KEEP NORTHAMPTONSHIRE GREEN – A PUBLIC MEETING

“There will be a public meeting on Thursday 27th September at 7.30pm in the Church Rooms to discuss the challenges facing not only Boughton and the north west area affected by the orbital road but all the other communities in the county under similar threat from planners, councils an developers,” writes Stephen Trott. “Do come along and let’s see what positive action we can take together to protect our communities and countryside from any more planned destruction.”

DUST OFF YOUR DANCING SHOES

Boughton Parish Church is holding a barn dance in the Village Hall on Saturday 7th October at 7.30pm. Music and calling will be provided by the band Ock ‘n Dough, plus there will be a bar. Tickets are £20 per person and include a light supper. Available from Caroline and Stephen Trott: carolinetrott@sky.com

MEMORIAL BENCH FOR MUCH-MISSED COUPLE

The family of Harry and Sylvia Lovell have kindly given a bench seat to the Parish Council, which will be placed on the green at the top of Butchers Lane. Harry and Sylvia lived in Boughton for most of their lives and are remembered fondly by many people. Harry was born in the village, ran the post office and was at the heart of the community for decades. Sylvia was evacuated to Northampton during the war and lived in Boughton all the years the couple were married.

AERIAL FILM OF NORTHERN ORBITAL ROUTE

Local residents with concerns about the lack of awareness of the proposed Northern Orbital Road and its impact on the area have made an aerial film. It was funded through contributions from the community. It can be viewed on the BVM Facebook page and Boughton village website. When the public consultation ended at the beginning of August, BBC Radio Northampton reported that 500 responses had been received and KierWSP, the private company that ran the consultation, said 800 people attended the exhibitions around the county.

GET READY TO JUMBLE

A remider that the Village Hall is holding its jumble sale on 2nd September from 2pm until 4pm. There will be a collection the day before or you can bring your jumble on the day.

VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS

Jenny Bullock (845701) is the person to call to make enquiries about or to book the Village Hall until further notice.

BOUGHTON POCKET PARK – GET INVOLVED

As previously reported, there are some new faces at the helm of the Pocket Park with Karen Fletcher taking on the role of Chair. The next Park meeting is at 8.15pm on 6th September at the Whyte Melville. All welcome! There is also a clear-up morning on 3rd September starting at 10am. There have been a number of incidents of damage to equipment and to the maze over the summer. Please can everyone be vigilant and report incidents to the Police and to a member of the committee – details on the Park’s website.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ALERTS

A large property in Church Brampton was burgled by six men in balaclavas at 2.30pm on 11th August. A van and a stolen Seat Leon were used, and the burglars wore gloves and footwear covers to avoid leaving any forensic evidence. Thankfully nobody was hurt as the owners out. Meanwhile, there has been a spate of thefts from vans across the county. Van owners are reminded not to leave tools in their vehicles overnight. If you see a crime in progress, please call 999. Otherwise, contact the Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

HELPERS NEEDED FOR VILLAGE BONFIRE

This year’s Boughton bonfire is being held on 4th November in the Pocket Park. The firework display will be the work of the professional team used in previous years but the rest of the event relies entirely on volunteers. If you can help in any way – be that helping to set up, stewarding on the night or even offering your drive for parking – please get in touch with Karen Fletcher or a member of the Pocket Park Committee.

VILLAGE CHARITY TO HELP NEEDY STUDENTS

As the start of the academic year approaches, don’t forget that the Richard Humfrey (Education) Foundation provides financial assistance to students under 25 undertaking further education studies. Although the main round of applications is in the autumn, the Foundation will consider cases at any time of year. For more information contact the secretary Jill Gist on 847890 or jandrgist@tiscali.co.uk

BILL MCQUILLAN’S SIMPLE BUT TASTY PASTA

Ingredients:

  • 200g tricolour pasta
  • 1 can condensed soup
  • 75ml single cream
  • 100g small mushrooms
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 green or red pepper
  • ½ onion
  • 2tbsp olive oil

Method:

Boil the pasta until just cooked. Slice the courgette and mushrooms. Dice the pepper. Cut the meat into small pieces. Dice the onion finely then gently fry all the vegetables. Fold in the soup and mix with the cream. Fold in the meat and then the cooked pasta. Warm thoroughly. Serve immediately sprinkled with chopped chives and parsley.

This is very simple and can be tweaked to taste. It’s also a good way of using leftover meat.

THE FOLLIES OF BOUGHTON PARK: THE GROTTO

At the heart of Grotto Spinney is a mysterious Grotto built around a natural spring. Although it probably dates from the 1770s, local folklore states construction of the Grotto could start from much earlier. For instance, Charles I, who was imprisoned at nearby Holdenby House in 1647 and travelled to Boughton Hall at that time to play bowls, is said to have bathed in the spring, using the Grotto as a dressing room.

The ancient spring and legends associated with it would have proved of great interest to William Wentworth, the Earl of Strafford responsible for the landscape of follies at Boughton, that he probably either enhanced a ruinous primitive structure or built the Grotto afresh. He may have elaborated on earlier stories for the amusement of his friends.

Built from rough limestone blocks, the Grotto takes the form of a domed cave-like structure. Seemingly formed without the use of cement or mortar, the Grotto forms a perfect arch over a clear spring, known as “the Petrifying Spring”, that rises there. The spinney is surrounded by the remains of a ha-ha wall. In the Wentworth’s time, the Grotto spring would have been one of the water supplies for the artificial lake at the bottom of the valley. In the late 19th-century the petrified spring was incorporated into the village water system with apparently no ill effects on consumers. The Grotto is now a Grade II listed structure and accessible via a pubic footpath that starts at the end of Butchers Lane.

With thanks to Simon Scott, author of The Follies Of Boughton Park. Next time: The Spectacle.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 3rd September: Pocket Park Clear-Up 10am – all welcome.
  • 11th September: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 18th September: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Annual Church Service at 7.30pm followed by a shared supper in the Church Rooms. For more information, please contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 27th September: Keep Northants Green Public Meeting 7.30pm in the Church Rooms. All welcome.
  • 7th October: Village Hall Barn Dance Tickets from Caroline Trott.
  • 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 11am- 12pm Village Hall – contact Maree Jesson 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 October 2017

EDITORS:

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

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