Forthcoming services at Monteton church

Sunday 10th October, 10:30 Harvest Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 24th October, 10:30 Morning Prayer, Anne Penfold

Sunday 31st October, 17:30 Choral Evensong, Archdeacon Peter Hooper, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 14th November, 10:30 Remembrance Morning Worship

Sunday 28th November, 10:30 Advent Holy Communion

Because of the government restrictions on attendance, reservations are requred. Please contact: (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you plan to attend any service together, with the number of people attending. We appreciate your cooperation, which will help us to prepare to welcome you.

Please note: during all services, social distancing guidelines and health/safety precautions will be in place (such as hand gel available, one-way system in the church, wearing of masks, strict cleaning, no refreshments, etc.)


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L'Eglise Notre Dame

The Church of Notre Dame in Monteton 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 40 years in this church. Originally, a group of friends met in the home of Paddy Atkinson, 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. All are welcome! Holy Communion and BCP Morning Prayer follow traditional forms and our Morning Worship and Prayer and Praise services are more informal.


Contact Information

Sally Davies, 09 75 93 01 81, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Choir meets for summer barbecue and rehearsal

choir rehearsalOver the summer, the choir met for a garden barbecue and rehearsal, and are looking forward to the full Choral Evensong at Monteton on Sunday 31st October. We have been preparing new music in the run up to the Autumn. Choir Leader Peps has plenty of plans for services and for various events, hopefully next year as some joint ventures with visiting UK Choirs.

Apart from the Traditional Ecumenical Service of Lessons and Carols at Monteton, Peps is also planning a Christmas Concert to take place in early December, so watch this space for more information!


July Coffee & Cakes fundraiser

july coffee and cakes

Norma and Leslie Eckett were at long-last able to arrange a Saturday morning Coffee and Cakes on 10th July in their home in Auriac-sur- Dropt! The weather was glorious so that we enjoyed sitting at tables arranged in their lovely garden, indulging in a wonderful range of cakes and pastries produced by Norma's loyal band of Monteton cake-makers. Numbers were necessarily limited but it was lovely to see both old friends and some newcomers.

This event supports our chosen charity Secours Populaire Francais and with a Cake Sale as well, we raised over 200 euros! As ever, many thanks to Norma and Leslie.

There will be another Coffee Morning at a later date but in the meantime, Mij Mahoney is planning a luncheon party in September at her home, details to be issued soon.


Choir rehearsals...looking forward to singing anthems this summer!

The Monteton Choir has not been idle during these difficult times, gathering whenever possible to prepare new choral pieces, under the direction of Peps Inscoe, who has been determined to keep in touch with all choir members, with Clergy and with Worship Leaders. A recent practice at the Inscoe home, (carefully observing safety requirements), saw us preparing three Anthems not done previously and set to wow the Monteton congregation, hopefully at some time soon! These include a modern piece by Philip Stopford, until recently Director of Music at St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast and for whose Choir and Organ he composed this “Ave Maria”, based upon a liturgical Latin text. The music is sustained and has great reverence, reflecting the very special nature and role of the Virgin Mary. It's prayerful and completitive style stems from a simple, but very beautiful and emotive melody, (often considered reminiscent of John Rutter), and which concludes with an inspiring Amen and Ave Maria. You can listen, on YouTube, to a wonderful rendering of this Anthem by John Rutter's own choir, The Cambridge Singers, and yet another slightly different take on it by the all-male Kings' Singers.

So, watch this space, all you choral music lovers, and please, if you like to sing do get in touch with Peps, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and join us!


December worship back in church

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On Sunday 13th December, we were grateful to be able to gather together safely at Monteton for a Service of Christmas Praise led by Rev'd Liz Morris. Duly masked, in a church decked with lighted candles and Christmas flowers and foliage, we were glad to be able to sing favourite Christmas carols. We were sad to be without the Choir leading us, but we managed to make the little village around the church resound with our cheer, Adrian Inscoe accompanying us with wonderful music on the organ. Liz lit the first of the Advent candles on the wreath and between carols we listened to several of the traditional Gospel readings, interspersed with Meditations, the imagined thoughts of several witnesses at the birth of Christ including those of Joseph, a resident of Bethlehem and one of the Magi. Many thanks to Liz and to Richard for compiling this service of celebration for us, and to Norma and Leslie and other members of the Committee for all their work in preparing the church in these Covid dominated times.


Thankful to gather for worship in church

choir at montetonAt our service on October 25th, we gave thanks for Marjorie Etschmanns' years of dedication and service as choir director, and celebrated as she 'handed over the baton' to Peps Inscoe.

