Introduction to our new Rector –

As I write, it’s hard to imagine going for a day out somewhere let alone packing up all our belongs and moving lock, stock and clerical collar to a new community, but (excitingly) that is what is on the horizon for us. Eventually.

A couple of weeks before we all went into Lockdown I was thrilled to have been offered the post of Rector of the Knightley benefice, everything was on track for a move in the summer and then all the well laid plans went on hold. We would still love to come and join you over the summer, but we are aware that we will have to move wisely and slowly and so it may take a little longer than any of us has initially hoped or expected.

In the meantime, please allow me to introduce us. My name is Malcolm Ingham, I was born in the North West and grew up in Ormskirk, midway between Preston and Liverpool in a market gardening area. After training as a graphic designer I worked briefly in advertising in London before joining the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS) and then the South American Mission Society (SAMS) working with young people and youth leaders in this country.

It was during this time that I moved to Bishop’s Itchington to be in a central location and met Liz who had started working for CPAS after I left. CPAS were based in Warwick and although Badby, Newnham, Charwelton, Fawsley and Preston Capes are all new to us, we did come very close to you in the past – our first proper date was a quiet drink at the Red Lion in Hellidon. The rest is, as they say, history.

I trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, before being ordained in Gloucester cathedral and serving my curacy in a Cotswold benefice of five churches centred around Moreton-in-Marsh. During this time our family doubled in size with the arrival of Lottie and then Ed. A stint in Cheltenham as an Associate Minister also saw our family embrace another member, one with a waggy tail and wet nose and although our first dog is no longer with us we were joined two years ago by Hector, a Pointer-Labrador cross rescued from a shelter on Cyprus.

We have spent the last sixteen years on the outskirts of Peterborough where I have been the Rector of two churches. It has been a real privilege to serve in these communities and we have enjoyed sharing our lives with the people here. Liz has worked for a number of employers over the years including the NHS, a housing association and, most recently, as part of the office staff of a local Primary School.

We love spending time in the Lake District or at the theatre in Stratford as well as discovering warmer climes and it will be lovely to be nearer family as well as friends from our past and friends we are yet to make.

We may or may not be joined by our children, Lottie is hoping to return to university so that she can begin her Masters and Ed is hoping to start his first year at university this autumn, however, like all of us, their futures seem very unpredictable at the moment. Needless to say, the days of standing by the side of a windswept football pitch or being the taxi service to Musical Theatre are behind us, so we are looking forward to some new challenges, becoming part of new communities and making new friends.

When will this happen? God knows – and there’s comfort and reassurance in that. We might feel as though our plans are being frustrated, but God’s plans never are, it will all happen in his good timing, it is as Paul wrote to the church in Rome, “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” And so we can have faith that God will bring us together when the time is right.

Until then, stay safe and God bless,

Malcolm, Liz, Lottie & Ed

(From June LINK)

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The Little Shop –

We are trying the below hours until Sunday next week: (we will review the needs and bring back some of our staff)

Open daily 8am to 11am & 4pm to 6pm.

Deliveries remain as usual until further notice.

Please note there is a wider selection in shop.

Also if you are not a facebook user, we are starting to bring back the take-aways.

This week: take away is tomorrow Friday 29th only.

Next week is likely to be the same.  Order on line or by email  and pay at shop

The dishes are:

    • Fish & chips large (haddock) @£9
    • Beef & mushroom pie, chicken & bacon pie, ratatouille pie (veg & vegan)  – all served with chips and gravy @£10.

See you soon.

Lucile,  The Maltsters Badby 

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Rogue Traders Cold-Calling in Daventry Area

Daventry Neighbourhood Policing Team have had an increase in calls regarding rogue traders cold-calling in villages and in Daventry town. These cold-callers have been offering to clean/jet-wash driveways, also offering gardening services and roof repair.

Please be vigilant when answering your door, if you do not know who it is, or you are not expecting visitors DO NOT ANSWER.  Rogue traders will generally target the elderly and the vulnerable.

Information that is helpful to the police:

Registration of the vehicle including make and model

Description of those involved, number of people, clothing.

For more information about crime prevention advice and what is going on in your community please sign up to

If you suspect there are rogue traders knocking on doors in your area please call 101 or in an emergency 999 – the police need to know.

from the Daventry Neighbourhood Team – Be Safe

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Grant for Cricket Club –

B&F Cricket Club secure grant support for COVID-19 pandemic 

Badby and Farthingstone Cricket Club have been awarded £1,130 of National Lottery Funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards its funding needs during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to the pandemic, Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity sector through covid-19. Within the package is a £20m Community Emergency Fund, of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship.

The grant will allow the club to cover its insurance costs, maintenance, and repair of ground care equipment until cricket can resume.  

The club is still hopeful of some match action this summer. The nets and outfield are now being used for practice as part of daily exercise with social distancing rules in place.

