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Brackley online Post, 10 November 2017

This week’s headlines include:

• How your old round pound coins can help our heroes
• New bus services to Northampton and Milton Keynes
• Manager Wilkin praises ‘collective effort’ win for Saints

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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

Your old round pounds can help our Armed Forces community

You can no longer spend the old round pounds in shops but the Royal British Legion says it will be happy to accept them throughout the Poppy Appeal – right up to Remembrance Sunday. Around 150,000 Poppy collectors will be involved in this year’s Poppy Appeal and they will gladly accept the old round pound coin as a donation. So donate your old coins to the Appeal and support the Legion’s vital work supporting our Armed Forces community. Visit the Legion’s Twitter page for more information.
Find out more about the Poppy Appeal.



Little boy lost can be ‘found’ in village Cinema Club

The second film of Croughton Cinema Club’s new season is “Lion” showing on Friday 17 November in the Parish Room at Croughton Village Hall. It tells the story of a five-year-old Indian boy who gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of miles from his rural home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. As a grown man, 25 years later he sets out to find his lost family. The film stars Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.

The final film of 2017 will be “Viceroy’s House” starring Hugh Bonneville, on 15 December. Please make a note of the remaining cinema dates for this season: 5 and 26 January; 16 February; 9 March; 6 April and 4 May. We now have a new Blu-ray projector and DVD player installed, which completes our refurbishment project, started two years ago. Croughton Cinema Annual Membership is still only £10!


Wine Tasting evening at Brackley Old Fire Station

The Brackley European Association meet in Brackley’s Old Fire Station on the last Thursday of every month at 8pm. Friendly, lively group keeping the town’s twinning alive and well. The November 30 meeting is a special fundraising Wine Tasting evening. Interesting wines selected by an expert, tasty nibbles and pleasant company! No expertise is required; everyone is welcome. Tickets cost £9 a head and are available from Graham Archdale on 01280 704018.


New services from Brackley to Northampton and Milton Keynes

(This repeats information from last week’s email)
There is a new bus service running twice an hour from Brackley to Silverstone and Towcester, with one per hour running on to Northampton and one to Milton Keynes. In Brackley, service X91 will serve Market Place, Tesco, Buckingham Road, Pavillons Way, Halse Road, Northampton Road and Poppyfields Way. This replaces service BB1, which is withdrawn. The X91 will also serve the Turweston Road North site once the new medical centre and employment areas are opened.

Journey time from Poppyfields Way in Brackley to the centre of Milton Keynes is as little as 54 minutes. Between Brackley and Silverstone it will run directly along the A43 and between Towcester and Milton Keynes it will run directly along the A5. Passengers wishing to travel to Northampton from Poppyfields Way, Halse Road, Pavillons Way and Buckingham Road should board the X91 towards Brackley, which will then become service 88 (on most journeys) without needing to change buses in Brackley Market Place. Through fares will be available.
For more details of the new service, Click Here (PDF, 219kB)
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Party time as Local Community Hero Kim wins award

Kim Grantham, Kevin Wilkin and Janene Butters after the presentation. Photo: Brackley Photographic

It was a buzz of activity at Brackley town FC on Tuesday 24th October 2017. Outside the clubhouse, Kevin Wilkin, First Team Manager was heading up the fun and well-organised half-term soccer schools, open to both boys and girls aged between 4-11 years. At the same time the seniors of Brackley and surrounding villages enjoyed their Tuesday morning weekly session of Walking Football for the over-50s, led by Mark Craddock.

Inside the clubhouse there was a clothes show which raised £310 for Livability, the disability charity in Brackley that connects people with their communities. And that was where Kim Grantham, project leader of the Saints Community Project for the Elderly walked into a surprise party provided by Pork Farms Pork Pies as a prize for not only being a finalist but winning the Local Community Hero award.

Kim was nominated for the award by Carmen Rose, daughter of Betty, who has been a regular participant in the Community Project delivered at Brackley Town FC by Kim since September 2015.  The project was set up to build and rekindle friendships for the elderly within the local community of Brackley and reach out to those with a disibility. On a regular basis Kim also organises themed days at the clubhouse.

At the party, Janene Butters, Managing Director, BTFC, congratulated Kim, adding: “The project grows from strength to strength and this is down to the hard work that Kim puts into the project. She spends endless hours coming up with ideas and creating the scene for these days. She gathers many volunteers and helpers to make these everlasting memories for the elderly within our community.

“The main funding partner for this project is the National League Trust and a heartfelt thankyou goes out to them. Since 2015 they have donated £15,000. The project won the Most Innovative Project 2016 and was awarded prize money of £5,000 which again came from the National League Trust. Other contributing partners have been Brackley Town Council, School of Life and South Northamptonshire Council. Without this funding and Kim, the project would not be the success it is today.”

Guests at the party included Francis Oliver, Chairman BTFC; Mick Hawes, Stadium Director BTFC; Kevin Wlkin, First Team Manager; Don Thompson, Town Mayor; Caryl Billingham MBE; Debbie Dale on behalf of Tesco, all of Kim’s friends, volunteers and participants that support the project.
Lots more about the club on its websiteClick Here.


