Aug 29

Annual Harvest Home 2016 and PROPS Prize

Saturday 3rd September sees our annual Harvest Home Auction upon us once again, and, as last year, we’ve got tip-top auctioneer Terry Tripp to do the officiating. Lucky old us.

Starting at 8pm, all proceeds will be going to Hawkesbury’s Senior Citizens Fund. Any surplus horticultural items we can sell at the event will be gratefully received.

And talking of horticultural items, I’m delighted to announce that our PROPS Market Garden is now supplying prize winning produce!

At last Saturday’s 131st Hawkesbury Horticultural Show, PROPS came third with their potatoes, many thanks to Keith and Josie for preparing and entering them – roll on next year…

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Aug 22

Hawkesbury Open Golf Championship August 2016

The recent Hawkesbury Open Golf Championship, held annually on the first Saturday in August,  went down a treat and a good time was had by one and all.

A superb £450 was raised for PROPS with a roughly equal amount raised by the BBQ and raffle teams, topped up with a generous £100 from the HOGS committee of Gnome, Ross, Shaun and Biggus Dickus (who also kindly supplied the charcoal).

Huge thanks to Vera’s boy Simon, Mr Brightness and his bevvie of beauties on the BBQ, and ‘Miss Parish News’ Fiona on the raffle.

This was on top of the £170 already raised for PROPS by Dilly and team on her BBQ a few weeks earlier.

The money will be invested in the new PROPS Market Garden at the rear of the Beaufort – feel free to check it out – another great effort by some really kind, generous, and talented people in the village.

Talking of which, tip top auctioneer Terry Tripp will be on hand again to oversee proceedings at our Annual Harvest Home Auction, this year on Saturday 3rd September, donations of produce not quite ready in time for the Hawkesbury Village Show will be gratefully received. Hammer start time 8pm.

At the Beaufort on Tuesday 13th September (at 8pm) is the Launch Night for the “Wulfstan Village Walk 2017” – a great chance to get fit and raise some money for your favourite local good cause – come along for details, all welcome.

Sunday September 18th we’re proud to be a ‘pit stop’ once again on this year’s  Bristol 100 Bike Ride on behalf of the Stroke Association.

Finally, at the end of the month we hope to be hosting the Hogweeds’ annual Kilcott Experience

Jul 12

Busy Times Approaching at the Beaufort this July

Busy times are approaching at the Beaufort this July: –

On Friday 15th we have Pig Racing presented by Hawkesbury Buffs (1st race 7.30pm).

Pig Racing at the Beaufort Arms

On Friday 22nd we have Dilly’s Prize Giving BBQ from 4pm onwards.

And on Monday 25th we have Winterbourne Down Border Morris doing their thing once again (starting 8pm Morris Time).

All events are family friendly so come along and spoil yourselves …

Jul 05

Annual Treasure Island Cruise with PROPS

This year’s annual Treasure Island Cruise with PROPS is scheduled for Thursday 21st July, 11am – 12.30pm.propslogo2015-x324w

The cruise once again is kindly being sponsored by Rich and Mo and many thanks to them.

Anyone wishing to come with us and tackle the high seas of the Floating Harbour is more than welcome to come along and enjoy the fun, please book your places with me Mark (email below) – there’s strictly limited availability.

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Jun 17

Forthcoming Events – July 2016

Forthcoming Events for July 2016

Saturday 15th July – Hawkesbury R.A.O.B. (the Buffs) hold their Pig Race again in our Function Room – fun for ALL the family so please come along, 8pm start.

Pig Racing at the Beaufort Arms

Beaufort Arms BarbecueFriday 22nd July – Dilly’s annual prize winning Barbie – get it while its hot and raise funds for charity …

Monday 27th July – Winterbourne Down Border Morris Dancers performing again in the Beaufort Car Park at roughly 8pm Morris time. Again, fun for all the family, come and see an age old English tradition first-hand.

Jan 31

Fund Raisers for Beaufort Arms Favourite Causes

January saw two fund raisers for a couple of the Beaufort’s favourite
causes – St Wulfstan (the first to get slavery banned in Bristol in the 11th
Century) and the Long John Silver Trust.

The first managed to raise £100 for St Mary’s Church, Hawkesbury, on the
occasion of Wulfstan’s Saints Day (January 19th) with a banquet in his
honour in the pub.

The second, on Thursday 28th January, with a brewery visit to Cotswold
Spring’s and Severn Vale’s magnificent new home at Tortworth which raised £80 for
LJST (thanks mostly to their generosity).

The picture shows our very own Bishop of Wigan, Stan
Fillingham, getting a chair lift at the brewery with bearers Tony Harcourt
and brewery owner Mark Francombe.

Stan and Tony also appeared at our Wulfstan feast which featured Steve
Hammond’s picture / music compilation of the famous Wulfstan Windows.

Many thanks to all who attended and contributed to the two events. On the
latter we had a terrific reception at the Salutation at Ham and once again
Westward Travel ably provided the transport.

Beer expert Tom Salt provided the picture – thanks again,

Mark the landlord.

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Jan 04

Saint Wulftsan’s Day Banquet 2016

The Beaufort is turning its attention to Hawkesbury’s very own Patron Saint, St Wulsftan, with a banquet on his very own saints day, January 19th.

Please see accompanying this our menu for this special day, a brief history of the great man and a glimpse of his windows in St Mary’s Church, Hawkesbury – bookings essential.

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Saint Wulfstan’s Windows, Hawkesbury
This is the tale of a Citizen Saint, a man hardly remembered today, but one who shaped Bristol’s past with an early show of the upmost compassion.

