13th January 2020

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.



Monday 13th January, 8pm


Tuesday 14th January, 2pm


Wednesday 15th January, 2pm


Boxted History Group


Wednesday 15th January 7.30 pm
Boxted Village Hall

Mile End – Then and Now, an illustrated talk by Bob Olley

Visitors welcome.


Boxted and Langham Newsletter deadline for articles

Please send all entries for the February edition to the editor Tim Clarke by Thursday 23rd Januarylwbnewsletter@gmail.com


Church services

Sunday 19th January

8 am Said Eucharist at St Mary’s Langham

St Peter’s Boxted: 9.30 am Family Service


Get funding for your AONB project

The AONB’s grant programmes are open for applications, with varying deadlines in March. They are

particularly interested in supporting projects that improve and promote conservation and assess for all. The grants are provided to promote a wide range of sustainable projects that support the conservation objectives of AONBs and National Parks.

If you are interested in carrying forward a project in the AONB or you want to find out more, go to the following websites for further information:




Read the Boxted Parish Council minutes from the 13th November 2019 meeting here.


How secure is your home – have you locked your door?

Stephen Armson-Smith
Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor, Essex Police

We are still experiencing around the county a number of burglaries that have occurred where either doors are not being locked or not locked correctly. You can reduce the risk of being a victim of burglary by simply taking the time to ensure you understand how your door locks and keeping your property secure.

It may sound obvious, but do you know how your doors lock? There are so many types of doors and perhaps your door may have been changed or you may have moved to a new house. Many types of doors can be fitted with a multi-point locking system that, as the name suggests, has several locking points compared to the older traditional night latch (Yale lock) and mortice lock that each lock in one point.

Most multi-point locking systems have a latch enabling the door to be held closed on the latch upon closing the door and several bolts or hooks that are engaged when you lift the handle.

  • The latch – depending on the type of lock the latch may operate with both the indoor and outdoor handles or just the indoor handle, try your door and see which you have.
  • The bolts or hooks – these provide the security for your door but only if you lock them in place with the key.
  • The method – upon closing the door lift the handle putting all the bolts or hooks in place, on going out lock these all in place with the key, upon locking up indoors use the key as before or the thumb turn if applicable.

Until locked in place the hooks or bolts can be released by someone using the outside door handle. If you use a key to operate the lock indoors ensure that you store the key close to the door in case of emergency, but make sure that any keys are out of view from windows and doors.

  • The back door – also, we have had some burglaries where the occupants of the house are in their lounge watching TV and in slips the burglar via the insecure rear door, takes what is in that room, the car keys and the car from the drive.

Firstly think about your rear boundaries, invest in good fencing and gate(s) 1.8m high, some spiky bushes or climbing plants and fit and use locks to secure the gate. If you need to come and go through the gate use a key operated lock to secure the gate. Secondly if you are not in the room or using the rear door keep it locked, you can also get fairly inexpensive battery operated PIR alarms to alert you if the beam across the door is broken.


Dates for the diary …



Digital Help at the Hub
Tuesday 21st January
10am – 12.00 noon

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

(Apologies for giving the incorrect dates last week)



Boxted Airfield Historical Group
Tuesday 21st January, 7.30 pm

Next meeting at the Museum, Langham Lane, Langham will be John Pyle who will speak on “Vertical Take Off: Updated”.

Admission £4 by donation, including refreshments and draw entry.


Mobile library
Thursday 23rd January,
10.10am to 10.40am


Boxted playing field car park

To check future dates for the mobile library at Boxted, please go to the Essex Libraries website



Boxted Evergreens
Thursday 23rd January, 2.30 pm
Boxted Hall Village

“Bring and Buy”



The Happiness Course
Thursday 23rd January

Looks at things that help us develop a happier life.

Every week at the Yew Tree Inn, Great Horkesley 7.30pm – 9pm.

Also every fortnight at St John’s Church Hall, Great Horkesley 11.30am – 12.30pm starting Thursday 23rd January.

Free to attend. For more information and to reserve a place contact Revd Anne Mason 01206 851792 or 07895 970834 or email revdannemason@gmail.com



The Edge
Youth Group for 11-18 year olds
Friday 24th January
Boxted Methodist Hall


Mrs Lowry and Son Saturday 25th January, Langham Community CentreLangham Film Nights
Mrs Lowry and Son
Saturday 25th January, 7pm

Buy tickets online or at the community shop
http://www.langhamcommunitycentre.org.uk/next-screening/



Digital Help at the Hub
Tuesday 28th January
10am – 12.00 noon

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



Learn about Langham
Sunday 9th February, 2.30pm
Langham Community Centre

Illustrated talk by local historian Simon Gallup. Tickets £3.00 adults, £2.00 children, available from Langham Community Shop, The Shepherd, Ian and Ann Hollands (230525) or Bob and Liz Schofield (272711)


Useful links:

Boxted Village Hall
Boxted Village Website
Boxted Primary School
Boxted British Legion


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