11th April 2017

Faces of The Village

Jasmine Pearl, who is running the London Marathon on 23 April.

Jasmine has lived in Boxted all her life, and is the third generation to live in the family home. Jasmine attended Boxted Primary School and East Bergholt High School before studying A-Levels at Colchester Sixth Form College and she now works at a local private hospital as a Finance Administrator. She was a member of Boxted Methodist Silver Band where she had great fun and can remember spending cold evenings playing carols round the village at Christmas.

On Sunday 23 April 2017 she will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon for The National Autistic Society.

Jasmine’s younger cousin is autistic and his family struggled to get the support they needed until they discovered the society.

Before signing up to run the London Marathon Jasmine was the first to say she hated running and certainly did not see how running could ever be enjoyable! A lot has changed in just a few months- running isn’t so bad (she might not be saying that on Sunday 23 April) in fact it’s often a welcome break from day to day life.

Jasmine would greatly appreciate any support in helping her to reach her target of £2500. Please visit her Virgin Money Giving page to make a donation.


Mobile Library

Tuesdays 11 and 25 April

Boxted Playing Field car park 10.55 – 11.30 am
Read a review of the book: ‘The Finest Hours’ here:

If you have weeds growing in the cracks of your patio, deck or driveway kill them by spraying them with a solution of 1/4 cup of salt added to 1 gallon of water. To keep weeds from returning to the cracks of your patio, deck, or driveway keep salt in the cracks.


Handy Household Hints – Ann Burr

Boxted village hall Tuesday 11 April from 7.30 pm

Boxted Parish Council April Meeting

Wednesday 12 April at 7 pm in the village hall.
Read Boxted Parish Council’s April agenda here:

Easter Church Services

Good Friday
Meditation and Reflection 12 mid-day St Peter’s, Boxted

Easter Day
8 am Eucharist St Mary’s, Langham

9.30 am Sung Eucharist St Mary’s, Langham

11 am Easter Sunday Service at the Methodist Church

Easter Lilies

Dot Garner (272599) and Annette Whybrow (272773) are again organising Easter Lilies to be included in the flower arrangements in memory of loved ones. The cost is £2.60 each for Arum lilies and £1.60 each for Longiflorum. Orders can be written on the available forms in the two village churches.

History Group

AGM & Castro’s Cuba

an illustrated talk by Paula Short.

Wednesday 19 April 7.15 pm at Boxted village hall.

Please join us for a fun evening of Hymn singing




6.30pm – 9.30pm

Local Beers on tap
Wine and Soft Drinks

Barbecue, sausages and burgers

Adults £6.00 includes first drink
No charge for children

All money raised is for Youth Work
In Langham and Boxted

Boxted Airfield Historical Group

Open Day: At the Museum, Langham Lane, Langham, Sunday 30 April, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm; admission by donation £3. AGM takes place on 18 April. Contact 07503 952354.

Neighbourhood Watch

Moor Road, Langham. Theft from a vehicle.

Ivy lodge Road, Gt Horkesley. Burglary in a residential dwelling. Suspect has forced entry, conducted a messy search and removed items.

Cold Calling Alarm Companies

Following calls from residents concerned about cold callers selling burglar alarms police advice is, if you are concerned about your security and considering fitting a burglar alarm, contact your local police crime reduction officer who will give you free advice. We recommend that you get at least three quotes from accredited companies found using the web sites https://www.nsi.org.uk or https://ssaib.org before making your choice, or choose a Trading Standards “Buy with Confidence” accredited company. Buy with Confidence companies have been vetted by Trading Standards and have all the right accreditations; have a look at https://www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk or ring 0345 404 0506. Residents throughout the county have reported receiving unsolicited telephone calls from companies who say that crime is on the increase and that they are at risk. These companies offer to install a free or a very cheap burglar alarm and claim or imply they are working with agencies such as the Home Office or the police. This is not true.
Most people who have been contacted by these companies have had the good sense not to allow them to visit their home but on the odd occasion where work has been carried out, the cost to the customer has been exorbitant. On occasions it has been stated that this is a special offer due to their age or other circumstances and the burglar alarm will be either very cheap or even free, what is not mentioned though is that there will be a yearly monitoring and maintenance fee which in some cases is very expensive.
The callers may block their own telephone number so they can’t be called back. However if any interest is shown in their product the company will persistently call and badger the homeowner to agree to a visit particularly if they find out they are elderly.
My advice is not to buy a burglar alarm from a cold caller over the telephone or at the door and don’t agree to a visit.
If you do feel that you have been a victim of cold calling regarding home security then contact Trading Standards on 08454 040506 or http://www.essex.gov.uk/Business-Partners/Trading-Standards/Pages/Trading-Standards.aspx
“As a crime prevention officer I always welcome calls from people who want advice to keep themselves and their property secure whether it is installing an appropriate burglar alarm or something as simple as having proper locks fitted to your home.”
Crime prevention officers listed below for your area will be happy to help with any queries about home security and they can all be contacted using the national police non emergency telephone number of 101.
Stephen Armson-Smith

Stephen Armson-Smith – Braintree and Uttlesford
David Gillies -Chelmsford and Maldon
Angie Pearson – Tendring and Colchester