1st May 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..

Severalls Lane Bridge

You may have wondered when (or if) the repairs to Severalls Lane Bridge will take place. The lane restriction has been in place for over a year now and there appears to be no sign of any work commencing.

In a letter to local MP, Sir Bernard Jenkin, Highways England issued the following update:

“We acknowledge that the long-term closure on this bridge may be frustrating drivers. However, safety is our highest priority, and we will only remove the restrictions when it is safe to do so.

A lorry carrying an excavator struck the bridge in March 2020. Following initial visual inspections, we found that two of the four supporting beams and associated bracing were damaged. This had weakened the bridge. We therefore closed the bridge to reduce the loading on the structure and ensure the safety of road users.

After further inspections, we opened the southbound lane across the bridge. The northbound lane closure ensures that no traffic passes over the damaged beams beneath the northbound lane and footway. Ongoing monitoring of the damage continues to ensure the bridge remains safe to use in its current condition.

A detailed investigation of the damage was carried out at the end of March 2021. We expect the results later this spring. They will tell us what action is needed to repair the damage. The results will also tell us if it’s possible to completely remove the lane closure by using new monitoring techniques that have recently become available.

The next Boxted Parish Council meeting will take place on Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7:30pm via Zoom. If you wish to participate, log on to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84867084911

Download the agenda here for further information.

Church services

  • Sunday 2 May, 8.30am: Gathered Indoor Eucharist at St Mary’s Langham (Rev’d Canon Ian Hilton will be leading, preaching and presiding)
  • Sunday 9 May, 9am – Gathered Indoor Eucharist at St Peter’s Boxted (followed by Annual Parochial Church Meeting)


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

A weekly service is streamed via Zoom:

  • May 2, 2021 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • May 9, 2021 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am
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 or general inquiries, 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.

In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.

St Peter’s Markets

Raising funds for the churches of St Peter’s and St Mary’s

The village churches have set up an online market place to fundraise. The aim is to raise funds to help support church activities and maintenance and also providing gardeners with an alternative to discarding their surplus plants by making them available to fellow gardeners in exchange for charitable donations. Go to https://stpetersmarketplace.org/ to find out how you can contribute or email stpetersmarkets@gmail.com

For all the latest information on opening times, services, special events and what’s for sale, visit https://www.langhamcommunityshop.org.uk/

Mobile library

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

Digital help at home

This service is 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.

Useful links:

Boxted Parish Council
Boxted Parish Council on Facebook
Boxted Village Hall
Boxted Village Website
Boxted Neighbourhood Plan
Boxted Primary School
Boxted British Legion

Boxted WI on Facebook
Boxted WI on Twitter
Boxted 10K
Boxted Airfield Historical Group
Langham Community Centre
Langham Community Shop
Langham Village Website
Dedham Vale & Stour Valley ANOB
Essex County Council’s PROW Interactive map
Colchester District Neighbourhood Watch

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