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Abundant Holy Week and Easter blessings

palm sundayPalm Sunday celebrations began with ‘All Glory Lord and Honour’ outside the Church with branches of palms swinging in the light breeze before all processed into the Church for a dramatized reading of the Passion Gospel according to Matthew. An inspirational service led by Roger Cheale, with  Rev'd Gill presiding at Communion.








A Tenebrae Service (Service of Shadows) on Maundy Thursday focused on Christ’s passion, trial and death (The gathering of Darkness) through Taizé prayers and readings, all sitting in the round with a cross of candles being slowly snuffed out. 

Good Friday concert - ‘O Sacred Head ‘ was the story of Holy Week through scripture, poetry and music, and enjoyed by a full church whose singing of ‘All Glory Laud and Honour’ must have been heard across the Dordogne. Peter Skellern’s  unpublished piece, ‘The Last Words’ sung  by a quartet of voices, added to the profound emotion of the ‘service,’ as did the poem ‘Good Friday ‘ by Cheryl Lawrie. Our sincere thanks to Belinda Patterson, our inspired Musical Director for planning and rehearsing the whole story so meticulously, to the choir and the musicians.   So appropriately,  the choir ended the evening  with ‘And God shall wipe away all tears.’

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Holy Saturday  - when creation holds it’s breath. Jesus lies silent in the tomb.

alleluliaEaster Sunday - ‘Jesus Christ is Risen today’ opened our Easter Communion Service as more people arrived to an already full church, all rejoicing, ‘He is Risen – Alleluia, Alleluia!’   The choir, under Belinda’s inspired direction, sang, sublimely, two anthems, ‘Most Glorious Lord of Light’, written by Barrie Simms based on the Edmund Spenser poem, and ‘And can it be’, by Dan Forrest, to further underscore the Easter message. The congregation were on song, ‘Thine be the Glory,’ raised the roof, joy filled the church and children passed out little chocolate eggs to the congregation.




 Gill Sweetman has compiled a brilliant montage of the Holy Week and Easter services, click here to view the images.







Christmas Carol service video

Many thanks to Belinda, the choir, and all who participated to make this year's Christmas Carol service so special. Belinda has created a video which is "something a bit different from the usual, and inevitably it has my own mark on it, but I think it reflects what was a beautiful service and all the contributions from so many people." We do hope you will enjoy it.

Click here to view the video which features an audio recording and images of the service.


4th Annual Carol singing outreach in retirement homes

Such a pleasure to report that once again, our carol singing choir has been well received (6 events!) this year at local retirement homes and Le Bercail, a centre for developmentally disabled adults. Accompanied by piano, flute, guitar, and tambourine, the repertoire includes traditional English, French, and bilingual carols (alternating verses in English and French) such as “Joy to the World” and “O Come all Ye Faithful”, the French favourite, “Il est né le divin enfant”, and a new bilingual carol this year, "Once in Royal David City".

Residents and staff receive booklets with the words to sing along, which makes for a shared musical experience. It has been wonderful to Reach out Together to bring the Christmas message to the residents and staff, sharing Christ’s love with others outside of our church.

This project has really been a team effort, and huge thanks go to all the musicians and carollers who have been involved, whose enthusiasm and suggestions are always so welcome!

We continue to hope that this project will lead to more long term volunteer projects at the retirement homes. There are English-speaking residents who would benefit from pastoral care visits from time to time. This could include game playing, a monthly chat over a cup of tea, singing together informally... If you would be interested in helping with the evolution of this project, or have any suggestions to share, please do let us know (Amy Owensmith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Moving Taizé-inspired Evensong services

taizéThe ever widening impact of the September Taizé Service has reached the Catholic Church in the village of Audrix, who invited the Limeuil Choir and Taizé Team to bring the whole service to their church on October 23rd. Such ecumenical benefits are immeasurable. Join us for a Taizé-inspired Advent service at Limeuil on Saturday November 26th, at 17:00. Also, plans are underway for a Taizé-inspired Week of Prayer for Christian Unity celebration. We give thanks for two Taizé Services - At Limeuil and St Pierre Audrix - Many thanks to Belinda for organising two very uplifting and memorable services.

