BUCKTON FIELDS: NEW PLANNING APPLICATION

A fresh planning application for Buckton Fields has been received by Daventry District Council. Comments should be sent to sellis@daventrydc.gov.uk quoting application DA/2011/0666. The stated deadline is 4th October but, given the huge amount of supporting documentation, Steve Ellis has said that he will receive comments after this date but within reasonable time. Details of the development can be found at www.daventrydc.gov.uk

ROAD SCHEME REVEALED AS OFFERING LITTLE BENEFIT

“A report produced by the Northern Orbital Route community group showing figures presented by Northamptonshire Highways in the recent North West Relief Road and Northern Orbital consultation show no or negligible benefit to the roads made the Chronicle & Echo’s front page,” writes Charlotte Mackaness. “Highways’ modelling reveals congestion will worsen in areas said to benefit and average journey times will improve by a maximum of 40 seconds. However, the presentation of material exaggerated tiny improvements. Highways has offered a public meeting to address concerns in St John’s Church, Kingsthorpe at 7pm on 3rd October. Please email me if you’d like a copy of the report. The group is shortly to produce a similar analysis of the current Buckton Fields’ planning application, which villagers might find useful when writing to the planning officer.”

GET SET FOR FIREWORKS IN THE POCKET PARK

The Pocket Park’s annual bonfire is Saturday 4th November. Advanced tickets priced £3.50 will be available soon (it’s £5 on the night). Gates open at 4.30pm with the bonfire lit at 5.30pm followed by a spectacular firework display. Food will be supplied by local butcher Sauls of Spratton. This event requires a great number of volunteers. If you can lend a hand, please contact Karen Fletcher on klfletcher30@gmail.com

HOLLY LODGE DRIVE APPLICATION APPEAL

Gladman Developments Ltd is appealing Daventry District Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for up to 75 residential dwellings on land off Holly Lodge Drive. The appeal will be an informal hearing, the date for which is yet to be set.

NEED A NEW BIN?

To order new or replacement bins, including recycling boxes, please contact Daventry District Council on 01327 871100 or order them online.

CHILDREN SOCIETY BOX COLLECTION

“Thank you to all those who contributed to September’s box collection,” writes Jill Gist. “The total sum collected was £190. If you would like a collection box, ring me on 847890.”

SAVE THE DATE – CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT

London’s City Chamber Choir is returning to Boughton Church on Saturday 2nd December for a fundraising concert. Tickets are £12.50 from Oliver Mackaness (07773 766201).

SIGN UP FOR NEWS ALERTS

You can subscribe to email alerts of news items from the Boughton village website, run by the Parish Council. Visit www.boughtonnorthants.co.uk for more information.

REPORT ROGUE LORRIES

Many lorries ignore the village’s weigh limits. Local developments are supposed to instruct delivery drivers not to come through Boughton. The Parish Council will report offenders but needs your help. Please note and report the company and, if possible, the registration number to Jayne Bunting on 882527 or email BoughtonPC@btconnect.com

ADVANCED WARNING OF DECEMBER SCHOOL TRIP – TRAFFIC DISRUPTION

On 13th December there is a whole Boughton school trip to the panto. Coaches will be leaving at 12.15pm, returning at approximately 3.30/4pm.

BOUGHTON BUNNIES BEWARE

There have reports of rabbits showing signs of myxomatosis in the Boughton area. This horrible disease is not transferable to other animals but pet rabbits are vulnerable.

VILLAGE CHARITY TO HELP NEEDY STUDENTS

Don’t forget that the Richard Humfrey (Education) Foundation provides financial assistance to students under 25 undertaking further education studies. For more information contact the secretary Jill Gist on 847890 or jandrgist@tiscali.co.uk

MONTHLY YOGA AND RELAXATION IN THE VILLAGE HALL

There are monthly Saturday yoga and deep relaxation sessions in the Village Hall. The dates are 28th October, 25th November and 20th January. Booking is essential. Contact carrianne@yogafreedom.co.uk or call 07984 191016 for details.

JUMBLE BONANZA

The Village Hall Committee would like to thank everyone who supported last month’s jumble sale, which raised £700.

LIZ BARRON’S CHRISTMAS SHERRY FRUIT CAKE

Ingredients:

  • 1lb mixed dry fruit
  • 2oz glace cherries
  • 3oz mixed peel
  • ¼ pint sherry
  • 6oz soft brown sugar
  • 6oz butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 6oz self-raising flour
  • 2oz plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 2tsp grated lemon rind
  • 2oz ground almonds

Method: 

Soak all the fruit in sherry for a week, stirring daily. Grease and line an 8in round tin. Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs. Fold in the flour and salt, add the fruit, spices, lemon rind and almonds. Put in the cake tin and bake at 325 degrees for one hour. Reduce the temperature to 300 degrees and cover the top with foil. Bake for another 90 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin. This cake can be fed brandy and kept just like any other Christmas cake.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Well, where did the summer go? We’re into autumn already; most summer migrants have departed and I’m getting ready to provide fare for the local resident birdlife during the winter period, making sure the various feeders and birdbaths are as clean as possible.
I must report a fascinating encounter I witnessed last month between a stoat and a carrion crow in the middle of my lawn. The crow was probing the grass for insects when the stoat appeared from my pond edge a few feet away and began run to and fro in front of the bird, leaping into the air, twisting and doing somersaults. The crow kept a wary eye on it and turned to face it whenever it came too near, moving position but it didn’t fly off. So, the stoat tried another tactic: it lay flat on its stomach and slowly wriggled, snakelike, towards the bird then lay quite still for a moment. The crow continued to stand there watching it. I expected the stoat to rush in and try to grab its throat. However, the crow stood its ground and always faced it beak-first, continuing to feed seemingly unimpressed by this tactic too. Rabbits are the usual prey of stoats and these tactics are designed to transfix the prey, allowing the stoat to go in for the kill. Anyway, the crow remained wary but stood its ground until the stoat appeared to give up, then it casually flew away to a nearby treetop.

I stood at my window, transfixed, for at least five minutes while this incredible contest went on. The crow was not hypnotised but I certainly was.

This was not the only encounter I witnessed. Just the other day I saw a magpie swoop down and chase a grey squirrel across my neighbour’s lawn. Unlike stoats, squirrels can climb tall trees and rob birds’ nests of eggs and chicks. I don’t mind magpies harrying squirrels as they are a big nuisance, climbing onto bird tables and damaging hanging bird feeders, making it difficult to protect and site them easily.”

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 9th October: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 16th October: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Roger Attwood: all you need to know about pumpkins. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332)
  • 4th November: Pocket Park Bonfire & Fireworks
  • 2nd December: City Chamber Choir Concert 7.30pm in Boughton Church.
  • 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 Maree Jessen 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 November 2017

EDITORS:

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

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