22nd January 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

23 January

9.30 am Eucharist St Peter’s Boxted

Sunday 30 January

10 am United 3 Parishes Service at St Mary’s Langham

This will be a farewell service for Jo Jeffries, the church families worker for the last four years. Anyone who has had contact with Jo in her work in the community is cordially invited to come and say goodbye to Jo and wish her well in her next role.

*** Face coverings must be worn at all services***


Faces of the Village

Doug Harper, who has taken on the lease for the café at Boxted Community Hub.
Doug ran Harper’s Caffé in the town centre until Covid 19 struck when he decided to take a sabbatical until after the pandemic.
He was looking around with a view to set up a business that was part of a community and spotted Boxted Parish Council’s advert which seemed to be what he was looking for.
Doug has hit the ground running providing a range of freshly made food and good coffee and looks forward to meeting residents and visitors alike. He is currently looking to recruit part time staff, preferably with experience in the hospitality industry but training will be given.
Boxted Parish Council has made a planning application for refurbishment of the whole building and yes, the carpet will go!

New Parish Councillor for Boxted

Following the resignation of Cheryl Damen and Heidi Chaplin, Amin Dedhar has been appointed to Boxted Parish Council with immediate effect for the current term.

The second vacancy can be filled by co-option. This will be an agenda item for February when a timetable and the process will be confirmed.

A full list of councillors can be found on the Boxted Parish Council website .


Langham Parish Council minutes

The draft minutes of the 6 January meeting have been posted on the Noticeboard section of the website www.langhamparishcouncil.co.uk The next meeting will be on Wednesday 2 February at 7.30 pm in the Community Centre.


Parking in the Park


As part of the improvements to the King George V Playing Fields, Boxted Parish Council are installing an all weather access track for the overflow parking area. This track will ensure that the overflow car park can be used throughout the entire year, when required. Soil from the excavation of the track will eventually be used for a “Wild Play Mound” as part of the improvements to the children’s playground. Initially this soil will be stored in a heap at the end of the new track until ground conditions improve, at which time it will be transferred across the field to it’s intended location and compacted into a solid mound.

During these works temporary barriers/fencing will be erected to keep the public safe from the building activities. The temporary soil storage mound will also be fenced.


Save our bridge update

BBC Essex interview with Lesley Dolphin

A recent radio interview by presenter Lesley Dolphin has added weight to the Save Our Bridge campaign. Listen to the full interview here .

If you have not already please copy your objections to Essex CC planning to Babergh DC planning who will publish them on their portal unlike Essex CC! Currently there are only 5 comments on Babergh DC portal and we need to see them rolling in by the deadline January 28th. Please forward this to anyone you know! A suggested list of objections is below.

Email planninggreen@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk
Ref DC/22/00050
Give your full name and address

Essex CC Ref CC/COL/106/21 mineralsandwastedm@essex.gov.uk
Ref Ref CC/COL/106/21
Give your full name and address

Link to Essex CC planning application with all documents all mirrored at Babergh DC planning application https://planning.essex.gov.uk/disclaimer.aspx?returnURL=%2fplanningapplication.aspx%3fAppNo%3dCC%2fCOL%2f106%2f21

Further information on the type of comments and objections you can make is available on the Change.org petition update page at https://www.change.org/p/essex-county-council-save-our-bridge?redirect=false


Langham Film Nights

Saturday 22 January

For further details and to books tickets, go to https://www.langhamcommunitycentre.org.uk/next-cinema-screening/



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.


Boxted WI

2nd Tuesday of each month 7.30 – 9,30


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


Mobile library

10.10am to 10.40am (car park)

  • 27 January 2022
  • 17 February 2022
  • 10 March 2022
  • 31 March 2022
  • 21 April 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.


Unfortunately, the proposed talk on “The History of Perrywood Nursery” was cancelled due to Covid. Instead, Andy Schooler kindly came at short notice to give a talk on “The History of Tea”, which was presented in a very humorous and entertaining manner.

The next meeting takes place in the Community Centre on Thursday, 10 February at 7.30 pm at which a talk will be given by Karl Lumbers on “Trinity House”. This event is open to guests who may join us for a fee of £5, including refreshments.

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.


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


Langham Community Café

Friday 28 January, 10.30 am to noon
Langham Community Centre


Next café includes the usual book sale, and is hosted by the Bowls Club.

Tea or coffee and biscuit £1; cake 50p extra.

All welcome.


St Peter’s Markets plants

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.

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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