THINK – COULD YOU PRINT?

As we produce our third “online only” edition of BVM, we repeat our previous request to anyone who has friends or neighbours in the village who like reading the newsletter but don’t venture online often: please consider printing it out for them and popping it safely through their letter box.

PARISH COUNCIL HOLDS FIRST VIRTUAL MEETING

There will be a virtual Parish Council meeting on Monday 15th June at 6.30pm. If any members of the public or press wish to attend, please contact the clerk – clerk@boughtonpc.org.uk – for an agenda and Zoom log-in details in advance.

ST JOHN’S OLD CHURCHYARD GROUND MAINTENANCE

“The Parochial Church Council (PCC) thanks those who generously contributed towards the grounds maintenance of the Old Churchyard this year,” writes John Shephard. “£471 was raised, a portion in memory of those of the Ringrose and Lovell family who rest in the churchyard and the remainder by contributors who requested anonymity. The PCC will be asking the Parish Council to make up the balance of £1,000 from the Community Infrastructure Levy it has received of £109,982 which is currently uncommitted.”

VILLAGE PHONE BOX GETTING PLENTY OF USE

It is wonderful to see what a village hub the old telephone box has become. However, a gentle reminder to residents to please keep the shelves tidy. If you are using the book exchange, please place donated books on the shelves and don’t forget to take some away with you! The newspapers are not part of the book exchange but have been pre-ordered and paid for by various households. The food bank donation box is rarely empty. A huge thank you to villagers for their generosity. Please note, no fresh food should be left.

POCKET PARK EQUIPMENT: SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

Boughton Pocket Park’s new equipment has now been installed. This includes a climbing frame, ordered after consultation with pupils from the village school, and fitness equipment for adults and teenagers. Unfortunately, because of Covid 19, ALL apparatus in the Park is out of bounds but something to look forward to in the future. Virtually all the Pocket Park’s grant monies have been used in purchasing and installing these facilities.

MORE TRAFFIC AS SCHOOL GRADUALLY REOPENS

With the gradual reopening of the village primary school, please expect to see more traffic and parked cars in Moulton Lane. Staggered arrival times mean the drop-off and pick-up period may last longer than previously, albeit with fewer cars.

BOUGHTON VOLUNTEERS STILL HERE TO HELP

Although some restrictions are being relaxed, Boughton’s volunteer group is still here to lend a hand with shopping for those isolating or concerned about going out and about. The informal group is registered with the County Council and has been referred those needing help in the wider area. If you require shopping, prescriptions collecting or simply to have a chat on the phone – or know of someone who might need this kind of help – please contact Charlotte Mackaness (07808 725124) or the Parish Clerk, Jayne Bunting, on 882527. Northamptonshire County Council has published some coronavirus information leaflets. These are available in the old phone box.

DOG FOULING IS FOUL!

The BVM Facebook page has shared posts and received many messages concerning the increasing issue of dog poo left on pavements, paths and green areas. The Parish Council has also received complaints about this, in particular on the paths and green areas in and around the Pocket Park. The Daventry District Council Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) makes it an offence if you do not remove any poo deposited by your dog immediately. The PSPO also requires dog walkers to carry with them the means to pick up poo – bags!

LOCAL GOVERNMENT REORGANISATION

“Following the Government’s decision to cancel May 2020 elections for the new West Northamptonshire Unitary Council, further orders have been made clarifying how
the shadow authority will operate,” writes Daventry District Councillor John
Shephard. “Instead of new councillors being elected in May, all exiting County and District Councillors (for Boughton; Judy Shephard, Sarah Peck and myself) will hold office as members of the Shadow Unitary Council from May 2020 to May 2021. There will be no change to the demise of the County and District Councils which will cease to exist on 30th March 2021.”

CHRISSY BOYCE’S EASY NO YEAST BREAD ROLLS

Ingredients:

  • 125g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • 250ml milk
  • 2tbsp mayonnaise

Method:

Combine all the ingredients and spoon into a greased muffin tray. Cook in a pre-heated 180 oven for 15 minutes or until done and golden brown. Makes approximately five or six rolls.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Life is strange for us at the moment due to the pandemic. This is also having an impact on the local wildlife, generally in a good way: less traffic; lower pollution levels and a quieter environment. However, in towns, urban and village gardens we have been forced to self isolate or work from home and this had led to more than usual home activity. This can have an adverse effect on nesting birds in garden bushes, hedges and nest-boxes. They can easily be put off by gardening, DIY noise or families and children just playing games to pass the time. We know kids can’t do this quietly!

I am conscious of this and try to limit the time spent where I know there are nests (by regular observation from my window and garden) or avoid them altogether. But we do have quite a tame robin who often joins us for lunch on the patio and even comes into the kitchen! The wood pigeons who would like to nest in the wisteria over my French doors to the patio don’t look entirely happy but are still there. They will just have to fit in and adapt, like the rest of us!

Unusually, a pied wagtail has built a nest in a creeper on my front wall. Above it, under the eaves where I’ve put two swift boxes, house sparrows have taken occupation. Very unusual as the boxes are designed with access slots in the bottom corners for swifts to alight and walk to the nest. Swifts are due to return at the end of May, although they are now quite uncommon here. I fear my attempts to attract them will now be in vain, although it is years since I’ve had house sparrows so I’m glad to see them.

So, it seems that it is not only humans who are able to adapt to the changes we are experiencing!

KEEP FIT WITH OVERPOWER

Dan from Overpower usually runs classes in Boughton Village Hall. Here are his top five tips to help stay healthy during lockdown!

  • Daily Walk (NEAT) this stands for ‘non exercise activity thermogenesis” and is all the exercise you do that is not structured: walking up and down stairs at home, hoovering etc. Along with a daily walk, try to keep moving as much as possible to increase your daily NEAT.
  • Hydration fill a bottle in the morning so you can track how much water you are drinking. Aim for two to three litres. Not only will this help you feel good and hydrated it can also help avoid unnecessary snacking.
  • Exercise a shortage of equipment shouldn’t stop you in your tracks. Try a daily walk or run or join us for some live sessions. Contact details below.
  • Sleep a good night’s rest will help support you mentally and physically. Going to bed at a reasonable time will help you feel more energised, positive and less likely to hit the treat cupboard. Aim to get at least seven to nine hours. A little routine before bed always goes a long way so try to avoid looking at your phone, laptop or TV an hour before bed. Instead, opt for a book or another activity that helps relax you.
  • Routine set a daily routine to help keep some structure and normality. Set some staples in your day that are non-negotiable, such as wake-up time, working hours, exercise time and bedtime.

Combining these habits will help over the next few weeks. Don’t feel you have to adopt them all at once – starting one a week is a great step. If you are interested in Live Home Workouts, please contact me at overpowernorthampton@gmail.com