Badby&Farthingstone CC News – September 2020

Badby&Farthingstone CC News

With this shortened season drawing to a close, five matches to report on this month.

First up was a home match against Eydon and the club’s first Covid-safe post match barbecue of the summer. Batting first B&FCC amassed a healthy total of 183 (25 overs) with solid contributions from Chris Pratska, Dan Currie, Stephen Nelligan, Colin Scott, Jordan Shingler and Malcolm Alphonso. In reply fine bowling from Peter Mayne and Stephen Nelligan aided by excellent fielding saw Eydon fall well short of the required target – a convincing win. Man of the match: Dan Currie with 25 runs and 2 wickets.

The following week saw (yet another) exciting finish at old rivals Everdon. Batting first Everdon made 122 with the wickets shared by Jude Dyke, Jordan Shingler, Ryan Haynes and Grady Nightingale. In reply excellent batting by Kieren Bennett, captain Charlie Ashmore and man of the match Ryan Haynes saw the visitors home by just one wicket, another close, exciting win.

Keen to make it a hat-trick of wins, B&FCC came crashing back to earth the following Sunday at home to Crick Lions. Chasing a fairly modest 109 to win, the home side produced by far their worst batting performance of the summer when they were bowled out for just 48 with only George Whitcroft White and man of the match Harry Osborne providing any resistance.

After that setback, the club were keen to put in a good performance in the next match at home to South Northants Council. For this match, the club welcomed back a founder member of Farthingstone Nomads CC – Wayne Fowkes, still a keen B&FCC supporter and follower from the other side of the world. Wayne enjoyed a fine partnership with his old Nomad mate Paul Justice, the sight of them batting together out in the middle bringing back many memories of days gone by. Harry Osborne also did well as the home side totalled 146. Man of the match: Wayne Fowkes (who else?

In reply Ryan Haynes and Stephen Nelligan were in fine form with the ball, ably abetted by some terrific fielding. The run rate soon crept up to over eight an over, a task that proved too much for the  visitors as B&FCC ran out comfortable winners.

With Crick Lions unable to host their home fixtures it was back to Badby for what proved to be a far closer and exciting return match. This time a far improved batting performance from B&FCC saw a total of 168 (35 overs) with batting honours shared by Stephen Nelligan, Ryan Haynes and Chris Pratska. In reply a combination of tight bowling (Malcolm Alphonso, Ryan Haynes) and good fielding saw the match enter its final over with Crick Lions requiring nine runs for victory. Ryan Bennett had the unenviable task of bowling it but he was well up to the task as the visitors fell five runs short – a fitting end to a terrific game. Well played everyone. Man of the match: Chris Pratska (43 invaluable runs).

Unfortunately Covid 19 predictably put paid to the club’s end of season tour to Brno in the Czech Republic. Let’s hope we have better luck next year.

All club news on the noticeboard at the Badby ground as well as on the club’s Facebook page at 

Graeme Whitcroft
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What’s going on at Canons Ashby?

As the gardens look neater and tidier every day, and we carefully reopen selected parts of the site, it’s fantastic to see visitors enjoying the open spaces or just having a catch up in the tea-garden.

Behind the scenes the garden team are working incredibly hard.  Recently they had a very pleasant surprise in their growing and potting area: Great Crested Newts hiding under the seed trays! There is a small pond nearby and plenty of insects to eat, as well as lots of shade and damp places in which to hide.  We hope they’ll stay for a long time!

As well as newts, hedgehogs have moved in as well!  We didn’t think we would get hedgehogs on this site as we have badgers nearby which prey on hedgehogs, but they’re here anyway.  Hopefully they’ll do well and keep safe from the badgers.

All the information about what you can see at Canons Ashby, and how to book a ticket, can be found on our website .  The page called “What to expect when visiting Canons Ashby” gives you plenty of information.  Currently you need to book a ticket before 3pm the previous day to come in: do this in the “what’s on” section.

Posted on behalf of Helena Avery-Clarke
Visitor Experience Officer, Canons Ashby

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Purse Thefts in Daventry

Daventry Neighbourhood Team are informing the public that there has been a number of purse thefts in Daventry town in recent weeks.

Please can we remind people to be vigilant when shopping, keeping handbags closed and on your person at all times and where possible bags to be worn across your body.

