14th March 2016

Faces of The Villages

Brian Flack has lived in Langham for almost 25 years with his wife Gill and sons Matt and Tim. They have all been very involved with village life. Brian has always had an interest in art and he studied Art and Art History whilst at college. He then had a long career in the Property and the Financial Services industry, but still found time to produce work in pastels, watercolours and pen and ink drawing. Brian also has a keen interest in photography.

Since retiring, Brian has been able to resume his love of painting and drawing. He joined the Butterfly Art Group, led by Sally North, and new artistic horizons were explored. His work has featured at several exhibitions locally and he has an exhibition at The Digby Gallery at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester from 22 March until 2 April

Mobile Library

Tuesdays 15 and 29 March

Boxted Playing Field car park 10.55 – 11.30 am
read a review of the book The Lacuna here


Annual Lenten Frugal Lunches on Tuesday 15 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.
Find Jamie Oliver’s Sweet Potato , Coconut and Cardamon soup recipe here

A street party type event is being planned for the afternoon of Saturday 11th June . It is to be held in the grounds of Boxted St Peter’s school and the aim is very much to bring the community together. There will be teas and cake, a licensed bar (provided by the British Legion), a bouncy castle, face painting and music by Boxted Methodist Silver Band. Whilst not strictly a fundraising event, profits raised are to be split between Boxted British Legion and Breast Cancer Awareness. We are holding a meeting on Tuesday 15 March at 7:30 in the school hall to talk through details of the event, anyone interested in helping is most welcome!

“My Customers and Other Animals” An illustrated talk by Roger Clark.

Boxted History Group, Wednesday 16 March 7.30 for 8 pm. Boxted Village Hall.

Read about Roger Clark here

Upcoming Events at Boxted British Legion

England Rugby Match Saturday 19 March.
First England Grand Slam for 13 years?
There will be free bangers and mash from 7 pm at the legion for those wanting to enjoy the festivities and watch the Rugby Finale. All welcome.

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

Quiz Night with a 70’s Sitcom Theme.
Saturday 2 April from 8pm . Come in character for extra points.

Grand National Saturday 9 April the clubhouse will be open from 12.00 to watch the race and enjoy a sweepstake. The Joshua boxing match will be on the big screen in the evening.

Beer Festival Saturday 30 April – Monday 2 May

Quiz night Saturday 7 May from 8pm

Church Services Sunday 20 March – Palm Sunday

8 am Said Eucharist (Book of Common Prayer) St Mary’s Church, Langham.

9.30 am Family Eucharist, St Mary’s Church, Langham.

11 am service at the Methodist Church

4.30 pm Evensong at St Peter’s Church, Boxted.

Easter Lilies in memory of a loved one

There is a choice this year of either the traditional arum lily or the elegant longiflorum lily (also known as the Easter Lily).
Price: (a) Arum: £2.35 each; (b) Longiflorum:£1.55 each.

Orders to be placed with Annette Whybrow by 20 March 2016.


Evergreen Club

Thursday 24 March. Hot Cross Buns, Easter Raffle and Easter Bonnets or Baskets. Boxted Village Hall from 2.30 pm.


Our beautiful church will be adorned with flowers reflecting the Queen’s life, loves and duties in celebration of her landmark birthday on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June.


ON SATURDAY, the 11 June at the Church,
Plant stall for serious gardeners, raffle and light refreshments.

ON SUNDAY the 12 June

“Garden party” teas on the lawn of The Old Vicarage
with fizz and music.
11am – 5pm both days

Neighbourhood Watch

Fraud and scams – the risks
A scam is a fraud and who is at risk we all are, you are more likely to become a victim of fraud than any other crime. The villains involved are ruthless care little about their victims and do not discriminate. People of all age groups, and the vulnerable are all liable to fall victim of this crime, the biggest risk is thinking that it could not happen to me. Programmes like “Hustle” glamourize fraud but to a victim there is nothing glamorous about being a victim, it can and does destroy people’s lives.
Fraud comes from many directions and in many forms constantly evolving and by no means limited to the few examples below:
Postal delivery: Lottery and holiday wins (should be suspicious when you have not even entered it!); sales pitches involving a continued commitment, someone stranded abroad in need of cash, inheritance, and as below in “telephone, computers and the internet” these may come via the post too.
ATM and shops: Distraction at the ATM i.e. dropped cash and “shoulder surfing” for your PIN number, devices attached to the ATM to hold your card and/or read your PIN, “shoulder surfing” at the till in a store followed by a distraction in the car park while you are getting into the car in order to steal your card from within your bag in the car.
Telephone, Computers and the internet: You are told either by telephone or via an E-mail that you have virus in your computer and that you need to give them remote access to your computer, your telephone bill has not been paid and your telephone will be cut off, those in “postal delivery” above may also come via Email, there has been unusual activity on your bank account they obtain your account details from you and send a courier round for your card(s), You have shares in such and such company and we doing a hostile takeover and would like to buy yours – of course there will be a fee, shopping frauds, carbon credit scams.
The list would go on and on and I do not have the space to cover them all.
Reporting fraud and further advice is available from Action Fraud http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or ring 0300 123 2040, other sources of advice are: https://www.getsafeonline.org/

Lastly remember if it looks too good to be true invariably it is, and you get nowt for nowt.

Stephen Armson-Smith
Crime Prevention Tactical Officer