This week’s headlines include:
• Support your local shops on Small Business Saturday
• Seasonal bin collection arrangements announced
• Wilkin pleased with way Saints played in FA Trophy 3Q
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Latest news from the Business Information Bureau
Brackley’s own BiB has produced a new newsletter – to read it on line Click Here. Highlights include:
- To help promote local Brackley businesses, the Business Information Bureau is launching a new voucher booklet FREE to Brackley households. The booklet – worth over £300 – will be delivered in the coming weeks and will be available from all participating shops.
- FREE one-on-one advice over coffee to any business that needs it. Especially suited to those start-ups and small firms that can’t afford the match funding that most Government schemes require. Office hours is about business people attending, both to give and receive advice… or simply meet up for a chat.
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It’s Small Business Saturday – support your local shops
Small businesses are still the lifeblood of the district and South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) Economic Growth Team wants everyone to celebrate the district’s independent traders on Small Business Saturday this weekend. Cllr Stephen Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for economic growth, regeneration and housing, said: “SNC is dedicated to supporting the local economy and Small Business Saturday aims to do just that. The SNC Economic Growth Team works with businesses of all sizes, all year round and is on hand to support businesses to grow and develop. We are proud to support Small Business Saturday on 2 December and I urge residents to support all types of businesses, online, in offices and in shops.” Small business owners can sign up to the campaign’s Small Business Finder – https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/ – but should also tag the council in any social media posts that will be shared and retweeted. SNC has helped traders in Brackley and Towcester create websites listing everything to see and do in each town. Residents should log on to find out what shops and services are local to them.
The council also provides a link to an online directory that lists businesses and services throughout the district. District residents are urged to save the links below and check if they can get things locally before they buy.
In 2016 consumers spent £717 million with small businesses during Small Business Saturday, an increase of 15 per cent on 2015. Last year the global campaign also resulted in 140,000 tweets which reached 130 million people.
Treat yourself to some top-class free music
The Rotary Club of Brackley will be hosting the local heat of the Young Musician Competition on Saturday 2 December at Magdalen College School (Waynflete Hall), Waynflete Avenue, Brackley, starting at 2pm. All welcome, free admission, refreshments available.
Choir marks end of anniversary year with church concert
This 40th anniversary year for the Brackley Jubilee Choir has been one of growth and success, looking back over its history, including some of the music sung during the inaugural concert repeated in the successful summer concert in July, 2017. The final concert of the year will take place on Saturday, 2 December, in St Peter’s Church, Brackley (NN13 7BZ), beginning at 7.30pm. The appealing music consists of two favourite works within the choral repertoire – Vivaldi’s Gloria and Haydn’s Nelson Mass, both accompanied by the Cherwell Orchestra. The soloists are Emma Griffiths, soprano; Felicity Hope, alto; Philip Fine, tenor, and Theo Perry, bass – all of whom are known to the choir and Brackley audiences. The orchestra will also play Mozart’s Serenade in G, K525, known as Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. The conductor is Stuart Hubble, well known in Brackley music circles.
• Ticket price is £10 (free to 16 and under) and tickets are available at the door.
Christmas Bazaar – shopping, a cuppa and a cake
Westbury Church Christmas Bazaar is being held this Sunday 3 December from 2pm-4pm. Come along and buy your Christmas presents, and enjoy a cup of tea with a homemade cake or mince pie in lovely surroundings. There will be lots of great gifts to choose from.
It’s panto time in the school hall at Helmdon… oh, yes it is!
Helmdon Bridge Players’ forthcoming production is The Sword in the Stone, with performances at 7.30pm on Thursday 7 December, Friday 8 December and Saturday 9 December. There’s also a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday. Tickets are £8 per adult, £5 for children up to 16, or £22 for a family of 4. Venue is the school hall. Tickets are available from: Dave Bridger, 01295 760362, email Dabridger@aol.com; and Zoe Dyndor, 01295 768095, email email@example.com.
