FURY OVER SOLAR FARM CONSULATION

Many local people were angered last month when only a few days’ notice was given for a public consultation regarding a solar farm. The proposed 20,000-plus panels would be on land adjacent to the Brampton Valley Way close and the Welford Road close to the Boughton Crossing. This land caused controversy in 2008 when a local councillor bought it, having outbid a community group that had fundraised to keep the land in public ownership.

QUESTIONS RAISED OVER COMMUNITY FARM

The Parish Council is currently in discussion with Daventry District Council over a piece of land near the Boughton Crossing on the Welford Road, just before the turning to the Bramptons. It has been given to a homeless charity to start a “community farm” but BVM understands that DDC is taking action after receiving numerous complaints from local Parish Councils and private individuals.

LUCY’S CYCLING CHALLENGE

“Many of you will have seen me cycling around the village in my pink top on my lovely white bike,” writes Lucy Smith. “There is a good reason for this: Ride London 100 Miles, which I’m doing to raise money for Thomas’s Fund. The ride takes place on what would have been my son Harry’s 16th birthday, and I think this will help me around. Many of you know my personal link to Thomas’s Fund. The music therapy charity was set up following the death of our son Tom, aged 10, in 2004 from a neurodegenerative disease. His brother Harry also had the disease and died in 2010 aged 12. Tim is donating winnings from his cycle races this year to my sponsorship. To support me, please visit my Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Lucy-Smith41 or contact me at 4 Spinney Close, tel 847118.

HATS OFF TO BUDDING BOUGHTON MILLINER

Congratulations to Emily Mabbutt, Boughton resident and fashion student at Northampton College, who recently came second in a prestigious national millinery competition run by the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers of London. Her hat competed against entrants from international colleges and universities, and was judged by industry professionals including Hilary Alexander and HM The Queen’s milliner, Rachel Trevor Morgan.

GOLDEN BALL – STILL SOME TICKETS AVAILABLE

There are still some tickets to the Golden Ball on 28th June at Sywell in aid of the Air Ambulance, Thomas’s Fund and FaceFax. Tickets (£70) can now be bought individually, as well as in tables of eight or 10, for those who’d like to meet new people while supporting these three causes. The deadline for ticket applications is 31st May. Contact thegoldenball2014@outlook.com for more information.

PARISH COUNCIL GRANTS FOR GRABS

Grants are available to community groups and organisations that provide social, cultural, sporting and educational activities from which some or all of the village benefits. Application forms must be returned by 1st July and can be obtained from the Parish Council Clerk (882527) or by emailing boughtonpc@btconnect.com.

ACT ON ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

“At a recent Community Panel meeting the local community Police team agreed its priority would be tackling anti-social behaviour in the summer months,” writes Charlotte Mackaness.” Just days afterwards, youths camped overnight in the Pocket Park making a lot of noise, lighting fires and leaving large amounts of unpleasant mess. Thank you to local residents who reported this and also to the unknown person/persons who kindly cleared up the litter. It is important to report such incidents. To do so, call 101 (or 999 if a serious crime) and please inform someone on the Pocket Park Committee.”

AN INSPIRATIONAL BOOK LAUNCH

Local artist and founder of the cancer charity FaceFax Carol Dunstone has recently published her second book No Time For Cancer, co-written with Ann Bennett. The two met and became firm friends after being treated for mouth cancer over a decade ago. They wrote their first book and set up FaceFax to support those suffering from cancer. The book is available from Carol direct (call 847911) or from Amazon at £8.99. Sadly, Ann died two weeks before the launch.

WOMEN’S CYCLING TOUR – ROAD CLOSURES

The first ever Women’s Cycling Tour, which includes past and present Olympic medallists, starts in Northamptonshire with a stage from Oundle to Northampton on 7th May. Many roads in the town centre are closed for most of the day, plus there will be disruption close to Boughton when cyclists ride along the A508 and through nearby villages.

EASTER ACTIVITES A HIT

“A big thank you to all concerned with the Easter activities at Church,” writes Terri Seelig. “The children thoroughly enjoyed the egg hunt thanks to Julie and Caroline. The flowers looked lovely for the Easter Sunday service thanks to Sandra and Margaret, and it was great to see so many in Church.”

VILLAGE DAY TAKES SHAPE

Boughton Village Day will be celebrated pm Saturday 5th July. As usual, Church Street will be closed. As well as music in the Church and the pub, there will be a children’s entertainer and a special appearance from Star Wars characters who will be invading Church Street – no doubt making a raid for goodies from the barbecue and ice cream van!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

7th May Ladies’ Tour Cycle Race Advanced warning of disruption on roads locally.

12th May Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.

14th May Pocket Park AGM 8pm in the Whyte Melville. All welcome.

19th May Boughton Ladies Fellowship Mike Whitbread talks about his three years in the Antarctic. For more details contact Sue Greatorex (842332).

28th June Golden Ball Email thegoldenball2014@outlook.com for details.

5th July Boughton Village Day Celebrations start at 1pm.

5th July Boughton Village Day Celebrations start at 1pm.

1st and 3rd Mondays Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332

Every Monday Pilates 12- 1pm Village Hall – contact Roberta Gee 07816768252

Every TuesdayPilates 6.30 – 7.30 pm Village Hall – contact Roberta Gee

Last Tuesday of month Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314

Every Tuesday Zumba 7.45 – 8.45pm

Every Thursday Yoga 6.30 – 8pm – Contact Lizzy on 07950 573719