15th 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.

County Councillors get another direct say on pothole repairs

Hot on the heels of last year’s hugely successful ‘member-led’ pothole repair initiative comes another chance for county councillors to put forward their priority repairs after a major cash investment by the ECC Cabinet.

The new programme follows two previous schemes, in 2018 and 2019, which saw hundreds of extra road and footway problems fixed in addition to repairs completed routinely because of their immediate risk to safety.

Each Essex County Councillor will be using their local knowledge and working with their local Parishes and Districts so Members can nominate a list of locally important pothole locations to Essex Highways for repair. The road defects submitted will then be fixed permanently as soon as possible, using extra investment provided by Essex County Council.

Each county councillor will be able use a repair crew in their area for up to 10 days, working to the list County Councillors will provide. Their work will be focused on some of the most locally irritating potholes which may not normally be considered for immediate repair under existing maintenance policies.

Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “We have proved these Member-led exercises work very well to fix extra potholes locally. I want to make sure that the money we’re putting in to these additional repairs is used to maximum effect in each area. We want to repair the potholes that really frustrate people locally as well as the ones our careful safety- and asset led policies mandate. We won’t be able to fix everything, but we will consider requests that our resources can deal with.

“That’s why I am asking all Essex County Councillors to consult quickly as possible, with their local councils, organisations or residents and then let us have their list of local priority potholes. We’ll fix them permanently with extra crews, further improving our road network and helping everyone who uses it.”

To report a pothole, please contact Cllr Anne Brown on Anne Brown cllr.anne.brown@essex.gov.uk

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


St Mary’s and St Peter’s
August 2020 Newsletter

For the time being, the newsletter that you usually receive through your letterbox is available online only. Please click here to download your PDF copy

If you have friends or neighbours who use email, but may not be aware of this electronic newsletter distribution, please mention it to them. (At present we have 137 registered email subscribers, so many villagers will not be receiving a Parish Newsletter at the moment). If you forward this link to them, they can sign up to receive their own monthly email copy of future newsletters.


Alpha course

This September Rev’d Anne Mason will be hosting the Alpha course via Zoom. The course will run on Wednesdays 7.30-9pm starting 30 September through to December 16.

The Alpha course is a wonderful introduction/refresher course to the Christian faith for those who are curious, exploring faith and would like to know more.

Please think about whether you would like to attend and/or who you could invite along.

To register your interest please email Rev’d Anne at revdannemason@gmail.com.

Church services

Services will be via invitation to Zoom – please email lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com to request details.
  • 16 August:
    8 am Holy Communion open to all at St. Mary’s,
    10 am Holy communion on Zoom
  • 23 August:
    8 am Holy Communion open to all at All Saints’, Great Horkesley,
    9.15 Café Church on Zoom
    10 am Holy Communion on Zoom
  • 30 August:
    Fifth Sunday, Three Parishes Holy Communion on Zoom at West Bergholt, with a guest speaker, Rev. Dave Beales who coordinates Pioneer Ministry in the Diocese

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.

Neighbourhood Watch

School Road, Langham. Suspect unknown has pulled off four CCTV cameras and smashed a small window on the ground floor. causing damage.

UK Finance reveals ten Covid-19 scams the public should be on high alert for. Criminals have been using a variety of sophisticated methods to exploit the coronavirus pandemic to get people to part with their hard earned money.

As part of their Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign, UK Finance have revealed the top ten Covid-19 and lockdown scams the public should be on the lookout for.

Health Scams

Hand Sanitizer & Face Masks

Victims are also being targeted by fake adverts for Covid-related products and Personal Protective equipment (PPE) that do not exist.

NHS Test and Trace

Criminals are preying on an anxious public by sending phishing emails and cold calls claiming that the recipient has been in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19. These are designed to steal personal and financial information.

Contact Tracers will never:

  • Ask you to make any form of payment
  • Ask for details about your bank account
  • Ask you for passwords or PINs
  • Ask you to download anything

Covid-19 Financial Support Scams

Fake Government Emails

Criminals are sending emails designed to look like they are from government departments offering grants of up to £7,500. Theses emails contain links which steal personal and financial information.

‘Covid-19 Relief Funds’

Fraudsters have also been sending scam emails which offer access to relief funds, encouraging victims to fill in a form with their personal information.

‘Council Tax Reduction’

Criminals have been targeting people with official-looking emails offering a These emails, which use government branding, contain links which lead to a fake government website which is used to access personal and financial information.

Universal Credit Applications

Fraudsters are also preying on benefit recipients, offering to help applying for Universal Credit, while taking some of the payment as an advance for their “services”.

Lockdown Scams

TV Subscription Services

Amid a rise in the use of during the lockdown, customers have been targeted by criminals sending convincing emails asking them to update their payment details by clicking on a link which is then used to steal credit card information.

Dating Scams

Fraudsters are also exploiting those using online dating sites and social media by creating fake profiles used to manipulate people into handing over their money. Often criminals will use the identities of real people to strike up relationships with their targets.

Fake Investment Opportunities

Criminals are using social media websites to encourage victims to “take advantage of the financial downturn”. Bitcoin platforms are using emails and adverts on social media platforms to encourage unsuspecting victims invest money into fake companies.

TV Licensing Scams

Criminals are sending fake emails and texts claiming to be from TV Licencing telling people they are eligible for six months of free TV license because of the coronavirus pandemic. Victims are told there has been a problem with their direct debit and are asked to click on a link that takes them to a fake website used to steal personal and financial information.

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

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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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