This week’s headlines include:
• It’s the big motorcycle festival weekend
• Brackley Town win grant to help set up all-girls team
• Ring the changes at church tower open day
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It’s the weekend every biker-at-heart has been waiting for
Brackley will be filled with the sound of motorcycles of all types and age on Sunday as the town holds its annual Festival of Motorcycling. The weather forecast is promising, so do turn out and support the event that has raised so much money for charity. For example, the event has raised over £100,000 for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire air ambulance and in 2016 donated a brand new Yamaha FJR to the blood bikers who – unpaid – help the NHS by ferrying blood and donor organs between hospitals.
On the day the High Street is closed and used as a display and parade arena, making this Festival unique in the UK. The incredible atmosphere created by these machines has proved a real winner. The High Street is also home to the BSB race team exhibits, manufacturers, trades and food outlets. Also on the High Street we have had 70-plus pukka road racers with both classic and modern MotoGP bikes. We also have owners’ clubs and custom show plus parades.
The main arena is on the field which is used for display and stunt teams. Year on year the range of displays in this area has expanded to include demonstrations of every off-road activity. The field also hosts the funfair, the wall of death, trade stands, owners’ club static displays, rock bands and a food and drinks court.
• Full details are on the Festival website – Click Here
A Strictly wonderful dancing weekend for charity
Get ready for a Strictly wonderful event in Brackley. Step by Step Dance School Ltd is holding a charity event in aid of Dogs for Good. Strictly Brackley will be held at Magdalen College School Waynflete Site on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August, starting at 7pm each night.
The evenings will be compered by Aaron Williams and taking part will be UK Amateur 10 Dance Champions and now UK Professional Vice Champions Nick Kelly and Cheyenne Russell, as well as UK Intermediate League Champions Lewis Harper and Alice Gregory.
• Tickets are available from Reds in Draymans Walk, Brackley; Topsy Turvey at 89 High Street or call Viv on 07790 130579.
Brackley Town win grant to help set up all-girls team
Brackley Town Football Club are celebrating after being awarded a £2,100 Grow the Game grant – something that has attracted praise from England manager Gareth Southgate. The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in Brackley, has paved the way for Brackley Town Football Club Juniors to create an all-girls football team for ages 8 to 11. The initial stage of the project is to introduce a girls’ soccer school which will commence on Saturday 9 September on their all-weather pitch starting at 9.30am. The introduction of the school is with a view to create at least two teams by the end of the current season.
England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said: “I am so pleased that Brackley Town Football Club Juniors has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with Northamptonshire County FA and the Football Foundation to get more local people playing football so that they can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that come with playing regular sport. Grow the Game is mainly funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. This is money that is flowing from the very top of the game down to the lowest levels, to help clubs at the grassroots to bear the cost of starting up a new team, whether it be for a new kit, pitch hire or sending volunteers on FA-accredited coaching courses.”
Brackley Morris Men Summer Tour, August bank holiday weekend
The Brackley Morris Men will be out and about on their annual bank holiday weekend tour, and will be dancing at the following locations. All welcome to come and join in the fun.
Sunday 27 August
2pm – Canons Ashby House
3pm – Star Inn, Sulgrave
4pm – Greatworth Inn, Greatworth
5pm – Three Conies, Thorpe Mandeville
6pm – The Plough, Upper Boddington (beer festival)
Monday 28 August
11.30am – The Countryman, Staverton
12.30pm – The Windmill, Badby
2.50pm – Everdon Fete
4pm – Everdon Fete
5pm – Kings Arms, Farthingstone
6pm – Red Lion, Litchborough
New MD promises new pieces as choir gets ready for autumn
Brackley Male Voice Choir meets for the first rehearsal of the autumn term at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6 September at the Baptist Church, Waynflete Close, Brackley.
This will be the first occasion that Shaun Humphries meets the choir and wields the MD’s baton. Shaun intends to introduce new pieces of modern music to the choir. This is an ideal time for potential new members to visit the choir. You will be very welcome.
• For more information call Paul Bennett on 01280 703904
Come along to open meeting and learn what U3A is all about
Brackley & District U3A are holding an Open Meeting on Thursday 17 August from 10am until noon in Brackley Methodist Church. Our Open Meeting gives members and non-members the opportunity to find out more about Brackley U3A. Come along and learn something new and make new friends. Why not stay, chat and have refreshments?
Further information about our meetings and groups can be found on our website (Google “Brackley U3A”) or call 07444 363494.
FREE – Training for trustees or committee members
Designed especially for small start-up groups – or people new to the role of Trustee – roles and responsibilities, Towcester, Wednesday 16 August, 9.30am – 12.30pm. By the end of the session you will have an understanding of what charities are & how they are run; the role of Trustees; some of the responsibilities of Trustees; what YOU can gain from being a Trustee
Finance & accounting training
Towcester, Wednesday 16 August,
1.15pm – 3.45pm. By the end of the session you will have an understanding of what accounting records are needed; what type of accounts should be prepared; financial responsibilities of Trustees; what, if any, external examination is required.
