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Garden centre is Band’s new home
Boxted Methodist Silver Band – whose double unique status is that it is England’s only surviving Methodist band but is not attached to a Methodist church – now has a new home, teaming up with Fillpots Garden Centre in Boxted Straight Road.
The Band became homeless when Colchester Methodist Circuit shut Boxted Methodist Church in 2019 and then sold it along with the Methodist School Room where the Band, formed in 1898, had been based since it was built in 1907.
But the Band was determined to play on. It has retained the word Methodist in its title, but is independent of the Colchester Circuit. Its core values are still that of “playing to the glory of God” which has been the Band’s motto throughout its 123-year existence. Its repertoire is more than just that for Christian worship, and at concerts a wide range of music is played.
Attempts to buy the School Room failed when Covid-19 restrictions stopped all fund-raising.
The prospect of the Band leaving Boxted then became a possibility, although the hope always was that a new home could be found in the village – and that hope has been fulfilled thanks to the generosity of Fillpots Garden Centre where the Band has commenced its regular Wednesday evening rehearsals in the setting of the glazed roof café, prompting some to comment that they are probably the only band in the country that plays in a glass house!
The Band is grateful to the owner of Fillpots, Mr Richard Brann, for making the premises available, thus ensuring the Band remains in Boxted.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic the Band met “virtually” every Wednesday evening, with a handful of performances restricted to just six of the Band’s 30 musicians and these were all outdoors.
When restrictions were eased, several practice evenings were held at Langham Community Centre with musicians spaced apart and with covers on their instruments.
With the lifting of restrictions, the Band has given two concerts in Colchester Castle Park, one outside Boxted Village Hall, and last month played at the morning service in Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, regarded by many as the “cathedral” of Methodism. This was so successful that the Band has been invited to play at a service there next year.
The Band’s membership is a mixture of male and female, with the youngest 15 and the eldest 88. He is John Polley who was aged four when he played the cymbals. He now plays alongside 15-yer-old Erin Stocker, both on the Eb Tuba.
With a new home in Boxted, and with a membership which has remained united despite being made homeless, the Band’s future looks promising with further bookings for the rest of the year and into next year having been confirmed.
Pictured Above: Five members of Boxted Methodist Silver Band outside the Band’s new home at Fillpots Garden Centre in Boxted Straight Road, with owner Mr Richard Brann.
From left to right they are: Vice-President Lindsay Whitered whose grandfather worked at the nursery for 50 years, her sons Reece (16) and Owen (19), Erin Stocker (15), Mr Richard Brann, Band President Mr William Kettle and his son Mark who is a Vice-President, and Sir Bob Russell who is the Band’s Chairman.
Boxted Parish Council meeting
Wednesday 13 October 7.30 pm
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.
Tickets £6 in advance or £10 on the door. Book online at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/boxtedevents
Sunday 10 October
Holy Communion 9.30 am St Mary’s Langham
Pre Christmas crime prevention
Crime Prevention Tactical Officer
Gosh where has the year gone! Christmas stocks are already appearing in the shops, that seems earlier every year. Here is some information which contains some little reminders to reduce the risks of crime on the lead up to Christmas and beyond.
- If you need to store Christmas food and drink, presents and other goodies within garages and outbuildings, ensure what you are storing is out of sight and that the building is securely locked with good quality well fitted locks. Treat your shed to a shed alarm.
- Avoid tempting window shopping burglars; don’t leave presents and valuables on full view in front of a window. Having parcels delivered, may be out, make sure that you make suitable secure delivery arrangements to reduce the risk of theft.
- Whenever leaving the house always ensure that your windows and doors are closed and locked (remember your face covering). Don’t attract burglars to your home by leaving it in darkness; leave lights on timers, perhaps treat yourself to a TV simulator too.
- Lock gates to keep unwanted visitors from getting to the rear of your home.
- When you go to leave the house and find that your car is all iced up, don’t leave it unattended with the engine running to de-ice it. It only takes a second to steal your car and it would invalidate any insurance claim.
- Park safely; look for a Parkmark accredited car park www.parkmark.co.uk/car-park-finder Check that your car is locked before you leave it and don’t leave valuables and gifts on display in your car.
- Whether an evening out or Christmas shopping keep your bags, handbags, wallets and mobile safe. Busy places make it easier for the sneak thief, so be alert at all times.
- A Christmas get together – make sure that you have considered how you are getting home in advance and avoid using unlicensed taxi’s. Ensure you drink responsible, social distance and are aware of your surroundings, whilst keeping your drink and belongings safe. www.suzylamplugh.org/Pages/FAQs/Category/personal-safety
- Watch what you put on social media; check your settings to ensure that you are not broadcasting when you are not at home and the lovely gifts you may have received.
- After Christmas don’t advertise your nice gifts to the thieves by putting the empty boxes out for collection, disguise them, fold them up inside out or put them inside another non-descript box.
- Record your new property free on www.immobilise.com , install tracking and security apps on relevant electrical and computer products.
- Have a Great Christmas and New Year!!
For further crime prevention advice see: www.essex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/ or https://www.securedbydesign.com/guidance/crime-prevention-advice
Diary dates and other items
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/
Boxted History Group
Wednesday 20 October 7.30 pm
(for 8pm start)
Boxted Village Hall
“Looking after VIPs” a talk by Gary Egerton
followed by complimentary refreshments
Visitors always welcome £2
Quiz and curry 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.
- Colchester 01206 282 452/ Clacton 01255 686497
- Email: Digitalaccesssupport@colchester.gov.uk
Langham and Boxted Churches
Boxted Cricket Club
Mobile Library Service
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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