This week’s headlines include:
• Your chance to name a Saints’ stand for a tenner
• Timetables for Northampton and Milton Keynes buses
• Quality goals notch up another win for Saints
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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
Job Club goes out and about to help more people find work
As people move into new homes in Brackley, the South Northamptonshire Council Job Club will be going on the road to help those looking for a fresh start. Since it started in 2010 the SNC Job Club has been held fortnightly in Brackley and Towcester and has brought nearly 400 people back into employment. On Wednesday, 22 November and Friday, 8 December it will move between five locations in Brackley. If popular, the Job Club could go on the move more regularly and in other parts of the district.
Cllr Stephen Clarke said: “We are dedicated to supporting our local residents new and old as well as local employers. We want to make sure everyone knows there is support available to get them back into work, change job, start up their own business or, if they are already trading, we can help them find workers with local knowledge and connections to the area. No matter what your age or what you’re looking for, our staff are on hand to help you with the skills and resources needed.”
The SNC Job Club can help find training, apprenticeships, part-time or full-time work and provides expert advice throughout the process. Those signed up to the SNC Job Club receive a list of current jobs in the district which is updated every week. Anyone who cannot get to a weekly Job Club, or take advantage of Job Club on the move, can contact SNC’s Employment Support Adviser to arrange a meeting.
When the SNC Job Club goes on the move it will stop at: Poppyfields Way between 10am and 10:50am; The Old Fire Station between 11am and 12:20pm; the Market Place between 12:30pm and 1:50pm, the big Tesco between 2pm and 3.15pm and Pavillons Way (near Springfield Way) between 3:30pm and 4:30pm.
When not on the move the SNC Job Club alternates weekly between Brackley Library and The Forum in Towcester. To find out where the Job Club is next, or to contact SNC’s Employment Support Adviser, visit our Job Club webpage, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 01327 322087.
Saints launch draw to give a name to South Stand
Brackley Town Football Club is holding a draw for naming rights for the South Stand for the whole of 2018. Tickets are on sale now at £10 each and will be strictly limited to 1,000. The draw will take place at the club’s game with local rivals Leamington on 1 January 2018. The Club have calculated that the package has a commercial value of £10,000 so the lucky winner will see a tremendous return on their investment. The club would like to encourage everyone – supporters and local businesses alike – to buy tickets, which are available from the club or via the club’s website: a 50p booking fee applies to tickets bought via the website.
• For further details, contact Graham Shaw, the club’s co-commercial director, on 07760 171971 or via email: email@example.com
Wine Tasting evening at Brackley Old Fire Station
The Brackley European Association meet in Brackley’s Old Fire Station on the last Thursday of every month at 8pm. Friendly, lively group keeping the town’s twinning alive and well. The November 30 meeting is a special fundraising Wine Tasting evening. Interesting wines selected by an expert, tasty nibbles and pleasant company! No expertise is required; everyone is welcome. Tickets cost £9 a head and are available from Graham Archdale on 01280 704018.
Stagecoach Midlands No 88 Monday to Friday services to Northampton leave from bus shelter opposite Hair Gallery.
Brackley to Northampton departure times: 0753; 1002; 1102; 1202; 1302; 1402; 1602; (1657 college terms, 1702 non-college); 1838.
Northampton to Brackley from Bay 17 in the Drapery: 0530; 0920; 1020; 1120; 1220; 1320; 1520; 1605 college terms; 1735.
Brackley to Northampton Saturday service: 0753; 0902; 1002; 1102; 1202; 1302; 1402; 1502; 1602; 1702; 1838. All services run via Sixfields (football ground) except 1702 and 1838 Monday to Saturdays.
Northampton – Brackley Saturday service: 0820; 0920; 1020; 1120; 1220; 1320; 1420; 1520; 1620; 1735. All services run via Sixfields.
Stagecoach Midlands service X91 Brackley to Central Milton Keynes arrives at bus stand B3, near MK Theatre, departs from bus stand B4.
Brackley to Central Milton Keynes, Monday to Saturday: 0639; (0827 school terms, 0829 school holidays); 0933; 1033; 1133; 1233; 1333; 1433; 1633; 1746.
Central Milton Keynes to Brackley, Monday to Saturday: 0705; 0848; 0948; 1048; 1148; 1248; 1348; 1448; 1724; 1837.
• For more details of the new service, Click Here (PDF, 219kB)
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News from snvb – how to give a helping hand at Christmas
Short-term Host at Christmas
Hundreds of adult international students studying in the UK will be facing a lonely Christmas on a deserted university campus. You can welcome one or two students into your home for four days at Christmas, learn about their culture, show them your local area and traditions, and invite them to experience your own home life.
For details Click Here…
Christmas Day Helpers
Volunteers needed for the annual Christmas lunch in Towcester, which is held every year for guests who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day on their own. Cooking and food preparation, serving lunch, clearing away afterwards and socialising! Drivers to carry people to and from the event also welcome. Volunteers are very important to the success of the day.
