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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

Race against other teams to open your case first and claim the prize !

Tues 22nd May ni the Neville Hall

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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 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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March 4          

James Nick Arthur Deacon
Lily Georgina Wilson

Waltham St Lawrence Junior Choir


@Neville Hall 3-5pm,on SATURDAY May 12th.

 It’s our annual fund raising event for Junior Choir,
and the Church Flowers, and this year we are breaking
with tradition and holding it in the afternoon.

Join us for a cuppa and fabulous selection of cakes,
chat with friends and have fun trying to win the
gorgeous luxury hamper and other prizes.

Buy great plants for your garden or win a tombola prize!
As ever we are always appreciative of local support and donations,
Raffle prizes, cakes, plants, bottles, gifts,

Contact numbers below or drop off Thursdays Neville Hall 6-7pm

Fiona                                                             Polly                                                      Alison

07793 563204                                     07850 170242                               07849 073704


7.30pm Waltham St Lawrence Church

Come and hear Junior Choir sing     

Tickets £10 from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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

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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.



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

Tuesday 17th April 2018 10.30 – 12 noon

Neville Hall, Waltham St Lawrence

The Waltham St Lawrence and Shurlock Row Parish Helpers are local residents who are able to offer practical help (e.g. with transport, hospital visits, shopping, advice on local facilities etc), a friendly face and a listening ear to local residents.

A Parish Helper has been allocated to cover each area of the Parish.  They can be contacted for help or support in times of special need or to direct you to other sources of help and support.

The Parish Helpers warmly invite you to join them for an Open Morning with light refreshments to find out about what the Parish Helpers do and how they can help or advise you.

We look forward to seeing you.  

The Parish Helpers.

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It is so hard to believe that Donald Trump's answer to shootings in schools is to give teachers permission to have concealed weapons. Imagine the resulting gun shoot out, one bad guy down, God knows how many children or teachers killed or injured. Much as I have enjoyed my visits to the USA of A I cannot understand their love of weapons.

On the same subject (Mr Trump) there seems to be a possible trade war coming up. I have noticed that stock exchanges are having a bit of a problem in that they are falling. Pity as some of my savings is on stocks and shares. Hopefully as in the past the exchanges will recover. PLEASE. Still on the same. Want a short term career? Talk to Donald for a senior job, and see how long you last.

Choir Singing for Local Community

On Wednesday 14th March, our School Choir entertained 3G in the Neville Hall. They sang and acted beautifully and our audience were very pleased with the singing of One Little Voice and Harmony Blues. The children received a lot of praises from everyone there. They have made us so proud – WELL DONE to our School Choir and thank you to Mrs Wiseman for her wonderful teaching and coaching.

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.

Monday 23rd April 6.45pm for 7.00pm in the Neville Hall

Once a year, the Parish hold their Annual Parish Meeting, which is organised by the Parish Council but is not a Parish Council meeting. Local organisations are invited to give a short 5-minute presentation on local matters and issues affecting them and the community. There is then an opportunity for a short Q and A session followed by the chance to mingle.

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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My Dear Friends

‘Be sure your sin will find you out.’  A well-known saying, and one that particularly came to my mind when the Volkswagen emissions scandal broke back in 2015, especially when I found that my car was affected and would be one of the most difficult models to fix.  With hindsight it is pretty obvious that what was basically a fraud involving 11 million vehicles was not going to go undetected for ever; the wonder is only that they got away with it for so long. Right now the nefarious doings of the Russian government have been traced back from Salisbury to source, and Facebook permitting its customers’ data to be misused by Cambridge Analytica has been exposed.


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.


All that can be said at the start of this month is that a proposal to make The Street in Waltham St Lawrence one-way in the direction of Milley Road, with a widened Halls Lane one-way in the direction of White Waltham is quite ridiculous. While the idea of reducing the rat-run, especially from the proposed 3,500 new houses beyond Milley Bridge, makes sense, this is just not the right solution. Apparently, road traffic design engineers define this layout as a filar loop. What a mix-up.


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.



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.


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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