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Proposed replacement of Boxted Bridge
As you know, there is a campaign by residents to repair Boxted Bridge rather than replace it. Replacement is the preferred option of Essex Highways. Campaigners who wish to have Boxted Bridge repaired have expressed observations on ECC plan, particularly on the issue of the width of the proposed new bridge option:
- Essex Highways say it will look the same as the old one, when it is actually nearly twice the width. It won’t be able to replace the lovely old Victorian construction with its rivets and wonderful layers of patina.
- The photos only show the side view which does not illustrate clearly just how wide this new bridge will be. The current bridge is (inside parapet to parapet) 4924mm wide at the Suffolk end, 6177mm at the Essex end, and the proposed new bridge would be 9270mm which includes a hard standing area for pedestrians.
Meanwhile, the campaign continues with more on the history of its builder:
George Double and Cleopatra’s Needle
In September 1878, George Double was very much in the news as John Dixon’s foreman, in charge of erecting Cleopatra’s Needle on the Victoria Embankment in London. Read the full update here .
A dedicated email address ( firstname.lastname@example.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
Unacceptable litter in graveyard
A resident visited Boxted Church recently to tend her husband’s grave and was dismayed to see empty flower paper and plastic bottles left behind by other visitors,
She collected a half a black bag of rubbish to dispose of.
Let’s respect our open spaces and keep the graveyard a place of solace and reflection. Please take your rubbish home!
Reporting road problems to Essex Highways
All the roads in the village are inspected once a year but residents can report any problems to ECC Highways Department on the following link:
Problems are inspected fairly quickly but then dealt with depending on the severity.
Both St Mary’s Langham and St Peter’s Boxted are now open for private prayer.
A weekly service is streamed via Zoom
- March 28, 2021 at 9:15 am – 10:00 am
- April 4, 2021 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
- April 25, 2021 at 9:15 am – 10:00 am
Please note that there is a change of time to the one previously advertised for the service at St Mary’s Langham on Easter Sunday (4 April), The services will now be as follows:
- 6.30am – St Peter’s Churchyard – Sunrise Service – gathered outdoors
- 9.30am – St Mary’s Churchyard – Easter Eucharist – gathered outdoors
(Revd Canon Merv McKinney will be presiding for this service)
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.
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Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.
Did you know Langham Community Shop has its own website? For all the latest information on opening times, services and what’s for sale, visit https://www.langhamcommunityshop.org.uk/ .
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
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.
- Colchester 01206 282 452/ Clacton 01255 686497
- Email: Digitalaccesssupport@colchester.gov.uk
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.
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Essex County Council’s PROW Interactive map
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