THE LITTLE SHOP – December 2020 opening times

New shop opening times for December in Tier 2:

        • WEDNESDAYS to FRIDAYS:        11.30am – 2.30pm

        • SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS:            10am – 3pm

Pre order your meat now for Christmas

          • Turkey Crown
          • Whole turkeys
          • Turkey Paupiette
          • Lamb
          • Beef
          • & more

deliveries until the 24th!


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The Maltsters in December 2020 –

Friday 4th December: Pub Classics TAKE AWAY

(Sourdough Pizzas, Fish & Chips, Maltsters Burgers & Falafel Burger).

PUB REOPENING on Thursday 10th December 5pm

        • THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS:            5 to 10.30pm

        • SATURDAYS:                                   12 noon to 10.30pm

        • SUNDAYS:                                        12 noon to 4pm

Order anytime:

    • 01327 700393
    • email
    • online:  > Online Shop  > Take away Friday 4th
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What’s in a name? –

When we all heard that the Badby Horticultural Society, or Badby Gardening Club (more of that later) was closing, there was gossip in The Glebe, gassing on the greens, and argie-bargie in the allotments…  Alas, victory has been snatched from the jaws of defeat; the Club has been saved – by the people, for the people.

On behalf of the ‘Leadership Team’, I must thank those former Committee members who recently resigned.  What a great job they did – Keith Bull, Angela Waldock, Paul and Lynne Green and Tony Bird.

But let’s look forward; and pose the question, ‘why shouldn’t you join the local Gardening Club / Horticultural Society?’  You might be ‘too young’ (or too old), or maybe you think

you don’t have enough plants, flowers or vegetables.  This is all tittle-tattle; the Club is for everyone; the last thing we need is elitism in a Gardening Club, and two words that can sound a bit intimidating are ‘society’ and ‘horticulture’. I confess that neither word appeals to me, and yet I love gardening. Gardens are our sanctuaries; hidden away from the bustle of life – and other people. We tend to put effort into screening and privacy to fashion our personal havens – somewhere to hide from personal contact outside our immediate family and friends.

Yet gardening can be a hobby best pursued with the assistance of others; we gain advice from books and magazines, radio, TV, YouTube channels and, fundamentally, EACH OTHER. There is a concern that fewer of us are accessing the kinship of a garden community and in the case of Badby Gardening Club (or Horticultural Society – take your pick), the cost of joining is £5 for the year, and you can gain so much from your membership. I cannot think of anything garden-related that is better value, even packets of seed.

Being new can attract attention, especially when you’re young, but whatever your age, background or gardening interest, you’re sure to find a welcome here. Of course, all the members live in or near to Badby and share the same soil, same weather and same pests(!) as you. There’ll always be someone who’s grown something and failed and another who’s succeeded.  People swap advice as freely as plants, cuttings and seeds.

There is the Annual Show a ‘competitive’ event which some indulge in more than others.  I have dipped my toe in and I can honestly say that as a layman I was staggered by the level and standard of the entries, but I still felt pleased with a few third places. I started to think a bit more about what to grow and my plums came second one year – but I shouldn’t boast! We are making a big effort to appeal to younger members and we hope to expand into social media platforms to promote events and connect with the Community in different ways. Despite the obvious restrictions imposed by COVID, there are opportunities to take part on-line and, [green] fingers-crossed, we’ll be back to meeting up in person by the Spring.

Why not make one of your resolutions to join the Badby Gardening Club – if you like gardening, you’re unlikely to regret it. It’s really simple to join; for further detail just email Rich on:


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DDC Services incl. Waste and Recycling over Christmas

Daventry District Council’s offices will be closed from Christmas Day until they reopen on Monday 4 January 2021.

Essential services, such as waste and recycling collections and street cleaning will continue over the festive period, and there will also continue to be arrangements in place in the event of an emergency.

Find out more about waste and recycling collections, office opening times and online services below:

Waste and recycling collections

Collection schedules

Collections will continue to take place as usual over the Christmas and New Year period, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day:

  • If your collection is due on Christmas Day (Friday, 25 December) it will instead take place on Sunday, 27 December
  • If your collection is due on New Year’s Day (Friday, 1 January) it will instead take place the following day on Saturday, 2 January

Extra recycling collection

During the week beginning Monday 28 December, all households will get an extra collection of their blue-lidded bin on their usual collection day.

Extra recycling will also be collected if it cannot fit into the blue-lidded bin. Please put these items in clear or white bags and place them next to your bin.

