20th 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..

Faces of the Village

Graham Napier opens new artificial training strip at Boxted Cricket Club

Above: Graham Napier cutting the ribbon, assisted by Graham Pryke

Former Boxted player and Essex legend Graham Napier has formally opened a new training facility at Boxted Cricket club.

Also on hand to cut the ribbon on the new artificial playing surface was Graham Pryke, Cricket Development Manager at Essex Cricket in the Community.

Installation of the new artificial facility was made possible through a combination of a generous donation from Boxted Parish Council, money collected through club fund raising and a grant from the Essex and Southend Sports Trust.

Club Chairman Steve Philpott said:

“The new artificial pitch is a good and consistent surface for youngsters to gain confidence in playing cricket and we also hope that having such a facility in the village will encourage more local people to get involved in the sport”

Above: Graham Napier bowling to Charlie Harris

More Faces of the Village

Happy birthday to Betty

A celebration 90th birthday party was held for Betty Blundell, a past long time resident of Boxted and a member of Boxted Evergreens Club.

Also at the party was Doris Graves, who, until recently, has lived most her life in the village and was also a regular attendant at the club.

The two are old friends but they hadn’t seen one another due to Covid and it was great to see them enjoying each other’s company.

Boxted Silver Band was part of the afternoon entertainment as well as a Steel Band which brightened up an afternoon of heavy rain showers.

Household Items Saturday Collection

Saturday 21 August

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

What we  will  take away:

  • small loads from domestic properties – use this service to dispose of bulky items not normally collected with household waste
  • garden waste to be composted

What we  will not  take away:

Get on Your Bike for Ride and Stride 2021

Saturday 11th September 2021

This annual fundraiser, organised in our area by Friends of Essex Churches Trust, is a good day out with some exercise, for friends and families. Cyclists and walkers get sponsored on their journey from church to church. You can choose your own route and make it as long or short as you like.

Half the money you raise goes to the Trust and half goes to the cyclist/ walker’s chosen church. St Peter’s Boxted and St Mary’s Langham always participate and welcome visitors.

Sponsor forms and full details are available on the Trust’s website friendsofessexchurches.org.uk
For further information or guidance please contact Annette Whybrow on 01206 272773 or annettejwhybrow@gmail.com

For more information on Ride and Stride, visit  https://ridestride.org

Free health checks on your bike

On Thursday the 26th August and 2nd September, Re-cycle will be running a pop up Dr Bike event at the Northern Gateway Sports Park. After that it will move to the Essex University.

You can get your bike checked for FREE along with any minor repairs, such as brake pads/cable, inner tube repair/replacement, chain lubrication.

Come along and see team Re-Cycle at the new Northern Gateway Sports Park in Colchester from 10am – 2.30pm (Northern Gateway Sports Park, Colchester, CO4 5YX Next to Paddy and Scott’s cafe)

No need to book just turn up. (max 30 mins time per bike)

Re-cycle also receives donations of used bikes and donates them to trusted partners in Africa.

Boxted Airfield Museum

Open Day on Sunday 29 August, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Suggested admission donation £4.

For further details contact https://www.boxted-airfield.com/boxted-airfield-museum

Church Street, Boxted

Suspect unknown gained entry to a white Citroen Relay van by drilling out the side door lock. A large quantity of tools were removed.

Unusual Greater Dodder plant flourishing beside Boxted bridge

While we wait for Essex Highways to present their revised bridge drawings and discuss the options to repair or replace we thought you might like to see this photo of an unusual plant living beside the bridge.

Greater Dodder (Cuscuta europaea) feeds parasitically, primarily on stinging nettle and hop. It likes to be near water, is decreasing in occurrence and is found locally in England south of Peterborough. It is not common and really quite rare.


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

Cleaners needed for St. Mary’s

A small team of 2 or 3 volunteer cleaners are needed on a fortnightly basis for just 2 hours.

All cleaning equipment is provided at the church. If a little time can be spared to help keep the church clean for the benefit of all please contact Gill Flack on 01206 322999 or 07751 456654

Church services

Everyone is pleased that happy occasions such as Baptisms can now be held in church with fewer restrictions on numbers attending.

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.

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/

The shop has now joined a “chatty café” scheme. It is running this project every Thursday 10.00 am to 12 noon, when all are welcome at the Chatter and Natter table outside the shop. To find out more about the scheme go to thechattycafesscheme.co.uk

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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