Cricket News for July 2019 –


With their latest victory  – against old rivals South Northants Council in an evening 20/20 match – making it five wins out of seven for the season, the newly amalgamated Badby & Farthingstone CC are flying high.

After a confidence-boosting three wins from their first four matches in May, the team made the short trip to Braunston Paddox CC for a 40 over match.

And set to make 142, the visitors looked to have the match in their grasp with just 15 runs needed, overs to spare and wickets in hand – what could possibly go wrong? Well pretty much everything as three wickets fell in quick succession for the delighted home side to win by 12 runs.

Stephen Nelligan produced the best batting form before having to retire at 25, ably supported by captain Charlie Ashmore, newcomer Joe Phillips and Mike Constant.

Earlier an inspired opening three-wicket spell by Graeme Whitcroft put Braunston on the ropes from which they never really recovered. Oh B&FCC how did you lose this?

The following Sunday (June 9) saw the return home fixture against Spencer Bruerne CC, a four-wicket win in another tightly fought affair played in a superb spirit by both sides.

Batting first the visitors made 142 from their 30 overs with last season’s player of the year Will Dicks making an immediate impression with the ball on his return to action, ably assisted by club newcomers Joe Phillips and Andrew Alsworth who both chipped in with valuable wickets.

In reply, the latter also performed well with the bat, Joe hitting 4 fours in one memorable over, the ball crashing to the boundary close to the nearby Badby Woods – superb batting. However, despite another impressive knock by Stephen Nelligan, when skipper Charlie Ashmore was sixth out there were signs of worry in the home ranks, especially given what had happened the previous week.

But with 25 runs still to get, Graeme Whitcroft joined Andrew Alsworth at the crease and these two saw their side home with over six overs to spare.

Unfortunately the bad weather put paid to the next match at Mears Ashby on June 16 before the following Thursday saw the team, chasing 124 against South Northants in a 20/20 affair, win with wickets to spare thanks mainly to acting skipper Stephen Nelligan’s stunning undefeated 58.

STOP PRESS: Off the field, the club’s monthly meat draw starts this month (July) with three great prizes every month. Only £5 to enter, pay by bank transfer, direct debit, standing order or cash.

Details on the club’s Facebook page  as well as local shops/pubs, village halls and noticeboards.

July matches (all 2pm start):

      • Sunday July 7: Blakesley 7s
      • Sunday July 21: Braunston (home)
      • Sunday July 28: Mears Ashby (home)

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Notice of Exercise of Public Rights

Please be advised that the period for the exercise of public rights will commence on 25th June and end on 5th August.  The accounting statements for the financial year 2018-19 (as yet unaudited) together with the annual governance statement, internal audit report and Community Infrastructure Levy report are available to view on the Badby Parish Council pages of the Badby Village website (Accounts and Finance).

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Coming soon …

Details of the films for June and July being shown by Badby & District Film Society in Badby Village Hall.

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Coffee Morning, June 18


The monthly coffee morning in St Mary’s Church will be held on Tuesday (June 18) from 10.30am to  12 noon.

Villagers and walkers will be welcomed for coffee, tea, home-made cake and chat.



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Badby bird notes – June 2019 –

Young blue tits have fledged from one of our nest boxes in the last two weeks and are now amongst a variety of young birds we’re seeing in the garden. These include coal tit, great tit, greenfinch and goldfinch.

Sadly, arriving home from a weekend away, we found the house martin nest under our eaves with a gaping hole in the side with the missing piece lying on the ground. There was no sign of eggs or young or, for that matter, adult birds. However a few days later house martins were seen flying up to the nest so maybe it will be repaired and another attempt at breeding made. On a positive note there do seem to be more house martin nests around the village this year.


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One afternoon every month for Badby People to meet Badby People.

There is no membership, no age limit (high or low ) and no charge.

Just come along to enjoy cake, a drink and chat.

If you’re new to the village it’s a great way to meet neighbours and friends.

