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.
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.
Newsletter Dec/Jan 2017-18
Please note that the Christmas Day Service, at 9.30 am.,
is at St Mary's Langham,
not Boxted as
mistakenly shown in the Newsletter on page 2
Newsletter Nov 2017
Langham Heritage Group -
Wednesday 22 November at 7.30 in
the Community Centre
On Wednesday 22 November at 7.30 pm there will be a
meeting at Langham Community Centre to consider the
formation of a “heritage” group in Langham with the
objectives of acquiring and preserving material relating
to the history of the village and of encouraging and
developing interest in that history. Anyone who may be
interested in such a project is invited but particularly
of course those who responded at the Evening of Local
History earlier in the year. For more information,
contact Chris Graves (272019) or Ian Hollands (230525)
of the Langham Parish Council’s Heritage Committee.
Langham has an award
winning recreation ground.
At the Parish Council meeting in November a
representative from the Essex Playing Fields attended
with some very good news for the Langham Parish Council
and especially the Recreation Ground Committee.
The Recreation Ground Committee is responsible for
maintaining the natural habitat as well as the fixed
structures in the ground. The inherent costs of this
management is met by organising such activities as a
caravan weekend, a 10km run, a bonfire night party as
well as football matches.
Their overall and most important brief is to look after
this very valuable village asset which can be enjoyed by
all parishioners and guests, making sure it is well
maintained ,kept litter free and safe.
The Langham recreation ground was given 3 awards this
year. These were judged and awarded by Mr Robert Smith,
chairman of the Essex Playing Fields.
We received 2 silver awards for “ Playing fields serving
a population less than 2,500 (class 2)” and “
Children’s playgrounds whether on or off playing fields,
but judged apart from any playing field on which they
are situated (class 3)” and then won the category for
“Exceptional work carried out during the year (class
7)”. This was for the additional play area that had been
Mr Robert Smith from the Essex Playing Fields
Association presented three certificates to the Council
and also presented a cheque for £500 as we were the
winners of class 7.
This is a great achievement for the village and
hopefully the Recreation Ground will continue to improve
and gain more awards in future years.
Credit should go to all the people help with fund
raising for this valuable Village asset, ensuring that
it may be enjoyed and appreciated by future generations.
Also to the responsible users who ensure litter is
deposited in the bins provided and ensure the play area
are used by the correct age groups and report any
Bonfire Night Saturday 4th November from 6pm
The bonfire has been
put together, with the very helpful aid of Essex
University students, and is mostly of clean-wood
pallets, as this year contributions from the village
have not been allowed. This measure is to control
what is put on the bonfire and to keep its smoke legal!
Newsletter Oct 2017
Newsletter Sep 2017
July- August 2017
Newsletter July-August 2017
Newsletter Jun 2017
LANGHAM ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Langham Community Centre
Wednesday 7th June
at 7.30 pm.
Please come along to hear what your
Parish Council has been doing this year.
You will have plenty of
opportunities to ask questions, to find out more.
We expect the new Local Plan to have been
published, and so expect to hear what they have planned
for housing in Langham.
Power Point Presentation from the Annual Meeting
The Local Plan is out!
Local Plan -
references to Langham of page 28, a table of housing numbers, and
pages 205-7, which details development in Langham.
document is embedded in papers for the Local Plan Committee's Agenda
Document Pack meeting on 12 June 2017. It will be published in a
neater format thereafter, I'm sure!
click on Agenda Document
document was discussed at the meeting, and some points from it are
in the Power Point below.
Power Point Presentation from the Annual Meeting
Local Plan Committee will receive and consider the Local
Plan document on 12 June in the Moot Hall.
Newsletter May 2017
Newsletter Apr 2016
Newsletter Mar 2017
Newsletter February 2017
Newsletter Dec/Jan 2016-17
The Parish Council is organising a public meeting
Saturday 10 December, 11.00 am to
1.00 pm, at Langham Community Centre
to discuss progress on the Colchester Local Plan and
outcomes of the Preferred Options consultation, at
which Cllr. Nigel Chapman, Ward Councilor for Rural
North, member of the CBC Local Plan Committee and
Chair, Dedham Vale (AONB) and Stour Valley Advisory
Committee, will be making a presentation. All are
encouraged to attend.
Newsletter Nov 2016
Langham Parish Council's statement in 'Have Your Say' at
the Moot Hall, Monday 7th November
Newsletter Oct 2016
Langham Lane, Langham,
due to commence on 3rd
October 2016 for
Newsletter Sep 2016
Local Plan Preferred
Langham Parish Council's response to the Preferred Options
of the Local Plan
This document, now submitted to Colchester Borough Council,
draws together not only the considered view of the parish,
as expressed in the housing Questionnaire early this year,
but the story of the Parish council's involvement in the
Meetings at 4.00 to 8.00 pm on Tuesday 12 July at
Langham Community Centre and a Parish Council drop in
session on Saturday 16 July 11.00 am to 1.00 pm
This link is to where
the documents can be found
It is called Local Plan
and is a pdf. file
Press response from Tony
Ellis, representing Langham PC
We are of course pleased that the scheme by Edward
Gittens and Associates for a “Langham Garden Village”
was not accepted and we are currently looking in detail
at the other specific Borough Council proposals for
Langham. The Preferred Options are now subject to a
consultation period when the Parish Council and others
can make their views known. The findings from a Parish
Council survey of Langham households last November, with
a response rate of 43%, led the Parish Council to
recommend that 85 housing units be built over the plan
period. Copies of the findings were made freely
available to the Borough Council. We consider that any
higher figure would be unsustainable in terms of
Langham’s infrastructure and facilities. The growth
figure of 125 produced by the Borough Council represents
a growth of one third in the housing stock, would not be
“proportionate growth” and would alter the character of
Langham as a rural village. A Borough Council
consultation takes place 4.00 to 8.00 pm on Tuesday 12
July at Langham Community Centre and a Parish Council
drop in session on Saturday 16 July 11.00 am to 1.00 pm
to seek residents’ views. We would urge as many as
possible to attend these public meetings.
Please come along to
these consultations, and make your views known!
Newsletter July-August 2016
The shop stayed open for the Coasters Weekend!
Newsletter June 2016
Newsletter May 2016
Newsletter April 2016
Saturday 2 April.
Doors open at 6.15 pm and the film starts at at 7
Newsletter March 2016
The Colchester Half Marathon will affect road
use in Langham on Sunday morning, 13th March. No
local roads have been closed, but with 4,000
runners expected ....!
The Parish council
is holding a drop-in session on
Saturday the 5th
March at the Community Centre between 11.00 and 13.0 to
The Findings of the Parish
Housing Questionnaire click for pdf document
Each household should have had a copy
delivered to them by this date, or it can be
found online, by clicking the
Parish Council meeting at 7pm on
Wednesday 3rd February
Newsletter Feb 2016
Kieron Moir of the
Essex County Fire and Rescue
Service spoke to the Parish Council
meeting at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd February
regarding the Parish Safety Volunteer Scheme.
This service assesses the dangers we face in our own
homes and offers solutions.
Stafford gave an introduction to the work of the Community First Responder Team that covers
the Boxted/Nayland/Langham areas.
Their website is
They provide a vital service in
getting to rural emergencies ahead of the 999
services (because they live in our communities) ...
and they are covering Langham now!
Newsletter Dec/Jan 2015-16
Agenda for 6 January 2016
7.00 pm Parish Council Meeting; please note earlier time.
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