SPEEDING IN BOUGHTON

The Parish Council has commissioned a traffic survey to monitor the volume and speed of traffic on Vyse Road, Moulton Lane and Howard Lane. A Police speed enforcement operation on 8th January recorded 15 speeding offences on Moulton Lane.

FIND OUT WHETHER WINE IS GOOD FOR THE BLOOD!

Local retired haematologist Robin Sheppard is hosting a wine tasting evening in the Village Hall on Saturday 7 th April at 7.30pm. Tickets are £25 and include a delicious supper and several wines. The evening is in aid of Boughton Church and the charity Children United! For more information and tickets, please contact Caroline Trott at carolinetrott@sky.com or Helen Coghill at hmcogill@doctors.org.uk (841953).

DEVELOPER APPEALS DECISION

Gladman Developments has launched a statutory challenge to the Secretary of State against the Planning Inspector’s decision to dismiss its appeal in December 2017 regarding the development of land off Holly Lodge Drive. Meanwhile, the planning application for the second phase of Buckton Fields (674 dwellings) was not on the agenda for the February meeting of Daventry District Council planning committee. As BVM goes to press, we understand that it is not to appear on March’s meeting agenda either. The village website and BVM will try to keep residents up to date with the latest news.

NEW SIGNS TO DISCOURAGE RAT RUNNERS

Following a request from the Parish Council, Northamptonshire Highways is to amend the directional signage at the end of Vyse Road to show “Boughton Village Only”. Currently, there are signs directing traffic towards Moulton and Moulton College. It is hoped this may further discourage HGVs using the village.

POSSIBLE SPONSORED POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER

One of the issues to be discussed at the annual village meeting, on Monday 9th April at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, will be the possible Parish Council joint sponsorship with other Spratton Ward parishes of a dedicated PCSO post. This meeting is an opportunity for all Parishioners to find out what has been happening in Boughton over the last year.

SAVE THE DATE – PARTY FOR THE POCKET PARK

The Village Hall will host a party in aid of Boughton Pocket Park on 15th June. DJ Matt Potter will transform the hall into a dazzling party venue with a Latino theme. Tickets are £20, which includes supper. Tables are of eight, although tickets can be sold separately. For more information, contact Nicky Callis (07770 981440) or Sam Taylor (07967 968922).​

BOUGHTON SCHOOL ART PROJECT HITS BILLBOARDS

Pupils from the village school have worked with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art photographer Virginie Litzler to produce photographic artwork that will be displayed on a billboard in Kingsthorpe between 26th February and 11th March. The Pocket Park was the backdrop to the piece that involved 28 pupils and their teachers. They chose poses among the trees that partially hid them from sight. At first glance, the image looks like a woodland scene but a closer inspection reveals hands, knees, feet and partially hidden figures. The project was made possible thanks to a grant from Green Energy.

VILLAGE PARTY TO CELEBRATE OLD CHURCHYARD

Villagers will have noticed the activity down at the old churchyard at Boughton Green. Historic England and the Parochial Church Council has provided funding to enable preservation work to the Church ruins to help make the surrounding area a safe and pleasant place. To celebrate the completion of the works, villagers are invited to a gathering there on the afternoon of Sunday 24th June. It is hoped there will be food, drink and music. More details will be posted as plans come together. If you have suggestions for the afternoon, please contact CarolineTrott (carolinetrott@sky.com).

ROYAL WEDDING TEA PARTY

Tickets are now on sale for the Royal Wedding tea party to be held in the Village Hall on Sunday 13th May from 2pm until 4pm. Tickets are £12 and include tea and a celebratory glass of Prosescco. Please contact Sandra Lee on 843491 for details.

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS: BRIXWORTH FESTIVAL

The Brixworth Music Festival takes place from the 20th to 29th April. It comprises nine concerts over 10 days, all in All Saints Church, Brixworth. Boughton resident and professional singer Kay Souteiou will be performing in the evening of poetry and song on Wednesday 25 th April. For more information, visit www.brixworthmusicfestival.co.uk

LARGE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT: PUBLIC EXHIBITION

Moulton Heights is a large, proposed development between Moulton and the A43. There is a public exhibition on 9th March from 11.30am until 4.30pm at Moulton Community Centre.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY COLLECTION

The February box collection raised £200 for this worthwhile cause. If you would like a collection box for loose change, to be collected twice a year, contact Jill Gist on 847890.

JANE WILLIAMS’ TRADITIONAL CHEESE FONDUE

Ingredients:

  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ pint dry white wine
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • 10oz Emmental cheese
  • 10oz Gruyere cheese
  • 1tbsp cornflour
  • 3tbsp Kirsch
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of paprika

Method:

Rub the inside of a fondue pan with the cut clove of garlic. Pour in the wine and lemon juice and heat gently. Gradually add all cheese, stirring in a figure of eight motion until all the cheese is combined. When the mixture starts to bubble, blend the cornflour and kirsch together and add to the fondue. Cook gently for a further 2-3 minutes. Season to taste. Serve with cubes of French bread.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

As I write, winter appears to be having what I hope will be its final hoorah! It is snowing and well below freezing. It made me wonder whether anybody joined the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch in January? I did but my results were quite a bit down on last year, maybe because it was a very mild day and the birds were not as hungry as usual. Last year, over 8 million birds were counted by 500,000 volunteers. The results for 2018 are still being counted with over 5 million so far. Apart from the expected garden birds, I was surprised to see a Red Kite circling low over the garden – that’s still a rare one in these parts and not to be confused with the Boughton Buzzards, which can be seen often locally. Not surprisingly, the house Sparrow was the most spotted bird nationally, although it is never a frequent visitor to my garden.

My last BVM report mentioned problems with grey squirrels, which were being a nuisance. I’ve since found out why: they were resident in my roof! They were accessing the loft space through a rotten board end under a gable eave. They had to be evicted on Christmas Eve – not the season of goodwill for squirrels – as they can do a great deal of damage to electrical wiring and insulation. Have you checked yours?

I do hope our local wildlife managed to eat all the berries on our hedgerows before they were massacred recently by a crude mechanical flail. Why do they do this? The hedgerows had only just recovered from similar treatment a few years ago and many sections died off completely since.

Finally, a rant about the Pocket Park and surrounding fields frequented by dog walkers. There is a moronic few (obviously not Boughtonians – we hope!) who still feel it is OK to bag dog poo and then leave it where it dropped. Why? Why go to the bother of bagging it just to leave it? Rant over!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 5th March: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 19th March: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Talk about the suffragettes. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332.)
  • 7th April: Village Hall Wine Tasting Tickets (£25) from Caroline Trott.
  • 13th May: Vintage Tea Party in the Village Hall. Tickets are £12.
  • 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: Slimming World 7.30pm Village Hall – contact Colette 07545 249988

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is April 2018

EDITORS:

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

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