2nd September 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. There’s plenty of activity this week, plus many interesting things to participate in over the coming weeks. A particular point of interest is that funding has become available for development of sports and recreation facilities at Boxted Playing Field and Community Hub. Anyone who thinks they can be of assistance in researching and information gathering to get this project underway should read the ‘Wanted’ advert below.


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

Next call: 3rd September

 


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: 4th September

 


Church Services

Sunday 8th September 

9.30 am Sung Eucharist  at St Mary’s Langham

4 pm Family Service at St  Peter’s Boxted


Mobile library


Thursday 5th September 10.10am – 10.40am
Boxted playing field car park

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Book review

Imperium by Robert Harris

Robert Harris, the world’s master of innovative historical fiction, lures us into a violent, treacherous world of Roman politics at once exotically different from and yet startlingly similar to our own — a world of Senate intrigue and electoral corruption, special prosecutors and political adventurism – to describe how one clever, compassionate, devious, vulnerable man fought to reach the top.

Read the review here.



Boxted Evergreen Club
Boxted Village Hall 2.30pm

Thursday 5th September
Bring an item and tell a story



ADVANCE WARNING – Sunday 8th September

 

School Road be closed from the Community Centre up to the Shepherd between 8 am and 12 noon. Diversions will be in place.
Runners will be using this road for the Langham 10km and 2km races between 9 am and 12 noon.
We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and we are very grateful for you understanding.

Thank you in advance
Friends of Langham School

 


Open Door drop in cafe. Fridays 8.45am - 10.15am Boxted Village Hall. All welcome.

Open again after the school holidays!
Come along Friday 6th September

 



Volunteer(s) needed to assist Boxted Parish Council in Community Hub and Playing Field consultation

Money has become available from Colchester Borough Council to assist in enhancing facilities which will benefit the whole community. Two contributions have been allocated to Boxted:

  • Community Facilities Contribution (“for the management of playing fields or the Community Hub”)
  • Open Space Sports and Recreation Contribution (“for improvement and enhancement of King George Playing Field with a specific need to improving the Community Hub”)

Any residents who are interested in volunteering with the parish council and Colchester Borough Council to research/decide how the money should be spent can show an expression of interest by contacting the clerk: Karen Thompson on boxtedparishcouncil@gmail.com.  Ideally they would have some experience in either research and delivery of consultations or delivering large or community based projects.

This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference to our community.


Langham Ladies

The inaugural meeting of Langham Ladies was held in July 2017. Gill Brown, Maureen Shouksmith and Tricia Gooding decided that they must keep the community spirit going when the Langham WI folded – hence Langham Ladies was ‘born’.

Now in its third year, the small number of organisers has changed with Maureen now retired and Ginny Moss, Lea Oliver and Chris Clark taking up the reigns. There are approximately 60 members although, of course, they don’t all make every meeting.

Langham Ladies meet on the second Thursday of every month at Langham Community Centre at 8.00pm. After the meeting members are encouraged to sit and talk over a cup of tea/coffee and a piece of cake or similar.

Below is 2019/2020 programme:-

Thursday 12 September – Dr Jane Pearson will be talking on prostitution in Victorian Colchester
Wednesday 2 October – a chance to see Colchester Operatic Society’s production of ‘Oliver’
Thursday 10 October – Talk A Female in Fleet Street by Deborah Brady
Thursday 14 November – Pudding Tasting
Thursday 5 December –  (NB a week early) Pat Nearney Entertainer
Friday 6 December – Visit to Snape Maltings Christmas Show
Wednesday 11 December – Visit to Thursford Christmas Spectacular
Thursday 9 January – Local Author Liz Trenow
Friday 24 January – New Year Lunch
Thursday 13 February – To Fetch a Pail of Water by Patrick Denney (open meeting guests invited)
Thursday 12 March – Snowdrops & Spring Treasure Guy Barker (open meeting guests invited)
Thursday 9 April – Fashion Show by the Wine Centre Gt Horksley
Thursday 14 May – From Ball of Clay to finished pot by Brenda Green
Thursday 11 June – Buddhism and well-being with Zoe Flint.

If you wish to join or would like further information about Langham Ladies, please contact Gill Brown on  273286.


Neighbourhood WatchCrime Reports for 19th to 25th August

Grahame Stehle
Colchester District Neighbourhood Watch

SCAM Calls concerning Broadband
One of our coordinators received a couple of phone calls over the weekend from someone saying they are the broad band provider. The caller went on to say that the line has been compromised and to press 1 to learn more. THIS IS A SCAM and we need to warn all members not to do anything at all other than to just put the phone down.

Another person, a member, received a similar call but this time the caller claimed it was BT. The member knew straight away that it was a SCAM since the member is not a customer of BT. BT has since confirmed that it would not make such a phone call.

