New waste collection calendar from DDC

Residents are encouraged to keep an eye out for their new bin calendars early next week as some will see changes to their collections from the end of this month.

The four-page leaflet gives details of waste and recycling dates for the year ahead, including changes to collection patterns for around 15,000 homes district-wide from the week beginning 31 August 2020.

Although collection days will not change, residents are asked to check their new calendars carefully as they may need to be put their wheelie bins out on different weeks to their current pattern.

Daventry District Council (DDC) is working with Daventry Norse to introduce the changes, which will simplify the rounds and make services more resilient to pressures such as those currently being experienced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Calendars are expected to land on doormats from Monday (24 August) onwards, with the changes being introduced for affected households the following week.

Alongside the new calendars, people can look up their collections by typing in their postcode in the search bar of the Council’s website at or by downloading the popular free Daventry District Council app, which is available from Google Play and the Apple Store.

Councillor Jo Gilford, Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder said: “With the ongoing pandemic putting pressure on services and resource, it was important to review the current waste and recycling collections to ensure they are as resilient as possible during these challenging times.

“Working with our contractors Norse we have simplified a number of rounds, which will mean changes to collection patterns for around two-fifths of homes in the District, but no day changes for anyone. I would encourage everyone to look out for their calendars being posted next week and check them carefully.”


Press release number: 2706

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Badby Scarecrow Festival

Friday 11 to Sunday 13 September

… how is your scarecrow coming along?

We’re looking forward to seeing your scarecrows around the village.

If you need some wood, string or straw to get you started there is some available in the car park of The Maltsters, or get in touch with Ruth McBeth on 07591 166551.

If you’d like to enter the best scarecrow competition, don’t forget to register at The Maltsters. £3 per entry. Cash prizes worth £40 with thanks to Whetherday garden and vintage centre in Badby for their sponsorship. Any proceeds will go to support St Mary’s Church.


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Badby and Farthingstone Cricket Club – August 2020 news

Matches continue to come thick and fast as the club try to make up for lost time after the delayed start to the season. Since the last update, six matches have been played resulting in four wins, two defeats.

First were visitors Abington who, against tight bowling and fielding, slumped to 90-9 until a last wicket stand saw them total 127 (35 overs). In reply B&FCC also struggled against some excellent bowling to be always slightly behind the required run rate. This left the final pair needing 16 off the last over, a task that proved to be beyond them resulting in a 12 run defeat. Well played Abington.

The club then played a home double header against Braunston Paddox CC – a midweek evening 20/20 followed by a 35-over Sunday affair. The first saw the home side post a respectable 127 but doubts remained as to whether it would be enough against their big-hitting visitors. In a tight, even game with two overs left the visitors needed 20 runs for victory, one wicket remaining, and the home side hung on courtesy of some tight bowling to win by 8 runs.

Sunday’s match also ended with a close finish, the visitors recording a below par 124 against some fine home bowling most notably from the Dicks family, all three of whom (Will, George and Alfie) performed creditably. In reply Braunston’s bowling attack predictably hit back strongly and both sides were still in with a chance as the match entered its final over. B&FCC needed just five runs to win, Braunston one wicket. The home side’s man of the match Chris Pratska hit the second ball agonizingly close to the boundary ropes for four runs before being out lbw the following delivery, leaving both sides on 124 and an excellent match played in great spirit ending in a tie.

The next three matches were all away – at Pattishall, Bugbrooke (v South Northants Council) and Everdon. Firstly Pattishall, winning the toss and batting in hot, sunny conditions, made a solid 164 from their 30 overs. But B&FCC rose to the occasion winning with over three overs left, stand-in captain Malcolm Alphonso scoring the winning runs. A fine, all-round team performance.

There followed a trip to Bugbrooke for a 20/20 midweek match against long-standing rivals South Northants Council. The visitors made 89. After a bright start, three batsmen retiring on 25 not out, the innings lost momentum leaving SNC a relatively modest target which they achieved in the 18th over. Special mention to young bowlers Noah Eales and Lucas Whitcroft White who both took wickets on their club debuts. Well done boys.

Last Sunday saw another exciting finish, this time at old rivals Everdon. Batting first the home side 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 us home by one wicket, another close, exciting win.

Club news and fixtures are on the new noticeboard at the Badby ground as well as on the club’s Facebook page at 

Graeme Whitcroft

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MALTSTERS – August opening times

Our priority is to ensure the safety of our teams & our guests. Some things are a little different, but we hope you will enjoy using your favourite pub and shop.

Space is limited inside but the gardens are large.

Opening Hours in August 2020 revised Aug 13


  • Monday         Closed except BH Monday Aug 31 BAR & KITCHEN 12 noon – 10pm
  • Tuesday         BAR 5 – 10pm;            KITCHEN 5.30 – 9pm “Eat Out Help Out” scheme
  • Wednesday  BAR 5 – 10pm;            KITCHEN 5.30 – 9pm “Eat Out Help Out” scheme
  • Thursday       BAR 5 – 10pm
  • Friday             BAR 4 – 11pm;             KITCHEN 5.30 – 9pm
  • Saturday       BAR 12 noon – 11pm; KITCHEN 12 noon – 3pm and 5 – 9pm
  • Sunday          BAR 12 noon to 8pm;  KITCHEN:12 noon to 4pm


  • Mondays  to Fridays          11.30am – 2.30pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays   10am – 3pm

Take away: available during kitchen opening hours (please see menu at and order before 11am latest on the day).

