SPECIAL GUEST AT ROYAL PARTY

“ Boughton’s village party to celebrate The Queen’s 90 th birthday was enjoyed by many people, including a special guest rarely seen in recent weeks: the sun!” writes Charlotte Mackaness . Despite a wet morning and torrential rain while packing up, the actual party was mostly dry. Thank you to all who came, those who sponsored the event and the team of volunteers who put in so much work. Their gallant efforts in errecting a gazebo in a downpour were captured live on radio when a reporter from BBC Radio Northampton visited the village. You can see photographs from the day on the Boughton Village Matters Facebook page.”

BOUGHTON SCHOOL SEEKING NEW HEAD TEACHER

Following the resignation of Paul Archer earlier this year, Head of Governors Greg Quine has updated BVM on the current situation. “Boughton Primary School is delighted to announce the appointment of a Consultant Head Mr Janis Zakis while it conducts the recruitment for a full-time head. It is hoped the post will be filled by the end of the current calendar year, which is the very earliest in line with current statutory guidelines. Mr Zakis is highly experienced and currently Head Teacher at Freemans Endowed C of E Academy.”

VILLAGE HALL JUMBLE SALE

Please save any books, clothes, toys or unwanted gifts ready for a jumble sale in Boughton Village Hall on Saturday 3 rd September. There will be a collection on 2 nd September or jumble can be donated on the day. If you already have donations and would like them collected and stored beforehand, please contact Cassie Handshaw on 844926.

PARTY FOR THE PARK

Tickets are available for the “Party For The Park” in the Village Hall on 24 th September in aid of the Pocket Park. They are £20 and include a two-course supper and Matt Potter’s disco. To book contact Nicky Callis on 07770 981440 or nicky@roundhousegraphics.co.uk

DEADLINE SOON FOR LOCAL GROUP GRANTS

Applications for grants for local organisations in Boughton for the year 2016/17 are open. They must be received by Tuesday 8 th July and the project completed by 31 st March 2017. For more information, please contact Jayne Bunting on 882527.

WINES FROM SICILY: DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

The next fundraising wine-tasting evening will be in the Village Hall on 21 st October. Past events have been great fun. Please email carolinetrott@sky.com for more information or to reserve your table. More info to follow.​

CAN BOUGHTON BOOK LOVERS HELP OXFAM?

Village resident and Oxfam volunteer Terri Wright is asking for support for Oxfam Book Month in July. “I’ve been asked to put a together a window display of books recommended and reviewed by Boughton’s keen readers and bookclub members,” she writes . “The Oxfam Scorching Summer Reads promotion aims to encourage new readers into the shop as well as donors. Would you be able to help by donating a book (or books) along with a short recommendation? No need for an essay, just a few words saying what the book is about (without giving too much away) and why it’s a good read. If you don’t want to include a review, all donations of surplus books would be gratefully received, especially through the Gift Aid scheme. For more information pop into Oxfam Kingsthorpe or contact me at terri.wright.boughton@gmail.com

POCKET PARK CLEAR UP

Thank you to all those who attended the clear up in Boughton Pocket Park last month – a record number. Thanks to having plenty of pairs of hands, a great deal was achieved including weeding the entire maze and removing 18 bags of rubbish. The next clear-up session is planned for Sunday 14 th August at 2pm. It would be good to see as many, if not more, willing volunteers again.

DINING OUT FOR A GOOD C AUSE

“ The Whyte Melville kindly made a £1 donation to Boughton Pocket Park for every portion of ham, egg and chips it sold. This raised a wonderful £327,” writes Nicky Callis . “Our thanks go to Tess and Jeremy for their support,”

CAN YOU HELP VILLAGE SCHOOL’S ART PROJECT

Boughton Primary School is currently trying to raise £2,000 for an exciting art project it. The school is in discussion with iPad artist Jason Wilsher-Mills about a large-scale artwork project that would involve pupils and the wider community. To find out more and to donate, please visit the link on the BVM Facebook page.

DON’T FORGET: NO NEWSLETTER IN AUGUST

BVM will be back after its annual summer break in September. The Boughton Village Matters Facebook page will be updated to keep villagers abreast of news over August.

TERRI WRIGHT’S ‘ERNA MACLEAN’ GERMAN TART

Ingredients:
  • 125g sugar
  • 125g butter/margarine
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 egg
  • Toppings of your choice!

Method: 

Cream the sugar and butter, add the unbeaten egg and mix until all are combined. Then add the sifted flour to form a dry dough. Grease or line two 18cm baking tins. Divide the dough into two pieces, retaining a small amount for the topping, and press into the tins. Spread the bases with jam, marmalade or fruit and then grate the spare dough over the top. Bake at 350C/Gas Mark 5 for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot with cream or custard. Equally delicious cold on its own.

ROBIN IDESON’S PLANT OF THE MONTH

My designer plant of the month is a herbaceous perennial called Geranium Rozanne ‘Gerwat’ (Cranesbill). There are many varities of Geraniums, or hardy Geraniums, as they are known. The majority are perennial, dying back and coming up again each year, while a few are evergreen. Geraniums are a very useful garden plant for two key reasons: the first being their natural inclination to form a generous clump of foliage, making for great ground cover; the other being the large variety of colourful saucer-shaped flowers. My choice of Geranium Rozanne ‘Gerwat’ is not a controversial one. It has both RHS AGM accreditation and won RHS Plant of the Centenary at Chelsea Flower Show 2013. Its most notable feature is its large violet-blue flowers with pale centres. These just seem to keep blooming for months on end. For the whole of summer, the neat clump of distinctive foliage is covered in masses of these eye-catching flowers. In addition, if given a little trim around August time, just when the flowers seem to be on their last legs a second flash will often appear that may continue into October and beyond in some cases. Geranium Rozanne ‘Gerwat’ is good for a front or central border and grows to around 60cm (2ft) high. It is a fast grower and can easily spread to 80-90cm (3ft) wide in the right conditions. This again makes it useful for weed-supressing ground cover. It prefers a fairly
well-drained soil in either full sun or a partially shaded area. Grow Geranium Rozanne ‘Gerwat’ next to Alchemilla mollis or a golden-leaved Marjoram to create a contrasting display. Or try with Salvia ‘Caradonna’ and Nepeta faassenii to create a striking blue/purple sunny herbaceous border.

Robin is a Boughton-based garden designer
www.robinideson.co.uk

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 11th July: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 14th August: Clear-Up Session 2pm in the Pocket Park. All welcome
  • 3rd September: Jumble Sale in the Village Hall.
  • 24th September: Party For The Park in the Village Hall. Tickets £20.
  • 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
2nd Thursday Nostalgia Café 2 – 4pm supported by Dementia Friends at Brampton View

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is September 2016

EDITORS:

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

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