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Brackley online Post, 18 January 2019

 This week’s headlines include:

  • MP’s ceremonial launch for new medical centre
  • Saints secure comfortable win
  • National Trust invitation to volunteers
  • Brackley Panto Tickets Now Available

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MP Andrea Leadsom officially launched the start of construction on the new Brackley Medical Centre. Those present at the ceremony included the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Brackley, Cllr Mark Morrell and Cllr Anthony Bagot-Webb, and representatives from the local GP surgeries including the GP Locality Chair Dr Philip Stevens, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire NHS Healthcare Foundation Trust Angela Hillery, and the developer of the project Chris Taylor of Dudley Taylor Pharmacies. Mrs Leadsom was invited to tour the site of the new building, and to see first-hand the progress that is already being made. The new Medical Centre will incorporate GP services alongside other primary and community care facilities, including an array of outpatient and pharmacy services. The building will also see the return of intermediate step-down care beds to South Northamptonshire which were lost when the old Brackley Cottage Hospital closed.


Brackley’s Dogs Allowed gets a radio boost

Boosting footfall and helping dog owners in Brackley’s High Street was promoted when Dogs Allowed was featured on the Stuart Linnell show on Radio Northampton. Town businesses want to make life easier for visitors who have dogs. Look out for the Dogs Allowed stickers appearing in Brackley shops, cafes and pubs. If you have a dog, own a business, or know someone who does, then there is more information here The scheme also caters for businesses that cannot or prefer not to allow dogs with a “Sorry, Dogs Not Allowed” sticker which nevertheless makes it clear that assistance dogs are allowed.

While we’re on the topic of dogs – help yours to be well-behaved

Whether you are a new owner or someone who just wants to improve their pet’s behaviour, Brackley and Buckingham Dog Training Club will welcome you. See the details alongside.


Find out about volunteering at Canons Ashby

If one of your New Year resolutions was to find out about volunteering, then why not try the Volunteer Open Day at National Trust Canons Ashby House on 26 January. Meet some of the volunteers over a cuppa and find out more about how you can join this friendly team. There are plenty of roles available for different types of volunteers, where you can use or develop your skills and make a difference to our special place. If you’re planning to go along please email or just turn up on the day.
Please be aware that Canons Ashby is not otherwise open on this day.

The basics – suitability
This is aimed at adults. For info about volunteers under 18 please email as above. Assistance dogs are welcome.


A great night with a great band


This all-singing, all-dancing production is sure to entertain adults and children alike and audiences will be transported to the streets of Old Peking on a magical adventure to discover hidden treasures.


Telling the story of a most remarkable man

All you need to know is here – book now!

Sea Cadets send out a call for volunteers

Taking part in this year’s Remembrance Day parade

Brackley’s Sea Cadets need more adult volunteers – or the group may face closure in the New Year. Town-based Training Ship Tidespring opened in 2015 and has become one of the town’s most popular youth organisations but leaders are struggling to find volunteers to help run the unit.

Since opening, the group has provided a wide variety of opportunities and experiences for the young people of Brackley; cadets are able to complete Duke of Edinburgh Awards, learn about teamwork and leadership and complete water sports qualifications. The Sea Cadet Corps is a national charity funded by donations and supported by volunteers. Leading Junior Cadet Robert Knight, aged 11, said he would be really sad if it closed: “It would be like something was missing. I really enjoy going and would miss learning about new things and all the fun stuff too. My favourite thing is kayaking – it’s really fun to get out on the water. I also went on Junior Summer Camp which was the best week ever, I didn’t even miss home.”

Lieutenant Chris Read, Commanding Officer of Northampton Sea Cadets, who is currently supporting the Brackley unit, said: “Without more adult volunteers the unit is set to struggle and possibly close in 2019, which is a real shame because the Sea Cadet experience helps equip young people with the skills and experiences they need to be successful in adult life.

On parade during a recent visit to Bristol’s historic dockyards

“All that is required is a commitment to get stuck in, a willingness to learn and a desire to make a positive difference in young people’s lives. No experience is required as all necessary training will be provided by the organisation. There are also a lot of great opportunities for personal development in the Sea Cadets.”

