This week’s headlines include:
- Brackley launches ‘Dogs Welcome’ for businesses
- Saints secure comfortable win
- Brackley Morris invite you to open try-outs
- Brackley Panto Tickets Now Available
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Brackley’s Dogs Allowed gets a radio boost
Boosting footfall and helping dog owners in Brackley’s High Street was promoted when Dogs Allowed was featured on the Stuart Linnell show on Radio Northampton last Thursday. Town businesses want to make life easier for visitors who have dogs. Look out for the Dogs Allowed stickers appearing in Brackley shops, cafes and pubs. If you have a dog, own a business, or know someone who does, then there is more information here https://www.dogsallowed.info/. The scheme also caters for businesses that cannot or prefer not to allow dogs with a “Sorry, Dogs Not Allowed” sticker which nevertheless makes it clear that assistance dogs are allowed.
While we’re on the topic of dogs – help yours to be well-behaved
A great night with a great band
This all-singing, all-dancing production is sure to entertain adults and children alike and audiences will be transported to the streets of Old Peking on a magical adventure to discover hidden treasures.
It’s the right time, and the right place…
Brackley Methodist Church (High Street, Brackley, NN13 7DT) is the venue for Brackley U3A group’s next meeting at 10am on Thursday, 17 January. Speaker Tricia Thompson will be talking about the life and times of songwriter Cole Porter, with another Porter song, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, as the title.
• All sorts of interests are catered for, so come along if you are semi-retired or retired and find out what U3A is all about. For more information, visit the U3A website.
Telling the story of a most remarkable man
Sea Cadets send out a call for volunteers
Brackley’s Sea Cadets need more adult volunteers – or the group may face closure in the New Year. Town-based Training Ship Tidespring opened in 2015 and has become one of the town’s most popular youth organisations but leaders are struggling to find volunteers to help run the unit.
Since opening, the group has provided a wide variety of opportunities and experiences for the young people of Brackley; cadets are able to complete Duke of Edinburgh Awards, learn about teamwork and leadership and complete water sports qualifications. The Sea Cadet Corps is a national charity funded by donations and supported by volunteers. Leading Junior Cadet Robert Knight, aged 11, said he would be really sad if it closed: “It would be like something was missing. I really enjoy going and would miss learning about new things and all the fun stuff too. My favourite thing is kayaking – it’s really fun to get out on the water. I also went on Junior Summer Camp which was the best week ever, I didn’t even miss home.”
Lieutenant Chris Read, Commanding Officer of Northampton Sea Cadets, who is currently supporting the Brackley unit, said: “Without more adult volunteers the unit is set to struggle and possibly close in 2019, which is a real shame because the Sea Cadet experience helps equip young people with the skills and experiences they need to be successful in adult life.
“All that is required is a commitment to get stuck in, a willingness to learn and a desire to make a positive difference in young people’s lives. No experience is required as all necessary training will be provided by the organisation. There are also a lot of great opportunities for personal development in the Sea Cadets.”
Adult volunteers are able to complete nationally recognised courses in leadership and management as well as becoming qualified instructors in activities like yachting and kayaking.
• Brackley Sea Cadets meet every Friday at their headquarters in the town from 7pm to 9pm. To find out more about becoming a volunteer with the Sea Cadets email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07955 896890.
History society gets ready for AGM
Brackley History Society will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday 6 February.
Nominees for Committee Membership and items for inclusion in the agenda should be with the Minutes Secretary by 30 January. After the AGM there will be a talk by Gerald Lesinski entitled The Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick. For more information, email email@example.com, phone 01280 703166, or post to: Chapel Cottage, Hill Street, Brackley, NN13 6AL.
New Year treats as NT Live returns to Stowe
Arts at Stowe are delighted to confirm that National Theatre Live is returning to “The Roxy”. The remaining events are Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Richard the Second on Tuesday 15 January (7pm) and, on Thursday 31 January (7pm), David Hare’s explosive new play I’m Not Running.
• For more information and ticket details, visit arts-at-stowe.co.uk
Brackley Morris offer open invitation to ‘have a go’
If you saw Brackley Morris during their Boxing Day events, you might have thought: “I wouldn’t mind having a go at that…” Well, you can. Open taster evenings are being held in January, February and March. So if you’ve ever fancied feeling a bit of rhythm, bashing a few sticks, working up a sweat, and then quenching your thirst with a pint, why not go along to one of their practice evenings and try it for yourself? It’s a great time of year to start because, with few outings until May, these evenings are always relaxed. Why not bring a friend too! They meet at 8pm on Thursday evenings at the CofE Junior School, Manor Road, Brackley. Feel free to join them, though it’s always best to call first as the school is occasionally closed. Stephen Ferneyhough 07764 799947; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. More details on the website: http://www.thebrackleymorrismen.org.uk.
Brackley Town 3-1 Ashton United
Brackley were comfortable winners in a game that never hit the heights, writes Tim Carroll. The visitors struggled to pose a goal threat and were forced to reorganise with the enforced departure of centre-back and captain Matt Regan after just 15 minutes. An early chance was created by Shane Byrne’s fine long pass picking out Matt Lowe, but his shot flew across the face of goal.
The first goal was not long in coming, however, as Saints went ahead after 21 minutes through Shaun Jeffers who converted a penalty conceded when Scott Kay fouled Shep Murombedzi. Captain Gaz Dean doubled the lead just before half-time with a spectacular strike from 25 yards to more or less settle the outcome. In the second period Brackley increased the lead through Matt Lowe, who struck his shot beautifully into the top corner after 56 minutes. Saints should have gone on to win by more but spurned chance after chance, Josh Ollerenshaw saving well on at least three occasions.
