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It’s been noticeable from local reports and Thames Valley Police that there has been an elevated number of break-ins and burglaries during February.

At this time of year, as the spring and summer seasons approach, there seems to be a penchant for stealing mowers, other garden implements and tools that might have a ready market for stolen goods of this sort.

Typically it is sheds and outbuildings that get broken into, so it is recommended that we ensure secure measures are taken to guard such possessions.

With much sadness, we have lost a notable village character.

Mick died in late January following a stroke. He was from a long standing parish family. A keen one time Rugby player for Maidenhead RFC he had a spikey and mischievous sense of humour. Always willing to support and help with village life, Mick was a kind and generous man and in recent years was the distributor of The Lych Gate for much of Milley Road despite his declining health.

His perch at the right hand side of The Bell’s bar might never be quite the same again.

A collection is being made at The Bell by Scott Ganson for those who wish to donate to provide a permanent memorial to Mick.

Pew Sheet
Sun 24th March

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My dear Friends

Lent is about to begin, so here’s a round-up of some of the events associated with it.

Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent, falls this year on 6 March. There will be a service of Sung Communion at 8 pm. The service will include the Imposition of Ashes for those who wish to take part. You are probably familiar with the phrase ‘sackcloth and ashes’, which occurs in both the Old and New Testament, and was in biblical times a sign of sorrow, especially sorrow for one’s sins. During the service, as an act of penitence a small quantity of ash, mixed with oil for adhesion, is applied to the forehead of each participant by the minister (who also receives ashes himself), using appropriate words.

Compline is a short service (about 15 minutes) of quietness and reflection at the end of the day. It will be held at 7 pm in the Side Chapel each Sunday from 10 March to 14 April (except 7 April). Please note that the time is an hour later than last year.

The Lent Brunch (10 March) and Lent Course (starting 13 March)

are both advertised elsewhere in this edition of The Lych Gate, so I won’t repeat the details here. Suffice it to say that I would love to see lots of you at both. Old faces and new – all are welcome.

The Lantern – A Short Story

In English, we watched a short film called The Lantern which did not have any speech. It was about the friendship between a young boy and an angel. The boy, who starts the story idly fishing on an old stone bridge, has to rescue his “angel” who gets lost in a cornfield. We used the visual images to re-write the story, thinking about the language features and incorporating complex punctuation including semi colons, colons and dashes. When writing our story, we asked peers for advice and guidance. After multiple drafts, we typed up our final piece. We hope you enjoy them.

By Lois Bulla and Matilda Croucher

Read more for stories by George Grech, Sarah Creffield, Amelie McIntosh and J. R. Dunning


December 18 

Ronnie Yearsley (86)

January 15     

Joy Goodway (87)

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More Parish Notes from John the Ticket

As I think you all by now have heard that Mick Hitchman recently passed away. He has been a good friend for all the years I have lived in the Parish. I like to think he helped me to dig out the pond my Jenny wanted in the garden. The truth of the matter was I helped him. The Bell is now a little bit empty. Miss you Mick.  Now confirmed funeral will be 8th March at 1330 in the WSL Church and afterwards at the Neville Hall where there will be a pay bar service. See you all there.ACBR

I have had a few comments why my bit was not in February’s edition. Hands up I was too late with my submission. Pleasant surprise that so many take the time to read my stuff.  So on to an old subject. A lady who lives in The Street WSL told me she had seen two lots of dog poo on the pedestrian side walk. I wish that this problem would cease, not nice and owners, if found should be prosecuted. End of moan.


Waltham St Lawrence & Shurlock Row 
Summer Fete & Dog Show

Saturday 15th June 2019

If you’d be happy to give an hour or two of your time to help on the day, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Craft stall pitches available.  Contact Sarah Kelly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parish Church of Waltham St Lawrence

Director of Music (or Organist, or Organ Scholar)

Following the departure of Chris Bond to pastures new in Worplesdon, there is a vacancy for a church musician.

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. 

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

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.

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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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.


"Singet" on YouTube:

For more details of the concert, please contact Simon Shaw -
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 07717 472974



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.



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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