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Brackley online Post, 16 August 2019

This week’s headlines include:

  • Saints supporters aim for £50,000 clubhouse target
  • Added-time frustration for Wilkin’s boys
  • More support needed for Brackley Hogwatch
  • Artwork by local pupils on show at Stowe

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 Brackley Town FC launches campaign for new clubhouse

Supporters are aiming to collect £50,000 to help replace the clubhouse which burned down earlier this year. They are led by commercial manager Graham Shaw and the campaign will run until next June. They have already collected £2,000 with bucket collections at three pre-season friendlies against Oxford United, MK Dons and Northampton.

Graham said: “The clubhouse has been a pivotal part of the community for 40 years and has seen christenings, birthday parties, wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations as well as, for the past three years, hosting our award winning Community programme. While the clubhouse was insured, we know that in addition to any recovered sums we will need to raise a substantial sum to provide a clubhouse that not only meets  our current needs but which can also stand as a great community asset for at least the next 40 years.”
The team have set up a GoFundMe page – Brackley Town FC Stand Together – and is very keen to involve as many people as possible. If you can help, please email Graham on

Added time frustration for Saints

Brackley Town 1-1 King’s Lynn Town
A dramatic finale of two added-time penalties denied Brackley a second home win of the season after an assured performance that deserved better, writes Tim Carroll. Saints dominated the game but were unable to break the first-half deadlock, an early goal ruled out for off-side, keeper Alex Street denying Glenn Walker after excellent work by Lee Ndlovu and three times Jimmy Armson close to giving his side the lead. King’s Lynn enjoyed possession but rarely threatened, although Ryan Fryatt tested Danny Lewis midway through the half, bringing a fine save from Brackley’s keeper.

But the breakthrough goal just before the hour mark was worth waiting for. Lee Ndlovu’s strike was hit with such venom it fizzed past Street from 20 yards to open the striker’s account for the season. Saints created chances to extend the lead but could not convert them to open up a two-goal lead.

Deep into added time The Linnets’ first incursion into Saints’ six-yard box saw the referee award a penalty for hand-ball. Adam Marriott coolly scored to level the scores with just moments remaining in an unlikely turnaround. But Saints went up the other end where Ndlovu was up-ended setting up a second penalty kick. Shane Byrne’s spot kick struck only the cross-bar and with no time remaining for the goal-kick the referee’s whistle signalled a sickening conclusion to a game the home team somehow contrived not to win.

“We played better this evening and begin to look more cohesive,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We created chances and Lee, who was outstanding, scored a very good goal to put us ahead. “It is obviously frustrating the way the game finished. We couldn’t get the second goal we needed but in all honesty I didn’t feel from where I was that either penalty was actually a penalty. King’s Lynn are a good team and there were lots of positives from our performance this evening but ultimately we have lost two points we should have picked up.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Audel (Langmead 38), Dean, Lowe (Daire 90), Walker, Ndlovu, Armson (Fairlamb 78), Murombedzi. Subs unused: Baker, Holman.
King’s Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Fox, Smith, Fryatt, McAuley (Payne 64), Clunan, Richards (Jarvis 74), Gash, Marriott, Henderson (Kelly 64). Subs unused: Hawkins, Barrows.
Referee: Richie Watkins; assistants Ruebyn Ricardo and Matt Jackson.
Attendance: 500


‘Soft goal’ condemns Saints to second defeat

York City  1-0  Brackley Town
Andy Bond’s 55th minute long-range effort that crept in off the post was the defining moment of an intensely competitive but ultimately fruitless game for Brackley at York’s Bootham Crescent.  The win sent City top of the embryonic National League North table, leaving Saints with one win from the opening three fixtures of the new season.

The home side enjoyed the better of things, but Saints remained steadfast in their task and almost grabbed an added time equaliser at the end of the game as Glenn Walker was foiled in a goalmouth scramble.

Introducing Thierry Audel and Dan Holman for their first starts, Kevin Wilkin changed the team’s formation from Tuesday’s defeat at Leamington and was rewarded by a more resolute and compact performance.  The lack of goal threat however remains Wilkin’s biggest headache as Saints rarely tested the York keeper and did not manage a single shot on target throughout the match. Ellis Myles’ effort was blocked, Carl Baker worked some space for a shot but fired wide and Audel shot over from Matt Lowe’s pass late on in Brackley’s only real goal attempts.

York failed to hit the target on several second-half occasions when clinical finishing would have sealed the win for The Minstermen but the visitors defended in resolute fashion to keep the final result in the balance until the final whistle..

