13th November 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.

Church services

Sunday 14 November

  • 9.30 am St Mary’s Langham. Service of Remembrance
  • 10.40 St Peter’s, Boxted. Service of Remembrance with the Silver Band

Boxted Bingo

Tuesday 16 November, 3pm – 5pm
Boxted Village Hall

Langham Film Nights

Saturday 20 November, 7.45pm
Langham Community Centre

Tickets £4.50. Available from Langham Community Shop or online at https://www.langhamcommunitycentre.org.uk

Doing the Ditches

Recent work carried out on an overgrown and neglected ditch exposed a buried drainage pipe which should now run freely in times of heavy rain.

Designs for the new Boxted Bridge underway

Essex Highways Structures are intending to submit a planning application on 19 November for a replacement bridge. Once lodged with the planners residents and other interested parties will have an opportunity to comment on the application.

Here is the latest press release from Essex Highways Structures:

Proposals for a replacement bridge in Boxted will soon be published, following detailed surveys and investigations by highways engineers.

The new bridge is expected to be visually very similar to the existing Boxted Bridge, while complying with current standards and safety for road users and nearby private properties.

Boxted Bridge carries Wick Road and Lower Farm Road over the River Stour on the Essex/Suffolk border and is known to be in a weak condition.

Options to improve the existing structure have been carefully considered and Essex Highway’s recommendation to replace the bridge was independently verified by experts earlier this year.

Engineers have also taken on board feedback from Boxted Parish Council to retain the trapezoidal view of the bridge and to establish whether the junction alignment could be improved.

As a result, further road alignment surveys and structural analysis have been carried out as the trapezoidal plan, with the carriageway being wider on the south of the structure in comparison to the north, requires a thicker bridge deck.

Essex Highways is now working to a revised scope to reduce the soffit level of the bridge while allowing a road alignment that does not affect access to the properties north or south of the structure. Options that would negatively impact a nearby property’s access have been ruled out.

A change to the bridge deck type has also been considered to help alleviate the impact to the waterway by reducing the overall size of the deck. Investigations into this continue.

Progress to date has been shared on the Boxted Bridge webpage. Drawings will also become available in the coming months and formal comments can be made via the planning portal during the planning process.

Essex Highways remains committed to proposing the best long-term solution for the crossing point and for the rural community it serves.

View the general layout plan for the bridge here (pdf)

Updates on the scheme will be provided on the Boxted Bridge webpage at: https://www.essexhighways.org/highway-schemes-and-developments/highway-schemes/colchester-schemes/boxted-bridge-wick-road-boxted-colchester.

Stephen Armson-Smith
Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor
Essex Police

A cycle for Christmas – consider the security

Cycle security is always an issue with many being stolen from locations including the town centre, residential areas, and educational establishments. Commonly cycles are not secured properly. Don’t make it easy for thieves:

1. Double lock it – using two locks slows thieves down and makes your bike less of a target. Use two quality locks, at least one of which is a D-lock. Thieves are less likely to carry multiple tools, so use two different types of lock if possible.

2. Lock the lot – lock the frame and both wheels to a secure cycle stand.

3. Secure it – secure your bike as close to the stand as possible to give any thieves little or no room to manoeuvre.

4. Take removable parts with you – Take parts that are easy to remove with you, such as wheels, lights, baskets, or the saddle. Or use locking skewers or nuts which can increase security by securing the bike’s components to the frame permanently.

5. Park securely – Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking. It should be well lit, overlooked and covered by CCTV.

Where do they go?
Number of places: – locally, in a container abroad, to another part of the country, stored in premises for later sale or sold as either a cycle or cycle parts via the internet, or third parties.

By taking some appropriate precautions and using good quality security products, and using them well, should help you to keep your property safe. Use the best security you can afford. Don’t secure a £2,000 bicycle with a £10-£20 lock! As a guide look to spend 10-15% of the value of the item on its security. Look for a “Sold Secure” certified chain and padlock or “D – Lock” preferably gold rated but certainly not below silver.

Make a note of the frame number, security mark the cycle, there are a number of different methods available such as www.datatag.co.uk, www.bikeregister.com, (others are available and can be found on the Secured by Design website below) and you can register property including cycles free of charge at www.immobilise.com . Take a photograph of the cycle and any areas of damage or marks of identification, some insurance companies may require one with the owner in the picture with it.

Don’t forget at home:

1. don’t leave garage doors open for long periods showing your expensive cycle and other property.

2. consider a “Ground anchor” or “Shed shackle” within your shed or garage to secure your cycle to.

3. look at your shed or garages security and ensure you have good locks and that the hinges are protected.

4. consider a shed alarm.

Check with your insurance company to see what security standards they require for your insurance cover to be valid.

For suitable security products see www.securedbydesign.com or www.soldsecure.com .
For further advice see: https://www.essex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-vehicles-safe/how-safe-is-your-bike/, https://www.securedbydesign.com/guidance/crime-prevention-advice/bike-security and https://securityforbikes.com/bicycle-security-advice.php

Diary dates and other items

Operation Christmas Child

All the dates and various collection points for packed shoeboxes are published in the November copy of the Parish Magazine.

A packing party will take place at St Peter’s Boxted on Sunday 21 November and all are welcome to join in. Boxes can also be packed online at: https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/follow-your-box-donation/

If you would like to find out more please contact Tim Clarke on 07792 060597 or email timclarkie03@gmail.com

Nayland Choir presents
music by Vivaldi,
Batten, Bach, Albinoni

Sunday 21 November, 4pm
St James’ Church, Nayland

Tickets £10 (under 16s free) 07810 275936 or Nayland Post Office or visit https://naylandevents.org/

Free webinar for parents and carers
Understand more about County Lines in Essex
Tuesday 23 November, 7pm – 8pm

Register at https://essexwebinar.eventbrite.com

Mobile library

Thursday 25 November 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/

Jack and the Boxted Beanstalk

Saturday 27 November, 4pm and 7pm
Boxted Village Hall

Buy tickets:
Buytickets.at/boxtedevents (for matinee performance)
Buytickets.at/boxtedevents (for evening performance)

Tuesday 14 December, 7.30pm
Boxted Village Hall

‘Festive Food’

All welcome.

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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