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The Bridge

Boxted Bridge
Boxted bridge taken 2016

Boxted bridge is a steel girder bridge built over the River Stour in North Essex.  From Essex Records Office archives we know that it replaced an earlier wooden bridge, built after 1835, which had fallen into disrepair.  On 14th November 1896 The Bury Free Press announced that ‘the tender of Mr George Double of Ipswich was accepted for the sum of £927 to build Boxted bridge by Essex and West Suffolk County Councils’ and on the 28th April 1897 The Evening Star reported that ‘The Boxted Bridge, which has been built by Mr George Double of Ipswich is now completed and opened for traffic, so that the road to Nayland is once more available.’ Interestingly the bridge at Wormingford was also built by the same contractor. 

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Church Services

A gathered service had started at Boxted once a month but is now on hold again due to the current restrictions – therefore we are back to a weekly service which is streamed by zoom from West Bergholt but is for all 3 parishes – this is at 10am. A recording of the service is available on the church website.

Coronavirus update

Village News – Coronavirus update

in Boxted and Langham

In these difficult times, you’ll be pleased to hear that the community is pulling together to help each other out. Here are some links that may help you in the days/weeks/months ahead.

  • Boxted Parish Council has launched a new website which will give you up to date information about resources around the village. The main site address is:
  • Claire Arculus is collecting the details of people who are able to volunteer in Boxted and Langham with deliveries etc. Please message Claire, via facebook messenger or on 07752 201441, with your name, address, phone, email and note of what you can help with.
  • Please also note that Boxted Community Hub is providing a take away and meals on wheels service. Contact 01206 272129 (daytime); 07488 345019 (evenings)
  • A leaflet has been put together by the Langham village shop which will be distributed to each household in both Langham and Boxted offering food order and delivery service for items from the village shop.
  • The volunteer list compiled by Langham Community Shop is for those helping with the shop only – either packing items in shop for deliveries or delivering the food/shop items to doorsteps. If you feel you can volunteer at the community shop, please get in touch: 01206 272431 or email:
  • Much of the information is now internet based so if you have a neighbour who doesn’t have internet access, please try to keep them up to date (at a distance of two metres of course!).

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2nd April 2021

Village News and Events

in Boxted and Langham

Welcome to this week’s newsletter.

If you wish to have an item included in this newsletter, please email us at  by Thursday 5pm at the latest. Thank you.

Stay safe and healthy..

Libraries update

In this week’s news:

  • The Only Way is Reading is back!
  • RBdigital is changing over to the Libby Reading App
  • New Library Management System

Read the full update on these news items at:

Church services

Both St Mary’s Langham and St Peter’s Boxted are now open for private prayer.

A weekly service is streamed via Zoom:

  • April 4, 2021 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • April 25, 2021 at 9:15 am – 10:00 am

Gathered services on Sunday 4 April:

  • 6.30am – St Peter’s Churchyard – Sunrise Service – gathered outdoors
  • 9.30am St Mary’s Churchyard – Easter Eucharist – gathered outdoors
Please email to request details of the zoom link; a recording of the service is available from Sunday afternoon at the following link:

For prayer requests or general inquiries, please contact the Three Parishes Administrator, Mrs Jo Rassell on:

Tel: 01206 243683

Jo works 9-12 on Mondays and 9-1 on Tuesday-Friday. If she’s not in the office, please leave a message on the answer machine.


In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.

Did you know Langham Community Shop has its own website? For all the latest information on opening times, services and what’s for sale, visit .

Mobile library

Following the latest Government guidelines the mobile library service is suspended until further notice.

To keep up to date with any changes please visit the Mobile Library Service website

Street Tag in Colchester

The Street Tag app has been brought to Colchester by a partnership between the Essex Local Delivery Pilot (LDP) and Colchester Borough Council. Whether you are a family looking for a free activity out in the fresh air, or an exciting incentive to have fun while improving your fitness levels –  download the Street Tag app  and get involved! Find out more at

Digital help at home

Remember that this service is still available online. Michael Smith at Colchester Borough Council is still offering digital support via a remote service. See the Council’s webpage  or, for further information.

Covid symptom app

Please continue to use the app, log in as often as possible to let us know if you feel well or not, and encourage others to do the same.

Useful links:

Boxted Parish Council
Boxted Parish Council on Facebook
Boxted Village Hall
Boxted Village Website
Boxted Neighbourhood Plan
Boxted Primary School
Boxted British Legion

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