This week’s headlines include:
• It’s the Classic Car Festival on Sunday
• Sausage and Cider on Saturday
• Brackley Town win grant to help set up all-girls team
• Ring the changes at church tower open day
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Sunday is classic cars in the park day for Mayor’s charity
Proud owners will be putting their classic cars on display in Brackley Park, High Street, on Sunday as part of the Mayor’s charity appeal. The annual event is always a hit with families and owners alike. So do come along and give your support. It’s all in a good cause.
• Full details are on the Town Council website – Click Here
A Strictly wonderful dancing weekend for charity
Get ready for a Strictly wonderful event in Brackley. Step by Step Dance School Ltd is holding a charity event in aid of Dogs for Good. Strictly Brackley will be held at Magdalen College School Waynflete Site on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August, starting at 7pm each evening.
The shows will be compered by Aaron Williams and taking part will be UK Amateur 10 Dance Champions and now UK Professional Vice Champions Nick Kelly and Cheyenne Russell, as well as UK Intermediate League Champions Lewis Harper and Alice Gregory.
• Tickets are available from Reds in Draymans Walk, Brackley; Topsy Turvey at 89 High Street or call Viv on 07790 130579.
Brackley Town win grant to help set up all-girls team
Brackley Town Football Club are celebrating after being awarded a £2,100 Grow the Game grant – something that has attracted praise from England manager Gareth Southgate. The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in Brackley, has paved the way for Brackley Town Football Club Juniors to create an all-girls football team for ages 8 to 11. The initial stage of the project is to introduce a girls’ soccer school which will commence on Saturday 9 September on their all-weather pitch starting at 9.30am. The introduction of the school is with a view to create at least two teams by the end of the current season.
England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said: “I am so pleased that Brackley Town Football Club Juniors has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with Northamptonshire County FA and the Football Foundation to get more local people playing football so that they can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that come with playing regular sport. Grow the Game is mainly funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. This is money that is flowing from the very top of the game down to the lowest levels, to help clubs at the grassroots to bear the cost of starting up a new team, whether it be for a new kit, pitch hire or sending volunteers on FA-accredited coaching courses.”
Brackley Morris Men Summer Tour, August bank holiday weekend
The Brackley Morris Men will be out and about on their annual bank holiday weekend tour, and will be dancing at the following locations. All welcome to come and join in the fun.
Sunday 27 August
2pm – Canons Ashby House
3pm – Star Inn, Sulgrave
4pm – Greatworth Inn, Greatworth
5pm – Three Conies, Thorpe Mandeville
6pm – The Plough, Upper Boddington (beer festival)
Monday 28 August
11.30am – The Countryman, Staverton
12.30pm – The Windmill, Badby
2.50pm – Everdon Fete
4pm – Everdon Fete
5pm – Kings Arms, Farthingstone
6pm – Red Lion, Litchborough
New MD promises new pieces as choir gets ready for autumn
Brackley Male Voice Choir meets for the first rehearsal of the autumn term at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6 September at the Baptist Church, Waynflete Close, Brackley.
This will be the first occasion that Shaun Humphries meets the choir and wields the MD’s baton. Shaun intends to introduce new pieces of modern music to the choir. This is an ideal time for potential new members to visit the choir. You will be very welcome.
• For more information call Paul Bennett on 01280 703904.
A chance for children to have fun, sing together and help charity
Young people in South Northamptonshire are being encouraged to have fun while singing together to raise money for national and local charities. Raising money for Children in Need (CIN) and the Towcester Youth Coffee House, Fun, Raise, Sing will see songs written and performed by the young people themselves and recorded as an album, culminating in a live theatre performance that will be recorded for the local BBC news CIN broadcast on Friday, 17 November.
Song writing workshops will be taking place throughout September and November in Brackley, Bugbrooke, Grange Park and Towcester. The initiative is being organised by Aspire Arts Academy and is being supported by the Chairman of South Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Fiona Baker, who said: “I’m really excited about the idea of young people working together while having fun and doing something good for society.”
Kat Stephens, director of Aspire Arts Academy, said: “Aspire has always been about promoting the community, and with everything that’s happened this year I think it’s really important to show young people what good can be done when they work together. It’s simply about having fun, raising money and singing together.”
The cost is £35 per child and includes: the song writing workshop, four rehearsals (with a vocal coach, choreographer, and an ‘acting through song’ specialist), a Vocal Balance Education Pack, and rehearsals and two concerts at The Venue MK Theatre in Milton Keynes. Local sponsorship for children eligible for financial assistance is available upon ticking the relevant box on the application form.
• For more information and to watch a video about ‘Fun, Raise, Sing’ visit the Aspire Arts Academy website.
Tower open day for you to ring the changes
On Saturday 19 August from 2-4.30pm there will be a Tower Open Day at St. Peter’s Church, Brackley (Old Town, NN13 7BZ). Ever wondered how bellringing works? Come and see how it’s done and give it a go – for free! If you love the sound of the bells ‘your tower needs you’ to keep them ringing in the future. No need to be musical, mathematical or strong – any age from 11+. You only need to enjoy the sound, be interested in a new skill and in making new friends. Cream teas will also be on sale, along with a plant stall and a raffle.
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Brackley Town 1-0 Nuneaton Town
Brackley maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a deserved win against Nuneaton Town on Tuesday, writes Tim Carroll. Ellis Myles scored the decisive early goal in a game dominated by the home side and in which the visitors threatened only in brief spells. Myles provided the moment of the night in the 13th minute cutting inside on to his left foot to beat the defender before placing his shot beyond keeper Dean Lyness and into the far top corner. The wing-back’s sumptuous effort finished a sweeping move started by Glenn Walker and was a goal worthy of winning any game.
