This week’s headlines include:
- When you’re shopping – look out for the daffodils…
- Town’s carnival team calls for volunteers
- Saints rue missed chances in Trophy date
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Daffodils are appearing in town today, St. David’s Day (1 March).
Brackley Rotary Club will be manning the street collection for the
daffodil-themed Marie Curie charity on both Friday and Saturday.
Please give generously for a very worthy cause.
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Your chance to get involved – Town Carnival Day is on its way
This year’s Brackley Carnival will take place on Saturday 8 June and the theme is The Movies. We are now taking bookings for stalls 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 us at brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk. Details of the carnival cover competition are on our website so if you want to enter and have your picture on the cover of the carnival programme get your entry into us. The event is a great way to promote yourself either by taking a stand on the field or entering the procession. Not-for-profit and charity stalls are free.
We will again be having a community arena, so if you are part of a group who would like to perform or display in the arena please get in touch. We are also keen to get interesting and classic/vintage vehicles into the procession. If you fancy being part of this year’s Carnival entertainment we have a community stage – bands, singers, music groups, comedians… in fact anyone who would like to perform. So get in touch with us to book your slot.
• Brackley Carnival is organised by a very small team. If you are able to offer help on the day with setting up, acting as a steward or helping clear, please contact us via our website, www.brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk, or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.
Natural Pampering returns to The Courtyard Shops
Natural Pampering is coming back to Brackley, opening a new shop on Saturday 9 March. Sam had a pop-up shop in The Courtyard Shops in the first year of her business in 2012. Since then she has attended many local events/craft fairs, given talks to local groups and was part of the farmers’ market for over a year. She says: “I feel very blessed to have met so many lovely local people in that time and gain many loyal customers over that time and I am thrilled to announce that my new shop is back within the beautiful Courtyard Shops.”
Sam is a beekeeper, making handmade natural soap, luxurious bathing and skincare products (suitable for those with skin conditions); beeswax candles, beeswax food wraps, and many plastic-free, sustainable/green living products.
• More information on her website & Facebook page – naturalpampering.co.uk and facebook.com/Naturalpampering1/
Gin tasters’ evening to boost Cancer Research
Come and drink gin for charity on Saturday 9 March! What easier way is there to help raise money and support Cancer Research? Hummingbirds have agreed to join and support two Brackley ladies who are undertaking the “Heineken Race to the Tower” in the process of raising money for the charity. From the organisers:
An absolute must event for all gin lovers and anyone who wants to become one or those trying gin out for the first time! So whether you like it shaken, stirred or dirty we have something to suit all tastes at our gin tasting. We have carefully selected six beautifully crafted bottles. Taste and create your own gin and tonic using a variety of different flavoured tonics and garnishes. Places cost £27.50 per person (with £5 per ticket going to Cancer Research) which includes six different gins plus light bites and games. Places are limited, so early booking is advisable. A £5 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a place, with full payment made a minimum of one week before the event.
• Call 01280 700797 for more info or to book your place. Alternatively, pop in and see us at Hummingbirds.
Village film night takes you to the moon
The next film night in Culworth is on Friday 8 March (doors open 7pm) when the film will be First Man (12A) – a glimpse into the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon. As this is a Fish & Chips supper night it is essential to book by the end of Tuesday 5 March. Fish & Chips supper and film, £11; film only, £5. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie 760855, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.
• A plea – if you have booked to come to a film night with supper and cannot for some reason make it, do please let us know, even at the last minute. There are often people who would like to come and have had to be turned away through being fully booked.
Brackley Morris still 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: email@example.com. More details on the website: http://www.thebrackleymorrismen.org.uk.
Brackley Town 1-2 Leyton Orient
Brackley came to rue missed chances as a late Orient revival saw the National League side come from behind to knock out the holders in a thrilling FA Trophy quarter-final tie at a packed St James Park, writes Tim Carroll. “I can’t help but feel this is one that got away from us,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We have let them off the hook because we had enough opportunities to have won the game. But you have to take those chances and those moments can come back to haunt you, which has been the case today. We didn’t deserve to get beaten today but we just haven’t been sharp enough in front of goal.”
