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All are welcome to join us at the church in Monteton on Sunday 4th June at 10:30am for a service of Pentecost Holy Communion, led by Rev'd Barrie Green.


L'Eglise Notre Dame

The Church of Notre Dame is located off the D423 between Miramont-de-Guyenne and Duras, about 6 kms south west of Eymet and the Dordogne. The congregation at Monteton has been meeting for over 30 years in this church. Originally, a group of friends met in the homes of the Atkinson families but numbers grew and larger premises were soon needed. We are grateful to Abbé Grimaud who, all those years ago, made us so very welcome in this church.

Our congregation: We are part of the Church of England and our services are Anglican, as are most of our members, but others come from a variety of backgrounds including Methodist, United Reform Church, Baptist, Church of Scotland, The Brethren and other denominations: all are welcome!

Church of England forms of worship are used at all services. Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer/Evensong and Holy Communion follow traditional forms and our Service of the Word, Prayer and Praise, is more informal.

Our service schedule is as follows: Morning Worship every first Sunday (except Nov, Jan, and Feb - please consult the Services & Events tab for forthcoming service information), Morning Prayer every second Sunday at 10h30, Prayer & Praise service for families every third Sunday at 10h30, Holy Communion every fourth Sunday at 10h30, and Evensong every fifth Sunday at 16h00. All are welcome!


Contact Information 

Local Warden:

Currently vacant - standing in: Sally Davies, 05 53 88 01 81, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Local Warden Emerita: 
Paddy Atkinson on 05 53 94 76 37


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Rev'd Liz Morris completes a 26-mile sponsored charity walk

charity walkRev'd Liz Morris writes:

Doing a 26 mile walk began as a personal challenge, and my sister Sarah also signed up to do the walk and as we had done a 20 mile walk together in 2010, I knew that her company would help keep me going! Then it made sense to raise funds for charity to make it even more worthwhile!

The morning was with perfect conditions as far as we were concerned. We set off just before 8am, walking up the beautiful Suffolk coast from Thorpeness to Walberswick and then headed inland across heathland with gorse in full flower and trees with their new bright green leaves. By 1pm we were entering the village of Westleton where Richard and I used to own and run a restaurant when the children were younger. There, by the duck pond, were Richard, his mother, sister, brother-in-law, niece and her fiancé encouraging us on our way and handing out Minstrels and apples! When we returned to our starting point at 3.40pm, mum and dad were there to greet us and in honour of the fact that our father used to run marathons we decided to jog across the finishing line!

I was delighted to have done it and not to have suffered too much afterwards. I certainly enjoyed my hot bath and dinner of steak and chips cooked by Richard that evening!

I am also delighted to report that I will have raised around €800 in a mixture of sterling and euros. If you sponsored me – thank you very much – and I will let you have a final total when it has been allocated to the charities. (the Rotary Club’s chosen charity, St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, Suffolk, and the 'Dorset Murugi Project', which is supported by the Lot et Garonne churches).

I think I have persuaded Richard to accompany me on a half-marathon walk in September in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of his dad, so watch this space!


Wonderful Easter Sunday celebration, Allelulia!

A wonderful service of Holy Communion was led by Rev'd Barrie Green, where Judy and Paul Mazzotti welcomed us with Easter eggs and the choir, its numbers boosted by many talented visiting members, gave us James Gibbs’ joyful, peal-of-bells “Introit for Easter Day” and R.S Thatcher’s setting of the words of John of Damascus, the Anthem “Come ye Faithful”!

Peaceful Palm Sunday and Holy Week

Palm Sunday, 9th April, was celebrated at Monteton with a special service of Morning Prayer led by Lay Minister Roger Verrall. We began in the square of the Salle des Fêtes led by Roger swinging the censer and with Leslie as Crucifer, then processed singing through the village to the church with palms held aloft. We were very fortunate to have members of the Iscoe family with us again, Adrian and William both singing in the choir and playing the organ! Many thanks to Philippa who, in Marjorie’s absence, conducted the beautiful rendering of David Hall’s Anthem, “Wash me Throughly”.

Philippa again conducted the choir on Maundy Thursday for Stainer’s glorious Anthem, “God so Loved the World”, in a service of Holy Communion where Liz carried out the solemn ritual of The Washing of Feet.Our feast of services at Monteton continued with Prayers at the Cross led by Roger on Good Friday.


Successful AGM: Thanks to the Team!

agmOn Saturday 8th April, it was a privilege to host our Chaplain’s first AGM at Monteton in the Salle des Fetes where we enjoyed good fellowship with people from all over the Chaplaincy. Following the main part of the meeting, a delicious and very gourmand Bring and Share lunch was served, organised by Sally Davies and Norma Eckett. The afternoon concluded with a peaceful and very moving service of Holy Communion in the parish church, led by our Chaplain and assisted by our cohort of female priests, Gill, Liz and Charlotte.

