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November 2009




Exhibition at the Community Centre  Monday 30th November 6.00 - 9.00pm


Many in the village have received a leaflet inviting them to an exhibition in the Community Centre.


The exhibition will illustrate proposals made by the Whitnell Group and Powerplus Engineering concerning a proposal to develop an industrial site on the land alongside the A12, from Park Lane to Birchfield Road, and behind Wick Road.




links to the two plans of the proposed developments


School Road Residential Development


Industrial site alongside the A12

Local Development Framework


Planning Inspector Terry Kemmann-Lane DIPT MBIM FRTPI has been appointed to conduct examinations to determine whether Colchester Borough Council’s Site Allocations and Development Policies Development Plan Documents are sound.

Anyone wishing to comment on the Documents should write to the Planning Inspector at the Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2, The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN





News of the new A12 junction.


The delivery of the new A12 junction is a joint effort between several partners including Essex County Council, Colchester Borough Council, East of England Development Agency, Haven Gateway Partnership, Homes and Communities Agency and the Highways Agency. The scheme will cost approximately £12 million with the majority of the funding being provided by the Homes and Communities Agency as part of the Community Infrastructure Fund.


Leaflet detailing the project


Construction will commence in December 2009 with the junction being open to the public by March 2011. The final phase of the Northern Approaches Road, across the former Severalls Hospital site, is expected to be open to the public in 2012. Once completed the junction and Northern Approaches Road will enable the development of the former Severalls Hospital site and employment land near the Weston Homes Community Stadium. It will also improve access to existing housing in North Colchester and reduce congestion on the local road network. The scheme will also enable the future delivery of a Park and Ride site north of the A12 at Cuckoo Farm.


Please note that the A12 leaflet is also available online at








photos for Langham Autumn 2009 , including the Fifth anniversary of the Community Shop, Bonfire Night and the Memorial services.



There will be a Christmas Dance, in the Community Centre on Friday December 18th with all profits going to the upkeep of the Centre.


The band is Kenny Lee & Hustler, and the tickets are £9.00 each.


Bring your own drinks & supper. Tickets available from Liz Schofield on 01206-272448






Liz and Bob Schofield attended the Essex Playing Fields Award Ceremony on Sunday 1st  November, at Essex Cricket Ground Pavilion in Chelmsford.


Langham's Children's play area was awarded a “Certificate of Merit” which means they attained over 75% of the marks.


The Certificate was presented by Councillor Bonnie Hart, Leader of Essex County Council and Lord Petre of Ingatestone . 


Well done to all concerned!




Newsletter for November 2009


Parish council Meeting dates are changing


In order that a report of the monthly meetings can be carried promptly by the following edition of the Newsletter, Parish council meetings will be on the first Tuesday of each month, starting in January 2010.


These new meeting times have been decided, taking us up to the Annual Parish Meeting in April:


Tuesday 5th January

Tuesday 2nd February

Tuesday 2nd March

Thursday 8th April




October 2009


Newsletter for October 2009


Langham Summer 2009  photos from June to early October



October 13th - the Community Shop celebrates 5 years and  gets a new banner!







September 2009



Newsletter for September 2009





July/August 2009





Work on Langham Lane late Wednesday 5 August.




Updates for both the Tennis club, with Newsletter and subscriptions letter.


The Business section has been expanded to include the first two of the firms on the village website that now occupy Langham Barns Business Centre - Crown Law and Henleys.


 July/August Newsletter


June 2009



Pro-Mac return to Langham Lane


Tuesday 2 June saw Pro-Mac return to Langham Lane to repair potholes and, as seen here to reinforce the crumbling road edge, where it is falling into the ditch.



The workmen were only too willing to demonstrate their skills and, as they did last winter, have a done a good job at a remarkable pace. I passed on the thanks of the council for the work they did then, in bitter conditions and with very short days .. of which they only needed a little over three.



Future of Homestead School


These notes came from a meeting between Parish Councillors and Mr Chris Percival of Essex CC on 26th May 2009


Homestead school was officially closed at the end of December 2008. However, it was vacated long before that date and a refurbishment programme was undertaken with a view to bringing the school back into service. The classrooms have been refurbished and there are new bathrooms and additional partitioning in the rooms for added privacy for the borders. A further budget will be made available for a hard play area, safety features and some high tech teaching aids.


The aim is to transfer 40 pupils, in the 11-16 year old age range, from the Heath site of the Ramsden Hall School at Stanway on the 1st September 2009. Twenty two of these pupils will be Monday to Friday borders. Both the Ramsden Hall sites at Stanway and Billericay have excellent OFSTED reports so we are not expecting any repeat of the poor performance standards that were associated with Homestead School before its closure. The school will be known as the Ramsden Hall School, Langham site.


With regard to the housing that is tied to Homestead the following decisions have been taken:

- The Lodge will be taken back into school use as it is structurally sound.

- The three vacant houses will be used by the new staff.

- No decision has been taken regarding the Headmaster’s house as there are major structural concerns.


