27th 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..

Planning application for a 5G telephone mast

(CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Limited, , Great Brighams Mead,Vastern Road, Reading, RG1 8DJ)

Carter’s Hill, Boxted
Appn No 212314

Application for prior notification of proposed development by telecommunications code systems operators. – 16m high monopole supporting six antennas and two transmissions dishes. four equipment cabinets and development works ancillary thereto.

Submit your comments regarding this proposed development at:  https://www.colchester.gov.uk/planning-app-details/?id=0f42020f-a605-ec11-94ef-0022489c0e3e#ValidationSummaryEntityFormView

Full documentation, including background papers and drawings can be found at:  https://d0cs.colchester.gov.uk/Publisher/mvc/listDocuments?identifier=DC&ref=212314

Eeyore’s birthday party

‘Good company, good music and exceedingly good cakes’ summed up a local fundraising tea party held in July.

Teresa and Stephen Norris invited friends, families and neighbours to their garden to celebrate the birthday of Eeyore, their 25 year old donkey who needed cheering up after losing his soulmate, Thistle, last year.

The guests relaxed in delightful surroundings and toes tapped to an entertaining medley played by the Boxted Buskers, all talented members of the larger Boxted Methodist Silver Band.

Local Artist, Maisy, painted a charming picture of Eeyore which took pride of place as 1st prize in the raffle.

Despite threatening weather, gazebos stayed fast whilst a delicious afternoon tea was served by an army of local volunteers.

The happy revellers rounded off the event with a chorus of Happy Birthday sung to the star of the show, Eeyore the donkey, before dispersing ahead of high winds and heavy showers.

A total of £700 was raised in aid of Suffolk and Essex Small Animal Welfare based in nearby Leavenheath. Most of the assembled company was already well aware of the charity’s activities. Indeed, several had obtained their pets from SESAW and photographer Rebecca completed her work experience at the Centre some years ago.

Sunday 15 August was the first meeting of Langham Ladies since the pandemic started. Instead of an annual summer lunch the group enjoyed a picnic in good weather in the beautiful garden and grounds of Langham Lodge, home of Tricia and Robin Gooding.

The next meeting takes place in the Community Centre on

Thursday, 9 September

at the now earlier start time of 7.30 pm , when Paula Short will give a talk on “The Life of Coco Chanel”. New members are always welcome; anyone wishing to join is invited to turn up on the night or to contact Gill Brown on 01206 273286.

Two updates from Save Our Bridge!

Lucinda de Jasay shares some history on Save Our Bridge!

Read the updates here:

Glengarnock Ironworks Steel Mark on Boxted Bridge, 1897 :

Austin Cambridge Countryman at Boxted Bridge 1960s :

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

Church services

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 …

Here’s a reminder of future events which were published in last week’s newsletter. As clubs and events are now underway again, we will eventually be able to provide all events in chronological order.

Boxted Airfield Museum Open Day

Sunday 29 August, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Village Praise

Sunday 5 September, 3pm
King George Playing Field, Boxted

Ride + Stride

Saturday 11 September
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

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

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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