19th June 2021

Village News and Events

in Boxted and Langham

Welcome to the latest 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..

Village Defibs

As many of you will have heard, Denmark’s Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest when playing a recent football match in the Euro 2020 event, His life was saved by the use of a defibrillator – a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest.

It’s seems fitting to remind readers that both Langham and Boxted have such devices available should they be needed in a medical emergency. They are sited at the following locations:

  • Outside Langham Community Shop
  • At the Royal British Legion, Straight Road, Boxted
  • At the Community Hub in Boxted

Boxted Bridge update

You might like to see this photograph of the earlier wooden bridge at Boxted built sometime after 1835. From Essex Records Office we know that this was the wooden bridge that then fell into disrepair resulting, in 1896, to George Double’s tender being accepted for the sum of £927 to build a steel girder bridge here.

From the men’s clothes the photograph might have been taken around the 1880s or 1890s. Island Cottage is seen in the background beyond the bridge.

Boxted Bridge assessment report by Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd

Essex Highways requested the view of the feasibility of repair of Boxted Bridge from both a practicability and economic viewpoint from Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd, in conjunction with Cass Hayward. In the event that refurbishment is not considered economically feasible, Cass Hayward were asked to outline a reconstruction option for further consideration. This assessment report is now available for the public to view on Essex Highways Boxted bridge webpage or can be downloaded here (pdf)

Sign the petition to save Boxted Bridge and get updates at  https://www.change.org/p/essex-county-council-save-our-bridge?redirect=false

Partial Eclipse

The photo above shows a view of the partial eclipse of the Sun taken by local astrophotographer Nik Szymanek from his back garden in Boxted at 10.30am on 10 June.

A special filter was used to photograph the Sun safely through Nik’s telescope. Shown at the upper left of the photo is the Moon partially obscuring the Sun.

Weather conditions weren’t ideal as cloud obscured the latter half of the eclipse, but Nik waited patiently for a gap in the clouds to get this lovely snapshot.

Eclipses of the Sun aren’t common and occur when the Sun, Moon and Earth line up. In this case the alignment wasn’t perfect so the Moon only obscured part of the Sun’s disc.

Ambitious plans to help turn Essex into a walking and cycling county are going on show to the public and Essex Highways want to hear your views. You are being invited to give your views on safer, greener, healthier cycling and walking routes in five towns across the county, including Colchester, in the Active Travel Essex consultation. The consultation will run until 2 July 2021.


Virtual Apprenticeships and Job Fair
7 July

Are you looking for a job or considering a career change? Join us for an opportunity to hear from Essex employers who are recruiting. Click here for further information .

Church services

Above: June 2015. Preparing the church for a wedding. We’re all looking forward to having weddings without Covid restrictions

The services on  20 June  are as follows:

9.30am Gathered  Eucharist – St Peter’s Boxted

4pm Gathered  D.E.E.PService – St Peter’s Boxted
(This service caters specifically for young families)

27 June

9.30am Gathered  Eucharist – St Mary’s Langham

A recording of zoom services is available from Sunday afternoon at the following link:


Please email lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com if you require further details.

Covid Research

Professor Tim Spector is behind the ZOE research being collected on this app. Infections amongst younger people are rising exponentially and he is encouraging youngsters to download the app and log in daily with any symptoms which currently are more like cold symptoms

Download the app here for Android and for Apple

Watch Professor Spector speak about the hyper infectious Delta variant on YouTube

In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.

St Peter’s Markets plants – raising funds for our local churches. Go to  https://stpetersmarketplace.org/

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

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