Tuesdays 11 and 25 October
Boxted Playing Field car park 10.55 – 11.30 am
British Legion Club
Tuesday 11 October: England football qualifier on the big screen, the bar will be open form 7.30 – 10.30.
Saturday 22 October: Poppy Appeal Quiz from 8pm with Colin Hodgson
Saturday 29 October: Halloween children’ss party, tickets £3 includes disco, 4-6pm, hot dog, drink and chocolate bar, there will be prizes for fancy dress and best decorated pumpkin – tickets available from the British Legion – advance bookings only.
26 November: Music and a take-away night. Social evening to meet friends and share a take away ordered by the bar with live music from Boxted based Loxley’s Corner.
10 December: fun Children’s Christmasparty, save the date details to be confirmed.
The group will be visiting Tesco on Tuesday October 11.
Boxted Parish Council
Next meets on Wednesday 12 October at 7 pm in Boxted Village Hall.
A Barn Dance/Ceilidh takes place at Langham Community Centre to celebrate its refurbishment on Saturday 15 October; doors open 7.00 pm. Bring your own drinks and glasses; casual dress; sandwich buffet provided. Tickets £10 each (£5 for accompanied under-12s). For tickets and further details contact Liz Winter on 322301 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 16 October
8 am Eucharist service at St Mary’s Church, Langham.
9.30 am Family service at St Mary’s Church, Langham.
11 am Service at the Methodist Church led by Brian Dack.
200 years of Countryside History: an illustrated talk by Ashley Cooper
Boxted village hall 7.30 for 8 pm on Wednesday 19 October.
Operation Christmas Child
Boxted and Langham churches and schools are participating in this appeal again this year and details of drop off points for the shoeboxes full of gifts will be in the November parish newsletter.
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 https://www.compoundsecurity.co.ukand 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.
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, looking from the outside, resembles a television switched on within a room. You can also record serial numbers of products on https://www.immobilise.com free of 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 (a light or TV) plugged into a plug socket; an internet search will find such.
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.