Aug 14

Enjoying the Entertainment

Yikes! The Gromit Open Golf Tournament was a cracker and hundreds of people enjoyed the occasion helping to make even more money for the Grand Appeal.

As usual, Vera and Dave starred on the BBQ, ably assisted by Marlene, Audrey and others – making an impressive £266.50p; the Raffle, conducted by Biggus Dickus, added a further £251. Special thanks must also go to Dick’s partner Fiona, who not only designed the poster but also helped with both the Barbie and the Raffle.

Sterling work from the Hawkesbury Open Committee consisting of Gnome, Ross and Shaun ensured that the event went without a hitch once again.

With the weekly haul in Gromit’s dish of £356.20p we had another great week for the Gromit-o-Meter
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Aug 06

Gromit Hash

gromitA ‘Gromit Hash’ is coming to the Beaufort on Wednesday 28th August 2013 at 7.30pm. It’s the 1200th run for the Kennet and Avon Hash House Harriers and they’re honouring the Beaufort with their presence.

The local Hash’s are near and dear to the Beaufort’s heart as when we were first in the pub – and struggling – they came along and helped rescue us (along with CAMRA). We’ve been great friends ever since. We did it!

Aug 05

Gromit Open Golf Tournament 2013

The ‘Gromit Open’ is almost here, this Saturday (10th August) sees our annual Golf Tournament, the teams are fully subscribed but please come along for the evening’s entertainment and prize giving.

All raffle and BBQ proceeds are going to the Grand Appeal and this will be your opportunity to enjoy ‘Hot Gromit’s’, ‘Unleashed Burgers’ and ‘Crackin’ Cheeseburgers’. It’s sure to be a job well done.

Jul 04

Gromit Is Unveiled

After just a few days, our Beaufort Gromit has settled into his new home in the country. We’ve had lots of visitors, one keen aficionado arrived at half past midnight to take their piccie.


Gromit was unveiled by Hawkesbury Primary School on launch day of the Gromit Unleashed Trail (Monday 1st July 2013)  and we’re looking forward to his 10 week stay here.

A quick round of thank-you’s: – artist Marie Simpson for her fantastic design, Angie from Boundary magazine for her enthusiasm and the pupils from Hawkesbury.

Thanks to Dilly, our Gromit has his own drinking bowl for donations – “make a wish, and put money in the dish” or “if you don’t come in the pub, put some money in the tub”.

All donations will go directly to Gromits Grand Appeal.

We have a Gromit-o-Meter here to tell you how much money has been raised at the Beaufort since Gromit has been with us.

Sep 24

Successful Annual Harvest Home Auction 2012

“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.

Tony ‘Wilky’ Wilkins

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

Aug 14

Hawkesbury Horticultural Society Show

Hawkesbury Show 2006Saturday 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.

Hawkesbury Show 2006

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