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Brackley online Post, 1 February 2019

 This week’s headlines include:

  • Food bank overwhelmed by generosity
  • Morris invite you to join them for ‘tasters’
  • Brackley Panto Tickets Now Available

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 Get your party balloons delivered FREE!

Reds new balloon delivery service has started to rollout and they are offering free delivery and special prices on two Valentines displays which can be ordered online at
Free delivery is currently available to Brackley only.


Royal Latin School in Buckingham are looking for Exam Invigilators, the busy time is May/June and July but there are other bits throughout the year.

If you’re interested there are details here


Brackley’s Dogs Allowed gets a radio boost

Boosting footfall and helping dog owners in Brackley’s High Street was promoted when Dogs Allowed was featured on the Stuart Linnell show on Radio Northampton. Town businesses want to make life easier for visitors who have dogs. Look out for the Dogs Allowed stickers appearing in Brackley shops, cafes and pubs. If you have a dog, own a business, or know someone who does, then there is more information here The scheme also caters for businesses that cannot or prefer not to allow dogs with a “Sorry, Dogs Not Allowed” sticker which nevertheless makes it clear that assistance dogs are allowed.

While we’re on the topic of dogs – help yours to be well-behaved

Whether you are a new owner or someone who just wants to improve their pet’s behaviour, Brackley and Buckingham Dog Training Club will welcome you. See the details alongside.


Find out about volunteering at Canons Ashby

If one of your New Year resolutions was to find out about volunteering, then why not try the Volunteer Open Day at National Trust Canons Ashby House on 26 January. Meet some of the volunteers over a cuppa and find out more about how you can join this friendly team. There are plenty of roles available for different types of volunteers, where you can use or develop your skills and make a difference to our special place. If you’re planning to go along please email or just turn up on the day.
Please be aware that Canons Ashby is not otherwise open on this day.
This is aimed at adults. For info about volunteers under 18 please email as above. Assistance dogs are welcome.


This all-singing, all-dancing production is sure to entertain adults and children alike and audiences will be transported to the streets of Old Peking on a magical adventure to discover hidden treasures.


Telling the story of a most remarkable man

All you need to know is here – book now!

Sea Cadets send out a call for volunteers

Taking part in this year’s Remembrance Day parade

Brackley’s Sea Cadets need more adult volunteers – or the group may face closure in the New Year. Town-based Training Ship Tidespring opened in 2015 and has become one of the town’s most popular youth organisations but leaders are struggling to find volunteers to help run the unit.

Since opening, the group has provided a wide variety of opportunities and experiences for the young people of Brackley; cadets are able to complete Duke of Edinburgh Awards, learn about teamwork and leadership and complete water sports qualifications. The Sea Cadet Corps is a national charity funded by donations and supported by volunteers. Leading Junior Cadet Robert Knight, aged 11, said he would be really sad if it closed: “It would be like something was missing. I really enjoy going and would miss learning about new things and all the fun stuff too. My favourite thing is kayaking – it’s really fun to get out on the water. I also went on Junior Summer Camp which was the best week ever, I didn’t even miss home.”

Lieutenant Chris Read, Commanding Officer of Northampton Sea Cadets, who is currently supporting the Brackley unit, said: “Without more adult volunteers the unit is set to struggle and possibly close in 2019, which is a real shame because the Sea Cadet experience helps equip young people with the skills and experiences they need to be successful in adult life.

On parade during a recent visit to Bristol’s historic dockyards

“All that is required is a commitment to get stuck in, a willingness to learn and a desire to make a positive difference in young people’s lives. No experience is required as all necessary training will be provided by the organisation. There are also a lot of great opportunities for personal development in the Sea Cadets.”

Adult volunteers are able to complete nationally recognised courses in leadership and management as well as becoming qualified instructors in activities like yachting and kayaking.
Brackley Sea Cadets meet every Friday at their headquarters in the town from 7pm to 9pm. To find out more about becoming a volunteer with the Sea Cadets email or call 07955 896890.


History society gets ready for AGM

Brackley History Society will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday 6 February.
Nominees for Committee Membership and items for inclusion in the agenda should be with the Minutes Secretary by 30 January. After the AGM there will be a talk by Gerald Lesinski entitled The Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick. For more information, email, phone 01280 703166, or post to: Chapel Cottage, Hill Street, Brackley, NN13 6AL.


Brackley Morris offer open invitation to ‘have a go’

If you saw Brackley Morris during their Boxing Day events, you might have thought: “I wouldn’t mind having a go at that…” Well, you can. Open taster evenings are being held in January, February and March. So if you’ve ever fancied feeling a bit of rhythm, bashing a few sticks, working up a sweat, and then quenching your thirst with a pint, why not go along to one of their practice evenings and try it for yourself? It’s a great time of year to start because, with few outings until May, these evenings are always relaxed. Why not bring a friend too! They meet at 8pm on Thursday evenings at the CofE Junior School, Manor Road, Brackley. Feel free to join them, though it’s always best to call first as the school is occasionally closed. Stephen Ferneyhough 07764 799947; E-mail: More details on the website:

Terrific Saints shrug off Park Avenue

Brackley Town 3-0 Bradford (PA)
Brackley extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a fine performance and deserved 3-0 win over Bradford (PA) who started the day in third place. Carl Baker twice and Lee Ndlovu were the Saints goalscorers to move up into sixth place, writes Tim Carroll. Steve Drench got a hand at full stretch to divert Omari Sterling-James’ early effort but Baker set the home side on their way with a 25 yard shot beyond Drench in the 24th minute. Brackley threatened to increase the lead as Matt Lowe’s shot was saved and Jimmy Armson’s effort blocked.

