The name Montpellier sounds French, as does the phrase deja vu, so it was no surprise to the locals at Badsey that Montpellier's match last Saturday was called-off due to a waterlogged pitch. Just a few drops of that most English of weather's can turn this particular patch of ground into a quagmire. Last season there were no matches played there for almost two months. 
No doubt the committee of Badsey Sports and Community Club (formerly Badsey Recreation Club) failed to mention this after splashing out on new dug-outs and barriers in order to entice such a 'well heeled' team like Montpellier to Ballard's Park.
Indeed, it is the income from these afternoon matches, that supplements the club's weekend takings, where it is not unusual for the bar-staff to outnumber the customers on a Saturday evening.


How many times has your enjoyment of a local football match been spoiled by the antics of what is best described as a 'balding bigot'. These '60 somethings' spend most of the match 'working the touchline'. Wearing their club colours, ( usually a tracksuit, woolly hat and football boots,) they 'follow the play', generally from 10 yards inside the touchline, giving advice to all and sundry. This is generally of no constructive use, nor warranted. They are not helpful to their own team, and the sooner the teams see this, then the sooner they can be booted out of the game. Alveston, who visited Badsey Rangers recently, have a good example of one of these 'sideline spoilers'. He was an irritation to all those around him.

FIXTURES AT BADSEY FOR JANUARY 2017 (All matches are 2pm kick-offs)

Saturday 21st January  Badsey United v Feckenham Reserves
Saturday 28th January  Badsey Rangers v South Redditch Athletic
Saturday 28th January  Badsey United v Northfield Athletic

(Fixtures subject to weather conditions, etc..)


Aldington poet, Brian Smith, is asking anyone who bought his first book of poetry, "From Down Sands Lane to Cuckoo Bridge" if they would like to sell it back to him for the original purchase price of 5.
The poetry book, the first of two, sold out completely a couple of years ago. Since then Mr. Smith produced a second book of poetry, and it was the production of this second book, "From Packs Meadow to Pear Tree Corner", that led to a renewed interest in the first. 
So Brian is trying to buy back clean copies of the book to supply to waiting customers.
Due to high printing costs for small runs of books it would not be viable for Brian to print extra books. The proceeds from the profit obtained from both books was donated to Badsey School and Badsey Church.



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NEW POETRY BOOK FOR 2017?  Aldington poet, Brian Smith, has hinted that he may be bringing out another book of poetry this year.


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