5th February 2022

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

The photo of St Peter’s was taken on the 8 February 2021 when we were gripped by snow.

Sunday 6 February

9.30 am All Age Worship Service, St Peter’s Church, Boxted

Sunday 13 February

9.30 Eucharist at St Mary’s Langham


Lovely late afternoon skies in our area this week.

New Planning Consultation

Application No 220148

Colchester Borough Council has submitted plans for the development of the garage site behind Cross Cottages in Boxted. To view the proposed development, go to  https://www.colchester.gov.uk/wampd/?id=220148

Methodist band’s all-day workshop

Boxted Methodist Silver Band – England’s only surviving Methodist Silver Band – held an all-day workshop on Sunday as preparations began for a busy year ahead, which will include a weekend playing at Dover Castle and a repeat visit to Methodist Central Hall in London.

A dozen bookings for 2022 have already been confirmed, with others certain to follow based on past years and thanks to the Band’s growing reputation.

Sunday’s workshop was held in Nayland Village Hall. Nayland is one of half-a-dozen villages in the area which supports the Band with invitations to church services and other village events. The Band also plays in Colchester.

Boxted Methodist Silver Band has 34 members, with ages ranging from 14 to 89. It was formed in 1898. Following the closure of Boxted Methodist Church in 2019 it is now based at Fillpots Garden Centre in Boxted Straight Road.

Pipeline improvement

Anglia Water has an update on the proposed pipeline between Bury St Edmunds and Colchester.

The will come through Boxted.

The Strategic Pipelines Team writes:

“It is part of a huge, interconnecting network which will help combat the impact of climate change and keep fresh, clean water flowing across our region. The total investment will be about £400 million and, once complete, our new pipelines will be longer than any UK motorway.

“Locally, it will increase reliability and reduce the number of homes and businesses which currently rely on a single pipeline.
“So far, we submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Opinion request to the local planning authorities at the beginning of December 2021 and have since been preparing an Environmental Statement which will report the findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment. This will be submitted as part of an application for full planning permission for the proposed scheme (due late Summer / early Autumn)
“We have also been liaising with landowners along the proposed route and keeping them informed of our plans.
“What’s happening next?  We are presently undertaking some ground investigation work within the proposed pipeline route area to check ground conditions, areas of archaeological interest and also conducting further ecological surveys. The results from our findings will inform us of the route to take.
In a few months we will be holding a virtual event for this route where we will share further information such as the preferred route and construction techniques. Further details will follow very soon.
“We’d be very happy to share more detail on our plans with you and we would gladly answer any questions via email, letters, conference and telephone calls.
“You can contact us via our Customer Centre, call us on 03457 145145, quoting Ref 58330696 or email StrategicPipelines@anglianwater.co.uk if you have any questions or comments.

Download the pdf which shows the full pipeline plans . Pages 20-22 are relevant to our area.

Save our bridge update

Three updates this week. Click on each photo to read the update:

Further information on the type of comments and objections you can make is available on the Change.org petition update page at  https://www.change.org/p/essex-county-council-save-our-bridge?redirect=false

The closing date for objections on the replacement bridge was Friday January 28. However, if residents wish to lobby all the Essex County Councillors who sit on the Development and Regulation Committee (which is ECC’s planning committee), CLICK HERE TO ACCESS EACH MEMBER’S CONTACT DETAILS (select the ‘Members’ tab).

Regulars at Boxted Village Hall

Boxted Village Bingo

Tuesdays 3 – 5 pm  Alternate weeks.

Boxted History Group

3rd Wednesday of each month,  7 – 10 pm.

Boxted WI

2nd Tuesday of each month 7.30 – 9,30

Art and Craft Club

1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month 2 – 4 pm

Open Door Cafe

Fridays in term time.

Bowls club

Every Friday 2 – 4 pm

Mobile library

10.10am to 10.40am (car park)

  • 17 February 2022
  • 10 March 2022
  • 31 March 2022
  • 21 April 2022

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

Regulars in the Community

Langham Community Centre

The Langham Community Centre hosts a wide range of regular clubs and unique activities. Many of these groups would welcome new members, so don’t hesitate to browse the ‘Activities’ page  on the website or see the Facebook page to find out more.

If you have an idea for a new club or event, please contact Sue Armstrong by calling 07741 284132 or emailing LanghamCC@gmail.com to further discuss your idea.

Thursday, 10 February at 7.30 pm

A talk will be given by Karl Lumbers on “Trinity House”.  This event is open to guests who may join us for a fee of £5, including refreshments.

Membership is now due for all existing members and anyone wishing to join. Details of all the forthcoming events, including excursions, may be obtained from Gillian Brown on 01206 273286.

The Edge & The Zone

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

Online village plant sale 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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