Faces of The Village
Amanda Clowe. Amanda has lived in Boxted Cross for 21 years and she loves the peaceful surroundings, the lack of streetlights and having the wonderful unspoilt countryside on her doorstep.
Her main passion in life is photography and Amanda has taken many of the images which are on the village website including Boxted’s events for the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations.
You can see a selection of Amanda’s other images on her blogs/ websites -:
Are you in the photo?
If you recognise yourself on any of the photos of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations on the village website please let the webmaster Lisa Scott know.
Bake a Cake
Evergreens Boxted Village Hall at 2.30 pm on Thursday June 30
Sunday July 3
9.30 am Sung Eucharist at St Mary’s Church, Langham.
11 am service at Boxted Methodist Church
Tuesdays 5 and 19 July
Boxted Playing Field car park 10.55 – 11.30 am
Trip to Wroxham with an optional boat trip
Due to the funeral of Douglas Carter, a long standing and much valued member of the Evergreen Club, taking place on Wednesday 6 July the trip to Wroxham has been re-scheduled to
Wednesday 13 July £20 coach fare
with a (£10 optional boat trip)
Non members are welcome to join the Evergreen club for the above coach trip. Contact Lin on 272710
Floods and standing water
- Only drive through water if you know that it’s not too deep, i.e. no deeper than 25cm (10 inches). Drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a bow wave. Allow oncoming traffic to pass first and test your brakes as soon as you can after leaving the water.
Don’t driving through fast-moving water, such as at a flooded bridge approach – your car could easily be swept away.
- Watch out for standing water, trying to avoid it if you can, and adjust your speed to the conditions.
- Driving fast through standing water is dangerous; tyres lose contact with the road and you lose steering control in what’s known as ‘aquaplaning’. If you do experience aquaplaning, hold the steering wheel lightly and lift off the throttle until the tyres regain grip.
- Driving fast through standing water is inconsiderate. Driving through water at speeds above a slow crawl can result in water being thrown on to pavements, soaking pedestrians or cyclists. You could face a fine if caught driving without reasonable consideration for other road users.
- Driving fast through standing water can cause expensive damage. The air intake on many cars is low down at the front of the engine bay and it only takes a small quantity of water sucked into the engine to cause serious damage.
- As you drive slowly through standing water, use a low gear so the engine revs are higher; water in the exhaust could otherwise damage the catalytic convertor.
“Warm Night” – Some Crime Prevention advice for the home
In medieval times as night time approached, the castle draw bridge was raised, the portcullis dropped and the sentry stationed at the gate would not let anyone in unchallenged. Now whilst the drawbridge and portcullis would be a bit over the top, at the average home there are a few simple things you can do on hot summers nights to prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.
First line of defence – where possible, prevent an intruder from getting to the rear of your property (most burglary point of entries occur at the rear of the property) with a 6’ fence and gate, consider a spiky topping (perfectly legal but must have a warning sign displayed) and make sure the gate is closed and locked, especially at night.
If you have unoccupied rooms that can be accessed from outside, make sure the windows are closed; if you need ventilation in these rooms at least lock the larger window and only have the small window open, even during the daytime. Naturally if the house is empty all windows should closed and locked.
Leave a door or patio door open and in comes trouble! even during the day. If that door is accessible the sneak thief will pop in and anything lying around will be gone, you may have only popped down the end of the garden or having a quick shower upstairs, it only takes a second.
Before you turn in for the night do the “rounds”. Some may think it is a bit over the top, but you will feel more confident and not become a victim of “the one time I forgot to shut the window……” Check the simple things:-
- Cars on the drive? – are the windows shut and doors locked (don’t assume that by pressing the button on the remote it is locked, try the handle too). More than one car? it is worth parking the least expensive car in front of the more expensive one.
- Side gate shut and locked, sheds and garages secure?
- Doors closed and locked, don’t forget on that UPVC multi-locking door you may have lifted the handle but until you turn the key you have not locked all the locks in place.
- Don’t forget to check that patio door, someone may have closed it but did they lock it?
- Windows, lift the blinds or open the curtains and check them, the sun may have been on the TV so they were drawn with the window open because it was hot. Ensure all accessible windows are closed and locked, if you live in a bungalow or have flat roofs, in unoccupied rooms keep them closed and locked but if you need a window open for ventilation in occupied rooms as above lock the big window and just have the small one open. If you only have bigger windows consider a lockable window restrictor or a small sensor alarm at the window to detect entry.
- Check unnecessary appliances are turned off, and make sure in case of fire that keys are readily accessible to occupants but not in view of possible burglars.
- If you have an alarm, activate the zone for the unoccupied area.
- Car keys – don’t take them to bed with you, where possible leave them in noisy drawer/location.
- If you do hear a suspicious noise in the house that you are not happy – with dial 999. If you have an intruder, remember your safety is more important than your property but if it’s possible, do get a good description and if possible car index number.
Last bit of advice, going on holiday? Stop the milk and newspaper deliveries and look after each other, get a neighbour and/or friend to keep an eye on your property, ensure neighbours have contact numbers for a key holder and where possible let them park their car on your drive, in the house lights on timers, Fake TV ect. Basically if you create the illusion that your house is occupied it is less likely to be broken into. Lastly curtains that are closed or partially closed during the day say that “I am away and the house is empty, come and have a closer look”.
If would like Crime Reduction advice please, don’t hesitate to contact me via the non-emergency telephone number 101 or look at the Essex Police website for more general advice.
Stephen Armson-SmithEssex Police
Crime Prevention Officer