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 The Great Migration to New England 1630-1640 by Douglas Carter

In 1630, Boxted's vicar, Reverend George Philips led 30 of his congregation to join about 700 others from East of England in a hazardous migration to "the Promised Land" of New England on the East Coast of North America.



This book is a valuable resource for  tracing relatives from this area of the Stour valley and the village of Boxted.


details of where to buy this book



Also Available:




Boxted, Portrait of an English Village by Douglas Carter. 

"Scholarly and intimate, as a good guide should be, ..." Dr. Ronald Blythe 

details of where to buy this book



Stop press! A 1925 home movie  showing a farm during the transition period from horse to tractor power, with special attention to the labourers who work on the farm in Boxted.

Boxted farm 1925--home movie



Village News


21 July 2014


Mobile Library
This will call at the playing field car park from 10.55 -11.30 on Tuesday July 22.
Douglas Carter: 1st World War talk.  Please bring photos and memorabilia. Boxted Village Hall, Thursday July 24 from 2.30 pm.
Church Services
Sunday July 27: 10 am Eucharist Service at St Peter’s Church, Boxted. 10.30 am service at the Methodist Church led by Leonard Pick.
New Rector
The new Rector, the Revd Mandy Elmes, will be licensed as priest in charge of Langham with Boxted, West Bergholt with Gt Horkesley at  a service in St Mary’s Church, Langham on Tuesday 29 July at 7.30 pm.  The service will be conducted by The Bishop of Chelmsford: The Revd Stephen Cottrell.  After the service there will be a gathering at Langham Community Centre.
A Commemoration in Words and Music.
Friday, 1st August 2014 at 7.30pm
At St.Peter’s Church, Boxted.
Join in this special event, which brings together
Nearly 50 performers from the Boxted community.
It is not a religious service but our way of paying tribute,
through uplifting music and moving readings, to the 21 young men
of Boxted who died in World War One.
Tickets, £7 including interval drink.
All proceeds to be shared equally between the British Legion and Help for Heroes
Less 10% to St. Peter’s.
As space will be limited please contact Stephen Whybrow to reserve tickets
As soon as possible.
01206 272773
Attended Refuse Freighter                                                          
This will be at Boxted Playing Field Car Park from 11am – 12 noon on
Saturday 2 August. Extra domestic collections of large household items.
As part of the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 and Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Boxted Parish Council is undertaking Pre-Submission Consultation on the Boxted Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). As a body we are required to consult, we are hereby seeking your views on the Draft NDP.

The plan can be viewed here :
A copy is attached to this e-mail and a hard copy can be provided on request.
The pre-submission consultation runs for a period of eight weeks. The closing date for representations is Monday 15th September at 17.00. Representations can either be emailed to or sent by post to:
            Denise Humphris
           The Clerk to the Council
            Boxted Parish Council
            58 Shaftesbury Avenue
            CO12 4BT

 Service 80 Bus Copy of email information trail:
“I am deeply concerned to discover that the Service 80 bus is being withdrawn by Hedinghams buses ‘due to low patronage’. By the time of the next Parish council meeting this will have already happened. Please could this matter be raised at the next Council meeting? I would like to know what can be done to remedy this situation. I am sure I am not the only Boxted resident who will effectively be stranded in the village. I am also concerned about the future of a village which has no bus service” I look forward to hearing when the next meeting will be in order that I may attend.
Dear …
Thank you for your e-mail.
I can assure you that although there is no parish council meeting now until September there is lots of work going on in the background to see what can be done to resolve the matter.
 I myself have spoken to the General Manager of Hedingham buses and unfortunately as things stand this is a commercial decision by Hedingham buses which can not be reversed. The service will be stopping on 31st August and it seems that Hedingham have made a strategic business decision not to continue many of their previous rural bus routes.
 We are liaising closely with both Colchester Borough Councillor Nigel Chapman and County Councillor Anne Brown to see if there any alternatives to try and keep a service of some sort running to Boxted but we have nothing definite to report in this respect as things stand.
 We will continue to pursue things and will report any progress via the Village Newsletter and our website.
Best Wishes
Denise Humphris
Clerk to the Council
Boxted Parish Council

Dear Denise
I am waiting for a reply from Highways.  The 247 Dedham/Langham bus is also under threat as Hedinghams don’t want to continue without more funding and county certainly haven’t the money.  County have gone out to tender  - so we may have a real issue right across the patch. We can’t make the books balance for next year and have a £32 million hole so any increase in funding will be out of the question. Bad news for the villages.  Best wishes Anne B (County Cllr Anne Brown)
Thank you. When you say that County have gone out to tender - does this tender specifically include a service to replace our number 80 bus service - or we can we find out what is included to benefit Boxted?
We are being asked direct questions about this by many worried Boxted residents and we need to be able to tell them exactly what is happening.
Thank you for your help

