This week’s headlines include:
- Tickets available for Brackley Players’ new play
- Family fun time at Stowe for young artists
- Cup shock as Marine take out Saints
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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.
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Village school open its doors to parents
Croughton Primary School is welcoming parents and carers to open days – Friday 12 October from 10am to 11.30am and Saturday 13 October from 2pm to 4pm.
• Please contact Kaye Hunter on 01869 810727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Brackley Car Service benefits from Tesco tokens
We are delighted that the Brackley Area Volunteer Car Service has been included in the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme for September and October. Just collect a blue token every time you shop at Tesco in Brackley and drop it into the BAVCS slot. You will be helping to support this vital service for people in the local area.
And while we’re on the subject…
The Volunteer Car Service is looking for more drivers to help the 200-plus people living in the town and surrounding villages who have difficulty getting to essential medical or social care appointments. The service is managed by snvb. Volunteer driver are paid a mileage allowance and the voluntary role is totally flexible, with the volunteer choosing which journeys to do, when and how often. For more information, contact the service on 01280 841099.
Royal British Legion External Grants
The External Grants programme is provided by the Royal British Legion (RBL) and supports not-for-profit organisations in the UK running, or planning, charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community. Grants are available to fund specialised projects or services delivering welfare support directly to serving and/or ex-Service personnel and/or their families. Projects that fall within the following areas will be prioritised:
- Employment and training.
- Family support.
- Homelessness and outreach.
- Supporting the elderly.
The 2018/19 deadlines for stage one applications for service delivery projects are: 26 October 2018; 25 January 2019 and 26 April 2019.
• Applications to the other funding streams of the Legion’s External Grants scheme – Capacity Building and Research projects – are not currently being accepted.
•More information on the RBL website.
Christmas is a joyous time… Unless you’re in Frank’s house. Why has the season of goodwill passed him by? And how will he cope with his snooty sister-in-law and flash brother-in-law? And why are there two sorts of mince pies? All will be revealed in this funny and sometimes outrageous play. Come and see this wonderful, heart-warming and earthy tale of a typical family at Christmas.
• Tickets – £9 adults, £7 concessions – can be bought online at new.brackleyplayers.org.uk, in person from Davies and Partners, 12 Market Place, Brackley NN13 7DP or by ringing Keith on 07516 408897. Tickets also available on the door.
Quiz and Curry Evening to help international links
On Thursday 25 October the Brackley European Association is organising a fundraising Quiz and Curry evening, to be held in the Old Fire Station, High Street, Brackley. Festivities start at 7pm sharp. Delicious home-made curries will be provided as well as prizes for the team that wins the most points in the quiz. We are a self-funding voluntary group who take the responsibility for sustaining Brackley’s twinning links with Les Pavillons-sous-Bois in France and Montabaur in Germany – and we have a lot of fun in the process. Non-members are very welcome. Tickets cost £9 per head – bring your own drinks and glasses. Please ring Anita Robbins on 01295 712388 by Monday 22 October to book your ticket. It’ll be a great evening; see you there!
Take a creative trip on South Northants Art Trail
South Northamptonshire is again running an Art Trail from Saturday 6 October to Sunday 14 October. At this event local artists open their studios for people to come and see their work. Paintings and cards are on sale, and many places have demonstrations and opportunities for people to try out art. Two artists in Brackley are taking part:
• Val Pendleton at Right Angle (https://www.rightanglegallery.co.uk/ – 24 Manor Road, Brackley, NN13 6AJ) will be open on Saturday and Sundays from 11am to 4pm; closed Monday, open Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm.
• Ruth Harris at 5 Elm Drive, NN13 6ES will be open from Monday 8 October to Sunday 14, daily from 11am to 4pm.
Gardeners meet to learn about winter containers
Evenley Gardening Society’s next meeting is in Evenley Village Hall on Tuesday 16 October at 8pm. The speaker is Peter Richardson of Preston Bissett Nurseries who will show us how to get the best from Winter Containers. Non members always welcome – £3.
