In 1986 AD, when the 900th Anniversary of North Baddesley's first appearance on a written record - the Doomesday Book - was celebrated, a small number of villagers headed by the Vicar (The Revd James R Tarr, SSC) organised a public subscription from which this Badge of Office was designed and purchased.
Among the subscribers were Parish Councillors, village Church, School and Community bodies and groups, local Industrial, Commercial and Farming interests, and private individuals. They included the following :
Staff and Pupils of North Baddesley Junior School
North Baddesley Parochial Church Council
Mrs. Chamberlayne Macdonald Mrs. Norah Day Mr. M.J. & Mrs. E. Gill
Dick and Florrie Gradidge Mr. & Mrs. P. Joyce Mr. J.A. & Cllr. P.M. Morffew
Mr. Michael Phillips Cllr.F & Mrs.J.M. Reavey Mr.& Mrs.D.S. Smith
Borden (UK) Ltd Maurice Croucher & David Turpin (Great Covert Car Sales)
Janet King (Scorpio) R.E.E.M.A Ltd Scammell and Smith
Sperrings Ltd. Unit Construction Co.Ltd.
The Badge was presented by the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr. Bryan Beggs, to the Chairman of North Baddesley Parish Council, Cllr. Peter Batten, in the presence of assembled villagers on 27th May 1986.
The Brooch at the ribbon's apex shows, in silver on red, the Maltese Cross, emblem of the Knights Hospitallers who held sway at North Baddesley through the Middle Ages.
The Crest - an Ass above a Norman Crown - crafted in silver and gilt - is that of the Chamberlayne family. Linked with North Baddesley from 1771 AD, the Chamberlaynes have continued to serve the village with faith as Lords of the Manor into the present day.
Central to the main Badge - in silver and gilt on a green field - is the Lamb and Flag, traditional symbol of St. John the Baptist the Patron Saint of the Hospitallers from Crusader times and also of this village. The ancient Hospitaller Church of St. John occupies a site of Christian worship dating back to at least Saxon times.
The engraved Plough and Wheels acknowledge the village's past and present dependence on agriculture and industry.
David Linstead 1987