NEW FORMAT FOR ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on 21st May but unlike previous years the venue will be the village school. Furthermore, the format will be much more relaxed, with wine and nibbles. The Parish Council would like the occasion to be more of a get together for the local community as well as an opportunity to find out what is going on in Boughton. The evening starts at 7pm.

SHOULD WE STAY OR SHOULD WE GO?

Inspired by Brexit, residents of Boughton are to be given the opportunity to take part in a referendum on whether the village wishes to continue to be part of Northamptonshire. The “Nexit” vote will ask Parishioners whether they wish to stay, become part of Leicestershire or its own county: Boughtonshire. More information to follow after April 1st

FIX IT FRIDAY AT BOUGHTON VILLAGE SCHOOL

On 26th April the school is hosting a “Fix It Friday” from 3.30pm until 5pm. Please come along to lend a hand in transforming the school’s outdoor space. Any help from the community would be appreciated. For information, email admin@boughtonacademy.co.uk. The school would also like to flag up several events in its diary that may cause additional congestion in the village: Friday 5th April is family assembly at 1.15pm followed by the end of term at 2.30pm; 23rd April there are after-school discos so there could be some disruption until 5.45pm; 24th and 25th April school trips with coaches leaving in the morning and returning to Boughton at lunchtime.

NEW FACES ON PARISH COUNCIL

“The Parish Council is delighted to welcome David James and Charlotte Mackaness, who have recently joined the Council. David is new to the Parish, and Charlotte has lived in Boughton for 14 years,” writes Parish Council chairman Steve Potter. “We welcome the expertise they will both bring to their new roles.” BVM Editors’ note: we would like to reiterate that the village newsletter is independent of the Parish Council. While it often reports news from the Council, the views represented in the newsletter are not those of the Council.

STREET DOCTOR TO BE REPLACED BY NEW SERVICE

Northamptonshire County Council’s Street Doctor, an online service to report pot holes, failed street lights and other issues, is being replaced by a new service called Fix My Street. At the time of going to press, no details were available but will be reported in next month’s BVM and will be put on the Facebook page as soon as it is live.

BUCKTON FIELDS SPORTS DAY

The Buckton Fields community group is hosting a sports day on Sunday 26th May. There will be a tug of war, egg-and-spoon race and other traditional events. There is a Buckton Fields community Facebook page. Please contact this page for more information.

DELVING INTO THE PATCH’S PAST

Peter and Juliet Storey would like to hear from anyone with photographs of (pre 2004) or historical information regarding their home: The Patch on Humfrey Lane. If you can help, please phone them on 846615 or post it through the door.

NEW BABY CLASSES AT VILLAGE HALL

You can now book for baby sensory classes in Boughton Village Hall. These start on Wednesday 1st May. The sessions include a host of activities, including music, baby signing and bubbles. For more information, visit www.babysensory.com/northampton

LOCAL BRASS BAND SEEKS NEW VENUE

Moulton 77 Brass Band desperately needs a new home. Due to circumstances beyond its control, the brass band needs a new rehearsal and storage space. If you can help or know of someone with an empty building or a venue free on a Tuesday evening, please email bandenquiries@hotmail.co.uk

VOLUNTEERS DAY AT NORTHAMPTON AND LAMPORT RAILWAY

This local railway is appealing for people to join the team. It is holding a “New Volunteers Day” on 28th April. There is a myriad of jobs and opportunities, depending on your skills and interests. No previous experience is required, and you can give as much or little time as you want. If you can’t make 28th April, please pop in any Sunday. For more information, please contact societysecretary@nlr.org.uk

RECIPES STILL REQUIRED

We would love to hear from you if you have a tasty and easy-to-make favourite recipe that can be shared with fellow villagers.

LUCY SMITH’S HOT CROSS BUN AND BUTTER PUDDING

Ingredients:

  • 300ml double cream
  • 1½tsp vanilla essence
  • 600ml milk
  • 8 hot cross buns
  • 4 eggs
  • 40g butter
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 100g marzipan
  • Icing sugar for dusting

Method:

Heat the oven to 170/Gas Mark 3. Warm the cream and milk in a pan over a gentle heat. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla together and then gradually add this to the warm cream mixture. Halve the hot cross buns and spread with butter. Arrange them in a large, shallow ovenproof dish (approximately 25cm x 32cm) and dot with marzipan. Pour over three quarters of the cream mixture. Set aside and allow it to soak in for at least 15 minutes. Press the buns down into the custardy mixture as they soften. Then add the rest of the liquid. Bake for 50 minutes until set, then remove and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Dust lightly with icing sugar and serve while still warm.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Spring has arrived and there’s plenty to do after the ravages of winter. The RSPB tells me that swifts are now an endangered species as their numbers have halved in recent years. After the chicks emerge from the nest, they spend the next two years on the wing, feeding, sleeping and even mating before returning to breed – amazing! Modern houses and most renovations of older houses do not provide the high nest cavities required for their nest sites. Consequently, the RSPB is appealing to its members and the public to provide nest boxes mounted high under the eaves. The RSPB’s website provides instructions on how to make your own or you can buy them ready made. They have to be a specific shape and size as the swifts need to swoop in from a height and shuffle from hole to their nest horizontally. Special bricks with cavities can also be built so builders can include them in new builds and extensions

Swifts are gregarious birds and like to nest near each other so two or more boxes are recommended. Needless to say, I’ve built a couple and mounted them on the front of my house. Let’s see whether the swifts find them. I’ll report back any success, as I did when I provided a box for local bats a while back. Otherwise, my usual nest boxes for the tit/robin families are in place, cleaned and repaired ready for habitation. Feeding the birds in winter, I unwittingly fed a sparrow hawk too! It sat on a branch near my bird feeder waiting, and I was astonished to see it intercept a Great Tit in mid-flight, despite it doing a “loop the loop” trying to evade it. That’s life and they all have to eat. Fortunately, they are not a common bird in these parts.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 8th April Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 15th April Boughton Ladies Fellowship Quiz night and natter. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 26th April Fix It Friday 3.30pm-5pm at Boughton school.
  • 21st May Annual Parish Meeting 7pm at Boughton school. All welcome
  • 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 Zumba 6.30pm – call Lina 07725984674
  • Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat am – exercise classes with Dan 07950482979
  • Wed and Friday pm – exercise classes with Dan 07950482979

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

  • Meetings
  • Children’s Parties
  • Dances
  • Fundraisers

Contact Jenny Bullock (01604) 845701 Next BVM issue is May 2019

EDITORS:

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

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