Dronne Valley church at Bertric Burée


The people in our church come from a wide range of church backgrounds and our worship reflects this diversity. We warmly welcome you, wherever you are on your journey of faith.

Forthcoming services at Bertric Burée church

We rejoice in our service for Pentecost!

worshipping together safely

Sunday 3rd Oct, 18:00 Evensong, Sheila Marshall

Sunday 10th Oct, 10:30 Morning Worship, Steve Long

Wed 13th Oct, 11:00 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies

Sunday 17 Oct, 10:30 - 11:30, church is open for private prayer and reflection

Sunday 24th Oct, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Andy Horlock

Sunday 31 Oct, 10:30 Holy Communion, Archdeacon Peter Hooper, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 7th Nov, 18:00 Evensong, Sheila Marshall

Wed 10th Nov, 11:00 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies

Sunday 14th Nov, 10:30 Remembrance Service of the Word, Sheila Marshall

Sunday 21st Nov, 10:30 - 11:30, church is open for private prayer and reflection

Sunday 28th Nov, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies

Because of the government restrictions on attendance, reservations are requred. Please contact: (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or leave a message on (05-53-91-45-15) if you plan to attend any service together, with the number of people attending. We appreciate your cooperation, which will help us to prepare to welcome you.

Please note: during all services, social distancing guidelines and health/safety precautions will be in place (such as hand gel available, one-way system in the church, wearing of masks, strict cleaning, no refreshments, etc.)

'Open Door' at Bertric Burée

The idea of the Open Door came about through the Day of Prayer back in July.Someone had said they would be quite upset if they just decided to go along to church on a Sunday morning only to find the doors closed and no one there!That got people thinking about doing just that - opening the doors to see what happens.

Some people might still be wondering what the 'Open Door' is all about. It is simply, the church door being open on a Sunday morning between 10:00 and 12:00 when there isn't a Service taking place. You can just come and go as you like, spend time in church to pray, to listen to God and if you feel led, to share.

Open Door is not a service. There is no agenda, no one owns it but God.So far, the 'Open Door' has averaged between 16 to 20 attending with different people each time. One Sunday, a Belgian lady on holiday came in wondering what was going on. She stayed a while to pray and left.This is an exciting and positive venture and our prayer is that the Lord will indeed bring people to the church at Bertric-Burée.


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'Church Online' - weekly worship services

Please click here to visit Church Online, an online space to keep us connected during this time, sharing worship liturgy resources, videos, prayers, and a blog.


Prayer (zoom) on Wednesdays at 17:00

Anyone is welcome to join us each Wednesday at 17:00, for our zoom prayer meeting. We invite all to join us for this time together in weekly prayer for our community. If you wish to join in, please email Peter Robinson for the zoom link (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

About our church community

bertric buree churchL'Eglise Saint Pierre - Saint Paul lies in the centre of the village and can be seen for miles around. The village is just off the D708 between Riberac and Verteillac. Previously we met either in the nearby town of Riberac or in the village of Chapdeuil. Our members are drawn from across the north west of the Dordogne and from part of the Charente. There is a large car park nearby.

Anglican services of worship: The diversity of our church community, coming from a wide range of church backgrounds is reflected in our styles of worship. There is a service every Sunday morning, alternating between Holy Communion, a more informal Service of the Word or Church on line. Once each month there is a Sunday Choral Evensong and a Wednesday morning Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion Service. Depending on the type of service, the style of music varies from traditional hymns to more modern worship songs. Whatever suits your particular Christian Spiritual needs, we warmly welcome anyone to join us.

An active and thriving Church Community: Church doesn’t finish on Sunday! We are an active church holding events during the week and throughout the year. We are fortunate to have a building, named the Upper Room just across the road from the church where we can share tea, coffee and fellowship after Services. The building and the garden provide many opportunities to host a lot of our activities and events.

The Book Barn has an extensive collection of second-hand books, DVDs and CDs. It is open after services and during the week and is situated in the front garden of the Upper Room.

Weekly and fortnightly, there are several Home Groups meeting at people’s homes or on zoom for Bible Study, fellowship and sharing. At certain times we may run additional groups such as Lent courses.

Once a month we enjoy a Bring and Share lunch following the service in the Upper Room or in the garden, weather permitting! It’s a good opportunity to get to know each other.

Apart from winter, a walking group meet with their dogs once a month to enjoy a walk before sharing a convivial lunch together in a local restaurant.

In addition to the very popular Summer Fête and Christmas Market, there are a variety of social and fundraising events throughout the year when we welcome seeing new faces. These include Quiz Nights, Wine Bingo, Burn’s Night, Valentines Supper, Dances in the local Salle de Fete and much more! Our events are advertised on the Dronne Valley Network (DVN) so look out for what’s on next.

Pastoral Care TeamWe have a dedicated pastoral care team who can provide company, hospital visits, a phone call, a shoulder to cry on and hopefully much more. They will always try to do what they can to help.


prayer ministry

Prayer Ministry available

Prayer ministry is available at Bertric Burée by members of the team during and after services. If there is anything for which you would like prayer support, there is always someone available to pray with you.

