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Brackley online Post, 11 May 2018

This week’s headlines include:

  • Get set – loads of fun coming with Carnival Day!
  • Register early for snvb’s great free charity funding fair
  • Town gets ready to join Saints at Wembley

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  • 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

The date is set – now volunteers are wanted for Carnival Day

NOTE THE DATE – Saturday 9 June is the big day when townsfolk can let their hair down with the year’s biggest family event. The theme for this year’s Carnival is Animal Kingdom and organisers are well into setting up a super day. They are delighted to have the backing of Wembley-bound Brackley Town Football Club, who will be running a youth five-a-side competition. Meanwhile, another old favourite, the dog show, is back with a brand new organiser.

Bookings are being taken now for stalls, craft tables in the craft tent and trade stands on the Carnival field, along with entries for the procession. So if you are a group, school, business or organisation and would like to get involved please contact The event is a great way to promote yourself, either by taking a stand on the field or entering the procession. They are also keen to get interesting and classic/vintage vehicles into the procession. If you fancy being part of this year`s carnival entertainment there will be a community stage sponsored by Northamptonshire County Council. “We are looking for bands, singers, music groups, comedians… in fact anyone who would like to perform, so get in touch to book your slot,” they say.

“Brackley Carnival is organised by a very small team who give time to plan and make Carnival happen, but we need more people to either join the team on the Carnival committee and/or help on the Carnival day, so if you can spare a few hours please email or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876. For the carnival website, Click Here.


Snap up some quality plants at village hall sale

Evenley Gardening Society has a plant sale on Saturday 12 May in the village hall, Broad Lane, Evenley, from 10am until noon. Free Admission. There will be quality plants, shrubs, herbs and vegetables, all sourced from Independent Nurseries at competitive prices.


 Beat the queues and register now for snvb’s big free funding fair

Our Funding Fair at Towcester Racecourse
on Wednesday 16 May (from 9.30am to 3pm) is open for registrations and the presentation sessions are filling up fast!! The event is planned to be even bigger and better than last year, jam-packed with exhibitors and presenters providing information on the wide range of grants available to local voluntary and community groups to help them in their work.

The day will start with an inspirational talk from a local voluntary group that has been very successful in gaining grant funding. The event includes a programme of short presentations by some of the grant-making organisations and will also include sessions on ‘Crowdfunding’, ‘Developing a funding strategy’ and ‘Legacy fundraising’. There will also be a ‘Success Room’ where you can chat to local groups that have had funding success.

Jointly organised by South Northamptonshire Council, South Northants Volunteer Bureau, Daventry District Council and Daventry Volunteer Centre, this event and the presentations are free of charge. FREE tea and coffee will be available all day and there will be fruit and snacks available to buy. The conference centre is fully accessible and there is ample free parking.

Registering on-line now will mean that you do not have to queue to get into the event – it’s usually very busy. Click here to register now. For any enquiries please telephone 01327 302257
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Plenty of entertaining events in updated arts bulletin

South Northamptonshire Council has an updated calendar of April arts events – quite a few events and lots of community cinema screenings added, so do have a look. To download a PDF of the full updated list, Click Here.


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.
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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.


Big band lines up for residency gig at club

Tickets are now on sale for the Great Central Big Band’s residency gig at the Bowls Club, Westminster Road, Brackley, on Saturday 12 May. To buy tickets go to the band’s website – Click Here.

Please note – Saturday 19 May is correct. You may have seen earlier notices showing Sunday 20 May.

… and you can come with us!

Sunday 20 May – You can be there to watch Wilkin’s Wonders and cheer them on in the final match of their FA Trophy campaign. For full details, Click Here.  There you will find details and links to buy your match ticket and to book seats on supporters’ coaches.  Match tickets are £25 with concessions for students and OAPs (£10) while under-16s see the game for just £1. Coach seats are £10 each.

It’s a great chance to see some truly top-level football
in a national venue at family-friendly prices. So get clicking and
snap up your tickets before somebody else does!


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Battling Brackley battle into league play-off final

Brackley Town 1-0 Bradford PA
A late extra-time goal from Aaron Williams sent Brackley into the National League North play-off final after a gripping semi-final battle played in scorching temperatures against Bradford Park Avenue. Saints will travel next Sunday for the play-off final to meet Harrogate Town, who beat Chorley. Williams’ 36th goal of the season was the difference between the teams but it was ’keeper Danny Lewis who was the hero of the hour, pulling off a string of second-half saves to keep a resurgent Park Avenue side at bay after Brackley had enjoyed the better of the first half.

“The lads had to dig deep today,” Kevin Wilkin said. “Bradford are a strong side with seasoned campaigners in their ranks and they are not easy to break down. It was very hot out there and to get through extra-time was hard. But the lads are strong mentally as well as physically. We needed that today and we had that today.” Park Avenue had twice kept clean-sheets in the league against the hosts and the longer the game went on in soaring temperatures and on a bumpy pitch the greater was the air of inevitability that this play-off game would eventually only be settled by penalties.