When shopping we can be distracted very easily with looking at all the wonderful things to buy  on the shelf or just chatting.

If you notice an open bag or if someone has their bag on the trolley please help us by warning them of the risks.

In an emergency, when there is a crime in progress or a life at risk, always call 999.

To report a crime or incident, provide information or for advice, call 101 or visit

To contact your Neighbourhood Team covering Daventry Town and surrounding villages they can be contacted on the following email:

You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous.  These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit

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Coffee Morning in Church on 15th September – CANCELLED

Unfortunately, owing to the new restrictions from Monday limiting social gatherings to a maximum of six people, we have no choice but to cancel the coffee morning which was planned to take place next Tuesday 15th September in Church.

This was to have been the first coffee morning since before lockdown in March, so it is very disappointing to have to cancel it.  Thank you to all those who offered to bake cakes, help or just come along.  Hopefully the new tighter rules will be lifted soon and we will be able to try again!

From the Churchwardens – Judy and Frances

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Badby bird notes for August 2020 –

We’ve had bullfinches on our feeders throughout the summer this year. This has never happened so regularly before. Initially it was predominantly males, up to three at a time, with their bright red breast plumage. Occasionally a female would be present with much duller plumage. In the last two weeks, we’ve seen a young bullfinch as well. This can be recognised by its grey-brown head rather than the black crown and face of adult birds.

Few migrant birds remain except for late nesting house martins and chiffchaffs quietly calling from cover.


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The Maltsters Opening Hours in September 2020 –

Opening Hours in September 2020


  • Mondays & Tuesdays        Closed
  • Wednesdays              BAR ONLY  5 -10pm
  • Thursdays                  BAR 4 – 11pm               KITCHEN 5 – 9.30pm (Steaks 40% off)
  • Fridays                        BAR 4 – 11pm               KITCHEN 5 – 9pm
  • Saturdays                   BAR 12 noon – 11pm   KITCHEN 12 noon – 4pm and 5 – 9pm
  • Sundays                      BAR 12 noon to 8pm    KITCHEN:12 noon to 4pm

Take away or eat-in: available during kitchen opening hours.  01327 700393


  • Mondays  to Fridays          11.30am – 2.30pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays   10am – 3pm

Please check  on  facebook and website  as we adjust to suit demand!

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Courier Fraud – Please Warn Elderly Relatives about This Scam

Police officers will NEVER ask you for money – please warn elderly relatives about this emerging scam

Fraudsters pretending to be police officers are repeatedly targeting the elderly in Northamptonshire.

Over the past few months, a number of incidents have taken place across the county where fraudsters have pretended to be police officers conducting covert investigations in order to gain the trust of elderly people with the aim of scamming them out of their money.

What is Courier Fraud?

Courier fraud occurs when a fraudster contacts victims by telephone purporting to be a police officer or bank official. To substantiate this claim, the caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full name and address.

The caller may also offer a telephone number for the victim to telephone or ask the victim to call the number on the back of their bank card to check that they are genuine. In these circumstances, either the number offered will not be genuine or, where a genuine number is suggested, the fraudster will stay on the line and pass the victim to a different individual.

After some trust has been established, the fraudster will then, for example, suggest:

  • Some money has been removed from a victim’s bank account and staff at their local bank branch are responsible. 
  • Suspects have already been arrested but the “police” need money for evidence.
  • A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is operating fraudulently and they require assistance to help secure evidence.

Victims are then asked to co-operate in an investigation by attending their bank and withdrawing money, withdrawing foreign currency from an exchange or purchasing an expensive item to hand over to a courier for examination who will also be a fraudster.

At the time of handover, unsuspecting victims are promised the money they’ve handed over or spent will be reimbursed but in reality there is no further contact and the money is never seen again.

Spot the signs

  • Someone claiming to be from your bank or local police force calls you to tell you about fraudulent activity but is asking you for personal information or even your PIN to verify who you are.
  • They’re offering you to call back so you can be sure they’re genuine, but when you try to return the call there’s no dial tone.
  • They try to offer you peace of mind by having somebody pick up the card for you to save you the trouble of having to go to your bank or local police station.

How it happens

You may get called on your mobile or landline by someone who claims to be from your bank or the police. They say their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on your card or it is due to expire and needs to be replaced.

