November Newsletter

St Michael’s Anglican Congregation in the Gard
Newsletter November 2017

From your Church Council

Remembrance Sunday
Remembrance Sunday is held in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations as a day “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”. It is held on the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November, Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War at 11 a.m. in 1918.
Across The United Kingdom, Remembrance Sunday is marked by ceremonies at local war memorials in most cities, towns and villages, attended by civic dignitaries, ex-servicemen and -women (many are members of the Royal British Legion and other veterans’ organisations). However in the Gard you can remember and commemorate those who made the supreme sacrifice at a special service of Remembrance at the Temple, Bagard on 12th November 2017 at 10:30am.
Poppies will be on sale and a wreath will be laid. There will be a 2 minutes silence between the last post and reveille.
It is important not just to remember the dead and those who received life changing wounds in the First World War, which is in most people minds because of the centenary of Paschendale. We need to remember those from World War 2 and other conflicts since, not least Afghanistan and Iraq. Those veterans that survived with wounds will continue to need support long after the last bullet has been fired and the last roadside bomb detonated.
I look forward to seeing as many of our supporters as possible at Bagard on 12th November.
Best wishes

Jim Pearce

If anyone who has a relative who they wish to have remembered in the roll of honour would you contact Jim Pearce before the service on

Harvest Festival
After the auction of produce 238€ in cash was passed to Joanna de Jardin who is our contact with Restos de Coeur. Thanks to all you good people who donated produce and all who bid up so boldly to make a memorable sum. Also many thanks to Eddy and Marion for organising a wonderful service and an excellent meal.”
Jim Pearce
Mince Pies
Is anyone going back to the UK between now and our Carol Service on the 16th of December ? If so, we are in need of some mince pies. If you are able to do so can you please let Jacqui know ASAP. We will make sure you are reimbursed.

We are decorating the Temple for our Carol Service on Wednesday 13th December (probably in the afternoon but I will confirm). If anyone is available to assist, we would be most grateful. Please let Mary Franklin or Jacqui Witting know if you are able to come.

Visit from the Archdeacon of France
Please make a note in your diary. The Archdeacon of France, Meurig Williams will be visiting us over the first weekend of December. He will meet with your Church Council on the Saturday and on Sunday the 3rd of December will conduct a Communion Service at Bagard, starting at 10.30.

This will be followed by a Bring ‘n Share lunch at the church. Marion will be contacting you for contributions. This will be a good opportunity for everyone to meet with him.

Services for 2017

1. Services at Bagard Temple
Services start at 10.30am except where indicated. The temple at Bagard is situated on the left hand side as you enter Bagard from Anduze on the D910.
Services will be held on the following dates:

No service on 5th November ! Instead :

November 12th Remembrance Sunday Service
December 3rd Holy Communion with Archdeacon Meurig Williams
Followed by Bring ‘n Share lunch
December 16th Carol Service – 5pm

2. Services at the Cathedral of St Théodorit, Uzes
Services will be held on the following dates – services start at 4 pm except where indicated and are usually in the Sacristy of the Cathedral in Uzes:

November 19th Holy Communion with Rev Clive French

3. Services at the Catholic Church in St Andre De Roquepertuis
Services start at 10.15am. St-Andre-de-Roquepertuis is located off the D 980, the Bagnols sur Ceze to Barjac road, and is about 3km from Goudargues. Our next service will be:
November 12th Holy Communion
For more information please call David Paton on 04 66 90 76 50.
For further information on any of the above services please visit the web site:
Prayer requests
We continue to pray for all those who are sick, suffering or in need.

Greetings from the van Veelens !
(Previous Pastor at The Tenple – Anduze)

Dear Brenda, Stafford and all the Friends of the Anglican Congregation in (and around) Bagard,

Thank you so much for the lovely card that we received lately. I have to make an apology as well, it’s almost October and I didn’t take the time to thank you for your nice words of encouragement. So let me just thank you all for thinking of me and my family. As for us we are doing fine, very happy with our new home town in the centre of the Netherlands, and with the community which is very vital. The kids are happy to go to Church every Sunday and to meet other kids of their age.

It was always a pleasure to work together with you and I am sure that I will miss the Christmas Carol service in the Temple of Bagard! Thank you again, may God bless you all, in your ministry and personal life, for His glory.
All the best wishes,

Renate and Wouter van Veelen
Predikant Magnificatkerk Tiel

Many of you will know of BritsNîmes, some of you are already members, and some of you are past members.
BritsNîmes organises regular social and cultural activities. These are varied and designed to help people to get to know the area, make new friends and meet local people.
Why not join, or re-join if you are a past member?
For more information have a word with Rob Franklin, the President, or just send an email to or visit the website:

CSF Provence Gard (CSFPG)
For someone affected, cancer can turn their world upside down. Put on top of this living in a foreign country where there is the added challenge of trying to manage their illness in a language they may not be totally comfortable with.
Our trained Active Listeners offer vital emotional support, accompany clients to medical consultations to help with translations, and provide practical assistance during times of crisis.
CSFPG is growing and we always need more volunteers.
We are looking for people to train as “Active Listeners” but also anyone prepared to help with publicity, awareness, fundraising etc., or who would just like to support our work by joining the Association – please contact Tim Forster on 04 66 72 71 60 or email him at
We also offer “drop in” days on the first Monday of each month, and the next one will be on Monday 6th November at the home of Pippa and Tim Forster, 25 Chemin du Périguil, 30400 Mons. Tel 04 66 07 29 96
If you or someone you know needs our help you can call the 24 hour Helpline
04 66 81 18 58 or email

Further information
Please use the St Michael’s website to obtain more information on any of the activities in which St Michael’s is involved.
Our site is now the main way in which we will be staying in touch with you and friends of the Church

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  2 comments for “November Newsletter

  1. Paula Hunter
    November 19, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Will you please add me to your email list.

    Thank you!

    • Eddy Hurst
      November 20, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Good afternoon

      We certainly will.

      Best regards

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