NEW BINS, NEW COLLECTION DAY

From the week commencing 4th June, the new 1-2-3 refuse collections start. Boughton’s bins will now be collected on a Friday. On June 8th food waste and recycling will be taken away. Friday 15th is garden waste but please note this is an additional service that residents must sign up for. The first general household waste collection is Friday 22nd. Bins must be put out by 6.30am. Villagers should have received an information booklet and collection calendar. For more information, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling

NEW LOOK TO PARISH COUNCIL

As previously reported, John Clarke stepped down as chair of the Parish Council after 18 years. He is replaced by Steve Potter. Vice chair Kevin Greatorex also retired; this role has been taken on by Terri Wright. Both John and Kevin continue as Parish Councillors.

SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY FOR RECTOR

Congratulation to Reverend Stephen Trott who on 19th June will celebrate 30 years as Rector of Pitsford and Boughton. On 21st June there will be a special service at 7.30pm in Boughton Church to commemorate this anniversary. All are welcome, and there will be light refreshments afterwards in the Church Rooms.

SEARCH FOR PORTRAIT: HELP NEEDED

“My august predecessor, Granville Howard-Vyse, was rector for 57 years and a towering figure in Boughton and Pitsford for much of the 19th-century,” writes Stephen Trott. “He rebuilt and enlarged both churches and established schools in both villages. I am trying to locate a photograph or portrait of him to put a copy in both churches as a tribute to all he and the Howard-Vyse family did for the two communities. Please contact me on 845655 if you can help or email revstephentrott@gmail.com”

ALL A BUZZ ABOUT BOUGHTON HONEY?

Applegate Organics (Boughton village honey) will have a limited supply of jarred honey available from mid August for sale at £5 per 454g jar or £4 if you buy two or more. These can pre-ordered now. Free delivery in Boughton village, plus 25 per cent of any profits to go to Boughton Pocket Park. Patrick Johnson is also happy to show interested parties around the apiaries at set times over the summer. To order your honey or book a visit to see your local bees, please contact Patrick Johnson at honeysales@applegateorganics.co.uk

VILLAGE PARTY REMINDER

Don’t forget the “Boughton Green Fair” on 24th June to celebrate the restoration of the ruins of the church of St John the Baptist on Boughton Green. See enclosed flyer.

NORTHERN ORBITAL AND NORTH WEST RELIEF ROAD LATEST

A statement issued by Northamptonshire County Council says: “The Government has announced its intention to appoint Commissioners to assist with governance at NCC and until they have been appointed, it would not be appropriate for NCC to take the necessary decisions or the next steps with regards to long-term commitments such as the NWRR and NNOR. While it had been intended to take a Cabinet paper earlier in the year, which would have responded to the consultation, it was still uncertain when NCC will be able to do so.”

PLANNING APPLICATION FOR 3,000 DWELLINGS

Planning application N/2014/1429 for up to 3,000 housing units on “Dallington Grange” (next to Kings Heath) is open for public comment. Like Buckton Fields, this development is a “Sustainable Urban Extension”. The planning documents refer vaguely to the “North West Bypass” and this is cited as a mitigating factor. Please see above for the latest on the two “relief” roads. The application can viewed at www.northampton.gov.uk

EVENTS AT BOUGHTON PRIMARY – ADVANCED WARNING

There are a number of events at Boughton school in the next few weeks that may cause traffic disruption. A full list can be found on www.boughtonprimaryschool.org.uk but these include sports day on 29th June from 1pm until 4.30pm, a school trip on 4th July and the summer celebration on 17th July at 2pm. If any villagers are able to help out on traffic duties, please contact head teacher Mary James head@boughtonacademy.co.uk

TEA PARTY PROVES A RIGHT ROYAL SUCCESS

Thank you to everyone who supported the Royal wedding tea party in the Village Hall. Party goers were treated to music from the school choir and raised £777 for Hall funds.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA

Could you spare a few hours to help someone with dementia in your local community? Side By Side pairs a local volunteer to a person with dementia based on similar hobbies, interests or life experiences. Please call 01832 736670 or visit www.alzheimers.org.uk.

A HELPING HAND WITH CHILDREN AND PETS

Charlotte Fletcher-Stables finishes her GCSEs in mid June and is saving up for a school trip to Zanzibar next year, which involves marine conservation and teaching in an orphanage. To help fund this, she is available to dog walk, babysit and feed pets. Contact her at c.fletcher-stables@hotmail.com

JULIET STOREY’S SMOKED FISH RISOTTO

Ingredients:

  • 500g smoked haddock, cod or trout
  • 1.5 litres stock
  • 2 onions
  • Unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 450g risotto rice
  • 1 bunch spring onions, sliced diagonally
  • 150g mature cheddar

Method: 

Put the fish in a large frying pan. Pour over enough stock to cover, bring to a simmer and cook for four minutes. Allow the fish to cool and then skin and flake it. Add any leftover stock to this poaching liquid. To make the risotto, cook the onions in a little butter then add the garlic and rice. Stir well. Add the hot stock a ladle at a time, stirring constantly. When the rice is almost cooked, stir in the fish and spring onions. Stir in a knob of butter and the cheese to serve.

THE FOLLIES OF BOUGHTON PARK: THE RUINS OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST

The Church was built alongside St John’s Spring, an old pagan holy well. The Church of St John the Baptist is first mentioned in historical records in 1201. Although the date of its foundations is unknown, it has been suggested that its origins may be as early as the eighth century.

The building consisted of a chancel, north chapel, nave, west tower and spire. One of the earliest Northamptonshire historians, Bridges, gave the length of the church and chancel as 69ft and 6 inches. The wall and railings that now surround the churchyard are comparatively recent. A 1552 inventory states that of the church’s two bells, one was broken down by thieves and sold to Goodman Frere at Ecton while the other, featuring an impression of Henry III, is reputed to have gone to Moulton.

By 1719 the church lay in ruins, with no part of the roof remaining. This meant that the Wentworths of Boughton Hall had a true gothic ruin on the edge of Boughton Park. Perhaps this is why there is little sign of restoration work. The last recorded wedding at the old Boughton church was in 1708, with the steeple and tower falling around 1785. In the early 19th century stone was taken from the ruin to enlarge the chapel, now the church, in the village. In 1930 it was reported that “ill disposed persons have been guilty of acts of desecration, which further damaged the structure”.

Thanks to Simon Scott, author of The Follies Of Boughton Park. Next time: Boughton Fair.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 5th June Brixworth Deanery Synod Meeting 7pm Pitsford Village Hall.
  • 11th June Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 18th June Boughton Ladies Fellowship June Froggary Gardens in Desborough. This is the last meeting until .17th September More info from Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 21st June Reverend Trott’s 30th-Anniversary Service 7.30pm in the Church. All welcome.
  • 24th June Village Party ruins of the old Churchyard. Flyer enclosed.
  • 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
  • Every Tuesday – Pocket Park Bootcamp 7 – 8. £5 a session.
  • Last Tuesday of month Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • Every Thursday Slimming World 7.30pm Village Hall – contact Colette 07545 249988

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is July 2018

EDITORS:

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

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