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Monteton

All are welcome to join us at the church in Monteton on Sunday 27th October at 10:30am for a service of Holy Communion led by Rev'd Tony Lomas (note: clocks -1). Hope to see you there!

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. Holy Communion and BCP Morning Prayer follow traditional forms and our Morning Worship and Prayer and Praise services are more informal.

Our service schedule is as follows: (changed April 2019) Services every Sunday at 10:30: Prayer & Praise every first Sunday, Holy Communion every second and fourth Sunday, BCP Morning Prayer every third Sunday, and a Special type of service every fifth Sunday. 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.

 

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News

Blessed Harvest celebration at Monteton

On Sunday 29th September, Rev'd Liz Morris led us in a wonderful service of Holy Communion in celebration of Harvest. The church was a feast of colour, decked with autumnal flowers, fruit and foliage and many gifts of non-perishable goods were displayed in front of the altar, later to be taken to the local branch of “Secours Populaire de France”. We enjoyed singing harvest hymns and the choir gave us John Rutter’s joyful “Look at the World”, a great favourite at Monteton.

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Delightful concert

The Monteton Concert on Saturday 21st September, “The Other Side of the Choir”, was a delightful event where members of the choir were able to display their other musical – and dramatic – talents, alongside favourite choir repertoire pieces! So, we began with three familiar Spirituals sung by the full choir, then a beautiful Largo from a Sonata by Loeillet on treble recorder, oboe and piano, played by Marjorie, Jane and Angela. Then two solo pieces, one by our wonderful bass Graham, “I’ll walk beside you”, (an absolute tear-jerker), and the lovely, melancholy “Send in the Clowns”, from Gill Strachan, then a hilarious performance by Philippa and Brian of Harry Belafonte’s “There’s a hole in my bucket”.

On from the sublime to… well..! Neil Diamond’s “I’m a believer”, (remember the version by The Monkees?), this performed by the group from the choir who were asked to sing it recently at a rather posh wedding, complete with tambourine accompaniment and lots of “oohs”! We went on to a groovy “My Funny Valentine” from Philippa, “H.L Wilson” sung by our own tenor George and baritone Adrian, “Les Feuilles Mortes” from Jane with Michael on guitar – Michael then giving us some virtuoso solo guitar pieces and one with Jane on her oboe! We had the French theme again with Trenet’s “La Mer”, on treble and bass recorders, guitar and piano, Marjorie’s version of McCartney’s “Yesterday”, Belinda with Mancini’s “Moon River” on piano, then an amazing performance in costume of “The Doll’s Song” from Offenbach’s “Tales of Hoffman” by soprano Peps, Philippa turning the key as the mad inventor, and with a suitable German accent!

After all the fun, the full choir sung the two beautiful modern versions of “The Lord is my Shepherd”, Goodall and then Rutter,(with Jane on oboe), and we ended with heartfelt congregational singing of the Crimond. A truly memorable evening! Many, many thanks to all our performers, both choir and soloists, and particularly to our accompanists, Angela and Belinda on keyboard and Adrian on the organ, and to those who travelled here especially for the concert! But, where would we be without Marjorie, our Choir Leader? As Philippa puts it so aptly, “the beating heart of all we do!” Proceeds from the post-concert collection amounted to over 500€, to be divided between Chaplaincy funds and ChapAid.

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What special summer services!

On Sunday 30th June, Rev'd Liz Morris led us in a Service of Thanksgiving for our Animal Companions (and their owners!), a delightful occasion where we praised God and all his creation in hymns and readings from the beautiful Psalm 104, and from T.S Eliott’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats: The Ad-dressing of cats”. The congregation behaved magnificently throughout but it has to be said that given the heat of the day, a good deal of canine snoring could be heard!

On Sunday 14th July, Liz offered us another interesting and different form of worship with an Experimental Celtic Eucharist, a taste of the kind of Communion Service used by the Early Church and which is today continued by the Community at Iona, marked by the directness and simplicity of its Christian message. This was very much set by the tone of the Welcome and Introduction: “Jesus says: Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in”. Thank you to Liz, and to Tina who assisted, for a very moving experience and a lovely way to celebrate both Liz’s and Tina’s birthdays!

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Easter Day at Monteton: such joy!

