HUGE HAUL OF STOLEN PROPERTY RECOVERED

The Police has recovered 250 items of stolen property thought to relate to the recent rural crime spree. At least one plaque stolen from a Boughton house has already been matched to its owner. The haul includes garden urns, statues, garden tools and mowers, power tools, gates and benches. If you have had such things stolen recently, please contact Chris Boyce from Boughton Neighbourhood Watch ASAP on 07513 156859. Chrissy will collate a list for the village and send to the officer in charge.


POCKET PARK PLANTING DAY

The Pocket Park needs lots and lots of volunteers on 11th April to help replant the maze. 
The remaining shrubs, soil and membrane needs removing and then replacing, along 
with new plants. Robin Ideson, a garden designer from the village, has kindly donated his time to plan the scheme and oversee the plant. This will be a big but worthwhile job that will take most of the day. If you can spare a couple of hours, please come along with wellies, spade and, if possible, a wheelbarrow or bucket. Mary James is organising a two-hourly rota starting at 10am so it would be helpful to know beforehand how many helpers there might be and when but not essential. Please contact her on 07722 243554 or email mary.james30@btinternet.com

SOLAR FARM PLANNING REJECTED

Planning permission to build hundreds of 2m-high solar panels on land opposite the Windhover known as Kingsthorpe Meadows has been refused. In 2008 local residents raised funds in the hope of purchasing the land and turning it into a community nature reserve. However, they were outbid at the auction by Abington councillor Ifty Choudary.

SATURDAY MORNING YOGA

The Village Hall is hosting a number of yoga events in April. These are “Flow Yoga” on 11th April from 10am till 11.15am and “Gong Deep Relaxation” on 18th April. Each session is £7 with a discount for those attending both. For more information, contact Carrie-Anne Bridel at carineanne@yogafreedom.co.uk or call 07984 191016.

VINTAGE TEA REMINDER

“There are still a limited number of tickets available for the vintage tea party in the Village Hall,” writes Cassie Handshaw. “This is on Sunday 26th April from 2pm until 4pm. Tickets are £8.50, which includes afternoon tea and live music. The Committee are trying to raise funds for the essential maintenance of the Hall. If you are unable to attend but would like to support, you can help by donating a homemade cake or a raffle prize. Please contact Sandra Lee on 843491.”

INVITATION TO ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

The Annual Parish Meeting takes place on Monday 13th April at 7.30pm in Boughton Village Hall. Everyone is invited to attend to find out what is going on in the village and, in particular, see the proposed plans for traffic calming in Vyse Road, Church Street and Moulton Lane. There will also be reports from village organisation and annual reports from Boughton Parish Council, and County and District Councillors.

GO TO THE PICTURES IN PITSFORD

Pitsford Film Circle warmly invites Boughton residents to join them on Saturday 25th April 
in Pitsford Village Hall at 7.30pm for 8pm when they will be showing the film Belle (12A) starring Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson. The film is inspired by the true story of an illegitimate, mixed-race girl raised by her aristocratic great uncle Lord Mansfield, who eventually aids the abolition of slavery in England. The ticket price, which includes a glass of wine, is £5.50 for adults and £5 for concessions.

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH BOUGHTON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

The ability to contact as many villagers as possible quickly is a very useful tool for Neighbourhood Watch. If you would like to add your email address to the Boughton network, please contact Chris Boyce on chrissyboyce@btinternet.com. Anyone without email can ring Chris on 07513 156859.

VILLAGE WEBSITE – MAKE THE MOST OF IT

Don’t forget to take a look at the new village website: www.boughtonnorthants.co.uk Not only does it look fabulous but it is a valuable communication tool for the village. It is regularly updated with events and news, as well as helping residents keep track of planning issues in Boughton.

START OF TERM FOR THURSDAY-NIGHT YOGA

Lizzy’s yoga classes in the Village Hall start again on 17th April from 6.15pm until 8pm. The cost is £7.50 per session if paying termly or £10 to drop in. Call Lizzy on 07950 573719 for more information or see www.yogawalks.co.uk

JADE BOWYER’S COURGETTE & LEMON PASTA

Boughton-Lemon-Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 2 courgettes, coarsely grated or spiralled
  • 
5 to 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 good pinches of dried chili flakes
  • 4 tbsp pine kernels
  • 
Zest of one unwaxed lemon
  • 200g spaghetti
  • 
Salt

Method:

Put the grated courgette in a clean tea towel and squeeze dry. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the courgette for five minutes over a medium heat stirring occasionally. Add the chili flakes, pine kernels and lemon zest, and cook for a further three minutes. Season with salt. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pan of salted water. Once cooked, drain thoroughly and tip into the frying pan with the courgette. Toss everything together over a medium heat for 30 seconds then serve with Parmesan if using. It’s lovely with or without!

ROBIN IDESON’S PLANT OF THE MONTH

Prunus laurocerasus (Cherry Laurel ‘Otto Luyken’) is an evergreen laurel. This variety of laurel is smaller and more compact than the standard Cherry Laurel that is often seen in parks and gardens (P. L ‘Rotundifolia’). It grows to around 4ft high and wide and has long, narrow, deep green oval leaves with an attractive sheen. The glossy leaves reflect light, which may add some sparkle to a dark corner. Being evergreen, it provides structure and year-round presence to a mixed border or as a hedge. As with Rotundifolia, it is a very hardy plant that will grow almost anywhere and is happy in sun and shade. Around this time each year the Otto Lukyen produces an abundant display of tiny white flowers in clusters that create bottle-brush like spires. These flower clusters have an intense fragrance and will often provide a second flush in the autumn. Flowers are followed by attractive red, cherry-like berries that turn to a deep purple. It is tough and dependable, and goes a long way to prove that evergreen shrubs can be both functional and attractive. The Otto Luyken variety is also fairly slow growing, meaning it is a lot easier to control than its big bully cousin Rotundifolia, which my garden design tutor described as “a bit Tesco carpark”.

Robin is a Boughton-based garden designer.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 11th & 18th April: Yoga Events 10am in the Village Hall. Call 07984 191016 for more information.
  • 11th April: Pocket Park Big Dig From 10am in the Pocket Park.
  • 13th April: Annual Parish Meeting 7.30pm in the Village Hall. All welcome.
  • 20th April: Boughton Ladies Fellowship “Mellow Yellow”. All will be explained at the meeting! For contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 26th April: Vintage Tea Party 2pm until 4pm in the Village Hall. Cake donations gratefully received. More info to follow
  • 3rd Monday: Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • Every Monday: Pilates 12- 1pm Village Hall – contact Roberta Gee 07816768252
  • Every Tuesday: Pilates 6.30 – 7.30 pm Village Hall – contact Roberta Gee
  • Last Tuesday of month: Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • Every Thursday: Yoga 6.15 – 8pm – Contact Lizzy on 07950 573719

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

  • Meetings
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Children’s Parties
  • Dances and Fundraisers

Contact Sandra Lee (843491)