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15 November 2013

 

   

 

Some views of School Road, now featuring the completed bus shelter!

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The patched hole in the hedge ... and the play area beyond. The two might be connected!

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1 December 2013

 

   

 

Autumnal shades are now holding sway, in Hundred Lane, left and centre, and towards High Street, on the right, and below.

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10 December 2013

 

Old Mill Road climbing out from Black Brook towards Hill Farm, left, and Dedham Road, right.

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Holly Tree Cottage from over the fields, left, and up close. The far right-hand part of the building was listed, but in a very poor state of repair. The additions appear approaching completion.

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Docuras Farm through the mist.

 

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The mist was only in the Stour Valley, so the church, left was clear, but, right, the view from Church Farm was softened by the light.

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11 December 2013

 

   

 

The rough land in the square, from over the back fence!

 

 

 

 

19 December 2013

 

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A cycle ride to Dedham, passing The Shepherd, before setting off down Birchwood Road to look at Dedham on a crisp morning ...

 

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12 January 2014

 

The sluice at Boxted Mill is being rebuilt, and it appears to be quite an undertaking.

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A lorry has slipped off Langham Lane. the verge was incredibly slick as led immediately to a shallow ditch.

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31 January 2014

 

 
   

Runkin's Corner under water, a result of culverts being blocked yet again!

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7 February 2014

 

The rains have rally  come now! On the left is water flooding off the properties in Langham Lane, unable to get away due to blocked ditches and pipes.

 

On the right, of course, is the surging River Stour just off Stratford High Street (but in Langham!).

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8 February 2014

 

   

 

The flooded bottom lands of Langham. In the centre should be the Stour Valley Path; in the distance, Higham!

 

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The Stour in  full flow, left, and right, the footpath to Langham church. It is under about 2 feet of water to the hedge line!

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11 February 2014

 

 

Hundred Lane falls victim to the wet weather, flooding quite near its  junction with Chaplin Road. Water has been coming off the field these last several years.

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14 February 2014

 

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Whilst pulled over and stationary, waiting for the bus to pass on the other side, a brand-new concrete mixer slid into the drainage ditch as the road surface collapsed.

The vehicle, reported costing some  200,000, was then unloaded of its shingle load and eventually recovered. I understand the chassis was twisted and so was a write-off

 

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14 February 2014

 

 

 

The road has been narrowed by the collapse, and the drain has been largely blocked by the material that slid into it. Traffic lights were put in place.

 

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Drainage woes at Runkin's Corner and Langham Lane.

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19 February 2014

 

   

 

Potholes at the bottom of Greyhound Hill.

 

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22 February 2014

 

   

 

Black Brook just upstream of Old Mill Road, left, and centre looking back to the road. On the right is a clear-water brook gushing out of Water Lane!

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Underneath the placid surface of the lake at the bottom of Grove Hill ... lies potholes!

 

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3 March 2014

 

 

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After several years trying, a new sign has been made and installed at the junction of Old Mill Road and Chapel Road.

 

 

 

 

9 March 2014

 

 

Spring blossom is starting to line the fields, as seen from Hundred Lane, also pictured right.

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The far end of the churchyard has been cleared of invading vegetation ...

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... and this means some new views of the church have been opened up.

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Scouting out the running course; left is the junction of Water Lane and Docuras Farm Road and both very wet and potholed! In the centre is a view of the waterworks and on the right a shot of Low Lift Cottages from across the fields.

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Runners on the 20 mile race. On the left passing the potholes at the junction of New Road and Docuras Farm Road, and on the right running past further potholes on Greyhound Hill. In the centre is a control point, with runners passing down New Road. The pair might have noticed that they are parked on a roadside nature reserve, and that the post against which they have placed their table has a small plaque on it informing people of this!

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The Black Brook running quite clear.

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A meeting with the 'Beast of Boxted'. This pothole, that has caused Cage Lane to be closed for some time, is only now showing itself, after being submerged for several weeks. It is 8-10" deep and has sharp edges. There are grooves where vehicles' suspensions have grounded next to the edge; it is about 6 metres long.

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We do have reminders of the 20-mile race (not the much larger half-marathon), even on a footpath, as at Park Lane. time for a word with the organisers?

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24 March 2014

 

 

 

Work has begun on the bus stop raised pavements, here outside the Community Centre and its bus shelter. A good deal of soil is being removed.

 

 

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Work gets a little further on outside The Shepherd, where the large kerbstones have just been placed.

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27 March 2014

 

   

 

Rapid progress at Runkin's Corner, in that ECC have contractors piping the ditch alongside Langham Lane (the same ones that ditched the other side of the road) and the carriageway will be re-instated, but with considerable building up to get ride of the adverse camber.

 

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The raised kerb at the Chapel Road/Moor Road junction involved a large excavation, but this is  now complete after tarmac has been added.

 

 

On the right the potholes go on, as does the problem of the land opposite the Primary School, abused by thoughtless parking, even when the grass surface was as slick as ice!

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The raised kerb at the Community Centre Stop and also at St. Margaret's Cross are now complete, with the asphalt added and rolled.

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28 March 2014

 

 

 

Final touches  ... and the lady waiting for the bus will have a better place next time!

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The monthly coffee morning, this week hosted by the Bridge Club, was joined by horse and rider for a minute or two!

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Job done in Moor Road.  What to call our official stops? I think that 'St. Margaret's Cross', Community Centre' and 'Shepherd' all write themselves, but of the above might it be a call between 'The Fox' and 'Chapel Road'?

 

 

 

2 April 2014

 

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The job has been concluded, all too quickly with the ultimate in vulgarity ... the yellow bus markings! In the case of The Fox stop the length is suitable for a 'bendy-bus', but we may hope that the road will be re-surfaced in the near future!

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Meanwhile, although things look unchanged in High Street, left, ... things are starting to stir, right, as a new entrance is cut.

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There is still some unfinished business in Langham, pothole-wise  ...

... as evidenced in Wick Road!

 

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