16th 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 as well as highlighting some issues which might be of interest to you. This week, Essex County Council is hosting an event on fostering a child. Perhaps you’d thought about this – if so, pop along to the Holiday Inn next Saturday to find out more. We now have our very own Essex Shed – a place for men to share conversation and tools whilst engaging in practical projects (most commonly wood craft) and an opportunity for women to get their men out of the house for a while!  There is also an article on Hornestreet Nature Reserve, a wonderful resource for the local community.


Closure of car park at Boxted St Peter Primary School

The decision has been taken to close the car park at the primary school to parents.

From Monday 17th June the car park will only be open to staff.

There is the future possibility of a bus service for the children. Please click on the link below to read the Head Teacher’s letter and also to print out and fill in the form if you wish to express your interest in using a bus service for your child.

Read the Head Teacher’s letter here

The school produces a regular newsletter. You can read the latest newsletter and also past events at https://www.boxted.essex.sch.uk/news/


Bowls, Boxted Carpet Bowls Club at Boxted Village Hall. Weekly every Friday at 7pm; fortnightly: Tuesdays 2.30pm. Next meeting Tuesday 18th June

Next Tuesday meeting: 18th June


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 18 and 25 June,
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

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.


Art and Craft club, Boxted village Hall. Every first and third Wednesday of the month, 2pm-4pm. A small friendly group. Come and join in! Learn something new or share your skills. New members always welcome.

Next  meeting: Wednesday 19 June


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


We’ve got one! The Boxted and Langham Shed has opened at Hill Farm, Old Mill Road, Langham, CO4 5NX

Two meetings arranged for:

Thursday 20 June and Thursday 27 June 10.30 am

To find out more about Men’s Sheds in Essex, visit http://essexshednetwork.co.uk/about


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:

  • 21st June
  • 28th June

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

Thank you for your kind support.


Fostering a child

Make a difference to a child's life. Foster with our support. Visit www.essex.gov.uk/foster of call us on 0800 801 530.

Could you make a difference to a child’s life?

Foster carers with Essex County Council help build better, brighter futures for hundreds of children across Essex every year.

Could you provide a loving, safe, stable home and a nurturing environment to support the most vulnerable children in our county grow in confidence and achieve their potential?

You don’t need any specific qualifications to foster, just patience, time and a commitment to improving children’s lives.

To find out more come along to one of Essex County Council’s local events where you can hear first-hand from experienced foster carers, find out more about the children that need foster care and ask a social worker questions.

Saturday 22 June | 11am to 1pm
Saturday 28 September | 11am to 1pm
Holiday Inn, Colchester, CO6 3QL

Visit www.essex.gov.uk/foster, or call: 0800 801 530


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.

Church Services

Sunday 23 June

9.30am Sung Eucharist, St Peter’s Boxted
11.00am: Service, Boxted Methodist Church


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.


Hornestreet Nature Reserve comes of age!

After almost 20 years, volunteers from Langham, Essex, in conjunction with the Dedham Vale AONB have established a small Nature Reserve in the village for the benefit of the local community.

In the early 1900`s land in this part of Langham was known as Hornestreet. The field was part of a small farm with outbuildings and eventually a fruit farm up to 1975. In 1999 a small group of Langham residents purchased the field and included a small pond that had dried up elsewhere in the village.

Since 1999, many local people have helped in the initial design work, tree planting work and many village residents have donated trees in support of this initiative.

Today a fine selection of trees, and hedging are now well established providing an excellent site for conservation learning. The Dedham Vale AONB team have been so helpful in developing this site which will now be known as Hornestreet Nature Reserve.

The venue is used by the Langham Primary school for conservation education as well as the Langham Pre- school and the Langham Scout group. The site also hosts undergraduates from London University as part of their course programme while staying at Flatford.


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.

Useful links:

Boxted WI on Facebook
Boxted WI on Twitter
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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