4th December 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 5 December

9.30 All Age Service St Peter’s, Boxted

3 pm Advent Carols with Boxted Silver Methodist Band at Boxted Village Hall

England’s only Methodist Silver Band has 20 bookings for December

Boxted Methodist Silver Band – England’s only surviving Methodist silver band – has a busy schedule for December with 20 performances listed.

They range from church services to village hall gatherings, and from doorstep playing in different residential areas of Boxted to a performance in the rear yard of Colchester Fire Station.

The Band has 30 members. The full band will not be playing at all 20 listed dates. Most will comprise fewer musicians, with the various dates shared out amongst members but with the importance that the range of instruments is maintained to give the required musical balance.

Boxted Dates

  • Sunday 5  there will be a performance at 4pm outside Boxted Village Hall.
  • Tuesday 7 members will play at the Band’s new headquarters in Boxted, Fillpots Garden Centre in Straight Road, at 3pm in support of St Helena Hospice.
  • Sunday 12 – 11am – Fillpots Garden Centre, Boxted Straight Road
  • Sunday 12 – 1pm – Fillpots, and then crossing to the other side of Straight Road to Fred Smith’s Christmas Trees
  • Monday 13 – 7pm – St Peter’s Church porch, Boxted
  • Thursday 16 – 6pm – Tour parts of Boxted, with carol singers (School area, then Mill Road/Windmill Close)
  • Monday 20 – 7pm – Tour parts of Boxted (Hobbs Drive area)
  • Tuesday 21 – 7pm – Tour parts of Boxted (Hill Farm Estate area)
  • Thursday 23 – 7pm – Boxted Cross area
  • Christmas Eve – 7pm – general tour of several locations in Boxted

In October, Boxted Parish Council formed a volunteer-led Biodiversity and Sustainability working group.

This group has now met twice and is establishing how it can focus its efforts to achieve the aims of enhancing biodiversity in Boxted and its surrounding area as well as promoting sustainability and contributing to national carbon reduction goals.

The first project is to smarten up Boxted’s Village Green, planting bulbs ready for Spring 2022, so starting to bring the countryside into the village. Boxted residents may have noticed a flurry of gardening activity on the grassed area in front of the new housing development by Carter’s Hill.

Plans are well underway to transform it into a beautiful open space for everyone to enjoy – with planted areas to encourage insects and birds to return to the heart of the village, as well as plenty of space for people to sit, walk and enjoy the new surroundings.

Members of Boxted’s Biodiversity & Sustainability Group have chosen bulbs and wildflowers for Spring, which they are busy planting – and have further plans for more species to be added to continue the flowering throughout the year.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the inspiration for the Village Green Project, then please read the blog

The group is still open to more volunteers whether to attend the meetings or just to volunteer in working groups in the new year. Keep an eye out for advertised events.

Please contact Jonathan Hunt for further information : cllr.hunt@boxtedparishcouncil.org.uk

It’s all happening on the 5th …

There’s a plethora of events for you to enjoy on Sunday 5th December. Here’s a round-up of what’s on:

Langham Winter Market
Langham Community Centre Car Park
10am – 2pm


Fundraising for SESAW
Langham Community Centre


Boxted Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Boxted Village Hall, 2pm


Boxted Christmas Fair
Boxted Village Hall, 2pm

Natter and Chatter

Thursday 9 December, 9.30-11.30am
Langham Community Centre

Diary dates and other items

Boxted Bingo
Tuesday 14 December, 3pm
Boxted Village Hall

Carpet Bowls

Every Friday, 2pm
Boxted Village Hall

Tuesday 14 December, 7.30pm
Boxted Village Hall
‘Festive Food’

All welcome.

Mobile library

Thursday 16 December 10.10am to 10.40am
Boxted Village Hall car park

Future dates:

  • 06 January 2022
  • 27 January 2022
  • 17 February 2022
  • 10 March 2022

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

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.

Langham Community Shop
Christmas opening times

Christmas Eve 8.45m – 1.30pm
Christmas Day closed
Boxing Day 9.30am – 11.30am
Monday 27th December 9.30am – 11.30am
Tuesday 28th December 9.30am – 11.30am
Wednesday 29th December 8.45am – 4pm
Thursday 30th December 8.45am – 4pm
New Year’s Eve 8.45am – 1.30pm
New Year’s Day 8.30am – 1pm
Sunday 2nd January 9.30am – 11.30am

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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