“NORTHERN ORBITAL” – DECISION DELAYED

The second consultation to help decide the preferred route for the so-called “Northern Orbital” road, which had initially been planned for September, has been delayed until the New Year while the responses to the first consultation are discussed further. The decision on the preferred route will not be made now until July 2017.

PLENTY OF DOUGH RAISED AT CHARITY BAKE OFF

Over £1,500 was raised for the Red Cross’s Aleppo appeal at the first Great Boughton Bake Off. The Village Hall was decked with bunting and visitors could enjoy a number of stalls and games as well as tea and cake, of which there were ample supplies. Thank you to all those who took part and volunteered. Could the holder of the raffle ticket blue 39 (Jill) please contact Oonagh Hunt on 07766 152755 in order to claim your prize.

GET SET FOR THE BOUGHTON BONFIRE

“This year’s village bonfire is on Saturday 5th November in the Pocket Park from 4.30pm,” writes Charlotte Mackaness. “Thank you to the volunteers who help at this event, as well as the local companies who support. In particular, thanks to the Whyte Melville and Smiths’ Farm Shop for doing such a great job in selling the tickets.”

TRAFFIC CALMING MEASURES NEARLY COMPLETE

Residents will have noticed the new traffic calming measures. These include new warning signs as motorists approach the bend on the corner of Church Street and Vyse Road, along with a 20mph sign. NCC Highways will continue to monitor the “build out” on Moulton Lane but appeal to those dropping off at school to employ common sense when parking.

BUCKTON FIELDS LATEST

“Buckton Fields continues to be developed as planned – that is completing two dwellings per week,” writes John Shephard, who sits on the Buckton Fields Liaison Committee. “All the associated road work has now been completed, except for a very small amount of work to the footpath and improvements to the Holly Lodge Drive junction.”

POCKET PARK IMPROVEMENTS

Thanks to a generous donation from the Weatherley family, the Pocket Park committee has sufficient funding to repair the perimeter path, which has deteriorated badly in some areas. There will be a clear-up afternoon on Sunday 13th November at 2pm. Recent clear-ups have been really well attended, which has enabled a lot of work to be carried out swiftly and easily. Do come along if you have an hour to spare.

VILLAGE HALL PARKING PLEA

“A gentle reminder that the Village Hall car park is restricted to patrons using the Hall,” writes Cassie Handshaw. “Please refrain from using it at other times, as this is causing a problem to regular users.”

ADVANCED WARNING OF TREE WORK

On 15th December tree surgeons will be undertaking general maintenance work to the Chestnut tree on the top of Butchers Lane from 8am onwards.

PARISH COUNCIL NEEDS YOUR EAGLE EYES

If you spot contractors’ lorries (over 7.5 tonnes) coming through the village, please try to take a photograph or note the vehicle registration and report it to Jayne Bunting, the Parish Clerk. NCC Highways has been able to take action against offenders in recent weeks thanks to some excellent photographic evidence submitted by Boughton residents. Equally, the Parish Council is responsible for street lighting in the village. Please contact Jayne to report faults (and not NCC or DCC) via BoughtonPC@btconnect.com or by calling 882527.

EXPLORING WHAT MATTERS COURSE

An eight-week course starts in the Old Dairy, Bunkers Hill Farm, Pitsford in February. It will explore what matters for a happy and meaningful life. If you would like to learn more, please email Sally Bernham at sally.berham@idyia.co.uk.

SIGHT VAN VISITS MOULTON

The NAB sight van will be in the centre of Moulton from 2pm until 3.30pm on 10th November. Anyone who is experiencing sight loss is very welcome to come along and see how NAB may be able to offer help and assistance.

HELEN COGHILL’S EASY PUMPKIN PIE

Ingredients:

  • 
1 x 23cm ready-made sweet deep pasty case
  • 450g pumpkin flesh cut into chunks
  • 2 x large eggs plus 1 yolk
  • 75g soft dark brown sugar
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • ½tsp each of grated nutmeg, all spice, cloves and ginger

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Place the pumpkin on a baking tray and roast for 20 until 30 minutes until tender. Drain them well through a coarse sieve to extract any excess water. Set aside to cool before blending to a puree. Lightly whisk the eggs. Place the sugar, spices and cream in a pan. Bring to simmering point, whisking as you go. Pour it over the eggs and whisk again briefly. Add the pumpkin puree, whisking to combine thoroughly. Pour the filling into the pastry case and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Delicious served warm or chilled.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Believe it or not, I heard a merlin flying overhead the other day when I was walking Jack in the field! I looked up and there it was zooming past! “A merlin?” you might say. “Harrop’s lost it!” No, it was one, honestly. It was not the wizard either but the snarling merlin engine of a Spitfire! What a beautiful, elegant World War Two fighter plane – what a stirring sound – even today. This plane is based at Sywell aerodrome and is a modified two-seater version to take the paying public on joyrides. A friend of mine won a prize draw for one – I wish!

Talking of things whizzing by overhead, did you see BBC’s Autumnwatch on the 26th October? Modern technology can now detect the number of migrating birds flying overhead and even identify the species calling, using ultra-sensitive microphones. We don’t realise it, but the annual migration takes place round the clock, particularly at night, when the air is usually more still and quiet and the daytime predators such as peregrine falcons are not flying. Remember that migration is not just our summer visitors leaving for warmer climes but winter visitors flying in from Northern Europe to escape the hard winters there. Common examples here in Boughton are fieldfares, redwings and waxbills. Even some of the blackbirds in your garden may have arrived from Russia.

I’ve now definitely have a small colony of bats using my bat-box that I made and installed under the eaves well over two years ago now. Not surprisingly, it can take them a while to find a new roost in the dark! How do I know?  They leave their droppings below for me to clear! I’m unsure of the species as I cannot disturb it (it’s illegal) and it’s dark when they fly off and arrive back but I’m pleased it is now in use.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 5th November: Pocket Park Bonfire Gates open 4.30pm.
  • 13th November: Pocket Park Clear Up 2pm. All welcome.
  • 14th November: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 21st November: The Salvation Army talks about its history. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 3rd Monday: Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • 6th Monday: Chiropody service in Village Hall for residents only – contact 01536 771393
  • 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

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is December 2016

EDITORS:

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

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