Please check us regularly on  facebook and website  as we adjust the opening hours to suit demand!

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Badby bird notes July 2020 –

At this time of year birds are much less visible as they recover from the breeding season or prepare for migration. Many of the birds coming to feeders are this year’s young, often identified by the fact that they haven’t yet started to moult into adult plumage. For example, young robins may have little or no red breast yet. Over the past month or so, we have been fortunate to have regular visits from up to four bullfinches, the males with their striking red breast plumage, black crown and distinctive white rump as they fly off.

Unusually, on two occasions, I’ve seen a kestrel trying to catch birds on our feeders.  This is, of course, a common sight with sparrowhawks but the first time I’ve seen such behaviour from a kestrel.

As we come to the end of July, swifts are preparing to leave or have already left for Africa. So make the most of any last sightings of them flashing by with their screaming calls.


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Next Meeting of Badby Parish Council

In a change to the previously notified date, the next meeting of the Parish Council will be held online, on Monday 3rd August at 7.30 pm.

The agenda and joining instructions can be found on the Badby Parish Council pages of this website, under Minutes and Agendas.

Frances Williams
Clerk to the Council

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New Play Area at Badby Village Hall

If you’ve passed by Badby Village Hall recently you may have noticed that the play equipment has finally been installed by Wicksteed Leisure.  Although this is great news, please be aware that the play area is not yet open.  Temporary fencing will remain in place until additional safety measures have been completed.  Please bear with us while we work through these, and in the meantime please observe the notices and do not allow children to use the equipment.

Once we are in a position to open the play area, there will be some restrictions related to Covid-19 infection prevention which users will be required to follow.

by Frances Williams – Clerk
on behalf of Badby Parish Council
26th July 2020

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Badby Scarecrow Festival – Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September –

Badby Scarecrow Festival –

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September 2020

This year we can’t hold Badby Fayre because of the current restrictions. Instead, please help us celebrate village life by filling the village with scarecrows from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September.

Make a scarecrow, the more creative the better. Why not give it a theme? Use fruit and veg from the garden to decorate it? Or flowers? You can make it yourself, as a group of friends, or on behalf of a village group. You can make as many as you want. Need some ideas just type ‘How to make a scarecrow’ into your search engine on your computer the internet is full of great photos.

Place your scarecrow in your garden so people walking round the village have something to smile about. If you don’t have a suitable spot, ask a neighbour, or speak to The Maltsters – they’re happy for scarecrows to live in the beer garden for the weekend.

If you are short of materials there will be some wooden stakes, straw and twine in the corner of the Maltsters car park from next week so help yourself.

There’ll be prizes for the best scarecrows if you register your entry, £3 each, at The Little Shop / The Maltsters.

All proceeds will go to support the work of St Mary’s Church.

For more details call Ruth McBeth on 07591 166551.


PS See photos of all the entries in the facebook Badby Community Support Group

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Badby and Farthingstone Cricket Club News – Play at Last –

The season finally got underway for Badby and Farthingstone CC on Sunday, July 12 with restrictions for recreational cricket having been lifted.

The club enjoyed a thrilling and competitive inter-club match which was decided on the final ball of the final over, Mick Coulson hitting the winning runs. The following Thursday saw another gripping T20 game, the home team playing Harry’s Heroes a team largely composed of Badby players and friends.

The home side made a competitive 133 off their allotted overs, which looked to be enough to win them the game until a late, brutal onslaught saw Harry’s team home with an over spare – an exciting contest played in great spirit and sportsmanship.

Sunday saw a return to more serious cricket with a visit to Stoke Bruerne and a match against Spencer Bruerne.  On a beautiful, sunny afternoon the home side were reduced to 113 in their allotted 30 overs thanks to some fine bowling and fielding from the visitors, including a fine debut from Ollie Webb.

A solid opening partnership by Andy Nightingale and Chris Pratska gave B&F grounds for optimism, realised by the later batsmen who saw the team home by five wickets with over five overs to spare.  That makes it three trips to Stoke Bruerne now and three victories. A happy hunting ground indeed.

Thanks to our hosts for their hospitality.

Upcoming matches are against Abington and Braunston with the club also trying to re-arrange matches previously cancelled by Covid 19.

Club news and fixtures are on the new noticeboard at the Badby ground as well as on the club’s Facebook page.

Graeme Whitcroft

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Children’s Summer Reading Challenge

Every year Northamptonshire Libraries delivers the Summer Reading Challenge, which challenges children to read six books during the summer holidays.  It has been proven that children who don’t continue reading during the summer have a lower reading age when they return to school in September than before the summer.

Due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding Covid-19 we are unable to deliver this in the normal way and the challenge will be online this year.

You can find out more about the challenge on our web page: or on our facebook page:

Stacey Matthews – Summer Reading Challenge Coordinator
Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Service

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