26th February 2018

Faces of the Village

Jos Carter

Following an inspiring talk by the Catherine Bullen Foundation Jos is recruiting knitters or donations of wool for blankets and hats for a clinic in Namibia (see background below) and would love to hear from anyone who can help.
In the summer of 2002, Catherine Bullen, from Mersea Island, a fifth year medical student at Bristol University travelled with a fellow student to Namibia via Dubai and South Africa to go on a safari. Two days into the safari, she became seriously ill with a virulent strain of gastro enteritis. Despite valiant efforts to save her, she died at the age of 22 yrs. Her family, friends and university were devastated by the death of a young girl who was destined to become by all accounts a brilliant doctor. There was a feeling that something positive must emerge from this appalling tragedy and within a matter of days, the Catherine Bullen Memorial Fund was launched.

More details on the work of the Catherine Bullen foundation can be found here:


Jos can be contacted on jocelyn or ‘phone 01206 272755

Mobile Library

Tuesday 27 February and 13 March

10.55 – 11.30 am

Boxted Playing Field car park
Read a review of the thriller South Atlantic Requiem by East Anglian Author Edward Wilson, here:

The nationally promoted Great British Spring Clean takes place between Friday 2nd and Sunday 4th March.

Stephen Whybrow is proposing to mark the occasion by gathering together one or two groups of say 6 volunteers to tackle one or more of the road stretches in Boxted which are difficult for individual volunteers to deal with largely for reasons of safety. Stephen has obtained some large and prominent warning signs and the plan would be to have one of these carried in advance of the group and one behind so as to slow the traffic down then the other 4 volunteers in each group should be able to pick up the litter over a short period of time. He has some Hi Vis clothing for anyone who does not have this.

The time proposed is 10.00am on Saturday 3rd March with a view to finishing by 11.30 am if not sooner.

If you are able to join in please contact Stephen as soon as possible.


Only four tables left!
Any singles or couples that may like to attend please contact Dominic or Linda on:

01206 273324,



Village Hall Cage Lane Boxted

Saturday 3rd March 7.00pm for 7.30pm start

Tables of up to 8 people £6.00 per person

£3.00 per child (11years and under)

Entrance includes snacks served at half time Licensed Bar until 10.00pm

Raffle – numerous prizes

All proceeds for St. Peter’s and St Mary’s Church’s Youth Groups
To book a table ring Dominic or Linda

Church Services

Sunday 4 March

9.30 am Sung Eucharist at St Mary’s Church, Langham

11 am service at Boxted Methodist Church

3 pm Methodist Silver Band Monthly Service at Boxted Methodist Church

Boxted Methodist Silver Band Spring Concert

7.30 on March 10th in Gt Horkesley New Village Hall. Tickets £6 from Liz 271511 or band members. Everybody welcome to come and hear our new repertoire – includes music from stage screen and song as well as traditional brass band favourites.

We’ve gone all green!

New recycling bins outside Langham Community Shop

We stock recycling containers and bags on behalf of Colchester Borough Council

For more information on recycling and voucher number needed for garden sacks please see the Council website: https://beta.colchester.gov.uk/recycling-and-rubbish/

Shop Open
Monday – Friday 8.45am – 5pm

Saturday 8.45am – 1pm

Sunday and Bank Holidays 9.30 – 11.30am

Recycling in the carpark available 24/7!

Hospital merger update from Chief Executive, Nick Hulme

The two NHS trusts that run Colchester and Ipswich hospitals are planning to come together as a single organisation this summer. As the chief executive of both hospitals, I want to share the reasons for this with you as I know how important our services are to local residents.

The aim of the merger is to see you at the right time, attract and retain the best staff, and provide the latest treatments locally. Joining together will help us do this. As the largest NHS trust in the region, we will have the scale to save, strengthen and even grow some services. This won’t happen if we carry on as two medium sized separate organisations.

The merger does offer exciting opportunities to improve services for the residents we serve. However, I also know that change can cause worry and concerns.

The number one concern about the merger I hear from local people is about travel. I know that transport, especially public transport, is already a concern in your day to day lives, regardless of hospital visits.

There will be no changes to A&E or maternity services at either Colchester or Ipswich hospitals and both will continue to provide 24/7 emergency admissions. The vast majority of outpatient appointments will continue to take place as they do now. However, we need to make sure you only come to either hospital for an appointment if there is a clinical need for your to do so. We will look at how we use technology to reduce the number of time you need to attend, as well as reviewing how we could increase the use of, for example, telephone follow up. We will also be looking at how we use our community hospitals in Felixstowe, Harwich, Clacton, Halstead, Aldeburgh and Ipswich’s Bluebird Lodge, and our community services.