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Bradford captain Nicky Wroe cleared off the line from Alex Gudger’s header early in the second half before Brackley’s Danny Lewis was four times in action to pull off match-winning saves from Frank Mulhern, Wayne Brooksby, Mulhern again and then tipping Oli Johnson’s 30 yard effort onto the cross-bar. At the other end Lee Ndlovu and Jimmy Armson shot just over in a rousing second half.

The game moved into extra-time with both sides making full use of fresh legs from the bench as the tension ratcheted up. Steve Drench denied Aaron Williams with a stunning save leaping to his right to touch the header onto the woodwork to deny a certain goal as the extra-time halfway mark arrived. The winner came in the 111th minute as Williams’ initial shot was blocked, but he reacted first to toe-poke the ball past Steve Drench. The finale though was not reached until the last moments of the full 120 minutes as Lewis pulled off a miraculous save with his legs as Wroe’s shot deflected through a crowd of bodies.

The final whistle sparked celebrations on and off the pitch amidst a cauldron of noise as Saints edged out a resilient Bradford side in what had become an epic battle of endurance. “Danny’s save at the end was phenomenal,” Wilkin said. “It got us over the line. It was a tough nut to crack today and I am disappointed for them but we have another final to look forward to.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Lowe (Myles 97), Franklin, Byrne, Gudger, Dean, G.Walker (Murombedzi 90+2), Armson, Ndlovu (Brown 95), Williams, A.Walker. Subs unused: Graham, Iaciofano.
Bradford PA: Drench, Ross, Atkinson, Wroe, Killock, Havern, Brooksby (Boshell 60), Spencer (Toulson 110), Boyes, Johnson (98), Mulhern. Subs unused: Hall, Smith.
Referee: Martin Woods;  assistants Matthew Scholes and Stuart Richardson.
Attendance: 923
For more information about the club, CLICK HERE.

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 – – – –

Saturday mornings, 10.30-11.30am (Term time only): Creation Club with Ken and Estelle
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.

Sunday 20 May, 10am-4pm: May Event at Brackley Library
• A CRAFT FAIR- Lovely gifts to buy from our local crafters. Plus sand art and biscuit decoration.
• A TEA PARTY- tea and cake served all day. Scone and cream in the afternoon.
• A FOOTBALL PEBBLE HUNT – starting at the library to celebrate Brackley going to Wembley. Plus a Pebble Hunt competition.

Thursday 7 June 11am-12 noon
: Reminiscence Group
Thursday 21 June 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “Murder on the Orient Express” (Certificate 12A). £5 per person.  Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Saturday 9 June: Come and see us at Brackley Carnival!!!
Sunday 24 June 10am-2pm:  Table Top sale – £10 a table. Book your table at the library.
Thursday 29th June 7.30pm for 8pm start:  Brackley Supporters’ Group Quiz Night –  £5 per person. Prize each round.

Saturday 14 July 10am-2pm – Summer Reading Challenge Launch. This year’s theme is “Mischief Makers” and is themed on The Beano to celebrate its 80th anniversary.
Thursday 5 July 11am-12 noon: Reminiscence Group.
Thursday 19 July 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “The Darkest Hour”, (Certificate PG13). £5 per person.  Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

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.

Please check our Facebook page for extra sessions and kids’ cinema during the summer break!!
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Saturday 5  May to Sunday 20 May


Sunday 13 May 8pm:  Upstairs in the Greyhound Inn – Sounds Tradition playing at Brackley Folk Club.

Thursday 17 May, 10am-n00n: Brackley and District U3a Annual General Meeting on at Brackley Methodist Church. This will be followed by a talk on South Africa by Rosemary Leeper. Visitors are welcome – £2, including refreshments. 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.


Friday 18 May, 7.30pm
Friday 18 May, Doors open 6pm

Please note we are starting earlier than usual to accommodate any children who might want to come. Please book by the end of Tuesday 15 May if you want to be sure of having supper.

Wednesday 30 May to Friday 1 June

Sunday 3 June, 11am-4pm: Family-friendly Tudor Fair at Sulgrave Manor at the end of the May half-term holiday. See Sulgrave Manor come alive with a huge range of fun activities perfect for families and all ages. There will be lots of things to do, including historical crafts for the kids, live music, garden games, archery and falconry plus access to the manor house and garden, as well as food and drinks. The highlight of the day will be a lively and exciting joust featuring real horses! For prices and more information please visit our website – Click Here.

Saturday 9 June: Brackley Carnival – volunteers are invited to contact the organisers to help make the town’s big day another resounding success. To see the carnival website, Click Here. Or email or phone Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.

Sunday 24 June, noon to 6pm: FOLK IN THE PARK. This free event is back… A great afternoon offering a wide range of folk music for all the family in the Town Park, next door to the Old Fire Station on the High Street.

Sunday 18 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 good causes. Check out the plans for this year’s show at the festival website

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