Lest we forget…..

Badby and Fawsley WI Knitwits Group have decorated the WI Centenary bench on the Village Green with hand knitted poppies in memory of all who have died. A place for quiet reflection.

The Knitwits group was formed 5 years ago and the members enjoy a knit and natter whilst producing items for local charities

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Bellringing –

If you miss the clock chimes after the bellringing practice on Wednesday (23/10/19) evening, apologies, but we left the bells raised so the chimes cannot work.  This is ready for the bells to ring out before Badby School harvest celebration in the church at 1.30pm on Thursday October 24.

From 3pm there was an attempt by a Daventry district team of ringers to ring a quarter peal. It was successful, giving the conductor, from Nether Heyford, practice after several years since last conducting a longer length of ringing. 780 changes of Grandsire Doubles were followed by 480 changes of Plain Bob Doubles taking about 49 minutes to complete. See details here.

Chimes back to normal after that!


In early November the bellringers were surprised and delighted to find this thank-you  for ringing before the school harvest from Year 1!

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Catalytic Converter Thefts – A Message from Your PCSO

A Message from Les Conopo – Police Community Support Officer, Daventry and South Northants:

Preventing catalytic converter theft

Catalytic converters are designed to remove toxins from vehicle emissions and contain small amounts of three precious metals: platinum, palladium and rhodium. The value of these metals means the theft of a catalytic converter can provide a substantial return to a thief.

If your catalytic converter is stolen, you’ll know about it because your vehicle will sound different.  Transit/Sprinter vans and other high clearance vehicles are especially vulnerable, but there are steps you can take to help prevent this crime.

Advice for motorists:
Where possible, park your vehicle in a locked garage, as close to your home as possible or in a parking spot overlooked by residents
Consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your vehicle. Ones that activate if the vehicle is lifted or tilted are particularly effective.

Consider using a catalytic converter protection device or marking system approved by http://www.securedbydesign.com. For further advice email crimeprevention@northants.pnn.police.uk

If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to police. Obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations

Advice for businesses:
Employ defensive parking to ensure vehicles that are most vulnerable to theft are parked where they are least accessible to thieves. Consider blocking high clearance vehicles in with low clearance ones to prevent a would-be thief from getting underneath

Check your perimeter security. Ensuring your business has an appropriate boundary fence will act as a deterrent to opportunist catalytic converter thieves

Use lighting to illuminate areas where an intruder may be seen or attempt to operate
Consider investing in monitored CCTV to provide protection for your vehicle fleet

Check vehicle protection measures you are considering are approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Secured by Design scheme: http://www.securedbydesign.com
If your catalytic converter is stolen, contact police immediately by calling 101.


Do you know anything about catalytic converter thefts?  Give the charity Crimestoppers information anonymously about the theft or disposal of stolen catalytic converters,
tel. 0800 555111 or http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You could even earn a cash reward up to £1000.

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Don’t forget Badby Sings! this Sunday

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The late Roy Barnett MBE

Badby Chapel would like to show their appreciation to the family of Mr Roy Barnett MBE for their generous gift and provision of the commemorative plaque installed at the chapel on October 12 for his work commencing the “Mite Scheme” which stills continues today, with collections arriving from all over England. To date over 8 million Oral Rehydration Sachets have been provided.  Janet Emery Church Elder

The plaque wording reads:


1921 – 2014 




If you would like to help carry on his work, the details of the Mite Scheme which is still very active and effective, can be found by clicking here.


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Badby and Farthingstone Cricket Club Presentation Night

Tickets are going fast for the cricket club’s popular presentation night on Saturday November 16 – 7.30pm start at Farthingstone Village Hall, Maidford Road, Farthingstone NN12 8HE.

This annual event for players, members, supporters, family and friends is always a lively affair with a fish & chip supper and refreshments before the main events of the evening – the player’s end of season awards and presentations as well as captain’s log, raffle/auction and some end of season surprises.

The auction prizes this year include

                        • a pair of 2020 T20 Steelbacks tickets,
                        • golf day for four at Northampton golf club,
                        • Indian restaurant meal for two,
                        • hotel stay,
                        • half a barrel of ale, and
                        • Northampton Saints home tickets.
                        • …. more on the night.

Price is just £6 for a fish & chip supper followed by cake with an honesty bar for refreshments (selection of fine ales, lagers, wines, soft drinks).

