This week’s headlines include:
- True story of a truly remarkable hero
- Create habitats in your garden and help wildlife
- Great festive events lined up at library
- We battled back after falling behind – Wilkin
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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
Telling the story of a most remarkable hero
Walter Tull was an extraordinary young man, the son of an immigrant from Barbados, born of mixed heritage at the turn of the 20th century, an orphan at the age of eight, the first outfield black footballer and the first black officer in the British Expeditionary Force during the First World War – at a time when it was illegal for such a thing to happen. These remarkable circumstances, culminating in Walter giving his life on the Somme in March 1918, are poignantly explored in this debut production by Now & Then Theatre.
‘Tull 100’ is devised physical theatre, investigating the issues of racism and war through the life of Walter Tull. Sadly, these issues are still with us today. Tull 100 Director Martin Boileau explained why he got involved: “As a Northampton Town fan I was well aware of Walter Tull’s life and the impact it could have if told to a wider audience. As a retired drama teacher I knew that live theatre would tell the story in an educational, as well as entertaining way.”
• Tickets for Tull 100 are now available at £10 or £5 (concessions) and are available online at www.nowandthentheatre.com. Performance dates are Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November with all performances starting at 7.30pm at The Radcliffe Centre, Church Street, Buckingham MK18 1BY.
Saturday 17 November
Volunteer – and give a lift to your community
Brackley Area Volunteer Car Service (BAVCS) provides transport to people from Brackley and the surrounding villages who find it difficult to get to essential medical appointments, as they do not have ready access to public or private transport. There are more than 200 passengers living in Brackley town who require help with journeys to doctors, opticians and dentists etc. The majority of BAVCS passengers are elderly; indeed the average age of the passengers is 84 years. The service urgently requires some more volunteer drivers to undertake local journeys within Brackley.
BAVCS is entirely dependent on a team of friendly, loyal and helpful volunteer drivers who use their own vehicles to take registered passengers to their appointments. The drivers are from all walks of life and the majority have completed several years’ voluntary service with BAVCS. A mileage allowance is paid and the voluntary role is totally flexible with the drivers choosing which journeys to do, when and how often.
Please do contact Jo or Linda at BAVCS if you would like further information about becoming a volunteer driver – ‘Give a Little, Gain a Lot’.
• Tel: 01280 841099 or email email@example.com
Great seasonal events lined up for Brackley Library
Come and support your local library with some great events. On Sunday 25 November, 11am-3pm there is a Christmas Craft Fair with Father Christmas.
On Sunday 2 December there will be a Christmas Craft Fair from 10am to 3pm, where you will find a great selection of unique gifts from local crafters while Father Christmas will be there for the children.
The Brackley Morris Men are holding open Taster Sessions on Thursday evenings during November, 8pm at Brackley C of E Junior School, Manor Road, Brackley, NN13 6EE. The tasters are open to anyone, but we particularly welcome new youngish men to help keep our 400-year-old local tradition thriving! If you’d like to have a go it’s best to call first as the school is occasionally closed – : Stephen on 07764 799947 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to see you.
Sing a song of laughter to help new medical centre
Kevin and Carrie O’Regan are organising a concert of comic songs at Croughton Village Hall by Holler n Duck in aid of the new Brackley Medical Centre. The show, on Saturday 1 December, will be in two parts, with an interval of approx 20 minutes and the evening should finish by 10pm. There will be a bar. Tickets £10 (no concessions).
About Holler n Duck… Think comic songs, think laughter, think audience participation, think brilliance and you’re there. Holler n Duck are reviving the great tradition of the comic song – Gilbert and Sullivan, Flanders and Swan, Jake Thackray…
You can expect witty lyrics, expert musicianship, great banter between songs and you are guaranteed to laugh and laugh and laugh. Check them out at www.facebook.com/holler-n-duck or on You Tube by starting here.
• Call Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email email@example.com.
Brackley Town 1-1 Blyth Spartans
A poor first half in which neither side could muster any cohesion to their play at least ended with some excitement for the spectators, writes Tim Carroll. In added time Sean Reid’s cross flashed across goal in a warning to Saints and Blyth keeper Peter Jameson had to save well from Glenn Walker’s fine free-kick.
The second half was altogether much improved. Reid put the visitors in front after 68 minutes with a header planted beyond Danny Lewis direct from Kieran Green’s corner. Matt Lowe’s effort was wide and Glenn Walker’s deflected shot was saved. At the other end Dan Maguire’s shot hit the post.
