This week’s headlines include:
- Funding advice for football clubs
- Super new publications for the happy wanderer
- Mixed prelude for Saints in pre-season matches
- Don’t miss Ben Waters last gig in Turweston!
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ANDREA LEADSOM PRESSES LOCAL TRANSPORT BODY TO DELIVER FARTHINGHOE BYPASS
18th July 2019
Today, South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has called on England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance, as the Sub-National Transport Body for the area, to submit a bid for funding for the Farthinghoe Bypass through the Department for Transport’s Major Road Network Fund.
Andrea has been liaising with Northamptonshire County Council, the local LEP the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, and EEHSA to press a joint bid for the bypass, the delivery of which is a top local infrastructure priority for her as the Member of Parliament along with the Towcester Relief Road.
Farthinghoe is the only community between Banbury and Milton Keynes on the A422 / A421 which has not yet been bypassed. The s-bend through the village means that there are regular collisions between HGVs, property is damaged when vehicles try to squeeze past each other, and there are pedestrians who are in constant danger of being seriously injured or worse, not least the village schoolchildren who have to walk along the footpath next to dangerous volumes of traffic. There is also the wider economic impact to the region when the A422 does have to close because of a collision, meaning many hours lost for commuters and freight traffic as they reroute elsewhere, compounding the problem for other communities.
Previously, EEHSA, NCC and SEMLEP had agreed to support a joint bid for funding for the bypass, including end-to-end design work, via the MRN Fund. The project also has the widespread support of the community, a petition of thousands of signatures calling for the bypass to be built, and the support of the three major freight haulage associations.
The Minister of State for Transport, Michael Ellis MP, has written to Andrea this week to inform that the deadline by which Sub-National Transport Bodies can submit their prioritised schemes in order to be considered for MRN funding is the 31st July 2019.
“I have been informed this morning, in a letter from the DfT, that the deadline for funding bids through the MRN is the 31st July 2019.
“I have therefore emailed the relevant people at NCC, SEMLEP, and EEHSA to request that they honour their commitment to my constituents in Farthinghoe, and to all those road-users in the wider region, to submit a bid for funding for the Farthinghoe Bypass and that they do so by the deadline.
“This really is a hugely important issue for my constituents, and would be of immense benefit to all those who use the A422 and surrounding roads.
“I am due to meet the involved parties on the 12th September, and I very much hope we have made significant progress by then.”
Long distance footpath in South Northants becomes a reality
A new map has been published by Brackley-based Global Mapping, designed by top map creator Mary Spence MBE. The South Northants Heritage Trail has been designed to allow the walker to get the most from this beautiful and interesting part of England. South Northamptonshire contains some of the country’s most quintessentially English landscapes interspersed with attractive, largely unspoilt villages characterised by picturesque stone cottages. This rural and sparsely populated landscape has remained largely unchanged for centuries with a rich history.
1,800 listed buildings, many built from the distinctive local limestone and ironstone; over 50 conservation villages; dozens of ancient churches; the Grand Union and Oxford canals; and miles of dismantled railways – many of which are part of the trail. Dig deeper and historical links with the past are everywhere. Disused canals, WWII airfields, English Civil War battlefield, Henry VIII’s hunting woods and, going back even further, planning the Magna Carta, one of only five sites in England where jousting was allowed, abandoned medieval villages and iron age camps.
The Heritage Trail winds its way around South Northamptonshire in three linked circuits radiating out of Brackley and Towcester for a total of 158 miles, taking in many of the historic sights and sites that abound across the region. South Northants Heritage Trail will allow the visitor to discover these secrets and enjoy beautiful views, locally produced food and drink and friendly hospitality.
Global Mapping MD Alan Smith commented: “This map has taken five years to come to fruition and I have to say I am delighted, without doubt my favourite that we have ever published! Having walked every mile of the route (with wildlife expert Tim Pridmore) to check the accuracy I suppose I would say that!” Alan continued: “The original idea came from Adrian Colwell at South Northants Council to build on the series of award-winning walking guides we had published. It would be great if the South Northants Heritage Trail became as well known as The Pennine Way!”
The first of a number of videos, created to promote the delights of the Trail has just been published and is gaining enormous interest and can be viewed here .
The map has gone on sale in local outlets at just £8.99 and already is receiving favourable comments. Local resident Michael Barnes commented: “I acquired my copy from the Old Hall Book Shop today and I have to say that you have managed to conjure up an entirely fresh perspective on an area with which I thought I was pretty familiar. I’m looking forward to putting it to use. More power to your cartographer’s pen – or whatever the digital equivalent is!”
The map is also available to buy online via southnorthantsheritagetrail.co.uk where there is information about the trail, videos and FREE walking guides to download.
Find out what else is on in your community
Information about what else is on in South Northants as well as North Oxfordshire can be found in the council’s calendar of arts events during July and August. It can be downloaded from the Arts & Culture page – Click Here.