To make sure of your place, please confirm your attendance and number of tickets you require on club’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Badby-Farthingstone-Cricket-Club-334122073956380/  and pay on the night.

Hope to see you there!

Graeme Whitcroft

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‘Big Health Check’ – Daventry Leisure Centre, Wed 16th October

The annual roadshow led by BBC Radio Northampton returns for a fourth year.
Lunch time presenter, Helen Blaby, who is the face behind the ‘Big Health Check’ will be starting the roadshow in Daventry on Wednesday 16 October where she will be broadcasting live and taking part in activities on offer and talking about to maintain good health.

This year’s events will take place at the following venues: Daventry Leisure Centre on Wednesday 16 October, The Pemberton Centre in Rushden on Thursday 17 October and Northampton’s County Cricket Ground on Friday 18 October. All of them are free of charge and will be on from 12-3pm each day.

Local partners Northamptonshire Sport have been working with local leisure providers and sports clubs from each of the 3 areas to offer a number of taster sessions in a variety of activities. These include traditional activities such as bowls and dance to walking sports such as football and netball for those that still want to enjoy playing as part of a team, but at a slightly slower pace than the running version, while still providing the physical benefits.

There will also be the opportunity for attendees to try ‘Get Up & Go’ sessions designed to increase muscle strength, balance and coordination as a way of preventing falls.
In addition to the sport and exercise taster sessions there will be a number of health professionals from a range of health and wellbeing services available to chat to providing free advice including; healthy eating and nutrition experts, Podiatrist, Physiotherapists, Occupational Health, Pharmacists, Oral Health and Mental Health Specialists.
Helen will also be joined by Dr Olivia Stevenson for skin cancer screening, local mental health experts, and pharmacists from Northampton General Hospital.
There’s also the chance for you to have your blood pressure checked, speak to the Diabetes Team, and take part in some meditation.

For more information about the physical activity opportunities on offer at each of the events please email: info@northamptonshiresport.org Tel: 01604 366976

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Badby Sings! this Sunday

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Badby Sings! events for 2019

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It’s time to book your ‘flu jab!

Northamptonshire County Council and the Northamptonshire’s Clinical Commissioning Groups are once again urging people to get their flu vaccines booked in as winter approaches.

Flu is a highly infectious viral illness which can lead to complications, hospital admissions and even death. Symptoms of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches and tiredness. Those people in ‘at risk’ groups are also susceptible to further complications.

Flu has a big impact on NHS winter pressures both in terms of the illness itself and its impact on the wider health and care system due to other complications or staff and carer illness.  The flu vaccine is the most effective way to reduce the occurrence of illness and the unplanned hospital admissions that inevitably follow, particularly in the over 65 year old age group and those with long term health conditions.

This winter, the vaccine is free of charge for the following people:

• All children aged between two and ten on or before 31 August 2019
• Those aged between six months and 64 years in clinical risk groups*
• Pregnant women – women in any trimester of pregnancy
• Those aged 65 years and over
• Those in long-stay residential care homes
• Carers (informal carers who are in receipt of a carer allowance or a main carer of a vulnerable person)
• Frontline staff in direct patient contact working for primary care, community and acute NHS trusts or social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home/domiciliary care provider or voluntary managed hospice provider who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable people are also eligible for free flu vaccinations

People belonging to any of these groups should speak to their GP to book a vaccination, or visit a local pharmacy as they may also provide free flu vaccinations. Frontline staff can also contact their occupational health team.

Cabinet Member for Public Health at Northamptonshire County Council, Cllr Ian Morris, said:

“In the last 3 years, over 11,000 people were hospitalised in Northamptonshire due to flu or flu related complications, with nearly 8,000 of those people aged over 65. Having the flu vaccine can help prevent the spread of seasonal flu and help to prevent those most at risk from becoming ill”.

Lucy Wightman, Director of Public Health stated:

“The flu vaccination programme is the best way of protecting you and your family from flu this winter. With an increasing number of people eligible for a free vaccine, we have the potential to protect more people than ever from falling ill this winter, and reduce demand on our NHS and healthcare services.”

Anyone in doubt about whether they qualify for a free vaccination should contact their GP.

For more information and myth busting on the flu vaccination, visit

*Listed conditions are: chronic (long-term) respiratory disease; chat stage three, four or five of kidney failure; chronic liver disease; chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis, or learning disability; diabetes; splenic dysfunction; a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment) or morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above).
For further information, please contact: Kathryn Hall, Media Relations Specialist, on 01604 368971;

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