THIEVES CAUGHT ON CAMERA

Three thieves were caught on CCTV by a Humphrey Lane resident in late June trying doors in the small hours. The trio, who also broke into a shed in Moulton Lane, are well known to the Police and were arrested later that night.

POLICE COMMISSIONER TO VISIT VILLAGE

Adam Simmonds, Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, will be in Boughton on 4th August to meet members of the Parish Council. He is keen to observe first hand some of the issues communities in the county are facing.

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER ENJOYS INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

Jasper Callis, 10, has been awarded second prize in the International Food Photography Competition. Jasper wanted to portray organic vegetables that could be grown in the garden. He entered three pieces, all three of which made it to a shortlist voted on by the public. His younger brother, Isaac, also had a picture short listed. You can see Jasper’s entry at www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com/finalists/gallery

PLAY & PICK UP IN THE POCKET PARK

To make sure the Pocket Park looks tidy throughout the summer, we’re holding a clean-up session on 4th August at 4pm. Please join us and why not bring a picnic to enjoy afterwards? Contact Amanda Askew for more information askewamanda@hotmail.com

TRAFFIC CALMING: NEW PROPOSALS

Following the Annual Parish Meeting, the Parish Council met again with Northamptonshire County Council Highways. Comments from residents who attended the meeting have been taken on board and the Parish Council now awaits plans for alternative proposals from Highways.
Breaking news: Highways Road Safety team has confirmed that the section of A508 between the Boughton and Pitsford roundabouts will become a 50mph zone.

WATCH YOUR SPEED!

““A number of volunteers attended Speed Watch training and are now Police approved! So, if you see people standing by the road in high-vis jackets, pointing a gun at you, they are merely assessing your speed,” writes Mark Taylor. “We all want a safer village and know that speeding can kill. Of course, it won’t be villagers speeding but people who don’t care, using Boughton as a cut through. This is a village initiative for the village: your support would be appreciated. To learn more, please contact me at mdt500@hotmail.com”

RETURN OF THE CHARITY POSH PLOUGHMAN’S

Following the success of last year’s event, the Whyte Melville will be holding another “Posh Ploughman’s & Pud” night in aid of the Pocket Park on 19th September. Tickets are £20 are available from Nicky Callis at nicky@roundhousegraphics.co.uk More information available on the Pocket Park website: www.boughtonpocketpark.org.uk

VILLAGE HALL JUMBLE SALE

The autumn Village Hall jumble sale is on 5th September. Please save books, toys, clothes or unwanted gifts. A collection will be made on 4th September or donations can be made on the day. If you would like jumble collected and stored, ring Cassie Handshaw on 844926.

BOUGHTON SPECIAL CONSTABLE?

Northamptonshire Police hopes to recruit a Parish Special Constable for Boughton. It is a new role that will involve working with regular Police officers, Parish Councils and community groups. Information is available at www.northants.police.uk/specials

BOUGHTON COUPLE’S EPIC FEAT

Oonagh and Matthew Hunt, who live on Vyse Road, successfully climbed the “Three Peaks” in under 24 hours last month. What a great achievement in aid of local charities. You can still sponsor the Hunts by donating at www.justgiving.com/Oonagh-Matthew

OPERA AT THE MUSEUM

Boughton resident Francesca Stevens is performing at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery during an Italian wine-tasting and opera evening on 4th July between 5.30pm and 8pm. Tickets are £20 and available from the museum shop (837397).

BOUGHTON SCHOOL: END OF TERM REPORT

Pupils at the Primary School have been working hard towards their end of term exams and SATS. Junior Road Safety Officers are monitoring road safety and parking. Meanwhile, building work to provide two new classrooms is on track for completion in September. Work on the school hall will start in mid-July in order not to disrupt the children.

SUMMER SPRUCE UP

At the request of Boughton Parish Council, Northamptonshire Highways are sending a team to clean road signs in the village, paint benches and the Humfrey Lane notice-board.

THE COGHILL FAMILY’S FAV POST-BBQ PUD

Ingredients:

  • 6 ripe peaches or nectarines
  • 6tsp brown sugar
  • Cream and meringues to serve

Method:

Cut each peach in half around the middle and remove the stones. Make sure the barbecue is moderately hot but usually there is no need to relight coals if using a conventional grill. Place each peach cut side down and grill for three to five minutes then turn over and fill each cavity with a teaspoon of sugar. Continue to grill until the sugar has melted and is beginning to caramelise. Serve as above or with yoghurt if you’re feeling healthy!

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Boughton’s B’s I’ve recently mentioned birds, bats and bees so let’s continue the “B” theme with butterflies. The many clumps of stinging nettles around our field edges give good breeding sites for some of our more colourful species: tortoiseshell; peacock and red admirals in particular. At this time of year, you may notice dark masses of caterpillars clinging to the upper leaves after the eggs hatch, using a fine silk “carpet”. As they mature and grow larger they separate and spread throughout the plant before hiding in the ground to pupate in the autumn. You will also now see the adults in your gardens, especially on buddleia bushes, which is one of their favourites. Again, encouraging them into your garden also serves a useful purpose as, like bees and other flying insects, butterflies act as pollinators. They are colourful and children should be encouraged to watch them rather than chase and catch them for fun. Yes, I did that too back in the day!
Today I found a mass of peacock caterpillars (I think) in the field and brought them home to munch on my own patch of nettles. My dog, Jack, was bemused. Strange beings these humans, carrying nettle stalks on walkies! Loss of habitat, use of insecticides etc continue to be a threat to our wildlife. Butterflies are no exception. Some of the rarer species can now be found only on protected sites. This year I’ve noticed a lack of usually common cabbage whites, which were everywhere last year. “Hooray!” keen gardens may shout. Orange tips and brimstone butterflies are also absent this time, although never common. The RSPB can provide butterfly feeding stations for your garden and a wide range of butterfly information. See www.rspb.org.uk for more details.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 13th July: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall. All welcome.
  • 4th August: Pocket Park Clear Up 5pm.  All welcome.
  • 19th September: Posh Ploughmans & Pud Night In the Whyte Melville in aid of Boughton Pocket Park
  • 21st September: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Annual Church service at 7.30pm with a shared supper in the Church Rooms afterwards.
  • 6th November: French Wine Tasting Night Tickets fromcarolinetrott@sky.com
  • 7th November: Pocket Park Bonfire & Fireworks
  • 3rd Monday: Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex (01604) 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 (01604) 843652/ (01604) 843314
  • Every Thursday: Yoga 6.15 – 8pm – Contact Lizzy on 07950 573719
  • Term end 16th July

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is September
 2015

Editors:

Helen Coghill: Pegasus House (01604) 841953 hmcoghill@doctors.org.uk
Charlotte Mackaness: Wickets Cottage (01604) 842311 charlotte@mackaness.net