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August 4          Oliver John William Davis


August 11    Alexander Christian Hungerford Pollen and Natalie Jayne Higton

I would like to warmly invite anyone who can sing and is interested in joining our church choir, to an

Open Choir Rehearsal on Thursday 13 September, in the church. 

There is NO formal audition, just coming along.

Kids (10+) at 7-745pm and Adults (16+) 8-9pm.
If you enjoy it, there will be an opportunity to sing with the choir at our service on Sunday 16 September, after Cafe.

If you're worried about a long-term commitment, please don't be!
There's no requirement to come every week, just to have a willingness to come as often as you can. 
If you have any questions, please ask!

Don't be shy!

Chris Bond 
Organist and Director of Music

Wargrave Surgery GP appointments and medicine deliveries to the Neville Hall

Wargrave Surgery have made some changes to the deliveries to Waltham St Lawrence, to avoid a GP coming out to Neville Hall if there are no patients wanting to be seen. 

This allows them more time to do home visits and attend to their commitments at Wargrave.

Just to confirm the surgery plans to hold 2 Flu clinics at WSL (in the Neville Hall):

  • Friday 12th October at 2pm
  • Wednesday 7th November at 2pm

It would be really helpful if patients could complete the consent form prior to the clinics; these can be collected from the main surgery, or downloaded here.

Click here for forms

Real ale fans are in for a treat at the Waltham St Lawrence Summer Fete and Dog Show on 16th June as the bar once again promises to stock some of the finest beers from Marlow’s Rebellion Brewery.


A range of lagers will also be on offer, as well as a selection of red and white wines, soft drinks and, of course, the obligatory Pimms!


From 5pm, when the Live Music kicks in, there will be Prosecco available for people to enjoy before tucking into their sumptuous Indian feast courtesy of Twyford’s Haweli.



Year 4 and 5 pupils learned about the key features of adventure stories in their English lessons.

Here are the selected Adventure Stories they wrote. We hope you will enjoy reading them.

Once again, this is a “call to arms” for all the  Cyclists in the Parish!!

The annual Ride + Stride event takes place this year on Saturday 8th September.

What is Ride + Stride??  Well  -  it is rather more than a fundraising event  -  it encourages both Parishioners and those from outside the Parish to ride (horse or cycle or walk  -  with bicycling being by far the most popular!!!) covering as many of the local churches as you wish.  Our “circuit” includes 10 churches  -  2 in Binfield, 1 in Hurst, 3 in Twyford and 1 each in Ruscombe, White Waltham, Shottesbrooke and our own in Waltham St Lawrence.   You can spend as long as you want in each church  -  where you can look around  and enjoy a drink and a biscuit if you’re lucky!!  Unless you’ve done it before, you’ll be surprised at the beauty of some of our churches  and of their historical interest.

An elderly man in Queensland had owned a large property for several years.  He had a dam in one of the lower paddocks where he had planted mango and avocado trees. The dam had been  fixed up for swimming when it was built and he also had some picnic tables placed there in the shade of the fruit trees.

One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the dam to look it over, as he hadn't been there for a while. He  grabbed a ten litre bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared the dam, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee.  As he came closer he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his dam. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end.

In the 70's/80's, Great Martins was occupied by the Watson-Smyth family, there was Michael DFC, wife Monica and 6 children all beginning with M. Michael was a great entrepreneur and restaurateur, after the war he acquired a trainload of ammunition boxes for one penny each and turned them into window boxes for City offices - his Windowbox/Windowflower business still exists in Burnham. He was a great entertainer and his Roman themed party was the stuff of legend.

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.

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

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Well It was so very sad to see on the news of the collapse of part of the bridge in Genoa, Italy. From what I have seen some 30 odd vehicles fell with the section of bridge and some thirty nine or more people killed. You have to ask were any bridges built in the UK comparable. I trust not. I hope it is safe to assume UK government doing some rapid checks on our bridges. My heart goes out to the relatives and friends who have lost loved ones.

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My dear Friends

“Where do babies come from?” asks the child, who sees no reason why the apparently unlimited supply of human beings should be taken for granted! And parents and teachers have to give some answer, whether it’s in terms of storks, cabbages and fairies, or something a bit more scientific. Have you ever stopped to ask: “Where do new Christians come from?”  I mean the church has been going for over 2000 years. How does it survive? Who replaces the Christians who die? It’s a question I’d like to put to the many people these days, including some in the church, who say that we have no business trying to convert others to the Christian faith. Rather than discuss or argue with Jews, Moslems or Hindus, Christians should leave them alone, or better still celebrate and worship with them, affirming what we have in common and ignoring our differences in belief. 


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.


It’s time to do some rain dancing to revive our dessicated gardens, but it seems we might need to brace ourselves for another three summers of scorching heatwaves. Researchers at the University of Brest in France announced their new ‘Procast’ technique for long range forecasting and its prediction based on research completed before this year’s widespread summer heatwaves. If this ‘Probabilistic Forecast’ method proves to be correct, you have been warmed and If the projected four year ‘warm anomaly’ is accompanied by low rainfall, then like 1976 followed 1975, we could be in for hosepipe bans and other water restrictions while we bake from next summer..


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.



We are always pleased to welcome new members to the Club, which meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 2.30 pm in the Neville Hall. Talks are followed by tea and cake and an opportunity to meet new friends and catch up with old ones.

In recent months we have made a trip to the pantomime at the Hexagon in Reading, had a talk on the Great Exhibition of 1851 by John Brearley, a local historian, and in March, Richard Sykes gave us a fascinating and compelling account of his travels and experiences in Nepal. He visits there regularly on behalf of two very worthy Charities. His talk was illustrated with slides of the people, their way of life, the stunning scenery and the aftermath of the massive earthquake in 2015.

Forthcoming meetings:

4th April: Georgian kitchens and cookery, talk by Catherine Sampson
2nd May: Coach visit to Waterperry gardens in Oxfordshire
6th June: Boat trip from Caversham Bridge to Henley
11th July: Garden party at Pond Cottage by kind invitation of Christine Pitt (NB Second Wednesday in July)
August: no meeting has been arranged for August
5th September: Bingo session in the Neville hall
3rd October: Talk by Mrs Pat Capp of the Sequela Foundation on her experiences setting up training programmes for school leavers in Nepal
7th November: Visit from a speaker from Community First Responders, a local group of volunteers linked to the South Central Ambulance Service
12th December: Christmas lunch at Birds Hill Golf Club, Hawthorn Hill

We look forward to seeing new faces at our future meetings!

The Committee

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 - "Sad Songs, Sonnets and Soliloquies"
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

Sat 14th Jul 2018 at 12 noon - St Mary's Slough
30-minute lunchtime concert - "Fire and Ice"
non-ticketed - retiring optional collection

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.

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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