22 July 2014
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
of where to buy this book
Portrait of an English Village by Douglas Carter.
and intimate, as a good guide should be, ..." Dr. Ronald Blythe
of where to buy this book
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
21 July 2014
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.
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.
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.
BOXTED’S FALLEN 1914-1918
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
Nearly 50 performers from the Boxted
It is not a religious service but our way of
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.
This will be at Boxted Playing Field Car
Park from 11am – 12 noon on
Saturday 2 August. Extra domestic
collections of large household items.
BOXTED NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN –
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by
The Clerk to the Council
Boxted Parish Council
58 Shaftesbury Avenue
Service 80 Bus Copy of email information
“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.
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
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.
Clerk to the Council
Boxted Parish Council
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
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
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
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
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
I agree. I had several conversations during
the 3+hours I spent at the Planning
Exhibition in the village hall yesterday,
I do not see a solution do you?
Hedingham will not reinstate a
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
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
Below are some of the measures we are
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 www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk 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
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.
Stakeholder Engagement Team
UK Power Networks
Neighbourhood statistics for the Parish of Boxted