Remembrance Sunday

Very disappointingly, as a result of the new lockdown restrictions which come into force on Thursday, we have had to cancel the Remembrance Sunday service planned for 8th November in Badby Church. This is because public worship other than for funeral and weddings is not permitted. However, the Church will continue to open for individual private prayer each week on Wednesdays and Sundays, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Our new Vicar, Rev’d Malcolm, is hoping to be able to post an online service in time for Remembrance Sunday – at the time of writing this is still to be confirmed, but if you are interested in joining please get in touch with one of your Churchwardens. We will also endeavour to publicise the details on the Badby Village website and the St Mary’s Church Facebook page.

Judy Jordan, tel. 07752 384969, email
Frances Williams, tel. 07717 337048, email

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Badby bird notes for October 2020 –

A highlight of the last few weeks was seeing a flock of about a dozen crossbills in a tree along the back road towards Preston Capes Road. They remained long enough for us to get a good view of the brick red plumage of the males, the more understated yellowy-green of the females and the characteristic bills that give them their name.

Winter thrushes – redwings and fieldfares – are now in evidence, a sign that winter is on the way.

Our garden feeders have been fairly quiet for birds, probably due to plenty of food supplies elsewhere. The autumn has been mild so far. A few frosts will no doubt encourage more birds into village gardens



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Remembrance in Badby –

Poppies for the British Royal Legion Poppy Appeal will be available for donations at The Maltsters Inn and The Little Shop. There will be no door-to-door collection this year because of the COVID-19 precautions.

The Knitwits Group of the WI have been busy knitting to decorate the seat on The Green with poppies in remembrance of those lost in war and yellow flowers to remember those who have died because of COVID-19 this year.

On Remembrance Sunday (November 8) at 11am in St Mary’s Church, Susan Rose will lead the usual family-friendly Remembrance service when a candle for each of the Badby soldiers who died in the two world wars will be lit.  Please do come along – you will be sure of a warm welcome.  CANCELLED see post above

The half-muffled bells will herald the service with only three having ropes far enough apart to meet pandemic social distancing precautions.  CANCELLED

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Badby and Farthingstone Cricket Club News – October 2020 –

Given the delayed start, the club has enjoyed a successful season with more wins than losses, several exciting final over finishes and some new players, many of whom are teenagers which augurs well for the club’s future.

Club chairman Andy Nightingale said:

“At the height of lockdown in April it looked like we might not play any cricket at all and the club could have been in real jeopardy. But thanks to the fantastic efforts of everyone involved with the club we had a more successful season than we could have imagined – so many we had to employ a rotation policy!

“There were several fine team performances with every game played in the right, sporting spirit.

“Special mention to captain Charlie Ashmore whose on and off field work has been fantastic and vice-captain Stephen Nelligan who stepped in admirably for Charlie when needed, and was especially encouraging with our younger players. Thanks too to our groundsmen Phil Hall and David Powell who worked so hard to ensure we fulfilled our home fixtures (often two a week), fixtures secretary Malcolm Alphonso, treasurer Chris Pratska and everyone else who put in such a huge effort this season, including Paul Justice, Mike Constant, Mick Coulson, Will Dicks and Ed Hall”.

On the field, it was disappointing to end the season with two defeats. Hosting Northampton Eaglets, a fine bowling performance saw the visitors contained to a total of 150 from their 35 overs. The wickets were shared evenly by the home attack, well supported in the field. But the visitors soon made inroads into the B&FCC batting reducing them to 33-5. A late order recovery looked like making a game of it until a flurry of wickets saw the Eaglets run out comfortable winners by 60 runs.

The final match at Blakesley saw a high-scoring 25-over affair hinge on the final ball of the match. Chasing 181 to win, B&FCC needed three off the final ball to win. Alas only one was scored leaving the hosts the victors by a single run. Despite seven (yes seven) dropped catches there was fine bowling from George Dicks and Harry Alsworth while Dan Currie, Jordan Shingler, Kieren Bennett and Ed Hall all shone with the bat.

Club updates on Facebook at 

Graeme Whitcroft

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Save Our Surgery Byfield

Are you a patient at the surgery at Byfield? The “Save our Surgery Byfield Support Group” has asked if Byfield Parish Council would nominate a representative to address DDC’s planning committee in support of a new medical centre in Byfield and the housing which goes with it, when the planning application is next heard – they think, in December.

They 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 a representative from as many parishes as possible 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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Play equipment –

At its extraordinary meeting on October 5 the parish council authorised the use of the new equipment on the Green for the under-fives by the village hall so long as coronavirus precautions are met.

A new seat has been provided for those minding the children. Minders are reminded that there are presently two very boggy areas between the play area and the track across the Green and path along the bottom.

