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A date for your diary 18th November coming for a fund raising event for the Neville Hall to be held in the Neville Hall. The Call My Bluff event is being repeated. We are offering a wine tasting event where you will be offered a glass of three white and three red wines without knowing what variety they are. Two experts (?) will say it is this or that wine and you will need to establish who is telling the truth. There will be a supper served half way through. There will also be a prize for the winning table. A glass of something when you arrive. All for the measly price of £20 per head. Tables of six. Get a group of six together or come individually and we will create a group. If you are interested let me know. My contact details inside the back page of this august publication.
My Dear Friends
I am a subscriber to the Church Times. Over the years I have found that it tends to be characterised by a somewhat apologetic kind of humour, so you can read an article and end up not quite sure whether you were meant to take it seriously or not. Should I have laughed, or nodded sagely? Perhaps in that fine(?) Church of England tradition a middle way is meant: the reader is to chuckle quietly or smile, yet still feel that he or she has learnt something valuable.
So it was with an article some time ago entitled 'A Sunday service- how to survive'. It dealt with a wide range of problems, including being too hot (bring a bottle of water, and sit in the usually empty front row, where there'll be less body heat from other people!), noisy children (your own and others'), mobile phones going off (ditto), chatty neighbours, the distraction of flashing lights on the soles of trainers, and defects in the church sound system. I'll leave it to you to think about which of those apply, and in what measure, to Waltham St Lawrence…
Mother nature has been showing her strength with three heavy duty hurricanes, the Mexican earthquake, ultra wet monsoons and Italian floods all at the same time. The tragic damage to some of the Caribbean islands is really tough for the people who live on them and where local financial resources are mostly very slim. While St Barts and St Martin are departments of France or Holland and as French or Dutch soil have wealthy governments to support them, the beautiful but wrecked British Virgin Islands, which are not UK soil, are the home of billions of dollars of offshore tax sheltered funds.
Summary of issues raised/arising in the month:
Major Development in Ruscombe, Fly tipping, Downfield Tip, Speedwatch, Neighbourhood Plan, Pothole Challenge, Dog Bin Collection, Shurlock Rd Pond, Boundary Review, Drainage Gullies, St Lawrence Café, Footpath watch
(This document is not intended to be read as a record of the minutes of the Parish Council (PC) meeting.)
Parish Clerk vacancy
Unfortunately, due to personal circumstances, the recently appointed Parish Clerk has resigned and therefore, once again, Waltham St Lawrence Parish Council is inviting applicants to apply for the position.
We are a small but active Council and are looking for someone who will enjoy supporting us to achieve our aim of being effective representatives and delivering value to our community. The Clerk is the Proper Officer of the Council and, working from home, is responsible for preparing agendas, recording minutes and organising the Council's day to day administration. The applicant must have good organisational, communication and IT skills. The Clerk is required to attend 12 evening Parish Council meetings per year (normally held on the first or second Tuesday of the month), an Annual Parish Meeting (in April) and such other Council meetings as may be decided. The hours are expected to average between 35 and 50 hours a month depending upon experience.