This week’s headlines include:
- Gallery offers new course for the artistic
- Get set for a race night to help Lucy’s mission
- Last gasp drama is sweet success for Saints
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New art courses at Rightangle Gallery
Would-be artists who want to improve their drawing and watercolour painting are invited to join the courses at Rightangle Gallery (opposite the exit from Waitrose car park in Manor Road). Already available are courses picture-framing, mount decoration and abstract acrylic painting. For more details visit the Rightangle website. Gift certificates are available to purchase – perfect for that creative friend or relative!
Something for all from Arts at Stowe
All kinds of music from opera to musicals and lunchtime concerts are on the spring listings from Arts at Stowe. There is plenty of drama – both live and live-on-screen from London theatres – at the Roxy as well as fun for families and children. To find details of all the good things on offer, along with details of how to book, go to Arts at Stowe’s What’s On page – Click Here.
Important free event for voluntary and community sector
A major concern for many people running local voluntary or community groups is funding, so this announcement of a Funding Fair at The Forum in Towcester should be most welcome. Last year’s Funding Fair was extremely successful and we are aiming for this event on Wednesday 26 June, from 10am to 3pm) to be just as good, with plenty of exhibitors and presentations providing information on the wide range of grants available to local voluntary and community groups to help them in their work.
The event includes a programme of short presentations by grant-making organisations and also some sessions concerning planning and applying for funding. Jointly organised by South Northants Volunteer Bureau and Daventry Volunteer Centre, this event and the workshops are free of charge. FREE tea and coffee will be available all day and there is a cafe on site. The venue is fully accessible and there is free parking nearby.
• More details on our website – Click Here.
A new website aimed at helping our district’s wildlife
Visit the new Brackley Wildlife website and find out more about the work being done in and around the area to help wildlife and the environment – Click Here.
Lucy was eight years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer that usually forms in certain types of nerve tissue. The tumour is housed in her rib cage and the cancer has spread to her pelvis, shoulders and the base of her skull. Lucy is currently undergoing chemotherapy, supported by the fantastic team at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The treatment plan is gruelling and will take 12 months for Lucy to hopefully achieve remission.
Across the pond in the USA, advances in paediatric oncology show that a two-year treatment on a drug known as DFMO is showing positive results and keeping children in remission, raising the 60 per cent remission rate to a staggering 84 per cent.
To give Lucy the best possible opportunity for the future she deserves, her parents, Carrie and Richard, plan to enrol Lucy on the study at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Michigan. Once Lucy finishes her treatment in the UK and has achieved remission, the family have been told that the hospital will be willing to accept Lucy on to their trial. This is fantastically positive news for the family and gives them hope for Lucy’s future but comes at a cost.”
• Tickets now on sale! Please let Tanya know how many of you would like to support this great cause and of course have bags of fun! Call Tanya 01280 847521 or 07557 659405.
Join us for an evening of Irish delight on Saturday 11 May at 7.30pm. Enjoy a three-course meal, carefully prepared and cooked by the team at Hummingbirds with three choices of starter, main and desert. This is the second of four events planned this year that takes us around the British Isles. Call 01280 700797 to book your place or pop into Hummingbirds Bistro, if you wish for further information please call 01280 700797. Places are limited and cost just £25 per person; a £5 non-refundable deposit per person is required to secure a place with full payment made by the Saturday before (4 May). Food choices will also be required by Saturday 4 May. Doors open at 7pm, seating will be pre-allocated according to the size of your party.
Trains, tea and cake in a garden setting
The Pimlico Light Railway has announced its timetable for open days at at Pimlico House, Pimlico, NN13 5TN.On offer are train rides, steam and battery-powered, for all the family on the 5in-gauge railway which extends to approximately ¼ mile around the gardens of Pimlico House. There is no admission fee, just a small charge per ride. Refreshments in the form of tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.
The railway is the result of many years of work by the Rev John Roberts (in whose garden it is situated) and a small but dedicated band of helpers. Public running days are held six times a year with the dual aims of fostering an interest in engineering amongst youngsters and raising money for the Send a Cow charity. New members (of all generations) are always welcome, so whether you are just looking for an enjoyable afternoon out or would like to join us on a regular basis, why not come along? Public running days this year are 28 April, 26 May, 23 June, 28 July, 25 August and 22 September from 3pm to 7pm on each day (unless wet).
