9th January 2021

Village News and Events

in Boxted and Langham

Welcome to this week’s newsletter.Spring is on the way! The first signs of hawthorn are bursting into life.

Common hawthorn can support more than 300 insects. It is the foodplant for caterpillars of moths, including the hawthorn, orchard ermine, pear leaf blister, rhomboid tortrix, light emerald, lackey, vapourer, fruitlet-mining tortrix, small eggar and lappet moths. Its flowers are eaten by dormice and provide nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinating insects. The haws are rich in antioxidants and are eaten by migrating birds, such as redwings, fieldfares and thrushes, as well as small mammals.

The dense, thorny foliage makes fantastic nesting shelter for many species of bird. For further information about the hawthorn, visit the Woodland Trust website .

If you wish to have an item included in this newsletter, please email us at newsandevents@ boxted.org.uk   by Thursday 5pm at the latest. Thank you.

Stay safe and healthy..

Langham Community Shop

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

History of Boxted Lodgers Football Club

Photo courtesy of Peter Gant, past resident and village archivist

As the men were returning from what was termed as ‘The Great War’ (1914-1918) and families were being united all over the country there was a desire for some sort of normality after five years of war. Men and women were returning to their hobbies and interests as best they could. Nothing would seem the same again but for most the taking part in sporting activities was part of the healing process.

With this in mind Mr. William Fisher Hobbs who owned Boxted Lodge Farming Estate donated part of the estate for the use of the Cricket Club and a Football Club in Boxted. The football club’s intention was to be Boxted Lodge F.C. but an error was made in the registration process and an ‘R’ was added to the lodge part, therefore giving the name ‘Lodger’ to our club. The club has been known as Boxted Lodgers ever since!

In 1938 the club transferred to a newly laid sports field, donated to Boxted Parish Council in Cage Lane – the King George V Playing Field.

Both ours and the Cricket Club’s stay at Cage Lane did not last long as in 1938, at the outbreak of the Second World War the field was ploughed up to assist in the war effort and was not re-established as a sports field until 1945.

In recent years the club has cemented itself in the Essex and Suffolk Border League which is at Level 7 in the National League Football Pyramid.

As you will see below, the club has received several honours (unfortunately achievements prior to 1952 have been lost).

The club has expanded in recent years and now has a thriving youth section that will be entering teams in the Colchester & District Youth League next season at Under 16s, Under 13s, Under 11s and Under 8s and after a hundred years we are very proud of this club and all the players, coaches and administrators that have been custodians of Boxted Lodgers over the last 100 years. We look to progress as a club in the future for the future has no limits.

We are proud to be part of the Boxted community and we are always ready to welcome new players, coaches and administrators and anyone who wishes to get involved with the club. If you would like to be involved please contact:

Boxted Lodgers can be contacted via email:  club@boxtedlodgers.co.uk  or through their facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/BoxtedLodgers .
Also visit their website: https://derekkeeble71.wixsite.com/boxtedlodgersfc

Boxted Parish Council Meeting
Wednesday 13 January

Download the agenda here

Premises needed – can you help?

Abberton Rural Training – ART is an educational charity providing practical and skills training alongside therapeutic support and mentoring to the residents of Essex and surrounding areas. The courses have a particular focus on rural skills, including countryside and environment, horticulture, woodlands and land management. They provide life skills and employability skills alongside accredited learning, to help our participants to access jobs, help them become self-employed, move into further education and training, or become involved in the local community by volunteering.

