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Brackley online Post, 10 August 2018

This week’s headlines include:

  • Danger bridge leads to road closure
  • Arts at Stowe all set for live screen performance
  • Pub invites you to garden party for charity

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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.

If you run a business of any kind in Brackley you need to check out the BiB site – Click Here

Road likely to stay closed for many months

The A422 Banbury road was closed on Wednesday from the recycling centre junction to New Road junction just outside Farthinghoe, in both directions. The decision was made after inspection of the Farthinghoe Stream bridge showed it was in poor condition as a result of the severe weather of the last few months, and is unlikely to reopen before the end of the year.  The bridge is no longer capable of taking any traffic due to the structural concerns.

The council says a diversion route will be using the A43 and the M40 between Brackley and Banbury. There will be a clear diversion for all traffic. Access to local residents will be provided.
• For the full council press release, Click Here.

 Big day for lovers of beer, cider and sausages

Live music, real cider and great sausages – on Saturday, 18 August from noon to 10pm. Live music, 30+ real ciders, and great sausages – the annual Brackley sausage and cider festival is back. 30-plus real ciders sourced from artisan producers around the country, including a mouth-watering range of fruit ciders and sparkling craft cider. Food stalls selling a variety of sausages – from artisan hot dogs to Polish kielbasa. Venue is Brackley Rugby Club, Fine Lady Fields, Nightingale Close, Brackley NN13 6PN.
• For more details of events and how to buy tickets (£6-£9), Click Here.


National Theatre Live at Stowe

Arts at Stowe are thrilled to announce National Theatre Live will be part of our autumn programme. The opening performance of Julie will be screened from our Pop-up cinema ‘The Roxy’ at Stowe on Thursday 6 September. BAFTA winner Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, Streetcar Named Desire) starring as Julie in an updated version of Strindberg’s classic play Miss Julie. Adapted by Polly Stenham (That Face) and directed by Carrie Cracknell (The Deep Blue Sea, A Doll’s House), the newly single Julie becomes involved in a power struggle after a late night party. Ticket prices will be fixed for all performances £12 and £10*
*Concession Tickets and Arts at Stowe Members £10.
• More details and info on the Arts at Stowe website – Click Here


An evening of good food and good music in village pub garden

Sunday August 19. The Crewe Arms, Hinton-in-the-Hedges, is holding a fundraising event featuring a barbecue and raffle, with music by Harry Pane. The event starts at 7pm, with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK and Brodey Centre, Banbury. Entry is free, so go along and enjoy good music and good food, all in a good cause.


Find out what’s going on to brighten up your summer

South Northants Council has published its Arts Events calendar  for August and September. Plenty for people of all ages to enjoy during the summer around the district, and dates to put into your diaries/calendars for September too. Printed copies will be available from The Forum leaflet rack in Towcester, and South Northants libraries. For more about arts in South Northants, Click Here.


Trains, tea and cake in a garden setting

 The Pimlico Light Railway hold public running days 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 of Pimlico House. There is no admission fee, 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? The last public running days this year are  3pm to 5pm on 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.


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.
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.

Here is a selection of poppies that have already been delivered to the Town Council office. All different sizes, styles and shades of red, knitted and crocheted they look amazing. We have also heard that some of the schools are doing pompoms and woven poppies. If you would like to be involved but don’t know where to start, pop in to see us in the Council office and we can give you a hand. Also if you feel that knitting or crochet is not for you but would like to be involved, donations of wool or black buttons would be lovely for local knitters and crocheters can create poppies from them.

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
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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Don’t forget to check out Diary Dates – we add more as we hear about them

Download South Northants Council Arts Events Calendar  (PDF – 645KB)
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.

– – – – Special Events At Brackley Library – – – –

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 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.

Saturday 8 September 10am-1:30pm:  Family Fun Day – Lots of fun games and activities to celebrate the end of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and Trish’s 10th year of promoting it in Brackley. We will be raising money for our library.
Saturday 8 September 2pm-4pm: Crafternoon for MIND – Join us for an afternoon of crafts and cake to raise money for Brackley MIND, the mental health charity.
Friday 28 September 8pm-10:30pm: Quiz Night – A fun evening’s entertainment pitting your brains against our quizmaster. A prize at the end of every round with our popular Kazoony Tunes round and a Booze jackpot for the final round. £5 per person, teams of up to 6 people. Table snacks provided but please bring your own drinks.
Reserve a table for your team at Brackley Library or email

Please check our Facebook page for extra sessions and kids’ cinema during the summer break!!
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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 causes. Check out the plans for this year’s show at the festival website.

Thursday 16th August: Brackley and District U3A are holding their meeting from 10am to 12 Noon at Brackley Methodist Church.  This will be an OPEN MEETING – an opportunity to meet group convenors look at displays, talk to them about their group and what they have been doing throughout the year. Why not come along to see us, have a cup of tea/coffee and cake and find out what Brackley U3A is all about.

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.

Saturday 18 August: Brackley Sausage and Cider Festival, Brackley Rugby Club. For full details Click Here.

Sunday 19 August: Classic Vehicles in the Park, Brackley Park. For a PDF copy of information and entry form, Click Here.

Sunday 19 August:Picnic in the Park – Dogs for Good at St. James’ Lake, Brackley from 11am until 3pm

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 26 and Monday 27 August: The Brackley Morris Men will be out for their annual summer tour over the bank holiday weekend and be dancing at:
Sunday 2pm Red Lion, Litchborough, NN12 8JF; 3pm Canons Ashby House, NN11 3SD; 4pm Star Inn, Sulgrave, OX17 2SA; 5pm The Greatworth Inn, Greatworth, OX17 2DT.
Monday 11.30am Countryman, Staverton, NN11 6JH; 12.30pm Windmill, Badby, NN11 3AN; 2.30pm Everdon Fete, NN11 3BL; 3.45pm Everdon Fete, NN11 3BL; 5pm Kings Arms, Farthingstone. NN12 8EZ; 6pm Old Red Lion, Litchborough. NN12 8JF.


Saturday 22 September

Westminster Rd, Brackley NN13 7EB

Monday 10 September, 7.30pm: Brackley WI meets at WI hall and there will be a talk, A Tale of Two Parishes, by Sally Munday-Webb. Brackley WI meets at 7.30pm on the second Monday of the month in the WI Hall, Manor Road, Brackley (opposite Waitrose car park). Website:

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.

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