15th March 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 17th March, 10am
Boxted Hub

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

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 History Group

Wednesday 18th March, 7.30 pm
Boxted Village Hall

“Franklin D Roosevelt” by Geoff Page

All welcome

Boxted EvergreensThursday 19th March
Boxted Village Hall

“Rwandan Orphans”

Langham Handmade Fair Saturday 21st March 10.30 - 3.30, Langham Community Centre

*Free entry* *Free parking*

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.

Church services

Sunday 22nd March

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Sung Eucharist – Mothering Sunday, St Mary’s Langham

Easter Lilies

If you would like to remember a loved one at Easter by purchasing lilies to be displayed in either of our two churches, please contact Annette Whybrow (St. Peter’s, Boxted) 01206 272773 or Dot Garner (St. Mary’s, Langham) 01206 272599.


  • Arum: £2.40 each
  • Longiflorum: £1.62 each

Orders to be placed by 5th April 2020.

Theft of tools

Stephen Armson-Smith
Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor
Essex Police

The theft of tools is not only ‘theft of those tools’; it is also the damage the thief causes in getting to them. This can prevent you from carrying out an intended task(s), and to a trader it is your livelihood, a necessity to carry out your work.

Recent Direct Line Insurance statistics relation to tool thefts state:

  • £83 million stolen England and Wales since 2017 mainly from Tradesmen
  • Only 3% recovered
  • 217,000 tools
  • 28% from vehicles
  • 20% Private Residences
  •  10% work sites & businesses

Invariably tools are kept in vehicles, sheds, garages and other outbuildings, all with a level of apparent vulnerability that a thief will seek to exploit.

There are similarities in security advice for both sheds, outbuildings and vans:

  • Is there a more secure location with greater protection where your tools can safely be stored?
  • With regards to where your sheds, outbuildings and vans are positioned, where possible each wants to be where it can be seen and under lighting.
  • Shed windows, as with the rear windows of a van, need to be such that the contents cannot be seen through and each can have a weld mesh grille over the inside to deter access. *
  • Consider supplementing the existing locks with accreditation body tested products to the risk commensurate standard to protect your property i.e. secured by Design or Sold Secure (gold or diamond standard). When fitting such consider the strength what you are fitting it to and whether that too needs to be enhanced. **
  • Consider further security within such as strong boxes or in sheds and outbuildings ground anchors to lock the item by chain to. **
  • Consider an alarm, there are those out there that notify you on your Smart Device of an intrusion and allow you to view the cause of the activation. *
  • Property marking and asset recording will make your tools harder for the criminal to dispose of and so less desirable. Methods could be visibly marking i.e. engraving, die stamping, painting an awful colour, indelible ink or paint marker and/or a forensic marker with labelling to show that it is marked also asset recording of its serial number and description on a secure accreditation body approved database. *
  • There are fogging and intruder tagging sprays available that when activated fill the van or shed with a fog that you cannot see the hand in front of your face, or the tagging spray that coats the intruder with a unique UV visible spray.

(*SBD or both**)

Products that are fit for purpose can found by looking for the “Secured by Design” or “Sold Secure” logos, or on their websites http://www.securedbydesign.com/ or http://www.soldsecure.com/ .

For further crime prevention advice see www.essex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/ or www.thecrimepreventionwebsite.com .

Dates for the diary …

Bingo at the Hub
Tuesday 24th March, 2-4pm

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

Parish newsletter deadline
Thursday 26th March

Please submit all enquiries and submissions to lwbnewsletter@gmail.com

Mobile pizza!
Saturday 28th March, 6pm – 8pm
Royal British Legion

Road Closure
Skye Hall Hill, Boxted
from Monday 30th March

Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=116539955 to find details of the intended closure of Skye Hall Hill for 5 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes drainage investigation works.

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.

Boxted Methodist Silver Band
Saturday 4th April, 7pm
St Mary’s, Dedham

Tickets £10 each, available from the parish office, pharmacy or band secretary Liz Petter on 01206 271511

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

Try the free CSS tidy up which lets you beautify stylesheets for your websites.

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com