TRAFFIC CALMING MESASURES IN PLACE WITHIN WEEKS

Funds allocated to Boughton as part of the Section 106 agreement relating to the Buckton Fields development have been finalised and installation is planned for later this month. The traffic calming will include gates at each end of the village, a “VAS” sign in Vyse Road that warns drivers when they are exceeding the speed limit and a “build out” in front of the school on Moulton Lane. Construction of the latter is planned for the October half term.

BOUGHTON BONFIRE: GET YOUR TICKETS NOW

This year’s fireworks’ display in the Pocket Park is on Saturday 5th November. Gates open at 4.30pm; fireworks at 5.30pm. Advanced tickets are £3 (from the Whyte Melville or Smiths’ Farm Shop or by calling 842311) or £4.50 on the gate. Thank you to all those local businesses, including MG Signs and D&D Marquees, and volunteers for their support.

COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCHERS OUT AND ABOUT

You have probably already noticed the Boughton Community Speedwatch team in action. The village has the camera on and off over the next six weeks. It is meant as a deterrent: vehicles travelling 35mph and over are recorded and reported to the Police who then send an advisory letter.

FUTURE OF BOUGHTON BUS SHELTER IN YOUR HANDS

The Parish Council has been asked to consider the removal of the bus shelter on Humfrey Lane due to maintenance issues and anti-social behaviour. Comments must be received by 31st October to the Parish Clerk: email boughtonpc@btconnect.com or call 882527.

BAKE OFF COMES TO BOUGHTON IN AID OF ALEPPO

On 23rd October the Village Hall is hosting a cake sale, bring and buy and “Bake Off” from 1pm until 5pm to raise money for those suffering in Aleppo, Syria. For more information please contact Matthew Hunt at matthew.hunt10@sky.com or see BVM’s Facebook page.

VILLAGE PARTIES FOR THE POCKET PARK

The Village Hall was packed for the party in aid of the Pocket Park last month. Matt Potter hosted an evening enjoyed by 100 people, who could barely recognise the venue amid the glitter balls and strobe lights. The event was sell out and raised over £1,600 for Park funds. Thank you to all who came and supported, especially the Potter Group.

JUMBLE SALE SUCCESS

“ The Village Hall Committee would like to thank everyone who donated and helped with the jumble sale,” writes Cassie Handshaw. “Over £500 was raised for Hall funds.”​

CONSULTATION FOR NORTHAMPTON PLAN NOW OPEN

The Local Plan deals with how development will be handled and sets out a vision for Northampton in 2029. Consultation documents are available for public comment until 2nd November and are at Kingsthorpe library or via http://northampton.gov.uk/localplan

WINES FROM SICILY: DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

The next fundraising wine-tasting evening will be in the Village Hall on 21st October. Please email carolinetrott@sky.com for more information or to reserve your table.

PAINT MEANS POO!

Villagers may be wondering why there are bright orange mounds in the Pocket Park and elsewhere in Boughton. These are piles of dog poo that have been sprayed as part of an awareness campaign being run by Daventry District Council. The aim it to highlight the level of dog fouling and shock irresponsible dog owners who don’t pick up after their pets. This is a particular problem in the Pocket Park where dogs are often well out of view of their owners when off the lead.

BOUGHTON 2017 CALENDAR

Steve Bryan, who lives on Humfrey Lane, has produced a 2017 calendar filled with beautiful images of Boughton. It has been kindly sponsored by a number of local business, and will be sold in aid of Boughton Pocket Park. These will cost £5. Please contact Steve at spbryan@live.co.uk for more information.

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 24 th 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.

GEORGE SMITH’S SQUASH CURRY

Ingredients:

  • ½ Crown firm squash
  • ¾ jar Patak’s curry paste
  • 2 onions
  • diced 1 tin chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 50-100ml milk and water
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes

Method:

Peel and chop the squash into bite-sized chunks and mix with the curry paste in a large bowl. Cover tightly with cling film and leave in fridge ideally overnight but for at least two hours. Later, sweat the onion in oil until translucent. Add the ginger and cook for another couple of minutes before adding the squash. Mix gently. Add some water and keep adding throughout if it starts to look too dry. Add the tomatoes and then cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring regularly. Once the squash is cooked, add the coconut milk and chickpeas and simmer uncovered until the squash can be pressed easily on the back of a spoon.

ROBIN IDESON’S PLANT OF THE MONTH

My designer plant of the month is Verbeba bonariensis. As we enter October and autumn gets into full swing the last of the summer bees and butterflieshave to work harder for their nectar. With only a few plants flowering at this time of year, their potential food sources being to dwindle. The lack of flowering plants also means there is a more limited colour palette available to the gardener. One plant that continues to flower into October and sometimes well beyond is Verbena bonariensis. It’s a tall, narrow herbaceous perennial that grows to its full height in summer and dies back each winter. It has a narrow stalk with equally narrow grey-green leaves. Each is topped with a tight cluster of tiny bright-purple flowers, which can last a good few months. At up to 2m high, when planted en mass it can provide a striking swathe of colour – useful for the back of a border or in a position where it can frame an evergreen hedge. Verbena bonariensis is originally from South America. It prefers a sheltered sunny spot with a well-drained soil. It can survive drought conditions when fully established. It is prone to self seed, which can be useful in a wild or cottage garden, but if you prefer to limit its expansion the heads should be removed when flowering has finished. If grown in the correct position, the talk stalks should stand upright but support in the form of a stake can be added if required. Other autumn flowering plants that could provide an attractive accompaniment to Verbena bonariensis are Anemone x hybrid (equally tall with white-pink saucer-shaped flowers) or for more of a contrast Rudbeckia fulgida , which is mid height with a bright-yellow, daisy-like flower.

Robin is a Boughton-based garden designer www.robinideson.co.uk.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 10th October: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 17th October: Boughton Ladies Fellowship “Tax Cares And Toy Boys”. All welcome, please Contact Sue Greatorex (842332)
  • 21st October: Wine Tasting in the Village Hall. Tickets carolinetrott@sky.com
  • 23rd November: Bake Off & Cake Sale in Village Hall 1pm-5pm for Syria fund.
  • 5th November: Pocket Park Fireworks Gates open 4.30pm, fireworks 5.30pm.
  • 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
  • 2nd Thursday: Nostalgia Café 2 – 4pm supported by Dementia Friends at Brampton View

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is November 2016

EDITORS:

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

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