SECOND PHASE OF BUCKTON FIELDS IS PASSED

Daventry District Council’s planning committee met last month and passed the second phase of Buckton Fields. This will see a further 674 dwellings constructed on the site. Amenities, such as the community centre and employment area, have been pushed back to a third phase. The primary school, which was due to open this year, is now set to start accepting pupils in 2020. John Clarke spoke on behalf of the Parish Council against the application. However, the committee decided there were no grounds for refusal. This was despite a Freedom Of Information request from the Whitehills and Spring Park Residents’ Association revealing that NCC Highways’ most up-to-date data suggests traffic on Brampton Lane will increase by 87% by 2021 if the North West Relief Road is built.

LOCAL PETITION PASSES 1,000 SIGNATURES

A petition started by a Boughton resident asking that the North West Relief Road isn’t constructed until a coherent, fit-for-purpose plan for Northampton is put in place has passed 1,000 signatures. This petition is online at www.change.org and can be found by typing “North West Relief Road” into the search facility.

PLANS AFOOT FOR ANNUAL BONFIRE

This year’s village bonfire, held at and in aid of the Pocket Park, will take place on Saturday 3rd November. Tickets will be on sale from 6th October at Smiths Farm Shop. Parking is always an issue. If the dry weather continues, there will be some parking in a field off Vyse Road, as last year. If you have friends coming, please make your drive available or encourage them to walk. As ever, lots of volunteers are needed for this event. Please contact boughtonpocketpark@yahoo.co.uk for more information.

PARISH CHARITY HAS FUNDS TO HELP STUDENTS IN NEED

“The Richard Humfrey (Education) Foundation provides financial assistance to students under 25 undertaking further education studies. Applicants should normally be resident in the Parish of Boughton and apply by the end of October,” writes Kevin Greatorex, chairman of the Trustees. “The Foundation has charitable objectives and is keen that 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.”

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY COLLECTION

The September box collection raised £190 for this very worthwhile cause. If you would like your own collection box for loose change, which will be collected twice a year, please contact Jill Gist on 847890.

GREAT TOTAL FOR FUNDRAISING COFFEE MORNING

Last month’s Macmillan Coffee morning held at Boughton school raised an impressive £783 for the cancer charity. Well done to all involved.

DEEP-FRIED MARS BARS HITS BVM – YOU WERE WARNED

Readers may recall that in last month’s newsletters we made a plea for recipes, accompanied by a good-humoured threat to publish a deep-fried Mars bar recipe if none were forthcoming. Well, BVM editor and retired GP Helen Coghill has been working hard researching the most calorie- and saturated fat-laden example. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to a flush of healthier recipe suggestions for future editions.

LOCAL CAR CRIME WAVE

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a spate of vehicle crimes, including one in Vyse Road between 1am and 6am on 26 September in which a car was broken into by smashing a window with garden shears and property stolen from within, and another on Moulton Lane on the same night. If you have seen anyone or anything suspicious that could be of help, please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101. This is the number to use to report incidents and general enquiries. Dial 999 in emergencies or if a crime is in progress. No matter how minor the incident, it is important to report everything to the Police.

SCHOOL OPEN EVENTS FOR PROSPECTIVE 2019 PUPILS AND PARENTS

Boughton school’s headteacher Mrs James would love to welcome parents and families to visit the school this autumn. Events include an open evening for parents on Monday 1st October at 7pm and from 8th October a week of tours for parents and children at 9.30am, 11.15am and 1.30pm. Boughton School accepts 28 children per year group. Last year the school was oversubscribed. If you would like to come to one of the open evenings or a tour, please contact the school at admin@boughtonacademy.co.uk or call 01604 842322.

COMING SOON TO BOUGHTON VILLAGE MATTERS

Next month we start a new bi-monthly column “A Backward Glance”. This is a retrospective look at what made the news in BVM in years gone by.

HELEN COGHILL’S DEEP-FRIED MARS WITH IRN BRU BATTER

Ingredients:

  • 200g plain flour
  • 200ml Irn Bru (or water if you want to be “healthier”)
  • 2 Mars bars
  • Sunflower or vegetable oil
  • Ice cream – to serve

Method:

Put the flour into a bowl and add the liquid. Stir gently until it forms a batter. Don’t worry about any lumps – 600 calories per portion is a much greater concern! Cut the Mars bars into pieces and coat each one in the batter. Put two inches of oil into a thick-bottomed pot and turn the heat to high. When a small blob of test batter floats, you know the oil is hot enough. Fry the Mars bar pieces for 20 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and pat with kitchen towel. Serve with ice cream.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

It seems that England’s green and pleasant land is slowly returning to normal after the record drought and high temperatures we’ve “endured” this summer. It has affected the birds and animals, and I expect it will have a detrimental impact on the breeding success of many species, due to lack of water and vegetation. Food in the form of worms and caterpillars may have been tricky for species such as blackbirds and thrush to find as the ground was simply to hard for them to penetrate. Fruit, berries and cereal crops have also been affected by the drought, resulting in poorer yields for farmers. During the hot weather, I made sure bird baths were filled and clean – a daily task!

Recently at my Rotary Club I heard a talk on garden birds. I was surprised to learn that the average life expectancy for robins is just 18 months. This is due to high mortality rates among young ones thanks to predation. However, those surviving this can live several years long. Robins are aggressive little blighters and 10 per cent are killed by their own species during territorial disputes! Many small birds, such as the tit family, suffer similarly from predators, which is why their egg clutches can often be in double figures.

Readers might also be surprised to learn that Green Woodpeckers spend more time on lawns than in trees. Their main food source is ants’ nests. They have a sharp beak and 4in tongue to probe the ground and scoop out insects. Last year I had collared doves nesting 2ft above my head on my wisteria covered pergola. This year it has been a pair of wood pigeons. Not my favourite bird but I didn’t have the heart to evict them! They seemed quite unconcerned about my coming and goings, so nice to have their trust.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 8th October Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 15th October Boughton Ladies Fellowship Children United. All welcome Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 3rd November Pocket Park Bonfire & Fireworks Tickets Smith Farm Shop.
  • 3rd Monday Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • 6th Monday Chiropody service in Village Hall for residents only – contact 01536 771393
  • Every Tuesday Pilates 6.30 – 7.30 pm Village Hall – contact Maree Jessen
  • Every Tuesday Bootcamp 7 – 8pm in the Pocket Park. £5 a session
  • Last Tuesday of month Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Jenny Bullock (01604) 845701

Next BVM issue is November 2018

EDITORS:

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

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