This week’s headlines include:
• Suffering noisy neighbours? There’s an app for that
• Make metal matter in your recycling
• Art gallery invites you to give them a vote
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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.
- What you need to know to be ready for the new £1 coin which comes into circulation on Tuesday 28 March.
- 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
An invitation from Rightangle Artists & Artisans
If you’ve visited Rightangle Artists & Artisans and were impressed with the arts and crafts on offer, perhaps you would like to vote for us in the Best Art Gallery category of the Muddy Stilettos 2017 Awards ? We’d be really happy to have your support and so would our artists and makers! Just Click Here.
• The gallery is in Manor Road, Brackley, NN13 6AJ, opposite the exit from Waitrose car park. Phone 01280 702462.
• The Muddy Stilettos website.
There will be all sorts of activities – glee singers, flower arrangement demos, create your own special candles, how to create bracelets, inventive ways to wear your scarves, equipment demonstrations and free try-outs on Scooters, power chairs, recliners etc. Also:
- Coffee & desserts from around the world from the new owners of The Courtyard Coffee House
- Display of men’s gifts to remind you it’s getting close to Fathers Day.
- Betty & Babs nibbles and Bucks Fizz plus 15 per cent discount on ALL products for the event.
- Packed hamper for the FREE Prize Draw.
- Plus much, much more… mark the date in your diary – FRIDAY 19 MAY
Households across South Northamptonshire are being urged to recycle more of the 45 million items of metal packaging used in the district each year. SNC has teamed up with Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro), an organisation representing the metal packaging manufacturing industry, recyclers and fillers, to launch the ‘MetalMatters’ recycling campaign across the district.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of metal packaging recycling, to increase the amount collected from households and reduce the costs for dealing with household waste.
Cllr Dermot Bambridge said: “Over a year, the average household uses approximately 600 food tins, 380 drink cans, 27 aerosols and 182 foil trays. Every metal can that is recycled saves enough energy to power a television for four hours. Recycling all the metal packaging used in South Northamptonshire each year would save around 1,220 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent to taking over 260 cars off local streets for a year and helping the environment.”
Rick Hindley, executive director of Alupro the project managers, said: “The MetalMatters programme has delivered significant increases in the volumes of metal packaging collected for recycling in other parts of the UK, so we’re aiming to repeat – and hopefully better this – in South Northants.”
The campaign includes leaflets which will be sent to each of the 38,000 households in the area detailing the importance of including used metal packaging in their blue recycling bin and a series of roadshows across the district. Aerosol cans, drink and food cans, aluminium trays and wrapping foil, can all be recycled via the blue wheelie bin.
• For more information, Click Here, or for more information on waste and recycling in South Northants, Click Here.
• For an interactive A to Z of what goes where, Click Here.
Suffering from noisy neighbours? There’s an app for that
South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) has signed up to a smartphone app that makes it easier to log and report nuisance from noisy neighbours. The Noise App can be used to gather supporting evidence, which is immediately uploaded to a website where council officers can examine it.
Cllr Dermot Bambridge said: “Noise disturbance can prove to be stressful and upsetting, so it is great to see technology being put to good use by the council in order to resolve such matters quickly and efficiently. These days the majority of people have a smart phone or tablet, so by signing up to this new app we are putting residents in control with an easy to use and practical solution.”
The app, which is already being used successfully by a number of other local authorities, will support residents’ claims, but it does not replace the need for noise monitoring or visits from council officers to determine the scale and nature of nuisance noise. The app can be downloaded for free through either Google Play for Android or the App store for iPhone users.
Nuisance noise can still be reported to the council via the online reporting form or by phone; however residents now also have the option of using the app to log any disturbance, making it easier for residents to capture evidence to support any allegations.
• More details can be found either at www.thenoiseapp.com or on our website http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/noise-app.
Deadline looms for voters to register for General Election
People who have not yet registered to vote will have to get a move on if they want to vote in the General Election. People who have yet to submit their details have until 11.59pm on Monday, 22 May. Electors who voted in the recent May elections or received a poll card do not need to re-register.
• To register to vote, Click Here . For more information on registering for a postal or proxy vote, Click Here.
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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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Regular events in June
Every Monday and Thursday: 2-4pm Knit and Natter
Tuesdays 13 and 27 June: Job Seekers Club 11.30am-1.30pm
Wednesday 7 and 21 June: ABC Craft Evening 7.30-9pm. Colouring, book folding or crochet (crochet or book folding tuition £5 per person)
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Every Thursday 4.15-5.15pm: Thursday Craft Club
Every Saturday during term time, 10.30-11.30am Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
Thursday 1 June, 11am-12 noon: Reminiscence group
Saturday 10 June – We shall be at Brackley Carnival. Come along and Hook a Duck or do The Crazy Golf Challenge. Balloon Modelling on the day. See what this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is all about!!!
Thursday 15 June, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm): Cinema showing of Blithe Spirit (Cert U). £5 per person, 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 20 May: Fingask Follies at Stowe House. Join us for a glass of champagne and bring your picnic! Due to popular demand from those who love the picnic experience at Fingask Castle we are offering our ‘Second Helping’ with The Follies as an evening of music, fun and laughter with picnics on the terrace. So bring your picnic and enjoy a complimentary champagne cocktail on the South Portico. Call 01280 825710 and book now to avoid disappointment. £40 per ticket.
