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Dear Readers

Here is a very short survey we hope you will fill in for us.
If you do so before 30th November, we will enter you into a draw for a £20 prize.

Are you resident in the parish?*
What media do you use for local news and info?
What info currently provided is most useful?
What info would you like to see more of?
Would you like to be on the local email bulletin list?*
Email address (only used for prize draw and email list)*

Privacy Notice
We will only use your details for the purposes of the survey and if relevant the subscription to the WSL email list, and we will keep them secure. We will not pass them on to any third party.  You can be removed and have them deleted on request at any time.


The Priest in Charge of Waltham St Lawrence
The PCC of Waltham St Lawrence

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In accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’)

  1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data.  Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession.

  1. Who are we?

The Priest in Charge of Waltham St Lawrence and The PCC of Waltham St Lawrence Parish Church are the data controllers (contact details below).  This means they decide how your personal data is processed and for what purposes. The GDPR deems the Priest in Charge and the PCC to be separate entities, and therefore separate data controllers; in this Privacy Notice ‘us’, ‘we’, ‘our’, and ‘the church’ refer to both.

  1. How do we process your personal data?

We comply with our obligations under the GDPR by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure, and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your personal data for the following purposes:

  • To enable us to engage in mission and ministry to church members and residents of the parish, including the provision of pastoral care
  • To administer the church electoral roll and group membership records
  • To fundraise
  • To recruit and manage officers, contractors, helpers and volunteers
  • To maintain our accounts and records, including the administration of Gift Aid
  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services relating to the church
  • To share your contact details with the Diocese of Oxford so that they can keep you informed about diocesan news, events, activities and services
  1. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?
  • Your explicit consent as expressed in your completion of our Data Consent Form
  • Your implied consent for purposes directly related to the context in which you supplied personal data: for example the maintenance of the church electoral roll when you have applied for membership, the administration of Gift Aid where you have supplied a Gift Aid declaration, the efficient management of any synods, groups, committees, working parties or rotas which you have joined, or the performance of any tasks for which you have put your name forward
  • Processing which is necessary for carrying out our obligations under employment, social security or social protection law.
  1. Sharing your personal data

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.

  1. How long do we keep your personal data?

We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website [see footnote for link].

Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; Gift Aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

  1. Your rights and your personal data

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which we hold about you;
  • The right to request that the we correct any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for us to retain such data;
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time;
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office.
  1. Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Privacy Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

  1. Contact Details

To exercise all relevant rights, raise any queries or lodge any complaints, please in the first instance contact:

The PCC Secretary, Lewins, The Street, Shurlock Row, READING  RG10 0PR, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (this applies whether your communication relates to the Priest in Charge or the PCC).

You can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office as follows

Tel: 0303 123 1113

Email: https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/

Post: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, WILMSLOW SK9 5AF

Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at:


keep calm raffleThe fete raffle is always one of the most rewarding events...
...could you offer a prize?

We're looking for a few headline prizes - so if you or your company would like to donate or sponsor a prize, please get in touch with Teen on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fill in this form below now.

Smaller prizes are also welcomed for the various games and sideshows - we're very grateful for all donations of good quality, new items.

(And if what you have isn't prize-quality - remember there's a bric-a-brac stall!)


The Fete Committee comes together voluntarily to run the Parish Fete.

It includes representatives from the Church, School PTA, Cricket Club and Neville Hall / Parish Council to whom the proceeds go.

In no particular order...

Mark Hipgrave (Chair, Parish Council liaison)
Serena Bowe (Treasurer)
Caroline Butler (Logistics/Planning)
David Crawley-Boevey (Side-shows, Church liaison)
Katie Sarsfield (Barbeque)
Charles Ancliffe (Entertainment)
Rupe Patel (Bar, Cricket Club liaison)
Sally Burtenshaw (Dog Show)
Tina Presnail (Raffle)
Viv McCallum (Tea Tent)
Anne-Marie McEvett (Children's Activities, PTA liaison)
Sarah Wragg (Publicity)

To get in touch, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

dog show pooch trThe fete will have the usual companion dog show,
with classes suitable for all kinds of best friends:

  • Best Pedigree Dog/Bitch
  • Best Cross Breed
  • Best Puppy  (6 – 18 months)
  • Best Veteran   any variety    (over 8 years)
  • Best Rescue Dog
  • Dog with the Waggiest Tail
  • Dog the Judge would like to take home

Click here to download the agenda and entry form.

Welcome to the Home Page of the 2018 Parish Fete

Saturday 16th June from 1pm at the Cricket Club, Shurlock Row

On these pages we'll be keeping you up to date with plans for the fete as they progress, and an opportunity to get involved,

from simply giving us an idea about what you'd like to see, entering the dog show, booking a craft stall pitch and more...

To whet your appetite, here are some photos from previous years' fetes...

Site Visits and Meeting Dates 2019

Meetings are held in Neville Hall starting at 7.00pm. Members of the public are warmly welcomed to attend.



