This week’s headlines include:
Saints all set for big day at Wembley – and you can join them!
- Council leaders welcome Whitehall statement on county
- Saints join scheme to help girls get into football
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Wildcats scheme aimed at getting girls into playing football
SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres from The FA will provide Brackley girls aged five to 11 with regular opportunities to play football. The initiative offers organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls. More than 200 clubs have been established throughout England in 2017 and a further 800 are set to launch in 2018.
SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football sessions take place on a weekly basis, either after school or at weekends, and provide a safe environment where girls can try football for the first time. SSE and The FA hope the initiative will inspire participants to engage with football, meet new friends, develop fundamental skills, learn new things and create the foundation for a life-long love of football.
Sessions at Brackley Town Football Club cost £3 per session and run every Saturday morning between 9.30-10.30am on their state-of-the-art all-weather astro-turf pitch. For those girls who would like to register for the Brackley Wildcats, all registrations are on-line following this link. Each SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre will utilise qualified coaches and local facilities. There will also be opportunities for attending parents, carers and siblings to engage with the sport at the same time through ‘Family Sessions’ including Soccercise and Walking Football.
Janene Butters, Managing Director of Brackley Town FC, said: “It’s so important to encourage girls to enjoy the game from a young age and SSE Wildcats provide a great resource for that. I am delighted that we have been selected as a Wildcats centre and as a club we look forward to working with Northants FA to ensure our centres grow from strength to strength. Brackley Town Football Club has made the commitment to ensure girls get the opportunity to play and enjoy football.
“In addition to rolling out our Saturday morning sessions we are now in a position to create an under-12s all-girls team for this coming season with the help of Grow the Game funding from the Football Foundation and the commitment of our highly qualified coaches. In addition to girls football we are holding trials for our new women’s team on Sunday 15 April. Please contact Mark Andrews, Ladies’ Coach, for further details on 07518 384786.
Brackley balloon artist’s road to World Balloon Convention
Mike Hurst of Reds Balloons & Parties, Brackley, brought home two bronze awards after competing at the World Balloon Convention in San Diego, California. Just five years ago he was creating balloon displays out of a garage, after completing a Qualatex Fundamentals course. He soon became aware that he needed a proper outlet to see if this business could really work.
In January 2014, Reds moved into a corner unit at The Courtyard shops and a year later moved to a slightly bigger unit and became a Qualatex Balloon Boutique. Investing in Qualatex opened up a whole network of support and balloons were proving to be a successful industry and, in January 2016, they moved to Draymans Walk. Shortly afterwards, Mike attended the World Balloon Convention in New Orleans.
Later that year Mike and Jane recorded a Halloween special for a popular industry YouTube channel and Mike attended a convention in Slovenia and passed his exam to become a Certified Balloon Artist. Becoming a CBA led to Mike being a designer on an art installation at a gallery in Ipswich and the Royal National Hotel staff Christmas party. He has also entered the world of instructing, by firstly teaching a balloon personalisation course in Israel and then running his own giant balloon numbers course in Brackley, attended by 14 delegates from all over the country.
In March this year the World Balloon Convention in San Diego saw nearly 900 delegates attend from 52 countries across the world. It was Mike’s goal to enter competitions this time, after winning a UK competition last summer. He competed in three of the nine categories and scooped two bronze awards, for a Finding Dory-themed sculpture and a World Cup-themed column. He also attended seminars and networked with the best in the industry and is now fuelled to take Reds to the next level.
Mike is currently planning Reds’ entry for Brackley Community Carnival procession at the beginning of June, and is hoping to wow the spectators with an incredible display of giant balloon walking costumes on the theme “Animal Kingdom”.
• Reds are looking for volunteers for the procession and invite their customers to be part of the show. Pop into the shop to register interest.
Councils welcome Government minister’s statement on county
The leaders of the councils across Northamptonshire have acknowledged last month’s statement by Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, regarding Northamptonshire County Council. In this, he said that his Department was writing to the county, districts and borough councils asking them to submit locally-led proposals for new ways of delivering local government services in Northamptonshire.
Citing Mr Javid’s comments as a clear way forward in terms of the next steps they need to take, they have stated that the current arrangements for delivering local public services in the county need to change.They said: “This is an opportunity to build a long-term, sustainable model for delivering services across the county. It should include a wider consideration of the delivery of public services, with the needs of residents at their very heart.”
Councillor Ian McCord, Leader of South Northamptonshire Council, said: “I am very pleased that the Secretary of State agrees with all the local districts and boroughs that a single county unitary is a bad idea. We have always argued this was too big, was focused on saving the skin of NCC and not on improving outcomes for residents.
“I am encouraged that proposals that acknowledge the successful relationship between South Northamptonshire and Cherwell will be considered and encouraged. We will now give all these matters due consideration and work up proposals that will put the residents first, create financially viable bodies, deal with the Northamptonshire County Council legacy and tackle the issue of the integration of health and care.”
Lots 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.