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The Maltsters in October –


​Mon-Tues:       CLOSED

Wednesday:    4-10pm        DRINKS ONLY

Thursday:       4-10pm        (Bar)

5-9pm          (Kitchen)          (PIE NIGHT, 25% OFF PIES IN OCTOBER)

Friday:            4-10pm        (Bar)

5-9pm          (Kitchen)

Saturday:       12-10pm      (Bar)

12-4 & 5-9   (Kitchen)

Sunday:          12-8pm        (Bar)

12-4pm        (Kitchen)

​Take away or eat in available during kitchen hours


MONDAY- FRIDAY:      11.30am -2.30pm

SAT & SUNDAY:          10am-3pm

CONTACT:  01327 700393       Click for Website   or Facebook

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Macmillan (virtual) Coffee Morning 2020 –

We hope you will still think of Macmillan at Coffee Morning time and raise a mug in the company of your family or work colleagues because if cancer doesn’t stop, neither do we.

With the devastating reduction in funds due to COVID, we need your support more than ever.

If you feel able to make a donation to the work of Macmillan Cancer Support in these difficult times, please contact Sue Blundell, Blundells Cottage, Vicarage Hill, Badby  01327 703612.

If you prefer to make your donation on-line simply click here.


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Badby&Farthingstone CC News – September 2020

Badby&Farthingstone CC News

With this shortened season drawing to a close, five matches to report on this month.

First up was a home match against Eydon and the club’s first Covid-safe post match barbecue of the summer. Batting first B&FCC amassed a healthy total of 183 (25 overs) with solid contributions from Chris Pratska, Dan Currie, Stephen Nelligan, Colin Scott, Jordan Shingler and Malcolm Alphonso. In reply fine bowling from Peter Mayne and Stephen Nelligan aided by excellent fielding saw Eydon fall well short of the required target – a convincing win. Man of the match: Dan Currie with 25 runs and 2 wickets.

The following week saw (yet another) exciting finish at old rivals Everdon. Batting first Everdon made 122 with the wickets shared by Jude Dyke, Jordan Shingler, Ryan Haynes and Grady Nightingale. In reply excellent batting by Kieren Bennett, captain Charlie Ashmore and man of the match Ryan Haynes saw the visitors home by just one wicket, another close, exciting win.

Keen to make it a hat-trick of wins, B&FCC came crashing back to earth the following Sunday at home to Crick Lions. Chasing a fairly modest 109 to win, the home side produced by far their worst batting performance of the summer when they were bowled out for just 48 with only George Whitcroft White and man of the match Harry Osborne providing any resistance.

After that setback, the club were keen to put in a good performance in the next match at home to South Northants Council. For this match, the club welcomed back a founder member of Farthingstone Nomads CC – Wayne Fowkes, still a keen B&FCC supporter and follower from the other side of the world. Wayne enjoyed a fine partnership with his old Nomad mate Paul Justice, the sight of them batting together out in the middle bringing back many memories of days gone by. Harry Osborne also did well as the home side totalled 146. Man of the match: Wayne Fowkes (who else?

In reply Ryan Haynes and Stephen Nelligan were in fine form with the ball, ably abetted by some terrific fielding. The run rate soon crept up to over eight an over, a task that proved too much for the  visitors as B&FCC ran out comfortable winners.

With Crick Lions unable to host their home fixtures it was back to Badby for what proved to be a far closer and exciting return match. This time a far improved batting performance from B&FCC saw a total of 168 (35 overs) with batting honours shared by Stephen Nelligan, Ryan Haynes and Chris Pratska. In reply a combination of tight bowling (Malcolm Alphonso, Ryan Haynes) and good fielding saw the match enter its final over with Crick Lions requiring nine runs for victory. Ryan Bennett had the unenviable task of bowling it but he was well up to the task as the visitors fell five runs short – a fitting end to a terrific game. Well played everyone. Man of the match: Chris Pratska (43 invaluable runs).

Unfortunately Covid 19 predictably put paid to the club’s end of season tour to Brno in the Czech Republic. Let’s hope we have better luck next year.

All club news on the noticeboard at the Badby ground as well as on the club’s Facebook page at 

Graeme Whitcroft
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What’s going on at Canons Ashby?

As the gardens look neater and tidier every day, and we carefully reopen selected parts of the site, it’s fantastic to see visitors enjoying the open spaces or just having a catch up in the tea-garden.

Behind the scenes the garden team are working incredibly hard.  Recently they had a very pleasant surprise in their growing and potting area: Great Crested Newts hiding under the seed trays! There is a small pond nearby and plenty of insects to eat, as well as lots of shade and damp places in which to hide.  We hope they’ll stay for a long time!

As well as newts, hedgehogs have moved in as well!  We didn’t think we would get hedgehogs on this site as we have badgers nearby which prey on hedgehogs, but they’re here anyway.  Hopefully they’ll do well and keep safe from the badgers.

All the information about what you can see at Canons Ashby, and how to book a ticket, can be found on our website .  The page called “What to expect when visiting Canons Ashby” gives you plenty of information.  Currently you need to book a ticket before 3pm the previous day to come in: do this in the “what’s on” section.

Posted on behalf of Helena Avery-Clarke
Visitor Experience Officer, Canons Ashby

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