Boughton News – December

Boughton News
The 5th biennial Boughton Scarecrow Week was held at the end of October. Boughton was again blessed with warm and sunny weather for the event run by The Boughton Village Caravan, (BVC) who have been putting on social events in and out of the village for some 9 years now.
The week during which a magnificent 20 entries saw scarecrows displayed an open theme, and on show all around the village, culminated in a bbq and prize giving event on Saturday 31st afternoon at the Boughton Village Centre.
The Halloween themed afternoon, with The Fabulous Bacon Boys on duty to provide bacon rolls to entrants and visitors alike, saw nearly 70 people attend, also enjoying teas and cakes provided by the BVC
Judging started at 12.30pm with County Councillor Martin Storey, Parish Council Chairman Tom Roberts and lifetime Boughton resident Tam Payne climbing aboard the hayride, kindly provided and driven by village farmer Geoff Proctor.
Clad in hi viz jackets, and guided by Boughton resident Frank Reid, the hayride toured the village judging the crows on display.
This year proved particularly difficult to judge due to the high standard and varied nature of the entrants, and the judges remained in the deliberation huddle for a long time deciding the winners. They were sustained by bacon rolls and cups of tea.
Winners in the children’s section were the Chandler & Stacey family’s joint effort called ‘The Campsite’, which included a magnificent 11 scarecrows!
Highly commended were Henry & George Simpson, with the help of Mummy and ‘Colin the Gruffalo’
The children received a commemorative mug, a cash prize, a medal, bags of Halloween goodies and a certificate.
Winner of the adult section was Kevin & Debbie Fisher for ‘Cannonball Clive’.
Highly commended were Andrew & Angela Faherty for ‘Mr Hedges’
The adult winners received commemorative mug, bottle of wine and certificate.
A magnificent day enjoyed by all, and the BVC thanks all those who helped to make the day a resounding success. We look forward to the next event in 2017.
Boughton Village Caravan

Boughton News – November

Church news
We celebrated Harvest Festival on September 27th and, as usual, the church was dressed up for the occasion with flowers and produce. Our church dresses well and we were blessed with a multitude of beautiful dahlias grown by David Cooper. Many thanks, David. The strange weather meant that we lacked the usual Michaelmas Daisies, but we found berries, acanthus and other plants to build up the display. Thanks to Sandy for her beautiful arrangements. We had asked for tins and packages, as the produce was going to the Foodbank in Downham Market. Some was safely hidden from the church mice overnight, but on the Sunday we had a good display. The service was taken by Barbara and the collection was in aid of Sand Dams, a charity which helps people in drier parts of the world to conserve fresh water for their daily use. Just over £136 was raised for this.
Norfolk Churches Cycle Ride
Mark and Sue Pogmore cycled for the church this year, visiting fourteen local churches and collecting £105 in sponsorship. As usual, half this will go to the Norfolk Churches Trust and half will be returned to All Saints’ Boughton. Well done, Mark and Sue, and many thanks.
Pam Wakeling

Boughton News – October

Saturday 29th August 2015
Boughton Village Pond Working Party

It was a cool fresh Bank Holiday morning when a handful of villagers assembled by the village pond, armed with an assortment of gardening tools ranging from secateurs to heavy duty loppers! The task was to tidy up the vegetation around the pond, and in particular cut back a large clump of bushes on the waters’ edge which had become overgrown. Following a quick discussion a plan of attack was agreed and the motley crew split into three groups, one tackling the overgrown bushes, another pruning and tidying up other assorted vegetation around the pond, and a third under the “captaincy” of Parish Council Chairman Tom Roberts, who set “sail” on the pond in a small rowing boat to enable Paul Coulton to spray the reed beds.
During the ensuing three hours an impressive two farm trailer-loads of prunings were loaded up and towed away by Geoff Procter, and there was even time for as short coffee break to devour home-made cake and survey their handiwork. It was not all plain sailing however, as Captn. Roberts’ boat took on water and the said captain had to come ashore sporting a very wet pair of breeches! The cutting back of the overgrown bushes also had to be curtailed slightly when a pigeons next was discovered containing two young chicks. This part of the bushes was left for a future date and once activity subsided the two parents were quick to return and feed their ravenous brood.
On behalf of the Parish Council and the residents of Boughton I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all who took part, and to the kind ladies who provided all the refreshments, not forgetting Geoff Procter for kindly providing the trailer and taking away all the debris.
If you missed out on the fun and would like to offer your services at the next clean up then keep you eyes on the Parish Noticeboard or in the Group 4 News.
Ian Davis – Boughton Parish Council.

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