Click here to watch a photo montage of the two services.


Cinquatore Lunch Time Concert

cinquatore concertThe sublime joy of soprano voices singing ‘Jubilate’ (Leslie Woodgate) and ‘Amazing Grace’ as a Southern Folk Hymn was awe inspiring for the fifty or so music lovers on Friday 7th October at St Catherine’s Church.

The Cinquore Group of Chrissie Anderson (soprano) Barbara Pollard (soprano), Belinda Patterson (alto), Olivia Simms (oboe) and Nasrine Talog-Davies (piano), once again showed their professionalism with a rich and varied programme of arrangements for two or three singers, and for oboe and piano. For Rameau’s La Poule, the audience were invited to count the number of oboe egg laying squawks, and the lucky winner was Anne Brown who received….a box of eggs!! The Ensemble rendering of Over the Sea to Skye (The Skye Boat Song ) had the audience applauding justly and wildly, and the retiring collection for the Chaplaincy and the Choir’s Piano Fund reached 384€. Thank you Cinquore, and thank you music lovers for your support. A Bring and Share lunch in the Cottage rounded off a magnificent day.


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Blessed Harvest Service - Rejoice!

We welcomed Rev'd Louise Courtney to Limeuil for our Harvest Holy Communion service and a full church sang some of the wonderful traditional harvest hymns with great gusto. Veronica Hudson created a beautiful harvest arrangement in front of the altar as well as a lovely floral piece, and other offerings.






The choir, under the direction of Belinda Patterson, sang settings of  ‘For the Beauty of the earth’ as their anthem and during communion Dona Nobis Pacem. Everyone gave generously to the collection as it was shared between the Chaplaincy and Resto du Coeur.

After coffee and chatting with our visitors, about 25 of us repaired to the cottage for a lively bring and share lunch. Thank you, Louise, for leading a lovely harvest celebration – we hope to see you again soon!


Youth Ministry with Pokemon Go Gamers!

pokemon goMid-July saw the launch of Pokemon Go in France. Its easy to spot those who are playing - they walk along glued to the screen of their phones and then suddenly stop as a virtual Pokemon appears and then they try to catch it inside a small ball. Many local landmarks are designated "Pokestops" or "Pokegyms" where players can pick up essential items to help them play the game or battle their favourite Pokemon against others.

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We were made aware that Ste Catherine's church in Upper Limeuil was both a "Pokestops" and a "Pokegyms" when Deacon Charlotte Sullivan came across 5 young people on the steps of the church playing the game. We thought it would be wonderful to enter into the spirit of Pokemon fever.  From 15th -18th August we were at the church all afternoon offering hospitality to all youngsters playing the game, as well as refreshments and competitions to win Pokemon goodies.

We welcomed nearly 50 young people, many of them with their parents who came along to visit the beautiful village and church. Our new Chaplain Tony Lomas entered into the spirit of occasion and managed to catch a good number of Pokemon's throughout the afternoon.


Powerful and moving performance of Stainer's Crucifixion

On Good Friday the Limeuil Church choir together with friends from Lot & Garonne gave a wonderful performance of John Stainer's Oratorio, 'The Crucifixion'. Directed and accompanied by Jonathan Smalley and with Peter Fowler and George Vellacott as the main soloists, those listening heard some beautiful singing. There were some spine-tingling moments such as when the choir sang 'God so Loved the World' unaccompanied. Thank you to everyone who took part and to those who came to listen. A retiring collection for the Médecins sans Frontières charity raised 320€.

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Rev'd Gill's birthday surprise

birthday surpriseUnbeknown to Revd Gill, an afternoon tea was planned by Lynn Ralph as a surprise. About a dozen friends gathered in the church ready to sing Happy Birthday as soon as she appeared. Ian had managed to time their arrival beautifully though to begin with I think Gill was more interested in Chaplaincy Warden David’s new grandchild, Oliver, than in the tea! It was a wonderful afternoon full of laughter and friendship.









