This week’s headlines include:
- Special meeting as town campaigns for hedgehogs
- Winchester House School launches Brackley Community Dementia Choir
- Changes in prospect at local radio
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Brackley Town 1-1 AFC Telford United
Brackley maintained their unbeaten home record but were unable to record back-to-back wins for the first time in the season while Telford are now unbeaten in three after a tight contest ended in stalemate, writes Tim Carroll. “It was a frustrating game,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We were down to the bones today but that’s not to make excuses because we had a strong side out there. We got ourselves in a strong position then they get a bit of a controversial penalty – one of those you want if it is given for you and if it is against you then you feel it’s harsh. But we kept going.
“There wasn’t much fluency about our game today, we didn’t get hold of the ball and we didn’t pass it as we are capable of. We scored a well worked goal however. Matt [Lowe] carried a lot of the best things we were about today and showed the player he can be for us.” The scores were level at the interval and remained that way at the finish after a disappointing second half when neither team really got into their stride. The game had started brightly, Brackley going ahead after 16 minutes through Matt Lowe’s first goal of the campaign. Strong work in the penalty area by Lee Ndlovu and then Jimmy Armson set up the chance that Lowe finished decisively.
Andrew Wycherley saved well from Ndlovu in the only other clear cut chance of the half while former Saints striker Aaron Williams turned and struck his shot well from distance but it was wide. The game-changing moment came late in the half when Brackley captain Gareth Dean was adjudged to have fouled Marcus Dinanga just inside the penalty area. Dinanga got up to despatch the penalty smartly to equalise.
Shep Murombedzi and then Lee Ndlovu had Saints’ best chances of the second half, both deflected shots well saved, while Adam Walker’s effort was not too far away and Brendon Daniels’ deftly taken free-kick was close but could not break the deadlock.
Brackley Town: Lewis; Myles, Franklin, Byrne (Baker 42), Audel, Dean, Lowe (Langmead), Armson, Ndlovu, Fairlamb (Daire 73), Murombedzi. Subs unused: Worby, Noon.
AFC Telford United: Wycherley; White, Morley, Deeney, Sutton, Lilly, Daniels, Walker, Dinanga, Williams, Knights. Subs unused: Streete, Royle, Lait, Reilly, Brown.
Referee: Jon Kenny; assistants, Tom Swift and Tim Walker
• A GoFundMe page – Brackley Town FC Stand Together – has been set up following the clubhouse fire earlier this year. The support team are very keen to involve as many people as possible. If you can help, please email Graham on email@example.com
You can nominate a local group for Queen’s Award
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups. Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.
Take a look at the guidance notes for further conditions and information. Log in or register to nominate a group. Please register in order to nominate a group. If you have registered already then please log in. Submit your nomination by midnight on 13 September 2019 to make sure your nominated group is considered for the 2020 awards. It is very important that you read the guidance notes before submitting your nominations.
Stowe sets out its stall of September events
The September events list of Arts at Stowe includes a live cinema broadcast to mark the release of The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s sequel to the The Handmaid’s Tale. It includes readings by special guests. The showing starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 September in The Roxy. Other events include an evening with Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) on Thursday 12 September (7.30pm) and James Corden with his One Man, Two Guvnors show on Thursday 26 September (7pm).
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Long distance footpath in South Northants becomes a reality
A new map has been published by Brackley-based Global Mapping, designed by top map creator Mary Spence MBE. The South Northants Heritage Trail has been designed to allow the walker to get the most from this beautiful and interesting part of England. South Northamptonshire contains some of the country’s most quintessentially English landscapes interspersed with attractive, largely unspoilt villages characterised by picturesque stone cottages. This rural and sparsely populated landscape has remained largely unchanged for centuries with a rich history.
1,800 listed buildings, many built from the distinctive local limestone and ironstone; over 50 conservation villages; dozens of ancient churches; the Grand Union and Oxford canals; and miles of dismantled railways – many of which are part of the trail. Dig deeper and historical links with the past are everywhere. Disused canals, WWII airfields, English Civil War battlefield, Henry VIII’s hunting woods and, going back even further, planning the Magna Carta, one of only five sites in England where jousting was allowed, abandoned medieval villages and iron age camps.
The Heritage Trail winds its way around South Northamptonshire in three linked circuits radiating out of Brackley and Towcester for a total of 158 miles, taking in many of the historic sights and sites that abound across the region. South Northants Heritage Trail will allow the visitor to discover these secrets and enjoy beautiful views, locally produced food and drink and friendly hospitality.
Global Mapping MD Alan Smith commented: “This map has taken five years to come to fruition and I have to say I am delighted, without doubt my favourite that we have ever published! Having walked every mile of the route (with wildlife expert Tim Pridmore) to check the accuracy I suppose I would say that!” Alan continued: “The original idea came from Adrian Colwell at South Northants Council to build on the series of award-winning walking guides we had published. It would be great if the South Northants Heritage Trail became as well known as The Pennine Way!”
The first of a number of videos, created to promote the delights of the Trail has just been published and is gaining enormous interest and can be viewed here .
The map has gone on sale in local outlets at just £8.99 and already is receiving favourable comments. Local resident Michael Barnes commented: “I acquired my copy from the Old Hall Book Shop today and I have to say that you have managed to conjure up an entirely fresh perspective on an area with which I thought I was pretty familiar. I’m looking forward to putting it to use. More power to your cartographer’s pen – or whatever the digital equivalent is!”
The map is also available to buy online via southnorthantsheritagetrail.co.uk where there is information about the trail, videos and FREE walking guides to download.
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.
Trains, 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 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? Remaining public running day this year is 22 September from 3pm to 7pm (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.
Download South Northants Council Arts Events Calendar (PDF – 645KB)
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. 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.
• Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!
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Monday 9 September to 18 October
Thursday 12 September for three days, noon onwards: Brackley Charter Fair returns to the High Street for 2019 – watch out for posters and fliers displayed in the town for further information.
Monday 16 September for three days: John Lawson Circus will be in Brackley Park, (High Street). Monday @ 7pm; Tuesday @ 4.30pm & 7.30pm; Wednesday @ 4.30pm. For tickets, Click Here.
Thursday 19 September , 10am: Brackley U3A meets at the Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7DT. Speaker Alan Tumber’s topic is “Rhyme Nor Reason” – a collection of comic song and poetry with live music, pictures and film clips from a bygone age. Come along if you are semi-retired or retired and find out what U3A is all about.
Thursday 19 September, 10am: Winchester House School launches Brackley Community Dementia Choir, inspired by Vicky McLure’s two-part BBC documentary, Our Dementia Choir. Singers of all ages and abilities who are suffering from dementia are invited to join the first of the weekly Thursday rehearsals in The Forum at Winchester House, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7AZ. Tea, coffee and cakes will be served from 10am, with singing from 10.20am to 11am. Carers are most welcome and membership of the choir is free. To register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 16 October, 7-9pm: Shopping evening in Wayneflete Hall of Magdalen College School, organised by Friends of Magdalen College School. We will have some great stalls from lots of local independent businesses including fruit flavoured gins, handmade cakes & chocolates, jewellery, homewares plus local arts & crafts & lots more! Come along and enjoy a glass of wine, catch up with other parents, do some early Christmas shopping and raise some funds for the school! Entry is free.
• For more information or to book a stall please contact email@example.com
Saturday 7 December: Christmas Wine Tasting and Mini Christmas Fair in Brackley WI Hall (Manor Road, Brackley). Many varieties of wine to choose from and available to purchase as well as gift ideas from local friends of Brackley Wines.
• Visit www.brackleywines.co.uk and click on Events.