NEW FACES AT THE PARISH COUNCIL

In the middle of May a new Parish Council will be formed and this will comprise lots of new Parish Councillors. A list is available on the Parish notice-boards and will go on the village website shortly. Jayne Bunting, who served the Parish so brilliantly for nearly a decade as the clerk, has stepped down and has been replaced by Ciara Wanstall. She can be contacted via clerk@boughtonnorthants.co.uk A telephone number will be published as soon as this has been finalised.

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED BEING A SCHOOL GOVERNOR?

The Board of Governors at Boughton Primary School needs additional trustees and is appealing to the skills and experience of people from the community. School governors are volunteers, and generally not specialists in education, that work together with the Head Teacher to not only provide support but also challenge the school, to help ensure it delivers the best education for its pupils. In particularly, we would like to recruit new school governors with an interest or expertise in finance and/or health-and-safety matters. If you would be interested in learning more and having an informal chat, please email the school via admin@boughtonacademy.co.uk

VILLAGE LOSES LONG-TIME BOUGHTONIAN

BVM is sad to report the death of Brenda Ludlow of Church Furlong Farm. Brenda was born in Northampton in 1938 and grew up in Moulton. She married Tony Ludlow in Boughton Church in 1960. The couple brought up their two children, David and Shirley, in Duston before moving to Church Furlong Farm in 1989 so Brenda could look after her mother who’d lived at the farm since 1957. Brenda loved animals and knew the names of every dog that passed the house on the public footbath – but never knew the owner’s names! She love embroidery and knitting. She was a proud wife, mum, grandma and great grandma. Brenda passed away at home approximately eight weeks after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, Anyone wishing to make a donation in her name to the two brain tumour research charities can do so via Hollowell’s Funeral Directors.

BOOK EXCHANGE LOOKING FOR FRESH STOCK

The shelves of the old telephone box book exchange are looking a little light. Small donations would be most welcome but please do not leave huge piles of books as we are unable to cope with bags of books.

POCKET PARK AGM – ALL WELCOME

Boughton Pocket Park Committee is holding its AGM on Zoom on 26th May at 8pm. All welcome. Please email boughtonpocketpark@yahoo.co.uk for an invite.

WATCH WHAT YOU FLUSH!

A polite reminder that wipes of any sort and kitchen roll should NOT be flushed down loos. Anglian Water recently dealt with a sewage leak in the village caused by a blockage made up of wipes!

DARING FUND-RAISING FEAT FOR BOUGHTON MUM AND DAUGHTER

Shirley Suter from Humfrey Lane and daughter Kim have decided to take on a skydive to celebrate this year’s World MS day on Sunday 30th May. This day marks four years since Kim was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. “I am a keen advocate for raising awareness and much-needed funds for charities big and small to support them and enable them to continue to help people with MS,” says Kim. “The MS therapy centre is based in
Bedford and open to people from surrounding areas including Northampton. It really is incredible and helps SO many people who would be completely lost without it.
The centre has suffered over the last year due to covid restrictions putting a stop to most events, so any support is hugely appreciated.” Anyone wishing to donate please, visit Shirley and Kim’s fund-raising page where you can also learn more about the charity www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mumanddaughtermsskydive

PRINT OUT BVM FOR A NEWSLETTER-LOVING NEIGHBOUR

By September it should be business as usual with a paper version of the newsletter. In the meantime, please do print out the newsletter for any friends or neighbours who are not online much but enjoy reading BVM.

CORONAVIRUS VACCINATION SCAMS

Action Fraud has warned of several scams sending emails or texts notifying people they have been selected for a Coronavirus vaccine and then asking for bank details. The NHS would never ask for bank details so be wary of anything making such demands.

LIZ BARRON’S LEMON FLAN

Ingredients:

  • 4oz digestive biscuits
  • 2oz butter
  • 1 level tablespoon castor sugar
  • ¼ pint double cream
  • 6oz can condensed milk
  • 2 large lemons

Crush the digestive biscuits with a rolling pin. Melt the butter in a pan, add the sugar and then stir in the biscuit crumbs. Line the base and sides of a 7in flan dish with the mixture and bake in the oven at 150C/Gas Mark 2 fir eight minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Juice the lemons and finely grate the peel. Mix together the cream, condensed milk and lemon rind. Slowly beat in the lemon juice. Pour this mixture into the flan case and chill for several hours until firm.

Barking mad: Observations of a spaniel

I’ve got some exciting news for all the dogs in Boughton – and their walkers.

A super coffee stall has come to the Pocket Park and it’s just the job. It’s run by a nice chap called Sam, from over Buckton Fields direction.

I hear all the coffees are tip top and my dad Tony goes about telling people to try the hot chocolate with syrup. Then there are bickies, flapjacks and Italian Cannoli treats – little wafers with cream centres. If someone drops one, I’ll be on it like a flash!

But Sam is also thinking of us dogs. There’s a big water bowl, which we need after a long, long walk to the far end of the fields. And there are doggy treats. Bone-shaped biscuits with carrots, cheese and other nice stuff in them. I hear part of the proceeds go to somebody called Cynthia Spencer, who everyone seems to approve of.

But the best thing is there are more dogs and people. There are loads of friendly dogs to run around with. Labs, terriers, bulldogs and best of all, spaniels. And plenty of little children who like to chase me and give me a nice stroke.

It’s cheered up our walks a lot and I hear it’s going to be there every alternate week from Wednesday to Friday 8.45 – 4 .00. Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 3.30.

Aunty Karen from The Old Bakehouse – the mum of my good friend Bert the lurcher – has made it all happen. So well done to her.

But I’m not sure if all those syrupy chocolate drinks are going to do my dad’s diet any good!

Heidi