This week’s headlines include:
- What a day as sun shines on Big Carnival Day!
- Cricket fans – your chance to be an umpire
- Co-op invites applications for community grants
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- 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.
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Thousands enjoy a day of sun and family fun
The sun shone and the procession rolled through the town to the delight of thousands of onlookers. The picture above is just one of hundreds to be found on the Community Carnival Gallery. There are also videos on YouTube, including this one – check it out and you will almost certainly see happy friends and neighbours you recognise – as well as the WI’s remarkable octopus. It was a great day and we offer grateful thanks to the selfless people who organise it each year.
New app will help townsfolk and visitors alike
Brackley launched the town’s new and official app during the Carnival. Brackley Town Council, working in partnership with Brackley app developers PNB Mobile Limited. Said Brackley Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Morrell: “This is a hugely exciting time for Brackley. With so much investment in the town it seemed the ideal opportunity to promote our town, not only to visitors and businesses relocating here, but also to our expanding number of residents. We want to ensure that we promote the very best of Brackley and in this app we are confident we will achieve this.”
The app – available for both iOS and Android – features a heritage trail around Brackley’s historical high-points, allowing users to learn more about the town and glimpse into the past using the historical photos and videos. Not only that, the app includes the most comprehensive and up-to-date listings of the town’s attractions, from places to eat and drink through to community and emergency contacts as well as details of play spaces, parks and even the contacts for local clubs and societies. PNB Mobile director Mark Sinclair said: “We were thrilled when Brackley Town Council asked us to work with them on this exciting project. Living and working in Brackley gave us a unique insight into what the town needed. We have worked closely with the council to translate that desire into reality and we are delighted with the end result.”
Cllr Morrell added: “Having celebrated Brackley’s wonderful achievement at Wembley a month ago, we’re hoping for a home win with our new app! With so many wonderful qualities, and even more to come, the app is like Brackley itself – already a winner, but with its best days yet to come. Whether you want to explore the town’s history with the app’s heritage trail – or simply find out where to eat, drink or sleep – the Brackley App has it all.”
Arts at Stowe unveils its programme for July
The month starts with the wonderful Boogienotes Rock & Pop Choir led by Miles Nottage, who perform at the Roxburgh Hall, Stowe School, on Sunday 1 July, 7pm. They promise a fantastic concert including a variety of songs from the last few years as well as some great wartime tunes and medleys in respectful recognition of times gone by. We hope you can join us for a delightful evening of music. Suitable for age 10 upwards. Running time 1hr approx. Ticket price £8, £7 members, £4 under 16s.
• For bookings and details of future events go to www.artsatstowe.co.uk. Box office: 01280 825710
Howzat!! Appeal for cricket umpires
Brackley Cricket Club has been at its present home, in Westminster Road off Buckingham Road, since the early 1960s when it moved from Manor Road, prior to the Junior School being built. Its first XI and second XI teams play in the Cherwell League (the first XI plays on a Saturday in Division 4 and the second XI plays on a Sunday in Division 8). New players are always welcome and any expressions of interest may be made to the chairman, Keith Cartwright, who can be reached on 01280 8401923 or 07725 407479 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The club has a healthy youth section and welcomes players, experienced or not, good or in need of a little help, of all ages.
The Cherwell League has a rule whereby each club has to provide an umpire and Brackley is actively seeking one or more people who would be willing to undertake this role. Full training will be given and £40 expenses are paid for every match officiated. Matches would be within a 15-mile radius of Brackley and the commitment need not be for every single week. Anything you can offer, or would be prepared to undertake, would be very gratefully accepted; again, please contact Keith Cartwright to discuss in greater detail.
Remembrance Day Soldier Silhouette Grants Programme
Funding is being made available for a range of local voluntary and community organisations to buy silhouettes of Tommies for community events that will mark the centenary of the end of World War One. Constituted voluntary and community organisations, charities, schools, places of worship and community-interest companies that are considering holding a local event that brings people together to remember the end of the First World War and to think about the Armed Forces Community today can apply for grants of up to £500 to purchase silhouettes of Tommies as part of their remembrance event.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is making £2 million available in grants for groups across the UK to purchase 10 silhouettes each. The trust will accept applications during the month of June and expects to award between 4,000 and 5,000 small grants. To be eligible, events should be open to people in the community, promoted ahead of time and bring together people from the Armed Forces community and the civilian community in the local area.
Events can be modest and do not need to cost a lot to run. It might be something like having tea and cake following a remembrance event or arranging a venue for people in the community to come together and share a lunch. The grants are to be used to purchase up to 10 silhouettes and are to be used for the bench and chair silhouettes only. They do not cover the 6ft or 10″ Tommy figures.
