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Brackley online Post, 15 December 2017

This week’s headlines include:

  • Sign up to the campaign to save Brackley’s library services
  • Check entertainment posters for all kinds of music fans
  • Late penalty means Saints miss out on an away win

Don’t forget to check out the Diary Dates Listing at the bottom of this page

The links below go to our partners, consolidating local information to make it easier for you to find information. Brackley’s retailers need your support so click on the link below to find out what Brackley shops can offer you. Many of Brackley’s businesses are listed in the Directory and some of them work under the umbrella of ‘Brackley Means Business’

Absolutely loads goes on in Brackley and Brackley online Post exists to promote events and businesses in Brackley and surrounding villages. This is a strictly non-commercial service, all listings are free, the site exists purely to support local clubs and businesses; anyone who suggests we have any other agenda is wrong. We’re not journalists so don’t expect sensational headlines and in-depth reporting! To receive weekly updates by e-mail Click Here (it’s free and you won’t receive any other emails).
To join or find out more about BackBrackley  Click Here

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

It is not technically possible for us to make the links in the flyer active, so they are repeated in clickable form below. Do please take advantage of them

To fill in the consultation, Click Here
To sign the petition, Click Here
Paper copies are available around town.
Write an email:
Dedicated address:
Cllr Fiona Baker:
MP Andrea Leadsom:
Write a letter to:
Draft Budget and Council Plan Consultation, Northamptonshire County Council,
One Angel Square, Northampton, NN1 1ED

Authors join battle to save Brackley library from closure

The Guardian newspaper has brought national attention to the threat facing our library (and many others in the county) with a report of leading authors joining the chorus of disapproval. The report starts:

Proposals to axe more than half of Northamptonshire’s public libraries have been denounced by readers and authors. Up to 28 of the county’s 36 libraries could be closed if the plans get the go-ahead. The move has been branded “monstrous” by Watchmen creator Alan Moore.

Northamptonshire county council, which needs to claw back £115m in savings over the next four years, has launched a consultation on the future of its library service. Three options have been put forward: two would shut the doors of 21 libraries; the third would close 28, leaving only eight branches open.

A proposal from Liberal Democrat councillor Chris Stanbra to halt cuts to the libraries service was rejected by the county council last week. “We wanted them to add a fourth option, which said ‘keep libraries as they are’, but the Conservatives voted against that,” Stanbra said. “At the moment, the consultation is giving the choice of three options, all of which involve the closure of libraries.”
To read the full Guardian article, including the views of Brackley campaigner Louise Stubbs, Click Here.
• In the meantime, please use the information in the flyer to put your views to council, our councillor Fiona Baker and MP Andrea Leadsom.






• Clickable link:


SNC gets ready to wrap up Christmas bin collections

Householders in South Northamptonshire should make sure they put their bins out on time in the build-up to Christmas as the Boxing Day collections will be moved to the following Saturday. Any household which is due to have a collection on Tuesday, 26 December should put their bins out on Saturday 30 December instead. Reminders of the change in collection dates will be attached to bins belonging to affected households on Tuesday 12 December. Collections on other days will not be affected by the Bank Holidays and residents should put their bins out on their normal day. However, due to the rise in volume, collection crews may arrive at different times and householders should ensure their bins are out by 7am.

As normal, garden waste collections will be suspended for two weeks from Monday 25 December before starting again the week commencing Monday 8 January or Monday 15 January 2018 depending on where you live in the district. When garden waste collections resume, real Christmas trees can be put in or next to the green bin – make sure all decorations are removed. Bulky waste collections and deliveries will also be suspended for one week from Monday, 25 December, starting again in the first week of January 2018.
• For more information, including collection calendars, visit SNC’s waste and recycling pages.


News from snvb – give a helping hand at Christmas

Every Christmas, South Northamptonshire Volunteer Bureau gets asked if there are opportunities for people to volunteer at Christmas and over the Christmas period.
Here are some ideas…

Short-term Host at Christmas
Hundreds of adult international students studying in the UK will be facing a lonely Christmas on a deserted university campus. You can welcome one or two students into your home for four days at Christmas, learn about their culture, show them your local area and traditions, and invite them to experience your own home life.
For details Click Here

Christmas Day Helpers
Volunteers needed for the annual Christmas lunch in Towcester, which is held every year for guests who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day on their own. Cooking and food preparation, serving lunch, clearing away afterwards and socialising! Drivers to carry people to and from the event also welcome. Volunteers are very important to the success of the day.
For details Click Here