All are welcome to come and join in annual civic service
The annual civic service is being held this Sunday in St Peter’s Church, starting at 3.30pm. Lots of Brackley community groups and organisations will be taking part, along with well-known hymns from the Jubilee Choir. The Brackley Morris Men will be displaying their skills before re-presenting the historic Morris Paten. Everybody is very welcome to come and join in this public service where we’ll be sharing our appreciation of what it means to be living life in our local community. The Town Mayor, Cllr Don Thompson will be attending what is one of the last events of his year of office.
Clear your shed and put those old tools to good use
Is your garage or shed cluttered up with tools that are never used any more but are still serviceable? Brackley Rotary Club members will be at the Old Fire Station, Brackley, on Saturday 14 April from 10am to noon collecting old or unused hand tools to support the Tools For Self Reliance charity. Carpentry and metalwork tools, blacksmith’s tools and metric taps and dies are all welcome, but garden tools cannot be accepted.
The tools will be serviced and boxed up by disadvantaged people in the charity’s centre in Northampton for dispatch to the Third World. If you cannot drop the tools off on the day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if a collection can be arranged. This is a great opportunity to tidy your garage and shed in support of a worthy cause!
• To find out more about Brackley Rotary and their charity work, Click Here.
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
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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, 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.
• 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.
Open day at Juniper House Care Home
Music devotees invited to a very special event
So we come to the final Evenley Arts event, at least under my time as Arts Co-ordinator, writes Kevin O’Regan. I do hope you will support this event as it will be very interesting. It is a talk given by one of our own Evenley residents, Avril Hermann. Called The Symphony, Avril’s talk will explore key features of the symphony and its development over time. She will illustrate her talk with recorded extracts so it will be a very pleasant session. No knowledge of music is required to enjoy this talk. Do please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may wish to attend, especially if you are in a choir or other music group.
It will be held on Wednesday 9 May at 2.30 pm (doors open 2pm) in Evenley Village Hall and costs just £5. Refreshments are included and will be served at the interval. The event will be in two halves of about 45 mins each.
• To reserve your place, please telephone me on 01280 702300 or email email@example.com.
Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity offers funding
Annual funding for regional and local children’s hospitals and hospices for projects that transform the lives of children throughout the UK. The Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity aims to fund projects which are not funded directly by the National Health Service. In the last 15 years, the charity has given more than £2 million in grants to 291 projects in 93 hospitals and hospices across the UK.
Registered charities with charitable projects which enrich and improve the quality of life of sick children in hospitals or hospices in any area in the UK can apply. Preference is given to projects conceived by and in children’s hospitals and hospices. Any project which seeks to improve the quality of life of sick children will be considered.
Preference will be given to children’s hospitals and hospices in regional centres around the UK whichp rovide a regional geographic healthcare service to a wide range of children in a hospital/hospice; will not discriminate on the grounds of wealth, race, sexuality, religion or disability; and agree to promote the work of the foundation in their area. Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.
• For more information, CLICK HERE.
Voluntary and Community Groups Funding Fair
This is a free event at Towcester Racecourse on Wednesday 16 May from 9.30am to 3pm, so save this date in your diary now. This event was extremely popular last year and we are planning for it to be even better this year. You won’t want to miss the “Success Room” where you can chat to local groups that have been successful in their funding bids.
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. More details on our website. 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.
• For more information on opportunities to volunteer, run voluntary groups or seek help from volunteers or information about availability of grants, contact the snvb website – Click Here.
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Spennymoor Town 0-3 Brackley Town
Brackley were denied a first-ever trip to The Brewery Field, home of Spennymoor Town, when this rearranged fixture was switched to Harrogate Town’s CNG Stadium, writes Tim Carroll. But the unusual circumstances of a Thursday evening game did not hold back Kevin Wilkin’s side as they recorded back-to-back away wins.
Sixth-placed Spennymoor look set for the play-offs despite this setback and the fixture congestion that has beset them, the Moors’ manager Jason Aimsley making six changes to his starting line-up from Tuesday’s goal-less draw against Boston. First-half goals from Lee Ndlovu after 17 minutes and a Jimmy Armson penalty on the half-hour put Brackley in the driving seat.
Ndlovu finished sharply past out-rushing keeper Daniel Lowson, played in by Armson’s fine pass, while Shep Murombedzi was brought down for the penalty award that Armson despatched low into the corner despite Lowson guessing right.
The second half saw chances for both sides but Saints’ lead was never really threatened. Kallum Griffiths fired narrowly wide just after the break and Joe Tait’s 35-yard effort brought a flying save from Danny Lewis to keep his clean-sheet intact. Meanwhile Saints could not convert a 76th-minute double chance and substitute Matt Lowe’s cross was just inches away from finding the finishing touch for a third Brackley goal.
That goal eventually arrived in the 90th-minute as Shane Byrne slotted home after a goalmouth scramble to leave Saints five points behind second-placed Harrogate who have played one game more as the season builds to its finale with four of Brackley’s remaining five league fixtures at St James Park.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Murombedzi (Lowe 64), S. Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker, Armson (Nicholson 85), Ndlovu, Iaciofano (Williams 75), A.Walker. Subs unused: Brown, Franklin.