It needed captain Gaz Dean’s saving tackle on the stroke of half-time, however, to deny Jake Beesley and send the sides into the break separated by the single goal. The visitors rarely posed a danger to Danny Lewis in the Brackley goal in a second half dominated by Kevin Wilkin’s side. A superbly worked second goal on the hour with Baker and Shane Byrne combining on the left presented Ndlovu with a close-range headed opportunity to record his 15th goal of the season in all competitions.

Baker fired in off the cross-bar in the 78th minute after fine work by Matt Lowe to record his second goal of the game on his home debut and seal a comfortable victory to narrow the gap between the two teams in the play-off places.

“It was a terrific performance today with three goals and the clean-sheet is a bonus,” Kevin Wilkin said. “Some new players have come in, some on loans, but we have worked hard. We have some players in the side who the young players can learn from and it will stand them in good stead when they eventually go back to their clubs. We are back in the play-off places but there is no doubt about it, we should be further on than we are.

“We had a sticky spell before Christmas against some difficult teams and we certainly didn’t get the rub of the green and didn’t take our chances. We have to work hard on that and we do through the week to look at where we can all do better and how we can move forward as a group.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, G.Walker, Byrne, Jackson, Dean, Lowe, Armson (A.Walker 81), Baker, Ndlovu (Nti 87), Sterling-James (Fairlamb 68). Subs unused: Jeffers.
Bradford (Park Avenue): Drench, Ross, Lowe, Spencer, Killock (Nowakowski 72), Havern, Knight, Branson, Besley, Johnson (Hurst 52), Clee (East 80). Subs unused: Atkinson, Dawson.
Referee: Matt Russell; assistants Rich Walker and Andy Genders.
Attendance: 487
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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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Every Monday and Thursday, 2-4pm: Knit and Natter.
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club.
Every Thursday 3.30-4.30: Craft Club with Sue.

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Saturday 2 February, 1pm:  Organ Recital in Stowe School Chapel. The organ at Stowe celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. It is the second largest school organ in the country, boasting four manuals, 58 speaking stops, and 2,983 pipes, ranging in length from a few inches to 32 feet. We look forward to welcoming professional organists from around the country for these 30-minute lunchtime recitals. To confirm your attendance please email or call 01280 818012.

Monday 11 February, 7.30pm: WI monthly meeting at WI Hall, Manor Road, Brackley (opposite Waitrose car park). Chris Ward will give a talk on “101 Things You Never Knew About Garden Birds”. For website, Click Here.

Wednesday 13 February, 8pm:  Little Mighty presents SHIVERS – The Book of Darkness and Light in Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. A trio of delightfully thrilling new ghost stories, set to the haunting sounds of the violin. The Book of Darkness & Light contains within it some of the most chilling tales ever told. Supernatural mysteries stir from its pages. A co-production between Harrogate Theatre, Square Chapel Arts Centre and LittleMighty. Age guideline 14-plus. Running time: 1 hr 40 min including interval.

Thursday 14 February, 7.30pm: Charity Champagne & Jazz Concert in Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. What better way than to spend Valentine’s Day celebrating with Champagne and Jazz. Hear the Stowe Big Band play from their extensive repertoire along with several of our amazing vocalists. Proceeds will go to Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers. This will be a popular event, so early booking is essential. To confirm your attendance or enquire about membership please email or call 01280 818012. Running time: 1 hr 45 min including interval.

Sunday 17 February, 2pm: Lempen Puppet Theatre presents The Amazing Thing at  Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. Storyteller Peter Grimm opens the box to find a ‘Thing’ that takes him on an unusual journey, weaving its way through a medley of well-known tales by the Brother’s Grimm, to finally unlock his imagination and free his stories. Lempen Puppet Theatre returns with puppets, acting and live music. Join us for fun, inspiration and afternoon delight for all the family.Running time: 55 min. Age rating: Families.

Thursday 21 February, 7.30pm: Brackley Inbetweeners Group at St Peter’s Church Hall, Old Town, Brackley. A brief introduction to traditional Chinese medicine, talk and demonstration, £3. For more information, email Catherine,

Wednesday 27 February, 8pm: Vocal Concert at Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. This year’s concert promises to be as memorable an event as ever. There will be a variety of vocal music, from the Renaissance through to the 21st century, representing both sacred and secular song repertoire in a variety of languages. Stowe School has a team of five highly experienced singing teachers offering tuition from beginner to advanced levels. Between us, we have performed in radio and television broadcasts, session singing, the West End, opera houses and recitals at major venues throughout the world. Running time: 1 hr. To confirm your attendance please email or call 01280 818012.

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