NORTH WEST RELIEF ROAD PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED

Residents have until 2nd August to comment on the planning application for the NWRR, which was submitted in late June. Boughton is one of the areas that NCC Highways now concedes will be negatively impacted by the scheme and is proposing mitigation including speed humps and chicanes. NCC Highways says that it sent out 6,000 leaflets to publicise the June public exhibition, including to households in Boughton. Could you please get in touch with BVM if you received one of these letters?

The application can be viewed on the County Council website. www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/environment-and-planning/planning/planning-applications

BOUGHTON’S LITTLE LIBRARY OPENS ITS DOORS

The village’s free book exchange is now open in the old telephone box in Church Street. You can donate your unwanted books by bringing them down, and please take away anything that you would like to read. To allow easy browsing, please put books neatly on the newly installed shelves. Permanent signs will be put up soon. For any queries, please contact “librarian” and mastermind of the project, Tony Boullemier, on 842357.

ACTION TAKEN OVER DEVELOPMENT SIGN ON TRIANGLE

Local people have voiced concerns about the erection of a sign on the corner of Boughton Green (known locally as the “Triangle”) by developers Mulberry Homes. This is advertising new houses in Moulton, although this isn’t clear from the wording. A number of villagers contacted the Parish Council, which has raised the matter with Daventry District Council on the grounds that it is unacceptable and visually intrusive in open countryside on an area of land with such historic significance. Development Control at Daventry is investigating.

MS FUNDRAISER HUGE SUCCESS

“Thank you to everyone that attended and supported June’s fundraiser in the Village Hall in aid of multiple sclerosis research,” says Shirley Suter. “Over £3,550 was raised for this very worthwhile cause and a great time was enjoyed by everyone.”

STREETLIGHT REPAIRED AFTER “HIT AND RUN”

The streetlight on the corner of Howard Lane and Vyse Road has been repaired after a car drove into it a few weeks ago. The cost has been covered by the Parish Council’s insurance, although the Council had to pay the £250 excess because the driver fled the scene without leaving any details.

DON’T FORGET BVM’S SUMMER BREAK

The next edition of the village newsletter will be in September.

VILLAGE HALL FUNDRAISER FOR FACEFAX

Live band Fynnius Fogg with be performing at a party in the Village Hall on 2nd November to raise money for local charity Facefax. There will be hot food, bar and a raffle. Tickets are £15 from Helen Coghill (841953) or Carol Dunstone (847911).

MILLIE’S SWIMMING MISSION

Millie Dorgan from Vyse Road has recently returned from St Lucia where she has been teaching children from the island to swim. Because of a lack of facilities, this is in the sea. During her stay, Millie not only helped countless children but also put her lifeguarding and first aid skills to the test when a youngster was hit by a rogue wave. Quite rightly, her brave exploits made the Chronicle & Echo. Well done Millie!

GIGACLEAR ROAD CLOSURES/SCHOOL EVENTS

Please continue to check the village website and BVM Facebook for road closures and please be aware of additional vehicles in Boughton because of events at the school. These include sports day on 5th July from 12.30pm; leavers’ prom on 17th at 6.30pm; the summer celebration on 22nd at 2pm; and the leavers’ assembly at 1.15pm on 23rd July.

GET YOUR JUMBLE READY FOR ANNUAL SALE

The Village Hall committee is hosting its yearly jumble sale on Saturday 5th October. Please save books, clothes, toys or unwanted gifts. If you already have donations and would like them collected and stored, please ring Cassie on 844926.

RECIPES STILL REQUIRED

We would love to hear from you if you have a tasty and easy-to-make favourite recipe that can be shared with fellow villagers.

MARIE BOULLEMIER’S BEEF BOURGUIGNON

Ingredients – serves six:

  • 3lb braising steak
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 sticks celery
  • Half bottle of red wine
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 head garlic
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2oz unsalted butter
  • 8oz pancetta
  • 1lb shallots
  • 2tbsp plain flour
  • 12oz chestnut mushrooms
  • ½ pint fresh beef stock
  • 5tbsp brandy
  • Fresh, flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Method:

Heat 1tbsp of oil in a large saucepan. Add the carrot, celery and onion (chopped into rough chunks) and cook for two to three minutes. Add the wine, thyme, garlic and two bay leaves. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Place the beef in a large bowl and pour over this wine marinade. Cover and place in the fridge overnight. Preheat the oven to 150C/Gas Mark 2. Drain the beef from the marinade. Reserve the liquid in a bowl and set aside. Heat 1oz butter and 1tbsp oil in a large frying pan. Add the pancetta and cook until golden brown. Add the shallots and then transfer to a large casserole dish. Heat 1tbsp oil in a large frying pan. Pat dry the beef with kitchen paper and then add half the beef to the pan and cook until golden brown on all sides. Remove the beef and transfer to the casserole dish. Repeat with the remaining beef. Stir in two to three large spoons of the marinade. Stir in the plain flour and the remaining marinade and beef stock. Bring to the boil, cover and place in the oven for three to four hours until the beef is very tender. Halfway through cooking, heat the remaining oil and butter in a large frying pan and cook the mushrooms until brown. Add the brandy and cook for a few minutes. Stir the mushroom and brandy mixture into the casserole. The slower you cook, the better it tastes!

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

After a mixed start, summer seems to be happening at last. The recent rain has stimulated plant growth around our fields with a beautiful crop of wild pink geraniums by the path behind Moulton Lane. There’s an abundance of nettles too. Unfortunately, there is no evidence this year of tortoiseshell, peacock or red admiral butterflies to lay eggs on them. Nor have I seen any caterpillars.

Talking of scarcities, there are no signs of swifts in the area this year. My nest boxes, put up to provide sites as a RSPB project, remain unused. However, would you believe that a replica house martin nest high under the eaves is home to a pair of wrens! Most unusual, as they usually build a domed nest of grass, moss and feathers much lower down in hedges. They are busy flitting to and fro, feeding a hungry brood and shoo off any bigger birds that get too close. I’m pleased to see the site used as house martins no longer want it.

Two feet above my patio door in the wisteria, a blackbird has built a nest. Seemingly, it is quite unconcerned about our presence. However, a war then ensued with a wood pigeon, which also “adopted” us last year. The pigeon finally won and built its nest over the top of the blackbird’s. It is now sitting on an egg or two and watching us with a beady eye when we sit outside. The wooden supports of our patio also provide homes for about 100 solitary bees every year. Giving nature a home is a passion of mine and can be quite entertaining. However, I didn’t encourage the rabbits, which abound!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 9th September Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 16h September Boughton Ladies Fellowship Annual service and supper. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 5th October Jumble Sale in the Village Hall.
  • 2nd November Facefax Fundraiser in Village Hall. Tickets from Helen Coghill
  • 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
  • Children’s Parties
  • Dances
  • Fundraisers

Contact Jenny Bullock (07776 082308)

Next BVM issue is September 2019

EDITORS:

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

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