With time running out for Brackley, Lee Ndlovu was put through on goal by Jimmy Armson’s measured pass but the striker only found the cross-bar in a let-off for Blyth. However, within minutes Saints were level, Matt Lowe’s 83rd minute shot slotted past Jameson, neatly set up by Armson. What should have been a grand finale failed to materialise, although the home side twice went close as when Ndlovu was inches from connecting with a cross. The draw was the right result on a day when neither side were at their best and both deserved to take something from a hard fought game.
“We struggled to find an edge to our game today,” Kevin Wilkin said. “It was 75 minutes before we really got going and started to move the ball as we can. There were some strong performances out there but equally some indifferent ones also, so we struggled to find that bit of purpose in our play. We got back in it with a good goal, had to do better than hit the crossbar from a good chance and had the better chances, albeit they came late. It was all a little bit flat today and we weren’t at our best for sure.
“We still worked hard to create chances, we battled back after falling behind and we got a point from the game. A draw was a fair result overall as we largely cancelled each other out. What is pleasing is to come back from being behind and to get something on a day when we haven’t been as imposing as we can be.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Murombedzi (Myles 60), G.Walker, Byrne, Hall (Franklin 46), Dean, Fairlamb, Armson, Ndlovu, Lowe, A.Walker (Nti 73). Subs unused: Jeffers, Noon.
Blyth Spartans: Jameson, J.Watson, Liddle, Oliver (Green 64), Buddle (Cunningham 41), Laing, Horner (I.Watson 87), Mullen, Maguire, Reid, Dale. Subs unused: Fewster, Skirpan.
Referee: Sam Mulhall; 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.
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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.
Saturday 17 November: Cheese and Wine Tasting Evening with Brackley Wines.SADLY THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED
Sunday 25 November, 11am-3pm: Christmas Craft Fair with Father Christmas.
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Sunday 2 December, 10am-3pm: Christmas Craft Fair – A great selection of unique gifts from local crafters. And Father Christmas will be here!
Friday 7 December, 8pm: Big Christmas Quiz. Book your table at the library. £5 per person, teams of up to six players. Prize every round.
Thursday 13 December, 7pm-7.30pm: The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of The Greatest Showman (Cert PG). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.
Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!
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Saturday 17 November: Croughton Village Hall – singing workshop with Helen Swift, for singers who can read music and would like to learn an anthem by Handel and perform it with members of Brackley Chamber Music Club. Details from Helen Vearncombe, 01280 701722 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitors who would just like to go along to hear the music at the end of the workshop (2.45pm), you would be welcome.
Tuesday 20 November, 8pm: Evenley Gardening Society meets in Evenley Village Hall. The speaker is Michael Brown (historian and gardener), who will give a talk on Jane Austen’s gardens. Non members always welcome – £3.
Wednesday 28 November, 10.30am-noon: South Northants Hearing Advisory Service’s free basic hearing-aid maintenance and batteries service at Brackley Library. Also available will be advice, information and practical support covering all aspects of hearing loss. Each month a trained hearing advisor will visit. No appointments – just turn up; if busy, you may have to take a number.
• Please remember to bring along your hearing-aid battery book.
Thursday 20 December, 1pm: Pied Piper Theatre presents The Big ENORMOUS Present in the Roxburgh Theatre at Stowe. It’s big, it’s huge, it’s………………….. ENORMOUS! A mysterious present has appeared in the school playground. Who can it possibly be for? Jack, Dot or Polly? The Big ENORMOUS Present explores the pressures of fitting in, where we find happiness and how giving can sometimes feel as good as receiving… Suitable for ages 3-8, running time 50 mins. Ticket Price: £8.50/Family Ticket £30 (2 adults & 2 children). Bookings : www.artsatstowe.co.uk. Tel: 01280 825710.
Saturday 22 December, 7.30pm: Ben Waters Live at Brackley Town Hall, tickets £15 (VIP £25). Get your ticket from email@example.com or Downtown Diner
Thursday 17 January, 7.30pm: Brackley Inbetweeners Group at St Peter’s Church Hall, Old Town, Brackley. ‘Do it for Defib’ CPR education and defibrillator awareness session, £10. Numbers are limited, so pre-booking is essential. For more information, email Catherine, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 21 February, 7.30pm: Brackley Inbetweeners Group at St Peter’s Church Hall, Old Town, Brackley. A brief introduction to traditional Chinese medicine, talk and demonstration, £3. For more information, email Catherine, email@example.com