HOLLY LODGE LAND APPEAL RUMBLES ON

At a hearing in the High Court in June, the Court ordered that Gladman Development’s application for permission to challenge the Secretary of State’s appeal decision (which was to refuse planning permission on the land) be refused. However, Gladman has now made an application to seek leave to appeal the court order.

CONFUSED ABOUT WASTE COLLECTIONS?

Given Boughton’s change of bin day from a Tuesday to a Friday and the new 1-2-3 collection system, villagers might be interested to hear about a free smartphone app that will set reminders and tell you which bins to put out. More information on how to download it is available at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/online/mobile-web-app

BIKE THEFT COINCIDES WITH FIRES IN POCKET PARK

A red and black Carrera Vengeance bike with a white seat and wheel trims, which had been left temporarily against a hedge outside Boughton Primary School, was stolen at 3.15pm on Friday 15th June. CCTV shows three youths, one with a moped, approach the bike. One casually jumps on the bike and rides off. This happened minutes after the Police and Fire service were notified of fires being started deliberately in the Pocket Park. This distinctive bike has a green bike lock wrapped around the handle bars and green lights. Its owner is a student, who uses it to get to his vacation job and help collect his younger sibling from school. If you have any information, please contact the Police.

IMPORTANT CONSULTATION ON FUTURE OF COUNTY

Northamptonshire’s eight councils are currently consulting on merging into two unitary councils. This would mean that Daventry District Council, which Boughton falls under, would be scrapped. This process ends on 22nd July. You can learn more and fill in a questionnaire at www.futurenorthants.co.uk

POCKET PARK WANTS YOUR THOUGHTS ON NEW EQUIPMENT

The Pocket Park Committee is considering investing in new sports and play equipment. The views of villagers are extremely important. A consultation is planned in the future. Please check the Boughton Pocket Park Facebook page and BVM for more information.

NO BVM IN AUGUST

Please don’t forget that there is no village newsletter in August. Your next printed BVM will be the September issue, although the Boughton Village Matters Facebook page will be updated regularly..We are always looking for recipes. Also, do get in touch if you might be able to help with deliveries as some of our regular helpers are moving from the village.

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY ON VYSE ROAD

On 23rd June at 10.30pm a thief gained entry, via a first-floor window, to a house on Vyse Road. The robber ran away when disturbed and drove off in a 4×4.

HELP VILLAGE SCHOOL WIN A PLAYGROUND

Boughton Primary has entered a competition to win a playground. Voting is open until 24th July. It takes just a minute to vote at www.terracyclewinaplayground.co.uk. All you need to vote is an email address.

DON’T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR BOUGHTON HONEY

Applegate Organics (Boughton village honey) will have a limited supply of jarred honey available from mid August for sale at £5 per 454g jar or £4 if you buy two or more. These can pre-ordered now. Free delivery in Boughton village, plus 25 per cent of any profits to go to Boughton Pocket Park. Patrick Johnson is also happy to show interested parties around the apiaries at set times over the summer. To order your honey or book a visit to see your local bees, please contact Patrick Johnson at honeysales@applegateorganics.co.uk

BUSY TIME AT BOUGHTON PRIMARY SCHOOL AS TERM ENDS

There are a number of trips out and events at the village school planned in July that will likely cause major congestion. Please try to avoid Moulton Lane at these times if at all possible. If any villagers are able to help out on traffic duties on these days, please contact head Mary James at head@boughtonacademy.co.uk. Mary will be very pleased to hear from you! A full list can be found on www.boughtonprimaryschool.org.uk but dates include: school trips on 4th and 5th July, leavers’ prom on 11th July (congestion between 6pm and 8pm), summer celebration at 2pm on 17th July, after-school disco on 18th July and end-of-term assembly at 1pm on 19th July.

DDC WANTS ADDITIONAL POWERS TO TACKLE DOG MESS

Daventry District Council is consulting on proposals to give its enforcement officers more power to tackle irresponsible dog owners. These would include limiting the number of dogs that can be walked by an individual at the same time and ensuring dogs are on leads in cemeteries, graveyards and public gardens and around schools. For more detailed information about the changes proposed and to take part in the consultation, which runs until 24th July, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultation

MARY JAMES’ CHICKEN AND TOMATO OVEN-BAKED RISOTTO

Ingredients:

  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 6 baby courgettes, sliced
  • 300g dried risotto rice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 700ml boiling stock
  • 2tbsp chopped fresh chives

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 200F/Gas Mark 6. Place the tomatoes, chicken, onion, courgettes, rice and herbs in a medium-sized baking dish. Season. Pour in the hot stock, stir to mix well and cover with foil or a lid. Bake for one hour until the rice is just tender. If you prefer a more tomatoey risotto, replace some of the stock with chopped plum tomatoes.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Wow, how the weather has changed in the last few days! The result of the wet, late Spring has seen a fabulous increase in the growth of all kinds of vegetation; trees, bushes, flowers, weeds etc. I had never seen such a phenomenal crop of nettles on the edges of our own nearby fields, until they were very recently cut, that is – a very bad time of year to do so for wildlife. I’m disappointed at the lack of insect life one could expect as part of this annual growth spurt. Where have all the butterflies gone? There were masses last year. Today I walked the field by the Pocket Park with my dog Jack, as usual. It’s lying fallow this year and has a mass of daisies, clover and poppies and looking quite beautiful. But I counted only nine white butterflies, and no Peacocks, Tortoiseshells or Red Admirals, which could all use the abundant nettles – before their cull – on which to lay their eggs. A few small Meadow Browns was all. Generally, there is a lack of bees, hoverflies and other insects one would expect at this time of year. My own colony of solitary bees is also much smaller than previous years.
Swallows, House Martins and Swifts are also scarcer than previous years; not surprising if the lack of insects is the reason. My own theory is that modern vehicle traffic is one of the reasons – in addition to some current farming practices using insecticides. You only have to look at the ‘kill marks’ on the front of any vehicle, multiply this by x million vehicles on the road all year round, to come up with the answer – it’s our fault! It would never have happened in the days of horse-drawn carriages would it? Nobody seems to have ever mentioned this as a factor?
Recently I reported the increase in the local rabbit population. This is still an apparent nuisance for gardeners but it is now attracting some rarer predators. A stoat killed one in my garden the other day, right on the edge of my patio and a Red Kite is now a regular visitor looking for a meal, cruising low over our Moulton Lane gardens and the adjacent fields, I’ve had to put a net round my runner beans though – can’t rely on them!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 9th July Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 17th September Boughton Ladies Fellowship No meetings in July or August. Next gathering is the annual Church service at 7.30pm followed by a shared supper. Contact Sue Greatorex (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 Bootcamp 7 – 8pm in the Pocket Park. £5 a session
  • Last Tuesday of month Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • Every Thursday Slimming World 7.30pm 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 September 2018

EDITORS:

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

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