21st November 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.

Community recognition award for The Larder

A recognition certificate has been given to to the local churches for the work done to help families in need during the pandemic. The main initiator of the project, JoJeffrey (the church families worker) explains how the project got underway:

“We set up a system for delivering ingredients to families adversely affected by the pandemic over half term because of the withdrawal of funding for free school meals during holidays and also because families can have difficulty through redundancy, furlough and ill health through the pandemic.

“Thanks to the generous donations of food and finance from the churches and Langham shop we now have enough support to continue until the end of December and we hope to raise more funds to continue after that.

“If people would like to donate then we would gratefully receive a cheque made payable to St Mary’s PCC and sent to the church admin office.”

Have you been adversely affected by the pandemic through redundancy, furlough, ill health etc? This could happen to any of us. If you would like some support then please contact St Peter’s Boxted and St Mary’s Langham church office . We are able to deliver ingredients for hot meals every Monday. We also have a prayer team who are happy to cover any prayer needs. Contact: lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com or phone 01206 243683.

Thank you very much to all who have donated to make this possible.

Below: Jo Jeffreys, pictured right, with some of the produce donated to the project

Pictured below: Rev Anne Mason, Curate to Langham, Boxted, Gt Horkesley and West Bergholt Churches setting off to deliver some meals.

From the archive …
Has anyone any memories of working at the garage?

Then and now. Geaters Garage 1977, on the corner of Straight Road./ Mill Road.

The development, Windmill Close, replaced the garage. Photo taken November 2020:

*Photos courtesy of Peter Gant, one time village resident and village archivist.

A mill was originally sited on this corner. More details can be found in the book: Boxted, Portrait of an English Village, written by Douglas Carter, past resident. This book, and others chronicling Boxted history can be purchased from The Old Vicarage, Boxted, Colchester, CO4 5ST Landline tel. 01206 272773 Mobile 07801 749575 https://boxted.org.uk/community/books/

Operation Christmas Child

Following the national lockdown there will be a further opportunity for Operation Christmas Child boxes to be donated between Saturday 5th and Sunday 13th December, these can then be sent out to children across Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa.

Boxes can be dropped off at our stall at both the Langham and Boxted local markets, (Langham Sunday 6th 10 to 3, Boxted Sunday 13th December 2 to 5), or Wednesday 9th 1.15 to 2.15 at Langham Community Centre, 2.45 to 3.45 at Boxted Village Hall, Monday 14th December 10 to 12 at Langham Community Centre. Alternatively they can be left at 1 Pegasus Way on St Johns Estate Colchester CO4 0QG each day between 10 and 4.

At both fairs there will be an opportunity to support by helping to pack community boxes, sections for each box can be purchased for £1 and then be made into full boxes, alternatively a complete box can be sent on your behalf for £10.

Thank you again for the support shown to this year’s appeal. You truly are helping to spread great joy in a year when it’s needed more than ever.

Be a community champion
Colchester Borough Council and Community360 are working together to support residents impacted by Covid during Winter.

We are inviting residents to volunteer as Community Champions to help support local communities by offering advice and support, along with Covid PPE.

Training and PPE is provided to every volunteer.

Follow the link for a full description of the role and to register your interest.

Langham Community Shop

During the current lockdown the Community Shop remains open for customers and telephone orders tel. 01206 272431.

Church services

Zoom services:

  • November 22, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • November 29, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • December 6, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Should you wish to have the details of the services emailed to you beforehand please email the Church administrator on lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com.

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.


In brief …
Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.

Councillor wanted

Are you interested in getting involved in grass roots decisions and making a real difference to your community? If so, and you meet the eligibility criteria1, why not consider standing for co-option onto Boxted Parish Council? We currently have a vacancy and are looking a Councillor that will work to improve the Parish.

If you are interested please write (no more than 250 words) explaining who you are, why you would like to join the council, aspects of the community that are of particular interest and what qualities, skills and expertise would you bring.

Applications should be emailed to boxtedparishcouncil@gmail.com

The position is not paid but full training is provided.

It will take a few hours of your time each month and you need to commit to being available for Parish Council meeting which take place on the second Wednesday evening of each month.

Closing Date for applications is Wednesday 6th January 2021.

Call for Sites for Local Needs Homes

In December 2019, Boxted Parish Council supported a parish wide housing needs survey (posted to every household) by an independent Rural Housing Enabler (RHE) from the Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE). This survey identified that there is a need for a small number of homes for local people in Boxted and the Parish Council and RCCE are exploring how a small scheme of around seven affordable homes for local people could be brought forward. This may include a range and combination of one-bedroom flats to 3-bedroom homes, depending on the needs of local people.

‘Local’ generally means a person who is;

• Currently resident in the parish
• Was previously resident in the parish
• Is permanently employed in the parish
• Is connected by close family still living in the parish

As a result of the evidence gathered, the Parish Council are keen to pursue a ‘Rural Exception Site’. These schemes are built on land which would not usually be allocated by the planning authority for housing but can be considered for affordable housing to meet a proven local need. These must be sites that are contiguous with or adjacent to existing village settlement boundaries.

The aim of affordable housing is to provide homes for people who cannot afford to buy or rent a home on the open market. The term includes rented and affordable home ownership. New affordable homes help sustain communities by offering local families, couples and single people the chance to stay living in the place where they have strong connections. This can be those who aspire to their first / independent home or those who wish to downsize.

The proposed homes will be for rent and shared ownership sale and can never be sold on the open market, remaining as homes only for locals forever. The Parish Council is currently looking at possible suitable sites in the Parish and there will be full Consultation on any proposals.

We would also like to hear from Landowners who might have a suitable site for an affordable housing proposal. Ideally, it would be a site of around one acre in size. As this is an exception site for local people, the land does not hold the same value as ‘normal’ or open market development. It is often put forward to support local needs would be at an exception site rate or in some cases, land is gifted as a legacy to the Community by landowners who wish to support such projects.

Please submit details of your site to the Parish Council Clerk (boxtedparishcouncil@gmail.com) – Deadline Wednesday 6th January 2021.

From 4 November, Thursday opening times for the Post Office at the Langham Community Shop will change to the afternoon, from 12.30 to 4.00 pm.

Monday opening times remain the same at 9.00 am to 12.30 pm.

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.

Langham Community Shop
Calendar photo competition

All ages, all abilities. Monthly competition to find pictures through the months and seasons of Langham for our 2022 calendar. Call in the shop or email for full details and requirements.


Include ‘Langham Calendar Competition’ in the subject line along with the following information “The photo (as an attachment – jpg or png) title, date photo was taken, your name, contact number and permissions (this will b e required if faces are included in the image). Deadline for entries is 12noon on the 15th (e.g. if you enter November photo, send in by 15th December).

Winners will be announced at the end of each month and the 12 images that make it into the calendar will receive a published copy and prize when each win is announced. There will be four photos shortlisted and put up for you to vote on each month. Make sure you vote when you pop in for your shopping!

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

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