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The spelling of Boddington has changed over the centuries from Botendon in Domesday Book (1086) through Bottelendon (12th century Survey of Northamptonshire), and Budinton in the Calendar of Close Rolls (1244) to Botyngdon (1358), Botyndoun (1396) and Botyngdon (1428). When it became established as Boddington we do not know, but on some 19th century maps it was spelled with only one d. The origin of the name could be Botas Hill (dun) or, as Baker surmises, it could be compounded of Boten, a contraction of the Saxon plural of botl, a habitation, and dune or done, a down, which corresponds with the situation of the upper village.
Community Activities in Boddington
There are a number of key groups that organise or hold activities in Boddington, please see their websites for more information.
Boddington Village Hall
Boddington School and PTA
Boddington Pre-school operates from Boddington Village Hall in Upper Boddington. From September it will run the following sessions during school term-time:
Tuesdays 8.30 - 15.15
Wednesday 8.30 - 15.15
Thursday 8.30 - 15.15
Boddington Pre-school is a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance.
Toddlers will run on a Friday morning from 10.00 to 11.30am.
We meet on a Wednesday in each month, at Boddington Village Hall. We have speakers on a variety of subjects and hope there is something of interest for everyone.
Line Dancing takes place on Tuesdays 7.30pm to 9.00pm every week. All ages and abilities are welcome
Badminton takes place on Thursdays 7.30pm to 9.00pm every week. All ages and abilities are welcome
We meet on the 4th Wednesday in the month, at 7.30pm in Boddington Village Hall. With over 200 members we are the largest gardening club in the area and cover Boddington, Byfield and surrounding villages.
We organise professional speakers, outings, social events and have an annual show. Additional benefits include monthly newsletter, discounted seeds and 10% discount from certain local garden centre’s.
For more details call our Chairperson, Brita Wood on 01327 260536 or Geoff Broad (Deputy Chairperson) on 01327 261479 or just come along to a meeting.
Zumba Gold takes place on a Monday morning during term time. From 11.45 to 12.30pm, £4 per session and is run by Love Ballet. Please feel free to turn up.
Ballet Classes for Adults take place on Monday mornings during term time. Classes take place at 10.45 -11.30 am.
The cafe takes places on a Friday morning 10-12am. The cafe is staffed by volunteers and you can see who is on the rota here.
The Post Office is on a Tuesday afternoon 2-4pm and Friday morning 10-12 am.
Love Ballet run children's ballet classes on a Saturday in the upstairs hall. Please see theirwebsite for more information.
Yoga takes place in the Upper Hall on a Monday night.
When to contact 999 or 101 and contact details for local police in Brackley and Towcester. You can also download this information here.
Find out what's going on
Are you aware of all the clubs and activities that are going on in the village? Have you got a desire to do something new?
Follow the local walk around Boddington
You can see the evidence of history as it still remains in the architechture of some of the old dwellings, and enjoy the beauty of lovely countryside. You can download a printable version of the map and commentary