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Brackley online Post, 15 September 2017

his week’s headlines include:

• Ben Waters and Bernie Marsden LIVE TONIGHT
• Westbury Festival this Saturday
• £450,000 fund to help clear up the litter problem
• Brackley Wind Ensemble hold last summer concert of the year
• Dedicated pre-season work reaps reward for rugby team

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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

A BIG night as Inbetweeners launch new group

Brackley Inbetweeners Group (BIG) is holding its first meeting at St Peter’s Church extension on Thursday, 21 September at 7.30pm. The group has arranged a ‘Dementia friends’ session which is aimed at giving people a better understanding of dementia and the small things that can be done to make a difference to the lives of people affected by dementia. It’s a fun, interactive way to learn a little about the condition and how it can affect people’s lives.
• If you’d like to come along, or just find out more about the new group, please email brackleyinbetweenersgroup@gmail.com

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Parents invited to visit pre school to register

Little Oaks Pre School (The Bungalow, Manor Road, Brackley NN13 6EE) welcome parents and carers to register their children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017) on Wednesday 27 September from 9am. Please email office@littleoakspreschool.co.uk or call 01280 840201 for further information.

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Time to look forward and get ready for next year’s tulip season

Evenley Gardening Society’s next meeting is in Evenley Village Hall on Tuesday, 19 September, 8pm. The topic is Tulip Time and the speaker is John Gibson. Non-members welcome, £3.

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October date for FolkLaw at Brackley Folk Club

Top group FolkLaw are coming to Brackley as part of their national sell-out tour. It is the only place you will get to see them on this current tour. They will be at Brackley Folk Club’s session at the Greyhound Inn, High Street, Brackley (NN13 7BW), on Sunday 8 October. Doors open 7:30pm and tickets are £8 each (£5 for club members). For more information, contact don@brackleyfolkclub.org. Tickets might  be available on the door but hurry because they are selling out on their tour. If you want a lively and enjoyable evening these are the guys……. For the the FolkLaw website, Click Here.

Meanwhile, the club meets every Sunday night without fail at the Greyhound Inn from 8pm. Do come and visit the venue… the acoustics are fantastic whether you are singing or playing. For directions visit the cluh’s contact page.

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£450,000 fund aims to find ways to clean up litter problems

The Litter Innovation Fund (LIF) is a new £450,000 programme, which is funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and administered by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The programme aims to reduce litter in England by funding innovative approaches to pilot, implement and evaluate small-scale local research projects that could be replicated more widely. The deadline for expression of interest is 26 September 2017. It is expected that there will be further rounds with dates to be announced at a later date.

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Saints earn away draw on the wettest of nights

Alfreton Town 1-1 Brackley Town Tues 12 Sept 2017

Both teams and the groundsman deserved acclaim for an excellent game of football played in atrocious conditions of continual driving rain on Tuesday evening, writes Tim Carroll. After an early goal for each side the points were shared as neither could find the breakthrough in a well-contested second half.

Matt Lowe’s fine run after 12 minutes spelled danger for Alfreton, setting up Lee Ndlovu who shot just over before the visitors went ahead through Ndlovu whose control and finish under pressure deserved its reward. But Saints were quickly pegged back as Brendan Daniels’ 17th-minute free-kick was headed past Danny Lewis by Craig Westcarr nipping in front of the defender.

Westcarr could not find the finish after 25 minutes when well placed, shooting across the goal, and Alex Gudger’s 40-yard effort forced Chris Elliott to get his body behind the ball and to cling on in the wet conditions. Alfreton enjoyed the greater possession after the interval but rarely threatened Lewis’ goal until Brackley surged back to dominate the later stages and might feel unlucky not to have forced a late win.

Shane Byrne brought a good save from Elliott, Gudger headed just wide from a corner and an excellent passing move brought a shot by Aaron Williams that was blocked by a lunging defender as it seemed certain to find the goal. Neither side deserved to leave empty-handed, having produced a game of high quality for the watching and wet 383 spectators.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Lowe, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker, J.Byrne, Ndlovu (Williams 76), Brown (Diggin 89), A.Walker. Subs not used: Tilney, Myles, Franklin.
Alfreton Town: Elliott, Keane, Wood, Platt, Shiels, Priestley,Jennings, Disley, German (Sharp 57), Westcarr (Allan 90), Daniels (Smith 85). Subs not used: Topliss, Robertson.
Referee: Martyn Rawcliffe. Assistants, Oliver Mackey and Gareth Davies
Attendance: 383.

