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Brackley online Post, 2 June 2017

This week’s headlines include:

• This Sunday is Soapbox Derby day
• Changes to 500 bus route through Brackley
• There’s still time to respond to council’s satisfaction survey


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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

Remember – This Sunday is Soapbox Derby Day

Every year, thousands line the High Street to watch the wild rides taken by the constructors of the wacky soapbox carts. The Best Soapbox Competition will take place at 1.30pm, with races starting at 2pm.

Come along to the High Street and join in for an afternoon of fun for all the family. This year’s sponsors are:


NEXT WEEK – The Magic and Mystery of Brackley Carnival

The procession moves off from Bracken Leas School in Pavillons Way at 11am, before working its way along Halse Road into High Street.

The theme of this year’s carnival is Magic and Mystery. To many people the carnival – and the many other events that fill our summer weekends – seem to arrive each year as if by magic. But it’s no mystery that each one of the events is the result of teams of willing workers giving much of their leisure time over several months. And they are working to provide fun days for all the family as well as aiding worthy causes. All they ask is that you come along to the events and…



 Changes to Stagecoach route 500 in Brackley

The Brackley Town Council website carries a report of changes to the Stagecoach 500 route serving Brackley.  Among a number of other changes taking place on 25 June, Pavillons Way will be taken out of the route, but Poppyfields Way, on the new developments, will be added. Residents who used the Pavillons Way stops will be able to board the bus either at Field View (Banbury Road) or Ellesmere Road stop by Halse Road.
• To read the full report from Cllr Fiona Baker, Click Here.


The rise and fall of the House of Stowe

Wednesday 7 June 2017, 7.30pm: Steve Stanley will be at Brackley History Society’s meeting to give an outline on the past, present and future of Stowe House. He will tell it through the rich stories behind the rise and fall of the Temple-Grenville family. It is a story of massive wealth which sadly ended in virtual bankruptcy as the extravagance of the dukes took its toll. It led to the sale of the house in 1922 and the establishment of Stowe School.
• Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at the Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Brackley. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Members free, visitors £3. For further information email


SNC LogoStill time to voice thoughts on services

The annual residents’ satisfaction survey has three weeks left to run, with the council keen to gain as much feedback as possible on its services. The survey runs until Friday, 16 June and South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) is inviting people to comment on its delivery of everything from waste and recycling collections to community safety and leisure services. All responses provided are anonymous, and the survey lets people comment on the quality of services provided, and whether they offer good value for money.

Cllr Karen Cooper

Cllr Karen Cooper said: “Services such as waste and recycling collections, leisure facilities and development management are a vital part of people’s lives in South Northamptonshire. We are continually looking to improve our services and the annual survey is the most efficient way for people to get their point of view across. Residents can have their say in the knowledge that the survey is completely anonymous, and we hope to receive a high volume of responses.

“We will be using the feedback gathered to direct resources and budgets to where they will have the biggest impact, and to refine the way we work where there are opportunities for improvement.” The survey, conducted by Marketing Means, an external market research organisation, on SNC’s behalf, is available online – Click Here.  A number of hard copies have been sent out by post to selected addresses and further hard copies can be requested by calling 01327 322322 or emailing

SNC grant helps Brackley Soap Box Derby

The thrills and spills start at 2pm on Sunday, 4 June (see above) as competitors take part in the Brackley Soap Box Derby. This year the derby is supported by a £750 Community Grant from SNC. The grants are available to any not-for-profit organisations located in or associated with the district.
• For more information, email tSNC Community Grants Officer Katie Arnold at, visit or call 01327 322216.

Boost your business potential with free health check

SNC are running free business health check workshops to ‘Unlock Your Business Potential’ in order to help local businesses review what has gone well during the year and identify ways to sustain and grow their business. The workshops will be hosted by Stephanie Robinson, SNC’s business support advisor, who has successfully supported many businesses in the district over the last five years.

