12th May 2019

Faces of the Village

You may have noticed the plaque at Langham church looks refreshed lately! Handy local resident Brian Flack refurbished the plaque, as part of his voluntary role as Fabric Officer for Langham church.

The Hurlock Schoolroom

The plaque sits on the outer wall of the Hurlock Schoolroom by St Mary’s Church, Langham. The schoolroom was erected in 1832 by Dr James Thomas Hurlock, Rector of Langham, as a girls’ school on weekdays and on Sundays “a resting place for the poor and infirm between services”.
It is thought that the schoolroom fell into disuse when the Board School (now Langham Primary School), which had been established in 1850, started to accept girls after being expanded in 1874.

The schoolroom continued as a home for the Sunday school into the 1950s. After a period of neglect the building was renovated in 1982; a lavatory and server were added in 1992. For many years thereafter it was used for the children’s Sunday Group during the Sunday Eucharist. It now hosts refreshments after church service.

Brian first stripped the rust and flaky paint from the plaque with a wire wool attachment on a drill, and metal files, then filed around each individual letter.

Brian then applied two base coats of white metal paint, then painted each individual letter in black. This process took weeks to complete because the reflection of the sun on the plaque’s white paint can cause temporary blindness, even despite Brian wearing two pairs of sun glasses!

Art exhibition at the Village Hall

The Seasons Art Class is holding an exhibition of students’ work on Monday 13th May. It’s free entry and open to the public from 12-3pm. The exhibition features work completed during the 14-week course which was also held at the Village Hall on Monday mornings.

If you’d like to participate in the next course of Seasons Art Class, which starts on Monday 3rd June, please contact Sarah Janes, Class Coordinator on 01206 546834 or email seasonsartclasscolchester@mail.com

Next bingo call: 14th May

All welcome


AGM: Tuesday 14 May at Boxted Village Hall from 7pm.

Art and Craft club at Boxted Village Hall. Every first and third Wednesday of the month 2-4pm. A small friendly group. Come and join in! Learn something new or share your skills. New members always welcome.
Next session: Wednesday 15th May

Boxted History Group

The Night Mail – a talk by Peter Jones

Wednesday 15 May at 7.30 pm. Boxted Village Hall. Visitors welcome.

The next meeting in the village hall at 2.30 pm on Thursday 16 May: Colchester Film Club

FA Cup Final at the Legion

Man City v Watford

Watch it at the British Legion Club. Saturday 18 May. Club open from 4 pm.

Listening (poems of Brian Bilston)

She told him
he really needed
to listen more.

Well, that’s what
he thought she’d said
distracted as he was
by the FA Cup draw.

Langham film night: Saturday 18th May - Stan & Ollie. Tickets £4.00 each from Langham Community Shop, or £4.50 at the door.. Doors open at 7pm; film starts 7.45pm.

Church Services

Sunday 19 May

8 am Said Eucharist St Mary’s Langham

9.30 am Family service at St Peter’s Boxted

11 am service at Boxted Methodist Church

There is to be a prayer meeting for the church and villages at the home of Claire Arculus on Wednesday 15 May at 10.30. all welcome. Tele 07752 201441 for further information.

Boxted Airfield Historical Group

Meets on Tuesday 21 May, 7.30 pm at the Museum, Langham Lane, Langham, with guest speaker Lt. Col. S.J. Caldwell, Colchester Garrison Commander (subject to operational duties).

Details available from Jeremy on 07885 657255 or  jezzyh@btinternet.com;
Admission donation £4, includes refreshments and a raffle ticket.

Fundraising for the church tower repair

The recent Dog Show raised £1,350 for St Peter’s Church Tower Repair Fund – many thanks to all who supported the event.

Now it is time to de-clutter your home!

Experience the joy, the relief and the sense of freedom of de-cluttering your home and at the same time help to fund the urgent repairs needed to the leaking tower of St. Peter’s Church, Boxted.

Our de-clutter sale will take place on Saturday 20th July at the Langham Community Centre. Our volunteer collectors will take and store any contributions you are able to make up to the sale date. We are only looking for items falling within the following categories:

• Heirlooms (Collector: Stephen Whybrow) – those items which you do not want to keep but feel are too good to just give away. (Tel : 272773

• Summer reading (Collectors: Colin and Mary Huke) – hardback, paperback and audio novels. (Tel : 272183)

• Designer labels (Collector: Annette Whybrow) – ladies clothing, bearing a designer or high street label. (Tel : 272773)

• Fashion accessories (Collector: Jos Carter) – handbags, shoes, belts, hats and scarves. (Tel : 272755)

• Children’s entertainment (Collectors: Don & Carola Markham) – children’s books, games and toys. (Tel : 617429)

• Serendipity (Collector: Linda Trelau) – ornaments and unwanted gifts. (Tel: 272710)

• Children’s fashions (Collectors: Jo Rankin & Angharad Pearce) – children’s clothing for all ages (Tel : 271954 or 974180)

• The Kitchen Cupboard (Collectors: Nigel & Mary Chapman) – glass, crockery and everything for the kitchen. (Tel : 272908)

• The Garden Centre (Collector: Liz Nickerson) – garden equipment and plants. (Tel: 272204)

• Box Set Heaven (Collector: Stephen Day) – entertainment box sets and DVDs (Tel : 273142)

• The Picture Gallery (Collectors: Robin and Ali Human) – framed pictures (Tel : 272297)

• The Jewellery Box (Collector: Graham & Gill Pullen) – all types of jewellery (Tel: 273804)

Any additional clarification of information available from Graham & Gill Pullen (273804) or Stephen Whybrow (272773).

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 22 May 7pm.
We look forward to meeting you there!

Find out more about Men’s Shed Network, or visit Men’s Shed Facebook page

Digital skills help at Boxted Community Hub

• Need help using technology?

• Don’t know where to go?

• Want to learn free basic digital skills?

Then visit one of the Group sessions at Boxted Community Hub
10.30 am -12.00 noon on Tuesday 21st May and Tuesday 28th May.

• Bring your own devices.

Contact the Digital Access Support Team for more information on: 01206 282452 or email  DigitalAccessSupport@Colchester.gov.uk

Volunteering for Victim Support – help make a difference to people’s lives in your community

We’re looking for new volunteers to join our Essex team, to help people affected by crime recover and move on with their lives. If you are reliable with great listening skills, have 6 hours a week to spare and love to learn, this could be the role for you.

We provide comprehensive training, involving a modular home eLearning course spread over a period of 8 weeks, followed by a 2.5 day workshop, to ensure you’re equipped with the skills and information you need. The next workshop is: 23rd, 30th September and 1st October.

To find out more email essexvolunteering or call Janet on 01277 357557. We’d love to hear from you!

Neighbourhood Watch


Lodge Lane, Langham. Suspects unknown gained entry to a building by throwing a paving slab through a ground floor window. Two Apple desktop computers have been taken.

A reminder …
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