14th August 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..

From the Archives

Here’s a view of days gone by – the Anchorage Stores in Dedham Road. This picture was taken in 1983.

It has now been redeveloped and forms the Boxted Court area (see below).

Church services

Sunday 15 August

9.30am Gathered Eucharist – St Peter’s Boxted

Sunday 22 August

9.30am Gathered Eucharist – St Mary’s Langham

Sunday 29 August

10am Joint Village Parishes Service with Baptism – St Peter’s Boxted

Please also note that for the time being the same procedures will remain in place regarding track and trace, hand sanitising, face coverings etc – any changes will be advised in due course.

A service is still being streamed on the first and third Sundays via zoom and please email lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com to request details of the zoom link.

Please email  lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com  with your name and contact details to book a place at any of the services and please remember a mask or face covering.

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.

New Priest in Charge for the village churches

Subject to appropriate DBS clearance, the Revd Heather Wilcox has been appointed as Priest in Charge of West Bergholt with Great Horkesley, Langham with Boxted and Wormingford & Mount Bures with Little Horkesley.

Heather is currently the Team Rector for the Long Stratton and Pilgrim Team Ministry and Rural Dean of the Depwade Deanery in the Diocese of Norwich. She worked in nursing for 15 years prior to her ordination in 2008. Married to Geraint and with two grown up children, Megan and Luke, and a dog, Benji, Heather enjoys spending time with the family, taking walks and being creative.

We hope that Bishop Roger will be able to license Heather to her new responsibilities in November.

Heather says:
I am passionate about rural ministry and particularly love the breadth of traditions and diversity rural parishes embrace. I am looking forward to serving in these parishes and getting to know everyone and to seeing where God is leading. I have served in the Long Stratton and Pilgrim Team for 10 very happy years, and will miss being part of the community and my many friends, but I know that God is calling me and the Long Stratton and Pilgrim Team to something new.

Protect your dog from being stolen

Stephen Armson-Smith
Essex Police

Our dogs are members of our families and when a dog is stolen it is very distressing for both owner and pet. To try to reduce the risk of this happening follow the guidance and keep your dog safe.

Protect your dog against theft

Ensure rear garden gates are locked at top and bottom with a shoot bolt and padlock. Consider fitting a bell or gate alarm as well. Do the same to any outside kennels.

Make sure the garden boundary (fence, hedge etc) is secure so that no one can gain entry or pull your dog out or your dog cannot get out on its own, check your garden on a regular basis.

Consider driveway alarms to alert you of visitors or use monitored CCTV/Alarm systems to areas around any outside kennels. These will alert you if anyone is close by.

See the home security pages on the Essex Police website www.essex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/ for further advice.

Avoid leaving dogs in the garden or outside kennels if you are not home, and keep your dog in view whilst in the garden, don’t leave him outside unsupervised.

Never leave your dog secured alone, outside a shop. This makes them vulnerable and a tempting target for opportunist thieves.

Avoid leaving dogs in cars alone and NEVER leave a dog in a car on a warm/hot day.

Your dog should be microchipped and registered with current information. Use a collar and dog tag displaying contact details (don’t put your dog’s name on the tag use your surname).

Take plenty of good, clear photographs of your pet so that it can be easily identified. Take photographs of your dog from various angles and update them regularly (i.e. with groomed coats and when not recently groomed). Make a note of any distinguishing features. Also take lots of photographs of yourself with your dog, to help you to prove ownership if needed.

Train your dog to come back when called and never let them off the lead if you are not sure they will come back to you. If in doubt, use an extending lead, especially if you are in an unfamiliar area where your dog may get easily lost.

Be aware of and report all suspicious vehicles or people to 101 or report online to the police. Ask your neighbours to do the same. There have been a few reports of dogs being called and dog owners being distracted by someone, whilst the thieves try to take the dogs.

Fake RSPCA Inspector? In the press there have been reports of fake RSPCA staff seizing dogs. RSPCA staff have no powers of entry or seizure to do so they must be accompanied by a police officer. See: www.rspca.org.uk/-/news-advice-to-the-public-after-people-impersonate-rspca-staff

Don’t buy any dogs from social media sites or any person where appropriate documentation (ownership etc, pedigree papers etc) cannot be provided. This increases the demand for stolen pets. Report all suspicious dog sales to the police on 101 or Trading Standards.

Don’t give details of your pets, your location or your walking locations out on your social media platforms.

Take care when choosing someone to care for your dog if you are going away from home or need a dog walker whilst you go to work. Use a reputable company or boarding kennels and check references for people who provide dog or house-sitting services.

If you breed puppies for sale, take details of anyone you are inviting in to view before they arrive, perhaps have a video chat? Try to have two people present from your home whilst viewing takes place and limit the numbers of people you allow in at a time. Show the puppies in one secure area, limit access to other areas of your house or property.

Safety while out walking your dog

Don’t forget to take your mobile phone with you, but don’t be distracted by calls, texting, or listening to music while walking your dog, pay attention to your surroundings.

If possible, walk with a friend.

Beware of strangers asking you questions about your dog.

Vary your times of walks and routes; to avoid dogs being targeted during walks.

If your dog is suspected stolen, it is important to act quickly.

If your dog is missing and you believe it has been stolen, report it to the police on 101 or online report a crime www.essex.police.uk/ . Note the crime reference number provided, and also advise your local authority of the theft. However, if a crime is in progress, don’t hesitate dial 999.

Notify the dog microchip database provider and report the theft to www.doglost.co.uk/ or their Facebook page. They coordinate thefts for each county and offer advice and support. There is no single national missing animal database to report lost dogs so to ensure a widespread appeal consider giving the same information to all of them.

Police do not take reports of lost or found dogs or those that have run off, these should be reported to the local authority and missing animal databases.

Visit places where dog walkers go such as local parks and public places and talk to people, asking them to keep an eye open for your dog.

Make posters and display them in areas local to your home and also in relevant places such as vets, local parks etc. The poster should include a clear photograph and details of the circumstances.

Make sure local vets are aware in case someone takes your dog in for treatment.

Contact local animal shelters and rescue charities and send them posters to display.

Losing a pet due to theft or other reasons is a traumatic event. Blue Cross operates the national Pet Bereavement Support Service which can be contacted on 0800 096 6606 (8.30am – 8.30pm) or by email: pbssmail@bluecross.org.uk

Consider joining Dog Watch run by Essex Police via email stating your home district: – essex.watch.liaison.officers@essex.police.uk

Or see  https://www.essex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/wsi/watch-schemes-initiatives/

Please don’t leave a deposit

Whilst we’re on the subject of dogs, please, please, pick up after your pooch following every deposit. There has been a marked increase in the amount of dog poo left along public footpaths in the village. It’s not acceptable and it detracts from the enjoyment of walking, not to mention being an offence which is punishable by fine if you’re caught neglecting your responsibility as a dog owner.

You can report dog fouling to the council at  https://www.colchester.gov.uk/street-cleaning/#ValidationSummaryEntityFormView

In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.

Household Items Saturday Collection

Saturday 21 August
11 am to 12 noon
Boxted Playing Field Car Park, Cage Lane,

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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