WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME A PARISH COUNCILLOR?

Boughton Parish Council has two vacancies. This is a rewarding volunteer role. By contributing a few hours a month you can become involved in the local decision-making process. The Parish Council meets on the second Monday of the month (excluding February, August and December) at 7pm in the Village Hall. To qualify, applicants must be on the electoral register and over 18 years old. You must also have lived in the Parish (or within three miles of it) for at least 12 months. Training, development and support is offered to new councillors. For more information or to request an application form, please contact the Parish Clerk Jayne Bunting on 882527 or boughtonpc@btconnect.com

NORTHAMPTON AND LAMPORT RAILWAY EXTENSION UPDATE

Work has already commenced on the Boughton extension of the Northampton and Lamport Railway and new platform. Despite grant funding, £18,000 is still required. If you are able to volunteer your time – be that anything from fundraising to bricklaying – or would like to donate to the appeal, please contact the Northampton and Lamport Railway via societysecretary@nlr.org.uk or call 820327.

LOCAL RESIDENT UNDERTAKES TRAFFIC SURVEY

A concerned villager has been undertaking travel counts in Moulton Lane during the morning and evening rush hour (7.30am-9am and 4.30pm–6pm). On the two days of the count (11th and 14th January) there were 1,127 and 1,011 vehicles passing through Boughton, with most vehicles travelling eastwards towards Moulton. A large number of lorries were among the vehicles. If anybody would like to learn more or would like a copy of the count forms, please contact BVM.

VILLAGE HALL COMMITTEE SEEKS NEW MEMBERS

Boughton Village Hall is seeking new members to join its committee or simply volunteer
a bit of time. If you can help, please get in touch with Cassie Handshaw on cassiehandshaw@gmail.com or 844926.

VALENTINE NIGHT TRAFFIC DISRUPTION

Boughton Primary School is organising a disco on 14th February 2019, so there may be additional traffic and congestion in the village between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.

HOW TO REPORT FLY TIPPING

The illegal dumping of rubbish and unwanted goods is an ongoing problem around the village. You can report fly tipping to Daventry District Council online (just type in DDC and “fly tipping” into your search engine).

VOLUNTEERS UNDERTAKE DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING

Last month a number of villagers undertook training on how to use the defibrillator located on the wall of the Village Hall. These volunteers (as well as our local PCSO and the Parish Council) also hold the code to access the device. Information about this will be put on the village website. However, the device is public and anyone locally calling 999 to report assistance with a cardiac arrest will be given the access code. You don’t require training to use the defibrillator (it gives very clear instructions) and the clear message from the training course was that, if someone isn’t breathing, it is best to do something until help arrives than do nothing at all!

NEW EXERCISES CLASSES COME TO BOUGHTON

Two, new exercise classes have started in the village in the new year, alongside those already running. These are Zumba on a Thursday from 6.30 with Lina (07725984674) and ladies’ fitness classes with Dan on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning, plus Wednesday and Friday evenings. Please contact him on 07950482979 for more information.

CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISERS IN BOUGHTON

Many thanks to those who went carol singing just before Christmas and to those who donated over £175 for Boughton-based charity, Thomas’s Fund. Meanwhile, the festive wine tasting in the Village Hall raised £800 for the Church.

BREAK INS AND ATTEMPTED THEFTS

Last month saw a burglary on Moulton Lane and also reports of an individual trying car doors on Humfrey Lane. Please be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the Police.

PLEASE HELP REPORT WEIGHT LIMIT VIOLATIONS

There is a 7.5-tonnes weight limit in Boughton. This should be clear to lorries as there are warnings and signs at both entrances to the village. The Parish Clerk reports offenders and would appreciate residents’ assistance. If you see a lorry coming through Boughton, please take down the time and company – ideally get a photograph – and email the details to Jayne Bunting at bougtonpc@btconnect.com

RECIPES REQUIRED

BVM is always in need of recipes. Please – even if you’ve already had a recipe printed – do send in your straightforward but tasty family favourites.

JULIET STOREY’S QUICK MINCEMEAT FLAN

Ingredients

  • 225g mincemeat
  • 50g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 25g demerara sugar
  • Grated rind of 1 orange
  • 25g melted butter

Method

Line a greased 8in (20cm) flan dish with pastry. Spread the mincemeat over. Mix the other ingredients and scatter on top. Bake at 200 for 25 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Winter can be a difficult time for garden birds and other field animals as the supply of their natural fare becomes scarcer. I don’t feed the birds all year round but start to do it regularly at the end of Autumn. There are all sorts of tables, gadgets, food dispensers and types of seed, nut and fat products to put in them, available to buy locally or online. Kitchen scraps such as bread, meat, fruit and cheese can also be used up in this way. My problem is keeping them out of sight of my dog – Jack the Lab. I get reproachful looks if he sees me sneaking them onto the bird table. The test is, if you wouldn’t give it to a dog, put it in the bin!

The important thing is to keep feeders topped up, and containers and surfaces and bird baths clean to deter unwanted guests. The latter can test your ingenuity and patience. Food put out for smaller birds like tits, robins and finches can be quickly gobbled up by larger birds such as jackdaws, magpies, crows and jays. Some bird feeders are protected by wire cages that can minimise this and make them use the ground beneath to pick up loose items, rather than dominate and quickly deplete your stocks. Starlings, too, are a nuisance as they are quite agile, not to mention voracious and aggressive in small groups. I was interested to watch a jackdaw just swing on a seed feeder as he was too big to reach the hole. This dislodged the seed onto the floor where he then flew down to eat. Very clever! Even cleverer was his mate who then did it again to get them.

My battle with the grey squirrels continues: they can easily climb onto bird tables and descend onto feeders if not protected by guards of some sort. I’ve even had to resort to spraying a metal pole with WD40 oil to stop them shinning up. It was amusing to see them jump up, grab the pole and slowly slide back down. It works and won’t harm them!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 18th Februry Boughton Ladies Fellowship Boughton beekeeper Patrick Johnson. All welcome. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 11th March Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 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 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
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Children’s Parties
  • Dances
  • Fundraisers

Contact Jenny Bullock (01604) 845701

Next BVM issue is March 2019

EDITORS:

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

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