Support Your Neighbourhood Watch Group – Update

Further to the post below, a meeting has now been arranged for 7.30pm on Monday 26th February in the village hall to discuss the way forward for the Badby Neighbourhood Watch Group.
Firstly, Colin Cripps and Denis Wilson would like to thank Viv Harris on behalf of the members upon her retirement after more than 7 years as our Secretary.  We could not have managed without you Viv, and are immensely grateful for your long and positive contribution.
We are now looking for someone to take over as Secretary and also somebody to act as Chair.
We are planning to hold a meeting for members and villagers to discuss the way forward in a few weeks or so.  The probable agenda will cover the following topics.
– Do you want Badby NHW to continue?  (Please note that the Police consider NHW schemes are useful both for providing and for disseminating information.)
– If so, how should we operate in the age of the computer?
– To invite volunteers to fill the roles of Chair and Secretary
If you have any questions or would simply like to talk about this, please do not hesitate to contact either Colin (702735) or Denis (300659).
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Badby bird notes for Jan / Feb 2018 –

 The hawfinch, a finch with a huge bill capable of cracking cherry stones, is usually rarely seen in this country and hardly at all in this area. However, this winter there has been an ‘irruption’ of the species with large numbers of birds arriving in this country, probably, from Eastern Europe. As well as its large grey bill, the hawfinch has an attractive plumage with a mix of colours including orange, grey, peach, black, white and blue. There have been at least two sightings in Badby including one seen in a garden in the middle of the village. They’re still around, so keep a look out!

In our own garden we’ve had a good variety of species visiting so far this winter, particularly in the snowy weather around Christmas, with siskin, redpoll, treecreeper and a single female blackcap amongst them.


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St Mary’s Church Pew Platforms Project – Progress report #4

Monday Feb 5: Remaining debris sucked out of NW underfloor ventilation passage and cleared through to the outside vent stones.

Tuesday: Electrician busy with power socket and heater cables; new vestry light fitted.

Wednesday: Oak rail arrived for the SE platform edge. Final loosening of font, ready for moving along the aisle next week.

Electrical fittings and extras agreed with T James Electrical.

Thursday and Friday: PCC decided on design  of stackable chair to be used in the new platform area.

New oak rail fitted to edge of SE pew platform pit and joists bedded on damp-proof material.

Location of cables for new power sockets and heaters marked ready for replacing the flooring.

Re-boarding of the floor with recovered tongued and grooved boarding started.

Mobile gantry for moving the font assembled ready for use.




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Badby Bal on Saturday 17th March –

The next Badby Bal will be on Saturday 17th March.

We had a great evening in January with a room full of dancers, but we  are in serious need of MORE MUSICIANS – do come along, armed and ready  to play if you can! I can send you some music in advance if that would help.

The meal will be 6.30/7.00pm onwards. There will be a short  introduction to the dances for beginners and the Bal will start at  around 8.30pm or whenever we have finished eating!

Bring your friends, come for the meal. We are expecting a great evening!

Badby Village Hall  The Green, Badby, Northants  NN11 3AF or park in NN11 3AX clear of the corner

All Musicians/dancers/listeners welcome

All you need to do is…

Bring a plate of food… for a shared meal (if you wish)

Bring your own alcohol (or pub nearby)

A whole evening’s entertainment for a mere £4!

Ian and Sheila


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St Mary’s Church Pew Platforms Project – Progress report #3

Monday Jan 29: Tidying up SE, SW and CW pew platform pits.

Tuesday: Architect visited. SW ventilation secured with a buried pipe.  Suitable and fit, redundant joists from CW pew pit retrieved and used to replace rotten SE platform pit joists.

Wednesday: Safety fencing and hard hats instituted. Lifting NW pew boarding (see photo), not so bad condition as CW.

Site meeting #1 with Architect: Agreed font step to be deleted and western pits to be cleaned but not repaired; Discussed reusing fit floor slabs – no decision; revised detail to entry floor and platform interface agreed.

Thursday and Friday: NW pew platform pit cleaned and NW air vent cleared part way.  North aisle way to kitchen safety-fenced.  Electrician laying power cables in floors. Seeking new oak edge-rail to replace the rotted one at the SE pew pit.





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BDHS Wine & Quiche Evening 2nd March

Hi all, just to remind you all that Badby & District Horticultural Society’s next event is our Wine and Quiche Evening on Friday 2nd March, with our speaker, Darren Rudge (known as the “laughing” gardener, he has been a BBC radio presenter for over 15 years.) with his talk entitled “Tea Bags, Bra’s and Tights:  household items that make gardening more cost effective top tips and some trivia thrown in for free!!”.  There will be the usual homemade quiches and buffet (please state when buying tickets if you have any special dietary requirements).  Wine and soft drinks will be on sale, tickets available now, £8.50 for members and £10.50 for non-members.  For catering purposes they will only be on sale until 26th February, so please order early. Contact, or 01327 872118.

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Badby and Fawsley WI is 100

This Thursday 8th February Badby and Fawsley WI will be celebrating 100 years. The speaker is John Ward regaling us with Vintage Comedy and there will, of course,  be cake and fizz. Meeting starts at 7:30 in Badby Village Hall and don’t forget to dig out those vintage clothes and wear fashion from the last 100 years.

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Coming soon

to Badby and District Film Society, see here for the films for February, including the ‘Night at the Opera’ at Badby Village Hall.

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Next meeting of Badby Parish Council

The next meeting is due to take place on Monday 12th February at 7.30pm in Badby village hall.  Here is the agenda for the meeting.


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Proposed replacement of mobile classrooms at Badby School

You are warmly invited to view the proposed plans for replacing the mobile classrooms at Badby Primary School on Wednesday 7th February, at 6.30pm, in the School Hall.
All welcome!

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