Shane Byrne’s free-kick was firmly struck and well saved, Jeffers missed the goal with a second penalty kick, Jimmy Armson’s header found only keeper Ollerenshaw from close range and substitute on-loan striker Liam McAlinden’s shot was saved when through on goal one-on-one. The result narrows the gap for Brackley to the play-off places but continues Ashton’s poor record on the road and their position in the bottom three.
“We went about our work very well today,” Kevin Wilkin said. “I am disappointed to concede the goal at the end, we just haven’t been keeping enough clean sheets and have given away a sloppy goal in added time, and also not to have scored more, given the chances we created. I am delighted with the win but I am far from satisfied with where we are at the minute. If we are to be serious play-off contenders we need to sharpen up and improve in key areas.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Lowe (Fairlamb 88), Franklin, Byrne, G.Walker, Dean, Murombedzi, Armson (Myles 82), Ndlovu (McAlinden 76), Jeffers, A.Walker. Subs unused: Morgan, Nti.
Ashton United: Ollerenshaw, Goulding, Askew, Jones, Regan (Anghel 15 (Slew 56)), Chalmers (Crowther 69), Kay, Roberts, Martin, Ennis, Tomsett. Subs unused: Mendes, Woodford.
Referee: Scott Simpson; assistants, Liam Corbett and Mark Billingham.
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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.
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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.
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Tuesday 15 January, 8pm: Evenley Gardening Society meets in Evenley Village Hall. The speaker is Timothy Walker – lecturer, botanist, gardener, presenter, author, after-dinner speaker and previously Director of Oxford Botanic Gardens. His subject will be “Scent in the Garden”. Non-members always welcome – £3 admission (refreshments included).
Thursday 17 January, 7.30pm: Brackley Inbetweeners Group at St Peter’s Church Hall, Old Town, Brackley. ‘Do it for Defib’ CPR education and defibrillator awareness session, £10. Numbers are limited, so pre-booking is essential. For more information, email Catherine, email@example.com
Friday 18 January: Fiori Musicali’s first concert of 2019 will be in a rather special location – Aynho Great Barn. Handel, Geminiani and Telemann concertos performed by an ensemble of top-notch baroque music specialists. Some tickets still available: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/FJIFGJ
Friday 25 January, (doors open 7pm): Culworth Film Night, in the village hall, sees a showing of King of Thieves, starring Michael Caine. A crew of retired crooks pulls off a major heist in London’s jewellery district, but what begins as a nostalgic last hurrah for the group quickly becomes a brutal nightmare when greed overtakes them. Tickets including light supper £10 (film only, £5). Ring June on 01295 768184 or Jule on 760855 to book, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.
Saturday 26 January, 7.30pm: Brackley-based Great Central Big Band performs at The Spencer, Banbury United Clubhouse, Banbury OX16 5AB. Tickets, £10, can be bought at the door, or on the band’s website.
Saturday 2 February, 1pm: Organ Recital in Stowe School Chapel. The organ at Stowe celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. It is the second largest school organ in the country, boasting four manuals, 58 speaking stops, and 2,983 pipes, ranging in length from a few inches to 32 feet. We look forward to welcoming professional organists from around the country for these 30-minute lunchtime recitals. To confirm your attendance please email email@example.com or call 01280 818012.
Wednesday 13 February, 8pm: Little Mighty presents SHIVERS – The Book of Darkness and Light in Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. A trio of delightfully thrilling new ghost stories, set to the haunting sounds of the violin. The Book of Darkness & Light contains within it some of the most chilling tales ever told. Supernatural mysteries stir from its pages. A co-production between Harrogate Theatre, Square Chapel Arts Centre and LittleMighty. Age guideline 14-plus. Running time: 1 hr 40 min including interval.
Thursday 14 February, 7.30pm: Charity Champagne & Jazz Concert in Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. What better way than to spend Valentine’s Day celebrating with Champagne and Jazz. Hear the Stowe Big Band play from their extensive repertoire along with several of our amazing vocalists. Proceeds will go to Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers. This will be a popular event, so early booking is essential. To confirm your attendance or enquire about membership please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01280 818012. Running time: 1 hr 45 min including interval.
Sunday 17 February, 2pm: Lempen Puppet Theatre presents The Amazing Thing at Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. Storyteller Peter Grimm opens the box to find a ‘Thing’ that takes him on an unusual journey, weaving its way through a medley of well-known tales by the Brother’s Grimm, to finally unlock his imagination and free his stories. Lempen Puppet Theatre returns with puppets, acting and live music. Join us for fun, inspiration and afternoon delight for all the family.Running time: 55 min. Age rating: Families.
Thursday 21 February, 7.30pm: Brackley Inbetweeners Group at St Peter’s Church Hall, Old Town, Brackley. A brief introduction to traditional Chinese medicine, talk and demonstration, £3. For more information, email Catherine, email@example.com.
Wednesday 27 February, 8pm: Vocal Concert at Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. This year’s concert promises to be as memorable an event as ever. There will be a variety of vocal music, from the Renaissance through to the 21st century, representing both sacred and secular song repertoire in a variety of languages. Stowe School has a team of five highly experienced singing teachers offering tuition from beginner to advanced levels. Between us, we have performed in radio and television broadcasts, session singing, the West End, opera houses and recitals at major venues throughout the world. Running time: 1 hr. To confirm your attendance please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01280 818012.