NORTHERN ORBITAL ROAD CONSULTATION – HAVE YOUR SAY

The public exhibitions at Moulton College and Kingsthorpe Library giving information about the possible Northern Orbital route were very well attended, so much so that all the feedback forms were given out on the first day at Moulton College. The public consultation ends 8th April. Please do give your views by visiting the Northamptonshire Highways section of the County Council’s website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk

MAJOR TRAFFIC DISRUPTION EXPECTED

Four-way traffic lights will be in operation for most of April at the A508 roundabout as development continues at Buckton Fields. The County Council has already warned of severe delays and asks people to avoid the area. Obviously, this is almost impossible 
for Boughton residents. The Parish Council has received reassurances that the traffic 
lights will be operated manually at peak times. Please visit the village website (www.boughtonnorthants.co.uk) or the BVM Facebook page for up-to-date information.

SIXTIES NIGHT A SWINGING SUCCESS

“A huge thank you to all my helpers and everyone who attended the fundraiser in the Village Hall with Fynnius Fogg last month,” writes Helen Coghill. “A splendid sum of £1,700 was raised for The Hope Centre and FaceFax. Thank you to the band, who play for nothing. They have raised in the region of £600,000 through performing free of charge at such events and have been nominated for a Queen’s Award. Their next gig is at Abington Park on Sunday 17th April from 2pm until 5pm, also in aid of The Hope Centre.”

MEMORIAL FOR LOCAL GP

There will be a memorial service to celebrate the life of Dr Barry Nuttall at Boughton Church on Friday 15th April at 2.30pm. Barry lived in the village for many years, was a keen supporter of Boughton Cricket Club and was known by a great many people.

PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS

The date for the election of nine Parish Councillors has been set for Thursday 5th May and will be combined with the Police and Crime Commissioner elections, plus a third of Daventry District Council seats. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk, Jayne Bunting, on 882527.

VILLAGE PARTY TO CELEBRATE THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY

A fete-style party, similar to the one held for the Royal wedding, is planned for Sunday 12th June when events will be taking place across the country to celebrate the Queen turning 90. Volunteers and ideas are needed. If you can help, please contact Charlotte Mackaness.

BOUGHTON ACTOR HOLLYWOOD BOUND?

Tony Boullemier, extra extraordinaire who lives on Humfrey Lane, made a big impression on Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne when they starred together in The Theory Everything. Rumour has it that Eddie won’t sign for his next movie unless Tony is in the cast. At the time of going to press, BVM was trying to verify the source of this story.

BEWARE “NOTTINGHAM KNOCKERS”

In the last few weeks there have been a number of incidents reported in the village of so-called “Nottingham Knockers” going from house to house. Sadly, claiming to be selling small household items is often a front: the real motive is to gauge which properties are occupied during the day in order to burgle them in future. If in doubt, do not open the door and call 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.

VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT – INPUT NEEDED

The Parish Council has been updating the Village Design Statement, which was adopted by DDC in 2003 as supplementary planning guidance. It continues to be used as a significant reference document when the Parish Council is determining individual planning applications. There will be a consultation on the draft document from 1st until 29th April. This will be online at www.boughtonnorthants.co.uk or hard copies will be available at the pub.

TEA PARTY GOODIES NEEDED
Cakes and raffle prizes are requested for the vintage tea party taking place in the Village Hall on 8th May. If you’re able to help, please call Sandra Lee on 843491.

“ANTIQUES ROADSHOW” DAY AT BRIXWORTH

Brixworth Church is holding a valuation day on 12th May between 12pm and 4pm. Bring along your antiques to be valued by W & H Peacock auctioneers. It’s £2 for the first item, £1 for further items with a maximum of three. Proceeds will go towards Brixworth Church funds. For more information, call 881422.

CALLIS FAMILY THAI CURRY

Ingredients: 

  • 400g oriental mushrooms
  • 750g chicken thighs
  • 400ml tin coconut milk
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 
6 kaffir lime leaves
  • 200g mangetout
  • ½ bunch fresh Thai basil
  • 2 limes

For the paste
:

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 shallots
  • 
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
  • 2 lemongrass stalks
  • 
4 green chillies
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • ½ bunch fresh coriander
  • 2tbsp fish sauce

Method: 

For the paste, peel and chop the garlic, shallots and ginger. Blitz in a food processor with the lemongrass, trimmed with outer leaves removed. Trim and add the chillies plus the cumin and half the coriander. Blitz until finely chopped, add the fish sauce and blitz again. Slice the chicken into 2.5cm strips. Place in a large pan on a medium heat with a tablespoon of ground nut oil. Fry for six minutes or until just turning golden. Transfer to a plate. Tear the mushrooms into pieces. Return the pan to a medium heat, add the mushrooms and fry for five minutes or until golden. Transfer to a plate. Reduce the heat and add the Thai green paste, cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in the coconut milk and 400ml of boiling water, crumble in the stock cube and add the lime leaves. Turn the heat up and bring gently to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the chicken and mushrooms, reduce the heat to low and cook until the chicken is cooked, adding the mangetout for the final two minutes. Roughly chop and stir through the basil leaves and remaining coriander.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

The Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the boidies is?
The little boids is on de wing. Ain’t that absoid?
The little wings in on de boid. (The Brooklyn Ode to Spring)

Well, it’s been a strange winter: too mild and wet, finishing off very cold. It confused the birds and the watchers. When it was mild they didn’t need us to feed them and only returned to our gardens in numbers when the freezing temperatures returned. I was glad to see a few greenfinches, chaffinches and goldfinches, that I thought had disappeared for more sinister reasons, return to us from the fields where they had been feeding! Insect eaters will adapt to eating seeds and nuts and bird table fare when the ground gets too hard to penetrate for worms and grubs. Over Boughton, it is nice to see and hear the buzzards circling overhead again. There are two pairs at least regularly nesting east of the village. Not so nice to have to wage war with the pesky squirrel which keeps hanging on my fat balls! Perhaps I’d better re-phrase that – hanging on my nut and seed feeders. My solution is to place a large circular plastic lid on the wire a few inches above the feeder as they like to slide down from above. However, they are ingenious and persistent and will leap across from adjacent branches preferring to feed upside down and then falling to the ground. It’s not unknown for my fox friend to leap up to grab them with his teeth and drag them to the ground. Canny positioning is a must! Well, I’ve overhauled my nest boxes for blue, great and coat tits and open fronted for robins, the hedges won’t need cutting until later. What’s next? Oh, get the lawnmower out and those borders sorted – but it is tempting to leave it to nature!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 11th April: Annual Village Meeting 7.30pm, Village Hall. Reports from Boughton organisations and discussion of Northern Orbital road.
  • 18th April: Boughton Ladies Fellowship “Crystal therapy”. All welcome, please Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 23rd April: Pitsford Film Circle in Pitsford Village Hall is showing “The Book Thief” at 7.30pm for 8pm. Price £5.50/£5 including wine.
  • 5th May: Parish Council Elections
  • 8th May: Vintage Tea Party in the Village Hall.
  • 3rd Monday: Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • 6th Monday: Chiropody service in Village Hall for residents only – contact 01536 771393
  • 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 7.15 – 8.30pm – Contact Lizzy on 07950 573719

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is May 2016

EDITORS:

Helen Coghill: Pegasus House (01604) 841953 hmcoghill@doctors.org.uk

Charlotte Mackaness: Wickets Cottage (01604) 842311 charlotte@mackaness.net