12th December 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.

Boxted history

Thanks to Annette Whybrow for sending in some World War II memorabelia.

Below: Boxted Home Guard, Priory House. Recognitions by Gwen Gant and Tim Taylor. Original photo from Mr Ward.

Below: Royal Observer Corps – the observer post during WWII.

There was an observer post in Church Road, Boxted overlooking the Stour Valley.

Below depicts the remains of the building today.

Fly tipping on Sky Hall Hill

Boxted Parish Council has now reported to this incident to CBC but any member of the public can report fly tipping at the following link:


School Road, Langham

Two incidents of break in and burglary:

Suspects unknown have accessed building via a window on the first floor flat roof, taken various computer related items and searched through files.

Suspects unknown gained entry to the site and climbed on to a first floor roof where they removed a small amount of lead. They gained entry to the property via a first floor sash window to conduct a search of all rooms and stole two computer screens and a think pad.

Straight Road, Boxted

Suspect has allowed a dog to be dangerously out of control and killed one of the victims chickens.

A message from Trevor Bellis about Boxted Methodist Silver Band:

“This year is going to be a very different Christmas. However, the Band are keen to support the village.

“Whilst we can no longer knock on doors and collect or move house to house or have more than six players we will be out and about and you can come and listen to us

“Boxted Methodist Silver Band will be playing Christmas Carols for people to come along and listen :

  • Saturday 12th December – Fillpots 10:30 am – 12:00
  • Sunday 13th December – Boxted Village Hall 2pm-5pm
  • Monday 14th December – Carols for Boxted St Peters Churchyard 7pm
  • Wednesday 16th December – Carols for Boxted Mill Road area 7pm
  • Monday 21st December – Carols for Boxted Boxted Cross area 7pm

“We do hope people will come out from the village and join us in the Christmas music.”

Church services

Sunday 13 December

As well as the streamed Zoom services this week there will be a Gathered Eucharist Service at St Peter’s Boxted at 8 am on Sunday 13 December.

Zoom services:

  • December 13, 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.


Avian flu update


Due to the heightened risk of avian influenza, new housing measures for poultry and captive birds will be introduced from 14th December 2020 in England, Scotland and Wales.

It will now be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures. Over the next week – keepers of birds are expected to make the necessary arrangements to ensure that they are complying with the requirements by the 14th December. It is important to note that this requirement will apply to you even if you keep just a small number of birds in your back garden.

Requirements in Detail for the 14th December

Some of the basic things you can do now:

  • Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures
  • Start arranging the necessary housing or netting that you require for the 14th December
  • Keep areas where birds live clean and tidy, and regularly disinfect hard surfaces such as paths and walkways

You should keep a close watch on them for signs of disease. If you have any concerns about the health of your poultry, seek prompt advice from your vet. If you suspect any type of bird flu you must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301

Trees giveaway

Above: A magnificent naturally formed oak archway in the hedgerows along Horkesley Road

The Parish Council had several trees donated by the Woodland Trust last Spring.

Surplus to requirement were 10 oak trees. These have been potted up and looked after over the summer and now is an ideal time to plant them.

If you have a home for any of them please contact parish councillor Arabella Brentnall on 01206 272013

Covid research

A message from Dr Richard M ClarkeResearch Fellow ( RTO Covid-19 project )
Primary care, Population Science and Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine
University of Southampton
University Road
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom
Twitter @RichClarkePsy

“I work on a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded research project based at the University of Southampton. We’re looking to recruit members of the public to take part in a large-scale survey on the preventative behaviours people are taking to avoid catching COVID-19 and the long-term effect of those that have suffered from COVID-19 during the pandemic.

“The survey is aimed at everyone, including you, and this is the specific link to the survey:


“To make our findings as meaningful as possible, we are hoping to get a broad range of participants from across the UK. As such, local parish and town councils seem, to us at least, to be a good way to reach people that we wouldn’t normally be able to reach. If you have a local community group (either online or in person) would you be willing to help up spread the word about our research?

Details of the project can be found here and we have social media posts that link to the survey set up for ease of sharing from our Facebook and Twitter accounts here and here . Also, if you think you would make good use of a poster or small fliers, please get in touch and I would be happy to send you the appropriate materials.

“We are particularly keen to feedback our findings to any community that helps us with this project. If that is of interest to you let me know and I will add you to our update list and send you a summary of our findings once the project is completed.

“I’m always happy to have a quick chat if you have any questions about our work, so if you would like to know more please do get in touch.”

In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.

Spread festive joy to local care home residents

Send a personalised Christmas card – all you need to do is pick a name from the list. then pop a card addressed to them in the box. Boxes available at Asda until 21 December.

This initiative is organised by Colchester Borough Council (with your help!), spreading a little joy to care home residents this Christmas. For further information or for the name list, please contact communities@colchester.gov.uk or tony@fansnetwork.org

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 Boxted local market on 13th December 2 to 5, or 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.

Mobile library

The following dates have been advertised on the Essex Libraries website for the mobile library:

  • 24 December 2020
  • 14 January 2021
  • 04 February 2021
  • 25 February 2021

Van will be at Boxted Village Hall car park between 10.10am and10.40am. To keep up to date with any changes please visit the Mobile Library Service website

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 for 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.

communityshoplangham@gmail.com .

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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