For details Click Here…
Food Drive Volunteers
Help collect donations at the UK’s largest food drive this Christmas. Volunteers to join Tesco’s fantastic food drive team to help fight hunger in the UK; 8.4 million people in the UK are struggling to afford to eat – that’s the equivalent to the population of London. Make a difference to them by volunteering this Christmas. Brackley Tesco – November 30, December 1 and 2.
For details Click Here…
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Brackley Town 4-0 Southport
Brackley ran out comfortable winners in this first-ever meeting with former league club Southport but it could have been a different game had the visitors capitalised on early chances, writes Tim Carroll. As it was, two goals in each half and another clean sheet on Tuesday secured a fifth successive league win to move Saints into second place in the table.
Southport’s Jordan Hallam brought a fine save from Danny Lewis after 25 minutes to keep the game goal-less as Saints were slow off the mark in this midweek kick-off on a murky, dank evening. Dan Cockerline twice had chances to put his side ahead either side of the half-hour mark when through on goal, and his deflected effort earning only a corner before his header was wide when well placed. Within a minute Brackley were ahead as Gaz Dean bundled the ball in from Shane Byrne’s free-kick, a moment that changed the game. Curtis Jones tugged at Lee Ndlovu, conceding a 44th minute penalty, confidently converted by Aaron Williams to give Brackley an unexpected two goal half-time lead.
In the second half Ndlovu twice had shots saved or deflected wide before Williams’ header from Ellis Myles’ cross was pushed on to the cross-bar by stand-in keeper Iain Turner. The pick of the goals came on the hour courtesy of Lee Ndlovu’s cross that Williams slid in for his second goal of the game to maintain a remarkable record of scoring in every one of his last ten league and FA Cup matches. Substitute Matt Lowe created the final goal of the game in added time. Winning the ball inside his own half, Lowe drove 40 yards before releasing Shane Byrne who picked his spot for his fourth goal of the season.
“It could have been different,” said Kevin Wilkin. “We were not at our best in the first half and they had chances to go ahead and it needed good work by Danny [Lewis]. Once we got going we scored good goals. It was always going to be a tough test on a Tuesday evening after Saturday’s hard fought win, and so it turned out. We travel to Bradford Park Avenue next with an early kick-off and that will be another challenging fixture as they are going well.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, Franklin, J.Byrne, Ndlovu (Lowe 85), A.Williams (Diggin 81), A.Walker (Armson 72). Subs not used: Tilney, J.Williams.
Southport: Halstead (Turner 19), Smith, White, Lynch, Jones, Sykes, Hallam, Schumacher (Anderson 63), Lowe, Cockerline, Jackson (Hine 67). Subs not used: Dugdale, Morgan.
Referee: Ben Cooke Assistant referees: Scott Postin and Scott Talus.
Quality goals notch up another win for Saints
Brackley Town 2-0 Gainsborough Trinity
Two goals of high quality won the game for Brackley when it appeared this well-contested game might edge to a goal-less conclusion, writes Tim Carroll. The result extended Saints’ winning run to four games and narrowed the gap to second-placed Harrogate to two points. The home side started well. Shane Byrne’s low cross flashed across the face of goal, needing just a touch and Aaron Williams headed over from Glenn Walker’s corner in just the first few minutes.
However, the game then became bogged down as Brackley struggled to break down a stubborn defence. Trinity‘s Liam King almost stole in to put his side in front on the stroke of half-time but his shot was superbly blocked by Brackley captain Gaz Dean. The second period opened up a little but frustration was beginning to creep into the home side’s play as the visitors stood firm. It was not until the 75th minute that Williams put his side ahead with a solo goal, firing in from 25 yards to maintain his red-hot streak of scoring in nine successive league and FA Cup games.
Substitute Jimmy Armson, Adam Walker and Shane Byrne combined delightfully just minutes later to set up Armson who doubled the lead. Both sides had a chance to score in the dying minutes. Matt Lowe’s shot was well saved while Trinity’s Michael Jacklin saw his header go just wide from an added time corner.
“It happened time and again last season, teams coming here to frustrate us,” said Kevin Wilkin. “They came to defend but we found what we needed today – something we haven’t always managed to do. Aaron [Williams] came inside and struck a terrific first goal for us and then it was a super second goal. Shane Byrne was fantastically unselfish and it’s moments like that that are crucial in a tight game.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker (Gudger 86), J.Byrne, Brown (Armson 61), A.Williams, A.Walker (Lowe 81). Subs not used: Diggin, Ndlovu.
Gainsborough: Ravas, Hare, Taylor, Miller, Stainfield, Jacklin, Richards, Clarke, Jarman (Simmons 69), Wells (Worsfold 55), King. Subs not used: Lacey, Davie, Storey.
Referee: Declan Bourne; assistant referees Paul Buck and James King.
