23rd February 2020

Village News and Events

n 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.

Tuesday 25th February, 2-4pm

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.

Langham Community Shop

Tuesday 25th February 2020, 7.30pm
Club room, Langham Community Centre.

Notice of annual members meeting for Langham Community Shop Association.
Please join us for our AGM and then drinks and nibbles afterwards.

Resumes after the half term break on Friday 28th February, 8.45am – 10.15am
Boxted Village Hall

Mobile Pizza Company

Saturday 29th February
6 – 8 pm
Boxted British Legion


Church services

Sunday 1st March

9.30 am Sung Eucharist at St Peter’s, Boxted

There are just 4 tables left to fill and single people can be fitted on to existing booked tables who do not have the full quota. Please contact Dominic or Linda on 01206 273324 or email dominic@poplargs.co.uk if you are interested.

Neighbourhood Watch

Wick Road, Langham
Suspects unknown attempted to gain entry to the victim’s property using a screwdriver to force the door. No entry gained.

Dedham Road, Boxted
Suspect unknown has removed both index plates from the victim’s blue Vauxhall Astra Elegance Index EU52 VPX by unknown means.

Boxted Methodist Silver Band

Last October, Colchester High Steward Sir Bob Russell was elected Chairman of Boxted Methodist Silver Band. Here he gives a report on what is happening with the Band – and its determination to stay in Boxted.

Boxted Methodist Chapel shut last July…….but Boxted Methodist Silver Band, the only surviving Methodist silver band in England, is determined to play on!

Earlier this month (February) the Colchester Methodist Circuit instructed estate agents to sell (in three separate lots) the Chapel, the Methodist School Room and the paddock adjoining the burial ground in Chapel Road.

The Band is hoping to raise the necessary £145,000 to buy the School Room – and has been given the legal protection, under an Act of Parliament, to have the right to buy the building under what is known as an “asset of community value”. Others who might be interested have to form a queue.

That’s the good news. However, the Band has just six months to raise the money. It is going to be a tough challenge, but one which the Band is united in seeking to achieve as confirmed by an Extraordinary General Meeting on Monday 10th February.

The School Room was opened in 1907. Minutes of the Trustees of Boxted Methodist Chapel, which I inspected at the Essex Record Office, reveal that the entire cost (less than £300) was raised by Boxted people. I assume that the Chapel was funded in the same way, in the early 1830s.

Regrettably, none of the proceeds from the sales of Methodist assets in Boxted will be available to help the Band buy the School Room. All the proceeds are earmarked for a new Methodist Church Centre at Mile End.

I find it disappointing, to put it mildly, that Boxted will not get anything from the sale of buildings which previous generations of Boxted residents paid for!

In November, Band members unanimously resolved to support my suggestion that an application be made to Colchester Borough Council under the Localism Act 2011 for the School Room to be declared an “asset of community value”.

The application had the unanimous backing of Boxted Parish Council, for which I and the Band are grateful. We are also grateful for the support of local Borough Councillors Nigel Chapman, Peter Chillingworth and Christopher Arnold.

At the beginning of February came confirmation from the Borough Council that the School Room had been duly registered as such, which gives the Band the assurance that for six months the School Room cannot be sold to anyone other than a community group. The Band is the only group which has registered an interest.

In the same way as the School Room was funded all those years ago, in the very near future a public appeal will be launched inviting donations from Boxted residents (and businesses) to help buy the building. Full details will be published in March.

The Band was formed in 1898, and for the past 113 years it has been based in the School Room where it meets most weeks for rehearsals. It has a busy programme of performances, at churches and chapels around North Essex and South Suffolk, plus at a variety of other venues. In December there were 20 performances at a range of locations, including supermarkets and in village halls with the annual one in Boxted Village Hall.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Band visited several of the residential areas in Boxted.
Boxted Methodist Silver Band is unique. We have just six months to raise the money to ensure that it continues as England’s only surviving Methodist Silver Band, staying here in Boxted at the School Room. I hope that people in Boxted, and in adjoining villages, will rally to the cause.

Organ at Boxted Methodist Chapel

Available to good homes. Two organs and a piano from Boxted Methodist Chapel. If you are interested e-mail sir.bob.russell@hotmail.com

Sir Bob Russell writes:
Amongst the documents relating to Boxted Methodist Chapel, deposited with the Essex Record Office at Chelmsford, are some relating to the organ which was installed in 1945.

