This week’s headlines include:
• Council moves to cut planning costs by £150,000 a year
• Hub gets set for school summer hoidays
• There’s still time to respond to council’s satisfaction survey
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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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Free mini-concert at St Peter’s Church
Saturday 17 June, 4.40-5pm: A free mini concert of folk song arrangements will be given at St Peter’s Church. Brackley Chamber Music Club is hosting an open singing workshop that afternoon and it will finish with a short public performance. All welcome.
We have exciting events happening at Stowe House this Summer. We want you to know! Upcoming events include: Sally Adams, Wednesday 21 June, 8pm; A Midsummer’s Eve Concert – Over the Hills and Far Away, Sunday 9 July, 7pm. Click Here for the full schedule of our upcoming summer events at Stowe House.”
The Midsummer’s Eve Concert is presented by Brackley Chamber Music Club. Enjoy a wonderful summer’s evening at Stowe House listening to beautiful music performed by Brackley Chamber Music Club in our State Music Room. Enjoy the informal atmosphere and hear the work of composers such as Purcell, Beethoven, Elgar and many others. Intersected with summer readings this should be a delightful evening to relax in sumptuous surroundings. Tickets £7.50 including wine and canapes on the South Front Portico during the interval. Pre-booking essential. Call 01280 818002 for more information or to book tickets.
Into the Woods – Stowe Creative Academy
From Saturday 29 July to Saturday 5 August. A full seven days of fun, intense, professional workshops leading up to a performance of Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim. Develop skills in singing, dancing and acting with highly experienced West End and Youth Music professionals. Technical Theatre options are also available. Ages: 10 to 18 years. Open to all abilities and confidence levels. Click Here for more information.
The finishing touches are being made to an action-packed programme of summer holiday activities following the success of SNC’ half-term activity hubs. This summer sessions will be held at Magdalen College School in Brackley and Caroline Chisholm School in Northampton, starting Monday 24 July. The hubs boast an invigorating mix of sports, arts, crafts and games to keep children happy and active during the school holidays.
Cllr Karen Cooper said: “It was great to see the half-term hubs at Winchester House School so well received, as youngsters formed new friendships, got creative, and improved their sporting skills. Many parents will now be looking forward to the summer hubs, which will offer six weeks of sports, games, arts and crafts with a wonderful variety of guest activities being programmed. For parents who will be out at work during the summer holidays, the hubs offer a great solution to childcare problems, while ensuring the kids are kept happy and active.”
As part of a lively and varied half-term hub programme, children enjoyed guest activities such as gymnastics, tennis, dodgeball athletics and dance, alongside the main programme of multi-sports, arts and crafts. The summer activity hubs will run from Monday 24 July to Friday 1 September and all the staff running the sessions are DBS (formerly CRB) checked.
Full day sessions, from 8:45am to 5pm, cost £18.95 per session while the shorter session from 8:45am to 3pm costs £14.95. Places are limited and must be booked in advance on a first-come-first-served basis. Booking details for the summer activity hubs will be confirmed in the near future.
• For more information visit www.southnorthants.gov.uk/YouthActivators or call 01327 322337.
A joined up approach to planning will save tax payers £150,000
A proposal that will save the taxpayer £150,000 by joining up two council planning departments has been approved by SNC. The council’s cabinet has approved the business case to join the council’s development management team with that of Cherwell District Council, whose executive committee had already given their go ahead to the plan.
The two councils have been reducing running costs and have saved millions of pounds since they started sharing personnel and services in 2011. Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for planning and environment, said: “We started making big savings by sharing a chief executive between the two councils. That idea was applied to all the senior managers and then gradually to each council department, and planning is the last piece of that jigsaw.”
Green energy given the go-ahead with electric vehicle charge point
An electric-vehicle charge point has been installed by SNC for two bays in the Tove short-stay car park in Towcester. The charge point is a type-two floor mounted socket which is part of the Charge Your Car electric vehicle re-charging network and can be activated by using the Charge Your Car access card, Charge Your Car mobile phone app or automated pay-as-you-go telephone line and is compatible with most electric vehicles. Electric-vehicle owners will need to supply their own cable.
For more information on Charge Your Car, Click Here. For more information on parking in the district, Click Here.
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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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Summer holiday activities July and August
Every Tuesday 1.30-2.20pm: Share a book – Stories with Mary
Every Wednesday 2-3pm: Maths4Fun (except 2 August) – Maths fun with Trish
From Thursday 20 July, 3.15-5.15pm: Summer Craft Club – Crafting with Sue
From 27 July every Thursday, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club – Crafting with Ken and Estelle
From 20 July Every Thursday, 3.15-5.15pm: Summer Thursday Craft Club – Crafting fun with Sue.
Saturdays 1 and 8 July 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club with Ken and Estelle.
Tuesdays 11 and 25 July, 11.30-1.30pm: Job Seekers Club
Wednesdays 5 and 19 July: ABS Craft Evening – Adult colouring, Book Folding or Crochet (Tuition in Book Folding or Crochet £5 each)
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 6 July, 11am-12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Friday 14 July, 8pm: Quiz Night. £5 per person, teams of up to six, prize every round. Please book your team a table at the library.
