This week’s headlines include:
• Heritage Open Days – Old Fire Station and Old Hall Bookshop
• School’s back for young footballers to get into action
• Rare Moth found at Farthinghoe Nature Reserve
• The Demolition of Brackley Viaduct
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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.
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Heritage Open Days – Brackley Town Hall Restoration Project
Although the Town Hall is not accessible this year, it doesn’t mean we won’t be having a Heritage Open Day! Get the chance to handle some of the finds that have been discovered in the Town Hall including a Georgian coin and clay pipes. In celebration of the 50 years of conservation areas, there will be walking tours of both of Brackley’s conservation areas – High Street & Old Town. As we will be based in the Old Fire Station, there will also be information about the history of the building, too. As ever, there will be children’s activities, the chance to find out more about the restoration project and refreshments available!
Opening Times – No booking required
Friday 8 September: 10am-4pm
Saturday 9 September: 10am-4pm
There is no parking specifically for the Fire Station although there is parking available in the town car park or on the High Street. The building is accessible throughout and has accessible toilet facilities.
The Old Fire Station is on the High Street in the corner of Brackley Park. You can park on the road or in the Town Car Park which is only a two-minute walk away.
• Website: www.brackleytownhall.org.uk/
Go behind the Scenes at historic Old Hall Bookshop
You will get the chance to see all over this Queen Anne town house that currently houses the Old Hall Bookshop (NN13 7DP) on the ground floor. We can start in the cellar and work our way up and out on to the roof and enjoy the wonderful views of Brackley and the surrounding area, weather permitting.
• Thursday 7 September: 0930-1730; Tour 1100, 1400 and 1600
• Friday 8 September: 0930-1730; Tour 1100, 1400 and 1600
• Saturday 9 September: 0930-1730; Tour 1100, 1400 and 1600
Pre-booking preferred – Booking Contact: Christine or Jenny; call 01280 704146; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maximum six people per tour/session.
Access: We will be going up and down a LOT of stairs; there may also be loose floorboards, dust and dim lighting conditions. It’s a very old building with worn steps. Parking is available nearby on the street and in Market Square. It’s free but time restrictions apply.
Rare Moth Found at Farthinghoe Nature Reserve
It has just been confirmed by the County Moth recorder Mark Hammond, that the Star find of the Bank Holiday Weekend… was an Italian Tubic.. Metalampra italica.. A new county record!
It was first recorded in this country in 2003 in Devon the only other place it was thought to be found was in Italy…Since then it has been recorded in at least a dozen counties in the south of England and Wales, and is now a breeding resident.
Before 2003, the species was considered endemic to Italy, but is believed to be spreading its range and has also been found in France and the Nederland’s. Its possible that it was accidentally introduced.
The larvae feed in decaying wood, beneath the bark of Quercus (Oak), That makes it the 458th species of micro and macro moth to be recorded at Farthinghoe Nature Reserve.
‘School’ is back for the Saints’ young footballers
Children are returning to school after the summer holidays – and now they can get involved in the Saturday Soccer Schools which start on Saturday 9 September at Brackley Town Football Club (Churchill Way, NN13 7DZ). To coincide with the start of the club’s junior playing season, Brackley Town is launching two Soccer Schools to take advantage of the club’s artificial grass pitch and FA-qualified coaches. One Soccer School is for girls aged 4–11, as endorsed by England’s Gareth Southgate as part of the national Grow the Game initiative. The other one is for boys aged 4-6 with a view to creating an under-7s team playing in a local league.
Andy Thompson, head of Brackley Town’s Academy, said: “Our Soccer Schools have been very popular and were hugely successful last season so we are delighted to be able to expand our provision to offer a bespoke Soccer School for girls. The sessions will get children active and developing ball skills but most of all they are great fun.”
• The first session is at 9.30am on Saturday 9 September and costs just £3.50. To register interest, contact Andy Thompson at email@example.com.
Hummingbirds’ quiz night – book early
People in South Northamptonshire who encourage others to sign up to a recycling rewards scheme could win more prizes. Every month the Feed Your Caddy Campaign run by Northamptonshire Waste Partnership hands out prizes to people signed up to the ‘I’m in to Win’ scheme for simply putting out their food waste for recycling. Each month four winners are chosen at random and prizes have included brewery tours, meals for two and adventure days out. During September anyone who refers a neighbour who signs up to the scheme will be entered into a bonus draw.
Cllr Dermot Bambridge, South Northamptonshire Council’s portfolio holder for environmental service, said: “This district is among the highest recyclers in the country, but more can always be done. We hope ‘I’m in to Win’ is the extra incentive some need to make recycling a habit.” There’s no limit to how often someone can be entered into the bonus draw, so the more people they refer, the greater the chances of winning a prize. To sign-up to ‘I’m in to Win’, visit the Feed Your Caddy website. If you’re already signed up and want to refer a friend, follow the link on the left hand side of the homepage. Registration for refer a friend ends Friday, 22 September.
