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 2019-20


 Recycling Calendar 2019-20




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January 2020




Mrs Lowry & Son is a portrait of the artist L.S. Lowry and the relationship with his mother, who tries to dissuade him from pursuing his passion! 

Starring acting royalty in the form of Timothy Spall & Vanessa Redgrave, promises to be a great watch!

To be shown with subtitles, tickets are still only £4 each! Langham's cinema club is run by volunteers for the community, please support your local cinema project!



Meeting at Langham Community Centre

8th January 2020 6:30pm.


There will be a Public meeting held at the Community

 Centre on Wednesday 8th December at 6:30pm to discuss

 the VE Day 75 years Celebration Day

to be held in Langham Village on the

8th May 2020

at the Recreation Ground.

The Parish Council would like to hear any ideas and

 suggestions you may have.

Please come along with any suggestions or offers to

 volunteer for this event on the night.

This meeting will be held prior to the Parish Council meeting.




December 2019


Newsletter Dec/Jan 2019/20  Supplement





27 December 2019


Application no. 191830 – Land South of School Road, Langham


Colchester  Borough Council planning authority has advised the Parish Council that it continues to accept public comments on the above application during January 2020. Comments may be made online or by post to Planning Services at the Borough Council.



13 December 2019


Langham Parish Council have submitted their response to the revised plans of Linden  Homes.




Read it here



27 November 2019


A new site plan has been submitted by Linden Homes to application 191830, land to the south of School Road. This new plan involves 46 units, four fewer than before, and a re-designed layout.


In addition to the new site plan, there are many new documents going online (there are 146 in total!) and some are well-worth further comment.


The application index is at


The original response from the Parish Council is here


Response of Langham Parish Council to application 191830, land south of School Road.




The New Plan - 46 units





The Old Plan - 50 units








Dog Fouling notice.

It has been brought to the attention of the Parish Council that there is an increase in dog fouling occurring in the village, this is on the recreation ground, on the roadside outside residential houses and on footpaths within the village. As local residents let’s make sure we do our bit and keep the village clean.

The zone wardens have been informed and will be increasing the visits they make to the village to monitor the situation.

We fully understand that this is a minority of dog walkers creating this problem, who may well come from outside Langham however this may not always be the case. This may in future have financial implications to the village as the football teams and caravaners may decide not to use our facilities due to this problem and we will not have an award winning recreation ground anymore.

"In England and Wales, Local Authorities can introduce public spaces protection orders, making it an offence not to clean up dog mess in certain areas. Under these orders, a person who doesn’t clean up after their dog may face an on-the-spot fine of up to £80. These fines are known as fixed penalty notices. If a person refuses to pay they can be taken to a local Magistrates Court for the dog fouling offence and fined up to £1000"

Advert for new Councillors

The Parish Council has a vacancy at present for a new councillor. If any of the local residents are interested in learning more about the role of councillor please contact either Carol Harbach (Clerk) on or Peter Dawson (Chairman)




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July 2019


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Application number 191830 Linden Homes - land south of School Road, Langham





There will be a public meeting, ahead of the regular Parish Council Meeting, at 6.00pm on Wednesday 4 September, to discuss the Linden Homes proposals for land south of School Road.





An extension to planning application 191830, for the development of an estate on land south of School Road, has been obtained from CBC.


The deadline for receiving all comments is now 13 September 2019.





First responders


Recently, , Peter Dawson, parish council chairman, co-ordinator and lone Community First Responder of the Stratford St Mary Community First Responder group, was presented with a cheque for £500. This took place outside the Dedham Co-op store and was presented by Maximillian Jackson, one of the shop's team leaders.













June 2019


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May 2019


Newsletter May 2019 Supplement



Community Cafe Friday 31st May



The Stratford St. Mary and Langham Community First Responders are running the Community Café this Friday, 31st May 2019, from 10.30–12.00. Do please come along and support them and the Langham Community Council. Entry is £1 which includes tea or coffee and a biscuit, with cakes available to buy too. The second-hand book stall will be running, and the 100 club draw will take place at 11.30.



Hornestreet Nature Reserve comes of age!

After almost 20 years, volunteers from Langham, Essex, in conjuction with the Dedham Vale AONB have established a small Nature Reserve in the village for the benefit of the local community.

In the early 1900`s land in this part of Langham was known as Hornestreet. The field was part of a small farm with outbuildings and eventually a fruit farm up to 1975. In 1999 a small group of Langham residents purchased the field and included a small pond that had dried up elsewhere in the village.

