6th March 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..

Zoom Meeting Wednesday 10 March 7.30 pm.

Download the agenda here,

Home-Start Colchester is an independent local charity committed to making a real difference to the lives of local children and families. They can now issue food shop vouchers to any family with a child under 5 who is struggling financially due to the impact of Covid – 19. This includes working families who have had their jobs reduced. It is confidential, professional and the vouchers can be used in local stores. It is Essex County Council funded.

The website is https://www.homestartcolchester.org.uk

They can be contacted by email Office@homestartcolchester.org.uk or by phone – 01206 854625.

Psychological First Aid training

We know that young people have found the stress and strain of lockdown and Covid-19 particularly difficult. The feelings of isolation, lack of social contact with friends, and upheaval to education means many young people are suffering.

Last week our partners at Public Health England (PHE) launched a new online Psychological First Aid (PFA) training course on how to provide practical and emotional support to children and young people affected by coronavirus, or other emergency or crisis situations.

The course is introductory level, free and available for all frontline workers such as teachers, health and social workers, charity and community volunteers and anyone who cares for or is regularly in contact with children and young people aged up to 25, including parents and caregivers.

You can sign up here

Boxted bridge update

George Double and the Freemasons

George Double joined The Athole Lodge, Douglas, Isle of Man on 14th May 1869; his occupation is recorded as Engineer. Was he there working with John and Waynman Dixon whilst they built the Douglas Iron Promenade Pier (now demolished) in 1869? The foundation stone was laid in January 1869, the Pier was 1000 feet long and it was opened on August 19th 1869. With George Double’s later known associations working with John Dixon the coincidence is striking.‘.

Read the full update here.

Petition makes the local news! Read the Gazette article here.

Fire engine crosses Boxted Bridge!

Lucinda de Jasay

“Imagine my interest when my husband phoned me whilst he was out cycling to tell me that a fire engine was heading towards Boxted bridge! I rushed out hoping it would be turning across the bridge and, as luck would have it, it did. I filmed it making the turn smoothly (click on the image below to watch my video!) – despite the dire warnings from Essex Structures desk studies that “fire engines and refuse vehicles cannot safely manoeuvre the turn.” This does not match what we can see with our own eyes.”


A dedicated email address (boxtedenquiries@essexhighways.org) has been set up to support the public with any questions relating to the structure that are not already answered on the webpage.

The full website address for the Boxted Bridge project is:

For more information and to sign the petition to save the original structure of Boxted Bridge, please head to https://www.change.org/p/essex-county-council-save-our-bridge

Church services

Photo taken 4 Mar 2018 and shows the remnants of snow from ‘The Beast From The East” which took everyone by surprise that year.

Both St Mary’s Langham and St Peter’s Boxted are now open for private prayer.

A weekly service is streamed via Zoom 

  • March 7, 2021 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • March 14, 2021 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • March 21, 2021 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • March 28, 2021 at 9:15 am – 10:00 am
If you would like a copy of the order of service these are available in the church office and can be collected on Tuesdays and Fridays between 11am and 1pm.

If it is not possible for you to come to the office or these times are not convenient we may be able to make alternative arrangements – please contact the church office on 01206 243683 or by email lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com

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:


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.


Dear England

The Archbishop of York has written a book ‘Dear England’ and he was interviewed by Adrian Chiles about it. In the book, the Archbishop writes a letter to the country on why the Christian narrative still makes sense today. Watch the interview on YouTube. \information about the book can be obtained from https://www.chester.anglican.org/news/dear-england–a-book-by-the-archbishop-of-york.php

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.

Stephen Armson-Smith
Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor
Essex Police

Spring Garden Security
Sheds, Garages and Objects

Controlling access is your first line of defence and you may consider using good old gravel on paths and drives or round statues etc as an audible warning and/or a “Driveway Alert Monitor” (can be found by internet search). Sensitively and effectively placed lighting and CCTV may be considered to help protect outbuildings, ornaments, and statues but these should not be your only thoughts. Don’t forget though motion activated lighting may be triggered by animals and shrubs moving in the wind.

Shed and outbuilding security: If you are installing a new shed try and find a place in view of the house and neighbours. The padlock hasp fittings of a shad should be coach-bolted to the frame and door, strengthen the fitting area with a metal plate inside and out; don’t forget the hinges ensure they cannot be unscrewed. Cheap locks and padlocks are a poor investment; use good quality locks, look for a “Close Shackle” padlock or a key operated mortice lock to at least “Sold Secure” Silver or Gold standard. Protect windows with a wire mesh and fit a curtain or whitewash the windows to prevent prying eyes. NB some of this advice can apply to aviaries, kennels, barns and other buildings of similar nature.

On garage doors consider adding locking bolts to both sides of an “up and over door” or a garage door defender in the ground in front of the door. Don’t forget other doors and windows in the garage secure them as you would in a house. LOCKS ARE A WASTE OF TIME IF YOU DO NOT LOCK THEM.

When storing larger items like motorcycles, cycles, lawn mowers etc consider a fixing set/ground anchor into the concrete floor, a heavy chain and again a good quality padlock to secure it. If the chain or lock is lying across the floor it could provide a surface for it to be smashed against so try and keep it tightly secured. Consider a shed alarm if you do not have one, there are shed alarms available that contact you on the phone when activated such as www.uwatch.co.uk .

Products that are fit for purpose can found by looking for the “Secured by Design” or “Sold Secure” logos, or on their websites www.securedbydesign.com or www.soldsecure.com .

Tips for Statues, ornaments and pots:

  • Drill and secure with quality chain/padlock larger pots and ornaments to a secure surface.
  • Offenders will not want to break valuable containers- however they may still opt to lift out the plant –this is where the Plant Anchors can help.
  • Make the plant pot heavier with a layer of gravel at the bottom.
  • Some planters/pots can be marked/post-coded /etched carefully with a small Hobbyist drill or an indelible pen can work sometimes on the base.
  • Hanging baskets can be secured with chains or cable ties BUT there is a danger the offender may simply wrench from the fixing point making even greater damage.
  • Where possible position statues, ornaments etc in view of the house and neighbours.
  • Photograph more unusual ornaments with a scale rule included, and where possible ensure these ornaments are in view of a house and have good lighting. Consider using a property marking product
  • Only buy plants/ornaments from a reputable source and report any suspicions to Police/Trading Standards.

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.


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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