Children’s Summer Reading Challenge

Every year Northamptonshire Libraries delivers the Summer Reading Challenge, which challenges children to read six books during the summer holidays.  It has been proven that children who don’t continue reading during the summer have a lower reading age when they return to school in September than before the summer.

Due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding Covid-19 we are unable to deliver this in the normal way and the challenge will be online this year.

You can find out more about the challenge on our web page: or on our facebook page:

Stacey Matthews – Summer Reading Challenge Coordinator
Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Service

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Maltsters Reopening –

The Maltsters will be open on Saturday 4th of July 2020 from 12 noon. We have been working hard to ensure we are ready to welcome you back to our pub. Our priority is to ensure the safety of our teams & our guests. Some things may be a little different, but we hope you will enjoy the chance to return to enjoy your favourite pub.

Space is limited inside but the gardens are large.

Opening Hours: (until Sunday, 19th July)


  • Saturday 4th July:   Soft Launch for Badby Residents and regulars  – BAR: 12pm to 11pm  and KITCHEN 12pm to 4.30pm
  • Sunday 5th July  BAR 12pm to 8pm -KITCHEN:12pm to 4.30pm- roast menu available- bookings strongly recommended.
  • Monday     Closed
  • Tuesday    Closed
  • Wednesday      BAR 5 – 8pm
  • Thursday     BAR 5 – 8pm
  • Friday        BAR 4 – 11pm; KITCHEN 5.30 – 9pm
  • Saturday     BAR 12 noon – 11pm; KITCHEN 12 noon – 3pm and 5 – 9pm
  • Sunday     BAR 12pm to 8pm -KITCHEN:12pm to 4pm


  • Saturdays    9.30am – 3pm
  • Sundays      9.30am – 3pm
  • Mondays     2.45 – 5.45pm
  • Tuesdays    2.45 – 5.45pm
  • Wednesdays    11am – 1pm (including sandwiches)
  • Thursdays     9.30am – 11.3pam and 3 – 5.30pm
  • Fridays     11am – 1pm (including sandwiches) and 4 – 7.30pm (including take-away)

Take away: available during kitchen opening hours (please order your take by 11am latest on the day).  Friday specials still running – see website on-line shop for menu

Please check us regularly on  facebook and website  as we are looking at extending the opening hours as soon as we are in a position to do so.

If it is sunny and we are closed: Please check in @ The little shop @ The Maltsters and enjoy your coffee, cold drinks or sandwiches and use the outdoor tables.

Bookings:   01327 700393


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Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday 27 June and is an opportunity for the nation to show its support for the UK’s serving and retired military community.  Daventry District Council will be flying the Armed Forces Day flag from Monday (22 June) for the week.

We are helping to promote the national #SaluteOurForces campaign and need your salutes. It is a simple way for anyone to pay tribute to the British Armed Forces community for their hard work, dedication and efforts to keep us safe in the UK and across the globe.

To join in, simply send a photo or video of yourself, your friends and family or colleagues saluting, to me by Wednesday, 24 June.  I will then collate and submit the photos, which have a chance of being used on the official Armed Forces Day website and social media channels.

You can also submit your entry direct via the following methods:

Tweet @ArmedForcesDay using #SaluteOurForces
Comment on one of their Facebook posts
Or email

For more details on the campaign visit

Best wishes,

Emma Parry, Cert HE Open, Cert Soc Sci
Community Projects Officer
Daventry District Council
Tel.  (01327) 302418

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Coronavirus-related Scams – how to protect yourself

Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information.  To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.

How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:

There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:

1 – Watch out for scam messages
Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS):

2 – Shopping online
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

3 – Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support
Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.

NHS Test and Trace scams:

The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.

What you need to know:

Although the NHS Test and Trace service have stated that contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000, unfortunately scammers are able to imitate caller IDs.  Should you be contacted by someone claiming to be from the NHS Test and Trace service, you can ask them to send you an email or text instead, with a unique reference number which you can then use to log into the web-based service.

Rather than click on any link you receive, we would advise people to type the web address directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you.

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you live in Scotland, please report directly to Police Scotland by calling 101.​​​​​​​

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Two dogs found –


Please see right: Apparently two dogs found, on Bear Hill – between Badby and Staverton Lodge. Midday time today 13/06/20.

Is there a circulation list in Badby in case they belong to someone local please?

Darren Jackson

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Badby Parish Council AGAR

Sections 1 and 2 of Part 3 of the “unaudited” Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) for the year 2019-20 are now available on this website on the Badby Parish Council  Finance page, together with the Notice of Public Rights and associated notes (Local Authority Accounts: A Summary of Your Rights).

During the period of public rights, which runs from 15th June to 24th July, any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year 2019-20.  The Notice of Public Rights explains how to obtain these.

Each year the parish council’s AGAR needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

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Government money for walk and cycleways –

Our MP has notified that there is a large amount of funding being earmarked for cycling and walkways following recent Government announcements of £1.75 million for Northamptonshire.  This will be heading to NCC to distribute.

He correctly understands that NCC have launched an interactive map to log your suggestions for cycle routes, cycle parking, improved footway space and quieter streets:

What about the footpath to Daventry being widened for bikes?  To get a fair share this end of the county, you can use the website to register your ideas.

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The Little Shop – updated times and range –

With two weeks experience we have adjusted our opening hours and increased our range:


Deliveries within the village remain as usual until further notice.

Please note there is a wider selection of  items in shop including Gallone’s ice creams and large beer cans.

You can keep up to date as we adapt on our facebook page.

 See our on-line order website for this week’s menu for take-away meals.

Order on line   or    by email  and pay at shop

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Discretionary Grant Funding for Businesses

Small businesses in Daventry District are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to £10,000 in the latest round of Government funding aimed at easing the impact of Covid-19.

Daventry District Council (DDC) is inviting small businesses that were not eligible for the Government’s other coronavirus support schemes to make applications to the new Discretionary Grant Fund.

The funding is aimed at businesses with under 50 employees that have seen a significant drop in income due to coronavirus, such as those in shared offices or other flexible workspaces, bed and breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of Business Rates, some eligible charity properties and those who spend less than £51,000 a year renting or mortgaging a property.

The deadline for applications to the Council is the end of Sunday, 14 June 2020 and businesses can check the eligibility criteria and apply online via the DDC website at

DDC has already distributed £13.41m of Government funding to 1,138 local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic – including grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, plus a series of small business rate relief grants.

Councillor Colin Morgan, Resource Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council said: “Our staff have been working hard to ensure that local businesses receive the Government funding support that they are entitled to during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“The Discretionary Grant Fund is aimed at those small businesses struggling significantly during these difficult times that aren’t eligible for the other government grant support schemes. I would urge any small local businesses who think they may qualify to visit our website to check the criteria and then apply online.”


Press release number: 2687

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


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Helping older adults stay fit at home

Whilst the new Get Up & Go activity sessions are currently on hold, here are some exercises that older people can do at home, created by Fraser Lodge at Northamptonshire Sport.  There’s also a booklet aimed at older adults providing practical guidance on home-based activities to maintain their strength and balance to help with falls prevention:

Get Up Go – Daventry Resource
PHE Active at Home Booklet

Emma Parry
Community Projects Officer/Supporting Officer for The Daventry & District Forum (DDF)
Daventry District Council
Tel: 01327 302418

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