DON’T FORGET – NO NEWSLETTER IN JANUARY

BVM wishes everyone in Boughton a very Merry (and safe) Christmas. As usual, the first newsletter of the new year will be in February.

A508 ROAD CLOSURE REMINDER

The A508 between the Boughton roundabout and Holly Lodge Drive will be closed on Sunday 6th December between 9am and 4pm for resurfacing and patching work.

POCKET PARK FUNDRAISING THANK YOU

“Over 400 people viewed our Virtual Bonfire Event,” writes Karen Fletcher. “We hope it brought a smile to some families. The Pocket Park Committee would like to thank everyone who has supported our Crowdfunding. If anyone would still like to donate, cheques can be made payable to Boughton Pocket Park and dropped to me at the Old Bakehouse, Church Street. Visitors to the Park may have noticed eight new saplings have been planted. These are all bee-friendly native British hedgerow trees. These will hopefully enhance the beauty of the park and the nature we will be able to see there. The saplings were provided by Daventry District Council and planted by two local boys as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

BOUGHTON MUM HELPING STRUGGLING FAMILIES

Emma Miller, from Boughton, has started an online group to help relieve the pressure of Christmas for parents who might be struggling financially. Santa’s Little Helpers Facebook group organises toy and present donations to those in need.

BOUGHTON VOLUNTEERS STILL HERE TO HELP

Boughton’s volunteer group is still here to lend a hand with shopping for those isolating or concerned about going out and about. The informal group is registered with the County Council and has been referred those needing help in the wider area. If you require shopping, prescriptions collecting or simply to have a chat on the phone – or know of someone who might need this kind of help – please contact Charlotte Mackaness (07808 725124) or the Parish Clerk, Jayne Bunting, on 882527.

CAROL KIMBELL CERAMIC SALE

“Owing to the present circumstances due to the Covid restrictions, I am unable to hold my annual Christmas ceramics sale,” writes Carol. “However, I am happy to make an appointment by telephone (847911/07973223060) and arrange individual viewings of the ceramics that I have in stock presently. I can display these in the garden on a fine day the week of 4th to 11th. December. Thank you for your support.”

TIER TWO COVID RESTRICTIONS – WHAT THESE MEAN

Public Health Northamptonshire reminds residents that being in Tier Two means you can’t mix with another household indoors but the rule of six applies outside. Overnight stays are permitted only within your household or an official support bubble. Avoid travel to Tier Three areas. You must work at home if possible. Pubs must close at 11pm. Alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal. Spectators are allowed, in limited numbers, at sports events and live performances. Personal care, such as hairdressing, is permitted. For more information, please visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk

STAND-BY DELIVERERS NEEDED

Your newsletter is delivered by a group of much-appreciated village volunteers. From time to time, we need extra help to cover holidays, illness etc. If you think you might be able to lend a hand with BVM, please get in touch.

FESTIVE REFUSE COLLECTIONS

During the week beginning 28th December, all households will get an extra collection of their blue-lidded recycling bin. Any extra recycling that won’t fit in your bin should be placed in clear or white plastic bags next to your bin. There will be no garden waste collected that week to allow crews to focus on the additional recycling created by Christmas celebrations. If you have a real Christmas tree, this can be put out for collection the week beginning 11th January. It should be placed next to your bins on your usual collection day – it isn’t necessary to have a garden waste subscription. Daventry District Council offices close at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve and reopen on 4th January. For more information, visit the website www.daventrydc.org.uk

KAREN FLETCHER’S CURRIED CRAB

Ingredients:

  • 2tbs mustard oil
  • 2 chillies, chopped
  • 1tbs ghee
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 125g brown crabmeat
  • 2in piece of ginger, chopped
  • 350g white crabmeat
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 250ml natural yoghurt
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp garam masala
  • 1tsp chilli powder

Method:

Heat the mustard oil until it is smoking. Add the ghee and onion. Reduce the heat and stir until the onion is soft. Stir in the ginger, garlic, turmeric, chilli powder, chillies, paprika and some salt. Increase the heat and add the crabmeat and yoghurt. Simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened a little. Add the garam masala. Serve with rice.

Boughton Between The Wars

Christmas Preparations in 1920s and 1930s Boughton

I am sure, as each Christmas approaches, many of my age group find memories of happy childhood Christmasses come flooding back to mind. The excitement of the last few days of school after end of term exams, when the classrooms were decorated with paper lanterns and paper chains made enthusiastically by sticky fingered children, together with holly and ivy broughi in from spinneys and hedgerows.

The present commercialisation of Christmas where cards and decorations appear in some shops before the end of the school summer holidays would in those days have caused ridicule and been considered an untimely sale of last year’s unsold stock!

Christmas was allowed to creep up on us suddenly. We would have been aware of harvest festival, bonfire night and armistice day had passed and then such advent hymns as “On Jordan’s Bank” and “Hark The Glad Sound” sung at Church or Sunday school would have prompted us that the festive season was approaching.

The Church bells only chimed for services during Advent, were raised for full ringing on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The well-rehearsed choir led full congregations in the well-loved, familiar carols and that indefinable feeling of peace and good will abounded throughout the village.

Harry Lovell

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

Contact Jenny Bullock (07776 082308)

  • MEETINGS
  • CHILDREN’S PARTIES
  • DANCES
  • AND FUNDRAISERS

Please note that due to Covid 19 the Village Hall is not taking bookings until at least January 2021