This week’s headlines include:
- Sign up to campaign to save Brackley’s library services
- MP responds to library invitation from Alice, 9
- Saints make a winning comeback at Nuneaton
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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
Peaceful sit-in to support our local library
TODAY (Friday 12 January) there will be a Don’t Close Brackley Library! peaceful sit-in from 3pm to 8pm (two hours after normal closing). It will be held at Brackley Library on the penultimate day of the library consultation. Reading material is guaranteed to be available but you are welcome to bring a craft or do one of our jigsaws. Activity and storytime for children provided.
Saturday 13 January 11am-3pm: Meet the Authors at Brackley Library. Six local authors are giving their time for free to support our library for this great event. Authors include Sue Bentley, Bella Osborne, Faith Martin, Louise Walters, Dennis Carey and Susanna M. Newstead. Do come along and meet them and help support the campaign.
SATURDAY is also the last day to complete the NCC library consultation. Comments must be delivered before 5pm. Links below the poster will give you your last opportunity.
To fill in the consultation, Click Here
To sign the petition, Click Here
Paper copies are available around town.
Write an email:
Dedicated address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Fiona Baker: email@example.com
MP Andrea Leadsom: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alice, 9, invites MP Andrea to see how ‘great’ Brackley library is
Among the group were local author Sue Bentley, Cllr Fiona Baker (Northamptonshire County Council), Cllr Sue Sharps and Cllr Luke Ross (Brackley Town Council) and Cllr Mark Morrell, Deputy Town Mayor, who showed Mrs Leadsom around the library, where she stopped to chat with library users.
Alice showed Mrs Leadsom how easy it is for her to order, borrow, and return books independently, and showed her the large bank of computers that are for general use, and free of charge to use on Fridays. Mrs Leadsom said: “I’m doing everything I can to make sure our libraries have a sustainable future. They are such a vital part of all of our local communities. Many people have written to me and I am absolutely representing their interest in making sure we can keep our valuable libraries.”
Brackley resident Becca Pratt said: “I have used Brackley library from a young age and continue to do so. My three children love going to the library whether it be to choose books or go to the events that the library provides. I have seen many changes over the last few years due to cuts and it is such a shame as I enjoyed the Sure Start Centre with my children when they were younger. It was also a great place to go to meet new mums and for my little ones to interact with other children and enjoy the activities that the library provides. It would be a great loss to our lovely town if we did lose the library.”
The Save Brackley Library Campaign is urging library users to take part in the survey which can be found on the NCC website under “library consultation” before it is too late. The deadline is 13 January. Also on the NCC website is a petition calling on the council to Save Brackley Library.
• See links between poster above and this report.
• Mrs Leadsom can be seen on video here speaking about her support for Save Brackley Library.
• Phillip Pulman tweeted to Save Brackley Library: “Somehow we are letting our civilisation drain into sand and the people in charge don’t think it matters.”
· On Saturday 13 January Brackley Library is hosting an Author Showcase and will be visited by bestselling authors Bella Osborne and Faith Martin as well as local authors Sue Bentley, Louise Walters, Dennis Carey and Susanna M. Newstead and local literary agent Kate Nash. The event runs from 11am to 3pm and is free to attend.
‘Give a lift to your community’
Brackley Area Volunteer Car Service (BAVCS) provides transport to people from Brackley and the surrounding villages who find it difficult to get to essential medical appointments, as they do not have ready access to public or private transport
There are over 400 passengers living in Brackley town, who require help with journeys to doctors, opticians and dentists etc. The majority of BAVCS passengers are elderly; indeed the average age of the passengers is 84 years. The service urgently requires some more volunteer drivers to undertake journeys within Brackley and the surrounding area.
BAVCS is entirely dependent on a team of friendly, loyal and helpful volunteer drivers who use their own vehicles to take registered passengers to their appointments. The drivers are from all walks of life and the majority have completed several years’ voluntary service with BAVCS.
A mileage allowance is paid and the voluntary role is totally flexible with the drivers choosing which journeys to do, when and how often.
Please do contact Jo or Linda at BAVCS if you would like further information about becoming a volunteer driver – ‘Give a Little Gain a Lot’
Tel: 01280 841099 or email email@example.com
Information events for funding of community projects
On Wednesday 17 January at The Forum, Towcester, two information events on funding opportunities for community projects has been arranged. The events are an opportunity to learn about the match-fund opportunities for projects that support people facing multiple barriers to employment and help people to develop skills to get jobs. The event is for local organisations who:
- Want to know more about the types of projects that can apply for European Social Fund (ESF) funding;
- Are interested in applying for ESF grants and require more details about the application processes;
- Would like to discuss opportunities for project collaboration and link in with the ESF mapping exercise to help build partnerships;
- Want to know more about future funding opportunities through the European Social Fund.
F1 team continues investment in Brackley home
The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team in Brackley has been granted planning permission to build an extension which joins its main reception building to another currently housing a wind tunnel. Cllr Rebecca Breese, chairman of South Northamptonshire Council’s planning committee, said: “This proposal is a modest addition to their overall floor space, but will give them more storage, flexible workspace and will let them tidy up their bin area. Mercedes are showing a long-term commitment to Brackley and, if their proposals are right for the district, we will continue to do whatever we can to support them.”
The proposals come shortly after the F1 team was granted permission to build a multi-storey car park on their Reynard Park site. Mercedes say it will help them meet demands of running a successful F1 team and help secure their longevity in Brackley.
BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme deadlines
Charities in the UK that are seeking funding for their work with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and younger can start the application process for funding in 2018. The BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme will consider applications requesting grants of up to £10,000 to support projects for up to three years. Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under.
Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and make a real difference to children and young people’s lives. Organisations that already hold a grant from Children in Need can apply for further funding providing the current grant is coming to an end within the next 12 months. Applicants will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences the grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people the organisation has worked with. There are four deadlines in 2018: 1 March, 13 May, 2 September and 2 December 2018 (midnight).
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Join the gardeners and go hunting Down Under
Evenley Gardening Society’s next meeting is in Evenley Village Hall on Tuesday 16 January at 8pm. The topic is “Plant hunting in Australia (Part 2)” and the speaker is Timothy Walker who was very entertaining last year. Non members welcome, £3.
Brackley Town FC South Stand Draw result
Brackley Town Football Club is delighted to announce that the draw to name the South Stand at the ground has been won by Maxwells Estate Agents and that for the whole of 2018, the Stand will be named the Maxwell Stand. The draw took place just before the club’s New Year’s Day game with Leamington with the club’s manager, Kevin Wilkin, drawing the winning ticket. “We are delighted that a local business has won the opportunity to promote their brand at our ground. We are also very grateful to all the local businesses and supporters that entered the draw” said Janene Butters, MD of Brackley Town Football Club.
Brackley Morris Men offer taster sessions
Ever fancied feeling a bit of rhythm, bashing a few sticks, working up a sweat, and then quenching your thirst with a pint? The Brackley Morris Men are holding open taster sessions on 18 and 25 January. This lively, colourful tradition has continued to thrive locally since the 1600s because young men still enjoy doing it. No pressure or commitment, just a chance to have a go during the quiet months.
• For details, contact Stephen, 07764 799947, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website .
Arts at Stowe invites you to appreciate The Power of Words
On Wednesday 24 January 2018, Stowe Music School is giving a Holocaust Memorial Day Concert under the banner “The Power of Words”. The event, a culmination of work between historians, artists and Stoics, will be a profound and humbling testimony of music, art and the spoken word in which the current generation of Stoics pay tribute to the memory of Sir Nicholas Winton MBE, one of Stowe’s first pupils in 1923. He was an extraordinary man who saved so many lives during the time of the Holocaust and who left a lasting legacy of hope. Performance starts at 7pm and will be two hours including the interval.
• To reserve a seat please email thearts@Stowe.co.uk or call 01280 818012.
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Nuneaton Town 0-2 Brackley Town
Kevin Wilkin’s side recorded a deserved away win at Nuneaton to break a sequence of four draws as the race at the top hotted up. Glenn Walker’s early goal was doubled by Jimmy Armson’s penalty just before the hour to seal the points in a game dominated by the visitors.
“I am delighted for the players with the win today,” said Wilkin. “The clean sheet is important also. It was another heavy pitch but this is a very fit group of players. There were lots of top performances today and I thought Andy Brown and Lee Ndlovu were really effective up front, especially in the second period.”
Nuneaton rarely threatened Danny Lewis’s goal. James Ferry shot weakly before the interval in the hosts’ best chance and a late header by substitute Andre Olukanmi caught the top of the crossbar but the points were already on their way back to Brackley. Shane Byrne’s fifth minute free-kick was helped on by Lee Ndlovu, allowing Glenn Walker to finish smartly past Dean Lyness, his third goal in four games. Nuneaton were saved twice by goal-line clearances after goalmouth scrambles and Lyness pulled off a fine save low to his left to deny Byrne on the half hour as Saints sought the crucial second goal. This duly followed after the break as Alex Gudger was needlessly felled by Lyness and Armson made no mistake from the penalty spot.
Salford dropped further points as all the teams below them won. Saints remain in third place right in the mix in the chasing pack as next Saturday the FA Trophy takes centre stage.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, S.Byrne, Gudger, Dean, G.Walker, Armson (A.Walker 86), Brown (Lucas 88), Ndlovu, Lowe. Subs unused: Diggin, Graham, Tilney.
Nuneaton Town: Lyness, Wildin, Heaton, Elliott, Ashton, Gascoigne (Mitchell 46), Ferry, Johnson, Chambers, Nicholson, Nti (Olukanmi 88). Subs unused: Daniels, Taylor, Digie.
Referee: Martin Woods; referee’s assistants Robert Hathaway and Jamie O’Connor
• For season fixtures list, CLICK HERE
• For more information about the club, 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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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.
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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Tuesday 16 January, 8pm: Evenley Gardening Society meets in Evenley Village Hall. The topic is “Plant hunting in Australia (Part 2)” and the speaker is Timothy Walker who was very entertaining last year. Non members welcome, £3
Wednesday 24 January 7pm: Stowe Music School is giving a Holocaust Memorial Day Concert under the banner “The Power of Words”. The event, a culmination of work between historians, artists and Stoics, will be a profound and humbling testimony of music, art and the spoken word in which the current generation of Stoics pay tribute to the memory of Sir Nicholas Winton, MBE, one of Stowe’s first pupils in 1923. He was an extraordinary man who saved so many lives during the time of the Holocaust and who left a lasting legacy of hope. Performance starts at 7pm and will be two hours including the interval.
• To reserve a seat please email thearts@Stowe.co.uk or call 01280 818012.
For full details of events at Stowe, including times and tickets, Click Here.
Wednesday 7 February, 7.30pm: Brackley History Society meets at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. After the AGM there will be a talk by Tony Boullemier about The Little Book of Monarchs. This is a fun history book for all ages, giving concise details of every monarch since 1066 with a matching cartoon. Visitors are welcome. All enquiries to Karen Gees (Secretary) on 01280 702837, or email email@example.com.
Wednesday 7 March, 7.30pm: Brackley History Society meets at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. Sally Munday-Smith will talk about the restoration of Brackley
Town Hall. Visitors are welcome. All enquiries to Karen Gees (Secretary) on 01280 702837, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.