Good times at Badby and Farthingstone Cricket Club –


July got off to a great start with a comfortable win at Mears Ashby who filled a hole in our fixture list and provided a picturesque setting for our first away game of the month in warm, sunny conditions.

We bowled first and against a capable looking top order, Graeme Whitcroft produced a devastating spell of bowling, taking three crucial wickets before finding the only shade on the boundary to field for all but the last over of the innings.

Malcolm Alphonso and Jude Dyke were also in the wickets and we managed three run outs, surely a record. One by Jordan Shingler was truly spectacular. Throwing in fully 60 yards from the boundary at cow corner he scored a direct hit to leave the batsman stranded. Mears Ashby finished on 127.

In reply, fine batting by skipper Charlie Ashmore, Kieran Bennett and Ryan Haynes saw us home with five wickets and six overs to spare.

Mears Ashby were great hosts, worthy opponents and the game was played in an excellent spirit. We look forward to seeing them at Long Roods in a few weeks time.

Man of the match: Kieran Bennett (32 not out and faultless behind the stumps)

The following Sunday saw a quickly arranged match at Buckingham Town CC after our original opponents pulled out – something to do with a World Cup Final at Lords.

In superb surroundings, our hosts plundered 234 runs in the 40 allotted overs with only bowler Paul Justice (8-1-31-1) doing well although stand-in captain Stephen Nelligan took two excellent catches.

In reply Chris Pratska (28), Paul Picton (20), Joe Phillips (16) and Kieran Bennett (72) batted well but the target of 235 was never realistically within reach as the visitors were all out for 184 in the 37th over, just in time to watch the end of the World Cup final!

Man of the Match: Kieran Bennett (more superb batting)

MEAT DRAW: Why not enter the club’s monthly meat draw? There are three great prizes every month and it’s only £5 to enter, pay by bank transfer, direct debit, standing order or cash.

Details on the club’s Facebook page (Badby & Farthingstone Cricket Club) as well as local shops/pubs, village halls and noticeboards.

August matches (all 2pm start):

    • Sunday 4th: Blakesley (away)
    • Sunday 11th: Pattishall (away)
    • Sunday 25th: NCC (home at Longroods field)

For more info contact:
Andy Nightingale (Chairman) 07718 931593
Charlie Ashmore (Captain) 07793 211265

Graeme Whitcroft    18.7.19

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Check your voter details ahead of next year’s elections

DDC Media Release:

Residents are being urged to look out for letters dropping onto doormats from this week reminding them to check their voter details are up-to-date.

Daventry District Council (DDC) is sending the forms to every household in the district as part of its annual individual voter registration canvass.

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

Failure to respond could mean a person won’t appear on the Electoral Register, which means they will also not be able to cast their vote in upcoming elections and referendums.

The register is also used by credit reference agencies to check the rating of anyone who wishes to take out credit, including a new mobile phone contract

If residents don’t need to make any changes to the information on the form sent to them, they can confirm their existing registration by using one of the following options:

• Visit and log on using the security code supplied on their letter.

• Call 0800 197 9871 and supply the security code from their letter (mobile providers may charge for this service)

• Text NOCHANGE followed by the security code on their letter to 80212 (mobile providers may charge for this service)

Those who do have to make changes or add anyone onto the register can do so by either visiting or completing the inside of the form provided and sending back in the business reply envelope.

Residents who don’t receive their form can register online at, or contact the elections team at Daventry District Council on 01327 871100.


For further information please contact:

Ian O’Pray, Media Officer at Daventry District Council, on 01327 302310 or email

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Family Cinema Day returns to Country Park

DDC Media Release:

Watch family favourites on the big screen at Daventry Country Park this summer with the return of the annual Cinema Day.

The event takes place on August 3 when families can enjoy Peter Rabbit, Mary Poppins Returns and The Greatest Showman for free.

The Park’s Reservoir Café and J18 Street Food will run stalls offering a variety of hot and cold food and refreshments, though people are also welcome to bring picnics and refreshments with them.

There will be a range of stalls as well as children’s entertainment including bouncy castles and face painting, available for a small charge.

