29th April 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 1 May

9.30 am All Age Worship at St Mary’s Langham

6.30 pm Eucharist at St Mary’s Langham

High Voltage!

East Anglia GREEN consultation launch


Pictured: A screenshot from interactive map showing proposed route for overhead pylons through Boxted. Go to https://eastangliagreen.participatr.io/index.php?contentid=27 to view full map

As you may have seen on BBC Look East recently, East Anglia GREEN is a proposal to build a new high voltage network reinforcement between Norwich, Bramford and Tilbury. While our existing high voltage electricity network in East Anglia has been sufficient until today, it doesn’t have the capability needed to reliably and securely transport all the energy that will be connected by 2030 while working to the required standards.

The network reinforcement that East Anglia GREEN will provide would be achieved by the construction and operation of a new 400 kV electricity transmission line over a distance of approximately 180 km and a new 400 kV connection substation.

The reinforcement would comprise mostly overhead line (including pylons and conductors – the ‘line’ part), underground cabling through the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), works at existing substations at Norwich, Bramford and Tilbury and a new 400 kV connection substation in the Tendring district.

East Anglia GREEN will play a vital role in delivering electricity efficiently, reliably, and safely and will support the UK’s move to reduce carbon emissions.

Consultation Events

To support the consultation, East Anglia GREEN Team is holding a series of in-person events and online webinars. The nearest events to Boxted and Langham are:

  • Saturday 7 May, 10am-4pm:
    West Bergholt Orpen Memorial Hall, 45-57 Lexden Rd, West Bergholt CO6 3BG
  • Saturday 28 May, 10am-4pm
    Lawford Venture, Centre, Bromley Road, Lawford, Manningtree CO11 2JE

You can also register for an online session which takes place on:

  • Friday 6 May, 10am covering the proposals in the Babergh, Tendring and Colchester districts


Boxted Village Walk

Meet 10am Saturday 14 May
The Hub/Playing Fields


Pictured: the beautiful oak trees which are a feature of Boxted

The Boxted Biodiversity and Sustainability working group are looking to restart the once popular village walks. The first walk is proposed for Saturday 14 May, meeting at 10am from the Village playing fields/Hub.

For this initial walk a circular route of 3 miles will be planned, including some road walking, but as much offroad footpath walking as possible, returning to the Hub for refreshments. If the idea is popular then it could grow to longer and more frequent walks in future. No pre-commitment required, simply turn up on the day.




St Peter’s Markets Plants

Over 500 plants are for sale in aid of Langham with Boxted Church Funds. Most plants are £1.50 to £3.50 with quantity discounts.

Perennials, English native trees, shrubs, herbs and climbers are available, including:

  • Climbers – Heavy fruiting Old English grape vine, Passion flowers and perennial sweet pea
  • Perennials – Acanthus, Agapanthus, Alchemelia Mollis, Wild Primrose, Wild Bluebell, Foxglove, Chrysanthemum, Aquilegia, Hemerocallis, Iris Sibirica, Bearded Iris, Heuchera, verbena Bonariensis, Chinese Lantern, Soapwort, Michaelmas Daisy, Saxifrage, Sedum, Tradescantia, Feverfew, Penstemon, Hellebore, Perennial Geranium, Erigeron, White Valerian, Astrantia, Japanese Anemone, Dahlia, Holyhock, Helianthus, Lupin, Lychnis Coronaria, Linaria Canon Went and Lots Lots more
  • Herbs – Horseradish, Moroccan Mint, Sorrel, Thyme, Rosemary, and lots more
  • Trees – Oak, Walnut ,Laburnum, Holly

First come first served but all will be done to fulfil requests. Contact Stephen Whybrow on 07801 749575 or email stephenwhybrow@msn.com to order or arrange viewing or visit https://stpetersmarketplace.org/ for more information.


From the Archives …

Boxted Straight Road during the first lockdown in April 2020. There was an eerie quietness surrounding us. Unfortunately, traffic levels have returned to normal now – please be sure to adhere to the speed limit and help to give all residents living along this stretch a better quality of life.


100 attend Band’s Spring concert

Around 100 people attended a Spring concert performed by Boxted Methodist Silver Band at Stoke-by-Nayland Parish Church.

Special guest was soloist Mariam Davina from ITV’s “The Voice” who sang in each half of the programme.

She and the band met last month at the annual Daffodil concert at Methodist Central Hall, London, and she accepted an invitation to come to Suffolk to sing at the Boxted Band’s Spring concert.

Boxted Methodist Silver Band, conducted by Victoria Steinitz, is England’s only surviving Methodist Silver Band. Following the closure of Boxted Methodist Church in July 2019, the Band is now based at Fillpots Garden Centre in Boxted Straight Road.

The Band, formed in 1898, will be celebrating its 125th anniversary next year. It remains committed to its Methodist roots, but it also has a wide repertoire of music from uplifting hymns to film scores and other popular numbers. It has 32 members, from teenagers to the eldest aged 89.

Saturday’s concert was in aid of Band funds. A programme of events in the coming months will include a weekend in September where they will perform twice in Dover Castle, a concert on the Saturday and playing in a church service on the Sunday.


Save our bridge campaign

Here are latest updates and information on the campaign to save Boxted Bridge.

125th Anniversary of the opening of Boxted bridge

28th April 2022 was the 125th anniversary of the opening of Boxted bridge. Read the full article here .

Lucinda de Jasay was invited to talk on BBC Essex Radio about the bridge campaign. Essex Highways was also invited but instead the presenter was asked to read out a statement from Cllr Lee Scott, ECC Portfolio Holder for Highways about Boxted bridge. Read the full article and listen to the interview here .


What’s on in June



Boxted 10K : Sunday 12 June


For further information, go to https://boxted10k.co.uk/


Regulars in Boxted

Tuesdays fortnightly, 2 – 4 pm
Boxted Community Hub
6 games and a weekly raffle.
For more information, call Dot on 01206 272676


Boxted History Group

3rd Wednesday of each month, 7 – 10 pm.
Boxted Village Hall
For further information call 01206 272774


Boxted WI

2nd Tuesday of each month 7.30 – 9,30
Boxted Village Hall

You can find us on Facebook


Art and Craft Club

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


Open Door Cafe

Fridays in term time.
Boxted Village Hall


Bowls club

Every Friday 2 – 4 pm
Boxted Village Hall


Monthly Pencil Art

Saturdays dates are 2-5pm and Mondays are 6-9pm.
Boxted Village Hall

  • Saturday May 14th
  • Monday May 23rd

Contact willowsofdedham@gmail.com for more info


Mobile library

10.10am to 10.40am (Boxted Village Hall car park)

  • 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/


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 at St Peter’s Church. Contact Dominic Sheil 01206 273324

Regulars in Langham

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.



The next meeting on Thursday, 12 May at 7.30 pm, will be a fashion show presented by Bromley & Co. from Ipswich. Non-members are most welcome to attend for a small fee.


Langham Community Cafe


Main Hall of the Community Centre on the last Friday of each month, from 10:30am until midday. All are welcome to join us for coffee/tea and cakes.


Beer and the Bible

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

In the Community


Find out more at www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk


JustGiving for MND
Sunday 22 May

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


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 10K : Sunday 11 September

For further information, go to https://langham10k.co.uk/

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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