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Brackley online Post, 14 September 2018

This week’s headlines include:

  • Brackley Town Hall Re-opens
  • Banbusy Sound 95.9 new Brackley Frequency
  • Brackley Sea Scouts seek new Commanding Officer
  • Tesco blue tokens will help Brackley Car Service
  • Saints – Wilkin praises ‘foundations for success’

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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.
  • 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

Brackley Sea Cadets look for new Commanding Officer

Apart from the immediate need for a Commanding Officer we need more staff to help back all this up. If there is anyone with an interest in helping our youngsters who is willing to commit a few hours a week then we would be interested in hearing from you. If you are a retired person or someone looking for something to do we are also looking for volunteers to help on the management side – this is not an onerous task, but a few hours a month.
• Please contact Don Thompson or call 07922 818 089


The project, largely funded by a grant of over £2million from the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund, has seen every stone, timber and roof tile inspected and repaired or replaced. The clock was removed and renovated by Smith of Derby and the bells removed – one of which had to be replaced with a newly cast bell made at Taylors Bell Foundry in Loughborough – the mechanism renovated or replaced and the bells rehung to ring once more. A new lift and staircase have been introduced, and stained glass windows, shown on an old photograph of the building, have been re-introduced to the first floor based on designs submitted by local residents and interpreted by stained glass artist, Rachael Aldridge.

The whole project has been photographed by a group of volunteers, with regular updates available on the restoration website, and their work will culminate in an exhibition shown when the building re-opens to the public for Heritage Open Days on 14th – 16th September 2018.

Brackley Town Mayor, Councillor Mark Morrell, said ‘we are pleased that so many people are able to join us for this historic occasion, made possible by everyone who regularly buy their lottery tickets, and hope that when our residents have the opportunity to see the transformation of the Town Hall they will know that we have a building fit to last for the next hundred years’.


Brackley Car Service in Tesco blue tokens scheme

We are delighted that the Brackley Area Volunteer Car Service has been included in the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme for September and October. Just collect a blue token every time you shop at Tesco in Brackley and drop it into the BAVCS slot. You will be helping to support this vital service for people in the local area.

Support for endangered species in the UK

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) provides grants in the region of £10,000 to £20,000 to support conservation projects that focus on endangered UK mammal species and their habitats. Work eligible for funding can include scientific research, practical habitat management, reintroduction and monitoring programmes and educational projects, with priority given to those projects that focus on sound research or conservation work that is likely to lead directly to practical conservation outcomes with a lasting benefit to the species and habitat concerned.
For more information on this as well as opportunities to help, Click Here.


All-human circus big top treat goes to school

Happy’s Circus is coming to Brackley Junior School on Thursday 20 September. Gates open at 5pm, tent doors open at 5.30pm show starts 6pm. Happy’s Circus is a family-owned, small, professional, all-human show touring the UK, dedicated to bringing the enchanting world of circus to schools and charities. The show contains traditional family variety entertainment which may include magic and illusions, aerialists, ground acts, extreme balancing, juggling, costume characters, lots of clowning, music, comedy and song, together and loads of audience participation! The show runs for two hours which includes a 30-minute interval. Tickets are £8 each or £30 for a family of 4. There will be fun stalls and games to participate in before the show and plenty of refreshments on sale. The school still has some tickets available – email Claire at and she will respond as soon as she can. To guarantee entry please buy your tickets beforehand.


Our most  local radio station, Banbury Sound, has switched on a new transmitter earlier this week, specifically aimed at providing a richer, fuller signal in the Brackley area. The new frequency is 95.9FM

If you are listening at home, in the office or at work you’ll need to re-tune to that 95.9 FM frequency. Listeners in the Banbury area will be unaffected and car drivers who have their radios set to pick up travel announcements and the like should notice no difference. Their radio should seamlessly pick up the new frequency and switch over to 107.6FM, the Banbury area frequency if as they are driving locally that has a stronger signal.  If you have any questions relating to Banbury Sound, maybe you want to advertise an event or your business?  Contact Paul Angus


• More details and info on the Arts at Stowe website – Click Here


Film night with Meryl and Tom

The next Culworth Film Night will be on Friday 21 September when the offering is The Post, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. The film is a historical political thriller directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and based on a true story about exposing a decades-long cover up by the US Government. Doors open at 7pm. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Tickets £10 to include light supper – £5 film only. Call June on 01295 768184  or Julie on 760855 by September 18 or email to book.


Find out what’s going on to brighten up your summer

South Northants Council has published its Arts Events calendar  for August and September. Plenty for people of all ages to enjoy during the summer around the district, and dates to put into your diaries/calendars for September too. Printed copies will be available from The Forum leaflet rack in Towcester, and South Northants libraries. For more about arts in South Northants, Click Here.



New NHS hearing advisory service for Brackley

South Northants Hearing Advisory Service is providing free basic hearing-aid maintenance and batteries on a monthly basis. Also available will be advice information and practical support covering all aspects of hearing loss. Each month a trained hearing advisor will visit .
Next dates – Wednesday 24 October and Wednesday 28 November. Please remember to bring along your hearing-aid battery book.


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.