Easter Day at Monteton was celebrated with a joy-filled service of Holy Communion led by Rev'd Barrie Green. It was also a feast of sacred and choral music led by Marjorie and the choir, plus the talents of oboist Jane Davison who, with her husband Michael, has recently moved to France. The two of them are also members of the choir, Jane as alto and Michael bass. The choir gave us James Gibb’s glorious “Introit for Easter Day” with its peal-of-bells Alleluyas, Jane accompanied the singing of the Sanctus and Benedictus and later she and Marjorie played and sang a beautiful baroque Postlude, Vivaldi’s “Domine Deus”. For the Anthem the choir (plus Barrie) sang Handel’s uplifting “Since by Man came Death” from the Messiah. All of this with Roger Williams on the organ accompanying the Easter hymns, including “I am the bread of life” with its rousing refrain of “and I will raise him up…… on the last day”! In his very thought-provoking sermon, Barrie pointed out the deliberate change he had made to the traditional Gospel reading of The Resurrection of Jesus, giving us instead the later part of Luke Chapter 24, “The walk to Emmaus”. This is where Jesus appears as a walking companion to the disciples but they do not recognise him until the evening when he is at table with them and breaks bread, “Then their eyes were opened, and they recognised him: and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” Barrie related this to the kind of life-changing experiences most of us have during our lives, whether it be a cataclysmic local or world event or something more personal such as the death of a much-loved family member or friend and where, as a result, nothing is ever the same again.

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Palm Sunday at Monteton

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April 7th concert 'From Darkness to Light'

concertWe brought our Lenten contemplations to a near close in the afternoon of Sunday 7th April with a concert of sacred music “From Darkness to Light” by The Becket Consort, a choir of professional singers associated with Norwich and Canterbury Cathedrals. This had been most kindly arranged for us by visiting members of our choir, Peps and Adrian Inscoe, who have a holiday home nearby. They both and with son William, are members of the Consort and their older son George, who is organist at Norwich, is Director and Conductor of the Consort. It was a very moving experience to hear this ‘Cathedral sound‘ filling the beautiful little parish church of Notre Dame at Monteton, perhaps an echo of an earlier era for the Commune. The programme was mostly a cappella, with magnificent polyphonic versions of works from the 16th century to more modern times including Tallis, Victoria, Handel, Elgar and Lauridsen. Few in the congregation will forget the spine-tingling introductory piece, “Magnificat Octavi toni” by David Wood, the exquisite Handel duet “As steals the morn” and the two organ solos, Dubois’ “Fiat Lux” and Widor’s “Toccata”, where George Inscoe really exploited our recently acquired organ to the full! We are enormously grateful to the Consort, and especially to the Inscoe family, for giving so generously of their time and their talents in this way. It was good to meet them all afterwards for the Vin d’honneur, and to return baby Albert, who had behaved impeccably throughout, to his Alto singing father and mother! In all, we raised 1000 € to be divided between the Chaplaincy and Chap-Aid charities.

 

Lent Lunches

We gathered during Lent, for prayers and meditation, followed by a light soup, bread and cheese meal. Many thanks to Norma and Leslie for opening their home to us for these lunches and for providing the delicious food.

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fellowship lunches

Fellowship Lunches

Here is a photograph of one of the Fellowship Lunches.

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 27 October - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas (reminder: clocks -1)

Sunday 03 November - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Christine Rychlewski

Sunday 10 November - 10:30 Remembrance Service, Roger Verrall

Sunday 17 November - 10:30 BCP Morning Prayer, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 24 November - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Louise Courtney

Sunday 01 December - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, David Tervet

Sunday 08 December - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Louise Courtney

Tuesday 10 December - 18:00 Christmas Carol Service

Sunday 15 December - 10:30 BCP Morning Prayer, Rev'd Louise Courtney

Sunday 22 December - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Tuesday 24 December - 16:00 Christmas Eve Holy Communion, Rev'd Barrie Green

 

Saturday Drop-in Coffee and Cakes morning: 9th November

coffee and cakes

Norma Eckett continues to host a monthly ‘drop-in’ Coffee and Cakes morning. The next event will be held on 9th November, 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 ?

 

Monteton Prayer Chain

Dave Lee is Prayer Chain Co-ordinator for Monteton church, and may be contacted on 05 53 48 42 85 or email: 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 Local 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.