2nd October 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.

Boxted Band’s star billing in London

Boxted Methodist Silver Band made such an impression when it played at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster on Sunday 26th September that it has been asked to make a return visit next year.

The Band – the country’s only surviving Methodist Silver Band – provided music for hymns during the morning service at what is regarded by many as the “cathedral” of Methodism in this country. After the service the Band gave a concert.

This was the fourth major public performance by the 30-strong band since the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, following two successful concerts in July and August in Colchester Castle Park and one outside Boxted Village Hall. Further bookings at different venues have been received up to Christmas and into next year.

This is not the first time members have played at an impressive location. Two years ago the Band played in The Queen’s private chapel at Windsor Castle.

The last two years have been challenging for the Band, but it has emerged from the pandemic with a slight increase in the number of players. Members continued to meet informally by zoom on the usual Wednesday practice night and, when regulations allowed, met at Langham Community Centre with covers on their instruments and sitting at a distance from one another.

Colchester Methodist Circuit closed Boxted Methodist Chapel in July 2019, and the Band became homeless when the School Room was sold.

But the Band was determined to play on, retaining the word Methodist in its name. However, because of Covid-19, practice evenings have been few and those that could be held took place at Langham with strict compliance requirements.

Proposed Telecoms Pole

You may remember the article featured a few weeks ago regarding an application to erect a telecoms pole in Boxted. Colchester Borough Council has recently refused this application.

The details can be found here:


Outside drinking water

A drinking fountain has been fitted on the wall at the side of Boxted village hall.

You can now fill your water bottle so you won’t get parched when you’re doing all that exercise!

Church services

Sunday 3 October

9.30 am St Peters Church Boxted

Back to Church Sunday.: This service is especially for people that haven’t been to church for some time and may like to join us for a refresher or maybe come and try it out for the first time.  You will be very welcome.

Diary dates and other items

Mobile library

Thursday 14 October 10.10am to 10.40am
Boxted Village Hall car park

For future mobile library dates go to  https://libraries.essex.gov.uk/mobile-library-service/boxted/boxted-village-hall/

Thursday 14 October 7.30 pm
Langham Community Centre

A fun evening with a quiz and an added surprise. Any ladies wishing to join the group or to come as a guest, please telephone Gill Brown on 01206 273286.

Saturday 16 October 6 pm – 11 pm

Tickets £6 in advance or £10 on the door. Book online at  https://www.tickettailor.com/events/boxtedevents

Quiz night
Saturday 23 October 7pm (for 7.30 start)
Boxted Village Hall

In aid of Boxted and Langham Churches.Tickets £10 each including curry or £7 without curry
Contact Dominic or Linda Shiel 273324 / Jos or John Carter 272755

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!

The Zone for 6-11 year olds 5.30pm-7pm and the Edge for 12-18 year olds 7.30pm-9.00pm. Fortnightly during term time. Contact Dominic Sheil 01206 273324

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

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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