 Details of individual planning applications can be obtained via the RBWM website -link 


October 2019

Agenda October 2019


 September 2019

 Agenda Sept 19

  August 2019

  Agenda August 2019

  Beenhams Heath Preservation Society

July 2019

  Agenda July 2019Agenda July 2019

 Final signed Parish Charter


 June 2019 

   Agenda June 2019


  May 2019

  Agenda May 2019

    April 2019

    Agenda April 2019

    Planning Application discussions

    Preservation Society Comments on Bellmans Hanger

    Parish charter

   March 2019

    Agenda Mar 2010

 February 2019


  RBWM Traveller Local Plan

  Draft Lease SRNR and Play Area

  Land to rear of Baskerville Comments

  Bellmans Response to Transport Report

  Budget 2019-2020

  Election May 2019

  Speed Limits and Signage


January 2019


    Backing Papers January 2019 


December 2018


    Nature Reserve Update

    land swap map


November 2018


    Nature Reserve Update

    Highways Update

    October 2018

September 2018


    Backing Papers Sept 2018

    Announcement from Alison Alexander RBWM   

August 2018


   Behind Baskerville Refusal

July 2018


    RBWM investment

June 2018


    speedwatch data

May 2018


April 2018


    Response to Theresa May

    Annual Parish Meeting Agenda 2018

March 2018


     GDPR Training

     Parish Stakeholders Group Update

     Response to Rt.Hon. Theresa May MP

February 2018


    Bellmans Highways

January 2018


    Campaign to Protect Rural Wokingham update

    Budget Summary Memo

    Budget Summary numbers

December 2017


   Citizens advice at home service

November 2017 EGM


November 2017


October 2017


    Draft meeting dates 2018

    Backing paper 1

    Backing paper 2

September 2017


August 2017


July 2017





    Annual Return part 2 2016/17

    Items over £100

    Reconciliation between boxes 7 and 8

    2017 asset register

June 2017


    MOJ letter

    MOJ Notice     

May 2017


    Notes on meeting with Thames Water 

April 2017


    Open Space Proposal


Mar 2017


    Attendance notes from Parish Conference

Feb 2017


    IT Policy and Purchase Proposal

Jan 2017


    Draft Borough Plan Consultation, Item 7

    Draft IT Policy

    Draft Budget 17/18

    Draft Budget 17/18 discussion notes.

Dec 2016


    LAF Training notes 2016

    Planning decisions

    Letter of gratitude

    RBWM poster for textile collection

    Draft IT Policy

Nov 2016. 

    Agenda and backing papers

Oct 2016


Sept 2016


     NALC Smaller Councils Survey

Aug 2016


July 2016


June 2016


May 2016


     Proposed Media Policy

     Proposed Code of Conduct

     Proposed Financial Regs

     Proposed Standing Orders

April 2016


     Risk Register April 2016

     Risk Register - outstanding actions   

     Letter re Gas Supply to the village

     The Burial Ground Rules and Regs document is available under its own tab.

     The Allotment document is available under its own tab.

     The Standing Orders and Financial Regulations documents are available under the "Documents" tab, sub section "Governance and         Transparency"


March 2016


     Open Space Project - written summation

     Extract of the responses to the online survey for Open Space Proposal

     Survey Monkey and other responses for Open Space Proposal

     2nd FOI reply re school building

     Risk Register actions

     Risk Register visual inspection 2016

     Risk Register 2016




      Site visits

      Drainage on Uncle's Lane  

      Map of Uncle's Lane

      Correspondence via social media

      Travellers statement 1

      Travellers statement 2

      FOI replies re school from January's agenda.


January 2016


      FOI replies re school building

      Budget discussion memo

      Draft Budget 16 - 17

      WSL Maintenance contract tender summary 16/17


December 2015 (No backing documents)



 November 2015 (No backing documents)



October 2015


September 2015


August 2015



July 2015


June 2015


I'm Suzy Young (formerly Grimshaw) and I'd like your vote for Parish Council. I've lived in WSL for over 30 years, having grown up on Milley Road, and now live in the railway cottages by the bridge. I've not had any previous experience of local government and don't have a pre-determined agenda behind my decision to stand, but simply hope that I will provide a balanced and considered point of view when it comes to decision making in the best interests of the Parish. I attended WSL primary school, and belonged to groups like the Junior Choir and Brownies before working in the Star as a student, and now enjoy helping out at the café and the summer fete. This has helped give me a real appreciation of the community spirit that we have across the Parish. Work-wise, I'm a Director at a London-based business publisher. My daily commute has really brought home to me how lucky I am to live in such a lovely village, which has maintained its rural feel despite being so close to other towns and amenities. I think it's incredibly important that we preserve the essence of the country village for future generations. I'm naturally pro-active, organized and efficient and hope this will stand me in good stead when dealing with all aspects of local government bureaucracy. WSL and the people living here have been very supportive of me throughout my life, and I feel that now is the right time to give something back.



