12th September 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.

Langham Community Shop – volunteers needed

We urgently need more volunteers to join our friendly team as we are struggling to keep this valuable service fully open.

There are currently only a small number of us working, so we need new helpers to spread the workload.

No commitment is needed, you choose the day, shift and how often you would like to come.  Full training given and there are always two volunteers working on each shift.

If you have some spare time, even just occasionally, please call in or contact

Cath Hine, our volunteer Co-ordinator on 07825 952560
or find us on Facebook

Covid on the rise

An article byCovid Symptom Study, 8.9.20

In the last few days we have seen a worrying trend with the number of COVID cases across the UK starting to rise, and we wanted to share this data with you at the same time we share it with the government.

We also want to ask for your help, as we need more people logging in your area if we are to prevent things getting out of control.

When we launched the app at the end of March, the UK was in the eye of the pandemic. Our data estimated over 2 million COVID cases at the start of April. However, because of lockdown these cases fell dramatically to levels of around 1,000 – 2,000 per day where they remained stable as we emerged from full lockdown in mid June.

However, for the first time since mid June we have seen numbers rise above 2,500 daily new cases, and there are currently 2,924 daily new cases of COVID in the UK. We are also seeing the estimated prevalence numbers rising too, with nearly 30,000 estimated Symptomatic COVID cases in the UK right now.

We are now confident that this rise is statistically significant and that we are definitely seeing a rise in COVID cases in the UK. This is backed up by our R value, which is currently 1.2 for England, Scotland and Wales and 1.3 for Northern Ireland.*

The app’s ability to identify this rise is solely down to you, our dedicated and trusted users — without you none of this would be possible. We want to take this opportunity to say thank you for logging with us. If you haven’t logged for a while, then please do open up the app and just let us know whether you are well or not. Your contribution really can make an enormous difference now that cases are rising.

The trend we are seeing is a reminder that COVID is still with us and your data is as important as ever to continue to help us fight this virus and avoid another full lockdown. Please continue to use the app, log in as often as possible to let us know if you feel well or not, and encourage others to do the same.

* Please note, for Northern Ireland, the R value could be overestimated, due fewer users who are continuously logging

Past Times

Antiques Fair in Boxted Village Hall 1983

Photo courtesy of Peter Gant, past resident and village archivist.

Church services

 Above:  Inside Boxted church tower on the way up to the top

This Sunday there will be a gathering at St Peter’s in Boxted for an 8am Eucharist Service. Holy Communion services will now be held at 8 am on the second Sunday of the month in Boxted and the third Sunday of the month in Langham. The 20 September service will be at Langham.

To help arrange socially distanced seating please could you email Janine, church administrator, lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com by Saturday lunch time to confirm your attendance.

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.

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.

Have your say on roads policing

People who live, work and travel in Essex are being urged to have their say on the future of roads policing. If you have concerns about speeding or are worried about road safety in your area, you can make your views known by taking part in a short online survey.

Take the Survey

In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.

Take-aways at Langham Community Centre car park

  • The Cheese and Pie Man visits on Wednesdays 8.30 – 2pm
  • Fish and Chip Van on Fridays 11 – 2pm

Pizza anyone?

  • Wednesday 16 September 5 to 7pm
  • Saturday 26 September 5 to 7pm

Royal British Legion car park. Remember to call/sms txt to order, where possible. 07982 427483.

Mobile library

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

  • 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 LegionLittle 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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