CAROLS IN THE VILLAGE

There will be carol singing in Boughton on 19th December with a collection for Thomas’s Fund, which provides musical therapy for children with life-limiting conditions. Please come and join us if you fancy a sing-song or simply want to listen and get into the Christmas spirit. Carollers will be singing in three locations: starting outside the Church Rooms on Church Street at 6.30pm, the small green on the corner of Humfrey and Howard Lane, and opposite the entrance to Greville Close on Howard Lane. Everyone welcome. Please wrap up warm and bring a torch or lantern. For more information, contact Charlotte Mackaness.

STOCKING FILLERS WITH A BOUGHTON TWIST

There are two books currently for sale that boast a Boughton connection and make ideal Christmas presents. The Whyte Melville is selling a super little stocking filler: “The Little Book Of Monarchs” by Tony Boullemier. The paperback costs only £5.99 and is a short and snappy history of England since 1066. It’s a painless way of getting to know your kings and queens for all ages. “The Christmas Emergency” is a children’s book penned by Keith Hatton, son-in-law of Helen and Stuart Coghill. It is beautifully illustrated and available in paperback (£7.99) and hardback (£14.99) editions available from Helen Coghill.

PARISH COUNCIL – NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY

There are two vacancies on Boughton Parish Council. Unless 10 electors of the Parish give written notice to Daventry District Council, Elections Section, Lodge Road, Daventry NN11 4EP within 14 days of 27th November, the Parish Council will fill the vacancies by co-option. Anybody interested in becoming a Parish Councillor should please contact Jayne Bunting, the Parish Clerk 882527.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR WASTE

Collections are as usual over the Christmas period. However, there will be an extra recycling collection the week starting 7th January. During the festive period any extra items that won’t fit in the blue-lidded bin can be left in a clear or white sack alongside the bin. Foil-free wrapping paper is recyclable. Real Christmas trees can be put in brown bins if you subscribe to the garden waste collection. Otherwise, they need to go to recycling centres. For more information, please visit www.daventry.gov.uk/recycling

CHRISTMAS CERAMICS SALE

Humfrey Lane-based artist Carol Kimbell is holding her annual Christmas ceramic sale on 8th and 9th December from 10.30am until 5pm. Come along to 51 Humfrey Lane and enjoy some Christmas cheer while you browse. For more information email carol.dunstone@zen.uk

DEFRIBILATOR DONATED TO VILLAGE

Thanks to James Ryan, and Perry and Jo Chandler from Chandler Communications for nominating Boughton Village Hall as a location for a defibrillator. The Parish Council is delighted to have this piece of potentially life-saving equipment in the village. The installation was funded by Steve Potter using his PC chairman’s allowance. There will be a two-hour workshop in January to train village volunteers to use the defibrillator. If you would like to put yourself forward, please contact the Parish Clerk on 882527.

FIRE AND ICE PARTY IN AID OF THE POCKET PARK

On 2nd February the Village Hall will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland by Potter Events for a “Fire & Ice” party to raise funds for the Pocket Park. Tickets are £25, including supper, available from 07770 981440 or boughtonpocketpark@yahoo.co.uk.

GRANTS UP FOR GRABS

Boughton community organisations can apply for a grant. Applications close on 11th January 2019 and will be considered at the Parish Council meeting on 14th January. For more information, contact the Parish Clerk (882527) or email boughtonpc@btconnect.com

PARKING – BE AWARE OF THE LAW

Rule 243 of the Highway Code states that cars must not be parked opposite or within 10 metres of a junction. We all know that Boughton has a problem with speeding and rat runners, especially at rush hour. Could villagers not exacerbate the problem and increase the risk to pedestrians and other road uses by parking irresponsibly.

CHRISTMAS WINE TASTING – LAST CHANCE FOR TICKETS

Tickets for the wine-tasting in the Village Hall on Saturday 8th December hosted by Robin Sheppard are £25 per person and include supper and several wines. The evening is in aid of Boughton Church. For more information contact Caroline Trott at carolinetrott@sky.com

DO YOU REMEMBER THE MARRIEDS VERSUS SINGLES FOOTIE MATCHES?

This month’s “A Backward Glance” is all about the bi-annual village football match between the married men’s team and the single men of Boughton. If anybody has any photographs of this event or feels inspired to resurrect this village tradition, please do get in touch.

CAROL KIMBELL’S EASY GINGER AND LEMON FLAN

Ingredients:

  • 4oz gingernut biscuits
  • 2oz butter
  • ¼ pint double cream
  • 6oz can condensed milk
  • 2 large lemons

Method: 

Crush the gingernuts in a bag with a rolling pin. Melt the butter in a pan and add the crushed biscuits. Mix well and then press into the base and sides of a flan dish. Bake in a slow or cool oven for approximately eight minutes then leave to cool. Mix together the cream, condensed milk and the finely grated zest of the two lemons. Juice the lemons and slowly beat this into the creamy mixture. Pour into the flan case and chill for several hours until firm. Decorate with lemon slices or grated chocolate.

BVM: A BACKWARD GLANCE

A report of the bi-annual Boxing Day football match from 1970

Three goals by the newly elected captain of Boughton Cricket Club and a goal direct from a corner by Keith Andrew, the former Northamptonshire captain and wicket keeper, helped the married men of Boughton to victory in their bi-annual clash with the single men of the village. The fixture, which dates back to 1962, proved so popular that in 1967 Mr Joe Harvey, the manager of the Whyte Melville, presented a trophy. Prior to 1967 the married men were always too strong for batchelors, but ever since that year the single men have been undefeated.

Last Boxing Day, the game ended in a 3-3 draw, so Easter Monday’s replay has been eagerly awaited. New cricket club skipper, Tony Webb, gave the men an early lead, which was soon wiped out when married centre-half Don Culverhouse deflected a free-kick past his own goalkeeper. A minute into the second half, a corner kick taken by Keith Andrew curled direct into the batchelors’ goal but Ray Holman soon equalised to make it 2-2.

Then the fight was really on. Another draw seemed the likely result until Webb put two more past singles’ ‘keeper Colin Norfolk but for whom the two-goal winning margin might have been greater. Result: Married 4, Single 2.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 8th December Wine Tasting in Village Hall. Tickets £25 from Caroline Trott.
  • 14th January Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 17th December Boughton Ladies Fellowship Christmas dinner at The Bold Dragoon, Westone. 21st January Northampton Land Army. All welcome. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 19th December Village Carol Singing Starting at Church Rooms at 6.30pm.
  • 3rd Monday Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • 6th Monday Chiropody service in Village Hall for residents only – contact 01536 771393
  • Tuesday Pilates 6.30 – 7.30 pm Village Hall – contact Maree Jessen (07867 853515)
  • Every Tuesday Bootcamp 7 – 8pm in the Pocket Park. £5 a session
  • Last Tuesday of month Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Jenny Bullock (01604) 845701

Next BVM issue is February 2019

EDITORS:

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

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