19th March 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 20 March

9.30 am Eucharist at St Mary’s Langham

4 pm Teatime Family Service St Peter’s Boxted

Boxted Airfield Museum Re-opens

Sunday 27 March 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Langham Lane, Langham CO4 5NW

Come and meet us, we shall be at Colchester Central library on Saturday 19th March 10-4.

For further information, visit  www.boxted-airfield.com

Your local update

Click here to read the latest newsletter from Essex Police, focusing on

  • The work of the Community Policing Team and Local Policing Team
  • Crime trends
  • Crime prevention
  • How you can contact local police

We are stockists for all your store cupboard essentials:  fresh bread, milk, fruit and vegetables, deli products, treats and gifts, wine, beer and spirits, household, DIY, haberdashery, stationery, greetings cards and gift wrap, pet and wild bird food – all sold at reasonable prices.

We also offer:

  • Post Office (Monday am and Thursday pm)
  • Postage stamps are always available
  • Stockists of CBC recycling items      ( voucher required )
  • Reserved newspapers
  • Telephone orders taken for collection
  • Locally sourced produce
  • Filled rolls,  sandwiches,  baguettes and hot drinks to go
  • Danes Dry Cleaning
  • Mimi’s Boutique
  • Chatter and Natter Café mornings, monthly on Wednesdays
  • Heating Oil syndicate
  • Point of contact for the community and local noticeboard
  • Opportunity to join as a volunteer
  • A friendly welcome to all
  • Profits will come back to the Community
  • Large free car park

Please call in to see everything that is available

The Shop is for the local community and needs your support to ensure that we can continue to provide our service

Opening hours:  Mon – Fri  8.45 am – 4 pm,  Sat  8.45 am – 1 pm
Sun and Bank Holidays  9.30 – 11.30 am
Open every day except Christmas Day
School Road, Langham  CO4 5PA                     Tel:  01206 272431

Find us on Facebook   www.langhamcommunityshop.co.uk
Visit our website  langhamcommunityshop.org.uk

Langham Outreach Post Office

is at  Langham Community Shop
Mondays  9 am – 12.30 pm
Thursdays  12.30  – 4 pm

Services include:

  • All Royal Mail postal services for home and abroad including signed for and special delivery
  • Parcel Force 48 Service
  • Health Lottery
  • Mobile phone top ups
  • Foreign currency to order
  • Car Tax
  • Fishing Licences
  • Bill payments via cash, cheque or debit card
  • Banking for most UK banks including cash withdrawals, balances, cash and cheque deposits
  • Mail redirections and Keep Safe
  • One 4 All gift cards

There is a large free car park and everything that Langham Community Shop has to offer as well.

School Road, Langham CO4 5PA     Tel:  01206 272431

email: communityshoplangham@gmail.com       . langhamcommunityshop.org.uk/

The Refill Den

The Refill Den is the first mobile zero-waste refill shop in Essex and offers a host of herbs and spices, cupboard essentials, such as pasta and rice, as well as some natural beauty and home products. Visits Langham Community Centre car park alternate Wednesdays 10.00 am to 12 noon; next visit 30 March. For further details please visit  www.refill-den.co.uk tel. 07479 499149.

 Boxted Methodist Band plays in London

Boxted Methodist Silver Band – England’s only surviving Methodist band – took centre stage at the annual “Daffodil Day Service” held in Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.

The Band played several tunes as the congregation gathered in the huge central hall which is regarded by many as the “cathedral” of Methodism in the UK. During the service itself they played “Your Raise Me Up” and later “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”.

Leading the afternoon’s service was the Rev Tony Miles, Superintendent Minister at Methodist Central Hall, who started his Ministry some 33 years ago at Wimpole Road Methodist Church in Colchester. He performed the formal welcome with Pam Rhodes from BBC Television’s “Songs of Praise”.

The Rev Miles also interviewed the Boxted Band’s Musical Director, Victoria Steinitz, who told the congregation about the challenges the Band had experienced over the past three years with the closure of Boxted Methodist Church, the loss of the School Room which had been the Band’s home for more than 100 years and the challenges of the Covid lock-down.

But she pointed out that, for the 32 members, the future was bright with the Wednesday practice evenings now held at their new base at Fillpots Garden Centre in Boxted Straight Road.

Boxted Methodist Silver Band was formed in 1898. Next year is its 125th anniversary. Numerous events have been booked for this year, including a weekend in September playing at Dover Castle.

Boxted Parish Council

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 

Regulars at Boxted Village Hall

Boxted Village Bingo

Tuesdays 3 – 5 pm  Alternate weeks.

Bingo sessions will be moving to Boxted Community Hub from April.

Day and times to follow.

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

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 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

Mobile library

10.10am to 10.40am (car park)

  • 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

JustGiving for MND

Boxted Runners Ian Raymant and Jim Spurgeon are taking up the challenge to support those living with Motor Neurone Disease. Read Ian’s story and pledge your support at  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-raymant1

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.

7.30 pm every second Thursday in the month.

At the last meeting Ken Stone gave an illustrated talk on the Royal Family. As a Royal photographer, his pictures gave a fascinating insight into the lives of the Royal Family with interesting stories and anecdotes. A total of £360 was raised from the sale of raffle tickets, purchase of cakes and donations, to be forwarded to the DEC Ukrainian appeal. Langham Ladies express their thanks to all who made donations for the raffle.

The next meeting on 14 April will be a talk by Brenda Green, entitled “From Ball of Clay to Pot”, at 7.30 pm in Langham Community Centre .

The Silburys
Saturday 21 April, 7pm
St Peter’s Church

Proceeds in aid of St Peter’s Church Boxted Trust. Tickets £10 available from Stephen Whybrow stephenwhybrow@msn.com or telephone 07801 749575

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.

Jubilee celebrations

.Both Boxted and Langham are organising Platinum Jubilee celebrations this year.

Langham Celebrates is a four–day event from Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 June marking the occasion.

Boxted will celebrate on 5 June from 2pm at King George V Playing Field.

Updates will follow nearer the time.

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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