5th September 2020

Village News and Events

in Boxted and Langham


Welcome to this week’s newsletter.

If you wish to have an item included in this newsletter, please email us at boxtedvillagenews@gmail.com by Thursday 5pm at the latest. Thank you.

Stay safe everyone.


Boxted Parish Council

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 9 September at 7.30 pm via Zoom technology.

Download the agenda here

Any member of the public who wishes to join the meeting can find the link on the agenda above or email the Clerk, Karen Thompson boxtedparishcouncil@gmmail.com who will be able to provide a link.

It is envisaged that Parish Council meetings will carry on via Zoom technology for the foreseeable future.


Schools are back!

As teachers welcome back pupils, life starts to look ‘normal’ again. We thought you might like to read the last newsletter from Boxted St Peter’s primary school, published at the end of last term.

Click here to view the newsletter


The school bus in 1978

Photo courtesy of Peter Gant, past resident and village archivist,

The Great British September Clean

Pledge to pick for the Great British September Clean

Make a difference to the environment in your local area by joining the national campaign, 11-27 September 2020.

  1. Organise a private clean-up with up to five other family and friends.
  2. Pledge to do your own individual clean-up, you can give as little as 15 minutes to the campaign.

Click here to find out more


Langham with Boxted monthly newsletter

During the current Coronavirus lockdown, there will be no printed copy of this newsletter. If you have friends or neighbours who use email, but may not be aware of this electronic newsletter distribution, please mention it to them. (At present we have 145 registered email subscribers, so many villagers will not be receiving a Parish Newsletter at the moment).

Download the September issue of the newsletter here

Subscribe to receive monthly newsletter here


Church services

This Sunday there will be a gathering at St Mary’s West Bergholt for the 10am Communion Service with Rev’d John Chandler. Should you wish to attend in person please could you let Janine know by Saturday lunchtime so that the seating arrangement can be sorted in advance. Contact 01206 243683 or email lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com

Topic: Sunday Service
Time: Sep 6, 2020 09:50 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84371762602?pwd=bHFaOWlleUwwZXpJZS9FcW43TG0xUT09

Meeting ID: 843 7176 2602
Passcode: 334315

Holy Communion services will now be held at 8 am on the second Sunday of the month in Boxted and the third Sunday of the month in Langham.

Boxted: September 13

Langham: September 20

Download the service sheet here

Should you require prayer please contact Revd Mandy Elmes via email lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com.

Sunday services are on theLangham and Boxted Church Website for all to view under Streamed Services. https://lb-churches.co.uk/streamed-services/ They will be uploaded on Sunday afternoons for as long as services are streamed.

Download the services booklet here

Daily Hope – a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. Available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 has been set up for those unable to join in online church services during the period of restrictions.Click here for further details.

Heating oil and the illusion of occupancy

Stephen Armson-Smith
Crime Prevention Tactical Officer
Essex Police

Heating Oil

As it comes to the time when you are thinking about topping up your heating oil tank for winter, with the value of fuel it is worth considering its security.

In the more isolated parts of the countryside it is primarily domestic properties that have been targeted by the heating oil thieves, but we have also seen such thefts at farms and other businesses.

There are several security devices available that will protect your fuel supplies – details of which can be found via your fuel supplier or local plumber’s merchant. One such system is Tank Commander which has “Secured by Design” accreditation . Products like this will detect a dramatic drop in fuel and notify you by phone and/or audible alarm. There are also other similar security products that can add onto an existing intruder alarm system, whilst others may protect the filler cap and there are of course the conventional locks.

Another consideration would be concealing it with landscaping and spiky planting around the tank, restricting access to it with gates or fencing, and where possible locating the tank under lighting in view of lived in rooms within the house.

The Illusion of occupancy

As the nights draw in earlier don’t forget to use table lamps on timers, and there are TV simulators such as “Fake TV” that produces lighting that resembles a television switched on within a room. Consider installing external “Dusk till dawn” lighting and remember to ensure gates are in good condition, closed and locked.

