NORTH WEST RELIEF ROAD GIVEN GREEN LIGHT

The North West Relief Road, a 1.9km link road that will run from the Harlestone Grange development to the Windhover, was given planning permission at a Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) online development control meeting last month. Only one of the eight committee members voted against the scheme, in which NCC was both the applicant and the deciding authority. There were a number of public speakers, all with reservations about the project, among them a barrister and transport consultant representing the views of Boughton Parish Council. These included concerns about inadequate mitigation for the severe negative impacts of the scheme on Boughton village and Buckton Fields and that the true benefits of the scheme were unknown because of inadequate traffic modelling. A recording of the meeting is available on YouTube: search Northamptonshire Democracy.

HELP SAVE BOUGHTON POCKET PARK

The Pocket Park is a valuable and much-loved local amenity but Covid has made fundraising for its running costs all but impossible. A flyer is included in this copy of BVM providing more information. If you can, please donate to a fundraising page set up by the Pocket Park committee: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-boughton-pocket-park

VILLAGE PUB ADAPTS TO FURTHER RULE CHANGES

Jeremy and Tess from the Whyte Melville have been welcoming guests back to the pub since 4th July. However, they would like to point out some of the new rule changes, which include fines for breaches. At the time of going to press, all guests must now wear a mask unless seated. Mingling between tables is considered a breach of the law. The maximum number of guests at one table is now six and last orders in the kitchen will be 8.30pm. However, the pub will take bookings from 5.30pm. “There are at present nine pubs a week closing in the UK. I know, with the support and understanding of our friends and guests, the Whyte Melville won’t become one of the nine,” says Jeremy.

BUCKTON FIELDS PRIMARY: START OF CONSTRUCTION AROUND THE CORNER

After a number of false starts, construction is due to start on the Buckton Fields primary school in November after Daventry District Council granted planning permission for the building last month. The school is due to open in September 2021. For more information and to register, please visit bucktonschool.org.uk

VILLAGE HALL TO REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL NEXT YEAR

Following a meeting, the Village Hall Committee agreed that the hall would remain closed to bookings until 31st January 2021. The committee will meet again early in the New Year to discuss the way forward.

PLEASE HELP OUR LOCAL FOODBANKS

Given the economic fallout from the Covid crisis, demand for foodbank services has never been greater and is likely to rise further. Please don’t forget we have a deposit box for dried and tinned goods, toiletries and cleaning products in the old phone box at the bottom of Church Street. In particular, nappies are an expensive necessity for families that are always in demand.

ARE YOU SELF ISOLATING AND NEED HELP?

If you are shielding, in quarantine or self isolating and require help with shopping, prescriptions or perhaps just a friendly conversation, the Boughton volunteers are still here to help! To find out more please contact Charlotte Mackaness (07808 725124) or the Parish Clerk, Jayne Bunting, on 882527 or email clerk@boughton.org.uk

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. Awards are made in cases of financial or personal hardship. Applications should be made in writing to the secretary Jill Gist. The charity is also appealing for volunteers to act as trustees. This is not a significant commitment as there are just two brief meetings a year. For more information about the grant application process or on becoming a trustee, contact Jill on 847890 or email jandrgist@tiscali.co.uk

RAILWAY WELCOMES VISITORS AGAIN

The Northampton and Lamport Railway is once again open to visitors and holding events, albeit with certain rules and restrictions because of Covid-19. These include Hallowe’en specials on the weekend of 31st October/1st November. To find out more, visit www.nlr.org.uk

HELP THE NHS FIND A COVID VACCINE

The Covid-19 Vaccine Registry is looking for people of all groups to join the vaccine studies throughout the UK. Volunteering for the register does not commit you to a vaccine trial. So far over 250,000 have joined. To find out more, visit nhs.uk/researchcontact

ROSIE MCDONNELL’S PISSALADIERE

Ingredients:

  • 1lb fresh tomatoes or 1 tin
  • 1 onion
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • ½ oz butter
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch parsley and thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 oz grated cheese
  • Small tin anchovies
  • Black pitted olives
  • 40z shortcrust pastry case

Method:

Line an 8in flan dish and bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool. Peel and chop the onion and tomatoes. Melt the butter and add the onion, tomatoes and crushed garlic. Cook for two to three minutes. Add the herbs, seasoning and tomato puree, and cook gently for 20 minutes to make a thick sauce. Remove from the heat and add the beaten egg. Pour into the pastry case. Decorate with anchovies. I make a lattice pattern and fill the squares with black olives. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 190 for 40 minutes.

BARKING MAD: observations of a spaniel

I heard some very shocking words in Butcher’s Lane the other week.
My dad Tony lets me off the lead when we’re walking down there and I always like nipping up the drives to inspect what’s going on in the gardens.
Well this day I saw four men standing round in a circle so I ran up to see what they were doing.
And there in the middle of them was the smoothest, the flattest stretch of fine yellow sand you’ve ever seen in your life.
It looked so lovely and tempting I had to run right through it. And I liked the feeling of it between my toes so much, that I turned round and did it all again.
The men jut stood there with their mouths opening and closing and flapping their arms.
Then my dad came rushing up saying: “Sorry, sorry, sorry. She’s a very bad dog.”
Apparently these men had spent hours and hours levelling out this sand perfectly so they could put something on top of it called block paving.
My dad took me home and told my mum Marie that I’d been a very bad spaniel. But I’m lucky to have them and at times like this, I just keep wagging my tail and gazing up at them appealingly with my head on one side. So of course I don’t get punished or anything like that.
But two days later, we were back down Butcher’s Lane – I was on my lead this time – and we met a nice man called Peter.
Apparently he lives at the house with the lovely sandpit and my dad Tony started apologising to him for what had happened the other day.
“Oh, so it was you and Heidi,” said Peter. “My builders told me all about it. They said if they’d been back home in Romania, ‘they would have shot that dog!’”
He was laughing… but it didn’t sound very funny to me.
I’m certainly going to have to watch where I put my feet in future.

Heidi Boullemier

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

Contact Jenny Bullock (07776 082308)

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