DECISION ON ROADS DELAYED

BVM understands that Northamptonshire County Council will not receive a report on the NNOR/NWRR consultation from Highways this month because of the extent and content of the responses. NCC’s Cabinet had been due to decide the route at its November meeting.

LATEST ON BUCKTON FIELDS

Last month the Parish Council held a special planning meeting to discuss the planning application for the second phase of Buckton Fields. It is believed this will be decided early in the New Year. The Parish Council will make its response available on its website.

One matter discussed at the meeting was the Traffic Impact Assessment, which dismissed the traffic impact on villages, including Boughton, as “insignificant”. One option might be Boughton commissioning or carrying out its own survey. If the latter, volunteers will be needed. If you may be able to help, please contact Charlotte Mackaness.

SUPPORT THE POCKET PARK AT ANNUAL BONFIRE NIGHT

The village bonfire takes place on Saturday 4th November. Advanced tickets are £3.50 or £5 on the night. Gates open at 4.30pm with the bonfire lit at 5.30pm followed by a spectacular firework display. If you’re able, please make your driveway available for parking to any friends or relations planning to attend.

WANT YOUR NEWSPAPER DELIVERED DAILY?

Whitehills paper shop is offering to deliver the morning papers to Boughton. The proprietors envisage doing one drop into an honesty box and the Parish Council has been approached to see whether the old phone box on Church Street could be used. The matter will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting later this month. If you are interested in having your newspapers delivered this way, it is essential to phone the newsagent as soon as possible on 843365 and inform Raj. The service will only start if there are sufficient orders to make it worthwhile.

SIGN UP FOR NEWS ALERTS

A reminder that you can subscribe to news alerts from the Boughton village website, run by the Parish Council. Visit www.boughtonnorthants.co.uk for more information. The website and Boughton Village Matters Facebook pages are useful tools for those online to keep up to date with the latest news, including road work and planning developments. However, BVM would like to clarify that the village newsletter and Facebook page is not run by the Parish Council. BVM is supportive of the great work done by our Parish Council but is editorially and financially independent.

ADVERTISING STANDARDS AGENCY INVESTIGATE BUCKTON FIELDS MARKETING

A number of residents recently made complaints to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) about Martin Grant Homes using stock pictures of a river punting scene on its website to advertise Buckton Fields. The ASA has informed all those that complained that it is investigating.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT TO KICK OFF FESTIVE SEASON

The City Chamber Choir is returning to Boughton once again to perform a Christmas concert in the village church to raise money for local charities. The event, on 2nd December at 7.30pm, is in aid of St John the Baptist Church, Riding For the Disabled and Thomas’s Fund. Tickets are £12.50 and include drinks and nibbles. For more information or to buy tickets, please contact Oliver Mackaness at oliver@billingfinance.co.uk or call 842311.

DON’T MISS OUT ON THE SCOUT TROUP: SIGN UP EARLY

Many youngsters from Boughton are part of the vibrant Scout Troup based in Pitsford, which started in 2007 with the aim of covering our village, Pitsford, Church and Chapel Brampton. This is a full and thriving Group. If you’d like your child (girls and boys) to join, please get in touch with Georgina Miles, Scout Troup Leader, early so they can get their name down for Beavers! She can be contacted via www.pitsfordscouts.com

MAJOR CHANGES IN REFUSE COLLECTION NEXT YEAR

Following a public consultation, Daventry District Council has announced that from June 2018 Norse will be responsible for emptying our bins. The key changes will be that black bins will be collected every three weeks and recycling every two weeks but boxes will be replaced by the existing brown bin. There will be an optional green bin for garden waste for a fee to be confirmed. Nearer the time BVM will remind villagers of the details.

WHO YOU’RE GONNA CALL?

Neighbourhood Watch has produced a contact guide for residents. Call 999 if you’re reporting a crime in progress, there is a likelihood of the offender being apprehended if police officers respond immediately or someone is in immediate danger. Ring 101 to contact Police for non-emergency calls. To report a crime anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or to report incidents of fraud contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

JACK BOTT’S CHICKEN BIRYANI

Ingredients:

  • 1 x 15ml spoon vegetable oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • Bunch of coriander, chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 100g French beans cut in half
  • 100ml water
  • 200g uncooked Basmati rice
  • 4 tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 x 15ml spoon Balti curry paste
  • 2 hardboiled eggs

Method:

Cook the rice and put aside. Put the oil in a saucepan and heat. Add the chicken, curry paste and half the chopped coriander. Cook for five minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Add the onion and green beans, and cook for a further five minutes. Add the water and tomatoes. Cook for another five minutes before adding the rice to the pan. Mix well. Cover and simmer for two minutes. Cut the hardboiled eggs into quarter. Spoon the Biryani into a large serving dish and garnish with the eggs and remaining coriander. Serves four to six.

THE FOLLIES OF BOUGHTON PARK: THE SPECTACLE

The tall, castellated arch, known as the Spectacle, dates from around 1770. It is a Grade II Listed Structure and sits on the parish boundary of Moulton and Boughton, which was almost certainly at one time the boundary of Boughton Park. The folly was designed as an eyecatcher to be viewed as a silhouette on the brow of the hill when seen from the Park. It Spectacle was positioned so that Moulton church would be framed by it.

The Spectacle’s design is almost identical to that of the Drayton Arch at Wroxhall Abbey near Banbury, which dates from c1760. It comprises two slender semi-circular towers with battlements, the rounded side facing Boughton Park. The Towers are joined by an archway and more battlements. Between the Twenties and Fifties some damage occurred to the wing walls, while around 1950 three crenellations above the keystone of the arch disappeared, possibly because of unfounded fears that their weight could collapse the arch. This action did more harm than good because it reduced the pressure on the arch, causing it to slip. Otherwise, the Spectacle has survived intact for nearly 250 years. The reverse of the archway incorporates a dummy doorway beneath each tower.

A curious feature of the Spectacle is the existence of a small passage less than a foot in diameter through the southern tower, which must have revealed when the archway was vandalised in the first part of the last century. When cracks started to appear in the archway the Scott family rebuilt it in 1992 helped by small grants from Daventry District Council and Northamptonshire County Council.

Thanks to Simon Scott, author of The Follies Of Boughton Park. Next time: The Hawking Tower.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 4th November: Pocket Park Bonfire & Fireworks Gates open 4.30pm.
  • 13th November: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 20th November: Boughton Ladies Fellowship “Northamptonshire’s Secret Gems”: Gay Shaffer, contact Sue Greatorex for info (842332).
  • 2nd December: City Chamber Choir Christmas Concert 7.30pm in the Church. Tickets £12.50 from Oliver Mackaness (07773 766201).
  • 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 11am- 12pm Village Hall – contact Maree Jesson 07867853515
  • 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: Yoga 7.15 – 8.30pm – Contact Lizzy on 07950 573719

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is December 2017

EDITORS:

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

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