27th June 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 email us at boxtedvillagenews@gmail.com by Thursday 5pm at the latest. Thank you.

Stay safe everyone.

High as a kite

Thanks to Karen Thompson who saw these last Friday and took the photo on King George playing fields.

Old photos – update

A couple of weeks ago, we invited you to send your memories of our villages so that we could share your stories with everyone. Ron Clarke responded, saying he enjoyed the article and photos of the land girls. Although Ron was not born until 1942, he recognised some places and faces.

Ron was born in Parsonage Farmhouse in 1942 and lived there until he was 12 years old. His family moved to Langham for a few years then back to Boxted. Upon leaving school, he worked for Carter and Blewitt at Hill Farm as a mechanic and then a tractor driver, supervised by Ted Walker. later working for George Pugh at Anglia Landscapes as a tractor driver.

Ron left Boxted in 1963 and now lives in Highwoods but he has given us some further information on the previously published photos.

Ron writes:
“The photo with all the girls on the horse and cart is outside Parsonage Cottages – you can just see corner of the old stable on the right and the side door of No.2 Parsonage Cottage, the old Parsonage Farmhouse where I was born, is set back out of view.

“The horseman is Dick Hardwick, he lived in the other end of the cottages next to the Vicarage.

“The other photo of Dick and the horse is outside the entrance to Parsonage farmyard, all the old buildings are now converted.

“Also of interest to me is the photo of Hill Farm as I worked there for several years from the age of 15, on the far left is the loading bay where Geaters lorries loaded up with fruit for the London markets. One of the buildings on the right was the carpenters workshop where ladders and things were repaired, the carpenter was Harold Grimsby. (I may have the spelling wrong!).”

Girls who worked for Carter and Blewitt at Hill Farm.

Thanks go to Ron for sharing this info with us.

Editors’s note;

To put some of the information into context Geaters was a haulage firm and garage that operated from what is now a housing development, Windmill Close, on the junction of Straight Road and Mill Road. Hill Farm was a large fruit farm which was sold off and turned into arable farming with the yard etc converted and expanded as an industrial site. This has now been re-developed as housing.

Libraries update

Presenting The Only Way is Reading podcast

We’re excited to announce our new podcast The Only Way is Reading! It’s perfect for book lovers with each episode bringing you great book recommendations to share with your book group, and interest stories with a library twist. In our first episode we found out the top five authors borrowed from Essex Libraries, gave short and snappy reviews of the books we’re reading, and introduced book bingo, a new, fun way for your book group choose their next read.

Episode two launches Friday 26 June! Listen in to us talking about our favourite Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) authors and hear from the author Louise Hare, who’s been getting rave reviews for her debut novel “This Lovely City’.

Listen now.

Also available on SpotifyGoogle Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.


Essex Book Festival – Louise Hare

On July 4, 3:00pm-4:15pm, Essex Book Festival is hosting an online author event for book groups to enjoy! You will have the chance to hear Louise Hare discussing her novel This Lovely City, a poignant, conversation-starting story set around Brixton’s Windrush community, exploring themes of race, poverty and community in post-war London society. Join in an interactive discussion about the book and the topics it covers.

Heart-breaking yet hopeful, This Lovely City heralds the arrival of a brilliant fresh voice in fiction.

This is an amazing opportunity for you and your book group to attend an exclusive author event. Book your FREE tickets now!

Beware Fakebook offers!

Since the start of lockdown there has been an abundance of Facebook posts offering competitions and giveaways – from cars, to motorhomes, to holidays to the Maldives.

Normally the page will ask you to “Like” their page and “Share” the post. It seems pretty reasonable, doesn’t it?

Except that by doing so you are giving that page access to information such as your date of birth, email address, and friends list. All the things which we change our settings for, in order to keep private.
Each time the post is shared, the criminals widen their audience in the hope that someone else will fall for it!

What can I do?

  • Check the Page – If you visit a page, you can choose to check “Page Transparency”. Most of the time these pages are only a few hours old and therefore are unlikely to be the genuine company.

  • Don’t Grant Permissions – When you click to “accept” third party permissions, you often don’t know what you are agreeing to. Allowing scammers access to your device information can compromise your identity and grant them access to personal information.
  • Never Give Out Personal Information – Don’t be tempted to provide personal details or enter details into a webpage in order to “validate” your win.
  • Don’t Complete Surveys – Finally, some scammers ask you to complete a survey to be entered into their competition. These surveys can install malware on your computer or harvest your data.

Remember – if it looks too good to be true, it usually is!

If only warning messages like this were shared 37,000 times in a day! Remember to share this information with your friends and family.

Church services

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

Sunday services are on theLangham 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

Download last week’s service here (TRINITY 2: 21 June 2020)

Sunday 5th July
9.30am church service at St. Peter’s Boxted

In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.

Saturday 27th June, 6-7pm
British Legion Car Park
Straight Road

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Digital help at home

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Useful links:

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

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