Church Services

The latest details are that we will continue to Zoom a Service from West Bergholt this Sunday as the information form the Government only came out at 6.08 this evening, and we still haven’t had the information from the Church of England.

With more information, and time to update our technology skills, we hope to have a service from each parish on Sunday 12th, with at least one service, each Sunday, on Zoom.

COVID-19 Crisis and the Vulnerable

The Boxted Community Hub is doing great work in putting together a relief strategy for the most vulnerable in Boxted in these difficult times.In order for them to start making up care packages, Bonny and Heidi would be very grateful for donations of non-perishable items of food( rice, pasta, tins, flour etc) as well as any spare loo roll! The elderly are finding it nearly impossible right now to buy anything themselves, and it will be even worse if the over 70’s are made to stay permanently indoors.

Please check out their Facebook page for more information, and then SHARE it!

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: https://boxtedparishcouncil.org.uk/.
  • 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: communityshoplangham@gmail.com
  • 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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1st August 2020

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 boxtedvillagenews@gmail.com by Thursday 5pm at the latest. Thank you.

Stay safe everyone.


Restarting the cricket

Stephen Phillpot gives his account of the challenges facing the cricket club. Stephen writes:

“After the imposition of the lockdown went on and on, it was beginning to feel like we may well have to write off the 2020 cricket season, but things changed very rapidly at the beginning of July.

We had already begun to run net sessions prior to this and made sure that the cricket square was ready on time, so club members were keen and ready to go. However, it took a while to get to grips with the ECB rules for socially distanced cricket matches.

We held a an inter-club friendly on 19th July just to test that our procedures were running smoothly and now we are embarking on a series of friendlies for both our junior and senior sides (it was too late and too complicated to consider league cricket).

We are also about to start our junior training sessions, but at the moment on a Thursday evening rather than the usual Saturday morning.

In many ways it is the strangest of seasons and completely unprecedented for our current players. We find ourselves having to use the loos one at a time, stopping the game every six overs for hand hygiene , needing to clean down all our equipment before and after the game and keeping a record of all attendees for “track and trace” purposes should the worst happen.

Of course, many people face similar challenges so we know our situation is not unique, but it is nice to be back playing and, particularly ,to see the youngsters enjoying the game again. We are now hoping the weather will be kind to us so that we can extend the playing season well into September.”


One small ask – please wear a mask.It is now compulsory to wear face masks in stores. Exemptions apply:

  • A child under the age of 11
  • A person with breathing difficulties
  • Anyone with someone who relies on lip reading
  • People with disabilities

Thank you for understanding and keeping yourself, other customers and our volunteers safe


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Free mental health first aid training (half day)

These sessions are open to all residents, cllrs and office staff. Sessions are from 9am til 2pm and there are spaces on the online half-day courses on the following dates:

  • 3 August
  • 13 August
  • 15 August

Participants will need to download the free Microsoft Teams applications (Instructions will be sent out) for their PC. Please choose a quiet, confidential space during the training. All resources will be sent to you once you book.

The pandemic has affected everyone’s mental health and this training will help you to recognise the symptoms and give you guidance on how you can support, signpost and generally help residents.

Email danielle.frost@ealc.gov.uk to book.


My Weight Matters program

The news from Central Government is that must all try to shed some of that extra weight we may have accumulated during lockdown.

Being overweight increases the risks of Covid-19. Increasing exercise is only part of the solution to this. Yes, it is beneficial to enjoy your walk, run or cycle, use the outside gym or enjoy a game of tennis, but nutrition and a balanced diet are key to losing weight and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

Sign up for My Weight Matters online. It’s free!

For further information please go to https://acemyweightmatters.org/


Church services

Services will be via invitation to Zoom – please email lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com to request details.

  • Zoom Eucharist Service: August 2, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Zoom Eucharist Service: August 9, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Zoom Eucharist Service: August 16, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Should you require prayer please contact Revd Mandy Elmes via email lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com.

Sunday services are on theLangham and Boxted Church Website for all to view under Streamed Services. https://lb-churches.co.uk/streamed-services/ They will be uploaded on Sunday afternoons for as long as services are streamed.

Download the services booklet here

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.Click here for further details.

In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.


Saturday 29th August, 5-7pm
British Legion Car Park
Straight Road

Calling/sms text message (07982 427483) is the only way to order and saves disappointment, Please text and allow up to 24 hrs for your reply.


Covid-19 symptom checker app

Download the app for iPhone here
Download the app for Android here


Coronavirus updates

You can get the latest information from GOV.UK straight to your mailbox. Sign up here:

Mobile library
Every three weeks on a Thursday 10.10am to 10.40am at Boxted Village Hall car park.

  • 20 August
  • 10 September
  • 1 October
  • 22 October

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.


Useful links:

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


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25th July 2020

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 boxtedvillagenews@gmail.com by Thursday 5pm at the latest. Thank you.