3rd Annual Carol Singing outreach project

carol singingOnce again, our informal carol singing events have been well received (7 events!) at local retirement homes and Le Bercail, a centre for developmentally disabled adults. Accompanied by piano, flute, guitar, and tambourine, the repertoire includes traditional English, French, and bilingual carols (alternating verses in English and French) such as “Joy to the World” and “O Come all Ye Faithful”, and of course the French favourite, “Il est né le divin enfant”, and also an Occitan carol, « Reveillatz les Pastourels. »

Residents, staff, and visitors receive booklets with the words to sing along, which makes for a shared musical experience. Praise God for giving us this opportunity to share the Christmas message with the residents, so many of whom are lost and lonely at this time of year. This experience has opened our choir to allow us to share Christ’s love with others outside of our church.

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This project has really been a team effort, and huge thanks go to all the musicians and carollers who have been involved, whose enthusiasm and suggestions are always so welcome!

We continue to hope that this project will lead to more long term volunteer projects at the retirement homes. There are English-speaking residents who would benefit from pastoral care visits from time to time. This could include game playing, a monthly chat over a cup of tea, singing together informally... If you would be interested in helping with the evolution of this project, or have any suggestions to share, please do let us know.


Terrific evening of carols and fellowship


Another wonderful Carol service at Limeuil with a full church and a very moving service. The choir, under the direction of Nasrine Talog-Davies, were in full voice, and sang several beautiful carols including Rutter's All Bells in Paradise and Hopson's version of O Come O Come Emmanuel.

There was also a very upbeat version of The People who walk in Darkness which had everyone tapping their toes. Together with the congregational carols, the familiar readings which we all love, an interesting reflection from Rev. Gill it was certainly a service everyone enjoyed.

And afterwards there was much laughter and chatting as everyone enjoyed the mulled wine, stollen and mince pies. Many thanks to all who participated, to make this such a special evening.


Harvest Praise & Thanksgiving: generous donations collected

harvestFruits and vegetables, flowers and banners, brought colour and beauty to this year’s Harvest Praise, with dozens of foodhampers going to Resto du Coeur. The many gifts of shoes and clothes for the migrants and refugees have found a home with Nelli Salvi’s Bordeaux Team, for which we are truly grateful. The day was rounded off with a splendid Bring and Share Lunch in Charlotte’s barn – our thanks to Doreen and Alan, and Charlotte.







2014 News

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August Pet Service

It was with some trepidation that we held our first Pet Service but no worries - it was a thumping (of tails !!) success. We had lots of dogs who were all very well behaved and quite a lot of photos of cats and other animals. We sang suitable hymns and Rev. Gill blessed every animal individually which was much appreciated. The service was very well attended and ably led by Gill and Charlotte Sullivan. We certainly hope to repeat this event in the future.


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Messy Church @ Limeuil!!

Weeks of preparation, collecting cardboard boxes, yoghurt pots and sellotape paid off, as 15 children and their parents arrived at Limeuil to enjoy the first ever Messy Church in the Chaplaincy.

Our theme was "Living Water" based on the bible reading from John 4 4-26. We had 8 different craft tables full of activities for the children to enjoy, a soft quiet play area with toddler toys for the little ones and a really popular music and drum corner. The children and adults worked together to build a giant well out of the cardboard boxes which was so good we have left it on display for the congregation on Sunday! There was an interactive story and then everyone joined in with a very noisy, very messy worship song section at the end of the session. After all that we all enjoyed a well earned cup of tea and an egg sandwich ! 

We can't wait to do the next one... watch this space ! 



Wonderful weekend of worship at Limeuil!!

worship groupSaturday 6th and Sunday 7th July was such a treat to all who love live music, worship songs, prayer and fellowship. We were very blessed to have been visited by a worship team from Keith and Ann Sanderson’s UK Church in Hemel Hempstead.

Dave, Jeremy, Abby, Sam and Liz drove across France with all their kit on Friday, just to spend the weekend worshipping with us. As I drove up to the church in Limeuil at 9.30am on Saturday I was greeted by such a wonderful sound literally spilling out of the church, it was beautiful, and to me, it felt as if the Holy Spirit was literally hovering over the church..and that feeling lasted all weekend. Unfortunately there were only a few of us there on Saturday, we shared worship, prayer and lunch together.

