29th February 2016

Mobile Library

Tuesdays 1 and 15 March

Boxted Playing Field car park 10.55 – 11.30 am
Read a review of the book ‘Home’ here






Annual Lenten Frugal Lunches on Tuesday 1 March until Tuesday 22 March at Boxted Village Hall 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.

Family Quiz Night

In aid of St Mary’s and St Peter’s work with young people. Boxted Village Hall Saturday 5 March 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).

Pictured above, Jerry, the resident cat, at Langham Church having a snooze.

Church Services Sunday 6 March

9.30 am Mothering Sunday Family Service
St Mary’s Church, Langham.

11 am service at the Methodist Church


Cake Decoration – Signature Bake – Off

Tuesday 8 March Boxted Village Hall from 7.30 pm
Boxted Parish Council

The monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 9 March at the village hall from 7 pm.

Cllr Tracey Wells has resigned from the parish council due to work commitments. Persons interested in applying for the vacancy are invited to contact the Clerk to the Parish Council, Denise Humphris.


Birds of the Garden with Roger Hance

Evergreen Club, Thursday 10 March, Boxted Village Hall, 2.30 pm

Upcoming Events at Boxted British Legion

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

Neighbourhood Watch

Fordham and Stour
Other Criminal Damage to a vehicle (under £5000)

27 February 2016. 22.30 pm Dedham Road.

Suspect unknown caused damage to victims vehicle believed to be by sliding across the bonnet causing several scratches.

Garden security – Hints and tips
With the weather steadily improving and with the nights getting longer, it is even more important that your garden is secure from would-be criminals. Making your garden more secure could prevent an intruder from getting into your home, garage or shed.
Hints and tips for securing your garden:-
• Installing strong fences or gates will act as a deterrent, preventing intruders getting into your garden.

• Ideally any gates, fencing, walls and hedges at the front of your property should not be more than 1.2m (4ft) so the front of your house can be seen by passers-by.

• A standard 1.8m (6ft) wall or fence at the back of your house is sufficient. Increase the height to 2m (6ft 6in) if there is public access on the other side – any higher than this will need planning permission.

• Trellis fixed to the top of a fence is not only decorative but can provide extra protection as it is difficult to climb over, breaking easily and noisily. Trellis does not need planning permission.

• If your garden is easily accessible via the side of your house, a strong lockable gate, fitted towards the front of the property, will act as a deterrent.

• Garden gates should be at least the same height and strength as your fencing with hinges securely attached to the gateposts.

• Fit a good quality rim lock which can be locked from both sides as well as a padbolt with padlock inside.

• Ensure locks fitted to gates cannot be reached from over the fence.

• Remember to always lock your gates.

• Planting prickly plants or a hedge, such as firethorn, climbing rose or hawthorn, around the perimeter of your garden can be a powerful deterrent.

• Gravel on paths and driveways can act as an alert to someone coming towards your property.

• Install dusk to dawn security lighting. The low energy lamp stays on in the dark and switches off when it starts to get light.

• Secure garden furniture and wheelie bins so they cannot be used to climb on and gain access to upstairs windows.

• Do not leave ladders lying around – they could be used by thieves to climb into an upstairs window. Keep them locked in a garage/shed or chained to a fixed object.

• Do not leave tools, gardening equipment or debris lying around in the garden as they could be used to smash windows.

• Keep your garden neat and tidy so it looks cared for.

• While working in your garden, make sure doors and windows are locked to stop unwanted visitors.

Do not use barbed wire, razor wire or broken glass on walls or fences to protect your property – you could be held legally responsible for any injuries caused. Consider fitting spiky plastic topping which is legal, along with a small warning