If you have any questions about prayer ministry, any ideas or suggestions, please contact Cathy and Brian Wheatcroft (05 53 90 62 85 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or speak to another member of the team.


Contact Information

The Dronne Valley local wardens are:

Rosemary Robinson: 05 53 91 45 15 or (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Ann Knight: 05 45 98 22 17 or (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

If you would like more information about any of our events or activities, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..







2021 Annual Summer Fête...a storming success

Saturday, August 7th. Because the weather forecast wasn't ideal, we prepared for the worst while hoping for the best. We had erected marquees and gazebos and when the torrential downpours came people scurried for shelter and waited out the precipitation laughing and chatting with their soggy neighbours.

Our Upper Room Garden is quite large and comfortably holds a 12x6 metre marquee in which we had vendors selling jewellery, cards, glass ornaments and more with room leftover for our always popular cake table, bottle tombola and raffle.

At noon, with church bells ringing in the background, we unveiled the fête favourite, a 35 kilo pig roasted to perfection and ready to be served with apple or barbeque sauce. With 80+ sandwiches and 60+ barquettes of frites sold....no one left hungry! Our bar table, set up under one of the gazebos, satisfied the resulting thirst, though because of the cooler temperatures, coffees and teas were the biggest sellers.

For the young and young at heart we had garden games available challenging all comers to "knock out the lion's teeth", "get a hole in one on the putting green" and "strike the bell with a mallet" to name just a few. And, because everyone is a winner at these games, there was a table of prizes for the lucky participants to choose.

Back for its second year was our vide-grenier which drew a big crowd and was especially enjoyed by our French and Dutch visitors. Bargains and great finds were found amongst the bric-a-brac to everyone's delight. Exiting the garden, the fête goers passed by our plant table displaying cuttings of mint, fig and many other botanical varieties.

The Book Barn, literally a barn full of books, movies and music, was the last, but not least, stop on the festival fun circuit where bookworms and cinephiles browsed the entertainment shelves for the latest thriller or romantic comedy. Four hours of fun passed too quickly and soon Summer Fete 2021 was over for another year. Comments of "great food", "wonderful atmosphere" and "lots to do" could be heard as people departed.

To all of the guests and friends who came and supported our fair we say a big Thank You! But an even bigger THANKS goes out to all the volunteers who gave of their time both Friday and Saturday setting up all the necessary equipment, working the assorted booths and tables and then clearing up after the fête. It quite simply could not have been the success it was without you!


'Ritz' style Afternoon Tea & Quiz

afternoon cocktailsThis event was held in the Upper Room Garden on 17th July, and was a great success - raising just over €500.

Many of our ladies baked delicious scones and cakes and made delectable sandwiches which were assembled on to very pretty cake stands. Teapots were filled and replenished ensuring everyone was well catered for.

The Quiz proved to be challenging but great fun, as did pictorials of famous French landmarks and French pastries. The winning team were each given a bottle of wine and the members of the losing team received wooden spoons, to their evident delight.

As there were several delicious cakes left over they were auctioned amid intense bidding and the bottle raffle also created great excitement.

A great afternoon which was indeed most enjoyable and good fun. Huge thanks for the generosity of everyone there as well as those who worked hard behind the scene.

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Thankful for our Easter gathering and service, Allelulia!


Summer 2020: Welcome back to church, in the garden!

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Thirty three people from Bertric-Burée met together in the Upper Room Garden on Sunday 26th July to share in a said Holy Communion Service presided over by the Rev'd Brian Davies. He preached a short sermon on Fellowship, which reminded us that the concept  came from a  Greek  word which meant sharing  - of companionship, food  and possessions.        

Ian Jameson gave some moving intercessons which included thanks for our gathering together again, and thanks for seafarers whose difficult and often dangerous life at sea gives us so much.  The sun shone, the breeze blew gently and it was indeed good to meet again.



Book Barn

Welcome to the Book Barn in Bertric Buree - helpful information

Where is Bertric Buree?

Bertric Buree is located just north of Riberac on the D708 towards Verteillac.

What is the Book Barn?

In the grounds of the Upper Room building through the grey gates is a barn and within are stored books, cds & dvds in library style.

When is the Book Barn open?

The Book Barn is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. However, it is always advisable to contact David Jackson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 06 76 02 31 58) the day before your visit to confirm. The Book Barn is also open after services on Sundays between 11:45am and 12:30pm

How will I find the Book Barn?

When entering the village look for the Salle de Fete building and opposite you will see a sign for the Upper Room. Cross over the road and walk towards the church and the Book Barn is through the grey gates (30metres away) and inside you will see the entrance to the Upper Room on the first floor and the Book Barn is immediately through these gates on the left.

What is in the Book Barn?

We have a large collection of both fiction & non-fiction books. Within the non -fiction section there are books on cookery, gardening, D.I.Y, health, children’s section, leisure pursuits ,travel, books in French, history, art and biographies. We also have a large collection of cds which include all genres ie classical, jazz, & popular. We have a large selection of DVDs for all age groups. Some vinyl.