Adult volunteers are able to complete nationally recognised courses in leadership and management as well as becoming qualified instructors in activities like yachting and kayaking.
Brackley Sea Cadets meet every Friday at their headquarters in the town from 7pm to 9pm. To find out more about becoming a volunteer with the Sea Cadets email or call 07955 896890.


History society gets ready for AGM

Brackley History Society will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday 6 February.
Nominees for Committee Membership and items for inclusion in the agenda should be with the Minutes Secretary by 30 January. After the AGM there will be a talk by Gerald Lesinski entitled The Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick. For more information, email, phone 01280 703166, or post to: Chapel Cottage, Hill Street, Brackley, NN13 6AL.


New Year treats as NT Live returns to Stowe

Arts at Stowe are delighted to confirm that National Theatre Live is returning to “The Roxy”. The remaining event is on Thursday 31 January (7pm), with David Hare’s explosive new play I’m Not Running.
For more information and  ticket details, visit


Brackley Morris offer open invitation to ‘have a go’

If you saw Brackley Morris during their Boxing Day events, you might have thought: “I wouldn’t mind having a go at that…” Well, you can. Open taster evenings are being held in January, February and March. So if you’ve ever fancied feeling a bit of rhythm, bashing a few sticks, working up a sweat, and then quenching your thirst with a pint, why not go along to one of their practice evenings and try it for yourself? It’s a great time of year to start because, with few outings until May, these evenings are always relaxed. Why not bring a friend too! They meet at 8pm on Thursday evenings at the CofE Junior School, Manor Road, Brackley. Feel free to join them, though it’s always best to call first as the school is occasionally closed. Stephen Ferneyhough 07764 799947; E-mail: More details on the website:

Saints keep their  trophy run going

Hereford 1-3 Brackley Town
The FA Trophy holders moved into the third round with a comprehensive win at Hereford’s Edgar Street, with goals from Shane Byrne, Lee Ndlovu and Shaun Jeffers while the hosts grabbed a late consolation goal through centre-back Josh Gowling.

“I am very pleased with the win and to be in the draw for the next round,” Kevin Wilkin said. “The strikers worked really hard today and I am delighted that they both got goals because that’s what we need from our strikers, that’s why they are in the team. We restricted Hereford to long-range efforts and one or two tested Danny but he was equal to them. When we created opportunities we took them.”

Hereford’s Kyle Flinn’s early effort clipped Danny Lewis’ cross-bar but it was the visitors quickly in charge as Matt Yates saved well from Lee Ndlovu and Gaz Dean’s header was cleared off the line. Saints’ strong start earned an early reward through the award of a 13th minute penalty after Shaun Jeffers was fouled by Bulls captain Jordan Cullinane-Liburd. After recent tribulations from the penalty spot it was Shane Byrne who assumed the responsibility of putting his side in front which he duly did by firing high beyond Yates.

Adam Walker’s fierce effort was kept out and Shep Murombedzi’s shot flashed across goal without finding the finishing touch as the visitors took a deserved lead into the break. That lead would have been doubled but for a controversial incident as the referee whistled for the end of the half with the ball in the air as Dean headed home.

Undeterred by the acrimonious finish to the first half, Saints came out from the break and immediately increased the lead as Matt Lowe’s determined run and fine cross was turned in by Lee Ndlovu for his 14th goal of the season.

Hereford struggled to mount a fight-back and fell further behind when fine build-up play found Shaun Jeffers 10 yards out and he turned beautifully to find the bottom corner of the net with 63 minutes played. A late flurry forced an added time consolation goal, Josh Gowling heading in, but Saints were worthy winners and through to the last 16 of the Buildbase FA Trophy for the third season running.

