Village News and Events
in Boxted and Langham
Welcome to the latest newsletter.
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Boxted Churchyard Project
Saturday 19 February
One of the main tasks in maintaining the churchyard is removing ivy which eats away at everything it grows on.
If you wish to be involved in this project, please contact Stephen Whybrow on 01206 272773 or email email@example.com
Sunday 20 February
9.30 am The Eucharist at St Peter’s, Boxted
4 pm Teatime Family Service at St Peter’s, Boxted
Sunday 27 February
9.30 am Eucharist at St Mary’s Langham
Snowman? No man!
A photo from the village history archives taken some years ago in St Peter’s churchyard, reveals a case of mistaken identity! First glance shows us a jolly smiling snowman. The reality check reveals it to be a snow covered headstone sculpted by the wind. Thanks to Annette Whybrow, Boxted’s History Archivist for sharing..
Annette is always pleased to receive any photos, documents etc to add to the archives. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Boxted Parish Council Vacancy
Are you interested in getting involved in grass roots decisions and making a real difference to your community? If so, and you meet the eligibility criteria, why not consider standing for co-option onto Boxted Parish Council?
We currently have a vacancy and are looking a Councillor to join.
Information is available on
Written applications need to be made by 28th March 2022
Boxted Bridge campaign highlights wider issues
Intrepid countryside couple Barbara and Kevin recently undertook a tour of troublesome hotspots in an effort to highlight to Essex Highways some of the issues in and around our village.
Barbara and Kevin’s escapades highlight the lack of regular basic road maintenance, such as potholes and flood erosion in the surrounding area to Boxted bridge, which road users in the rural north of Essex and the AONB have to navigate on a daily basis.
Repairs to the neglected four ‘substandard bridges’ over culverts by Boxted bridge – where two of the couple’s incidents took place – are not included in the proposed bridge replacement scheme.
Unlike the heroine of the melodrama silent film series ‘ The Perils of Pauline ’ (William Randolph Hearst, 1914) who actively sought adventure, Barbara and Kevin would far rather their pennies were spent on fixing these basic highways issues than bank roll the eye watering cost (at least £1million) of the proposed bridge replacement.
Above: Barbara and Kevin get tangled up in the out of control ivy on substandard bridge structure 271 Lower Farm Road, Boxted
Above: Barbara uses life-saving discarded drinks can to paddle ashore in a pot hole, Sky Hall Hill, 160 cm long x 50 cm wide x 15 cm deep
Above: Kevin rescues his beloved after she slips and falls at the eroded and dangerous bank at The Causeway, Lower Farm Road, Boxted
If you wish to report a pothole, eroded road surface or any other maintenance issue which you feel should be inspected by Essex Highways, head to the ‘Tell Us’ page on their website: https://www.essexhighways.org/tell-us
Update on objections to Essex Highways planning application Boxted bridge
Keep up to date with all the latest developments on the updates page at Change.org .
Thank you to everyone who has written to object to Essex Highways planning application to demolish Boxted bridge and replace it with a replacement bridge on a much wider footprint. 70 comments have been received by Babergh DC, 68 objecting and 1 supporting! 21 ‘robust representations’ were sent by members of the public raising objections to the proposals to Colchester DC.
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.
For further information call 01206 272774
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.
Every Friday 2 – 4 pm
Monthly Pencil Art
Saturday 28 February, 6-9pm
Contact email@example.com for more info
Family quiz night
Saturday 5 March
£8 per head, under 11s free
Contract Dominic or Linda on 01206 273324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
10.10am to 10.40am (car park)
- 10 March 2022
- 31 March 2022
- 21 April 2022
- 12 May 2022
- 02 June 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.
Langham Film Nights
Saturday 19 February
Langham Community Centre
Click here for ticket information
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
Meet on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the year, 10.00 am to 3.00 pm at Langham Community Centre; subscription £26 due March and September. Contact Chrissy Todd on 07742 131454
2nd Langham Scout Group
Meetings are held each Wednesday evening at Langham Community Centre. Beavers, 5.00 to 6.15 pm; Cubs, 6.15 to 7.30 pm; Scouts, 7.30 to 9.00 pm. Further details from Group Scout Leader Denise Hobday on 01206 230918.
St Peter’s Markets plants
Early Spring Special Offers:
- Primroses, Snowdrops and Sweet Rocket Plants – 3 for £4
- Mature Asparagus Plants in pots – 3 for £5
- Jerusalem Artichokes for planting – 10 for £4
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.
- Colchester 01206 282 452/ Clacton 01255 686497
- Email: Digitalaccesssupport@colchester.gov.uk
Beer and the Bible
The Shepherd and Dog, Langham
Second Monday of the month, 8pm
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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