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Brackley online Post, 14 July 2017

This week’s headlines include:

• A rare opportunity to get a place in Brackley history
• Ladies – a BIG new chance to make more friends
• Communities to receive over £300,000 in council funding
Don’t forget to check out the Diary Dates Listing at the bottom of this page

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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.
  • What you need to know to be ready for the new £1 coin which comes into circulation on Tuesday 28 March.
  • 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

The Business Information Bureau based in Brackley launched its first Discounts & Special Offers Vouchers Booklet for the months of April, May and June.

A free Prize Draw for £100 sponsored by BIB, to spend in one, or more, of the participating outlets.

Mrs Jane Lawrance, was the lucky winner with the correct number of 23 advertisers pictured here receiving her £100 voucher. Each shop taking part had a sealed prize draw box for the entry forms. Jane had called in for a spot of coffee and cake from Hummingbirds and placed her entry there!!

They will be running another booklet in the New Year to cover January, February and March 2018 contact Jan dean for more details. Jan Dean – 07901 854576




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Just £15 could get you a place in Brackley history

Rosemary Leeper, Minutes Secretary of Brackley History Society, writes:

Those of you who were at the History Society meeting on Wednesday 5 July will already know of an exciting development in the Society’s activities but I’d hate for any of those who were not at the meeting to miss out. Professor John Clark, as most of you will know, was, until recently Professor of History at Buckingham University and also President of our Society. John is already the author of the two definitive books of the history of Brackley which cover events up until the early 1800s.

He has now very generously given the manuscript of his third book, Victorian Brackley, to the Society and the Society is determined to ensure that this work is published and preserved for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone with an interest in the fascinating history of our delightful market town. The Committee have found a publisher, The History Press, who specialise in works about local history, but they need a start up sum of £5000.

The Society has received grants from both the Town Council and the District Council, a cash sum from the green token scheme at Waitrose and we are writing to all the businesses in and around Brackley asking if they would be prepared to sponsor this project. We are now about £1500 short of our target and so we are now offering members and friends of the Society the opportunity to buy a copy of the book at the very advantageous prepublication price of £15. We will include the names of anyone subscribing in this way on a list to be published at the back of the book in the same way as was done in the previous two volumes.

The publishers have agreed that the new book should be published in the same format as the previous two volumes so as to present a recognisable trilogy – that is as an illustrated hardback edition. I think you will agree that £15 is a small sum to pay for a hard back book of such academic merit. I should warn you that the publishers will certainly charge a much higher price for the published book.

We are anxious to raise the money in time for printing to begin in September. Publication should take less than twelve months. If you would like to take this opportunity to purchase a copy/copies of the book at this prepublication price, please would you contact me for a form and give it, together with payment in cash or by cheque, to any member of the Committee or, if you prefer, post it to me or deliver it to my address. The receipt will then be completed and returned to you. My address is Chapel Cottage, Hill Street, Brackley, NN13 6AL tel 01280 703166.

Some members of the Society have very generously written cheques for the Society of £100. This is to pay for however many copies of the book are requested and the remainder is to be considered an interest free loan to the Society to be repaid as and when the Society has the funds to do so. This is a very generous gesture; it will make the realisation of this publication even more feasible and we are most grateful to those individuals.

I hope that you will feel able to take advantage of this offer and in so doing ensure the reservation of a copy for a very reasonable sum whilst at the same time, making the publication of the book possible. Enjoy the rest of the summer; we’ll see some of you on the outing to Stowe House and hopefully, everyone else at the meeting in September.


Ladies – a BIG new opportunity to make more friends

Brackley Inbetweeners Group is being set up to cater for ladies who are – according to organiser Cath Noel – “no longer at toddler groups and not ready for Derby and Joan”. She adds: “We’ll be meeting at the extension of St Peter’s Church on the third Thursday of the month. Our aim is to meet monthly, make new friends and have new experiences.”
• If you’re interested, please email


Chris from Right Angle has just finished painting a hedgehog & has published a Limited Edition of 50 prints from it. £5 from every picture sold will be donated to Brackley Hogwatch. They are professionally mounted, signed & numbered & cost £30 each. I don’t think they will be around for long so if you would like one contact Right Angle in Manor Road.


 Under-14 side is looking for help from sponsors

Ioan Bush, captain of the Brackley Athletic FC U14 side of the coming season is looking for sponsors to help meet the costs of running the club. In return they would get options depending on the level of sponsorship which would promote the businesses – logo branding on kit, etc. If your business would like to support a good cause and get wider publicity, contact Ioan Bush by email – or call 01280 841281.


