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Allez, Dondas, Doudrac, Envals, Saint Médard

Services and Events

A group of churches working together

Forthcoming Services:

celebrate jesusSunday 22 April – Monteton, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 29 April – Monteton, 16:00 Evening Prayer, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 06 May – Doudrac, 11:00 Holy Communion, Rev'd Louise Courtney

Sunday 06 May – Monteton, 10:30 Morning Worship, David Albrecht

Thursday 10 May – Monteton, 17:00 Ascension Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 13 May – Monteton, 10:30 BCP Morning Prayer, Michael Torne

Tuesday 15 May – Envals, 11:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 20 May – Monteton, 10:30 Pentecost Prayer & Praise with Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 20 May – Dondas, 10:30 Pentecost Holy Communion, Rev'd Angela and Rev'd David Marshall

Sunday 27 May – Saint Médard, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 27 May – Monteton, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Bramwell Bearcroft

Sunday 03 June – Doudrac, 11:00 Holy Communion, Rev'd Bramwell Bearcroft

Sunday 03 June – Monteton, 10:30 Morning Worship, Roger Cheale

Sunday 10 June – Monteton, 10:30 BCP Morning Prayer, Anne Penfold

Sunday 17 June – Dondas, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Angela and Rev'd David Marshall

Sunday 17 June – Monteton, 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Anne Penfold

Sunday 24 June – Monteton, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

 

Contact Information

Local Warden:

Richard Morris on 05 53 23 40 51  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

January Christian Unity service

It's a joy to share these photos from Tuesday's event at Castelmoron for the Villeneuve and Lot Valley Ecumenical Group. The service was very well attended, with 5 ministers including our Chaplain, Rev'd Tony Lomas. The address was given by Pasteur Bonhomme of the Eglise Unie Protestante on the theme of the unity of prayer from below and above, working in both directions: Jesus, Jesus in God, Jesus praying to God, and God reflecting that prayer back.


 

Terrific Christmas Carol service and lunch at Doudrac

On Sunday morning, 10th December, a congregation of nearly sixty gathered at Doudrac to enjoy the service of Lessons and Carols, led by Rev Liz Morris. Candles were lit, and greenery heavily laden with red berries and gold ribbon decorated the altar steps. There was also a Christmas tree and a crib, and of course, a beautiful Advent Wreath. The first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ was sung by a member of the congregation and thereafter, all carols were sung most heartily. More Christmas gifts for children were donated, as they had been the week before, to be distributed by Resto du Coeur. We also had a retiring collection for the Bishop’s Advent Appeal.

After the service we gathered in the Salles des Fetes for our Christmas lunch. It was a joyous time of eating, drinking and catching up with friends. Thanks to all those who gave their time to cook such a delicious meal. A good number of church members and visitors attended our Holy Communion service on Christmas morning, which was led by Rev Liz Morris. For the last time in 2017, we enjoyed singing carols in the candle-lit church of St John’s in Doudrac before hurrying off to be with our own families and friends on this special day.

 

Rev'd Liz Morris completes a 26-mile sponsored charity walk

charity walkRev'd Liz Morris writes:

Doing a 26 mile walk began as a personal challenge, and my sister Sarah also signed up to do the walk and as we had done a 20 mile walk together in 2010, I knew that her company would help keep me going! Then it made sense to raise funds for charity to make it even more worthwhile!

The morning was with perfect conditions as far as we were concerned. We set off just before 8am, walking up the beautiful Suffolk coast from Thorpeness to Walberswick and then headed inland across heathland with gorse in full flower and trees with their new bright green leaves. By 1pm we were entering the village of Westleton where Richard and I used to own and run a restaurant when the children were younger. There, by the duck pond, were Richard, his mother, sister, brother-in-law, niece and her fiancé encouraging us on our way and handing out Minstrels and apples! When we returned to our starting point at 3.40pm, mum and dad were there to greet us and in honour of the fact that our father used to run marathons we decided to jog across the finishing line!

I was delighted to have done it and not to have suffered too much afterwards. I certainly enjoyed my hot bath and dinner of steak and chips cooked by Richard that evening!

