FIREWORK FUN IN THE POCKET PARK

“Tickets are now on sale for the village bonfire in the Pocket Park on Saturday 8th November,” writes Charlotte Mackaness. “Advanced tickets are available at the special price of £3. Tickets will be £4.50 on the night. This is a very costly event for a small charity to put on so it would be a huge help to us if as many people as possible could buy tickets beforehand. It not only gives us an idea of numbers for catering but also saves you money and time in the queue. Gates open at 5.30pm, with Gala Fireworks’ display starting at 6.30pm. Locally produced hotdogs, toffee apples and homemade brownies are among the delicious refreshments available. Call 842311 or email me for more information.”

PARKING PROBLEMS – PLEASE HELP

The Parish Council would like to remind readers about parking considerately, especially in Howard, Humfrey and Moulton Lanes. While not all vehicles belong to villagers, we can do our bit by setting a good example and not parking on corners or blocking the pavement.

RECORD TOTAL FOR CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOX COLLECTION

“The box collection in September raised £260 – our best ever,” writes Jill Gist. “Thank you to box holders that support the Society. Its work does such a lot for children who are in distress and need. If anyone would like to contribute to this good cause, contact me on 847890 and I will deliver you a box for your coins to be collected in February.”

HALLOWE’EN – THE GOOD SPOOK GUIDE

While for many Hallowe’en is a time for fun, it can cause a great deal of anxiety for some in our community. PCSO Natalie Halling asks that trick and treaters only visit houses obviously welcoming door-knockers or people known to them. Elderly people in particular can feel very vulnerable and intimidated, even by well-meaning ghouls and ghosts.

CITY CHAMBER CHOIR SINGS CHARITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

On 6th December the excellent City Chamber Choir is again travelling from London to sing a Christmas concert in Boughton Church. Tickets are £12.50 from Oliver Mackaness (email oliver@billingfinance.co.uk) and include interval refreshments. All funds will be split between Riding For The Disabled, Thomas’s Fund and the Church.

COMMUNITY PANEL COMES TO BOUGHTON

Every three months a Community Panel meeting is held. This is a get-together of Boughton and nearby villages and our Community Police team. Any member of the public is welcome to attend and raise any queries or worries they have. The next one is being held in Boughton Village Hall on 29th October at 7pm.

LAURA’S MARATHON ACHIEVEMENT

Following a devastating illness earlier this year, which left her unable to move, Laura Clarke is planning to run the Great Birmingham Run on 19th October with her team “Laura’s
Legs” in aid of Muscular Dystrophy. “Have you ever woken up and not been able to wriggle your toes?” writes Laura, who had to learn to walk again after complications following
a sore throat left her with a loss of 80 per cent of her muscle mass. With enormous willpower and effort she is now back to full health and determined to help support others in a similar predicament. To donate and learn more, please see Laura’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Laura-Clarke9.

POSH PLOUGHMANS BIG HIT FOR POCKET PARK

The Posh Ploughmans night in aid of the Pocket Park in the Whyte Melville was a great evening of jazz and fabulous food. Over £1,000 was raised towards the £2,000 annual cost of basic maintenance in the Park. A big thank you to landlord Jeremy and his team, and jazz singer Neal Astbury.

TEXT FOR THOMAS’S FUND

“Lloyd’s bank in Corby has chosen four charities to support and Thomas’s Fund is one of them. The charity with the most votes will receive £3000,” writes Lucy Smith. “This is where we need your help, and it’s free! All you have to do is either tweet #commfund FRP (FRP is the code for Thomas’s Fund) or text 61119 and type VOTE FRP. There are two more weeks to go, so please, please support us.”

CAKES AND COFFEE FIGHT CANCER

The coffee morning in the Whyte Melville last month raised £170 for Macmillan. Thank you to everyone who came along to support and who baked cakes.

EDUCATIONAL GRANT DEADLINE LOOMING

Applications for a Richard Humfrey (Education) Foundation grant must be made by 24th October. The trust provides financial assistance to students normally resident in Boughton under 25 undertaking further education studies. Grants can also be made to those leaving school to prepare for, or enter, a profession or trade. The Trustees are mindful of the charitable status of the Trust. They will give particular consideration when making awards to applicants where a financial or personal difficulty, such as bereavement or parental redundancy, is made known to them. Such information will be treated as strictly confidential. Please contact Kevin Greatorex (842332) or Jill Gist (847890).