4th December 2018

Langham Ladies

Are holding a party to celebrate Suffragettes Centenary, Thursday 6 December, 8.00 pm at the Community Centre.

Special guest: Baroness Jenkin of Kennington.

Church Services

Sunday 9 December:

9.30 am Sung Eucharist at St Peter’s Boxted.

11am service at Boxted Methodist Church led by Brian Dack.

4 pm Family Service at St Mary’s, Langham.


Boxted WI

‘Party Like it’s 1918’

Tuesday 11 December 7.30 pm in Boxted Village Hall.

If any body would like a stall/table for £5, please could they contact Bonnie at the Hub.

Christmas Carol Service

St Peter’s, Boxted

Sunday 16 December at 6pm

To be followed by mulled wine, mince pies and other Christmas refreshments.

Neighbourhood Watch

A house on Straight Road near The Cross was broken into between the hours of 1600 and 1930 on Thursday 29 November whilst the homeowners were out. Entry seems to have been gained through a rear window and an untidy (gross understatement) search of all rooms was carried out. Jewellery, money and house/car keys were stolen. The garage door was forced and a blue Peugeot 207 was taken – vrm EA59 YKZ. The vehicle is still outstanding stolen. It is understood there was more than one burglary during this period, one on Straight Road and another one near Mile End. The latter however, is unconfirmed.

Parish Council Report November 18

Boxted Parish Council meets at least 10 times every year. We have 9 Councillors, who all volunteer a bit of time each month to help keep Boxted a good place to live.
We are hoping that the Council will have the opportunity to take over a small green open space on the edge of the Lynton home development at the former Hill Farm for use as a village green. At this month’s meeting the Council were keen to support a project that might see an outside war memorial in the village. At present the commemoration to those that died in the wars is inside Boxted Church but if we can establish a village green then a war memorial might be a welcome addition to the green.
The meeting also heard from Essex Sheds. This is a great project that helps communities establish a shed as a place for people to meet and work on wood and metalwork projects whilst enjoying a bit of company and a cup of tea. The great news is that a shed location has been secured between Langham and Boxted and now the project is looking for people that want to get involved to get the shed up and running. If you want to find out more look up Essex Sheds in your web browser or on Facebook. If you want to talk to someone that can give you more information then please get in touch with Essex Sheds esn 01621 851891 and ask for Gary.
You might be surprised to know that the Parish Council is also the sole trustee of your Village Hall and we have asked the WI to refresh the Christmas decorations.
For some time, the cricket and football teams have had a defibrillator that is available pitch-side on match days. However, when the teams aren’t playing it has been locked away. The Council has purchased a defibrillator cabinet which is now on the outside wall of the Community Hub building facing the Recreation Ground, and as soon as we have lodged the access code with the ambulance service this defibrillator will be available for public use. You will need to phone 999 and they will give you the code to get access to the defibrillator. Don’t be afraid to grab the machine in an emergency because the instructions are straight forward and are given to you by the defib itself when you hit the on button. We are also hoping to install a further defib in a cabinet on the British Legion building which is a bit more accessible for the Colchester side of the village. We have all the permissions in place and are just waiting for the machine itself which is being supplied by a Community First Responder project.
By the time you are reading this we should have seen the installation of a village Christmas tree by the village hall. In future years we might be able to position a tree on the land we might be able to use as a village green.
The Council had a good look at the budget requirement for next year and is very hopeful that the amount we request in precept (that’s the amount we get from Colchester Borough Council to fund the Parish Council) will be small increase on last year.
As the Council is responsible for both the Village Hall building and Community Hub building we are going through the usual health and safety checks that we need to do and we have also had the various play areas inspected by a Playground qualified inspector and we were pleased to see that the equipment has only very minor observations.
The children’s play area has received a fresh coat of paint as has the fingerpost sign on the Cage Land traffic island. The sign is missing at the moments as we are getting that touched up too.
On May 2nd2019 local elections take place and if you think that you would like to get involved with the Parish Council and make a difference to your village then why not consider putting your name forward as a candidate. In the mean time come along to a parish meeting and see how it all works.
For more information or you want to make any suggestions then email the Clerk, Karen, on boxtedparishcouncil.

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

Colchester District Neighbourhood Watch