30th 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. 

Last minute reminder …

Household drop-off service

  • Saturday 30 July, 8.00am to 9.15am 
    Langham Community Centre car park
  • Saturday 30 July, 11am to 12 noon 
    King George Playing Field car park, Cage Lane, Boxted

Church services

Sunday 31 July 

10 am United Service: St Peter’s Boxted

Save our bridge!

Boxted Parish Council request that Boxted Bridge planning application be withdrawn

Click here to read Boxted Parish Council’s letter to Cllr Lee Scott and Essex Highways requesting that the Boxted Bridge planning application CC/COL/106/21 be withdrawn. 

Save Boxted Bridge campaigner Lucinda de Jasay writes: 

“Whilst cycling over Cat and Mutton bridge, Broadway Market, Hackney, in London I was struck by the sight of two people straining to look over the parapet at the view down onto Regent’s Canal. I happened to have a measuring tape with me; the bridge parapet height was 147 cms, just short of the 150 cm central parapet height proposed in Essex Highways’ planning application design for a replacement superstructure Boxted bridge. Here then is a convenient visual to imagine their proposed visitor experience! 

“It is no coincidence that in 1897 bridge builder George Double designed the parapet of Boxted Bridge 130 cm high, the perfect height to safely lean on and enjoy maximum views of the river in it’s idyllic rural setting whilst creating a gently pleasing arched span on the sides.


Full information on the Save Boxted Bridge campaign can be found on Change.Org 


New dog waste bin


At the request of residents, Boxted Parish Council has arranged for a dog waste bin to be installed by Colchester Borough Council at the end of Harwich Lines. 

Boxted Parish Council will be paying an annual charge of £400 to have it regularly emptied. Please carry your full doggie bags with you to deposit into the bin – don’t leave them littering the footpath to collect and dispose of later. It’s an unpleasant hazard and spoils the enjoyment of those using the footpaths. 

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

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 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/ 

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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