17th November 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’s a packed schedule for the weeks ahead.

Boxted Methodist Silver Band plays on

Boxted Methodist Silver Band provided the music at the annual Service of Remembrance at the Boxted Parish Church of St Peter, which was conducted by the Rev Hannah Cooper. The band is the only Methodist silver band in the country and has been performing at worship and concerts throughout the village for over 150 years.

Although Boxted Methodist Church shut in the summer, the silver band is continuing and over the coming three months it will be giving more than 20 performances at church services and other events in Essex and Suffolk.

These include the Long Melford Street Fair 23 November, Band Service at the Village Hall 1 December, carols at Fred Smiths and Fillpotts on December 8th and carol playing all around the Village during the festive season.

In 2020 the Band will continue to perform at concerts and supporting worship and events in the village and surrounding area. In planning is  a spring concert at East Bergholt Church and performing at the Methodist Central Hall Westminster to support Harvest Worship followed by an afternoon concert.

The Band has is very pleased to announce the recent appointment of Sir Bob Russell as its new chairman. 

Photo: Remembrance Sunday – Victoria Steinitz, Boxted Methodist Silver Band MD, Barry Took of the Royal British Legion and the Revd Hannah Cooper  

Digital Help at the Hub

Tuesday 19th November
10am – 12noon

Drop-in session. Get basic digital skills for free. Bring your own devices.

Tuesday 19th November, 2.30pm
(and 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

Boxted Airfield Historical Group

Tuesday 19th November, 7.30pm

The Atlantic Wall (Bob Barnett)

All events are held at the museum visitor centre unless otherwise stated. Doors open 7.15 PM. Admission by donation of £4 which includes refreshments.
Details available from JEREMY on 07885 657255 or jezzyh@btinternet.com

Wednesday 20th November, 2pm-4pm
Boxted Village Hall

Boxted History Group

Wednesday 20th November, 7.30pm
Boxted Village Hall

The History of Tea

Parish Newsletter

Contributions for the next LwB Newsletter should be submitted before Thursday 21st November. This edition will cover December 2019 and January 2020.
Many thanks for the contributions this year and best wishes for the forthcoming festivities.


Conributions to be sent to: lwbnewsletter@gmail.com


Friday 22nd November, 7.30pm-9pm
Boxted Methodist Hall   

Church service

Sunday 24th November
9.30 am Sung Eucharist at St Mary’s Langham.

Read the latest newsletter here

Neighbourhood Watch Reports

  • East Side, Straight Road, Boxted
    Suspect unknown has removed the victim’s motorised scooter index AV13 NXU by means unknown.
  • Accommodation Road, Boxted
    Suspect unknown has stolen the victim’s silver Nissan Cabstar index AK09 YLB by means unknown.
  •  Ivy Lodge Road, Gt Horkesley 
    Suspect unknown has stolen property from the location.

 Dates for the diary …

Digital Help at the Hub

Tuesday 26th November
10am – 12noon

Drop-in session. Get basic digital skills for free. Bring your own devices.

Mobile Library

Thursday 28th November, 10.10-10.40am
Boxted Playing Field

Future dates:
19th December 2019 
9th January 2020 

Thursday 28th November
Christmas party Boxted Buskers

Langham Community Shop Festive Fayre
Saturday 30th November 11am – 3pm

Local food and drink to try. Christmas gifts, fashion and hampers


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 322301
  • All funds raised will be shared between Langham Pre-School, Community Shop and Community Centre

Advent Carols and Boxted Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday 1st December, 3pm
Boxted Village Hall

Led by the Boxted Methodist Silver Band, join in the countdown to the lighting of the village Christmas tree.

Mulled wine and warm mince pies with live music by Tessa Collitt.

Children can bring baubles to decorate the tree!

December dates

  • Thursday 5th December –  (NB a week early) Pat Nearney Entertainer
  • Friday 6th December – Visit to Snape Maltings Christmas Show
  • Wednesday 11th December – Visit to Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Sing with Nettie Osman
Saturday 7th December, 11am-1pm
Langham Community Centre

£6.00 – contact Carolyn on 272332

Kelvedon Singers Festive Christmas Music Sunday 8th Deember 7.00pm St Peter's Church, Boxtedwine and refreshments

Kelvedon Singers Festive Christmas Music
Sunday 8th December 7.00pm
St Peter’s Church, Boxted

Dixit Dominus by Handel

Tickets £12 in advance or £14 on the door

Wine and refreshments. Contact Sarah Phillips 01376 561719 email sp@base.nitrex.net
or Jasper Hunt 01206 322098 email boxtedconcerts@gmail.com

Beer and The Bible
Monday 9th December 8pm
The Shepherd, Langham


Boxted WI
Tuesday 10th December
Boxted Village Hall

This will be our Christmas party but we will also be focussing on issues contained in one of the 2019 WI campaigns this year which is ‘No more violence against women’.  With that in mind we will be having an ‘orange’ themed evening as this is the colour that marks the UN campaign to eliminate violence against women.  Visitors are very welcome to join us. 

We will also be collecting items to support the Colchester and Tendring women’s refuge and would welcome donations from the wider village community.  These can be brought to the village hall on the night, given to any WI member or contact us on 272597.  The list of new items they are looking for is as follows:

  • Toys for the children 
  • Single quilts
  • Pillows
  • Towels
  • Duvets covers  – All families are provided with new bedding & towels, They then take them when they move on from the accommodation.
  • Toiletries 
  • Makeup
  • Nail Varnish
  • Tinned food – Food parcels are provided to all families on admission.
  • Pasta
  • Jars of sauces
  • Rice.

The Edge
Friday 13th December 7.30-9pm
Boxted Methodist Hall

Snow White Panto
Saturday 14th December, 4pm and 7pm
Boxted Village Hall

Not to be missed!
The Boxted Amateur Players’ 2019 pantomime.

Matinee prices are £6.50 adult, £3.50 child.
Evening performance all seats are £6.50.
Buy tickets at buytickets.at/boxtedparishcouncil

Reindeer Ramble
Sunday 15th December, 11.30am
Langham Community Centre

0.75 mile Christmas ramble in the woods. £3.00 each or £10.00 family ticket. All proceeds to 2nd Langham Scouts.

Useful links:

Boxted Village Hall
Boxted Village Website
Boxted Primary School
Boxted British LegionLittle Owls Pre-School
Langham and Boxted Churches
Boxted Cricket Club
Mobile Library Service
Boxted Runners
Boxted Neighbourhood Plan
Boxted WI on Facebook
Boxted WI on Twitter
Boxted 10K
Boxted Airfield Historical Group
Langham Community Centre
Langham Community Shop
Langham Village Website
Dedham Vale & Stour Valley ANOB 
Essex County Council’s PROW Interactive map
Colchester District Neighbourhood Watch

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