13th 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.

Beer and the bible at the Shepherd Langham from 8pm. All welccome.

Next meeting: Monday 14th October

Next call: Tuesday 15th October

Tuesday 15th October, 7.30 pm

Boxted Airfield Historical Group
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.


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

Wednesday 16th October, 2pm – 4pm
Boxted Village Hall



Wednesday 16th October, 7.30pm

Boxted History Group
Boxted Village Hall

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

Thursday 17th October
A G M with scones
Boxted Village Hall


Mobile Library

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


Book review:
Noah’s Compass is a novel by Anne Tyler first published in 2009 about a solitary 60-year-old man trying to come to terms with his own life.

Read the review here.

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

Church Services

Sunday 20th October 

8 am Holy Communion Service at St Mary’s Langham

9.30am Family Service at St Mary’s Langham

  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 now have enough actors but could do with some help with lighting and stage management.

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.

Dates for the diary …


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


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

Remember the benefits of carpet bowls:
Great exercise – not too strenuous | All weather indoor game | Sociable – be part of a team | Fun to do | Improves hand eye coordination and strengthens muscle tone, helps prevent depression and anxietyand promotes healthy sleep patterns

Tuesday 29th October, 2pm-4pm
Boxted Community Hub


Boxted Evergreens
Thursday 31st October
Boxted Village Hall

Speaker from Age Concern

Future dates:
Thursday 14th November: Ask members for any good tips or remedies
Thursday 28th November: Christmas party Boxted Buskers
Thursday 5th December:   Christmas lunch

Art and Craft Club
Wednesday 6th November, 2pm-4pm
Boxted Village Hall

Mobile Library
Thursday 7th November, 10.10-10.40am
Boxted Playing Field

Future dates:
28th November 2019
19th December 2019

The Edge
Friday 8th November, 7.30pm-9.00pm
Boxted Methodist Hall

Please note: there is no meeting of The Edge on the 25th October as previously advertised as it is half term

  • The Edge meets on 2nd and 4th Friday of each month during term time, 7.30pm to 9.00pm
  • The Zone meet every Friday during term time, 5.30pm to 7.00pm.


Beer and the Bible
Monday 12th November, 8pm
The Shepherd, Langham

Tuesday 12th November
The Gin Lord

@theGinLordUK : talk and tasting

Future Dates:
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


Thursday 14th November, 8pm
Langham Community Centre
Pudding Tasting + quiz

We meet on the second Thursday monthly 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 homemade cake or similar.

Below is our 2019/2020 Programme:

  • Thursday 5th December: Pat Nearney Entertainer
  • Friday 6th December: Visit to Snape Maltings Christmas Show
  • Wednesday 11th December: Visit to Thursford Christmas Spectacular
  • Thursday 9th January: Local Author Liz Trenow, novelist
  • Friday 24th January: New Year Lunch at Colchester Institute Balkerne Restaurant
  • Thursday 13th February: To Fetch a Pail of Water by Patrick Denney Historian (open meeting guests invited)
  • Thursday 12th March: Snowdrops & Spring Treasure Guy Barker (open meeting guests invited)
  • Thursday 9th April: Fashion Show at the Community Centre given by the Wine Centre Gt Horksley
  • Thursday 14th May: From Ball of Clay to finished pot by Brenda Green
  • Thursday 11th June: Buddhism and well-being with Zoe Flint.

Contact: Gill Brown 273286

Boxted History Group
Tuesday 19th November, 7.30pm
Boxted Village Hall

The Atlantic Wall (Bob Barnett)


Saturday 30th November, 7pm
Langham Community Centre
A Christmas Carol

The Charles Dickens’ tale told by Anthony Roberts (actor, director of Colchester Arts Centre) with piano by Jamie Cunliffe


  • Doors open 6.15pm – Raffle – Carol Singing – lnterval Refreshments
  • Bar open prior to performance and during interval
  • Tickets £5.00 from Langham Community Shop or Liz Winter: libbywinter@gmail.com 01206 3223
  • All funds raised will be shared between Langham Pre-School, Community Shop and Community Centre

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