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A History of Boddington

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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

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

 

 

WI

WI

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.

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Line Dancing

Line Dancing

Line Dancing takes place on Tuesdays 7.30pm to 9.00pm every week.  All ages and abilities are welcome

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Badminton

Badminton

Badminton takes place on Thursdays 7.30pm to 9.00pm every week. All ages and abilities are welcome

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Gardening Club

Gardening Club

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.

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Zumba

Zumba

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.

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Adult Ballet

Ballet Classes for Adults take place on Monday mornings during term time. Classes take place at 10.45 -11.30 am.

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Cafe

Cafe

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.

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Post Office

Post Office

The Post Office is on a Tuesday afternoon 2-4pm and Friday morning 10-12 am.

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Love Ballet

Love Ballet

Love Ballet run children's ballet classes on a Saturday in the upstairs hall.  Please see theirwebsite for more information.

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Yoga

Yoga

Yoga takes place in the Upper Hall on a Monday night.

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Contacting the police in Northants

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

Find out what's going on

clubs

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?

Boddington Walk

Local Walks around Boddington

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

Boddington Walk

Walk around Upper and Lower 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

Thanks must go to Helen Fairfield who did some of the maps and Charmain Worrall and Terry Stokes for the sketches.

The walk starts at the Church in Upper Boddington. Dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, this medieval church shows examples of three styles of architecture. The tower contains five bells and a sermon bell. Interesting external features include the corbel course with much-weathered carvings below the lower gutter, and a faint sundial above the porch, the walls of which are supported by a curious pair of braces. Can you find the outline of an old window (more clearly seen from inside the Church) and a three-sided sundial on a tombstone? Inside the church you should look at the great treasure - the iron-bound chest carved out of a single tree trunk, inside which there are two compartments. Also see the two tomb recesses dating from 1300, and a stained glass window erected as a parents’ thanksgiving - does anyone know more about it? Looking about, you will be aware of the lack of vertical lines in the windows and columns, and you will have noted a gap in the top of the nave walls behind the fretwork - presumably the roof is supported on the inner walls only.