NORTHERN ORBITAL ROAD UP AND RUNNING

The public consultation regarding the Northern Orbital road runs until 8th April. There will be display and information boards in Kingsthorpe library until 12th March. There are four potential routes, all of which run between Boughton and Pitsford. This road will have a huge impact on the village and the character of the local area, so have your say by completing the questionnaire on the NCC website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/consultations At a recent “stakeholder” workshop, it was stressed that the feedback on the questionnaire in the comments boxes can be very specific regarding parts of the route. This matter will be discussed in full at the next Parish Council meeting on 14th March.

BVM’S NEW FACEBOOK PAGE

Have you seen Boughton Village Matters’ new Facebook page? This will enable us to get news out to villagers more quickly, instant feedback, room for photographs and more interaction than a monthly newsletter allows. We felt this was timely given how many important issues Boughton is facing at the moment. Click the link to ‘Like’ our page and follow the latest news: https://www.facebook.com/boughtonvillagematters

PLANNING APPPLICATION BETWEEN HOLLY LODGE DRIVE AND BOUGHTON

Boughton Parish Council has objected to the application for 110 dwellings off Holly Lodge Drive. Villagers wishing to comment, must do so by 28th March. Emails relating to planning application DA/2015/1185 should go to Steve Ellis at SEllis@daventrydc.gov.uk Details of the PC’s reasons for rejection are on the village website and BVM Facebook page.

FYNNIUS FOGG – LAST CHANCE FOR TICKETS

There is still a handful of tickets for the fundraising evening with band Fynnius Fogg in the Village Hall on Saturday 12th March. There will be a hot supper, bar and raffle. The dress code is black and white. Tickets are £20 and all proceeds will be split between two local charities: FaceFax and The Hope Centre. For more information, please contact Helen Coghill on 841953 or hmcoghill@doctors.org.uk or Caroline Trott at carolinetrott@sky.com

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM BOUGHTON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

“I would like to thank member of NHW for sharing information about recent criminal and anti-social activity,” writes Chrissy Boyce. “This has ranged from intimidating phone calls asking for computer information to attempted break-ins. The intelligence from villagers has been very useful. Please keep it coming in. This is all the more important given our lack
of a PCSO – we need to work together to keep our community safe. If you are not on
my circulation list, which is regularly updated, please contact me at chrissyboyce@btinternet.com It is free to join and it’s good to be connected.

BUCKTON FIELDS LATEST

Traffic lights will be in place for most of March on Brampton Lane to allow the completion of the roundabout and footpath.

VINTAGE TEA PARTY IN VILLAGE HALL

The Village Hall Committee is holding a vintage tea party, following the success of last year’s event. It will be held on Sunday 8th May from 2pm until 4pm. The theme will be red, white and blue to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Tickets are £10, to include afternoon tea and live music from a local ukulele group, from Sandra Lee 843491.

MAJOR CHANGES TO RUBBISH COLLECTION – HAVE YOUR SAY

In 2018 Daventry District Council’s contract with Amey/Enterprise will change. Costs are expected to rise, so it is seeking the public’s views on a “1-2-3 service”: a weekly food waste collection, a two-weekly recycling collection and three-weekly waste collection. The consultation runs until 31st March at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/wasteoptions2018 or call 01327 871100 for a paper copy.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY COLLECTION

The February box collection raised £200 for this important charity. If you would like a box for your spare change, which will be collected twice a year, please email Jill Gist on janddrgist@tiscali.co.uk

LOCAL HANDYMAN

Deryck Watson, who will be known to many Boughton residents, has started a handyman service. If you need help with the garden, DIY, home gadgets, property management or security checks while you’re away, please contact Deryck on 781131 or email deryck.watson@btinternet.com

EUROPE DEBATE: LOCAL MP SPEAKS OUT

Chris Heaton-Harris MP has announced his support for the “leave” campaign. On 18th March the Daventry Constituency Conservative Association is holding a debate at Newnham. Tickets are £10 available by calling 01327 872146.

KAREN FLETCHER’S SPICY CHICKEN RICE

Ingredients:

  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 sliced celery sticks
  • 2 diced carrots
  • 2 sprigs fresh sage
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 350g chicken breast
  • 225g brown & wild rice
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 sliced courgettes
  • 100g ham
  • A dash of Tabasco

Method: 

Put the onion, garlic, celery, carrots, sage and stock in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes. Stir in the rice, chicken and the tomatoes. Add the Tabasco. Boil and then cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Stir in the courgette and ham; cook uncovered for a further five minutes until the rice is tender but the courgette isn’t too mushy. Serve with crusty bread and a salad.

ROBIN IDESON’S PLANT OF THE MONTH

As the sun starts to strengthen and the days get a little bit longer, the first of the spring flowering plants are coming to life. One of the most useful for the garden designer is the Euphorbia characias subsp. Wulfenii. As with many of my plant choices, its usefulness stems mainly from its architectural qualities. This evergreen sub shrub can grow to 1.5 metres high (5ft) and 1.2 metres wide (4ft), and its shape and growth habit make it quite a striking prospect in any mixed sunny border. Whorling up each stem from the base of the plant are thick elongated evergreen leaves. These leaves usually have a slightly glaucous texture that contrasts wonderfully with the bright lime green of the flower heads or “bracts”. The actual flowers have small, reddish centres, adding another interesting contrast to the palette. The shape and colour of this Euphorbia would contrast nicely with any early flowering blues or purples, such as Pulmonaria or Hellebores. Euphorbias, in general, are pretty tough plants that will usually grow in a wide variety of places. The ‘Wulfenii’ is from the Mediterranean and therefore prefers sunnier conditions. Once established it can be grown in a fairly dusty dry soil, even thriving in rock or gravel gardens. As long as it isn’t too wet or in too much shade it will be quite happy and only require a little pruning to shape to improve flowering. One word of warning: the sap from the stem is poisonous and can be an irritant. Please take extra care when planting and pruning. However, this goes with many popular plants grown in gardens up and down the country.

Robin is a Boughton-based garden designer

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 14th March: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall. All welcome.
  • 12th March: Fynnius Fogg live in the Village Hall. Tickets £20 from Caroline Trott (carolinetrott@sky.com).
  • 21st March: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Talk: “It Could Only Happen At A Wedding.” All welcome, contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 8th May: Vintage Tea Party Village Hall. More info Sandra Lee (843491)
  • 3rd Monday: Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • Every Monday: Pilates 12- 1pm Village Hall – contact Roberta Gee 07816768252
  • Every Tuesday: Pilates 6.30 – 7.30 pm Village Hall – contact Roberta Gee
  • Last Tuesday of month: Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • Every Thursday: Yoga 7.15 – 8.30pm – Contact Lizzy on 07950 573719
  • 2nd Thursday: Nostalgia Café 2 – 4pm supported by Dementia Friends at Brampton View

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is April 2016

EDITORS:

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

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