Family fun time at Stowe for young artists
Monday 22 October, 2pm – Roxburgh Hall, Stowe School
Calling young artists and storytellers we have the perfect show Nick Sharratt’s Drawalong! This much-loved children’s writer and illustrator is coming to Stowe with his family-friendly, fun filled draw along for all ages.
Nick’s bestselling picture books include You Choose, Shark in the Park and Pants. He’s also the illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson’s phenomenally popular children’s novels including Tracy Beaker. Nick will share ways to invent your own crazy creatures and gives loads of top tips as you draw along with him.
Don’t forget your pencils, paper and something to lean and of course your imagination! For all super fans Nick will be signing books at the end of show.
• Tickets: £8.50; Family ticket for four £30. Box office: 01280 825710. Bookings: www.artsatstowe.co.uk.
• More details and info on the Arts at Stowe website – Click Here
The Brackley Morris Men are holding open Taster Sessions on Thursday evenings during October and November, 8pm at Brackley C of E Junior School, Manor Road, Brackley, NN13 6EE. The tasters are open to anyone, but we particularly welcome new youngish men to help keep our 400-year-old local tradition thriving! If you’d like to have a go it’s best to call first as the school is occasionally closed – : Stephen on 07764 799947 or e-mail email@example.com. We’d love to see you.www.thebrackleymorrismen.org.uk
Sing a song of laughter to help new medical centre
Kevin and Carrie O’Regan are organising a concert of comic songs at Croughton Village Hall by Holler n Duck in aid of the new Brackley Medical Centre. The show, on Saturday 1 December, will be in two parts, with an interval of approx 20 minutes and the evening should finish by 10pm. There will be a bar. Tickets £10 (no concessions).
About Holler n Duck… Think comic songs, think laughter, think audience participation, think brilliance and you’re there. Holler n Duck are reviving the great tradition of the comic song – Gilbert and Sullivan, Flanders and Swan, Jake Thackray…
You can expect witty lyrics, expert musicianship, great banter between songs and you are guaranteed to laugh and laugh and laugh. Check them out at www.facebook.com/holler-n-duck or on You Tube by starting here.
• Call Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NHS hearing advisory service for Brackley
South Northants Hearing Advisory Service is providing free basic hearing-aid maintenance and batteries on a monthly basis at Brackley Library. Also available will be advice, information and practical support covering all aspects of hearing loss. Each month a trained hearing advisor will visit .
• Next dates – Wednesday 24 October and Wednesday 28 November, both from 10.30am to noon. Please remember to bring along your hearing-aid battery book.
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.
The Ribbon of Poppies project is the brainchild of Iain Henderson a Scout Leader from Iver Heath, Bucks. 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.
• For further details, go to http://thememorialmob.webs.com/
• 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.
Brackley Town 2-3 Marine – FA Cup Q3
Marine knocked Brackley Town out of the cup at a rainy St James Park on Saturday, writes Tim Carroll. Kevin Wilkin was brutally open about his side’s performance: “Naturally it is a disappointing result. The way we played in the first half, and the attitude we showed from the outset, was really poor. It is one thing being confident and another being arrogant and I thought we were in the first half. It’s a strong word to use but credit to Marine because they were sharper than us, they made better decisions, their finishing was sharper.”
Three first-half goals without reply gave NPL Marine the half-time lead as the visitors were clinical and more determined against their National League North hosts; 18-year-old on-loan Finlay Sinclair-Smith scored twice after just 6 and then 38 minutes with James Murray also on the score-sheet on the half hour. The first goal punished Saints’ sluggish start to the game, Sinclair-Smith finishing neatly. The second goal was the product of poor defending but also excellent close control and accurate shooting while Sinclair-Smith’s second was another fine finish.
In between Marine’s goals Saints had chances to level, as when Matt Lowe hit the post and keeper Martin Fearon saved with his legs again from Lowe. But Saints could not complain about the half-time score-line. Two goals in four minutes early in the second half from Adam Walker and Lowe got Brackley back in the game, Walker firing low into the corner while Lowe found the net through Fearon’s legs.
But the home side was unable to sustain the attacking momentum until late in the game when the Mariners had to defend resolutely. In the dying minutes substitute Daniel Nti’s shot was blocked, Shaun Jeffers fired over and in added time Nti at full stretch could only turn Lowe’s cross over the bar as Marine held out for a deserved win.
