RECORD NUMBERS AT ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

“Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s new format Annual Parish Meeting,” writes Parish Council chair Steve Potter. “It was good to see so many people coming along to the new venue of the village school and mingling with neighbours over a glass of wine. Formal Parish Council meetings are held on the second Monday of most months, and anyone is welcome to attend.”

NEW DATE FOR NORTH WEST RELIEF ROAD INFORMATION EVENT

Last month’s public exhibition about the North West Relief Road, construction of which is planned to start in Spring next year, had to be rearranged because of the European elections and purdah rules. This has been rescheduled for Saturday 15th June from 8.30am until 8pm at the Pastures Centre on Welford Road. There is a similar event in Duston on 11th June. Highways’ website states that a planning application was expected to be submitted at the end of May.

BOUGHTON’S OPEN AIR CHURCH SERVICE

The annual open-air service in the old churchyard on Boughton Green is on Sunday 23rd June at 2pm. This is to celebrate the feast of St John The Baptist. The children of Boughton Primary School’s choir will be performing. All are welcome. Please feel free to bring a picnic and something to sit on.

GIGACLEAR: SUMMER ROAD CLOSURES

As part of Gigaclear’s installation of ultrafast broadband, several roads in the village will be closed while essential work is carried out: Moulton Lane from 10th to 24th June; Church Street from 24th June until 8th July; Butchers Lane from 8th July until 22nd July; and Humfrey Lane from 22nd July until 5th August.

BOUGHTON GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME

This month’s BVM includes an information leaflet about the Boughton Good Neighbour Scheme and a questionnaire – this can also be completed online. Rosie McDonnell is available to answer any queries you may have. Please call her on 820017 or email boughtongoodneighbours@gmail.com This is a non-commercial, community initiative from Boughton Parish Council. It is in no way connected to the online group, Nextdoor, that many local households have been encouraged to join.

LOOK OUT FOR NEW BIN COLLECTION TIMETABLE

A four-page leaflet containing the dates for refuse and recycling collections for the next 12 months, starting this month, should have come through letterboxes in late May.

FIRST PHASE OF “BOUGHTON LIBRARY” COMPLETED

As BVM went to press, installation of shelves in the old red phone box was being finished. This is part of the work to convert it into a free book exchange. When complete, signs will go up inviting villagers to donate unwanted books.

BRIDGE WORK CLOSES SECTION OF BRAMPTON VALLEY WAY

Volunteers working for the Northampton and Lamport Railway start major repairs to a bridge on 3rd June. There will be a diversion for pedestrians around “Bridge 11” but this section of the path will be closed to all other users. The work is expected to take until mid July. To find out more and how you can support the work of the volunteer railway, please visit www.nlr.org.uk

BUSY TIME AT BOUGHTON SCHOOL

The second half of the summer term is an exciting and busy time at the village school. Some events, however, may cause extra traffic on Moulton Lane. These include a tennis tournament on 10th June (coaches around morning and afternoon), a 6.15pm new intake meeting on 19th, trips on 24th and 26th (coaches at school) and school sports day on 5th July from 1pm.

MEASURES TO DECREASE SPEED ON DANGEROUS BEND

NCC Highways has allocated some funds from its limited budget to make alterations to signage on Vyse Road in a bid to slow traffic around the very tight bend. A sign indicating the road narrows will be put up, plus new markings on the tarmac on Vyse Road and Church Street. Highways acknowledged that there was absolutely no warning of the bend on Church Street. Erecting new posts for signs is costly but hopefully this might be done on Church Street when future budgets allow.

GOODBYE TO ONE OF BOUGHTON’S MUCH-LOVED FOUR-LEGGED RESIDENTS

Tributes have been coming in for Golden Labrador Harvey Newton, who died at Easter aged 14 – a good innings for his breed! Owners Ian and Kathy would like to say thank you to all the well-wishers for their messages. Harvey would sit “lion-like” on the grass outside his house, guarding the entry to Greville Close. His good nature was appreciated by many, including the legions of children who enjoyed patting this gentle giant.

BELLA DEAN’S TROPICAL FRUIT SALAD

Ingredients:

  • 
Tin of apricots in fruit juice, chopped
  • 2 cartons of chopped pineapple and mango (available in Waitrose)
  • 2-3 balls stem ginger (chopped) plus 2tbsp syrup from jar
  • Juice of an orange plus 3 oranges, cut into segments
  • 
½tsp ground cinnamon
  • 450ml carton coconut yoghurt with 3tbsp lemon curd mixed in

Method:

Mix all the fruit together and then serve with the yoghurt mixture. Sprinkle with light muscovado sugar, to taste.

BOUGHTON BETWEEN THE WARS

Harry Lovell: Introduction

One morning, during the year 1926, a little boy stood in the smaller classroom of the village church school, gazing intently at a map on the wall.

It was a map of the British Isles, predominantly coloured green, indicating the larger towns and cities and with the main railway lines shown in more detail than the roads.

The kindly schoolmistress, noticing the boy’s interest asked if she could help him. “Where is Boughton?” he wanted to know. “Boughton is not important enough to be shown on our map,” she said. “If it was marked, it would be a tiny, insignificant dot about there.

That tiny insignificant dot was his world, even the neighbouring villages of Pitsford, Moulton, Brampton and Kingsthorpe were to him as distant as the stars.

BVM editors’ note: we will be including excerpts from Harry’s memoir, alternating with David Harrop’s lovely observations on local wildlife, in forthcoming issues. While this introduction doesn’t offer a great deal in terms of historical detail (save except the mention of Kingsthorpe as a village and railways being more significant than roads) we feel it illustrates Harry’s talent for prose and captures a little of the essence of this fondly remembered man and the very special nature of the place he called home all his long life: our home, too, Boughton.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

10th June Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall

  • 17th June: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Meal at the Royal Oak, Walgrave. Final meeting of the programme. New programme begins on 16th September. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332) for into.
  • 22nd June: MS Fundraiser Tickets from Shirley Suter (07742 844959).
  • 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 
Last Tuesday of month Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • Every Thursday: Zumba 6.30pm – call Lina 07725984674
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat am – exercise classes with Dan 07950482979
  • Wed and Friday pm: – exercise classes with Dan 07950482979

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

  • Meetings
  • Children’s Parties
  • Dances
  • Fundraisers

Contact Jenny Bullock (07776 082308)

Next BVM issue is July 2019

EDITORS:

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

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