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Harvest Thanksgiving gifts

A big thank you to everyone who gave so generously to the collection of foodstuffs at our Harvest Festival in September. These gifts have now been passed on to Restos du Coeur.

We held our Harvest Festival Holy Communion on the 4th September with the Chaplain, Paul Vrolijk, officiating. Including the choir, we were 35 in the congregation, strongly supported by Marilyn Morrow and Chant- Allez.

After the service, 15 of us went for lunch at the local routiers cafe, a relaxed time to catch up with people and talk things over together.

We collected two boxfuls of non-perishable foods, and these have been passed on to the Restos du Coeur in Marmande, who were very grateful for the donation; Jean-Pierre, the Manager, showed us around, told us what they do and how they are organised. They feed over 350 families in Marmande on a regular basis and we both felt we wanted to try to help them where we could in the future, particularly the children.


Busy Easter weekend! 

For Allez, it was a busy Easter weekend. Our worship started with a suitably quiet and contemplative service of meditation, prayers and readings on Good Friday.

Then on the Tuesday after Easter, we celebrated with a service of Readings and Music created by Colin Pratt, first used last year and this year led by Sue Blomley, standing in for Roger Verrall.

‘Chant-Allez’, led by Marilyn Morrow, played a key role in this service, singing their own pieces or leading the large congregation in a broad selection of hymns. Interspersed with the music we were treated to a wide range of readings. The church had been beautifully decorated by Gail May and Annette Howard whose flower arrangements made a wonderful backdrop. To round off the evening, everyone had a chance to share a drink and biscuit. Our thanks are due to everyone who played a part in making this service so successful.

Allez remains quiet now until 5th June when we look forward to welcoming everyone to Holy Communion. We are planning a slightly earlier start of 11.00 am, which will provide time to associate after the service with a warm drink before we go to lunch in a local restaurant.



2016 Palm Sunday Procession

palm sundayOur service of Morning Worship on Sunday, 20 March fell on Palm Sunday and was led by Revd Liz Morris. After the blessing of the Palm Crosses we started with a reading of the Palm Gospel. We then processed round the centre of the village holding our Crosses and singing All glory, laud and honour before returning to the church for our service which was interspersed with a dramatised reading of the Passion Gospel.




2013 Carol Service well attended

dondas carolsOur Carol Service on Wednesday, 11th December was led by the Chaplain. About 80 people, British and French - including our Maire, his wife and one of his Adjoints, whom we are always glad to welcome - joined us to sing carols and listen to readings in both English and French. The church was looking particularly good because, as last year, a splendid Crèche and Christmas tree had been put up on either side of the high altar by members of the local community.

The service always ends with everyone processing through the village to the Salle des Fêtes singing Adeste Fideles (a tradition started by Colin Pratt) for the customary mulled wine and mince pies. This year everyone, and particularly the choir, was grateful that the weather was fine, unlike last year when it poured with rain! As ever, we are most grateful to Chant’Allez and Marilyn Morrow for so ably leading our singing.


Pastoral visit by the Bishop of Agen: November 2012

Bishop of AgenDuring the week beginning 19th November the Bishop of Agen, Mgr Hubert Herbreteau, made a Pastoral Visit to the parish of St Benoît en Pays de Serres, of which Dondas forms part.

He had specifically asked to meet the local Anglicans in Dondas, so on the afternoon of 21st November a small group of us, including the Chaplain, were among those in church when he arrived accompanied by our Parish Priest, Abbé Antoine Tran, and our relais local or parish representative, M Roger Austruy.

After the Bishop and the Maire of Dondas, M Mario Dalcin, had spoken, Sara James was invited to outline the background to how the Chaplaincy had come to hold services at Dondas and to answer any questions the Bishop might have. The Chaplain, who had previously met the Bishop when he came to Monteton, also said a few words to put Dondas into the wider Lot-et-Garonne and Chaplaincy context.

Mgr Herbreteau is obviously extremely well-disposed to our presence here, referred to us as “nos amis Anglicans” and insisted on having his photo taken with us before he left. It was a very friendly occasion and it is good to know that we are so welcome in the Diocese of Agen.

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November Sunday School and December Nativity Play at Doudrac

sunday schooldoudrac nativitySome 17 children and teenagers presented a beautiful Nativity tableau at Doudrac  on Sunday 13th December. It even featured live animals ! 

The church was packed for a traditional service of lessons and carols. The choir sang an arrangement of The Holly and the Ivy, written especially by David Warner-Howard.
Sunday School at Doudrac on All Saints' Day was just lovely!

Doudracians enjoy a curry supper and games

Members of Doudrac Church were joined by others to enjoy an evening of curry and games on Thursday May 21st. They enjoyed a variety of home made Indian, Sri Lankan and Nepalese curries courtesy of Graham Davison and Dave Rolfe and some delicious desserts, care of Liz Rolfe, Janet Tarr and Lesley Wybrow.

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After supper they flew home made paper planes, raced horses and snails, threw darts and hurled wooden discs on a Dutch shuffleboard in an attempt to win some wonderful (GIFI) prizes. The evening raised 240 €.


Successful Victorian Music Hall Evening - September 2013 

victorianA great evening was enjoyed by more than 70 people who filled the Salle des Fetes in Doudrac. Many came dressed in the style of the Victorian era. After aperitifs and canapés and an opportunity to eat our picnic meals, the show began.

Our chairman Stuart was a veritable virtuoso of verbosity and entertainingly introudced each act – and they just kept on coming!

It was a true 'Variety Show' – we had singers from Diva Eve to shy, retiring Popsy (!) and many others. We had a Pearly King and Queen; a strong man and his assistant; dancers; a poem recital and much, much more. The evening closed with a sing-along of a medley of well-known songs from that era.

