Annual Meeting Report

Notice is nearby given that the annual meeting of CCB will be held on Sunday march 31st at 12:00 noon in Ploermel directly after the morning worship. We will hear reports on Church activities for 2018 and elect office holders for 2019.

More information to be posted here shortly.

Chaplains report 2018

News from our Chaplancy Council



  • Safeguarding – Norman Moodie (often known as Peter) will take over as the Safeguarding Officer for Christ Church Brittany after this year’s Annual Chaplaincy Meeting.  He is a member of the Redon Congregation with a wealth of experience of working in the church behind him.
  • The Level 2 Training Days run by the Revd Joy Dale had been greatly appreciated. She will be running another such day in the future. Sidespersons and welcomers should have Level 2 (morning) training and all members of the congregation are urged to consider doing the online Level One Training which greatly improves awareness of Safeguarding issues.
  • With regard to Data Protection all List holders were reminded that they must ensure the required Audit is carried out before the end of April.
  • Each centre is to be responsible this year for running its own charitable appeal. These are as follows:

Huelgoat – RAFT – providing help for refugees in Syria and immigrants in Greece;

Ploërmel – KRASIF AID TRUST – providing Christian-based help to disadvantaged people in Bulgaria;

Redon – to continue supporting Agnes, student from Guinea;

Rostrenen – – WAKE UP! MINISTRIES – supporting medical and educational work in a  remote region of Uganda.

Any other charitable support will be solely the responsibility of the person initiating it.

The Lent Milk Bottle Appeal organised by Ian and Alison Desoer, will be for the work of Les Mains Ouvertes except at Rostrenen where it will be raising funds for this worship centre charity.

   We should be aiming for around 10% of income to be given to charitable projects via Les  Mains Ouvertes. In 2018 it amounted to 8.5%.

  • Preparations for the Annual Chaplaincy Meeting were considered in detail including consideration of the 2019 Budget and a review of the 2018 financial situation. Currently there are two nominations for the two Churchwardenspositions but there is room for further nominations for membership of the Chaplaincy Council. We have to be aware of a considerable increase in the Diocesan Common Fund (Quota) and  it will be even more necessary to ensure that giving remains as high as possible.
  • Each Liaison Team and the Chaplaincy Council appointed at the Annual Church eating should consider as a priority a strategic plan for the future with definite and realistic goals to be put in place by each worship centre.
  • Publicity matters must also be addressed by the new Chaplaincy Council to include the appointment of a Press Officer. Attention should also be given to producing a flyer for distribution to Gîtes, B & Bs etc.

 Robin Hillman, Secretary, Christ Church Brittany Chaplaincy Council, March 2019



Electoral-Roll GDPR Notice


Data Privacy Notice  The Chaplaincy Council (PCC)

Christ Church Brittany

  1. Your personal data – what is it? Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).
  2. Who are we? This Privacy Notice is provided to you by the CC, which is the data controller for your data. There are separate controllers for each group within the Church each of these has their own tasks and a description of what data is processed and for what purpose as is set out in this Privacy Notice. This Privacy Notice is sent to you by the Chaplaincy Council on our own behalf and on behalf of each of these data controllers. In the rest of this Privacy Notice, we use the word “we” to refer top each of the data controllers, as appropriate
  3. How do we process your personal data? The CC complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your personal data for the following purposes: –

  • To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area as specified in our constitution;
  • To administer membership records;
  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity;
  • To manage our employees and volunteers;
  • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);
  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at the Chaplaincy Christ Church Brittany.
  • To share your contact details with the Diocesan office so they can keep you informed about news in the diocese and events, activities and services that will be occurring in the diocese and in which you may be interested.
  1. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?
  • Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and keep you informed about diocesan events.
  • Processing is necessary for carrying out legal obligations in relation to Gift Aid or under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;
  • Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: –

o the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and

o there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.

  1. Sharing your personal data Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the chaplaincy with your consent.
  2. How long do we keep your personal data1? We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website [see footnote for link].

Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and chaplaincy registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

  1. Your rights and your personal data Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: –
  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which the CC of Christ Church Brittany holds about you;
  • The right to request that the CC of Christ Church Brittany corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the CC of Christ Church Brittany to retain such data;
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [Only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics]
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.
  1. Further processingIf we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.
  2. Contact Details To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact the Chaplaincy Data Compliance Officer on

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office by telephone on: 0303 123 1113 (outside the UK: +44 1625 545 700) or visit their website:

1 Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: –


Our History

How the Lord planted us

Christ Church Brittany began, as many good things do, in a very small way.

The Reverend Roger Fray and his wife Beri felt called to move to Brittany in 1999, and started holding services in their own home near Ploërmel, with a congregation of about six people.