• An application form can be found on the There but Not There website. Applications will be accepted from 1 and 30 June 2018.
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Funding news from the Co-op Community Dividend Fund
The Co-op Community Dividend Fund is inviting applications from local charities and community and voluntary groups based in Central England to apply for grants of up to £5,000. Each year the fund reinvests at least 1 per cent of the society’s profits in local communities to help a wide range of projects across 16 counties, from the Midlands to the East Coast. Last year, a total of 122 groups and organisations shared £209,000 to spend on a wide variety of projects. Applicants must have been a Central England Co-operative member for at least six months and their project’s postcode must be within the trading area of a Central England Co-operative store.
• Further details on the Co-op website – Click Here.
Brackley author publishes first novel
In 1874 Joseph Palmer, a signalman on the London and Western Railway, is wrongfully sent to prison for manslaughter after a railway inferno claims twenty-one lives. In 1946 an old lady confesses a terrible crime of vengeance to her great nephew. In 2018, young Alex Phipps, one of Joseph’s descendants, finds an old file his father had made about the accident. Father and son investigate further and discover a tale of conspiracy and murder which still echoes around the old village of Salmsham.
With the help of Roger Cooper and his daughter Vicky (who still live in the village) and a large railway model of the old station and surroundings at Salmsham, they find enough evidence for the police to open an historical murder enquiry, but by clearing the name of one ancestor, they may have tarnished others. Combining two of his favourite topics – railway history and genealogy – author Nick Planas takes us through a complex tale of deception and detection, spread over a century and a half, and with several twists along the way. Suitable for readers aged 12 to 112!
• Nick Planas is a British composer and freelance musician, born in Old Windsor and now living in Brackley, Northamptonshire. He has composed several chamber and orchestral works, and has written librettos for some of his musicals and operas. Distant Vengeance is his first novel.
Trains, tea and cake in a garden setting
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 for the rest of 2018 (3pm to 5pm) are 24 June, 22 July, 26 August and 23 September.
• 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.
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 Brackley Library. The next visit will be on Thursday 28 June from 10.30am to noon. The sessions are on a drop-in basis with no appointment necessary. At busy times you may be asked to take a number to be seen in turn.
• 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.
The Ribbon of Poppies project is the brainchild of Iain Henderson a Scout Leader from Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. 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.
• For further details, go to http://thememorialmob.webs.com/
• 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.
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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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Saturday mornings, 10.30-11.30am (Term time only): Creation Club with Ken and Estelle
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.
Thursday 21 June, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “Murder on the Orient Express” (Certificate 12A). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Sunday 24 June 10am-2pm: Table Top sale – £10 a table. Book your table at the library.
Thursday 29 June, 7.30pm for 8pm start: Brackley Supporters’ Group Quiz Night – £5 per person. Prize each round.
Saturday 14 July 10am-2pm – Summer Reading Challenge Launch. This year’s theme is “Mischief Makers” and is themed on The Beano to celebrate its 80th anniversary.
Thursday 5 July 11am-12 noon: Reminiscence Group.
Thursday 19 July 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “The Darkest Hour”, (Certificate PG13). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Thursday 16 August 7pm for 7.30 start: Brackley Library Cinema Club, title TBC. £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Please check our Facebook page for extra sessions and kids’ cinema during the summer break!!
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Sunday 17 June: Brackley Chicken Run starts at Brackley Park This will be the 9th year of this ever successful event. It is a 10km course starting at the park on the High Street in the centre of Brackley. There will be a rolling road closure at the start of the run. The course is of a mixed terrain following a route out of Brackley, through the village of Turweston and around the airfield, finishing back at the park. www.brackleyrunningclub.co.uk
Thursday 21 June, 10am-noon: Brackley and District U3A meet at Brackley Methodist Church and will hear a talk on “Colour Blindness in the workplace” by Terry Pigott. Visitors are welcome – £2, including refreshments. 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 24 June, noon to 6pm: FOLK IN THE PARK. This free event is back… A great afternoon offering a wide range of folk music for all the family in the Town Park, next door to the Old Fire Station on the High Street.
Sunday 24 June, 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.
Saturday 21 July: Brackley Beer Festival in Brackley Park. For more information, Click Here.
Sunday 22 July, 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.
Sunday 12 August: The 10th Brackley Festival of Motorcycling is not just about bikes and bikers. There is lots for all the family and it’s all to help good good causes. Check out the plans for this year’s show at the festival website.
Saturday 18 August: Brackley Sausage and Cider Festival, Brackley Rugby Club. For full details Click Here.
Sunday 19 August: Classic Vehicles in the Park, Brackley Park. For a PDF copy of information and entry form, Click Here.
Sunday 26 August, 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.
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.