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Dondas, Doudrac, Envals, Saint Médard

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A group of churches working together

Forthcoming services in the Lot et Garonne - all are welcome!

easter crossSunday 28 April – Monteton, 10:30 BCP Morning Prayer, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 05 May – Monteton, 10:30 Prayer & Praise, David Tervet

Sunday 05 May – Doudrac, 11:00 Holy Communion, Rev'd Bramwell Bearcroft

Sunday 12 May – Monteton, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Tuesday 14 May – Envals, 11:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 19 May – Monteton, 10:30 BCP Morning Prayer, Rev'd Louise Courtney

Sunday 19 May – Dondas, 10:30 Morning Worship, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 26 May – Monteton, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Thursday 30 May – Monteton, 10:30 Ascension Holy Communion, Rev'd Louise Courtney

Sunday 02 June – Monteton, 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 02 June – Doudrac, 11:00 Holy Communion, Rev'd Bramwell Bearcroft (with the University of Central Lancashire Choir)

Sunday 09 June – Monteton, 10:30 Pentecost Holy Communion, Rev'd Louise Courtney

Sunday 16 June – Dondas, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Robin Nash

Sunday 16 June – Monteton, 10:30 BCP Morning Prayer, David Albrecht

Sunday 23 June - Saint Médard, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 23 June – Monteton, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Louise Courtney

Sunday 30 June – Monteton, 10:30 Special Service, 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.

 

March fundraising: Beetle Drive and Tea and Cakes!

Friday 15th March in Montauriol: Members from various churches invited their friends to enjoy a Beetle Drive organized by Tina and David Marshall at their home. Half way through the evening, nearly forty of us sat to enjoy a chili supper cooked by David and Liz Rolfe and a selection of desserts provided by others. The evening finished on a high with a good number of raffle prizes being won and a bottle of champagne given to John MacLeod, the winner of the Beetle Drive. Thanks to those who made it such a memorable evening. The evening made 490 €, which will be split between Eymet Temple and Doudrac for fund raising projects and chaplaincy funds.

Wed 20th March in Naussanes: What a delightful afternoon of Tea, Cakes, and Books! People were coming and going at the home of Christine and John MacLeod, who together organized second hand books for sale around their home, and tea and coffee in the kitchen with a delicious assortment of cakes and cookies to tempt every palate. The event was in aid of chaplaincy funds, and raised 100 € for the Chaplaincy, and 50 € for Toilet Twinning.

 

February 'Come Dine with Me' went Island Hopping

come dine with meOn Friday evening, 8th February, at the home of Gillian and Ian Strachan at Bayac, fifteen of us sat to enjoy a four course meal prepared by Gillian and Belinda. We entertained each other with anecdotal stories of individuals favourite islands, which were illustrated with photographs, maps, song and poetry. We travelled from the Scottish Isles via the Mediterranean, West Indies and the Isles of the Indian Ocean. The evening finished with a display of beautiful saris which the ladies were invited to try on.

The evening made 444 € euros in aid of the chosen charities for Doudrac and also church funds. As the evening was such a success, another event is being planned for the future.  Watch this space!

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019

This year, in the Lot et Garonne, we were blessed with three celebrations. The first on 22nd January, was held at the church of St Etienne in Villeneuve sur Lot. There were around 40 people present and was led by three priests: Père Richard Bouchet, Roman Catholic abbé of Villeneuve, Pasteur Bonheur Agudze of the Eglise Reformée du Vallé du Lot and our own Rev. Liz Morris.

The second, on 23rd January, was held in the Maison Paroissale at Port St Marie, led by Père Jean-Jacques Fauconnet with a total of nine people present.

The third, on 24th January, was held in the church of St Pierre de Tonneins, led by Père Michel Olivié and Pasteur Bonheur Agudze. There were also around 40 people present.

The forms of celebration at Villeneuve followed the guidelines set out by the churches in Indonesia, on the themes of Justice and Peace and included readings, prayers, a homily by Père Richard and hymns and sung responses led by Bernadette Rivassou. Following the service there were refreshments and time for fellowship.