The workshops will be held on Tuesday, 13 June, 5-8pm at Hummingbirds Coffee Bar and Bistro, Unit 2, Market House Courtyard, Brackley, NN13 7AB. Places are limited, but there will be additional workshops during 2017.
• For further information or to book a place please contact Stephanie on 01327 322107 or email For more information on the workshop and business support, 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.

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

Summer holiday activities July and August
Every Tuesday 1.30-2.20pm:  Share a book – Stories with Mary
Every Wednesday 2-3pm: Maths4Fun (except 2 August) – Maths fun with Trish
From Thursday 20 July, 3.15-5.15pm: Summer Craft Club – Crafting with Sue
From 27 July every Thursday, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club – Crafting with Ken and Estelle
From 20 July Every Thursday, 3.15-5.15pm: Summer Thursday Craft Club – Crafting fun with Sue.

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.

Saturdays 1 and 8 July 10.30-11.30am:
Creation Club with Ken and Estelle.
Tuesdays 11 and 25 July, 11.30-1.30pm: Job Seekers Club
Wednesdays 5 and 19 July: ABS Craft Evening – Adult colouring, Book Folding or Crochet (Tuition in Book Folding or Crochet £5 each)
Every Monday and Thursday, 2-4pm: Knit and Natter.
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Every Thursday 4.15-5.15pm: Thursday Craft Club with Sue

Thursday 6 July, 11am-12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Friday 14 July, 8pm: Quiz Night. £5 per person, teams of up to six, prize every round. Please book your team a table at the library.
Saturday 15 July: Launch event at Brackley Lirary for Animal Agents 2017 Summer Reading Challenge.
Thursday 20 July, 7pm for 7.30: Cinema Club showing of I, Daniel Blake (15). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

Thursday 3 August, 11am-12 noon:
Reminiscence Group
Tuesday 8 and 22 August 11.30am-1.30pm:
Job Seekers Club
Wednesday 10 and 24 August: 
ABS Craft Evening – Adult colouring, Book Folding or Crochet (tuition in book folding or crochet £5 each)
Every Monday and Thursday, 2-4pm: 
Knit and Natter.
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm:
Jigsaw Club
Thursday 17 August, 7pm for 7.30:
Cinema Club showing of The Light Between Oceans(12A). £5 per person. Booking essential. 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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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 or by email to .

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 .


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

Friday 9 June (doors open 7pm): Culworth Cinema Night at Culworth Village Hall will feature A Street Cat Named Bob (12A) based on the true story of a down-and-out who befriends a cat and finds there is more to life than sleeping rough. There will be a fish-and-chip supper on offer. Booking is essential for supper. Please book well in advance as the organisers need to know numbers. Film and supper £11; film only £5. Call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 760855. Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.

Saturday 10 June: Brackley Carnival• For the Carnival website, Click Here.


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

Sunday, 25 June, Noon-6pm: Folk in the Park, a FREE event organised by Brackley Folk Club. A free music event to promote our folk heritage in a family friendly atmosphere. Lots of great folk acts, plus raffle, craft stalls, food, pub, fun. Come along and just chill!
• For further information, call 07922 818089, or email Don at


Friday June 30, 10am-noon:  Brackley Jubilee Choir Coffee Morning in the Old Fire Station Community Room.

Saturday July 8, 7pm: Brackley Jubilee Choir 40th Anniversary Concert at St Peter’s Church (Old Town, Brackley NN13 7BZ). First part will feature favourite Messiah choruses while the second part will include items sung by the current choir.

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

Thursday 20 July, 10am: – Brackley & District U3A monthly meeting at Brackley Methodist Church, High Street. This month’s speaker is Richard Banyard, whose topic is: “The NHS – Key National Institution or Historic Relic?” Richard has been involved in NHS management since the early 1970s, including as a chief executive. He is now an independent management consultant. Richard’s talk will trace the development of the NHS from its pre-war roots and explore some of the dilemmas and challenges faced in delivering a “free” service. The talk will also touch upon some current key issues. Visitors will be very welcome at this meeting.
• To find out more about Brackley & District U3A, Click Here.

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 954kb) – including entry form – Click Here.

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For full details of events at Stowe, including times and tickets, Click Here

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.

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