ROMAN REMAINS DISCOVERED AT BUCKTON FIELDS

An archaeological survey carried out by Oxford Archaeology, as part of the mitigation required by the Buckton Fields planning application, has discovered a cemetery. So far, this has unearthed human remains believed be from the late Roman or possibly early post-Roman period. In the case of human remains, an osteo archaeologist can potentially obtain a wealth of information such as sex, height and existing medical conditions. This work will have a number of phases and it is possible that further discoveries will be made. The timescale for the works is unknown so for the time being our new-found Roman neighbours will be staying at Oxford Archaeology South.

PROPOSED CHANGES TO LOCAL GOVERNANCE THAT AFFECT BOUGHTON

Daventry District Council has launched a second public consultation to seek views on changes to town and parish councils. Those living in the areas where changes are proposed are being invited to take part. A working group has recommended that Boughton increases its number of Parish Councillors from nine to 11. The Parish Council has suggested moving to 10 councillors. You have until 25th March to give your views via www.daventrydc.gov.uk/parishreview

SPRING COLOUR IN THE POCKET PARK COURTESY OF SCHOOL PUPILS

Last Autumn each class at Boughton Primary planted different bulbs in the Pocket Park – 700 in total. In February, we enjoyed the purple crocuses planted by Year One. Please pay the Park a visit and see what March has to offer! Work is starting on a Spring clean in the park, paying particularly attention to the pond. If you can help or volunteer an hour or two, please email boughtonpocketpark@yahoo.co.uk

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY COLLECTION

The February box collection raised £183 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.

GLADMAN PLANNING APPLICATION CAN GO NO FURTHER

Gladman Homes made an application to develop land off Holly Lodge Drive, which was refused by Daventry District Council in March 2017. Boughton Parish Council objected to the application. An appeal by Gladman was dismissed by the Planning Inspector in December that year. However, Gladman launched a Statutory Challenge to the Planning Inspector’s decision. This was considered by the High Court, which dismissed the challenge. But still Gladman continued its fight, and sough leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal has now dismissed that application, stating “The decision is final and cannot be reviewed or further appealed.”

LOCAL RAILWAY RE-OPENS FOR SPRING

Northampton and Lamport Railway services resume on 24th March. On the 31st it is offering Mothering Sunday cream teas – advanced booking required. The railway is hosting a new volunteers’ day on 28th April, where potential new volunteers can meet the team and find out about the myriad of jobs and opportunities. Steady progress is being made to the platform at Boughton crossing. So far, the railway has raised £1,000 towards the £18,000 needed in match funding to complete the project. For more information visit www.nlr.org.uk or email societysecretary@nlr.org.uk

BOUGHTON RESIDENT WRITES SOCIAL MEDIA WARNING GUIDE

Jo Blakesley has written an e-book about the potential perils of social media networking sites for adults and young people. This is something Jo has experience of and has been keen to write since having children of her own. The book is called “The Social Media Fantasy – Time To Jump Ship!” and is available from Amazon.

CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL

Every six years the Church of England renews its own church electoral rolls in every parish, which lists those who are members of the Church of England. Membership of the roll is open to people who are baptised, aged 16 or over and who declare themselves to be members of the Church of England. They must either be resident in the parish or worshippers in the parish church. A copy of the application form is included with this issue of BVM. When completed it can be returned via churchwardens or directly to the rector before the end of March 2019. Alternatively, they can be posted to The Rectory, Humfrey Lane, Boughton NN2 8RQ.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE POLICE RECRUITING PCSOS

The Police is currently recruiting Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). The starting salary is £19,719, plus 24% shift enhancement. These are full-time roles of 37 hours a week. For more information, visit www.northants.police.uk and look for the “apply today” section. The closing date for applications is 10th March.

MARION SCOTT’S COUNTRY PUDDING

Ingredients – serves four:

  • 6oz unsalted butter
  • 6oz Demerara sugar
  • 8oz porridge oats (I use roughly 1/3 jumbo for extra texture)
  • 3 large cooking apples
  • Couple of large spoons of crème fraiche, Elmlea or Greek yoghurt
  • Grated plain or milk chocolate
  • Cinnamon – optional

Method:

Peel and slice the apples. Stew gently with a little water in the bottom of a pan until soft – watch it doesn’t burn. Then sweeten with sugar and cinnamon, if you like it. Leave the apple mixture to cool. Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the oats and Demerara sugar. Stir well. Put under half of the oat mixture into a serving bowl, spread over the apple then top with the rest of the oats. Make a very shallow hollow in the middle. Leave to cool. When cool, put yogurt/crème fraiche in the hollow and top with grated chocolate.

BVM: A BACKWARD GLANCE

BELLS AND BELLRINGERS – taken from BVM April 2001, originally written by Walter Thompson

Church Towers in many parts of the country are silent or are experiencing difficulty in recruiting and retaining ringers. Until the early 19th century, Boughton Church tower contained only one bell, which was cast in 1749 and is the present third bell. When a bell is recast, any inscription is duly replaced. However, this bell bears its original inscription “Omnia fiant ad gloriam dei”, which means “Let all things be done for the glory of God.” The present second and fourth bells, which bear inscriptions meaning “J Bryant of Hertford made me in 1824”. The treble and tenor (the lightest and heaviest bells) were added in 1907, dedicated to the memory of the Reverend John Beck Wickes MA, at which time the original three were recast by John Taylor and Co of Loughborough and the five bells hung in a new timber frame.

So, from 1907 Boughton has had a ring of five. In 1957 the five bells were recast with extra bell metal added. The resulting heavier bells were rehung in a new frame. Although it is still considered a light ring, the total weight of the five bells exceeds five tonnes.

At the time this piece was written (2001) bellringing practice was every Thursday evening. There was a team of six: Chris Lea (Tower captain), Walt Thompson, Eric Frost, Harry Lovell, John Rouse, Tony Alment, and Sally Stuart.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 11th March Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 18th March Boughton Ladies Fellowship Ray Roulson on The Silk Road. All welcome. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 13th May Annual Parish Council Meeting
  • 21st May Annual Parish Meeting Boughton Primary School
  • 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 Zumba 6.30pm – call Lina 07725984674
  • Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat am – exercise classes with Dan 07950482979
  • Wed and Friday pm – exercise classes with Dan 07950482979

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

  • Meetings
  • Children’s Parties
  • Dances
  • Fundraisers

Contact Jenny Bullock (01604) 845701

Next BVM issue is April 2019

EDITORS:

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

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