NORTH WEST RELIEF ROAD – DECISION DELAYED

The Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) development control meeting that was to decide the NWRR planning application was delayed last month. This followed the Parish Council submitting its response to the proposal, which included advice from a planning barrister and transport expert that a decision to grant permission for the scheme would be unlawful. The application may now be heard on Tuesday 17th December. The village website and BVM’s Facebook page will keep villagers updated.

BOUGHTON SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR

The annual festive fair is being held at the school on 6th December at 2pm. There will be a selection of crafts for sale, refreshments, a scholastic book fair, activities for children and a very special visitor. Please come along to enjoy the festivities and support the school.

SANTA SPECIALS AT NORTHAMPTON & LAMPORT RAILWAY

Every Saturday and Sunday in December (until 22nd) Santa will be in his magical grotto at Pitsford and Brampton Station. After the visit, you can take a Santa Special along the railway. Every adult will receive a glass of sherry and mince pie, while there are toys, soft drinks and biscuits for the children. Pre-booking is essential via the website www.nlr.org.uk

NEW FACILITIES IN THE POCKET PARK

Anyone strolling around the Pocket Park will have noticed the brand-new benches and picnic area. It is a lovely place in the heart of the village no matter the time of year.

LONDON CHAMBER CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT: LAST CALL FOR TICKETS

The City Chamber Choir will be visiting Boughton Church again on 7th December to perform a Christmas concert in aid of Thomas’s Fund, Riding For The Disabled and the village church. Tickets are £12.50 and include interval wine and nibbles. For more information, please contact Oliver Mackaness – oliver@billingfinance.co.uk or 842311.

CAN YOU HELP SCHOOL HISTORY PROJECT?

Were you a pupil at Boughton Primary during the 20th century of early 21st century? In the New Year, children at the school will be working on a project to discover more about the school’s history and how it has changed over the years. We need volunteers who can spare a little time for a chat with some pupils. Anyone able to help, please call 842322 or email admin@boughtonacademy.co.uk

NO BVM IN JANUARY

A reminder that there is no village newsletter in January.

CONFIDENCE-BUILDING WORKSHOP FOR YOUNGSTERS

Daventry District Council is funding 10 places on an outdoor activity morning in Moulton on 8th December. It is aimed at young people, especially those who may need a confidence boost. To find out more, please email lucy@peak-empower.co.uk

TONY PHILPOTT: GOODBYE TO LONG-TIME BOUGHTON RESIDENT

Tony Philpott, one of Boughton’s oldest residents, passed away last month. He was 89 and had lived at The Old House in Church Street for nearly 60 years. He and his late wife, Shirley, had two children, Marcus and Jo, and grandchildren Samantha, Georgie and John. Tony ran the family’s well-known hardware store, Rowland Hill in Bridge Street, for nearly half a century, as well as other business interests. In retirement, he was a keen and skilful bridge player and kept up the hobby until moving into a nursing home three years ago. At Boughton History Night in 2011 he enthralled the audience with a fascinating insight into village life after the war, all without notes.

2020 COURSE DATES FOR TUESDAY PILATES

Pilates with Fabi restarts with a six-week course on 7th January from 10am until 10.50.am. It costs £6 per session for the full course or £8 as pay as you go. New students are £5. For more information, please contact Fabiana pilateswithfabi@gmail.com

DON’T FORGET DDC’S WASTE COLLECTION APP

Daventry District Council has a really good app that can be downloaded free from the app store. Among other things, you can find out with a press of a button which bins are collected on what day.

OUTDOOR LEARNING SESSIONS IN POCKET PARK

The Pocket Park is hosting Saturday outdoor learning afternoon for children on 7th December. Sessions are aimed at tots up to children aged six. It costs £4 per child or £6 per family of up to three children. Booking essential. Email noodleheads@hotmail.co.uk for details.

BELLA DEAN’S CHRISTMAS CRUMBLE

Ingredients:

  • 8oz Bramley apples
  • 8oz Cox apples
  • 1lb mincemeat
  • 4oz plain flour
  • 2oz porridge oats
  • 2oz ground almonds
  • 40z demerara sugar

Method: 

Peel, core and slice the apples. Mix with the mincemeat and put into a dish. Mix together the other ingredients and place on top of the fruit mixture. Bake at 180C for 30 to 40 until slightly brown.

Boughton Between The Wars

Christmas Preparations in 1920s and 1930s Boughton

The school broke up a few days before Christmas Day and preparations in the homes would then begin in earnest. Billy Jackson’s bus, packed to capacity on the last Saturday before Christmas, wheezed and groaned under the extra heavy loads of shopping. The little village shop stocked up with extra dried fruit and suet for cakes, puddings and mincemeat. Many puddings, some as large footballs, were wrapped in cloths and boiled in the washhouse copper. Mrs Herb Wright would let her neighbours know when she would be “a boilin’ – I can do four as easy as one!” Trays of mince pies were carried to the Bakehouse after the daily batch of loaves.

Two of the estate workers would be seen in the village pushing a handcart upon which would be braces of pheasant, partridge and rabbit for delivery to certain villagers as presents from the “Hall”. Mr Charles Kimbell’s celebrated male voice choir would have toured neighbouring villages, hospitals and other establishments in the town entertaining with seasonal melodies.

The Church, lovingly decorated with variegated hollies and evergreens, by the ladies of the congregation was the hub of Christmas. The bells were raised for full ringing on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The well-rehearsed choir led full congregations in the well-loved and familiar carols, and the indefinable feeling of peace and goodwill abounded throughout the village.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 6th December Boughton School Christmas Fair from 2pm
  • 7th December City Chamber Choir Concert in the Church. 842311 for tickets.
  • 9th December Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 18th December Boughton Ladies Fellowship Christmas meal at the Artichoke, Moulton. 20th January Helen Frost on her the Land Army. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332) for into.
  • 3rd Monday Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • 6th Monday Chiropody service in Village Hall for residents only – contact 01536 771393
  • Every Tuesday Pilates 6.30 – 7.30 pm Village Hall – contact Maree Jessen
  • Every Tuesday Pilates 10am Village Hall – contact Fabiana pilateswithfabi@gmail.com
  • Last Tuesday of month Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • Every Thursday Zumba 6.30pm – call Lina 07725984674
  • Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat am – exercise classes with Dan 07950482979
  • Wed and Friday pm – exercise classes with Dan 07950482979

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

  • Meetings
  • Children’s Parties
  • Dances
  • Fundraisers

Contact Jenny Bullock (07776 082308)

Next BVM issue is February 2020

EDITORS:

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

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