ALL SET FOR A RIGHT ROYAL PARTY

Final preparations have started for Boughton’s party to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday on Sunday 12th June in Boughton Park from 2pm until 5pm. Traditional games, a tug of war, jazz band, a best crown competition, face painting and children’s races will be among the afternoon’s events. There will be a children’s tea and glass of Pimms or beer and cakes for the grown-ups. Please bring a picnic rug and chair, and additional picnic goodies if you need them. Thank you to those sponsoring the event, including Phil and Sally Wintle, Billing Finance, The Parish Council and Smiths Farm Shop. It would be useful to have a rough idea of numbers, so please email charlotte@mackaness.net if you’re thinking of coming or to register a tug of war team – six people of any age, shape, size or weight. Donations of cakes would also be very welcome.

TRAFFIC CALMING TO BE TRIALLED OUTSIDE SCHOOL

As part of the Section 106 Agreement relating to the Buckton Fields development, Boughton has received £30,000 towards traffic calming measures. One of the options under consideration is a chicane-type construction. A temporary version, placed outside the school, will be installed on a trial basis the week commencing 13th June. For a map, please see the Boughton Village Matters Facebook page. If you have questions, please contact the Parish Council clerk, Jayne Bunting, via BoughtonPC@btconnect.com or 882527.

POCKET PARK CLEAR-UP – PLEASE DO YOUR BIT

“There is a Pocket Park clear-up session on Sunday 5th June at 2pm,” writes Charlotte Mackaness. “If you have half an hour or so to spare, please come along to help with litter picking and weeding – long sleeves and gardening gloves useful. If everyone lends a hand, it makes such sessions shorter and lighter work for all involved. The Pocket Park is used and enjoyed by a great many in the village but it does take work to keep it looking tidy. A public area that appears uncared for encourages anti-social behaviour – something we’ve worked very hard to stamp out in the Pocket Park.”

BOUGHTON AND THE NORTHERN ORBITAL

Anybody wishing to read the Parish Council’s official response to the Northern Orbital consultation can do so by visiting the village website: www.boughtonnorthants.co.uk

GET YOUR DANCING SHOES OUT FOR THE POCKET PARK

A “Boughton Boogie Night” is taking place in the Village Hall on 24th September to raise funds for the Pocket Park. Tickets are £20 per person and include a hot supper followed by Matt Potter’s disco. For more information or to reserve a table, please contact Nicky Callis at nicky@roundhousegraphics.co.uk.

VINTAGE TEA PARTY A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

The Village Hall Committee would like to thank all who attended, donated or helped at the recent tea party in the Village Hall. A total of £650 was raised, which will go towards decorating the outside of the Hall. It is hoped to repeat the event next year.

BOUGHTON BOYS PHOTOGRAPHIC SUCCESS

Jasper and Isaac Callis, who live at Boughton Grange, have taken top prizes in the prestigious Pink Lady Food Photographer Of The Year Competition. Jasper was the youngest finalist in the category for those aged between 11 and 14, and came second with his shot “Finished For The Day” shot. Jasper had two other highly commended entries. His younger brother Isaac came first and second in the 10 and under category with “Planets” and “Pieces”, plus another highly commended entry. Photographs can be seen on the BVM Facebook page.

LUCY’S LONG-HAUL BIKE RIDE FOR LOCAL CHARITY

Lucy Smith from Spinney Close has completed a London to Paris cycle ride to raise money for Boughton-based charity Thomas’s Fund. She set off with a group of friends on 13th May from Tower Bridge, cycling through the City, the Surrey Hills and finishing at Newhaven 68 miles later. On day two they rode from Dieppe to Gisors through beautiful French countryside. Thanks to some navigational issues they cycled 78 miles – 10 more than planned. With tired legs and 205 miles under their belt, they arrived in Paris on day three. So far the team has raised £1,918. If you would like to donate, this can be done via Just Giving: www.justgiving.com/LucySmith24

DON’T FORGET: NO AUGUST NEWSLETTER

As usual, there will be no BVM in August, although the Facebook page will be updated, so we will need notices for events in August of September ready for for the July issue.

GLENDA LAURIE’S CHUNKY APPLE CAKE

Ingredients:

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • ½tsp mixed spice
  • 3 Bramley apples
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 75g spreadable butter
  • 175g light brown soft sugar
  • Zest of one orange, grated
  • 1tbsp chopped mixed peel
  • 1tbsp milk, if needed
  • A little icing sugar

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Sift the flour, baking powder and spices in the big mixing bowl. Chop the apples into small dice (without or without peel depending on your taste) then place in a bowl and toss with one tablespoon of the sieved flour mixture. Add the eggs, butter and sugar to the rest of the flour and whisk for about a minute with an electric mixture. The mixture should have a smooth, creamy consistency. Fold in the grated orange zest, mixed peel and diced apple. If the mixture seems a little dry, add a tablespoon of milk. Spoon the cake into a tin (20cm loose-based, buttered and lined) and level off with the back of a spoon. Bake near the centre of the oven for about an hour or until the cake feels springy in the centre when lightly pressed, and just shows signs of shrinkage away from the edge of the tin. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

The busiest time is upon us: birds, animals and insects continuing the annual breeding cycle as we humans resume our gardening chores to control weeds, hedges and lawns. We must first make sure we don’t disturb them too much, especially blackbirds, thrushes and hedge sparrows when we get the trimmers out. We have the easiest task and in doing so must remember to show consideration for our “residents”. Most are useful in their own way in maintaining the balance of nature around us, and many – we are told – are in continual decline. With good balanced wildlife we don’t need pesticides, which are too indiscriminate. Our summer migrants are back, mainly from Africa, and have had to survive a perilous journey to do get here. Swallows and house martins have returned, and swifts are also due. Human predators are still one of the biggest problems facing them. For instance, it’s a sport in Malta and Gozo to shoot any passing migrant: finches, swallows, turtledoves or birds of prey. In Italy people line the passes through the Alps and do the same. What with this and on-going climate change, I wonder whether my great-grandchildren will enjoy the rich diversity we still have today. The RSPB tell us that turtle doves, which migrate from Senegal to Spain, are the latest species to figure on the endangered radar. Their numbers have plummeted by 91% since 1995 and continue to halve every six years. At home in Boughton what can we do about it? Little, except for donate to the RSPB’s extinction appeal. However, we can continue to provide a nature-friendly habitat while gardening. There is a rich variety of plants for beds, wall and fences to give colour and provide a food source for wildlife of every kind.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 5th June: Pocket Park Clear Up 2pm in the Pocket Park. All welcome.
  • 12th June: Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations 2 – 5pm. Boughton Park Cricket Pavilion. All welcome.
  • 13th June: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 20th June: Moulton College Garden Centre A talk and tour followed by supper. This is our last meeting until our Annual Church Service on 18th September. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 24th September: Boughton Boogie Night Info from Nicky Callis (07770 981440)
  • 3rd Monday: Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • 6th Monday: Chiropody service in Village Hall for residents only – contact 01536 771393
  • 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

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is July 2016

EDITORS:

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

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