NO NEWSLETTER IN AUGUST

As is the norm, there will be no BVM in August. We will back in September and hope that
this will be business as usual in terms of a printed and delivered newsletter to Boughton village! In the meantime, we will keep the Boughton Village Matters Facebook page regularly updated.

NORTH WEST RELIEF ROAD PLANNING APPLICATION BACK

NCC Highways has updated its planning application for the North West Relief Road (the proposed single-carriage way road that will run from the new Dallington Grange estate and finish at Brampton Lane). Members of the public have until 20th July to comment. There is a huge amount of very technical information but BVM will try to publish (on Facebook) points that residents may wish to consider when replying. Boughton continues to be cited as an area that will be negatively impacted. The Parish Council is again seeking professional advice in order to respond to the application.

LADIES FELLOWSHIP TO CLOSE

BVM is sad to report that Boughton Ladies’ Fellowship has folded after running since the early Seventies in the village. Many thanks to all those who have supported the organisation over the years, especially Sue Greatorex who has chaired the group for a long time and put much energy into it.

ANTI-SOCIAL AND SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOUR

In recent weeks there has been a spate of incidents in the village including anti-social behaviour in the Pocket Park, vandalism of road signs and suspicious activity recorded late at night by residents’ CCTV. Local police are aware but you can help: do not hesitate to call 101 to report this behaviour or 999 if a crime is in progress.

BOUGHTON LIBRARY IS AN EXCHANGE NOT DEPOSIT!

Please do not leave large numbers of books in the old telephone box book exchange. Some huge “donations” have been left recently – sufficient to restock the shelves several times over. If you have a significant number of books that you wish to get rid of, please store them until charity shops are open again. There is a fabulous selection of books that villagers are warmly encouraged to swap or take but please don’t offload the responsibility of dealing with large quantities of books onto volunteers.

ALL WELCOME TO JOIN ZOOM PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

The next virtual Parish Council meeting on Monday 13th July at 6.30pm. If members of the public or press wish to attend, contact the clerk (clerk@boughtonpc.org.uk) in advance.

POCKET PARK EQUIPMENT INSTALLED BUT OUT OF BOUNDS

The new climbing frame and adult outdoor fitness equipment has now been installed in the Pocket Park. Sadly, because of the ongoing risk of spreading Covid 19, it remains out of bounds. The committee must wait for a change in government guidance before it can remove the barrier tape and allow access.

FOODBANK: YOUR HELP NEEDED MORE THAN EVER

A huge thank you to all those who continue to contribute to the foodbank collection point in the old red telephone box. Since lockdown began, over 11,500 items have been donated through our local hubs. While Covid 19 restrictions are relaxing, demand for foodbank services has never been higher. As well as tinned, canned and dried food, toiletries, nappies and cleaning products, including washing powder and washing-up liquid, are also required but please no fresh food to be left.

NORTHAMPTON AND LAMPORT RAILWAY: PROGRESS REPORT

Work has been continuing to the new Boughton station. The platform supporting wall now extends from The Windhover car park to the bungalows in the care home complex: a length of just over 100yd. Work to the proposed bay platform is awaiting the go ahead and has been delayed because of the Coronavirus shutdown. It is hoped this will commence soon.

ARE YOU SELF ISOLATING AND NEED HELP?

BVM and the Parish Council has established a group of over 30 village volunteers, registered with the County Council, that can help if you are self isolating and require shopping, prescriptions collecting or simply to have a chat on the phone. To find out more please contact Charlotte Mackaness (07808 725124) or the Parish Clerk, Jayne Bunting, on 882527 or email clerk@boughton.org.uk

WASH YOUR HANDS OF SCAMMERS

Sadly, there is a small proportion of people trying to exploit the difficult times we are living through. If in any doubt or to report a fraud or scam you can contact the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

MARION SCOTT’S DATE SLICES

Ingredients:

  • 4oz unsalted butter
  • 2oz sugar
  • 3oz Rice Crispies
  • Approx 12oz chopped dates
  • Large slab of Bournville plain chocolate

Method:

Put the dates, butter and sugar in a large pan and heat slowly, stirring well until the dates are pureed and mixed with the other ingredients. Remove from the heat and stir in the crispies. Put into a greased Swiss-roll type tin and smooth down with a palate knife. When cold and set, run around the edge with a knife and invert onto a flat surface such as a chopping board. Melt the chocolate and pour over. Leave to set before cutting into fingers.

BARKING MAD: observations of a spaniel

Oh dear. This ‘virus’ thing is still carrying on. My mum and dad keep grumbling about it and now it’s affecting me. My dad Tony has been taking me on longer and longer walks and we went up Bunker Hill to look at the Alpacas. They’re like nice tall sheep but they don’t do very much and coming back down the hill, disaster struck.
I got stuck in a load of swampy mud by the stream.
My tummy got all matted. And since this ‘virus’ thing has stopped me going to my usual groomers for a nice stylish haircut, my dad had to bath me – which I hate. Then he tried to trim me but I hate those scissors even more and I certainly let him know.
So do you know what he did? He took me to the vet.
To cut a long tail short, they told him I had to have something called tranquillisers to calm me down before they trimmed me.
I spat the first one out but I think he put another one in some nice soft cheese because it tasted odd when I gobbled it down.
Anyway, the vets trimmed me good and proper but left me looking a right scraggly mess. They took great big chunks off my side and legs and I’m sure I saw my Labrador friend Ollie turn his nose up at me in the street.
That man Boris was still trying to end this ‘Lockdown’ thing. But luckily my dad found a nice lady called Tanya, over at Brafield, who was still doing grooming. And she gave me a proper haircut.
But I do have to laugh, because my dad Tony’s hair also grew too long. So my mum Marie had to borrow Auntie Carol’s hairdressing scissors to give him a trim as well.
He thinks he looks really smart and stylish. But he hasn’t noticed it’s showing a load more of his grey hairs now! Ha, ha, ha! Serves him right!

Heidi

How the pandemic of 1665 revolutionised science!

Did you know that in 1665 the Great Plague of London was ravaging the country and had spread to Cambridge where the university went into lock-down? A young student at Trinity College, Isaac Newton, who had just acquired his undergraduate degree, returned to his family home of Woolsthorpe Manor near Grantham. He was just 23 and was away for two years of enforced social distancing. This time spent in such a peaceful rural environment resulted in some of his most important and world changing discoveries in Physics.

Newton is well known for the development of calculus, the discovery of the laws of gravity and how it is relates to mass and also how light can be refracted into its component rainbow colours. It is said he achieved this by drilling a tiny hole in the shutters of his bedroom window and used a prism to split the small beam of light into a spectrum of colours.
This time was later referred to as his “annus mirabilis” year of wonders.
Do you think the lockdown of 2020 may stimulate genius thought of this kind perhaps in Boughton?