Communities to receive over £300,000 in council funding

SNVBA total of £321,158 in community funding has been granted to organisations in the district by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC). In June recommendations from the council’s Community Funding Panel were approved for…

  • £130,000 towards a new village hall in Syresham
  • £127,461 towards a new building for King’s Sutton pre-school
  • £34,997 towards building renovations for Towcester Studio Band
  • £28,700 towards developing new floodlights and a playing field for Towcestrians Rugby Club.

We can help you with your application for funds in the next round… snvb provide FREE advice to all local voluntary and community groups that are looking for any help or advice, including detailed assistance with applying for funding.
• For more information about the volunteer bureau, Click Here.


Summer events at Stowe HouseFrom Saturday 29 July to Saturday 5 August. A full seven days of fun, intense, professional workshops leading up to a performance of Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim. Develop skills in singing, dancing and acting with highly experienced West End and Youth Music professionals. Technical Theatre options are also available. Ages: 10 to 18 years. Open to all abilities and confidence levels. Click Here for more information.


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School holiday hubs all ready for a summer of fun

The sessions provide an excellent opportunity for children to learn, improve, make friends and have fun and you can book online now. The children are split into 5-7 and 8-years-plus age groups. Every day a coached activity will be delivered by a qualified coach who is linked to a local club to make children aware of the local club in the area and where to carry on participation afterwards. Coached sessions will normally run between 10am andk midday. Throughout the day Multi Skills, Fun and Games, Team Activities and Arts and Crafts are delivered.

Multi Skills: These activities are based around the fundamentals of movement and play, agility, balance, co-ordination and speed. Activities are fun sessions working on these fundamentals and how to progress these to improve levels.
Fun and Games: These activities are all about engagement of the children and used as introduction games such as clap catch, parachute games, splat and more to encourage children to participate.
Team Games: These are normally played in the afternoon after skills have been developed through the day. Obstacle relays will be played along with team games such as rounders, Kwik Cricket, and many more.
Arts and Crafts: These will be participated in the afternoon to cool down and cater for young people who enjoy arts and crafts. Every day will be themed Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Space, Animals etc and arts and crafts activities will be based around these themes.

Session structure and price: 8:45am to 3pm £14.95 per session;
8:45am to 5pm £18.95 per session. Brackley venue is Magdalen College School, Brackley.
• For holiday hub activities (6.5 mb pdf), Click Here.
• For Summer Holiday Hub Online Booking, Click Here.

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Don’t forget to check out Diary Dates – we add more as we hear about them

Regular events in Brackley

Every Friday 8.30-11am: Brackley Country Market, Bar 2 at the Red Lion, Market Place, Brackley. A wide variety of fresh local produce including fruit and vegetables according to season, bread, cakes and preserves, To visit the Brackley Country Market website, Click Here.
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.
Every Thursday, 8pm: Stokie’s Blues Exchange partner dance class at Westbury Village Hall, Playing Field Road, Westbury NN13 5LA. The class will focus on the fundamentals of Blues partner dancing including musicality, expression, connection and style. Come along to our dance classes and we’ll teach you a range of skills. It is quite simple to pick up, and we can help the complete beginner to enjoy the magic of dancing from their first night! It’s just £8 on the door before 9pm and £5 after 9pm. Class starts at 8.15 and social dancing is from 9pm to 11pm.

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Summer holiday activities July and August
Every Tuesday 1.30-2.20pm:  Share a book – Stories with Mary
Every Wednesday 2-3pm: Maths4Fun (except 2 August) – Maths fun with Trish
From Thursday 20 July, 3.15-5.15pm: Summer Craft Club – Crafting with Sue
From 27 July every Thursday, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club – Crafting with Ken and Estelle
From 20 July Every Thursday, 3.15-5.15pm: Summer Thursday Craft Club – Crafting fun with Sue.

