This week’s headlines include:
- Charity Book Sale in aid of Westbury Church
- Easter Lunch treat for senior citizens
- Byrne strike sends Saints on their way
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Charity Book Sale in aid of Westbury Church
More than 1,000 secondhand books will be for sale this weekend at Turweston Airfield (NN13 5YD). Topics covered will include art, antiques, biology, crafts, literature, gardening, history, and music, along with some bric-a-brac. The sale, on Saturday (13) and Sunday (14) will be open from 11am to 2pm. Refreshments will be available at the book sale and in the café.
• Follow the perimeter road round to the very end (half-a-mile) and park on the hardstanding on the left. The sale is outside and inside the smaller grey portable building, across from the hexagonal Control Tower and Flight Deck Café.
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.
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 website – Click 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.
Mark and Tanya will be hosting a Charity Race Night in Evenley Village Hall on Saturday 27 April to raise funds for their friends’ beautiful daughter Lucy. Here is her story:
Lucy was eight years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer that usually forms in certain types of nerve tissue. The tumour is housed in her rib cage and the cancer has spread to her pelvis, shoulders and the base of her skull. Lucy is currently undergoing chemotherapy, supported by the fantastic team at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The treatment plan is gruelling and will take 12 months for Lucy to hopefully achieve remission.
Across the pond in the USA, advances in paediatric oncology show that a two-year treatment on a drug known as DFMO is showing positive results and keeping children in remission, raising the 60 per cent remission rate to a staggering 84 per cent.
To give Lucy the best possible opportunity for the future she deserves, her parents, Carrie and Richard, plan to enrol Lucy on the study at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Michigan. Once Lucy finishes her treatment in the UK and has achieved remission, the family have been told that the hospital will be willing to accept Lucy on to their trial. This is fantastically positive news for the family and gives them hope for Lucy’s future but comes at a cost.”
• Tickets now on sale! Please let Tanya know how many of you would like to support this great cause and of course have bags of fun! Call Tanya 01280 847521 or 07557 659405.
Erains, 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 28 April, 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.
Brackley Town 2-0 Guiseley
A goal late in the first half set Brackley on their way to a comfortable win over Guiseley to leave the visitors still on the fringe of the relegation places and Saints on course for a play-off spot, writes Tim Carroll. “I am delighted with the win,” Kevin Wilkin said. “It’s another game when we had to grind the result out. We weren’t as fluent in the first half as we have been in recent weeks but we took the lead and gained a cushion. We probably should have scored more goals but another clean sheet is good.”
Shane Byrne produced a finish of high quality from 15 yards after fine work by Jimmy Armson to send the home side into the break with a narrow lead. It came after a largely scruffy first period in which neither side was able to impose themselves. Connor Hall headed Saints into a two-goal lead within minutes of the half-time interval after Glenn Walker’s corner kick. From then on Brackley enjoyed chances aplenty but were foiled by Guiseley’s resolute defending, while the Lions rarely threatened a come-back. Brackley keeper Danny Lewis was rarely tested except for a late Andy Halls free-kick that needed a sharp save from Lewis low to his left, the ball rifled through a crowd of bodies.
Had Michael Fowler made more of Guiseley’s best chance on the half-hour the game might have taken a different course. As it was, Brackley’s Lee Ndlovu was thwarted by Scott Garner when well placed before Jimmy Armson’s header evaded keeper Marcus Dewhurst, but was just over. Those moments led up to Saints’ opening goal and the decisive moment of the game from which third-placed Brackley never looked back.
“We bossed things really in the second half and never looked in too much danger,” Wilkin added. “Teams are obviously aware of what we can do and set up to spoil the party of course. But we showed versatility and what we are capable of to get what is a good win and another clean sheet.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Murombedzi (Fairlamb 72), Hall, Dean, Byrne, Armson, Lowe (Sterling-James 90), Ndlovu (Nti 87), G.Walker, A.Walker. Subs unused: Jeffers, Prosser.
Guiseley: Dewhurst, Halls, Heaton, Purver, Langley, Garner, Felix (Morrison 61), James, Fowler, Hatfield (Thornton 79), Moyo. Subs unused: Dyche, Digie, Barkers.
Referee: Alex Blake; assistants: Mark Billingham and Mark Pearson.
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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. The next clinic is on Friday (not Wednesday) 29 March from 10.30am to midday. 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.
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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.
Saturday 13 April 10am-1pm: Easter Pebble and Egg Hunt at Brackley Library. Join in with a variety of Easter hunts at the library. Fun for all the family in the middle of the Easter holiday.
Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!
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Saturday 13 April
Tuesday 16 April, 10am: Evenley Gardening Society plant sale at Evenley Village Hall
Contact 01280 702861.
Thursday 18 April, 10am: Brackley & District U3A meets at Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7DT. Mark Walsh, from BBC radio’s Friday Night is Music Night, will give a talk about “My Life on the Stage” – he began his career in show business at the age of 13. Come along if you are semi-retired or retired and find out what U3A is all about. Or check out the website – Click Here.
Friday 26 April, 7pm
Wednesday 1 May, 5am: Brackley Morris Men celebrate May Day on Brackley Market Place. Contact: 01280 702441.
Wednesday 1 May, 10am: Northamptonshire Association for the Blind mobile sight centre will be on the Piazza from 10am until 12.30pm for advice and information. Contact:
www.nab.org.uk; documents, Northamptonshire Association for the Blind (PDF, 526Kb).
Thursday 2 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.
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.
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,
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: http://www.brackleysoapbox.org/
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, brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk, or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.