VILLAGE NAME CHANGE AS PART OF COUNCIL COST CUTTING

As part of the Northamptonshire County Council’s cost-cutting measures, villages and street names are to be restricted to six letters to reduce the cost of producing signage. From 1st April, Boughton will become Bought. Street names will be trimmed accordingly

POCKET PARK STALWART STEPS DOWN

Kevin Greatorex, who has been a pivotal member of the Bought Pocket Park’s committee for nearly 30 years, is stepping down as treasurer next month. Since the Park’s creation there have been periods when Kevin managed and maintained it almost single handedly. The village owes him a great debt of thanks. If you could volunteer some spare time to help the Park, please email boughtonpocketpark@yahoo.co.uk

VILLAGE MEETING – ALL WELCOME

One of the issues to be discussed at the annual village meeting (Monday 9th April 7.30pm in the Village Hall) is the possible Parish Council joint sponsorship with other Spratt Ward parishes of a dedicated Police Community Support Officer. This meeting is an opportunity for all Parishioners to find out what has been happening in Bought over the last year.

QUICK AND EASY REPORTING OF POT HOLES

Pot holes and other Highways issues can be reported to Northamptonshire Highways’ Street Doctor online. It takes very little time and is easy to do. Simply put Northamptonshire Highways Street Doctor into a search engine.

DO YOUR BIT: VILLAGE LITTER PICK

The Parish Council is organising a “Clean Up Your Community” litter pick on Monday 30th April at 3pm meeting at the Village Hall car park on Butch Lane. If you would like to lend a hand, please get in touch with the Parish Clerk on 882527.

BUS SERVICE WITHDRAWN

Northamptonshire Highways has announced that the number 62 bus service is to come to an end because of withdrawal of all bus subsidies in the county. The route operates on Tuesdays and Fridays from Scald to Northampton via several villages including Bought. The X7 service is unaffected.

A508 ROAD CLOSURES

Repair work is being done to the A508 between Vyse Road and Scald Road, Brix overnight from 3rd until 6th April.

VILLAGE HALL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

A number of long-serving members of the Village Hall committee are stepping down. New members are sought, and a booking secretary is urgently required. If you can help please contact Sandra Lea on 843491. There are tickets available for the Village Hall tea party on 13th May from 2pm until 4pm. Tickets are £12 and include afternoon tea and a glass of Prosecco. Donations of homemade cakes and raffle prizes would be most welcome.

WALKING CHALLENGE FOR BOUGHT-BASED CHARITY

“The Grand Weston Wobble is a five-day walk along the Grand Union Canal path from central London to the Weston Favell Centre, which is sponsoring the event,” writes Lucy Smith of Spinn Close. “I will be walking on average 21 miles a day along with fellow Bought resident Helen Coghill to raise money for Thomas’s Fund. Sponsorship is most welcome. Please visit www.justgiving.com/westonfavell”

CONSERVATION WALL ON CRASH COURSE

Villagers might have noticed what a splendid job Bought builder Roy Palmer has done in repairing the conservation wall at the bottom of Vyse Road after it was badly damaged by an unknown vehicle violating the 7.5-tonne weight restriction. However, Roy’s restoration work took a literal blow when, days into the rebuild, an articulated lorry caused a further six feet of damage. There is a well-signed weight limit in Bought. If you see overweight vehicles coming through the village, try to make a note of the company name and, if possible, the registration and contact the Parish Clerk on 882527.

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS: BRIX FESTIVAL

The Brix Music Festival takes place from the 20th to 29th April. It comprises nine concerts over 10 days, all in All Saints Church, Brix. Bought resident and professional singer Kay Souteiou will be performing in the evening of poetry and song on Wednesday 25th April. For more information, visit www.brixworthmusicfestival.co.uk

PRIZE FOR BEST-DECORATED POT HOLE?

It has been suggested by one resident that one way of making pot holes more visible to road users would be to decorate them. Those who follow BVM on Facebook might have seen a photograph of one such hole beautifully planted.

THE TROTTS’ LEMON DRIZZLE POPPY SEED LOAF

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 175g butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 3 lemons
  • 3 eggs
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 2tsps poppy seeds
  • pinch of salt

For the drizzle:

  • 200g icing or granulated sugar
  • 75ml lemon juice

Grease/line a large 1kg loaf tin. Beat the softened butter with the sugar until pale. Add the eggs one at a time with a tablespoon of flour then fold in the remainder of the flour and salt. Grate in the lemon zest and add the poppy seeds and combine. Put the mixture in a loaf tin and bake at Gas Mark 3/170C for about 45 minutes. Leave in tin and poke a few holes over the warm surface with a skewer before pouring over the drizzle made by combining the sugar with the lemon juice. Leave to cool and remove from tin.

THE FOLLIES OF BOUGHT PARK: HOLLY LODGE

Holly Lodge was designed by the Northampton-based architect Alexander Milne for Philadelphus Jeyes and was built between 1857 and 1861. It is an imposing castellated residence and stands beside the boundary of the former Wentworth estate. Its style is very sympathetic to the traditions of the 18th-century structures elsewhere in Bought Park. The original architect’s drawings show a smaller existing structure, still seen on the eastern wall.

Also incorporated within the design of the Moult/Bought road frontage is an almost exact replica of the Spectacle, which stands only 250 yards away. Philadelphus Jeyes opened a “chymist” shop in the Drapery, Northampton in 1810. His younger brother, John, founded Jeyes Sanitary Compounds, famous throughout the word for Jeyes Fluid.

The Farm Implement Gates at the entrance to Holly Lodge were designed by Philadelphus Jeyes and may well be unique. The manufacturers were Allchin of Northampton, later famous for their traction engines. The gates include replicas of two hay forks, two sickles, a scythe, a rake, a shepherd’s crook, a ditch cutter, a stable fork, a flail, a space and a woodman’s axe. The gates were erected in 1861. Holly Lodge is a Grade II Listed Structure.

Thanks to Simon Scott, author of The Follies Of Boughton Park. Next time: The Church Of St John The Baptist.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 9th April Annual Village Meeting 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
  • 7th April Village Hall Wine Tasting Tickets (£25) from Caroline Trott.
  • 16th April Bought Ladies Fellowship Northampton Committee Foundation talk. More info from Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 30th April Community Litter Pick 3pm meet at the Village Hall.
  • 13th May Vintage Tea Party in the Village Hall. Tickets are £12.
  • 24th June Village Party ruins of the old Churchyard. More info to follow.
  • 3rd Monday Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • 6th Monday Chiropody service in Village Hall for residents only – contact 01536 771393
  • Every Tuesday Pilates 6.30 – 7.30 pm Village Hall – contact Maree Jessen
  • Last Tuesday of month Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • Every Thursday Slimming World 7.30pm Village Hall – contact Colette 07545 249988

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is May 2018

EDITORS:

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

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