BOUGHTON’S GREEN SPACES TO BE REWILDED

Taking a lead from other initiatives in the country, Boughton Park is to be rewilded. The parkland to the North of the village, which is listed, is to become home to species including wild boar, bison and beaver. Boughton Pocket Park is also taking part in this exciting project and is to turn the park’s mound into a meerkat colony.

BOUGHTON VOLUNTEERS HERE TO HELP!

The group of close to 40 volunteers that BVM and the Parish Council established has been busy over recent months helping those self-isolating in the Parish and beyond. The informal group is registered with the County, District and local Borough Council. If you require shopping, prescriptions collecting or simply to have a chat on the phone – or know of someone who might need this kind of help – please contact Charlotte Mackaness (07808 725124) or the Parish Clerk, Jayne Bunting, on 882527.

PRINT OUT BVM FOR A NEWSLETTER-LOVING NEIGHBOUR

Another online BVM thanks to Coronavirus but the plan is to resume a printed version after the summer break. In the meantime, please do print out the newsletter for any friends or neighbours who are not online much but enjoy reading BVM.

POCKET PARK TRIALS COFFEE VAN

Simplicity Sicily, a mobile independent mobile food and drink business, will be in the Pocket Park to sell hot beverages, cold juices and locally sourced snacks. You will find them from 7th to 11th April from 10am until 4.30pm (10 till 4 at the weekend).

HELLO WEST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

The new unitary authorities have come into being and Boughton is now part of West Northamptonshire. This replaces Daventry District and the County Council. On 6th May there are local elections taking place, including elections to the new West Northamptonshire Council.

LAST CALL FOR PARISH COUNCILLORS

Parish Council elections also take place on 6th May. The deadline for those to apply to stand is 8th April at 4pm. Please contact the Parish Clerk, Jayne Bunting, for more information – clerk@boughtonpc.org.uk

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PARISH

The new date for this meeting is now 17th May. More details to follow.

RECIPE SOS

BVM’s supply of recipes is very, very low. We’d be very grateful to hear from any lockdown bakers and village foodies willing to share short, simple recipes be they savoury, sweet, cocktails or canapes!

CORONAVIRUS VACCINATION SCAMS

Action Fraud has warned of several scams sending emails or texts notifying people they have been selected for a Coronavirus vaccine and then asking for bank details. The NHS would never ask for bank details so be wary of anything making such demands.

BELLA DEAN’S CORNISH BISCUITS

Ingredients:

  • 4oz margarine
  • 1tbsp golden syrup
  • 6oz self-raising flour
  • level tsp ground ginger
  • 3oz caster sugar

Method:

Grease two baking sheets. Melt the margarine and syrup in a pan over a low heat and then add the dry ingredients and mix well. Form into small balls with a spoon. Place on trays at bake at 165C until golden brown – usually 15 to 20 minutes. At Christmas, you can substitute the ginger with cranberries or other dried fruit to taste.

BARKING MAD: observations of a spaniel

Oh dear. I’m writing this from my crate. I’ve just been locked in it by my dad and he’s extremely angry.

Maybe it’s this lockdown thing but I keep finding myself chewing on odd things lately. My dad Tony removed a pencil from my mouth the other day. And yesterday he got really worried when he found I was chewing an Elastoplast. I could hear panic in his voice as he hauled it out.

He told my mum Marie I was probably daft enough to think it was a piece of ham. As if!

But I ask you, what is a spaniel to do when it spots a nice piece of buttered toast? Sitting temptingly on the kitchen table?

I heard him ask my mum if that was all she was giving him for lunch. She said there was poached salmon roulade with salad and toast. Then she spotted the half empty plate.

I’d got as far as the sitting room by then. My dad chased me round three times and then three times round the conservatory. He grabbed half of it but in between all the dodging, I managed to eat the other half.

And with that, it was time to accept the inevitable and spend some time locked in my crate.

He was very angry and so was my mum Marie. But she let me out eventually and I’m giving my dad a wide berth this afternoon . . . until it’s time to remind him to put out my dinner.

But he should consider himself lucky. If I’d had another half minute I could have nabbed that juicy poached salmon as well!

Heidi