QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Everyone in Boughton is invited to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday at a village garden party on Sunday 12th June in Boughton Park, by the cricket pavilion, from 2pm until 5pm. Traditional games, a tug of war, jazz band, a best crown competition and children’s races will be among the afternoon’s events. There will be a children’s tea and glass of Pimms or beer and cakes for the grown-ups. People are more than welcome to also bring their own drinks and picnics. The Parish Council, BVM and Billing Finance are kindly sponsoring this party but any further assistance would be very welcome. It would be useful to have a rough idea of numbers, so please email charlotte@mackaness.net if you’re thinking of coming and to register a tug of war team – six people of any age, shape, size or weight!

NORTHERN ORBITAL: DCC URGES CONSIDERATION OF A SOUTHERN ROUTE

On 18th April, Daventry District Council resolved to urge Northamptonshire County Council to consider a fifth “southern” route for the proposed northern orbital road (see BVM Facebook page for a map). It was also critical of the consultation process and said NCC should re-consult providing much more information on the traffic flow impact of each option on surrounding villages and also give local people a chance to voice their opinions regarding the pros and cons of the “fifth” option. Please note DCC is a consultee in this process and has no decision-making power.

NEW FACES FOR THE PARISH COUNCIL

There was an uncontested election for the Parish Council. Terri Wright and Reverend Stephen Trott take the place of Richard Green, Jim Parker and Gillian Kingston, who have stepped down. Gillian writes: “During my time on the Parish Council, I have had nothing but admiration for its members. Every member gives their time voluntarily, and the chairman and clerk are totally committed to supporting our village. The negativity towards them saddens me. Members have even been threatened in the pub and when going about their daily business. Let’s try to support them in the future rather than vilify them, especially during these challenging times for Boughton.”

FAIRYTALE PART FOR TILLY-MAE

Tilly-Mae Bott, who lives in Boughton Park, has been selected as one of the dancers for the May Bank Holiday pantomime Cinderella at the Deco Theatre. Well done Tilly!

CALL FOR CAKES AND PRIZES

The Village Hall Committee is appealing for donations of cakes and raffles prizes for its vintage tea party on Sunday 8th May. All funds will go towards decorating the outside of the hall. For more information, please contact Sandra Lee on (01604) 843491.

TRAFFIC CALMING TO BE TRIALLED NEXT MONTH

As part of the Section 106 Agreement relating to the Buckton Fields development, Boughton has received £30,000 towards traffic calming measures. One of the options under consideration is a chicane-type construction. A temporary version, placed outside the school, will be installed on a trial basis the week commencing 13th June. For a map, please see the Boughton Village Matters Facebook page. If you have questions, please contact the Parish Council clerk, Jayne Bunting, via BoughtonPC@btconnect.com or (01604) 882527.

POCKET PARK COMMITTEE AGM

All are welcome to the AGM of the Boughton Pocket Park Committee in the Whyte Melville on Wednesday 4th May at 8pm. Please come along if you are interested in joining the committee, helping from time to time or just wish to find out more about the Pocket Park.

ANNUAL MEETING OF BOUGHTON PARISH COUNCIL

This will take place on Monday 16th May at 7pm in Boughton Village Hall. This is a week later than usual because of local elections.

CHIROPODY SERVICE

There is a six-weekly chiropody service in the Church Rooms on a Monday afternoon. This is for any residents of the village. If you would like to book an appointment or learn more, please contact Shirley Morgan on 01536 771393.

BUCKTON FIELDS LIAISON FORUM

The very informative village website  has a new page dedicated to the Buckton Fields Liaison Forum.

BUSY TIMES AT BOUGHTON SCHOOL

This term pupils at the village school have been absorbed with various projects, including raising £170 for Sport Relief with a cake sale and tombola, and having fun with costumes for World Book Day. To help with parking issues, there are now cones outside the school, plus the Junior Road Safety Heroes are now patrolling Moulton Lane.

ANGIE SEELIG’S SWEET POTATO STEW

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2tsp grated ginger
  • ½tsp cayenne pepper
  • 350g cubed sweet potato
  • 1tbsp medium curry paste
  • 300ml passata
  • ½ pint vegetable stock
  • 225g mushrooms
  • 250g spinach
  • 4tbsp peanut butter
  • 2tbsp fresh coriander
  • Salt and pepper

Method: 

Fry the onion, garlic, ginger and cayenne in olive oil for about 10 minutes in a large heavy-bottomed pan. Add the sweet potatoes and curry paste, and cook for a further five minutes. Add the passata and stock. Cover the pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Stir fry the mushrooms in a separate pan and then add. Wash and roughly shred the spinach and cook for five minutes. Mix the peanut butter with some juices from the pan and then add. Finally add the fresh coriander and salt and pepper to taste. Delicious with couscous.

ROBIN IDESON’S PLANT OF THE MONTH

My designer plant of the month is an evergreen shrub called Choisya (Mexican Orange Blossom). Fragrance is an important element when choosing plants for the garden. There are many fragrant plants available to us, some with beautifully smelling flowers such as roses and others with fragrant foliage like many herbs. Choisya has both. Throughout the year these evergreen shrubs give a strong, almost spicy smell from the foliage if they are brushed or moved. However, at this time of year all three popular varieties of Choisya are sprinkled with an abundance of small white saucer- or star-like flowers that give off a strong vanilla scent. This scent can be caught on the wind and carried some distance, meaning the fragrance can be enjoyed anywhere around the garden. Choisya will also quite regularly provide a second flush of scented flowers in the autumn. There are three readily available varieties of the shrub. The standard Choisya ternata has mid-green elongated teardrop leaves that have a solid glossy texture. The Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ is very popular. It is similar in form but has bright chartreuse foliage, particularly on new growth. Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’ has longer, needle-like leaves and the fragrant white flowers are more star like compared to the ternata. At maturity, Choisya can reach 2.5m (8ft) tall and wide, making them a good evergreen filler for the middle of a border. The solid, clip-able structure means it can also be used as a hedge. They prefer a sunny spot that isn’t too damp but will happily grow in shady conditions, although they may not flower as well. Choisya is easy to grow and dependable and could be grown in any Boughton garden.

Robin is a Boughton-based garden designer

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 4th May: Pocket Park Committee AGM 8pm in the Whyte Melville.
  • 8th May: Vintage Tea Party Village Hall. More info Sandra Lee (843491).
  • 9th May: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Visit to Moulton Players to see “Hayfever”. All welcome, contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 16th May: Annual Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 12th June: Queen’s 90th Birthday Party 2pm until 5pm in Boughton Park
  • 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 7.15 – 8.30pm – Contact Lizzy on 07950 573719
  • 2nd Thursday: Nostalgia Café 2 – 4pm supported by Dementia Friends at Brampton View

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is June 2016

EDITORS:

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

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