ELECTION DELAYS ROAD CONSULTATION

The announcement of a General Election on 8th June means that the consultation on the Northern Orbital routes has been delayed. The new consultation period will now run  from 19th June until 4th August. New exhibition dates have yet to be announced. BVM will
post on its Facebook page if this occurs before the next printed newsletter and also see the Northamptonshire County Council’s website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk for more information.

GB CALL UP FOR YOUNG BOUGHTON SHOWJUMPER

Jess Dimmock, who until very recently lived in Moulton Lane and still has family in the village, has been selected to represent Great Britain’s showjumping team at a Nations Cup event in Norway later this month. Well done Jess!

MORE DAMAGE IN THE POCKET PARK

Sadly, there is more vandalism to the Pocket’s maze to report. Between 5pm on 29th April and 9am the following day, 25 more wooden posts were ripped out. The discovery was made on the very day work was about to start to repair damage from a couple of months
ago. If you have any information, please call Northamptonshire Police on 101. The Pocket Park Committee’s AGM will be held on 10th May at 8.15pm in the pub. All very welcome.

PRELIMINARY WORK STARTS ON OLD CHURCHYARD

Restoration work has begun has begun on Boughton’s old St John’s churchyard, an important Scheduled Ancient monument of 14th -century origin. The isolated ruins are all that remains of the medieval settlement of Boughton Green. Initial work has included removing
ivy. It is hoped that more extensive restoration of the stonework and removal of more vegetation will commence in the late summer. The cost is being shared by Historic England and the Richard Humfrey Charitable Trust. The site, which is still consecrated for burials, will remain open to visitors.

BOUGHTON CHARITY CELEBRATES 10 TH ANNIVERSARY IN STYLE

Thomas’s Fund kicks off its 10th birthday celebrations in June with a fundraiser in the Picturedrome on 15th June. “The Rat Pack”, which has been voted the UK’s number one tribute show, will perform two 45-minute sets of musical favourite of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior and Dean Martin, laughter and fun. Tickets are just £10 from Lucy Smith (07854 921854).

ANNUAL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

This will be held at 7pm on 8 th May in the Village Hall.​

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH LATEST

At a well-attended Boughton Neighbourhood Watch AGM last month, it was agreed that residents of the new developments in the Parish (Buckton Fields and Boughton Rise) would be invited to join Boughton Neighbourhood Watch. There was also a query about which Police telephone numbers to use when reporting crime. A useful reminder is that when a crime is being committed and the perpetrators are still in the vicinity to call 999, otherwise use 101. It’s possible to report incidents and send information to the Police online. More information about this and the circumstances in which this is appropriate can be found at www.northants.police.uk/contact/online

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR FUNDRAISING TEA PARTY

If you can help with donations of homemade cakes or raffle prizes for the afternoon tea party, being held in the Village Hall on 14th May, please contact Sandra Lee on 843491. The event is in aid of Hall funds.

SUMMER AROUND CORNER AS CRICKET SEASONS STARTS

The village cricket season swung into action last month with new teams playing on the cricket green in Boughton Park on Saturdays (Horton 4th team and Irthlingborough 3rd team) and also some new spectators in the form of red kites and buzzards, who are back after an absence. There will also be occasional friendlies with other sides on a Tuesday. Spectators are warmly welcomed as would help if anyone in the village has a sit-on mower or a cylinder mower in good condition. If you can help, please contact Dick Steff (843128).

VILLAGE CHARITY TO HELP NEEDY STUDENTS

The Richard Humfrey (Education) Foundation provides financial assistance to students under 25 undertaking further education studies. It has charitable objectives and makes awards in cases of financial or personal hardship. Although the main round of applications is in the autumn, the Foundation with consider cases at any time of year. For more information contact the secretary Jill Gist on 847890 or jandrgist@tiscali.co.uk

JANE WILLIAMS’ BAKED HAM RISOTTO

Ingredients:

  • 225g lean back bacon
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 2 leeks chopped
  • 50g mushrooms, sliced
  • 150g risotto rice
  • 300ml stock
  • 300ml white wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onion for two to three minutes. Add all the other ingredients and bring to the boil. Place the mixture into an ovenproof dish and place this is a pre-heated oven for approximately 30 minutes or until the rice is tender and the liquid absorbed. Serve immediately.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Summer is just around the corner and what a glorious spring it has been so far, with a great profusion of blossom and flowers. My solitary bee colony is loving it! Let’s hope the hail storms, threatened as I write, don’t spoil the fruit crops like last year.

My particular interest in nature is birds. It’s always good to see the swallows return, and hear the pair of Boughton buzzards mewing overhead. I was pleased also to see a pair of kestrels hunting over the fields by the Pocket Park, and a red kite flying over it too. One of my dog-walking friends even saw a pair of goldcrests in the Park. I note which species are local to Boughton and try to provide a habitat, nest sites and nest boxes for the more common species where possible. In the past I’ve even had jackdaws and starlings as residents. Although a bit late for this year, DIY enthusiasts can get going, trying designs for next year.

Last to arrive are the swifts. When they do appear, screeching around the area, you know summer has arrived. They do everything on the wing: eat, drink, even mating and sleeping, only alighting during nesting. As I’ve mentioned before, many councils are working with developers and builders to install special swift bricks and built-in nest boxes in new developments. These birds are communal and prefer to live in loose colonies. They are not good walkers, due to their long wings and weak legs, so prefer to fly into their nest hole rather than walk horizontally to their nest. They are in need of help. The RSPB reports swifts have declined by 47%. Talking of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, you can now see the results online. It’s not all doom and gloom but many species are in decline so any help we give can only be a positive.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 8th May: Annual Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 8th May: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Trip to Moulton Players. Note this is the second Monday. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 10th May: Pocket Park AGM All welcome 8.15pm in the Whyte Melville.
  • 14th May: Vintage Tea Party in Village Hall tickets £12 from 843491.
  • 3rd Monday: Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • 6th Monday: Chiropody service in Village Hall for residents only – contact 01536 771393
  • Every Monday: Pilates 12- 1pm Village Hall – contact Maree Jessen 07867853515
  • Every Tuesday: Pilates 6.30 – 7.30 pm Village Hall – contact Maree Jessen
  • Last Tuesday of month: Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • Every Thursday: Yoga 7.15 – 8.30pm – Contact Lizzy on 07950 573719

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is June 2017

EDITORS:

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

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