Jimmy Armson’s mazy run came close to creating Brackley’s second goal on the hour, bringing a flying save from Lyness who recovered to save again as Lee Ndlovu picked up the rebound. Substitute Matt Lowe hit the post in added time to round off a strong team performance by Saints and secure a fourth consecutive win.
“The boys are playing to a really good level and have been expansive with the ball and good in lots of areas tonight,” Kevin Wilkin said after the final whistle. “Danny Lewis in goal had little to do. It would have been nice to have got a second to steady the nerves but we deserved the win and all credit to the players for a really solid performance that showed understanding of the game and some real quality.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker, Armson, Ndlovu (Diggin 73), Brown (Lowe 79), A.Walker. Subs not used: Kaziboni, J.Byrne, Tilney.
Nuneaton Town: Lyness, Trotman, C.Wildin, Gascoigne (L.Wildin 62), Ashton, Heaton, Beswick, Daniels, Chambers, Nicholson, Ball (Hickey 67). Subs not used: Taylor, Tweed, Glover.
Referee: Scott Simpson; assistants Scott Postin and Rob Cairns
Irresistible Saints win again for a hat-trick of victories
North Ferriby Utd 0-5 Brackley Town
Brackley secured a third win in a week to finish the day on top of the embryonic National League North table with a comprehensive victory at newly relegated North Ferriby, writes Tim Carroll. Luke Graham opened the scoring after Shane Byrne’s 35th-minute corner was headed back across goal by Andy Brown, centre back Graham heading past keeper Ross Durrant to set his side on their way. Adam Walker fired just wide and Lee Ndlovu hit the bar as Saints pressed for the second goal before the interval.
The second half was a one-sided affair with Gareth Dean, Jimmy Armson and Graham again all close to extending the lead. The excellent Durrant twice saved well from Ndlovu on the hour mark before Saints ran away with the game, rattling in four goals in 14 minutes, all from the boot of Armson.
Armson was felled by Ferriby captain Steve Brogan and it was the midfielder who got up to convert a 72nd minute penalty. Just minutes later Shane Byrne played Armson in and he took the ball in his stride in the penalty area and finished low past Durrant. The introduction of substitutes Steve Diggin, Ben Tilney and Matt Lowe did nothing to break Saints’ stride and two surging runs by Lowe on the right delivered crosses that Armson calmly despatched past Durrant to notch his third and fourth goals of the game and Saints’ fifth.
“It is obviously pleasing to get another win,” said Kevin Wilkin. “Again we created lots of chances and this afternoon we have shown the ruthlessness in front of goal. We prepare now for the next game on Tuesday.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles (Lowe 79), Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker (Tilney 76) , Armson, Ndlovu, Brown (Diggin 76), A.Walker. Subs not used: Kaziboni, J.Byrne.
North Ferriby United: Durrant, Barrows (Dixon 40), Brogan, Johnson, Cooke, Skelton, Russell, Bateson (Ambalu 65), Seidi, Fry, Emerton (Pugh 74). Subs not used: Kyei, Rzonca.
Referee: Barry Lamb; assistants: Lewis Smith and John Blades.
• Full list of season’s fixtures is on the club website – Click Here
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 in 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.
Tuesday 22 August 11.30am-1.30pm: Job Seekers Club
Wednesday 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:bKnit 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.
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 7 September, 11am -12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Saturday 9 September, 2.30pm-4pm: German Café
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.
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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Saturday 19 August, 2-4.30pm: Tower Open Day at St. Peter’s Church Brackley. Ever wondered how bellringing works? Come and see how it’s done and give it a go – for free! If you love the sound of the bells ‘your tower needs you’ to keep them ringing in the future. No need to be musical, mathematical or strong – any age from 11-plus. You only need to enjoy the sound, be interested in a new skill and in making new friends. Cream teas will also be on sale, along with a plant stall and a raffle.
Saturday 19 August, 12.00-10.00pm: Sausage and Cider Festival at Brackley Rugby Club.
Live music, 30+ real ciders, and great sausages – the annual Brackley sausage and cider festival is back in 2017 on Saturday August 19.
All ciders are sourced from artisan producers around the country, and local makers, and there will be bottled sparkling craft cider from CiderBods – www.ciderbods.co.uk – the online store for real cider drinkers, served ice cold.
Food stalls selling a variety of sausages – from artisan hot dogs to Polish kielbasa.
Sunday 20 August, 11am-4pm: Classic Vehicles in the Park at Brackley Park, High Street.
Sunday 27 August to Friday 1 September: Sacred Music Retreat at Limes Farm, Farthinghoe, NN13 5PB. Speakers will be Teresa and Kimberly Kodimer. For more information, call Natalie on 07860 372085.
Wednesday 6 September, 7.30pm: Brackley and District History Society meets at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. Martin Sirot-Smith will talk about ‘Tudor Daily Life’. If you were poor you worked on land whose owners took some of the food you grew as rent. Most people lived in small villages of thatched huts with one or two rooms. Boys went to school from the age of four until seven, while girls were kept at home to help or were sent out to work.
• The society meets at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. Visitors are welcome. All enquiries to secretary Karen Gees
(01280 702837), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 8 September, doors open 7pm: Culworth Film Night – Midnight in Paris (12A) – at village hall, with supper. Tickets £10 with supper/£5 film only. Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.
Monday 11 September: Regular WI meeting will hear a talk about medical detection dogs from Claire Farrar, mother of a child who depends on her dog Shirley to alert the family to the possibility of collapse.
• WI website: Brackleywi.btik.com
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 refrehsment and glass.
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 email@example.com. Canapes at the interval are included in the ticket price. Wine and fruit juices available for donations.
Sunday 15 October, doors open 3pm: Film matinee of Viceroy’s House (12A) with afternoon tea. Tickets £10 with tea/£5 film only.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.