Over the last few years we’ve had much fun thinking up April Fool stories for this issue of BVM, such as the County Council reducing village and road names to six letters to save money on road signs or last year’s Nexit referendum on whether Boughton wished to stay part of Northamptonshire. It didn’t seem quite appropriate to tease this year but we have included some things that we hope will raise a smile in these troubling times. It isn’t possible to have BVM photocopied at the moment so if you have a neighbour who doesn’t go online but enjoys the newsletter, please think about printing it out and posting it through their letter box while observing all safety and social distancing precautions.


BVM and the Parish Council has established a group of over 30 village volunteers, registered with the County Council, that can help if you are self isolating and require shopping, prescriptions collecting or simply to have a chat on the phone. To find out more please contact Charlotte Mackaness (07808 725124) or the Parish Clerk, Jayne Bunting, on 882527 or email clerk@boughton.org.uk


Boughton Village Hall is closed until further notice. The Pocket Park remains open but residents are reminded NOT to use the play equipment and to obey social distancing rules.


April’s Annual Village Meeting has been cancelled. Reports from Boughton’s various organisations will be posted on the village website in due course.


“Staff at the village school have pulled together to provide care for the children of key workers during this difficult time,” writes head Mrs Mary James. “This includes vital services such as the NHS, emergency services, utilities, social care, teachers, local and national government, food production, delivery and sales. The staff team is trying to provide a range of activities and experiences across the primary age group, plus ideas to help parents keep their children active and busy at home. The situation is evolving constantly but we hope to provide some live streaming of stories, music and other lessons and activities that children not at school can access at home.”


Local elections planned for May this year have been postponed because of coronavirus. This means that Boughton Parish Councillors’ terms have been extended until May 2021.


“With many Boughtonians self isolating, there has never been more time to read,” writes Tony Boullemier. “On your daily walk, why not pop into the free book exchange in the red phone box at the bottom of Church Street? It has enough great reading material to outlast the pandemic. However, as many people touch the door handle, we suggest you use a tissue to open it, which can then be placed in the nearby bin. As coronavirus can live up to 72 hours on metal and up to 24 hours on cardboard, please take the precaution of wiping down books and washing your hands as soon as you get home.”


The Parish Council would like to clarify an article that appeared in the March 2020 edition of BVM under the heading “Sponsor Required For The Old Churchyard”. In May 2019 the Parish Council paid a grant to the Parochial Church Council (PCC) in the sum of £1,375 for grounds maintenance for the Old St John’s Churchyard. At that time the Parish Council confirmed to the PCC that this was a one-off payment only. At the December 2019 meeting of the Parish Council, councillors considered a further request by the PCC for funding towards the cost of grounds maintenance. The Parish Council resolved that the PCC could apply for a grant in the next financial year as £1,500 had been proposed in the 2020/2021 budget for village grants. The Parish Council did not agree to the request at this time but suggested that £500 was a figure that could be considered through the grant application process in the next financial year.


During these unprecedented times, Northamptonshire Police is asking anyone who would normally place a non-urgent call to 101 to, where possible, use its online reporting service. This can be found at www.northants.police.uk


Sadly, there is a small proportion of people trying to exploit the difficult times we are living through. If in any doubt or to report a fraud or scam you can contact the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.



  • 1½lb cooked potatoes
  • Any other cooked vegetables, such as peas, cabbage, carrots etc
  • Splash of milk
  • Knob of butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3oz cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper to season


Mash the potatoes with the milk and butter. Chop any large pieces of vegetables and then combine the veg and mash with the onions. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the mixture into an oiled baking dish and top with the grated cheese. Cook in a hot oven (200C/400F) for 30 to 40 minutes.

BARKING MAD: observations of a spaniel

I’m not sure what’s going on in our house these days. My owners seem very worried about something called a ‘virus.’

My dad Tony took me on a very long walk over the fields this morning, with no lead on. Yippee!

But he said it was the only time that someone called Boris was letting him out today. So I had to make the most of it.

After a spot of lunch I was having a nice rest in the conservatory when I thought I saw something move behind the bookcase.

I put my paw in there to check it out and my mum Marie screamed: “Look . . . it’s a mouse! I saw it move!”

Now, I’ve got no idea what a mouse is. But she grabbed me by the collar and put me in my crate.

Then she yelled at my Dad to pull the bookcase out and catch it.

But she’d forgotten to lock the crate so I came out to investigate.

“Put Heidi in the yard,” shouted my dad.

Then I watched him through the window as he pulled the bookcase out and I heard him tell my mum: “It’s not a mouse. It’s only cobwebs, blowing about in the draft from the back door.”

Well honestly, I could have told him that!

I find that stuff around the house all the time.

So my dad got the job of clearing it all up with that whirring machine on wheels. And my mum went upstairs to “lie down and recover”.  As she put it.

Honestly, all that fuss and shouting. You’d have thought the world was coming to an end and they’d found a ‘virus’ behind the bookcase.

Or something really important – like a squirrel!



Dan from Overpower usually runs classes in Boughton Village Hall. Here are his top five tips to help stay healthy during lockdown!

  • Daily Walk (NEAT) this stands for ‘non exercise activity thermogenesis” and is all the exercise you do that is not structured: walking up and down stairs at home, hoovering etc. Along with a daily walk, try to keep moving as much as possible to increase your daily NEAT.
  • Hydration fill a bottle in the morning so you can track how much water you are drinking. Aim for two to three litres. Not only will this help you feel good and hydrated it can also help avoid unnecessary snacking.
  • Exercise a shortage of equipment shouldn’t stop you in your tracks. Try a daily walk or run or join us for some live sessions. Contact details below.
  • Sleep a good night’s rest will help support you mentally and physically. Going to bed at a reasonable time will help you feel more energised, positive and less likely to hit the treat cupboard. Aim to get at least seven to nine hours. A little routine before bed always goes a long way so try to avoid looking at your phone, laptop or TV an hour before bed. Instead, opt for a book or another activity that helps relax you.
  • Routine set a daily routine to help keep some structure and normality. Set some staples in your day that are non-negotiable, such as wake-up time, working hours, exercise time and bedtime.

Combining these habits will help over the next few weeks. Don’t feel you have to adopt them all at once – starting one a week is a great step. If you are interested in Live Home Workouts, please contact me at overpowernorthampton@gmail.com