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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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The Country Market will be at the library from 10am till 12ish. Market manager Diane Elizabeth Jones writes on the market’s Facebook page: “We hope to be there until the Town Hall reopens but when that will be we really don’t know. If for any reason you can’t make a Saturday morning, please order and we will deliver, as you are all precious to us. Thank you.”
• Keep an eye on the Facebook page, not just for developments but to read about the delights on offer from local traders.
Every Monday and Thursday: Knit and Natter 2-4pm
Every Saturday during term time 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
Tuesdays 14 and 28 November 11.30-2pm: Job Seekers Club
Wednesday 8 and 22 November 7.30-9pm: ABC Craft Evening 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
Sunday 19th November 11.30am-12.30pm: “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” storytime special. Stories, crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy, please book.
Throughout December, Letters from Santa. Our supporters’ group will be working with Santa. Please contact the library for further details.
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
Every Saturday during term time 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
Friday 1 December from 8pm: The Big Christmas Quiz Night!! £5 per person. Teams of up to six. Prize every round. Please book your team a table at the library.
Wednesday 6 December 7.30-9pm: ABC Craft Evening. Colouring, book folding or crochet (crochet or book folding tuition £5 per person)
Thursday 7 December 11am -12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Sunday 10 December: Santa and Santa’s workshops. For further details please visit the library or our Facebook page.
Tuesday 12 December 11.30am-2pm: Job Seekers Club
Thursday 14 December 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “White Christmas” (PG). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
• Throughout December please check Facebook for club updates due to bank holidays and club special events.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 18 and Sunday 19 November: Buckingham Art for All are holding their annual art exhibition and sale at Buckingham Community Centre (Cornwalls Meadow, Buckingham, MK18 1RP). Lots of parking at Waitrose. There will be 150 original artworks to view, live music from local musicians and refreshments available. Opening hours
are Saturday 9.30am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.
Sunday 19 November 5pm: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Leonard Cheshire in Stowe Chapel – an evening of music and words with Jane Asher and Friends. This concert will celebrate the centenary year of Old Stoic Leonard Cheshire, the extraordinary man behind the charity. Come and enjoy a magical evening of poetry, songs and music with Jane Asher and friends including, Richard Henders (Chronicles of Narnia, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, Foyles War), Richard Rycroft (War Horse, Love is Not Enough and Pride and What). Stowe School’s chapel provides a wonderful venue to enjoy hearing the musical stars from the school perform along with professional Opera singers. Tickets £15 /boxes £500 (5-6 Seats) including drinks reception. Bookings www.artsatstowe.co.uk
• All of the proceeds will go to Leonard Cheshire Disability (registered charity number 5528467).
Saturday 25 November, 8 till late: Supper dance at the WI hall, Manor Road, Brackley, in aid of Dogs for Good and Hogwatch. The Lee Malvern 4 will provide the music and there will be a ham and cheese supper – bring your own drink. Tickets are £10 each from 01280 700768.
Saturday 25 November 8pm: Mari Wilson – Pop Deluxe at the Ugland Auditorium. The show features Mari’s unique interpretations of the songs of Dusty Springfield. For the past 18 months, Mari has been touring her show, Ready Steady Girls, to sell-out crowds with the songs of Petula Clark, Sandie Shaw, Cilla Black and more, the Brit girls who inspired her as she was growing up in North London. Mari played Dusty Springfield in Dusty The Musical which toured venues throughout the UK in 2000.
Running time 1hr 20min plus an interval. Tickets £20 / Members and Concessions £18.
Thursday 30 November 8pm: The Brackley European Association meet in Brackley’s Old Fire Station on the last Thursday of every month at 8pm. Friendly, lively group keeping the town’s twinning alive and well. The November meeting is a special fundraising Wine Tasting evening. Interesting wines selected by an expert, tasty nibbles and pleasant company! No expertise is required; everyone is welcome. Tickets cost £9 a head and are available from Graham Archdale on 01280 704018.
Saturday 2 December, 7.30pm-late: Gin-tasting night at Hummingbirds Bistro, Market House Courtyard, Brackley, NN13 7AB. Hummingbirds have joined with Brackley Wines to offer the opportunity to taste different gins and create you own gin and tonic.
• Call 01280 700797 for more information.
Sunday 10 December 2pm: Little Blue Monster presents Lily and the Little Snow Bear at Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. A glittering, snowy tale about a little lost bear and a brave little girl. After the show meet Lily and Baby Bear, say hello and have your photo taken with them. Suitable for ages 3+. Running time: 55mins. Ticket Price: £8.50. Bookings www.artsatstowe.co.uk
Sunday 17 December 7pm: Christmas Boogienotes Rock and Pop Choir at the Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. Join us and the wonderful Boogienotes Choir for an evening of wonderful Christmas songs and carols to celebrate the festive season in style.
You are invited to join us for a glass of wine and a festive treat. Running time 75 mins followed by drinks and a festive treat. Tickets : £10 / £9 Members / £4 under 16’s. Bookings www.artsatstowe.co.uk
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 email@example.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.