I am also delighted to report that I will have raised around €800 in a mixture of sterling and euros. If you sponsored me – thank you very much – and I will let you have a final total when it has been allocated to the charities. (the Rotary Club’s chosen charity, St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, Suffolk, and the 'Dorset Murugi Project', which is supported by the Lot et Garonne churches).

I think I have persuaded Richard to accompany me on a half-marathon walk in September in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of his dad, so watch this space!

 

Singles Together in Friendship - "Seuls ensembles"

"A new group where we can share and grow. There are always new skills to learn, skills to exchange, and a world of opportunities to explore with help and encouragement from others."

Gill and Marian are delighted to announce the creation of a new group to bring singles together in friendship, around the Eymet/Lot et Garonne/south Dordogne. All are welcome to participate, your suggestions would be very welcome. For more information, please contact: Marian Evans (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Gill Nurse (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Visit the new website by clicking here.

 

Franco British Remembrance service in Moulinet, Lot et Garonne

remembrance serviceOn 5th June in the church of Moulinet, the English and French local "parishes" held a remembrance service in tribute to the British, Commonwealth, and French casualties of the Battle of the Somme. Led by Père Patrick Cassaigne and Rev'd Liz Morris, the ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Moulinet, many French and British, and one Australian couple. As well as flag bearers there were 15 cadet pompiers (firefighters) who formed a "guard of honour" into the church and around the war memorial. There was also wonderful singing and piano accompaniment by Eve and David Warner-Howard and the congregation. Martin Earle played the bugle for the Last Post and Réveille and the cornet for the two national anthems, and flower wreaths were laid at the War Memorial. Many thanks to Graham Davison (Doudrac) for organising and conducting the event.

 

Christian Unity celebration of our shared faith

The week of prayer for Christian unity in the Lot Valley was celebrated in the chapel of the old Benedictine monastery attached to the Eglise Ste Catherine d'Alexandrie. Representing the Anglican church, Rev'd Liz Morris took part alongside, for the Catholics Monsigneur Herbreteau, Bishop of Agen, Abbé Richard Bouchet,  Père André Konstanty and Pastor Marie-Francoise Vialard of the Lutheran church. 

As part of the celebration, members of the ecumenical group lit candles at the altar and offered salt to the congregation following the tradition of the Lithuanian churches who set the formula this year. After the service everyone enjoyed time to talk together over a cup of hot chocolate and a slice of cake, exchanging similarities, asking questions and enjoying our shared faith together.

 

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Lot et Garonne Church Banner

A particular thank you to Norma Eckett for the magnificent textile church banner she has produced from ‘bricks’ contributed by members of the Lot et Garonne congregations, and which will hang in rotation in each of the churches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Allez

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L'Eglise de Notre Dame in Allez-et-Cazeneuve is located to the west of Villeneuve-sur-Lot on D446 between Ste Livrade and Pujols. We are also very fortunate to have the kind and enthusiastic help of both Père André Konstanty and Père Richard Bouchet, together with the use of this beautiful church.

The congregation: We are part of the Church of England and Anglican forms of worship are used at all services. Our members are drawn from across the Lot-et-Garonne and from neighbouring Departments.

When do we meet? Holy Communion is generally celebrated at 11.00am on the first Tuesday in March, June, October and December. Harvest Festival is celebrated in the autumn and we have services on Good Friday afternoon and in the evening of the Tuesday after Easter. In the week before Christmas we hold a Carol Service including the reading of the 7 Lessons.

Prayer Chain We are a part of the Chaplaincy Prayer Chain which is organised in the Lot & Garonne by Helen Raphael. If you would like to include anyone in our prayers, Helen can be contacted by telephone on 05 53 47 78 93, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Contact Information

Judy Mazzotti: 05 53 88 77 74, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Our Services at Allez

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Our Services at Allez are normally held on the first Tuesday in March, June, October and December. These start at 11.00am and immediately after the service there is an opportunity to meet the other members of the congregation over a cup of coffee. Following this we adjourn to a local restaurant for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dondas

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All are welcome to attend our next service of worship at the church in Dondas at 10:30am on Sunday 20th May, a service of Pentecost Holy Communion, led by Rev'd Angela and Rev'd David Marshall. We hope to see you there!

