25th November 2019

Village News and Events

in Boxted and LanghamVillage News and Events

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.

Photos of the Village

Holly Lane, Boxted
Rainbow from Queen’s Head Road

Digital Help at the Hub

Tuesday 26th November
10am – 12noon

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

Tuesday 26th November, 2-4pm

Mobile Library

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


Book review

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

With extraordinary economy of prose – few writers can pack so much emotion, so much detail into a single paragraph – Strout immerses us in the lives of her characters, each so authentically drawn as to be deserving of an entire novel themselves. Compassionate, masterly and profound, this is a writer at the height of her powers.

Read the full review here


Thursday 28th November
Christmas party Boxted Buskers

Langham Community Cafe

Friday 29th November, 10.30 – 12 noon
Langham Community Centre

Hosted by St. Mary’s Church members, with the usual book sale and 100 Club draw.

Saturday 30th November, 7pm
Langham Community Centre

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

Church services

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!

Reverse Advent Calendar with Colchester Foodbank

The church youth groups are participating in this and any donations can be taken to The Edge, The Zone or the village churches. 


Neighbourhood Watch


Carter’s Hill, Boxted
Suspects unknown have entered the construction site by cutting off a lock on a site gate. Suspects have then forced entry into a container used for storing tools by ripping off the eye bolt with the lock still attached. Once inside suspects have stolen small plant.
School Road, Langham
Suspects have cut padlock to gates entered grounds and cut padlocks from a shipping container used as a store and stolen large quantity of plant.
Ivy Lodge Road, Gt Horkesley
Suspect unknown attempted to remove fuel from a generator by unknown means.
Website scam -TV licences – read the full info here

 Dates for the diary …

Boxted Carpet Bowls
Tuesday 3rd December, 2.30pm
Boxted Village Hall

Boxted Evergreens
Thursday 5th December
Christmas Lunch

Contact Secretary Linda Tralau 01206 272710 for further information

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

Hello all singers 

In the New Year we will meet on 2nd Sat. am each month.
COME ALONG ….maybe bring a friend.
Tracy Sharp amd Susie Hyman are both sending a few of their members to join us.
Nettie is a professional singer and teaches us songs to a backing track….something new for us….so come along  and sing with us.

Postcode for Hall is CO4 5PA / tel. Carolyn. 01206 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.

  * Only new bedding and linen accepted for the Women’s Refuge. 

Coffee with Cops
Wednesday 11th December, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Great Horkesley New Village Hall

Your chance to get to know your local community policing team over a coffee.


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.

Mobile library
19th December 2019 
Boxted playing field car park

Also on 9th January 2020

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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