23rd 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 is your last chance to donate plants to the Summer Fete. You can drop off at the school on the morning of the fete on Friday.

Is photography your thing? Try your hand at the Boxted in 2019 competition. Full details are set out below.

Unfortunately this week we have to report another instance of dog poo blighting the enjoyment of the community. If you’re a dog owner and walk your dog on public ground, please be responsible and use the red bins provided.

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 25th 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

Bingo at Boxted Community Hub Tuesdays 2-4pm fortnightly

Next Tuesday meeting: 25th June

Hill Farm, Old Mill Road, Langham CO4 5NX

Every Thursday morning 10.30am

Although it was wet, the first meeting at Hill Farm went rather well! Six ‘Shedders’ were present at the meeting and some good progress was made. Key points agreed were:

  1. From people’s availability via email and from discussion from those there on the day, it has been agreed that Thursday at 10:30am will be the regular session times, starting 20th June.
  2. It was the general consensus from all those present that the ‘utility rooms’ at the back of the barn were to used as the initial base of operations. There are 3/4 small rooms which will initially be secured as the shed, expanding into the barn as progress sees fit.
  3. Roger Newman has kindly agreed to be shed lead during the start up phase. Eventually this will mean he will be the first point of contact, will generally run the sessions, key holder etc.

For the next session wear rough clothes. Bring brooms, brushes, cloths etc. as sweeping, cleaning and de-cobwebbing the rear rooms and the main barn will be the first port of call. Any spare white emulsion and brushes would be appreciated as a lick of paint is long overdue.

Bring torches and thermos flasks as there is no electricity supply. Any tools you can fit in your cars, bring with as we need to de-nail a few things, take some doors off their hinges, install some bolts etc.

For further information, please contact Gary Nicholas, Essex Shed Network Communications Coordinator on 07714 740 642.

Here are some pictures of the first Shedders meeting:

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.

Learn to crochet Thursdays 11am at the Community Hub


Thursday 27th June, 2.30pm
Boxted Village Hall

Strawberry Tea with live music by Boxted Buskers – two of the members of Boxted Methodist Silver Band.

Community Cafe

Friday 28th June, 10.30am – 12.00noon
Langham Community Centre

Hosted by Langham Pre-School, with the usual book sale and 100 Club draw.

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

Thank you for your kind support.

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

Next meeting: Friday 28th June

Church Services

Sunday 30th June 

10 am Joint Three Parishes Service All Saints Church Gt Horkesley
11 am service at Boxted Methodist Church

Neighbourhood Watch update

Park Lane, Langham:  Suspects unknown have smashed front door glass of two offices within complex.  Untidy search made and IMac computer stolen from one of the offices.

Sky Hall Hill, Boxted:  Suspects unknown have removed the victims 7 foot 5 bar wooden gates by means unknown.

A recent HMRC scam warning:

Photography competition

Our aim is to provide a contemporary record of Boxted in 2019 for the village archive as part of the fundraising activities for the repair of the roof and masonry of St. Peter’s Church, Boxted, which are urgently in need of repair.

There will be eight categories with winners in each category (including an Under 16 winner in each category).


  1. Boxted’s Four Seasons
  2. Boxted Farming and Horticulture
  3. Boxted People
  4. Boxted Countryside including Wildlife, Trees and Wild Flowers
  5. Conservation and Risks to the Environment
  6. Boxted Leisure Activities
  7. Village Institutions, Activities & Events
  8. Signs of Boxted’s Past, including Buildings

The judge(s) will take into account the artistic and technical quality of the images and the insight into daily life in Boxted.

Judging will take place in January 2020 followed by an exhibition in the village of the winning images. It is also planned to publish a book of the winning images and possibly a calendar.

Entries will be £1 per image (50p for Under 16’s) with 50p for each image in excess of 10.

If you would like further information, please contact stephenwhybrow@msn.com

When Good Neighbours become good friends

Good Neighbours have just celebrated 10 years of service to the people of Boxted and Langham. They are in need of more volunteers to give a helping hand.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact David Hope (240782) e-mail; david.j.hope@btinternet.com

Cutting and clearance of vegetation

Did you know it is possible to check who is responsible for cutting footpaths on the Essex County Council PROW interactive map? Visit https://www.essexhighways.org/Getting-Around/public-rights-of-way/vegetation-cutting.aspx for further information.

It is a duty of the highway authority to keep public rights of way free from obstruction by natural upgrowth [Highways Act 1980, Section 41].

Keeping side growth from encroaching on to a path is the responsibility of the landowner, although hedges may be trimmed back by ECC as part of the works associated with the seasonal cutting of paths.

When and where is it needed?

Vegetation cutting of the natural seasonal upgrowth on our PROW network is undertaken between April and October. We deliver this service through the following schemes:

Maintenance Teams have an established annual cutting programme, which allows for the most cost-effective programming of routine work. Visit our district maps below to see whether the paths near you are on our schedule.  These paths will be cut during June and July, if conditions permit.

Where cutting is requested on a path not contained in the programme an assessment will be made on site as to whether it should be added to future programmes or cut on an ad hoc basis. Please report this online from the Report a Problem page.

Faeces of the Village

Dog faeces was spread over play equipment, possibly late in the day on Monday 17 June.

If anyone has any idea of who may have been responsible for the above please contact  Karen Thompson, the parish clerk, in confidence on boxtedparishcouncil@gmail.com or telephone the police on 101.

Dog owners: please use the red bins on the playing field to dispose of your dog’s poo and not the bins in the play area or outside the village hall.
A little more care when disposing of your furry friend’s waste could eliminate this antisocial behaviour.

Boxted Methodist Church exhibition

Saturday 6 July 2-4pm
Sunday 7 July 12.30pm

The final service at Boxted Methodist Chapel will be held on Sunday 7 July at 3 pm 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 2 pm – 4 pm and on the Sunday from 12.30 pm with the service commencing at 3 pm.

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

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. Langham 10k and 2k run. Sunday 8th September 2019. Sk race starts 9.15am, 10k race starts 10am. Enter today at www.langham10k.org.uk.

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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