I came across the following while researching matters relating to the School Room, adjacent to the Chapel which shut in the summer of 2019, when I visited the ERO on 22ndJanuary 2020.

The documents state the organ was second-hand, and was bought for £142 – with an Invoice, dated 15th March 1945, from R.F. Stevens Ltd, Reed Organ Builders, of Kelly Street, Kentish Town, London SW1.
Other information states: “Bell Two Manuel & Pedal Organ, 20 stops, Walnut case with Pedals and Stool to match. Electric blower in box for A.C. current with trunk to connect between organ and vestry. Reconditioned and in good playing order throughout. To be collected by your van. £42 nett cash.”

A letter sent with it to “Boxted Church”, dated 15th March 1945, to Mr A.W. Nightingale, of Kerry Cray, 145 North Station Road, Colchester, stated: “It will need 3 or 4 strong men to unload the instrument into the church.”

An earlier letter (dated 5th March) mentioned that “on Saturday” Rev Hayes and Mr Simpson visited R.F. Stevens to inspect the organ – and Mr Simpson played it.

Use of ATMs

Grahame Stehle
Colchester District Neighbourhood Watch

You may have seen on Social Media something about pressing the Clear Button twice before making a withdrawal from an ATM. The police have advised me that this is itself a hoax and directed me to an organisation called Snopes. I understand that this is a reliable source of information about social media, and hoaxes. Please follow this link and advise family and friends.


Dates for the diary …

Boxted Carpet Bowls
Every Friday and
Tuesday 3rd March, 2pm
Boxted Village Hall

Art and Craft Club
Wednesday 4th March, 2pm
Boxted Village Hall 

Mobile Library
Thursday 5th March,
10.10am – 10.40am
Boxted Playing FIeld Car Park

Boxted Evergreens

Thursday 5th March
Boxted Village Hall

Ten Words with Viv

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

Boxted WI
Wednesday 10th March, 7.30 pm
Boxted Village Hall

Tools with a Mission – Learn how old garden tools can help to transform lives.

Parish Council Meeting
Thursday 11th March, 7.30pm
Boxted Village Hall

Langham LadiesThursday 12th March, 7.30pm
Langham Community Centre

Snowdrops & Spring Treasure Guy Barker (open meeting guests invited)

The Edge
Friday 13th March, 8pm
Boxted Methodist Hall

Digital Help at the Hub
Tuesday 17th March, 10am
Boxted Hub

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

Boxted Carpet Bowls
Every Friday and
Tuesday 17th March, 2pm
Boxted Village Hall

Boxted Airfield Historical Group
Tuesday 17th March, 7.30pm
Boxted Airfield Museum

Peter Jones speaks on Tram Story.

Details available from Jeremy on 07885 657255 or jezzyh@btinternet.com; Admission donation £4, includes refreshments and a raffle ticket.

Art and Craft Club
Wednesday 18th March, 2pm
Boxted Village Hall 

Boxted EvergreensThursday 19th March
Boxted Village Hall

Rwandan Orphans

Langham Film Night presents
‘Knives Out’
Saturday 21st March, 7pm
Langham Community Centre

Tickets available now on line and from the Langham Community Shop £4 each.

Digital Help at the Hub
Tuesday 24th March, 10am
Boxted Hub

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

Mobile Library
Thursday 26th March,
10.10am – 10.40am
Boxted Playing FIeld Car Park

Langham Community Council invitation
Friday 27th March, 10.30am – 12noon
Langham Community Centre

All are invited to celebrate the completion of the works to replace the central heating and hot water systems at the Community Centre, Pre-School and Community Shop. The project has been completed over two years, helped by funding from The Enovert Community Trust, Essex County Council’s Community Initiatives Fund and Langham Parish Council. The Community Café, linked to this event, is being hosted by Langham Ladies; £1 entry fee.

The Edge
Friday 27th March, 8pm
Boxted Methodist Hall

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.

Have your say

Find out how you can have your say at any meeting of Colchester Borough Council. All meetings are open to the public, except those parts where confidential matters are being discussed.

For more information on how to have your say at council meetings, visit https://colchester.cmis.uk.com/colchester/HaveYourSay.aspx or to view the schedule of meetings throughout the year, visit https://colchester.cmis.uk.com/colchester/MeetingCalendar.aspx

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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