A day of exercises designed to improve posture and well being
Andy Henry will be teaching a day of taijiwuxigong (dao yin exercises, qigong with spontaneous movement and meditation techniques) on Saturday 2 December at Croughton Village Hall 10.15am-4.15 pm. Taijiwuxigong is beneficial to posture, general health and emotional well being. The workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as more advanced students of this system. A light vegetarian lunch will be provided. Cost is £65. Andy is a very experienced and dedicated teacher with a deep understanding of the qualities and movement of Qi. He runs classes and retreats in London, Bristol, Winchester, Portugal and Spain.
• For more information and to book a place please contact Helen, 01280 701722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SNC gets ready to wrap up Christmas bin collections
Householders in South Northamptonshire should make sure they put their bins out on time in the build-up to Christmas as the Boxing Day collections will be moved to the following Saturday. Any household which is due to have a collection on Tuesday, 26 December should put their bins out on Saturday 30 December instead. Householders living in The Shires, Towcester, have also been informed that their collections, due on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, have been moved forward to Saturday 23 December and Saturday 30 December.
Cllr Dermot Bambridge said: “We’ve escaped any changes to Christmas bin collections for a number of years, but Bank Holiday dates will have an impact on services this year. Thanks to residents, we have one of the best recycling rates in the country, but it can be challenging for households, especially around Christmas, so we will be sympathetic to anyone having problems. But if households can keep on top of their recycling in the build-up to Christmas, it will make it easier when the annual peak in volume of waste and recycling arrives.”
Reminders of the change in collection dates will be attached to bins belonging to affected households on Tuesday 12 December. Collections on other days will not be affected by the Bank Holidays and residents should put their bins out on their normal day. However, due to the rise in volume, collection crews may arrive at different times and householders should ensure their bins are out by 7am. As normal, garden waste collections will be suspended for two weeks from Monday 25 December before starting again the week commencing Monday 8 January or Monday 15 January 2018 depending on where you live in the district. When garden waste collections resume real Christmas trees can be put in or next to the green bin, making sure all decorations are removed.
Bulky waste collections and deliveries will also be suspended for one week from Monday, 25 December, starting again in the first week of January 2018.
• For more information, including collection calendars, visit our waste and recycling pages.
The real truth about 18th century crime and punishment
The next meeting of Brackley History Society will be Wednesday 6 December. Tod Booth will talk about Crime and Punishment in the 18th century. There were many types of crimes in the 18th century, ranging from petty crimes which would probably land the perpetrator end up in the stocks to more serious crimes which could lead to a hanging or deportation. Brackley History Society meet the first Wednesday of every month at Brackley Methodist Church Hall (High Street, Brackley NN13 7ZX), 7.30pm. Members free; visitors welcome (£3). Annual membership: £15 per person. Festive refreshments. All enquiries to secretary Karen Gees, 01280 702837, email email@example.com
News from snvb – how to give a helping hand at Christmas
Short-term Host at Christmas
Hundreds of adult international students studying in the UK will be facing a lonely Christmas on a deserted university campus. You can welcome one or two students into your home for four days at Christmas, learn about their culture, show them your local area and traditions, and invite them to experience your own home life.
• For details Click Here…
Christmas Day Helpers
Volunteers needed for the annual Christmas lunch in Towcester, which is held every year for guests who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day on their own. Cooking and food preparation, serving lunch, clearing away afterwards and socialising! Drivers to carry people to and from the event also welcome. Volunteers are very important to the success of the day.
For details Click Here…
Food Drive Volunteers
Help collect donations at the UK’s largest food drive this Christmas. Volunteers to join Tesco’s fantastic food drive team to help fight hunger in the UK; 8.4 million people in the UK are struggling to afford to eat – that’s the equivalent to the population of London. Make a difference to them by volunteering this Christmas. Brackley Tesco – November 30, December 1 and 2.
