This week we received the sad news that our Ace Auctioneer Tony ‘Wilky’ Wilkins had passed away. Tony and landlord Mark always used to finish the annual Harvest Home auction with a rousing chorus of “the Old Rugged Cross” ("Wilky's" favourite). He will be sadly missed.
A small tribute to "Wilky" in photos from our 2011 Harvest Home auction:
“Saturday September the 8th saw our umpteenth Annual Harvest Home in aid of Hawkesbury Upton’s Senior Citizens Fund.
For those of you new to the village or unsure what a ‘Harvest Home Auction’ is, it’s a chance to sell off home-grown produce and unwanted items to raise funds for a good cause whilst having a bit of fun.
For donkey’s years our auctioneer has been the world famous Tony ‘Wilky’ Wilkins who has done a sterling job but of late has been a bit poorly so this year we were grateful to Active Turmoil’s (Acton Turville’s) tremendous Terry Tripp, who did a grand job keeping all amused and rattling through the auction lots.
The lots come from a huge range of really generous people who donate anything from shallots to stuffed toys. Josie and Keith donated a bear so big it could hardly get out the pub doors (taking half a dozen pub glasses with it!) and that on top of her lovely pasties and cream teas – not to mention Keith’s prize winning veg.
Lady Hyacinth (who also has been a bit under the weather of late) still starred with her ploughman’s; Dave and Ann did also with their specialities (Ann’s knitted toys are still a marvel); Brian; the nice lady from on the common and a whole host of others too numerous to mention – one of whom baked a superb Harvest loaf.
Thanks once again to the wonderful generosity of the Beaufort’s customers who raised over £690. We appreciate that the current financial climate is a difficult one and it is heartening to see so many people contribute and benefit others. There are many worthwhile fund raising events in the village but if you have not come along to one of the auctions before it would be great to see you and join in the fun next year.
Finally a quick note on the Senior Citizens Fund. This is perhaps not as glamorous as the host of other good causes that there are in the village but it is worth supporting – in a small way recognizing the older folks who have experienced and given so much themselves.
The Beaufort’s Harvest Home is the last surviving major fund raiser for the fund. It was once a poor second to Prim’s brilliant annual get together in the Post Office gardens but these are now over and the current main contributors are the Buffs, Mick’s ‘prediction’ games and summer skittles and the Legion, the latter still meeting in the Beaufort every 3rd Monday of the month throughout the winter. Why not take part or join in?”
Mark and Fiona
A reminder of our 18th Annual Auction in aid of the Senior Citizens’ Fund
“Although a little dreary, the weather didn’t hamper the efforts of Chipping Sodbury’s Rotary Club with their annual ‘Along the Edge’ charity walk on Sunday 2nd September.
With two 4 mile circular walks to tackle, some of the walkers were up at an unseemly hour and, thanks to Hawkesbury Cricket Club, the overflow car park was used from 8am.
The aim of the walks is to raise money for Sodbury Rotary’s twin pet charities, the Kingswood based Jessie May Trust and their End Polio Now campaign – and any charity the participants feel strongly about.
As ever, the Beaufort supplied the Barbie and all proceeds went to the charities concerned. This year the total was an amazing £200 and huge thanks must go to Dave Brightness and his able band of supporters, Fiona, Dick, Daphne and Marlene.
Some of the charcoal kindly came from Neil Lodge of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust whose first product is Lower Woods made charcoal. An excellent way of using an asset on our doorstep and good for everyone concerned.
Hawkesbury Show donated 149 surplus rolls from their event – many thanks once again.
Thanks also must go to our customers who so generously consumed vast quantities of burgers, sausages and bacon, all beautifully cooked.
On a personal note, Lady Hyacinth, the doyen of all our fund raising, was absent through illness, so may I wish her a speedy recovery.
Roll on next year!”
We are supporting Cask Ale Week 2012 and are offering 5 ales and a cider throughout the week with discounts for card carrying CAMRA members.
Fish and Chips aboard the Matthew Tuesday 4th September 2012
Our aim on this event is to raise money for LJST and the Bristol Vintage Bus Group so the fares have been set at £27.50p per person for the red Routemaster bus to take us to Bristol and return back to Hawkesbury. While aboard the Matthew we take a cruise around the docks on this great little vessel.
For those going straight from the Arnolfini (where the Matthew is moored at the moment) the cost will be £22.50p and departure time (time the Matthew sets off) is 7pm.
The event is open to everyone interested …… please come along to join us if you can.
We must know names in advance. This is one of our major fund raisers of the year so once again, please spread the word.
Please fill out this form to book your seats:
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We will send you an email to confirm your booking. We may also telephone you to confirm a genuine booking. Many thanks for your interest.
Mark and Fiona
The Cotswold Way is just a few metres away from the Beaufort Arms as it winds its way through the Cotswolds and the valleys local to Hawkesbury Upton. Many walkers call in to quench their thirsts and for a meal or snack on their journey. We see many people from all over this country, as well as the world, and really enjoy them visiting our little village and talking to us.
We do not have facilities for bed and breakfast or camping at the Beaufort, but we do know some brilliant places that do have these facilities that we can recommend. The following recommended places are not connected to the Beaufort in a business form in any way. The owners are good friends though and are to be seen often in the pub:
Please don’t hesitate to call in to the Beaufort and ask about any of the following, we will be only too glad to help.
Bed and Breakfast:
Tel.: 01454 238202
Bed and Breakfast:
Tel: 01454 299313
Tel.: 01453 311283
Saturday 25th August 2012 – the 127th Hawkesbury Horticultural Society Show – the Hawkesbury Show takes place on the last Saturday in August every year.
For the Beaufort it is one of the busiest days of the year – and a day always to be remembered – the village is usually bursting to the seams. The carnival procession goes right past our front door and lots of people make this their cue to drink up and walk across the road to the show ground and the start of their afternoon of entertainment.
Why not come along and pay us a visit this year, there is lots and lots to do and see, travel back to your childhood and have a go on the dodgems perhaps!
The Hawkesbury Show web page is here.
Hope to see you there.
Mark and Fiona
‘The Hogweed Trotters Kilcott Experience’ – Sunday September 23rd –
A real challenge for the following week’s Bristol Half Marathon, different levels of severity make this an event to remember.
Starting and Finishing at the Beaufort, you can walk or run around the Kilcott Valley, the 5 mile walk starts at 10.30am and the 7 mile run starts at 10.45am.
Dave and Vera’s famous BBQ will be available from noon in the Beaufort garden along with a soft drinks bar and raffle. All proceeds will go to PROPS (Providing Opportunity and Support) – a Fishponds based special needs charity that does excellent work in the field of further education for 16 – 25 year olds with varying disabilities.
It’ll be great to have a bit of fun while supporting some very worthy causes. All are welcome.
Mark (your Local Landlord)
18th Beaufort ‘Harvest Home Auction’ – Saturday September 8th
We’re hoping for a special appearance from our Legendary Auctioneer Tony ‘Wilky’ Wilkins who’s been a bit poorly of late. Taking on his role (follow that if you can!) will be the great Terry Tripp, Auctioneer to the stars and a real character from Active Turmoil (Acton Turville).
All proceeds once again will go to Hawkesbury’s Senior Citizens Fund – as usual, any spare produce you may have will be gratefully accepted. Start time 8pm.