23rd 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. Alongside the regular events, there are many interesting items for you to ponder over this week – Boxtoberfest takes place on 19th October; you may have had a leaflet through your door. Perhaps you’re a budding thespian! Boxted Amateur Players are looking for new recruits to perform in this year’s Snow White Christmas play. There is also a link to the Boxted Neighbourhood Plan, which sets out the current planning policies for our village.

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


Boxxted carpet bowls club at Boxted village hall. Weekly on Fridays 7pm and fortnightly on Tuesdays 2.30pm

Tuesday 24th September


Mobile Library


Wednesday 26th September, 7.30pm
10.10 to 10.40 am
Boxted Playing Field


Book review

The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones

The Woman in Black meets Downton Abbey in this happy marriage of ghost story and country house drama.

Read the review here

Langham Community Café

Friday 27th September, 10.30 – 12 noon
Langham Community Centre

Includes book sale and 100 Club draw.
Membership fees for the coming year are now due.

The Edge youth group. 11-18 year olds. Fridays 7.30pm - 9.00pm fortnightly during term time. Methodist Hall, Chapel Road, Boxted.

Next meeting: Friday 27th September


Sing with Susie!


Saturday 28th September 2pm – 4pm
Langham Community Centre

An afternoon of singing for fun with Susie Hyman. Come early to book in.



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.

Church Services

Sunday 29th September 

3 parishes Sung Eucharist 9.30 am at St Mary’s Langham

Boxted Amateur Players

Boxted Amateur Players will be performing Snow White this year and are looking for a couple more performers.

Anyone interested in getting involved please contact Scott Dolling 07904887000 scottdolling@hotmail.co.uk

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 and 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, (230525).

#MakeADifference and have your say on policing priorities in Essex

Roger Hirst – Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex
“Three and a half years ago, we asked you what wanted from Essex Police.

Working with police officers, staff and volunteers, as well as partners from across Essex, we took what you told us and developed the 2016 Police and Crime Plan. The plan set out our seven policing priorities to protect Essex, which are:

  • More local, visible and accessible policing
  • Crack down on anti-social behaviour
  • Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse
  • Reverse the trend in serious violence
  • Tackle gangs and organised crime
  • Protecting children and vulnerable people
  • Improve safety on our roads

We have been working hard with partners over the last three and a half years to deliver against the Police and Crime Plan. Working together with you, we have achieved a lot.

Working with Essex Police, we have built a more modern, efficient and effective force, that is growing and better connected to our communities. Highlights include:

  • Delivering the funding to enable Essex Police to be a growing force. It will have 368 more officers by April 2020 than it had in 2016. Essex also has the second largest and fastest growing Special Constabulary in the country.
  • Working to bring the numbers of incidents relating to anti-social behaviour, burglary and theft down.
  • Leading the fight against gangs, county lines and violence with the development of a specialist Violence Reduction Unit.

However, our challenges are continuing to change and we know we need to do more to tackle violence in our communities and see the reduction we have achieved in anti-social behaviour, burglary and theft mirrored in violent crime and drugs.

We want to prevent crime happening in the first place and we can achieve this by working with you so there is no space for criminals to thrive, as well as ensuring the most vulnerable people in communities remain safe.

You have seen how we can #MakeADifference. Now I’d ask you to #MakeADifference and tell us what you want from your police force for the next four years so we can shape our next Police and Crime Plan.

You can fill in our survey here: https://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/make-a-difference/

Hard copies of the survey will also available in local libraries or you can call the office on 01245 291600 to request one.

For more details about how we have been working with Essex Police over the past three and a half years go to our website: www.essex.pfcc.police.uk

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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.

Boxted Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan for Boxted Parish seeks to represent one part of the development plan for the parish over the period 2014 to 2029.

The development plan consists of any planning policies currently adopted by the local planning authority, Colchester Borough Council, and this Neighbourhood Plan.

The principal purpose of the Neighbourhood Plan is to guide development within the parish and enable planning applications to be determined through a clear policy framework.

Read the full document here

Dates for the diary …



Bingo at the Hub
Tuesday 1st October
2pm – 4pm


Art and Craft Club
Wednesday 2nd October
2pm – 4pm
Boxted Village Hall



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

Boxted Carpet Bowls
Boxted Village Hall
Tuesday 8th October, 2.30pm

(or weekly on Fridays 7pm)

Beer and The Bible

Monday 14th October 8pm
The Shepherd, Langham


Boxted Airfield Historical Group
Tuesday 15th October, 7.30 pm
Airfield Museum, Langham

Guest speaker Bob Barnett on Sand, Sea and Carnage. Details available from Jeremy on 07885 657255 or jezzyh@btinternet.com. Admission donation £4, includes refreshments and a raffle ticket.

Langham Bonfire Night 2019

It is with regret that, owing to circumstances beyond its control, the Parish Council, in consultation with Bob Schofield, has been obliged to cancel Bonfire Night, planned for this November. It wishes to express its thanks and appreciation to all who contributed to this event over many years.

Boxted Evergreens
Upcoming dates
Boxted Village Hall

Thursday 3rd October:  Tales with Trevor
Thursday 17th October: A G M with scones
Thursday 31st October: Age Concern
Thursday 14th November: Ask members for any good tips or remedies
Thursday 28th November: Christmas party Boxted Buskers
Thursday 5th December:   Christmas lunch

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