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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
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
School Road Residential
Industrial site alongside the A12
Local Development Framework
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.
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
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
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
Langham Autumn 2009
, including the Fifth anniversary of the
Community Shop, Bonfire Night and the Memorial
There will be a Christmas Dance, in the Community Centre
on Friday December 18th with all profits
going to the upkeep of the Centre.
band is Kenny Lee & Hustler, and the tickets are £9.00
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.
Children's play area was awarded a “Certificate of
Merit” which means they attained over 75% of the
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
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!
Newsletter for September 2009
Work on Langham Lane late
Wednesday 5 August.
Updates for both the Tennis club,
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 -
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
These notes came from a meeting between Parish
Councillors and Mr Chris Percival of Essex CC on 26th
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.
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
regard to the housing that is tied to Homestead the
following decisions have been taken:
Lodge will be taken back into school use as it is
three vacant houses will be used by the new staff.
decision has been taken regarding the Headmaster’s house
as there are major structural concerns.
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:
Provide an entire new school including accommodation.
Provide a new teaching block, using the existing
Homestead building for accommodation.
option one is chosen then there is a chance that the old
Homestead building could be sold off.
the new school is built it will relinquish its tie with
Ramsden Hall and a new name will be chosen.
vacancies (mainly cleaning/catering) will be advertised
The deadline for applications is 19th June.
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
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
Here is a link to the
2007 application form. The webmaster has a current
2009 form for the first applicant!
Newsletter for June 2009
LANGHAM PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
2009 - 2010
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
Tuesday 27th October
Tuesday 24th November
Tuesday 26th January
Tuesday 23rd February
Tuesday 30th March
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
Tennis Club Newsletter 1/4/2009
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.
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
Open meeting of
the Langham Parish Plan Association, Thursday, 26th March,
in the community Centre at 7.30pm
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 November 2008
Newsletter October 2008
and the accompanying completed
Village Design Statement
and letter from the Parish Chairman.
Newsletter April 2008
Newsletter March 2008
Parish Newsletter Feb 2008
click on the photo and you
can check the prices!
The fishmonger calls every Thursday! Thursday 12
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
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.
The walkers return from the
Community Walk - 12 Jan 2009
(click photo for a larger image)
Langham Parish Council Meeting 27th
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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