• For details Click Here…
Win £30 or £20 for your village newsletter
We know there are wonderful printed newsletters in our villages across South Northamptonshire, and in the vast majority of cases managed and edited by a dedicated band of volunteers. We often contact editors to place adverts and/or editorials on our projects that can support and benefit readers. However, we know we are not always up-to-date. Please send us a printed copy of a recent newsletter for our library. The copy received will go into a prize draw to win £30 (first prize) or £20 (second prize).
* For details Click Here…
Arts at Stowe invites you to appreciate the Power of Words
On Wednesday 24 January 2018, Stowe Music School is giving a Holocaust Memorial Day Concert under the banner “The Power of Words”. The event, a culmination of work between historians, artists and Stoics, will be a profound and humbling testimony of music, art and the spoken word in which the current generation of Stoics pay tribute to the memory of Sir Nicholas Winton MBE, one of Stowe’s first pupils in 1923. He was an extraordinary man who saved so many lives during the time of the Holocaust and who left a lasting legacy of hope. Performance starts at 7pm and will be two hours including the interval.
• To reserve a seat please email thearts@Stowe.co.uk or Tel 01280 818012.
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Brackley Town 4-0 Salford City FA Trophy 3Q
Brackley’s win over the National League North leaders was as comprehensive as the scoreline suggests, two goals in each half securing Saints’ place in the next round. Aaron Williams bagged a hat-trick with three clinical, close-range finishes, taking his tally to 17 goals in 20 league, FA Cup and FA Trophy appearances. His third goal – on the hour – was the pick of the bunch, turning the ball into the net after a fine break and cross by Glenn Walker. This more or less ended the game as a contest before Walker finished off an intricate pattern of passing for a late fourth goal to cap a strong all-round performance by the home team.
“It was important to show a reaction after last week’s disappointment,” Kevin Wilkin said. “It was very open early on, we went two goals ahead and then built on that from there.” Salford enjoyed good possession in an even start to the game before the opening goal after 17 minutes. Jimmy Armson’s probing pass brought the Ammies’ keeper Max Crocombe to the edge of his penalty area but Ellis Myles won the race and his cross found Williams in the middle. The in-form striker picked his spot, avoiding the despairing lunges of defenders including one on the line.
Williams doubled the lead after 32 minutes. Matt Lowe bravely won a header from Glenn Walker’s cross, the striker nipping in to fire high into the net from close range. Saints went close to extending the lead with chances either side of the break for Williams and Walker. Walker’s 53rd minute shot was touched over in spectacular style by Crocombe.
“They left their front two on the bench but they have depth and quality in their squad. We passed the ball well today and in the end it was a good win. The fourth goal showed great touch, movement, passing and real quality and capped a strong display,” said Wilkin. “The league is clearly the most important thing for us and our first goal is to make the play-offs. But we had terrific runs in both cup competitions last season; we were disappointed to exit the FA Cup this year and will enjoy our time in the Trophy. The manner we went about our game today was very good and we need now to keep our league campaign on track next Saturday when we play Stockport.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, S.Byrne, Gudger, Dean, G.Walker, J.Byrne (Diggin 90), Armson, A.Williams (Ndlovu 77), Lowe (Tilney 84). Subs unused: Graham, Brown.
Salford City: Crocombe, Hogan, Beesley, Burton, Piergianni, Livesey (Phenix 67), Allen (Redshaw 67), Shelton, Dieseruvwe, Dudley (Woodcock 73), Askew. Subs unused: Touray, Doyle.
Referee: Lloyd Wood; sssistants: Chris Horsman and Aaron Farmer
• For season fixtures list, CLICK HERE
• For more information about the club, Click Here.
Regular events in Brackley
Third Saturday of each month, 4pm to 6pm: St Peter’s Church, Brackley: MESSY CHURCH – A two-hour session of Bible story, craft activities, informal worship and light meal for the whole family. Details of this and lots of other activities on the St Peter’s Church website.
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The Country Market will be at the library from 10am till 12ish. Market manager Diane Elizabeth Jones writes on the market’s Facebook page: “We hope to be there until the Town Hall reopens but when that will be we really don’t know. If for any reason you can’t make a Saturday morning, please order and we will deliver, as you are all precious to us. Thank you.”
