BUCKTON FIELDS PLANNING APPLICATION

Daventry District Council (DDC) has received an outline planning application for Phase Three of Buckton Fields. The application is for mixed use development, including up to 85 dwellings, employment land and open public space. There is no longer a park-and-ride scheme or care home proposed. The application can be viewed at the DDC website, via the planning portal under number DA/2020/0840. The Parish Council will consider its response to the application at its meeting on Monday 9th November.

VILLAGERS RECOGNISED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE WITH AWARD

Barbara Piggins and Sue Greatorex have won a Rose of Northamptonshire Award in recognition of their tireless work in supporting others. For years, the pair have devoted their time keeping an eye out for older and vulnerable villagers. Sue and Barbara’s knowledge of the community was invaluable when the first lockdown started, enabling a group of volunteers to get off the ground quickly. The Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Northamptonshire will present our Boughton heroines with their award. Well done Sue and Barbara!

NEW LOCKDOWN RULES

At the time of writing, the plan is to continue delivering a printed version of the newsletter to Boughton village. However, this may depend on whether the printers stays open! The old phone box book exchange and food bank drop-off continue to be well used and this may increase with the new lockdown. Please remember to sanitise hands before and after visiting the phone box and to keep the shelves tidy. If you have a large number of books, please don’t leave these – keep them until they can be donated to a charity shop!

MARATHON EFFORT BY BOUGHTON COUPLE

Last month Steve and Chrissy Boyce of Howard Lane completed the virtual London marathon raising over £3500 for Headway East Northants. “We ran it solo in the Dordogne, France. Steve chose a road route and I chose a softer river-side run,” explains Chrissy. “We were both hit by hard by Storm Alex, and Steve got lost so ran 28 miles. We are both running the ‘real’ London Marathon in 2022 when hopefully we will have better weather!” You can donate to the Boyce’s efforts by visiting the Virgin Money Giving page and typing in “Chrissy Boyce”.

HELP SUPPORT THE POCKET PARK THIS BONFIRE NIGHT

On Saturday 7th November Boughton Pocket Park is hosting a “virtual” bonfire night – a live video event on its Facebook page. There is no charge for watching but any donations to the Boughton Pocket Park Crowdfunder page would be extremely welcome.

ARTICLE 4 PLANNING DIRECTIONS – HOW THEY IMPACT BOUGHTON

Changes in planning rules that relate to development within the Boughton conservation area come into force on 2nd November. Particular types of minor development do not need planning permission, even within a conservation area, and these are termed “permitted development”. However, while they may appear minor when viewed individually, changes through permitted development can cumulatively affect the overall character of a building or conservation area, leading to a gradual erosion of its special interest. This change will be managed by the introduction of these new Article 4 planning controls. For more information, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk and search under planning policy.

BOUGHTON VOLUNTEERS STILL HERE TO HELP

Boughton’s volunteer group is still here to lend a hand with shopping for those isolating or concerned about going out and about. The informal group is registered with the County Council and has been referred those needing help in the wider area. If you require shopping, prescriptions collecting or simply to have a chat on the phone – or know of someone who might need this kind of help – please contact Charlotte Mackaness (07808 725124) or the Parish Clerk, Jayne Bunting, on 882527.

GOODBYE TO LONG-TIME BOUGHTONIAN TONY WEBB

“Tony moved to Boughton as a young man with his parents, who ran the Whyte Melville. Later he also worked behind the bar,” writes his friend and fellow cricket enthusiast Dick Steff. “He married Delia and brought up three children: David, Tracy and Helen. Tony took a great interest in village life and the church. However, his passion was cricket and over the years he supported the Boughton club as a player, captain, coach to youngsters, umpire, groundsman, scorer and committee member. He is remembered with fondness by past players from the village and surrounding areas who tell me he was inspirational to their early cricket development. Tony formed a youth league at Daventry Leisure Centre. This league morphed into the Northamptonshire Indoor Cricket League, which went from strength to strength, becoming the most successful one in the country. Tony was also an official of the Northampton Cricket Association. He continued to watch games at Boughton and enjoy the beautiful Boughton Cricket Club setting, which he held dear.”

BERTIE HATTON’S FAVOURITE APPLE CAKE

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 200g castor sugar
  • 275g plain flour
  • 3-4tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½tsp salt
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 500g apples, peeled and diced

Method

Preheat the oven to 180/Gas Mark 4. Lightly grease and flour a 20x30cm cake tin. Beat the oil and eggs together then add the sugar, flour, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda, salt and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in the apples. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin – it should be quite thick. Bake in the oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Cool in a tin for 10 minutes before turning out.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Well, Summer has gone and Winter beckons. What a strange one it’s been too, eh? Many of us have been forced to make more use of our gardens and share it with the wild residents, which we should have taken care not to have disturbed too much during the breeding season. Usually, I report interesting or rarer birds and animals that I see. Recently, I was surprised and delighted to see a ring-necked parakeet on my bird table! You may have seen it too: a green parrot-like bird about the size of a magpie? They are now quite common in the Home Counties, and maybe we shall see more of them in our neighbourhood soon as they expand their territory?

November 5th celebrations should be done with due care if using gardens, rather than attending our usual grand Pocket Park firework display, which sadly can’t happen this year.

Staying at home does give us the opportunity to watch the birds and prepare the garden habitat for next Spring. Nature’s Autumn bounty is dwindling fast as birds eat the nuts and berries in our gardens and adjacent fields. If you can leave the final pruning of such trees and bushes this would be kind. Now is the time too to stock up on nuts, seeds and fat balls, which are on offer. Also, clean out nest-boxes and repair them, if needed, ready for next season.

It is good to hear the “Boughton” buzzards calling as they circle high overhead. They are welcome to eat as many of he rabbits as they like: I’ve too many running wild in and around my garden. The red kite is welcome to a share of them too!

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

Contact Jenny Bullock (07776 082308)

  • MEETINGS
  • CHILDREN’S PARTIES
  • DANCES
  • AND FUNDRAISERS

Please note that due to Covid 19 the Village Hall is not taking bookings until at least January 2021