Graeme Wheatcroft
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LINK Magazine for June 2020 –

For the third time, the


magazine for the Knightley Parishes  is unlikely to be delivered in hard copy but is

available now by clicking  here.

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Badby bird notes for May 2020 –

The bluebells in Badby Woods were as beautiful as ever. The warm weather in April meant that they were at their best by the middle of that month.

Due to the lockdown more people have been out and about around the village, in the woods and in their gardens observing wildlife.

Numbers of avian summer visitors seem to be good. Many people have heard a cuckoo calling, something that has been sadly missing in recent years.  Swallows, house martins and swifts have all arrived. Let’s hope the village resident with swift boxes has some success in attracting tenants this year! We have no house martins nesting under our eaves yet but there are others around the village.

Chiffchaffs and blackcaps have been very vocal for almost two months. There are also many common and lesser whitethroats singing from the hedgerows.

Perhaps the most exciting visitor has been a marsh harrier, recently spotted hunting over the fields between Badby and Staverton.



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Parish Council (Extraordinary) Meeting – 21st May

An extraordinary meeting (i.e. additional to the regular monthly parish council meetings) has been scheduled for Thursday 21st May at 5.30 pm in order to consider a planning application and other items of business.  The full agenda can be viewed on the Badby Village website under Badby Parish Council – Minutes and Agendas.

In view of the current restrictions this will again be an online meeting via Zoom and the joining details will be posted on the same page as soon as they are available.

Frances Williams (Clerk)

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Scam Protection Advice

Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They spend hours researching you hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment.

They can contact you by phone, email, text, letters, on social media, or in person. They will try to trick you into parting with your money, personal information, or buying goods or services that don’t exist.

To keep yourself and your devices secure please consider our top 10 tips:

1. Verify any unexpected contact is genuine by using a known number or email address to contact organisations directly – is this caller who they say they are? After hanging up, wait five minutes and make sure you can hear a dial tone before making any other calls, or use your mobile. NEVER allow an unsolicited caller remote access to your computer or devices.

2. Don’t be pressurised into sending money – stop and think and check with a trusted source or person. It’s OK to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. Have confidence in yourself, if it feels wrong to you – it probably is.

3. Use someone you know and trust for shopping & other essentials. Don’t hand money over to someone on the doorstep.

4. Authorities like the DWP and HMRC will never ask for banking details like your password or PIN on the phone or in person. You will NEVER be asked to move money to a ‘safe account’. Police or banking representatives will NEVER ask you to help in an investigation by moving money or withdrawing funds.

5. Check for ID’s and get them verified – genuine officials will be more than happy to wait while you verify their ID.

6. Pick strong passwords – choose Three Random Words with a mixture of upper/lower case, numbers and special characters. Do not use the same password across sites. Enable Two Factor Authentication (2FA) on your accounts and devices that offer it, this provides a second layer of security.

7. Be wary of phishing scams – Don’t click on any links or attachments in unexpected emails.

8. Social Media – For those of you who use social media, make sure that it is set up correctly, review your privacy settings to ensure your profile is appropriately locked down.

9. Use antivirus and ensure you are using the latest versions of software, apps and operating systems on your phones, tablets, desktops and laptops. Update these regularly or set your devices to automatically update so you don’t have to worry.

10. Backups – Always back up your most important data such as your photos and key documents to an external hard drive and / or cloud storage.

Report suspicious texts by forwarding them to 7726, which spells SPAM on your keypad.

If you think you’ve received a phishing email forward to

If you think you’ve fallen victim to a scam contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud by visiting or calling 0300 123 2040.

Message Sent By
Kelly Noble (Police, Social Media Engagement Officer, Corporate Communications, Countywide)
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Parish Council Annual Meeting – Mon 11th May

The next meeting of Badby Parish Council will be the Annual Meeting, on Monday 11th May at 7.30 pm.  As with the last meeting in April, this will be an online meeting in line with the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020.

To attend, click or copy and paste the following link, and enter the meeting ID number if prompted:
Meeting ID: 882 560 3522

The agenda for the meeting can be found on this website under Badby Parish Council – Meetings and Agendas.

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Covid-19 testing available for unpaid carers in Northants

This message is for the attention of unpaid carers in Northamptonshire, who are classified as essential workers and therefore qualify for prioritised COVID-19 testing.

We have been asked to send out the following information by Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust – we apologise for the short notice, but this information has only just come in.

COVID-19 testing availability for key workers – Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 May 2020

A temporary drive-through COVID-19 testing facility for key workers is open at St Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton, today and tomorrow (Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 May).

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (new, continuous cough or high temperature) you can book an appointment at the facility by registering for a test on the Gov.UK website.

You will need to bring:

• Identification confirming your key worker status – click here to see who qualifies:
• A smartphone

The testing site is located in the southern car park of the St Andrew’s Hospital site, accessed from Cliftonville Road opposite the Wollaston BMW showroom (NN1 5SZ).

Contact us Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
General Enquiries: 01933 677837 Carers Support Line: 01933 677907
Fundraising donations:

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