4th April 2020

Village News and Events

in Boxted and Langham

Welcome to this week’s newsletter. We have a mixed bag of goodies to keep you entertained and occupied during lockdown.

If you wish to have an item included in this newsletter, please submit by Thursday 5pm at the latest. Thank you.

Stay safe everyone.

Beautiful Boxted

Who spotted the double rainbow in Boxted last week?

Digital help at home

There will be no digital help at the Hub for the time being, but fear not! You can still go online and get help and support. I hope you are well.

Colchester Borough Council is still offering digital support via a remote service. See the Council’s webpage (https://www.colchester.gov.uk/digitalaccesssupport/) or, for further information, contact:

Get updates on Coronavirus from the government

You can get the latest information from GOV.UK straight to your mailbox. Sign up here:

As anticipated, we are now seeing a high demand for assistance with food and household essentials from elderly and vulnerable Boxted residents. We are now giving out care packages to our elderly, fragile and isolated members of the Boxted community.

We would like to support also any NHS workers in Boxted who are in dire need of help. The vast majority of people that we are assisting right now are well-known to us, and are those most in need

Therefore we would like to ask you if you might, from time to time, be able to donate ANY food, fresh or non-perishable, loo roll, household products or ladies’ sanitary wear/Tena products.

Donations may be collected by us from your doorstep, or you can deliver them to the doorstep of the Hub, Tuesday to Friday inclusive, 10 am till 2 pm.

We encourage everyone to join as one community. We have asked the vulnerable and elderly to get in touch with us should they need any help with the following:

  • Food supplies
  • Basic household essentials
  • Pick-up or refill of prescriptions
  • A friendly chat

We also offer a ‘meals on wheels service’ that you can order by telephone and which we can deliver to residents of Boxted.

You can contact us via telephone:
DAYTIME 01206 272129
EVENINGS: 07488 345019


Please note that the service we offer is primarily for those Boxted residents over 70 and those in most urgent need – who are vulnerable in these difficult times.

Smiles all round from Bonny and Heidi Chaplin at the Hub on Thursday, despite all the orders coming in!

12 Fish and Chips “meals on wheels” to cook and deliver tomorrow!

Please keep dogs on a lead when using public footpaths

A resident has lost four chickens in the last two weeks. This may have been due to a dog being off the lead and killing them. Foxes kill for food and would have eaten the chicken but dogs kill for fun and the chickens were found in a very distressing condition. Not the dog’s fault – they only do what comes naturally to them, but please be mindful if you are a dog owner.

The last straw was this week when the owners favourite chicken, which would come to call, was killed.

It is probably someone using public footpath 21 which leads from Straight Road opposite the British Legion through to Cage Lane/ Chapel Road.

The chicken owner had put signs up asking for dogs to be kept on a lead but these have been ignored.

Be responsible for your dogs – keep them on a lead when using public footpaths – and pick up their poo. This way, everyone can enjoy the lovely walks available to us and nobody will have to endure the sadness and distress that comes with losing a pet.

Open field footpaths

A Boxted resident has requested that, in these unprecedented times of social distancing, we all respect both the public health messages and also the rules of the countryside.

You are reminded that people live and work in close proximity to many of our Public Rights of Way and many landowners will be especially vulnerable at this time. Be sensible, courteous and considerate when using Public Rights of Way at this time by following the government guidance on social distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart and by keeping to the definitive line. Dogs should be kept under close control at all times.

When using gates and stiles be mindful that other people pass through these and that landowners may need to use them multiple times a day. Wash your hands/sanitise as soon as soon as possible after touching shared surfaces.

Where a footpath goes, unenclosed, through an open private garden and/or working farmyard, owners find themselves under siege right now with people walking through their garden. Several local landowners share these concerns.

Please be aware:

1. A footpath is technically only 6 feet wide, so there is no scope for keeping social distancing measures, unless there is a large degree of trespass. This is very much accentuated in a private garden location, as opposed to a footpath which crosses an open field.

2. Residents who have public footpaths through their gardens are being prevented from carrying out normal duties of tending to hens, dogs and garden without their health being potentially compromised by the huge amount of recent traffic and disregard of social distancing measures.