On Sunday 7th the group led worship and Dave preached for us. We thank the group enormously for all they gave us and hope that they might consider coming back again.. and if they do .. I urge you not to miss it next time ! - Charlotte


News from Sunday School - Witness bracelets

sunday schoolAt a recent session of our Sunday school Charlotte Sullivan introduced the children to the concept of “Witness Bracelets”, which involved threading together six coloured beads in the order –Black, White, Yellow,Purple/Orange,Gold, Green and Pink- the idea being that each colour had for the wearer, a particular significance. For example, Black represented Sin - where someone has done something wrong to us, or we have wronged someone. White was for Forgiveness. Yellow, the colour of a new day-a day of hope. Purple/Orange, for sunset, bedtime, praying time. Gold, heaven. Green, for growing trees and grass (growing in faith) can be achieved through Prayer, and Pink reminded them of flowers of springtime, of things coming to life of starting prayers with a thankful heart. Perhaps a fun idea to share with others!


Holy Week and Easter blessings

palm sundayHoly Week began with a moving Palm Sunday service which began outside with prayers, a Bible reading from Matthew, and singing "All glory Laud and Honour". 

The choir's performance of Stainer's Crucifixion was well attended and very moving. Rather than a performance, it is a meditation on the Passion and the meaning of Christ's sacrifice.

crucifixion 2014







On Easter Sunday, a truly moving service led again by The Reverend Gill was attended by what was thought by many to be our largest congregation ever. Our Easter Hymns sung with great passion and enthusiasm by more than a hundred voices really filled the church with a beautiful sound. This, together with the music provided by our choir and the accompaniment provided by a whole team of musicians made our Easter Day a really special event.

After the service our traditional Easter lunch was held at the Auberge du Chateau at Campagne.


2013 News

Candlelit Carol Service in December

limeuil carolsWe had a packed church again for our bi-lingual Candlelit Carol Serviceon 8th December and it was lovely to see such a mixture of nationalities come to join us. The church was decorated beautifully and during the service the choir, under the direction of Nasrine Talog-Davies, sang three lovely pieces: Thorns in the straw by Graham Kendrick, When Mary had a Baby by Malcolm Archer and The Shepherd’s Sing by Bob Chilcott. The children had been working hard with Amy and, dressed as angels, shepherds and kings, did a great job of singing Little Drummer Boy.

We were extremely pleased to be able to donate 100€ from the collection to Resto du Coeur. After the service, a mulled fruit punch and savouries were served to those who wished. Many thanks to all our singers, instrumentalists, church decorators and everyone else who helped in any way to make this annual service so special.


Successful Christmas outreach project

limeuil carolsI'm pleased to report the success of our informal carol singing group at the different retirement homes in the area. There have been 5 afternoon events, each one consisting of traditional English carols as well as bilingual carols, alternating verses in English and French such as "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World", and of course we've included the French favourite, "Il est né le divin enfant."

Singing with the residents has been such joy: many are able to follow along and sing with the booklets provided, others simply move and clap to the rhythm. Accompanied by piano, flute, and tambourine, this musical experience has brought delight to many residents! There aren't many occasions when they get to sing with others.

During the break we chat with the residents and each other, enjoying various refreshments like home-made hot chocolate, mulled wine, delicious crunchy biscuits... This time of fellowship is a chance to share the Christmas spirit and remember joyful times in the past.

carolsPraise God for giving us this opportunity to share the Christmas message with the residents, so many of whom are lost and lonely at this time of year. This experience has opened our choir to allow us to share Christ's love with others outside of our church.

This project has really been a team effort and I'd like to thank all who have been involved and shown support: Nasrine and Olivia who helped with the initial stages, Belinda Drew on the piano, Harry Jansen on the flute, and all the choir members who have contributed their voices and ideas.

- Amy Owensmith




October Harvest and food donation 

The church was beautifully decorated for Harvest.

The choir sang two anthems 'Now the green blade riseth' and 'Only You Lord'.

There was a magnificent collection of produce for delivery at the Resto du Coeur in Le Bugue. Those with very low income and families in difficulty have access to this bank of food and St Catherine's has supported them for many years.

Well done everyone!


Dan Jones concert - full house!  

