BOUGHTON BONFIRE – GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Advanced tickets for the Pocket Park bonfire and firework display on Sunday 1st November are available now at the special price of £3. Tickets will be £4.50 on the gate. Buy tickets from the Whyte Melville, Smiths’ Farm Shop or by calling Charlotte Mackaness on 842311. Gates open an hour earlier this year at 4.30pm with the fireworks starting at 5.30pm. As usual there will be delicious refreshments on sale. Please support the Pocket Park by not buying glowsticks and goodies outside the Park from hawkers who last year took advantage of the event’s charitable status.

CHILDREN OF SYRIA APPEAL

The Village Hall is hosting an afternoon of tea and cakes in aid of the Children of Syria Appeal on Sunday 11th October from 2pm until 5pm. There will be a variety of food stalls 
as well as henna painting. Organiser Syrah Nazir would be delighted to hear from anyone with donations, offers of help or more fundraising ideas. Please contact her on syrahnazir@hotmail.com

RICHARD HUMFREY EDUCATIONAL GRANTS DEADLINE LOOMING

“The Richard Humfrey (Education) Foundation provides financial assistance to students under 25 undertaking further education studies. Applicants should normally be resident in Boughton and apply by 24th October,” writes Kevin Greatorex, chairman of the Trustees. “The criteria by which the Foundation awards grants have remained unchanged since 1991. In lengthy discussions, Trustees have been mindful that the Foundation has charitable objectives and are keen that future awards are made in cases of financial or personal hardship. Applications should be made in writing to the secretary Jill Gist. For more information about the process, ring her on 847890 or email jandrgist@tiscali.co.uk.”

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

Boughton Village Hall and the Church are holding a joint fundraising event on Saturday 5th December from 12pm till 4pm. If you like making things, fancy selling Christmas gifts or nearly-new items, why not book a table for £10. Tables can also be shared. Please contact Sandra Lee on 843491.

BOUGHTON SWIMMING SENSATIONS

Two of the village’s youngsters received awards at the English National Swimming Championships. Jevon Penny won a silver medal in the distance open water event and Charlotte Fletcher-Stables came fourth in the 100m backstroke and was awarded the bronze medal in the 200m event. Both children did extremely well competing with the very best youngsters from across the country.

BOUGHTON SCHOOL EXTENSION: COME SEE FOR YOURSELF

Parents and villagers are warmly invited to an open evening at Boughton Primary School on 14th October from 6pm until 7pm to view the newly completed classroom extensions.

BOUGHTON DIGS DEEP

Good news on the fundraising front for a number of good causes. The Village Hall jumble sale in September raised a total of £463, which will be used towards decorating the front of the hall. The Children’s Society Box appeal collected £200. If you are interested in having a box for your change, please contact Jill Gist on 847890. A fun night was had by all in the Whyte Melville at the Posh Ploughman’s evening. Over £1,300 will go towards repairing the maze in the Pocket Park, which has suffered some damage from vandals. Thank you to Jeremy and Tess for hosing such a brilliant event.

VILLAGE HALL QUIZ NIGHT

There are still a few tables available for the quiz night on Saturday 21st November in the Village Hall. Teams are of six, and tickets are £10 per person – this includes a fish and chip supper. Please bring your own drink. If you are interested in coming along, please contact Sandra Lee on 843491.

EAT TO HELP THE POCKET PARK

The Whyte Melville is generously donating £1 to Boughton Pocket Park for every ham, eggs and frites sold. The dish is part of the pub’s delicious new menu launched this month.

PITSFORD FILM CIRCLE’S AUTUMN PROGRAMME

October’s film is Testament Of Youth, which has a 12A rating and stars Dominic West, Emily Watson and Miranda Richardson. The story is based on the First World War memoir of Vera Britain who gave up her studies at Oxford to nurse wounded soldiers. It will be shown in Pitsford Village Hall on Saturday 24th October starting at 7.30pm for 8pm. For more details email graham.ashworth976@btinternet.com

SATURDAY YOGA SESSIONS

On 10th October there will be a Gong Bath yoga morning followed by a yoga flow and meditation session on Saturday 17th October. Booking is absolutely essential. For more information, contact Carrie-Anne carrineanne@yogafreedom.co.uk or 07984 191016.

LINDA CHEVIN-HALL’S TUNA FISHCAKES

Ingredients: 

  • 200g tinned tuna
  • Small tin of sweetcorn
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1tbsp fresh herbs
  • 1tbsp chopped gherkins
  • 1 egg beaten for coating
  • 
Breadcrumbs for coating
  • Zest and juice of half a lemon or lime

Method:

First peel, cook and mash the potatoes. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl with salt and pepper. Shape into four balls and flatten. Dip into the beaten egg and coat in breadcrumbs. Heat a little oil in a large fying pan. Add the fishcakes and cook for five minutes on each side.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Autumn again? Where did summer go? While the weather holds I’ve been busy with more Boughton Bs – this time its berries. Every year I indulge a long-standing hobby of mine, which is wine making using country recipes. It started in the Seventies when I inherited a large grape vine and an orchard when moving to a house in Kidderminster, which was sold to me by a very keen gardener. It would have been a shame to waste such bounty so I made wine and Dorothy made plenty of delicious pies and jams. And so it’s continued.
I missed out on my plum crop this year as I was away biking in France at the crucial harvest time and the birds, wasps and foxes had eaten the lot when I returned. So this year I’ve concentrated on elderberries. It’s been a good summer and the local hedgerows have been full of them, also blackberries. No, I don’t feel guilty about depriving the birds and animals as there are more than enough to share and most wither on the plant if not picked or eaten. Wine-making recipes can be found online and there are several good books on the subject. Likewise, there are companies online that can provide the apparatus you need to get started. Wine can be made from just about any fruit, flower and leaf so long as they are not poisonous. I’ve even made birch sap wine in March by tapping the rising sap. This is very time critical and should not be overdone as it can harm the tree. It makes a nice, dry white wine and was a favourite of Prince Albert, I’m told.
Elderberries make a fine, full-bodied wine, sweet to medium or drier depending on the amount of sugar used and the power of the yeast and nutrients used to convert it to alcohol. I also add the juice of a banana per gallon to the jar when fermenting as I find this subtly lessens any harshness that can remain. Enough said. Back to my devil’s kitchen.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 11th October: Children of Syria Fundraiser 2pm until 4pm in the Village Hall.
  • 12th October: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall. All welcome.
  • 14th October: School Open Day 6pm until 7pm to view new extension.
  • 19th October: Boughton Ladies Fellowship North Norfolk Skies And Scenery with illustrations. All welcome. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 1st November: Pocket Park Bonfire & Fireworks Gates open 4.30pm. Tickets are £3.50 in advance from Charlotte Mackaness, Smiths’ Farm Shop and the Whyte Melville
  • 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 7.15pm – 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 November
 2015

Editors:

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

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