NORTHERN ORBITAL: CONSULTATION DELAYED

The next stage of the consultation process to decide the route of the proposed Northern Orbital road has been delayed. It is expected that this will now take place in June.

TRADITIONAL SIGN POST SET TO RETURN

In March a wooden fingerpost sign with black lettering will be installed at the junction of Humfrey Lane and Church Street. Our County Councillor’s Empowerment Grant is part funding the restoration of this traditional signpost.

LOSS OF WELL-KNOWN FIGURES

Boughton has lost two well-known villagers in recent weeks. Jim Parker was 78 and had lived in the village for 27 years and served on the Parish Council for much of that time. As well as being a Magistrate, Jim was also a keen gardener and golfer. Nellie Harris, who lived in Boughton most of her life, has died aged 80. Nellie was a keen bowls player, member of the Ladies’ Fellowship and a well-known character.

ATTEMPTED THEFT MOULTON LANE

Chrissy Boyce from Boughton Neighbourhood Watch reports an attempted theft of a ride-on mower from Moulton Lane on 20th February. This occurred between 9pm and 9.20pm. If you have any information, please report to the Police via 101 quoting incident number 17000074873. Chrissy also asks that anybody changing email address or moving into or out of the village could notify her so the NHW distribution list is accurate. Email her on chrissyboyce@btinternet.com

NEW FACE FOR VILLAGE PILATES

Roberta Gee, whose Pilates classes have been enjoyed by villagers for many years, is retiring at Easter. The sessions will continue with Maree Jesson (07867 853515).

BUS SHELTER FACELIFT

Following the village consultation about the future of the bus shelter on Humfrey Lane, local builder Roy Palmer has kindly started repairs to the stone structure. Elsewhere in the village, the dilapidated noticeboard on Church Street is to be removed.

A SAD GOODBYE TO BOUGHTON’S OLDEST DOG

Cocker spaniel Lucie Boullemier has died at the age of 17 years and seven months. Lucie was a familiar sight around the village going on her regular walks with Tony and Marie, and helped many village children overcome a fear of dogs with her gentle character and permanently wagging tail.

POCKET PARK IMPROVEMENTS

Visitors to the Pocket Park will have noticed work has started to replace the surface of the perimeter path. The project has been funded by a grant and a generous donation from a kind village benefactor.

VILLAGE HALL FUNDRAISERS

Last month’s quiz was a great success raising £496 for Village Hall funds. Thank you to all those who supported. Tickets are available for the afternoon tea party on Sunday 14th May from 2pm until 4pm. They cost £12 from Sandra Lee (843491). The Village Hall Committee is seeking new members who could join or simply help occasionally with events. If you could lend a hand, please contact Sandra on the number above.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY COLLECTION

The February box collection raised £180 for this very worthwhile cause. If you would like your own collection box for loose change, which will be collected twice a year, please contact Jill Gist on 847890.

BABYSITTER REQUIRED

Jo Blakesley requires a babysitter for occasional Friday or Saturday nights for two school-age children. Please call 07455 577477 to find out more.

PITSFORD FILM CIRCLE

This month’s film is “Bridget Jones’ Baby” on Saturday 18th March in Pitsford Village Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are £5.50 for adults, £5 concessions. Contact Graham Ashworh graham.ashworth976@btinternet.com

BOUGHTON BALL – LAST CALL

Anyone requiring tickets to the Boughton Ball – held at the County Cricket Ground in Abington on 25th March – please contact boughtonball@gmail.com ASAP. Tickets are £70.

ROSIE MCDONNELL’S PISSALADIERE

Ingredients:

  • 1lb fresh tomatoes or 1 tin
  • 1 onion
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • ½oz butter
  • 2tbsp tomato puree
  • Dash of Worcester sauce
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • 2 eggs
  • 4oz grated cheese
  • Small tin anchovies
  • Black pitted olives
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

Peel and chop the onion and tomatoes. Melt the butter in a pan and add the onion, tomatoes and crushed garlic. Cook for two to three minutes. Add the herbs, seasoning and tomato puree, and cook for 20 minutes to make a thick sauce. Remove from the heat and add the beaten eggs and cheese. Pour the mixture into a pastry case. Decorate in a lattice pattern with the anchovies. Put black olives in the squares created. Bake in a pre-heated oven at Gas Mark 5/190 for about 40 minutes.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

The RSPB organised another national bird count during the last weekend of January. Did you take part? I did, spending an hour watching and counting the bird species I saw in my garden and the maximum number of each at any one time. I’ll be interested to see the results when they publish to see how my findings equate to the national trend. This year I noticed that blackbirds (nine) were more numerous than usual and there were blue tits and great tits galore. Even a raiding party of eight long-tailed tits came crashing the scene, sparring with the regulars to my garden. No greenfinches and only one chaffinch seen. Many other species were noted but nothing rare or unusual. To aid this count I have always provided a selection of bird-friendly food on my bird tables and in hanging dispensers during the winter months. Much of what I provide can be bought commercially: peanuts, fat balls, a variety of seeds, even wireworms, fat and meat scraps from the kitchen too – if my dog Jack doesn’t notice. I don’t put out white bread scraps as this might be filling but is not nutritious. With the spread of urban development, it is becoming more and more vital that we give nature a home as many once rarely seen birds are becoming at home in our cities. A notable one is the peregrine falcon nesting on church towers and preying on feral pigeons. New builds should also include nesting sites for swifts. As we look forward to spring and being able to get outside more, make sure you do your clipping and pruning before nesting season and put up any bird boxes now and clean out existing ones. I’m hoping to attract more bee species this year and to try to identify the bats that have been hibernating in the bat box on my house!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 13th March: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 20th March: Boughton Ladies Fellowship 7pm. “It Could Only Happen To A Vicar’s Wife” by Margaret Bergen. All welcome. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 25th March: Black Tie & Tiara Ball in aide of Boughton charities at the County Ground Abington. Tickets £70 from 07773 766201.
  • 14th May: Vintage Tea Party in Village Hall tickets £12 from 843491.
  • 3rd Monday: Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • 6th Monday: Chiropody service in Village Hall for residents only – contact 01536 771393
  • Every Monday: Pilates 12- 1pm Village Hall – contact Maree Jessen 07867853515
  • 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: Yoga 7.15 – 8.30pm – Contact Lizzy on 07950 573719

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is April 2017

EDITORS:

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

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