8th October 2018

Faces of The Village

Gill Munson.

Gill lived in Boxted for 28 years running Munson’s Poultry with her husband, John. Their Christmas turkeys were featured in Delia Smith, Rick Stein and supplied to Harrods, both Roux brothers & top London hotels.

Gill was very involved with the community during that time.
She helped run the youth club at the Methodist Hall with Glynis Rogerson for 13 years and as a Duke of Edinburgh leader helped the village’s children achieve their
D of E awards.

Gill was an active member of the WI, both as Treasurer, then President for four years.

At the time the Village Hall was running at a deficit, including a £500 electricity bill with no funds to pay it.
Together with another past resident, Wendy Haywood, Gill helped form a committee which eventually turned the VH finances around. The hall floor which was damp, was completely re-covered. A Lottery Fund grant was obtained renovate the kitchen. Other projects were also implemented to repair, replace and improve the hall facilities.

The Indoor Carpet Bowls club was started to encourage more involvement from the local community.

The playgroup used the village hall at that time, but play sessions with sand and water did not lend itself to the new floor so Gill, together her husband and two other past residents, John and Ann Newiss, formed another committee to raise funds to setup a new play area using nearby spare land owned by the Parish Council.

Following a lot of fundraising and the tireless help of many people in the village the concrete path, which leads round to the play area on King George field, was laid, a second-hand demountable building was sited and Boxted Playgroup moved in. The playgroup thrived and was the pre-cursor to the Little Owls pre-school which is now housed in purpose built premises next to the Community Hub.

Gill, who visited the recent McMillan coffee morning in Boxted, retired to Myland some years ago and is now enjoying leading a quiet life.

Beer and The Bible

Monday 8 October

On the second Monday of each month a relaxed and informal group of people meet at The Shepherd PH, Langham, to discuss a bible topic. Next meeting: Monday 8 October from 8 pm.

All Welcome. Contact Dominic Shiel 01206 273324 email dominic or just turn up.


Celebration of Diwali

Tuesday 9 October 7.30 pm Boxted Village Hall

Boxted Parish Council

The October meeting takes place on Wednesday 10 October in the village hall from 7.30 pm.
Read Boxted Parish Council’s October meeting agenda here:

Mobile Library

King George Playing Field car park

Thursday 11 October

10.10 to 10.40 am.

Please avoid parking in the three central spaces to allow room for the library van to manoeuvre.
Read a review of the book ‘Three Things About Elsie’ here:

Langham Ladies

Next meet on Thursday 11 October, 8.00 pm in Langham Community Centre, when Barbara McElroy will speak on

Ernest Hemingway – Soldier, Sailor, Spy.

Further details from Gill Brown on 273286.

Church Services

Sunday 14 October

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

11 am H C service at Boxted Methodist Church with Rev Ken Chalmers

4 pm Family Service at St Mary’s Langham.

Boxted History Group

Angel Roofs of East Anglia with Michael Rimmer

Wednesday 17 October. Boxted Village Hall from 7.30 pm. All welcome.


Sitting Down Keep Fit

Thursday 18 October. Boxted Village Hall from 2.30 pm.

New members always welcome.

Boxted and Langham Parish Newsletter

The date has come around again when the editor, Tim Clarke, is asking for articles for the next edition of the parish newsletter.

Any entries should be sent to lwbnewsletter@gmail.com before the end of

Thursday 18th October.


Boxted Methodist Silver Band

are having a quiz night on Saturday 20 October in Boxted Village Hall 7.15 for 7.30 start. Tickets £5 per person up to eight in a team. Nibbles included but bring your own drinks. Tickets can be reserved from Liz 01206271511 or band members.

Poppy Appeal Quiz

Saturday 20 October at 8 pm. Boxted British Legion. Teams of 4 to 6. £2 per head. Please contact Barry Took on 07941 724543 to book.

St. Peter’s Music Presents

Eve of Peace

Armistice Century Concert

Saturday 3rd November 2018, 4pm
at St. Peter’s Church, Boxted

A Boxted community event to mark the end of WW1
with music, poetry, drama and much more, involving:

Boxted Methodist Silver Band, Boxted Amateur Players,
Boxted branch of The Royal British Legion
and other local residents.

Prizegiving to winners of “Boxted in 100 years time” competition by pupils of Boxted St. Peter’s CEVC School.

Tickets £10 including interval refreshments.

Proceeds shared between St. Peter’s Tower Repair Fund and Contact Stress (Veterans Mental Health Charity).

Tickets available from Stephen & Annette Whybrow –01206 272773
or Jos Carter – 01206 272755

Pictured above is a copy of the cover of the Dedication Service sheet for the service that took place 98 years ago in St Peter’s. Coincidentally it was an afternoon service in the week before Remembrance day, as this year’s will be..

The original service sheet is in the village History Archive which is cared for by Annette Whybrow.

Boxted Village Website :

Boxted Parish Council Website

Boxted Village Hall

Boxted Primary School

Little Owls Pre-School

Langham and Boxted Churches

Boxted Methodist Silver Band

Boxted Cricket Club

Boxted Running Club

Boxted Airfield Historical Group

Langham Community Centre

Langham Community Shop

Essex County Council’s PROW Interactive map