23rd January 2021

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  newsandevents@boxted.org.uk  by Thursday 5pm at the latest. Thank you.

Stay safe and healthy..

Wet Weather

Photo showing fields at Dedham which act as a flood plain in periods of heavy rainfall.

Boxted has several water ways running through the village which eventually lead to the River Stour. They can be traced on Essex County Council’s Public Right of Way interactive map (PROW) and when out footpath walking parts of them can be quite interesting to follow and observe.
Information on ditches (including maintenance) waterways and flooding can be found at this link on Essex County Council’s website .

To keep everyone safe and to help cut the transmission of the virus, a decision has been made to keep Boxted Community Hub closed at the moment. Watch this space for an update on re-opening.

How you stay anonymous

Crimestoppers is an independent charity that gives people the power to speak up and help stop crime – 100% anonymously.

It means, that when you call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact us online at
crimestoppers-uk.org via an untraceable form, we have no way of knowing who you are.

Crimestoppers’ agents at the National Contact Centre, know it can be difficult to come forward with information. We won’t ask your name. Won’t judge. Just listen to what you know.


If you don’t speak English or if English is not your first language, you can still give information anonymously using a translation service.

Your call will be answered by someone who speaks English and you will need to tell them which language you would like to speak. We take information in more than 150 languages.

When contacting us you will not be asked your name or any personal details. We will listen to information you have on a crime. Your call will not be recorded. We have no caller line display and no 1471 facility.

Online reports have the same anonymity as phone calls. We do not make a note of gender, accents, apparent age or ethnicity of callers.

Even if you do give personal details, that information will not be included in the report. When your call is completed or you send on a computer, then you are gone. We have no trace of you.

The reports we receive cover all aspects of crime, such as scam texts, racial abuse, attempted kidnapping, plans to skip the country before trial, weapons or drugs possession.

Since Crimestoppers was founded in 1988, more than 144,000 people have been arrested and charged because of information given anonymously to the charity.

About 10 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information passed to us.

Surveys undertaken for Crimestoppers show that about 20% of people who have information about crime find it difficult to talk to the police for fear of being traced as the source of information.

Many of those people want to do the right thing and Crimestoppers provides the avenue for them do that safely without revealing their identity – 100% anonymously.

Every year tens of thousands contact us to report information about crime and that number continues to grow as more people learn how Crimestoppers keeps them safe.

The Team

Crimestoppers CEO Mark Hallas, is someone who has worked extensively in the military and intelligence field. Before moving to Crimestoppers Mark was Director, Intelligence Corps, leading the Army’s professional intelligence and security division.

At Crimestoppers he leads on overall development and direction to ensure the charity help more people overcome their fears on reporting crime and protecting their identity.

Mark is supported by a team of 103 staff from different ages, genders and ethnicity.

Just over half of the staff are based at our National Contact Centre (NCC) on the outskirts of London. The NCC is at the heart of the organisation and is home to a specialist group of call agents who receive incoming calls and whose priority is to protect the identity of the caller. The team work in shifts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and handle upwards of 2,000 contacts a day.

Other staff at the NCC include specialists in communication security systems and data protection together with process and research specialists to help gain deeper insights into crime types and patterns to help to improve processes and help stop crime.

All staff receive regular updates on new and emerging crimes, call data trends and security.
When your call is finished and you hang up the phone or click ‘send’ on our anonymous online form, you’re done.

A report is prepared that brings together your information to ensure it doesn’t contain any information that could identify you. The report is checked again and only then is it sent securely to an authority with responsibility to investigate crimes, make arrests and charge people to bring them to justice. This could be police or an agency such as the UK Border Agency or HM Revenue & Customs.

It takes time to research and investigate a crime and police cannot make an arrest based solely on anonymous information. However, your information help police make arrests.


If your information leads to an arrest and charge, you could receive a reward. We use a code system to keep you anonymous. See crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/rewards-for-information .

When you pass information to Crimestoppers it is 100% anonymous, always. We have no way of knowing who you are. The only person who will know, is you.

See the Anonymity Animation on YouTube  https://youtu.be/TV5k3QFBI3U

You can only report by phone or on our online form. We do not accept photographs because most are digital and contain embedded information which contains a date and time the photo was taken and its GPS location. Such information could be linked to the person providing the material. We take our responsibility for protecting your identity very seriously.

Covid-19 Testing Centre Opens In Colchester

A new fast testing centre is opening in Colchester for those who  DO NOT  have symptoms of Covid-19.

Colchester residents with no symptoms are being encouraged to get tested to help reduce the spread of the virus and the pressure it is putting on hospitals and the care system.

The new Colchester Testing Centre is situated at Leisure World Colchester, Cowdray Avenue, CO1 1YH and will be operational from Saturday 16 January 2021.

This centre offers new and fast Lateral Flow Tests, ONLY for people for who DO NOT have symptoms and gives results in around 30 minutes.

Tests are by  appointment only  and bookings should be made online. Anyone booking should live in Colchester. You can book a test  here .

Booking online is the quickest and most effective option for residents seeking a Lateral Flow Test.

If you’re not able to book using the online form, you can call 0333 772 6144 to arrange an appointment. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm, every day including Saturday and Sunday.

You can also email:  booking.confirmation@nhs.net  and a member of staff will contact you to arrange an appointment.

Anyone WITH symptoms should book a test via the NHS Test and Trace App, or  here .

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)

Stay Home | Save Lives | Protect The NHS

Essex Climate Action Commission Report

The Essex Climate Action Commission was set up to advise about tackling climate change. Further information about the Commission is at  https://www.essex.gov.uk/climate-action

You can download their latest newsletter here , which features articles on:

  • Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme
  • Essex Energy Switch
  • Warm Homes Essex
  • Government’s Energy White Paper
  • Love Essex update
  • Electric Van Trial
  • Community Engagement

An interim report on the work of the Commission in Essex can be downloaded here .

Church services

  • St Mary’s Langham: The precautions now recommended for Covid 19 security are not at present practicable in St Mary’s Church and therefore, taking Episcopal advice, this church is closed for the time-being. Therefore St Mary’s is closed for private prayer for the time being as well as well as for gathered services.
  • St Peter’s Boxted: Dominic has advised that he has been able to complete the necessary risk assessment for St Peter’s and therefore Boxted will remain open each day for private prayer (this may change if the restrictions change but for the time being it can remain open)

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 24, 2021 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • anuary 31, 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

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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