3. There are often alternative footpaths close by which do not pass through gardens and compromise landowners. Please use these alternatives at this difficult time.

Everyone wants, and should, get out into the countryside right now, but this should not be at the expense of the landowner’s safety and livelihood.

Good Neighbours
Community spirit

Claire Arculus, 

Our community continues to come together with Langham village shop taking lots of orders on a daily basis for those self isolating. Thank you to all the volunteers helping with this fantastic service which has been greatly appreciated by many.

We have a great number of Good Neighbours responders DBS trained and cleared to cover both villages with any additional requests such as prescription collections, doctors appointments or just to have a friendly chat! The Good Neighbours contact numbers are on the front page of the newsletter so should be in people’s doors by now. Thanks to both telephone operators and responders for all they’re doing.

To help protect our volunteers, we ask people who have or suspect they may have symptoms of coronavirus not to request transport to or from medical or other appointments.

Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm

  • Monday: 230525 or 272773
  • Tuesday: 273804 or 271079
  • Wednesday: 272755 or 272504
  • Thursday: 322301 or 272599
  • Friday: 273301 or 271813


If there is no reply, please do not leave a message but RING ANY OTHER NUMBER.

Finally in these difficult times:

The greatest joys in life are found not only in what we do and feel, but also in our quiet hopes and labours for others. Bryant McGill

We are pleased to advise that the Post Office will continue to come to Langham Community Shop on Thursdays from 9am until 12.30pm.

The shop will not be open as volunteers will still be working to receive deliveries and make up telephoned orders for our customers, but Post Office customers will be able to enter the shop one at a time just to use the Post Office.

Please respect your distance to help keep us all safe.

We are very grateful to Postmaster Chris who will be coming along to provide the service.

Please pass this message on to all friends and neighbours who do not have access to social media.

Thank you.

Being educated without going to school

An interesting podcast from American author Tara Westover reflecting on what her experience of being educated without going to school means for a world where so many kids are being kept at home.


Dr Frost Maths

From Year 7 to A level and for interested adults to brush up on their maths, DrFrostMaths provides an online learning platform, teaching resources, videos and a bank of exam questions, all for free!


Finalist in Global Teacher Prize 2020

Book review

The life-changing magic of tidying up

by Marie Hondo.

For people who want to advantage of this time to do the tidying up they have been meaning to get round to. Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again

Read the Review here:


And, if you’re really into life-changing tidying up, Marie Hondo is now on Netflix. The show follows Marie, a Japanese organising consultant and creator of the KonMari method, as she visits families to help them organise and tidy their homes.

Church services

Churches can longer be kept open as places for prayer and solace.Therefore all churches will be locked and will remain so until further notice.

Should you require prayer please contact Revd Mandy Elmes via email lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com.

Sunday services are now on the St Mary’s West Bergholt Website for all to view. This requires no Facebook account and therefore means everyone can access the recorded services. They will be uploaded on Sunday afternoons for as long as services are streamed.


For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Isaiah 41:13 NIV

Home is not a safe environment for everyone

In these uncertain times of isolation, fear of disease and other problems such as losing jobs and incomes leading to economic dependency to the abuser could exacerbate domestic violence.There is a downloadable app for people suffering domestic abuse.

Download from:

Details for Tendring and District Women’s Refuge:

Rubbish collection limits temporarily increased

Colchester Borough Council recycling and rubbish collections

Just a quick reminder that, until further notice, there will be no recycling collections. This includes putting out tins and bottles. Black bag rubbish collection will continue bi-weekly on your blue week:

  • Households with black bag collections can now put a maximum of 4 x 60 litre black bags out for collection
  • Households with black wheelie bins can now put out a maximum of 1 x black wheelie bin and 1 x 60 litre black bag out for collection

Food waste collections are still weekly and flats with communal rubbish and recycling collections are continuing as normal.

Further information about the increased allowance, can be found here.

More hints and tips can be found at www.colchester.gov.uk/coronavirus and will continue to grow over the coming weeks.

New symptom tracking app aims to slow spread of Coronavirus

King’s College London has launched a new app which tracks symptoms related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), allowing anyone to self-report daily. Download the app here.

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.

Useful links:

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

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