Gates open at 10.30am, with Peter Rabbit (PG) being shown at 11am, Mary Poppins Returns (U) at 1pm and The Greatest Showman (PG) at 4pm.

The car park will be open as normal but is likely to fill quickly, so people are encouraged to walk to the park where possible, or make use of the free car park near the Council offices in Lodge Road (NN11 4FP).

This 9th annual Family Cinema Day is organised by Daventry District Council and sponsored by Crest Nicholson.

Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure at Daventry District Council, said: “The Family Cinema Day is one of the park’s most popular annual events, and it’s wonderful to see so many families and friends coming together to enjoy a day of entertainment. We’ve got a great selection of films to suit people of all ages, so please join us for what promises to be another fantastic free event at our wonderful Country Park.”

For more information and updates, please visit

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Unlawful lamb slaughters in Daventry District

Pease see attached an appeal from Northamptonshire Police regarding the recent spate of unlawful lamb slaughters in Daventry District.

Northamptonshire Police and DDC have asked parish councils to share this information within communities.

Lamb Slaughter Appeal

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Fun and affordable activities for children this summer

DDC Media Release:

Action-packed but affordable activities for children will be taking place at Daventry Leisure Centre every Wednesday throughout the school summer holidays.

Organised by Everyone Active in partnership with Daventry District Council, the Wicked Wednesday sessions feature pool inflatables sessions as well as bouncy castles in the main hall, at a cost of £2 per person, per session.

The pool inflatables sessions are aimed at competent swimmers aged 8 and above and take place on Wednesdays 31 July, 14 August and 28 August. There are two sessions on each of the days running from 12.30-1.30pm, and from 2-3pm.

Non-swimmers and children aged 7 and below may join the session but must be supervised by an adult in the pool at a ratio of one adult to two children and are not allowed on the inflatables. Over 8s must be supervised by an adult at poolside.

The bouncy castle sessions are suitable for children aged 5 to 12 and take place on Wednesdays 7 and 21 August, with sessions from 10.30am to midday and from 12.15pm to 1.45pm. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure at Daventry District Council, said: “Wicked Wednesdays are a great opportunity to get children out of the house over the holidays, and get them active. We are pleased to work with our partners at Everyone Active to put these sessions on and I hope families take full advantage of them.”

Sessions must be booked and paid for in advance by phoning Daventry Leisure Centre on 01327 871144

Alternatively, people can visit

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Coffee morning and high view –

The monthly coffee morning in St Mary’s Church will be on Tuesday (July 16) from 10.30am to  12 noon.

Villagers and walkers will be welcomed for coffee, tea, home-made cake and chat. 


There will be another guided tour to the top of the tower at 12 noon for those sufficiently fortified with tea and cake.  Bring your camera.  It is only 81 steps to the top!

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Bellringing on Friday afternoon –

The Daventry Branch of the diocesan guild requested the use of Badby bells on Friday (June 5) afternoon from 3pm for about an hour.  The ringing was one in a series of monthly training quarter peals using six bells, on this occasion for a teenage member to ring something new for the first time with an experienced team. The quarter peal took 49 minutes and full details are available by clicking  here.

Made a nice background to walking home in the hot sunshine from Tea and Meet!

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Are your dog’s microchip details up to date?

27 June, 2019

Dog owners are being reminded of the importance of making sure the information on their pet’s microchip is kept up-to-date.

Daventry District Council’s Dog Warden service is issuing the advice after coming across a number of cases recently in which a lost dog’s chip contained information for their owner’s old address – making it difficult to reunite them.

A microchip is a small electronic chip, around the size of a grain of rice, which is painlessly implanted under the dog’s skin and contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner.

The dog owner’s contact details are logged on a central database, so should the dog be found after going missing or being stolen it can be scanned and quickly returned to its owner.

Since April 2016 dog owners have been required by law to make sure their dog is microchipped, with those who fail to do so facing fines of up to £500.

