7th October 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, we’re highlighting the benefits of carpet bowls. The bowls club meets weekly on Friday evenings and fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons at Boxted Village Hall. See below for all the health and wellbeing benefits you can gain if you attend! Also featured this week are wet walnuts. Buy some at Lower Dairy Farm Shop in Water Lane, Nayland and enjoy eating a piece of local history!

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

Next meeting: Tuesday 8th October

If you are interested in joining the bowls club and would like more information, please contact Christina Lawrence on ‭01206 272654‬

The benefits of indoor bowls

Not too strenuous – indoor bowls is a great way to exercise.

All weather game –  no danger of games being cancelled due to being rained off.

Sociable – meet new friends and enjoy being part of a team.

Fun – whether you want to play competitively or purely for your own satisfaction, bowls can be a very pleasurable pastime.

Promotes good health – improves hand eye coordination and strengthens muscle tone, helps prevent depression and anxiety and promotes healthy sleep patterns. It’s a win win!

Defibrillation training

Tuesday 8th October

Royal British Legion, 7pm

A few spaces are still available for defib training British Legion, Boxted.

Any takers please contact Karen Thompson, Clerk to Boxted Parish Council on 07971 525688

the WI inspiring women

Tuesday 8th October
Boxted Village Hall, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Life as a Tudor

Eleanor Jenkins talks about her other life as a Tudor at Kentwell Hall.

Boxted Parish Council

Wednesday 9th October
Boxted Village Hall, 7.30pm

Read this month’s agenda here

Langham ladies

Thursday 10th October
Langham Community Centre, 8.00pm

Deborah Brady will speak on ‘A Female in Fleet Street’

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


Next meeting: Friday 11th October



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 13th October 

9.30 am Sung Eucharist at St Peter’s Boxted

4pm Family Service at St Peter’s Boxted

  The Bach cello project. Saturday 26th October 2019, 7.30pm St Peter's Church, Church Street, Boxted CO4 5SU. Tickets £12. Call Graham Pullen on 01206 273804. Tickets can also be purchased on the door.

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, but we welcome interest from anyone with an active interest in the village.

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

Boxted Wet Walnuts will be sold from
Lower Dairy Farm Shop this year!

Boxted Wet Walnuts are a nutrition-packed local delicacy that used to grace the tables of Buckingham Palace. The Boxted Walnut Orchard is the only remaining example of a 1927 project to rejuvenate English walnut growing and is working with the RHS to bring the walnuts back into production and preserve this important orchard for future generations.

Fingers crossed the nuts will be dropping in the next fortnight – watch this space for details Find out more: http://www.lowerdairyfarm.co.uk/blog/2019/9/20/announcement-wet-walnuts

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

Dates for the diary …


Beer and The Bible

Monday 14th October 8pm
The Shepherd, Langham



Newsletter contributions for the November edition should be submitted before Tuesday 15th October


Digital help at the Hub
Tuesday 15th October, 10am – 12noon
Tuesday 22nd October, 10am – 12noon



Bingo at the Hub
Tuesday 15th October


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.

Art and Craft Club
Wednesday 16th October, 2pm – 4pm
Boxted Village Hall


Boxted History Group

Wednesday 16th October, 7.30pm
Boxted Village Hall

Bob Finch talks about John Constable’s connection with Colchester.

Future date: Tuesday 19th November, The Atlantic Wall (Bob Barnett)

Mobile Library
Thursday 17th October 2019
10.10 to 10.40 am
Boxted Playing Field

Future dates:
7th November 2019
28th November 2019
19th December 2019

Boxted Evergreens
Thursday 17th October
Boxted Village Hall

AGM with scones!

Future dates:
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

Lets all wear it pink
Friday 18th October, 7.30pm-10pm
Langham Community Centre


Mimi’s Boutique showcasing its Autumn Collection raising funds for breast cancer: wearitpink.org
Tickets £5.00. Fizz on arrival plus licensed bar. Find us on Facebook

Langham Film Nights
Saturday 19th October, 7.30pm
Langham Community Centre

The Old Man and the Gun (12A)

Starring Robert Redford in his final acting role before concentrating solely on directing, this film is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from San Quentin jail at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public.
Doors open: 7pm, film start time: 7.45pm. Tickets: cash sales at the Community Shop (£4.50) or buy online (£4.00) using debit/credit card at www.langhamcommunitycentre.org.uk


Boxted carpet bowls club
Tuesday 22nd October, 2.30pm
Every Friday 7pm
Boxted Village Hall

If you are interested in attending or would like more information on the Bowls Club, please contact Christina Lawrence on ‭01206 272654‬

The Edge
Friday 25th October
8pm, Boxted Methodist Hall

 Future dates

12 November 2019: The Gin Lord  @theGinLordUK : talk and tasting
10 December 2019: Christmas Party & Chocolate Tasting
14 January 2020: Christmas meal venue to be decided
11 February 2020: Family and Friends Open meeting with games and chips
10 March 2020: Tools with a Mission – Learn how old garden tools can help to transform lives.
14 April 2020: Easter egg hunt, egg decorating, Easter quiz and Easter bonnet competition

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