9th 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 are some interesting talks taking place this week – Boxted WI welcomes everyone to listen to Sergeant Stuart Pearson and Langham Ladies speaker this month, Dr Jane Pearson,will enlighten you on prostitution in Victorian Colchester. Not to be missed! Can you spare two hours to volunteer at Langham Community Shop? See below if you think you’d like to help. Maybe you’d like to become a parish councillor. There’s an informative video below giving you an insight into what goes on when you take up this important role.

Seasons art class summer art exhibition. 9th September 2019 11am - 3pm. Boxted Cillage Hall, Cage Lane, CO4 5RE

Beer and the Bible at the Shepherd, Langham. Every second Monday of the month from 8pm. All welcome.

Monday 9th September


Boxted carpet bowls club at Boxted Village Hall. Weekly every Friday 7pm. Fortnightly on Tuesday 2.30pm

Tuesday 10th September, 2.30pm


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. Come and meet Stuart – everyone (men and women) welcome. There will be tea, coffee and cakes! Guests £2.00.

Friday 6th of September 2019 marked the 13th anniversary of the ‘Kajaki minefield incident’ which resulted in one soldier dying, three soldiers losing legs (including Stuart) and three soldiers receiving blast injuries to their chests.

Photo: With the Catterick PARAS’10 2019 taking place the day after this anniversary, what better reason to smash out a cheeky 10-miler? 

Boxted Parish Council meeting

Wednesday 11th September 7.30pm
Boxted Village Hall

Read the agenda here.

Thursday 12th September
Langham Community Centre

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

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

Next meeting Friday 13th September

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.

Church Services

Sunday 15th September 

8 am Said Eucharist at St Mary’s Langham

9.30am  Family Service at St  Peter’s Boxted

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 Community Shop

New volunteers needed


We have been open for almost 15 years and are run solely by volunteers. The Shop is becoming more popular and used on a daily basis by many in the village and beyond.

We are looking for new volunteers to help run this important asset to the community.

There are four shifts per day during the week –  two on Saturday and one on Sunday, all around two hours each, with two volunteers working together.  Full training will be given.  There is the option of working a regular shift or to fill gaps in the rota when they occur.  You just need to add your name to the rota for a shift that suits you best, no commitment is needed.

If you would like to help us run this valuable local shop or would like more information,
please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator,  Cath Hine on 01206 322274

Autumn and winter nights

Create an illusion of occupancy
Stephen Armson-Smith
Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor, Essex Police

Upon walking down the road and with darker nights, it is easy to spot an empty house. There is a line of houses, lights within and signs of occupancy. In the middle of these houses is a similar house but this one is in darkness with no signs of occupancy. It is easy to spot the empty house and chances are the burglar will too. At this time of year an increased number of house burglaries occur between dusk and when you get home. You don’t have to be a magician to create the illusion of occupancy and it may help protect your house.

Become an illusionist and make your home appear occupied even when you are out. Do simple things like putting lights on timers in rooms that you would normally occupy whilst in, and a TV simulator for the evenings. You can now even get a timer that fits over your light switches (search on the internet for ‘light switch timer’), door bells you can monitor and answer remotely via your mobile phone. During the day, leave a radio on, boots outside the back door, vacuum cleaner out with the lead going out of sight (not plugged in though), newspaper over the arm of the chair with a drink on the table and a pair of spectacles – the list goes on. Don’t leave garden tools out in the garden though or you may find the burglar uses them to break in. Lock tools away in a secure shed or garage. Use a shed alarm – these can also be remotely monitored too.

Langham Heritage Group

Festival of Arts & Flowers
Langham Church
1976 – 2000

Ian Hollands is writing a record of the popular Festival of Arts & Flowers, which was held at Langham Church for 25 years. He has very few pictures of the event and if anyone has any photographs of it he would very much like to borrow them for scanning and attachment to the record.

Please contact Ian if you can help: ianhollands33@gmail.com, 01206 230525

The pictures below date from the early 1980s, show

Above: Doris Thorpe setting up her produce stall

Above: Judy Lockwood and Eileen Waller serving teas at the north porch

Above: Bridget Maturin-Baird’s flower arrangement at the north door

Be a Councillor!

We have vacancies on Boxted parish council and we would really like more people to be involved in important local decisions.  There is a useful video at the link called ‘Be a Councillor’ – click on the picture below to run the video – take a look and see what you think.

Get in touch with Karen, our clerk, on boxtedparishcouncil@gmail.com and come along to our 9th October meeting.

Boxted benefits when people get involved.

art course 01206 546834.

01206 984591
07929 286836
email: info@abbertonruraltraining.org

Dates for the diary …


Bingo at the Hub
Fortnightly on Tuesdays, 2.30pm

Next call:  17th September

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

Art and Craft Club
Wednesday 18th September, 2pm-4pm
Boxted Village Hall



Boxted History Group

Wednesday 18th September, 7.30pm
Boxted Village Hall

‘A Life on The Road’ – a talk by Peter King.  Visitors welcome.

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

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.


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

Tuesday dates:  24th September

The Edge
Friday 27th September
7.30pm – 9.00pm

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

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