The Dan Jones classical guitar recital at Sainte Catherine’s on the 24th of July was again attended by a spellbound full house. Our thanks to Dan and his family for giving of their valuable time in bringing us such wonderful entertainment. We look forward to Dan’s next visit. Our thanks also to all of those people involved in the organising of the event and in providing a delicious array of refreshments.


Annual July Summer Fête  


This year’s Summer Fête competed with the Wimbledon Ladies Final, and the Lions and Australian Rugby Final on TV! However, the weather was glorious, the setting beautiful, and for those that did turn out, it was all in all a most enjoyable day, and one for which the contributors, organisers, and their helpers on the day deserve a genuine round of thanks. 

The amount of money raised was less than last year but still provided a very creditable 2000€ for Chaplaincy funds.

This being our major fund raising event of the year, it makes it even more imperative that we turn out in numbers for the events planned for the remainder of the year if we are to meet our targets in support of the very deserving charities we have adopted. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this day such a success.

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Pentecost Sunday and Whit Monday  

Our Service of Holy Communion on Pentecost Sunday conducted by Rev Gill Strachan was attended by a large congregation, among whom the colours red and orange were very much in evidence.  We lit candles and placed them around the altar and the choir sang ‘Like the murmur of the dove’s song”. This was followed by a very enjoyable lunch at L’Auberge de La Nauze attended by a large and appreciative section of the congregation.

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The following day, Whit Monday, a group of us joined with Abbé Chapuzet and our Catholic friends for our annual Ecumenical Pentecost walk from Salle de Cadouin to St Avit Senieur. The sun didn’t quite shine on the righteous but at least it didn’t rain!  Once we reached St Avit we all enjoyed a Bring & Share lunch before having a short bi-lingual service of Prayer and Praise led by Rev, Gill Strachan and Abbé Chapuzet.




April Songs of Praise, with enthusiasm! 

Our Songs of Praise evening held on Thursday the 11th of April and led by Roger Cheale was well attended. Some of our favourite songs of worship were sung with much enthusiasm.

We were particularly pleased to welcome and thank so many of our friends from the St. Nathelene congregation for making the journey to join us. Special thanks go also to all of the musicians for leading us in our vocal endeavours.



Stainer's Crucifixion Concert in March 

On Good Friday there was a performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion at the Eglise Ste Catherine, Limeuil. Joyce Crowest rehearsed the choir, and played the keyboard on the day, with Roger Cheale accompanying on the organ for some pieces. This year the choir was augmented by singers from Monteton and "Les Vocalies". It was 2 years since the last performance, and it was a pleasure for the choir to sing it again. Those who came to hear it thought it was even better this year!

It is a very moving piece, very atmospheric, and including some well-known hymns for the congregation to sing. Such a performance is a wonderful introduction to the joys of Easter, and we must thank Pere Bruno for allowing the use of the church, Joyce Crowest for producing the performance, all the choristes, and those who came to enjoy it.

There was a successful retiring collection, which was divided between Médecins sans Frontières and the Limeuil choir fund.


50km Sponsored Walk - an excellent Lenten challenge!

50km de Lalinde

I am thrilled to report that I indeed did finish the 50km, praise be to God!! On the day of the event, we were blessed with beautiful sunshine, and the itinerary featured scenic trails through the woods with spectacular views. I was impressed with the supportive atmosphere and friendly walkers, and delicious garlic soup at the finish...overall, it was an excellent Lenten challenge, and I hope to participate again next year.

Thanks to generous pledges, our goal was surpassed and we raised 1,085 € for the Toilet Twinning charity! More than enough to build blocks of toilets for 3 schools.

On behalf of the communities who will benefit from our donations, I'd like to thank all who gave pledges, as well as much encouraging support leading up to the event.

- Amy Owensmith



Farewell to Caroline

On the 25th of January over a hundred and twenty people from across the Chaplaincy attended a service of Thanksgiving at St. Catherine’s to mark the departure of the Reverend Caroline Gordon-Walker who, after 20 years in the Dordogne, was leaving to return to the UK to spend time with her daughter and grandchildren.

This was followed by a farewell luncheon at the Auberge de La Nauze attended by over fifty well wishers.

We would all wish to thank Caroline for her unceasing dedication to the work of the Chaplaincy and to wish her well in her new life with her family back in the UK.