ART are seeking alternate rental premises to allow them to continue to operate in the Colchester area. As such they are looking for a suitable location that can offer the following:

  • Some workshop or hall space
  • A couple of rooms that can be used as classrooms
  • Some office space
  • Some land for growing and cultivation
  • Some parking
  • Toilet facilities
  • Accessible to all users if possible
  • Close to public transport links if possible
  • If it is close to some woodland or other land that would be welcomed but not essential

If you are aware of any premises that may be suitable then please contact Jacqui Stone ART CEO jacqui.stone@abbertonruraltraining.org or call 01787 228269 or 01206 984591

Colchester and the rest of the country moves into National Lockdown

Everyone must Stay Home, Save Lives and Protect the NHS

The Government has announced that due to the number of Coronavirus cases rising rapidly across the country we will now have to follow National Lockdown restrictions immediately (from 5 January 2021).

The key new restrictions that we face in a National Lockdown are:

You must stay at home.
We all need to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS

Leaving home

  • You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary.
  • You may only leave home for the following reasons;
  • Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • Exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day and you should not travel outside your local area
  • Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • Seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • Attend education or childcare – only for those that are eligible
  • You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. This will be put in law. The police can take action against you if you leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse’ and issue you with a fine (Fixed Penalty Notice).


  • Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers
  • All other children will learn remotely until February half term
  • Early Years settings remain open
  • Higher Education provision will remain online until mid-February, for all except future critical worker courses

Stay Local
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
All this advice applies to people who are fit and well.

Advice for Clinically Vulnerable & Additional Guidance
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work, school, college or university, and limit the time you spend outside the home.

More detailed additional advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection can be found here . There is also separate guidance for support and childcare bubbles .

Support for residents
You can find advice and support on accessing food, information on key community contacts, support for Clinically Extremely vulnerable people, and mental health support services in the Support for Communities section of our website.

Residents who have a loss in income due to being asked by Test and Trace to self-isolate could be eligible for a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500. More information including eligibility and how to apply can be found on our Test and Trace Support Payment section of our website.

Support for businesses
We encourage all businesses to visit our Business Support section on our website for advice, and to apply for Business Grant Support. We will let businesses who apply for a grant know if additional support becomes available.

The Government Business Support website contains additional useful information and contains a handy tool which allows businesses to check the support available to them.

Steps we are taking to ensure Colchester remains Covid safe
Our Licensing Team continue to make regular checks on businesses that remain open across the borough, including essential businesses like supermarkets.

Our Covid Marshals and Neighbourhood Services teams are working in partnership with the Police, Our Colchester, and town centre security teams to ensure our businesses are Covid safe and closed venues are protected.

Impact on Council Services
We will be required to close the following facilities and services immediately as a result of the National Lockdown:

  • All Museums including Colchester Castle
  • The Visitor Information Centre
  • All Sport and Leisure Facilities including all Leisure World sites
  • High Woods Country Park Visitor Centre (the park will remain open)
  • All Outside sport courts
  • All Outdoor gyms
  • All Outdoor tennis courts

Staff will be redeployed from these services to perform alternative duties including supporting other Critical Services. There are no other impacts on Critical Services as a result of moving into a national lockdown and we reassure residents that our recycling and rubbish collections will still take place as usual (except textile recycling, which remains suspended).

Follow key Government advice – Hands. Face. Space
We urge everyone in Colchester to remain vigilant and follow the key advice from The Government. Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it.

  • Hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)
  • In all circumstances, you should follow the guidance on meeting others safely .

Make sure you are;

  • Regularly washing your hands
  • Cover your face when in public indoor spaces or where you are in close proximity to others
  • Maintain a social distance of 2 metres where possible
  • Isolate if you are asked to do so
  • Please get tested if you have any of the common symptoms: a high fever, new or continuous dry cough, loss of taste or smell.

Keep up to date
Please continue to check our dedicated webpage at colchester.gov.uk/coronavirus and our social media channels to keep informed of the latest news on the council’s work to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and any changes to our services .

For further information on the national lockdown please visit: National lockdown: Stay at Home – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Keeping active in lockdown

Here are Sports for Confidence and the Dance Network Association of activities/events to keep people active during this Lockdown.

Sports for Confidence

  • TimetableWeekly Zoo
  • Connecting Calendar – Celebration
    Here are some activities you may wish to participate in over the month of January. Let’s see what you can do!