At Port St Marie, it took the form of a discussion on the reading – Deuteronomy 16, verses 11-20 and Psalm 85 on what the bible was telling us what Justice means in all its forms. Thanks to Carol Spires and Pippa Fabré for their involvement.

The programme of celebration at Tonneins mirrored that of Villeneuve, with readings, prayers and hymns, led by a cantor and with a homily by Pasteur Bonheur. Afterwards we enjoyed time to get to know one another over cake and soft drinks.

 

Christmas Carols in Envals, Dondas, and St Médard churches


 

2018 Remembrance service at Moulinet, Lot et Garonne

At 5 o’clock on Sunday 11th November 2018, more than 100 Moulinetoise and their neighbours joined with the congregation of Lot et Garonne in Moulinet’s church to remember those British, Commonwealth and French people who fought and died during the Great War. The event comprised an oecumenical Christian service, led by Rev'd Liz Morris and Père Mbock, assisted by our Chaplain, Rev Tony Lomas, combined with British, French and Belgian WW1 poems, read by Liz Rolfe and Dave Wybrow, hymns, Vivaldi’s Domine Deus sung beautifully by Eve Warner-Howard, accompanied by David, her husband, and 4 songs by Meli-Melo, Cancon’s very good choir. After the service we processed behind French and British banners and a troop of Pompier cadets to the War Memorial where the Senateur and Chef des Gendarmes read the President’s message to the people.

Following the reading of the names of the fallen of Moulinet, wreaths were laid by the Senateur and Graham Davison. Last Post, Rouse and two national anthems were played on the trumpet by Martin Earle. As darkness fell, we were invited to a vin d’honneur by the Maire and joined in an Auberge Espagnole to close this moving and memorable remembrance service.

 

Blessed June baptism service with choir

baptismThe church at Doudrac was packed for the service on June 3rd, over a hundred seats were taken with people standing for the Holy Communion service, which included the baptism of baby Spencer Jones. The service was led by Rev'd Bramwell Bearcroft who baptized baby Spencer at the front of the church providing a good view for all. Bramwell used a bilingual French and English liturgy for the baptism.

 

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We were blessed to have the choir from The University of Central Lancashire who sang before and during the service.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for the "Lot et Garonne Previous News" page

 

 

 

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 21st April, a service of Easter Day Holy Communion, led by Rev'd Liz Morris. 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.

Dondas

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.

 

2019 at Dondas

Our first Eucharist for 2019 on Sunday, 17 February, at 10.30am was celebrated by Revd Liz Morris, with David Warner-Howard accompanying our singing.   Several of our number had been struck down by the lurgy going the rounds or were for other reasons unable to be with us, but we had a good service, with Liz preaching on the subject of “Where do you put your trust?” based on the readings for the day.

Morning Worship on Sunday, 17 March was led by John Errey, who is Reader at St Andrew’s, Pau. Normally for Morning Worship our singing is a cappella but not only did we have the luxury of hymn books which John had brought with him but they also brought their CD system, ably operated by John’s wife Joy. John preached on the readings for the day, drawing an analogy between Abraham and Paul and the importance to them of faith and trust.

Next month Rev'd Liz Morris will be leading us in the Stations of the Cross at 2.00pm on Good Friday, 19 April and will also be celebrating our Eucharist for Easter Day at 10.30am on 21 April.

 

Christmas Carols and harvest blessings

carolsThis year’s bi-lingual Carol Service was on Wednesday, 12 December and was led by Rev'd Liz Morris, with singing led by Chant’Allez accompanied by Marilyn Morrow. It was followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Salle des Fêtes. Despite the less than wonderful weather (it was pretty foggy in this part of Lot-et-Garonne) the church was nearly full and the service was obviously appreciated by both regulars and new visitors.

Sunday, 21st October saw the Chaplain returning to celebrate our Eucharist for Harvest Festival, with our singing accompanied by Marilyn Morrow. The church was decorated with fresh produce and people were, as always, extremely generous in their gifts of non-perishable items. This year we split our donation between a local family in particular need and the local charity Accueil et Partage.

