ROYAL WEDDING TEA PARTY

The Village Hall committee is holding a tea party in the hall on Sunday 13th May from 2pm until 4pm. Tickets will be £12 and will be on sale shortly. There will be a Royal wedding theme. For more details, please contact Sandra on 843491.

HOLLY LODGE DRIVE APPLICATION DEAD IN THE WATER

The planning application from Gladman Developments for 75 dwellings off Holly Lodge Drive has been dismissed by the planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. John Clarke, chair of Boughton Parish Council, attended the hearing.

SPATE OF BURGLARIES: VIGILANCE REQUIRED

Boughton Neighbourhood Watch is reminding residents to be vigilant after a number of incidents in the village and surrounding area. These include a break-in at Boughton Primary School, burglaries and car thefts. CCTV in Butchers Lane captured four masked individuals with a weapon at 3am casing houses and attempting to enter one property. Please report any incidents to 101 or telephone 999 if a crime is in progress. The Police have relaunched a free message alert system to keep people informed and communities safer. You can register for free at www.northamptonshireneighbourhoodalert.co.uk

BAD WEATHER BRINGS ROGUES OUT OF THE WOODWORK

Northamptonshire Trading Standards is warning that the recent high winds and bad weather may encourage rogue traders or distraction burglars to doorstep local residents. Trading Standards’ advice is to never buy goods or services on the doorstep. It runs an approved traders scheme, which can be found via the website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/approvedtraders. If you are concerned in any way, please contact Doorstep Crime Action Network on 0345 2307 702.

HUMFREY LANE TO CLOSE

A section of Humfrey Lane between Church Street and Howard Lane will be closed to traffic on 26th and 27th February for what Northamptonshire Highways describes as “carriageway patching”.

PAPER DELIVERY GETS GO AHEAD

The paper shop at Whitehills has had enough interest to make a daily delivery of morning papers to the red phone box at the bottom of Church Street viable. If you would like to be included, please contact Raj on 843365 as soon as possible. This service will only continue with sufficient customers.

MUSICAL CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISING

A group of carol singers made up of local people that visited many homes before Christmas raised £187 for Thomas’s Fund. This local charity, along with Boughton Church, received a further £1,000 as a result of a very well supported City Chamber Choir Christmas concert that raised a total of £2,500. A donation of £500 also went to the local Riding For The Disabled group, which is based in Cottesbrooke.

WIPES DON’T BELONG IN PIPES

A reminder to villagers not to flush wipes down the loo – even if the packaging claims they are flushable. This follows two households suffering serious and unpleasant floods, caused by sewage pipes becoming blocked by wipes, over the Christmas period.

WEIGHT LIMIT VIOLATIONS

Again, the Vyse Road sign on the corner of Church Street has been ignored and dislodged by a large vehicle, probably an articulated lorry, attempting to negotiate the bend. This has caused significant damage to the wall in part of the village’s conservation area. There is well-signed weight limit in the village. Please do report any vehicles and construction traffic (with registration, company name and photograph if possible) to Jayne Bunting, the Parish Clerk. She can be contacted at BoughtonPC@btconnect.com or 882527.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

Daventry Area Community Transport (DACT) needs more volunteer drivers to help elderly and less mobile people get to medical appointments. Whether you’ve got two hours or two days a week to spare, DACT would love to hear from you. Please call 01327 701665.

BUCKTON FIELDS – ANNOUNCEMENT OF PLANNING HEARING EXPECTED

As BVM goes to press, a date for when the Daventry District Council planning committee will hear the planning application for the second phase (674 dwellings) of the Buckton Fields development has not been announced. However, this may well be 21st February. The village website and BVM will try to keep residents up to date with the latest news. A subsidised coach will be available leaving from Whitehills, organised by WASPRA. Letters with comments are still being accepted. Please write to Steve Ellis, DDC, Lodge Road, Daventry NN11 4FP or email sellis@daventrydc.gov.uk quoting DA/2011/0666.

ANN DAVISON’S EASY BROCCOLI AND BACON PASTA

Ingredients:

  • 1 x head of broccoli cut into florets
  • 200g diced bacon or lardons, smoked or unsmoked to taste
  • Clove of garlic, crushed
  • Grated parmesan
  • About 70g short pasta per person

Method:

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the pasta and, after five minutes, the broccoli. Cook for another five to seven minutes. Meanwhile, gently fry the bacon in a little oil. Add the garlic to the frying pan after five minutes and cook for a further three. Drain the pasta and the broccoli. Reserve about half a cupful of the cooking water. Add the pasta and broccoli to the bacon and garlic. Mix well and add the cooking water to loosen. Sprinkle over the parmesan and enjoy! Pesto or fresh basil leaves also make a tasty addition.

THE FOLLIES OF BOUGHTON PARK: THE HAWKING TOWER

The Hawking Tower is a Grade II listed structure, built in the style of a church tower, that stands as an entrance lodge to Boughton Hall on the A508. It is three storeys with ogee-headed and quatrefoil windows with an outer staircase and a tower surmounted by battlements. Today it is a dwelling but until the Thirties there was a loft room, accessible only by ladder, lined with nest boxes and home to birds of prey.

The raised situation of the Hawking Tower is due to the fact that the present road is 15ft or so lower than the original road. Restoration and modernisation work that took place in the Forties revealed the entrance to a mysterious tunnel. It was of brick construction and approximately 4ft tall. Local legends speak of there being a number of tunnels in the area. It is believed this tunnel may have been used to smuggle Charles I in and out of Boughton Hall during his imprisonment at Holdenby. More precise investigations to ascertain the precise location of the tunnel were abandoned as there was a danger of damaging many of the services that are buried in the vicinity.

Another figure associated with the Hawking Tower is George John Whyte Melville, the 19th-century English novelist who stayed at Boughton on numerous occasions and often used the Hawking Tower for his writing, no doubt inspired by the Gothic atmosphere created by William Wentworth. Whyte Melville published his first novel in 1853. Locally, he is best known for his historical tale of old Northamptonshire – Holmby House – set at Holdenby, Althorpe and Boughton, the three great estates of the locaily.

Thanks to Simon Scott, author of The Follies Of Boughton Park. Next time: Holly Lodge.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 19th February: Boughton Ladies Fellowship “The Arnsby Storyteller”, contact Sue Greatorex for info (842332).
  • 12th March: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 13th May: Tea Party 2pm until 4pm in the Village Hall.. Tickets £12 from Sandra Lee (843491).
  • 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
  • Last Tuesday of month: Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • Every Thursday: 7.30pm in the Village Hall – contact Colette 07545 249988

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is March 2018

EDITORS:

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

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