As well as helping reunite owners with lost or stolen pets, microchipping also has a number of other welfare benefits, including:
• Helping to prevent the theft of dogs
• Allowing for easier identification of owners who are guilty of animal cruelty
• Enabling vets and the Council to contact dog owners directly if a stray is found
• Tackling the issue of stray dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership.

Councillor Richard Auger, Environmental Health and Housing Portfolio Holder on Daventry District Council, said: “Microchipping is the most effective tool for our officers to reunite dog owners with their lost pets. However, it’s only useful if the information on the chip is kept up-to-date, and it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure this is done. If you move house you must contact the database company that your dog is registered with and update your details.”

People are also being urged to ensure they properly report any stray dogs they find so they can be reunited with their owners.
If you have lost or found a dog, please contact Daventry District Council on 01327 871100. If you find a dog outside of normal office hours, or on a Saturday or Sunday, please contact Dunsmore Kennels on 024 7654 2566 or visit

Anyone who finds a dog during the evening or when the kennels are otherwise closed is advised to keep the dog overnight if they can, before contacting the kennels or the Council. Please ensure you do not put yourself at risk of being bitten or attacked by the dog if you are prepared to secure a dog overnight.

Please find out more at


Press release number: 2589

For further information please contact:
Ian O’Pray, Media Officer at Daventry District Council, on 01327 302310 or email

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Cricket News for July 2019 –


With their latest victory  – against old rivals South Northants Council in an evening 20/20 match – making it five wins out of seven for the season, the newly amalgamated Badby & Farthingstone CC are flying high.

After a confidence-boosting three wins from their first four matches in May, the team made the short trip to Braunston Paddox CC for a 40 over match.

And set to make 142, the visitors looked to have the match in their grasp with just 15 runs needed, overs to spare and wickets in hand – what could possibly go wrong? Well pretty much everything as three wickets fell in quick succession for the delighted home side to win by 12 runs.

Stephen Nelligan produced the best batting form before having to retire at 25, ably supported by captain Charlie Ashmore, newcomer Joe Phillips and Mike Constant.

Earlier an inspired opening three-wicket spell by Graeme Whitcroft put Braunston on the ropes from which they never really recovered. Oh B&FCC how did you lose this?

The following Sunday (June 9) saw the return home fixture against Spencer Bruerne CC, a four-wicket win in another tightly fought affair played in a superb spirit by both sides.

Batting first the visitors made 142 from their 30 overs with last season’s player of the year Will Dicks making an immediate impression with the ball on his return to action, ably assisted by club newcomers Joe Phillips and Andrew Alsworth who both chipped in with valuable wickets.

In reply, the latter also performed well with the bat, Joe hitting 4 fours in one memorable over, the ball crashing to the boundary close to the nearby Badby Woods – superb batting. However, despite another impressive knock by Stephen Nelligan, when skipper Charlie Ashmore was sixth out there were signs of worry in the home ranks, especially given what had happened the previous week.

But with 25 runs still to get, Graeme Whitcroft joined Andrew Alsworth at the crease and these two saw their side home with over six overs to spare.

Unfortunately the bad weather put paid to the next match at Mears Ashby on June 16 before the following Thursday saw the team, chasing 124 against South Northants in a 20/20 affair, win with wickets to spare thanks mainly to acting skipper Stephen Nelligan’s stunning undefeated 58.

STOP PRESS: Off the field, the club’s monthly meat draw starts this month (July) with three great prizes every month. Only £5 to enter, pay by bank transfer, direct debit, standing order or cash.

Details on the club’s Facebook page  as well as local shops/pubs, village halls and noticeboards.

July matches (all 2pm start):

      • Sunday July 7: Blakesley 7s
      • Sunday July 21: Braunston (home)
      • Sunday July 28: Mears Ashby (home)

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Notice of Exercise of Public Rights

Please be advised that the period for the exercise of public rights will commence on 25th June and end on 5th August.  The accounting statements for the financial year 2018-19 (as yet unaudited) together with the annual governance statement, internal audit report and Community Infrastructure Levy report are available to view on the Badby Parish Council pages of the Badby Village website (Accounts and Finance).

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