“We were nine games unbeaten before today and this brings you down to earth with a bump,” said Wilkin. “We have had a terrific record in the cups and this is a blot on our copybook which disappoints me. With the greatest of respect I would expect to be doing a whole lot better against Marine. But fair play to them, they’ve been ruthless in front of goal, we weren’t. There are not too many people who come out with too much credit today to be honest.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles (Murombedzi 64), Franklin, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Fairlamb (Nti 70), Armson, Ndlovu (Jeffers 59), Lowe, A.Walker. Subs unused: Noon, Staff.
Marine: Fearon, Strickland, Short, Shaw, Doyle, Hynes, Sinclair-Smith (Sang 75), Joyce, Mitchley (Davies 90+3), Murray (Hine 64), Carney. Subs unused: Donaldson, Mendes.
Referee: Mark Howes; assistants: Alan Cox and Richard Walker.
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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.
Thursday 18 October, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of Leisure Seeker (Cert 15). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.
Wednesdays 10 and 24 October, 7.30pm-9pm:ABC Craft and Adult colouring, book folding or crochet. Crochet or book folding tuition £5 each.
Thursday 15 November, 7pm for-7.30pm: The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of Edie (Cert U). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.
Saturday 17 November: Cheese and wine tasting evening with Brackley Wines.
Sunday 25 November, 11am-3pm: Christmas Craft Fair with Father Christmas.
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Friday 7 December, 8pm: Big Christmas Quiz. Book your table at the library. £5 per person, teams of up to six players. Prize every round.
Thursday 13 December, 7pm-7.30pm: The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of The Greatest Showman (Cert PG). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.
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Saturday 13 October, 7.30pm (Doors open 7pm): Yes it’s back! Join us for a Quiz Night at Hummingbirds on Saturday 13 October. Simply make up a team of 2-4 people and pay £2.50 per brain to enter. Teams must be entered in advance due to limited places. Food special for the evening: Two courses @ £10, food MUST be pre-ordered before the night. Two courses – Jacket potato with chilli con carne/vegetable chilli accompanied by a side salad followed by apple pie and custard. Call 01280 700797 if you need more information, or pop in to the Bistro to sign up your team. Payment will be required to enroll your team. Hurry while there’s spaces!
• Hummingbirds, Market House Courtyard, Brackley, NN13 7AB.
Saturday 13 October
Tuesday 16 October, 8pm: At Evenley Gardening Society’s next meeting in Evenley Village Hall the speaker will be Peter Richardson of Preston Bissett Nurseries who will show how to get the best from Winter Containers. Non members always welcome – £3.
Thursday 18 October, 10am-noon: Brackley and District U3A are holding their meeting at Brackley Methodist Church. We will hear from Maggie Cotton, talking on “Wrong Sex, Wrong Instrument”. Maggie, a professional percussionist, gives an insight to what really goes on behind the scenes when travelling with a symphony orchestra. If you are retired or semi-retired, come 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.
Thursday 25 October, 7pm: Brackley European Association is holding a fundraising Quiz and Curry evening in the Old Fire Station, High Street, Brackley. Delicious home-made curries will be provided, with prizes for the quiz team that wins the most points. We are a self-funding voluntary group who take responsibility for sustaining Brackley’s twinning links with Les Pavillons-sous-Bois in France and Montabaur in Germany and we have a lot of fun. Non members are very welcome. Tickets £9 per head – bring your own drinks and glasses. Please ring Anita Robbins on 01295 712388 by Monday 22 October to book your ticket.
Friday 26 October, doors open 7pm: Culworth Film Nights, at the village hall, will be showing Edie, in which Sheila Hancock stars as a woman who sets out to fulfill a longtime dream of climbing a mountain in the Scottish Highlands. Tickets are £10 to include supper; £5 for film only. Call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 01295 760855, or email email@example.com to book. Bring your own refreshment and glass.
Saturday 3 November, gates open 5pm: Brackley Town Fireworks, Magdalen College School, High Street. Sponsored by AMG Petronas Motorsport. Children’s fun fair, charity stalls and refreshments available.