Funding advice for football clubs
The Northamptonshire FA provides a wealth of funding advice on their website. Whether it is money to kit the youth team for the season ahead or support to build a football hub, the quest to keep football running while limiting the cost to participants is an ongoing battle. By running your club finances effectively, while accessing money to support your activities, you can keep your costs down and perhaps even save a bit towards those new goalposts!
• For more information, Click Here.
Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust
The Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust was founded in 1955 with the object of raising funds to make grants to churches in Northamptonshire of all denominations for their “preservation, repair and maintenance, improvement, upkeep, beautification and reconstruction”. Grants are made to churches and chapels during the course of the year.
• For more information, Click Here.
Brackley Hogwatch research looks for help
Over the past 70 years, the UK has lost a catastrophic 97 per cent of adult hedgehogs; it is estimated that the remaining 1 million adults are declining at around 5 per cent a year – extinction could happen within 50 years!
The reason we have such a drastic decline in adult hedgehogs is simply that the juveniles no longer reach breeding age. There is more on this on the Brackley Hogwatch website. Brackley Hogwatch only get around £3,000 a year in donations, so they desperately need more.
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.
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 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? Remaining public running days this year are 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.
Saints’ cup runneth over
Barwell 0-7 Brackley Town (13 July)
Less than 48 hours after Thursday’s game against Oxford United (report below), Kevin Wilkin made wholesale changes to the starting line-up for the trip to Southern League Premier Division Barwell and could be encouraged by the 3-0 half-time lead, writes Tim Carroll. The introduction of further first-team regulars brought further goals in a one-sided second period.
“It was a good work-out,” Wilkin said. “We scored some good goals from well worked moves, the triallists applied themselves well and it is pleasing to see a number of players getting on the score-sheet. Hopefully both teams got something from the afternoon and we wish Barwell well for the season ahead.” The hosts had early chances. Twice Saints defenders cleared off the line, but Luke Fairlamb and Matt Lowe threatened for the visitors before one of the triallists put Brackley ahead, stooping to direct a header past the goalkeeper from Lowe’s cross. Another triallist doubled the lead, impressing with sharp reactions just before the interval but still with time for another goal from the same player in added time, a decisive finish from close range again. Shane Byrne scored twice from the penalty spot, Lee Ndlovu found the net, put through one-on-one with the keeper by Ellis Myles, and Dan Holman got his first goal in a Saints shirt with a neat finish after strong work by Lowe.
Starting XI: Lewis, Fairlamb, Murombedzi, Franklin, Walker, Lowe, 5 triallists. Substitutes used: Ndlovu, Dean, Armson, Langmead, Byrne, Holman.
Saints edged out on important night at St James Park
Brackley Town 1-2 Oxford United (11 July)
Kevin Wilkin’s side’s first pre-season friendly served up a lively and competitive game played in good spirit in front of 770 spectators on a remarkable evening for the club. Just three weeks after a devastating fire tore through the St James Park clubhouse, the club hosted a first-team game against League One Oxford United, demonstrating that it is business as usual with the big National League North kick-off just weeks away.
Saints won the contest on corner kick count but succumbed to two goals midway through the first half, the first a well executed finish low to Danny Lewis’ right by Fabio Lopes, followed minutes later by a simple tap in from James Henry after a speedy attack on the left caught Saints short. An own goal on the half hour after a Luke Fairlamb corner kick halved the deficit; Gaz Dean’s header struck the bar and, overall, Saints gave a good account against higher league opponents already with three games behind them.
New signings Thierry Audel, Kelvin Langmead and Dan Holman all started. A flurry of substitutions for both sides changed things around in the second half, including Connor Franklin returning to the fray after a long lay-off through injury.
“It was a good work out,” Kevin Wilkin said. “They are a strong side and are already deep into their pre-season preparations and it was tough for us. We learned something from it and we won’t come up against a side like Oxford every week. I am delighted to see Connor back and I hope he can be a big player for us this season. The result is not the most important thing tonight clearly, but we got minutes into players tonight and learned from it. There was a good crowd here tonight and good atmosphere. A lot of work went on to get the ground ready and great credit to everyone for getting the game on.”
Starting XI: Lewis, Myles, Fairlamb, Byrne, Dean, Langmead, Murombedzi, Armson, Holman, Ndlovu, Audel.
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.
The drop-in hearing-aid clinic service has resumed its visits to Brackley Library. 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 19 and Saturday 20 July
Sunday 21 July, 1.30pm
Sunday 21 July, (Doors open 1pm): 1940s Afternoon Tea with a show by The Sasparillas 1940s Close Harmony Trio. Venue is Hummingbirds Bistro in Market House Courtyard, NN13 7AB. £25 per person. For more information and to book call Hummingbirds on 01280 700797.
Friday 26 July, doors open 7pm
Saturday 27 July
29 July – 1 August
For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org – or call Artistic Director Martin Boileau on 07940 702455
Friday 2 August
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.