OPEN EVENING FOR PROMISED BUCKTON FIELDS PRIMARY SCHOOL

Prospective parents are invited to attend an information evening to learn more about the proposed Buckton Fields Primary School, scheduled to now open in September 2021. This will be held on 25th February at 7pm at Pineham Barns Primary School NN4 9FF. For more information, please email enquiries@buckon.school

PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS – COUNCILLORS WANTED

Elections to Boughton Parish Council are to be held on 7th May. If you would like to do something for your community, and believe you can listen, think and act locally, please consider standing. For more information visit www.boughtonnorthants.co.uk or contact the Parish Clerk, Jayne Bunting, on clerk@boughtonpc.org.uk

POCKET PARK NEWS

Because of the recent bad weather and poor attendance at the annual bonfire, the Pocket Park Committee is appealing for donations to fund vital repairs and maintenance. The committee would like to thank those who have already contributed. To learn more or to donate, please contact Boughton Pocket Park via its Facebook page.

NORTH WEST RELIEF ROAD DECISION ON HOLD AGAIN

The Northamptonshire County Council development control meeting in January, at which the NWRR planning application was due to be decided, was cancelled. Ongoing issues brought up by consultees were cited as the reason.

WANTED – SECURE GARAGE

A secure garage in the village is sought to store a vintage car. If you can help, please email barrovet@aol.com

SCOUT GROUP NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

“Pitsford Scout Group would like to hear from any adults who could spare some time to be a leader,” write Georgina Miles. “Volunteering is fun and worthwhile. Young people participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme are also very welcome to assist. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are currently full but if you would like to put your child (boys and girls!) down for Beavers, please contact me by the time they are four. For more information, telephone me on 07836 555025.”

BUCKTON FIELDS RESIDENTS’ GROUP

The next Buckton Fields Residents’ Group meeting will be held on 13th February at 7pm at the Whyte Melville, Boughton.

FLY-TIPPING – WHAT YOU CAN DO

Daventry District Council recently announced that, following the introduction of its 123+ system, it has recorded the largest percentage reduction of general waste in England. However, Boughton residents may feel that fly tipping is on the increase, if the frequent dumping of fridges, mattresses and other unwanted household goods in lanes and laybys close by are anything to go by. Fly tipping can – and should – be reported via www.daventrydc.gov.uk/online or email environmentalimprovement@daventrydc.gov.uk

NEWS FROM THE NORTHAMPTON AND LAMPORT RAILWAY

Work to create a new station platform at Boughton is progressing well, as are repairs to bridge 11. However, the railway is still in need of £18,000 to ensure grant-funding conditions are met. There is a busy schedule of special events planned, including a winter gala on 8th and 9th February and a Valentine special on 16th. Information about these events and how you can volunteer or donate can be found on the website: www.nlr.org.uk

BLOW IN THE NEW YEAR WITH LOCAL BRASS BAND

Moulton 77 Brass Band is looking for players: members who play any brass instrument or percussion. If you’d like to dust off your instrument, make friends and have fun, please contact bandenquiries@hotmail.co.uk or pop along to Moulton Village Hall, Pound Lane, on a Tuesday evening 8pm until 10pm.

DECEMBER RECIPE: A COOK’S CONFESSION

A message from Bella Dean: “Proper cooks will have noticed that I left a vital ingredient off the list for the ‘Christmas Crumble’. I should have included 4oz butter to be rubbed into the flour, before mixing with the other crumble items. I am so sorry. I hope this didn’t ruin Christmas for anyone!”

ROSIE LOVELAND’S EASY NUT ROAST

Ingredients:

  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 medium parsnips
  • 225g ground cashew nuts or a mix of cashew, almond, walnut
  • 110g breadcrumbs
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ½ tsp each of dried rosemary and thyme
  • 1tsp Marmite diluted in 142ml boiling water
  • or 1 vegetable stock diluted in 142ml boiling water
  • 225g mushrooms, fried in butter

Method:

Cut onion and garlic finely and fry in oil. Boil the parsnips in a separate pan and mash with butter. Mix the parsnips and the onion mixture with the ground nuts, breadcrumbs, egg and herbs. Dilute the marmite or stock cube in the boiling water and add to the nut mixture. Grease and line a 900g (2lb) loaf tin. Put the fried mushrooms in the bottom, then add the nut mixture on top. Cover with foil and bake for one hour at Gas Mark 5/190C. Take the foil off towards the end if you wish to brown. Stand for 10 minutes before turning it out.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Winter is with us but Spring is coming. Honestly! For our village residents, nature is just outside the window. You are doing your bit simply by feeding birds. There is a variety of food you can buy: peanuts; a variety of seeds; fat balls etc. Make or buy a bird table and one or two holders to hang on branches. Then enjoy the fun of seeing a variety of birds competing for the bounty you provide.

Last month saw the annual Big Garden Bird Watch promoted by the RSPB. I have been doing this for years, and it is amazing how up and down the numbers have been with some species. The finches have been down in numbers lately. Greenfinches and Chaffinches, once quite numerous, seem rarer. However, long-tailed tits are more common, tending to visit in small flocks to use my bird feeders. I even have jackdaws hanging on the fat ball holder, demolishing them quite quickly.

Before I forget, this is the time of year to check any existing nest boxes to see whether they need repair and cleaning out. New boxes should be installed now, as the Blue tit nesting season starts in March. East to North facing is best, and you can add a little dry moss to encourage them to make a start. Last year no swifts took up residence in the boxes I provided for them on the house but I’m hoping this year I might get lucky. Swifts, swallows and house martins are once-common species that are now in decline.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 10th February Parish Council Meeting 6.30pm in the Village Hall. Please note earlier start time.
  • 13th February Buckton Fields Residents’ Group 7pm in the Whyte Melville.
  • 17th February Boughton Ladies Fellowship Julian will talk about old bottles and jars (842332).
  • 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 March 2020

EDITORS:

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

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