Food waste collections

Food waste bins will continue to be collected on their usual weekly schedule. Please remember you can recycle leftover raw and cooked foods, including veg peelings, egg shells, out-of-date food, plate scrapings, solid fats, meat and fish bones. Please do not put any liquids in the caddy.

Garden waste collections

Those subscribed to the service are advised there will a short break in collections during the week beginning 28 December, to allow crews to focus on the extra seasonal recycling.

General waste collections

Black bins containing general waste will continue to be collected as normal on their three-weekly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible and make use of the extra blue-lidded recycling bin collection, as black bins with raised lids or bags of rubbish left next to your bin will not be collected.

Real Christmas trees

If you have a real Christmas tree you can put it out for collection in the week beginning Monday 11 January.

It should be placed next to your bins on your normal collection day. Those subscribed to the garden waste service can cut the tree up and place it in their garden waste bins if they prefer.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees, but they can be taken to your local household waste recycling centre:

What can I recycle?

Find out more information about what can be put in each bin at:

Keep on top of collections

You can check your collection day and which bins to put out using any of the following methods:

Check the collection calendar we sent you in August

Check your bin day online:

Download the free Daventry District Council app from the Apple or Google Play stores

Report a missed collection

Daventry District Council’s offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on Monday 4 January. During this period any missed collections can be reported via our online self-serve system:

Council opening times

Lodge Road council offices

Daventry District Council’s offices will close at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve (Thursday 24 December), reopening at 9am on Monday, 4 January 2021.

Over Christmas, residents can continue to access a range of information and services online:

Please note that Jobcentre Plus and Northamptonshire County Council’s Children’s and Young People’s Service will each operate different working hours over Christmas.

Please also be aware that due to Covid-19 there are restrictions on who can enter the Lodge Road offices. It is currently only open to people who are: homeless or threatened with homelessness; in need of a food bank referral; accessing Children and Young People’s services; accessing Job Centre Plus; or vulnerable and in need of help with Universal Credit. Please come to the front door and a member of staff will speak to you from a safe distance

Abbey Advice and Resource Centre

The Abbey will operate its normal office hours up to and including Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24 December). It will then operate the following opening hours:

  • Christmas Day through to Monday 28 December (inclusive): Closed
  • Tuesday 29 December: Normal opening hours
  • Wednesday 30 December: Normal opening hours
  • Thursday 31 December: Normal opening hours
  • Friday 1 January: Closed
  • Saturday 2 January: Closed to tenants only. Open for Library click and collect from 10am to 2pm
  • Sunday 3 January: Closed
  • Monday 4 January: Normal opening hours
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Online exhibition to showcase plans for Badby conservation area

Residents and anyone else with an interest can learn more about plans to protect Badby’s history and heritage, in an exhibition to be held over the online video conferencing facility Zoom. 

The session will run from 6.30pm until 7.30pm on Wednesday 2nd December. 

Details of how to join the meeting can be found at 

The page includes instructions for submitting questions to the exhibition, which must be done in advance.   

People can also submit their views on the proposals by emailing or by writing to Rhian Morgan, Heritage Policy Officer, Local Strategy Service, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP. 

Paper copies of the proposals can be obtained by emailing or phoning 01327 871100. 

The deadline for comments is 5pm on Monday 18 January. 

The consultation has been launched by DDC as part of a wider review of the District’s conservation areas – places considered worthy of preservation or enhancement because of their special architectural or historic interest. 

Designation as a conservation area puts in place tighter planning controls for anyone seeking permission to alter or demolish a building, or carry out work to trees, in order to maintain the special interest of the area. 

The review aims to ensure that the District’s conservation areas are fit for purpose. It looks at whether their boundaries should be changed and whether further controls should be introduced.  

Badby’s consultation is being run for a second time after being disrupted by the lockdown in March. Comments made earlier are being carried forward, so anyone who submitted views last time does not need to do so again.  

More information is available at 

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Covid-19 Update – Northamptonshire

The Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils (NCALC) has notified the Parish Council that this week’s surveillance report, an analysis of the recent Coronavirus cases and rates over the period 9 – 15 November, shows that 1,642 residents have tested positive in the county since last week and that Northamptonshire’s total cases in the last week are nearly nine times higher than the weekly averages seen last month. 

Lucy Wightman, Director of Public Health for Northamptonshire County Council, writes:

Dear Residents,  

I am writing to you directly, as we enter the winter period, to inform you of the current situation relating to Coronavirus in Northamptonshire and specifically the areas in which you live. I’m also hoping to share some key tips to help you and your families stay safe during the winter period and how to access support if you need to self-isolate, if you become unwell, or if you require help with shopping, medication or loneliness.  