Caroline finally departed for England on the 9th of February. Her new contact details can be found on the "Contact List" page of the website.





2012 News

Carol Service - 18th December

carols limeuilOur Carol Service was, once again, a joyous celebration. As always Ste Catherine's was beautifully decorated for the festive season, but this year it was warm!

There was a full house with over 140 of us singing the carols in a variety of languages, and listening intently to the familiar story told in both French and English whilst the children carefully placed the figures in the stable.

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There was traditional music, modern music, some stunning solos and a hymn where some of us needed to brush up our Latin!

We raised 150 € from the collection to donate to the Resto du Coeur and we are also delighted to be able to say that the Christmas Raffle has raised a magnificent 530 € for Emmaus.


Remembrance Day service in November

Our Remembrance Day service was conducted with all of the ceremony associated with this very special day, and the opportunity was taken to join with the local French community in their service conducted at the memorial outside the church which was led by the Mayor of Limeuil.

This year’s Poppy Appeal surpassed all expectation and raised a magnificent € 218.00 which is nearly twice as much as last year’s total. Paddy Atkinson has asked that her thanks be passed on to all contributors. Caroline Gordon-Walker would also like to express her appreciation to Hannah and Christopher for their help.


The Amazing Musical Curry Night: October 13th

curry nightThe “AMAZING MUSICAL CURRY NIGHT” proved to be just that with music provided by the “Dordogne Damsels” made up by lady members of our church choir, ably supported by Nasrine Talog-Davies on the piano and Roger Doidge on guitar (with a cameo appearance by our own Bob - the Wurzle - Sweetman). 

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A rousing and enthusiastic sing-song was followed by a delicious curry and dessert supplied by Karen and Andrew Calvert, after which the evening was rounded off with a Beetle Drive and raffle. 

The event raised a total of € 530 which together with € 220 raised at September’s Harvest Festival means we are able to donate €750 to Resto de Coeur. A huge thank you to everyone who took part.

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MInistry Swap at Limeuil in July

rev'd andy horlockFor two weeks or so in the latter part of July, Rev'd Andy Horlock and his wife, Annie, stayed at our home in Bayac, while we went off to Lugano, where Andy is Priest-in-charge of the church of St Edward the Confessor.

Andy lead worship at Limeuil on Sundays 22nd and 29th July, while I took over in Lugano. We decided to use the same hymns for our services, so there was a sense of communion with our congregations and shared prayer and joy.

This ministry swap was in the planning for a couple of years, and the congregation at Limeuil was pleased to welcome Andy and Annie most warmly!   

Please click on the "Chaplaincy News" page to read more about the swap and my experience in Lugano... 

- Rev'd Gill Strachan


Dan Jones Classical Guitar Concert

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On Wednesday 11 July a spellbound audience of over 100 people enjoyed another wonderful concert given by Dan Jones.

We sat mesmerised by the beautiful music as it gently wafted around St Catherine's stone walls for almost 2 hours, with a short break for a refreshing cup of tea and the opportunity to purchase a delicious slice of homemade cake.

The music included pieces from the baroque period on the classical guitar, and also several pieces on the 9-stringed baroque guitar.  His final piece, accompanied by Keith Lowe, was the Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez, by Rodrigo.

Dan moved to the Dordogne 2 years ago, where he settled with his family near Mussidan and joined the congregation of Bertric Burée. In addition to teaching in the local music schools, Dan gives concerts and plays in small groups and is a keen composer and arranger.

For more information about Dan and his music and also the CDs which he has released go to his website: www.danjonesguitarist.com, which gives a fascinating insight into his work.

We hope very much that Dan will play for us again next year.


June 24th: Inauguration of "Les Travaux"

After the service on June 24th, a ribbon-cutting celebration was held by the mayor of Limeuil, Monsieur Guy Thomasset, in honour of the building project at Ste Catherine's. At 12:03, just as the mayor was beginning his speech of introduction, he was interrupted by the bells of the Angelus...a reminder of another wonderful recent improvement in Limeuil: the repair of the church bells...