• To see what else is on, month by month, Click Here
Wednesday 31 May to 2 June ⬇
Communicating Doors is described by the author as a mixture of ‘psycho pastiche’ and time-warp comedy. It optimistically suggests that if only we could foresee the future, we could change it – we have been given permission to use the original London Production music and sound track by Alan Ayckbourn’s musical director, John Pattison.
A strong cast of six is headed by Jane Salmon, in the intriguingly alluring role of Poopay. Keith Fraser takes the double role of Reece, with Sarah Dawe and Lynn Fox as his two wives. Joe Gosney plays the menacing valet/butler Julian and Scott Saffrey completes the cast as the put-upon hotel security officer, Harold. Stage management is in the hands of Peter Milne, whilst Stuart Dawe handles both the lighting and the John Pattison music and sound tracks. Without giving much away – the opening of a door is usually a simple process – but after seeing this play, you may well wonder what is beyond – the clue is in the title !!
Saturday 3 June, 10am-5pm: Buckingham Country Show, Home Farm, Stratford Road, Buckingham, MK18 6AH. Fun day out for all the family. Find BuckinghamCountryShow on Facebook.
Sunday, 4 June, 2pm onwards: Brackley Soapbox Derby in High Street. This is a family event and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy a great afternoon. Snacks, drinks and other attractions will also be accessible in the Market Square during the afternoon. Further information including entry forms and technical regulations can be obtained on the soapbox website www.brackleysoapbox.org or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tuesday 6 June: Funding Fair at Towcester Racecourse. snvb, South Northants Council, Daventry District Council and Daventry Volunteer Centre join forces so that you can meet a selection of local and national funders, including The Big Lottery, Northamptonshire Community Foundation, South Northants and Daventry Community Grants and Children in Need. There will be case studies, funder presentations and the exhibition hall will be full of funders ready to talk to you about your group’s needs.
• To register for this event please contact Rob Burton on 01327 302257 or email email@example.com .
Wednesday 7 June, 7.30pm: Brackley History Society will meet in Brackley Methodist Church, High Street when Steve Stanley will be talking about Bringing Stowe House to You. Steve will give an outline to Stowe’s past, present and future telling it through the rich stories behind the rise and fall of the Temple-Grenveille family. Members free; visitors (£3) are always welcome. Refreshments will be served after the talk.
• The Society meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley. For further information please contact 01280 702837 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 10 June: Brackley Carnival. Chairman Mark Stopps says: “If you would like to get involved and keep this event in Brackley, please contact us through the website, or call me on 07778 629876.”
Saturday 10 June, 7.45-11pm: Concert tribute to the men and women of Oxfordshire who fought in the Spanish Civil War. West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0BT. Tickets £15 in advance or £20 on the door from John Haywood, 1 Queens Road, Banbury OX16 0EB; email email@example.com. Phone 07785 235715. All proceeds to the Oxford memorial to be erected in honour of the volunteers from the county.
Sunday 18 June, 9.3oam start: Brackley’s 10km Chicken Run. The event starts and finishes in the park on the High Street. There are plans for children’s races in the park for ‘supporting’ children, whilst the runners are off running round the course.
• Full details on the Brackley Running Club website – Click Here.
Wednesday 21 June, 2.30-4.30pm: Paula Jermy will give a talk in Evenley Village Hall entitled Every Picture Tells a Story. Paula will project up to 12 pictures and discuss how they relate to the lives of their artists. Tea/coffee and cake will be provided free of charge during the interval.
• In order to preserve the informality and intimacy of the event, tickets are limited. The cost is just £5 (no concessions). Reserve your place by phoning Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 14 July, 7.30-9pm: The Darcys at Home, a presentation celebrating the life and work of Jane Austen, referring to Elizabeth (nee Bennett) and Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley from Pride and Prejudice. The evening will include short snippets about her life, readings of short extracts from each of the six main novels and extracts from television adaptations. Period refreshments will be served during the interval. It is hoped that those attending will wear period costume, though this is not essential.
• Tickets are available now at £7.50 (no concessions) from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email email@example.com
Sunday 13 August: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. Keep an eye on the website for more details as they become available.
Sunday 20 August, 11am-4pm: Classic Vehicles in the Park at Brackley Park, High Street. To download an info pack (PDF 954 Kb) – including entry form – Click Here.
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For full details of events at Stowe, including times and tickets, Click Here
Friday 12 May: Beverley Craven performs at Stowe as part of a major UK tour.
Sunday 21 May: Family Theatre – The Insect Circus (suitable 2yrs and up)
Thursday 1 June: Miles Nottage and his Rhythm & Blues Band in Concert
Wednesday 14 June: Tangomotion – “a brilliant fusion of classical, tango, jazz and roots” (The Guardian).
Tuesday 27 June: Family Theatre – Oddsocks Productions present Macbeth, “a musical brew of laughter and witchcraft” suitable for families with children over 8 years.
Sunday 2 July: Boogienotes Rock and Pop Choir
Thursday 6 July: The HandleBards present As You Like It – join the all-female troupe for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ like none other.
Sunday 8 July: Brackley Chamber Music Club Present
A Midsummer’s Eve Concert: Over the Hills and Far Away.
Friday 21 July: Opera Della Luna presents Das Spitzentuch der Königin/The Queen’s Lace Handkerchief, by Johann Strauss.
Saturday 22 July: Blunderbus Presents Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, “the very funny tale of a small dog with big dreams.” Bring your picnics any time from 1pm onwards.