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All are welcome to join us on Sunday March 26th at 10:30am for a service of Holy Communion, led by Rev'd Liz Morris (reminder: clocks move forward 1 hour).

hold fastOther services: We are looking forward to seeing many of you from throughout the Chaplaincy at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday April 8th, at 10:00am, followed by a bring and share lunch, and a Holy Communion service at 14:00.

lentJoin us at Monteton during Holy Week on Thursday April 13th at 18:00 for a service of Holy Commmunion for Maundy Thursday led by Rev'd Liz Morris, and on Friday April 14th at 14:00 for Good Friday Prayers at the cross.


Lent course meetings: starting on Thursday 9th March at 10.00 at Maison Neuve, Eyrenville, will be led by the Rev'd Liz Morris with four consecutive morning sessions on March 23rd, 30th and April 6th. Based on the book “Chocolat” by Joanne Harris, it will cover the themes of Temptation, Community, Friendship and Change. Each session will begin with coffee and end with a light lunch. Please contact Liz if you wish to take part or to know more, on 05 53 23 40 51 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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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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.

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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.


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Memorable Remembrance Day service

The British Legion Service of Remembrance on Sunday 13th November was led by Roger Verrall and as ever was a most moving occasion, especially this year when we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The pronouncing of the Kohima Epitaph and the laying of the wreaths were moments of great reflection, as were Roger’s words where he urged us to remember the sacrifice of all of those involved in war, the auxillary services, the police, firemen, ambulance workers, as well as those active in battle.


Farewell to beloved Doris Hogarth

dorisIt was with very great sadness that on Monday 17th October we said farewell to Doris Hogarth, who died on 8th October following a brief and terrible illness. Her loss is enormous, not only to her family and friends but also to the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine, especially the congregation at Monteton where she and her husband Brian have played such a vital part for many years. The church was filled with the flowers that Doris so loved; indeed, the successful Flower Festival held twice at Monteton was very much at her instigation. The very moving funeral service was attended by 193 people, including both French and English friends, with some standing at the back of the church and even in the porch. We listened to many fitting tributes to this lovely lady, in both words and music. Now our thoughts and prayers are with Brian, with Frankie their daughter and with Peter, the grandson who was so special to Doris.


October News

harvestWe were delighted to welcome Revd Barrie Green to Monteton a second time on Sunday 2nd October, to take our Harvest Festival Holy Communion service. For the anthem, the choir gave us Maurice Greene’s celebration of harvest, ‘Thou visiteth the earth’, whilst the church looked glorious filled with Autumn colour and with harvest produce, including a beautiful floral arrangement at the altar kindly donated by Paddy Atkinson and the traditional Harvest loaf made by Linda Whitby. The generous gifts of non-perishable items were passed on to our local French charity for those in need.

On Sunday 9th October, our Reader Roger Verrall led us in the service of Morning Prayer. We now have two new part-time members of the choir, (and of the congregation), Sharon and Roger Moncur, who fortunately for us are back and forth to their house here quite often. They are both experienced choral singers and it was a delight to hear Roger Moncur sing the solo part of Stanford’s magnificent setting of the psalm ‘O Praise God in his Holiness’, the anthem chosen for this service. Whilst mentioning the choir, we are also so grateful to have Barrie Greene’s fine tenor voice amongst us when he is not having to do priestly duties elsewhere!


'Cry in the Dark' charity weekend of treasure, tea, and worship

The ‘Cry in the Dark’ charity weekend on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September was a great success. The Treasure Hunt and English Afternoon Tea in Allemans du Dropt on the Saturday raised an amazing 750 Euros for this, one of our sponsored charities. Thankfully, the weather was kind for hunt along the riverside spotting clues! Afterwards, 50 weary walkers enjoyed a sumptuous tea in the Salle Fallieres, sandwiches, scones and cakes all served on traditional English bone china! Many thanks to Linda Craxford-Smith and Mike Smith and their team for once again organising this most enjoyable event.

