JOGGER KILLED OUTSIDE BOUGHTON

A 61-year-old female jogger was killed last month on the A508 when she was hit by a car by the turning to Boughton Grange. The lady was with a group of runners and was pronounced dead at the scene. A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death 
by dangerous driving and released on Police bail. There have a number of fatal accidents on this section of road in the last decade increasing the pressure for a reduction in 
the speed limit.


POCKET PARK’S A-MAZING PLANTS

“A huge thank you to the small but enthusiastic group of volunteers who dug up the maze in the Pocket Park and totally replanted the beds,” writes Charlotte Mackaness. “The project took over 12 hours’ work, and special thanks must go to Boughton garden designer Robin Ideson who gave up his time and expertise for nothing (and on his birthday) and to Covey Nurseries, which supplied the plants at a discounted rate.”

BOUGHTON’S SPEEDING ISSUES

The problem of speeding vehicles was discussed at an extremely well attended Parish Meeting last month. The Parish Council announced its plans for traffic-calming measures that have been funded, in part, by the developers of Buckton Fields. These include a chicane and a vehicle-activated speed warning sign. At the same meeting Vyse Road resident Mark Taylor proposed a Speedwatch team made up of villagers. As well as volunteers, this requires signatures from 20 per cent of those on the electoral roll. If you can help collect signatures or would like to volunteer to be trained as part of a Speedwatch team, please contact Mark on mdt500@hotmail.com

A FLAVOUR OF ITALY

“Following the success of our Portuguese evening last June, Boughton Church looks forward to seeing you at an Italian wine tasting and supper in the Village Hall on Friday 
15th May,” writes Caroline Trott. “The evening starts at 7.30pm and the wines will be presented by Louise Croft of Verres de Vin. Tickets are £25 available from me (carolinetrott@sky.com) or from Gill Fogden at gillfogden@hotmail.com or call the Rectory on 845655.”

PADDOCK NEEDED FOR PINT-SIZED PONIES

Jo Moore is looking for a small paddock of one to two acres for two Shetland ponies that she has had for many years. Sadly, if she can’t find accommodation for them the pair may have to be put down. If you can help, please contact her via Keith Isaacs on 880584 or isaacskeith@sky.com

IS BOUGHTON HOME TO BRITAIN’S MOST FAMOUS SPANIEL?

A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from Boughton is the poster girl for a campaign aimed at helping the health of the breed, which is afflicted with a number of hereditary diseases. Beebee, who lives in Boughton Park with her family, has a painful inherited neurological condition. As well as appearing in many newspaper and magazine articles, last month Beebee and Charlotte Mackaness went to Salford for a live interview on Radio 4’s You & Yours, which is available as a podcast via the programme’s website. Beebee has also been “animated” and sings a reworded version of Cameo’s hit “Word Up”, which is aimed at encouraging support for an online petition. You can watch Boughton’s singing spaniel’s “Sign Up Movie” on YouTube.

SATURDAY YOGA AND MEDITATION SESSIONS

Following the success of last month’s yoga, meditation and relaxation sessions in the Village Hall, Yoga Freedom is holding three more events. On 9th May there are two sessions: meditation and flow yoga. Deep relaxation follows on the 23rd May. For times and prices, please contact Carrie Anne on 07984 191016.

BOUGHTON NHW WARNS OF SAVINGS SCAM

Neighbourhood Watch has received information about a bogus website claiming to be the official site of National Savings and Investments (NS&I). Members of the public are being cold-called and offered the chance to invest in 65+ pension bonds. Anyone searching for the genuine website may well be directed to the fake one, which then asks them to 
supply contact information. Please note that the only domain name that is legitimate is www.nsandi.com

CRICKET IN THE PARK

The cricket season is now well under way. While there is no longer a village team, the very enthusiastic and affable Abington side are playing on Saturdays. Dick Steff also organises “friendly cricket” midweek. If you’re interested in coming along, please contact him on 843128. Spectators are always welcome to the matches.

TONGUE-IN-CHEEK SHAKESPEARE COMES TO PITSFORD

The Courtyard in Pitsford is hosting a Shakespeare evening on 4th July. The “Shakespeare Review” is a comic look at the Bard and some of his great works. A donation from the proceeds is going towards Pitsford Playing Field. More information about the evening is available at www.theticketsource.co.uk/whitecobra

JUDY SHEPHARD’S AVOCADO PESTO PASTA

Boughton-Pesto-Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2tbsp good olive oil
  • 15g fresh basil
  • 3oz fresh spinach, wilted
  • 
1tsp lemon juice
  • Bacon lardons, fried crispy
  • 
Pasta of choice
  • Freshly cooked prawns

Method:

Halve the avocados and blend with the basil, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix the wilted spinach with the cooked pasta and add the avocado pesto. Add the cooked bacon and prawns. Serve immediately with hot garlic bread.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Since I last wrote, the weather has turned warmer and sunny, and the wildlife is getting into its “summer cycle”. My solitary bees are emerging and jostling with each other for the available holes around my patio, as many are still blocked with last season’s mud and wax that sealed in the larvae for winter. Also, I think I now have a queen bumble bee in residence in my converted bird box, as evidenced by a round hole punched in the dry moss at the entrance – too small and inaccessible for mice. I hope to see the new worker bees soon.
Recently, I’ve been trying to get rid of a persistent and unwelcome visitor. A grey heron has been treating my garden pond as an aquatic bird table and eating my goldfish! Netting hasn’t worked, so I’m now trying a network of fine trip wires instead, which looks less intrusive. I suspect I’m not 
the only local resident to be contributing to his welfare. I really wish he’d stick to the Pocket Park pond instead!

The RSPB is making a great push for giving nature a home as so many species of bird, animal and insects are under threat. Apart from the pond, we can do our bit in the garden by providing a spread of flowering shrubs and plants throughout the seasons with an area of dense cover is possible. I was interested to read that a major house builder is working with the RSPB to incorporate wildlife areas into new developments with swift and bat boxes, fruit trees, ponds and hedgehog “highways”. You can do it too. Don’t forget that if you’ve put up nest boxes that birds will need a bit of peace and quiet for a few weeks while they are brooding and feeding nestlings, so no more noisy barbecues and parties for a few weeks!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 11th May: Annual Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 15th May: Italian Wine Evening In the Village Hall. Tickets are £25 from Caroline Trott (845655).
  • 18th May: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Stories from “Dave”. For more information, contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 3rd Monday: Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • Every Monday: Pilates 12- 1pm Village Hall – contact Roberta Gee 07816768252
  • Every Tuesday: Pilates 6.30 – 7.30 pm Village Hall – contact Roberta Gee
  • Last Tuesday of month: Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • Every Thursday: Yoga 6.30 – 8pm – Contact Lizzy on 07950 573719

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (843491)