We are currently seeing the largest rise in cases in Northamptonshire since the first national lockdown. Positive cases range across all age groups, but significantly are largest in the age groups from 10-59. We know that these age groups are amongst the most sociable, go to school, university or work, and may be involved in the care of others, children and/or older people.  

Worryingly, we are also seeing a rise in cases amongst those aged over 60. This age group is the group that are most likely to become severely unwell should they get Coronavirus, they may need to stay in hospital and sadly, as we are starting to see once again, more of this age group are likely to die from the virus.  

Transmission can easily spread within families, especially where children and parents mix with grandparents and particularly in indoor settings. Whilst we recognise the importance of social interaction, we would recommend that if you have to work with or care for someone who is older or more vulnerable, or if you ordinarily mix with grandparents, that you consider reducing your social contacts elsewhere, or move your interactions with those older, more vulnerable contacts to an online format where possible during the winter period.  

The introduction of recent national lockdown guidance will help us to reduce community transmission of the virus. Community transmission is where the virus spreads in households with people mixing in indoor spaces in particular. We would recommend that where anyone enters your home, or you theirs, for example for childcare purposes, that everyone wears a face covering, maintains a two metre social distance, and keeps interactions as short as possible.  Continue to wash your hands regularly and clean any surfaces or contact points such as door handles, cupboard handles and taps.  
If you have any concerns about whether you may have COVID-19, how to get a test, how to get more support for someone who is vulnerable or the current guidance and what you can and cannot do, visit the County Council website.  

We all need to work hard to ensure that case numbers reduce in our local area, to ensure that we keep the people we love safe, and so that we can return to a more normal way of living as soon as possible when the national measures come to an end. We are all in this together and all of our actions contribute to the outcomes we face. Let’s continue to work together, to wash our hands regularly, to wear our face coverings and to keep two metres from others.    

Lucy Wightman
Director of Public Health, Northamptonshire County Council
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Badby and Farthingstone Cricket Club – Nov 2020

Whilst the second national lockdown has effectively postponed the club’s winter fund-raising schedule, hopes remain high that restrictions can soon be lifted and dates put in the diary for the annual presentation night and AGM. Both these events will now take place in February or March 2021 to allow as much time as possible for a possible relaxing of the rules.

In light of the club’s growing membership, more matches are being planned for next season as well as more intra club matches.

Some club fund raising has been taking place in the form of a weekly on-line sporting predictor event organised by captain Charlie Ashmore.  Club members are invited to predict the outcome of several weekend sporting events with the entrant getting the most right winning half the week’s stakes and the rest going to club funds.

The event is open to all the local community so if you want to have some fun and support your local cricket club go to:

Graeme Whitcroft

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Save Our Surgery Byfield – REMINDER

Are you a patient at the surgery at Byfield? Would you be willing to speak in support of the application for a new medical centre in Byfield and the housing which goes with it, when it is next heard by DDC’s planning committee – possibly in December?

The “Save our Surgery Byfield Support Group” think the planning committee chairman would have to find some very good reasons to deny each member of the public his/her 3-minutes speaking time, and that having representatives of as many parishes as possible who have residents who are patients at the surgery would lend a great deal of weight to approve the application.

If you are willing to represent Badby residents using the surgery at Byfield, please contact the Clerk by email to or telephone 07717 337048. Thank you.

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On-line Remembrance Service by Rev’d Malcolm

Following new lockdown rules which prevent public worship in Church for the time being, our new vicar Rev’d Malcolm has recorded a Remembrance service which you can watch online at:

Rev’d Malcolm says: “This is not a Zoom service, so anyone can watch it and take part in it whenever they want during the next seven days.”

“This is a very, very new website which is still being fine-tuned” – the old Knightley Parishes website is not capable of hosting this type of content – “and it’s being launched slightly sooner than I would ideally like because of lockdown and Remembrance Sunday, so be patient with me as I mould it to who we are and what we do. The website address will also change in the not too distant future, to something that is easier to locate.”

“I hope you enjoy exploring the site and find tomorrow’s service helpful. Stay safe, and God bless”.

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The Maltsters take-away

Lockdown Take-Away – The Maltsters Badby

Every FRIDAY, Stone baked Pizzas, Haddock & ChipsRegular or Sourdough Base

Collection between 3.30-8pm

Orders anytime in the week for Friday ONLY-

call us 01327 700393-


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