BVM’S EARLY APRIL FOOL?

Some readers may have been confused by the fact that most copies of last month’s newsletters were emblazoned with “Welcome to the February issue of BVM”. We wish we could claim this was a deliberate act or early April fool but unfortunately it was simply a mistake. Apologies for any confusion caused.

HUNDREDS STRIDE OUT FOR SPORT RELIEF

Nearly 300 runners turned out last month to take part in Sport Relief at the Pocket Park. Participants ran either one, three or six miles to raise money. Over £2,200 was raised on the day but the end figure is expected to be much higher once all the sponsorship is added to the grand total. Two years ago the final figure collected by the “Boughton Mile” was £5,548 and the organisers are hopeful this year’s total will be even bigger.

ACTION TAKEN ON PARKING ISSUES

The Parish Council is appealing to drivers to please park their cars with care. While not all vehicles in the village belong to residents, cars left on pavements and verges are not only damaging grass but severely restricting access for pedestrians and those using wheelchairs and pushchairs. Natalie Halling, our local Police Community Support Officer, is aware of these issues, and particularly parking problems around the school. She is working hard to try to resolve these. Natalie has already asked the company operating the bus to Moulton School whether it could drop off at a safer point, away from the primary school, after near-misses.

EASTER FUN FOR CHILDREN

On Saturday 19th April there will be Easter craft activities in the Church Rooms for children from 2pm until 4pm. If you would like your child to come or along or need more information, please contact Julie Mabbutt on Julie.bakewell1@googlemail.com

BUTCHERS LANE FOOTPATH

BVM was contacted by Andy Dally after last month’s story about the footpath at the bottom of Butchers Lane. He asked us to point out that horses also play a part in churning up the ground. Andy is quite right that this footpath is for pedestrians and should not be used by those on motorbikes or horses.

INVITATION TO VILLAGE MEETING

The annual meeting of the Parish takes place on 14th April, 7.30pm in the Village Hall. As reports are given by various village organisations, this is a great opportunity of seeing all that goes on in Boughton as well as raising any issues of concern.

TIME TO DUST OFF THE WHITES?

“It is time for cricket again at Boughton,” writes Dick Steff. “The first game is on Sunday 
20th April. Hopefully, Boughton will be playing every Tuesday night. Abington will be using the ground on Saturdays. Also, I have signed a new groundsman to help Jake. Jake, 
the springer spaniel, is now 14 so needs a bit of help to eat all the cricket teas, so two-year-old Bella is going to lend him a hand. Cherry has been very poorly this winter, so if there 
is anybody who likes to bake and could donate cakes or scones it would be great to hear from you. The Pytchley Hunt has organised a tournament in August, and hopefully there will be a village game and several other guest games. A full fixture list will soon be available. I’d be delighted to hear from anyone wishing to play or help in any way. I can be contacted on 843128.”

FOOTBALL FUN IN EASTER HOLIDAYS

Freestyle Soccer Academy is running an Easter holiday course at Boughton Primary school from 7th until 11th April, 9am to 4pm. To find out more, please call 846262 or visit www.freestylesocceracademy.co.uk or.

MORE BREAK-INS

Boughton Neighbourhood Watch again appeals for villagers to remain vigilant after another theft on Howard Lane. On this occasion tools were taken from the front garden of a house in the middle of the day.

FIND OUT ABOUT FUNDING

A funding fair for voluntary and community groups is being held on 24th April at Daventry Leisure Centre from 2pm until 4pm. Confirmed funders with stands include Big Lottery, Northamptonshire Community Foundation and ACRE. For more information, contact Bev Horner on 01327 707500.

COULD YOUR GARDEN HELP CHARITY?

The National Gardens Scheme, which supports seven charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care and Help The Hospices, is looking for new volunteers to open their gardens. Each year the scheme raises around £60,000 in Northamptonshire alone. “This year our garden open numbers have dropped as a result of some gardeners getting to an age where they can no longer support us,” says Micheal Heaton from the organisation. If you feel you may be able to open your garden – either as an individual or as a group – to raise money for charity or would like to find out more, please contact Gay Webster at gay.webster6@gmail.com or call 01604 740203.