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My Dear Friends

It's almost exactly a year since my first Sunday at Waltham St Lawrence, and Harsha and I attended the last of the 2016 Church Teas that very afternoon, at which of course we knew almost no one. How lovely to attend the same event a couple of Sundays ago and see so many friendly and familiar faces. On this 'anniversary' we would like to thank the whole village community for their welcome, and say how blessed we feel to be here among you.

Waltham St Lawrence Junior Choir

Has been running for over 30 years now, giving local children a chance to learn performing skills and confidence, and to contribute to our local community.

We sing at church every 1st Sunday of the month, as well as at fetes, weddings... and our Christmas Nativity is legendary!

Join us every Thursday in the Neville Hall 6-7pm during term time if you are 5-11 years old.

When you are ready, you can join the church “Middle Choir”, for all children 8+ who want to sing some more, on Thursdays 7.15-7.45pm

For more information contact:


Shurlock Road Nature Reserve and Play Area Consultation Dates.

Open Meeting

Saturday 7th October 3-5pm

Registration of Consultation Responses

Saturday 21st October 2.45 - 5.00pm and Tuesday 24th October 6.45 - 9.30pm.

All in Neville Hall.

(It all makes work for the working man to do)

I have been bemused, baffled, bewildered and any other be…… in my dealings with BT over the past few weeks.   Having read John the Ticket's comments on his experience with BT in a recent edition of the Lych Gate I thought that I might just share, or bore you, with my surreal experience.

Last month I rattled on about the possibility of a public open space just off the Shurlock Road. Now John has made a boo boo as I may have given the impression there will be a vote. This is not the case. The PC will be consulting people of the Parish and ask that you indicate your opposition or support for the proposal. Should there be a majority in opposition the matter will (I think) end there. If the majority is in favour then the PC will have to come to some sort of conclusion with RBWM. Public Open Meeting on the afternoon of 7th October 2017. Call for opinions on the afternoon of 21st October 2017 or the evening of 24th October 2017 (all in the Neville Hall. Ed).

"The 2017 Fete Bar will be serving a range of the finest ales from Rebellion Brewery, coupled with lagers for those with slightly odd taste buds!

There will also be a selection of Chilean and Antipodean wines, not to mention Pimms O’Clock all day…

During the evening, Prosecco will also be available for that aperitif, before your Haweli Dining experience whilst soaking up the atmosphere of live music."

Posh eh?  But we're told that prices remain very reasonable! (Webmaster)

Hopefully, our readers have been enjoying the “Silly Season” For the uninitiated, this is the mid-July through August period when most of the politicians disappear to their bases or go away on holiday. The newspapers then fill up with often many more interesting and amusing articles than their usual fare and to a lesser extent so do television schedules and news.

Local singers performing hits from circa 1600!

Upcoming concert appearances:

Fri 6th Oct 2017 at 7.30pm - St Mark's Methodist Church, Maidenhead
Concert with Turpins Consort

non-ticketed - optional suggested donation £5

Sun 15th Oct 2017 at 7.30pm - Christchurch URC, Oxford Rd, Marlow
Reformation 1517 - Luther, Bach and Beyond - sacred and secular music

with Christine Wells, organ
tickets £10 from or on the door

Sat 13th Jan 2018 at 12 noon - St Mary's Slough
30-minute lunchtime concert - "Love, Death and Dancing"
non-ticketed - retiring optional collection

Sat 3rd Mar 2018 at 2.30pm - Beaconsfield Festival of Choirs - St Mary's Church
afternoon concert with five other choirs
tickets £5 on the door

Sat 19th May 2018 - 7.30pm - Waltham St Lawrence Choral Festival
evening concert with other local choirs
details and tickets nearer the time

For more info contact Simon Shaw - 07717 472974 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like to sing unaccompanied secular choral music from the last 400+ years, with regular performances, then get in touch.  We have 2 or 3 vacancies for singers, so come for a try-out.

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.
Let us know too if you can get involved in organising your idea - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And if you say "yes" to add yourself to the email list, we'll send out very occasional updates.

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Report for 2016 to Annual Parish Meeting

The Charities' principal asset, as many of you will know, is the Bell Inn.   Given in trust for the benefit of the village more than 400 years ago, the Bell was already a 200 year old building at the time it was given.   So it's a building that needs looking after, and in 2016 the Bell involved the trustees in a good deal of both time and expenditure.   This included the Quinquennial (Five Yearly) Report on Condition of the Bell carried out by our architect, Mr. Ian Angus of Carden & Godfrey, a Quinquennial Electrical Survey, the negotiation of a new lease to Scott and Iain Ganson, the external redecoration of the Bell and the carrying out of various external repairs to it.   The building is looking better than it has done for many years and is hopefully in a structural condition which will preserve it for many years to come.


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.



Saturday 7th October
our church choir will be singing

Choral Evensong
Portsmouth Cathedral

The service is at 5pm.
All are welcome to come along
to listen and support!

We are hiring a coach – if you would like to book a seat,
or sponsor the choir for the trip,
please speak to Chris Bond or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The choir will on summer recess during August, so sing up!


Do you know someone who would like to sell or exhibit at the fete?

Stalls are available at £35 for a 3m-wide pitch - from 1pm to 5pm.

Stall holders will need to provide their own gazebo and table/chair.
No food, sweets, or plants I'm afraid, as these are already booked.
(and no early leaving for safety reasons)

To find out more, please contact Serena 07554 660041 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or fill in this form - click here...

Come and find out more at our Open Day Saturday 7th October 2017, 1500 - 1700, Neville Hall.

Then register your opinion at one of our consultation events, also in the Neville Hall.

Saturday 14th October 2.15pm - 4.00pm
Saturday 21st October 2.45pm - 5.00pm
Tuesday 24th October 6.45pm – 9.30pm

The consultation is open to all residents who are over 18. If you are not on the electoral register please bring proof of residency.

6The 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. 

This year we had our Harvest Festival Service on Friday 30th September and we were so pleased to see many parents, relatives and friends join us in celebrating the Harvest Festival in Waltham St Lawrence Church. 

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 these walks.

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

For more walks, including some longer ones, visit Loddon Valley Ramblers Website:

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