Contact Nene Valley Community Action on 01933 396382 to book your place.
The Towcester workshops will be at South Northants Volunteer Bureau, Whittons Lane. If you are interested but can’t manage the date, there are more in other Northants towns: Click Here.
Tower open day for you to ring the changes
On Saturday 19 August from 2-4.30pm there will be a Tower Open Day at St. Peter’s Church, Brackley (Old Town, NN13 7BZ). Ever wondered how bellringing works? Come and see how it’s done and give it a go – for free! If you love the sound of the bells ‘your tower needs you’ to keep them ringing in the future. No need to be musical, mathematical or strong – any age from 11+. You only need to enjoy the sound, be interested in a new skill and in making new friends. Cream teas will also be on sale, along with a plant stall and a raffle.
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Brackley Town 2-1 FC United of Manchester
Brackley dominated much of a game that had an early season feel to it as both sides struggled to find their rhythm in a first half of few clear-cut chances, writes Tim Carroll. United’s Joel Senior cleared off the line from Lee Ndlovu, Jimmy Armson’s fierce shot was parried by keeper Lloyd Allinson and Alex Gudger fired over at full stretch as the visitors were on the back-foot and rarely threatened themselves.
The best chance of the opening period fell to Shane Byrne after good work by Glenn Walker but Byrne’s shot spun wide. Saints finally made their dominance countby taking the lead through Armson in the 51st minute. Adam Walker’s surging run into the penalty area set up the chance and Armson made no mistake converting from close range. As the home side missed numerous half chances to put the game out of reach, a rare foray by United brought a fine cross by Connor McCarthy that Jason Gilchrist finished off expertly to level the scores after 74 minutes.
But within three minutes Brackley were back in front as debutant Andy Brown headed in Shane Byrne’s neat cross. United created some moments of discomfort for the home defence in the closing stages but Saints held on for a deserved opening day win. “It’s a good start and a welcome three points,” was Kevin Wilkin’s verdict. “We played a solid game but had a nervy period when we allowed them to equalise. We created lots of chances in the first half that we failed to take but having been pegged back we came back with a terrific second goal.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker (Franklin 79) , Armson (J.Byrne 87), Ndlovu (Lowe 74) , Brown, A.Walker. Subs not used: Diggin, Kaziboni.
FC United: Allinson, Senior, Wisdom, Brown (Greaves 83), Fagbola, Corbett, McCarthy, Lowe, Gilchrist, Jones (Logan 63), St Juste (Baker 63). Subs not used: Baird, Glynn.
Referee: Declan Bourne
Full list of the 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.
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Summer holiday activities in August
Every Tuesday 1.30-2.20pm: Share a book – Stories with Mary
Every Wednesday 2-3pm: Maths4Fun (except 2 August) – Maths fun with Trish
From Thursday 20 July, 3.15-5.15pm: Summer Craft Club – Crafting with Sue
From 27 July every Thursday, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club – Crafting with Ken and Estelle
From 20 July Every Thursday, 3.15-5.15pm: Summer Thursday Craft Club – Crafting fun with Sue.
Tuesday 22 August 11.30am-1.30pm:Job Seekers Club
Wednesday 24 August: ABS Craft Evening – Adult colouring, Book Folding or Crochet (tuition in book folding or crochet £5 each)
Every Monday and Thursday, 2-4pm:bKnit and Natter.
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Thursday 17 August, 7pm for 7.30: Cinema Club showing of The Light Between Oceans(12A). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
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.
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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Sunday 13 August: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. Full details on the website.
Saturday 19 August, 2-4.30pm: Tower Open Day at St. Peter’s Church Brackley. Ever wondered how bellringing works? Come and see how it’s done and give it a go – for free! If you love the sound of the bells ‘your tower needs you’ to keep them ringing in the future. No need to be musical, mathematical or strong – any age from 11-plus. You only need to enjoy the sound, be interested in a new skill and in making new friends. Cream teas will also be on sale, along with a plant stall and a raffle.
Sunday 20 August, 11am-4pm: Classic Vehicles in the Park at Brackley Park, High Street. To download an info pack (PDF 954kb) – including entry form – Click Here.
Sunday 27 August to Friday 1 September: Sacred Music Retreat at Limes Farm, Farthinghoe, NN13 5PB. Speakers will be Teresa and Kimberly Kodimer. For more information, call Natalie on 07860 372085.
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.
Sunday 15 October, doors open 3pm: Film matinee of Viceroy’s House (12A) with afternoon tea. Tickets £10 with tea/£5 film only.