9th July 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 10 July 

  • The Eucharist 
    9:30 am – 10:30 am, St Peter’s Church Boxted

Sunday 17 July:

  • The Eucharist 
    9:30 am – 10:30 am, St Mary’s Church Langham
  • Tea Time Family Service 
    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, St Peter’s Church Boxted

Sunday 24 July

  • The Eucharist 
    9:30 am – 10:30 am, St Peter’s Church Boxted

Heads-up on road repairs

(info taken from Cllr Lewis Barber’s Facebook feed) 


Repairs to Langham Road will take place 11th July to 20th July. The road will be closed during this period. Access will remain to properties and businesses though. 

These repairs follow earlier works to Langham Lane and Severalls Lane in the area. 

Recycling bags – a delivery at last!


If you’re wondering when Colchester Council will begin the clear recycling bag delivery across Colchester, it will be starting from Monday 11 July. 

If you need more clear bags, or other recycling containers, before then, you can order them on our website here and collect from a local stockist: 

Meeting Wednesday 13 July, 7.30pm 
Boxted Village Hall

The meeting is open to the public to observe their council in operation. In addition a 15 minute Public Open Forum is a standing item on the agenda to enable the public to ask questions or make statements. 

No August meeting is scheduled but resumes on Wednesday 14 September at 7.30pm. Keep up to date with Parish Council meetings, minutes and agendas here 

Dog fouling in Boxted Village

There is currently a large problem with dog fouling along ‘Piggy Path’, which runs from Church Lane to ‘Little Church House’. Village residents have also seen several piles of dog faeces between Boxted Hall and Little Church House as well as the footpaths which run through farmland. It really is disgusting, and it seems to be getting worse. 

There are several dog poo bins located in King George Playing Field and also one outside the Royal British Legion on Straight Road. If you are not near a bin, please consider carrying a small shoulder bag to carry your dog’s (wrapped up) deposit in and take it home to flush down the loo if necessary. Not picking up is considered antisocial behaviour and carries a £100 fine. 

One resident is going to report the problem to Colchester Borough Council. If you are also fed up with the lack of responsibility of some local dog owners, you can report incidents of dog fouling at https://www.colchester.gov.uk/environmental-protection/report-dog-fouling/ . Let’s all do our part in keeping the countryside free from doggy poo. 

Methodist Band’s busy programme

Above: Seven members of Boxted Methodist Silver Band played at Boxted Primary School’s Fete last Saturday (1st July) 

Boxted Methodist Silver Band – England’s only surviving Methodist silver band – gave four performances during June and has started July with two more.

Those in June were jubilee events at Great Bentley, Boxford in Suffolk and in Boxted plus at a strawberry tea at St Peter’s Church, Boxted. 

Several members of the band played at Boxted School Fete last Friday, and on Saturday evening the full band gave a concert at Great Bentley Methodist Church to coincide with a flower festival. At the end of the month they will be playing at a service at St Cedd’s Church, Polstead. 

On Sunday August 14 the band will be performing in Colchester Castle Park, 3pm at the bandstand. Boxted Methodist Church was closed by Colchester Methodist Circuit in July 2019, but the band was determined to play on. Its headquarters is now Fillpots Garden Centre in Boxted Straight Road. The band has 32 members, including four teenagers, with the oldest member aged 89. 

Langham Film Nights

Saturday 16 July 
Langham Community Centre


Doors open from 7.00pm. Film starts at 7.45pm. 
Licensed Bar; Teas & Coffees; Ice Creams at interval. 
Tickets on the door on the night @ £5.50 each. 
Tickets available in advance @ £5.00 each in the Langham Community Shop or online via Debit/Credit Card – buy tickets here! 

Regulars in Boxted

Did you know there is an events calendar for Boxted Village Hall on the Boxted Village Website. Click here to view the calendar 

Boxted Royal British Legion


Check out the latest events on the RBL Facebook page 

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 
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

  • Saturday 9 July, 2-5pm
  • Monday 25 July, 6-9pm

Boxted Village Hall 
Contact willowsofdedham@gmail.com for more info 

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. 

Langham Ladies meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:30pm – 10:00pm at Langham Community Centre. Contact Gill Brown on 01206 273286 or Tricia Gooding on 01206 230510 

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

Green Energy Consultation


For further information on what’s going on with the National Grid Green Energy Project, please visit https://boxtedparishcouncil.org.uk/national-grid-green-energy-project/ 

A petition has been set up to ‘SAY NO TO 180km of Essex Suffolk Norfolk pylons’ and is asking the Government to look realistically to the green future and build a strategic offshore grid instead. You can find the petition at www.pylonseastanglia.co.uk or you can write to local MP Sir Bernard Jenkin – bernard.jenkin.mp@parliament.uk who is chair of OffSET (the Off-Shore Electricity Grid Task Force). 

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. 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. 

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.

Mobile library

10.10am to 10.40am 
Boxted Village Hall car park


Thursday 14 July 
Thursday 04 August 
Thursday 25 August 
Thursday 15 September 

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

Household Drop-off service 
Saturday 30 July, 8.00 to 9.15 am 
Langham Community Centre car park

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 

Little Owls Pre-School 
Langham and Boxted Churches 
Boxted Cricket Club 
Mobile Library Service 
Boxted Runners 
Boxted 10K 
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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