Many, many thanks go to all who planned, helped, prepared, attended, performed and cleared up. A special thanks go to Gail and Stuart who lent us their lighting and sound equipment as well as being great entertainers.

The evening made €675 for Chaplaincy funds; a great result. Thank you. - Rev'd Liz Morris

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April 2013 Songs of Praise was truly a blessing

On 12th April we had our Songs of Praise service which was greatly enjoyed by all who attended.

Again, this service was followed by refreshments – thanks to all who organised and all who brought a plate of something.




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2012 August Baptism at Doudrac

We were pleased to welcome Natalia Woollard to the Christian family...her baptism took place on Sunday August 5th, at a packed church in Doudrac.

Her older sister Katarina was also baptised by Rev'd Bramwell Bearcroft at the church in Doudrac in June of 2009...

Our congratulations to little Natalia and her family!






Ecumenical Service in Masquières

The service held in the parish church at Masquières was a considerable success and was very well attended especially by our Catholic friends from right across the departement plus many from the Midi Pyrenees Chaplaincy.

We were led by Père Jean Poujade, Père José Tentelier, our Chaplain and Rodney Bridges from Midi Pyrène with Ken Meyer from the Baptist Church playing the organ.

The service was made up of a series of readings and hymns in both languages with addresses by Père Poujade and Paul Vrolijk on the theme of Babel; it was appropriate that we all said the Lord’s Prayer altogether in our own languages!

Afterwards we shared a delicious meal in the Salle des Fetes.

Next year’s service will, we hope, migrate a little further west to make it more accessible to people from across the Lot et Garonne.


Spring 2012 Lillies and Lunch in Latour-Marliac

On 24th May, the first sunny day of the month, it seemed, a group of worshippers of Doudrac Church made a visit to Le Latour-Marliac, le Jardin des Nenuphars, in Le Temple sur Lot.  For some, the day started with a car rally, organised by Evan Mackenzie, from Cancon to Le Temple through the glorious countryside of that area.  Having thwarted a flock of sheep by walking around them to find the answer to one of the challenging questions, which some (the runners up) thought to be cheating, John Wilson beat Marion Evans to the finish line by a minute, cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd who had resisted the challenge.

Having assembled in the magnificent gardens we were shown around by the proprieter, Mr. Sheldon, an American in France, so to speak. Did you know that Latour-Marliac developed the water lily from a wild white sterile plant to the magnificent array that now exists and that any water lily you might buy nowadays has its roots, so to speak, in Latour-Marliac's garden.

The tour was followed by a gorgeous lunch served in the Bambousserie and as much time as we wanted afterwards to look at, photograph or paint the beautiful flowers and frogs (green ones).  

We would recommend you visit the gardens between late May to mid-September (we were a bit early because of the bad weather this spring).  If you want to see lotus flowers as well, make it July.  There's a pleasant restaurant and cafe as well.

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St Médard

Harvest service 2014

On September 21st we celebrated our Harvest Holy Communion led by Rev’d Liz Morris with Roger Verrall. Our service was enhanced by the beautiful singing from the Chant Allez choir and great singing from our congregation, too.

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Following our service we all enjoyed our bring and share picnics; we have some very good cooks! It was truly a joyous celebration of harvest. Thanks to Liz and Roger for a splendid service.


July 2014 service - thunder and rain! - followed by lunch 

summer st médardAnother lovely service in our pretty church in St Medard. Thank you, Liz Morris. We do hope you and Richard were able to get back to the farm before the rain, to continue with the harvest.

During the service the rain poured down, making very interesting sound effects as it gushed from the roof. We then enjoyed our bring and share lunch, while listening to distant thunder!!

See you all here for Harvest festival on Sunday 21st September, which will be followed by a  bring and share picnic on the farm of Alexandra and Jean Marie Orliac.




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2013 Harvest service followed by lunch 

An enormous thank you to everyone who attended our Harvest Festival Holy Communion on Sunday 15th September, and to our Chaplain Paul Vrolijk for leading the service.

Thank you to Marilyn Morrow and Chant Allez for leading us in those familiar and well loved hymns for Harvest Festival. The Choir singing ‘Gloria sei dir gesungen’ by J S Bach, was so lovely. During the service there was a collection of tinned and dried goods, for Accueil & Partage in Port Ste. Marie, an organization that aids people in need.

Manuel Fernandez, président of Accueil & Partage asked us to pass on his ‘heartfelt thanks for the generous gift of food stuffs collected on Sunday.’

harvestOur thanks also go to Alexandra and Jean Marie Orliac for hosting us on their farm, for a bring and share picnic after the service, everybody enjoyed a very good lunch, and had a very jolly time! Although not as sunny as last year, it was still fine enough to be outside. Thanks also go to Alexandra, Jean Marie and their family, for providing the produce from the farm, for our wonderful decorations in the Church.

It was a pleasure to welcome new friends, and old. We hope to see everyone here again at Christmas, for our Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas, on December 20th 2013, at 18.30.



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 July 2013 service followed by lunch 

st médard lunch

Once again a lovely service, thank you Liz. It's so nice to meet with friends, although the extreme heat kept some at home.

Lunch was fun, with lots of good things to eat.





September 2012 Harvest Thanksgiving

st médard harvestSunday 16th September was Harvest Thanksgiving for our new community, here in St Médard. We had a lovely service here in our village church, led by Rev'd. David Jones.

Followed by a picnic lunch on the farm of Alex and Jean Marie Orliac.

Our next service will be Friday 7th December at 18.30, a bi-lingual service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas, with local Priest Pr Taillade and our Chaplain Paul Vrolijk and friends and neighbors from the local community. No doubt followed by mince pies!