Since moving to Waltham St Lawrence in 1997 I have shown my commitment to the community - by organising, or helping with: the St Lawrence Café, the Parish Fête, Concerts, and various Neville Hall fundraising events. I manage the parish website. Although I now live nearby in Hurst, my working and social life remains centred here - I run my business from the Neville Hall offices, I founded the 'Waltham Madrigals' singers, and I am also an active member of the church, as a former churchwarden and choirmaster, and now on the parochial church council, where my role is in 'community engagement'. As a Parish Councillor, I would aim to promote the social and cultural life of the parish, to ensure that the policies and decisions of the council are open and fair, and in the best interests of residents. I would defend the conservation of our picturesque rural environment, while supporting appropriate business activity, which benefits us all. Seeking active co-operation from the Royal Borough and its councillors is vital if our voice is to be heard and our wishes met. I would also support any plans to enable local people, particularly the next generation, to afford to live here. Respectfully I ask for your support at the election.



Originally involved in the 1970’s when, as Chairman of the Preservation Society, opposed giant motorway service area at Shurlock Row over 30 years, first Warren Copse (now Reading Services) later Great Wood/Hazes, all ancient woodlands. In the 1980’s became Borough Councillor on both local and main planning committees (now panels) which determine major applications, the PC as statutory consultees. My principal concern is always safeguarding our precious green belt, conservation areas (3), listed buildings (55) and public rights of way (42). More recently leading on Neighbourhood Plan response including recognition of affordable housing need.



I'm Katie Sarsfield and have lived and worked in the village since 1999 running my own local IT support service for the last 10 years. I have been an independent, open minded and enthusiastic Parish Councillor since 2009. For many years, along with my husband Ian, I've helped run and take part in many parish and village activities including the Village Fete, Royal Wedding and Golden Jubilee parties as well as various village and Neville Hall fundraising events. Many know me as a rugby fan (London Irish) and with Ian organising and hosting the annual village coach trip to Twickenham, and thanks to so many for supporting my individual efforts including the Moonwalk raising funds for breast cancer and other good causes. Why me? I care about our community, it's people, organisations and facilities and the need to continue to protect our villages from inappropriate building and loss of green space without becoming too insular or protectionist. Of almost constant need is to ensure that our roads and watercourses are improved and that our much used and valued footpath and bridleway network is regularly maintained. I live and work locally and believe I have demonstrated my commitment to our community through involvement in local functions and within the existing Parish Council and as a Neville Hall Trustee: Please vote for me on Thursday 7th of May and I'll promise to continue just as enthusiastically and with the same dedication for a further term. Thanks, Katie




Mike Kay - promoting teamwork and effectiveness. Like many of us I thought that other people were Parish Councilors - it wasn't something that a busy working person would get involved with. But having lived in this wonderful community for the last 8 years I appreciate that you get out of it what you put in. In my working life I am a professional businessman used to prompt decision making, optimising performance and taking action in a timely fashion. The busiest person tends to be the most productive. We have some diligent, committed and hard working councilors and candidates and I would expect to contribute to the efficient operation of the Council. I am very keen to have the opportunity to put something back into the village and to help to build a team approach, through encouragement and support for others, to maximise the effectiveness of the Parish Council within our community. For these reasons I ask for your support in this election to allow me to promote village causes and maintain, enhance and protect our special community life and spirit.



My name is Mark Hipgrave and I moved to Waltham St Lawrence with my family in 2011. My eldest daughter also lives in the parish and my granddaughter attends the local school. I have been running my own business for 30 years, have been chairman of various voluntary organisations and I am a member of Maidenhead Lions. I currently organise the bookings for the Neville Hall and am a member of the Neville Hall management team. Last year I was joint Chair of the Village Fete and this year I have been asked to be Chairman. I pride myself on getting things done and making things happen in everything I am involved in. I am passionate about the parish and maintaining the way of life we all enjoy. To this end I request your support in my election to the parish council.



My name is Charles Stuart Craig and I am asking you to re-elect me for election in the parish council. As a previous councillor I have been responsible for the allotments, ditches and drains. For more than twenty years they have been neglected by the environment agency. Thanks to a local farmer who purchased specialist machinery we have maintained the main drains ourselves at our own expense saving houses from flooding in 2014. Two blocked culverts have been also been repaired. I do have concerns, this parish has always been a conservative stronghold.this has had detrimental effect on the parish receiving only 14 thousand the lowest amount any parish received in the borough. All our 106 agreement monies that's thousands have been taken from this parish have all gone direct to other parishes and the borough. The conservative councillors failed on a regular basis to attend parish meetings. Dare I mention the farce of the travellers site and the tip. Hence the parish's council's views are completely neglected. I would therefore ask you NOT TO VOTE CONSERVATIVE at borough level.I look forward to meeting you all and debating your concerns when I call round and hope you are in. or you can e mail me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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