Experts talk about wonders of autumn in the garden

Evenley Gardening Society’s next meeting is in Evenley Village Hall on Tuesday 14 November at 8pm. The topic is “Autumn in the Garden” and the speakers are Bob and Rannweig Wallis. Non members welcome – £3.


Brackley & District U3A invites retired to join them

Are you retired or semi-retired? Come along and learn something new and make new friends. Brackley Methodist Church 16 November, 10am-noon. The speakers are Eve and Steve Bacon who will talk about Medieval Surgery. Refreshments included, visitors welcome (£2). Further information about our meetings and groups can be found on our website or call 07444 363494.


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Collective effort brings Saints a convincing win with style

Darlington 0-3 Brackley Town
Kevin Wilkin’s side put in a fine all-round performance and fully deserved this comprehensive victory, writes Tim Carroll. Saints, immediately on the front foot, took the game to Darlington who were under new manager Tommy Wright for a first home game and were ahead after 19 minutes with a goal fashioned by Adam Walker. Winning the ball on the left, Walker had the composure to pick out Andy Brown with a perfect cross and Brown’s stooping header found the net as reward for Saints’ early dominance.

Shane Byrne’s 25-yard shot swerved wide at the last, Jack Byrne’s effort was deflected for a corner and Brown missed a fine chance to double the lead, shooting wide after an exquisite move involving Shane Byrne and Glenn Walker. But Brackley were able to go in at the break with a two-goal lead courtesy of another goal by Aaron Williams who extended his scoring record to eight successive league and FA Cup games. Shane Byrne drove through the middle to confront the advancing keeper, Adam Bartlett, before unselfishly playing in Williams who swept the ball into the goal.

Brackley opened the second period with a breathtaking move. Glenn Walker’s cross found Williams who smashed his volley on  to the crossbar from 15 yards. Next it was Brown’s turn to be foiled by the woodwork, his header tipped on to the bar by Bartlett after good interplay by Connor Franklin and Glenn Walker. Brown then saw his header saved by the keeper at point-blank range from another pinpoint cross by Walker.

Brackley had some solid defending to undertake as the home supporters got behind their side but Danny Lewis was rarely threatened, and largely enjoyed an untroubled afternoon. Saints sealed the win in the 80th minute through Ellis Myles. Walker danced around the full-back and took his time to pick out Myles who shot first time, his low effort finding the net off the post. The score-line did not flatter the visitors. Indeed this was a comprehensive away victory that moved Saints into third spot in style.

“I am pleased with the result, of course, but especially with the manner of the win,” said Wilkin. “It was a strong team performance. There are individual performances of high quality I could single out but today it was a really strong collective effort in all departments. We need now to capitalise on this run of three wins and to keep this going and perhaps hope to close that gap at the top.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker, J.Byrne (Armson 73), Brown (Ndlovu 78), A.Williams, A.Walker (Lowe 83). Subs not used: Tilney, Diggin.
Darlington: Bartlett, Marrs, Scott, Turnbull, Collins (Burgess 63), Galbraith, Thompson, Portas, Caton, Cartman (Saunders 81), Gillies (Wheatley 68). Subs not used: Wilczynski, Syers.
Referee: James Bell; assistant referees, Daniel Jarvis and Neil Howlett.
Attendance: 1,267
• For season fixtures list, CLICK HERE

Brackley face tough opposition in league encounter

Bourne RFC 23 – 10 Brackley
Almost perfect conditions at Bourne in a current third v fourth-place league encounter. Brackley travelled with a good squad, albeit with a couple of changes forced at the last minute. It was a game which was full of flair and both sides set out to attack. So much so, the first scrum took place over 25 minutes into the first half. A credit to both teams especially as they looked to move the ball around at pace.

Brackley opened the scoring with a Mike Lowdell penalty, great control in the opening five minutes. First entry into the Bourne 22 and came away with three points. Bourne struck next and within just a couple of minutes the scores were level 3-3. The home side, as you would expect, had the majority of possession and were rewarded with a couple of tries out wide in the first half. 18-3 at half time.

Brackley came out in the second half firing. Resorting back to the pack to gain some dominance, pick and go’s resulted in Brackley’s Luke Hallam Evans crashing over and Mike Lowdell adding the extras. 18-10 (Luke seems to enjoy going to Bourne – always on the scoresheet). This led to a tight affair in the second half, with both sides having their chances to build a lead. However, with 15 minutes to go, Bourne crossed the line 23-10.

Brackley’s next league game is 2 December against Deepings. They will be looking to get the Second team out in the next couple of weeks with games against Buckingham and Milton Keynes.
For more information about the club, including fixtures, Click Here.

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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Every Saturday: 

The Country Market will be at the library from 10am till 12ish. Market manager Diane Elizabeth Jones writes on the market’s Facebook page: “We hope to be there until the Town Hall reopens but when that will be we really don’t know. If for any reason you can’t make a Saturday morning, please order and we will deliver, as you are all precious to us. Thank you.”
Keep an eye on the Facebook page, not just for developments but to read about the delights on offer from local traders.

