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Our church is greatly indebted to the Probation Service for providing those on the Community Payback Scheme to maintain the churchyard. They come every fortnight from April through to November to mow, strim, weed, edge, hedge trim, leaf rake and to undertake a variety of other tasks to keep the churchyard looking immaculate.

Those who come are of all ages, male and female, of varying ethnicity and religion, yet they knuckle down to do an excellent day’s work with good grace. Inevitably there is the occasional one who isn’t prepared to ‘play ball’ but they are few and far between.

Joy Goodway – 1931-2018

Born Muriel Joy Roscorla, Muriel just didn’t seem like the right name for her. We all know her by Joy and she certainly lived up to her name as she spread joy to all around her. She was raised in Cornwall with her three brothers, Bernard, David & Desmond, and I’m sure this was part of why she was a “no nonsense, get it done” kind of women.

As a young women Joy found her passion and calling and trained as a nurse and midwife. Dennis met Joy at a dance in Birmingham when he heard this beautiful Cornish lilting accent amongst the babble of brummie accents. It was love at first sight, three weeks later they were engaged, and the rest is history spending an amazing 62 years together.

Waltham St Lawrence Parish Council Budget  - The 2019 / 20 Precept

Shown here is the budget for next year with the precept increasing by £2,000 to a figure £7,000 higher than 2 years ago, which is intended to cover the previously advised annual additional costs for the maintenance costs for the Open Space.

Last year we budgeted for an additional £5,000 representing £1,500 to cover a fighting fund donation re Ruscombe and 50% of the open space expected annual costs of £3,500. The £1,500 was not called on but it was decided to set this aside in a separate fund to be drawn when called upon.  The Open Space is 6 months behind expectation and therefore the £3,500 was unspent.  Therefore, rather than seek a further £1,500 this year, the full £4,500 requested donation re Ruscombe has been put aside in this year from the underspend so negating the need to raise the funds over the next 2 years. 

My Dear Friends

Four items of church news this month.

  • Elsewhere in this Lych Gate you’ll find an advertisement for our Lent Brunch on 10 March at 11.15 am. As you will see, the idea, as well as having a sociable time together, is to raise money for a local charity, the Windsor Homeless Group. If in the self-denying spirit of Lent you come prepared for a simple meal but contribute as though it were a rather splendid one, we should have a useful surplus to pass on. Hope to see you there!

Read on for: Church support for charities , Electoral roll update, Celebration of Gifts and Talents


December 18 

Ronnie Yearsley (86)

January 15     

Joy Goodway (87)

One of the songs for this term’s singing with Junior Choir

Join in the fun Thursday nights, Neville Hall 6-7pm 

Also this term we will be making our Mothers Day gift

Enquiries to Fiona - 07793 563204         


Parish Council elections - An opportunity to contribute to our community

With regular references made in the Lych Gate over the last few months, it has hopefully not escaped your attention that a new Parish Council will be formed in May 2019.  There are many organisations that contribute to the upkeep and development of this Parish – for example, the church, the village charities, the school, committees for the village fete and the village show to name but a very few. The Parish Council is one of those organisations.

So what is the Parish Council and what does it do?

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...

"Singet" on YouTube:

For more details of the concert, please contact Simon Shaw -
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 07717 472974


An appeal from the Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band

We would like to thank you all very much for the wonderful support shown to the band over the festive period and on various occasions during the year. We hope you all enjoyed our music, after all that’s what we’re about.

We need your help & support again……

As you may or may not be aware, the band has had a really bad time in recent years, both physically and emotionally, resulting in loss of many dear friends and players. Fortunately, we have begun to rebuild and have started to attract a few new members including our new conductor. We are on the up!

We have much to look forward to this year, including our next concert on the 4th May at the Loddon Hall in Twyford, and a visit on the 8th – 11th June to the village by our friends of the Musikverein Friesheim from Germany.

Houston, we have a problem……

Having lost so many people, we cannot find enough beds from within the band to host all of our guests. Many of our lovely hosts from the village also cannot accommodate this time, due to being away on holiday or have moved on etc. etc. So, I am putting out a plea for help.  

Whatever skullduggery might furtively be happening in the tea rooms, bars, meeting rooms and offices within The Palace of Westminster and Portcullis House, we country folk are to have our very own election this year. The Parish Council election will be held in May to continue the valuable good work done by sensible people for the benefit of our lovely parish and community. This edition contains information and guidance that will be of interest to any qualifying resident who might wish to stand for office and join the noble efforts on our behalf.

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.

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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.



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

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Royal Wedding On Friday 12 October

Thames Valley Police is as ever proud to be policing the forthcoming Royal Wedding of Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York and Mr Jack Brooksbank on Friday 12 October. The day provides an opportunity for our communities to join in celebration while showcasing Windsor to the world once again.

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 their walks.

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:

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