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Brackley online Post, 14 June 2019

This week’s headlines include:

  • Your old tools could help families help themselves
  • Time to sign up for 10km Chicken Run
  • Arts at Stowe dishes up more summer treats
  • How a letter could help save threatened hedgehogs

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Charity launched to support our new hospital

A new charity, the Brackley Community Hospital Trust 2020, is being set up to support the medical centre now taking shape next to the A43. It will supersede the Brackley Hospital Trust, set up in 1990 when the NHS first proposed closing the old Cottage Hospital – and which helped to keep it going for 25 years, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of local residents through fund-raising, regular giving and legacies.

Cllr Caryl Billingham

Cllr Caryl Billingham, who has taken on the task of setting up the charity, says the new name recognises that the facility will open in 2020 although support will be sought for many years afterwards. She says: “Many local groups and individuals are already organising fund-raising events and, for the time being, all money raised can be paid to the Brackley Hospital Trust where it will be separately accounted for. The charity’s registered number is 1008835; the bank details are sort code: 09-02-22 and account number 10255416, and we can claim Gift Aid if you are a basic rate taxpayer.” To discuss any aspect of giving, please contact Paul Bennett, Treasurer, on Caryl says: “Establishing a charity takes some time and a lot of effort and opening a bank account is the last step in the process, hence the need to have a safe place for the time being.”
If you have any specific questions please feel free to contact Caryl Billingham on


 Clear your shed and help families to help themselves

Do you have a shed full of hand tools that are perfectly good but you no longer use? If so, Brackley Rotary Club wants them for the Tools for Self Reliance charity.  Rotary is holding a coffee morning at the community room of the fire station, Oxford Road, Brackley on Saturday 22 June, from 10am to 12 noon. Parking is available, just inside Herrieffs Farm Road on the right, at the side of the fire station. Old and new hand tools are needed – primarily carpentry and metal work, but also garden tools. The tools will be serviced and boxed up by volunteers at the Tools for Self Reliance centre in Northampton and sets will go to Africa for distribution, helping families produce income to support themselves. If you are unable to take your contribution to the fire station, please email Ian Watson: and the Rotary Club will try to make a collection.


Join the Morris Men for a Midsummer Celebration

On Friday 21 June The Brackley Morris Men, in celebration of ‘midsummer solstice’, invite you to join them on Brackley Market Place from 7.30pm for an evening of traditional Morris dancing. They will be joined by local sides ‘Sharp and Blunt’, ‘The Northampton Morris Men’, and ‘Rose and Castle Morris’. And afterwards into the Red Lion for beer and music. Ever fancied having a go yourself? Why not come along, watch the fun, and say hello. Newcomers always welcome.


THIS weekend – it’s the annual Chicken Run

Entries are open for the 10th Brackley 10km Chicken Run. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, this year all runners will receive a medal and a technical T-shirt. This lovely run starts and finishes in the town park.

The Old Fire Station café will be open so supporters can get food and drinks.
How about treating your dad to a 10km run – it is Father’s Day after all 😊

On-line entries have now closed for the Chicken Run, but you can enter on the day from 8.30. Turn up early to avoid disappointment.


 • Also available online from here.  Delivery charge will be refunded!


Something for all from Arts at Stowe

It’s the start of another dramatic and musical season from Arts at Stowe. Events range from drama at The Roxy featuring a screening of Small Island to celebrate the National Theatre Live’s 10th anniversary to a week-long course of rock and blues guitar tuition with Bernie Marsden and The HandleBards’ fun version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. For the very small visitors (3+), there is Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster. To find details of all the other good things on offer, along with details of how to book, go to Arts at Stowe’s What’s On page – Click Here.


Brackley Hogwatch research looks for help

Over the past 70 years, the UK has lost a catastrophic 97 per cent of adult hedgehogs; it is estimated that the remaining 1 million adults are declining at around 5 per cent a year – extinction could happen within 50 years!

The reason we have such a drastic decline in adult hedgehogs is simply that the juveniles no longer reach breeding age.  There is more on this on the Brackley Hogwatch website but in the meantime Andrew Jackson is asking you to contact ‘i’ newspaper who have shown some interest in the decline of hedgehogs. Andrew has drafted a letter which he asks is sent to the newspaper by as many as possible. Feel free to tweak as you feel right.