• Directions: Satnav NN13 5TN. From Brackley follow A43 towards Towcester and take the first exit B4525 towards Helmdon/Banbury. After 400 yards take the first left, signposted to Pimlico and High Cross. Follow the road for just under half-a-mile and you will see the trains signposted to the right.
Altrincham 1-2 Brackley Town
Brackley came from behind on Tuesday to win a vital top-of-the-table tussle through an added-time own goal to remain in third place in National League North with Altrincham missing the chance to leapfrog Saints, writes Tim Carroll.
“I am absolutely delighted with the win,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We have two evenly matched sides, both extremely capable on their day. I felt we were unfortunate to fall behind in the first half and then had that bit of good fortune right at the end. But we stayed strong together, showed courage and created a terrific moment to score an excellent equaliser. It was a good game for the neutrals to watch. It was a great night and the win keeps it interesting going into the Easter weekend.”
The game’s extraordinary twist came in the 94th minute to settle what had been a close contest between two excellent footballing sides. Pressured by substitute Luke Fairlamb, Altrincham keeper Tony Thompson missed his clearance and was unable to scramble back to keep the ball from dribbling over the goal-line in the most dramatic of climaxes to leave the home crowd stunned and Brackley supporters celebrating. The home team took a 38th minute lead through Max Harrop’s deflected free-kick and started the second half well. But Saints fought back, levelling through a beautifully worked goal with 20 minutes remaining. An exchange of passes between Luke Fairlamb and Shep Murombedzi opened up the defence and Lee Ndlovu expertly turned the low cross into the goal.
Omari Sterling-James went close, firing just wide as Brackley finished strongly but nobody could have expected the last gasp drama, a denouement that secured a play-off place for Kevin Wilkin’s team. The results of the remaining three games will determine final positions and the line-up for the play-off finals in May.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Murombedzi, G.Walker, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Lowe, Armson, Ndlovu, Baker (Sterling-James 81), A.Walker (Fairlamb 64). Subs unused: Jackson, Myles, Nti.
Altrincham: Thompson, Densmore, Hampson (Richman 83), Jones (Harrison 20), Hannigan, Moult, Johnston, Williams, Hulme, Harrop (Hancock 76), Ceesay. Subs unused: Poole, Chadwick.
Referee: Michael Barlow; assistants Michael Herzog and Daniel Bruce.
Taylor-made for Moors
Spennymoor Town 2-1 Brackley Town
On the day league leaders Stockport and second-placed Chorley both slipped up, it was the chasing pack behind Brackley that took advantage as third-placed Saints went down to only a second defeat in 17 games at fourth-placed Spennymoor, writes Tim Carroll.
A goal each at the end of an otherwise barren first half sent the sides in level at the break. Playing down the considerable slope in the second period Saints came out the stronger, creating scoring opportunities. All looked set for Kevin Wilkin’s side to go on to seal what would have been an invaluable away win at the start of this crucial Easter period of four games in 10 days. It was not to be as chances were spurned only for the division’s leading scorer Glen Taylor to find the corner of Danny Lewis’ goal with a quarter of an hour remaining. It was a clinical finish to seal only a second win in nine games for Moors who moved level on points with the visitors in a tight race at the top.
Lee Ndlovu created the best opening of the first half, turning inside to make space but finding only keeper Matt Gould’s legs with the shot before Spennymoor went ahead in the 43rd minute, Ryan Hall firing past Danny Lewis from six yards as Brackley failed to clear their lines. Shep Murombedzi’s speculative shot from distance in added time was not gathered cleanly by Gould and Ndlovu’s persistence brought a rash challenge by Gould to concede a penalty. Shane Byrne converted the penalty kick to equalise.
