Due to the Coronavirus, the Gardening Club have not been able to visit any of the gardens or attend any of the talks that we hoped to this year. However, we have still had the cost of our RHS Affiliation which provides insurance should we have open gardens in the summer. Despite the pandemic, Teresa organised a table top sale which boosted our funds. We shared takings of £400 between the Play Area, Church and the Gardening Club. We delayed our AGM until April this year and made use of the Parish Council Zoom account to do so which was very helpful. We have agreed our schedule of garden visits for the coming year based on last year’s proposed schedule. We’re hoping to go to Waterperry on 20th June but we’re really looking forward to going to Thenford Arboretum (Lord and Lady Heseltine’s garden) on July 3rd. Tickets purchased for last year have been transferred to this. There are around 18 of us going so, with the grant provided by the Parish Council, we have booked a bus to take us there and back. Our first proper outing will be so much more sociable travelling by bus. Our grant also helps fund keeping the village planters and memorial fresh. We are currently adding a couple of bags of compost to each planter and planting a few more plants. We have kept our membership to £10 per person and are just gathering these funds now. New members and their friends and family are always welcome to join or attend our garden visits.
The playing field is the only available amenity in the village with equipment for both adults and children in a safe environment. Last year it had its 10th birthday and was beginning to show signs of age at its Annual Inspection. When it was closed under the Government Covid Requirements , the areas that required attention were addressed enabling it to be re-opened when the restrictions were lifted. The cost of this work was met by a Covid grant of £5000 and £2000 grant from the Parish Council.
In previous years the playing field costs were met by the proceeds from the Annual Village Fete, which was obviously weather dependent and the absence of this income due to Covid would casue a considerably difficulty for its upkeep. The Parish Council have now agreed in principle to cover the maintenance cost etc..to ensure the facility is available for the village.
At all times Government requirements and guidelines for opening the Playing Field have been displayed on the gates. It is an area that is used by many from in the village and neighbouring areas. It is kept in good order by a group of volunteers and has just had its Annual Inspection and only requires attention in minor areas – primarily monitoring the condition of equipment.
It’s been a difficult yet rewarding year for the playgroup. We were only able to briefly open up in October with limited numbers and we welcomed lots of new faces to the group. Unfortunately we had to shut again and we briefly opened up again for the month of April.
Demand for the group has remained high with full capacity (limited due to covid) being reached every week and it’s so lovely for the little ones to meet peers as much of their lives have been lived in lockdown! We are currently closed again just whilst the new Covid strain circulates in Towcester and the surrounding area but we are hoping to be back for the final school term which starts in June.
Our new shed storage facility has been fantastic and our team of volunteers have worked hard to maintain the organisation within it.
We wouldn’t have been able to open at all had it of not been for the gratefully received grant for the rent of the village hall- so thank you very much for supporting us and for allowing us to provide this facility to the surrounding community.
The Village newsletter has continued to be produced throughout the whole of last year despite the covid pandemic. This has ensured villages have been made aware of any volunteer services that may have been available to those who were vulnerable or shielding, including dog walking, prescription collection, shopping etc.. There has been food bank collections information, fresh bread delivery, takeaway meals and all carried out under covid guidelines. There has been an art competition, for children, craft making ideas, recipes and cartoons. Articles have included local historical information, and quizzes on the local area. Information on how to be involved in village celebrations under lockdown for example placing toy rabbits, chicks and pictures in windows at Easter time. Support for the NHS with rainbow pictures, and on V.E Day houses decorated with flags, bunting and people having picnics in their front gardens. Teddy bears in windows for a picnic and Advent pictures in 25 windows at Christmas.
Without doubt there has been a huge community spirit throughout the year within the village with such activities announced in the newsletter
The newsletter has been printed in the village and delivered by volunteers to every house in the, outlying farms and houses. It continues to welcome newcomers to the village, remember those who have sadly departed as well congratulations on births and weddings . Information from Parish Council and other official notices is also included.
Badby & Farthingstone Cricket Club
The club continues to go from strength to strength with an increasing membership and a long-term lease agreement with Badby Parish Council that provides a solid base for its long term development plans.
Club chairman Andy Nightingale said: “The lease agreement is great news for the club, the village of Badby and surrounding area. It gives us the security of tenure necessary to plan our future and gives the council, village and local area a viable and committed sports club that welcomes everyone.”
Despite last year’s lockdown, once restrictions were lifted the club played weekly and often twice weekly matches throughout the summer as it benefitted from an upsurge in membership, especially from Badby village itself. Particularly pleasing has been the increase in younger playing members.
Although the pandemic put paid to the traditional (and popular) end of season tour as well as the annual presentation night spirits remained high throughout the playing season with the new members fully engaging in the club’s reputation for friendly, sporting social cricket. Good to report that the club’s friendship and partnership with Braunston Paddox CC continues to grow.
Off the field, a club survey showed a willingness for some form of league cricket in the future whilst the virtual AGM saw the addition of three new club officers (Communication, Fundraising and Community) to help the club’s development and future growth.
Whilst the pandemic had a serious adverse effect on more traditional forms of fundraising, club captain Charlie Ashmore came to the rescue with a weekly on-line sporting predictor event where club members and supporters were invited to predict the outcome of several weekend sporting events. Winning entrants collected half the week’s stakes with the rest going to club funds. This has proved to be hugely successful and was opened to all the local community.
The club also made significant moves towards aligning itself with ECB modelling for governance to aid future development and apply for external project funding to support the move for attaining CASC (Community Amateur Sports Club) status.
As the club looks to expand into league, youth and women’s cricket alongside its regular Sunday and midweek friendlies it welcomes all new players – men, women, teenagers and children. Anyone interested please contact chairman Andy Nightingale at email@example.com or captain Charlie Ashmore at CharlesAshmore@hotmail.co.uk
Membership fees have been kept at last year’s levels – £50 full, £30 player, £20 social, £10 junior.
Club updates on Facebook at http://ow.ly/nKPs50APtiP
As you may be aware there are now many more children living in the village than for several years. The Youth Club has now been running for about two years and funded by a SNC grant for 2 years. Numbers were building up and just before Christmas 2019 were at around 15. However having had to close under Government covid restrictions in 2020 it is taking time to re-establish the attendance after the many months closure.
The SNC grant.has been extended due to the closures by ten months and when this expires it is to be included in the village precept for a further year having been regularly reviewed during the year..
The Youth Club is run by qualified Youth practitioners and after several staff changes now has 2 regular organisers running the Litchborough group. The children have written their own Code of Conduct and planned their activities which vary from cooking, indoor and outdoor games and other activities.