13th 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..

Boxted Bake Off 1977

Photo courtesy of Peter Gant, past village resident and history archiver.

Boxted WI blazing the trail!

The current members have had a blast this past year with zoom meetings which included gin tasting, silly quizzes, cocktail making, sewing bee challenges and a Christmas party contained in a bag. They also met safely outside in members gardens when Covid rules allowed.

They have a programme arranged already for the coming year which will be able to adapt as usual to any Covid regulations and would love new members to join them.

If you think you would like to dip your toe contact either Geraldine Russell on 272261 or Gillian Walker on 272261 who would be happy to hear from you.


February Meeting 2021 minutes which were approved at the recent March meeting.

Download the minutes here ,

Church services

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

A weekly service is streamed via Zoom 

  • 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

You can download a copy of last week’s sermon here .

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.

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.

Boxted bridge update

Dedham Vale Society Newsletter article on George Double

Take a look at page 12 of the latest Dedham Vale Society Newsletter to read the article ‘George Double, The Man who built Boxted bridge’

The Dedham Vale Society was set up in 1938 to protect the heritage and villages of the Dedham Vale. The Dedham Vale stretches for nearly 14 miles on either side of the river Stour, from Manningtree in the east to Wormingford in the west. The Society’s influence has been widespread and many campaigns have been fought with a great deal of success. Bodies such as the water and electricity-generating companies, building-developers and, most recently, the Civil Aviation Authority have all been persuaded that their proposals have not been in the interest of the fragile nature of this tiny AONB.

The Dedham Vale Society is highly supportive about Boxted Bridge and the need for adherence to the proper planning process and a fair evaluation of all options, including repair and strengthening. The Society is a registered charity and depends on membership and public donations to sustain its activities on behalf of the Vale. The annual membership fee is £10 per individual or £15 for 2 people living in the same household.

If you are interested in joining the DVS contact info@dedhamvalesociety.org.uk or click for membership details here  https://dedhamvalesociety.org.uk/uploaded_pdf/membership_form.pdf


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


This week:

  • Click and Collect service reinstated
  • Your Loan History and Reading Lists
  • Reading Friends
  • Win an amazing compost bin!

Click here to read the full news online

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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