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November 18 - Rose Caroline Laughton

Intercessions for Sunday 6th Jan 2019

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Parish Church of Waltham St Lawrence

Director of Music

(or Organist, or Organ Scholar)

from January 2019

Our friendly and active village church community has a strong musical & choral tradition with enthusiastic support from the congregation and clergy.

  • Fine ‘Father’ Willis 2-manual organ in good state of repair
  • RSCM-affiliated robed SATB choir with student choral scholarship scheme
  • Main Sunday service (CW Communion or Morning Worship), Choral evensong monthly.
  • Occasional offices, Weddings and Funerals (extra fees).
  • Opportunities to innovate, and become involved in youth music, concerts, festival etc.
  • RSCM scale rates paid, according to responsibilities undertaken.

We would also consider appointing an Organist only, to work with a Choir Director,
or an Organ Scholar, already receiving tuition
(with funding for their tuition and an attendance fee)

For further information please contact:
Revd Charles Mason (Priest in Charge) – Tel: 0118 934 1054 – Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Pew News for this Sunday - Click Here

A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

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My Dear Friends

We live in a world that doesn’t seem to know what it thinks about secrecy and disclosure, privacy and openness.  The very vocabulary we use can be emotive: whereas ‘transparency’ is applauded, ‘revealing sensitive information’ is frowned upon; ‘whistle blowing’ is brave, but ‘betrayal’ is disgraceful; ‘rigorous investigation’ is what we want the police to do, but ‘invasion of (our) privacy’ is another matter. (If you watched the ITV documentary about Sir Cliff Richard on 10 December, you’ll know how very strongly he feels about this!)

As part of the consultation programme regarding the above, Wokingham Borough Council is holding a series of public meetings over the next few months.

The meeting for our area will be at Loddon Hall, Twyford on Thursday 10 January at 7pm.

In order to make WBC aware of the strength of local opinion, we hope to see as many local residents as possible at the meeting.

More Parish Notes from John the Ticket

If what I have heard on Radio 4 is true, it has now been admitted that we will be less well off after Brexit. Surprise, surprise. Govt warns of six-month border disruption under 'no-deal' Brexit. Dear Theresa survives “no confidence” motion but some one hundred plus voted against her. Parliament must contain some of the most two faced persons, don’t you think? Well not too long to go ‘til UK government decides what they want to do.

In Robins, the children have been learning about repetitive poems. They have looked at some examples and thought about different aspects of them, before planning and writing their own version or an additional verse.

One of the poems they studied was ‘Move It’, by Michael Rosen – a rhyming poem about different ways to move/modes of transport. Year 2s not only had to make their new verses rhyme, but also had to add in adjectives to each of their lines.

Here is one of the poems, written by Freddie Scrimshaw:

You gotta move it
To prove it
Move it
To prove it.

Don’t make a huge fuss
On a big bus
Take a long trip
On a big ship.

This year’s event has everything one would hope for from a typical Village Fete.
* A BBQ will be running all day, complete with hot dogs, burgers and veggie options.
* The bar will be open serving real ales from Marlow’s Rebellion Brewery, lagers, red and white wine, Pimms and soft drinks.
* For those who prefer something softer, the Tea Tent will be serving teas and coffees and a selection of homemade cakes kindly donated by keen bakers from throughout the Parish.
* The Dog Show returns for another year, giving proud pet owners the chance to show off their beautifully groomed and well behaved pups and compete for the chance to win a coveted rosette.
* The phenomenal Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band will be entertaining the crowds with their wonderful live music.
* Vintage motoring enthusiasts can pore over the fine collection of Classic Cars that will be on display, courtesy of their proud owners from in and around the area.
* Craft stalls will display and sell a range of handmade products.
* The local Fire Service will be in attendance, inviting young fans (and perhaps some older ones!) to experience sitting up front in a real Fire Engine.
* The annual Raffle will take place for your chance to win anything from cash to vouchers, hampers and experiences – all kindly donated by local businesses.
* And, finally, a vast array of Side Shows will keep people of all ages amused.

* The fun starts from 1pm at Waltham St Lawrence Cricket Ground, and we look forward to welcoming you then.
* Parking is free and entrance costs a nominal amount.

* From 5pm you can enjoy Live Music from two fantastic local bands, an Indian meal from Twyford’s Haweli restaurant and, of course, the Bar shall remain open.


The sharp-eyed amongst you may notice a change, minor to you, but a large one to the Ringers.  After twenty-one years as Tower Captain I am delighted to tell you that I have passed the position/keys/ropes over to Jacquie Hazell, who has run our practices for many months and has been our Tower Captain, in all but name, during that time.

If there's something you'd like to see at the fete,
let us know what it is!


We don't make any promises! ...
but your ideas are very welcome and will be seriously considered.
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There will be an information session for individuals wishing to stand for the next PC election (May 2019).

The session is scheduled for Wednesday 27th Feb 2019 at 6pm at the Town Hall Maidenhead


Reminder: Parish Council Meeting Dates

2019: 8 January,  5 February,  5 March,  9 April,  23 April (Annual Parish Meeting), 14 May (Annual Parish Council Meeting),  4 June, 9 July, 6 August (Restricted Agenda), 10 September, 8 October, 5 November, 10 December

Meetings are held in The Neville Hall starting at 7.00pm


What a spread!

Always a very popular feature of the fete, the lovely ladies of the tea tent
will tempt you with their delicious sandwiches and cakes.


Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal  2018

Amount raised in the parish :       2015          2016           2017           2018

House to house                   £859.27     £1,046.57      £1,055.93      £1,074.98
Church collection                 594.50        489.51         534.27         717.74
Total                          £1,453.77     £1,536.08      £1,590.20      £1,792.72

Heartfelt thanks to the wonderful team of collectors – and also the Parochial Church Council -  another good result in this anniversary year.

Special thank you to Chris Howell for her help with deliveries and collections over the years

Having had the pleasure of serving in the role for twenty five years,  I feel now this is the right time to bow out.

Rupert Mcguigan is taking  over the reins in 2019 ; I could not wish for a better successor.

Anthony Boyd - Poppy Appeal Organiser


The famous fete barbeque will be in operation again, with delicious spicy chicken rolls and steak sandwiches as well as the usual top quality burgers and sausages.

If you'd like to do a stint helping with the barbeque on the day, please email Katie on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Welcome to 2019 and doesn’t the New Millennium now seem a long time ago?

If 2018 was a year of uncertainty in global politics and financial markets, let’s try to be optimistic for 2019. A Brexit withdrawal deal of some sort will be done because it’s in both sides’ vital interest to conclude one. It will go to the wire, as it always does and the wire might even be moved further down the track, even if our Prime Minister has to kiss Jean Claude Junker, poor thing, and shake hands with Jacob Rees Lost.

Attached here is the Annual Report and Accounts for the PCC
(Parochial Church Council) of Waltham St Lawrence Parish

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Royal Wedding On Friday 12 October

Thames Valley Police is as ever proud to be policing the forthcoming Royal Wedding of Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York and Mr Jack Brooksbank on Friday 12 October. The day provides an opportunity for our communities to join in celebration while showcasing Windsor to the world once again.

The morning is the perfect time to pray.  It gets you focused on God and helps you meditate on those you love and yourself, as well. 

There are many great ways to pray in the morning.  Here are 7 of them.


Everyone is welcome to join Loddon Valley Ramblers on any of their walks.

Just turn up at the start or phone the leader for more details. Please wear appropriate clothing & footwear.

For details of walks, visit Loddon Valley Ramblers Website:

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