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Brackley online Post, 13 October 2017

This week’s headlines include:

• Brackley singing group take their music to Banbury
• Croughton Film Night starts its new season with Hidden Figures
• Late free-kick spoils the weekend for Saints

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An evening of fine food and good music

Join us on Saturday 14 October for an evening of local live entertainment. The evening will consist of music and song accompanied by a tasty bistro supper made by the Hummingbirds team (the food not the music!). Tickets cost £20 a person and must be purchased in advance as places are limited. Tickets are available from Hummingbirds Bistro – either pop in or call 01280 700797.


Brackley singing group gives Autumn Concert in Banbury

Admittedly the venue is Banbury, but we are a Brackley-based singing group and would be grateful for your support. We have included some popular classics, like Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine and Mozart’s Ave Verum but the programme has plenty of variety, with solos, duets and instrumental pieces too. St John’s Church (South Bar, Banbury, OX16 9AF) is a comfortable venue and proceeds are all going to the church.


Hidden Figures launches new film season at Croughton

The first film for the 2017-18 season is Hidden Figures (PG), showing on Friday 20 October in the Parish Room at Croughton Village Hall. Keith says: “We now have a new Blu-ray projector and DVD player installed, which completes our refurbishment project, started two years ago. The next two films are planned to be Lion on 17 November and Viceroy’s House on 15 December.” Hidden Figures is a drama, based on true events, about a group of African-American women who were hired by NASA in the 1960s for their skills in mathematics to be a part of America’s space programme.

Doors open at 7.30pm and there is a licensed bar for pre-film drinks! Admission: CFC Members £3, non-members £5, under-16s £3. Croughton Cinema annual membership is still only £10!
• For your diary, the remaining cinema dates for this season are 5 January, 26 January, 16 February, 9 March, 6 April and 4 May.


Children in Need Main Grants Programme – First 2018 Deadline

South Northamptonshire Volunteer Bureau (snvb) reports that BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is currently accepting applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK that support children and young people who are 18 years and younger. The BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is accepting applications for large grants of over £10,000 to support projects for up to three years. Not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through: illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; living in poverty or situations of deprivation. 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. The closing date for applications is 16 January 2018 (midnight).


Open invitation to get a taste of morris dancing at school

The Brackley Morris Men are holding an of open taster on Thursday 19 October. It will be at 8.15pm in the school hall at Brackley CofE Junior School, Manor Road, NN13 6EE. So if you fancy a bit of rhythm, bashing a few sticks, and working up a sweat, why not give it a go? Our main desire is, of course,to attract younger men as this is how we keep our 400-year-old tradition thriving. But these tasters are open to anyone who’d like to have a go. More details from Stephen on 07764 799947, or check out the website –


Raising the roof… to help keep the roof on the church

The next Evenley Arts event is on Saturday 14 October. It is a concert in aid of St George’s Church, Evenley, which – in common with many churches – needs constant and rather expensive maintenance. Money is currently being raised to repair the roof – but don’t be alarmed, it is not in danger of collapse! The concert will be performed by Polymnia, a 22-voice chamber choir based in Milton Keynes that has toured abroad as well as performing in this country. It promises to be a wonderful evening. Canapes will be served (free) at the interval and there will be a donation bar with wine and soft drinks. The tickets are just £10 from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email


Brackley European Association quiz and curry evening

On Thursday 26 October we are organising a fundraising Quiz and Curry evening at the Old Fire Station, High Street, Brackley. Festivities commence at 7pm sharp. Delicious home-made curries will be provided and there are prizes for the team that wins the most points in the quiz. Non members are very welcome. We are a self-funding voluntary group of people 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. Tickets cost £9 per head – bring your own drinks and glasses. Please ring Anita Robbins on 01295 712388 by Monday 23 October to book your ticket. It’ll be a great evening; see you there!


Find out how gardeners can learn to love the Lily Beetle

Evenley Gardening Society‘s next meeting is in Evenley Village Hall on Tuesday 17 October at 8pm. The topic is “How to love Lily Beetles and Admire Slugs” and the speaker is Roger Umpleby. Non members welcome (£3).


