25th March 2019

Faces of The Village

On a bright sunny Saturday morning 30 members of the Boxted Methodist Silver Band and 20 guests boarded a coach at the Boxted Primary School and headed for Windsor. This was a big day for the band and after weeks and weeks of rehearsal the coach driver closed the doors and we were off. A few months ago one of the band’s committee had been chatting to an old friend who just happened to be Canon Martin Poll; Domestic Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen; Chaplain of the Great Park and Canon of Windsor. The conversation developed into arranging a trip to Windsor to perform a concert. The day was divided into three main elements. arrival and a private tour of the famous St Georges chapel, time in Windsor for exploring and lunch and then a concert at Her Majesty’s private chapel on the Windsor estate, All Saints.
Greeted by Canon Martin on arrival at the castle we left the coach, divided into two groups and went into St Georges. Provided with guides from the knights of the guarded organisation we had a very private guided tour. Red ropes were lifted to allow us through, guides announcing “Boxted party only“ to bemused tourists and onlookers and our guides informed us of Queens and Kings and heraldry and scandal and wonderment of times gone by and yes of royal weddings. It was a magnificent building and we were treated like royalty.
The sun still shone and we enjoyed the sights and treats of Windsor and then back to the coach and off to set up and rehearse at All Saints. Canon Martin entertained us on the coach with information of the sights seen as we entered into the Queens estate at Windsor. On arrival at the chapel we entered through the royal protection gates and, being observed by protection services, were ushered into the small car park. The chapel is a very special place; no other bands had played in this very special place and we were truly honoured. Arranging the area for the band we carefully moved seats that the very next day royalty would be sitting on for the morning service the following day. The concert was being supported by the people and staff from the Royal Windsor estate and they came out in good numbers. We played a full concert programme with feature pieces such as Fly me to the Moon and Ill walk with God and a specially written arrangement by our conductor Victoria of the hymn Immortal Invisible God only Wise. Mark Kettle gave a brief talk about the work of the Band and Boxted. A retiring collection was taken for one of the congregations charities and £460 for the Tommy’s charity for research into neo-natal birth was amassed. The people of Windsor made the people of Boxted very welcome and the band of Boxted performed superbly. Lots of applause, instruments back on the coach, a select team to re set the chapel and replace the chairs for royalty where just a few minutes ago trombones had played. The Boxted Methodist Silver Band had represented the Methodism, and represented Boxted at the very highest level, and they did it proudly. All enjoyed the day and many many friends and memories were made.

Trevor Bellis, Boxted Methodist Silver Band.

Help Getting Online

Tuesday 26 March

Drop-in sessions at Boxted Community Hub run by Colchester Borough Council
At the online drop in sessions, you are encouraged to bring your own device where you will receive help using it.

Third and Fourth Tuesdays of every month
10.30am – 12.00pm

Contact Digital Access Support Team on 01206 282452

Boxted Carpet Bowls Club Every Friday 7 pm. Fortnightly Tuesday 2.30 pm. Boxted Village Hall

Next meeting 29 March

Church Services

Sunday 31 March

8 am Said Eucharist – Book of Common Prayer at St Peter’s Boxted with Archdeacon Michael Fox.

9.30 am Mothering Sunday Family Service at St Mary’s Langham with Rev Merv McKinney.

10 am Service at the Methodist Church.

Bingo at Boxted Community Hub. Tuesday 2 April. 2 - 4 pm
Mimi's Pop Up Cafe Friday 5 April 11.15 - 1.30 Langham Community Centre

Household Items Drop Off Service

Saturday 6 April

Boxted Playing Field Car Park 11 to 12 noon

For extra domestic collections of large household items.

* no fridges or freezers;
* please bring green garden waste separately to be composted;
* this service is provided for small loads and from domestic properties, so you can use this service to dispose of bulky items not normally collected with household waste;
* no commercial refuse or hazardous waste such as asbestos, batteries, liquids, gas bottles;
* no large loads please.no electrical goods
* no items which can be recycled through kerbside collections


An evening of Gospel and Blues Music

with The Quire Community Choir

St Peter’s Church, Saturday 6 April from 7.30 pm.