The persistence of Matt Lowe on the right set up the opening goal on 24 minutes allowing Lee Ndlovu to apply the finishing touch to give Saints a deserved lead as Orient conceded for the first time in the competition this season. Jimmy Armson was thwarted by keeper Dean Brill and Gaz Dean’s powerful header was cleared off the line as Orient buckled under waves of Brackley attacks.
An incident on the hour frustrated Brackley as Ndlovu fought his way through to face Brill one on one, only for the referee inexplicably to bring play back awarding a Saints free-kick. Armson could not convert Shane Byrne’s lobbed pass, volleying wide, as the home side continued to press to increase the advantage in a game that had become very open. Orient manager Justin Edinburgh rang the changes with three substitutions and the game began to swing the visitors’ way. Jordan Maguire-Drew was pushed over to win a 68th-minute penalty but McAuley Bonne saw shot saved by Danny Lewis to his left. However Orient were level six minutes later as substitute Matt Harrold slid the ball into the net from James Brophy’s cross. With seven minutes remaining, The O’s went ahead through Dan Happe who rose to plant his header past Lewis direct from a corner.
Still Saints had chances to hit back and, in the six minutes of added time, pinball football in the penalty area ended with Luke Fairlamb’s shot too high over Brill’s cross-bar as the curtain finally came down on the FA Trophy holders’ campaign. It was a first defeat in the competition for exactly two years, as Orient progressed to the semi-final stage.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles (Nti 84), G.Walker, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Lowe, Fairlamb, Ndlovu, Armson, A.Walker. Subs unused: Sterling-James, Jeffers, Murombedzi, Jackson.
Leyton Orient: Brill, Ling, McAnuff (Harrold 65), Clay, Bonne, Judd (Maguire-Drew 57), Happe, Brophy, Gorman, Ekpiteta (Coulson 55), Simpson. Subs unused: Sargeant, Lee.
Referee: Richard Hulme; assistants Oliver Mackey and Joshua Ainscow.
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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.
The drop-in hearing-aid clinic service has resumed its visits to Brackley Library. The next clinic is on Wednesday 20 February from 10.30am to midday. Please make sure you have your NHS Hearing Aid Record Book with you when attending.
•To see the full calendar for this year, Click Here.
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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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Friday 8 March (Doors open 7pm): Film night in Culworth features First Man (12A) – a glimpse into the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon. As this is a Fish & Chips supper night it is essential to book by the end of Tuesday 5 March. Fish & Chips supper and film, £11; film only, £5. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie 760855, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.
• A plea – if you have booked to come to a film night with supper and cannot for some reason make it, do please let us know, even at the last minute. There are often people who would like to come but have had to be turned away through being fully booked.
Friday 8 March (Doors open 7.30pm): Croughton Cinema’s film is also First Man(12A) at Croughton Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to come and join us. Licensed Bar. Admissions: CFC Members: £3, non-members £5, under-16s: £3.
• The remaining dates for 2019 are 5 and 26 April – please make a note in your diaries!
Saturday 9 March, 7.30pm: Gin-tasting evening at Hummingbirds in Market House Courtyard, Brackley, to support two ladies taking part in the “Heineken Race to the Tower” in support of the Cancer Research charity. Places cost £27.50 per person (with £5 per ticket going to Cancer Research) which includes six different gins plus light bites and games. Places are limited, so early booking is advised. A £5 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a place, with full payment made a minimum of one week before the event.
• Call 01280 700797 for more info or to book your place. Alternatively, pop in and see Tracy or Nicky at Hummingbirds.
Monday 11 March, 7.30pm: WI meeting at WI Hall, in Manor Road, Brackley (opposite Waitrose car park). The topic will be “Creating Small Business opportunities for African Women.” For the Brackley WI website, Click Here.
Monday 25 March
Monday 25 March, 7.30pm: Brackley Methodist Church Hall – Brackley Wildlife Trust invite you to an illustrated talk by Matt Johnson, Northants Living Landscape Manager (part of BCN), Green Wheel Project, about the updating improvements at St James Lake. All welcome – a charge of £2 helps cover our costs.
Saturday 13 April
Saturday 8 June: Brackley Carnival. This annual event is organised by a very small team. If you are able to offer help on the day with setting up, acting as a steward or helping clear, please contact us via our website, brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk, or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.