VILLAGER TO HEAD BOUGHTON SCHOOL

Mary James, who lives in Boughton, has been appointed as the new head teacher of Boughton School. “With a number of strong candidates present at the selection day, the panel unanimously agreed to offer the position to Mrs James,” says Greg Quine , chairman of governors. “She will formally take up the position in January, in line with the notice period required by her current employer. Mrs James is currently deputy head teacher at a large local primary school and has extensive experience leading teams. We are absolutely thrilled she has accepted our offer.”

GET YOUR JUMBLE AT THE READY

There will be a jumble sale in the Village Hall on 3rd September from 2pm until 4pm. Please bring toys, books, clothes or unwanted gifts on the day. There will also be a collection on  2nd September. For more information, contact Cassie Handshaw on 844926.

SPEEDWATCH: YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOU

“ The Boughton Community Speedwatch team has use of a speed camera again and will  be out and about in the coming weeks,” writes Mark Taylor . “This project was a great success last year. However, more volunteers are needed. If you are able to spare an hour during a couple of evenings and/or mornings, and can make a short training session on 10th September at Caroline Chisholm School at 9.30am, please contact me on mdt500@hotmail.com.”

NORTHERN ORBITAL LATEST

The results of the consultation that took place earlier this year and plans for what happens from here will be reported at a NCC cabinet meeting taking place on 6 th September. When this is published, a link will go on the village website and BVM Facebook page so villagers can be updated.

GET READY TO PARTY FOR THE PARK

There will be a party in the Village Hall on 24th September to raise funds for Boughton Pocket Park. Tickets cost £20 and include a delicious two-course Indian supper cooked by Oh So Hot and Matt Potter’s disco. For more information, contact Nicky Callis on 07770981440 or nicky@roundhousegraphics.co.uk

PLANNING APPLICATION ON VILLAGE EDGE WITHDRAWN

Last month Boughton Parish Council received notification that Gladman Developments has withdrawn its application for 110 dwellings on land off Holly Lodge Drive.​

THE TASTES OF SICILLY COME TO BOUGHTON

There will be a wine tasting evening on Friday October 21 st in the Village Hal. The theme this time is Sicily. Tickets are £25 and include the tasting and supper. Places are limited so please contact Caroline Trott on carolinetrott@sky.com to reserve yours ASAP.

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.

CRIME UPDATE

Three bicycles were stolen from a property in Moulton Lane between 22nd July and 4th August, while on 5th August there was a burglary in Vyse Road. The intruders forced entry at 11pm. If you have any information, please contact the Police on 101 or email Chrissy Boyce from Boughton Neighbourhood Watch at chrissyboyce@btinternet.com. Many of the posts shared on the BVM Facebook page relate to thoughtless and dangerous parking in the village. It is always worth reporting this to the Police via 101 so at least the parking issues in Boughton are logged.

PITSFORD FILM CIRCLE

The autumn programme starts on Saturday 22 nd October in Pitsford Village Hall with Suffragette . For details, contact Graham Ashworh graham.ashworth976@btinternet.com

BONFIRE NIGHT IN THE POCKET PARK

“ Before we know it, 5 th November will be here,” writes Charlotte Mackaness . “The village bonfire and fireworks display is a great team event but every year it always seems to be a struggle to find enough volunteer marshals. These are absolutely essential and the event can’t go ahead without them. If you think you might be able to lend a couple of hours on the day to set up or to marshal during the event, email me at charlotte@mackaness.net.”

TESS KNIVETT’S CHOCOLATE NEMESIS

Ingredients:

  • 300g dark chocolate
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 225g butter
  • 5 free-range eggs

Method:

Melt the butter and chocolate over a pan of boiling water. In a separate bowl cream the eggs and sugar together. Pour in the chocolate and butter, and whisk together. Pour into a cake tin lined with greaseproof paper. Place the cake tin in a bain-marie filled with water half-way up the tin. Place in a pre-heated oven at 160 degrees or Gas Mark 3 for 55 minutes. Allow to cool and place in the fridge for 24 hours. Delicious with cream or ice cream.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Summer is over and autumn is already here! The migrant swallows and house martins will soon be gone from the village. I think the swifts have already gone, being the last to arrive and earliest to depart. As usual in recent years, their numbers continue to decline. Recent research led by the RSPB indicates that 60% of the UK’s wildlife has declined in recent decades. Agricultural change is said to have had an overwhelmingly negative impact with climate change, being the biggest drivers of change since 1970. We see hedges massacred by tractor-driven circular saws killing or stunting hedgerows rather than trimming them, disturbing many nesting birds. Insecticides and weed killers used indiscriminately have affected the skylark population and other open-field nesters. Loss of habitat is largely to blame. I noticed two or three nesting pairs in our own adjacent fields and hope they managed to survive an early harvest of the rape crop. However, I was pleased to note quite a large flock of young starlings in and around our Pocket Park trees recently. Butterflies and bees alsoseem to be less abundant this year. It’s depressing isn’t it? On the up-side, it is amazing what feeding and rearing facilities are available these days to attract birds, insects and small animals to our gardens. Feeders, nest boxes, hedgehog ‘hotels’, bee homes etc, in great variety, can be bought or made at home. Also efforts are being made by many organisations and communities to interest and involve children in giving nature a home. Perhaps our gardens will become the main havens in the future as more and more fields and open spaces become housing and industrial estates? We can still do our bit to help and at the same time enjoy watching them thrive.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 3rd September: Jumble Sale 2 – 4pm. In Village Hall. Collection on 2nd.
  • 12th September: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 19th September: Annual Church Service at 7.30pn followed by a shared supper. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 24th September: Boughton Boogie Night Info from Nicky Callis (07770 981440).
  • 21st October: Wine Tasting in the Village Hall.
  • 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 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

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is October 2016

EDITORS:

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

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