15th August 2016

Church Services

Sunday August 28

9.30 am Sung Eucharist: St Peter’s Church, Boxted.

11 am service: Boxted Methodist Church

Mobile Library

Tuesdays 30 August and 13 September
Boxted Playing Field car park 10.55 – 11.30 am
Read a review of the book ‘The Streets’ here:

Ride and Stride for Churches

Saturday 10 September 9am to 5pm

Money raised is split between the rider/walker’s church of choice and the Friends of Essex Churches Trust. Last year over £74,000 was raised and quite a few people visited Boxted church which is manned throughout the day.

Find out more by visiting the website of Friends of Essex Churches Trusthttp://www.foect.org.uk where sponsorship forms can be downloaded or contact Annette Whybrow Tel 01206 272773 annettewhybrow@hotmail.com who has some forms.

Boxted Airfield Historical Group

Museum in Langham Lane, Langham, is open on Sunday 11 September as part of the nation-wide Heritage Open Weekend


Admission is free. It will also open as normal on the last Sundays of September (25th) and October (30th), 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Further details available from Jeremy on 07885 657255 or e-mail jezzyh@btinternet.com

Neighbourhood Watch

The Illusion of occupancy

As the nights draw in earlier don’t forget to use table lamps on timers, and there is a product called “Fake TV” that produces lighting that resembles a television switched on within a room http://www.immobilise.com , you can also record serial numbers of products here free or charge. Consider installing external “Dusk till dawn” lighting and remember to ensure gates are in good condition, closed and locked. A new product available is a movement sensor that activates an appliance plugged into a plug socket; an internet search will find such.

Heating Oil

As it comes to the time when you are thinking about topping up your heating oil tank for winter, with the value of fuel it is worth considering its security.
In the more isolated parts of the countryside it is primarily domestic properties that have been targeted by the heating oil thieves, but we have also seen such thefts at farms and other businesses.
There are a number of security devices available that will protect your fuel supplies – details of which can be found via your fuel supplier or local plumber’s merchant. One such system is “GPRS Fuel-Oil Alarm” from http://www.compoundsecurity.co.uk and Tank Commander – http://www.commandersecurities.co.uk which have “Secured by Design” accreditation; these products will detect a dramatic drop in fuel and calls you on the telephone. There are also other systems that will add on to an existing intruder alarm system, whilst others protect the filler cap and there are of course the conventional locks.
Another consideration would be defensive planting around the tank, concealing it and restricting access to it by gates or fencing, and where possible locating the tank under lighting in view of lived in rooms within the house.

If you would like further advice regarding security please look at the Essex Police website https://www.essex.police.uk/advice/ , the crime prevention website http://thecrimepreventionwebsite.com/ or contact your local Crime Reduction Advisor by using the 101 non-emergency telephone number.

Naturally we also ask locals to report any unusual activity to police in an emergency on 999 or after the event on 101 or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Stephen Armson-Smith
Crime Prevention Officer