...to the website for the parish community of Waltham St Lawrence, including Shurlock Row and West End.
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(header photos courtesy of Stuart Scott)
For the centre of Waltham St Lawrence, put RG10 0JJ into your satnav, and for Shurlock Row, use RG10 0PS or use this map...
My Dear Friends
Church-related stuff this month.
- Confirmation Confirmation is the normal way in which the Church of England receives people into full membership. It is the right thing for those who were baptised as infants and now wish to profess the Christian faith for themselves. We would normally expect a child to have reached the age of 11 before being presented for Confirmation. There is no maximum age!
Confirmation is also available to those who have the background of a different denomination but have now decided to ‘make their home’ in the C of E and wish to mark that decision formally.
If you are interested in joining a preparation course (which does not commit you to being confirmed), please let me know by the end of February. The Confirmation service will be conducted in a local church (not here) by the Bishop of Reading, probably on the evening of 10 June or 25 November. I will announce the arrangements as soon as they are finalised.
Welcome to February The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term ‘februum’, which means purification, via the purification ritual ‘Februa’ held on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman calendar - not a lot of people know that. There is evidence of the existence of a Roman temple in Weycock Field in the parish, by the railway tracks at Weycock Bridge. Who knows what might have been going on to purify the residents of our village in Roman times. It’s probably better that we don’t.
More Parish Notes from John the Ticket
You know over the years as a Parish Councillor I have met so many people. Some on a fairly regular basis and many usually associated with planning applications or guests at the various fund raising events I have been involved in. Now I am not as young as I was and my memory for names has never been very good. (Who am I?) Some days ago I made the classic mistake of thinking a lovely family who knew me by name and I thought they were another family. My apologies. Please remember when you do call me by name and I look it bit blank remind me, the village idiot, who you are (and who I am).