9th June 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. This week you can party on the street with Boxted WI, learn more about ladies underwear at Langham Community Centre and, if you’re a gent, volunteer to chat and get a free lunch at Horkesley Manor care home. You can also see a snippet of the Boxted Silver Band marching along Chapel Road before their final service which took place last week.

Next meeting: Monday 10 June


Bingo at Boxted Community Hub. Tuesdays 2-4pm fortnightly.

Next call: Tuesday 11 June

Women's Institute, inspiring womenTravelling Tapas night

Tuesday 11 June

Join us in the Workhouse Hill area to sample some Iberian influenced nibbles and drinks.


Parish Council meeting

Wednesday 12 June, 7pm at Boxted Village Hall

Read this month’s draft agenda here


Mobile library

Thursday 13 June, 10.10am – 10.40am
Boxted Playing Field


My house is falling down by Mary Loudon
Book review

My house is falling down by Mary Loudon

A truthful, exciting, agonising adult love triangle. An emotional labyrinth, with monsters, great risks – and survival.’ Laline Paull, author of The Bees

Read the review here


Thursday 13 June at 2.30pm
Boxted Village Hall


Bring your own favourite flowers

Langham Ladies

Thursday 13 June, 8pm
Langham Community Centre

Guest speaker Terry Taber: My life in ladies’ underwear!

Everyone welcome.

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

Next meeting: Friday 14 June


Church Services

Sunday 16 June

8.00am Said Eucharist at St Mary’s, Langham
9.30am Family service at St Mary’s, Langham
11.00am service at Boxted Methodist Church

Closure of Boxted Methodist Chapel

Above is a short clip of the Boxted Silver Band making its way along Chapel Lane before the Silver Band service at Boxted Methodist Church on 2nd June.

With much sadness, and as you may already be aware, the final service at Boxted Methodist Chapel will be held on Sunday 8 July at 3pm, accompanied by the Silver Band.

This will be a respectful, loving remembrance of all that has been achieved at the Chapel by so many dedicated people since its opening approximately 187 years ago.

During the weekend of 6-7 July, it is also hoped to have a small display featuring some of the history over the years.

On the Saturday, the Chapel will be open for viewing from 2pm – 4pm and on the Sunday from 12.30pm with the service commencing at 3pm.

All are welcome to what will be a display and service remembering the Chapel and its long-standing association with the village.

Boxted School Association logoPlea for plants!

Boxted School Association welcomes any plant donations for the plant stall at our Summer Fête to be held from 3.15pm on Friday 28th June at Boxted St. Peter’s Primary School.

Last year we had a great response from local residents and we hope you will be able to support us again.

Please leave any donations outside the school reception area on any of the following Friday mornings:

  • 14th June
  • 21st June
  • 28th June

All funds raised will benefit the children of Boxted St Peter’s.

Thank you for your kind support.

Happy Sounds community choir. A friendly group for adults singing pop, rock and more. Tuesdays 6pm Boxted British Legion from 18th June. Email janette.gunn@yahoo.com for more info or message HappySounds Music on Facebook. No experience necessary - just turn up and have fun!

Boxted Airfield Historical Group

18 June, 7.15pm

Sir Bob Russell: ‘The role of the High Steward’

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

A reminder …

Deadline for submitting copy for the July issue of the parish newsletter should be with the editor, Tim Clarke, by Thursday 20th June.

Email: lwbnewsletter@gmail.com

Calling all men!

Male volunteers required to visit the gentlemen at
Horkesley Manor care home

Join them for a couple of hours on the first Friday of each month for a free lunch and a chat.

Contact Barry Took on 07941 724543 if you are interested in coming along.
Barry is happy to give anyone a lift.


Langham Film Night presents ... Mary Queen of Scots on Saturday 22nd June. Tickets £4 each via Langham Community Shop or http://www.langhamcommunitycebntre.org.uk. Tickets purchased on the night are £4.50. Doors open at 7pm and film starts at 8.45pm Film shown with subtitles. Declutter sale. Clear your home of unwanted items and raise funds for Boxted church tower repair. Saturday 20 July at Langham Community Centre. Our volunteer collectors will take and store any contributions you are able to make up to the sale date. Contact Graham and Gill Pullen on 273804 or Stephen Whybrow on 272773 for more information.

Secure, Protect, Prevent logoShed and garden crime

Stephen Armson-Smith
Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor, Essex Police

As spring disappears into summer and we find ourselves spending more time keeping the garden tidy, we also see an increased number of shed and outbuilding thefts.

Working in the garden:  It is easy to get engrossed in what you are doing when working in the garden. If the house is empty it is wise to close and lock the door (don’t forget the key!). Remember when you finish working in the garden or stop for a break, put your tools away, It adds “insult to injury” if your tools are used to break into your house.

New tools and lawn mowers: Be mindful of how you dispose of the packaging of your new purchases. Don’t advertise it to the thieves and burglars with your empty boxes on display outside for roadside collection. Fold boxes inside out or break them up and put them in bag for collection.

Property marking: It’s a good deterrent if your property is visibly security marked with your house number and post code (see www.creproducts.co.uk)  or labelled if a forensic (hidden) property marking system is used (see www.smartwater.com or www.selectadna.co.uk). You can also record the serial numbers of any property free of charge at www.immobilise.com . If your property does get stolen, there is a greater chance of you getting it back with property marking and/or recording on Immobilise.

Shed security: With sheds, coach-bolt and plate the padlock hasp sections to the frame and door. Use a good quality ‘close shackle’ padlock or a key operated mortice lock. Don’t forget the hinges – ensure they cannot be unscrewed. Protect windows with a wire mesh and fit a curtain or whitewash the windows to prevent prying eyes. Consider a shed alarm if you do not have one. There are shed alarms available that contact you on the phone when activated (see www.uwatch.co.uk) . Products that are fit for purpose can found by looking for the “Secured by Design” or “Sold Secure” logos, or on their websites www.securedbydesign.com or www.soldsecure.com .

New plants:  Larger plants etc. can be secured to land or rootball anchors or plant through chicken wire covering the area with soil. Cement or bolt down containers to the ground. Your local garden centre or DIY store should be able to help.

Rogue Traders: The rogue trader also takes advantage of the fine weather to con the unsuspecting. Although you may think you would never be taken in by them they can be very convincing especially to the elderly or vulnerable, “I am laying some gravel up the road and see you need some……”,  “I notice your trees or shrubs need a prune…”. So many stories. Look after the elderly or vulnerable near you and step in should you need to with a little advice – another face sometime puts the rogue trader off. If you need a trader and have no personal recommendations, look at www.buywithconfidence for traders checked out by Trading Standards.

Useful links:

Boxted 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

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