PARISH COUNCIL TO EXPAND – COULD YOU BE A COUNCILLOR?

There are Parish Council elections on 6th May. Not only is the Parish Council enlarging but a number of long-standing members will not be standing for re-election so there has never been more need for community-spirited residents of the Parish to step forward. You only need to give up one evening a month to be a Parish Councillor for the monthly, Monday evening meetings. For more information (and some of the requirements, including how long candidates have lived in the Parish), see the poster at the bottom of the newsletter or contact Jayne Bunting, the Parish Clerk, at clerk@boughtonpc.org.uk

BOUGHTON VOLUNTEERS HERE TO HELP!

The group of close to 40 volunteers that BVM and the Parish Council established has been busy over recent months helping those self-isolating in the Parish and beyond. The informal group is registered with the County, District and local Borough Council. If you require shopping, prescriptions collecting or simply to have a chat on the phone – or know of someone who might need this kind of help – please contact Charlotte Mackaness (07808 725124) or the Parish Clerk, Jayne Bunting, on 882527.

PRINT OUT BVM FOR A NEWSLETTER-LOVING NEIGHBOUR

Another online BVM thanks to Coronavirus but the plan is to resume a printed version after the summer break. In the meantime, please do print out the newsletter for any friends or neighbours who are not online much but enjoy reading BVM.

BOUGHTON LIBRARY HAS NEW STEPS

Following concerns raised about the slippery slope up to the old telephone box book exchange, Roy Palmer kindly installed some excellent steps on behalf of the Parish Council. The old phone box continues to be well used for newspaper collection, the book exchange and food bank donations. Please remember to sanitise hands before and after opening the door. Also, another plea that large numbers of books are not left in the phone box. If you have a significant number of books that you wish to get rid of, please store them until charity shops are open again and able to take large donations.

LITTER: THE GOOD AND THE BAD

Litter in verges plus fly-tipping is a depressing problem. However, residents might have noticed in Boughton (and in other parts of the county) piles of bin liners left by roads. Many of these have been left by volunteer litter pickers. Well done and thank you to the many people in Boughton who have been working so hard. If you do see fly-tipping, you can report it online at the Daventry District Council website. DDC is pretty efficient at dealing with reports so please do log what you see.

CORONAVIRUS VACCINATION SCAMS

Action Fraud has warned of several scams sending emails or texts notifying people they have been selected for a Coronavirus vaccine and then asking for bank details. The NHS would never ask for bank details so be wary of anything making such demands.

THE LATE ALLAN FOX

Allan Fox was known to many in the village as he’d lived in Boughton for many years. Sadly, Allan died earlier this year. Because of Covid restrictions, only a few family members could attend his funeral. The service was conducted by Reverend Trott and was aired online. In is hoped there will be an internment in the little churchyard on Church Street later in the year that more of Allan’s friends will be able to attend.

CENSUS 2021

March is census month. If it hasn’t already, your household pack should be coming through your letterbox. Look out for it! For more information, visit census.gov.uk

RECIPE SOS

BVM’s supply of recipes is very, very low. We’d be very grateful to hear from any lockdown bakers and village foodies willing to share short, simple recipes!

ROSIE MCDONNELL’S WEETABIX CAKE

Ingredients:

  • 200g sugar
  • 175g mixed fruit
  • 225 self-raising flour
  • 2 crushed Weetabix
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • pinch salt
  • 1 egg
  • 275ml cold milk

Method: 

Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Put the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the egg and milk. Mix together thoroughly. Turn into a loaf tin – greased and lined at the bottom. Bake in the centre of the oven for about an hour (or until a skewer comes out clean). Leave to cool on a wire rack.

BARKING MAD: observations of a spaniel

Last week I chased my first rabbit! I spotted him in the pocket park and chased him up the mound.

My dad Tony reckons I’m pretty fast on my paws. In fact, I heard him tell someone he thinks I have a bit of whippet in me. I didn’t like the sound of that – on two levels.

Anyway, even though the rabbit had a good start I very nearly caught him before he vanished into a hole.

Of course I only wanted to play. I heard stories about how my predecessor Lucie used to play with the rabbits that Kerry’s boyfriend Pete brought to stay at our house. And Lucie even shared her water dish with them.

But this week I saw another rabbit and he wasn’t very well. He was lying on his side in the field and not moving. I went up and had a good look at him to see if I could help. But my dad put me on my lead and took me away.

Yesterday we were back in the same field but the rabbit had gone. I heard my dad tell a friend that he thought Mr Fox had taken it away.

So that’s OK. I expect Mr Fox is looking after it now, tucked up in a comfy hutch.

Which is very good to hear.

Heidi

Boughton Parish Council Elections 6th May 2021

We are looking for new Parish Councillors Could you fit the bill?

LOCAL ISSUES NEED LOCAL PEOPLE TO SPEAK UP FOR THEM

Boughton-Elections

YOU could help keep Boughton a vibrant, good place to live by becoming a Parish Councillor.

YOU could be in at the ‘grass roots’ level of Local Government and be involved in making things happen or getting things sorted!

YOU could get local views about local issues brought to the attention of the powers that be.

You only need to be able to give up one evening a month to attend Parish Council meetings (which are held on the second Monday of the month at 6.30pm), helping out with projects where you are able, and in return you will receive the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping your local community.

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and a British subject or a citizen of the Irish Republic, Commonwealth or European Union and must satisfy at least one of the following:

  • be a local government elector for the Parish of Boughton
  • have, during the whole of the previous 12 months, occupied land or other property in the community, either as owner or tenant
  • have, during the whole of the previous 12 months, had your principal or only place of work in the community
  • have resided in the community during the whole of the previous 12 months

Any person interested in becoming a Parish Councillor should contact the Parish Clerk, Jayne Bunting, Tel: 01604 882527 or email clerk@boughtonpc.org.uk for more information.