Last September, I was fortunate enough to visit Sri Lanka in order to conduct research as part of my Anthropology degree at Durham University. After flying to Bandaranaike International Airport, I met my counterpart from the University of Colombo. We spent the following 15 days glued at the hip, living and conducting fieldwork together in the Hambantota District of southern Sri Lanka. Her name is Kasuni and, despite the very prominent language barrier, we became great friends.
My dear Friends
Last year our church building had its quinquennial – a posh word for ‘once every five years’ – inspection which all parish churches are required to undertake. The inspecting architect didn’t discover anything drastically serious, and all the things described in his report as urgent are minor, but it’ll probably all come to a fair bit of cash. So please don’t think we won’t be grateful for your continuing financial support – watch out for that double negative so that you don’t mistake my meaning!
We all know the basic problem: left to themselves, things gradually deteriorate, don’t they?
Ronnie Yearsley (86)
Joy Goodway (87)
Parish Church of Waltham St Lawrence
Director of Music (or Organist, or Organ Scholar)
Following the departure of Chris Bond to pastures new in Worplesdon, there is a vacancy for a church musician.
For further information please contact:
Our friendly and active village church community has a strong musical & choral tradition with enthusiastic support from the congregation and clergy...
More Parish Notes from John the Ticket
Well many people attended Micks funeral followed by the wake in the Neville Hall. Apparently some 300 people attended, probably one of the largest turnouts in the Parish Church. A good friend that will be missed by many. RIP.
Now a quick mention on Brexit. I’m in France at the moment so I see on line that there will be a postponent but for how long is to be decided by our friends in Europe; the day after copy for the mag closes. Watch this space next month.
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.
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.
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At last, the joys of an approaching spring season lie before us after a gusty March. It was interesting to note that the tree that fell across Broadmoor Road on 10 March might have been weakened by the prolific amount of ivy that was strangling it. Your editor has lost trees due to ivy growth. It is cunning.
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.
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.