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All are welcome to join us at the church in Monteton on Sunday 17th December at 10:30am for a service of Christmas Prayer & Praise, led by David Tervet. Hope to see you there!

carol angelJoin us for our annual Christmas Carol service at the church in Monteton on Tuesday 12th Dec, 18:00pm...Invite a friend!

 

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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News

Memorial service for Paddy Atkinson

A Service to Celebrate the Life of Paddy Atkinson: 11th Feb 1920 – 13th Sept 2017

On the 24th November in her beloved church at Monteton, led by Rev'd Liz Morris and our Chaplain, Rev'd Tony Lomas, we gave thanks for and celebrated the life of Paddy, surrounded by her family and friends in a church filled with her favourite flowers and with her silver candelabra placed on the altar. We began with the choir singing “Paddy’s Song” which had been written especially for the Monteton 40th Anniversary Concert in July; Marjorie then led the choir in Paddy’s chosen anthems of Faure’s “La Cantique de Jean Racine” and Rutter’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You”, with Richard Errington on the organ, accompanying us in Paddy’s favourite hymns. There were moving contributions read by Paddy’s grandchildren, Emily, Harriet and Hugo and her daughter Carolynn, in her Tribute to her mother, told us of Paddy’s amazing career in the WRAF, (including a spell at Bletchley Park, about which Paddy was typically dismissive!), her marriage to Barry, an officer in the RAF, and their life in the countries in which they served, their time in Aden being particularly dramatic. Grand-daughter Harriet spoke warmly of all the family gatherings at the house in Montaillac, of many golden summers in the beautiful garden with its astonishing view over the Lot et Garonne countryside, and of days constantly in and out of the swimming pool! Following the service, we gathered at Paddy’s home in Montaillac to join with the family for refreshments and, as Carolynn put it, “to say goodbye as and where she would have wished”. In the order of service booklet, with the photograph of an eager young WRAF officer on the front cover, a quotation from Dag Hammarskjold sums up the Paddy we all knew and loved: “For all that has been, thanks. To all that shall be, yes”.

 

Blessed Harvest service: Sept 24th

We celebrated Harvest at Monteton on Sunday 24th September in a church filled with glorious flowers, autumnal foliage and fruit, a Harvest Loaf on the altar and a massed array of non-perishable food gifts for the local French charity “Secours Populaire Francais”. We enjoyed singing well-loved hymns to the Harvest and the choir delighted the congregation with the John Rutter anthem “Look at the World”.

Visitors to the “Brocante Professionelle”, also taking place in Monteton that Sunday, were evidently both astonished and impressed by what was going on in the church, constantly peeping in and asking Sidesman Charles Clarke what it was all about! After the service many of us proceeded to Norma and Leslie’s garden at Auriac to enjoy a very convivial Harvest lunch. Many thanks to everyone who made this day so memorable with the beautiful decorations in the church, the wonderful service and its music, and the delicious lunch which followed.

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R.I.P. Paddy Atkinson

paddy atkinsonIt was with very great sadness that we learnt of Paddy’s death on Monday 11th September. We had received recently the following email from Paddy’s daughter Carolyn:

“…..sadly the news is not good. Mama is coming home from hospital today but is in palliative care and not expected to last very long. She has fought hard (who would expect anything else?) but is now ready to go. It will be 20 years since Daddy died on the 20th September. Her many years in France and the love and support of the church there have given her so much happiness – which she is the first to acknowledge. Please pray for her. Carolyn.”

She will be much in our thoughts during the Holy Communion service on 22nd October when we shall say special 40th Anniversary Prayers. As yet, nothing is known of funeral arrangements.

Whilst she was in hospital, Paddy was sent copies of the CD and DVD recordings of the Monteton 40th Anniversary Concert held at the end of July where the evening ended with a song composed especially for her:

Paddy's Song:

Oh, Paddy dear, it’s over forty years they say

Since first they gathered in your house to pray.

Now in this church, we gladly meet in peace and love,

And know how blessed we are you found a way!

The choir sings so joyfully to praise the Lord,

The organ plays to lift our thoughts above.

We’re grateful for your toil so freely given,

Oh, Paddy dear, we wish you well with all our love.

