We enter a team in the Northamptonshire WI skittles league, with monthly practice sessions on the first Thursday of the month at 12:00 at the White Horse Inn and Chippy, Norton. All are invited to join us there for a practice followed by fish and chips lunch at 1:00pm. If you can’t make the practice you are very welcome to just come for lunch!
On the 3rd Thursday of the month there is a lunch at various pubs around the area, organised originally for the skittles team members it is now open to all WI members.
For more details about either of these contact Mali Birt – 01327 261673
New for 2014 was the BAFTAS (Badby And Fawsley Trekkers, Amblers and Strollers). We do monthly walks around the area, including a refreshment stop for coffee, lunch or afternoon tea to put back on all the calories we will have walked off. The walks are on the 1st Tuesday of the month, normally starting from Badby Village Hall at 9:30am. Jan Hupfield -01327 703382 and Moira Cooper 01327 703292 are the contacts.
Ann Syred and Maggie Marshman organise Outings and Theatre trips as and when, depending on the programme at Derngate / Royal Theatre, Northampton and MK Theatre. In 2015 these included trips to Bletchley Park and Chatsworth House when it was decorated for Christmas and in 2016 24 members visited the Christmas Craft Fair at Blenheim Palace. Theatre trips have included ‘The boy in Striped Pyjamas’ and ‘The Suffragetes’ and a behind the scenes tour of Milton Keynes Theatre in 2016. 2017 included trips further afield to Kew Gardens, Highclere House (of Downton Abbey Fame) and Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke on Trent. 2018 included a trip to Cambridge Botanical Gardens with a guided tour and following on from our April speaker, a trip to Lamport Hall and Gardens. In 2019 members visited Steane Park, Sezincote House and Gardens and Thenford Gardens to see the Autumn colours. Atrip to see Calendar Grls musical at Derngate Theatre was also enjoyed. You can contact Ann on 01327 439159 and Maggie on 01327 312018.
New for 2020 is a series of visits to local gardens. Joanna Dring, on 07973 278353, is the member to contact about these.
Another new group started in 2014 was the Knit-Wits – a knit and natter for charity group. Many of us enjoy knitting and invariably have wool left over, times when you have knitted so much that you have run out of projects and could stock a shop with the number of knitted items that you have created. The aim of the group is to support a charity (or charities) with our knitted creations.
As their first project in 2014 the group knitted many teddy bears, baby hats and coats and cot blankets for the Greenfields Africa ‘Mama Bag’ project. The bags are used as incentives for mothers-to-be to attend antenatal services, thus helping the fight against AIDS, TB and infant mortality.They are distributed direct to the poorest families in the remotest areas of Uganda and Kenya.
Since then they have knitted woolly hats for seamen, baby items for Cynthia Spencer Hospice shop and for the St. Martins baby bath scheme to help local mums in Davetry area who are struggling. They have also knitted and crocheted ‘twiddle’ muffs for the local hospitals and care homes, blankets for sale in the local Air Ambuance shop, ‘memory’ blankets for palliative care patients at Rugby St. Cross and baby pockets and blankets for SANDS.
They regularly knit popppies to decorate St. Mary’s Church, Badby and in 2019 decorated the WI Centenary bench on the village green. 2019 also saw them knit Forgt-me-Knots for a Cynthia Spencer Hospice display at Castle Ashby.
For more information contact Karen Brown 01327 312158
The B&F WI Drama group meet regularly to write and rehearse comedy/tragedy plays, and radio scripts which they present to WI members. 10 members are currently involved, including one prop/costume designer. As the Badby Belles they performed to the public in April 2016.
For more information or to become involved contact Kathryn Dickinson
By popular demand a Book Club has been formed, the first meeting was in May 2016. They meet on the 4th Monday of the month from 2:00 – 4:00pm to discuss the book chosen for that month from member’s suggestions..
For more information contact Ann Syred on 01327 439159
New in 2018 was Culture Club, a chance to discuss the latest films, TV programmes and current books. Contact for this is also Kathy Day.