1st August 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.


Restarting the cricket

Stephen Phillpot gives his account of the challenges facing the cricket club. Stephen writes:

“After the imposition of the lockdown went on and on, it was beginning to feel like we may well have to write off the 2020 cricket season, but things changed very rapidly at the beginning of July.

We had already begun to run net sessions prior to this and made sure that the cricket square was ready on time, so club members were keen and ready to go. However, it took a while to get to grips with the ECB rules for socially distanced cricket matches.

We held a an inter-club friendly on 19th July just to test that our procedures were running smoothly and now we are embarking on a series of friendlies for both our junior and senior sides (it was too late and too complicated to consider league cricket).

We are also about to start our junior training sessions, but at the moment on a Thursday evening rather than the usual Saturday morning.

In many ways it is the strangest of seasons and completely unprecedented for our current players. We find ourselves having to use the loos one at a time, stopping the game every six overs for hand hygiene , needing to clean down all our equipment before and after the game and keeping a record of all attendees for “track and trace” purposes should the worst happen.

Of course, many people face similar challenges so we know our situation is not unique, but it is nice to be back playing and, particularly ,to see the youngsters enjoying the game again. We are now hoping the weather will be kind to us so that we can extend the playing season well into September.”


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


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Free mental health first aid training (half day)

These sessions are open to all residents, cllrs and office staff. Sessions are from 9am til 2pm and there are spaces on the online half-day courses on the following dates:

  • 3 August
  • 13 August
  • 15 August

Participants will need to download the free Microsoft Teams applications (Instructions will be sent out) for their PC. Please choose a quiet, confidential space during the training. All resources will be sent to you once you book.

The pandemic has affected everyone’s mental health and this training will help you to recognise the symptoms and give you guidance on how you can support, signpost and generally help residents.

Email danielle.frost@ealc.gov.uk to book.


My Weight Matters program

The news from Central Government is that must all try to shed some of that extra weight we may have accumulated during lockdown.

Being overweight increases the risks of Covid-19. Increasing exercise is only part of the solution to this. Yes, it is beneficial to enjoy your walk, run or cycle, use the outside gym or enjoy a game of tennis, but nutrition and a balanced diet are key to losing weight and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

Sign up for My Weight Matters online. It’s free!

For further information please go to https://acemyweightmatters.org/


Church services

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

  • Zoom Eucharist Service: August 2, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Zoom Eucharist Service: August 9, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Zoom Eucharist Service: August 16, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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.

In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.


Saturday 29th August, 5-7pm
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

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:

Mobile library
Every three weeks on a Thursday 10.10am to 10.40am at Boxted Village Hall car park.

  • 20 August
  • 10 September
  • 1 October
  • 22 October

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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