 

40th anniversary concert: a musical delight!

celebration singThe Monteton 40th Anniversary Choir Concert on Sunday 30th July was an event never to be forgotten. The Choir led by Marjorie Etschmann and numbering 26 singers, was boosted by former members and friends, some of whom had travelled especially to be with us. We also had the luxury of the talents of four organist/keyboard players as accompanists: Brian Meredith, Roger Williams, Jonathan Smalley and Paul Cook.

 

 

 

celebration singIn addition, celebrated local baritone Peter Fowler was the soloist in a magnificent rendering of “Libera me” from Faure’s Requiem No. 6 and he later joined with Marjorie and Barrie Green for the beautiful trio section of “The heavens are telling” from Haydn’s “The Creation”. In all it was a feast of favourite anthems by the choir and of hymns chosen by the Monteton congregation, in which everybody joined with great enthusiasm. During the evening, a message was read from Paddy Atkinson who, sadly, had not recovered fully enough from recent illness to be with us, but in which she told of the circumstances of the founding of the Anglican congregation at Monteton all those years ago. The final item in the programme was in fact a tribute to Paddy, “Paddy’s Song”, cleverly composed by Marjorie and Paul and set to the tune of “The Londonderry Air”. (A recording of the concert has been made and a copy will be sent post-haste to Paddy).

As Marjorie later commented, “everyone was delighted….and we managed to do a concert, service and tribute in one event”. Reactions from the audience came in remarks such as, “it was spine-tingling” and “I felt as if I was amongst the angels”. Praise indeed! Our thanks go of course to Marjorie, the choir and accompanists but also to all of those behind the scenes such as Norma and Leslie and the members of the Committee, then to our lovely Priest-in-Charge Liz and husband Richard who provided and served the delicious refreshments afterwards.

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Joyful Pentecost service with Rev'd Barrie Green

We were very pleased to welcome Revd. Barrie Green as our celebrant for the service of Holy Communion at Pentecost, not least because Barrie is an accomplished singer and is always ready to join with the choir as well as carrying out his priestly duties. Choir numbers are somewhat diminished at present so it was great to have Barrie with us in the a cappella version of Rutter’s lovely arrangement of “God be in my Head”, as it was to have Graham Thorne, a former lay clerk at Wakefield Cathedral who regularly visits his holiday home here and always sings with the choir when he can, and accompanies us on organ or keyboard! Another talented visitor who has played the organ at services regularly throughout the summer and for many years is Brian Meredith; Brian has recently undergone surgery and therefore unlikely to be in France this year. He will be greatly missed, as will his wife Dorothy who sang with the choir. We wish Brian a good and speedy recovery. We are very grateful to all these holiday visitors and for their services to the church; we only wish we could retain them for more of the year!

Once again, a plea to those of you who are here full-time and who like to sing, come and join us in the choir at Monteton! Contact Marjorie, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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!

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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”!

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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.

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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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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 

Tuesday 12 December - 18:00 Christmas Carol Service

Sunday 17 December - 10:30 Christmas Prayer & Praise, David Tervet

Sunday 24 December - 10:30 Christmas Eve Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 14 January - 10:30 BCP Morning Prayer, Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday 21 January - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Anne Penfold

Sunday 28 January - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Please note that there is no service of Morning Worship during the winter months (Oct-March).

 

Christmas Carol service: Tuesday 12th Dec, 18:00pm

Please note that the traditional Monteton Service of Lessons and Carols will be on Tuesday 12th December at 18.00 and that this year it will be an Ecumenical service, with the participation of the local Roman Catholic Parish Priest Pere Taillade and members of his congregation. Do come and join us for this special occasion and stay for delicious mulled wine and mince pies after the service! The Christmas Prayer and Praise service will take place on Sunday 17th December at the usual time of 10.30. Note also that this year our Christmas Eve service of Holy Communion will take place at Monteton on Sunday 24th December at 10.30 am, with our Chaplain as celebrant. In the New Year 2018, the first service at Monteton will be Morning Prayer on Sunday 13th January at 10.30.

 

Saturday Drop-in Coffee and Cakes morning: date TBA in 2018

coffee and cakes

Norma Eckett continues to host a monthly ‘drop-in’ Coffee and Cakes morning. The date of the next event will be announced to take place in 2018. The events are held 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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notices

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.