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The Vendée is a départment in the Pays de Loire region of western France, lying to the south of Brittany and with a long Atlantic coastline. It has an area of 7,015 km2, about the size of Devon, and a population of 627,000 (compared with 1,110,000 for Devon).

The primary drivers of the Vendéen economy are tourism, agriculture, food processing and light/medium industry. Wine is produced and marketed under the ‘Fiefs Vendeens’ designation.

A microclimate, similar to that of the Côte d'Azur, brings 2,500 hours of sunshine to  the Vendée's 140 km of superb sandy beaches and its beautiful rural countryside. There are many towns and villages to explore and and there is an abundance of churches, abbeys, chateaux and historic sites. The marshlands of the Marais Poitevin are famous for wildlife and the Mervent-Vouvant forest is popular with walkers. The internationally renowned yacht race, the Vendée Globe, has its home in the fishing port of Les Sables d’Olonne, and the historical theme park at Puy de Fou attracts many visitors. 

The main towns are La Roche-sur-Yon, Challans, Les Herbiers, Les Sables-d'Olonne and Fontenay-le-Comte.

Whilst it has no international airport of its own, the Vendée is reasonably served by international airports at Nantes (in Loire-Atlantique), La Rochelle (in Charente-Maritime) and Poitiers (in Vienne), and is within 2-3 hours drive of the ferry services from St Malo, Caen and Cherbourg. It is served by fast train (TGV) from Paris and the A87 autoroute.


Le Pont at Sion is a secular association but which includes ASV Members and is open and welcoming to all.

Le Pont at Sion

Other Sites of interest

Cancer Support Vendée - Currently under construction, in the meantime you are welcome to email David Martin who is the Chairman in the Vendée on davidpat.martin@orange.fr

Bible Gateway

Angela Bird's Vendèe Pages

French Entrée (Pay de la Loire)



All these sites are outside All Saints Vendée



Wednesday 11th October 
Geoffrey's Memorial Service 

I can now confirm that details of the Memorial Service for Geoffrey are: Date: Wednesday 11th October 2017 Venue: Arcay Village Church Time: 3:00 p.m After the service Janet and her family invite you to join them for 'drinks and nibbles' in the Salle des Fetes, located about 100 metres from the Church. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as can make it. Andrew, Jim, and Bob Directions to Arcay Church Arcay is on the D19, which in turn is off the D759 Thouars to Loudun road. About 2km past the turning for our old church at Ranton if you are coming from Thouars (a right turn), or 2.5km after you have gone over the railway if you are coming from Loudun (a left turn). Follow the main road down into the village, over the railway line and bearing right at the traffic islands. Stay on this road bearing left after about 200 metres. Shortly afterwards you will see the church, with the village square before it, on your left. Turn left to face the church and left again just before it. Parking for the Salle is about 100 metres down this road on your right. Please remember that, in the interests of maintaining good relations with the residents of Arcay, parking for those attending the service should be restricted as far as is reasonably practical to the car park adjacent to the Salle; this parking extends behind the Salle and there is plenty of room.


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Sainte-Marthe, 85240

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La Chapelle Achard

Notre-Dame-de-L'Assomption, 85150

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La Chapelle Palluau

Saint Pierre, 85670

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Occasional Change of venue:

Please check before setting out because the Service at the Parish Church in La Chapelle Palluau will sometimes need to relocate to La Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Miséricorde, Route des Sables. The Chapel is situated south of La Chapelle Palluau on the west side of the main road (D978) in the direction of Aizenay.


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Contact - Jacqui Stainton-James
Email - sjfamily66@hotmail.com
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