This week’s headlines include:
- Easter egg plea for old and lonely
- Town’s carnival team calls for volunteers
- Fine home win keeps Saints on course
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Your chance to get involved – Town Carnival Day is on its way
This year’s Brackley Carnival will take place on Saturday 8 June and the theme is The Movies. We are now taking bookings for stalls and trade stands on the Carnival field along with entries for the procession, so if you are a group, school, business or organisation and would like to get involved please contact us at brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk. Details of the carnival cover competition are on our website so if you want to enter and have your picture on the cover of the carnival programme get your entry into us. The event is a great way to promote yourself either by taking a stand on the field or entering the procession. Not-for-profit and charity stalls are free.
We will again be having a community arena, so if you are part of a group who would like to perform or display in the arena please get in touch. We are also keen to get interesting and classic/vintage vehicles into the procession. If you fancy being part of this year’s Carnival entertainment we have a community stage – bands, singers, music groups, comedians… in fact anyone who would like to perform. So get in touch with us to book your slot.
• Brackley Carnival is organised by a very small team. If you are able to offer help on the day with setting up, acting as a steward or helping clear, please contact us via our website, www.brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk, or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.
Brackley Morris ‘have a go’ offer still open
If you saw Brackley Morris during their Boxing Day events, you might have thought: “I wouldn’t mind having a go at that…” Well, you can. Open taster evenings are being held in March. So if you’ve ever fancied feeling a bit of rhythm, bashing a few sticks, working up a sweat, and then quenching your thirst with a pint, why not go along to one of their practice evenings and try it for yourself? It’s a great time of year to start because, with few outings until May, these evenings are always relaxed. Why not bring a friend too! They meet at 8pm on Thursday evenings at the CofE Junior School, Manor Road, Brackley. Feel free to join them, though it’s always best to call first as the school is occasionally closed. Stephen Ferneyhough 07764 799947; E-mail: email@example.com. More details on the website: http://www.thebrackleymorrismen.org.uk.
Brackley Town 1-0 Stockport County
Lee Ndlovu’s 76th minute goal was the difference in an evenly contested game between two well matched sides as Brackley inflicted a first defeat on Stockport County since mid-November. The sides drew at Edgeley Park earlier in the season, County equalising deep into added time. Now, with County the form team, the return match was always going to be a tight and tense affair inside a packed St James Park, the crowd boosted by a large travelling contingent of supporters.
“It is three massive points for us,” Brackley manager Kevin Wilkin said. “We knew it was not going to be a great spectacle with the wind and the difficult surface but we had worked on our game plan and stuck to it. Danny Lewis made a couple of terrific saves as did their keeper. We scored a terrific goal and thoroughly deserved the win. If we can maintain that level of commitment and keep to that level of performance, hopefully we can have a strong finish to the season.”
The game was hard fought between sides wary of each other as reflected in the comments of County manager Jim Gannon: “It was a tight game between two teams with a lot of respect for each other. Perhaps we deserved a goal for our efforts but it was always likely to be decided by one goal. I am disappointed, of course, but there have been other games when we’ve come away with all three points when the opposition perhaps deserved more. We knew that this game and the one away at Chorley would be our toughest remaining matches.”
Danny Lewis in the Brackley goal made an excellent one-handed save midway through the first half to deny Frank Mulhern, and Lee Ndlovu’s shot from distance had Ben Hinchliffe scrambling to cover his post as neither side took control in blustery conditions. Ndlovu missed a fine chance to put his side ahead on the hour as Hinchliffe saved well from Saints’ top scorer, and County’s Sam Walker fired in a fierce effort just too high. With a quarter of an hour to play, Brackley broke the deadlock to open up a thrilling finale. Matt Lowe’s run set up substitute Luke Fairlamb, whose shot was beaten away by Hinchliffe only for Ndlovu to finish decisively, netting his 19th goal in all competitions.
Elliot Osborne was denied by Lewis twice as The Hatters pushed for an equaliser. But a resilient Saints held out and the final whistle signalled an eighth win from nine NLN games and a third clean-sheet in four games for Wilkin’s men who remain in fourth place while Stockport drop to second behind Chorley.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, G.Walker (Nti 90+3), Byrne, Hall, Dean, Lowe, Armson, Ndlovu, Baker (Murombedzi 90), A.Walker (Fairlamb 74). Subs unused: Jackson, Sterling-James.