• Keep an eye on the Facebook page, not just for developments but to read about the delights on offer from local traders.
Every Monday and Thursday: Knit and Natter 2-4pm
Every Saturday during term time 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
Tuesdays 14 and 28 November 11.30-2pm: Job Seekers Club
Wednesday 8 and 22 November 7.30-9pm: ABC Craft Evening Colouring, book folding or crochet (crochet or book folding tuition £5 per person)
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Every Thursday 4.15-5.15: Thursday Craft Club with Sue.
Throughout December, Letters from Santa. Our supporters’ group will be working with Santa. Please contact the library for further details.
Every Monday and Thursday 2-4pm: Knit and Natter
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Every Thursday 4.15-5.15pm: Thursday Craft Club with Sue
Every Saturday during term time 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
Friday 1 December from 8pm: The Big Christmas Quiz Night!! £5 per person. Teams of up to six. Prize every round. Please book your team a table at the library.
Wednesday 6 December 7.30-9pm: ABC Craft Evening. Colouring, book folding or crochet (crochet or book folding tuition £5 per person)
Thursday 7 December 11am -12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Sunday 10 December: Santa and Santa’s workshops. For further details please visit the library or our Facebook page.
Tuesday 12 December 11.30am-2pm: Job Seekers Club
Thursday 14 December 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “White Christmas” (PG). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
• Throughout December please check Facebook for club updates due to bank holidays and club special events.
Brackley Library Supporters’ group are looking for new members. Please leave your details at the library or pop along to one of our supporters’ meetings if you would like to find out more. We look forward to seeing you.
• Please check the library’s Facebook page for additional events.
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Saturday 2 December, 2pm: The Rotary Club of Brackley will be hosting the local heat of the Young Musician Competition at Magdalen College School (Waynflete Hall), Waynflete Avenue, Brackley (NN13 6FB). All welcome, free admission, refreshments available.
Saturday 2 December, 7.30pm-late: Gin-tasting night at Hummingbirds Bistro, Market House Courtyard, Brackley, NN13 7AB. Hummingbirds have joined with Brackley Wines to offer the opportunity to taste different gins and create you own gin and tonic.
• Call 01280 700797 for more information.
Wednesday 6 December, 7.30pm: Brackley History Society will hear Tod Booth talk about Crime and Punishment in the 18th century. There were many types of crimes in the 18th century, ranging from petty crimes which would probably land the perpetrator in the stocks to more serious crimes which could lead to a hanging or deportation. Brackley History Society meet the first Wednesday of every month at Brackley Methodist Church Hall (High Street, Brackley NN13 7ZX), 7.30pm. Members free; visitors welcome (£3). Annual membership: £15 per person. Festive refreshments. All enquiries to secretary Karen Gees, 01280 702837, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 10 December 2pm: Little Blue Monster presents Lily and the Little Snow Bear at Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. A glittering, snowy tale about a little lost bear and a brave little girl. After the show meet Lily and Baby Bear, say hello and have your photo taken with them. Suitable for ages 3+. Running time: 55mins. Ticket Price: £8.50. Bookings www.artsatstowe.co.uk
Sunday 17 December 7pm: Christmas Boogienotes Rock and Pop Choir at the Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. Join us and the wonderful Boogienotes Choir for an evening of wonderful Christmas songs and carols to celebrate the festive season in style.
You are invited to join us for a glass of wine and a festive treat. Running time 75 mins followed by drinks and a festive treat. Tickets : £10 / £9 Members / £4 under 16’s. Bookings www.artsatstowe.co.uk
Saturday 23 December 2pm: A performance of Sleeping Beauty by the Looking Glass Theatre Company which, once again, brings its inventive pantomime to Evenley Village Hall, The Green, Evenley (NN13 5SH). Adults £8, children (13 and under) £6. Tickets from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email email@example.com (NB Tickets available from 1 October). The show will be in two halves and fruit juices and biscuits will be available free of charge during the interval.