New group invites ladies to join them for story of town’s growth

Brackley Inbetweeners Group are a new group and aim to meet on the third Thursday of most months at St Peter’s church extension in Brackley from 7.30pm. Our next meeting is on Thursday 19 October when we will be having a talk from Caryl Billingham MBE , former Mayor of Brackley , about the growth of Brackley in recent times. If you’d like to come along – or for more information – please email



WI tabletop sale to help threatened hedgehogs

Brackley WI are holding a tabletop sale on Saturday 21 October 2pm-4pm at the WI Hall on Manor Road. Admission is free. Andrew Jackson, the Hedgehog Man, will be there with a hedgehog and knitted and crocheted hedgehogs will be on sale to raise money to help Andrew feed, nurse and protect these animals, especially during the winter months. There will also be cakes, craft items, bags, scarfs, books, cards on sale as well as a tombola stall and a children’s activity corner.


Ladies Clothes Show – find a bargain and help charity

The show and sale is at Brackley Town Football Club in Churchill Way (NN13 7DZ) on Tuesday 24 October from 12 noon to 4pm. Find a new item for your wardrobe … A great selection of good quality nearly new, “gently worn” ladies clothes, shoes and accessories. The bar will be open and tea/coffee will be served. All proceeds from the event will go directly to Livability, a local charity here in Brackley.
• To donate ladies clothes and/or accessories please contact Helen Harman, Livability the Links, Borough Road, Brackley NN13 7BE, or call 07834 180933.


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Parkin is nemesis again as Saints suffer in the North

York City 2-1 Brackley Town
A late free-kick by Jon Parkin won the points for York in the first game under new manager Martin Gray, writes Tim Carroll. Brackley deserved better from a second half they had dominated, equalising with an excellent goal by Aaron Williams and seemingly the more likely to go on to get the win. Buoyed by a partisan home crowd, York started well. Amari Morgan-Smith’s header brought a fine save from Danny Lewis before City took the lead in the 20th minute after a succession of corners put the Saints defence under intense pressure. Daniel Parslow flicked a corner on and Parkin was on hand to put his side ahead.

Next game – Emirates Cup v Billericay Town

As the half wore on Saints gradually established a foothold in the game and after the break gained the ascendancy much to the growing consternation of the home supporters. Aaron Williams’ shot was well saved and cleared by right-back Josh Law in a warning for The Minstermen before only a last-ditch clearance from a goalmouth scramble kept the home side in front. Shane Byrne’s free-kick found Gaz Dean, whose header set up Alex Gudger who rifled in a shot that was somehow blocked on the line before keeper Luke Simpson saved Gudger’s follow-up effort in another escape for City.

But the equalising goal was worth the wait. It arrived in the 70th minute and was no less than Saints deserved. Fine work by Adam Walker sent Williams away and, holding off the close attentions of defenders, the finish was clinical, finding the corner from the angle. The game had been well contested to this point but became more feisty and tetchy with yellow cards for players on both sides as some odd refereeing decisions brought frustration to boiling point in the final moments.

Parkin’s goal had been the difference between the sides when they met in last season’s FA Trophy quarter-final and it was another Parkin strike that again separated the teams in this first-ever league encounter. The 86th minute free-kick was 25 yards from goal but the experienced Parkin powered his shot into the net to spark wild celebrations around Bootham Crescent.

“We deserved a point today no doubt,” was Kevin Wilkin’s assessment. “We sensed they were flagging and the second half was all us. Our fitness levels are high because these players look after themselves despite being part-time. But this result hurts. I am really disappointed we’ve not taken anything from the game. We had a very good chance just before we scored that we didn’t convert, our goal was excellent but they hit a terrific strike late on to win it. They got the break and credit to them for taking it.”

This was only Brackley’s second defeat of the season but wins for promoted Blyth and Spennymoor see them push Saints into fifth place while York move up to sixth.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Franklin, Dean, G.Walker (Tilney 90), J.Byrne (Lowe 46), Ndlovu, A.Williams, A.Walker. Subs unused: Diggin, Kaziboni, J.Williams.
York City:  Simpson, Law, Ferguson, Bencherif, Parslow, Moke (Wharton 74), Newton, Heslop, Parkin, Morgan-Smith (Edmondson 72), Connolly (Felix 61). Subs unused: Sukar, Worsnop.
Referee:  Thomas Parsons; assistants: Aaron Bannister and Lee Hible.
Attendance: 2,732


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 Saturday: 

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.