Since 1999, many local people have helped in the initial design work, tree planting work and many village residents have donated trees in support of this initiative. Today a fine selection of trees, and hedging are now well established providing an excellent site for conservation learning. The Dedham Vale AONB team have been so helpful in developing this site which will now be known as Hornestreet Nature Reserve.

The venue is used by the Langham Primary school for conservation education as well as the Langham Pre- school and the Langham Scout group. The site also hosts undergraduates from London University as part of their course programme while staying at Flatford.











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March 2019

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The Colchester Half-Marathon is coming through Langham on Sunday, 24 March.


The marathon route will be subjected to a rolling closure between 08.55 and 12.18









February 2019

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January 2019



The new sports facilities, north of the A12 at the Park-and-Ride junction have been agreed and a contractor has been appointed..


Below is an outline of what Colchester Borough Council intends to do with the Rugby Club land, and has announced a public consultation. The idea is that the income from the sale of land here will pay for the sports development ... and much, much more! In planning terms, this in-house deal will breach the A12 planning boundary, which concerns villages such as Boxted and Langham.










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These aircraft are scheduled to arrive over London at 1.00pm. They will, hopefully, appear over Langham, following roughly the track of the A 12 ... after leaving Ipswich at 12.45 .... and I would be in position from 12.30 onwards!




June 2018


Newsletter Jun 2018  Supplement



June 8 letter from the Planning Inspector regarding Part 1 of the Emerging Local Plan

(Garden Communities)










May 2018


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April 2018


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Urgent News


The Newsletter is carrying a date of 4 April for the Parish Council Meeting, which is also the date of the Annual Parish Meeting.


This is not correct; these meeting will be held on 25 April, starting 7.30 in the Community Centre.



There is a vacancy on the Parish Council; please check the notice board for details.




Mobile Library News


The Mobile Library Service is being reduced. It will, after April 5, call only in Moor Road, at 9.35 a.m..


The next dates are:


April 5

April 26

May 17

June 7

June 28

July 19







Footpath 57 Public Enquiry


The Parish was granted the footpath marked 57 on the map below, running along the northern boundary of The Oaks School. The landowner has  appealed this decision by Essex County Council, so a Public Enquiry is being held in the Club Room of the Community Centre on 17th April 2018.


If anyone who has used this route, or just wishes to attend this enquiry, they are free to come and are encouraged to do so.























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.





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February 2018


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Trees For Years 2018 


Free annual tree and fruit bush giveaway


Saturday 3 February 2018 10am - 1pm or sooner if all the stock goes 


Car park of Colchester Borough Council's offices at Rowan House, in Sheepen Road, Colchester


Colchester Borough Council have free trees and fruit bushes to give away as the popular annual Trees for Years initiative returns for the twelfth year in a row.


The free plants are available to Colchester Borough residents, community groups and parish councils. Residents can collect up to three plants per household and up to 15 per community group, school or parish council.


This year's initiative includes a variety of fruit bushes, decorative shrubs and trees to help create a greener Colchester for all. 



Species available this year are:


  • Acer campestre  (Field Maple)

  • ​Betula pendula (Silver Birch)

  • Cornus alba' Sibirica' (Red dogwood)

  • Cornus s. 'Flaviremea' (Yellow Dogwood)

  • Corylus avellana (Hazel)

  • Forsythia x intermedia 'Spectabilis'

  • Prunus padus (Bird Cherry)

  • Blackcurrent

  • Gooseberries

  • Raspberries


The 2018 bare root trees and fruit bushes will be available on a first come first served basis only.


Trees must be planted on private property. Postcodes & house numbers will be recorded to monitor the distribution.  Remember to bring a utility bill or other form of ID which shows your address.  Collecting for a School, please bring your staff ID.


Remember to bring a bag to put your trees in.


This year's Trees for Years is being sponsored by idverde who carry out the grounds maintenance for Colchester Borough Council 




January 2018


Newsletter Dec/Jan 2017-18  Supplement




Footpath 33, alongside Langham Oak Cottage and just off Park Lane  .... no it's not mud!


Dog Fouling


It has been brought to the attention of Langham Parish Council that the incidents of dog fouling around the village is on the increase again. This is very noticeable on several footpaths around the village and again on the recreation ground.

As previously, we hope it is not the villagers dogs that are responsible but visitors who don't actually walk their dogs, they just open doors and let them run free to do their business and then they jump back in the car.


The Zone Wardens have been informed and will be keeping an eye open to identify offenders.


So as a village can we make sure we do our bit and clean up after our own dogs so that we can maintain the village to a standard we all can appreciate.








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.





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