Over time, our doctors and other clinicians may decide that concentrating some very specialised expertise at one hospital is the best way to diagnose or treat patients with less common conditions. This may also be the only way to meet national NHS guidelines.

Although this would only affect small numbers of patients, change like this would need public consultation and a robust assessment of impact on travel. We would make sure any travel concerns were properly addressed. There is no point improving services if it is too difficult, expensive or impossible for patients to use them.

While a small number of patients may have to travel further within the local region, it may save them journeys further afield to hospitals in London, Cambridge, Norfolk or Basildon, which is where they would go now.

There will be some financial savings from this merger, but these will predominantly come from spending less on overheads and duplication across two organisations. This will make more money available for the services you use and rely on, and provide better support and more time for our staff to care for you.

Across the country, the NHS, local authorities and other partners are increasingly working together. Through the Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP’s), they are sharing information, expertise and resources to provide care quicker and easier for local residents. This means services designed and delivered to work best for people, not organisations.

For the new organisation, our approach to achieving the full potential of this new way of working will be to think about how much time matters. Illness or accidents create stress and worry. That’s normal. But too often, our current systems and ways of working adds unnecessary stress and frustration. Poor communication. Duplication. Late-running appointments. Staff battling with multiple systems.

By making time matter, we will concentrate our efforts on removing those aspects of our systems that don’t work for our patients and staff. Valuing your time, freeing up time for staff to care for you, is the right thing to do for the people we serve

Thank you.

February 2018 AONB Monthly update

• £1.1m Funding Confirmed for Undergrounding Low Voltage Power Cables

Two schemes to bury unsightly low voltage power cables in the AONBs have been given final approval. The applications developed and submitted by the AONB team will lead to significant landscape gains and support security of supply. One, at the top of the Blyth estuary, will cost about £650,000, and the other in Shotley and will cost £530,000. Both will be paid for from a dedicated Ofgem fund and the work will be undertaken by UK Power Networks who own the lines. Confirmation means that all the landowners involved have agreed in principle to the changes to the network, and so the funding can now be released.

• Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Boundary Review

The statutory consultation on Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Boundary Review runs to 20 April 2018. An opportunity to express your view on the proposals to increase the nationally designated landscape by 4,000 hectares can be made at: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/natural-england/suffolk-coast-and-heaths-aonb

• Minimising Negative Impacts of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects on the AONBs

AONB Chairmen have written to the minister responsible for AONBs asking him to support work to coordinate development proposals that would impact upon both the Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONBs. The proposals for a new Nuclear Power Station at Sizewell, the infrastructure associated with offshore wind, the infrastructure associated with two new interconnectors and the potential of these developments to trigger the requirement to strengthen National Grid’s transmission network between Bramford and Twinstead could be seen to impact the designated landscapes. While these developments will undoubtedly bring benefits, a coordinated approach to them could minimise the damage to the AONBs, local tourism businesses and quality of life for residents.

• Staff changes at the AONB team

Bev McClean is due to start as the new AONB Planning Officer in April. As a qualified planner Bev brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge which we be utilised to influence decisions that impact on the duty to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths.

Bill Jenman has secured a new role with a Landscape Partnership Scheme hosted at the Quantock Hills AONB. Bill’s knowledge and experience will be greatly missed in the AONB team. We will seek to replace him in the role of AONB Projects Officer shortly.

• State of the AONB Report

Following discussion at the AONB’s Combined Advisory Committee (made up of the AONB’s funding partners) a decision has been made to commission ‘State of the AONB’ reports. This work will identify the crucial elements of the AONBs, such as biodiversity, tourism indicators, landscape character etc. The information gathered will provide useful data for focusing work to conserve and enhance natural beauty and a useful snapshot of the condition of the AONBs.

• Use of Colour in Design

Work is currently underway to determine the most suitable colours to use when development happens in the AONBs. The idea is that the use of colour will help development ‘fit’ the AONB and help both developers and those determining planning applications make the best possible decisions for the conservation and enhancement of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths and Dedham Vale AONBs.

• Quick Bits

• An updated, locally sponsored, Shotley Walking Guide has been launched

• The popular Suffolk Walking Festival returns featuring some walks in the AONB. See:


• Colchester’s Mayor walk returns by popular demand. Bures to Dedham via pub stop in Nayland. Saturday 9 June. Contact Simon for details.

• Suffolk Coast Against Retreat Annual General Meeting on Saturday 17 March. See: http://suffolkbis.org.uk/node/793

• National Trust Film on Coastal Change at https://vimeo.com/254485828

• A ‘different’ view on Constable’s Haywain. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1ePMhrNrf0

Simon Amstutz, AONB Manager, 26 February 2018

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