21st March 2020

Village News and Events

in Boxted and Langham

Welcome to this week’s newsletter. As you are probably aware, no regular community events are taking place until further notice. We will try to keep you updated with any snippets of information on a weekly basis and provide you with links to websites which may help to make your lives as normal as possible during this challenging and uncertain time.

All information is correct at the time of publication

Useful websites for essentials

During these unprecedented times, you may find it useful to order some essential items online. Please be aware that these sites are currently experiencing high levels of usage, so you may find it difficult to access the supplies they offer.

Milk and More


Colchester Dairy


Who Gives a Crap Toilet Rolls



A Facebook group, “Colchester Borough Emergency Coordinations Group“, has been set up consisting of people offering help and support during this difficult period.

All Essex libraries to close due to Coronavirus

Following careful consideration and Government guidance on Coronavirus, all Essex libraries and mobile libraries will be closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will let you know as soon as normal service resumes.

All loans will be extended, overdue charges will be automatically waived and reservations suspended.

We are making arrangements to ensure people can attend appointments with Registrars who are currently based in some of our libraries.

In this time, we are working to enhance our digital service for people to continue using the library service.

Our e-library is online 24/7 https://libraries.essex.gov.uk/e-books-e-audio-e-magazines-and-book-groups/e-books-and-e-audio/with thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks eComics, eMagazines and eNewspapers available through Borrowbox RBdigital and PressReader.

We are buying more titles for our eLibrary to give you more choice and working with our suppliers to enable new customers joining online to be able to access these services quickly and without needing to collect a library card from a library. This has already been enabled for RBdigital and Borrowbox.

So, if you’re unexpectedly stuck at home download the apps on your own device, sign in with your library card number and start reading today!

We also have a range of online learning and reference resources available to use from home. https://libraries.essex.gov.uk/reference-and-courses-online/free-courses/

The Essex Library Services

Report a damaged sign

Defective signs such as the one below situated at Boxted Cross can be reported here:


Walking back to happiness …

Good for your health and well-being, walking is one of the simple pleasures many of us can enjoy during ‘lockdown’. You can get all the local public footpath routes from the interactive PROW map, available at https://www.essexhighways.org/getting-around/public-rights-of-way/prow-interactive-map.aspx.

Remember, if you’re walking with your four-legged friend, please clear up the poo. Dedicated bins are available outside the Royal British Legion on Straight Road, Boxted and also around the playing fields at both Boxted and Langham.

Church services

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written a letter asking that all churches stop holding services from now until further notice.

In the meantime, those churches which are currently open, will continue to be open, should you wish for a place for quiet reflection and solace.

Mothering Sunday Service via Facebook

This Sunday Rev’d Mandy Elmes will stream a church service from St Mary’s West Bergholt via Facebook for everyone in the three parishes.

10am Mothering Sunday Service with prayers and sermon. Communion will follow shortly afterwards. 
If you already have Facebook account please add St Mary’s Church, West Bergholt as a ‘friend’ – filming will stream from here and then be shared to each church account after the event. 

It is easy and free to set up an account via computer or by downloading the app on your smart phone or tablet.https://www.facebook.com
We do understand that not everyone will be comfortable with having a Facebook account so the link to the talk will be emailed out after the event which you should be able to watch at your leisure. 

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.

Dates for the diary …

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.

Useful links:

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

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