VILLAGE GETS NEW POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER

PCSO Paul Miller starts his duties on 1st September and will concentrate on the five villages, including Boughton, that have funded this new role. He will be based at Brixworth and the Single Point Of Contact (SPOC) for PCSO Miller will be Steve Potter. If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Council via boughtonpc@btconnect.com.

BUCKTON FIELDS PLANNING DATE

There is a possibility that the second phase of Buckton Fields may go before the planning committee on 12th September. Unfortunately, this won’t be confirmed until BVM has already gone to press. Please check the village website and the BVM Facebook page for the latest information. Whenever the meeting occurs, the Whitehills and Spring Park Residents’ Association (WASPRA) is putting on a heavily subsidised coach, leaving from Smiths Farm Shop carpark, to take residents to Daventry.

VILLAGE HALL ANNUAL SALE

The Village Hall committee hosts a very well-attended jumble sale every year. This year it is on Saturday 29th September. Please start saving unwanted clothes, books or gifts to be collected nearer the time. If anyone could help with sorting and selling the jumble, please call Cassie on 844926.

ROAD CLOSURES UNTIL OCTOBER

Road closures and temporary traffic lights could be a regular sight in Boughton because of works being carried out by Western Power. At various times, the company will be working in Church Street, Humfrey Lane, Moulton Lane and Vyse Road. BVM will try to keep villagers up to date via the Facebook page.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH URGES RESIDENTS TO REPORT PROBLEMS

“There have been a number of attempted break-ins reported on Buckton Fields,” writes Chrissy Boyce from Boughton NHW. “Unfortunately, these have not been reported to the Police. Sometimes people worry about bothering the Police or they think an incident was an isolated case, not realising that others have been targeted. Please report a crime in progress to 999 and everything else to 101. If we don’t inform the Police, the Police can’t take action.”

PEPPA PIG COMES TO TOWN

The extremely popular children’s television character Peppa Pig is visiting the Lamport and Northampton Railway on 22nd and 23rd September. For more information, please visit www.nlr.org.uk.

ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR IN THE POCKET PARK

Residents may be aware that anti-social behaviour in the Pocket Park is a growing problem. The wooden maze has been vandalised repeatedly. The cost of repair is becoming unsustainable and the sad decision has been made to remove the maze permanently at some point in the future. Please report anti-social behaviour to the Police.

POTENTIAL TRAFFIC DISRUPTION – DATE FOR THE DIARY

On 14th December Boughton Primary School is going on a trip to the pantomime. Four coaches will be outside the school around 9am, so avoid Moulton Lane if possible.

LOCAL SCOUT TROUP NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

Pitsford Scout Group has gaps in its leadership team that urgently need filling. If you think you could volunteer, please contact Georgina Miles on 07836 555025. There is a waiting list for children to join Beavers, which starts at six years old. Please do get your children down early if you would like them to take part.

BEST NEIGHBOUR AWARDS

Neighbourhood Watch and the Co-op are launching a nationwide search to find the most considerate neighbours of 2018. They would like members of the public to nominate people whose acts of kindness and neighbourliness set them apart. Perhaps an example in Boughton might be Sue Greatorex and Barbara Piggins who keep an eye on the village’s elderly and vulnerable residents! Nominations must be in by 5th September. For more information, please visit www.ourwatch.org.uk.

TENNIS TOURNAMENTS FOR ALL AT BRIXWORTH

Brixworth Tennis Club holds many events aimed at a wide range of abilities. On Sunday 16th September it is hosting Girl, Set, Match – a doubles’ tournament open to girls over 12 partnered with an adult. Meanwhile on 7th October a doubles’ tournament is open to all. For more details visit www.brixworthtennisclub.org.uk.

DOES BOUGHTON HAVE A BUDDING MONTY DON?

BVM would like to rekindle its bi-monthly gardening column. If you enjoy gardening and would like to pass on some tips to other readers, we would love to hear from you. The newsletter is also in need of recipes, please don’t be shy in sharing easy-to-do, family favourites. Editor, and retired GP, Helen Coghill is threatening to publish a deep-fried Mars recipe (in Iron Bru batter) if healthier, tastier contributions are not forthcoming!

JUDY SHEPHARD’S AVOCADO PESTO PASTA

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 15g fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp good olive oil
  • 85g fresh, washed spinach
  • Bacon lardons
  • Fresh, cooked prawns

Method:

Halve the avocadoes and blend with the basil, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. Cook your pasta of choice (fettuccine works well) until al dente. Fry bacon lardons in a pan until crispy. Melt a knob of butter in a pan and cook the spinach until it melts. Mix this with the cooked pasta and the avocado pesto. Add the bacon and prawns and eat immediately.

THE FOLLIES OF BOUGHTON PARK: THE OBELISK

The Obelisk, a grade II listed structure, is the earliest Egyptian-style monument in Northamptonshire. It originally bore an inscription, which included lines from Alexander Pope’s “Essay On Man.”

It was erected by William Wentworth in 1764 but is now surrounded by the Obelisk Rise housing estate, which was built nearly two centuries later. The Obelisk was dedicated to the memory of William Cavendish, fourth Duke of Devonshire (1720-1764) who, “when a young man, read with one of the incumbents of Boughton”. Cavendish had served briefly as Prime Minister but was considered a reluctant and uncomfortable holder of this office. On his resignation, he became Lord Chancellor until 1762. His death in 1764 deeply distressed William Wentworth, who had known him since childhood

The Obelisk site is the highest point in the district. The line of the horizon can be seen all around from its position. It stands 450ft above sea level and is made from white sandstone, thought to be from Kingsthorpe quarry. Over the years, erosion has been a problem. However, the biggest threat came in 1978 when a planning application was made to demolish the Obelisk. The Milton Keynes Planning Corporation even offered to take the monument down and re-erect it in the town centre. After much deliberation, the decision was made to restore rather than demolish.

Thanks to Simon Scott, author of The Follies Of Boughton Park.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 10th September Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 17th September Boughton Ladies Fellowship Annual Church Service followed by shared supper, £3 plus £5 for yearly membership. All welcome. Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 29th September Village Hall Jumble Sale
  • 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
  • Every Thursday Slimming World 7.30pm Village Hall – contact Colette 07545 249988

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is October 2018

EDITORS:

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

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