Langham  Parish  Council





The Village Emergency Telephone System


The Langham Village Emergency Telephone System (VETS) is now up and running.

If you are with a person who you suspect has had a cardiac arrest, immediately call 999 as normal. An ambulance will be dispatched as soon as possible, however due to the location of Langham, this may take a while.

You will probably be alone with the patient and cannot leave them to go and get the village defibrillator, so we have a group of 10 volunteers who will respond to a telephone call from you. All the volunteers are on the same number and if a volunteer is available you give them your location, they will collect the defibrillator and come to your location, they will then assist in CPR and using the defibrillator until the ambulance or medics arrive.

The number to call these volunteers is :-

01206 700990









Parish Directory 2017-18


 Recycling Calendar 2016-17







High Speed fibre broadband connectivity in Langham


BT 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 Langham.


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.








Energy Switch


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 suppliers.


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 best tariffs.


“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 tariff.


But there is no obligation for people to take up the offer.


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 make savings.


“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 out.”


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.








December 2017


Newsletter Dec/Jan 2017-18  Supplement





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




November 2017


Newsletter Nov 2017  Supplement





Langham Heritage Group - inaugural meeting 


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 installed.

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 defects promptly.




Langham 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!










October 2017


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September 2017


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July- August 2017


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June 2017


Newsletter Jun 2017  Supplement



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



Local Plan


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.


This 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 Pack


This document was discussed at the meeting, and some points from it are in the Power Point below.


Power Point Presentation from the Annual Meeting


The Local Plan Committee will receive and consider the Local Plan document on 12 June in the Moot Hall.














May 2017


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April 2017


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March 2017


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February 2017


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January 2017







December 2016


Newsletter Dec/Jan 2016-17  Supplement






The Parish Council is organising a public meeting on:


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.














November 2016


Newsletter Nov 2016  Supplement




Langham Parish Council's statement in 'Have Your Say' at the Moot Hall, Monday 7th November


















October 2016



Newsletter Oct 2016  Supplement




Langham Lane, Langham, due to commence on 3rd October 2016 for 4 days






September 2016


Newsletter Sep 2016  Supplement




Local Plan Preferred Options



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 whole process.






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 Preferred Options Consultation 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!













August 2016



July 2016


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The shop stayed open for the Coasters Weekend!













June 2016


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May 2016


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April 2016


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Saturday 2 April. 


Doors open at 6.15 pm  and the film starts at  at 7 pm.



March 2016


Newsletter March 2016  Supplement




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 discuss

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 link above.










February 2016


Parish Council meeting at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd February


Newsletter Feb 2016  Supplement





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.







Mr Vince 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!






January 2016


Newsletter Dec/Jan 2015-16  Supplement


Agenda for 6 January 2016 7.00 pm Parish Council Meeting; please note earlier time.









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