Many thanks to all those who contributed to the success of the day by providing the refreshments, to the Committee members and friends who prepared the Salle and not least, to all those who took on the task of clearing and cleaning up afterwards!

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February 26th Communion service and Local Annual Meeting

renewal licenseOur service of Holy Communion at Monteton on Sunday 26th of February, followed by our Local Annual Meeting, was a sad yet uplifting occasion. Sad, because the church was filled with flowers in memory of Doris Hogarth, a former Local Warden at Monteton and up until her untimely death last Autumn, one of our Representatives at Chaplaincy Council. Uplifting, because it was good to celebrate the enormous contribution Doris had made to the Chaplaincy with our new Chaplain, Revd. Anthony Lomas, who led the service and then chaired the Annual Meeting. We were delighted to welcome Tony as our celebrant and also Ingrid, his wife, who read the 1st Lesson. The Choir, despite being still rather depleted in numbers, gave us John Watson’s lovely Anthem “Break Thou the Bread of Life” and we were very fortunate to have Paul Cook’s masterly playing of the organ, especially for the wonderful congregational hymns chosen to celebrate the Day of Christ’s Transfiguration. Tony’s sermon pursued this theme in his thought-provoking discussion of Christ as both ‘Son of God’ and ‘Son of Man’ emphasizing the importance of this duality, particularly in the context of our currently very unsettled and divided world. The service was also an important occasion since it marked the official re-Licensing by the Chaplain of Roger Verrall as Lay Reader and Minister.

The Local Annual Meeting which followed the service consisted of the various reports for the year 2016 at Monteton, the Election of Norma Eckett as Chaplaincy Representative and the Election of Roger Verrall as a Committee Member. It was good to hear of the Licensing of Lay Reader and Minister, Michael Torne, by the Archdeacon of France, the Venerable Meurig Williams, which will take place in Condom at the Chapelle de Notre Dame de Pietat on Saturday 11th March. In her ‘Priest in Charge Observations’, Revd Liz Morris spoke of a successful year at Monteton with many occasions of joyful celebration both in church services and in social events, inspite of the loss of congregational members, especially key figures such as Doris. Liz was thanked most warmly for her tremendous commitment to ministry in the sector, and for all her hard work during what have been some testing times.


Moving Ash Wednesday service

Our Ash Wednesday service of Holy Communion on 1st March included the moving ritual of the Imposition of the Ashes on the forehead of each member of the congregation. In his sermon, Tony spoke of the period of Lent when Christ went alone into the Wilderness, not so much as a time for fasting or for depriving ourselves of particular favourite foods but as a time of prayerfulness, contemplation and re-assessment of ourselves and of our lives.


December Service of Lessons and Carols very well attended

Over a hundred people, both French and English, attended our traditional service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday 11th December at Monteton, led by Rev'd Liz Morris and our Reader Roger Verrall. In a church decked in candles and redolent of the spices of the mulled wine to be served afterwards , we were delighted to have Jonathan Smalley with us to play the organ whilst Marjorie and the choir, boosted in numbers by visiting friends, gave us a feast of carols.

Following the lighting of the third candle of the Advent wreath by Roger, Hazel Bradbury led us with her beautiful solo rendition of the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’. Then the choir sang John Joubert’s arrangement of the exuberant Galician carol ‘Torches’, Vaughan William’s haunting arrangement of Martin Luther’s text ‘The Blessed Son of God’, the much-loved ‘Douce Nuit’, and the glorious Polish carol ‘Infant Holy, Infant lowly’. The rousing congregational singing of all the other well-known carols must have filled every corner of the sleepy little village of Monteton! It was truly a wonderful occasion. We give thanks to Liz and to all those who arranged and took part in the service, to Marjorie and the choir, to Paddy Atkinson for the loan once again of her lovely candelabra, and not least to all the makers of delicious mince pies and the mulled wine.


fellowship lunches

Fellowship Lunches

Here is a photograph of one of the Fellowship Lunches which always follow our monthly services of Prayer and Praise on the third Sunday of the month.

All are welcome!





Church Banner

Monteton Sector BannerA 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.




