NORTHWEST BY-PASS: THREE POSSIBLE ROUTES THROUGH BOUGHTON

At the time of going to press, it had been announced that consultation was due to start at the end of January on a road link between the A43 and the A428. It is understood that three of the possible routes of the so-called “Northern orbital” will go through the Listed Parkland of Boughton Park. Neither the landowners nor the Parish Council have been informed of this, although it has been reported in the local press. It is believed another proposed route could be through Pitsford quarry. There will be a public exhibition at Moulton College on Friday 26th February (9am-9pm) and Saturday 27th (9am-3pm) in the Kelmarsh Suite accessed by Gate Four. Country Councillor Michael Clarke has been quoted as saying the road could only be paid for through contributions from housing developers. For the latest information, please see the village website www. boughtonnorthants.co.uk

MORE TRAFFIC CHAOS EXPECTED DUE TO BUCKTON FIELDS

A three- to four-week project to complete a roundabout on Brampton Lane at the entrance to Buckton Fields started last month. The project and construction managers have stated that traffic management (temporary traffic lights, which were described as “similar in nature to the service diversions”) would cause “minor inconveniences”. Again, the village website will provide the most up-to-date bulletins on progress.

PLANS FOR 110 HOMES FOR BOUGHTON PARISH – EMERGENCY MEETING

The Parish Council has received an outline planning application for 110 dwellings, a convenience store and parking on land off Holly Lodge Drive. A Parish Council planning meeting has been scheduled for Monday 8th February at 7pm in the Village Hall.

POLICING IN BOUGHTON

Boughton’s PCSO Natalie Halling left her post in December. It is to remain unfilled while Northamptonshire Police carries out a review of its structure. PCSOs Matt Taylor and Jo Hillery are sharing responsibility for the village for the time being. There had been plans to close the Rural North team’s Brixworth office but it will now remain open.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

Come and enjoy an evening of fabulous live music with Fynnius Fogg in the Village Hall on Saturday 12th March. You’re guaranteed to be up and dancing as this brilliant band plays popular hits from the Sixties and Seventies. 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 information, please contact Helen Coghill 841953 or hmcoghill@doctors.org.uk or Caroline Trott at carolinetrott@sky.com

PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS

The date for the election of nine Parish Councillors has been set for Thursday 5th May and will be combined with the Police and Crime Commissioner elections plus a third of Daventry District Council seats. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk, Jayne Bunting, on 882527.

VILLAGE PARTY TO CELEBRATE THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY

A street party, similar to the one held for the Royal wedding, is planned for Sunday 12th June when events will be taking place across the country to celebrate the Queen turning 90. Volunteers and ideas are needed. If you can help, please contact Charlotte Mackaness.

CELEBRATED ARTIST LEADS SCHOOL ART PROJECT

High-profile artist Jason Wilsher Millshas has chosen Boughton Primary School to carry out an ambitious arts and performance project celebrating the local area. His works are currently on show at Westminster Hall. He will also be working as artist in residence on a Sir Norman Foster project for the Qatar World Cup.

CHRISTMAS FAIR THANK YOU

A total of £650 was raised at the Christmas Fair in the Village Hall. This will be split between the Hall and the Church. Thank you to all those who supported the event.

VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT – INPUT NEEDED

The Village Design Statement is being updated. This is an important document that is considered by the Planning Department at Daventry District Council. Consultation with parishioners is essential and your views are needed. A short questionnaire will shortly go on the village website www.boughtonnorthants.co.uk.

CLEANER WANTED

A cleaner is needed for two hours in Boughton. Please call 844100 for more information.

PROBLEMS WITH STREET LIGHTING?

Boughton Parish Councils maintains street lighting in the village. If you need to report a faulty light, please contact the Parish Clerk Jayne Bunting (882527) rather than Daventry District Council or Northamptonshire County Council. If possible, please make a note of the street light number, which is located on the lamp column.

TIFFANY BURCH NICHOLS’ LEMON & GARLIC CHICKEN PASTA

Ingredients:

  • 400g chicken
  • 200g thin spaghetti
  • 
3tbsp olive oil
  • 3tbsp butter
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 60ml chicken stock
  • 1 white onion finely chopped
  • 4 to 6 garlic gloves very finely chopped
  • A few handfuls cherry tomatoes
  • Parmesan for grating

Method: 

Slice the chicken into pieces. Season lightly with salt and pepper and set aside. Bring a pot of water to boil for the pasta and cook according to the instructions. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft. Add the garlic and continue cooking until fragrant. Add the chicken and tomatoes to the pan and cook for another two minutes. Add the stock, lemon juice and cook until the chicken is no longer pink and the liquid has reduced slightly. Season to taste and then combine with the pasta.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Well, spring is fast approaching after our rather mild and wet weather. I’ve noticed this winter that certain “regular” birds have become scarce. Chaffinches have been noticeable by their absence in my garden. Last year it was greenfinches (reported to be in serious decline and still absent here). Perhaps it is just my garden they are shunning in favour of my neighbours who may be providing more tasty and bountiful fare? I do hope it is the latter. Food for wildlife is available in plenty of shops or can be bought online, as well as suitable dispensers. Peanuts, seeds, fat balls, even wireworms can be provided on and around a bird table and will attract an array of birds. It can make a pleasant change from watching telly to look out of the window and see how many birds live around you. Providing food can make a dull and empty garden come into life. There is also the benefiting of ridding your garden of certain types of insects that can damage to flowers, leaves and vegetables, without the need for insecticides. It’s also good to encourage children to take an interest to take them away from all the electronic gadgets they seem to spend hours on these days. I always have binoculars handy to identify the rarer visitors to my garden, such as goldcrests, blackcaps, corn buntings and goldfinches. The RSPB has its annual “Big Garden Birdwatch” online every year at the end of the January. The RSPB finds this an invaluable feedback. Did you do it? If not, prepare and take part next year. Don’t ever think there are no interesting birds in your garden. Hungry birds will go wherever they are welcome and you can enjoy their antics!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 6th February: Gong & Flow Yoga in the Village Hall. Classes £14. Call 07984 191016 for more information.
  • 6th February: Village Hall Quiz Tickets £10 from Sandra Lee (843491).
  • 8th February: Parish Council Planning Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall. All welcome. Next full meeting 14th March.
  • 15th February: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Mike Brown “In A Monastery Garden”. All welcome, please Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 26th & 27th February: Northern Orbital Public Exhibition Kelmarsh Suite, Moulton College accessed by Gate 4. Click here for more info.
  • 12th March: Charity Dance in Village Hall. Tickets (£20) from Helen Coghill.
  • 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 March 2016

EDITORS:

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

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