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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…


August 25 - Maud Emma White  [95]

September 14 - John (Jack) Terras [56]

from Gregory Holt

In January I set off to Kenya, where I would be spending 3 months on a volunteer programme with Balloon Ventures. I would be living with a Kenyan family and working alongside other Kenyan volunteers with the goal of assisting entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Having never been to Kenya (let alone the little known town of Kericho) and yet to meet the people I will be living and working with, it all felt a little daunting during the build-up. However

I can safely say it became one of the best experiences of my life so far! I have come out the other end having achieved more than I could ever have imagined; in terms of success with entrepreneurs, positive impact in the society, and also becoming more independent and changing my outlook on the problems I face.

Come and find out more at our Open Day Saturday 7th October 2017, 1500 - 1700, Neville Hall.

Then register your opinion at one of our consultation events, also in the Neville Hall.

Saturday 14th October 2.15pm - 4.00pm
Saturday 21st October 2.45pm - 5.00pm
Tuesday 24th October 6.45pm – 9.30pm

The consultation is open to all residents who are over 18. If you are not on the electoral register please bring proof of residency.

As no one could really call this August 'summer' amazingly we had four dry and sunny Sunday afternoons and it was lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves and trying the delicious cakes or cream teas on offer.

If you helped in any way,  either setting up or putting away, making or baking, clearing up or washing up, serving cake or dispensing tea then a huge thank you for once again making this year's teas a great success.

Perhaps the biggest thanks should go to our loyal customers, without whom there would be no point in having summer teas! If you didn't manage to come along this year then please think about coming next year to try our scrumptious cakes and meet up with friends - we'd love to see you!

Viv McCallum

Shurlock Road Nature Reserve and Play Area Consultation Dates.

Open Meeting

Saturday 7th October 3-5pm

Registration of Consultation Responses

Saturday 21st October 2.45 - 5.00pm and Tuesday 24th October 6.45 - 9.30pm.

All in Neville Hall.

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.

"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)

Last term children in Skylarks Class (Year 3/4) wrote persuasive letters about whether children of 7 and over should be allowed to choose their own bedtime at the weekend. Amelia Roye wrote a very good persuasive letter, having thought about her audience, and included all the key features:

  • clear opening statement
  • interesting arguments
  • strong positive language
  • very good connectives

Amelia tried very hard to meet all the Success Criteria for Persuasive Writing.   We hope you will enjoy her persuasive writing. 

Waltham St Lawrence Junior Choir    

...has been running for over 30 years now, to give local children a chance to learn performing skills and confidence and contribute to our local community.

We sing at church every 1st Sunday, as well as fetes, weddings and our Christmas Nativity is legendary!
Do join us this year on Sunday 17th December at 10.30am.

We meet every Thursday in the Neville Hall 6-7pm term time if you are 5-11 years old.

When you are ready, you can join the church “Middle Choir” for all children ( 8-18) who want to sing some more. Thursdays 7.15-7.45pm

For more information contact


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


We don't make any promises! ...
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Waltham St Lawrence Junior Choir

Has been running for over 30 years now, giving local children a chance to learn performing skills and confidence, and to contribute to our local community.

We sing at church every 1st Sunday of the month, as well as at fetes, weddings... and our Christmas Nativity is legendary!

Join us every Thursday in the Neville Hall 6-7pm during term time if you are 5-11 years old.

When you are ready, you can join the church “Middle Choir”, for all children 8+ who want to sing some more, on Thursdays 7.15-7.45pm

For more information contact:



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.



Chorate Chamber Choir are a local choir who have previously performed
at the Waltham St Lawrence Choral Festival, and will do again in May 2018.

If you know of other local-ish events that readers might find of interest,
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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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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 - "Love, Death and Dancing"
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

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.

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.

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. 

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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