WARTIME LOVE: ITALIAN FAMILY SEARCH FOR MISSING RELATION

A young Italian man has contacted BVM asking for help to trace the child his grandfather fathered with his wartime love while living in Boughton during the war. Giuseppe Farina was among the Italian prisoners of war at Boughton Park Camp from 1942 to 1946. During this time, he worked on a farm and met a local girl, possibly the farmer’s daughter. They lost touch after he returned home but Giuseppe later learnt his English girlfriend had given birth to a baby girl sometime between 1946 and 1947. The exact dates and names of the mother and baby are unknown. He carried their photographs (which are on our Facebook page) until his death, and now Giuseppe’s grandson is searching for information about these ladies. The baby would now be in her seventies. If you can help, contact us at BVM.

BOUGHTON CENTRE OF MANHUNT

Last month Boughton was besieged by Police, including sniffer dogs, undercover officers and the helicopter, on the hunt for known criminals who dumped their car in a front garden in Howard Lane after a lengthy chase. One member of the gang was apprehended but there was a significant Police presence in the village for several hours and the school was under lockdown while Police searched for the getaway.

SPONSOR REQUIRED FOR OLD CHURCHYARD

“St John’s Churchyard on Boughton Green is surely the jewel in the crown of Boughton,” writes John Shephard. “The Parish Council covered the cost of grounds maintenance in 2019 but has declined to do so for this year. The Parochial Church Council, which owns the land, has simply no funds to pay for the upkeep of this churchyard. Sponsors of the grounds’ maintenance would be very welcome – the annual cost is approximately £1417 – and would be appropriately recognised. Anyone interested in helping, please contact me on 843275 or email john@windbreck.co.uk”

PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS – COUNCILLORS WANTED

Elections to Boughton Parish Council are to be held on 7th May. If you would like to do something for your community, and believe you can listen, think and act locally, please consider standing. For more information visit www.boughtonnorthants.co.uk or contact the Parish Clerk, Jayne Bunting, on clerk@boughtonpc.org.uk

WOODLAND PLANTING NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

Boughton Pocket Park has secured a grant to plant a woodland garden. This will consist of bee-friendly trees, shrubs and flowers, and will bring some colour into the Park. Volunteers are needed on 28th March – skilled gardeners or enthusiastic novices are equally welcome! If you can help, please email boughtonpark@yahoo.co.uk

GOODBYE TO LONG-TIME BOUGHTON RESIDENT

Long-time Boughton resident June Tarry passed away at the end of January aged 91. Her funeral was held in the village last month and was extremely well attended. June enjoyed a long and happy marriage of 51 years to Ernie, who died in 2003. She had many friends in Boughton who loved June for her kindness, generosity and sunny disposition.

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.

COMMUNITY RALLIES IN HIGH WINDS

Many trees around Boughton fell victim to storms Ciara and Dennis, most notably at the front of Boughton Primary school where a tree fell and was pressing on the roof and window of a classroom. Mary James, headteacher, says: “Thanks to vigilant parents and villagers, I was alerted to the fallen tree. Thankfully two volunteers from Northants 4×4 arrived and, with the help of volunteers from Adventure Ways, removed the tree before it could do too much damage.”

CAN YOU HELP SCHOOL HISTORY PROJECT?

Were you a pupil at Boughton Primary during the 20th century or early 21st century? Children at the school are working on a project to discover more about the school’s history and how it has changed over the years. We need volunteers who can spare a little time for a chat with some pupils. Anyone able to help, please call 842322 or email admin@boughtonacademy.co.uk

POLICE REMINDER ABOUT BOGUS CALLERS AND SCAMS

Trading Standards and the Police are warning homeowners that rogue traders could use damage caused by the recent storms as a way of persuading people that they need work doing on their property. Their advice is not to buy goods or services from doorstep callers, even if they claim the work needs doing immediately. If concerned about a cold caller, contact the dedicated the Doorstep Action Network on 0345 2307702.

SUE POTTER’S LEFTOVER SUNDAY ROAST CASSEROLE

Ingredients:

  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely sliced
  • 2 or 3 sticks celery
  • 225g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2tsps tomato puree
  • 1tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 200ml boiling water
  • Cornflour to thicken, if necessary
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Sunday roast leftover meat

Method:

Heat the olive oil and fry the onion and celery until golden brown. Add the meat, tomatoes, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce and water. Cover the casserole dish and put in the oven for approximately 40 minutes at 180C. When cooked, season and stir in the cornflour if required.

Boughton Between The Wars

Water and drainage in the village

Boughton in the early years of the 20th century must have been more fortunate than many villages as much as it possessed a main drainage system and an efficient water supply. These had been provided by a caring squire in the latter part of the 19th century.

The village water supply originated from a spring in the Grotto spinney, being pumped by a hydraulic ram from the meadows to a tank reservoir on Bush Hill*, now within the village recreation field, from where it gravitated to about six taps fixed to walls in the village streets, and in some cases into the larger houses. The steady rhythmic clunk clunk of the hydraulic ram could, on a still night, be heard up to half a mile away.

We also had the old cistern opposite the blacksmith’s forge in Butchers Lane to rely on. This, exactly the same today as 60 years ago, an iron pipe protruding from a recessed wall and, even in drought conditions, never known to fail. Although in recent years, warning notices regarding its purity were erected by the local authority, village children must have drunk gallons of it. Imagine about a dozen children, having walked home across the fields from Pitsford school on a hot summer afternoon, lining up to drink cupped handfuls of it.

(*This is the mound in the Pocket Park)

Harry Lovell

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 9th March Parish Council Meeting 6.30pm in the Village Hall.
  • 16th March Boughton Ladies Fellowship Dogs For The Disabled. There will also be merchandise available to buy for anyone who wishes to come along. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332) for info.
  • 22nd March Mothering Sunday Service 9.30am Boughton. All welcome.
  • 28th March Boughton Pocket Park volunteers needed for planting.
  • 28th April Annual Village Meeting 6.30pm Boughton school. All welcome.
  • 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
  • Every Tuesday Pilates 10am Village Hall – contact Fabiana pilateswithfabi@gmail.com
  • Last Tuesday of month Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • 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 (07776 082308)

Next BVM issue is April 2020

EDITORS:

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

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