How much are the books?

All books, cds & dvds are free but we suggest a minimum of 50 centimes per item.

Where do the donations go?

We only ask for donations which we would ask to be put in the Honesty Box. Donations go to the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine, which is totally self funding and we welcome your support.

When is the Book Barn open?

The Book Barn is generally open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.00 to 4.00pm. You are advised to contact David Jackson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 06 76 02 31 58) the day before your visit to get confirmation of the opening on a particular day. It is also normally open after services on Sundays between 11.45 – 12.30pm.

Do you take Books CDs & DVDs?

We are able to receive donated books, cds & dvds on prior arrangement only when space permits.


Stewardship & Fund-raising

Plans for 'Generosity Week' in September

generosity"I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly" - John 10:10

Generosity is at the heart of our faith, we believe in a generous God and our own generosity is a testament and hallmark of our faith in action. The ministry and mission of our church here in this Chaplaincy of Aquitaine is largely funded through the incredible generosity of those who give to it.

We plan to run Generosity Week in our church to coincide with our Harvest Festival. Look out for more news during the summer as we develop the idea around the expected re-opening of our church and fellowship events. In the meantime you may like to have a look at one the Church of England’s resources which has inspired this idea (click here to visit website).

The Covid pandemic has restricted so much of our church life together but not our generosity which has been shown in our sustained giving both to the Chaplaincy, for ministry and mission, but to charities in financial support or as in the case of Croix Rouge, our contributions of food to the Banque Alimentaire. We do commit annually to raise and donate the equivalent of 10% of our church’s income to charitable causes.

The Chaplaincy, is an Association Cultuelle and cannot, by law, give money to any outside person or organisation directly and so we raise this giving by fundraising specifically for the charity and we donate that to Chap-Aid whose objectives are to collect and distribute funds to enable it to provide relief to those in need, to support outreach, and to care for individuals in France or elsewhere, and to collect and distribute funds to those ends in a spirit of Christian concern.


Ongoing collections for our local Food Bank

food collectionsUnfortunately, the local Croix Rouge has had to close for the time being in line with the latest Covid19 requirements. However, the good news is that we are still able to donate items of non-perishable foods, tins and sealed packets, at the drop off point inside the Book Barn at Bertric Burée. For the time being these items will be kept secure within the Upper Room until we are once again able to deliver them to the good ladies in Ribérac.

Please continue to be generous. In these difficult times, more so than ever, there are so many people within our area that rely on these food donations to help put a substantial meal on the family table. Just an extra tin or two in your weekly shop is all it takes. Thank you, Geoff and Caroline Cogger






Activities & Events


Monthly Randonnée: or "Stroll to Lunch" if you like

Organised walks are scheduled to take place once per month, in various locations. Suggestions are always welcome!

For more details, please contact Sheila Marshall 05 53 90 95 69, or Jaki Moorhouse on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Pastoral Care

Our pastoral care team can provide company, hospital visits, a phone call, a shoulder to cry on and hopefully much more. We would appreciate being informed of perceived needs so that where possible we can be of help.

If you know of anyone who would welcome a visit or call, please contact Pam Duncan on 05 53 91 30 64 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Home Groups

Home Groups in the Dronne Valley

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Home Groups  are a key part of Dronne Valley church life -

Near Verteillac – Weekly Tuesday mornings currently via Zoom - 10.00 for 10.30. All are welcome. For more information contact Mike Duncan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 05 53 91 30 64

Alternate Tuesday Verteillac Group – meeting fortnightly in the home of Peter and Rosemary Robinson. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.05 53 91 45 15

Montboyer – Weekly Thursday mornings currently via Zoom - 10:00 for 10:30 For more information contact Ann Knight 05 45 98 22 17, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St Aulaye – Tuesday afternoon currently via Zoom – 14:00 to 16:00 For more information contact Steve or Jenny Long This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  05 53 91 96 48

Nontron, alternate Monday afternoons - not currently meeting, Contact Marie Ricketts 09 83 77 46 69 for more info and directions


News from the Ladies Home Group - Montboyer

ladies group studying the bibleOur home group has grown over the years in terms of numbers and spiritual growth. We’ve always tried to be a support mechanism to one another, praying for specific needs and helping wherever we can.

At the start of the Pandemic, we decided to meet for homegroup through Zoom. Initially, there were a few teething problems as we grappled with technology, but after much perseverance and help from Chaplaincy, we have successfully continued to meet on Zoom weekly on Thursday mornings since March of last year.

We are currently working through a study developed by the Bible Study Fellowship and have recently undertaken to do part of the morning looking at the Prayer Course by Pete Greig. If you haven’t done it, we can fully recommend it!

For dates and directions please contact Ann on 05 45 98 22 17 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






Sunday 03 November - 10:30 Service of the Word

Sunday 03 November - 16:00 Evensong

Sunday 10 November - 10:30 Holy Communion

Wed 13 November -11:00 BCP Holy Communion

Sunday 17 November - 10:30 All Age Worship

Sunday 24 Nov - 10:30 Holy Communion