NEW CONSULTATION FOR NORTHERN ORBITAL

The announcement of a General Election on 8th June delayed the consultation for the Northern Orbital routes. Exhibitions will now be taking place locally between 19th June and 4th August, with one held in Boughton Village Hall on 5th July. There will also be exhibition boards in Kingsthorpe library from 18th July until 4th August. Details of the routes will be published just before the consultation period begins. For the very latest information visit Northamptonshire County Council’s website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk.

VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT GIVEN THE STAMP OF APPROVAL

A small group, led by the Parish Council clerk Jayne Bunting, has worked very hard over the last year or so updating the Boughton Village Design Statement. The document has now been accepted by Daventry District Council and can be viewed on the village website: www.boughtonnorthants.co.uk

TEA PARTY A TRIUMPH

“ The Village Hall committee would like to thank everyone who helped and attended the vintage tea party on 14th May,” writes Cassie Handshaw . “It was a very enjoyable afternoon and a total of £790 was raised for Village Hall funds. The committee is still looking for new members. If you are interested in joining or could help out at the odd social event please contact Sandra on 843491.”

HELPING HAND FOR PRIVATE PUMPING STATIONS

Ownership and responsibility for private pumping stations now lies with Anglia Water. In the past, the cost of running and repairing these stations has fallen to the landowner. If you have one on your land, please register so running costs can be met by the company. To
find out more, visit www.anglianwater.co.uk/privatepumpingstation

BOUGHTON CHARITY CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY IN STYLE

There are still some tickets available for local charity Thomas’s Fund’s 10th birthday celebrations at the Picturedrome on 15th June. “The Rat Pack”, which has been voted the UK’s number one tribute show, will perform two 45-minute sets of the musical favourite of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior and Dean Martin. Tickets are just £10 from Lucy Smith (07854 921854).

GET FIT THIS SUMMER

Personal trainer Sally Milner has re-started her summertime Tuesday evening boot camps held in the Pocket Park. They are from 7pm until 8pm, cost £4 and are suitable for all levels of fitness.​

VILLAGE SCHOOL’S GOOD RATING

Following a recent OFSTED inspection, Boughton Primary School has once again been judged “good” in all areas. The leadership team, good manners of pupils, professionalism of staff and progress made are all highlighted in the full report, which can be seen on the school’s new and improved website: www.boughtonprimaryschool.org.uk

POCKET PARK FUNDRAISER – SAVE THE DATE

Following last year’s sell-out party in the Village Hall to raise money for Boughton Pocket Park, there will be a similar event held on 15th September but on with Latin theme. More details to follow.

NEW SERIES IN BOUGHTON VLLAGE MATTERS

Local historian Simon Scott has written two books about Boughton Park and the historic follies that surround the village. Simon has kindly agreed to allow BVM to use his work as the basis for a new series. The first one looks at the very general history of Boughton Park
and how it became littered with such important and historic architecture. This will be followed up with a more detailed look at the various follies and landmarks; kicking off with the Grotto.

NEW FACES ON POCKET PARK COMMITTEE

Some long-time members of the Boughton Pocket Park committee recently stepped down. Happily, new faces joined at last month’s AGM. For contact details, please see the Pocket Park’s website: www.boughtonpocketpark.org.uk

IS YOUR COMPUTER SECURE?

Following the high-profile cyber attack that affected the NHS earlier this month, Boughton Neighbourhood Watch would like to remind villagers of the importance of keeping anti-virus software up to date and backing up important files on a separate server or “cloud”. Anyone with concerns or who are being held to ransom, can contact Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk

VILLAGE CHARITY TO HELP NEEDY STUDENTS

As the academic year comes to an end, don’t forget that the Richard Humfrey (Education) Foundation provides financial assistance to students under 25 undertaking further education studies. Although the main round of applications is in the autumn, the Foundation will consider cases at any time of year. For more information contact the secretary Jill Gist on 847890 or jandrgist@tiscali.co.uk

STUART COGHILL’S LEMON FRIDGE TART

Ingredients:

  • 1 carton of double cream
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • Juice and zestof three lemons
  • Packet of digestive biscuits
  • ½ cup butter

Method:

Melt the butter and crush the biscuits. Mix together and press into a cake tin. Beat the cream until thick. When peaking, beat in the condensed milk. Add the lemon juice to the mixture according to taste. Spoon on top of the biscuit base. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge to set.

THE FOLLIES OF BOUGHTON PARK

Boughton is home to Northamptonshire’s largest collection of 18th-century follies and other landscape structures. It’s unique landscape and historic importance was recognised in 1995 when it was included in English Heritage’s Register of Parks and Gardens. Dr Harriet Jordan, Inspector of Historic Parks and Gardens at English Heritage described Boughton Park as “a landscape of national importance”.

This acknowledgement owes much to the drive and research of local historian Simon Scott, who has kindly allowed BVM to use his two books on Boughton Park’s follies as the source for this new series, in which some of the history of the wider park and specific structures will be looked at.

Boughton Park and its follies are inextricably linked to the Earls of Strafford, in particular William Wenworth (1722-91), who purchased the Boughton and Pitsford estates in 1717. Wentworth not only had a passion for landscape structure but is recognised as being an amateur architect in his own right. The majority of William Wentworth’s architectural flights of fancy at Boughton still exist today in their original form. Indeed, at present, it is still possible to look across the tranquil valley of Boughton Park to see follies in their original setting, unspoilt by modern life. William Wentworth died, without an heir, on 10th March 1791. His estates were inherited by his three sisters, including Lucy Wenworth who passed the Boughton and Pitsford estates to her son Richard William Howard-Vyse. They stayed with the family from 1791 until 1927, when the estates were broken up and sold by Sir Richard Granvlle Hylton Howard-Vyse, the last Lord of the Manor. Next time: The Grotto.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 12th June: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 19th June: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Meal at the Hopping Hare, Duston. This is the last meeting of the programme until they resume again on 18th September. For more information, please contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 15th June: Rat Pack evening in the Picturedrome in aid of Thomas’s Fund. Tickets £10 from Lucy Smith (07854 921854).
  • 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 11am- 12pm Village Hall – contact Maree Jesson 07867853515
  • 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: Yoga 7.15 – 8.30pm – Contact Lizzy on 07950 573719

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is July 2017

EDITORS:

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

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