This remarkable image is just a small part of the amazing Roman mosaic found last summer in the parish of Boxford. It is an image of Hercules slaying a centaur. Fund raising has started in earnest for the 2019 dig to uncover its full extent. The mosaic has been examined by experts and described as the most important Roman mosaic find in Great Britain for the last 50 years. It received widespread national and international coverage when it was discovered last year.
This community project is a collaboration between the Boxford History Project (BHP) and the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) overseen by a professionals from Cotswold Archaeology. Volunteers come in the main from Boxford and the surrounding area but all are welcome. We will be looking for volunteers for August/September next year – you don’t need previous experience, just enthusiasm and genuine interest…..and an ability to smile through all weathers! So please get in touch if you would like to volunteer by emailing email@example.com
£25,346.00 has been raised so far, with £34,367.46 to find! Greenham Common Trust has offered to match fund pound for pound donations up to £5000 through The Good Exchange funding platform . More detailed information about the project can be found on the Good Exchange website https://app.thegoodexchange.com/project/12262/boxford-history-project/the-wondrous-boxford-mosaic……………………and you can also make a donation if you wish – it’s really easy………….and don’t forget Greenham Common Trust will double it!
Boxford’s new defibrillator is now functioning in the church porch at St.Andrew’s. In the event of an emergency, the 999 operator will advise the location and code to access the defibrillator. Thirty two people have signed up for Resuscitation Training which will take place at the Village Hall on September 12th and 19th. More money for the defibrillator, installation, maintenance and first aid training has been received and the total now stands at £2845! Well done Boxford!
The sponsored runners, Colin Hays, Nadege Fleming and Andrew Leader who took part in the Gibbet Challenge Run on 28th June to fund raise for the new defibrillator
The Parish of Boxford is attractively situated in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a few miles north-west of the market town of Newbury in Berkshire. The Parish is characterised by open chalk and flint downland fields running down to the rich soils of the wooded river valley of the Lambourn. To the south-west of the Parish there are large woodland plantations, through which the old Roman Road of Ermin Street passes.
The village of Boxford itself sits naturally protected by the surrounding woods and hills which were once covered with Box from which the village takes its name. The River Lambourn, a fine trout stream, meanders through the village and thence south-east to Newbury, where it joins the River Kennet. Nearly all the water meadows at the heart of the village are classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Part of the village of Boxford is in a Conservation Area. There are approximately 190 households in the parish as a whole, and a church, village hall, public house and recreation ground are to be found in the village itself.
Explore Boxford on foot: download Boxford Parish Footpaths (PDF).