Every Monday and Thursday: Knit and Natter 2-4pm
Tuesdays 17 and 31 October: Job Seekers Club 11.30-2pm
Wednesdays 11 and 25 October: ABC Craft Evening, 7.30-9pm. Colouring, book folding or crochet (crochet or book folding tuition £5 per person)
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Every Thursday 4.15-5.15: Thursday Craft Club with Sue
Every Saturday during term time, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
Friday 13 October, 8pm: Quiz Night!! £5 per person. Teams of up to six. Prize every round. Please book your team a table at the library.
Thursday 19 October, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of Lion (PG). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Sunday 29 October, 11.30am -12.30pm: Story Time special – The Gruffalo. Stories, crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Every Monday and Thursday
: Knit and Natter 2-4pm
Every Saturday during term time 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
Tuesdays 14 and 28 November 11.30-2pm: Job Seekers Club
Wednesday 8 and 22 November 7.30-9pm: ABC Craft Evening Colouring, book folding or crochet (crochet or book folding tuition £5 per person)
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Every Thursday 4.15-5.15: Thursday Craft Club with Sue
Thursday 2 November 11am -12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Thursday 16 November 7pm for 7.30pm: – The Cinema Club showing of “Lion” Certificate PG. £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Sunday 19th November 11.30am-12.30pm: “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” storytime special. Stories, crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy, please book.

Throughout December, Letters from Santa. Our supporters’ group will be working with Santa. Please contact the library for further details.
Every Monday and Thursday 2-4pm: Knit and Natter
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Every Thursday 4.15-5.15pm: Thursday Craft Club with Sue
Every Saturday during term time 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
Friday 1 December from 8pm: The Big Christmas Quiz Night!! £5 per person. Teams of up to six. Prize every round. Please book your team a table at the library.
Wednesday 6 December 7.30-9pm: ABC Craft Evening . Colouring, book folding or crochet (crochet or book folding tuition £5 per person)
Thursday 7 December 11am -12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Sunday 10 December: Santa and Santa’s workshops. For further details please visit the library or our Facebook page.
Tuesday 12 December 11.30am-2pm: Job Seekers Club
Thursday 14 December 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “White Christmas” (PG). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Throughout December please check Facebook for club updates due to bank holidays and club special events.

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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Saturday 14 October 7.30 pm: Autumn Song – a concert of choral music by Polymnia, a 22-voice chamber choir based in Milton Keynes who have toured in Europe. At St George’s Church, Evenley, NN13 5SG. Tickets £10 (no concessions) from: Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email Canapes at the interval are included in the ticket price. Wine and fruit juices available for donations.

Sunday 15 October doors open 3pm:  Culworth Cinema – Film matinee of Viceroy’s House (12A) with afternoon tea.  In 1947, British statesman Lord Mountbatten serves as India’s last Viceroy and is charged with handing India back to its people. Stars Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon and Hugh Bonneville.  Tickets £10 with tea/£5 film only. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 01295 760855.

Sunday 15 October 8pm: The Big Shake-Up Concert at Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. Formerly known as Bad Ass Brass, The Big Shake-Up is fast becoming recognised as one of the most innovative and exciting ensembles on the UK Jazz scene. Running time 2hrs. Tickets: £14 / £4 under 16’s. Bookings

Wednesday 18 October 8pm: Lakin McCarthy presents Dr Phil’s Health Revolution at Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. Phil Hammond – NHS doctor, BBC broadcaster, Private Eye journalist and whistle-blowing comic – combines both of his 2016 sell-out Edinburgh fringe shows in one unforgettable evening. Running time 99 mins. Suitable for 14+. Tickets: £15 / £12 concessions include NHS Workers Discount / £8 Students

Sunday 22 October 1pm and 4pm: Tall Stories presents The Snow Dragon in The Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. The night of the Snow Dragon approaches… Billy has everything a young goat could need – and more besides. On New Year’s Eve, Billy is looking forward to the annual visit of the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies…
Suitable for ages 3 years+. Running time 55 minutes. Tickets £8.50. Bookings

Friday 27 October 7.30pm: The Budapest Café Orchestra at the Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. Led by jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick, The Budapest Café Orchestra plays traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia. Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czárdás and beautiful ballads – such as the theme to Schindler’s List and Andy Statman’s beautiful Flatbush Waltz – are all featured. Running time: 2 hrs including interval. Tickets £12 / Concessions £10 / Members £8. Bookings :

Friday 3 November 7:30pm: Bernie Marsden and Miles Nottage at Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. “Bernie” Marsden is an English rock and blues guitarist, primarily known for his work with Whitesnake, having written or co-written with David Coverdale many of the group’s hit songs, such as “Here I Go Again”. For one night only Bernie is playing some all-time rock favourites with jazz master Miles Nottage. Running time 2hrs.
Tickets £22.50 / £20 concessions and members. Bookings