Following our trial of alternating our services of Holy Communion with Morning Worship in the intervening months, it has now been decided to make this a permanent arrangement.

 

Dondas

L'Eglise Saint Martin in Dondas is located south-west of Beauville and mid-way between Agen and Tournon d’Agenais.

Services are held on the 3rd Sunday of every month at 10:30am, alternating between Holy Communion and Morning Worship services. Church of England forms of worship are used. As well as our monthly services we hold a bilingual service of Christmas carols every December where our singing is led by Chant-Allez. It has become popular with both British and French locals and is always a joyful occasion, followed in time-honoured tradition by mulled wine and mince pies.

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Our Thanks: We are very grateful to Père John Hennessy and to the Mayor and people of Dondas for their very active support. We are very fortunate to have the use of such a beautiful church.

We are delighted to welcome to our services people from our neighbouring Chaplaincy over the border in the Lot and Tarn et Garonne. They in turn have invited us to join them, an invitation that will appeal particularly to those who live in the far south east of the Lot et Garonne. They meet every Sunday afternoon at 4.00pm in the Chapelle St Paul, which is on the Lauzerte side of Valence d’Agen, just past the Lidl supermarket off the D953, and they currently celebrate Holy Communion on the second Sunday of every month. More details can be found on http://churchinmidipa.org

Keeping Up to Date: If you would like to receive notices of future services and other events at Dondas, please let Sara James have your e-mail address by contacting her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Contact Information

Sara James on 05 53 95 45 81 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

New Year Eucharist in February

We do not have a service in January as the church is so arctically cold, even with our modest efforts at heating. However, in order to keep a sense of continuity during January, there had as usual been going to be an informal service of hymns and readings at Evan MacKenzie’s house on Sunday, 21 January led by Margaret Opie Smith but because of illness this had to be cancelled.

Our first Eucharist service was on Sunday, 18 February, celebrated by Rev'd Liz Morris, who stepped in to fill the breach when the Chaplain had to go to Chancelade for their LAM.  Anne Penfold will lead our service of Morning Worship on Sunday, 18 March.

 

Joyful Christmas Carol service at Dondas

This year’s bi-lingual Carol Service was on Wednesday, 13 December at 6.30pm and was led byRev'd Liz Morris and our Parish Priest, Père John Hennessy, joined us to read the Gospel in Frenchand to give a blessing. There were congregational carols and readings in both French and Englishtogether with choir carols sung by Chant’Allez accompanied by Marilyn Morrow. As always, theservice was followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Salle des Fêtes.

This was closely followed, on Sunday, 17 December at 10.30am by our final Eucharist of the year,celebrated by Rev'd Angela and Rev'd David Marshall.

 

 

 

Doudrac

All are welcome to join us at Doudrac on Sunday 6th May for a service of Holy Communion at 11:00am, led by Rev'd Louise Courtney. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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L'Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste in Doudrac is located on the D250 is about 5 kms west of Villereal. This congregation at Doudrac has grown to meet the needs of the growing number of English speaking people in the area in the north-east Lot-et-Garonne. The local mayor and the Abbé of Montflanquin have been very supportive, and are delighted that this lovely old church is being used on a regular basis by an ever growing congregation.

Our congregation is drawn from across the north, east and central Lot et Garonne and from the southern Dordogne.

Our special thanks are due to the parish of Sainte Therese de l’Enfant Jesu des Bastides and to the Commune of Doudrac for allowing us to share with them the Church of St John the Baptist and the Salle des Fetes.

Holy Communion is held every first Sunday at 11h00. Church of England forms of worship are used. Also, we hold a Harvest Festival in the Autumn, as well as a Bilingual service of Christmas Carols which has become a well-received tradition. Congregations of over 30 are usual throughout the year, with numbers doubling for major festivals. All are welcome to join us!

L'Eglise St Jean le Baptiste

Contacts: Eve Warner-Howard is responsible for organising readers in church. Her contact details are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have a good clear voice and would like to read a lesson, please contact her, she would be delighted to hear from you.