 

 

 

 

Doudrac

All are welcome to join us at Doudrac at 11:00am, on Sunday 21st April, for a service of Easter Day Holy Communion, led by Rev'd Louise Courtney.

Sunday 05 May – Doudrac, 11:00 Holy Communion, Rev'd Bramwell Bearcroft

Sunday 02 June – Doudrac, 11:00 Holy Communion, Rev'd Bramwell Bearcroft (with the University of Central Lancashire Choir)

doudrac church

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.

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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

Eve Warner-Howard: 05 53 41 36 49, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Delightful Advent and Christmas!

The first of our Advent candles was lit by Rev Louise Courtney as she led our service of Holy Communion on Sunday morning, 2nd December . Rev Louise’s sermon began with a story of birds trapped in a cage and being bought to be set free, setting her theme for the rest of her sermon about redemption. “Because every Christmas, God sends us the greatest gift that we could ever receive … the promise of redemption, wrapped up in our hearts and renewed, every year.”

We chose to hold the Service of Lessons and Carols, on the morning of Sunday, 9th December, at the church at Envals. The church was decorated with fresh green leaves, laden with red berries and pine cones which were hung at the entrance of the church and placed along the altar steps with tiny lighted candles. There was a Christmas tree adorned with lights, and below the altar three beautiful icons, painted by Marian Evans, completed our Christmas scene. The service opened with a warm welcome from Rev Liz Morris and the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ was sung by a member of the choir. All the carols were sung heartily by the congregation; how we love carols! The small choir sang ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’ C.Lee Williams, ‘The Shepherds Farewell (from l’enfance du Christ) Hector Berlioz and ‘The Truth from Above’ R. Vaughn Williams. Following the service, 37 members of the congregation gathered together at the home of Dave and Liz Rolfe, directly opposite the church, to enjoy a superb Christmas lunch. What a splendid way to begin our Christmas celebrations!

Christmas Eve Holy Communion at Doudrac was led by Rev Liz Morris. The church was decorated much the same as at Envals with the addition of the crib. In the first reading we were reminded of the prophesy in Isaiah of the coming of our Saviour, ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given’ , and the second reading from Titus telling us of the Christ among us – ‘The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.’ The familiar Christmas story, told through the Gospel of Luke chap. 2, reminded us of the many wonders of that night, but Rev Liz drew our attention to verse 19, ‘But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.’

 

2018 Remembrance service at Moulinet, Lot et Garonne

At 5 o’clock on Sunday 11th November 2018, more than 100 Moulinetoise and their neighbours joined with the congregation of Lot et Garonne in Moulinet’s church to remember those British, Commonwealth and French people who fought and died during the Great War. The event comprised an oecumenical Christian service, led by Rev'd Liz Morris and Père Mbock, assisted by our Chaplain, Rev Tony Lomas, combined with British, French and Belgian WW1 poems, read by Liz Rolfe and Dave Wybrow, hymns, Vivaldi’s Domine Deus sung beautifully by Eve Warner-Howard, accompanied by David, her husband, and 4 songs by Meli-Melo, Cancon’s very good choir. After the service we processed behind French and British banners and a troop of Pompier cadets to the War Memorial where the Senateur and Chef des Gendarmes read the President’s message to the people.

Following the reading of the names of the fallen of Moulinet, wreaths were laid by the Senateur and Graham Davison. Last Post, Rouse and two national anthems were played on the trumpet by Martin Earle. As darkness fell, we were invited to a vin d’honneur by the Maire and joined in an Auberge Espagnole to close this moving and memorable remembrance service.

 

Blessed June 2017 baptism service with choir

baptismThe church at Doudrac was packed for the service on June 3rd, over a hundred seats were taken with people standing for the Holy Communion service, which included the baptism of baby Spencer Jones. The service was led by Rev'd Bramwell Bearcroft who baptized baby Spencer at the front of the church providing a good view for all. Bramwell used a bilingual French and English liturgy for the baptism.

 

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We were blessed to have the choir from The University of Central Lancashire who sang before and during the service.

