St Mary’s Church Pew Platforms Project progress #13

Monday April 9:  Cleaning up and Architect’s #4 meeting at 2pm.  Paving stones for the south aisle were delivered.

Tuesday: South aisle paving laid on lime mortar.

Wednesday: Before leaving, Shaun stained the bottom main-door filler strip. Ben Higton from Tamworth grouted the paving stones in the south aisle. See Susan’s video at

We formally took possession of the inside of church from the contractors on this day.  The main door key was handed back.  Using the surplus tin of stone coloured paint, I gave the older cables and conduits a coat of ‘olive oil’!

Friday April 20: There was a high level spring clean and Gill’s full team of cleaners applied TLC and lots of hoovering and polish the next day ready for Morning Prayer on Sunday using the clavinova.


Monday April 16: The cctv installation for the bells was undertaken by local company, Octech. 

The organ was checked and all parts of it seemed to work! So the three big multi-pin plugs and over 20 speaker cables must have all been put back correctly!

Tuesday, April 24:  We heard that the Chancellor of the Diocese will amend the Faculty so that only two skeletons can be taken off site for analysis and must be returned to the incumbent for reburial in 3 months, thus keeping our extra costs within reason, we hope!  We now expect the archaeologists to start on the porch on May 9.

The new stackable chairs will be delivered “next week” so we are suddenly back ready for action and getting closer to the full completion!

The church is open every day with entrance through the small priest’s door still – do go to have a look around!

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Badby Parish Neighbourhood Plan

The next Steering Group meeting will be on Wednesday 25 April at 7:30pm in The Maltsters, Badby.
Agenda 25 April 2018 and the previous meeting Notes 7 March 2018

All parishioners are welcome and there are 2 slots on the agenda for public participation.

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Badby & Fawsley WI

Tomorrow’s meeting, Thursday 12th April, will have as guest speaker, Vicky Howlett. She will be talking about the history of Lamport Hall and Gardens. Following this talk a visit is planned in May to enjoy this lovely building and its beautiful gardens.

Meeting starts at 7:30 and all are welcome to join this lively bunch of people.

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BPNP Update

Following responses to the six week consultation ending last December, the Badby Parish Neighbourhood Plan has been revised. It has been submitted to Daventry District Cuncil along with the Consultation Statement giving details of all the consultations with parishioners and any actions taken as a result.

These documents are available here.

DDC will now open a further six week consultation period when any interested parties can again comment. This will run from Monday 9th April to Friday 25th May.

You can also access the documents as well as a response form on DDC  ‘submitted neighbourhood plans’ webpage :

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St Mary’s Church Pew Platforms Project progress #12

w/c Tuesday April 3:  With work to remove the skeletons from the porch held up awaiting  clearance of procedures by the Diocesan Advisory Committee, the completion of the paths is also held up, leaving them a bit messy!

The carpet tiles and nosing were laid on the rear platform during the week and the in-floor power sockets completed.

The organ console has been put back in place but we still have to sort out the array of leads and connectors.

The temporary screen to the chancel and all the protective coverings have been removed.

See Susan’s video at

The electrician completed the installation of the lights and PIR detector for the path to the bottom (east) gate.

The inside of the church is complete except for the replacement of eroded floor slabs in the south aisle. New Yorkstone slabs were delivered and completed on April 11 .

We shall be spring cleaning  the building on Friday morning, April 20 (high level) and Saturday morning, April 21  (vacuuming, cleaning and polishing) before returning the many items that have been stored elsewhere during the work.

The builders handed over the main-door key on Wednesday.  The church is open during the day now with access through the small priest’s door until such time as authority to remove the skeletons from the porch for further investigation is gained.  Then the builders will return, complete the sloped porch floor, rebuild the internal side walls and new tarmac will be applied to finish the paths.


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Tea and Meet this Friday

The first Tea and Meet in Spring is on Friday April 6th.

Come along inside….We’ll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place.” (The Wind in the Willows) fron 2:00 – 3:30pm in the village hall.

