26th 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

Sunday 27 February – 9.30 am Eucharist at St Mary’s Langham

Wednesday 2 March – Ash Wednesday 10am Eucharist at St Mary’s Langham

Sunday 6 March – All – Age Family Worship at St Mary’s Langham.

Can you help?

We understand there are two goats in the village named Bob and Russell. No kidding!

The former MP for Colchester and current Chairman of Boxted Methodist Silver Band, Bob Russell, would love to be photographed with them!

Please respond to us at  newsandevents@boxted.org.uk

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 in 2002

Whilst storms Eunice and Franklin, which have battered the UK in the last few days, leave flooding in their wake we thought it the perfect moment to post this photo taken on 30 December 2002 showing high flooding from the breached river banks by Boxted bridge.

If you wish to follow the updates regarding the petition to save Boxted Bridge, please go to  https://www.change.org/p/essex-county-council-save-our-bridge/f

  • Thursday 2 June, 6.00 to 10.00 pm : Evening Party on the Recreation Ground with live music, food and drink, lighting of the Beacon.
  • Friday 3 June, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm : Langham Gardens Trail, visit gardens around the village.
  • Sunday 5 June, 1.00 to 6.00 pm : Village Picnic Street Party, bring your own picnic, drinks tent, live music, vintage sports, entertainment, funfair rides and more.

These events are supported by Langham Parish Council.

For further details contact langhamcelebrates@gmail.com

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

Boxted WI

2nd Tuesday of each month 7.30 – 9,30

Next meeting:

Tuesday 8 March

Boxted WI invite you to join them at their open meeting on International Women’s Day to celebrate the women of our community and enjoy a relaxed evening of fun and friendship and cake!
If you’ve been wondering whether the WI is for you, this a great opportunity to come and find out a bit more about what we’re planning as we return to face to face meeting. (Suggested donation £3)

You can find us on Facebook

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

Monthly Pencil Art

Contact willowsofdedham@gmail.com for more info

Future dates for pencil art at the village hall are as follows:

Saturdays are 2-5pm and Mondays are 6-9pm.

  • Saturday March 12th
  • Monday March 21st
  • Saturday April 9th
  • Monday April 25th
  • Saturday May 14th
  • Monday May 23rd
  • Saturday June 4th
  • Monday June 20th
  • Saturday July 9th
  • Monday July 25th
  • Saturday August 13th
  • Monday August 22nd
  • Saturday September 10th
  • Monday September 26th
  • Saturday October 8th
  • Monday October 24th
  • Saturday November 12th
  • Monday November 21st

Family quiz night

Saturday 5 March
£8 per head, under 11s free
Contract Dominic or Linda on 01206 273324 or email dominic@poplargs.co.uk

Mobile library

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

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.

At the February meeting Karl Lumbers spoke on the work carried out by Trinity House. The next meeting on Thursday 10 March will be a talk by Amanda Barnes on the “Suffolk Punch Trust”. Any lady who would like to become a member of the club is welcome to join at the monthly meetings in the Community Centre at 7.30 pm every second Thursday in the month.

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

Crafty Ladies

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.

Beer and the Bible

The Shepherd and Dog, Langham
Second Monday of the month, 8pm

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

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