Poacher Redshaw shoots down Saints to break run of success

Salford keeper Danny Lewis, who made life difficult for the Saints

Salford City 2-0 Brackley Town
Goals either side of the interval secured the points for a strong Salford City side on a Saturday afternoon when Brackley struggled to get going in a tight game that was absorbing rather than exciting for the spectators, writes Tim Carroll. “They scored at good times and managed the game well, so credit must go to Salford,” said Kevin Wilkin. “There were few chances really at either end but we did not convert key moments into the goal that could have changed the game.”

It was the visitors who had early opportunities to open the scoring as Aaron Williams was twice denied before Lee Ndlovu’s close-range header was cleared off the line. Salford’s Anthony Dudley hit a fierce shot that Danny Lewis tipped on to the post at full stretch midway through the first half but the breakthrough came in the 42nd minute. Strong running on the right by Mike Phenix brought a shot that was only pushed away by Lewis and Jack Redshaw made no mistake following up.

Brackley’s chance to equalise came in the 50th minute as Ndlovu’s header went just wide after a fine run by Matt Lowe created the opening. Within moments the Ammies doubled their lead with Redshaw’s second goal of the game as he finished well after Josh Askew had crossed. Lewis saved Dudley’s well-struck 71st minute effort but that was the extent of it as Salford defended their lead.

Despite Saints’ possession clear cut chances to set up a tight finish to the game were rare and Salford ran out comfortable winners ending Brackley’s 18-game unbeaten run that stretched back to March.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham (Franklin 64), Dean, G.Walker, Lowe, Ndlovu, A.Williams (J.Byrne 64), A.Walker (Tilney 75). Subs not used: Diggin, Kaziboni.
Salford City: Crocombe, Shelton, Askew (McHale 80), Burton, Piergianni, Maynard, Nottingham, Dudley, Phenix (Beesley 73), Redshaw (Dieseruvwe 80), Touray. Subs not used: Aghayere, Allen.
Referee: John Matthews; assistants Derric Ward and Matthew East
Attendance: 1117

• Full list of season’s fixtures is on the club website – Click Here

A dedicated pre-season reaps reward for Brackley

Going for it – Brackley First XV in action

Brackley First XV 14 – 10 Stamford College Old Boys
Brackley First XV opened the new season with a home win to Stamford College Old Boys. Last year, two fiercely fought encounters saw Stamford come out victors. Under the inclement weather, both sides had something to prove. After a bright start, Brackley took the early lead when awarded a penalty converted by Mike Lowdell. The remainder of the half was a close arm-wrestle with both side showing fitness and power in the forwards and direct running and creativity in the backs. During the closing minutes of the first half, Stamford were awarded a penalty which they converted to make it 3-3 going into the break.

The second half continued the tightly fought contest as both sides looked to put each other under pressure. Some outstanding interlink play by Brackley’s forwards provided a great platform from which to attack in the Stamford twenty-two. As the ball was provided to the backs, Ken Marshal-Grant, with presence of mind and a cool head, saw the space and put the cross field kick on to a perfectly timed run by Seb Johnson; he picked the ball out of the grasp of his opposite number’s hands to touch down in the corner.

Determination – a good start to the season

With Brackley 8-3 up, both teams played some great attacking rugby but failed each time to seize the advantage. It was down to the educated boot of Mike Lowdell – Brackley’s returning 10 – to put Brackley in the commanding position, and with his pack seeming to benefit from the hard work in pre-season, their fitness did not falter. This continued pressure lead to a further two penalties which Mike Lowdell executed.

All Brackley needed to do now was close out the game. In the closing minutes of the game, Brackley won the lineout against the head and, throwing caution to the wind, tried to expose the defence. Stamford took up the challenge and turned the ball over then, on the counter attack, managed to gain a scrum for a Brackley infringement. This led to a well-executed move that resulted in their 12 going under the posts. They converted at the final whistle and the score stood 14-10 to Brackley.

It seems that, with a refreshed pre-season approach by head coach Mikey Clark, and with the ability to execute a well-rehearsed game plan, Brackley have put themselves in a commanding position at the start of the new season. Brackley go on to face Thorney in two weeks where they seek to replicate the results.

