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Brackley online Post, 10 May 2019

 This week’s headlines include:

  • Brackley Hogwatch Appeal
  • Lark Rise Charity Bike Ride this Sunday
  • Cash grants for summer playschemes
  • Saving lives – St John Ambulance open evening
  • Penalty shoot-out ends Saints’ promotion hopes

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

Classic thriller Gaslight comes to Brackley this Spring

Brackley Players present Patrick Hamilton’s classic Victorian-set thriller, Gaslight, from 29 to 31 May at Southfield Primary Academy. As the gaslight dims in a creaky old house, Bella Manningham becomes convinced she is losing her sanity. The unexpected arrival of a former police detective leads her to question all she believed about her life and marriage as the shocking truth is revealed. Gaslight will be performed at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29 May, Thursday 30 May and Friday 31 May at Southfield Primary Academy, Banbury Road, Brackley, NN13 6AU. Tickets are £9 for adults and £7 for concessions and can be bought online – Click Here – in person from Davies and Partners in Brackley or by ringing Keith on 07516 408897.



Summer play schemes given cash-grant offers

Disadvantaged communities around the UK can benefit from small grants to help run short-term activities for disadvantaged young people – aged five to 18 years – in their locality.  Applications are invited from voluntary agencies in the UK with an income of less than £150,000. Grants of between £500 and £1,500 are available to support:

  • Summer play schemes for children aged five to 18 years.
  • Local schemes lasting for two to six weeks
  • Schemes with strong volunteer support.

Some priority will be given to projects that show they are inclusive of children from refugee families and show involvement of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups. The funding is intended to be used to help with the costs related to the provision of the play schemes. Please note, however, the trustees will not support play schemes with a budget over £12,000; club or family holidays; day care costs, or agencies with an income exceeding £150,000.
• The deadline for applications is 4 June 2019. For more information, Click Here.

More events at the Crewe Arms, Hinton-in-the Hedges For news of many more events go to the Crewe Arms website – Click Here

Family sleepover event at Stowe

Something for all from Arts at Stowe

All kinds of music from opera to musicals and lunchtime concerts are on the spring listings from Arts at Stowe. There is plenty of drama – both live and live-on-screen from London theatres – at the Roxy as well as fun for families and children. To find details of all the good things on offer, along with details of how to book, go to Arts at Stowe’s What’s On page – Click Here.


Brackley Hogwatch research looks for help





Over the past 70 years, the UK has lost a catastrophic 97% of adult hedgehogs; it is estimated that the remaining 1 million adults are declining at around 5% per year – extinction could happen within 50 years! Alarmingly, the experts do not know why; some claim road deaths, some predation by badgers, some loss of habitat, some pesticides.

From the data Brackley Hogwatch have collected, it can be seen that habitat loss, slug pellets, road deaths, badgers are not, in fact, the problem. The problem is that most hedgehogs born in recent years no longer survive their first year, whereas 20 years ago they did. The research proves that hundreds of juveniles are dying every winter and that 80% of these are first litters failing in their first year, not late second litters failing to thrive, as has always been thought. The assumption that all the sick/small hedgehogs found in winter are late born also assumes that the first litter is safe & thriving somewhere; this is demonstrably not the case.

The reason we have such a drastic decline in adult hedgehogs is simply that the juveniles no longer reach breeding age.  There is more on this on the Brackley Hogwatch website but in the meantime Andrew is asking you to contact ‘i’ newspaper who have shown some interest in the decline of hedgehogs.  Andrew has drafted a letter which he asks is sent to the newspaper by as many as possible.  Feel free to tweak as you feel right.

Dear Sir, I read with interest your recent article about the decline in hedgehogs. I thought you might be interested to hear of a team of researchers in my local town of Brackley who not only claim to have discovered the REAL reason for the loss of our hedgehogs, but have the hard evidence to support their claims. Incredibly, no one seems interested in even looking at their data; the ‘wildlife experts’ dismiss the claims out of hand, without ever even looking at the evidence, and ignore any invitations to come see for themselves. If a genuine threat is not made widely known, extinction will surely follow, but the experts seem intent on ignoring this. I thought you might be interested in investigating further? Please visit for more information and contact details. They need a voice and they need to be heard, can you help? yours sincerely –

The letter can be sent to The Editor at i, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5TT, or email

Help us help our hedgehogs…

Brackley Hogwatch only get around £3000 a year in donations, they desperately need more.

You don’t need a PayPal account to donate and can contribute by a number of secure methods. Anything you can spare would be gratefully appreciated.




Important free event for voluntary and community sector

A major concern for many people running local voluntary or community groups is funding, so this announcement of a Funding Fair at The Forum in Towcester should be most welcome. Last year’s Funding Fair was extremely successful and we are aiming for this event on Wednesday 26 June, from 10am to 3pm) to be just as good, with plenty of exhibitors and presentations providing information on the wide range of grants available to local voluntary and community groups to help them in their work.

The event includes a programme of short presentations by grant-making organisations and also some sessions concerning planning and applying for funding. Jointly organised by South Northants Volunteer Bureau and Daventry Volunteer Centre, this event and the workshops are free of charge. FREE tea and coffee will be available all day and there is a cafe on site. The venue is fully accessible and there is free parking nearby.
• More details on our websiteClick Here.


A new website aimed at helping our district’s wildlife

Visit the new Brackley Wildlife website and find out more about the work being done in and around the area to help wildlife and the environment – Click Here.


Trains, tea and cake in a garden setting

The Pimlico Light Railway has announced its timetable for open days at 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? Public running days this year are  26 May, 23 June, 28 July, 25 August and 22 September from 3pm to 7pm on each day (unless wet).
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.

