2nd May 2020

Village News and Events

in Boxted and Langham

Welcome to this week’s newsletter.

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

This time of the year is particularly beautiful in Boxted.

Captured here are two images of crops grown by our farmers; the first by Nik Szymanek showing the onion fields being watered on Straight Road. It’s a particularly poignant photo which reminds us of the gratitude we all feel for our key workers and to stay positive – symbolised by the rainbow.

The second photo is by Anne Slater showing the rape fields by the church.

Good Neighbours

Here’s a reminder that the Good Neighbours are here to help you if you’re in need. Check out the Good Neighbours page on the Boxted Village website. Here you’ll find the telephone numbers of the Good Neighbours volunteers should you need transport to take you to surgery or hospital appointments, get your prescription from the pharmacy or take you to the hairdresser etc. If you are housebound and would like some company or need help with small household tasks, tjhey also make home visits.

Do you want to be a Mass Observer?

Since the 1930s, ordinary people have written to Mass Observation about their experiences of key events. You can contribute your experiences to MO by keeping a journal of your experience of the Covid-19 pandemic.

They would really welcome contributions from school children and wider community groups. This could be a journal, drawings or writing in any style to record your experience.

Click here for further information and to find out how to contribute.

If that’s all a bit too much, you might consider taking part for just one day. Document your experiences on 12 May – find out more here.

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.

Michael Smith at 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 and take part in the latest symptom survey

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

The Government is asking you to share your coronavirus symptoms to help others. This will help the NHS to co-ordinate its response. https://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-status-checker

Covid-19 symptom checker app

People of all ages and backgrounds are joining together to fight COVID.

Support the NHS, help scientific research and help get us out of lockdown safely.

Take 1-minute to report your health daily, even if you are well. To help support this important initiative, more volunteers are needed using the app.. You can even report on behalf of older relatives (like your mum or nan) in the app today.

Download the app for iPhone here
Download the app for Android here

Oil going cheap!

Residents have been able to purchase heating oil for 18p litre. Time to stock up!

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.

Please note that, whilst we are not open, we are operating a very successful home delivery service to anybody living in Boxted and Langham, not just those who are self isolating because of age/health conditions.

We are also continuing to have a post office service available at the shop. Thursdays from 9am until 12.30pm. The shop will not be open as volunteers will 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.

The church flag still flies during lockdown

Some of you may have noticed the flag was flying for both the Queen’s birthday and St George’s Day recently.

This was thanks to Anthony Corin (pictured right) who gives an account here of the history of the flag.

Long time past resident Peter Sargent was the original flag person for Boxted and it is thought the original flagpole came down as part of the church re-ordering which took place in about 2005; For some reason, maybe due to rot, the original flagpole didn’t go back up afterwards. In 2006 Peter’s daughter approved the proposal that the collection taken at his funeral should be spent on a new flagpole and the Parochial Church Council approved the proposal in that September.

Anthony agreed with the Rector at the time (Tim Bull) when the flag should be raised, and which flag at which time – something that Anthony obtained guidance on from the UK’s Chief Vexillologist (flag-master).

A group of about six people volunteered to be on a flag rota to raise and lower the St George’s flag on Sundays (pictured left) when there is a service and particular feast days.

The Union flag is flown on days of national importance like the Queen’s Birthday, Remembrance Sunday, Trafalgar Day, etc.

(Photos taken by Anne Slater)

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. The car park at Boxted church has also been closed for the time being although it is still possible to park and visit the graveyard.

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.

Download the services booklet here

Hymn words: In Heavenly Love Abiding

The Collect and Readings for the 4th Sunday in Easter can be found here:



And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.

Psalm 39:7


Watch the four candles video here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting all our lives. If you’re finding things hard emotionally right now, you’re not alone. Mind can provide information and support, plus tips to help you cope during this time.

Click here to find out more.

Next visit:
Wednesday 20th May

Boxted Royal British Legion car park

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



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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