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Langham   Spring to Summer 2013

9 May 2013 

 

A walk in the woods at West Bergholt

 

 

Orchids, wild garlic and a carpet of bluebells were on offer in early May.

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Black Brook Valley, Langham 9 May 2013 

 

 

And the bluebells were also in evidence in Langham

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12 May 2013  Walk to Boxted

 

 

 

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'Cheshunts, on the left and the large image above, and  'Bowered Green Cottage, right and below, separated by the woodland walk across the valley from new to old Boxted.

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2 June 2013

 

   

 

Derryl Thatch in Chapel Road, left; the pond at 'The Fens' in the centre and our new 40mph speed limit signs on Park Lane, right.

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Another walk to Boxted brought out the sunshine and fresh colours ...

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... especially walking the footpath through Rivers Hall.

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Fine views of the largest of the Rivers Hall lakes, left, then looking over towards Stoke-by-Nayland, centre and on the right is the somewhat obscured Boxted Mill.

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4 June 2013

 

 

 

 

'The Shepherd', as the 'Shepherd and Dog' is to be known, is just starting its makeover.

 

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5 June 2013

 

 

 

 

Some views of Boxted; on the left the old school, now transformed into a luxury private house, the church is in the centre and the village hall on the right.

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Two more views of the church, including a grave cross with remarkable growths of moss! On the right is 'Songers' in Cage Lane, a gem that is kept in immaculate condition, both house and garden!

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The sheltered walk down the track from Rivers Hall hosts a display of rhododendron and azalea every year, left, with a view looking up the track to the footpath marker.

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6 June 2013

 

 

 

 

Row upon row of onions adjacent to High Street, left, with the new rabbit-proof fencing, centre, in the Community Field, also seen in the right-hand photo.

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1 July 2013

 

A sad occurrence in the village is the destruction of the bench in Wick Road. It was in robust good health, but was subjected to extreme force to break it in half.

 

 

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6 July 2013

 

   

 

On Saturday 6 July, in the morning, the first of two Heritage Boards was ready to be unveiled by our Borough Councillor, Mark Cable, centre, talking to Terry Knight of Atlas, the producers of the board ... and well-known for their large-scale maps of town centres. they are a local firm from Fordham/Wormingford www.atlas-uk.co.uk  On the left is the general gathering, whilst to the right Tony Ellis talks to Chris Graves.

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Tony Ellis, left has a few words about the Heritage Boards, before the board is revealed and then some comments by Liz Schofield, the Parish Chairman.

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The gathered get to look at the new board, which has a central map, with road and place names. This is surrounded by photographs of parts of the village, including some 'before and after' pairs, to show the 'Then and Now' changes that have affected Langham. A section of photographs is included to show the various business parks in the village ... with their location being marked on the map!

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Andrew Stacey and Tony Ellis in front of the board. A further board will be erected next to the USAAF Monument in Park Lane, to inform and direct visitors that have not managed to find the Community Centre!

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7 July 2013

 

   

 

The 'Shepherd and Dog pub' continues its transformation to 'The Shepherd', with removal of the planters and a bright new paint job. the interior has been stripped back to the brick, before new walls, fittings and fixtures are put in. It also has a repeater aerial for the new wireless broadband, sending the signal down Moor Road at 12 Mb! Either side is another refurbished outer, this time on Greyhound Hill.

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24 July 2013

 

 

One of many hot and sunny summer days this year; ripening barley in the large field to the south of Hundred Lane, seen from Chapel Road. In the centre 'Fox House' is having a paint job and a new roof, whilst in the evening, down Langham Lane, are David Isted's farm yard and vegetable plot.

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28 July 2013

 

   

 

By Martin's Farm on Dedham Road, left, with views over the fields in the centre and right.

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After looking for August -orientated subject, I was surprised to see the new bus shelter, outside the Community Centre in School Road, erected and waiting for its concrete base.

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1 August 2013

 

 

The thatcher has been busy in Park Lane, currently working on 'Cherry Tree Cottage'  ,left and right, whilst 'Floral Dene'  sports a recent thatching and even newer paint job!

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A summer visit to 'The Fens' sees deep blue skies and even deeper shadows ... and rampant growth under the tree canopy, centre.

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A new view of the church, left, in mid-summer and the village sign, centre. The new Heritage Board at the Park Lane USAAF Memorial, right, is in place.

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8 August 2013

 

   

 

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12 August 2013

 

   

 

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11 August 2013

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The W.I. held their annual Garden Party at Langham Lodge, as the guests of Tricia and Robin Gooding. On a beautiful sunny day, in lovely surroundings and with copious amounts of good food, it was not surprising a good time was had by all!

 

 

 

20 August 2013  New gate at the Recreation Ground

 

The old stile has been forcibly removed and holes for the new steel gate are being dug. The gate will have netting over it to extend the anti-rabbit defences.

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Sarah Potter, our  new Essex CC Footpaths Officer for Tendering and some north Colchester parishes, gets stuck in, left and right, and Roger Hobday, centre lends a hand ... before getting on with marking the football lines!

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The gate has been installed and levelled, and is now being packed with old concrete and a hardening powder that simulates concrete when moistened.

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A celebratory photograph, left with David Winter (Parish Clerk) and Bob Schofield being joined by Sarah Potter. Last minute checks before adjusting the closing mechanism, centre, and the job done, right. Two heavy slabs will be laid later when the rabbit fencing is finished off.

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