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 –

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!

Oct 03

Gromit Auction Latest

Hawkesbury’s Rainbows have been busy doing their Guiding Gromit badge by doing various events and activities centred around our own Harmony Gromit.

Last week they did a Jumble Sale in aid of the Grand Appeal for Bristol’s Children’s Hospital and last night they made biscuits, designed their own Gromit and did a ‘find and seek Gromit’ – pictures of Harmony were spread around their meeting place and they had to find two each (they were allowed to keep one of them).

They kindly sent me one of the Gromit biscuits (please see below) and gave my wife Fiona, ‘Badger’ to the Rainbows, a special little envelope containing assorted good luck tokens for when we go to bid for Harmony tonight at the ‘Gromit Unleashed Auction’ at the Mall in Cribbs Causeway.

Girls, we’ll do our best and many thanks for everything.Good luck Gromit biscuit 001

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 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!

Sep 05

Along The Edge With Gromit

Sunday 8th September 2013 sees our final fundraiser for the Grand Appeal. The Beaufort Gromit Harmony will be at the centre of two walks organised by Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club.

Along the Edge poster

All participants and visitors will then be allowed to enjoy our lunchtime BBQ, for the last time you’ll be able to enjoy ‘Hot Gromits’, ‘Unleashed Burgers’ and ‘Crackin’ Cheeseburgers. All at an amazingly low price and cooked to perfection by our A Team (Lady Hyacinth et al).

Overflow parking has kindly been provided by the Cricket Club and all Barbie proceeds will go to the Grand Appeal, this will be bolstered by some of the sponsored walk money as well.

Hop to it everyone…
Along the Edge mapClick image for larger size.

Sep 03

Successful Gromit Hash 2013

Last Wednesday’s (28th Aug) Gromit Hash was tremendous, celebrating the Kennett and Avon’s 1200th Hash, around 60 people, young and not so young, congregated at the Beaufort to do their thing.

The Fat Controller went to a lot of trouble laying the trail around our Cotswold countryside, and one of the prizes was for the person who collected the most Gromit piccies that he had laid. The winning score was 29.

Other prizes were had for the biggest Gromit ears and for those in Gromit dress, the pub provided a buffet for the ravenous runners and the cost of this was donated to the Grand Appeal along with other donations.IMG_0848The piccie shows prize winning ‘Gazza’ and ‘Public Enemy’ resplendent in their Gromit headgear and attire.