Spennymoor Town: Lowson, Griffiths, Mason, Chandler, Tait, Curry, Ramshaw, Lowe, Rutherford (Fewster 71), Anderson, Johnson. Subs unused: Dixon, Porter, Hall, Henry.
Referee: Paul Brown; assistants Scott Taylor and Andrew Kitchen.
Away win was important, says Wilkin
Curzon Ashton 0 – 2 Brackley Town
Kevin Wilkin’s side recorded a first win in three visits to Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium to keep pace with the leaders on an afternoon when the top six sides in National League North all won, writes Tim Carroll.
A goal in each half saw Saints comfortably home against a Curzon side fighting relegation. Shep Murombedzi scored his third goal in six appearances after just 12 minutes to set Saints on their way, neatly finishing after keeper Cameron Mason could only push out Shane Byrne’s well struck free-kick after Jimmy Armson had been brought down.
Aaron Williams had already passed up an opportunity to put the visitors ahead, bringing a sharp save from Mason to his left with the striker one-on-one with the keeper in only the fourth minute. Matt Lowe was well placed to increase the advantage on the half-hour but poked over as Gaz Dean’s header from Byrne’s corner fell kindly. Curzon’s best chance came early when Matthew Regan brought a good save from Danny Lewis low at his near post and Williams was on defensive duty to block Ryan Brooke’s effort when well placed after 29 minutes.
A lively opening to the second half saw Jake Dunwoody weave a path through Brackley’s defence before his shot was smartly saved by Lewis. Matt Lowe created danger twice carrying the ball into the Curzon penalty area before Adam Walker took full advantage of loose defending intercepting a cross-field pass, Walker racing in on goal and firing in off the post with 55 minutes played.
A double chance for Aaron Williams in the 74th minute almost added to the score before Murombedzi shot over. Lowe dragged his shot wide and late on substitute Joe Iaciofano was set up by Ellis Myles but his shot was blocked as Saints were unable to capitalise on numerous further chances.
“It is an important win for us,” was Wilkin’s verdict. “We had chances to score more goals but it is good to get back to winning ways after last weekend.” Tuesday’s Senior Cup final at Sixfields is followed by Thursday’s trip to Spennymoor before Alfreton are the visitors to St James Park on Saturday.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Murombedzi, S. Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker, Armson (Iaciofano 79), Lowe, Williams (Ndlovu 76), A.Walker. Subs unused: Streete, Brown, Nicholson.
Curzon Ashton: Mason, Baillie, Guest, Hunt, Shaw, Regan, Dunwoody (Clark 80), Walker, Beesley (Baker 71), McKenna, Brooke (Wharton 73). Subs unused: Cummins, Thornley.
Referee: John Matthews; assistants: Peter Shacklady and Lewis Smith.
• For season fixtures list, CLICK HERE
• For more information about the club, CLICK HERE.
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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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Friday 13 April, 7.30pm, Stowebucks, Stowe School: Boogienotes Pop-up Piano Bar. Renowned pianist Miles Nottage with a line-up of drums, guitar, bass, sax and vocalists will keep us entertained all night long with classic and contemporary dance tunes from Taylor Swift to Chic Le Freak. Dance, eat fantastic food, sing along and drink from the bar. Tickets £30 including food. Booking: www.milesnottage.com
Saturday 14 April, 7.30pm, Ugland, Stowe: Butterfly’s Wing, featuring Jacqui Dankworth. Grammy-Award-winning singer Jacqui Dankworth is joined by an all-star line-up to provide a panoply of seductive rhythms, cutting-edge improvisation and lyrics, at once heart-rending, joyous and surreal. Tonight Butterfly’s Wing performs songs and pieces from their brand new album Le Depart. Tickets £16, concessions £15, students £8. Booking: www.artsatstowe.co.uk, Tel 01280 825710
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Saturday 14 April, 7.30pm: Residency gig by the Great Central Big Band at Brackley Bowling Club, Westminster Road (off Buckingham Road), Brackley NN13 7EB. For the club’s website, Click Here.
Tuesday 17 April, 8pm: Evenley Gardening Society meet in Evenley Village Hall. The speaker is Andrew Howard who will present an illustrated talk on “Fruits throughout the Year.” Non members welcome £3.
Thursday 19 April, 10am-noon: Brackley and District U3A hold their monthly meeting at Brackley Methodist Church. The speaker will be David Price on the subject of “The French Cancan – Starting with Men”. 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 20 April, 7.30pm, Roxburgh Hall, Stowe:More Morgan & West – Time-Travelling Magicians. Great Scott! Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! Not content with their lot as the 19th century’s greatest magic duo, they present a conjuring spectacular to the audiences of the modern day. Suitable from age 10-plus; running time 90 minutes plus interval. Tickets £12, £10 members. Booking: www.artsatstowe.co.uk, Tel: 01280 825710.
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