BUCKTON FIELDS PRIMARY NOT TO OPEN IN 2020

It has been announced that the primary school at Buckton Fields, first advertised as opening in 2019 and more recently 2020, has been put on hold, perhaps indefinitely. Boughton Parish Council is committed to the opening of a primary school at Buckton Fields and is extremely dissatisfied with this. Therefore, it wrote to the Department of Education asking for a change of heart and was informed that the decision was based on a projection of lower-than-expected demand, plus a surplus of places in Kingsthorpe, within 1.7 miles of Buckton Fields. The Parish Council will continue to press the case for the school.

TEENAGERS – HAVE YOUR SAY ON EQUIPMENT FOR POCKET PARK

The Pocket Park is investing in new equipment and would like feedback from the village’s teenagers. Complete the survey on the Park Facebook page and the Pocket Park website www.boughtonpocketpark.org.uk. The survey will be live until the end of May.

COME ALONG TO NEW-STYLE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on 21st May but unlike previous years the venue will be the village school. Furthermore, the format will be much more relaxed, with wine and nibbles. The Parish Council would like the occasion to be more of a get-together for the local community as well as an opportunity to find out what is going on in Boughton. The evening starts at 7pm.

RED TELEPHONE BOX GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR NEW USE

Boughton’s classic phone box is set for a new life. It’s being turned into the “Boughton Library” – a free book exchange. The Parish Council is funding the project, which was the idea of Boughton resident, Tony Boullemier. Work to convert the box should be completed in May. The Church Street landmark came back into use last year, taking newspaper deliveries from Whitehills. This has been a great success and will continue. When shelves are fitted later this month, villagers will be able to deposit unwanted books and take away those they fancy for free. The box will be opened by the Whitehills newsagent and then locked in the evening by volunteers. For more information, or to help, please call Tony on 842357.

NEW SERIES STARTS IN BVM

Starting this month, we will be reproducing extracts from a charming memoir written by Harry Lovell: “Boughton Between The Wars”. Harry, who died in 2015 aged 94, was born in Boughton and, other than a serving in the Navy during the war, lived in the village all his life. Not only was he a much-loved local figure but Harry had a real flair for the written word and paints fascinating portraits of Boughton life.

BOUGHTON GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME

Everyone needs a helping hand now and then, regardless of age or circumstances. With this is mind volunteers are thinking of starting a local good neighbour scheme. Leaflets and questionnaires will be distributed in coming weeks and you can also learn more via the BVM Facebook page and village website.

EVENTS IN MAY AT NORTHAMPTON AND LAMPORT RAILWAY

On 4th, 5th, 6th May any child up to 16 accompanied by a cuddly toy can ride free on the railway on a “Brampton Bear Special”. While on 25th May, you can experience the novelty of riding in an old guards’ van. For more information visit the website www.nlr.org.uk

VILLAGE GET TOGETHER FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Humfrey Lane resident Shirley Suter is organiser a fundraiser in the Village Hall on Saturday 22nd June. Tickets are £12 and include a fish-and-chip supper and live band. Bring your own refreshments. For more information, contact Shirley on 07742 844959.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR VILLAGE MILKMAN

“As a family, we have been delivering to Boughton for over 30 years,” writes Matthew Haynes. “If you would like us to stop at your house to deliver milk and wide array of other dairy items, please give me a call on 07983 563135.”

CRAFT FAIR AT PASTURES CENTRE

On 11th May from 10am until 3pm there will be a craft fair at the Welford Road community centre to raise money for its upkeep. There will be a variety of different stalls and refreshments. Admission is 50p.

POLICE START 101 CALL-BACK SERVICE

Northamptonshire Police has pledged to offer non-emergency callers a “call-back” option on its 101 service in order to manage call wait times.

DANGEROUS PARKING – BE AWARE OF THE RULES!

A polite reminder to everyone in the village that parking on, opposite or close to junctions is dangerous. Rule 243 of the Highway Code stipulates that cars must not be parked within 10 metres of or opposite a junction.

HELEN COGHILL’S RHUBARB FOOL

Ingredients: 

  • 400g rhubarb
  • 125g castor sugar
  • 
50ml Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 3 large cooking apples
  • 300ml double cream
  • 500g tub 0% fat Greek yoghurt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Method:

Cut the rhubarb into chunks and place in the pan with 75g of the sugar and the liqueur and 75ml cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes. Strain and retain both the rhubarb and the rhubarb syrup. Pour the liquid back into the pan. Reduce by a third and then cool. Whisk the cream, yoghurts, vanilla extracts and sugar into soft peaks. Mash half the rhubarb and stir into the creamy mixture. Fold in the remaining pieces, keeping whole and serve with the rhubarb syrup and ginger biscuits.

BOUGHTON BETWEEN THE WARS

THE BAKEHOUSE – by Harry Lovell

Even for some years after the arrival of gas in the village, the Sunday dinners were still baked at the Bakehouse. As the Church bells began to chime for the 11am morning service, people, usually the man of the house, trooped from their homes carrying their baking tins with Yorkshire pudding mix or potatoes for baking and the joint covered in a cloth. These were placed in various parts of the oven by Mr Tarry, according to the size and kind of meat. To do this, he used a wooden, long-handled flat paddle-like tool called a peel. He recognised the marks on each tin, either a split ring on the handle or one or two marks filed on the rim. I never heard of anyone taking home the wrong dinner.

The men would reassemble at the Bakehouse door at about 12.30pm, waiting for someone to announce: “he’s drawing”. Then, out would come the tins baked to perfection to be again covered with the cloth and carried home after the payment of about 4d.

One Sunday morning, a son, deputising for his father, set out from home carefully carrying the tin containing the joint and Yorkshire batter. Needing to rest his aching arms, he set the tin down on the Church belfry steps but, alas, not carefully enough, resulting it much of it spilling onto the steps. Arriving rather tearfully at the Bakehouse, he explained to Mr Tarry what had happened. “Never mind, lad,” said baker Bill, who produced a large spoon and proceeded to make up the loss by taking spoonfuls from the other tins. I was told that no difference to the usual taste was detected by the family but that it took a couple of good scrubbings to remove the evidence from the Church steps.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 13th May Annual Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 13th May Boughton Ladies Fellowship Visit to Moulton Theatre to see farce “Cash On Delivery”. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 21st May Annual Parish Meeting 7pm Boughton School. All welcome.
  • 22nd June MS Fundraiser Tickets from Shirley Suter (07742 844959).
  • 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 
Last Tuesday of month Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • Every Thursday Zumba 6.30pm – call Lina 07725984674
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat am – exercise classes with Dan 07950482979
  • Wed and Friday pm – exercise classes with Dan 07950482979

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

  • Meetings
  • Children’s Parties
  • Dances
  • Fundraisers

Contact Jenny Bullock (01604) 845701 / Jen3gables@gmail.com

Next BVM issue is June 2019

EDITORS:

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

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