14th May 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 …

Boxted Village Walk

Meet 10am Saturday 14 May
The Hub/Playing Fields

Don’t forget that the Boxted Biodiversity and Sustainability working group are looking to restart the once popular village walks. The initial walk is a circular route of 3 miles – no pre-commitment required, simply turn up on the day.


Church services

Sunday 15 May

9.30 am Eucharist – St Mary’s Langham
4 pm Teatime Family Service – St Peter’s Boxted

Boxted History Group

Wednesday 18 May, 7.30pm – 10 pm

Boxted Village Hall
For further information call 01206 272774

A talk on the wartime President of the USA Franklin D Roosevelt will be given by Jef Page. The usual refreshments will be available afterwards. Visitors always welcome (£3)


Angels MBS Charity Event

Saturday 21 May, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Langham Community Centre

For St. Helena Hospice, £3 entrance. Workshops, retails stalls and more.


Langham Film Nights


National Grid’s Green Project

The next consultation meeting for this proposed project is:

  • Saturday 28 May, 10am-4pm
    Lawford Venture, Centre, Bromley Road, Lawford, Manningtree CO11 2JE

Lewis Barber, Essex County Councillor for Constable Ward, together with respective borough councillors across the division have compiled the following joint letter in response to the East Anglia Green current proposals.

“National Grid’s current proposals for a new over-ground pylon route across much of its East Anglia is totally unacceptable. We fully support of the concept of North Sea wind farms to generate abundant, cheap, clean electricity. Furthermore, the recent increase in energy prices, coupled with the global insecurity of energy supplies gives added impetus to this strategy.. At the recent public consultation events, National Grid confirmed that upgrades to the offshore route was a viable alternative.

Therefore, our strongly preferred approach is an upgrade to the offshore route. By doing so, the environmental damage, disruption and despoliation that would be caused to East Anglia by the installation of hundreds of over-ground pylons would be minimised.

We demand that National Grid holds a full public consultation on all options, with full details and costings being made available for public scrutiny, not simply an informal consultation on their pre-selected over-ground route.

We will continue to lobby National Grid and the Government to ensure that all necessary infrastructure is delivered in a sustainable manner. For us, this means moving the proposed new pylon route to an off-shore location
.

We would urge all communities to have their say on National Grid’s consultation portal and sign the petition for offshore upgrades instead:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/say-no-to-180km-of-essex-suffolk-norfolk-pylons-and-build-a-strategic-offshore-grid

https://www.nationalgrid.com/electricity-transmission/network-and-infrastructure/infrastructure-projects/east-anglia-green


No more moments like this if the bridge is replaced!

Cyclists recently enjoyed a stop on the bridge. These quiet moments of pleasure and contemplation of nature will be denied if Essex Highways is granted planning permission to demolish the bridge. Highways’ ‘nuclear’ replacement bridge has an increased parapet height of 1.5m and it will be much harder for anyone to look over the parapets at the view let alone look down at the fish.

Please tell everyone you know to sign the petition to save the bridge! See full details here,


Home Improvements – beware of rising costs

We have recently seen a sharp increase in complaints about the prices charged for building work. With the costs of both materials and labour shooting up sharply in the last few months many consumers are facing bills higher than they expected. In addition, many everyday materials are in short supply meaning that last minute changes to specifications have become unavoidable, resulting in uncertainty about the final price to be paid.

Many consumers have been caught out by the fact that they have entered into a contract on the basis of an estimate rather than a confirmed quote. Estimates are usually an educated guess of the costs/time to complete a project and wouldn’t necessarily include the finer details of a job. Most importantly, an estimate is usually non-binding, and the final bill for all the work can be higher. A quote should outline all aspects of the building work agreed and detail final prices for both the labour and exact materials to be used (providing the specification doesn’t change). Best practice would be to include as much detail as you can about your project, being clear about who is responsible for what, anticipated timescales, planning permission details, and what should happen in the even that a change in materials is needed or if a delay is necessary.

It is recommended that consumers try and obtain at least three quotes for the work they are proposing and that the same specification for the job is given and agreed with all the businesses. While it can be tempting to select the lowest quote always be wary of just opting for the cheapest. Ensure everything you need is covered and that there is a detailed breakdown of what is included, and importantly, what isn’t included in the amount being specified. Beware of suspiciously low quotes. If something seems too good to be true, it often is!

If you need consumer advice about a building project you have undertaken please contact Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133 or by visiting their website here.


Regulars in Boxted

Saturday household drop-off service

For the collection of household refuse and green waste.

Boxted Village Hall car park
Saturday 4 June 11.00 to 12 noon


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


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)

  • 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.


2nd Thursday of each month, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
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

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.


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/

What’s on in June

Big Jubilee Picnic
Sunday 5 June
King George V Playing Field
Boxted


Langham Celebrates Platinum Jubilee
2-5 June
Langham


Boxted 10K
Sunday 12 June

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


Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Strawberry Fair
Saturday 25 June, 2pm
St Peter’s Church


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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