Aug 30

Annual Harvest Home – Saturday, 2nd September 2017

Dear Beaufort regulars, hot on the heels of Dilly’s BBQ, it’s our Annual Harvest Home Auction.

Ace auctioneer Terry Tripp will be taking the rostrum again, selling our usual fayre; Prizewinning gourmet vegetables!

The hammer is going down from 8pm …

Come along and have a laugh, proceeds to Hawkesbury’s very own Senior Citizens Fund.

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

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.

Oct 15

Charity Events at the Beaufort

The Beaufort Arms hosted two charity events recently on successive Sundays, the Hogweed Trotter’s annual “Kilcott Experience” and the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury’s walk “Along the Edge”.

Dave and Lin Morgan starred with the formers BBQ and Dave, Audrey and Marlene with the latter (one of the pics shows Dave and Marlene in action with organiser John Wells).

Thanks to the generosity of the participants and pub regulars – including our local Hash – £250 was raised for PROPS and £70 for Rotary’s ‘End Polio Now’ campaign.

Huge thanks to one and all.

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Nov 14

Kilcott Experience 2013

Our final fund raiser of 2013 was for our dear friends at PROPS and it involved us teaming up once again with the Hogweed Trotters for their annual ‘Kilcott Experience’.

The event was smaller this year but we still managed to raise £154.50p for PROPS – just over £120 from the BBQ (funded by the Beaufort) with the balance from the raffle (prizes donated by the Hogweeds [mostly] and the Long John Silver Trust).

Many, many thanks to the Hogweeds and most of all Lady Hyacinth and the rest of our BBQ team, I did manage to get a thank you in to everyone at the end but here’s another just in case.

This year the proceeds went directly into an inclusive project PROPS have been working on for some while at Tormarton – producing logs and kindling.

The team needed a new concrete plinth for wheel chair access and the funds went to that, please see pictures below.

PROPS are having a bit of a supply problem at the moment as they can’t cut them quick enough, but if you’re interested they’re £4 a bag and £7.50p for a box of kindling. Enquiries via PROPS from their web site – http://www.propsforward.org/

Great stuff one and all!
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Oct 10

Bingo at the Beaufort!

bingoGet your ‘wings’ out ready, its Bingo at the Beaufort!

Hawkesbury’s Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (the Buffs) has organised a night in the Beaufort Skittle Alley come Function Room.

It’s this Sunday, the 13th of October 2013, with an 8pm start.

All proceeds are going to Cancer Research UK so please come along if you fancy it.

Two fat ladies, clickety click!