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Annual Parish Meeting

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 6.45pm for 7pm
in the Neville Hall

Once a year the Parish hold their Annual Parish Meeting, which is organised by the Parish Council but is not a Parish Council meeting. Local organisations are invited to give a short 5-minute presentation on local matters and issues affecting them and the community and there is an opportunity for a short Q and session followed by the chance to mingle.  Last year presentations were given by the School, the Village Charities and by the Parish Council, all of whom provide an update every year. They were joined by The Neville Hall who gave us an insight as to the facilities offered by the Hall and an outline as to our regular customers making use of them.

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Last September, I was fortunate enough to visit Sri Lanka in order to conduct research as part of my Anthropology degree at Durham University. After flying to Bandaranaike International Airport, I met my counterpart from the University of Colombo. We spent the following 15 days glued at the hip, living and conducting fieldwork together in the Hambantota District of southern Sri Lanka. Her name is Kasuni and, despite the very prominent language barrier, we became great friends.

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My dear Friends

Last year our church building had its quinquennial – a posh word for ‘once every five years’ – inspection which all parish churches are required to undertake. The inspecting architect didn’t discover anything drastically serious, and all the things described in his report as urgent are minor, but it’ll probably all come to a fair bit of cash. So please don’t think we won’t be grateful for your continuing financial support – watch out for that double negative so that you don’t mistake my meaning!

We all know the basic problem: left to themselves, things gradually deteriorate, don’t they?


December 18 

Ronnie Yearsley (86)

January 15     

Joy Goodway (87)

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...

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More Parish Notes from John the Ticket

Well many people attended Micks funeral followed by the wake in the Neville Hall. Apparently some 300 people attended, probably one of the largest turnouts in the Parish Church. A good friend that will be missed by many. RIP.

Now a quick mention on Brexit. I’m in France at the moment so I see on line that there will be a postponent but for how long is to be decided by our friends in Europe; the day after copy for the mag closes. Watch this space next month.

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.

Sat 27th April - 7pm till late

Tickets £16 - click here

Join us at Neville Hall, Waltham St. Lawrence, on 22nd April for our
International Earth Day event

We will be holding the first community Terracycle collection in Waltham St Lawrence in the form of a Children’s Eco Competition.

This will give your little’uns something productive to do during the Easter school holidays.

On days out with a picnic, or visiting friends and family, the children can collect the packaging (listed on www.balanceyour.life/terracycle) and bring it along to the event.

The child with the most recycling will win eco gifts for the family, and every child who enters the competition will receive a pencil made from recycled newspapers.

Dressing up is optional, but we’d be delighted to see children dressed as wombles and bees taking part in creating a giant poster, which will be displayed locally.

As well as learning how you can make more environmentally friendly purchases, and recycle those seemingly non-recyclable plastics, you’ll be able to browse and purchase a range of eco and locally produced crafts.

Doors open at 12pm and close at 4pm.

There is a £1 entry fee, and the first 200 entrants will also receive a tasty and nutritious vegan snack bar donated by our sponsor, and local business, The Primal Pantry

We look forward to seeing you there!

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

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At last, the joys of an approaching spring season lie before us after a gusty March.  It was interesting to note that the tree that fell across Broadmoor Road on 10 March might have been weakened by the prolific amount of ivy that was strangling it. Your editor has lost trees due to ivy growth. It is cunning.


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.



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

Click Here

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.


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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: www.lvra.org.uk

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