VILLAGE SCHOOL PLANS TO EXPAND

Boughton Parish Council has received notification from Daventry District Council of a planning application for Boughton Primary School for an extension to the rear of the school to provide new teaching space, plus a new entrance and external alternations including a junction at the front to create a drop-off area and staff-only parking at the rear. The application can be viewed on the DDC website under reference number DA/2014/0868. This matter will be on the agenda at the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 10th November at 7pm in the Village Hall. Parishioners are most welcome to attend to view the plans or alternatively contact the planning officer Mary Baynham at Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry NN11 4PF.

BONFIRE DAY NEARLY HERE

There is still time to get tickets for the village bonfire on Saturday 8th November. Advanced tickets are available at the special price of £3 from 842311 or from the Whyte Melville or Smiths Farm Shop. Tickets will be £4.50 on the night. Gates open at 5.30pm, with the fireworks starting at 6.30pm. Thank you to all our supporters, especially Tangent Self Adhesives and Hassett fencing who provide and deliver sufficient pallets for the bonfire.

BUCKTON FIELDS STREET NAMES

Daventry District Council has asked the residents of Boughton to help name the new streets of Buckton Fields. If you have any comments, pass them to the Parish clerk, Jayne Bunting, who can be contacted at BoughtonPC@btconnect.com or by calling 882527.

CONCERNED ABOUT TRAFFIC AND CONGESTION?

The Northampton Residents Forum is organising a meeting at the Guildhall on Tuesday 4th November at 7.30pm at which transport and planning officers will answer questions about how the town can cope the massive development taking place all around Northampton. For information email hardingstoneactiongroup@gmail.com or call 761327.

BOUGHTON ROAD CLOSURES – EXPECT DISRUPTION

Work on a foul sewer means that Humfrey Lane will be closed from 1st until 12th December. Traffic is being diverted down Vyse Road and Church Street.

CITY CHAMBER CHOIR SINGS CHARITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

On 6th December the excellent City Chamber Choir is again travelling from London to sing a Christmas concert in Boughton Church. Tickets are £12.50 from Oliver Mackaness (email oliver@billingfinance.co.uk or call 824311) and include interval refreshments. All funds will be split between Riding For The Disabled, Thomas’s Fund and the Church.

SPORTING GLORY FOR THE CLARKE FAMILY

There were double celebrations last month for the Clarkes, who live in Obelisk Close, when daughter Laura completed a half marathon after being temporarily paralysed earlier in the year and son Jason became a British windsurfing champion. So far, Laura has raised £901 for Muscular Dystrophy but would love to reach the £1,000 mark. You can still donate via www.justgiving.com/Laura-Clarke9 Meanwhile, Laura’s brother Jason has won the British Formula Windsurfing Championship and the British Formula Inland Championship. Jason started the year with a new board sponsor and the aim of becoming British Champion. Not only did he achieve this but by the biggest points’ margin in many years.

MOBILE CHIROPODY SERVICE

Johanna Duggan is a HCPC-registered podiatrist from Moulton who offers a mobile service and can visit you at home. Contact her on 07714 645682.

CHRISTMAS WINE TASTING

Verres de Vin, who presented their wines at the Portuguese fundraising night in the Village Hall earlier this year, are hosting an event on 29th November from 6.30pm until 9.30pm. There will be plenty be plenty of wines to try, which can be ordered ready for Christmas but with no obligation to buy. Entry is free but you must register your name before 24th November to attend. Do this by contacting Louise Croft on 07833 905022.

JUMBLE SALE SUCCESS

“The Village Hall Committee would like to thank everyone involved with September’s jumble sale that raised £447 for Hall funds,” writes Cassie Handshaw. “We are planning further events in the spring. New committee members are always needed. If you are interested or can help occasionally, please contact Sandra Lee on 843491.”

COULD YOU HELP CHILDREN READ?

Beanstalk, a national charity that recruits and trains volunteers to go into local primary school to help children struggling with reading, needs more volunteers in Northamptonshire. It currently supports around 450 children but there are many more youngsters needing helpers. Volunteers work with three children, spending 30 minutes with each child twice a week. To find out more, visit the website (www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk) or call the Northampton office on 720969. John Bates, who lives in Butchers Lane, has been a volunteer for 13 years and would be delighted to talk to anybody wanting to learn more about this rewarding experience. He can be contacted on 847597.