Drug Dealing
Colchester Police are having considerable success driving drug dealers from the Town Centre. Unfortunately, dealers are finding opportunities in other populous parts of Colchester. We can all help the Police by reporting any activity or suspicion of dealing that we might see. Let’s work with the police to drive dealers from Colchester District completely.
Crimes in our area:
Theft, 16/08/2019 00:00, School Road, Langham
SUSPECT UNKNOWN HAS GAINED ENTRY TO A BUILDING SITE BY GOING THROUGH FENCES BY MEANS UNKNOWN. SUSPECT HAS THEN TAKEN A CHOP SAW AND FOUR LARGE BATTERIES FOR AN ELEVATOR.

Burglary – Residential – Non-Dwelling, 13/08/2019 16:30 , Sky Hall Hill, Boxted
SUSPECT UNKNOWN HAS GAINED ENTRY INTO THE VICTIMS SHED BY MEANS OF JEMMYING A LOCK. ONCE INSIDE ITEMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED.

Theft or Unauthorised Taking of a Pedal Cycle, 25/08/2019 01:26, Red House Lane, Boxted
SUSPECTS UNKNOWN HAVE STOLEN A RED ROAD BIKE AND A BLUE AND SILVER MOUNTAIN BIKE AND HAVE CAUSED DAMAGE TO THE FENCE WHILE LIFTING ONE OF THE BIKES OVER.


art course 01206 546834.


Dates for the diary …

 


 

Art exhibition
Monday 9th September, 12 noon – 2pm
Boxted Village Hall

Showcasing the work of the students of the popular Seasons Art Class.
Entry and refreshments are free to the public.




Beer and the Bible
Monday 9th September
The Shepherd, Langham, 8pm

A social chat over a pint for church-goers and non-church goers alike. All welcome.



Boxted Carpet Bowls
Boxted Village Hall
Weekly on Fridays, 7pm
Fortnightly on Tuesdays, 2.30pm

Tuesday dates: 10th and 24th September



Boxted WI

Tuesday 10th September, 7.30pm
Boxted Village Hall

Sergeant Stuart Pearson is an amputee who was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his bravery during what has become known as the Kajaki Landmine Incident. Everyone (men and women) welcome. There will be tea, coffee and cakes! Guests £2.00.

 



Boxted Parish Council meeting

Wednesday 11th September, 7.30pm
Boxted Village Hall

 



Thursday 12th September
Langham Community Centre

Dr.Jane Pearson will be talking on prostitution in Victorian Colchester.


The Edge
Friday 13th and 27th September
7.30pm – 9.00pm

Youth group for 11 – 18 year olds
Methodist Hall, Chapel Road, Boxted


Cycle or walk to raise money for St. Mary’s or St. Peter’s churches

To take part in the Ride & Stride this September you can download sponsorship and other relevant forms at https://www.friendsofessexchurches.org.uk/ride-stride  or contact Stephen Garner (272599) or Annette Whybrow (272773) for further information or you can create your own fundraising page on Justgiving.

Riders and walkers are invited to find sponsors who will pay an agreed sum for each church or chapel visited on the day. This is a national event so you can cross into neighbouring counties and get your form signed up in the same way.

Half the money you raise will be spent on your church building. The other half will go towards repairing church buildings in Essex and East London.

If you can’t take part in the Ride+Stride but would like to make a donation, visit the Essex and East London Churches JustGiving page.



Digital help at the Hub
Boxted Community Hub

 

Tuesday 17th September, 10.30 am – 12.00 noon
Tuesday 24th September, 10.30 am – 12.00 noon

Need help using technology? Don’t know where to go? Want to learn free basic digital skills?
Then attend one of the group sessions at Boxted Community Hub. Bring your own devices.

Contact the Digital Access Support Team for more information on: 01206 282452


 

Bingo

Tuesday 17th September, 2-4pm
Boxted Community Hub

 



Boxted History Group

Wednesday 18th September, 7.30pm
Boxted Village Hall

The Douglas Carter Lecture. The late Douglas Carter was the village historian for many years and one of the main instigators of Boxted History Club.



Boxted Evergreen Club
Thursday 19th September, 2.30pm

Evergreens meets at Boxted Village Hall. Next meeting is a presentation ‘Town Cryer’ with Robert Needham.



Parish newsletter deadline
Thursday 19th September

Copy for the Parish Newsletter to be sent to the editor by 19th September
lwbnewsletter@gmail.com


 


Beer and Hymns

Saturday 21st September
St Peter’s Church, Boxted
6.30pm – 9.30pm

Come and enjoy a drink and lots of singing! Local beer, wine and soft drinks. BBQ – sausages, burgers and vegetarian options available.

£6.00 per ticket (includes first drink), payable on the door. Children welcome – under 16s gain free entry.

All money raised is for youth work in Langham and Boxted.



Langham Film Night
Saturday 21st September
Langham Community Centre

Fisherman’s Friend. Tickets £4.00 each. Buy online at Langham Community Centre website or pay on the door (£4.50). Doors open at 7.00pm, film starts at 7.45pm.


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