A moment from Brackley history – demolition of Brackley viaduct
Not much remains of Brackley Viaduct which carried the Great Central Railway. Opened in 1899, the line closed as part of the Beeching changes in the 60’s along with Brackley Central station (now ATS tyres) An 8mm film showing the demolition of the Brackley Viaduct which carried the Great Central Railway.
An 8mm film showing the demolition of the Brackley Viaduct can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YATq7dqQhE
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Brackley Town 2-0 Kidderminster Harriers
Brackley maintained their unbeaten start to the season with an impressive home win against Kidderminster Harriers on a sun-soaked Bank Holiday Monday, writes Tim Carroll. Harriers, who finished second last season, were second best throughout as Saints returned to winning ways after Saturday’s goal-less draw at Chorley (report below). They stay joint top with Harrogate Town, coincidentally Brackley’s next opponents.
Lee Ndlovu and Aaron Williams had both brought saves from keeper Brandon Hall before Ndlovu put his side in front after 27 minutes. Alex Gudger was fouled by Elton Ngwatala and from the resulting free-kick Shane Byrne’s whipped cross was headed bullet-like by Ndlovu past Hall, giving the keeper no chance to react.
The home side created two more golden chances to score before the break. First Ndlovu burst through and selflessly passed to Williams whose shot was blocked on the line. Then Ndlovu hooked his shot just over after Gudger had headed Byrne’s free-kick across goal as Kidderminster lived dangerously.
After the interval Jimmy Armson shot weakly when well placed and Luke Graham’s headed goal was ruled out by the referee before Saints doubled their advantage on 68 minutes. Williams chased down a lost cause before crossing for Armson whose header was beautifully directed beyond Hall to register his sixth goal of the season. The visitors rarely threatened Danny Lewis’ goal as Saints ran out deserved winners.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, Tilney (G.Walker 63), Armson, Ndlovu (Diggin 83), A.Williams (Lowe 75), A.Walker. Subs not used: J.Byrne, Franklin.
Kidderminster: Hall, Williams, Keane (Nti 46), Croasdale, Daly, Digie (Webb 46), Austin, McQuilkin, Brown, Ngwatala (Weeks 63), Sonulpe. Subs not used: Bannister.
Referee: Anthony Tankard; assistants: Daniel Jarvis and Jamie O’Connor.
Hard-earned away point from a mighty tough challenge
Chorley 0-0 Brackley Town
Brackley returned from the long Saturday trip to last season’s play-off finalists Chorley with a hard-earned point, a fourth successive clean sheet and their unbeaten start to the season intact, writes Tim Carroll. This was not a game for the purist or those seeking goals and goalmouth thrills as two well-matched sides battled it out in 90 minutes of uncompromising football from which neither team deserved to come away empty-handed.
Saints enjoyed the only clear cut chances and these largely came early in the game. These aside, the game was sprinkled with occasional half-chances as both defences stood firm. Danny Lewis did not have a shot to save throughout whereas his counterpart, Matt Urwin, was three times called into action to save his side. First, Glenn Walker saw his shot pawed away before Lee Ndlovu followed up, bringing a fine save from Urwin conceding the game’s first corner. After 15 minutes Gareth Dean cut in from the right and shot hard and low to Urwin’s left, forcing another good save. Josh Wilson’s shot was blocked in Chorley’s best moment as half-time approached.
Wilson fired over when well placed on 70 minutes, Chorley survived a goalmouth scramble before Dean saved his side with a fine header to clear the late danger. Chorley manager Matt Jansen declared himself pleased with the point. “Drawing against top of the table is a good result,” he said. “We had to work hard and to get back to basics today but we earned a good point.”
Meanwhile Kevin Wilkin reflected on a deserved point. “It was a tough game as we expected,” he said. “There wasn’t a lot between the teams today but we’ve kept a clean sheet in a match we knew was going to be a mighty tough challenge. Our keeper did not have a save to make whereas we did test their keeper, especially in the first half. They started better after the break and we took time to get going again. Two key moments in an even second half were the big scramble that they survived from the corner and then Gaz Dean getting his head to the cross first in a typical piece of excellent defending.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker (Tilney 85), Armson (Lowe 75), Ndlovu, Brown (A.Williams 60), A.Walker. Subs not used: J.Byrne, Franklin.
Chorley: Urwin, Challoner, Jarvis (O’Keefe 74), Teague, Ward, Charnock (Kearney 84), Blakeman, Whitham, Carver, Wilson, Cottrell. Subs not used: Walker, Hughes, Roscoe.