“We applied ourselves well but it’s a difficult place to come and York have made a good start to the season,” Wilkin said.  “We are disappointed to have lost the game to be honest even though we didn’t do enough to deserve to win it.  The goal was on the soft side for us.  Thierry [Audel] and Dan [Holman] have been patient and deserved their chance in the team and largely the change to formation worked albeit we didn’t create too many clear-cut chances.  We have to keep working hard and doing the right things and hopefully we will come through this spell soon.”
Brackley Town:   Lewis, Myles, Audel, Byrne, Langmead (Lowe 69), Dean, Baker (Armson 63), Murombedzi, Ndlovu, Holman (Fairlamb 74), Walker. Subs unused:  Franklin, Daire.
York City:  Jameson, Griffiths (York 54), Ferguson, Newton, McNulty, Tait, Moke (Green 54), Bond, Burrow, Maguire (Langstaff 46), Kempster.     Subs unused:  Spratt, Whitley.
Referee: Richard Holmes; assistants,   Peter Henger and Matthew Wright.
Attendance:   2,039



Friday 6 September


Council’s arts calendar for August now available to download

Plenty of choice for those who enjoy the arts, including Right Angle Gallery in Brackley, the Stitching Kitchen and the Heseltine Gallery at Middleton Cheney. For a list of all the events in the calendar, Click Here


Long distance footpath in South Northants becomes a reality

A new map has been published by Brackley-based Global Mapping, designed by top map creator Mary Spence MBE. The South Northants Heritage Trail has been designed to allow the walker to get the most from this beautiful and interesting part of England. South Northamptonshire contains some of the country’s most quintessentially English landscapes interspersed with attractive, largely unspoilt villages characterised by picturesque stone cottages. This rural and sparsely populated landscape has remained largely unchanged for centuries with a rich history.

1,800 listed buildings, many built from the distinctive local limestone and ironstone; over 50 conservation villages; dozens of ancient churches; the Grand Union and Oxford canals; and miles of dismantled railways – many of which are part of the trail. Dig deeper and historical links with the past are everywhere. Disused canals, WWII airfields, English Civil War battlefield, Henry VIII’s hunting woods and, going back even further, planning the Magna Carta, one of only five sites in England where jousting was allowed, abandoned medieval villages and iron age camps.

The Heritage Trail winds its way around South Northamptonshire in three linked circuits radiating out of Brackley and Towcester for a total of 158 miles, taking in many of the historic sights and sites that abound across the region. South Northants Heritage Trail will allow the visitor to discover these secrets and enjoy beautiful views, locally produced food and drink and friendly hospitality.

Global Mapping MD Alan Smith commented: “This map has taken five years to come to fruition and I have to say I am delighted, without doubt my favourite that we have ever published! Having walked every mile of the route (with wildlife expert Tim Pridmore) to check the accuracy I suppose I would say that!” Alan continued: “The original idea came from Adrian Colwell at South Northants Council to build on the series of award-winning walking guides we had published. It would be great if the South Northants Heritage Trail became as well known as The Pennine Way!”

The first of a number of videos, created to promote the delights of the Trail has just been published and is gaining enormous interest and can be viewed here .

The map has gone on sale in local outlets at just £8.99 and already is receiving favourable comments. Local resident Michael Barnes commented: “I acquired my copy from the Old Hall Book Shop today and I have to say that you have managed to conjure up an entirely fresh perspective on an area with which I thought I was pretty familiar. I’m looking forward to putting it to use. More power to your cartographer’s pen – or whatever the digital equivalent is!”

The map is also available to buy online via where there is information about the trail, videos and FREE walking guides to download.


Chenderit School celebrates 40th with special exhibition

Opening on Monday 9 September, Chenderit School at Middleton Cheney is to celebrate its 40th anniversary by mounting a special exhibition of the art of its former students. The school has a long tradition of promoting excellence in the visual arts and has taught and inspired generations of young artists and designers, many of whom have gone on to make outstanding careers in a wide range of creative fields.

The exhibition – Forty Years On: A Celebration of Chenderit Art and Design Alumni 1979-2019 – commemorates not only the school’s 40th anniversary, but features the work of former students who have gone on to build careers as artists, architects and illustrators, in advertising, marketing communications and commercial design, and as fashion, jewellery and furniture designers.

The exhibition will take place in the school’s purpose-built Heseltine Gallery and is expected to include works by jewellery designer Lucy Sylvester and painter Nathan MacDougall amongst around 75 past students. It has been organised by the Friends of the Heseltine Gallery.

John Childs (right), former Head of Art & Design at Chenderit, has curated the show. He said: “Forty years of memorable students who went on with their art studies seemed an opportunity for one last show. I have had a good go at contacting a wide range of former pupils, creating an exciting show.”

Childs started at Chenderit with the purpose of creating an outstanding department, based on the belief that an arts education was an essential element of every child’s education and that every child could achieve a GCSE pass. His own training was as a painter, a ceramicist and textile printmaker. Following 37 years at the school, his career has seen him become GCSE assistant chief examiner and president of The National Society for Education in Art and Design.