After the Angelus, he continued with a speech which made us feel very welcome and appreciated indeed, and afterwards Jennifer Lord, who was Warden throughout the project, also had the opportunity to say a few words in French, which expressed our joy in the collaborative project, and the continuing friendship between our congregation, the parish of Le Bugue, and the commune of Limeuil.

The mayor commissioned a plaque to be placed on the wall inside the church, marking the collaboration between the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine and the commune of Limeuil. This is the first time such a collaboration has taken place in the area, and we are very proud to have been a part of such an endeavor.

The "vin d'honneur" was followed by a Bring and Share lunch down by the river, and several stayed for the Boules competition, which was great fun!

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May 28th: Promenade, Picnic, and Pentecost Praise!

On 28th May a group of Anglicans from St. Catherine’s Limeuil, led by Rev'd Gill Strachan, joined a group of Catholics from the parish of St Avit Sénieur, led by Abbe Chapuzet, for a 7km walk through the Dordogne countryside.

Arriving at St Avit we all enjoyed a Bring & Share lunch together before gathering in the church for a short bi-lingual service. It was a wonderful ecumenical event and one we all hope will be repeated.

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Ecumenical gathering at Temniac with Magna Carta

service at temniacMagna Carta 2002 is an association of Christians based in Poitou-Charentes, with members from all over France. This year, the Perigord was chosen as the destination for their annual trip. They specifically were eager to learn about the experiences of English ex-pats in the Dordogne.

The Limeuil choir was invited to participate in a simple service of worship and music, held on Thursday April 26th, led by Rev'd Gill Strachan, in the Temniac church. Those of us that arrived early had time to discover the crypt downstairs, which features a floor with a natural stone rosace. We sang several bilingual hymns such as: “Shine, Jesus, Shine” and “Make me a channel of your peace”... The choir sang a delightful rendition of “Jubilate” which filled the church with the Spirit of Easter!

temniacThe time of worship was followed by discussion and fellowship over a meal served by the nuns at Temniac. Many thanks to Rev'd Gill Strachan for sharing about her calling to the priesthood, and to Nasrine Talog-Davies, Kevin Sullivan, and the choir, for such uplifting music!



Local Annual Meeting held on March 11th

The Annual Meeting held after the service on the 11th of March was chaired by the Chaplain and in addition to those committee members standing for re-election two new members were elected, Roger Cheale and Bob Sweetman. We are also pleased to report that Gill Sweetman was elected as Church Warden. A list of committee members is displayed on the notice board at the rear of the church


Successful Quiz Night!

The Quiz Night on the 7th of March proved to be a fun evening for all those attending with those masters of the quiz Roger and Norman, together with their good ladies, in their usual good form. The evening was further augmented by a delicious meal of pie and chips followed by apple crumble, and to top all of that, the event raised €370 towards Chaplaincy funds.


Women's World Day of Prayer

Many thanks to all who came and supported the day of prayer held at the Centre Notre Dame de Temniac (near Sarlat) on Saturday, March 3rd.

It was great to have so many from the Limeuil and Ste Nathalène congregations, along with many from the Sarlat parish. A really big thank you to Kevin and Robin for providing the music and getting us all truly “praising the Lord” during the final hymn!

We hope that this event will become a yearly celebration and a service in which we can meet and worship together with our French brothers and sisters. It was a joy to be able to share a time of fellowship and cake afterwards and meet friends new and old.

Our thanks go to the Sisters at Temniac. They are always so enthusiastic and accommodating and have been great friends to us, they hosted this event free of charge.

The event raised 267€ to help support the projects in Malaysia.


2011 News

Heating...just in time for Christmas 

limeuil heatingChristmas Day – what a celebration of Christ's birth! 

A moving and enjoyable service led by the Revd Gillian Strachan in a warm church! The gas heating is now installed and tested at St Catherine's Church, Limeuil. A warm welcome was given to the new heating on Christmas Day! 

We had travelled through delightfully picturesque countryside with frost gleaming on the fields in the misty sunshine to be greeted by a comforting warmth inside St Catherine's. The heating, which had been installed during the week before, was working well, the congregation appreciated the luxury of the heat and light, and we all showed our appreciation of the hard work done by Jennifer Lord during her wardenship which had resulted in the greater comfort of all.

