JOHN CLARKE RETIRES AS COUNCIL CHAIR

At the annual village meeting last month it was announced that John Clarke will step down as Chair of the Parish Council at the annual Parish Council meeting on 14th May. John has served on the Parish Council for 18 years, chairing it for 12, and has seen the village through some extremely challenging times. The workload of chairing the Parish Council in Boughton is considerably greater than in many other villages and the village owes John a great debt of thanks for his dedication and service.

BIG CHANGES TO WASTE AND COLLECTION AND RECYCLING

Over the next five weeks, households in Daventry District Council will be receiving their new blue-lidded wheelie bins for recycling. This is in preparation for the 1-2-3 collection service that starts on 4th June: one weekly food waste collection, a two-weekly collection of recycling and a three-weekly collection of general waste. The new recycling bin replaces the red and blue boxes. There is an optional fortnightly garden waste collection costing £35 a year. To sign up, contact www.daventrydc.gov.uk/gardenwaste or call 0345 2185215.

BOUGHTON GREEN FAIR – SUMMER CELEBRATION

On 24th June there will be a celebration at the newly restored ruins and old churchyard on Boughton Green from 1pm until 5pm. The renowned Virtuosi GUS brass band will be performing along with Boughton Primary School choir. Please bring a picnic and your own chairs and blankets. More information on a flyer included with this newsletter or contact Caroline Trott at carolinetrott@sky.com. Offers of help would be greatly appreciated.

NEW CONSULTATION ON CONSERVATION AREA APPRAISAL

Following an initial consultation earlier in the year, Daventry District Council is inviting comments on its draft appraisal of the Boughton Conservation Area. This includes proposals to extend current boundaries. This would take in the Swedish houses on Humfrey Lane, the stone wall in Spring Close and a wall on Humfrey Lane/Vyse Road. There will be an exhibition in the Village Hall on Monday 14th May from 3pm – 6.45pm. You can also see the proposals and comment at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/ConservationAreas

BOUGHT VILLAGE MATTERS’ APRIL FOOL

Thank you for the kind comments about our two April Fools in last month’s newsletter. Here’s celebrating all eight letters of Boughton and further pot hole repairs!

NEW NUMBER FOR VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS

From 15th May Jenny Bullock takes over as the bookings secretary of the Village Hall. Her telephone number is 845701.

POCKET PARK – DATA PROTECTION

General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on May 25, 2018. If you have signed up as a “Friend” of the Pocket Park, please reply to the email the committee has sent out confirming – or not – that you are still happy to receive updates.

EMAIL ELERTS FROM BOUGHTON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Residents of Boughton Parish that are part of Neighbourhood Watch will shortly receive an email from Michael Stead, senior coordinator, inviting them to go to www.northantsnhw.co.uk and to rejoin as a member of the Boughton scheme. New members can also join through this site. This website provides fast access to a crime alert/messaging system. Members can choose which alerts they wish to receive and the site fully complies with data protection legislation.

BOOTCAMP RETURNS TO THE POCKET PARK

With lighter evenings, bootcamp training sessions have restarted in Boughton Pocket Park from 7pm until 8pm. They are run by personal trainer Sally Milner and cost £5 a session. Just turn up. It is a friendly group and people of all fitness levels are very welcome.

ANNUAL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

This annual meeting will be held in the Village Hall at 7pm on Monday 14th May.

ROYAL WEDDING TEA PARTY

There are still tickets available for the Royal Wedding tea party to be held in the Village Hall on Sunday 13th May from 2pm until 4pm. Tickets are £12 and include tea and a celebratory glass of Prosescco. Please contact Sandra Lee on 843491 for details.

CRICKET SEASON UNDERWAY

The village cricket season swung into action last month. Spectators are always welcome. Also, the cricket club is in desperate need of a new sit-on mower to cut the outfield. If you can help or would like more information about the cricket club, please contact Dick Steff (843128).

CRIME PREVENTION TIPS FROM BOUGHTON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Window alarms can be an easy-to-install deterrent that can be bought relatively cheaply – around £25 for a pack of four. Another suggestion is buying “CCTV in operation” stickers.

LESLEY MORRISON’S FETA & CARAMELISED ONION QUICHE

Ingredients:

  • 1tsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 red chilli, chopped (optional)
  • 4 eggs
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Pinch black pepper
  • 40g feta cheese, crumbled

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F. Grease the base of an 8×8 baking dish with oil or ghee. Melt the ghee/oil in a frying pan over a low heat. Add the onion and cook gently for six to eight minutes until caramelised. Add the chilli, stir well and cook for two minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Beat the eggs in a jug with the salt and pepper. Pour the eggs into the oven dish and top with the onion mixture and crumbled feta. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Makes four slices. Only 166 calories per slice.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

The last few days have seen a rapid transformation in our gardens as the Arctic conditions have quickly given way to some decent, warmer weather. Birds everywhere are beginning their nest building so please be careful if you have any late shrub or hedge pruning to do. I’m keen to see how many residents I can encourage into various bird boxes and other sites created to attract different species to use my garden. The solitary bees are emerging from their holes and the bats are in residence too. I was interested to read today that the RSPB is appealing to the public to support nature friendly farming to help maintain our countryside. You too can help by going on its website (www.rspb.org.uk) and having your say to help stop some farming practices causing the decline of many species of farmland birds and other wildlife.

Back to my garden. I now seem to have been adopted by a family of wild rabbits since the squirrels were evicted. Up to eight have been counted over my lawn. What to do? Shoot them? No! Block up their holes in my boundary hedge bank? Too late for that now. They don’t seem to use my immediate neighbour’s gardens despite them being able to access them. I don’t mind them eating the lawn grass, I just wish I could discipline them into nibbling in a line abreast. Then, I wouldn’t need the lawnmower. However, the herb garden will have to be fenced or netted to protect the parsley, lovage and thyme, which have all been nibbled to the roots. It’s not been such a problem in the past. I suspect because we had a lot of foxes in the area. I used to see one regularly and they’ve even reared a litter under a nearby shed but not recently. My old chocolate Labrador Jack can’t be bothered to chase them off either. He just watches the rabbits from the window!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 13th May Vintage Tea Party in the Village Hall. Tickets are £12.
  • 14th May Annual Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 14th May Boughton Ladies Fellowship Moulton Theatre trip: “Death By Fatal Murder”. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 14th May Conservation Area Consultation 3pm-6.45pm in Village Hall.
  • 24th June Boughton Green Fair celebration. See enclosed flyer
  • 3rd Monday Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • 6th Monday Chiropody service in Village Hall for residents only – contact 01536 771393
  • Every Tuesday Pilates 6.30 – 7.30 pm Village Hall – contact Maree Jessen
  • Every Tuesday Bootcamp 7 – 8pm in the Pocket Park. £5 a session
  • Last Tuesday of month Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • Every Thursday Slimming World 7.30pm Village Hall – contact Colette 07545 249988

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is June 2018

EDITORS:

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

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