FEATHER IN THE CAP FOR BOUGHTON’S RECTOR

Stephen Trott has been promoted to Rural Dean. This means he will have pastoral responsibility for 44 churches and 14 clergy. Congratulations Stephen.

YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOU: SUPPORT SPEED WATCH

As previously reported in BVM, signatures from 20 per cent of those on Boughton’s electoral role are required to set up an official Speed Watch programme. If you were out when volunteers door knocked for signatures but would like to support, please contact Mark Taylor at mdt500@hotmail.com. Mark would also like to hear from anyone interested in receiving training from the Police and being part of Boughton’s Speed Watch team.

COMMUNITY ESSAY WINS FIRST PRIZE

Dulcie Poole, who lives in Boughton Park, came third out of 1,600 pupils in the district in a Rotary-sponsored young writers’ competition. The theme was “light up the community.” Dulcie, who is a pupil at Boughton school, chose to write about Boughton Pocket Park. Very well done Dulcie.

ITALIAN EVENING: BRAVISSIMO!

“A big thank you to everyone who came to the Italian wine-tasting evening earlier this month,” writes Caroline Trott. “We made in the region of £700 for Church funds. It was a very enjoyable and informative evening (although I think much of the information had been forgotten by the end of it). Our next stop is France, which will be held in the Village Hall on 6th November. Watch out for ticket details nearer the time or register your interest with me now at carolinetrott@sky.com if you would like a personal reminder.”

SILVER MEDAL FOR BVM CORRESPONDENT

Boughton garden designer Robin Ideson has won a Silver Medal at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival for his “Out Of Darkness” garden. “It was my first show garden and I was pretty pleased with it,” says Robin. “As a designer, the majority of my clients complain about difficult shady areas so I wanted to show that with good design and the right choice of plants these can be just as beautiful.” Pictures of the garden can be seen on Robin’s website www.robinidesondesign.co.uk. In this month’s BVM Robin is writing about the evergreen Californian Lilac.

POCKET PARK AGM

The Pocket Park Committee is holding its AGM on 23rd June at 8pm in the Whyte Melville. Anyone is welcome to attend either to volunteer their time or to simply learn more about what is going on in the Pocket Park and the work of the committee.

BOUGHTON COUPLE CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN

Oonagh and Matthew Hunt, who live on Vyse Road, are taking on the Three Peaks Challenge on 19th June hoping to complete the ascent of Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowdon in under 24 hours. If you spot two people pounding the streets with heavy rucksacks, it is likely to be Oonagh and Matthew in full endurance training mode. They are fundraising for two local causes: Thomas’s Fund, a Northamptonshire music therapy charity set up by Boughton couple Lucy and Tim Smith, and the Northampton ON’s Rugby Club’s Benevolent Fund that supports players and families in need. You can sponsor the Hunts by donating at www.justgiving.com/Oonagh-Matthew

TEA PARTY PICTURES ONLINE

Photographs from the charming vintage tea party held in the Village Hall in April are available to view on the village website www.boughtonnorthants.co.uk Boughton’s website is updated regularly, packed with lovely images and useful information – well worth a look!

BOUGHTON GIRL’S TV APPEARANCE

Sarah Renard (nee Seelig) who grew up in the village and is known to many appeared on Channel 4’s Kirstie & Phil’s Love It Or List It last month. The hour-long show featured Sarah and husband Ian as they decided whether to stay in their house – newly renovated by Kirstie Allsopp – or move to pastures new.

REMINDER: NO AUGUST NEWSLETTER

If you have items or notices of events taking place in the summer or early September, please email BVM for inclusion in the July issue as we have our annual summer “recess” 
in August and there will be no newsletter that month. Also, don’t forget to email your favourite recipes.

A MORE TRADITIONAL WAY FORWARD?

The Parish Council has applied for an Empowerment Grant to replace the modern, metal directional road signs on the green at the bottom of Church Street with more traditional, wooden signage.

ANGIE SEELIG’S SATURDAY CHICKEN

Ingredients:

  • 4tbsp sunflower oil
  • 4 chicken leg portions skinned
  • 2 rounded tbsp lemon and thyme stuffing mix
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 
14oz chopped tinned tomatoes
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 150ml red wine
  • 1tbsp apricot or other seedless jam

Method: 

Heat the oven to 350F/180C/Gas Mark 4. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the chicken so it browns on all sides. Remove the chicken and put in a casserole. Put all the other ingredients into the frying pan and stir well to incorporate any sediment and melt the jam. Pour over the chicken, cover the casserole and cook for about an hour or until the chicken is tender. Delicious with colcannon or creamy riced potato…. And a hearty bottle of red!

ROBIN IDESON’S PLANT OF THE MONTH

Ceanothus ‘Concha’ (Californian Lilac) is an evergreen shrub. As you drive around the villages of Northamptonshire at this time of year it is impossible to miss the profusion of bright blue flowers covering many varieties of Ceanothus. From May to June these large evergreen shrubs produce an abundance of bee-friendly flowers that can range from sky blue tones through to deep indigo. The intense blue flowers combined with the general size and density of the shrubs create a wonderfully eye-catching display. Many versions, like my choice of Ceanothus ‘Concha’, are tall, dense and can be trained to grow up a wall or fence. The dark green foliage creates a perfect backdrop to the blue flowers, while giving important evergreen shape and structure the rest of the year. Ceanothus ‘Concha’ is hardy and pretty tough as long as it is grown in a warm, sunny spot. It is fast growing for an evergreen yet only grows to around 7ft high, so keeping it under control shouldn’t be a problem. It prefers a neutral to slightly alkaline soil, so may not flower so abundantly in more acidic conditions. Other varieties of Ceanothus can be put to alternative use. The Ceanothus arboreus will grow to tree-like proportions, while Ceanothus thrysiflorus var. repens will creep along a surface, creating an evergreen carpet. Consider planting Ceanothus ‘Concha’ next to a Choiysa Ternata ‘Sundance’ to create a bright spring display of blue, lime green and white. The bees will love it too!

Robin is a Boughton-based garden designer.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 8th June: Parish Council Meeting – 7pm in the Village Hall. All welcome.
  • 22nd June: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Visit to Fleur Fields vineyard in Brixworth. A tasting and light supper (£5) Please ring Sue Greatorex (842332) if you would like to attend. This is the last meeting for this programme. Next meeting 21st September.
  • 23rd June: Pocket Park AGM 8pm in the Whyte Melville. All welcome.
  • 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 6.30 – 8pm – Contact Lizzy on 07950 573719

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (843491)