Although since then a few minor problems have occurred, because the electricity supply at St Catherine's is, to say the least, minimalist. We are looking forward to an update of the church electricity supply, whereafter we should be able to enjoy organ music, lighting and even coffee!


The Hot Flush Fund 

At last our new facility is operational!

With a heartfelt 'thank you' to all who contributed in various ways, we are delighted to say that we now have a working toilet and hand basin. The walls and floors are tiled, and we have a sink and workbench. The whole area is brighter, lighter and cleaner. There are still a few little finishing jobs to do which will be completed shortly before we have an excellent, long-awaited convenience.


Christmas Carol Service - 15 December 

christmas treeOnce again we had a full church for our moving and atmospheric bi-lingual Carol Service.

The church looked stunning in its Christmas finery, the Choir sang beautifully and the whole service was a joy for the 100+ congregation.












Himalayan Saga: Two Men on a Bike 

dave and ian


On Friday October 28th, the Limeuil centre hosted a Curry Evening in the Salle des Fêtes in Le Coux. 

The evening of slides and stories described how Ian Strachan and Dave Shires crossed the Himalayas on one motor bike and negotiated several high mountain passes the highest being the Khardalunga at 18300 feet north of Leh in the Trans Himalayan Range (which is an easterly extension of the Karakorum Range.)


ian's map



They travelled 3300 kms returning to Delhi via Kashmir and Chandigarh. Ian and Dave were easily able to explain the details of their trip using the wonderful maps created by Ian!

The whole trip lasted nearly five weeks and although it was July and therefore the summer monsoon season, they had very few really wet days.

curry evening

Dave's photographs were stunning, not just the high Himalayas and deep ravines but the towns and villages and people they met.



Ian and Dave dedicated the evening to the memory of Susie Tarver, who was known to many of us in the congregation. Susie lived life to the full. She had trained in drama, became a teacher, a farmer, a weaver and wonderful tapestry and carpet maker as well as a very successful media consultant.

Walking was a special passion and she was known to many of us for her walk on the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostella.

Susie tragically died last summer in a home accident in her garden just after Ian and Dave left for their trip. She was planning on teaching for 5-6 months in Tikli School, a primary school located in Gurgaon, which is 50 km south of Delhi.

The event raised 670 € for the private primary school where Susie would have volunteered. For more information about donating to the cause, please contact Michael Hall: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks to all who helped in the organisation of this wonderful time of fellowship and fun!


The Word Revealed: Oct 2 

king james bible serviceA festival service to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible was given by the Limeuil choir on Sunday, October 2nd.

The service, led by Rev'd Gill Strachan, was made up of 5 parts: Recalling and Reflecting, A Bible in every church, Appointed to be Read in Churches (by his Majesty's Special Command), Into all the World, and According to the Latest Translation.

The history of different translations of the Bible was told: from a reading of the Gospel of John in Greek by Rev'd Caroline Gordon-Walker, to the reading from the Book of Romans from the William Tyndale's Bible 1522, to the telling of the story of the Hampton Court conference 1604...

The many hymns sung by the choir and congregation were an inspiration and reminder that "Your word, O Lord, is a lantern to our feet...and a light upon our path."


Puzzles and Pasties evening: Sept 16th 

puzzles and pastiesThe “Pasties and Puzzles” evening compiled and compèred by Bob and Gill Sweetman at L’Escale in Siorac was again a fun evening thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present and raised the sum of €275 towards Chaplaincy funds.

Our thanks to Gill and Bob for all the hard work they put in to make this another great event. The Albrecht team did well only missing first place by half a point!









The Church of Ste Catherine and the village of Limeuil are just north of the confluence of the Vézère and the Dordogne rivers, between Sarlat and Bergerac. The church is located in upper Limeuil (Limeuil Haut), near the château.


Our membersare drawn from the east and central Dordogne. The congregation has been meeting since 1987 in Limeuil, formally at the Chapelle St Martin, but for the last 14 years at the Church of Ste Catherine in Limeuil Haut.


Church of England forms of worship are used for all services.  Congregations of over 50 are usual throughout the year, growing into the 100s for major festivals.  We are lucky to have a choir director and a good-sized choir, which enhance the services at major festivals and Evensong each month.