The exhibition will be open from Monday 9 September until Friday 18 October during school hours as well as dedicated weekend openings, which will include some special events organised by the Friends of the Heseltine Gallery including an opportunity to hear John Childs talk about his long career at Chenderit in a ‘Meet the Curator’ event on Sunday 6 October at 2pm.


Pupils’ art works go on show at Stowe House

Open Arts Competition at Stowe House – until Sunday 1 September
Once a year Stowe House Preservation Trust opens its doors to aspiring young artists as a part of the Open Arts competition. The competition invites local young people to Stowe House for a day of creative workshops inspired by the house’s history, architecture and interiors. Over the course of April and May, around 40 pupils from three local secondary schools (Chenderit School at Middleton Cheney and two at Milton Keynes), along with learners from the Buckingham Home School network visited Stowe House.

One of the winning artworks, M. J. – Chenderit School, (Year 9). A painting of the front of Stowe House, with a painting of the Queen and the lion next to it. The sky is the ceiling of the Marble Room in Stowe House.

The content of the workshop was inspired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s visit to the house in 1845, a significant moment in the history of the house and the Temple-Grenville family.
Over the 17th and 18th century the family at Stowe House worked hard to build a house and estate that was considered fit for royalty. Queen Victoria’s visit represented the final realisation of all this work. However, creating the image of extreme power and wealth came with a huge cost and three years after the royal visit the Second Duke was declared bankrupt and the fate of Stowe House changed for ever. In light of this, the Open Arts programme explored the themes Image, Power & Perceptions.

The exhibition showcases the work of young artists from Year 8 to Year 12. All the artworks have been inspired by the young people’s experiences of visiting Stowe House. A private view and prize event for participants and their family members was held on 17 July to celebrate their achievements.
• The exhibition runs until Sunday 1 September;
• General house admission costs apply (children under 16 enter free with a paying adult);
• The exhibition is set up in one of our Grand State Rooms restored in 2014;
• For information on house opening times, guide tours and ticket prices, Click Here.


Find out what else is on in your community

Information about what else is on in South Northants as well as North Oxfordshire can be found in the council’s calendar of arts events during July and August. It can be downloaded from the Arts & Culture page – Click Here.


Brackley Hogwatch research looks for help

Over the past 70 years, the UK has lost a catastrophic 97 per cent of adult hedgehogs; it is estimated that the remaining 1 million adults are declining at around 5 per cent a year – extinction could happen within 50 years!

The reason we have such a drastic decline in adult hedgehogs is simply that the juveniles no longer reach breeding age.  There is more on this on the Brackley Hogwatch website. Brackley Hogwatch only get around £3,000 a year in donations, so they desperately need more.
Just putting out a shallow bowl of water regularly will help hedgehogs during the summer, especially in very hot spells.

You don’t need a PayPal account to donate and can contribute by a number of secure methods. Anything you can spare would be gratefully appreciated.


A new website aimed at helping our district’s wildlife

Visit the new Brackley Wildlife website and find out more about the work being done in and around the area to help wildlife and the environment – Click Here.

Trains, tea and cake in a garden setting

The Pimlico Light Railway has announced its timetable for open days at 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 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 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? Remaining public running days this year are  25 August and 22 September from 3pm to 7pm on each day (unless wet).
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.


• Clickable link:

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.

The drop-in hearing-aid clinic service has resumed its visits to Brackley Library.  Please make sure you have your NHS Hearing Aid Record Book with you when attending.
To see the full calendar for this year, Click Here.

– – – – 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.
Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!

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Sunday 18 August (opens to public 11am): Classic Vehicles in the Park at Brackley Park, High Street


Thursday 5 September, 3.45pm

Saturday 7 September, Noon-4pm

Thursday 19 September, 10am: Winchester House School launches Brackley Community Dementia Choir, inspired by Vicky McLure’s two-part BBC documentary, Our Dementia Choir. Singers of all ages and abilities who are suffering from dementia are invited to join the first of the weekly Thursday rehearsals in The Forum at Winchester House, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7AZ. Tea, coffee and cakes will be served from 10am, with singing from 10.20am to 11am. Carers are most welcome and membership of the choir is free. To register your interest, please email

Wednesday 16 October, 7-9pm: Shopping evening om Wayneflete Hall of Magdalen College School, organised by Friends of Magdalen College School. We will have some great stalls from lots of local independent businesses including fruit flavoured gins, handmade cakes & chocolates, jewellery, homewares plus local arts & crafts & lots more! Come along and enjoy a glass of wine, catch up with other parents, do some early Christmas shopping and raise some funds for the school! Entry is free.
• For more information or to book a stall please contact

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