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Brackley online Post, 18 May 2018

This week’s headlines include:

  • Volunteers wanted to help with Carnival Day!
  • Late call for charity bike ride this Sunday
  • Town gets ready to join Saints at Wembley

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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

Go for it Saints! The whole town’s rooting for you…

Brackley Town take to the Wembley turf on Sunday in the final of their FA Trophy campaign with kick-off at 4.15pm. If you can’t get to the stadium, the match is being shown live on BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD while BBC Radio Oxford will have a pre-match build-up (on FM) from 2.15pm followed by live commentary of the match.

Bloomers of Brackley is just one of many town businesses that got dressed up to support the Saints

Buckingham Art For All group judges town shop displays

As a local art group the committee of Buckingham Art For All, Bafa, were very pleased to be asked to judge the fantastic displays in the ‘Let’s Decorate Brackley Red and White’ window-dressing competition. It was brilliant to see such enthusiasm for supporting Brackley Town Football Club. The winners’ names are available on the club’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

If you want something to do on Saturday before the Sunday trip to Wembley, Bafa are holding an art exhibition at the the Cote in The Woolpack pub, Well Street, Buckingham. The exhibition is  open 11am to 8pm on Saturday 19 May and 11am to 6pm Sunday 20 May. Please come along and join us.Bafa has a number of members who live in Brackley and surrounding villages; we are a friendly group and always welcome new members. More details can be found at


The date is set – now volunteers are wanted for Carnival Day

NOTE THE DATE – Saturday 9 June is the big day when townsfolk can let their hair down with the year’s biggest family event. The theme for this year’s Carnival is Animal Kingdom and organisers are well into setting up a super day. They are delighted to have the backing of Wembley-bound Brackley Town Football Club, who will be running a youth five-a-side competition. More information on this can be found by clicking on the link at the end of the football report. Meanwhile, another old favourite, the dog show, is back with a brand new organiser.

Children will be able to take part in free circus skills workshops with Circus Wizz or the mobile skate park provided by the Northampton Association of Youth Clubs. Displays –  Brackley Army and Sea Cadets and local dance groups.

We still have some space for stalls,craft tables and trade stands on the Carnival field along with entries for the procession, so if you are a group, school, business or organisation, or have an interesting vehicle and would like to get involved, please contact us.,Carnival is a great way to promote your charity, business or organisation.
Entry to Carnival for adults is £5 on the day or £4 for advanced wristband available from many schools and businesses in the town. Secondary school-age children £3

Bookings are being taken now for stalls, craft tables in the craft tent and trade stands on the Carnival field, along with entries for the procession. So if you are a group, school, business or organisation and would like to get involved please contact The event is a great way to promote yourself, either by taking a stand on the field or entering the procession. They are also keen to get interesting and classic/vintage vehicles into the procession. If you fancy being part of this year`s carnival entertainment there will be a community stage sponsored by Northamptonshire County Council. “We are looking for bands, singers, music groups, comedians… in fact anyone who would like to perform, so get in touch to book your slot,” they say.

“Brackley Carnival is organised by a very small team who give time to plan and make Carnival happen, but we need more people to either join the team on the Carnival committee and/or help on the Carnival day, so if you can spare a few hours please email or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876. For the carnival website, Click Here.


Lark Rise Bike Ride this Sunday (May 20)

A fine forecast for Sunday, so what better way of helping victims of brain tumours and their families than riding through our gorgeous local countryside in the middle of May? Please don’t hesitate, just sign up. It’s only £12.50 for adults and £6 for children, with a bargain family ticket too. Online registration will close Friday night. If you turn up at Mixbury unregistered (check in between 8.30 and 10am), we will ask for an additional donation of £5 per head (£4 children).

It’s a sponsored cross-country ride on quiet lanes and tracks, family friendly 12.5 and 25-mile circuits, with a 40-mile option to challenge regular riders. It is all in the name of, a vital organisation that supports those with brain tumours and their families, providing information and local help and get-togethers. The ride starts and finishes at Mixbury NN13 5RP, at our ancient English Heritage site, the moated Beaumont Castle. Follow our signs and cruise through three counties – Oxon, Northants and Bucks.