Here is a selection of poppies that have already been delivered to the Town Council office. All different sizes, styles and shades of red, knitted and crocheted they look amazing. We have also heard that some of the schools are doing pompoms and woven poppies. If you would like to be involved but don’t know where to start, pop in to see us in the Council office and we can give you a hand. Also if you feel that knitting or crochet is not for you but would like to be involved, donations of wool or black buttons would be lovely for local knitters and crocheters can create poppies from them.

The Ribbon of Poppies project is the brainchild of Iain Henderson a Scout Leader from Iver Heath, Bucks. 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.
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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.

Wilkin praises ‘foundations for success’

Brackley Town 2-0 Hereford
Kevin Wilkin’s side recorded a convincing win against visiting Hereford – who finished the game with nine players – moving Brackley into seventh position in the table, writes Tim Carroll. Saints dominated the game with a goal in each half and further scoring opportunities. Meanwhile The Bulls rarely threatened Danny Lewis in the Brackley goal.

Tameside Stadium, Richmond St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 9HG

Jimmy Armson set his side on their way after 15 minutes with a sumptuous finish from the edge of the penalty area, taking a touch before sweeping the ball beyond keeper Martin Horsell into the top corner following good play by Lee Ndlovu. Luke Fairlamb tried his luck from distance, his shot swerving just over, and Brackley again went close to doubling the lead as Connor Hall’s header was cleared off the line. Hereford’s task became all the harder when Eliot Richards was red-carded just before the break after an ugly fracas.

Jordan Liburd’s header was close in Hereford’s best chance of the game before Lee Ndlovu got the vital second goal for Brackley on 51 minutes running on to Ellis Myles’ fine long ball and nicking the ball past the out-rushing Horsell and into the unguarded net for the striker’s seventh goal of the season. That more or less settled the game as a contest, although substitute Calvin Dinsley received The Bulls’ second straight red card of the afternoon in added time in a moment of petulance.

“When we move the ball as we did today we can ask questions of other teams,” Wilkin said. “The opening goal was an emphatic finish from Jimmy, and Lee scored the second after a great ball by Ellis Myles. It was a great run by Lee and good finish. We need him to be making more of those runs for us. I am pleased to get the clean-sheet because these are the foundations for success.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Fairlamb (G.Walker 73), Armson, Ndlovu (Smith 83), Lowe (Nti 80), A.Walker. Subs unused: Graham, Noon.
Hereford: Horsell, Thomas, Greenslade, Green, Liburd, Murphy, Bird (L.Smith 46), McGrath, Myrie-Williams (Dinsley 46), White, Richards. Subs unused: Hall, H.Smith, Mayebi.
Referee: Lewis Smith; assistants Ruebyn Ricardo and James King.
Attendance: 830
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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.

– – – – 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.

Friday 28 September, 8pm-10:30pm: Quiz Night – A fun evening’s entertainment pitting your brains against our quizmaster. A prize at the end of every round with our popular Kazoony Tunes round and a Booze jackpot for the final round. £5 per person, teams of up to 6 people. Table snacks provided but please bring your own drinks.
Reserve a table for your team at Brackley Library or email

Saturday 6 October – James Hornsby’s performance of Oliver Twist. Book tickets at the library.
Sunday 7 October, 11am-3pm: – Brackley Library Autumn Craft Fair – 11am-3pm Unique gifts at great prices by local crafters.
Thursday 18 October, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of Leisure Seeker (Cert 15). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.
Wednesdays 10 and 24 October, 7.30pm-9pm:
ABC Craft and Adult colouring, book folding or crochet. Crochet or book folding tuition £5 each.

Thursday 15 November, 7pm for-7.30pm:
The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of Edie (Cert U). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.
Saturday 17 November: Cheese and wine tasting evening with Brackley Wines.
Sunday 25 November, 11am-3pm: Christmas Craft Fair with Father Christmas.
Please check our face book page for updates.

Friday 7 December, 8pm: Big Christmas Quiz. Book your table at the library. £5 per person, teams of up to six players. Prize every round.
Thursday 13 December, 7pm-7.30pm: The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of The Greatest Showman (Cert PG). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.

Please check our Facebook page for extra sessions and kids’ cinema during the summer break!!
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Saturday 22 September

Westminster Rd, Brackley NN13 7EB

Friday 14 September-Sunday 16 September

Brackley Town Hall is re-opening after being closed for two years for an extensive restoration. Come inside and see the restoration for yourself. Have a nose inside the office, kitchens, attic and all the public areas for the first time since 2016!

Tuesday 18 September, 8pm: Evenley Gardening Society is back at the Village Hall after the summer break! Tony Clear will present an illustrated talk on – “A short tour of Spetchley Park” (near Worcester and one of Britain’s best-kept secrets). Non-members welcome £3.

Thursday 20 September, 10am-noon: Brackley and District U3A are holding their meeting at Brackley Methodist Church. We will hear from Steve Bruce, talking on “Buying and Selling at Auction”. 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.

Sunday 23 September, 3pm-5pm: The Pimlico Light Railway holds a running day 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. There is no admission charge, just a small charge (for charity) per ride. Tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.

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