Prayer Chain Helen Raphael is now Prayer Chain Co-ordinator for Lot et Garonne and may be contacted on 05 53 47 78 93 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Contact Information

June Taylor: 05 53 01 05 64 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Terrific Christmas Carol service and lunch at Doudrac

On Sunday morning, 10th December, a congregation of nearly sixty gathered at Doudrac to enjoy the service of Lessons and Carols, led by Rev Liz Morris. Candles were lit, and greenery heavily laden with red berries and gold ribbon decorated the altar steps. There was also a Christmas tree and a crib, and of course, a beautiful Advent Wreath. The first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ was sung by a member of the congregation and thereafter, all carols were sung most heartily. More Christmas gifts for children were donated, as they had been the week before, to be distributed by Resto du Coeur. We also had a retiring collection for the Bishop’s Advent Appeal.

After the service we gathered in the Salles des Fetes for our Christmas lunch. It was a joyous time of eating, drinking and catching up with friends. Thanks to all those who gave their time to cook such a delicious meal. A good number of church members and visitors attended our Holy Communion service on Christmas morning, which was led by Rev Liz Morris. For the last time in 2017, we enjoyed singing carols in the candle-lit church of St John’s in Doudrac before hurrying off to be with our own families and friends on this special day.

 

Sunny October Harvest service

The Autumnal rain soon gave way to sunshine on the morning of Sunday, 3rd October, when we celebrated our Harvest Holy Communion service led by Rev'd Liz Morris.

Gifts of tinned and dried food and a most colourful display of fruit, vegetables and flowers were spread beneath the altar, reminding us of God’s constant provision for us. The Harvest readings and sermon reminded us that ‘..whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly ..’ and that ‘God loves a cheerful giver.’ Later the tinned and dried goods were collected to be taken to Restos du Coeur. After the service, most of the congregation sat together in the Salles des Fêtes enjoying a ‘Bring and Share’ lunch; a most fitting way to finish our Harvest celebration.

Our next service will be on Sunday, 5th November and led by Rev'd Louise Courtney.

 

Wonderful summer services

We were delighted to welcome once again Rev'd Louise Courtney who led our service of Holy Communion in August, which was a beautiful, sunny day. Several people were on holiday affecting numbers slightly, but that made no difference to our singing, ‘Praise my soul, the King of Heaven’ filled the church.

Our September 3rd Holy Communion service was led by Rev'd Liz Morris and at the end of the service, after a heartfelt rendering of ‘To God be the Glory’, we all congregated outside the church in the warm sun to have photos taken for the Chaplaincy website.  Coffee was then enjoyed in the Salles des Fetes before returning home.

Our next service, led again by Rev Liz Morris, will be Harvest Holy Communion on 1st October at 11am, followed by a Bring and Share Lunch.

 

 Warm Welcome at Doudrac

Doudrac is becoming known for the warmth of its welcome. We now have a rota of 'welcomers' to greet worshippers as they arrive and hand out service sheets. This rota is organised by Basil and Janet Tarr, so if you are of a cheery disposition and would like to add your name please contact them on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Doudrac has a list of people who are contacted by email with news of services and events. If you would like to be added to this list please fill in a form at the church or email Basil and Janet (as above) or Rev'd Liz Morris on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Envals

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The next Holy Communion at Envals will be held on Tuesday 15th May 2018, at 11:30am, led by Rev'd Liz Morris.

 

 

Envals

In the Old School House in the village of Envals between Villereal and Monflanquin.

This new congregation is made up of local people who, until now, have found themselves over an hour away from existing Anglican congregations.

Services of Holy Communion are held about four times a year. Informal services of Holy Communion are held on weekdays in a private home using Church of England forms of worship.  They are usually followed by a lunch. All are welcome to join us!

The 'House Church'at the home of Liz and David Rolfe in Envals will be assuming a pattern of quarterly services of Holy Communion. Lunch is always offered after the service, and if you would like to attend, please contact Liz or David on 05 53 01 78 76.

 

Contact Information

Liz and Dave Rolfe on 05 53 01 78 76

 

Summer service and October Fundraising event planned

Rev'd Liz Morris officiated for our Holy Communion service at Envals on Wednesday, 16th August at 11.30am. Once again, the intimacy of this home service is always enjoyed by those present.  This service is followed by lunch, cooked and donated by Liz and Dave Rolfe, with a few ladies who kindly contribute delicious desserts.