Tickets £12 inclusive of the first drink. Licensed Bar.

All proceeds in aid of The St Peter’s Tower Roof Repair Fund.

Tickets available from Linda and Dominic Shiel:

01206 273324  dominic@poplargs.co.uk

Free Sunday Roast April 7. Boxted Methodist Church Hall. 1 pm. Call 07917 324431 to book.

Langham Tennis Club

Easter Holiday Tennis Camps.

April 8th, 10th, 12th, 15th, & 17th.
£12 per day. 10am till 3pm. Indoor hall available. Bring packed lunch. 5 to 13 years of age.
All equipment provided. Experienced LTA Licensed Coach. For more details call or text Mark on 07871 322494.

Junior Tennis Coaching sessions

at Langham Tennis Club. Saturday and Sunday mornings. 10.30am to 11.30am 5 to 10yrs. 11.30am to 12.30pm 10 to 16yrs.
Cost: £7 per session. Pay and Play.
All abilities welcome and all equipment provided. To book a place, call or text LTA Licensed Coach Mark on 07871 322494.

Anyone wanting to join Langham Tennis Club can contact Jacqueline Rudge on 01206 272031. Annual fees are child £20, adult £30, family £50.

Easter Lilies

If you would like to remember loved ones by giving lilies for the Easter flower arrangements at St Mary’s, Langham or St Peter’s, Boxted, please call Dot Garner (272599) or Annette Whybrow. (272773) The price is expected to be £1.62 for a longiflorum lily or £2.40 for an arum lily. Alternatively there are lists in each church which can be completed. Orders to be placed by 15 April.

Would you like to have a Men’s Shed in your area?

Sheds are community spaces where men can socialise, work on practical projects and learn new skills together. Whether making toys for craft fairs, planters for civic buildings or even restoring village signs you can be sure it’s not all about the wood or metal working- it’s just as much about the company; the morning ritual of tea and biscuits and banter, the sharing of stories as well as skills.

The first Men’s Shed opened in Maldon in 2014, since then the Essex Shed Network has provided support and advice to many other Sheds which have successfully opened across the county. And now we have found a site for a potential Shed between Langham and Boxted, but we need your help to get it off the ground and make it a success.

So, if you would like to have a Men’s Shed in your community, then please come along to an informal meeting that Boxted Parish Council is hosting at Boxted Village Hall to express your interest and find out more- Wednesday 24 April 7pm.
We look forward to meeting you there!



Companion Dog Show. Saturday 4 May. On field next to the British Legion. Call John Carter 01206 272275

Colchester Foodbank in Langham

We recently gave a talk to Langham
Parish Council about our additional Warehouse project (which has been enabled by a benefactor Cardea Housing Association) which is to be based in Langham.
We invited them and you dear reader, to come and visit the Foodbank to see what we do, we are
open 10am to 2pm Monday to Saturday at 33 Moorside Business Park, Eastgates, Colchester CO1 2ZF.

We need additional space, in November 2018 Aldi offered us 43 large pallets of food on an all or nothing basis, at that time we only had room for 3 pallets so we were unable to take delivery of the food. In December 2018 we expanded to fill the last unused space in our current location and that coupled with volunteers working double shifts was only just sufficient to enable us to get through our busiest month ever December 2018, which has led into 2019 with our busiest January and February ever recorded.

We have recently opened on Saturdays, in response to the rising trend in demand for our service, from frontline professionals from the 165 registered partner agencies in the Colchester area who make the emergency food voucher referrals to people in crisis so they can access our service. Colchester Foodbank is the busiest Foodbank in Essex, in 2016 we provided meals for over 5,700 people; in 2017 we provided meals for over 6,300 people and in 2018 we provided meals for over 7,000 people. Of these over a third each year were children.

We are looking to see if any people from the Langham area might be willing to volunteer for us initially one day a week to help with our new development in Langham. If so please download a volunteer application from our website fill it in and send it into us, many thanks!


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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