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In November 2015 My cancer My Choices was launched and the charity offers  complementary therapy and support to cancer patients in Berkshire who are undergoing treatment.

A diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming, causing fear and uncertainty. My cancer My Choices is there to offer support right at the start of diagnosis. 

Our therapies include Acupuncture, Reflexology, Massage, aromatherapy massage, Mindfulness and Tai Chi and take place at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading on a Wednesday and Bracknell Healthspace, Brants Bridge Bracknell on a Tuesday and Thursday.

After 22 years as Secretary to The Waltham St Lawrence and Shurlock Row Preservation Society, Louise Hill of Shurlock Row stepped down at the last Annual General Meeting. 

In February a small group of committee members and members of the society met for a reception and presentation to thank Louise for all her hard work over so many years.  She has been pivotal to the many successes of the Preservation Society over those years and will certainly be a hard act to follow. 

"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)

The committee has already booked lots of attractions, including...

Live Music 
WSL Silver Band, Junior Choir, Kinkade, The Shot Covers Band and much more


Redingensians Rugby

Farriers display

Vintage cars

Fire engine

...and lots more to come.

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CharlesMasonDear Parishioners

If you work for a well-known organisation such as a utility company, a high street bank, a major supermarket or the Local Authority, and reveal that fact in the course of a conversation, you will find that people are quick to tell you their opinion of your employer. You rapidly build up a picture of their public image.

I find the same thing happens with me and the Church of England (or the church in general). And what is the public image? Basically, that the church is always on about sin, and that only non-sinners are welcome. "Say a special prayer for me, Vicar," said one person I used to meet from time to time. "Why?" I asked. "Because I'm a sinner." "Why don't you join us one Sunday?" I ask another. "Oh no," is the reply, "you can do without an old sinner like me…"

What a great treat those of us who came had in April when Jim Bye demonstrated his culinary skills making a smoked salmon mousse.  We later ate it all to our great enjoyment.

This month, on the 3rd May, we are looking forward to a talk by crime writer Angela Buckley on 'The Real Sherlock Holmes'.  Meet in the Neville Hall at 2.30 as usual. On 7th June we are having a tea out in the, hopeful, summer sun.

On 5th July we will be going on a boat trip from Caversham Bridge upstream to Beale Park.  A bus will take us to the start and collect us from the finish. Timings later but please sign up for this trip so that we have the right size bus.

As always, visitors are welcome at any of our meetings.

Rosemary Titford for the Committee. Tel: 0118 934 3313

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VaughanVictoriaLast year Vaughan joined a trip through Egypt, Israel and Jordan, to meet with refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq. This May both of us will undertake a similar trip to Lebanon culminating in an ‘Ultra Walk’ of 63km, setting off at 11pm walking through the night and finishing around 12-13 hours later midday the next day. 

In total there are around 30 of us participating. While most parts of Lebanon are relatively safe, people forget that it borders Syria and it’s estimated that 1 in 4 people in Lebanon is a refugee. An estimated 1million Syrian refugees have fled there, not counting refugees from Iraq. Almost half of these refugees are children, ripped away from home, school, friends and sometimes family.

(Picture - Vaughan and Victoria on a practise night-walk)


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.



For those who don't know us, the Philp family have been at Church Farm since 1944 when Arthur moved his family and business from Heathrow to make way for the airport. 

In that time farming and the countryside has changed massively, but we are still farming in Waltham St Lawrence.  As well as the 500 acres at Church Farm we also farm nearby surrounding areas, which is why you will see our tractors on the move in the village along with other agricultural vehicles belonging to neighbouring farms. [continued...]

Do you know someone who would like to sell or exhibit at the fete?

Stalls are available at £35 for a 3m-wide pitch - from 1pm to 5pm.

Stall holders will need to provide their own gazebo and table/chair.
No food, sweets, or plants I'm afraid, as these are already booked.
(and no early leaving for safety reasons)

To find out more, please contact Serena 07554 660041 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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johnb mugshotSpring seems to have arrived. Everything growing on nicely. We now need some rain. I am told that rainfall is some 30% lower than normal for this time of year. Drought we do not need. I will swear on a stack of bibles I have not run the hose more than is necessary.

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. 

AirAmbulanceThames Valley Air Ambulance are running their Open Gardens season once again this summer.

While none is entered from our parish this year, 30 gardens are taking part across three counties - Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

You can find out where and when events are taking place between May and July on their website using the following links or to donate:-


The children in Year 1 & 2 had been learning about spring for the last term. They spent a lot of time outdoors, discussing what changes they had noticed as the weather changed from winter to spring. In their English lessons, the children had been looking at the poem 'Spring Greens' by Shirley Hughes.  They talked about what they liked or disliked about the poem and decided that they would want to use adjectives to add more description. They then used the Shirley Hughes poem and all the pictures, drawings and notes they had collected to write their own poems of what they thought spring time represented to them. Here are some of their Spring Poems for you to enjoy…

nickkendalDespite the debates about global warming and its possible causes this, thus far, cool spring brings to mind the eons-old adage ‘ne'er cast a clout till May be out’. In modern parlance this suggests you shouldn’t put your winter clothes away until June. So, as the French say, ‘plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose’; the more things change the more they stay the same. The meaning of this idiom is that turbulent changes do not affect reality on a deeper level other than to cement the status quo. The sun will still rise.

Wargrave Lawn Tennis Club, Recreation Road, Wargrave, RG10 8BG

OPEN DAYS: there are two this year. The first is on Sunday 14th May and coincides with one of the LTA Great British Tennis Weekends. The second will be on Sunday 18th June and is part of Wargrave Festival Sports Day on the recreation ground.

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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