Saturdays 1 and 8 July 10.30-11.30am:
Creation Club with Ken and Estelle.
Tuesdays 11 and 25 July, 11.30-1.30pm: Job Seekers Club
Wednesdays 5 and 19 July: ABS Craft Evening – Adult colouring, Book Folding or Crochet (Tuition in Book Folding or Crochet £5 each)
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

Friday 14 July, 8pm: Quiz Night. £5 per person, teams of up to six, prize every round. Please book your team a table at the library.
Saturday 15 July: Launch event at Brackley Lirary for Animal Agents 2017 Summer Reading Challenge.
Thursday 20 July, 7pm for 7.30: Cinema Club showing of I, Daniel Blake (15). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

Thursday 3 August, 11am-12 noon:
Reminiscence Group
Tuesday 8 and 22 August 11.30am-1.30pm:
Job Seekers Club
Wednesday 10 and 24 August: 
ABS Craft Evening – Adult colouring, Book Folding or Crochet (tuition in book folding or crochet £5 each)
Every Monday and Thursday, 2-4pm: 
Knit and Natter.
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm:
Jigsaw Club
Thursday 17 August, 7pm for 7.30:
Cinema Club showing of The Light Between Oceans(12A). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

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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Thursday 13 and Friday 14 July, 7pm for 7.30pm start: TownMayor’s Charity Event at Brackley Town Football Club on behalf of the Town Mayor’s Charity (Brackley Sea Cadets TS Tidespring). Brackley Players present … ‘One Act Plays’. Tickets £10 each including cheese supper. Tickets on sale now at Brackley Town Council office, 9 Market Place, Brackley (next to The Red Lion). Brackley Town Council 01280 702441.

Friday 14 July, 7.30-9pm: The Darcys at Home, at Evenley Village Hall, is a presentation celebrating the life and work of Jane Austen, referring to Elizabeth (nee Bennett) and Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley from Pride and Prejudice. Period refreshments will be served during the interval. It is hoped that those attending will wear period costume, though this is not essential.
• Tickets are available now at £7.50 (no concessions) from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email

Thursday 20 July, 10am: – Brackley & District U3A monthly meeting at Brackley Methodist Church, High Street. This month’s speaker is Richard Banyard, whose topic is: “The NHS – Key National Institution or Historic Relic?” Richard has been involved in NHS management since the early 1970s, including as a chief executive. He is now an independent management consultant. Richard’s talk will trace the development of the NHS from its pre-war roots and explore some of the dilemmas and challenges faced in delivering a “free” service. The talk will also touch upon some current key issues. Visitors will be very welcome at this meeting.
• To find out more about Brackley & District U3A, Click Here.

Saturday 22 July

Join us for an Evening with The Sasparillas. Celebrate an evening of musical entertainment by The Sasparillas (a 1940’s close harmony trio) on Saturday 22nd July. Tickets just £22 per person which includes a hot and cold buffet. Doors open at 7pm with the entertainment starting at 7.30pm. Limited tickets available so early booking recommended, reserve your place with a £5 deposit per head. Tickets available at Hummingbirds Bistro. Fully licensed bar available.
Many Thanks
Tracy and Nicky
Hummingbirds Coffee Bar and Bistro, Market House Courtyard, Brackley, NN13 7AB. 01280 700797


Thursday 3 August, 2pm: Town Mayor hosts a Community Bingo Session at the Old Fire Station, High Street from 2pm until 4pm. Contact Steph Campbell 01280 702441.

Sunday 13 August: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. Full details on the website.

Sunday 20 August, 11am-4pm: Classic Vehicles in the Park at Brackley Park, High Street. To download an info pack (PDF 954kb) – including entry form – Click Here.

Sunday 27 August to Friday 1 September: Sacred Music Retreat at Limes Farm, Farthinghoe, NN13 5PB. Speakers will be Teresa and Kimberly Kodimer. For more information, call Natalie on 07860 372085.


Wednesday 6 September, 7.30pm: Brackley and District History Society meets at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. Martin Sirot-Smith will talk about ‘Tudor Daily Life’. If you were poor you worked on land whose owners took some of the food you grew as rent. Most people lived in small villages of thatched huts with one or two rooms. Boys went to school from the age of four until seven, while girls were kept at home to help or were sent out to work.
• The society meets at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. Visitors are welcome. All enquiries to secretary Karen Gees
(01280 702837), email:

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For full details of events at Stowe, including times and tickets, Click Here

Sunday 8 July: Brackley Chamber Music Club Present
A Midsummer’s Eve Concert: Over the Hills and Far Away.
Friday 21 July: Opera Della Luna presents Das Spitzentuch der Königin/The Queen’s Lace Handkerchief, by Johann Strauss.
Saturday 22 July: Blunderbus Presents Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, “the very funny tale of a small dog with big dreams.” Bring your picnics any time from 1pm onwards.

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