Dear Sir, I read with interest your recent article about the decline in hedgehogs. I thought you might be interested to hear of a team of researchers in my local town of Brackley who not only claim to have discovered the REAL reason for the loss of our hedgehogs, but have the hard evidence to support their claims. Incredibly, no one seems interested in even looking at their data; the ‘wildlife experts’ dismiss the claims out of hand, without ever even looking at the evidence, and ignore any invitations to come see for themselves. If a genuine threat is not made widely known, extinction will surely follow, but the experts seem intent on ignoring this. I thought you might be interested in investigating further? Please visit for more information and contact details. They need a voice and they need to be heard, can you help? Yours sincerely…

The letter can be sent to The Editor at i, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5TT, or email

Help us help our hedgehogs…

Brackley Hogwatch only get around £3,000 a year in donations, so they desperately need more.

You don’t need a PayPal account to donate and can contribute by a number of secure methods. Anything you can spare would be gratefully appreciated.


Important free event for voluntary and community sector

The Funding Fair at The Forum in Towcester is now open for registrations. Last year’s Funding Fair was extremely successful and we are aiming for this event on Wednesday 26 June, from 10am to 3pm) to be just as good, with plenty of exhibitors and presentations providing information on the wide range of grants available to local voluntary and community groups to help them in their work.

The event includes a programme of short presentations by grant-making organisations and also some sessions concerning planning and applying for funding. Jointly organised by South Northants Volunteer Bureau and Daventry Volunteer Centre, this event and the workshops are free of charge. FREE tea and coffee will be available all day and there is a cafe on site. The venue is fully accessible and there is free parking nearby.
• Updated details, and registration details, are on the snvb websiteClick Here.

Funding boost for England’s high streets

Historic England has launched a £44 million fund which will allow them to work with partners to find new ways to champion and revive our historic high streets through the High Streets Heritage Action Zones (HSHAZ) scheme.

Last autumn, the Chancellor announced a Future High Streets Fund, with £675m being allocated to support the renewal and reshaping of town centres and high streets. As part of that fund, £44m has been allocated to Historic England for work to support historic high streets.

The HSHAZ programme will support economic and cultural growth on and around high streets and restore and enhance local historic character, making the high street an attractive, engaging and vibrant place for people to live, work and play. HSHAZ will do this through physical works to buildings, including repair, reinstatement of lost features and conversion to new uses including residential.

Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations (e.g. local authorities, charitable trusts, or other public sector organisations) and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations who can demonstrate capacity to deliver. Applicants can apply for a grant of between £250,000 and £2 million, to set up a four-year partnership beginning April 2020.
• For full details and how to apply, Click Here. Expressions of Interest must be submitted by the deadline of 12 July 2019.


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 of 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? Public running days this year are  23 June, 28 July, 25 August and 22 September from 3pm to 7pm on each day (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.


• Clickable link:

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.

– – – – Special Events At Brackley Library – – – –

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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Saturday 15 June, 9.30am: Brackley 10km Chicken Run starts from Brackley Park, High Street. The event is organised by Brackley & District Running Club; for further information and entry forms, Click Here. Or call Nicola 01280 704431.

Thursday 20 June, 10am: Brackley U3A Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7DT  Speaker: Graham Short – Topic: The Hands of Genius.  A world-renowned micro-engraver whose presentation will be thought provoking, awe inspiring and entertaining!  Come along if you are semi-retired or retired and find out what U3A is all about.

Thursday 20 June, 7pm: Brackley European Association social evening at Drayton Village Hall when bowling will begin. A buffet supper will be provided; bring your own drinks. It’ll be a great evening; tickets a snip at £10 a head. Ring Geoff or Sue on 01295 251780 or Anita on 01295 712388 for more details by Wednesday 12 June and come and join us. We are a self-funding voluntary group who take responsibility for sustaining the town’s twinning links with Les Pavillons-sous-Bois in France and Montabaur in Germany. We have a lot of fun in the process and always welcome new members.

Saturday 22 June, 7pm: Midsummer Ball, Cloisters Farm, Evenley, in aid of Brackley Community Hospital. Tickets available from: Cloisters Farm, Evenley, or call 07815 716709.

Sunday 23 June, 7pm: Brackley Town FC Car Boot in the car park. Book the date in your diaries and start sorting now ready to earn some cash for your holidays whilst supporting a great cause. If the weather is against us we are able to make it into a table top sale.

Sunday 21 July, (Doors open 1pm): 1940s Afternoon Tea with a show by The Sasparillas 1940s Close Harmony Trio. Venue is Hummingbirds Bistro in Market House Courtyard, NN13 7AB. £25 per person. For more information and to book call Hummingbirds on 01280 700797.

Sunday 11 August, 10am: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling in Brackley High Street and the St John’s site of Magdalen College School. Further info on the festival website.

Sunday 18 August (opens to public 11am): Classic Vehicles in the Park at Brackley Park, High Street. Full details and entry forms can be downloaded as a PDF (1.1MB) from the Town Council website – Click Here.

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