Parish Directory 2019-20
Newsletter July 2019
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Community Cafe Friday
The Stratford St. Mary and Langham Community First
Responders are running the Community Café this Friday,
31st May 2019, from 10.30–12.00. Do please come along
and support them and the Langham Community Council.
Entry is £1 which includes tea or coffee and a biscuit,
with cakes available to buy too. The second-hand book
stall will be running, and the 100 club draw will take
place at 11.30.
Reserve comes of age!
After almost 20 years,
volunteers from Langham, Essex, in conjuction with the
Dedham Vale AONB have established a small Nature Reserve
in the village for the benefit of the local community.
In the early 1900`s land
in this part of Langham was known as Hornestreet. The
field was part of a small farm with outbuildings and
eventually a fruit farm up to 1975. In 1999 a small
group of Langham residents purchased the field and
included a small pond that had dried up elsewhere in the
Since 1999, many local
people have helped in the initial design work, tree
planting work and many village residents have donated
trees in support of this initiative. Today a fine
selection of trees, and hedging are now well established
providing an excellent site for conservation learning.
The Dedham Vale AONB team have been so helpful in
developing this site which will now be known as
Hornestreet Nature Reserve.
The venue is used by the
Langham Primary school for conservation education as
well as the Langham Pre- school and the Langham Scout
group. The site also hosts undergraduates from London
University as part of their course programme while
staying at Flatford.
Newsletter April 2019
Newsletter Mar 2019
The Colchester Half-Marathon is
coming through Langham on Sunday, 24 March.
The marathon route will be
subjected to a rolling closure between 08.55 and 12.18
Newsletter Feb 2019
The new sports facilities, north of the A12 at the
Park-and-Ride junction have been agreed and a contractor
has been appointed..
Below is an outline of what Colchester Borough Council
intends to do with the Rugby Club land, and has
announced a public consultation. The idea is that the
income from the sale of land here will pay for the
sports development ... and much, much more! In planning
terms, this in-house deal will breach the A12 planning
boundary, which concerns villages such as Boxted and
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These aircraft are scheduled to arrive over London at
1.00pm. They will, hopefully, appear over Langham,
following roughly the track of the A 12 ... after
leaving Ipswich at 12.45 .... and I would be in position
from 12.30 onwards!
Newsletter Jun 2018 Supplement
June 8 letter from the Planning Inspector regarding Part
1 of the Emerging Local Plan
Newsletter May 2018
Newsletter Apr 2018
The Newsletter is carrying a date
of 4 April for the Parish Council Meeting, which is also
the date of the Annual Parish Meeting.
This is not correct; these
meeting will be held on 25 April, starting 7.30 in the
There is a
vacancy on the Parish Council; please check the notice
board for details.
Mobile Library News
The Mobile Library Service is
being reduced. It will, after April 5, call only in Moor
Road, at 9.35 a.m..
The next dates are:
The Parish was granted the
footpath marked 57 on the map below, running along the
northern boundary of The Oaks School. The landowner has
appealed this decision by Essex County Council, so a
Public Enquiry is being held in the Club Room of the
Community Centre on 17th April 2018.
If anyone who has used this route,
or just wishes to attend this enquiry, they are free to
come and are encouraged to do so.
High Speed fibre
broadband connectivity in Langham
have now completed the installation on two new fibre
cabinets serving Langham numbers starting with 23 and
32. The cabinets which are served from Ardleigh and
Dedham exchanges are located at the A12 end of Park Lane
and in Perry Lane. Residents connected to Horkesley
exchange (numbers commencing 27) have had fibre
connectivity for some time now so this new initiative
completes fibre rollout for all 3 serving exchanges in
Some residents that are some distance away from serving
cabinets may experience a reduction in the broadband
speed capability but the current status demonstrates a
major improvement in broadband speeds available in
Langham. Most of Langham residents now have access to
high speed broadband and this can be supplied by
contacting your service providers.
Newsletter Feb 2018
Newsletter Feb 2018
Trees For Years 2018
Free annual tree and fruit bush giveaway
Saturday 3 February 2018 10am - 1pm or sooner if all the
Car park of Colchester Borough Council's offices at
Rowan House, in Sheepen Road, Colchester
Colchester Borough Council have free trees and fruit
bushes to give away as the popular annual Trees for
Years initiative returns for the twelfth year in a row.
The free plants are available to Colchester Borough
residents, community groups and parish councils.
Residents can collect up to three plants per household
and up to 15 per community group, school or parish
This year's initiative includes a variety of fruit
bushes, decorative shrubs and trees to help create a
greener Colchester for all.
Species available this year are:
Acer campestre (Field Maple)
Betula pendula (Silver Birch)
Cornus alba' Sibirica' (Red dogwood)
Cornus s. 'Flaviremea' (Yellow Dogwood)
Corylus avellana (Hazel)
Forsythia x intermedia 'Spectabilis'
Prunus padus (Bird Cherry)
The 2018 bare root trees and fruit bushes will be
available on a first come first served basis only.
Trees must be planted on private property. Postcodes &
house numbers will be recorded to monitor the
distribution. Remember to bring a utility bill or other
form of ID which shows your address. Collecting for a
School, please bring your staff ID.
Remember to bring a bag to put your trees in.
This year's Trees for Years is being sponsored by idverde
who carry out the grounds maintenance for Colchester
Newsletter Dec/Jan 2017-18
alongside Langham Oak Cottage and just off Park Lane
.... no it's not mud!
It has been brought to the
attention of Langham Parish Council that the incidents
of dog fouling around the village is on the increase
again. This is very noticeable on several footpaths
around the village and again on the recreation ground.
As previously, we hope it is not the
villagers dogs that are responsible but visitors who
don't actually walk their dogs, they just open doors and
let them run free to do their business and then they
jump back in the car.
The Zone Wardens have been informed and
will be keeping an eye open to identify offenders.
So as a village can we make sure we do
our bit and clean up after our own dogs so that we can
maintain the village to a standard we all can
RESIDENTS can save over £250 on their gas and electric
bills by joining the Essex Energy Switch which harnesses
people power to secure cheaper deals from energy
The county’s collective switching initiative has already
saved thousands of Essex people more than £2,297,539
from the past five switches.
Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said:
“Rather than switching energy supplier alone which can
be a daunting and complicated task, we should work
together to save money.
“By joining a collective switch made up of thousands of
like-minded people, we increase our purchasing power so
we can negotiate a better deal from energy suppliers,
who compete against each other at auction to offer the
“Paying over the odds for your electric and gas is not
fair, so I hope people take advantage of the Essex
Energy Switch. It’s a safe and easy way to save money in
which we take all the hassle out of switching.”
Registration opens on Tuesday, December 5, and closes on
Tuesday, February 13, before the one-day auction.
Everyone who registers will receive a personalised offer
on 23 February, 2018, which details how much they could
save by switching to the winning provider, or cheaper
But there is no obligation for people to take up the
Cllr Finch added: “At the last switch in May, we had
more than 6,500 people sign up to switch saving around
£250 per year on their bills.
“People who have been on the same tariff with the same
supplier for a number of years are particularly like to
“But even those who switched recently could still save
more money by signing up again, after all it only takes
five minutes online and we don’t want anyone to lose
To register for the next auction, visit
or call 0800 0488285.
If you don’t have access to the internet, you can ask a
relative, friend of neighbour to help because
registrations can be made using their email address. One
email address can be used up to five times to register
for the scheme.
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