26th 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.

Karl’s virtual London marathon

Karl Graves will be running his virtual London marathon on Sunday 4th October through Boxted and Langham (see route below). He is raising funds for Boxted School Association. He has been training very hard and was very disappointed that the actual event had to be cancelled. He will be competing in the real thing at some point, once the pandemic allows!

It would be great if you could give him a cheer or wave as he passes. He will be wearing a bright pink BSA top!

Should anyone like to sponsor him, the link to his virgin money page is: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KarlGraves

Don’t fall foul of the law

You would be breaking the law if you didn’t clear up after your furry friend, so new signs have been erected in Boxted playing field to remind everyone to do so.

Please always use these bins and the one outside the British Legion when your dog has done its job. It has been noticed that some people hang their poo bags in shrubs along the public footpaths. Not everyone finds this agreeable so please carry your dog’s waste with you and either take it home to dispose of or use the bins provided.

Dog walkers are also reminded that they should keep dogs on a lead when there are other people about, especially children. Not everyone is comfortable with dogs on the loose and not everyone’s dogs get on!

Download the NHS COVID-19 app today

The free NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England, and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service.

Your views matter

Two important public consultations are being conducted on the reform of our planning system. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued the following consultations:

  • Planning for the Future : the planning white paper (NALC deadline for responses of 15 th October ) – download the pdf here
  • Transparency & Competition : a call for evidence and data on land control (NALC deadline for responses 16 th October ) – download the pdf here

The NALC are very keen for as many local Town and Parish Councils to respond as possible. Individuals can also comment. These are important consultations which require a large response. Make your views known, and help us represent the EALC Membership by giving a response. Please be aware of the individual deadlines for each consultation.

To respond to the consultation on this important matter, please email policycomms@nalc.gov.uk .

Church services

Sunday 27 September

Time: 9.50am

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 897 1740 6632
Passcode: 560221

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.

This Sunday is also the last day to donate to the Colchester Foodbank. You can also make a financial donation directly via their website https://colchester.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/ .

Items required are – small bags of rice; longlife milk; longlife juice; shampoo; carrier bags/ reusable bags; squash; tinned fruit; deodorants; tinned potatoes; tinned puddings; tins or packets of custard; jam; peanut butter; tooth brush/ tooth paste; razors; shower gel; small jars of coffee; small washing powder/liquid; small multipack snacks (Penguin/Club/Twix); tinned tomatoes

The Alpha Course

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

This September Revd 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.

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

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

Pizza anyone?

Next visits from the Mobile Pizza Co:

  • Thurs 8th Oct 5 to 7pm
  • Sat 31st Oct 5 to 7pm

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

Maybe you won’t be sitting outside to eat now that the weather has changed, but here’s a reminder of summer and pizza al fresco in the garden beside the Royal British Legion:

In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.


Pilates will resume at Boxted Village Hall on Thursday 1st October at 10.30am.

Due to Covid social distancing, places will be limited so booking is necessary.
Please call/ text Jo on 07887518031 for further information and booking.


New yoga class for beginners to intermediates
Boxted Village Hall
Fridays 11am – 12.30pm
Starts 16 October
Monthly booking required (4 weekly sessions £40)

Learn classical hatha yoga for health, vitality and stress reduction

Contact Louise Fortunato on 01206 272453 info@luciaslight.org

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

Mobile library

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

  • 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.

Covid symptom app

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.

Useful links:

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

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