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All are welcome to join us at the church in Monteton on Sunday 25th March at 10:30am for a service of Palm Sunday Holy Communion, led by Rev'd Louise Courtney (reminder: clocks+1). Hope to see you there!

palm sundayJourney with us through Holy Week:

Thursday 29 March - 17:00 Maundy Thursday Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Friday 30 March - 14:00 Good Friday Prayers, Rev'd Barrie Green

Sunday 01 April - 10:30 Easter Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris



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.


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Lovely Mothering Sunday service

Our service of Morning Prayer for Mothering Sunday on 11th March was led by Lay Minister Roger Verrall. This was the day when traditionally people returned to their ‘mother’ church, the one where they were baptised; it also became the day when young people ‘in service’ were given a holiday to visit their families, presenting their mothers with a bouquet of wild flowers, usually picked en route home. The Lenten fast was also relaxed on this mid-Lent Sunday, often with the eating of Simnel cakes, hence the other name, ‘Refreshment Sunday’. At our service, as ever, Norma Eckett kindly provide bouquets for all the mothers in church but this time the bouquets were filled with chocolates, for our ‘refreshment’! Despite having no Choir – most were looking after members of the wonderful Crimean Choir who had given a concert in the church at Eymet the night before – Marjorie led the congregation in heart-felt singing of the hymns. Our thanks to Roger, Norma and everyone else involved for a lovely mid-Lenten service.


Joyful Service of Lessons and Carols/Chants de Noël at Monteton

Our service this year, held on the evening of Tuesday 12th December, was a joyful ecumenical event which we celebrated with the local Roman Catholic congregation. The service was conducted by our Chaplain Rev’d Tony Lomas and Père Taillade, responsible for the local Roman Catholic parish Saint-Vincent de Paul en Guyenne. The Monteton Choir, led by Marjorie Etschmann, gave us a wonderful selection of traditional French and English carols, beginning with “Once in Royal David’s City”, Liz Berks leading us in a lovely solo for the first verse. Pere Taillade gave the “Acceuil” or “Welcome”, where he reminded us to think particularly at this time of all the suffering and poverty in our world, and our Chaplain Tony gave the “Priere d’Appel” or “Bidding Prayer”. French carols included “Noel Nouvelet”, “Les Anges dans nos campagnes”, Il est ne le Divin Enfant”, and the exquisite lesser-known “Le Sommeil de l’Enfant Jesu”. It was a moving experience to hear some of the well-known Lessons read in French, and so beautifully read by members of Pere Taillade’s congregation. After the service we all, both French and English, enjoyed delicious refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies and an opportunity to talk together and to form new friendships. Many thanks to all those who made this gathering such a memorable experience, and one which we all hope to be repeated.

Our service of Holy Communion for Christmas Eve was also a very moving occasion, held at our Chaplain’s suggestion on the morning of 24th December. Tony was also our celebrant and it was lovely to have Ingrid as reader of the 2nd Lesson. The Choir, boosted by its loyal contingent of occasional visitors, gave a magnificent rendering of the Basque carol, “The Infant King”, as well as lots of carols to welcome us before the service. It was very good to have Roger Williams back on the organ for Christmas, also to have Marjorie’s family from Germany with us in the congregation, the children having made special festive cookies for us to enjoy after the service!

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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.


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 25 March - 10:30 Palm Sunday Holy Communion, Rev'd Louise Courtney (reminder clocks +1)

Thursday 29 March - 17:00 Maundy Thursday Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Friday 30 March - 14:00 Good Friday Prayers, Rev'd Barrie Green

Sunday 01 April - 10:30 Easter Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 08 April - 10:30 BCP Morning Prayer, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 15 April - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 22 April - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 29 April - 16:00 Choral Evening Prayer, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 06 May - 10:30 Morning Worship, Anne Penfold

Thursday 10 May – time TBA, Ascension Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 13 May - 10:30 BCP Morning Prayer, Michael Torne

Sunday 20 May - 10:30 Pentecost Prayer & Praise with Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 27 May - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Bramwell Bearcroft


Saturday Drop-in Coffee and Cakes morning: April 7th

coffee and cakes

Norma Eckett continues to host a monthly ‘drop-in’ Coffee and Cakes morning. The date of the next event will be on Saturday 7th April,  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.









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.