16th May 2016

Faces of the Village

Lisa Scott very kindly took on looking after the village website when the previous webmaster, Howard Gilbert, moved to Suffolk. Lisa also stepped in recently to rescue the church website and has revamped both. A village calendar has also now been introduced with a view to organisers adding to it or checking other dates to avoid clashes of events.

Both websites can be found here:



Boxted Airfield Historical Group


Next meets on Tuesday 17 May at the Museum, Langham Lane, Langham, when Jeremy Haberman will speak on A man called ALF 1924-1944; further details available from Jeremy on 07885 657255 or jezzyh@btinternet.com

Boxted History Group

The History of Marks Hall – an illustrated talk by Jonathan Jukes

7.30 for 8 pm on Wednesday 18 May

Boxted Village Hall

Evergreen Club

A talk on Grenadier Guards

Thursday 19 May in the village hall at 2.30 pm

Church Services Sunday 22 May

9.30 am Eucharist at St Peter’s Church, Boxted

11 am service at the Boxted Methodist Church led by Rev David Moody

Mobile Library

Tuesdays 24 May and 7 June

Boxted Playing Field car park 10.55 – 11.30 am

Evergreen Club forthcoming Coach Trips:

Non members welcome

Woodbridge calling at Notcutts Garden Centre on the way home:
Wednesday 25 May £15 coach fare

Wroxham with optional boat trip: Wednesday 6th July £20 coach fare (£10 optional boat trip)

Bury St Edmunds Market Day
Wednesday 7th September £16 coach fare

Ring Linda 272710 for details

Boxted Annual Parish Meeting:

Chairman’s Report:
Reports from local organisations, Borough and County Councillors
Boxted Neighbourhood Development Plan:
Report by the Independent Examiner:
information relating to the Neighbourhood Development Plan can be found here:

The Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations

at St. Peter’s Church, Boxted

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June

Also Includes:

Exquisitely made, hand crafted Greetings Cards for sale.

Each one a work of art and much better value than anything you can buy in the shops.

All proceeds to St. Peter’s Church.

11am -5pm both days whilst stocks last.

Neighbourhood Watch

Fact – Most burglaries are not pre-planned but are committed by opportunistic criminals Fact – Most burglaries occur from the rear of the property which can be easily accessed. Fact – One in five burglaries happens because we forget to shut windows and doors when going out.

Fact – Domestic burglaries tend to happen from afternoon to early evening.
Fact – Home Office stats show burglars return to an area where they have already been successful
Fact – If you have been a burglary victim once, the likelihood of being targeted again increases.

With a little thought and good use of crime prevention items, we can make our homes and property safe from a potential thief.

Keys – Don’t keep keys, including window keys, in or adjacent to their locks. Keep them out of sight, perhaps hidden under a curtain on a hook, nearby and safe.

Post coding your property – Marking electrical goods can help in the event of trying to trace the rightful owners of stolen items. Also postcode garden tools, strimmers, lawnmowers, bikes etc.

Timers – installing timers on your lights and radios that are tuned into a talk channel, is a good way of creating the appearance that the property is occupied.

Jewellery – Make a note of all your jewellery and valuable items and take photographs. Store this information in a safe secure place. If you ever lose items of jewellery on holiday or out of the house or as a victim of burglary, it is easier to prove ownership to the Insurance Company.

Bank Statements/domestic bills/passports – don’t leave bank or credit card statements lying around. Also be aware that domestic bills and important documents such as passports may also be targets for an intruder. Ensure you shred or finely tear up your paperwork relating to bank, credit card and address details.

House left empty? – Cancel any milk and or newspaper deliveries; cut the lawn before you go. Ask a family member, a good neighbour or friend to look after your home while you are away. Ask that they collect your post on a regular basis. If possible to draw your curtains of a night and open them in the mornings.

Sheds – Timber sheds – in order to fit good hasp and staple bar, strengthen the doors by fixing wooden batons to the inside and use a close shackle padlock. When using screws, use security screws (non-return screws) as they are designed so they cannot be unscrewed. Strengthen hinges – Make sure the door is solid enough not to be kicked in.

Windows should be screened and fitted with a lock or even sealed.
As extra security, fit ground anchors which can be used to chain or shackle bikes
and mowers securely. Always chain together more expensive items such as cycles, lawn mowers and ladders, again using a closed shackle padlock and good quality chain. Alternatively make your own ground anchor by filling a bucket with concrete and, using a masonry fixing, once the concrete has set, chain your property to this.
And it needs to be said – ensure sheds, garages and outbuildings are never left unlocked.

Property marking and mobile phones

When post coding your items with a UV pen, also post code your mobile telephone somewhere inside the case. You should take note of the IMEI number in case it gets lost or stolen. The IMEI number is unique to each phone and is displayed by pressing * # 0 6 #. If the phone is ever stolen, this number can be used by the service provider to block it across all networks, making it useless to any thief.

You can record the IMEI number and all of your details for free at http://www.immobilise.com . If your phone is stolen, you can get all the details from this site with your own login so that you have them when reporting the theft. If the police find your phone, they can use this information to prove that the phone is stolen and return it to you.

Theft from Vehicles

Most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car. If at all possible, leave nothing on view and always securely lock and alarm your vehicle. DO NOT just press the button on your fob to lock it – Look at your car to see the lights flash to confirm locking; someone may be nearby with a “remote blocker” and stop your car from locking.

Ensure you do not leave any valuables in your vehicle including Sat Nav systems and holder. Never leave your car keys where they can be seen from the front door of your property.
You should even be careful about locking shopping in the boot. Thieves often hang around busy car parks waiting for an opportunity, so someone could have been watching you do this. If they know that it is worth their while to break in, they will and most boots can easily be accessed from the interior of the car. If you do leave your car unattended, try to choose a secure car park where CCTV cameras are in operation. The thief doesn’t want to be caught on camera.

If possible, park near to the entrance, where people are constantly passing on foot. Suspicious activity may go unnoticed at the rear of a car park or behind walls or shrubs. And try to complete your shopping in daylight hours or park in well-lit areas.
To secure your motorbike, use a steering lock and steel cable or D-lock to attach your bike to security rails or a ground anchor.
For extra security, have an alarm and immobiliser fitted.

Pedal cycle security

Take a photograph of your bike and have it post coded, on the reverse of the photo make a note of the serial number and post code.
Register the serial number and description of the bicycle with http://www.immobilise.com
Do not leave your cycle lying in the front or rear gardens of your property. Always put the cycle away in either a shed or garage. Use a good ‘D’ lock (Sold Secure products) and secure it to other items in the shed or garage such as step ladders, lawn mower as an example. Always ensure that the garage / shed doors are securely locked.

When out cycling, always take suitable security lock and chain. Ensure you secure your cycle to something solid, i.e. a lamp post. Always look for a secure area to park your cycle, an official bike stand and CCTV coverage. Secure your cycle by placing the locking mechanism around the frame of the bike.

Never leave your cycle unattended and insecure, even if you are popping into a shop for just a minute. Again the same applies when you are at home.

Angie Pearson
Crime Prevention Tactical Adviser Colchester Police Station
Essex Police