Regular events in Brackley

Every Friday 8.30-11am: Brackley Country Market, Bar 2 at the Red Lion, Market Place, Brackley. A wide variety of fresh local produce including fruit and vegetables according to season, bread, cakes and preserves, To visit the Brackley Country Market website, Click Here.
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.
Every Thursday, 8pm: Stokie’s Blues Exchange partner dance class at Westbury Village Hall, Playing Field Road, Westbury NN13 5LA. The class will focus on the fundamentals of Blues partner dancing including musicality, expression, connection and style. Come along to our dance classes and we’ll teach you a range of skills. It is quite simple to pick up, and we can help the complete beginner to enjoy the magic of dancing from their first night! It’s just £8 on the door before 9pm and £5 after 9pm. Class starts at 8.15 and social dancing is from 9pm to 11pm.

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September
Every Saturday, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club with Ken and Estelle (Term time)
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
Thursday 21 September, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “La La Land” (12A). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

October
Every Monday and Thursday: Knit and Natter 2-4pm
Tuesdays 3rd, 17th and 31st October: Job Seekers Club 11.30-2pm
Wednesdays 11 and 25 October: ABC Craft Evening, 7.30-9pm. Colouring, book folding or crochet (crochet or book folding tuition £5 per person)
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Every Thursday 4.15-5.15: Thursday Craft Club with Sue
Every Saturday during term time, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
Thursday 5 October, 11am-noon: Reminiscence Group
Friday 13 October, 8pm: Quiz Night!! £5 per person. Teams of up to six. Prize every round. Please book your team a table at the library.
Thursday 19 October, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of Lion (PG). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Sunday 29th October, 11.30am -12.30pm: Story Time special – The Gruffalo. Stories, crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

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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Friday 15 September: Ben Waters LIVE, at Hopcrafts Farm, Turweston, Brackley.  Do not miss one of the top 10 pianists of all time (in Jools Holland’s opinion). Ben is an incredible entertainer and you will dance your socks off!  Doors open at 7pm, tickets are just £10 (VIP tickets £20) available from CJ’s Diner or call 01280 702581.  Hopcrafts Farm is on the Buckingham Road, just over the bypass on the right as you go up the hill.

Friday 22 September, doors open 7pm: High Adventure in Mongolia – a talk by Hywel Lloyd, being given at Culworth Village Hall. Tickets £10 with supper/£5 talk only. Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 01295 760855.

Monday 25 September, 7.30pm – Brackley and District Wildlife Group meets at Brackley Methodist Church Hall.  Overlooked Wildlife Talk by Brian Eversham, Chief Executive of Wildlife Trust BCN, who will take us into the fascinating world of the interactions between species which creates our diverse natural landscape. Entry is £2 donation, all welcome

Saturday 14 October, 7.30 pm: Autumn Song – a concert of choral music by Polymnia, a 22-voice chamber choir based in Milton Keynes who have toured in Europe. At St George’s Church, Evenley, NN13 5SG. Tickets £10 (no concessions) from: Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email kevinoregan54@btinternet.com. Canapes at the interval are included in the ticket price. Wine and fruit juices available for donations.

Sunday 15 October, doors open 3pm:  Culworth Cinema – Film matinee of Viceroy’s House (12A) with afternoon tea.  Tickets £10 with tea/£5 film only. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 01295 760855

Wednesday 8 November, 2.30 pm: Talk and demonstration by Wendy Freestone of her sculpture. Her work “Watching” was included in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. At Evenley Village Hall, The Green, Evenley NN13 5SH. Tickets £5 (no concessions), from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email kevinoregan54@btinternet.com. The demonstration will be in two parts and free tea/coffee and biscuits will be served in the interval. Tickets are limited.

Friday 17 November, 7.30 pm: The Stage is Yours 2, an evening in which you are invited to read a poem, tell a story, sing a song, dance, play a tune or just watch and listen. At Evenley Village Hall, The Green, Evenley NN13 5SH. Tickets £2.50 – performers free – from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email kevinoregan54@btinternet.com. The evening will be in two parts with an interval in the middle. Please bring your own drink but glasses will be provided. If you wish to perform, please contact Kevin – see above for tickets – to book your slot. Items should generally be no longer than five minutes unless otherwise agreed.

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 kevinoregan54@btinternet.com (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.

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

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