NEW DEVELOPMENT ON EDGE OF VILLAGE

The Parish Council has received notification of a proposed development of up to 110 houses and a convenience store on an area of land within Boughton parish off Holly Lodge Drive and Boughton Green Road. The developers are currently at the pre-application stage and have started a public consultation. There is a dedicated website with more information about the development and where the local community is able to respond with comments and queries. Visit www.your-views.co.uk/northampton. See also the Boughton village site.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR REMINDER

The Christmas Fair organised by the Church and Village Hall Committee is on Saturday 5th December from 12pm until 4pm. Please join us in the Village Hall for some festive refreshment and a chance to do some Christmas shopping.

NEW BOUGHTON MUMS AND TOTS GROUP

Lisa Morris, who lives on Butchers Lane, would like to hear from any mums with pre-school children who would be interested in meeting up occasionally. Please get in touch with her on 07801 354078.

CHRISTMAS RECYCLING

There will be an extra rubbish collection of food waste and recycling on Boxing Day. You can also leave large cardboard boxes with your waste from 26th December until 9th January. Please help by flattening it as much as possible and placing it with your boxes. Real Christmas trees can be left out when normal brown bin collections resume in mid January. Please see www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling for more information.

KEEP A LOOKOUT FOR LEAD THEFTS

“Seven local churches have been stripped of their metal roofs and these crimes seem to be increasing,” writes Reverend Stephen Trott. “The thieves come at night and very expertly take valuable metal, such as copper and lead, leaving little evidence of their visit. Apparently, they leave the country in the small hours of the morning. If you see anything suspicious around Bougton Church or any heritage buildings, please contact the Police 
as they are aware of the problem. I would be grateful if you could also let me know by calling 845655.

PITTER PATTER OF EIGHT TINY PAWS

The Boyce family’s working cocker spaniel has had a litter of pedigree puppies. There are two black bitches still available. If you are interested, please call Chrissy Boyce on 07513 156859. Both mother and grandmother can be seen.

BOUGHTON BONFIRE A ROARING SUCCESS

“Thank you to everyone who attended and helped at the Pocket Park fireworks evening,” writes Charlotte Mackaness. “We were extremely lucky with fine weather and raised much-needed funds for the Park. Special thanks to all those very local companies who lend a hand, especially Smiths’ Farm Shop and the Whyte Melville for selling advanced 
tickets, MG Signs, D&D Marquees, Hassett Fencing and Mike Sibley from Tangent Self Adhesives Ltd.”

NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SIGNS

The village now has some smart new Neighbourhood Watch signs, which have all been erected. Thank you to Steve Boyce and Paul Morris for volunteering to help.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

A date for your new 2016 diaries! Come and enjoy an evening of fabulous live music with Fynnius Fogg in the Village Hall on Saturday 12th March. There will be a hot supper, bar and raffle. The dress code is black and white. Tickets are £20 and all proceeds will be 
split between two local charities: FaceFax and The Hope Centre. For more information, please contact Helen Coghill on 841953 or hmcoghill@doctors.org.uk or Caroline Trott at carolinetrott@sky.com

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING DATES

There will be no full Parish Council meeting in December. The next full meeting of Boughton Parish Council will be on Monday 11th January at 7pm in the Village Hall.

NEW FINGERPOST SIGN

The traditional, wooden signpost is now up and in position on the green where Butcher’s Lane meets Church Street.

RECIPES NEEDED

Please make one of your 2016 New Year resolutions to submit a recipe to BVM. It need not be original or likely to win Masterchef – just something that you and your family enjoy!

OLIVER MACKANESS’S CAPPUCCINO PAVLOVA

Ingredients:

  • 250g caster sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2tsp cornflower
  • 1tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1tsp cocoa powder
  • 300ml double cream
  • 4tsp instant espresso powder NOT coffee granules

Method: 

Pre-heat the oven to 180. Mix the espresso powder with the sugar and set aside. Make the meringue by whisking the egg whites and salt to soft peaks. Then add the sugar/coffee mix gradually while whisking. When it is firm, fold in the cornflower and white wine vinegar. Spoon the mixture onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Make a smooth circle. Reduce the heat to 150 and cook for an hour. Ideally leave the meringue to cool there overnight. Whip the cream and spoon on top of the meringue. Finish by sieving cocoa powder or drinking chocolate over the top.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Winter is upon us and we tend to spend more time indoors than the garden. However, we shouldn’t forget the wild birds and animals that live around us, either encouraged by our efforts to attract them or just because they can. So, check your bird tables, baths and nut/seed dispensers regularly for cleanliness, and ensure any nest boxes are waterproof and free of parasites, as birds will use them as winter roosts. A little dry moss is always useful to put in. If 5th November didn’t take care of your bonfire material, check piles for residents before barbecuing a hedgehog as these will hibernate in such places. Recently, I read about hedgehogs being found with rubber bands around their heads so it’s a good idea to pick up those you find and cut up the plastic rings taken from ring-pull packs before you bin them.
I thought I’d won my contest with the local heron only to find it balancing like a tightrope walker on wires I’d stretched across my pond. He didn’t look comfortable but it just shows how persistent they are. Ponds should be checked to ensure they are not frozen solid for long periods as this can harm the fish.
December is a peak time for collisions with deer with sunset to midnight being the highest risk as they go walkabout in search of mates. Reports suggest that 40,000 were involved in collisions last year. There are estimated to be one million wild deer in this country, and we have a large population of muntjacs locally. Having been to British Columbia in Canada, where all locals fit ultrasonic deer whistles to their cars as the norm, I have been using them on my cars and motorbikes for three years and have never seen a deer on the road since. These can now be bought easily in the UK. I’ve got sets as presents for my family this Christmas!
Talking of Christmas, do not forget the wildlife living in our homes! Dogs like festive fare as much as us but remember that much of it, including mince pies (raisins) and chocolate, can be fatal to them. Resist their appeals when you’re enjoying them by the fireside!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 5th December: Village Hall Christmas Fair 12pm until 4pm.
  • 14h December: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Christmas meal at the Royal Oak.
  • 18th January: Norman, a lighthouse keeper, sheds some light on his job. All welcome Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 11th January: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 3rd Monday: Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • Every Monday: Pilates 12- 1pm Village Hall – contact Roberta Gee 07816768252 
Every Tuesday Pilates 6.30 – 7.30 pm Village Hall – contact Roberta Gee
  • Last Tuesday of month: Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • Every Thursday: Yoga 7.15 – 8.30pm – Contact Lizzy on 07950 573719

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is February 2016

EDITORS:

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

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