They might suggest that you hang up and redial the number of their bank or police force to reassure you that they’re genuine. However, they don’t disconnect the call from the landline so that when you dial the real phone number, you’re still speaking to the same fraudster.

They’ll then ask you to read out your credit or debit card PIN or type it on your phone keypad. They may ask for details of other accounts you hold with the bank or elsewhere to grab more information.

Then they promise to send a courier to you to collect your bank card. The fraudster will have your name, address, full bank details, card and its PIN, and withdraw cash using the card and may even use the information to commit identity fraud in your name.

If you’ve given your bank details over the phone or handed your card to a courier, call your bank straight away to cancel the card.

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Susan Fletcher (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Northamptonshire)
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Great Office Giveaway!

Northants CALC Ltd is moving out of the Litchborough Trading Estate having been in the village 12 years. 😢 We’ve got loads of stationery and other office stuff which we are GIVING AWAY this Saturday (5 September 2020) between 10am and 2pm. Just drop in whenever you can and take what you want. We’ve got paper (A4 and A3) envelopes. pens and pencils, staplers, ring binders, hole punches, a paper shredder, desk lamps, some monitors, old PCs (hard drives removed), and lots, lots more. Plus some bigger furniture including 3 big desks and 2 big storage cupboards (see It’s all got to go, and what’s left over on Saturday afternoon is going to the tip! It’s all free but we will have a charity bucket for the British Heart Foundation ready and any donations to it will be gratefully accepted. Any questions please call the number below, and feel free to spread the word!

Unit 6 (first one on the right as you go in), Litchborough Trading Estate, Northampton Road, Litchborough, NN12 8JB. 01327 831482.

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Sally Byrne’s funeral –

Sally Martine Byrne passed away peacefully at home on 15th August 2020, aged 50 years, beloved wife of Nelson and a much loved mother to ‘The Flowers’ she will be very sadly missed by all her family and many friends.

The funeral will be held at St Mary’s Church at 2pm on Tuesday September 1, followed by  burial in the cemetery, led by the Revd Sue Faulkner assisted by an RC priest.

There is the usual restriction of 30 at the funeral service, so a seat in church will not be possible, but Nelson says people are welcome to the burial in the cemetery, and that there will be a weather dependent impromptu picnic in the field next to the cricket pitch afterwards, to which all are welcome.

Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu payable to Marie Curie may be sent via the justgiving page in Sally’s memory or ( cheques only please) c/o John Ward & Son Funeral Directors , 17 High St., Daventry , Northamptonshire. NN11 4BG. Telephone 01327 300033.

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Roof repairs at St Mary’s Church –

The Parochial Church Council of St Mary’s Church (PCC) has already been granted full planning permission for the project to repair the roof and replace the time expired mineral roof tiles but it still needs to obtain a Faculty from the Diocesan Chancellor before it is allowed to start.

Below is the public notice that it is required to pin up in and outside the church.   The Chancellor has requested that in the coronavirus situation further publicity is given in media beyond the formal notice.



ln the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Peterborough

ln the parish of Badby

Church of St Mary the Virgin

NOTICE IS GIVEN that we are applying to the Consistory Court of the diocese for permission  to carry out the following:

To replace the chancel and nave roofs with terne-coated stainless steel and to undertake general roof repairs in accordance with a Specification Rev A dated 27 February 2020 Schedule of Works Rev B and Pre-Construction Information dated 4 November 2019 from William Assheton of GSS Architecture Ref CCK/WFA/dmv/CHO85A together with drawings S03 Rev A, S01 Rev A, (27) 01, S02 Rev A and SK02 Rev A and to restore the clock dial in accordance with the proposal contained in an estimate dated 27 February 2020 from Gillett and Johnston

Copies of the relevant plans and documents may be examined on Daventry District Council Planning website under reference DA/2019/0986. or at 25 THE GLEBE, BADBY  please phone  01327 871806 beforehand



Date     AUGUST 29, 2020

lf you wish to object to any of the works or proposals you should send a letter or email stating the grounds of your objection to The Diocesan Registrar Miss Anna Spriggs at Hunt and Coombs Solicitors, 35 Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6AG so that your letter reaches the registrar not later than SEPTEMBER 26, 2020.

A letter of objection must include your name and address and state whether you live in the parish and/or your name is entered on the church electoral roll of the parish or any other basis on which you have an interest in the matter.

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