Saturday 15 July: Launch event at Brackley Lirary for Animal Agents 2017 Summer Reading Challenge.
Thursday 20 July, 7pm for 7.30: Cinema Club showing of I, Daniel Blake (15). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Thursday 3 August, 11am-12 noon:Reminiscence Group
Tuesday 8 and 22 August 11.30am-1.30pm:Job Seekers Club
Wednesday 10 and 24 August: ABS Craft Evening – Adult colouring, Book Folding or Crochet (tuition in book folding or crochet £5 each)
Every Monday and Thursday, 2-4pm: Knit and Natter.
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Thursday 17 August, 7pm for 7.30: Cinema Club showing of The Light Between Oceans(12A). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
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 18 June, 9.3oam start: Brackley’s 10km Chicken Run. The event starts and finishes in the park on the High Street. There are plans for children’s races in the park for ‘supporting’ children, whilst the runners are off running round the course.
• Full details on the Brackley Running Club website – Click Here.
Wednesday 21 June, 2.30-4.30pm: Paula Jermy will give a talk in Evenley Village Hall entitled Every Picture Tells a Story. Paula will project up to 12 pictures and discuss how they relate to the lives of their artists. Tea/coffee and cake will be provided free of charge during the interval.
• In order to preserve the informality and intimacy of the event, tickets are limited. The cost is just £5 (no concessions). Reserve your place by phoning Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email email@example.com.
Sunday 25 June, Noon-6pm: Folk in the Park, a FREE event organised by Brackley Folk Club. A free music event to promote our folk heritage in a family friendly atmosphere. Lots of great folk acts, plus raffle, craft stalls, food, pub, fun. Come along and just chill!
• For further information, call 07922 818089, or email Don at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday June 30, 10am-noon: Brackley Jubilee Choir Coffee Morning in the Old Fire Station Community Room.
Wednesday 5 July, 7.30pm: Brackley History Society meets in Brackley Methodist Church, High Street, when Susan Walker will talk about the Excavation at Steane. This talk explores the archaeological context of a bronze head of the deified Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-180), which was ploughed up at Steane in 1976. A 2012 field survey revealed traces of a prehistoric and Roman settlement enclosed by a ditch. Preliminary excavations near the findspot of the head in 2013 exposed the foundations of a long, stone building resembling a barn, open on one long side and with no surviving traces of a roof or floor. Members free, visitors (£3) are always welcome. Refreshments will be served after the talk.
• The Society meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley. For further information please contact 01280 702837 or email@example.com
Saturday July 8, 7pm: Brackley Jubilee Choir 40th Anniversary Concert at St Peter’s Church (Old Town, Brackley NN13 7BZ). First part will feature favourite Messiah choruses while the second part will include items sung by the current choir.
Friday 14 July, 7.30-9pm: The Darcys at Home, a presentation celebrating the life and work of Jane Austen, referring to Elizabeth (nee Bennett) and Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley from Pride and Prejudice. The evening will include short snippets about her life, readings of short extracts from each of the six main novels and extracts from television adaptations. Period refreshments will be served during the interval. It is hoped that those attending will wear period costume, though this is not essential.
• Tickets are available now at £7.50 (no concessions) from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 20 July, 10am: – Brackley & District U3A monthly meeting at Brackley Methodist Church, High Street. This month’s speaker is Richard Banyard, whose topic is: “The NHS – Key National Institution or Historic Relic?” Richard has been involved in NHS management since the early 1970s, including as a chief executive. He is now an independent management consultant. Richard’s talk will trace the development of the NHS from its pre-war roots and explore some of the dilemmas and challenges faced in delivering a “free” service. The talk will also touch upon some current key issues. Visitors will be very welcome at this meeting.
• To find out more about Brackley & District U3A, Click Here.
Sunday 13 August: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. Keep an eye on the website for more details as they become available.
Sunday 20 August, 11am-4pm: Classic Vehicles in the Park at Brackley Park, High Street. To download an info pack (PDF 954kb) – including entry form – Click Here.
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For full details of events at Stowe, including times and tickets, Click Here
Tuesday 27 June: Family Theatre – Oddsocks Productions present Macbeth, “a musical brew of laughter and witchcraft” suitable for families with children over 8 years.
Sunday 2 July: Boogienotes Rock and Pop Choir
Thursday 6 July: The HandleBards present As You Like It – join the all-female troupe for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ like none other.
Sunday 8 July: Brackley Chamber Music Club Present
A Midsummer’s Eve Concert: Over the Hills and Far Away.
Friday 21 July: Opera Della Luna presents Das Spitzentuch der Königin/The Queen’s Lace Handkerchief, by Johann Strauss.
Saturday 22 July: Blunderbus Presents Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, “the very funny tale of a small dog with big dreams.” Bring your picnics any time from 1pm onwards.