On Sunday, at the service of Prayer and Praise, we were privileged to meet Steve Cooper, founder and CEO of ‘Cry in the Dark’ and his PA Beth Johnson, to hear how the work with disabled and disadvantaged children in Romania began. In 1998, Steve and three friends visited an orphanage in Bacau, northeast Romania, and found 26 children in appalling conditions, (some left just lying in a dark room), suffering from malnutrition and neglect, most also suffering from serious illness or disability. Thus ‘Cry in the Dark’ was born. Steve and other Christian friends worked hard to raise funds, build a new home for the children in Bacau and find staff to run it. Two years later the children were moved to Casa Lumina (House of Light), their new home-for-life. Casa Albert Hospice followed, offering Community Palliative Care for 80 – 100 children and their families and a Day Care Centre, open two days a week, for 10 – 12 children. Plans for the future include being able to extend the Day Care provision and to provide end of life care for adults. Their presentation gave us all much food for thought and we felt grateful to have helped in some small way. Again, our thanks to Linda and to Mike for organising Steve and Beth’s visit.

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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 

Sunday 26 March - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris (reminder: clocks move forward 1 hour)

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

Saturday 08 April -14:00 Holy Communion following the Chaplaincy Annual General Meeting

Sunday 09 April - 10:30 Palm Sunday Morning Prayer

Thursday 13 April - 18:00 Maundy Thursday Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Friday 14 April - 14:00 Good Friday Prayers

Sunday 16 April - 10:30 Easter Day Holy Communion, Rev'd Barrie Green

Sunday 23 April - 10:30 Prayer & Praise

Sunday 30 April - 16:00 Evening Prayer

Sunday 07 May - 10:30 Morning Worship, Anne Penfold

Sunday 14 May - 10:30 Morning Prayer, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 21 May - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Rev'd Liz Morris

Thursday 25 May - 18:00 Ascension Holy Communion, Ven Chris Sims

Sunday 28 May - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris


Lent Course meetings in Issageac on Thursday mornings

Lent course meetings: starting on Thursday 9th March at 10.00 at Maison Neuve, Eyrenville, will be led by the Rev'd Liz Morris with four consecutive morning sessions on March 23rd, 30th and April 6th. Based on the book “Chocolat” by Joanne Harris, it will cover the themes of Temptation, Community, Friendship and Change. Each session will begin with coffee and end with a light lunch. Please contact Liz if you wish to take part or to know more, on 05 53 23 40 51 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


dethroning mammon

Dethroning Mammon - a Lent Course near Bergerac

Ainslie and Barrie Green are running a course this Lent based on Justin Welby’s book.

Where? - Riocaud (33220) between Duras and Ste-Foy-La-Grande

When? - Six consecutive Wednesdays in Lent 15:00 – 17:00 beginning 8th March

The Archbishop’s 2017 Lent book challenges us to think about our attitudes to money. “Who will direct our actions and attitudes? Is it Jesus Christ, who brings truth, hope and freedom? Or is it Mammon, so attractive, so clear, but leading us into paths that tangle, trip and deceive?”

If you want to take part you will need to get the book and read a chapter per week in preparation for the session. The book is available from Amazon France for 12.20€ inc delivery or the kindle version is on Amazon UK for £6.64.

If you would like to go, contact Barrie and Ainslie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 06 11 67 01 27 to book a place and for directions.


Saturday Drop-in Coffee and Cakes mornings: March 18th and April 15th

coffee and cakes

Norma Eckett continues to host a monthly ‘drop-in’ Coffee and Cakes morning. The next events will be held on Saturday March 18th and Saturday April 15th, 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.


Monteton hosting Chaplaincy AGM: Saturday April 8th

The Chaplaincy Annual General Meeting will be hosted this year by Monteton, on Saturday 8th April at 10:00am in the Salle des Fetes . This will be our new Chaplain’s first AGM in Aquitaine, so note this date in your diary! We hope for a good number of people to attend from throughout the Chaplaincy. The meeting will be followed by a Bring and Share lunch and then a service of Holy Communion at 14.00. Sally Davies will be co-ordinating the lunchtime refreshments, so please contact her if you are willing to contribute by bringing a dish, savoury or sweet, on 05 53 88 01 81 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.