 

 

 

 

 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 Eve Warner-Howard so if you are of a cheery disposition and would like to add your name please contact her on 05 53 41 36 49 or 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 Eve Warner-Howard (as above) or Rev'd Liz Morris on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

Envals

The next Holy Communion at Envals will be held on Tuesday 14th May 2019, at 11:30am, led by Rev'd Tony Lomas.


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

 

Delightful Christmas Carol service and lunch

We chose to hold the Service of Lessons and Carols, on the morning of Sunday, 9th December, at the church at Envals. The church was decorated with fresh green leaves, laden with red berries and pine cones which were hung at the entrance of the church and placed along the altar steps with tiny lighted candles. There was a Christmas tree adorned with lights, and below the altar three beautiful icons, painted by Marian Evans, completed our Christmas scene. The service opened with a warm welcome from Rev Liz Morris and the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ was sung by a member of the choir. All the carols were sung heartily by the congregation; how we love carols! The small choir sang ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’ C.Lee Williams, ‘The Shepherds Farewell (from l’enfance du Christ) Hector Berlioz and ‘The Truth from Above’ R. Vaughn Williams. Following the service, 37 members of the congregation gathered together at the home of Dave and Liz Rolfe, directly opposite the church, to enjoy a superb Christmas lunch. What a splendid way to begin our Christmas celebrations!

 

BBQ Jazz Night at Envals for charity

Our super fundraising event - A ‘Summer Night’s Dream’, in the garden at L’Ancienne Ecole at Envals was a huge success. 

Thanks to David and Liz Rolfe and Rev Liz and Richard Morris who worked tirelessly over hot barbeques to provide our supper and Rev Bramwell and Stanley who provided some great music. Thanks also for Bramwell’s sister who sang a few numbers for us.

Because of generous contributions, we made nearly 700 € for Wateraid that evening.

 

 

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'Cream Tea' fundraiser

On the hot afternoon of Wednesday, 20th June at the L’Ecole ancienne at Envals , tables were laid with pretty china and vases of flowers for a ‘Cream Tea’ afternoon. In the library a large table bore a wonderful variety of sandwiches and cream cakes, whilst willing helpers carried pots of tea to groups of friends catching up with their news.

The fund raising event for the Murugi Project for the sponsorship of an apprentice raised nearly 400€. This means we have reached our target for the year for this charity; a big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who supported this event.

 

Merry May service...watching and waiting

On Tuesday, 15th May, a date between Ascension and Pentecost, Rev'd Liz Morris celebrated Holy Communion in the home of Dave and Liz Rolfe. There were twenty six communicants. Liz reminded us how busy our lives can be and how impatient we are. She brought home to us in her sermon, the importance of ‘ ...waiting and knowing how to wait – staying in communication with God and being silent and open to the Spirit.’

After the service we all enjoyed a meal prepared by Dave and Liz Rolfe and others who had brought desserts. Thanks to all who contributed to a delicious meal – well worth waiting for!

 

 

 

 

 

Saint Médard

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Our next service at St Médard will be a service of Palm Sunday Holy Communion at 10:30am on Sunday 14th April 2019. All are welcome!

L'Eglise Saint Médard in St Médard, in the commune of Clermont Dessous (47130) is one of the churches in the Lot et Garonne in which Anglican services are held.

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 eighth year there are usually 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.

 

Wonderful Christmas Carols...with a live lamb!

Our annual Carol Service with our friends and neighbours was lovely. Once again chant Allez were wonderful. The children with our local Berger, Jean Yves Fabre, taking a lamb to the crèche was very moving. After the carols, everyone enjoyed vin chaud and mince pies. There was not one mince pie left. Thank you Liz for a  lovely service.


 

Palm Sunday service at St Médard, followed by LAM

It was a cold and windy morning, but it was lovely to see old and new friends at the service, which was followed by our local annual meeting.

The choir was in good voice as usual, and helped us with the singing in our walk around the church, despite the wind.

Our thanks must go to Stuart May, Peter Grey Hughes and Alexandra Orliac for their dramatized reading of the Gospel. Also to Paul Mazzotti for suggesting it, and adapting the Gospel reading. It was very well done and brought the gospel  alive.

Some of us enjoyed a bring and share lunch afterwards with some hot soup to warm us up.

 

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.