4th September 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.

Invitation To All

Sunday 5 September
King George Playing Field, Boxted

This is a totally free event.

However, there will be an opportunity to make a monetary donation to Refugee Action, Colchester, to help families from Afghanistan who are coming to live in our area.


Tuesday 7 September
Boxted Village Hall

Parish Council meeting

Wednesday 8 September 7:30pm
Boxted Village Hall

Download the agenda here .

Nayland Choir

Thursday 9 September
Nayland School

7.50pm for an 8.00pm start, until 10.00pm.

Thursday 9 September
Langham Community Centre

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.

Open Door Cafe

Friday 10 September
Boxted Village Hall

Indoor carpet bowls

Friday 10 September
Boxted Village Hall

The benefits of indoor bowls:

  • Great exercise – not too strenuous
  • All weather indoor game
  • Sociable – be part of a team
  • Fun to do
  • Improves hand eye coordination and strengthens muscle tone, helps prevent depression and anxiety and promotes healthy sleep patterns

Please contact Christina Lawrence on 01206 272654 for more information

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

Church services

Church services for September

Sunday 5 September:
9.30am  Gathered All Age Worship – St Mary’s Langham

Sunday 12 September:
9.30am Gathered Eucharist – St Peter’s Boxted

Sunday 19 September:
9.30am  Gathered Eucharist – St Mary’s Langham
4pm Gathered D.E.E.PService – St Peter’s Boxted

Sunday 26 September:
9.30am Gathered Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist – 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.

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.

Save Our Bridge!

(Photograph taken of Queen Victoria taken on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee, 1897)

Events during 1897, the year Boxted Bridge was built

  • 10 April Aston Villa F.C. win the FA Cup with a 3–2 win over Everton in the final at Crystal Palace.
  • 28 April Boxted Bridge, built by George Double, opens for traffic.
  • 13 May Guglielmo Marconi sends the first ever wireless communication over open sea when the message “Are you ready” is transmitted across the Bristol Channel from Lavernock Point in South Wales to Flat Holm Island, a distance of 3.7 miles.
  • 26 May 1897 Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula published.
  • 22 June Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee
  • 21 July Tate Gallery opens in London
  • 19 August Bersey electric cabs, the first horseless taxicabs, begin operating in London.
  • 31 August Thomas Edison is granted a patent for the Kinetoscope, a precursor of the movie projector.
  • The Weaver building, a mill at Swansea, becomes the first building in the UK to be constructed in 1897 from reinforced concrete, by L. G. Mouchel to Hennebique patents.

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

In brief …

Beer and Hymns takes place on Saturday 18 September at 7pm-10pm. St Peter’s Church, Boxted. Tickets £7.

The Art and Craft Club has restarted, meeting once a month on the third Wednesday of each month, 2-4pm at Boxted Village Hall. All welcome – come and join in!

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

Boxted WI on Facebook
Boxted WI on Twitter
Boxted Airfield Historical Group
Langham Community Centre
Langham Community Shop
Langham Village Website
Langham Parish Council
2nd Langham Scouts
Dedham Vale & Stour Valley ANOB
Essex County Council’s PROW Interactive map
Colchester District Neighbourhood Watch

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