Most rehearsals take place in Taplow Village Hall.
The village of Taplow lies in south Buckinghamshire just north of the A4 London to Bath road. The closest motorway is the M4 at junction 7, Slough West. The closest town is Maidenhead to the west, about 2 miles and Slough is about 4 miles to the east.
Taplow Station is on the main Western Region line (from PADDINGTON) between SLOUGH and MAIDENHEAD. You will need a slow stopping train – and not all of those stop at TAPLOW. The village is about a mile from the station on a slight incline.
The village is now purely residential, the few original shops having been converted to dwellings. One house in the High Street however retains its shop frontage and the post box still stands outside the old Post Office in Rectory Road. The remaining ‘public’ buildings (the Oak and Saw pub, St Nicolas CofE village school, and the Church) surround the large green in the heart of the village. There are many historic buildings, some dating from the 14th century.
There is a free car park on the north side of the green next to the Village Centre (hall). The vehicular entrance, which also serves the school, is off Rectory Road, on the west side of the green.
The village is very busy and the car park full when school starts at 8.30am – 9.00am and finishes at 3.00pm – 3.30pm. At the weekends there is usually plenty of parking space, although beware of some summer Saturdays, when there are quite a few weddings at St Nicolas Church.
Taplow Village Centre can be found on Google Maps here.
Alternatively, use postcode SL6 0EX
By road from the M4
Leave the M4 at Junction 7 – SLOUGH WEST. At the roundabout on the end of the slip-road take the first exit left onto the A4 towards Maidenhead.
(*) Go straight through at the next crossroads with traffic lights and carry on to the first roundabout which has Sainsbury’s supermarket on the corner. Take the last exit onto LENT RISE ROAD heading north towards Burnham but turn left almost immediately, in front of the shop, onto TAPLOW ROAD.
Follow this road under the railway bridge past a small industrial site up to the staggered crossroads. Go straight across between the allotments and the playing field, now BOUNDARY ROAD. You should be able to see the church spire in the distance in front of you. On past the Taplow “Gate”. Enter the 30mph speed limit and slow for the dangerous bend. The turning into Taplow village is on your left after the bend. This is RECTORY ROAD and will take you up to the Church on your right, on the corner of HIGH STREET opposite the village green. Continue on RECTORY ROAD past the Pub and row of cottages for about another 100m where the next turning on the right, towards the school, will take you past the school entrance to the free village car park. Opposite the turn off towards the school is the gate to the Rectory, behind the high brick wall and by the side of the car park is Taplow Village Centre.
By road locally
From SLOUGH – If you are coming from the SLOUGH direction (heading WEST) then continue on the main A4 until you get to the roundabout at the end of the M4 JUNCTION 7 slip-road. Then follow the instructions from (*) above.
From MAIDENHEAD – head out of Maidenhead on the A4 towards SLOUGH across MAIDENHEAD BRIDGE over the RIVER THAMES and then over the new JUBILEE RIVER BRIDGE. At the next set of traffic lights, with a car dealer on the corner, turn left (north) into BERRY HILL (sign posted to HIGH WYCOMBE). Continue up the hill and into the 30mph limit. Slow for the dangerous bend and just on the bend turn right (watch out for traffic coming down the hill)! You are now in RECTORY ROAD which leads down (over the low speed bump) into the centre of the village. Just as you can see the green (the church is across the green) there is a turning to your left which heads towards the school and into the free car park. By the side of the car park is the Taplow Village Centre building with the entrance on the other side. The RECTORY is directly opposite the turning to the school with the iron gates and high brick wall.