Stay safe everyone.


Hub news

Boxted Community Hub has recently been replastered. This is the latest stage of the refurbishment of the building. The next process is to paint the exterior. Do you have any colour preferences? Just download the Dulux app, take a photo of the Hub (best if quite close up) and then you can play around with the colours. You can get the Dulux app for android or iphone and have a bit of fun.

If you have any thoughts on what colour the Hub exterior should be, please email Arabella Brentnall with your suggestions.

Below is a montage of photos of the building from when the refurbishment started in 2015. More improvements are planned to come over time.


After the first stage of refurbishment in 2015, it looked like this:

The Hub roof was repaired and re-tiled in 2017


One small ask – please wear a mask.It is now compulsory to wear face masks in stores. Exemptions apply:

  • A child under the age of 11
  • A person with breathing difficulties
  • Anyone with someone who relies on lip reading
  • People with disabilities

Thank you for understanding and keeping yourself, other customers and our volunteers safe


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Woolly mulch

A local shepherd has some fleeces to be disposed of. They are ideal for using as a mulch in the garden.

If you are interested in making use of them please contact Tony Elliston on 07831 139019. He can deliver.


Welcome back mobile library!


All change at the wine centre

The local wine centre at Great Horkesley has some news to share:


Planting starter kits

Local volunteer groups and businesses are rallying to support a new community project to encourage people to grow their own at home. Braintree District Council, in partnership with Abberton Rural Training, have allocated 150 free planting starter kits to district residents, containing everything needed to start growing small food items at home.

Witham Football Club has donated time and space to turn the club into a distribution point where volunteer delivery drivers from local businesses will collect the Grow Your Own packs and deliver them to district resident’s home addresse, making sure people with underlying health conditions continue to stay at home and stay safe. This project will help many families and vulnerable individuals to grow their own and learn new skills through access to free training.

Jacqui Stone, CEO from Abberton Rural Training said:

“We are very grateful to all the trusts, foundations, volunteer groups and companies who have come forward to support the project right across Essex, I’m not sure how we would have achieved all that we have, without their generosity and support.

You don’t have to have a free pack to join in, we have a great website full of filmed tutorials, a YouTube channel which shows residents how to grow things for free, and each area has its own Facebook Group so residents right across Essex can get involved.”

Cllr Frankie Ricci, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Tourism at Braintree District Council said:

“It has been fantastic to see the response to the Grow Your Own campaign from our residents and the amazing work from volunteers across the district to get these starter packs delivered. We are delighted to be involved in the project and I look forward to seeing the results!”

Residents can get involved online by following and tagging @BraintreeDC and @livewellLocal on Twitter and Facebook and @BraintreeDC and @livewellcampaign on Instagram, using #StayAtHomeGrowYourOwn and #livewellessex to encourage others to grow their own too!

Extracted from EALC Weekly Walk Through newsletter issue 14


Church services

There’s a lovely article about our very own Gerry, the famous church cat, in the local Gazette/Standard this week. Read the article here.

  • Zoom Eucharist Service: July 26, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Zoom Eucharist Service: August 2, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Going forward services will be via invitation to Zoom – please email lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com to request details.

Should you require prayer please contact Revd Mandy Elmes via email lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com.

Sunday services are on theLangham and Boxted Church Website for all to view under Streamed Services. https://lb-churches.co.uk/streamed-services/ They will be uploaded on Sunday afternoons for as long as services are streamed.

Download the services booklet here

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.Click here for further details.

Blue Whale and MOMO encouraging children to commit suicide

Many of you will already be aware of ‘Blue Whale’ and ‘MOMO’.

  • Blue Whale is a social network phenomenon dating from 2016 that exists in several countries. It is a “game” reportedly consisting of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators over a 50-day period, initially innocuous before introducing elements of self-harm and the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.
  • MOMO targets young children by encouraging them to text a number on WhatsApp, which then sends them instructions to complete a series of increasingly bizarre and dangerous tasks from watching a horror movie to engaging in self-harm to taking their own lives.

The Samaritans have recently seen several reports and Internet Matters have seen posts from a school in Clacton. The UK Safer Internet Centre Helpline also had one case reported last week by a school reporting that the Blue Whale challenge had resurfaced on Instagram.

This information is given to raise awareness of harmful internet activity of any child.


Headway

https://www.headway.org.uk/

Headway is a charity that supports local adults with brain injury, stroke and neurological conditions and their families.

Brain injury can challenge every aspect of your life – walking, talking, thinking and feeling – and the losses can be severe and permanent. It can mean losing both the life you once lived and the person you once were.

We all think ‘it will never happen to me’, but every year around 350,000 people are admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury.

That’s one every 90 seconds.

A brain injury can happen to anyone, at any time. When it does, we’re here to help.
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