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Friends of Waltham St Lawrence School Charity Gift Aid

Purpose and Goal

For over 100 years, our small village school, Waltham St. Lawrence Primary School has educated and nurtured thousands of children equipping them with the skills for lifelong learning.  In our most recent Ofsted inspection, we were judged “Outstanding in all areas”. We continue to strive to not only maintain this high standard but to build on it and improve further by providing the very best possible provision for all of our children to achieve their full potential.   

However, the current economic climate means that schools have less and less money to do more and more. As a small village school we are often constrained by the very tight budget. Through the Friends of Waltham St. Lawrence School (FOWSL) we seek to raise additional funds for the school to enhance the children’s learning.  Projects that we may support include improving the children’s access to new technologies e.g. purchasing more laptops or iPads, CD players or providing additional books, games/puzzles or stimulating teaching and learning resources or improving the school learning environment.

More Parish Notes from John the Ticket

Computers and their problems. I have just changed from using a dongle with the help of 3G to a BT connection for Broadband. I was getting fed up with 3G as my monthly allocation of 15GB kept running out. On the change over my e/mail account went squiffy. It seems I was being scammed by Google mail. So I phoned the telephone number shown on a search for contacts for Googlemail. Beware if you get a telephone number of 0800 404 9736 for Googlemail this is a scam site. They are very convincing and very helpful but end of the excursion they want money. I had the sense to contact my friend Katie Sarsfield who said "pay NO money". I was rescued by a good friend. Thanks Katie.

Thanksgiving Service

January 19

    The Rev'd Canon Roy Partington Taylor at St Mary's Maidenhead [84]


January 26 

    Kenneth Reginald Trainer Stedman [88]

January 30  

    Peter William Mason-Aps [74]

February 16     

    Colin William Clements [60] at Reading Crematorium


Training Opportunity

Training on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of a defibrillator is offered from time to time in Wargrave.

We have a defibrillator installed in the former telephone box in The Street in Waltham St Lawrence for immediate use in the event of a cardiac arrest of anybody in the parish.

Funds, to be made available from David Brownlow Charitable Foundation, will soon enable the parish to install a defibrillator in Shurlock Row and the Parish Council is in the process of acquiring and installing one. It is hoped that in future West End and the Milley Bridge end of Milley Road might be good additional locations if further funds can be raised.

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"The 2017 Fete Bar will be serving a range of the finest ales from Rebellion Brewery, coupled with lagers for those with slightly odd taste buds!

There will also be a selection of Chilean and Antipodean wines, not to mention Pimms O’Clock all day…

During the evening, Prosecco will also be available for that aperitif, before your Haweli Dining experience whilst soaking up the atmosphere of live music."

Posh eh?  But we're told that prices remain very reasonable! (Webmaster)

As, at last, we approach the wonderful unveiling of springtime we are also at the threshold of stage two of negotiations with those peculiar personalities who somehow found their way to become the great and good of the European Commission...

My Dear Friends

The Church of England is gradually introducing, diocese by diocese, a new way of organizing its regular voluntary income. It’s called the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS), and our Diocese, Oxford, adopted it last November.

Waltham St Lawrence Church has decided to become a PGS parish, so if you are a regular donor at the moment and/or on our Church Electoral Roll you should be hearing from one of our team in the next few weeks. Here are the answers to some FAQs...

Has been running for over 30 years now, to give local children a chance to learn performing skills and confidence and contribute to our local community.

We sing in church every 1st Sunday @ the All Age Service in term time, as well as fetes, weddings & our Christmas Nativity is legendary!

We meet every Thursday in the Neville Hall 6-7pm during term time if you are 5-11 years old.

When you are ready, you can join the church “Middle Choir” for all children ( 8-18) who want to sing some more. Thursdays 7.15-7.45pm

Join us for Good Friday Activities, 30th March -  Neville Hall 10 am-12pm

For more information contact:

Fiona-07793563204, Polly-07850170242, Alison-07849073704

Living Faith is the policy document introduced by Oxford Diocese in 2009, which “continues to inform the life and work of the diocese” as their website puts it. The weekly sessions are based on the principles set out in Living Faith. A course booklet will be provided (no charge).

Wednesdays 21 February to 28 March

10.15-12 or 7.45-9.30 (whichever suits you better)

This years Fete Attractions include

  • Dog Show
  • Bar
  • Clowns
  • Fire Engine


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.


Couple could attend WSL concert! (if they wanted)

In a move intended to make the most of their special day, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed at Windsor on 19th May, the date chosen so they have the option to rush away from a tedious reception at the Castle to attend the Waltham St Lawrence Choral Festival Concert, which this year includes Haydn's Nelson Mass, widely thought to be one of Meghan's desert island disks, while Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson is well known to be one of Harry's heroes.

The couple have not yet officially commented on this important aspect of their plans, presumably to avoid a rush on the box office by the paparazzi.

Watch this space for further news.


Lent Course: ‘Living Faith’

This runs at The Parsonage on Wednesdays for 6 weeks, starting on 21 February. Morning 10.15 – 12, repeated evening 7.45 – 9.30.

Further details on flyer at back of church, or February Lych Gate p 3.

All welcome - Contact Charles

6The 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. 

Every Sunday in Lent (except when there is Choral Evensong) there will be a short, mostly said, service of Compline at 6pm held in the church's South Chapel.

Compline was (and is) one of the seven offices observed in monastic communities, also called night prayer, often ending the day at 9pm.

Do come along and enjoy this quiet and meditative service, perhaps as part of your Lent discipline, starting this Sunday 18th Feb.

Here’s Your Seasonal Fun Rugby Competition!

Know your rugby – win some cash!

And have some Fun!

Click Here for the entry form

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.

This year we had our Harvest Festival Service on Friday 30th September and we were so pleased to see many parents, relatives and friends join us in celebrating the Harvest Festival in Waltham St Lawrence Church. 

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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