Badby Bird Notes for Feb / March 2019 –

A walk around Badby Woods on a sunny morning in the middle of March reveals a carpet of bluebell plants but, not surprisingly, no flowers yet.  Some spring flowers are in evidence though. A few lesser celandines and wood anemones and a single wood sorrel flower just opening up. Dog’s mercury, on the other hand, has been out since January.

Bird calls and song are in evidence from green and great-spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, marsh tit and jay amongst others but no sounds of summer visitors although I heard a chiffchaff singing in the village before the end of February.

During the unseasonal summer-like temperatures in February, brimstone and small tortoiseshell butterflies were on the wing but there’s been no sign of them since the weather cooled down again.


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Teas for Open Gardens Day –

Five gardens in Badby will be opening on Sunday 19th May for the NGS.

We will be offering teas in St Mary’s Church once more and I am looking for volunteers to help.

Can you spare sometime in the afternoon to help and /or make a cake. Please email me if you can. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Chris Richards

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Badby and Farthingstone cricket clubs join forces –

With the new season only a few weeks away, Badby CC and Farthingstone & District CC officially joined forces last month to form what will now be known as Badby & Farthingstone Cricket Club.

A new club constitution was voted and agreed upon at the recent club AGM with several new officers appointed.

New committee: Chairman Andy Nightingale, treasurer Chris Prastka, secretary Malcolm Alphonso, captain Charlie Ashmore, vice-captain Steve Nelligan, grounds officer Phil Hall.

Vice presidents: Michael Wilcox, Alan Brooks, Peter Collins, Peter Banks, Martin Wilcox, Mick Mynard, Neil Brooks, Jim and Mo Scott, Peter and Linda Mayne, Robbie Knox, Paul Egerton, Len Birchall.

Finance: Player subs are £50 for the season, juniors £10. Players can “pay per play” at £10 per game, teas will cost £5 each.

New season: first match is on Sunday May 5 with an away fixture at Spencer Bruerne CC who play at Stoke Bruerne, followed by home matches against Maids Moreton (May 19) and Northampton Eaglets (May 26). Both home matches start at 2pm.

The club is affiliated to the ECB and Northants Recreational Cricket and draws its players from the local area, growing steadily thanks to the efforts of the local community, club committee and players who enjoy the social nature of the cricket played on the pitch and the relaxed family atmosphere off it.

The club welcomes anyone in the area – young, old, male, female – who want to enjoy a game of cricket or simply support this family-friendly club. Matches usually take place on a Sunday afternoon with the occasional midweek fixture.

Graham Whitcroft 19/3/2019

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Village Social Event – Annual Parish Meeting, Monday 15th April 2019

The Annual Parish Meeting is an opportunity for all parishioners to meet, hear about what has been happening and debate issues that matter to them.  As in the last couple of years the Parish Council is making the meeting into a village social event and invites everyone to attend and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments.

As well as Parish, District and County Councillors, village organisations will be attending, each with a table where they can display and talk about what they have been doing.

Come and discuss village life and issues with them and other residents.  Parish Councillors will be on hand to discuss your views on any subject you wish to raise.

Venue/Date:  Badby Village Hall, Monday 15th April 2019
7pm:  Doors open
7.30 pm:  Informal welcome by Richard Piner, Chairman of Badby Parish Council

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Coffee Morning at Church –

Coffee morning –   St Mary’s Church new space will host another coffee morning on Tuesday, March 19 from 10.30am to  12 noon.

Everybody from Badby, surrounding villages and walkers will be most welcome to come along for coffee, tea, cakes and chat.

Put it in your diary for the third Tuesday of each month. The next one will be on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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Two Films for Lent –

Films looking at the lives of two very different people on the margins of society at different times will be shown by the Knightley Parishes united benefice for everyone to see at Badby Village Hall.

18 March:      Cathy Come Home (1966)

1 April:            I, David Blake (2016)

These iconic films were made 50 years apart by the legendary film director Ken Loach – famous for his critical exploration of social issues.

The films will start at 7.30pm with refreshments available 15 minutes prior.

Cost sharing only – £5 per film.

No need to book – just come along for one of both evenings.

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Coming soon….

Details of the latest films being shown in Badby Village Hall by Badby & District Film Society.

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Next meeting of Badby Parish Council

The next meeting of Badby Parish Council will be taking place on Monday 11th March, starting at 7.30pm in the village hall. The documents for the meeting are the agenda and the draft February minutes.

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NGS Open Gardens in Badby –

Five gardens will be open in the afternoon of Sunday, May 19 from 2 – 6pm in Badby.  Please put the date in your diary and come along to enjoy the gardens.

The gardens are at Trifidia, Shakespeares CottageSouthview Cottage, The Old House  and for the first time Chapel House.  Click on the house name for full details.

All proceeds from visiting the gardens go to NGS which is the most significant funder of nursing charities in the country, supporting The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Carers Trust, Hospice UK, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK and other guest charities.

Teas and delicious home-made cakes will be provided in nearby St Mary’s Church, proceeds from these going to church funds.

Here’s hoping for a lovely sunny day!


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Tea and Meet in March

Friday is March 1st – Can you believe it????

Time for Tea and Meet in Badby Village Hall between 2 and 3.30pm.

We’re hoping to use the new kitchen ( come and see)
as a safeguard please bring your own cup ( we will have disposable ones but your own would be better). We’ll fill it with hot tea or coffee to go with the delicious cakes.

Hoping to see you there….

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