Originally from the Midlands, young Wulfstan started life as a lowly priest in Hawkesbury, before going on to become the last ever Anglo-Saxon Bishop, confessor to both King Harold and William the Conqueror. He was responsible for the Domesday Book throughout the See of Worcester – including Bristol in the South – and had over twenty miracles attributed to him, not least the Abolition of Slavery in the West during the 11th Century.
Pope Innocent III made him the Patron Saint of Vegetarians and Peasants.

During his compilation of Domesday he was appalled to discover a trade in slaves between Bristol and Dublin, which had been taking place for over 400 years. Despite the danger to his own life, Wulfstan set about eradicating the business of taking the poor and vanquished from around the area. He preached amongst the slave pens along the River Frome (now Baldwin Street) for months on end to get it stopped.

By enlisting the help of the Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, Lanfranc, and ultimately King William, the trade was finally banned and as if to celebrate the event the first ever recorded instance of the Bristol ‘Mob’ rising took place. After realising Wulfstan was ‘for’ them, they removed the eyes of one of the most nefarious traders around. Within 10 years of this great achievement and well into his 80’s, Wulfstan died doing his daily chore of washing the feet of a dozen poor.

His place in history seemed assured after William of Malmesbury wrote up his great life; he was then feted by Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1158 before the ultimate accolade – canonisation in 1203. Unfortunately, King John admired him so much that he demanded to have his tomb alongside Wulfstan’s in Worcester Cathedral in 1216. This latter development probably accounted for the demise in Wulfstan’s popularity, his shrine being destroyed in 1542 and his memory obscured for centuries.

Interest in Wulfstan was sparked by Derek Robinson’s 1973 A Shocking History of Bristol where Derek espoused six episodes of Bristol history that at the time were being overlooked. Under the heading ‘White Slavery’ he revealed that the city had major commerce in human trafficking 700 years before the Trans-Atlantic Trade. He also rammed home the important point that if Slavery was a bad thing way back in the 11th Century, it’s been a bad thing ever since – not just an ill- informed practice of the day.

After being inspired by Bristol Radical History’s brand of ‘bottom up history’ in 2006, and with the added spur of ‘Abolition 200’ the following year, various events were organised to make more of this early Abolitionist and after several talks, concerts and feasts, enough money was raised to commission Caroline Pederick to produce these fantastic windows for St Mary’s Church, Hawkesbury.

Sep 14

Press Release – Treasure Island Trail to open on September 19th 2015

Press Release
September 10th 2015
For Immediate release

Treasure Island Trail to open on September 19th 2015
After 10 years of campaigning the Bristol-based Long John Silver Trust will open the Treasure Island Trail around the city’s historic Floating Harbour at 1pm on Saturday, September 19th 2015.

Members of the public are invited to join The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Clare Campion-Smith and guests, outside the Merchant Venturers’ Almshouse at the Broad Quay end of King Street for the official opening.
Following the opening there will be guided walks around the trail which celebrates Bristol’s connections with Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island.

“Throughout our campaign we have worked with Fishponds-based special needs charity PROPS to create the trail and they will be present on the day to assist the Lord Mayor with the ribbon-cutting ceremony,” said Long John Silver Trust vice chair Mark Steeds.

The trail will be marked by eight recycled 54- gallon wine barrels from Bordeaux. Each barrel is planted with a palm tree and carries information about the trail and the relevance of the eight sites to Treasure Island – the early part of the book was set in Bristol.

The barrels will also feature selected Mervyn Peake Illustrations from the classic 1949 edition of Treasure Island. In keeping with Bristol’s Green Capital and Cycling City status the barrels will incorporate innovative double cycle stands which also act to secure them to the ground.

The opening of the Treasure Island Trail will be followed by a special screening of ‘The Pirates’ by Aardman Animation at Arnolfini at 3pm (tickets just £5 from www.bristolticketshop.co.uk). From 5pm there will be two special piratical sailings of The Matthew from outside Arnolfini.
September 19th is also International Talk Like a Pirate Day, inspired by Robert Newton’s portrayal of Long John Silver in Disney’s 1950 adaptation of Treasure Island. Pirate dress for the day is optional.

Notes to Editor
Contact details: Vice Chairman Mark Steeds (mark@beaufortarms.com) Richard Jones (07890 267983 richard@tangentbooks.co.uk)

For further details visit www.longjohnsilvertrust.co.uk
Tickets for the showing of The Pirates are available from www.bristolticketshop.co.uk or on the day at Arnolfini.

For details of the special sailings on The Matthew, visit www.matthew.co.uk
The trail has been funded by members of the public who donated more than £5,000 at Treasure Island walks and talks and received £2,000 in sponsorship from Butcombe Brewery.

The barrels were sourced from Bernard’s Barrels of Yate, the information collars were made by Wards Signs of Barton Hill, the cycle stands were manufactured by Simbars of Ashton Vale. PROPS special needs charity will be helping with the installation and maintenance of the barrels.

Press call: There will be an opportunity to see the first barrel being installed on King Street by students from PROPS and members of the Long John Silver Trust at 11am on Thursday, September 17 at 11am.

Photocall: The Lord Mayor will arrive at 12.45pm on Saturday, September 19 in King Street.

The Treasure Island Trail has been designated a European Cultural Route – In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson. In November, a delegation from the Council of Europe will visit Bristol to present the Network with its accreditation on the occasion of its AGM in the city.”

A free App of the Trail is available – go to the App Store and search for ‘Treasure Island Trail’.

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On the run up to the creation of our Trail, please see students of PROPS finishing off the painting on the barrels, prior to Trustee Leon taking them to Wards Signs to get their collars fitted:-