In addition to the above there is a plan to build a new school on the playing fields of the existing site. The new school, which will house up to 50 pupils, has a build period 2012-2014.  It is anticipated that the number of boarders at the new school will not increase significantly. Surveyors have been on site and the feasibility study is complete. This project is being funded by wave 6 of “Building Schools for the future” and Government funding for this is secure. They have two options for the new project which are being considered at the moment:


i)  Provide an entire new school including accommodation.

ii) Provide a new teaching block, using the existing Homestead building for accommodation.


If option one is chosen then there is a chance that the old Homestead building could be sold off.

When the new school is built it will relinquish its tie with Ramsden Hall and a new name will be chosen.


Any job vacancies (mainly cleaning/catering) will be advertised locally.



Hanningfield Awards


The deadline for applications is 19th June.


The awards are to support those individuals or groups who meet the following criteria.

Successful applicants aged 16—25 would be expected to demonstrate some or all of the following criteria:


  • innovation in outdoor and environmental education both here and abroad;

  • achievement in the face of difficult or adverse circumstances;

  • promotion of opportunities for those with a disability or having special educational needs;

  • gifted and talented young people wishing to undertake challenges during their ‘gap’ year;

  • inspirational activities that promote social cohesion and community activity;

  • volunteer activities from motivated and committed young people:


Here is a link to the 2007 application form. The webmaster has a current 2009 form for the first applicant!



Newsletter for June 2009





May 2009





The meetings for the next 12 months are scheduled as follows, all currently for 7.30 p.m.:


Tuesday 26th May 2009, which will also be the Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 30th June 2009

Tuesday 28th July 2009

Tuesday 29th September 2009

Tuesday 27th October 2009

Tuesday 24th November 2009

Tuesday 26th January 2010

Tuesday 23rd February 2010

Tuesday 30th March 2010

Thursday 29th April 2010 which will be the Annual Parish Meeting followed by a short Parish Council Meeting


Langham photos Spring 2009


Newsletter for May 2009





April 2009


Tennis Club Newsletter 1/4/2009




This coming week the village will be visited by judges from the Calor Village of the Year Competition. We are in the Regional Rounds as a result of winning the Essex Village of the Year Competition. We bid the judges welcome and ourselves, of course, good luck!



The Inaugural General Meeting of the Parish Plan Association will be held on Wednesday 22nd April at the Community Centre committee room starting at 7.30pm.

This is an open meeting and all are welcome to attend. We will be able to vote on the nominations for officers of the Association, settle its constitution, and begin organising working parties to undertake writing the Parish Plan.



Newsletter for April 2009



March 2009



Open meeting of the Langham Parish Plan Association, Thursday, 26th March, in the community Centre at 7.30pm


Sarah Sapsford, of the Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE), will be explaining the steps to be taken to prepare our Parish Plan and Officers for the Parish Plan Association will be elected on this evening.



Newsletter for March 2009

Newsletter for February 2009



Newsletter December/January

Newsletter November 2008

Newsletter October 2008

Newsletter September 2008 and the accompanying completed Village Design Statement and letter from the Parish Chairman.


Newsletter July/August 2008

Newsletter June 2008

Newsletter May 2008

Parish Newsletter April 2008

Parish Newsletter March 2008

Parish Newsletter Feb 2008   





February 2009




click on the photo and you can check the prices!

The fishmonger calls every Thursday! Thursday 12 February





Gritter in the ditch at Runkin's Corner. Wednesday 11th February


Report roads faults at


More photos on the Winter 2009 page



Langham Parish Plan  7th February 2009

There was a good turnout for the open exhibition of what is involved in the village plan.


Details and more photos will appear on the Parish Plan page.







Langham Parish Plan  7th February 2009

There will be an open exhibition of what is involved in the village plan. This will be in the club room downstairs at the Community Centre, from 10 a.m. to noon.




January  2009



The walkers return from the Community Walk - 12 Jan 2009

(click photo for a larger image)




Langham Parish Council Meeting 27th January 2009

Agenda for 27 Jan Parish meeting


Beverly Davies of Essex County Council has accepted an invitation to speak at this meeting on the subject of grants. The meeting will be at the slightly earlier time of 7 pm in the Community Centre, Parishioners are invited to ask questions which should be submitted in writing to the clerk at St Margaret’s Cottage, School Road, Langham, CO4 5PD or via his e-mail address (





Country dance/Ceilidh

Saturday evening, 24th January, from 7.30 pm until 11pm at Langham Community Centre.


Proceeds are to be shared between the St. Mary's and St. Peter's Youth Group and The Lettice Dyke Educational Trust for Young People. 


Tickets will cost £8.00 each for adults, and are available from the organiser, David Winter, telephone 01206 322301.


Entry for children will be free, with perhaps a small donation for those a little older who might be able to take an active part. 

Music will be provided by a live band called "Just what the doctor ordered", plus Maggie Couldwell as the caller, all specially imported for the occasion from Sheffield! 

Bring your own food and drink, though there will be some "nibbles" provided. There will also be a raffle which Gill Flack is organising.