This week’s headlines include:
- Brackley Soap Box Derby on Sunday
- Remembrance Day Soldier Silhouette Grants
- Counting down the town’s carnival
- New NHS hearing-aid service for Brackley
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- 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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Remembrance Day Soldier Silhouette Grants Programme
Funding is being made available for a range of local voluntary and community organisations to buy silhouettes of Tommies for community events that will mark the centenary of the end of World War One. Constituted voluntary and community organisations, charities, schools, places of worship and community-interest companies that are considering holding a local event that brings people together to remember the end of the First World War and to think about the Armed Forces Community today can apply for grants of up to £500 to purchase silhouettes of Tommies as part of their remembrance event.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is making £2 million available in grants for groups across the UK to purchase 10 silhouettes each. The trust will accept applications during the month of June and expects to award between 4,000 and 5,000 small grants. To be eligible, events should be open to people in the community, promoted ahead of time and bring together people from the Armed Forces community and the civilian community in the local area.
Events can be modest and do not need to cost a lot to run. It might be something like having tea and cake following a remembrance event or arranging a venue for people in the community to come together and share a lunch. The grants are to be used to purchase up to 10 silhouettes and are to be used for the bench and chair silhouettes only. They do not cover the 6ft or 10″ Tommy figures.
• An application form can be found on the There but Not There website. Applications will be accepted from 1 and 30 June 2018.
• For more information about the activities of the volunteer bureau, Click Here.
Brackley author publishes first novel
In 1946 an old lady confesses a terrible crime of vengeance to her great nephew.
In 2018, young Alex Phipps, one of Joseph’s descendants, finds an old file his father had made about the accident. Father and son investigate further and discover a tale of conspiracy and murder which still echoes around the old village of Salmsham. With the help of Roger Cooper and his daughter Vicky (who still live in the village) and a large railway model of the old station and surroundings at Salmsham, they find enough evidence for the police to open an historical murder enquiry, but by clearing the name of one ancestor, they may have tarnished others.
Combining two of his favourite topics – railway history and genealogy – author Nick Planas takes us through a complex tale of deception and detection, spread over a century and a half, and with several twists along the way.
Suitable for readers aged 12 to 112!
Nick Planas is a British composer and freelance musician, born in Old Windsor and now living in Brackley, Northamptonshire. He has composed several chamber and orchestral works, and has written librettos for some of his musicals and operas. Distant Vengeance is his first novel.
Trains, tea and cake in a garden setting
On offer are train rides, steam and battery-powered, for all the family on the 5in-gauge railway which extends to approximately ¼ mile around the gardens of Pimlico House. There is no admission charge, just a small charge per ride. Refreshments in the form of tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.
The railway is the result of many years of work by the Rev. John Roberts (in whose garden it is situated) and a small but dedicated band of helpers. Public running days are held six times a year with the dual aims of fostering an interest in engineering amongst youngsters and raising money for the Send a Cow charity. New members (of all generations) are always welcome, so whether you are just looking for an enjoyable afternoon out or would like to join us on a regular basis, why not come along? Public running days for the rest of 2018 (3pm to 5pm) are 24 June, 22 July, 26 August and 23 September.
Directions: Satnav NN13 5TN. From Brackley follow A43 towards Towcester and take the first exit B4525 towards Helmdon/Banbury. After 400 yards take the first left, signposted to Pimlico and High Cross. Follow the road for just under half-a-mile and you will see the trains signposted to the right.
The date is set – now volunteers are wanted for Carnival Day
Saturday 9 June is the big day when townsfolk can let their hair down with the year’s biggest family event. The theme for this year’s Carnival is Animal Kingdom and organisers are well into setting up a super day. They are delighted to have the backing of Wembley-bound Brackley Town Football Club, who will be running a youth five-a-side competition. More information on this can be found by clicking on the link at the end of the football report. Meanwhile, another old favourite, the dog show, is back with a brand new organiser.
Children will be able to take part in free circus skills workshops with Circus Wizz or the mobile skate park provided by the Northampton Association of Youth Clubs. Displays – Brackley Army and Sea Cadets and local dance groups.
We still have some space for stalls,craft tables and trade stands on the Carnival field along with entries for the procession, so if you are a group, school, business or organisation, or have an interesting vehicle and would like to get involved, please contact us.,Carnival is a great way to promote your charity, business or organisation.
