23rd 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.


Garden waste collections to restart

  • Collections of garden waste will restart on 25 May
  • Special Collections for bulky items will restart on 1 June
  • Temporary four-weekly collections of paper/card, cans, glass and plastics remain until 19 June
  • Recycling and rubbish collections will return to normal on 22 June*

Colchester Borough Council is pleased to announce that, thanks to additional measures, garden waste collections will restart on 25 May and take place on usual collection days on Green Weeks. Special collections for bulky items will then restart on 1 June and the recycling and rubbish collections will return to normal on 22 June.

It’s recognised that households may have a lot of garden waste from the last few weeks and be keen to put out as much garden waste as possible. To help protect staff and ensure crews can get to every household in the borough, please only put out the usual allowance which is either one brown wheelie bin or four garden waste sacks. Overflowing, heavy bins/sacks or waste placed at the side of bins can’t be collected.

If you have any excess garden waste and can hold on to this, please do so and put it out in stages over your upcoming garden waste collection dates.

To make up for missed collections during the service suspension and to support those households with additional garden waste, the Council will be providing a temporary drop-off service for garden waste at several locations across the borough, starting 23 May. The details of this service will be made available online at www.colchester.gov.uk/gardendropoff before the weekend.

What you can do to help:

  • Please share this information with your family, neighbours and friends in Colchester and check on your neighbours or family and offer to put rubbish and recycling collections out for anyone who is currently self-isolating
  • Continue to reduce and reuse your garden waste through home composting and mulching. Visit Essex County Council’s top tips on the Love Essex websiteand buy a reduced price compost bin from www.getcomposting.com
  • Hold on to and stagger putting excess garden waste out for collection. If you’re unable to store your waste safely, you can you can take it to Essex County Council’s Recycling Centre in Shrub End. Please expect long queues. More information on new site restrictions can be found at  www.loveessex.org/newrules.

To ensure the service can continue to operate across the borough,  when the garden waste collections restart, the temporary four-weekly collections of paper/card, cans, glass and plastics will remain in place until 22 June, when all the recycling collections, excluding textiles, will return to normal as fortnightly collections. This approach will support our staff who are already lifting and moving higher volumes than normal.

To help with this latest update, an updated temporary recycling calendar to reflect the next four weeks of temporary changes until the service returns to normal on 22 June, will be available later this week. To view and download this, use our postcode look-up tool at www.colchester.gov.uk/your-recycling-calendar .

Once the collections return to normal on 22 June, please use the 2020/21 recycling calendar which covers the period until March 2021 or visit www.colchester.gov.uk/recycling to check your collection information.

Residents on assisted collections and flats with communal rubbish and recycling collections, will continue to receive their normal service.

Councillor Martin Goss, Portfolio Holder for Waste, Environment and Transportation, said: “Thank you to everyone for their support with the temporary changes to our recycling and rubbish collections. A phenomenal amount of work has gone on behind the scenes to get our recycling collections back up and running and we’re now confident we have adequate measures in place to allow us to safely restart your full garden waste collection service.”

“These unprecedented times have been incredibly challenging for critical services such as the recycling and rubbish collections. Going forward we will be taking the lessons learnt from this situation and reviewing our service to ensure that we can deliver an even better service in the borough.”

Councillor Mark Cory, Leader of Colchester Borough Council, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all residents for their patience and understanding with the changes to collections during this difficult time. We know how tough this current situation is for everyone and I’m delighted that we’re now in a position to restart our garden waste collections in a safe and sustainable way, and I’m sure this news and timetable for restoring services will be welcomed by many.”

For further information and updates about Colchester Borough Council services during this outbreak, visit www.colchester.gov.uk/coronavirus

*excludes textiles


Looking forward to next year …

This photo was taken May 2015. Who would have thought that by May 2020 we’d be sitting two metres apart with super-washed hands and masks on, instead of next to each other having a chat. We’re all looking forward to the time when we’ll be back to enjoying a normal life.


Essex County Council Libraries News

Celebrate Elmer Day Saturday 23 May!

Saturday 23 May is Elmer Day, celebrating everyone’s favourite multi coloured elephant and his adventures. Look out for our special storytime video featuring Elmer on Saturday or have a look at our latest animal-tastic rhymetime and storytime on our YouTube channel.

No Elmer Day is complete without getting creative with colour! Make a snappy crocodile in our craft time video or do some of the activities and games in the Elmer Day Activity Pack from the Elmer Day website.

Listen to your favourite Elmer stories with The Elmer Treasury. This audiobook collection features eight of the bestselling Elmer picture books. Listen free by simply logging into the Borrowbox website or app using your library card.

Starting school in September

Are you a parent who has recently learnt which school your child will be joining in September? If yes, you may be worrying not only about the current coronavirus situation but about how your child will cope and settle into this new environment.

Your school will be in touch with information and advice, but we can also help you prepare your child for that all important first day at school. We’ve produced a Starting school in September video featuring five simple and useful tips that you can put into practice now.

Sharing time together and talking to your child is not only fun, it helps your child’s development and Talk Listen Cuddle have some top tips to get those conversations started.

Improve your mental wellbeing

We are all being kind to others by helping neighbours, celebrating key workers and heroes or checking in on friends and family, but we also need to remember to be kind to ourselves! Having a healthy mind is just as important as having a healthy body and there are loads of advice and support resources available to guide you through improving your mental health.

Every Mind Matters gives you simple and practical advice for a healthier mind. Browse through common issues, such as dealing with anxiety and improving your sleep, or take their short mind plan quiz to get tailored tips and advice to get you feeling like you again.

Visit our health and wellbeing page for more resources.


Beautiful Boxted

The walnut orchards look majestic at this time of year.


You can download the latest school newsletter https://www.boxted.essex.sch.uk/2020/05/22/autumn-week-1/



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 Langham and Boxted Church Website for all to view under Streamed Services. https://lb-churches.co.uk/streamed-services/ They will be uploaded on Sunday afternoons for as long as services are streamed.

Download the services booklet here

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Anxiety weighs down the human heart, but a good word cheers it up.
– Proverbs 12:25
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In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.

Boxted Community Hub

As the months march on, the Hub is still providing its lockdown service for residents in need.  Contact us via telephone: DAYTIME 01206 272129 or EVENINGS: 07488 345019 or via our Facebook page. Please note that the service we offer is primarily for those Boxted residents over 70 and those in most urgent need.


Langham Commmunity Shop

Call us by 11am on 01206 272431  to place your order. Other ways to contact us are via email communityshoplangham@gmail.com or find us on Facebook where we’ll post all the latest information such pie man visits and when you can get your fish and chips!


Covid-19 symptom checker app

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


Coronavirus updates

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

Digital help at home

Remember that this service is still available online. Michael Smith at Colchester Borough Council is still offering digital support via a remote service. See the Council’s webpage or, for further information.


Next visit:
Saturday 30th May
5pm – 7pm

Boxted Royal British Legion car park


Useful links:

Boxted Village Hall
Boxted Village Website
https://boxtedparishcouncil.org.uk
Boxted Primary School
Boxted British Legion


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