The next service at Envals will be on Tuesday, 14th November at 11.30am.

The Fun in Fundraising – At Envals on Saturday 21st October at 6pm, there will be a Chilli supper followed by a Beetle Drive. This is for Wateraid. More details to follow.

 

April and May 2016 service and fundraising at Envals

Another scrumptious feast of curry was provided by Liz and Dave Rolfe on Sunday, 24th April, the proceeds of which were donated to ‘WaterAid'. Thank you David and Liz for all your hard work - it’s very much appreciated.

It was also full house at Envals on Tuesday, 10th May, for the welcome of Rev'd Angela and Rev'd David Marshall. The theme of the service was Pentecost. It was the first time that Angela and David had led a Eucharist service for us and enjoyed the hospitality of Dave and Liz Rolfe. As usual, the service was followed by lunch for everyone.

 

Joy to welcome Rev'd Robin Nash

envalsOn Tuesday, 11th August, 2015 we welcomed Father Robin Nash who made his first visit to Envals to celebrate Holy Communion. The 12th August, being the feast day of St Clare, Robin gave an interesting talk about St Clare and also St Francis.

After the service we enjoyed a most tasty lunch provided by Liz and David Rolfe with desserts provided by a number of the congregation.

As always, our time at Envals was memorable and we thank Liz and Dave for hosting our Communion services in their home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saint Médard

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Our next service at St Médard will be a service of Holy Communion on Sunday, 27th May 2018, at 10:30am, led by Rev'd Tony Lomas. All are welcome!

 

L'Eglise Saint Médard in St Médard, in the commune of Clermont Dessous (47130) is a new church to the Chaplaincy, located in the Lot et Garonne.

church of st médardThe first service was at Christmas 2011, a Carol Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, held jointly with the Catholic church and was conducted equally in English and French. We are delighted that this has become an annual tradition.

Now in its fifth year there are four services a year: Easter Sunday, Summer service in July, Harvest Festival in September and the Christmas Carol Service, with the local community in English and French, in December.

The GPS coordinates are: 44.252324 - 0.457481

Our Thanks We are very grateful to Père Jean-Jacques Fauconnet for allowing the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine to conduct services in this church. We are lucky to have the use of such a lovely church. Thanks also go to the Mayor and people of St Médard, Clermont Dessous for their support, especially Carol Spires who prepares the church so beautifully for the services.

Welcome Everyone is welcome to the services and we hope that many will join us in worship at St Médard.

Keeping up to date If you would like to receive notices of future services and other events at St Médard, please contact Carol Spires, information below.

 

Contact Information

Carol Spires on 05 53 87 24 74 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Blessed Christmas Carol service

Our Carol Service this year was taken by Revd. Tony Lomas, and Père Fauconnet. It was a very joyous occasion Tony's’words’ were much appreciated by all those present, being in English and French. The choir Chant Allez were wonderful. This year for the first time, they were joined by the French choir from Prayssas, to sing Douce Nuit. Which was very moving. Mulled wine and mince pies were very much appreciated.

 

House Group meets near Doudrac

John and Bronwen Hartwell have started a House Group at their home near Doudrac. The meetings are generally followed by a light lunch.

If you have never been to a House Group before and have wondered what it is like, please come along and join us. If you would like to attend, please phone on 05 53 01 30 35 and we will give you directions on where to find us.

Every Blessing, John and Bronwen

 

 

Our Community

Fellowship - All are welcome!

Join us for coffee and fellowship after each service, served with a smile!

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Contacts

Our centre is made up of a group of churches working together, with various people responsible at each church. This section is currently under construction, and updates should be made available shortly, so please watch this space.

George Vellacott holds the church keys for the church at Doudrac, he can be contacted on: 05 53 74 60 56 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eve Warner-Howard is responsible for organising readers in church at Doudrac. Her contact details are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would like to read a lesson in church, please contact her, she would be delighted to hear from you.

Helen Raphael in is our Prayer Chain Coordinator. If you would like to include anyone in our prayers, she can be contacted on 05 53 47 78 93  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For everything else, Mike and Gaye Gulliver are always willing to help. They can be contacted on 05 53 36 67 25.