After such a long, damp and grey late winter, how good it has been to see some hints of the summer to come.  We’ve been deprived of the natural benefit from sunshine of vitamin D for too long. We need it to maintain healthy bones from well maintained calcium levels in the blood. Your sun-loving editor has recently become a septuargenarian, so his old bones may well be as limescaled as his bathroom taps and his kitchen kettle by now.

Our Royal Borough, this month, will see at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, KVCO to Rachel Meghan Markle, a charming and worldly young lady from one of our more illustrious former colonies, where her mother, appropriately, lives in Windsor Hills, California.  We must surely wish them a long. loving, happy, productive and fulfilling married life together. 

As with any wedding, the task of assembling the list of invited guests that could be reasonably accommodated must have been challenging and thoughtful especially in terms of who to mix with whom. In this case, there might well have been some agonising over those who the happy couple personally and warmly wished to have join them, those who by respect, tradition and standing ought to be invited and those public figures who it would be politic to invite or not. There must have been, at a certain moment, a splendid and blinding flash of inspiration and intense relief during the process when somebody suggested they don’t invite any political leaders at all. Smart  move - Sir Humphrey would have been proud.  Around 600 guests will attend the ceremony, 1,200 members of the public will greet the couple in the Castle grounds and 200 close friends will enjoy a reception at Frogmore House during the evening. Let’s hope that 19 May will be a warm and sunny one here in the Royal County.

Your editor welcomes interesting articles from parish residents to consider for publication - we don’t receive as many as we would like for ‘our’ magazine. Memories of Waltham St Lawrence from the 1800s through to the Forties feature this month in an article from Jim Collins. It’s a sobering thought, as we accelerate exponentially through the electronics and hi-tech age into an unknown future, that the first electricity installed in British homes and the first car ever made (by Carl Benz) happened only a mere two biblical life spans ago.

As you can see, your editor both enjoyed and survived his Easter Novichocs despite his foolish nonsense about the filar loop.