BOUGHTON VILLAGE VINTAGE TEA PARTY

“Boughton Village Hall Committee is hosting a vintage tea party on Sunday 26th April from 2pm until 4pm,” writes Cassie Handshaw. “Tickets are available at £8.50, which includes a delicious afternoon tea and live musical entertainment. If anyone has any old crockery they can donate or lend to us for the event, such as tea sets, cake stands, teapots or bunting, this would be appreciated. For more information, please contact Sandra Lee on 843491.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH UPDATE

In addition to the recent spate of break-ins in the village (mainly outhouses and sheds), Police report a number of thefts at stables in the Chapel Brampton area on 11th and 12th February. Please alert any friends with horses to be vigilant. Police have suspicions as to who is responsible but need descriptions and vehicle registration numbers. Furthermore, East Haddon and Harlestone primary schools have been broken into and iPads taken. A light-coloured Citroen Picasso is of interest to the Police. If you have information, please ring the Police on 101 or contact Chris Boyce from Boughton Neighbourhood Watch (chrissyboyce@btinternet.com).

ANYONE FOR CRICKET?

“The cricket season will soon be upon us. Abington Cricket Club will be playing at Boughton on Saturdays. There will also be ‘friendly’ cricket on Tuesdays or Wednesdays,” writes Dick Steff. “Please contact me with any queries on 843128. The Abington players have been out and about introducing themselves to villagers and distributing flyers. Dave Middleditch from the club can be contacted on 07916 302701. It is sad that Boughton can no longer field a team but it is great news that cricket continues at one of the most picturesque grounds in the county. Following a recent theft, we are looking for a replacement petrol mower. If you have one no longer needed, we would be happy to take it off your hands.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY COLLECTION

“The February 2015 collection raised £275,” writes Jill Gist. “A big thank you to all box holders who continue to support the Society’s great work for children in distress. If anyone would like to contribute, please telephone me on 847890 and I will deliver a box for your spare change and collect it in September 2015.”

A SPOT OF WELDING FOILS THE THIEVES

Eagled-eyed villager Tony Boullemier noticed recently an article in the local press about a flurry of thefts of wooden five-bar gates – 30 reported in Moulton, Brixworth and nearby villages in two weeks. He tells us a good way to prevent this is to simply weld a washer on top of the pin that the gates hinge on. Thank you Tony!

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING – COME ALONG

Parishioners are invited to attend the annual Parish meeting, which will be held on Monday 13th April at 7.30pm in Boughton Village Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to enable villagers to discuss local affairs and hear updates from Boughton community groups and the Parish Council on their activities. In addition, the plans for traffic-calming proposals will be available to view.

CALLOUS PHONE SCAM TARGETS ELDERLY

Police are warning of a phone scam that involves con artists pretending to be Police officers and tricking residents into giving away their bank details. During the scam the offender pretends to be investigating a fraud and ask the victim to confirm their account information including card numbers and pin numbers. In some cases they have sent couriers immediately to the victims’ property to collect their cards. In other cases, the caller claimed the victims’ grandchildren were in custody as they had been caught using their grandparents’ bank card. The Police point out that neither banks nor the Police would ask for your bank details and security codes over the phone. If you are at all suspicious, please call the 101.

BOUGHTON’S HEALING ROOM

Louise James, who offers Reiki, crystal therapy and Indian head massage, has a healing room in her home on Vyse Road. To find out more about her services, please contact her on 07805 903359.

PHONE BOX RENOVATIONS – PARK WITH CARE

Work to renovate the old-fashioned telephone kiosk at the bottom Church Street will begin on 17th March and is expected to last for three days. Could residents please not park their cars in front of or opposite the box during this time.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS IN DRAUGHTON

Saturday 14th March is opening night of Flicks In The Sticks at St Catherine’s Church, Draughton at 7.30pm. The film The Book Thief starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson will be shown. The £10 ticket price includes a bowl of chili and refreshments. For more information please contact Fabienne Fraser-Allen on 686696.