Promotion hopes extinguished in penalty shoot-out

Brackley Town 0-0 (4-5 pens aet) Spennymoor Town
For the second season, Brackley were knocked out in the play-offs as Spennymoor progressed to the final having ridden their luck and held their nerve in a dramatic penalty shoot-out, writes Tim Carroll. 120 minutes of tense but pulsating action did not produce a goal despite chances for both sides, Saints enjoying the better of them, before the visitors edged through 5-4 on penalties in a dramatic finale.

“We carved out the better openings but sticking the ball in the back of the net is where we’ve fallen short again,” Kevin Wilkin said. “To have only scored one goal in the closing three games of the season and an extra time is where we’d expect to do better. We had some great chances and good moments today but we’ve come up short and not finished the job. It’s difficult to lose on penalties but you have to work the target. If you stick it on target you give yourself a chance. But Spennymoor have come here and been competitive and done fantastically well. They got the rub of the green and we wish them well in the final. We are obviously disappointed but we have to dust ourselves down and pick everybody up and be ready to go again.”

After a first half of few openings the visitors finished the half more brightly and began the second period in similar vein before Brackley came back to dominate the later stages and extra-time. Carl Baker scuffed his shot at close range from Lee Ndlovu’s cross and another Baker shot was cleared off the line before Matt Lowe hit the post while Stephen Brogan’s turn and shot brought a fine save from Danny Lewis as the match caught fire on the hour mark.

In extra-time, Baker’s effort beat Matt Gould but not the cross-bar, Gaz Dean headed over from Shane Byrne’s corner kick and Lee Ndlovu could only find the side-netting after Gould and Brogan collided as Saints did everything but score. Substitute Alex Prosser fired over when well placed and a chance for Byrne came and went, while at the other end Adam Boyes shot wide when through one-on-one with Lewis, as neither side could break the deadlock.

In the penalty shoot-out Alex Prosser, Glenn Walker, Shane Byrne and Omari Sterling-James gave Gould no chance from the spot while Lewis almost kept out Mark Anderson’s shot and then brilliantly saved from Rob Ramshaw. Lee Ndlovu stepped up but fired over to allow Boyes to level the scores before Luke Fairlamb also lifted his shot over the bar leaving Lewis Hawkins to send his side into the final.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles (Fairlamb 66), G.Walker, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Lowe, Murombedzi, Ndlovu, Baker (Sterling-James 112), A.Walker (Prosser 105). Subs unused: Jackson, Franklin.
Spennymoor Town: Gould, Williams, Brogan, Chandler (Anderson 105), Harrison, Curtis, Hall, Hibbs (Boyes 91), Taylor, Ramshaw, Hawkins. Subs unused: Atkinson, Elliott, Thackray.
Referee: Lewis Smith; assistants Andy Genders and Tom Bowkett.
Attendance: 1271.
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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.  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.

– – – – 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.
Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!

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Saturday 11 May, 12 noon: Annual Meeting and Mayor Making at Brackley Town Hall – Council Annual Meeting and Mayor Making. Contact: Town Clerk 01280 702441.

Monday 13 May, 7.30pm: Brackley WI meets at the WI Hall in Manor Road (opp Waitrose car park) to discuss resolutions and social time. More information on the WI website.

Thursday 16 May 2019, 10am: Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7DT. Annual General Meeting, plus speakers Terry Pigott on “Information on fraud, scams, etc” and Linda Carter on “my six years as Town Clerk”. Come along if you are semi-retired or retired and find out what U3A is all about.

Saturday 18 May, 10am: Evenley Gardening Society plant sale at Evenley Village Hall. Contact 01280 702861.

Sunday 19 May, 10am:  Dogs for Good – Dogs for Good will be hosting a Picnic at The Lake charity event at St James Lake, Hinton Road, Brackley. Further details to follow.

Syresham Art Exhibition will be held on Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd June in Syresham Village Hall and will feature the works of local artists on display and for sale. It will be held from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. . Admission is free, although catalogues will be on sale

Monday 20 May, 2pm: Community Bingo, hosted by the Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Morell, at the Old Fire Station Community Room, High Street. Contact Brackley Town Council, 01280 702441.

Tuesday 21 May, 8pm: Evenley Gardening Society meeting at Evenley Village Hall. Contact 01280 702861.

Saturday 25 May, 7,30pm: Brackley Pop-Up Gin Festival at Egerton Hall, Juno Crescent, NN13 6GN. A chance to try an array of both local and national artisan gins whilst enjoying live music from Yorkshire’s Finest Northern Epidemic. Tickets, £12, includes your own Festival Gin Glass and your First Gin & Tonic. Tickets available from Hot Headed Hairdressers, 17 Draymans Walk, and Paws & Claws, 91 High Street. Or contact Ann-Marie direct on 07498 743919.

Sunday 2 June, 2pm: Brackley Soapbox Derby on Brackley High Street. Races start at 2pm. Contact:

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, or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.

Saturday 15 June, 9.30am: Brackley 10km Chicken Run starts from Brackley Park, High Street. The event is organised by Brackley & District Running Club; for further information and entry forms, Click Here. Or call Nicola 01280 704431.

Saturday 22 June, 7pm: Midsummer Ball Cloisters Farm, Evenley, in aid of Brackley Community Hospital. Tickets available from: Cloisters Farm, Evenley, or call 07815 716 709.

Sunday 11 August, 10am: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling in Brackley High Street and the St John’s site of Magdalen College School. Further info on the festival website.

Sunday 18 August (opens to public 11am): Classic Vehicles in the Park at Brackley Park, High Street. Full details and entry forms can be downloaded as a PDF (1.1MB) from the Town Council website – Click Here.

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