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Arrangements for St.Andrew’s Boxford during the Covid-19 Pandemic

In line with other religious organisations, St.Andrew’s church has been closed. However, we are not without services. These are being streamed online daily – Morning Prayer and Compline in the evening and Sunday services by Revd John Toogood. All this and more can be found on the East Downland website – please follow the link in the side bar.

On Sunday 5th July the first service in the East Downlands Benefice was a Holy Communion service held at St.Andrew’s, Boxford. Boxford St.Andrew’s will be hosting 3 Holy Communion services in September – 6th, 13th and 27th all at 11am. We shall be observing strict Covid-19 guidelines. The church will remain open for private prayer afterwards until 4pm

We hope everyone is keeping well and we look forward to seeing you again in St.Andrew’s Church. In the meanwhile if you need assistance, please contact the Rector:

BHP Update

Sadly the BHP events in the pipeline including the exhibition of the 2019 Mud Hole finds are deferred until further notice due to Covid-19. This also includes talks and visits requested by other historical societies about the 2019 Mud Hole excavations and the Boxford Mosaic.

Just in case you had not heard about the results of the Current Archaeology Award, we were pipped to the post by the Harlow Carr project – apparently they had 400 volunteers and the backing of York University so were able to galvanise more public votes – but according to Anthony Beeson we did have the best project! Grateful thanks to everyone who voted. Matt gave an excellent presentation about the project and the Boxford Mosaic book on sale at the event, sold out! So the work that everyone did in 2019 will be remembered long into the future.

The BHP like many other local historical societies has been approached by West Berkshire Council to assist in the appraisal of Conservation Areas locally. Boxford has two Conservation Areas and we are asked to consider whether these need updating and/or redefining. This is something we will be working on from home.

We are sorry we won’t be seeing you for some time. But please take care of yourselves and your nearest and dearest. Keep well!



Sales are going well. According to Countryside Books, over 1000 copies of The Boxford Mosaic book have been sold. The book is now available from many bookshops including Blackwells in Oxford and online. Oxbow Books will include copies on their stand at the Current Archaeology Awards at the end of the month. Copies are also available from St.Andrew’s Church or the Heritage Centre in Boxford.

Only a few days more to the”VOTE”

Voting closes on February 10th for the Current Archaeology Awards in the research section. Your vote matters! It’s a public vote so if you haven’t already done so, please, please vote now!

Many thanks.

The Boxford Mosaic – up for a Current Archaeology Award

This year’s Boxford Project of revealing the Boxford Mosaic has been nominated for a prestigious Current Archaeology Award in the research category. The award is made on the results of a PUBLIC VOTE.  Voting goes live on December 2nd until 10th February and is open to everyone. The result of the public vote will be announced on February 28th at the Current Archaeology Live! 2020 conference at the University of London’s Senate House. So if you would like to support, you can vote online

Please encourage family, friends and colleagues to vote. We are up against some strong competition – many thanks.


The Boxford Mosaic….a signing session at W.H.Smith

From left to right: Authors Matt Nichol, Anthony Beeson and Joy Appleton having a brief respite from signing the new book The Boxford Mosaic by local publishers Countryside Books. The book is available from W.H.Smith in Newbury or direct from the publishers

Photo courtesy of Matt Nichol and Nick Battle

The Boxford History Project introduces the story of The Boxford Mosaic

Anthony Beeson – Iconographer extraordinaire
Matt Nichol – Senior Site Project Archaeologist
Duncan Coe – Head of Cotswold Archaeology’s Exeter and Andover Offices
Joy Appleton – Chairman Boxford History Project
The Boxford Mosaic book – published by Countryside Books

at the Corn Exchange, Newbury

November 19th – An evening at the Corn Exchange with around 300 in the audience, excellent speakers and a book launch! All in all, a fitting tribute to the Roman Boxford Mosaic and the community group that worked to bring it back to life, this summer.
What a wonderful way to close the project!

Photos kindly supplied by Chris Forsey


Hot off the press!

Anthony Beeson’s article about the Boxford Mosaic in the Current Archaeology magazine should be out today.

Speaking of printing ………………the new book “The Boxford Mosaic” authors Anthony Beeson and Matt Nichol, will be on sale from Monday 18th November. If you are coming to the Feedback Session on Tuesday 19th November at the Corn Exchange you can pick up copies there. Otherwise W.H.Smith in Newbury is stocking it or it’s available online from the publishers Countryside Books

The Boxford Mosaic

Hear All About It and/or Read All about it!

In anticipation of a bumper crowd after the Open Day in August, the Boxford History Project has arranged a Feedback Session called The Wondrous Boxford Mosaic at the Corn Exchange in Newbury with speakers Anthony Beeson and Matt Nichol with an introduction by me.
Date: 19th November at 7.30pm
Tickets are available from the Corn Exchange Box Office £5 per adult; children under 16 free.0845 5218 218 or online at

A new book entitled The Boxford Mosaic (authors Anthony Beeson and Matt Nichol) will be available on the same evening and can be pre-ordered with ticket purchases through the Corn Exchange Box Office at £12. Alternatively books can be purchased from WHSmith in Newbury or online at the publisher – Countryside Books Countryside books are offering a discount on 2 or more purchases. The book is due to be out on November 18th.

Hope to see you on November 19th!


Read All About It – The Boxford Mosaic

Current Archaeology is running a short piece in this months magazine (out tomorrow) and a much longer piece in the November issue written by Anthony Beeson.

British Archaeology is running a substantial piece written by Mike Pitts the editor, which should be out next week.

Just gone to the printers, is a book written by Matt Nichol and Anthony Beeson with an introduction by Joy  – should be out mid November.

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