Successful season closes for Badby&Farthingstone CC –

With the 2019 fixtures now completed the recently-formed Badby & Farthingstone CC can look back on an exciting and successful first season at their new home near Badby Woods just outside the village.

And with a string of wins, this will go down as a successful inaugural season, something to build on for the 2020 season.

The final three matches saw a win against SNCC before defeats to Blakesley and Crick Lions. It was farewell to club member Jes Ackland-Snow who is jetting off to a new life overseas. Good luck Jes!

Sunday September 8 heralded the club’s open day which attracted over 50 people (members, guests and families). The sun shone and it was great to see so much support for the club. All enjoyed a bbq, refreshments, tombola and 18-over cricket – bringing the curtain down on a season which has seen great progress being made off, as well as on, the field.

The new net facilities augur well for next summer whilst the addition of a new sightscreen has been an added bonus. The ground too has benefitted from the hard work put in by the club’s ground-staff and is a joy to play at, a truly stunning setting. This winter the club will be hard at work putting the pavilion in order, including a much-needed lick of paint.

There was no end of season tour this year but plans are already afoot for one next September.

Next up is the club’s annual presentation night, which will take place in November (date tbc) and the AGM early next year. Watch this space.

Graeme Whitcroft  07793 980500  19th Sept 2019


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Badby Sings …… for fun!

Our first communal singing session with a professional choir leader was a great success. Over thirty voices and lots of smiling faces. Thanks for coming and hope to see you all, and many newcomers, at the next asessions on 20th October and 24th November.

Please bring a bottle of water to sip during the singing.

There will soon be a new dedicated page to Badby Sings under Clubs and Societies in the Local Directory.

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Don’t forget to come and sing tomorrow

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Bellringers’ meeting at Badby –

Members of the Daventry Branch of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers held their monthly meeting at St Mary’s Church on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

Badby Bells

Ringers from around the district assembled from 3pm to practice ringing the six fine bells of character in the tower.  At 4.30pm there was a short service led by member the Revd Michael Haighton from Rugby followed by tea and meeting in the church.

Evening ringing was held on the eight bells at Byfield from 7pm – 8.30pm.

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Church Coffee Morning and trip to top of tower –

Villagers, visitors and walkers were welcomed for coffee, tea, home-made cake and chat.

The weather was wonderful for the two people who took the opportunity to climb to the top of the tower at 12 noon, with fine views over the village and down the Nene valley to the Northampton lift tower and beyond.


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A grand offer to help good neighbours thrive

Communities in Daventry District can apply for up to £1,000 of funding to set up a scheme aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of their residents.

Daventry District Council (DDC) is offering the grants to groups wanting to set up a Good Neighbours Scheme in their area, as well as a toolkit, based on national good practice, to help them get established.

Good Neighbours Schemes work by setting up a volunteer co-ordinator in a village, parish, or neighbourhood area, whose job is to match people who need help with vetted volunteers in the area who are willing to be a good neighbour by offering that help.

They are currently up and running in Moulton, Crick, Welton, Byfield, while there are six further schemes pending in Kilsby, Woodford Halse, Long Buckby, Boughton, Welford and Creaton.

The scheme’s profile was raised on a national level recently when it was featured in the Village Survival Guide, a new book published by the Prince’s Countryside Fund which aims to help rural communities thrive. The Guide is available at

The Good Neighbours scheme is run by DDC in partnership with Northamptonshire ACRE to help combat social isolation and loneliness, and develop community spirit and cohesion.

DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport) can help set up Village Travel Clubs, and Daventry Volunteer Centre Happy at Home Partnership can help with the recruiting of volunteers.

Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure, said: “Good Neighbours Scheme are already proving really valuable in a number of areas of Daventry District, by giving a helping hand to the most vulnerable and isolated members of our community.

“We’d love to see more schemes established throughout the District and there is funding and support available, so I would urge parishes and community groups to please get in touch with us to find out how to get involved.”

For further information visit

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Singers unite this Sunday…

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Church Cleaning rota for September 2019 –

Due to over-subscription of items across the five parishes, the rota for St Mary’s was omitted from the Link for this month:

w/b 2 Helen Morris, Sally Byrne, Ann Skinner

w/b 9 Jan Cooper, Moira Cooper, Judy Jordan

w/b 16 Gill Nelson, Lib Chapman, Jo Hind, Sue Berry

w/b 23 Ann Cotton, Monique Shortt, Ann Syred

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Calling all singers!

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Free digital skills courses on offer in Daventry district

Free digital marketing and advertising courses are being offered in Daventry District thanks to the Google Digital Garage.

The Digital Garage aims to offer people and businesses free advice and coaching on their digital skills to help them find a job, or grow in their business, career or confidence.

It is coming to the Saxon Suite in Daventry Leisure Centre on Tuesday 1 October from 6pm to 9.45pm, when it will be offering three courses:

  • Digital Marketing Strategy: an introduction to the main digital marketing channels and how to use them to build strategy
  • Get started with Digital Advertising: Get started with social, search and display advertising
  • Get started with Digital Marketing: Discover how your career or business could benefit from digital marketing.

All of the sessions are free but must be booked in advance by visiting:

The Google Digital Garage is one of Google’s flagship investment programmes in the UK, offering people the chance to learn free digital skills through a range of courses.

Since its launch in 2015, more than 300,000 people have benefitted from Google’s free face-to-face training on digital know-how across 250 locations in the UK.

The courses offer up-to-date, real-world, skills and are approved by industry experts, top entrepreneurs and some of the world’s leading employers.

Councillor David James, Daventry District Council’s Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder, said: “Supporting local people and businesses to develop the skills they need in order to thrive are among the key objectives of this Council, so we’re delighted to host the Google Digital Garage in Daventry District.

“This is an excellent opportunity for local people to learn up-to-date digital skills to help them make a success of their business, or improve their employability, so I would urge people to register for this fantastic free event.”

People can find out more at or by emailing Daventry District Council’s Strategic Economic Development Officer Mark Pople on

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