Coffee Morning at St Mary’s Church on Tuesday –

The monthly coffee morning takes place in St Mary’s Church on Tuesday, December 17 from 10.30am till 12 noon.  Come along to enjoy a Christmassy cup of tea or coffee and a slice of home-made cake and lots of chat.


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Badby Sings! again on Sunday

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Christmas wreath making this Friday

Badby & District Horticultural Society are hosting a Xmas Wreath making workshop this Friday, 13th December at 7:00 for 7:30 start in Badby Village Hall.

All welcome to this fun and sociable meeting with demonstrations and guidance from a local florist.

More details can be found here  or email

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Country Park cafe and toilets set to be transformed

The transformation of Daventry Country Park’s café and toilets is set to get underway in the coming weeks as the park’s £765,000 improvement project continues.

The work will see the Reservoir Café improved and extended, with the visitor centre converted into an indoor seating area which will also offer visitor information.

The covered seating area outside will be improved with new lighting and insulation, the courtyard will be levelled and paved, windows and doors will be refurbished and modern shutters will be installed along with additional alarm sensors to improve security.

The Rangers’ office will be relocated to the first floor of the building to accommodate the café extension.

In the toilet block, the layout will be altered to accommodate seven self-contained, unisex cubicles.

Two of the cubicles will be accessible and will offer change facilities, with one of the cubicles featuring an adult-sized changing bench. All of the cubicles will be large enough to accommodate a single pushchair.

Work on the toilet block is due to start this coming Monday, 9 December, while the café extension and refurbishment is scheduled for January.

Portable toilets will be provided on a temporary basis while the toilet block is completed. The café will also be closed for about eight weeks from 20 January.

The improvements, which are expected to take about 16 weeks to complete, are part of a wider investment programme at the Green Flag Award-winning park and follow on from the completion of its popular new play area in the spring.

Further work is set to take place next year and will see the park’s 4km-long circular footpath resurfaced and its footbridge and wooden Walkway Marsh structure refurbished.

The pier near the café will be replaced with a new structure: the Newby Pier, named after longstanding Park Ranger Tony Newby. A new jetty will also be built across the water in Lovell’s Bay.

Ian Vincent, Chief Executive of Daventry District Council, said: “Daventry Country Park is well-loved by the community, so we’re very pleased to embark on the next phase of this programme of improvements, which will benefit visitors for years to come.”

People can keep up-to-date with the improvement work at or on the Country Park’s Facebook page at


For further information please contact:

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

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Coming Soon….

See here for December’s showing at Badby and District Film Society. For this month only it is on the first Friday of the month,  that is this Friday 6th December.

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Tea and Meet on December 6 –


Santa says ” Come along to Tea and Meet in Badby Village Hall

on Friday December 6th 2019 from 2pm to 3.30pm

to enjoy

Badby School Hand Bell Orchestra playing Christmas carols

whilst you are eating cakes, drinking tea and chatting ”

🎄🔔🍰🔔🍪 🔔☕🔔 🎄

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‘Singing at Christmas’ concert –

The JuditSingers, conducted by Judit Felszeghy (left), are performing a concert ‘Singing at Christmas’  in

St. Mary’s Church on

Saturday, December 14 at 7pm.

Tickets are available at £10 (children free) including seasonal refreshments from Jeff 01327 705085, Ruth 01327 361386, Sue 01327 312433 and  Judy 07752 384969.

Since Newnham church expect to still have work taking place on the roof covering , they have asked Badby to host this concert.


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Badby and Fawsley WI Thursday December 12 –

On Thursday December 12, the WI will meet at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church because the village hall will be in use as the polling station for the day!

The Christmas meal will take place with a different menu and programme plus secret Santa.

A taxi service will be available for those unable to manage walking up Church Hill where parking is limited.  For further information please contact Kathy Day, our President, on 01327 438582.

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Badby bird notes for November 2019

NuthatchWith the advent of colder weather more birds are using gardens and garden feeders for a source of food. Two birds that have been in and around our garden recently are nuthatch (left) and treecreeper  (below). Nuthatches are regular users of garden feeders all around Badby, often seen hanging upside down.

TreecreeperTreecreepers don’t visit feeders but might be spotted spiralling round the trunk of a tree, appearing and disappearing as they make their way up or down. Being mainly an unobtrusive brown and white colour they are easy to miss but often tag on to mixed flocks of tits during the winter.


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Seasonal Crime Prevention Advice

The festive season is a time for giving, but sadly also for taking – the dark nights, social occasions, gifts and increased cash people have on them mean there are lots of attractive opportunities for criminals. We’re working hard to keep you safe, but there are simple steps you can take to help us.

At home:

  • Don’t leave Christmas presents under your tree if they are in view of windows or doors. Make sure windows and doors are kept locked.
  • Property-mark presents and valuables with your postcode, house number or name, then register them with Immobilise at Note down model numbers and serial numbers of all electrical items.
  • Never keep large amounts of cash at home and check you have adequate home insurance
  • Be mindful of what you post on social media – don’t advertise you have expensive new gifts or that you’re out and your home is therefore empty.
  •  Make your house look occupied if you’re not at home. Invest in a timer to turn your lights on or, if you can, ask a family member or neighbour to pop in and do it. If they can also open and close your curtains at random times of the day it helps prevent criminals from seeing a pattern, making it harder for them to target your home.
  • Dispose of boxes and rubbish discreetly. Leaving boxes outside will give away the fact that you have new and valuable items in the house.

Personal safety:

  • When Christmas shopping, be aware of how much you are carrying with you. Things like smart phones, digital devices and extra cash to buy presents mean you could be the ideal target for thieves. Don’t take out valuables you don’t need.
  • When you are out and about at Christmas, don’t leave your bag unattended. Keep your purse safe in an internal pocket, and never write down your PIN.
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended. It takes a matter of seconds for someone to tamper with your drink.
  • Consider getting a personal safety alarm. Don’t allow threats of crime to intimidate you into never going anywhere alone. Just be aware of what’s going on around you and be confident that you can keep safe.
  • Plan your journey home. If you use a taxi, ensure it is registered. If you have to walk home, only walk with friends you know well, stick to well-lit and busy streets, and make sure someone knows the route you are taking.

Vehicle security:

  • When you’re out Christmas shopping, look for a well-lit, busy area to park in. For additional security look out for the Park Mark security approved car parks.
  • Make sure nothing is left on display in your car. Even small items can be tempting to a thief.
  • Avoid going back to your car to leave your shopping part-way through your trip. If you have to keep presents in the car, make sure they are out of view in the boot, the car is locked, and keep the receipts with you.
  • Car crime accounts for more than a quarter of all reported crime in the UK, so always lock your car and make sure windows are closed every time you leave it, even for very short periods
  • Never leave your keys in the ignition while your vehicle is unattended, even for a few minutes. Thieves will steal cars that have been left with the engine running to defrost the windows.

Christmas can sadly be a time when family tensions are heightened and domestic abuse can occur or increase. If you, or someone you know, is suffering any form of domestic abuse, call us on 101, or 999 in an emergency. Help is also available from Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service – or 0300 0120154

The festive season also presents extra fire hazards, from fairy lights to flammable decorations and Christmas trees. Find fire prevention advice at
In the event of a fire get out, stay out and call 999.

Message Sent By
Les Conopo (Police, Community Support Officer, Daventry & South Northants)

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