Other products available to make it appear that you are home are a movement sensor that activates an appliance plugged into a plug socket and doorbells that you can answer remotely after viewing the caller; an internet search will find these and other security products.

If you would like further advice regarding security please look at the Essex Police website www.essex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/ and https://www.securedbydesign.com/ .

Naturally we also ask locals to report any unusual activity to police in an emergency on 999 or after the event on 101 or “Do it online” www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online/report-a-crime/or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.


Pizza anyone?

  • Wednesday 16 September 5 to 7pm
  • Saturday 26 September 5 to 7pm

Royal British Legion car park. Remember to call/sms txt to order, where possible. 07982 427483.


Mobile library

Every three weeks on a Thursday 10.10am to 10.40am at Boxted Village Hall car park.

  • 10 September
  • 1 October
  • 22 October

Digital help at home

Remember that this service is still 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.


Coronavirus updates

You can get the latest information from GOV.UK straight to your mailbox.
Sign up here:

Covid-19 symptom checker app:
Download the app for iPhone here
Download the app for Android here

Useful links:

Boxted Parish Council
Boxted Village Hall
Boxted Village Website
Boxted Neighbourhood Plan
Boxted Primary School
Boxted British Legion


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29th August 2020

Village News and Events

in Boxted and Langham


Welcome to this week’s newsletter.

If you wish to have an item included in this newsletter, please email us at boxtedvillagenews@gmail.com by Thursday 5pm at the latest. Thank you.

Stay safe everyone.


School Room’s importance has been listed

The former Boxted Methodist School Room has been placed by Colchester Borough Council on a list of buildings which are of historic or architectural interest – which should safeguard it from being demolished or altered in such a way as to change its appearance. The decision was taken by the Local Plan Committee.

Built in 1907, the importance of the School Room is that it is believed to be the first building in the Colchester area to be built by what was a new method of construction at the beginning of the 20th century, by means of precast concrete blocks.

The School Room had been the headquarters of Boxted Methodist Silver Band for the past 113 years.

The Methodist Chapel is already on the List of historic buildings, to which the School Room has now been added. The Chapel was sold a few weeks ago, and the School Room is currently on the market.

Chairman of the Band is Sir Bob Russell, and it was his request to Colchester Borough Council for the School Room to be Listed following research he carried out earlier this year at Essex Record Office. He spent hours reading through the Minutes of Boxted Methodist Chapel which are archived there.

Sir Bob said: “I was fascinated to read the history of how School Room came to be built, and to discover that what was then a revolutionary form of construction in the UK is believed to be the first in the Colchester area. That is certainly the view of The Concrete Society who I contacted.”

Although now homeless, the Band is keen to remain in Boxted and there is optimism that this will happen. Sir Bob said: “Boxted Methodist Silver Band is looking forward to a new challenge – continuing with its proud traditions but adapting to meet the future with confidence and optimism, staying loyal to the Christian foundations which has sustained it for the past 122 years…….and still based in Boxted, the village which has supported the Band over the generations and to whom the Band looks in confidence for further support in the years ahead.”



One small ask – please wear a mask.It is now compulsory to wear face masks in stores. Exemptions apply:

  • A child under the age of 11
  • A person with breathing difficulties
  • Anyone with someone who relies on lip reading
  • People with disabilities

Thank you for understanding and keeping yourself, other customers and our volunteers safe


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Boxted Parish Council

Good news for anyone wishing to book Boxted village hall for an event – plans are to open from 1st September but with several changes due to Covid 19.

Read the draft minutes of meeting here

To make enquiries please contact Debby Eley at: 

boxted@community-centre.org.uk


Asian Hornet Week 2020

The British Beekeepers Association is asking everyone to look out for Asian Hornets in Asian Hornet Week 2020 from the 7th to 13th of September.

The hornet’s Latin name is Vespa velutina and it’s an alien species that could decimate our pollinators if it gets established in this country. Honeybees are a particular favourite of the Asian Hornet.