Weekly OT Led Therapy Walks

  • Colchester Leisure World – Wednesday’s at either 11am or 1pm (Booking required)
  • Clacton Pier – Friday’s at 10am starting from 22 nd  January.

Dance Network Association

Weekly classes start Monday 18 January and running until March: Details of classes here : SPRING SEASON 2021 | Dance Network Assoc (dancenetworkassociation.org.uk)

Take a Seat classes are most appropriate for those living with Dementia available online to partners, friends and carers who are able to support individuals to access classes and join in.
Free ‘on demand’ classes are available on the YouTube channel  The Dance Network Association – YouTube

Church services

Gathered Services are currently restricted due to Covid-19 but a weekly service is streamed via Zoom.

Please email lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com to request details of the zoom link; a recording of the service is available from Sunday afternoon at the following link:


Download the services booklet here

Zoom Services

  • January 3, 2021 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • January 10, 2021 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • January 17, 2021 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am

For prayer requests, please contact the Three Parishes Administrator, Mrs Jo Rassell on:

Email:  lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com
Tel: 01206 243683

Jo works 9-12 on Mondays and 9-1 on Tuesday-Friday. If she’s not in the office, please leave a message on the answer machine.

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.

Volunteers needed!

Stephen Whybrow is seeking volunteers to help co-ordinate the fund-raising effort for this year. He writes:

“As we are all aware Langham with Boxted Church Finances have been badly hit by the pandemic. Traditional fundraising events will not be practicable for some months, so we will be launching two online fundraising initiatives which can be supported from home. However we will still need a raft of volunteers to participate!”

The two initiatives are

1) eBay Sales of unwanted items

This was run with great success by Patsy Ann Maggs as part of the St Peter’s Tower fundraising so we know it works. Patsy Ann has agreed to mastermind the initiative again and will handle all the eBay offers and the dispatch/collection of the sold items. However success will depend on having a flow of items to sell throughout 2021.in addition to identifying items which you no longer have use for and are prepared to donate we are looking for a group of ten or more volunteers who are prepared to ask their friends, families and neighbours for similar donations. Guidance will be prepared as to the sort of items which will sell and which we are looking for and also those items which will not and which we should avoid.

2) Virtual Plant Sale

Over the years plant sales have been a productive means of raising funds and with the ever growing interest in gardening and the growing cost of plants this is likely to continue. Although much remains to be worked out the essence of the ideas is that volunteers will contribute plants from their gardens and that these will be offered for sale on a website at very attractive prices. I am looking for lots of volunteers to contribute plants in 2021, a couple of volunteers to help with the planning and coordination and someone to set up and manage a website!

“Please please help Patsy Ann and myself succeed with these Covid safe fundraisings.”

You can contact Stephen on 01206 272773 / 07801749575 or email  stephenwhybrow@msn.com

The history of Boxted bridge

More facts about the early life of George Double (1840-1916), the builder of Boxted bridge.

George Double was born in 1840 in Hadleigh, the youngest of seven children of Cornelius and Susanna Double. They lived in what was 132 Benton Street, a one-up, one-down middle cottage with outside lavatory. The cottage does not exist today; it was split in two and became incorporated into the two cottages either side when renovation took place in the 1980s.

Read the full update on the early life of George Double here.

Essex Highways plan to replace the bridge and build one on a wider footprint capable of HGVs making the turn over the bridge onto Sky Hall Hill. The local community believe that the better option is to have the bridge repaired and preserve its history. Read the full story at:  https://www.change.org/p/essex-county-council-save-our-bridge

To sign the petition to repair Boxted Bridge click here .

In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.

Mobile library

Following the latest Government guidelines the mobile library service is suspended until further notice.

To keep up to date with any changes please visit the Mobile Library Service website

Thursday opening times for the Post Office at the Langham Community Shop are 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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