4th February 2019

Faces of The Village

Nik Szymanek

Nik and his wife, Shirley, moved to Boxted 3 years ago. The village ticked all the boxes because there are no street lights and very dark skies which are ideal for Nik’s lifelong interest in astronomy.

He has an observatory in his back garden in which he can take long exposure photographs of the stars and galaxies and has published two books – ‘Shooting Stars’ and ‘Infinity Rising’, which are both guides to astronomical photography. He is also writes a monthly article on photographing the night sky for the UK’s leading astronomy magazine ‘Astronomy Now’ and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

As a member of BBC Weather Watchers his photos of Boxted have been used in the background of the Look East weather forecasts.

Nik makes a strong case for the reduction of light pollution which exists even in rural villages like Boxted where pockets of light pollution exist. Any form of lighting that shines above horizontal is wasteful, incredibly detrimental to wildlife and increases the carbon footprint unnecessarily. Statistics show that glary spotlights do nothing to reduce crime, in some cases quite the opposite. It’s much better to use downward-pointing lighting on a motion sensor so the light only comes on for a short time while it’s needed.

Nik’s other interest is drumming and he plays in the heavy rock band ‘VT11’ which plays local gigs, especially in pubs around Ipswich and Stowmarket.


Nik is happy to give talks on astronomy to any groups or clubs who may wish to contact him. As there is no nearby astronomical society Nik would be interested in starting a local group and would welcome any like-minded persons contacting him:

Photos of the recent Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse taken in Boxted by Nik from his observatory.

Nil’s work, including photos taken in Boxted, can be viewed on the following links:



Bingo at Boxted Community Hub

Tuesday 5 February from 2 – 4 pm

This takes place every two weeks on a Tuesday afternoon.

Mobile Library

Thursday 7 February from 10.10 – 10.40 am at Boxted Playing Field Car park.

Please take care not to block the three centre spaces in the car park.
This will allow the library bus room to manoeuvre.
Read a review of the book: ‘ The Effortless Sleep Method’, here

The History of Mile End

This will be the subject of an illustrated talk at the Evergreens meeting on Thursday 7 February in Boxted Village Hall from 2.30 pm.

New members or visitors welcome.

Church Services

Sunday 10 February

9.30 am Sung Eucharist at St Peter’s Boxted

11 am service at Boxted Methodist Church led by Alan Beesley

4 pm Family Service at St Mary’s, Langham

Beer and The Bible

On the second Monday of every month at The Shepherd in Langham.

An informal and relaxed evening taking a passage from The Bible and it’s relevance to today.

Next meeting: Monday 11 February from 8 pm.

All Welcome.

Contact Dominic Shiel 01206 273324 email dominic@poplarsgs.co.uk or just turn up.

Boxted Carpet Bowls Club

The club meets every Friday night from 7 – 10 pm and alternate Tuesday afternoons from 1.30 to 4.30 pm at Boxted Village Hall.

The next Tuesday meeting is on 12th February.

New members always welcome.

Boxted WI

Chinese New Year Cook Off

Tuesday 12 February in the village hall from 7.30 pm.
Boxted Parish Council February Meeting

Wednesday 13 February from 7.30 pm in the village hall.

Langham Ladies

Next meet on Thursday 14 February, 8.00 pm in the Community Centre, when Sarah Knights will speak on Chappel Home Chocolate. For further details on the trip to see Annie, lunch at Colchester Institute’s restaurant and a course on technology contact Gill Brown on 273286.

Road Closure on Straight Road, Boxted

Notice is hereby given that the Essex County Council intends, not less than seven days from the date of this notice, to make the above Order under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

Effect of the order: To temporarily close that length of Straight Road, Boxted in the Borough of Colchester, from its junction with the centre of Hobbs Drive, east for a distance of approximately 10 metres (Works ref EP00312000718).

The closure is scheduled to commence on 18 February 2019 to 22 February 2019 or where appropriate signs are showing and weather permitting and is required for the safety of the public and workforce works to install new foul sewer connection in association with Section 50 Licence (works to be undertaken in phases).

The alternative routes will be via: Straight Road, Dedham Road, Old Mill Road, Chapel Road, Langham Lane, Langham Road, Straight Road and vice versa.

Access for emergency service vehicles and pedestrians will be maintained at all times during the closure.

All future planned road works and closure in Essex can be found on the following link:


Boxted History Group

Anglian Clerical Characters

Wednesday 20 February

Boxted Village Hall 7.30 pm

Boxted Airfield Historical Group

Next meets on Tuesday 19 February, 7.30 pm at the Museum, Langham Lane, Langham, when Mike Davis will speak on Aircraft Versus U-Boats in World War 2. Details available from Jeremy on 07885 657255 or jezzyh@btinternet.com

Admission donation £4, includes refreshments and a raffle ticket.


The house collection boxes are now due to be gathered in and their contents counted and sent on to the Children’s Society. The local Children’s Society representatives are: Boxted: Gill Pullen, Tel.273804; Langham: Denise Hobday, Tel. 230918 who will arrange to pick them up.

Thank you to all the kind folks who have collected throughout the year and if you feel you would like a box at home to put odd coins in throughout the year please ask Gill or Denise for one.


Essex Youth Offending Service are looking for projects in the Colchester/Tendring area.

We are currently helping charities, churches and third sector agencies across Essex with jobs such as painting, serving teas/coffees, helping at charity events and we would love to help out more in Colchester and Tendring and surrounding areas! (such as Colchester, Tiptree, Clacton, Harwich, Jaywick etc).

If you have or know of any such project please get in contact!

We are particularly interested in not for profit café’s and also sports related projects such as disability sports, sports in the community.

Contact me Karen Sinclair on 07921 912509 or karen.sinclair@essex.gov.uk

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

Dedham Vale & Stour Valley ANOB

Essex County Council’s PROW Interactive map

Colchester District Neighbourhood Watch

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