“We won the game but in the changing room afterwards the lads are still not happy,” Wilkin added. “There is an inquest going on because they want to do better. Scoring three goals away from home is not enough, they want to keep that clean sheet. That’s pleasing to see and it’s the spirit we want. It’s five games unbeaten now and hopefully some momentum building for us in the league as well as the cup.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Lowe, Franklin (Myles 84), Byrne, G.Walker, Dean, Murombedzi (Fairlamb 61), Armson, Ndlovu, Jeffers (Nti 90), A.Walker. Sub unused: McAlinden.
Hereford FC: Yates, Thomas, Greenslade, Wharton, Cullinane-Liburd, Gowling, Richards (Dielnav77), Owen-Evans, Finn (O’Sullivan 56), Roberts (Reffell 56), Symons. Subs unused: Smith, Dinsley.
Referee: Richard Hulme; assistants Matt Eva and Mark Derrien.
Attendance: 1569

Coach seats available  for Chesterfield FA Trophy match

Want to see the Saints’ away game at Chesterfield but don’t fancy driving to Derbyshire? Well, book a coach seat and let someone else do the driving… seats are available on a coach making the journey on Saturday 2 February. Cost is £12 per person and it leaves the club car park at about 11.30am. Payment must be made online and there is no pay on the day.
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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.

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Friday 18 January: Fiori Musicali’s first concert of 2019 will be in a rather special location – Aynho Great Barn. Handel, Geminiani and Telemann concertos performed by an ensemble of top-notch baroque music specialists. Some tickets still available:

Friday 25 January, (doors open 7pm): Culworth Film Night, in the village hall, sees a showing of  King of Thieves, starring Michael Caine. A crew of retired crooks pulls off a major heist in London’s jewellery district, but what begins as a nostalgic last hurrah for the group quickly becomes a brutal nightmare when greed overtakes them. Tickets including light supper £10 (film only, £5). Ring June on 01295 768184 or Jule on 760855 to book, or email Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.

Saturday 26 January, 7.30pm: Brackley-based Great Central Big Band performs at The Spencer, Banbury United Clubhouse, Banbury OX16 5AB. Tickets, £10, can be bought at the door, or on the band’s website.

Saturday 2 February, 1pm:  Organ Recital in Stowe School Chapel. The organ at Stowe celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. It is the second largest school organ in the country, boasting four manuals, 58 speaking stops, and 2,983 pipes, ranging in length from a few inches to 32 feet. We look forward to welcoming professional organists from around the country for these 30-minute lunchtime recitals. To confirm your attendance please email or call 01280 818012.

Wednesday 13 February, 8pm:  Little Mighty presents SHIVERS – The Book of Darkness and Light in Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. A trio of delightfully thrilling new ghost stories, set to the haunting sounds of the violin. The Book of Darkness & Light contains within it some of the most chilling tales ever told. Supernatural mysteries stir from its pages. A co-production between Harrogate Theatre, Square Chapel Arts Centre and LittleMighty. Age guideline 14-plus. Running time: 1 hr 40 min including interval.

Thursday 14 February, 7.30pm: Charity Champagne & Jazz Concert in Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. What better way than to spend Valentine’s Day celebrating with Champagne and Jazz. Hear the Stowe Big Band play from their extensive repertoire along with several of our amazing vocalists. Proceeds will go to Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers. This will be a popular event, so early booking is essential. To confirm your attendance or enquire about membership please email or call 01280 818012. Running time: 1 hr 45 min including interval.

Sunday 17 February, 2pm: Lempen Puppet Theatre presents The Amazing Thing at  Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. Storyteller Peter Grimm opens the box to find a ‘Thing’ that takes him on an unusual journey, weaving its way through a medley of well-known tales by the Brother’s Grimm, to finally unlock his imagination and free his stories. Lempen Puppet Theatre returns with puppets, acting and live music. Join us for fun, inspiration and afternoon delight for all the family.Running time: 55 min. Age rating: Families.

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,

Wednesday 27 February, 8pm: Vocal Concert at Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. This year’s concert promises to be as memorable an event as ever. There will be a variety of vocal music, from the Renaissance through to the 21st century, representing both sacred and secular song repertoire in a variety of languages. Stowe School has a team of five highly experienced singing teachers offering tuition from beginner to advanced levels. Between us, we have performed in radio and television broadcasts, session singing, the West End, opera houses and recitals at major venues throughout the world. Running time: 1 hr. To confirm your attendance please email or call 01280 818012.

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