19th December 2020

Village News and Events

in Boxted and Langham

Welcome to this week’s newsletter. Have a happy Christmas everyone. Remember to keep your bubbles small! If you need further information on how or whether to form a Christmas bubble, head over to the Government website at  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family

If you wish to have an item included in this newsletter, please email us at newsandevents@ boxted.org.uk  by Thursday 5pm at the latest. Thank you.

Stay safe everyone.

Church services

Sunday 20 December

  • Gathered Eucharist Service- St Mary’s Langham
    December 20, 2020 at 8:00 am – 9:00 am
    St Mary’s Langham
    Please contact the church office on lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com to book a place at the service; do remember a face covering if attending this Gathered service.
  • Zoom Eucharist Service
    December 20, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am

For prayer requests, please contact the Three Parishes Administrator, Mrs Jo Rassell on:

Email:  lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com
Tel: 01206 243683

Jo works 9-12 on Mondays and 9-1 on Tuesday-Friday. If she’s not in the office, please leave a message on the answer machine.

Sunday services are on theLangham and Boxted Church Website for all to view under Streamed Services. https://lb-churches.co.uk/streamed-services/  They will be uploaded on Sunday afternoons for as long as services are streamed.

Daily Hope – a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. Available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 has been set up for those unable to join in online church services during the period of restrictions.


Monday 21 December, 7pm
Boxted Cross area

One more chance to see the Silver Band perform carols.

“We do hope people will come out from the village and join us in the Christmas music.”

Save Our Bridge

An exciting discovery!

More news on the history of Boxted Bridge has emerged. Read the full update here!

It is hoped that the bridge can be repaired and saved for the community and not be replaced with a wider version which could mean that more HGVs use this route through an Area of Outstanding natural Beauty. To sign the petition to repair Boxted Bridge click here .

Download the latest school newsletter (dated Friday 11th December 2020 – Issue Thirteen Autumn Term)  here .

Piano for sale – £500

Your chance to own a John Brinsmead piano! New it would cost about £2,500. Its current value is between £550 and £650.

The keyboard is slightly shorter than standard, having five fewer bass notes that an standard piano. This will mean it is not suitable to more advanced students, but that it has the advantage of being a smaller piece of furniture in the home. It’s dimensions are 114cm wide x 100cm high x 50cm deep. The stool is 87cm wide x 52cm high x 37cm deep.

The piano was tuned about three months ago by Howard Gardner.

If you, or anyone else, would like the piano, please could you make contact with Revd Mandy Elmes. If you know anyone who might be interested in the piano, please could you pass the information on to them.

Please be aware that you need to collect it and arrange its transportation.

If you’d like any more information, please feel free to contact Revd Mandy Elmes on  revmandyelmes@btinternet.com

In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.

Spread festive joy to local care home residents

Send a personalised Christmas card – all you need to do is pick a name from the list. then pop a card addressed to them in the box. Boxes available at Asda until 21 December.

This initiative is organised by Colchester Borough Council (with your help!), spreading a little joy to care home residents this Christmas. For further information or for the name list, please contact communities@colchester.gov.uk or tony@fansnetwork.org

Mobile library

The following dates have been advertised on the Essex Libraries website for the mobile library:

  • 24 December 2020
  • 14 January 2021
  • 04 February 2021
  • 25 February 2021

Van will be at Boxted Village Hall car park between 10.10am and10.40am. To keep up to date with any changes please visit the Mobile Library Service website

Councillor wanted

Are you interested in getting involved in grass roots decisions and making a real difference to your community? If so, and you meet the eligibility criteria1, why not consider standing for co-option onto Boxted Parish Council? We currently have a vacancy and are looking for a Councillor that will work to improve the Parish.

If you are interested please write (no more than 250 words) explaining who you are, why you would like to join the council, aspects of the community that are of particular interest and what qualities, skills and expertise would you bring.

Applications should be emailed to boxtedparishcouncil@gmail.com

The position is not paid but full training is provided.

It will take a few hours of your time each month and you need to commit to being available for Parish Council meeting which take place on the second Wednesday evening of each month.

Closing Date for applications is Wednesday 6th January 2021.

Call for Sites for Local Needs Homes

In December 2019, Boxted Parish Council supported a parish wide housing needs survey (posted to every household) by an independent Rural Housing Enabler (RHE) from the Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE). This survey identified that there is a need for a small number of homes for local people in Boxted and the Parish Council and RCCE are exploring how a small scheme of around seven affordable homes for local people could be brought forward. This may include a range and combination of one-bedroom flats to 3-bedroom homes, depending on the needs of local people.

‘Local’ generally means a person who is;

• Currently resident in the parish
• Was previously resident in the parish
• Is permanently employed in the parish
• Is connected by close family still living in the parish

As a result of the evidence gathered, the Parish Council are keen to pursue a ‘Rural Exception Site’. These schemes are built on land which would not usually be allocated by the planning authority for housing but can be considered for affordable housing to meet a proven local need. These must be sites that are contiguous with or adjacent to existing village settlement boundaries.

The aim of affordable housing is to provide homes for people who cannot afford to buy or rent a home on the open market. The term includes rented and affordable home ownership. New affordable homes help sustain communities by offering local families, couples and single people the chance to stay living in the place where they have strong connections. This can be those who aspire to their first / independent home or those who wish to downsize.

The proposed homes will be for rent and shared ownership sale and can never be sold on the open market, remaining as homes only for locals forever. The Parish Council is currently looking at possible suitable sites in the Parish and there will be full Consultation on any proposals.

We would also like to hear from Landowners who might have a suitable site for an affordable housing proposal. Ideally, it would be a site of around one acre in size. As this is an exception site for local people, the land does not hold the same value as ‘normal’ or open market development. It is often put forward to support local needs would be at an exception site rate or in some cases, land is gifted as a legacy to the Community by landowners who wish to support such projects.

Please submit details of your site to the Parish Council Clerk ( boxtedparishcouncil@gmail.com ) – Deadline Wednesday 6th January 2021.

From 4 November, Thursday opening times for the Post Office at the Langham Community Shop will change to the afternoon, from 12.30 to 4.00 pm.

Monday opening times remain the same at 9.00 am to 12.30 pm.

Digital help at home

Remember that this service is still available online. Michael Smith at Colchester Borough Council is still offering digital support via a remote service. See the Council’s webpage  or, for further information.

Covid symptom app

Please continue to use the app, log in as often as possible to let us know if you feel well or not, and encourage others to do the same.

Langham Community Shop
Calendar photo competition

All ages, all abilities. Monthly competition to find pictures through the months and seasons of Langham for our 2022 calendar. Call in the shop or email for full details and requirements.

communityshoplangham@gmail.com .

Include ‘Langham Calendar Competition’ in the subject line along with the following information “The photo (as an attachment – jpg or png) title, date photo was taken, your name, contact number and permissions (this will b e required if faces are included in the image). Deadline for entries is 12noon on the 15th (e.g. if you enter November photo, send in by 15th December).

Winners will be announced at the end of each month and the 12 images that make it into the calendar will receive a published copy and prize when each win is announced. There will be four photos shortlisted and put up for you to vote on each month. Make sure you vote when you pop in for your shopping!

Useful links:

Boxted Parish Council
Boxted Village Hall
Boxted Village Website
Boxted Neighbourhood Plan
Boxted Primary School
Boxted British Legion

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