Stockport County: Hinchliffe, Cowan, Baines (Thomas 79), Keane, Palmer, Stott, Minihan (Duxbury 64), Walker, Mulhern, Osborne, Kirby (Warburton 46). Subs unused: Ormson, Turnbull.
Referee: Scott Simpson; assistants Ryan Williams and Richie Watkins.
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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.
The drop-in hearing-aid clinic service has resumed its visits to Brackley Library. The next clinic is on Wednesday 20 February from 10.30am to midday. Please make sure you have your NHS Hearing Aid Record Book with you when attending.
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Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club.
Every Thursday 3.30-4.30: Craft Club with Sue.
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Tuesday 19 March, 8pm: Evenley Gardening Society Meeting at Evenley Village Hall. Contact 01280 702861.
Monday 25 March
Monday 25 March, 7.30pm: Brackley Methodist Church Hall – Brackley Wildlife Trust invite you to an illustrated talk by Matt Johnson, Northants Living Landscape Manager (part of BCN), Green Wheel Project, about the updating improvements at St James Lake. All welcome – a charge of £2 helps cover our costs.
Monday 25 March, 7.30pm: Annual Town Meeting at the Town Hall. Contact:
Town Clerk, Alison Moses. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 28 March,7pm: Brackley European Association fundraising Quiz and Supper Evening in Brackley Town Hall. We are a lively and friendly group who keep alive the town’s twinning activities with Les Pavillons-sous-Bois, an outer suburb of Paris, and Montabaur, a small medieval town just 20km from Koblenz in Germany. Everyone is very welcome to join us. There will be a cold buffet as well as an entertaining quiz. Tickets cost £9 a head. To book your place, please call Anita on 01295 712388 by 26 March.
Friday 29 March, 7pm: Bingo Night at Magdalen College School, Brackley in Walter Knibbs Dining Hall. Books (containing eight games) cost £5. Tea, coffee, soft drinks & wine (for a suggested donation) will be served. To book your place please email: email@example.com or visit us via Facebook: Friends of Magdalen College School. We look forward to seeing you there!
Saturday 13 April
Tuesday 16 April, 10am: Evenley Gardening Society plant sale at Evenley Village Hall
Contact 01280 702861.
Wednesday 1 May, 5am: Brackley Morris Men celebrate May Day on Brackley Market Place. Contact: 01280 702441.
Wednesday 1 May, 10am: Northamptonshire Association for the Blind mobile sight centre will be on the Piazza from 10am until 12.30pm for advice and information. Contact:
www.nab.org.uk; documents, Northamptonshire Association for the Blind (PDF, 526Kb).
Thursday 2 May, 2pm: Community Bingo, hosted by the Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Morell, at the Old Fire Station Community Room, High Street. Contact Brackley Town Council, 01280 702441.
Saturday 11 May, 12 noon: Annual Meeting and Mayor Making at Brackley Town Hall – Council Annual Meeting and Mayor Making. Contact: Town Clerk 01280 702441.
Saturday 18 May, 10am: Evenley Gardening Society plant sale at Evenley Village Hall.
Contact 01280 702861.
Sunday 19 May, 10am: Dogs for Good – Dogs for Good will be hosting a Picnic at The Lake charity event at St James Lake, Hinton Road, Brackley. Further details to follow,
Monday 20 May, 2pm: Community Bingo, hosted by the Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Morell, at the Old Fire Station Community Room, High Street. Contact Brackley Town Council, 01280 702441.
Tuesday 21 May, 8pm: Evenley Gardening Society meeting at Evenley Village Hall. Contact 01280 702861.
Saturday 25 May, 7,30pm: Brackley Pop-Up Gin Festival at Egerton Hall, Juno Crescent, NN13 6GN. A chance to try an array of both local and national artisan gins whilst enjoying live music from Yorkshire’s Finest Northern Epidemic. Tickets, £12, includes your own Festival Gin Glass and your First Gin & Tonic. Tickets available from Hot Headed Hairdressers, 17 Draymans Walk, and Paws & Claws, 91 High Street. Or contact Ann-Marie direct on 07498 743919.
Sunday 2 June, 2pm: Brackley Soapbox Derby on Brackley High Street. Races start at 2pm. Contact: http://www.brackleysoapbox.org/
Saturday 8 June: Brackley Carnival. This annual event is organised by a very small team. If you are able to offer help on the day with setting up, acting as a steward or helping clear, please contact us via our website, brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk, or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.