LINK Magazine for April 2020 –

The movement regulations made by the government early  this week mean that it will be impossible for the hard copies of the magazine to be fully distributed, if at all.  Copies are available in the church porch and the telephone box on The Green – please use sanitiser after touching door handles.

However you can read it by clicking here now.

Thanks to all my usual correspondents for providing information for the April edition.  Updates kept arriving for most events as they were cancelled when the impact of the coronavirus pandemic wrapped around us.  However changes have stll occurred since press day!

The May edition may fare no better.  However we would like to keep you interested, and informed, and possibly entertained, but we would like to ask for your help in that.

So if you or any member of your family would like to submit an article, poem, opinion piece, puzzle, funny story, drawing or anything else that would help your team here and hopefully add to the interest of the magazine you are invited to do so.

Geoff Pullin

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Stagecoach 200 Bus –

A reduced service timetable has been introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic – basically a two-hourly service between Daventry and Banbury.

Click here for timetable.

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The Maltsters –

Current situation –

You can order and pay on-line for a  range of groceries through this page.

Purchased items are only available by delivery to your door in Badby.


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Badby and Farthingstone Cricket Club –

2020 SEASON: the club is following ECB guidelines which are that all recreational cricket activities (games, training, practice, meetings etc) are suspended until further notice.

Graeme Whitcroft

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Badby Nature –

Richard Piner reports:

I have set up a Facebook group called Badby Nature and a WhatsApp group with the same name.

These are for anyone to record anything interesting they’ve seen in the way of birds, flowers, butterflies etc. around Badby. Also photos.

If you want to join the Facebook group just find it on Facebook or alternatively if you prefer the WhatsApp group let me know. I’ll need your mobile number for WhatsApp so text me if I don’t already have it.

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Badby Bird Notes for March 2020 –

March is always a good month for the variety of birds that come into village gardens. In our garden so far this month, we’ve seen blackbird, blue tit, chaffinch, coal tit, collared dove, dunnock, goldfinch, great spotted woodpecker, great tit, greenfinch, jackdaw, long-tailed tit, magpie, pheasant, robin, siskin (image left from RSPB), sparrowhawk and woodpigeon. We also had our first butterfly sighting this week – brimstone and have also seen small tortoiseshell butterflies around the village.

As we might all be spending more time at home and going for local walks in the next few weeks, I’m hoping to set something up so that people can record and share what they’ve seen in the way of birds, flowers, butterflies etc.

This is an exciting time of year for wildlife with summer migrant birds arriving, butterflies on the wing and a multitude of wild flowers appearing.

Richard Piner


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Effects of Coronavirus so far –

EVENTS ABANDONED SO FAR (as at 19/3/20 evening)

  • All St Mary’s Church services
  • All URC services
  • Lent soup lunches
  • All bellringing
  • Tea and Meet
  • Badby & Fawsley WI
  • Badby Sings
  • Church coffee morning
  • Badby & District Film Society
  • By George supper and quiz
  • Cricket club banquet
  • VE75 Big Breakfast
  • Badby Open Gardens & teas

(Please send any updates to

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Beware Scammers and Fraudsters

From NCALC (Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils):

Times like these bring out the best in people, and the worst in people. Already we are hearing of unscrupulous exploitation of the situation, including:

  • Fraudulent emails containing hyperlinks or attachments, which people in a heightened state of worry are more likely than normal to click on
  • Advice circulating on social media that people self-isolating should physically mark their houses in some way if they need help, e.g. by displaying a sticker in their front window or tying a ribbon to their front door. This is effectively putting a target on the house for people up to no good
  • People offering goods that are in temporarily short supply (e.g. toilet roll) or increased demand (e.g. face masks) for sale at knockdown prices, taking payment and then never delivering the goods
  • Fraudsters posing as volunteers and conning vulnerable (particularly elderly) people by taking their credit cards so that they could do their shopping for them, and then making additional unauthorised purchases

The list above is a small sample of the depths some people will stoop to. It’s a time for being extra-vigilant, pausing before clicking, and making sure that online and offline security measures are in place and up to date.

For further information see

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Message from The Maltsters –

From all of us at the Maltsters Country Inn:

THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for continuing to come to the pub. We remain at your service until told otherwise.

Social distancing? We have a large garden and function room, spread yourselves around! We will also do the same to booked tables. 

Avoiding large crowds? Our bar restaurant only seats a maximum of 42 people. 

Hygiene? We have public anti-bac points and our team are hard-wired to keep clean. Our kitchen is 5* Food Safety rated. We’re sanitising public area contact points on a regular basis throughout the day (door handles, push plates etc). Everything we usually do, but even more often. 

We are working as hard as we can to maintain a safe & clean space for all our friends, regulars and guests to enjoy.

We are monitoring public advice daily and adjusting our response as we go. If you are feeling unwell and have booked a table or party with us we completely understand if you need to cancel.

For now, we are open and ready to greet you all with a friendly smile (just probably not a handshake).

Wishing all of you and your families the best of continued health in this troubled time.

Yours, Team Maltsters, Badby (open for now). 

Merlin 17/3/2020

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