15th February 2016

Mobile Library

Tuesdays 16 February and 1 March
Boxted Playing Field car park 10.55 – 11.30 am

Read a review of the book The Road Home


The annual Lenten Frugal Lunches will begin on Tuesday 16 February at Boxted Village Hall and will continue each Tuesday at 12 mid-day (following the weekly Coffee Café) until 22 March. Jos Carter (272755) will be very glad to have offers of help in making the soups and other aspects. Proceeds to the Colchester Emergency Night Shelter.

Boxted Airfield Historical Group

The Glider Pilots – a talk by Mike Peters

7.15 pm Tuesday 16 February, The Museum, Langham Lane, Langham. Admission £4 inc refreshments.


History Group

Tram Story: an illustrated talk by Peter Jones

Wednesday 17 February 7.30 for 8 pm Boxted Village Hall

Pictured above an ancient door from the top of the spiral stairs in the tower to the silence chamber beneath the bell chamber of St Peter’s Church

Church Services Sunday February 21

9.30 Sung Eucharist – St Peter’s Church, Boxted

11 am Service at the Methodist Church led by Ann Worker

Boxted Methodist Silver Band is giving a concert in St Peter’s Church on Saturday 27 February at 7.30 pm. Tickets £6 in advance from 271511 or £7 on the door. A new programme for a New Year!

Trombonists Joe Rampling, Liz Petter and Mark Kettle pictured above

Upcoming Events at Boxted British Legion

England Rugby Matches The clubhouse is open and showing all England rugby matches on the big screen. 27 February from 4pm vs Ireland, 12 March vs Wales 4pm and 19 March vs France 8pm

Quiz night Saturday 5 March 8pm

Clay Pigeon Shoot at Fennes Shooting School, Braintree. Novices and existing shooters. Organised by the Legion for Saturday 12 March. Contact Barry on 07941 724543 for info but the day includes food and drinks, instruction, use of shotguns and cartridges. Prices from £66.

Easter Egg Hunt, Barbecue and Fun Day Saturday 26 March from 12.00 at the Legion. Bouncy Castle, Egg Painting, an Easter Egg for all children just £3.00.

Quiz Night Saturday 2 April from 8pm

Grand National Saturday 9 April the clubhouse will be open from 12.00 to watch the race and enjoy a sweepstake.

Family Quiz Night
In aid of St Mary’s and St Peter’s work with young people. Boxted Village Hall Saturday March 5 from 7 pm. Teams of up to 8 people. £6 per adult (children 11 years or younger, £3). Licensed bar. For more particulars or to book places, please contact Dominic or Linda Sheil (Tel.273324).

Pupils from Boxted St Peter’s primary school planting trees at the playing field. This was part of the Scattered Orchard Project organised by the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Project. The aim is to plant fruit and nut trees on publicly accessible land in every parish in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Beauty.


Hundred Lane Boxted

The Hundreds, as recorded in Domesday Book, were created in the middle of the tenth century after East Anglia, as part of the Danelaw, had been reconquered by the West Saxon kings. A ‘hundred’ was an area of land encompassing one hundred ‘hides’ or households. Boundaries between Hundreds can still be found today in the broad-ditched Hundred Lanes.

The Hundreds of Essex in 1830

Between Anglo-Saxon times and the nineteenth century the English county of Essex was divided for administrative purposes into 19 hundreds . Each hundred had a separate council that met each month to rule on local judicial and taxation matters.
Essex probably originated as a shire in the time of Aelthelstan. The Domesday Survey listed nineteen hundreds, corresponding very closely in extent and in name with those that were in use until the nineteenth century.

Boxted belongs to the Lexden Hundred which comprises of a total of 62476 acres. Other parishes in the Lexden Hundred are West Bergholt, Gt Birch, Dedham, East Donyland, Easthorpe, Fordham, Gt Horkesley, Lt Horkesley, Langham, Mount Bures, Stanway, Wivenhoe, Wormingford, Aldham, Chappel, Gt Coggeshall, Earls Colne, Colne Engaine, Wakes Colne, White Colne, Copford, Feering, Inworth, Markshall, Messing, Pattiswick, Gt Tey, Little Tey and Marks Tey.

Neighbourhood Watch

Car Key Burglaries
In some cases burglars are breaking into houses while you sleep with the intention of finding your car keys and stealing your car and any other small items they find on the way, what can I do?

Firstly before you turn in for the night check that all doors, ground floor windows and easily accessible windows are closed and locked.

PVCu doors – don’t forget that the door is not fully locked until you have lifted the inside handle and turned the key or thumb-turn. When replacing a Europrofile lock cylinder ensure that you get a TS1007 three star anti-snap, anti-bump lock cylinder.

If you have an intruder alarm and can do so activate the downstairs zone when you go to bed.

To stop the burglar getting to the vulnerable windows and doors to the rear ensure that side gates are closed and locked.

Please also ensure that you put your car keys somewhere safe and out of sight, when you return home. Put your car keys in a drawer (preferably one that is noisy to open) or some other secure place, but don’t take them up to the bedroom with you.

If you have cars of different values, please park the higher value car in your
garage. If you can’t do this, please park the lower value car in front of the higher value car, as the thieves are more likely to target high value cars and will be deterred if they can’t easily drive such a car away from the scene.

With high value cars consider the fitting of a tracking system, word of caution you get what you pay for, look for a system that uses RF frequency, 3 or 4G phone networks SIM as well as satellite connection GPS. There are even systems where you can “Geo-fence” the vehicle location so that if it moves beyond this the tracking system is activated.

For further crime prevention advice contact your local Crime Prevention Officer using the police non emergency number 101