Food Drive Volunteers
Help collect donations at the UK’s largest food drive this Christmas. Volunteers to join Tesco’s fantastic food drive team to help fight hunger in the UK; 8.4 million people in the UK are struggling to afford to eat – that’s the equivalent to the population of London. Make a difference to them by volunteering this Christmas. Brackley Tesco – November 30, December 1 and 2.
For details Click Here

Win £30 or £20 for your village newsletter
We know there are wonderful printed newsletters in our villages across South Northamptonshire, and in the vast majority of cases managed and edited by a dedicated band of volunteers. We often contact editors to place adverts and/or editorials on our projects that can support and benefit readers. However, we know we are not always up-to-date. Please send us a printed copy of a recent newsletter for our library. The copy received will go into a prize draw to win £30 (first prize) or £20 (second prize).
* For details Click Here…


Arts at Stowe invites you to appreciate The Power of Words

On Wednesday 24 January 2018, Stowe Music School is giving a Holocaust Memorial Day Concert under the banner “The Power of Words”. The event, a culmination of work between historians, artists and Stoics, will be a profound and humbling testimony of music, art and the spoken word in which the current generation of Stoics pay tribute to the memory of Sir Nicholas Winton MBE, one of Stowe’s first pupils in 1923. He was an extraordinary man who saved so many lives during the time of the Holocaust and who left a lasting legacy of hope. Performance starts at 7pm and will be two hours including the interval.
• To reserve a seat please email or call 01280 818012.


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

Late penalty denies Saints away win

FC United 1-1 Brackley Town
One of only two National League North games to survive Saturday’s wintry weather, the teams served up an open and well-contested match but created surprisingly few scoring chances, writes Tim Carroll. Missing the services of Glenn Walker and Jack Byrne in addition to Adam Walker, Kevin Wilkin reverted to three at the back and presented Steve Diggin with a rare start.

Craig Lindfield’s 17th-minute free-kick was close and Danny Lewis did well under aerial pressure to push away a cross, while Jimmy Armson and Alex Gudger both had shots from distance comfortably saved by United keeper Lloyd Allinson as neither side threatened a goal in the first period.

IronmongeryDirect Stadium, off Clockhouse Way, Braintree, CM7 3DE

The second half was played in falling snow which did not settle although the surface became more slippery. Lindfield brought a good save low down from Lewis before Jimmy Armson put the visitors ahead after 58 minutes, firing in from 10 yards after a towering header by Alex Gudger from Shane Byrne’s free-kick.

Roared on by a vocal home crowd the young United side pushed forward in search of an equaliser. Brackley’s defence, marshalled by Gaz Dean, stood firm and it seemed would see out the game for a crucial away victory. That was until the 85th minute when a break on the left by substitute Joel Logan delivered the cross that was adjudged to have been handled and conceding a penalty. Steve Irwin converted the kick, placing the ball high beyond Lewis to earn United a deserved point.

“It wasn’t our strongest performance,” Wilkin said. “They are in good form here and had a big home crowd behind them. However it is disappointing not to hold on to a lead and to concede so late. They rarely threatened a goal and we did not create many chances either.”
The draw moves Saints back into second place in the league table as those at the top all sat out a snowy Saturday.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, Franklin, Armson, Diggin (Ndlovu 60), A.Williams, Lowe. Subs not used: Tilney, Brown, Lucas, Oti.
FC United: Allinson, Senior, Walker (Logan 67), Fagbola, Hughes, Corbett, Glynn (Palmer 78), Kay, Greaves, Irwin, Lindfield (McCarthy 76). Subs not used: Baird, Jones.
Referee Ben Speedie;  assistant referees Michael Herzog and Lewis Smith.
Attendance: 1,893.
• For season fixtures list, CLICK HERE
For more information about the club, Click Here.

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.

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.
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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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.

Saturday 23 December 7.30pm: Join us at Hummingbirds Bistro for an Evening of Vintage Christmas Sounds starring The Sasparillas (a 1940s Close Harmony Trio). Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. A light buffet is also included. Tickets cost £22 per person and must be purchased in advance as places are limited. To book your seat simply pop in or call 01280 700797. A £5 deposit will secure your seat but full payment must be made before the event.
• Please advise us at your time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

Wednesday 24 January 7pm: Stowe Music School is giving a Holocaust Memorial Day Concert under the banner “The Power of Words”. The event, a culmination of work between historians, artists and Stoics, will be a profound and humbling testimony of music, art and the spoken word in which the current generation of Stoics pay tribute to the memory of Sir Nicholas Winton, MBE, one of Stowe’s first pupils in 1923. He was an extraordinary man who saved so many lives during the time of the Holocaust and who left a lasting legacy of hope. Performance starts at 7pm and will be two hours including the interval.
• To reserve a seat please email or call 01280 818012.

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

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