb top right and they missed off Dave and Vera’s feet – many thanks…

Sep 06

Successful Hawkesbury Show 2013

Hawkesbury Show 2013 was a cracker with more people attending (or at least paying their entrance money) than ever. Hopefully bolstered by a few ‘Gromiters’ from out of town.

Harmony Gromit appeared in a few of the prize categories and actually won with Jan Treasure’s submission in the ‘Best Picture Caption’ contest.

Hawkesbury Show Winner 2013

In my defence (see photo) I think Archie was a bit bemused at being selected to help unveil Gromit just because (once again) he was the youngest in school. Don’t worry Archie, it won’t be the same this next year!