12th December 2016

Church Services

Sunday 18 December

8 am Said Eucharist at St Mary’s Langham

9.30 am Family service at St Mary’s, Langham

The story of Jesus’ birth by way of a tableau will take place at the 9.30 am service. Children and adults are invited to dress as Mary, Joseph, an angel or a shepherd and to be part of the tableau. There is no limit to the numbers of Marys, Josephs etc. so all are welcome to come dressed as they wish.

11 am service at Boxted Methodist Church

Mobile Library

Tuesdays 20 December and 3 January

Boxted Playing Field car park 10.55 – 11.30 am

Read a review of the book: Orphan X here:

History Group

Hits of the 50’s and 60’s – a musical journey by Ray Spiller.

Wednesday 21 December 7.30 for 8 pm in Boxted Village Hall.

At the British Legion on Friday 23 December from 3-6 pm. Father Christmas will be there plus magician, children’s games, music and a gift for everyone. Tickets £10 per person must book in advance. Contact the club or Barry to book 07941 724543

Operation Christmas Child: Shoebox Appeal 2016

Thanks go to organiser Claire Arculus and to everyone who contributed to this year’s collection of 127 filled shoeboxes. They are being transported by Keith and Shirley Groome to the Samaritan’s Purse depot at Sudbury, then on to Eastern Europe. Of the 127 boxes, 73 were offered through St Mary’s and St Peter’s Churches, 24 through Boxted St Peter’s School and 30 through Langham Primary School. Grateful thanks are also due to Keith and Shirley who are retiring after twenty years of collecting and transporting Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes.

A new telephone exchange box has been installed on the Boxted Straight Road near the crossroads of Chapel Road and Mill Road. This has further extended higher broadband speeds to parts of the village.

Avian Flu

Anyone who has chickens in their gardens are advised to keep them indoors for a month to stop them getting/spreading avian flu from wild birds.


Active Citizens: coming to a place near you – do you know someone who could volunteer?

Throughout the UK, there are numerous examples where members of the public are volunteering in roles to support local policing activity.

Essex Police is excited to be creating our own Active Citizens programme, expanding our existing volunteer framework to enable even more members of the public to become involved in supporting their local community through volunteering with the police.

The Essex Police Active Citizen programme is a great opportunity for people to add to their CV or for those who want to give something back to their community.

How to apply

Please complete and return the Active Citizen application form:




If you or anyone who may be interested in joining their local Active Citizen team require more details please email


Aixam Quadricycles

Aixam Quadricycles and the law as it applies to their ‘drivers’ – whether 16 years old or older

Parents may now be looking to buy their children a four-wheeled vehicle known as an Aixam Quadricycle, which, technically, falls under the category of a moped.

The public are told children from the age of 16 can legally drive this vehicle but they may not have the correct information of what the requirements are to do so.

The following requirements must be in place before a person from the age of 16 (unless they passed their test prior to April 1, 1997) can drive such a vehicle:

•a Provisional driving licence with a category AM, which covers them to ride a moped / quadricycle
•a valid CBT certificate
•the vehicle must have a restricted speed of 30mph (most have a top speed of 28 mph)
•the vehicle’s unladen weight must not be more than 350kgs – some new versions are coming in at 425kg, which would put them overweight and, therefore, make them illegal
•the driver must display front and rear ‘L’ plates
•the driver cannot carry any passengers even though the vehicle has two seats. This means the driver cannot be supervised, as this would mean them carrying a passenger.

This type of vehicle has two seats, so it may be tempting for teenagers to breach the requirements regarding the carrying of passengers.