If you’ve lived in Badby for years….come…

Badby Village Hall

Friday 7th June


Hope to see you there

Jan and Moira

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Flower Pot Challenge winner –

There were 14 entries for the innovative competition that Badby Floral Bee’s Liz Hudson set up for the Horticultural Society’s Plant Sale.

Jackie Peel’s entry, representing the the ‘Knit Wits’ who knit for charity and mental health groups, was judged the winner.

All the entries were displayed on window sills around the church when teas were being served on NGS Open Gardens Day on May 26.

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French Bal on June 8 –

We are pleased to announce that the next Bal will be held on Saturday 8th June. This will be our last one until Autumn and we hope that as many of you as possible can make it.

The meal will be 7.00 pm onwards. There will be a short introduction to the dances for beginners and the Bal will start at around 8.30 or whenever we have finished eating!
Bring your friends, come for the meal. We are expecting a great evening!

We are looking for musicians to come and play. Bring an instrument and get in for free. We will expect you to play it as well, of course. RSVP from musicians  appreciated at  <>.

Badby Village Hall,  The Green, Badby, NN11 3AF

All Musicians/dancers/listeners welcome!
All you need to do is:

Bring a plate of food for a shared meal (if you wish)
Bring your own alcohol (or pub nearby)

A whole evening’s entertainment for a mere  £4!

RSVP very much appreciated <>

See you soon!

Ian and Sheila

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Coffee morning and – 

The monthly coffee morning in St Mary’s Church will be on Tuesday (May 21) from 10.30am to  12 noon.

Villagers and walkers will be welcomed for coffee, tea, home-made cake and chat. 


There will be a guided tour to the top of the tower at 12 noon for those sufficiently fortified with tea and cake.

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Great start to season for new Badby and Farthingstone Cricket Club –

With two wins from their opening couple of matches, the new season could not have got off to a better start for B&FCC with a seven wicket victory at Spencer Bruerne followed by a comprehensive 99-run win at Eydon.

In the first match, captained by vice Stephen Nelligan in the absence of Charlie Ashmore, B&FCC fielded first restricting the home side to 144 all out with Ed Hall taking three wickets. Visiting openers Paul Picton and Chris Pratska then survived a torrid first few overs against a lively home attack before gaining control with a series of powerful blows.

The home side could only watch as the opening pair put on 50 at around six runs an over. The foundation having been laid Kieran Bennett, Jordan Shingler and Colin Scott proceeded to keep up the pace, with Colin hitting the winning runs with ten overs to spare.

Man of the match: Paul Picton.

The trip to Eydon saw Chris Pratska (25), Stephen Nelligan (71)  and Jordan Shingler help to put 196 (all out) on the board with able lower order support from Peter Mayne. The latter then tore the heart out of the home batting with 3 early wickets, Andy Nightingale chipping in with two, as the home side subsided to 97 all out.

Man of the match: Stephen Nelligan.

Off the field too there have been several developments with a new club badge decided on and grant approval for 4 benches and 4 ‘pub type’ picnic tables.

After all the work that has been done on the ground in the winter it was good to get a visit from Roger Wilson, Managing Director of Northants Recreational Cricket Board and  chairman of SNJCL .

He said: “I’m delighted that the Badby cricket ground is being used again. It’s great to see a local club forming in light of recent local club closures. I was very impressed with the work that’s been done on the playing area when I visited the ground a few weeks ago and the enthusiasm of the club members there.

“Here’s looking forward to the next few years and the development of B&FCC. I have a close affinity with the ground having played my very first game there a few, well quite a few, years ago.”

There are two more matches this month, both at home. June starts with an away game at Braunston (June 3), followed by the return fixture at home to Spencer Bruerne (June 9), then away at Mears Ashby (June 16) with two home fixtures to finish off the month (Pattishall, 23rd and Crick Lions on the 30th)

Until next time.

You can catch up with all the latest news on the club’s Facebook page. Go to Badby & Farthingstone Cricket Club.  Please contact either Phil Hall (07710 850353) or  Graeme Whitcroft (07793 980500) if you are interested in joining us.

Graeme Whitcroft

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