Referee: Thomas Parsons. Assistants James Morgan and Joseph Goodwin.
• Full list of season’s fixtures is on the club website – Click Here
Regular events in Brackley
Every Friday 8.30-11am: Brackley Country Market, Bar 2 at the Red Lion, Market Place, Brackley. A wide variety of fresh local produce including fruit and vegetables according to season, bread, cakes and preserves, To visit the Brackley Country Market website, Click Here.
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.
Every Thursday, 8pm: Stokie’s Blues Exchange partner dance class at Westbury Village Hall, Playing Field Road, Westbury NN13 5LA. The class will focus on the fundamentals of Blues partner dancing including musicality, expression, connection and style. Come along to our dance classes and we’ll teach you a range of skills. It is quite simple to pick up, and we can help the complete beginner to enjoy the magic of dancing from their first night! It’s just £8 on the door before 9pm and £5 after 9pm. Class starts at 8.15 and social dancing is from 9pm to 11pm.
– – – – Special Events At Brackley Library – – – –
Every Saturday, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club with Ken and Estelle (Term time)
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
Thursday 7 September, 11am -12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Saturday 9 September, 2.30pm-4pm: German Café
Thursday 21 September, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “La La Land” (12A). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Every Monday and Thursday: Knit and Natter 2-4pm
Tuesdays 3rd, 17th and 31st October: Job Seekers Club 11.30-2pm
Wednesdays 11 and 25 October: ABC Craft Evening, 7.30-9pm. 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
Every Saturday during term time, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
Thursday 5 October, 11am-noon: Reminiscence Group
Friday 13 October, 8pm: Quiz Night!! £5 per person. Teams of up to six. Prize every round. Please book your team a table at the library.
Thursday 19 October, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of Lion (PG). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Sunday 29th October, 11.30am -12.30pm: Story Time special – The Gruffalo. Stories, crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
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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Wednesday 6 September, 7.30pm: Brackley and District History Society meets at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. Martin Sirot-Smith will talk about ‘Tudor Daily Life’. If you were poor you worked on land whose owners took some of the food you grew as rent. Most people lived in small villages of thatched huts with one or two rooms. Boys went to school from the age of four until seven, while girls were kept at home to help or were sent out to work.
• The society meets at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. Visitors are welcome. All enquiries to secretary Karen Gees
(01280 702837), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 8 September, doors open 7pm: Culworth Film Night – Midnight in Paris (12A) – at village hall, with supper. Tickets £10 with supper/£5 film only. Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.
Monday 11 September: Regular WI meeting will hear a talk about medical detection dogs from Claire Farrar, mother of a child who depends on her dog Shirley to alert the family to the possibility of collapse.
• WI website: Brackleywi.btik.com
Friday 22 September, doors open 7pm: High Adventure in Mongolia – a talk by Hywel LLoyd, being given at Culworth Village Hall. Tickets £10 with supper/£5 talk only. Bring your own liquid refrehsment and glass. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 01295 760855.
Monday 25 September, 7.30pm – Brackley and District History Society meets at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. Overlooked Wildlife Talk by Brian Eversham, Chief Executive of Wildlife Trust BCN, who will take us into the fascinating world of the interactions between species which creates our diverse natural landscape
Saturday 14 October, 7.30 pm: Autumn Song – a concert of choral music by Polymnia, a 22-voice chamber choir based in Milton Keynes who have toured in Europe. At St George’s Church, Evenley, NN13 5SG. Tickets £10 (no concessions) from: Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email email@example.com. Canapes at the interval are included in the ticket price. Wine and fruit juices available for donations.
Sunday 15 October, doors open 3pm: Culworth Cinema – Film matinee of Viceroy’s House (12A) with afternoon tea. Tickets £10 with tea/£5 film only. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 01295 760855
Wednesday 8 November, 2.30 pm: Talk and demonstration by Wendy Freestone of her sculpture. Her work “Watching” was included in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. At Evenley Village Hall, The Green, Evenley NN13 5SH. Tickets £5 (no concessions), from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The demonstration will be in two parts and free tea/coffee and biscuits will be served in the interval. Tickets are limited.
Friday 17 November, 7.30 pm: The Stage is Yours 2, an evening in which you are invited to read a poem, tell a story, sing a song, dance, play a tune or just watch and listen. At Evenley Village Hall, The Green, Evenley NN13 5SH. Tickets £2.50 – performers free – from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email email@example.com. The evening will be in two parts with an interval in the middle. Please bring your own drink but glasses will be provided. If you wish to perform, please contact Kevin – see above for tickets – to book your slot. Items should generally be no longer than five minutes unless otherwise agreed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.