19th July 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.

Astronomy is looking up!

Local astronomer and astrophotographer, Nik Szymanek has been busy in the early hours recently. Nik writes:

“Even casual skywatchers can treat themselves to not one, but two, glorious spectacles in the sky this month.

First off is the twilight view of ‘noctilucent clouds’ (night shining clouds). These are visible low in the northern sky at dusk and/or dawn and appear as wispy bluish tendrils akin to Cirrus clouds. In fact they are much higher, typically around 60 miles up so can only be seen for a short time around midsummer when the Sun doesn’t set very low below the horizon at night. They are quite mysterious but are thought to be made up of high altitude ice crystals that are forming onto meteoric dust particles. Noctilucent clouds are easy to photograph and best results come from putting the camera on a tripod or resting it on a wall and taking exposures from 2 to 5 seconds.

Much more dramatic, and certainly rarer is the view of a bright naked-eye comet. Look northwest in the evening sky or northeast in the early morning sky and you’ll glimpse one of nature’s most beautiful sights, a fan tailed comet gracefully suspended in the twilight sky. This is Comet NEOWISE. A lot of people think of comets as akin to firework rockets rushing across the sky but in reality they hang in the sky for several weeks slowly moving on an orbit around the Sun.

NEOWISE is gaining in altitude in the sky so this is a perfect time to get a small pair of binoculars and find a safe location with a good view to the north.

Unfortunately, indiscriminately placed garden and building floodlights will wipe out any views of these ephemeral events. Fortunately parts of Boxted are quite dark and the northern view is over the Dedham Vale which is relatively undeveloped so offers dark skies without too much light pollution.

Photographing Comet NEOWISE is also quite easy and requires only short exposures (2 to 10 seconds) with a fixed camera and tripod. Both comet photos were taken from my back garden in Straight Road and the noctilucent clouds photo was taken on the public footpath in the field between the British Legion and Cage Lane.”

Finally, if you stay up late to see the comet, you’ll be able to see four bright planets in the sky – Jupiter and Saturn to the southwest, Mars to the southeast and Venus rising in the east.”

Boxted benefits from your ideas

Is there something you would like to see the Boxted Parish Council undertake?

If you have something in mind you think would benefit Boxted, talk to or email a parish councillor or the Clerk, Karen Thompson (boxtedparishcouncil@gmail.com) and ask for it to be put on the agenda of the next Parish Council meeting.

Then go along to the meeting so that you can hear the idea being discussed and, if asked by the Chairman, give your views.

If the councillors think your idea is a good one and achievable they will pass a resolution to that effect. The resolution will be recorded in the minutes of the meeting, which will be shown on the Parish Council website (boxted.org.uk/parish-council/minutes-and-agenda)

Make a copy of those minutes or make a note of the date of the meeting. Keep badgering the Parish Council (referring to the minutes) if you think the matter seems to have been overlooked.

On yer bike …

Lin Tralau, pictured below, first suggested bicycle racks when the Community Hub opened 5 years ago. They are finally in place albeit at the village hall. We thought it warranted a a photo shoot and cutting of ribbon.

A member of Lin’s family wrote this poem:


Face coverings to be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about plans to make face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020.

It provides a way in which we can control the spread of the virus, while minimising the economic and social costs as well as minimising the risk as we return more to normality.

In recent weeks, as shops have reopened and footfall has risen, people have become more confident to shop safely and the wearing of a face covering enhances protection for those who work in shops.

Langham Community Shop has one small ask:

Church services

  • Zoom Eucharist Service: July 19, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Zoom Eucharist Service: July 26, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Zoom Eucharist Service: August 2, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Going forward services will be via invitation to Zoom – please email lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com to request details.

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

Sunday services are 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

Daily Hope – a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. Available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 has been set up for those unable to join in online church services during the period of restrictions.Click here for further details.

In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.

Saturday 25th July, 5.30-7pm
British Legion Car Park
Straight Road

Calling/sms text message (07982 427483) is the only way to order and saves disappointment, Please text and allow up to 24 hrs for your reply.

Covid-19 symptom checker app

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Coronavirus updates

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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.

Useful links:

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

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