19th May 2019

Village News and Events
in Boxted and Langham

Welcome to this week’s newsletter – giving you a reminder of some of the regular events taking place in Boxted and Langham. Also featured this week is an article on property marking to deter potential theft, a useful future date for your diary to dispose of unwanted household items, plus a book review which accompanies details of the next visit by the mobile library. There is also a report about some antisocial behaviour at the Boxted playing field skateboard area. Let’s hope that this is an isolated incident.

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

Tuesday 21st May and Tuesday 28th May,
10.30 am -12.00 noon
• Bring your own devices.

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

Boxted carpet bowls club at Boxted Village Hall.. Weekly on Fridays 7pm; fortnightly Tuesdays 2.30pm

Next Tuesday meeting is on 21st May

Boxted Airfield Historical Group

Tuesday 21st May at 7.30pm
Airfield Museum, Langham Lane, Langham,

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.

The Good Neighbours teams are marking their 10th anniversary with tea and cakes at Boxted Village Hall on

Wednesday 22nd May at 3pm
If you are considering joining the scheme or would like to find out more of what is involved please come along. You will be very welcome – and there is no obligation.

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 22nd May at 7pm

We look forward to meeting you there!

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

Mobile library

Thursday 23rd May 10.10am – 10.40am
Boxted Village Hall car park

Please avoid parking in the three central spaces to allow the library van room to manoeuvre

Book review


The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Read a review of the book here

A reminder …
If you would like to make a contribution to the next edition of the Langham with Boxted Newsletter June Edition, the deadline this month is Thursday 23rd May.

All enquiries and contributions to be sent to lwbnewsletter@gmail.com

The Edge youth group for 11-18 year olds. Fridays 7.30pm to 9pm (fortnightly during term time. Methodist Hall, Chapel Road, Boxted

Next meeting: Friday 24th May

Church Services

Sunday 26 May

9.30am Sung Eucharist at St Mary’s Langham

11am service at Boxted Methodist Church

Digital access supporting you to get online

Free Community and Digital Fayre
28th – 31st May 2019 | 10am-3pm

Come along to one of the free events taking place
• Jaywick Sands Methodist Church – Tuesday 28th May

• Harwich Park Pavilion Hall – Wednesday 29th May

• Colchester Town Hall – Thursday 30th May

• Greenstead Community Centre – Friday 31st May

At each event you will be able to enjoy free food and refreshments as well as participate in a free raffle.

To find out more or book your place with the Google trainer visit www.colchester.gov.uk/digitalfayre or www.colchester.gov.uk/googletrainer


The next meeting in the Boxted village hall at 2.30 pm on

Thursday 30th May
“Melodies and Memories from the 50s”

Next household items drop off

Saturday 8th June, 11am – 12 noon

Boxted Village Hall car park, Cage Lane

The car park can get very congested when the freighter visits. It would be helpful if as many people as possible could use the overflow car park and walk their waste across to the freighter.

Did you know anyone can join the Royal British Legion? You don’t have to be ex-service personnel. The Royal British Legion supports serving members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army, Royal Air Force, reservists, veterans and their families through life. Members play a vital role in ensuring that the Royal British Legion can continue to provide lifelong support to the Armed Forces community as well as upholding the importance of Remembrance. You can join the Royal British Legion online.

The Boxted branch of the Royal British Legion is in Straight Road and opening hours are:
• Monday 7.30pm – 11.00pm

• Tuesday closed

• Wednesday 7.30pm – midnight

• Thursday closed

• Friday 8.00pm – midnight

• Saturday 5.00pm – 11.00pm

• Sunday 1.30pm – 9.00pm

Further details of Royal British Legion events will be advertised in this newsletter in the coming weeks.

Antisocial behaviour at the playing field

Several tins of paint were put in the litter bins next to the Skateboard park. Subsequently they were opened and spilt on the skateboard equipment and base. A resident kindly put sand over the wet paint to try and limit the damage. Anyone who has any information please report to the parish clerk boxtedparishcouncil All information will be treated in confidence.


Recording and marking your property

Neighbourhood watch

Any markings on property that links and/or identifies it to its rightful owner may be a deterrent to the thief or burglar with the added potential of the return of the property to its owner.

Marked property unlawfully possessed may lead to a conviction and as such marked property is harder for the criminal to dispose of therefore the reward or motivation to the thief is diminished.

Our county’s second-hand dealers work with Essex Police effectively making stolen property “too hot to handle”!

Property marking can take many forms:

Property marking can take many forms:

  • Overt marking is visible to everyone, Examples include ‘Cesar Data Tag’ on commercial plant, engraving or stencil painting a logo or adding a postcode using an indelible pen.
  • Covert marking such as UV pens and Forensic Markers require a UV light source for the marking to fluoresce and become visible. Forensic Markers contain a trace marker that is unique to that registered owner and may in addition contain a microdot with a unique number. Reading of a postcode or analysis of that unique marker and/or reading the microdot can identify its owner. As these are invisible until scanned with a UV light source to benefit from its deterrent value it is important that stickers are displayed within windows of the premises and on the marked products. Additionally, where a community uses these with council permission, street signage may be considered. UV pens and sticker are widely available in stores or on the internet. Useful resources are – Smart Water and Selecta DNA
  • Asset Recording is another method where you record the details of your property either on your own recording sheet or database (but not kept with the relevant property) or on an ‘ISO’ accredited database. Your records should include a description of the article and, where applicable, model, serial and IMEI numbers. It is important that stickers are displayed in windows of your premises and on the marked products. Photographs can also help in identifying property and can be uploaded to some databases, For advice on photographing property see “Recording Property” at the bottom of the Essex Police Heritage Watch webpage
  • An example of a property recording database is: Immobilise. Immobilise can be used by members of the public and businesses to register their valued possessions or company assets. Details of registered possessions are viewable on the secure Police national property database (the NMPR). This database also links to the publicly accessible and second-hand dealer database ‘Checkmend’ which can be used for restricted searches to establish if an item is stolen.

Useful links:Boxted Village Website
Boxted Parish Council Website
Boxted Village Hall
Boxted Primary School
Boxted British Legion
Little Owls Pre-School
Langham and Boxted Churches
Boxted Cricket Club
Mobile Library ServiceBoxted Runners
Boxted 10K
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