Entry to Carnival for adults is £5 on the day or £4 for advanced wristband available from many schools and businesses in the town. Secondary school-age children £3
Bookings are being taken now for stalls, craft tables in the craft tent and trade stands on the Carnival field, along with entries for the procession. So if you are a group, school, business or organisation and would like to get involved please contact
www.brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk. The event is a great way to promote yourself, either by taking a stand on the field or entering the procession. They are also keen to get interesting and classic/vintage vehicles into the procession. If you fancy being part of this year`s carnival entertainment there will be a community stage sponsored by Northamptonshire County Council. “We are looking for bands, singers, music groups, comedians… in fact anyone who would like to perform, so get in touch to book your slot,” they say.
“Brackley Carnival is organised by a very small team who give time to plan and make Carnival happen, but we need more people to either join the team on the Carnival committee and/or help on the Carnival day, so if you can spare a few hours please email email@example.com or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876. For the carnival website, Click Here.
New NHS hearing advisory service for Brackley
South Northants Hearing Advisory Service is providing free basic hearing-aid maintenance and batteries on a monthly basis. Also available will be advice information and practical support covering all aspects of hearing loss. Each month a trained hearing advisor will visit Brackley Library. The next visit will be on Thursday 28 June from 10.3oam to noon. The sessions are on a drop-in basis with no appointment necessary. At busy times you may be asked to take a number to be seen in turn.
• Please remember to bring along your hearing-aid battery book.
Ribbon of Poppies in Brackley to mark end of Great War
Hundreds of pledges have been received in support of a call to plant swathes of poppies commemorating the end of the First World War 100 years ago. In the UK, members of the Scout and Guide movements have led the way in supporting the project. Scouts and guides, local organisations, Schools and councils the length and breadth of the UK have now pledged to plant poppies to help create a carpet of the red flowers in time for the centenary of the end of World War One in 2018.
The Ribbon of Poppies project is the brainchild of Iain Henderson a Scout Leader from Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. Mr Henderson and colleagues from The Memorial Mob – a group dedicated to creating memorials and events to help remember the “uniformed” services, are hoping the poppy ribbon will be “a living legacy to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice”. He said: “Our idea is to create a carpet of crimson from Land’s End to John O’Groats to remember all those killed or wounded in the war.”
The venture has now won international backing. Some 600 confirmed pledges have been received to date, stretching as far afield as California, Indonesia and the Falkland Islands. Individuals and groups are being encouraged to take part, simply by planting poppy seeds on a pocket of land – your front garden if possible or where they can be seen.
• For further details, go to http://thememorialmob.webs.com/
• Brackley is also planning a ribbon of knitted or crocheted poppies to line the High Street on Remembrance Day and are seeking volunteers or groups to create the poppies for this ribbon please. Contact the Town Council for details.
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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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Saturday mornings, 10.30-11.30am (Term time only): Creation Club with Ken and Estelle
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.
Thursday 7 June 11am-12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Thursday 21 June 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “Murder on the Orient Express” (Certificate 12A). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Saturday 9 June: Come and see us at Brackley Carnival!!!
Sunday 24 June 10am-2pm: Table Top sale – £10 a table. Book your table at the library.
Thursday 29th June 7.30pm for 8pm start: Brackley Supporters’ Group Quiz Night – £5 per person. Prize each round.
Saturday 14 July 10am-2pm – Summer Reading Challenge Launch. This year’s theme is “Mischief Makers” and is themed on The Beano to celebrate its 80th anniversary.
Thursday 5 July 11am-12 noon: Reminiscence Group.
Thursday 19 July 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “The Darkest Hour”, (Certificate PG13). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Thursday 16 August 7pm for 7.30 start: Brackley Library Cinema Club, title TBC. £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Please check our Facebook page for extra sessions and kids’ cinema during the summer break!!
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Wednesday 30 May to Friday 1 June
Sunday 3 June, 11am-4pm: Family-friendly Tudor Fair at Sulgrave Manor at the end of the May half-term holiday. See Sulgrave Manor come alive with a huge range of fun activities perfect for families and all ages. There will be lots of things to do, including historical crafts for the kids, live music, garden games, archery and falconry plus access to the manor house and garden, as well as food and drinks. The highlight of the day will be a lively and exciting joust featuring real horses! For prices and more information please visit our website – Click Here.
