A liaison forum has been established made up of elected representatives from the local area and the developers of Buckton Fields. The group met for the first time last month and is chaired by our District Councillor and Boughton resident John Shephard. Jayne Bunting, clerk to the Parish Council, is in charge of administration. The purpose of the forum is to establish direct communication between the developers and local community. Last month’s meeting established that the first 22 houses are expected to be completed within six months and in the New Year work will begin on the construction of a roundabout on Brampton Lane, roughly in the position where there are currently temporary traffic lights. If there are issues you wish to be raised, please contact Jayne Bunting on 882527.


This year’s bonfire and fireworks in the Pocket Park will be held on Sunday 1st November. Gates open at 4.30pm with the fireworks starting at 5.30pm. Advanced tickets are £3 (from the Whyte Melville or Smiths’ Farm Shop) or £4.50 on the gate. Thank you again to 
all those volunteers and local businesses whose invaluable support allows the event to 
take place.


Boughton School is hosting its annual “Christmas Fayre” on Saturday 28th November 
from 1pm until 4pm. It’s a good event for Christmas shopping with a host of gift sellers, delicious festive refreshments and other fun activities. Father Christmas will be dropping in to make a special visit to greet any children who have been good this year! 
Anyone interested in having a stall (the cost is £10), please get in touch with Salina at boughtonschoolassociation@hotmail.com


Local organisations are invited to apply for a community grant, which will be considered by the Parish Council at its meeting on 11th January 2016. To apply, please contact the clerk, Jayne Bunting, on 882527 or email boughtonpc@btconnect.com Grant application forms are also available to download from the village website www.boughtonnorthants.co.uk These must be received by Tuesday 15th December.


The Village Hall is holding a Christmas craft fair with an array of refreshments on Saturday 5th December from 12pm until 4pm. Stalls will include paintings, pottery, cakes, toys, tombola, crafts and much more. There will be plenty of opportunity to buy Christmas gifts. All proceeds to the Village Hall and Church.


“Far From A Madding Crowd” will be screened on Friday 4th December in Pitsford Village Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge, Matthias Schoenaerts and Michael Sheen.


It won’t have escaped anyone’s notice that there is a great deal of building work going on around Boughton and nearby villages at the moment. In addition to this disruption, a section of the Welford Road near the Windhover is closed for much of the day with works expected to continue into early November.


Daventry District Council has introduced a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) designed to target irresponsible dog owners who persistently fail to pick up after their pets. Every year the council receives over 100 complaints about dog fouling, which poses a health hazard. The new powers come into force on 1st December. Dog owner also risk prosecution for not carrying the means (bags) for picking up poo while on a walk and for preventing their animals from entering a fenced off play area.


Chrissy Boyce from Boughton Neighbourhood Watch has managed to secure some new Neighbourhood Watch signs to replace the village’s rather dilapidated set. However, 
she needs help erecting them. If you’re a practical person – sort with ladders and a tool 
box full of kit that might do the job -please get in touch with Chrissy at chrissyboyce@btinternet.com


Don’t forget there is no BVM in January. If you have notices about events happening in the New Year, please let us know so we can publish them in the December issue.




  • 3 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
2tsp baking powder
  • 2tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
½ tsp cloves
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 16oz can pumpkin puree (or lantern leftovers!)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


Pre-heat the oven to 350F. Grease five mini loaf tins (5 ¾ in by 3 ¼ in). Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and cloves using an electric mixer in a large mixing bowl. Add the oil and pumpkin puree. Mix until smooth. Stir in the pecans. Pour the batter into the greased loaf tins and bake for 50 to 60 minutes


Amelanchier lamarckii (Snowy Mespilus) is a small deciduous tree. Autumn is the time of year that our garden trees take centre stage. The rich displays of colours provide a last hoorah before the cold, mean months of winter draw in. There are numerous trees that will give us great autumn colour but in my mind you can’t beat the fiery red leaves of the Amelanchier lamarckii. It is a true garden designer’s tree: not only does it produce a breath-taking display over the autumn months but it also provides a wealth of interesting features that seem to constantly evolve during the year. In early spring, before the leaves start to bud, the branches are completely covered in a snowflake-like white blossom. This is closely followed by young copper-coloured leaves that slowly turn to green as the summer progresses. As the leaves start to turn to their autumnal red they are joined by a sprinkling of small, edible, black berries. Choosing the right tree for a garden is always tricky. Along with horticultural considerations, another factor is the tree’s potential size at maturity and whether there is sufficient space for it to grow. Amelanchier lamarckii is great for small gardens as they rarely grow beyond 5m and can be controlled with pruning. Where space is more limited the Amelanchier “Ballerina” has a more compacted, rounded canopy. Amelanchiers are often grown as multi-stem shrubs, which will reduce the size even further. Amelanchier lanarckii likes the sun and plenty of water. They also prefer a neutral to acidic soil. They are hardy and, as long as they are well positioned, will produce an abundance of colour throughout the year.
Robin is a Boughton-based garden designer.


  • 1st November: Pocket Park Bonfire & Fireworks Gates open 4.30pm.
  • 9th November: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall. All welcome.
  • 16th November: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Talk from The Hope Centre. Ladies Fellowship will be making a donation but if anyone else would like to contribute, please Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 28th November: Christmas Fayre 1pm until 4pm at Boughton Primary School.
  • 5th December: Village Hall Christmas Fair 12pm until 4pm.
  • 3rd Monday: Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • Every Monday: Pilates 12- 1pm Village Hall – contact Roberta Gee 07816768252 
Every Tuesday Pilates 6.30 – 7.30 pm Village Hall – contact Roberta Gee
  • Last Tuesday of month: Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • Every Thursday: Yoga 7.15 – 8.30pm – Contact Lizzy on 07950 573719


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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is December 2015


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

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