22nd October 2018

Faces of The Village

Tim Clarke

Tim was asked recently if he would consider taking on the role of editor of the monthly newsletter published by the village churches. This is a valued newsletter which is delivered to every home in Boxted and Langham. Tim kindly agreed to do a six month stint until next April.

Another role he has volunteered for is organising Operation Christmas Child often referred to as Shoebox Sunday.

Tim has a passion for this cause and remembers volunteering in his teens with his Mother at a local distribution centre. He has roped in his parents to help again this year when, on a volunteer day granted by Tim’s employers, the three of them will be collecting and delivering the village boxes to the distribution centre in Ipswich.

Tim and his young family live in Colchester. Tim and his wife were married at Langham Church ten years ago, have had both their children baptised there and now play an active role in the church work.

Church Services

Sunday 28 October

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

11 am locally arranged service at Boxted Methodist Church.

Mobile Library

Visiting Boxted Playing Field Car Park on Thursday 1 November between 10.10 to 10.40 am

Please avoid parking in the 3 central parking spaces to allow the library van to manoeuvre.

Read a review of the book:’ Restless Coffins’ here:

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 photo of the grave of Walter William Sparkes, aged 22, who s buried in a War Grave in St Peter’s churchyard. He was the eldest son of William and Kate Sparkes who lived at 66 Mill Road Boxted. They lost their youngest son six months earlier at the Battle of Loos.

This photo is part of the village history archive cared for by Annette Whybrow.

The 1921 dedication of Langham War Memorial.

Pictured left to right:

Revd. Charles Ward (Rector 1914-36); Maj Gen. Richard Mullens CB (The Oaks); Revd Arthur Ager (Baptist Minister);

Revd Thomas Stamford Raffles (Rector 1887-1914).

Operation Christmas Child

As in previous year’s the parish churches will be supporting this years Operation Christmas Child Shoebox appeal where a simple gift can truly change someone’s life for the better.

This year there will be an afternoon awareness event on Sunday 11th November at 4pm and Shoebox Sunday is on the 18th at 9.30am, both held at St Peter’s Church Boxted.

Pre-printed shoeboxes can be purchased from Langham Community Shop at a price of 50p each.

Shoeboxes can be dropped off at either of the events above or alternatively before 18/11 to:

Langham / Boxted Primary Schools
Boxted McLauchlan’s Fruit Farm
3 Aubreys Cottages, Church St Boxted
Autumn House, Chapel Road Bodinnick, Wick Road, Langham

Shoeboxes can also be packed and donated online:



Boxted Road, Boxted

Sometime between the 11 and 12 October:

Suspects unknown rode across the victims field on two dirt motorbikes causing damage to crops.

Please call the police on 101 if you ever witness anything suspicious.

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

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