Badby & Farthingstone Cricket Club News –

With the new season starting on Sunday, May 5 at Stoke Bruerne our newly-formed club has been busy getting organised for the testing summer ahead.

After the winter’s hard work put in by the ground staff the playing area is in good order. Practice strips are being prepared for temporary nets whilst a permanent practice net area is arranged for later in the summer. Once nets are established the club will announce weekly net sessions for current members and those wishing to join.

A finance sub-committee was put in place, consisting of treasurer Chris Prastka, Mike Constant and Graeme Whitcroft. Their immediate task is to establish priorities for the year, main areas being club running costs, regular income streams, capital expenditure items and grants. Social and community sub-committee members are to be announced soon.

With new plans on the horizon for the club’s annual Patrons’ Day in July, its much-loved predecessor the “hotly contested” Seniors v Juniors match has been moved to Sunday, September 8 after which there will be an end-of-season barbecue.

The club is affiliated to the ECB and Northants Recreational Cricket and draws its players from the local area, growing steadily thanks to the efforts of the local community, club committee and players who enjoy the social nature of the cricket played on the pitch and the relaxed family atmosphere off it.

The club welcomes anyone in the area – young, old, male, female – who want to enjoy a game of cricket or simply support this family-friendly club. Matches usually take place on a Sunday afternoon with the occasional midweek fixture.

Please contact either Phil Hall (07710 850353) or  Graeme Whitcroft (07793 980500) if you are interested in joining us.

May fixtures

      • Sunday May 5: Spencer Bruerne CC (away)
      • Sunday May 19: Maids Moreton (home)
      • Sunday May 26: Northampton Eaglets (home)

All matches start at 2pm.


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Coming soon ..

Details of the April showings for Badby and District Film Society can be found here

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Notre Dame Cathedral –

Following the initiative suggested by the British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are today [April 16] encouraging, where possible, all cathedrals and churches across England to toll a bell for 7 minutes at 7pm this Thursday, April 18 as a mark of solidarity following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15.

A bell will be tolled at Badby at 7pm as requested.




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Annual Spring Plant Sale on Sunday May 12 –

The Badby and District Horticultural Society


will take place in Badby Village Hall (NN11 3AF) on Sunday, May 12 2019  from 1.30 to 4.00pm.

There will be produce from local nurseries as well as home grown plants and vegetables.

New this year, hanging baskets and featuring the Badby Floral Bee  Flower Pot Challengeclick here for information.

Homemade cakes and refreshments will be available all afternoon.

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Enter Floral Bee’s FLOWER POT CHALLENGE being held at the Badby & District Horticultural Society’s Plant Sale on Sunday 12th May 2019.

  • Raise awareness of your group, activity, event or special interest.  Create a display in a ‘flower pot’ related to your cause and bring it to the Village Hall by the start of the Sale.
  • Visitors to the Plant Sale will be invited to view the exhibits and cast a vote on their favourite.
  • Entry £2 per pot.   Winner receives Plant Pot Trophy.



See poster here BDHS Floral Bee Flower Pot Challenge


    • Flower pots/planters should not be more than 10” and displays as compact as possible.
    • Consider stability – weight the pot if necessary.
    • Create a display to represent your interest, group or activity.
    • Include any relevant props, emblems or symbols, if you wish.
    • Please register entries ahead of the event, or it can be done on the day of the Plant Sale when the Pots are brought to the village hall.
    • Results of the public vote will be announced late afternoon.

For more information call   Liz Hudson  01327 877797.

There were 14 entries of which 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.  Thanks Liz for an innovative idea.

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Next Meeting of Badby Parish Council

The next meeting will be held on Monday 8th April at 7.30 pm in Badby Village Hall.  Please find below links to the documents relating to the meeting:

Draft Minutes from March Meeting
2018/19 Q4 Budget Update

Members of the public are invited to come along to the meeting and address the Parish Council during the Public Participation agenda item.

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Badby Bal le 27 avril 2019 –

Spring is here (we hope) and we are pleased to announce that the next Bal will be held on Saturday, April 27 in Badby Village Hall , The Green, Badby, Northants  NN11 3AF.

The meal will be from 7.00 pm onwards. There will be a short introduction to the dances for beginners and the Bal will start at around 8.30 pm 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 appreciated.

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  at ****

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Badby Bird Notes – late March 2019 –

Going for a walk around the woods a week after my last visit, when I saw no bluebells out, I now saw hundreds of them: no carpet of blue yet but easy to spot flowers in several parts of the wood. There were also lots more wood anemones and wood sorrel out. It just goes to show that with a bit of good weather at this time of year things can change rapidly!

I heard a couple of chiffchaffs singing (summer visitors) and also about ten nuthatches! Butterflies were on the wing again including brimstone, tortoiseshell and peacock.  So quite a contrast – I even heard a tawny owl at two o’clock in the afternoon!

Of course it will only take a bit of cool, dull weather to slow everything down again.


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Cleaning St Mary’s Church in April 2019

There was insufficient room in the April edition of the LINK  to include the full church cleaning rota, so here it is:

w/b 1:  Gill Nelson, Lib Chapman, Jo Hind, Sue Berry

w/b 8:  Ann Cotton, Monique Shortt, Ann Syred

w/b 15:  Helen Morris, Sally Byrne, Ann Skinner

w/b 22:  Jan Cooper, Moira Cooper, Judy Jordan

w/b 29:  Gill Nelson, Lib Chapman, Jo Hind, Sue Berry

For further information please contact Gill Nelson, The Cottage, Church Hill.

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Badby Bird Notes for Feb / March 2019 –

A walk around Badby Woods on a sunny morning in the middle of March reveals a carpet of bluebell plants but, not surprisingly, no flowers yet.  Some spring flowers are in evidence though. A few lesser celandines and wood anemones and a single wood sorrel flower just opening up. Dog’s mercury, on the other hand, has been out since January.

Bird calls and song are in evidence from green and great-spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, marsh tit and jay amongst others but no sounds of summer visitors although I heard a chiffchaff singing in the village before the end of February.

During the unseasonal summer-like temperatures in February, brimstone and small tortoiseshell butterflies were on the wing but there’s been no sign of them since the weather cooled down again.


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