Saints dominated the second period, playing down the slope but without finding the decisive breakthrough. Ndlovu was through on goal direct from Lewis’ kick but lost his footing, Ellis Myles and Luke Fairlamb had shots blocked when well placed and Matt Lowe’s effort was deflected wide of goal as a determined and hard-working home side thwarted Saints’ attacking ambitions. Taylor struck on 76 minutes, burying the ball beyond Lewis from a sharp chance, and Moors’ confidence only grew from there.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles (Nti 80), Murombedzi, Hall, Dean, Byrne, Armson, Lowe, Ndlovu, L.Fairlamb (Sterling-James 75), A.Walker. Subs unused: Jackson, Jeffers, Prosser.
Spennymoor Town: Gould, Williams, Brogan, Hawkins (Anderson 73), Atkinson, Curtis, Hall, Henry, Taylor, Ramshaw, Diamond (Boyes 90+2). Subs unused: Elliott, Hibbs, Harrison.
Referee: S.Barrott; assistants S.Ross and J.Rhodes.
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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.
The drop-in hearing-aid clinic service has resumed its visits to Brackley Library. The next clinic is on Friday (not Wednesday) 29 March from 10.30am to midday. Please make sure you have your NHS Hearing Aid Record Book with you when attending.
• To see the full calendar for this year, Click Here.
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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.
Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!
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Friday 26 April, 7pm
Wednesday 1 May, 5am: Brackley Morris Men celebrate May Day on Brackley Market Place. Contact: 01280 702441.
Wednesday 1 May, 10am: Northamptonshire Association for the Blind mobile sight centre will be on the Piazza from 10am until 12.30pm for advice and information. Contact: www.nab.org.uk; documents, Northamptonshire Association for the Blind (PDF, 526Kb).
Thursday 2 May, 2pm: Community Bingo, hosted by the Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Morell, at the Old Fire Station Community Room, High Street. Contact Brackley Town Council, 01280 702441.
Saturday 11 May, 12 noon: Annual Meeting and Mayor Making at Brackley Town Hall – Council Annual Meeting and Mayor Making. Contact: Town Clerk 01280 702441.
Monday 13 May, 7.30pm: Brackley WI meets at the WI Hall in Manor Road (opp Waitrose car park) to discuss resolutions and social time. More information on the WI website.
Saturday 18 May, 10am: Evenley Gardening Society plant sale at Evenley Village Hall. Contact 01280 702861.
Sunday 19 May, 10am: Dogs for Good – Dogs for Good will be hosting a Picnic at The Lake charity event at St James Lake, Hinton Road, Brackley. Further details to follow,
Monday 20 May, 2pm: Community Bingo, hosted by the Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Morell, at the Old Fire Station Community Room, High Street. Contact Brackley Town Council, 01280 702441.
Tuesday 21 May, 8pm: Evenley Gardening Society meeting at Evenley Village Hall. Contact 01280 702861.
Saturday 25 May, 7,30pm: Brackley Pop-Up Gin Festival at Egerton Hall, Juno Crescent, NN13 6GN. A chance to try an array of both local and national artisan gins whilst enjoying live music from Yorkshire’s Finest Northern Epidemic. Tickets, £12, includes your own Festival Gin Glass and your First Gin & Tonic. Tickets available from Hot Headed Hairdressers, 17 Draymans Walk, and Paws & Claws, 91 High Street. Or contact Ann-Marie direct on 07498 743919.
Sunday 2 June, 2pm: Brackley Soapbox Derby on Brackley High Street. Races start at 2pm. Contact: http://www.brackleysoapbox.org/
Saturday 8 June: Brackley Carnival. This annual event is organised by a very small team. If you are able to offer help on the day with setting up, acting as a steward or helping clear, please contact us via our website, or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.
Saturday 15 June, 9.30am: Brackley 10km Chicken Run starts from Brackley Park, High Street. The event is organised by Brackley & District Running Club; for further information and entry forms, Click Here. Or call Nicola 01280 704431.
Saturday 22 June, 7pm: Midsummer Ball Cloisters Farm, Evenley, in aid of Brackley Community Hospital. Tickets available from: Cloisters Farm, Evenley, or call 07815 716 709.
Sunday 11 August, 10am: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling in Brackley High Street and the St John’s site of Magdalen College School. Further info on the festival website.
Sunday 18 August, (opens to public 11am): Classic Vehicles in the Park at Brackley Park, High Street. Full details and entry forms can be downloaded as a PDF (1.1MB) from the Town Council website – Click Here.