16th 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. This week’s activities include a variety of crafts for you to learn or share your skills with others, plus a sing-a-long at St Peter’s church with a barbie and drinks to further assist your enjoyment! If you’d like a more passive way to pass your time, pop along to Langham Community Centre on Saturday evening and enjoy this month’s film, ‘Fisherman’s Friends’. Based on a real-life story, the film depicts a group of Cornish guard/lifeboat workers who were signed by Universal to make an album that reached the top ten.

Tuesday 17th 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


Tuesday 17th September

Art and craft club at Boxted Village Hall. Every first and third Wednesday of the month, 2-4pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 18th September

Boxted History Group

Wednesday 18th September, 7.30pm
Boxted Village Hall

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

Boxted Evergreens

Thursday 19th September, 2.30pm
Boxted Village Hall

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

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.

Church Services

Sunday 22nd September 

9.30 am Harvest Festival Service at St Mary’s Langham



Saturday 28th September – 65s and over only
Saturday 12th October – open flu clinic

  • No vaccine is available for under 65s until week commencing 7th October 2019
  • No under 16s

You are invited to attend if you are:

  • Aged 65 years and over (including patients who will be 65 up to 31st March 2020)
  • Pregnant
  • Diabetic
  • A carer in receipt of a carer’s allowance
  • Living in long-stay residential care home

Or suffer from:

  • Chronic respiratory, heart, kidney, liver or neurological disease
  • Immunosuppression (which is subject to completion of a flu jab request slip)

Attendance times:

  • Surnames A-F:  9.00am – 10.00am
  • Surnames G-O:  10.00am – 11.00am
  • Surnames P-Z:  11.00am – 12.00noon

St Helena Hospice will be running a stall and collection on both mornings to raise some funds so please give generously!

There are no invitation letters being sent out this year – if you are unsure whether you are eligible please ask at reception.

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

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: a flower arrangement at the font in its pre-1997 position

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.

Dates for the diary …

Digital help at the Hub
Boxted Community Hub

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


The Edge
Friday 27th September
Friday 11th October
8pm, Boxted Methodist Hall


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

Tuesday dates:  24th September, 8th October

Beer and The Bible


Monday 14th October 8pm
The Shepherd, Langham

Boxted Parish Council presents Boxtoberfest!
Saturday 19th October 6pm – 11pm
Boxted Village Hall

You are warmly invited to our first ever Boxtoberfest.  A fun evening to celebrate and enjoy our community together. With live music from Boxted bands, The Silburys and Loxleys Corner. There will be a bar and food stall (cash only).

For advance tickets at £4.00, visit buytickets.at/boxtedparishcouncil or £5.00 on the door. Tickets are limited.

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