Those of us who were able to attend our Harvest Holy Communion in September were thankful for a quiet and very moving service, observing all the regulations but also with members of the Choir present, carefully positioned at the back of the church, Everyone agreed that it was wonderful to have live music again, to sing harvest hymns behind our masks with Paul Cook at the organ and the Choir giving us, a cappella, Pitoni's rousing Anthem, “ Cantate Domino”. The church was decked with flowers and a good array of Harvest gifts donated by the congregation was arranged on a table in the Porch, to be given to our local branch of Secours Populaire de France. Many thanks to Paul for his skilled accompaniment to all the hymns and for playing a lovely Prelude and Postlude, to the Choir, to Liz, Roger and Richard for the organising of the service, and most importantly to Norma, Leslie and Sally for the careful preparation of the church for the service, no mean feat in these Covid times!

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Monteton hosted the Chaplaincy AGM on Saturday 10th October with a dignified Said Holy Communion led by our Chaplain, Tony, before a necessarily brief Annual Meeting. Reviews of Chaplaincy activities during 2019 were given, with Tony's Chaplain's Report, written back in March 2020, giving us much food for thought, and I quote this which has particular resonance....

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“It will, I am sure, feel very strange to celebrate Easter whilst in lockdown........But can you imagine how it will feel when we can, once again meet together to pray and praise God? That will be a real celebration of resurrection. Easter Sunday is only a date, Easter Resurrection is an eternal reality for us all every day and will, I believe, seem even more wonderful and real to us when we finally come together in worship”.


Local Annual Meeting: Feb 23rd, 2020

monteton meetingOur service of Holy Communion began with Samuel Wesley's Introit "Lead me Lord", especially requested by Rev'd Liz Morris who was celebrant and who also chaired the meeting which followed. The choir sang Richard Lloyd's haunting "View me, Lord", sung a cappella with both Adrian and Peps Inscoe joining us in the choir (Adrian also on the organ), before dashing off North and back to work!

Following the Opening Prayer, the various Reports for 2018 and 2019 were given, then two Elections took place, one for Chaplaincy Council Representative where Norma Eckett was duly elected and the other for a new Committee Member where Michael Davison, a relative newcomer to our Congregation, was duly elected. Liz announced that Peter Walton, who had been Committee Member for nine years and also served as a Local Warden, would be standing down. In her Observations, Liz referred to the variety of services that had taken place at Monteton during 2019,  such as the fifth Sunday service for "The Blessing of the Animals" . She also announced that following an experimental period for the pattern of services at Monteton, after much discussion we would be returning to the former pattern as from Sunday 3rd May: 1st Sunday BCP Morning Prayer (choir), 2nd Sunday Prayer and Praise, 3rd Sunday Holy Communion (choir), 4th Sunday Informal Communion (no choir), 5th Sunday different themed services. In Any Other Business, the subject of a new charity for Monteton to support was raised, with several ideas put forward which will be discussed further at Committee. The Meeting was then closed in Prayer.


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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 hangs in rotation in each of the churches.














2019 Memories

Festive Christmas Carol service at Monteton (2019)

Our Ecumenical Service of Lessons and Carols took place on the evening of Tuesday 10 th December to a congregation of French and English who filled the church to overflowing! The Roman Catholic Priest, Abbé Taillade, who led the service along with our Chaplain, Tony, gave a very emotive and heartfelt introduction urging us all to work together in these troubled times, an especially apt sentiment during the lead-up to the British General Election! Hazel led us into “Away in a Manger” with a beautiful soprano solo and it was, as ever, a great privilege to hear some of the well-known Readings spoken in the French language, as it was to hear lovely French Carols such as “Noel Nouvelet”, and “Il est né le Divin Enfant” amongst the English ones. After the service, traditional mince pies and mulled wine were served, a great opportunity to talk with visitors, both English and French. Thank you to all those who made this wonderful annual event possible, clergy, readers, choir, to organist Adrian (who flew out to France especially to play for us), to those who prepared the church and to those who prepared the refreshments, particularly Penny and Roger who made and served the delicious mulled wine!

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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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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 hangs in rotation in each of the churches.




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Recruiting new members for the choir

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, then come along, we would be very happy to see you!


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.


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.




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Saturday Drop-in Coffee and Cakes morning: date 2021 TBC

currently suspended

Norma Eckett hopes to continue hosting a monthly ‘drop-in’ Coffee and Cakes morning. The date of the next events will be held on a date TBC. 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.


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

currently suspended

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

currently suspended

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