Above: Two Asian Hornets marked for tracking to nest in Jersey

Autumn is the time for trapping hornets as they are building their secondary nests and have a lot of larvae to feed, particularly the new potential queens. Honeybees are their favourite source of food. The hornets hang around hives of honeybees waiting for foragers to come out.

In Asian Hornet Week we ask beekeepers to put an hour aside every day to check their hives for hornets hanging in the air around the entrance – a behaviour known as hawking. We want members of the public to keep their eyes open for them too – See it! Snap it! Send it! – So use your mobile to take a photo and download the Asian Hornet Watch app to help you identify what you’ve seen and to report it to the Non-native Species authority.

Our chair, Anne Rowberry, said: “We need you to look very carefully. Asian Hornet nests can be found almost anywhere, at the top of a tall tree or in the eaves of a house, but have also been found in hedges. Do not approach a nest if you find on, stay at least 20 metres away. Just take a picture of the nest and area where you found it and send it in on the Asian Hornet app. Individual hornets may be found sharing the blooms on a bush with other pollinators. They will not mind you photographing them, but don’t annoy them by getting too close, like all insects they do not like the thing they are standing on to vibrate and we have a very clear demonstration of that in one of the videos we will be releasing in Asian Hornet Week.”

Covid-19 effects

We have been running the week since 2017 when the first Asian Hornets were found in this country. This year, we have had no sightings which could just be because Covid-19 has meant that fewer people are out and about to spot them and their nests or there has been less traffic from France.

During the week, we will be releasing on youTube a guide to how to use the app, several informative videos and an infographic about them.

For further information please contact BBKA press officer, Diane Roberts: 07841 625797


Church services


Services will be via invitation to Zoom – please email lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com to request details.
  • 30 August:
    Fifth Sunday, Three Parishes Holy Communion on Zoom at West Bergholt, with a guest speaker, Rev. Dave Beales who coordinates Pioneer Ministry in the Diocese
  • 6 September
    10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • 13 September
    10:00 am – 11:00 am

Should you require prayer please contact Revd Mandy Elmes via email lwb.wb.gh.parishes@gmail.com.

Sunday services are on theLangham and Boxted Church Website for all to view under Streamed Services. https://lb-churches.co.uk/streamed-services/ They will be uploaded on Sunday afternoons for as long as services are streamed.

Download the services booklet here

Daily Hope – a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. Available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 has been set up for those unable to join in online church services during the period of restrictions.Click here for further details.

Newspaper Delivery person needed

Gt Horkesley Post Office Stores are looking to employ someone to deliver the daily newspapers.

Telephone 01206 271306 or call in.

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Share your home and make a difference to a young person’s life

You can help to transform the life of a young person by sharing your home and offering them a safe and nurturing environment. Supported Lodgings Providers with Essex County Council help young people aged 16-18 and guide them on their journey to independence.

You don’t need any specific qualifications to provide Supported Lodgings. You can be working, unemployed or retired, single, married or living with a partner. We carefully match young people to your family, offer local training and 24/7 support, and you can receive £250 per week, per young person.

Find out more about Supported Lodgings here. Alternatively, you can give our friendly team a call on 0800 801 530.


In brief …

Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.


Mobile library

Every three weeks on a Thursday 10.10am to 10.40am at Boxted Village Hall car park.

  • 10 September
  • 1 October
  • 22 October

Digital help at home

Remember that this service is still 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.


Coronavirus updates

You can get the latest information from GOV.UK straight to your mailbox.
Sign up here:

Covid-19 symptom checker app:
Download the app for iPhone here
Download the app for Android here

Useful links:

Boxted Parish Council
Boxted Village Hall
Boxted Village Website
Boxted Neighbourhood Plan
Boxted Primary School
Boxted British Legion

Boxted WI on Facebook
Boxted WI on Twitter
Boxted 10K
Boxted Airfield Historical Group
Langham Community Centre
Langham Community Shop
Langham Village Website
Dedham Vale & Stour Valley ANOB
Essex County Council’s PROW Interactive map
Colchester District Neighbourhood Watch


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