St Mary the Virgin, Badby

The 14th century building, with a fine 15th century clerestory, dominates a knoll at the top of the village, which has a population of 650. 

The parish is one of five comprising the Knightley Parishes, sharing one Rector, who with an active lay band maintains a varying schedule of services.   Please check the Services and Events page and especially check the One-off Events section.  We welcome everyone to our services.   

During the period of the initial Coronavirus  Covid-19 pandemic, the church has had long periods of being totally closed.  From 19 July 2021, the church was open again everyday between 10am and 4pm.  We have now had to close it from 29 January 2022 until sometime around the end of March while major restoration work is carried out to the roofs and higher masonry.  When open again, do come and visit for quiet contemplation, prayer and exploring the heritage and history of the building over its 600 years.  There is a free Quick Guide leaflet and a £3 full History.

The parish of Badby St Mary is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer. The Diocese of Peterborough’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor  who advise our Parish Safeguarding Officer. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services

Long distance paths - Knightley Way and Nene Way both start from the village.

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The Revd Malcolm Ingham

The Vicarage, Vicarage Hill, Badby, Daventry

(Day off: Thursdays)

NN11 3AP

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Bellringing practices are still getting over COVID

Every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for 1hr
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Until halted by the Coronavirus lockdowns (March 2020 till May 2021) tuition with tied clappers for initial bell control used to start at 7pm and normal practice at 7.30pm - 9pm. Attendance averaged 13. Review and refreshments were held afterwards at the Maltsters Arms. However, since the Covid lockdowns we continue to ring with face covers and only for an hpour and do not yet venture back to the pub.

We can again teach new recruits, especially to help celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June. So come and see us on Wednesday or phone 01327 871806.

We hope we can return to former situation very soon and recruit some more villagers


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Family Friendly Bellringing

Scaffolding was erected around the roofs on 18 -24 January 2022 in preparation for the main work to start on 31 January. The roofs and gutters have been repaired and the asbestos cement slates replaced with terne-coated stainless steel.