There will be a halfway stop in a lovely garden in Hethe, for a refuel and a breather before choosing which route to complete. The more adventurous will get a tour of magnificent Stowe and take in the perimeter of Silverstone Race Track. On return there will be hot food (thanks to The Muddy Duck) on offer back at the ‘castle’.
To register, search lark rise 2018 brainstrust which will take you via the charity website so you can check them out. There’s a fundraising pack to select if you want to get some last-minute sponsorship.
• For more info, call Chris Swallow (Swallows Nursery) 01280 847721 or 848611 or email


Plenty of entertaining events in updated arts bulletin

South Northamptonshire Council has an updated calendar of April arts events – quite a few events and lots of community cinema screenings added, so do have a look. To download a PDF of the full updated list, Click Here.


Ribbon of Poppies in Brackley to mark end of Great War

Hundreds of pledges have been received in support of a call to plant swathes of poppies commemorating the end of the First World War 100 years ago. In the UK, members of the Scout and Guide movements have led the way in supporting the project. Scouts and guides, local organisations, Schools and councils the length and breadth of the UK have now pledged to plant poppies to help create a carpet of the red flowers in time for the centenary of the end of World War One in 2018.

Here is a selection of poppies that have already been delivered to the Town Council office. All different sizes, styles and shades of red, knitted and crocheted they look amazing. We have also heard that some of the schools are doing pompoms and woven poppies. If you would like to be involved but don’t know where to start, pop in to see us in the Council office and we can give you a hand. Also if you feel that knitting or crochet is not for you but would like to be involved, donations of wool or black buttons would be lovely for local knitters and crocheters can create poppies from them.

The Ribbon of Poppies project is the brainchild of Iain Henderson a Scout Leader from Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. Mr Henderson and colleagues from The Memorial Mob – a group dedicated to creating memorials and events to help remember the “uniformed” services, are hoping the poppy ribbon will be “a living legacy to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice”. He said: “Our idea is to create a carpet of crimson from Land’s End to John O’Groats to remember all those killed or wounded in the war.”

The venture has now won international backing. Some 600 confirmed pledges have been received to date, stretching as far afield as California, Indonesia and the Falkland Islands. Individuals and groups are being encouraged to take part, simply by planting poppy seeds on a pocket of land – your front garden if possible or where they can be seen.
• For further details, go to
Brackley is also planning a ribbon of knitted or crocheted poppies to line the High Street on Remembrance Day and are seeking volunteers or groups to create the poppies for this ribbon please.  Contact the Town Council for details.

Please note – Saturday 19 May is correct. You may have seen earlier notices showing Sunday 20 May.

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Highs and lows as season draws to close

Harrogate Town 3-0 Brackley Town
After the semi-final high of victory over Bradford Park Avenue and passage into the Promotion Final came the low of defeat at Harrogate Town as the hosts ran out convincing 3-0 winners to seal their place in the National League next season, writes Tim Carroll.

“It is very disappointing,” Kevin Wilkin said. “It was an achievement to reach the final and to have this opportunity but on the day we did not perform as we can, and as we have done consistently throughout the season. But we will get together, dust ourselves down and prepare for next Sunday’s game. Congratulations today to Harrogate.”

In-form striker Dom Knowles put his side in the driving seat by half-time with two goals, Joe Leesley added a second-half third and Saints were left to rue early missed chances on a day when nothing ran for the away side. The first goal threat of the game came from the visitors as Shane Byrne’s 18th minute shot was deflected for a corner kick and Alex Gudger’s header from the corner was cleared off the line. Harrogate won a disputed 25th minute penalty for hand-ball and Knowles finished clinically to put his side ahead and get the home crowd in good voice.

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Brackley three times went close to hitting back as Aaron Williams saw his shot saved, Adam Walker’s shot was blocked and Williams’ header was wide. At the other end Knowles missed a golden chance having latched on to a stray back-pass. On 40 minutes Harrogate did double their lead as Leesley’s free-kick was not cleared and Knowles scooped the ball beyond Danny Lewis. Nine minutes were added at the end of the first period after two breaks for serious injury.

After the interval Saints came close to halving the deficit when Lee Ndlovu got in behind the defence but lobbed just too high with ’keeper James Belshaw stranded and a goalmouth scramble on the hour mark saw the visitors just inches away from pinching a goal back. But Harrogate’s dominance eventually told with a 71st minute goal by Leesley to put the outcome beyond doubt. Ryan Fallowfield’s right-wing run and cut back was met to perfection by Leesley who fired past Lewis first time.