As the numbers gradually grew, so the need for more space became obvious, and in 2000 the Roman Catholic Bishop of Vannes kindly arranged for rooms to be available in the Maison Mère des Frères in Ploërmel. The Brothers have always given every possible help and encouragement.

In 2003 saw the opening of a separate outreach Centre in Ploërmel. This was known as ‘La Source’, and housed not only the Church Offices but also an Information Centre. This was set up with the intention of assisting English newcomers with  integration into France, as a drop-in centre for anyone needing a quiet chat or a moment of help and as a meeting room for the congregation. The English Library became housed here, and with a kitchen nearby it was a pleasant place to welcome all comers for a cup of tea or coffee. La Source was , in many cases, the door through which people entered Christ Church. Having been welcomed, and in many cases helped by the volunteers manning La Source, there seemed to be a need to know more about this church whose members had such a care for others. And so, the congregation continued to grow, and to meld together.

June 2005 saw the signing of an agreement between Revd Roger Fray and Abbé Guy Marzin in conjunction with the Diocese of St Brieuc and the Mairie of Rostrenen, allowing the use of Bonen Church for Anglican services and services began to be held there once a month in addition to those at Ploërmel.

There was also a need for a regular church service for people living further north and west and eventually Huelgoat in Finistere was chosen for a more permanent base to serve this area. With the help of local French clergy we were given the use of a church in the centre of Huelgoat and services have now taken place there on a Sunday afternoon for some time. In the last twelve months or so numbers have grown as word is spread of this regular church service.

Late in 2005, Roger and Beri Fray announced their intention to move further South, into the Vendée region of France, where they would be involved in the work of Le Pas Opton. Christ Church went into a time of Interregnum, ably supported by the Readers, The Rev. Michael Granger, and the Rev John Marvell, retired ministers, and the Church Wardens.  It was also at this time that a move to another building became imminent.

Instead of two rented buildings, with the corresponding costs, Christ Church were privileged to be offered a deconsecrated Church within the benefice of the Maison Mère. This is also in Ploërmel, and has much more room for all the Church activities. There is the La Source office, still there to welcome and assist all comers, and manned by volunteers on a Friday morning and is also open on a Sunday morning. The English Library now has a larger area and a good choice of books. A meeting room allows gatherings, coffee mornings and lunches to take place, and also became a place where other groups, such as the Mothers and Toddlers, could meet weekly. On the first floor is the Chapel, seating around 80 people, where the Services take place. There is a good sized vestry and Vicar’s office next to the Chapel.

With help and advice from Bishop David, Suffragan Bishop of France, a new priest in charge, the Rev. Hazel Door was appointed, and began her ministry at Christ Church in January 2007.

October 2007 saw the last service in Bonen Church – Harvest Festival followed by shared lunch in the Parish Rooms at Rostrenen. Then on November 25th 2007 the first service of Holy Communion in the Chapel of the Collège/Lycée de Campostal, Rostrenen took place. The new premises being found with the assistance of Abbé Jean Campion of Rostrenen and the Headmaster, Mr Rémy Le Vot.

Christ Church Brittany has continued to grow and congregations now meet for services on a weekly basis in Ploërmel, fortnightly in Rostrenen and monthly in Huelgoat. There are also Home Groups now meeting regularly in, or close to, Ploërmel, Rostrenen, Redon, St Vran and Bannalec. In November 2008 the Diocese granted Christ Church Brittany full Chaplaincy status.

In addition to the regular services there are many social events that take place throughout the Chaplaincy. These include coffee mornings, social evenings, concerts, BBQ’s etc. All of these help to bring fellowship to members of the congregation and it is hoped to encourage non churchgoers to see the activities of the church.

Christ Church Brittany has close ties with French churches in the Region and many joint services take place, including a number of what have now become annual Carol services at Christmas.

The congregations of Christ Church consist of people from many varying denominational backgrounds, most live here in France but we also see many visitors to Brittany who attend our services. Christ Church is primarily there for English speakers in France but all are welcome, whatever the background or language spoken.

In July 2010 Hazel returned to her permanent home in the Poitou Charente and Christ Church entered a period of interregnum and are currently seeking to appoint a new Minister.

On 1st July 2012 the Reverend Jeremy Cross was appointed temporary Priest in Charge and we were delighted that we were able to benefit from his wise and generous ministry at Christ Church for the next fifteen months.

On 5th October 2013 the Venerable Fred Trethewey was appointed Priest in Charge for a three year period. Before joining Christ Church, Fred was an Archdeacon in the Diocese of Worcester and we benefitted from his wide experience as he ministered to us. Fred was joined by his wife Margaret and they returned to their home in the Cotswolds in early October 2016.

The Revd Jeremy Cross again stepped in and was appointed Interim Minister during the interregnum whilst we started the process to appoint a new Chaplain.

We were pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chaplain, the Revd Robin Adams and his wife Donna who started February 1st 2018