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Kier Contractors on behalf of Highways England Announce

For the safety of our workforce and customers, varied traffic management restrictions will be in place on the A404(M) and Cannon Lane from early April until July 2018. 

Work will primarily be undertaken during day time hours. However, some activities will be carried out at night when necessary, whilst keeping noise levels to an absolute minimum

Calling all villagers - and those further afield!

As you may or may not know, Bertie Gilbart-Smith usually organises a small display of classic cars at the Waltham St Lawrence & Shurlock Row Parish Fete, which this year is to be held on the 16th June.  
Unfortunately, Bertie has a prior engagement on that day, so he has asked me to pick up the bat (or cudgel!) and to take over the organisation this year. 

Do you have a Classic Car that you would like to show? 

I know everybody that sees these fantastic machines really does appreciate the cars - and your efforts in getting them there.  If you are free on the 16th and could spare a few hours of your time, we would really appreciate it!

Calling all villagers - and those further afield!

As you may or may not know, Bertie Gilbart-Smith usually organises a small display of classic cars at the Waltham St Lawrence & Shurlock Row Parish Fete, which this year is to be held on the 16th June.  
Unfortunately, Bertie has a prior engagement on that day, so he has asked me to pick up the bat (or cudgel!) and to take over the organisation this year. 

Do you have a Classic Car that you would like to show? 

I know everybody that sees these fantastic machines really does appreciate the cars - and your efforts in getting them there.  If you are free on the 16th and could spare a few hours of your time, we would really appreciate it!

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The Fete opens at 1pm, so I would anticipate getting you into the ground prior to this, at say 12.15 to 12.30pm (tbc).  If you could stay for a couple of hours and/or until the in-coming traffic has died down, it will give visitors a chance to admire your car.

If you could email, or give me a call and let me know whether you are able to attend and what car you will bring; I can allocate parking accordingly.  I hope you can bring something!

Please feel free to pass on this message to anybody you think might be interested in bringing along a car.  The more times you swing the bat, the more likely you are to hit the ball, after all.

If you have any questions, I might not know the answer, but I can find out.  Whatever your question, I shall be happy to help!

Thank you in advance for your valued support!

Simon Kelly
T: +44 (0)1189 034711

 

My Dear Friends

Migrants, immigrants and would-be immigrants are back in the news. In the last few days every news bulletin has featured the so-called ‘Windrush Generation’, with distressing testimonies from those threatened with deportation, and Government ministers present and past very much on the defensive with interviewers who accuse them of having contributed to the current shambles (if that’s not too strong a word). The flow of people braving the perils of crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy in unseaworthy and overcrowded boats continues, as does the invasion by stowaways of lorries waiting to cross from France to Britain. Some determined migrants have even walked into the Channel Tunnel, perhaps expecting to do the whole 31 miles on foot, and a couple of incredibly brave but very foolish characters have clung to the undercarriage of aircraft for 10-hour flights at over 30,000 feet.

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.

 

 

Here’s a chance to get rid of some unwanted clutter!

Do you have any new items, or as good as new, which you no longer want – those things you’ve bought to use for a gift but never given, the impulse buys which went into a cupboard and were never used, or even things you’ve been given but don’t want, etc., - things for adults, things for children or even things for the home?

Could they be used as prizes for stalls at the Fête?

If so, and you would be willing to donate them, the Fête would be very grateful.

Please call:-

Isabelle Crawley-Boevey (934 3225),
Hilary O’Rourke (934 3634) or
Vivienne Williams (934 3205)
to arrange collection or drop off. Thank you.

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

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More Parish notes...

Well people next year is Elections year for the Parish Council. Anyone who is interested in becoming a Parish Councillor look out for the date in May next year. If you are interested in what the Parish Council does (or not does) apply to have your name on the list of candidates. A small number of people have expressed their dissatisfaction of the PC’s performance. Perhaps they may wish to stand and then do it better.

A recent e/mail exchange

Received by me.     I hope you can help me. I recently read in the Lych Gate about a proposal to create a one way system on The Street and Halls Lane. Does the Parish Council have any further information about the plans?

Jim Collins writes...

I would like to respond to Alan's 'Memory Lane' in the February edition of the Parish magazine.  It was Wimmer's father, my grandfather, Albert Simeon Martin, known as Simeon who built several homes around the parish of Waltham St Lawrence.

Wimmer, my Uncle Jim (christened Henry) was Simeon's eldest son, his right hand man and was involved with most of the building work.

One remarkable job was at Landry House in Shurlock Row, the village laundry, it used to be a three story building.   The laundress, Susanna Bailey asked Simeon to remove the top storey.  He raised the roof with a number of car jacks, knocked down the wall to a two storey level then lowered the roof down in stages to its new position.  I believe my Simeon lived there after his marriage until 'Sill Bridge' was built in 1902.

(pic - Back row:  Wimmer, Albert Simeon and Irene Hale.  Front row: Fred and Annie)

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.

PLUS!!
* 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.





Click here to view and download the pew sheet

The Church Choir sang Choral Evensong at Chichester Cathedral on Saturday 21st April, directed by Chris Bond.

Accompanied by supporters from the village, the sung service was well received by the cathedral clergy, and the choir has been invited back to sing there again - for a whole weekend next time.

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If there's something you'd like to see at the fete,
let us know what it is!

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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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After such a long, damp and grey late winter, how good it has been to see some hints of the summer to come.  We’ve been deprived of the natural benefit from sunshine of vitamin D for too long. We need it to maintain healthy bones from well maintained calcium levels in the blood. Your sun-loving editor has recently become a septuargenarian, so his old bones may well be as limescaled as his bathroom taps and his kitchen kettle by now.

Our Royal Borough, this month, will see at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, KVCO to Rachel Meghan Markle, a charming and worldly young lady from one of our more illustrious former colonies, where her mother, appropriately, lives in Windsor Hills, California.  We must surely wish them a long. loving, happy, productive and fulfilling married life together. 

tealadies

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.

 

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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

Theresa May has forwarded correspondence from WSL PC to Sajid Javed, housing & communities minister, regarding the proposed development at Ruscombe.

Here is his response - click for full view

The Waltham St Lawrence Charities have for over 400 years existed to help people in need who live within the parish.  

Qualifying older residents receive a winter payment and get help with transport and other benefits.

Younger residents can apply for grants for further education or training.  

Any application to support a charitable purpose within the parish will be considered by the trustees.

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.

(Webmaster)

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 www.musicinmarlow.org.uk 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: www.lvra.org.uk

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