FUNDING SECURED TO SAVE BOUGHTON’S HISTORIC CHURCHYARD

Rector Stephen Trott approached Historic England for help with the former parish church on Boughton Green, a Scheduled Historic Monument that dates from approximately 750AD. The ruins are being eroded by nature and by unwanted visitors breaking through the stonework. Temporary measures have been put in place to protect the arches and doorways. Historic England has placed it on a “at risk” register and would like to carry out two phases of work, each costing £100,000 subject to five per cent coming from the village. The £5,000 for phase one has been donated by the Richard Humfrey Charitable Trust. Anybody with fundraising ideas, contact Stephen Trott on revstephentrott@gmail.com

NORTHERN ORBITAL – CONFUSION OVER SO-CALLED “FIFTH ROUTE”

As there is concern and misunderstanding about the official potential routes for the Northern orbital road, the Parish Council has sought to clarify the situation: “Four route options were presented as part of the first public consultation earlier this year. The results of this have been noted by Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) who will undertake further work to refine the route options before a further consultation next year. Daventry District Council were consultees (they do not decide the route but were asked to comment) and questioned why a fifth option south of the village was not offered in the consultation process. NCC will now decide whether this additional route is part of the next consultation process.” The full statement is on the village website www.boughtonnorthants.co.uk

BOUGHTON BONFIRE ROARING SUCCESS

“The village firework display was the best yet in terms of attendance and funds raised for the Pocket Park,” writes Charlotte Mackaness. “A huge thank you to those who volunteered time and services and who attended. We are aware that there were considerable problems with congestion and inconsiderate parking. Apologies to all those affected and rest assured we are working out plans to help ease the situation next year, including off-road parking off Vyse Road and a scheme where villagers can volunteer their driveways for parking.”

CHRISTMAS – REDUCED COLLECTIONS

There will be a black bin collection on 28th December but no brown bin collection on 4th January. Recycling and food waste will be collected. Christmas cards and wrapping paper must go in red recycling boxes. Cardboard boxes can be flattened and placed next to recycling boxes. Real Christmas trees can be left out on brown bin days until 4th February.

SAD DEATH OF FORMER VILLAGE STALWART

News has reached BVM of the death of Kathleen Bogle who lived for many in Greville Close and played a very active part in village life.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR BLACK TIE AND TIARA BALL

Tickets are available for a ball supporting three local charities: Facefax and Thomas’s Fund, both founded by Boughton residents, and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. It takes place on 25th March at the County Cricket Ground. Tickets are £70; tables of eight up to 12 people. For information, please email boughtonball@gmail.com

ROAD PROJECT ROUND UP

Our district councillor John Shephard has written a very useful resume of the big road projects close to Boughton. This can be found on the BVM Facebook page.

VILLAGE LANDMARK STOLEN

One of the statues on the gateposts of Boughton Park was stolen earlier this month. CCTV cameras captured men using chains to haul the 18th-century metal lion from the top of stone pillar in the early hours of 8th November. Research is underway to replace the lion. In the meantime, villagers are asked to keep eyes open to help protect the now-solitary griffin.

THE ORIGINS OF THE NAME “BUCKTON FIELDS”

Some villagers may have wondered at the origin of the name adopted by the large new development within the Parish boundary. Norma Pearson, who lives on Howard Lane, has kindly done a lot of research and written a fascinating background account of the name “Buckton Fields”. You can read this on the village website and the BVM Facebook page.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH WARNING

“Recently, there have been a number of incidents in surrounding villages of car thefts after keys were stolen because they were left in sight,” writes Chrissy Boyce from Boughton NHW. “Let’s keep Boughton vehicles safe by remembering to put keys out of view. There were a number of break-ins in the village during November so please remain vigilant.”

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY COLLECTION

The September Children’s Society Box collection raised £250. If you would like a box for your house, which will be collected twice a year, please contact Jill Gist on 847890.

ESSENTIAL WORKS TO VILLAGE TREE

Tree surgeons will be working on the chestnut tree on Butchers Lane from 8am on Tuesday 15th December.

LUCY SMITH’S MINCE PIES

Ingredients:

  • 8oz self-raising flour
  • 2oz butter
  • 2oz lard
  • 1oz caster sugar
  • 1oz icing sugar
  • Beaten egg to mix
  • 1 jar mincemeat

Method:

To make 24 mince pies: rub by hand or blitz in a food processer the flour and fat until they resemble fine breadcrumbs. Transfer to a bowl and mix in both sugars. Add the egg to bind the pastry together and form a ball. Leave to rest in the fridge for about an hour. Roll out thinly and cut rounds to form a top and bottom. Put the larger rounds into a patty tin, add a teaspoon of mincemeat and add a smaller top. Make a small cut in the top of each pie. Cook in a preheated oven at 175 for 10 to 15 minutes until light brown.

ROBIN IDESON’S PLANT OF THE MONTH

My ‘Designer Plant’ for Christmas 2016 is an evergreen tree called: Picea abies (Norway Spruce). As Christmas approaches the supermarkets and farms shops fill with varieties of spruce and fir trees. Each year thousands of trees are cut and brought in fresh to decorate our living rooms. As tradition dictates after the 12 days have elapsed these trees, often now thinning and a bit brown, are either thrown out or chucked on a bonfire. However, there is an alternative. Have you ever considered keeping your tree and using it year after year? By growing your tree in a pot you can have a living Christmas tree.

Picea abies is the traditional spiny tree, with its strong pine fragrance and elegant conical shape, it has long been a favourite for Christmas trees. Grown in open space it can reach 40m (130ft) tall. However, if grown in a pot and kept in the right way, you can have a sensible size Christmas tree for many years. Keeping your Picea abies alive in a pot is cost effective, environmentally friendly and, if handled correctly, can be a lot less messy, as it won’t drop its needles. The only real drawback is having the space in the correct place to keep your tree throughout the rest of the year and of course, having to move a hefty pot each December.

Picea abies is best grown in a semi shade spot, although keeping it in full shade will limit its growth, which may be useful for Christmas tree sizes. It prefers a slightly acidic soil, so a bit of ericaceous compost in the pot will help. If you are starting smaller, you will need to re-pot each year until you achieve the preferable size, based on height and being able to move the pot. If you are using your Picea abies as a Christmas tree, it is best to only have it inside for a short period, maybe just two or three weeks over Christmas. Once Christmas is over, simply put it back outside where it will be happy in the cold January air.

This is the last of Robin’s columns for BVM as he and his family are moving to Creaton, where we wish them every happiness.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 13th & 14th December: School Christmas Performance Expect traffic disruption early evening due to parked cars.
  • 19h December: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Christmas meal at the Royal Oak. 16th January: The Faraway Children. 20th February: Local photographer Nicky Callis. All welcome. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332) for more information.
  • 9th 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 January 2017

EDITORS:

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

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