16th February 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.

Digital Help at the Hub

Tuesday 18th February
10.00 am – 12.00 noon

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

Boxted Airfield Historical Group

Tuesday 18th February, 7.30 pm
Boxted Airfield Museum

Guest speaker Flt Lt A Rivett DC 1830 Tendring SQD ATC
Admission donation £4, includes refreshments and a raffle ticket.
Details available from Jeremy on 07885 657255 or jezzyh@btinternet.com

Boxted History Group

Wednesday 19th February, 7.30 pm
Boxted Village Hall

The Story of Greyfriars

Boxted Evergreens
Thursday 20th February
Boxted Village Hall

Riding for the Disabled

A reminder …

Parish Newsletter
Copy deadline for March
Thursday 20th February

Copy for the March issue of the Boxted and Langham village newsletter should be with the Editor, Tim Clarke, by Thursday 20th February. Email lwbnewsletter@gmailcom

For more information on how to have your say at council meetings, visit https://colchester.cmis.uk.com/colchester/HaveYourSay.aspx

Get trees for free!

Saturday 22nd February

Colchester Borough Council’s annual ‘Trees for Years’ giveaway returns on Saturday 22nd February at the Community Stadium, Axial Way. This year, as part of the Colchester Woodland Project and to mark the start of a new decade, there will be ten thousand trees given away.

For more information, visit https://www.colchester.gov.uk/info/cbc-article/?catid=trees-in-planning&id=KA-02454

Above: Autumn colours of the naturally formed avenue of hedgerow oak trees on Boxted Straight Road approaching Betty Potter’s Dip from the north. The trees are a rare remnant of the heathland that once extended from Mile End to Boxted Cross.

Photo taken in November 2015

To plant a tree is to say yes to life
It is to affirm our faith in the future
To plant a tree is to acknowledge our debt
to the past: seeds are not created out of nothing.
To plant a tree is to co-operate in nature’s works
whereby all forms of life are interdependent.
To plant a tree is to take sorrow for past mistakes;
when we took life’s gifts for granted.
To plant a tree is to make a social statement for
green-consciousness, for conservation and ecology.
To plant a tree is to enhance the quality of life.
It brings beauty to the eyes and uplifts the spirit.
To plant a tree is to make a spiritual statement
or point. We are all members of the tree of life.
we stand or fall together.

Poem by Revd Francis Simon, quoted in, S Gitau, The Environmental Crisis and referred to in the book ’Saying Yes to Life’ by Ruth Valerio. 

Church services

Sunday 23rd February

9.30 am Sung Eucharist at St Peter’s, Boxted

View from Boxted Church tower taken in Sept 2015

Neighbourhood watch

Reported incidents

Langham Lane: Residential Burglary. Suspect unknown gained entry to the dwelling by smashing the conservatory window and patio door using a brick. Suspect took a pillow case, jewellery box and broke into a cabinet.

Ellis Road: Suspects unknown have taken victims wallet which was accidentally left in the back of a taxi.

Boxted Parish Council

Read the minutes of 8th January 2020 meeting here:


Dates for the diary …

Bingo at the Hub
Tuesday 25th February

Digital Help at the Hub
Tuesday 25th February
10.00 am – 12.00 noon

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

Mobile Pizza Company
Saturday 29th February
6 – 8 pm
Boxted British Legion


Family Quiz Night
Saturday 7th March, 7pm
Boxted Village Hall

£6.00 per head. Children free.

Licensed bar. Contact Dominic and Linda on 01206 273324 dominic@poplargs.co.uk to find out more and to book your place.

All proceeds go to the Youthwork Fund.

Boxted WI
Tuesday 31st March, 7.30pm
Boxted Village Hall

“Don’t fear the smear” and “Menopause matters”, short talks by healthcare professionals.

If you would like to attend, please confirm bty email to BoxtedWI@gmail.com. There is no entry fee but you are asked to consider a donation to the Red Box Campaign such as sanitary products (in sealed packets), girls pants or tights.

Black and Gold Ball
Friday 15th May
7pm – 1am
Le Talbooth

All funds raised will benefit the children of Boxted St Peter’s School. Tickets £65 per person. Three course dinner and coffee, then dance the night away! For more information, contact bsa@boxted.essex.sch.uk or contact the school office on 01206 272239.

Useful links:

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

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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