No this is just the Dedham Langham service. The buses are often full at school times so it is not an idea to ask them to change the route to include Boxted. Do we know how many people use the 80 service?  If we don’t I could try asking Highways.  Best wishes Anne B
Anne -  I don't have any specific details of how many people use the bus but evidently it is a lot as my 'phone just has not stopped ringing over the last few days about this matter and when I was in the Village on Tuesday morning many people were very upset. We have an ageing population many of whom do not have access to private transport.
When I spoke to the General Manager at Hedingham buses he said the service was 'well used' but mainly by people with bus passes - which therein caused the problems as the revenue generated from concessionary fares as opposed to full paying fares was insufficient to justify the service on a logistical/economic basis.
Boxted will effectively be isolated with just one bus early morning (outwards) and one early evening (return).
So the current tender you have mentioned is of no benefit to Boxted - what do we need to do to persuade someone somewhere to jump into action to preserve a regular bus service for our village?
Why are Essex County Council putting the Dedham/Langham service out to tender and ignoring the needs of Boxted residents - why can't they also put out a tender for the Boxted service?
I don't mind speaking or writing to ECC directly if you can point me in the right direction as to who we need to be speaking to.
Thank you

I agree. I had several conversations during the 3+hours I spent at the Planning Exhibition in the village hall yesterday, about this.
I do not see a solution do you?
Hedingham will not reinstate a non-profitable service
ECC will not extend their subsidised services –I suspect they will reduce
Several of those villagers that use the service prefer to bus, rather than use
their cars, as we politicians encourage them to do! No parking charges either.
We can perhaps find some way of providing a minibus service for shoppers,
but these are very restrictive only going to one supermarket, on one day a
week at one time etc
Perhaps the local ‘Good Neighbours’ scheme can help take some to doctors,
hospital etc but this is quite a loss of independence.
Historically, of course, Boxted was well served by the local operator of Wents
coaches –providing an hourly service, I think it was! (His brakes may have
been a bit dicey going down North Hill but it was a great service!)
I’m afraid this is the result of deregulation of bus services –too many operators now chase each other around the profitable town routes and don’t give a fig for the villages.
I’m very pessimistic about it.
Nigel (Nigel Chapman Colchester Borough Cllr)

Information  from UK Power Networks
Today is a normal day across the networks with no widespread power cuts due to the weather. However, UK Power Networks has been notified of a severe weather warning from the Met Office with heavy rain, thunderstorms and lightning forecast to hit the East of England, South East of England and the London area this Friday night and over Saturday 19th July.
Our paramount focus will be on restoring electricity to customers as quickly and safely as possible and we are currently putting in place a range of measures to be better prepared to respond to any potential impact on our networks and customers. 
We are preparing to deal with the storm’s potential impact on our network and customers.
Below are some of the measures we are taking:
        We are arranging additional staff to cover call centre roles. Additional people have been allocated to take and make phone calls and provisions are in place for even more engineers and resources to be available on short notice in case of need.
        We invest in a partnership arrangement with the British Red Cross and can activate their volunteers to support vulnerable customers if power is affected.   
        The emergency teams in the local authorities have access to the web link that enables them to see fault levels. 
Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can affect overhead power lines when tree branches and windborne debris damage them. In the event of a power cuts as result of the localised gusts, lightning and heavy rain, UK Power Network’s priority will be to restore supplies as quickly as is safely possible and keep people informed as best we can during a constantly changing situation. We will work from job to job targeting big jobs first where many customers are affected.
In communication with customers, we urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to UK Power Networks.
To report any power cuts and damaged lines on free helplines, please refer customers to the following numbers: In the South East call 0800 783 8866, in the East of England call 0800 783 8838 and in London call 0800 028 0247. You can also see and follow the company on twitter for updates @ukpowernetworks .
Preparing for a power cut
Below is some advice on how our customers can prepare for a power cut:
        Keep our freephone number handy
        See the website for some useful videos offering you advice during a power cut.
        Keep spare batteries for radios and torches – local radio stations often broadcast helpful information
        Keep an old-fashioned corded phone which you can plug in, as cordless phones won’t work in the event of a power cut
        Take care if using candles, tea-lights and other naked flames
        Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours
        Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
        Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
        Exercise caution in localised flooded areas -specific advice is available on the Environment Agency website.
        Look out for elderly neighbours and other vulnerable people
We would be grateful if you could forward this email to your contacts, including in district and parish councils.
Kind regards,
Stakeholder Engagement Team
UK Power Networks


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