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Services & Events


Forthcoming Services in Monteton 

Sunday 04 June - 10:30 Pentecost Holy Communion, Rev'd Barrie Green

Sunday 11 June - 10:30 Morning Prayer, Roger Verrall

Sunday 18 June - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Christine Rychlewski

Sunday 25 June - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Louise Courtney

Sunday 02 July - 10:30 Morning Worship, Anne Penfold

Sunday 09 July - 10:30 Morning Prayer

Sunday 16 July - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Roger Verrall

Sunday 23 July - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 30 July - time TBA, concert to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Moneton church community


Saturday Drop-in Coffee and Cakes mornings: next date TBA

coffee and cakes

Norma Eckett continues to host a monthly ‘drop-in’ Coffee and Cakes morning. The date of the next events will be announced soon, from 10.00 am until 12:00 noon, at Norma and Leslie’s home Le Bousquet, 47120 Auriac sur Dropt, situated on the D668 between Allemans du Dropt and Duras.

Entry will be 5 euros, well worth it for the mouth-watering goodies that members of our Monteton congregation are renowned for producing! Put this in your diary as moment perhaps between shopping or other Saturday tasks, to meet with friends – or to introduce new ones - and to have a chat! Proceeds from the event will go to Chaplaincy supported charities. If you plan to attend, for catering purposes just let Norma know on 05 53 93 53 86 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2017: celebrating 40th anniversary of Monteton services!!

This year 2017 is a particularly important one for Monteton because we shall be marking our 40th Anniversary, so let’s get celebrating! Our congregation was the next in the Chaplaincy to be established after Bordeaux, all thanks to the efforts of Paddy Atkinson and her husband Barry, who undertook the necessary negotiations all those years ago with the Roman Catholic Bishop of Agen and with the local Roman Catholic priest of the time, Abbé Grimaud, in order to be able to use the lovely Romanesque parish Church of Notre Dame at Monteton, which is also a listed building. Paddy is still very much with us as our Warden Emerita and plans are afoot for a summer of festivities! Please let us know if you have any particular ideas about how this key event could be celebrated, by contacting any member of the Committee.


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.)

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The New Road Group: meets the last Monday of each month

The New Road Group is a self-help group for bereaved people. It meets on the last Monday of each month from 15h30 – 17h30. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please contact Rev'd Liz Morris on 05 53 23 40 51 for further information.


Explore Silence group meets on Wednesday mornings

The Exploring Silence Group meets on Wednesday mornings at 10h00. Contact Rev'd Liz Morris, as above, for further details.









Recruiting new members for the choir

A message from Marjorie Holdsworth- Etschmann, Choir Leader at Monteton:

Monteton Church Choir is hoping to recruit new members. Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass, all are welcome to join us. Monteton has had a choir for over 40 years and has built up a tradition of choral singing in the services. If you enjoy singing and could commit yourself to two practices a month, on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 14.30 in the church, then come along, we would be very happy to see you!


Searching for copies of music books

The Monteton Church Choir is anxious to acquire copies of the following music for use at their services. If you or someone you know would like to donate or to sell copies, please contact Philippa Tillyer email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or telephone 0553 743901.

Carols for Choirs Book 1 (green book)

Carols for Choirs Book 2 (orange book)

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard (red book)

We may also be interested in other anthems or other church music. Why not have a look around ?


Lot et Garonne Prayer Chain

Helen Raphael writes:

I have always believed in the power of prayer and especially collective prayer, as a result I place great value on the Prayer Chain. Over the past year, I have felt privileged to be be involved in co-ordinating of the Lot et Garonne sector of The Chaplaincy Prayer Chain. 

I was grateful for the opportunity to repay my debt to the Prayer Chain as I am particularly fortunate, and give thanks, that when my grandson was very ill the prayers of those in the Prayer Chain were answered.  Sadly, this is not always the case. However, those who have requested our prayer may gain some comfort from knowing that they are being remembered in people’s prayers.

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Helen Raphael is 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.


Sidesmen/Sideswomen, Lesson Readers and Intercessionary Prayer Readers

Take an active and very rewarding part in the life of our church at Monteton! Some key members of our congregation have moved from the area and we need replacement people to fill these duties.

Sidesperson duties are not onerous and involve helping the Wardens to set out the church for the service, welcoming people to the service and handing out service books.

All duties are allocated on a rota basis, so that your turn would not occur very often.  If you feel you could take on one of these roles, please contact Sally Davies on 05 53 88 01 81 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Flowers in Church

The church in Monteton is a listed building and is regarded as the finest Romanesque church in the area. It is a great privilege for us to be able to use such a beautiful building, indeed we are warmly welcomed to do so by local Roman Catholic clergy, the Maire and the Commune.  

Please help us to make it look even more beautiful for our services by providing flowers for a particular Sunday, perhaps in memory of a loved one or for a celebration. A rota for this can be found on the church Notice Board at the end of every service.