15th July 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 learn all about chocolate! Boxted History Group welcomes everyone to the talk at Boxted Village Hall on Wednesday. Langham Primary School’s summer fair takes place on Friday and includes the Great Langham Bake Off (Paul and Prue can’t make it unfortunately). The long-awaited declutter sale is finally here this coming Saturday – pop along and bag yourself a bargain.

Boxted carpet bowls club at Boxted Village Hall. Weekly every Friday 7pm or fortnightly on Tuesdays 2.30pm

Monday 16th July

Help to go online

Tuesday 16th July 
Boxted Community Hub
10.30 am – 12.00 noon

Drop-In Sessions
Run by Colchester Borough Council At the online drop in sessions, you are encouraged to bring your own device where you will receive help using it. Third and fourth Tuesdays every month

Boxted Airfield Historical Group

Tuesday 16th July at 7.30
Boxted Airfield Museum, Langham Lane

Richard Turner will speak on Friends of the Museum.

The late John Howlett

A funeral service for John will be held at Plume Avenue United Reformed Church
18 Plume Avenue, Colchester, CO3 4PQ

Wednesday 17th July at 11.15am

Moving on to Colchester Crematorium for the committal at 12.30pm.

All who knew John and wish to pay their respects are welcome. Donations, if you wish, can be sent to St Helena Hospice c/o Hunnaball Funeral Directors, York House, 41 Mersea Road, Colchester, CO2 7QT.

Art and craft club. 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 meeting Wednesday 17th July

Boxted History Group

Wednesday 17th July 7.30 pm
Boxted Village Hall

Illustrated Talk: history of Chocolate by Tony Diamond

Langham Primary School summer fair. Friday 19th July from 3pm. Featuring the great Langham bake-off!
The unbelievable de-clutter bargain sale! Langham Community Centre on Saturday 20th July, 11am-4pm. Lunches and teas available.

Clear your home of unwanted items and raise funds for Boxted church tower repair

Our volunteer collectors will take and store any contributions you are able to make up to the sale date.

We are looking for items falling within the following categories. Please contact the relevant collector if you have items to donate:

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

Call for coathangers!

Annette Whybrow is asking for donations or loan of coat hangers for the clothes section. Can you help? Contact annettejwhybrow@gmail.com

Langham film nights presents "Can you ever forgive me?" Saturday 20th July at Langham Community Centre. Tickets £4 each. Buy at Langham Communitay Shop or online at http://www.langhamcommunitycentre.org.uk or pay at door £4.50. Doors open at 7pm, film starts 7.45pm.

Church Services

Sunday 21st July 

8 am Said Eucharist at St Mary’s Langham

9.30 am Sung Eucharist at St Peter’s Boxted

Dates for the diary …

Help to go online

Tuesday 23rd July 
Boxted Community Hub
10.30 am – 12.00 noon

Drop-In sessions run by Colchester Borough Council

At the online drop in sessions, you are encouraged to bring your own device where you will receive help using it. Third and fourth Tuesdays every month


Thursday 25th July
Boxted Village Hall 2.30pm

“Colchester: 1880 to 1980” – a talk by Norman Jacobs

Visitors welcome

Mobile Library

Thursday 25th July 10.10am 10.40am
Boxted Playing Field car park

Book review

Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life by Katherine Ormerod.

Read the full review here

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.

Preventing the theft of cars

High value modern cars are usually difficult to steal without the keys – the thief needs them. As a result, there have been a number of burglaries where the main attraction is the keys to a car on the driveway. Whilst in the house the thief can pick up any valuables up on the way out.

There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Where possible, put the car in a garage.
  • Lock the car and close the windows. A number of thefts of and from vehicles just lately have been from insecure vehicles in car parks or on driveways.
  • When you remote lock a vehicle from the key fob, check it has actually locked. A faulty fob, low battery or someone blocking the signal will mean that, although you think it’s locked, it is in fact insecure.
  • If you can, when parking a high valuable desirable car on a drive or elsewhere, block it in with a less valuable car.
  • Consider a lockable post or gate but don’t keep the post/gate key with your car keys.
  • Make sure you house is secure. If you have a UPVC front door or other door with a multi-locking system, make sure you know how to lock it. A lot of people fail to lock the door correctly – lift the handle and turn the key or thumb turn (always have a key available in case of fire). Make sure access to the rear of the house is not open. Close accessible windows and fit security lighting.
  • If you have an alarm, set the zone you are not occupying. If you don’t have a house alarm, how about buying a shed alarm, hiding it to cover the area where your car keys are.
  • Don’t have the keys on display near a window or letterbox. Put them in a safe place.
  • Consider fitting a tracker to a high value car. It may help with any insurance claim.
  • If you believe you have an intruder in your home or attempting to get into your home, don’t put yourself at risk. Dial 999 immediately and get what descriptions and other details you can.

Useful links:

Boxted Village Website
Boxted Parish Council Website
Boxted Village Hall
Boxted Primary School
Boxted British LegionLittle Owls Pre-School
Langham and Boxted Churches
Boxted Cricket Club
Mobile Library Service
Boxted Runners
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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