Every Monday and Thursday
: Knit and Natter 2-4pm
Every Saturday during term time 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
Tuesdays 14 and 28 November 11.30-2pm: Job Seekers Club
Wednesday 8 and 22 November 7.30-9pm: ABC Craft Evening 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
Thursday 16 November 7pm for 7.30pm: – The Cinema Club showing of “Lion” Certificate PG. £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Sunday 19th November 11.30am-12.30pm: “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” storytime special. Stories, crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy, please book.

Throughout December, Letters from Santa. Our supporters’ group will be working with Santa. Please contact the library for further details.
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
Every Saturday during term time 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
Friday 1 December from 8pm: The Big Christmas Quiz Night!! £5 per person. Teams of up to six. Prize every round. Please book your team a table at the library.
Wednesday 6 December 7.30-9pm: ABC Craft Evening. Colouring, book folding or crochet (crochet or book folding tuition £5 per person)
Thursday 7 December 11am -12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Sunday 10 December: Santa and Santa’s workshops. For further details please visit the library or our Facebook page.
Tuesday 12 December 11.30am-2pm: Job Seekers Club
Thursday 14 December 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “White Christmas” (PG). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Throughout December please check Facebook for club updates due to bank holidays and club special events.

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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Saturday 11 November, 2-4pm: Halse United FC Christmas Fayre at Bracken Leas School, Brackley, NN13 6LF. There will be about 20 stalls with lots of local traders selling their goods, Christmas items, books, home wear, tombolas, craft items, cards, face painter, raffle & refreshments. Admission is free.

Thursday 16 November 10am: Brackley U3A for retired and semi-retired people meet at Brackley Methodist Church, on the corner of High Street and Hill Street (NN13 7ZX). Come along and learn something new and make new friends. The speakers on this occasion are Eve and Steve Bacon who will talk about Medieval Surgery. Refreshments included, visitors welcome (£2). Further information about our meetings and groups can be found on our website or call 07444 363494.

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 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.

Sunday 19 November 5pm: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Leonard Cheshire in Stowe Chapel – an evening of music and words with Jane Asher and Friends. This concert will celebrate the centenary year of Old Stoic Leonard Cheshire, the extraordinary man behind the charity. Come and enjoy a magical evening of poetry, songs and music with Jane Asher and friends including, Richard Henders (Chronicles of Narnia, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, Foyles War), Richard Rycroft (War Horse, Love is Not Enough and Pride and What). Stowe School’s chapel provides a wonderful venue to enjoy hearing the musical stars from the school perform along with professional Opera singers. Tickets £15 /boxes £500 (5-6 Seats) including drinks reception. Bookings
All of the proceeds will go to Leonard Cheshire Disability (registered charity number 5528467).

Saturday 25 November, 8 till late: Supper dance at the WI hall, Manor Road, Brackley, in aid of Dogs for Good and Hogwatch. The Lee Malvern 4 will provide the music and there will be a ham and cheese supper – bring your own drink. Tickets are £10 each from 01280 700768.

Saturday 25 November 8pm: Mari Wilson – Pop Deluxe at the Ugland Auditorium. The show features Mari’s unique interpretations of the songs of Dusty Springfield. For the past 18 months, Mari has been touring her show, Ready Steady Girls, to sell-out crowds with the songs of Petula Clark, Sandie Shaw, Cilla Black and more, the Brit girls who inspired her as she was growing up in North London. Mari played Dusty Springfield in Dusty The Musical which toured venues throughout the UK in 2000.
Running time 1hr 20min plus an interval. Tickets £20 / Members and Concessions £18.

Thursday 30 November 8pm: The Brackley European Association meet in Brackley’s Old Fire Station on the last Thursday of every month at 8pm. Friendly, lively group keeping the town’s twinning alive and well. The November meeting is a special fundraising Wine Tasting evening. Interesting wines selected by an expert, tasty nibbles and pleasant company! No expertise is required; everyone is welcome. Tickets cost £9 a head and are available from Graham Archdale on 01280 704018.

Sunday 10 December 2pm: Little Blue Monster presents Lily and the Little Snow Bear at Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. A glittering, snowy tale about a little lost bear and a brave little girl. After the show meet Lily and Baby Bear, say hello and have your photo taken with them. Suitable for ages 3+. Running time: 55mins. Ticket Price: £8.50. Bookings

Sunday 17 December 7pm: Christmas Boogienotes Rock and Pop Choir at the Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. Join us and the wonderful Boogienotes Choir for an evening of wonderful Christmas songs and carols to celebrate the festive season in style.
You are invited to join us for a glass of wine and a festive treat. Running time 75 mins followed by drinks and a festive treat. Tickets : £10 / £9 Members / £4 under 16’s. Bookings

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 (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.

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For full details of events at Stowe, including times and tickets, Click Here

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