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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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12th February 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..

Alexa, what is there to know about love?

Alexa, what is there to know about love?
What is there to know about love?
A glove is a garment that covers the hand
for protection from the cold or dirt and – 

Alexa, how does a human heart work?
How does a human heart work?
Blood is first received in the right atrium via
two veins, the vena cava superior and inferior –

Alexa, where do we go to when we die?
Where do we go to when we die?
Activating Google Maps. Completed activation.
Would you like to start from your current location?

Alexa, what does it mean to be alone?
What does it mean to be alone?
It is the silence left by words unsaid,
the cold expanse of half a bed.
It is the endless stretching of the hours,
the needless tending of plastic flowers.
It is an echo unanswered in a cave,
the fateful ping of the microwave.
It is the fraying of a worn shirt cuff,
and the howl –
  Stop, Alexa. That’s enough!

Brian Bilston

Wet weather

The recent wet weather has been exacerbated by the snow and ice and caused problems in the village.  Some properties have suffered raw sewage in the gardens as well as surface flooding.

Below: Tankers pumping out raw sewage from gardens

Below: Ellis Road. which had to be closed due to flooding from neighbouring fields.

Below: A car tyre that has been fly tipped partly blocking the drainage pipe that runs under the road at the junction of Carters Hill, Cooks Hill and Parsonage Hill.

Regular maintenance of ditches and any underground drainage pipes by landowners will help keep surface water flowing to the designated water ways which flow through the village. Boxted has several which eventually lead to the River Stour.  They can be traced on Essex County Council’s Public Right of Way interactive map (PROW)   and when out footpath walking parts of them can be quite interesting to follow and observe.

Information on ditches (including maintenance) waterways and flooding can be found at:

Flooding and blocked drainage galleys can be reported here:

Straight Road as you’ve never seen it before!

The winning combination of flood, ice and mud created brown icicles.

The intrepid photographer faced more than one driver who didn’t think to slow down….

Photo courtesy of Anne Slater

Online Arthritis Support

Arthritis Action Groups are an opportunity for people with arthritis to talk with others and share their tips on how to manage their arthritis and stay active whilst at home, and we actively welcome new attendees. We discuss a variety of self-management techniques. Participants will need to contact us directly for the log in instructions for the meeting, and we have produced ‘How To’ guides for those not familiar with using Zoom.

East Anglia Groups:

  • Afternoon: Tuesday 16 February 2pm
  • Evening: Thursday 4 March 6pm
  • Morning: Friday 5 March 10:30 am

For joining details see

Signpost photo mystery solved!

Alison Phillips recognised the signpost photo from last week as being situated on the junction of Langham Road, Langham Lane and Severalls Lane, when at that time there was still a grass triangle in the road,

Although Alison cannot be sure she thinks maybe the hidden central directional sign was pointing to Ipswich Road.

In those days Severalls Lane was just a country lane all the way to the Ipswich Road with just 5 properties:  Severalls Hall and some cottages.

It could possibly have said Mile End because Mill road was further down the lane on the right leading to Myland Hospital.

Boxted bridge

Petition updates

Two updates for you this week:

Boxted bridge, built in the heyday of agricultural steam traction engines .
Read the full update here

In Highways England’s own words .
Read the full update here

Save our bridge! For more information and to sign the petition, please head to

Essex Libraries Service Update

In this week’s update:

  • Get your little ones writing with author Catherine Emmett!
  • A new community project, we want to hear from you!
  • How to get rid of your waste
  • Find out about The Last Family in England with our Book of the Month
  • Time is running out to register for the Essex Energy Switch

Go to the Essex Libraries website for the full story on these topics:

Church services

Photo courtesy of James Amos

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

A weekly service is streamed via Zoom.

  • Zoom Eucharist Service –  February 14, 2021 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Zoom Eucharist Service –  February 21, 2021 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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, 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.

Daily Hope – a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. Available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 has been set up for those unable to join in online church services during the period of restrictions.

Volunteers needed!

Stephen Whybrow is seeking volunteers to help co-ordinate the fund-raising effort for this year. He writes:

“As we are all aware Langham with Boxted Church Finances have been badly hit by the pandemic. Traditional fundraising events will not be practicable for some months, so we will be launching two online fundraising initiatives which can be supported from home. However we will still need a raft of volunteers to participate!”

The two initiatives are

1) eBay Sales of unwanted items

This was run with great success by Patsy Ann Maggs as part of the St Peter’s Tower fundraising so we know it works. Patsy Ann has agreed to mastermind the initiative again and will handle all the eBay offers and the dispatch/collection of the sold items. However success will depend on having a flow of items to sell throughout addition to identifying items which you no longer have use for and are prepared to donate we are looking for a group of ten or more volunteers who are prepared to ask their friends, families and neighbours for similar donations. Guidance will be prepared as to the sort of items which will sell and which we are looking for and also those items which will not and which we should avoid.

2) Virtual Plant Sale

Over the years plant sales have been a productive means of raising funds and with the ever growing interest in gardening and the growing cost of plants this is likely to continue. Although  much remains to be worked out the essence of the ideas is that volunteers will contribute plants from their gardens and that these will be offered for sale on a website at very attractive prices. I am looking for lots of volunteers to contribute plants in 2021, a couple of volunteers to help with the planning and coordination and someone to set up and manage a website!

“Please please help Patsy Ann and myself succeed with these Covid safe fundraisings.”

You can contact Stephen on 01206 272773 / 07801749575 or email

In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.

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

Thursday opening times for the Post Office at the Langham Community Shop are from 12.30 to 4.00 pm.

Monday opening times remain the same at 9.00 am to 12.30 pm.

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.

Langham Community Shop
Calendar photo competition

All ages, all abilities. Monthly competition to find pictures through the months and seasons of Langham for our 2022 calendar. Call in the shop or email for full details and requirements. .

Include ‘Langham Calendar Competition’ in the subject line along with the following information “The photo (as an attachment – jpg or png) title, date photo was taken, your name, contact number and permissions (this will b e required if faces are included in the image). Deadline for entries is 12noon on the 15th (e.g. if you enter November photo, send in by 15th December).

Winners will be announced at the end of each month and the 12 images that make it into the calendar will receive a published copy and prize when each win is announced. There will be four photos shortlisted and put up for you to vote on each month. Make sure you vote when you pop in for your shopping!

Useful links:

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

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