Harrogate supporters were celebrating early as there seemed no way back for a Brackley team strangely out of sorts. Six minutes were added after a further injury but on the final whistle the CNG Stadium, bathed in glorious sunshine, was a blaze of yellow and black and a cauldron of noise saluting the victorious home side. For Brackley it was a sad finish to what has been a remarkable league campaign but on the day nobody could dispute that Harrogate had earned their promotion.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Murombedzi, Franklin, Byrne, Gudger (Myles 84), Dean, G.Walker, Armson, Ndlovu (Brown 66), Williams, A.Walker (Lowe 58). Subs unused: Graham, Iaciofano.
Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, Parker, Falkingham, Burrell, McCombe, Thomson, Emmett (Agnew 89), Beck (Wright 11 (Kerry 51)), Knowles, Leesley. Subs unused: Cracknell, Kitching.
Referee: Leigh Doughty;  assistants Paul Ince and Carl Rooney
Attendance: 3015
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• For Carnival tournament details, CLICK HERE.

Download South Northants Council Arts Events Calendar  (PDF – 645KB)
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.

– – – – Special Events At Brackley Library – – – –

Saturday mornings, 10.30-11.30am (Term time only): Creation Club with Ken and Estelle
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.

Sunday 20 May, 10am-4pm: May Event at Brackley Library with:
• A CRAFT FAIR- Lovely gifts to buy from our local crafters. Plus sand art and biscuit decoration.
• A TEA PARTY- tea and cake served all day. Scone and cream in the afternoon.
• A FOOTBALL PEBBLE HUNT – starting at the library to celebrate Brackley going to Wembley. Plus a Pebble Hunt competition.

Thursday 7 June 11am-12 noon
: Reminiscence Group
Thursday 21 June 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “Murder on the Orient Express” (Certificate 12A). £5 per person.  Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Saturday 9 June: Come and see us at Brackley Carnival!!!
Sunday 24 June 10am-2pm:  Table Top sale – £10 a table. Book your table at the library.
Thursday 29th June 7.30pm for 8pm start:  Brackley Supporters’ Group Quiz Night –  £5 per person. Prize each round.

Saturday 14 July 10am-2pm – Summer Reading Challenge Launch. This year’s theme is “Mischief Makers” and is themed on The Beano to celebrate its 80th anniversary.
Thursday 5 July 11am-12 noon: Reminiscence Group.
Thursday 19 July 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “The Darkest Hour”, (Certificate PG13). £5 per person.  Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

Thursday 16 August 7pm for 7.30 start: Brackley Library Cinema Club, title TBC. £5 per person.  Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

Please check our Facebook page for extra sessions and kids’ cinema during the summer break!!
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Until Sunday 20 May

Friday 18 May, 7.30pm


Friday 18 May, 7.30pm: Brackley-based choir Consensio sings at St. Martin’s Church, Halls Lane, Brackley – A Spring Concert with a variety of Song, Poetry and Organ playing to celebrate Spring! Free admission and all welcome, with a retiring collection in aid of church funds.

Friday 18 May, Doors open 6pm

Please note we are starting earlier than usual to accommodate any children who might want to come. Please book by the end of Tuesday 15 May if you want to be sure of having supper.

Wednesday 30 May to Friday 1 June

Sunday 3 June, 11am-4pm: Family-friendly Tudor Fair at Sulgrave Manor at the end of the May half-term holiday. See Sulgrave Manor come alive with a huge range of fun activities perfect for families and all ages. There will be lots of things to do, including historical crafts for the kids, live music, garden games, archery and falconry plus access to the manor house and garden, as well as food and drinks. The highlight of the day will be a lively and exciting joust featuring real horses! For prices and more information please visit our website – Click Here.

Wednesday 6 June 7.30pm: The next meeting of Brackley & District History Society at Brackley Methodist Church Hall will hear Professor John Clarke talking about “Forward with the Great Central Railway”. Members free,  visitors welcome £3. Refreshments will be served after the talk. Annual membership £15 per person. All enquiries to Karen Gees (Secretary) on 01280 702837, email:

Saturday 9 June: Brackley Carnival – volunteers are invited to contact the organisers to help make the town’s big day another resounding success. To see the carnival website, Click Here. Or email or phone Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.

Sunday 24 June, noon to 6pm: FOLK IN THE PARK. This free event is back… A great afternoon offering a wide range of folk music for all the family in the Town Park, next door to the Old Fire Station on the High Street.

Sunday 18 August: The 10th Brackley Festival of Motorcycling is not just about bikes and bikers. There is lots for all the family and it’s all to help good good causes. Check out the plans for this year’s show at the festival website

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