Enjoy the company and perhaps bring a cake to share.
Hope to see you there

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Coming soon….

Details of the two films for April being screened in the Village Hall by Badby and District Film Society can be found here

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Next ordinary meeting of Badby Parish Council

A meeting will be held on Monday 9th April.  Below are the documents required for the meeting.  The end of the year financial paper will be published later this week.


Draft minutes from ordinary meeting held on 12th March

Draft minutes from extraordinary meeting held on 29th March


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St Mary’s Church Pew Platforms Project progress #11

Monday March 26: Sun and 12oC.  Filling drainage trench with stone.  Rear platform oak edging trim being fitted to walls and pillar bases. [1623.jpg] Pew prayer fronts put in place on rear platform.

Tuesday: The framework from the doorway to the nave centre aisle was amended by the steelwork sub-contractor and the sloped boarding laid in place.  The drainage trench was filled ready for tarmac surfacing. [1625.jpg]

Wednesday: Raining and 5oC. Rob Hedges collected the extra surplus long pew.  Location for fixing of pew book fronts to rear platform agreed with architect and completed. Replacement centre under-seat supports for loose pews agreed.  Electricians were on site starting under-pew heater installations and carrying out tests.  Archaeologist Kamil on site to watch digging of shallow trench to east gate for the electric light cable – the last part of the archaeological watching brief.

Maundy Thursday:  Pew heater installations and testing well underway.  Platform carpentry being finished off and swept ready for carpet tiles on Tuesday. The tarmac for the paths will be delayed until the porch floor has been completed.  So it will be a bit messy if the weather stays damp and horrid! Any surplus stones and broken headstones from the paths and porch will be placed behind the west face of the tower.

Clearance given by PCC to MOLA to complete the investigation and removal of the porch medieaval skeletons. This will cost in the order of £8,000 +VAT!


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St Mary’s Church Pew Platforms Project progress #10

Monday March 19: 2oC, snow from weekend slowly going. The porch outer paving stone lifted and moved with A frame gantry to lie west of the large inner slab.

Drainage trench and new piping continued with archaeologist Kamil removing and recovering disturbed bones.

Access to the church  is very difficult with the spoil heaps around!

Vestry floor-boarding completed. New platform flooring sheets laid out on framework. Oak upstand and edging delivered.

Tuesday: Warmer weather at last.  Rear platform boarding being cut and fitted.  Flower arrangers’ cupboard returned and one loose pew parked to clear front pew platforms.  Pews being replaced or put into their new places.

Vestry floor finished and cupboard back in position.

Electrician fitted under-pew heaters in chancel.  Armoured cable for east path lights installed in trench up to first bollard.

Lacy’s digging new soakaway pit with Kamil extracting many bones.

Evening Service of the Word cancelled due to difficulty of access to priest’s door.

Wednesday: Digging for the new soak-away continues with Kamil extracting many more bones.

Organ speakers and amplifier reinstated on top of vestry cupboard.

Rear platform floor well underway.

Architect’s #3 site meeting. Framework for final slope to centre aisle is not-to-drawing and will need moving back.

We retained one too many long pews so Frances will arrange its sale.

Susan videoed an interview with the architect for St Mary’s Badby Facebook.  scroll down to it from  here

Decisions about the skeletons in the porch will delay the completion of the work.  The inside of the church will be handed over on Monday April 9 but the porch floor will not be completed, but hopefully started! (-depends on DAC and MOLA)

Thursday and Friday: The slow excavation for the new soakaway pit was completed with Kamil retrieving bones – some 25 bags of them in total – for the Rector to re-inter.  Medium size stones are being wheelbarrowed into the soakaway pit, while the not inconsiderable amount of soil is taken away.

Inside,  careful fitting of special ventilated timber on the rear platform edging up to the walls and pillar bases is well under-way.  The flooring around the doorway cannot be completed because the slope in the steel frame has to be corrected – starting on Monday.

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