A reminder that this year’s Brackley Soapbox Derby is on Sunday June 3 on the High Street. Best cart competition will be judged by the Town Mayor at 1.30pm and runs begin at 2pm. We have, once again, a full entry of 33 carts running and competition will be high. Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 will be entering a new cart for this year in Premier Class and will also be displaying one of their F1 World Championship-winning cars close to the finish line. Refreshments will be available in the Market Square car park and we look forward to seeing many Brackley residents spectating. A great free afternoon for all the family.
Wednesday 6 June 7.30pm: The next meeting of Brackley & District History Society at Brackley Methodist Church Hall will hear Professor John Clarke talking about “Forward with the Great Central Railway”. Members free, visitors welcome £3. Refreshments will be served after the talk. Annual membership £15 per person. All enquiries to Karen Gees (Secretary) on 01280 702837, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 6 June, 8pm: Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. Theatre Ad Infinitum presents Odyssey. One actor – one hour. One man’s epic quest to reunite with his family and seek his bloody revenge. Compelling, dynamic, passionate, highly physical and poignant storytelling that brings Homer’s timeless Greek myth adventure to life. Tickets £15 (£12 Concessions and Members, £10 Students). Schools – Contact us for group bookings of five students and over. Box office: 01280 825710. Bookings: www.artsatstowe.co.uk. Enquiries: email@example.com , phone 01280 818012
Saturday 9 June: Brackley Carnival – volunteers are invited to contact the organisers to help make the town’s big day another resounding success. To see the carnival website, Click Here. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.
Sunday 17 June: Brackley Chicken Run starts at Brackley Park This will be the 9th year of this ever successful event. It is a 10km course starting at the park on the High Street in the centre of Brackley. There will be a rolling road closure at the start of the run. The course is of a mixed terrain following a route out of Brackley, through the village of Turweston and around the airfield then finishing back at the park. www.brackleyrunningclub.co.uk
Thursday 21 June, 10am-noon: Brackley and District U3A meet at Brackley Methodist Church and will hear a talk on “Colour Blindness in the workplace” by Terry Pigott. Visitors are welcome – £2, including refreshments. If you are retired or semi-retired, come along and join us and find out how you can learn something new and make new friends. Further information about our meetings and groups can be found on our website – Brackley U3A – or call 07444 363494.
Sunday 24 June, noon to 6pm: FOLK IN THE PARK. This free event is back… A great afternoon offering a wide range of folk music for all the family in the Town Park, next door to the Old Fire Station on the High Street.
Sunday 24 June, 3pm-5pm: The Pimlico Light Railway holds a running day at Pimlico House, Pimlico, NN13 5TN. On offer are train rides, steam and battery-powered, for all the family on the 5in-gauge railway which extends to approximately ¼ mile around the gardens. There is no admission charge, just a small charge (for charity) per ride. Tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.
Saturday 21 July, : Brackley Beer Festival in Brackley Park
Sunday 22 July, 3pm-5pm: The Pimlico Light Railway holds a running day at Pimlico House, Pimlico, NN13 5TN. On offer are train rides, steam and battery-powered, for all the family on the 5in-gauge railway which extends to approximately ¼ mile around the gardens. There is no admission charge, just a small charge (for charity) per ride. Tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.
Sunday 12 August: The 10th Brackley Festival of Motorcycling is not just about bikes and bikers. There is lots for all the family and it’s all to help good good causes. Check out the plans for this year’s show at the festival website.
Saturday 18 August, : Brackley Sausage and Cider Festival, Brackley Rugby Club
Sunday 19 August, : Classic Vehicles in the Park, Brackley Park
Sunday 26 August, 3pm-5pm: The Pimlico Light Railway holds a running day at Pimlico House, Pimlico, NN13 5TN. On offer are train rides, steam and battery-powered, for all the family on the 5in-gauge railway which extends to approximately ¼ mile around the gardens. There is no admission charge, just a small charge (for charity) per ride. Tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.
Sunday 23 September, 3pm-5pm: The Pimlico Light Railway holds a running day at Pimlico House, Pimlico, NN13 5TN. On offer are train rides, steam and battery-powered, for all the family on the 5in-gauge railway which extends to approximately ¼ mile around the gardens. There is no admission charge, just a small charge (for charity) per ride. Tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.