25th 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.

Hub news

Boxted Community Hub has recently been replastered. This is the latest stage of the refurbishment of the building. The next process is to paint the exterior. Do you have any colour preferences? Just download the Dulux app, take a photo of the Hub (best if quite close up) and then you can play around with the colours. You can get the Dulux app for android or iphone and have a bit of fun.

If you have any thoughts on what colour the Hub exterior should be, please email Arabella Brentnall with your suggestions.

Below is a montage of photos of the building from when the refurbishment started in 2015. More improvements are planned to come over time.

After the first stage of refurbishment in 2015, it looked like this:

The Hub roof was repaired and re-tiled in 2017

One small ask – please wear a mask.It is now compulsory to wear face masks in stores. Exemptions apply:

  • A child under the age of 11
  • A person with breathing difficulties
  • Anyone with someone who relies on lip reading
  • People with disabilities

Thank you for understanding and keeping yourself, other customers and our volunteers safe


Woolly mulch

A local shepherd has some fleeces to be disposed of. They are ideal for using as a mulch in the garden.

If you are interested in making use of them please contact Tony Elliston on 07831 139019. He can deliver.

Welcome back mobile library!

All change at the wine centre

The local wine centre at Great Horkesley has some news to share:

Planting starter kits

Local volunteer groups and businesses are rallying to support a new community project to encourage people to grow their own at home. Braintree District Council, in partnership with Abberton Rural Training, have allocated 150 free planting starter kits to district residents, containing everything needed to start growing small food items at home.

Witham Football Club has donated time and space to turn the club into a distribution point where volunteer delivery drivers from local businesses will collect the Grow Your Own packs and deliver them to district resident’s home addresse, making sure people with underlying health conditions continue to stay at home and stay safe. This project will help many families and vulnerable individuals to grow their own and learn new skills through access to free training.

Jacqui Stone, CEO from Abberton Rural Training said:

“We are very grateful to all the trusts, foundations, volunteer groups and companies who have come forward to support the project right across Essex, I’m not sure how we would have achieved all that we have, without their generosity and support.

You don’t have to have a free pack to join in, we have a great website full of filmed tutorials, a YouTube channel which shows residents how to grow things for free, and each area has its own Facebook Group so residents right across Essex can get involved.”

Cllr Frankie Ricci, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Tourism at Braintree District Council said:

“It has been fantastic to see the response to the Grow Your Own campaign from our residents and the amazing work from volunteers across the district to get these starter packs delivered. We are delighted to be involved in the project and I look forward to seeing the results!”

Residents can get involved online by following and tagging @BraintreeDC and @livewellLocal on Twitter and Facebook and @BraintreeDC and @livewellcampaign on Instagram, using #StayAtHomeGrowYourOwn and #livewellessex to encourage others to grow their own too!

Extracted from EALC Weekly Walk Through newsletter issue 14

Church services

There’s a lovely article about our very own Gerry, the famous church cat, in the local Gazette/Standard this week. Read the article here.

  • 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 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

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.

Blue Whale and MOMO encouraging children to commit suicide

Many of you will already be aware of ‘Blue Whale’ and ‘MOMO’.

  • Blue Whale is a social network phenomenon dating from 2016 that exists in several countries. It is a “game” reportedly consisting of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators over a 50-day period, initially innocuous before introducing elements of self-harm and the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.
  • MOMO targets young children by encouraging them to text a number on WhatsApp, which then sends them instructions to complete a series of increasingly bizarre and dangerous tasks from watching a horror movie to engaging in self-harm to taking their own lives.

The Samaritans have recently seen several reports and Internet Matters have seen posts from a school in Clacton. The UK Safer Internet Centre Helpline also had one case reported last week by a school reporting that the Blue Whale challenge had resurfaced on Instagram.

This information is given to raise awareness of harmful internet activity of any child.



Headway is a charity that supports local adults with brain injury, stroke and neurological conditions and their families.

Brain injury can challenge every aspect of your life – walking, talking, thinking and feeling – and the losses can be severe and permanent. It can mean losing both the life you once lived and the person you once were.

We all think ‘it will never happen to me’, but every year around 350,000 people are admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury.

That’s one every 90 seconds.

A brain injury can happen to anyone, at any time. When it does, we’re here to help.

In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.

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

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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
Little Owls Pre-School
Langham and Boxted Churches
Boxted Cricket Club
Mobile Library Service
Boxted Runners
Boxted WI on Facebook
Boxted WI on Twitter
Boxted 10K
Boxted Airfield Historical Group
Langham Community Centre
Langham Community Shop
Langham Village Website
Dedham Vale & Stour Valley ANOB
Essex County Council’s PROW Interactive map
Colchester District Neighbourhood Watch

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