Saturday 4 November 11:30am and 2.30pm: Tutti Fruitti presents Ugly Duckling, written by Emma Reeves at the Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. Meet the most unusual duckling the pond has ever seen! In their nest at the edge of a pond, the baby ducklings wait impatiently for Mummy’s enormous egg to hatch. But their new brother doesn’t look like everyone else. He doesn’t even quack like a proper duckling! Teased and called Ugly by his siblings, our hero hides in brushwood and stares skyward at the migrating swans, yearning to belong and marvelling at their beauty…. Where does he really belong? Suitable for ages 3 years+. Running time 55 mins. Tickets £8.50. Bookings

Tuesday 7 November 8pm: Tooth and Nail presents Hummingbird at Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. Edith Cole worked a dead-end job in a funeral parlour. Ralph Conti worked wealthy widows for a quick buck. Neither expected to fall in love. But once they did, they just kept on falling. Inspired by the true story of the ‘Lonely Hearts Killers’, a pair of latter-day Macbeths who gripped the imagination of 1950s America, Hummingbird is dark, compelling physical theatre. Suitable for 14 years+. Tickets £13 / £11 Concessions / £8 Students. Bookings

Wednesday 8 November 2.30 pm: Talk and demonstration by Wendy Freestone of her sculpture. Her work “Watching” was included in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. At Evenley Village Hall, The Green, Evenley NN13 5SH. Tickets £5 (no concessions), from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email The demonstration will be in two parts and free tea/coffee and biscuits will be served in the interval. Tickets are limited.

Friday 17 November 7.30 pm: The Stage is Yours 2, an evening in which you are invited to read a poem, tell a story, sing a song, dance, play a tune or just watch and listen. At Evenley Village Hall, The Green, Evenley NN13 5SH. Tickets £2.50 – performers free – from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email The evening will be in two parts with an interval in the middle. Please bring your own drink but glasses will be provided. If you wish to perform, please contact Kevin – see above for tickets – to book your slot. Items should generally be no longer than five minutes unless otherwise agreed.

Sunday 19 November 5pm: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Leonard Cheshire in Stowe Chapel – an evening of music and words with Jane Asher and Friends. This concert will celebrate the centenary year of Old Stoic Leonard Cheshire, the extraordinary man behind the charity. Come and enjoy a magical evening of poetry, songs and music with Jane Asher and friends including, Richard Henders (Chronicles of Narnia, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, Foyles War), Richard Rycroft (War Horse, Love is Not Enough and Pride and What). Stowe School’s chapel provides a wonderful venue to enjoy hearing the musical stars from the school perform along with professional Opera singers. Tickets £15 /boxes £500 (5-6 Seats) including drinks reception. Bookings
All of the proceeds will go to Leonard Cheshire Disability (registered charity number 5528467).

Saturday 25 November, 8 till late: Supper dance at the WI hall, Manor Road, Brackley, in aid of Dogs for Good and Hogwatch. The Lee Malvern 4 will provide the music and there will be a ham and cheese supper – bring your own drink. Tickets are £10 each from 01280 700768.

Saturday 25 November 8pm: Mari Wilson – Pop Deluxe at the Ugland Auditorium. The show features Mari’s unique interpretations of the songs of Dusty Springfield. For the past 18 months, Mari has been touring her show, Ready Steady Girls, to sell-out crowds with the songs of Petula Clark, Sandie Shaw, Cilla Black and more, the Brit girls who inspired her as she was growing up in North London. Mari played Dusty Springfield in Dusty The Musical which toured venues throughout the UK in 2000.
Running time 1hr 20min plus an interval. Tickets £20 / Members and Concessions £18.

Sunday 10 December 2pm: Little Blue Monster presents Lily and the Little Snow Bear at Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. A glittering, snowy tale about a little lost bear and a brave little girl. After the show meet Lily and Baby Bear, say hello and have your photo taken with them. Suitable for ages 3+. Running time: 55mins. Ticket Price: £8.50. Bookings

Sunday 17 December 7pm: Christmas Boogienotes Rock and Pop Choir at the Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. Join us and the wonderful Boogienotes Choir for an evening of wonderful Christmas songs and carols to celebrate the festive season in style.
You are invited to join us for a glass of wine and a festive treat. Running time 75 mins followed by drinks and a festive treat. Tickets : £10 / £9 Members / £4 under 16’s. Bookings

Saturday 23 December 2pm:  A performance of Sleeping Beauty by the Looking Glass Theatre Company which, once again brings its inventive pantomime to Evenley Village Hall, The Green, Evenley NN13 5SH. Adults £8, children (13 and under) £6. Tickets from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email (NB Tickets available from 1 October). The show will be in two halves and fruit juices and biscuits will be available free of charge during the interval.

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