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Brackley online Post, 2 November 2018

This week’s headlines include:

  • The story of a most remarkable hero
  • Great festive events lined up at library
  • Saints up to fifth with midweek victory

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Telling the story of a most remarkable hero

Walter Tull was an extraordinary young man, the son of an immigrant from Barbados, born of mixed heritage at the turn of the 20th century, an orphan at the age of eight, the first outfield black footballer and the first black officer in the British Expeditionary Force during the First World War – at a time when it was illegal for such a thing to happen. These remarkable circumstances, culminating in Walter giving his life on the Somme in March 1918, are poignantly explored in this debut production by Now & Then Theatre.

‘Tull 100’ is devised physical theatre, investigating the issues of racism and war through the life of Walter Tull. Sadly, these issues are still with us today. Tull 100 Director Martin Boileau explained why he got involved: “As a Northampton Town fan I was well aware of Walter Tull’s life and the impact it could have if told to a wider audience. As a retired drama teacher I knew that live theatre would tell the story in an educational, as well as entertaining way.”
Tickets for Tull 100 are now available at £10 or £5 (concessions) and are available online at Performance dates are Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November with all performances starting at 7.30pm at The Radcliffe Centre, Church Street, Buckingham MK18 1BY.

Saturday 17 November


Great seasonal events lined up for Brackley Library

Come and support your local library with two great events – the first is a Cheese and Wine Tasting Evening on Saturday 17 November from 7pm with Brackley Wines. A chance to try and buy some fabulous wines for Christmas from one of our local businesses. £15 per person – tickets available from Brackley Library between now and 10 November.

On Sunday 2 November there will be a Christmas Craft Fair from 10am to 3pm, where you will find a great selection of unique gifts from local crafters while Father Christmas will be there for the children.


Brackley Car Service needs more volunteer drivers

The Brackley Area Volunteer Car Service is looking for more drivers to help the 200-plus people living in the town and surrounding villages who have difficulty getting to essential medical or social care appointments. The service is managed by snvb. Volunteer drivers are paid a mileage allowance and the voluntary role is totally flexible, with the volunteer choosing which journeys to do, when and how often. For more information, contact the service on 01280 841099.

Royal British Legion External Grants

The External Grants programme is provided by the Royal British Legion (RBL) and supports not-for-profit organisations in the UK running, or planning, charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community. Grants are available to fund specialised projects or services delivering welfare support directly to serving and/or ex-Service personnel and/or their families. Projects that fall within the following areas will be prioritised:

  • Employment and training.
  • Family support.
  • Homelessness and outreach.
  • Supporting the elderly.

The 2019 deadlines for stage one applications for service delivery projects are: 25 January 2019 and 26 April 2019.
• Applications to the other funding streams of the Legion’s External Grants scheme – Capacity Building and Research projects – are not currently being accepted.
More information on the RBL website.

Saturday 3 November

The Brackley Morris Men are holding open Taster Sessions on Thursday evenings during November, 8pm at Brackley C of E Junior School, Manor Road, Brackley, NN13 6EE. The tasters are open to anyone, but we particularly welcome new youngish men to help keep our 400-year-old local tradition thriving! If you’d like to have a go it’s best to call first as the school is occasionally closed – : Stephen on 07764 799947 or e-mail We’d love to see you.


Sing a song of laughter to help new medical centre

Kevin and Carrie O’Regan are organising a concert of comic songs at Croughton Village Hall by Holler n Duck in aid of the new Brackley Medical Centre. The show, on Saturday 1 December, will be in two parts, with an interval of approx 20 minutes and the evening should finish by 10pm. There will be a bar. Tickets £10 (no concessions).

About Holler n Duck… Think comic songs, think laughter, think audience participation, think brilliance and you’re there. Holler n Duck are reviving the great tradition of the comic song – Gilbert and Sullivan, Flanders and Swan, Jake Thackray…
You can expect witty lyrics, expert musicianship, great banter between songs and you are guaranteed to laugh and laugh and laugh. Check them out at or on You Tube by starting here.
• Call Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email


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, Bucks. 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.
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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.


Saints up to fifth after midweek win at Boston

Boston United 1-3 Brackley Town
A dominant first-half performance on Tuesday, followed by a battling second half earned a vital away win for Kevin Wilkin’s side against close rivals Boston United, writes Tim Carroll. Brackley’s three-man midfield proved too much for the home side as Saints took a two-goal lead into the break before two half-time substitutions by Boston made for a more even second period.

“It was a really strong performance from start to finish,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We looked dangerous and managed the game well and the win is no less than the boys deserve.” Saints were on top from the start as Lee Ndlovu and Shane Byrne tested keeper Seb Malkowski who endured a torrid night. Connor Hall was close to heading his side into the lead before Byrne got the crucial opening goal direct from a corner as Malkowski failed to gather at the near post with 26 minutes played.

Hall doubled the lead seven minutes later in strange circumstances as Byrne’s deflected free-kick was struck on to the cross-bar by Hall who had time to follow up and finish neatly for the defender’s third goal in seven games.

James Jones cleared off the line from Ndlovu’s backheel with Malkowski beaten and Hall spurned another good chance at the far post just before the break. Danny Lewis tipped Ashley Jackson’s fierce effort round the post in a warning to Brackley in the final action of an excellent 45 minutes for the visitors with James Armson, Adam Walker and Shane Byrne dictating the game from midfield.

Matt Lowe’s fine volley was well saved left-handed by Malkowski before Boston pulled a goal back to set up a tantalising final half hour. Substitute Jordan Slew picked up a loose ball after the referee had played the advantage, homed in on goal and fired past the out-rushing Lewis. Saints were up to the challenge however holding off sustained late pressure from a revitalised Boston before Byrne got his second goal of the night and Saints’ third in added time, cutting in and finishing smartly into the bottom corner.

“I am delighted for Shane to get two goals,” Wilkin added. “He is a terrific player and a pivotal player for us. It is nice for some of our younger players to come to places like this. We conceded the second-half goal and it rocked us back a bit but we were strong and came back from that. It is an important experience for them. The performance tonight was strong as they have been most of the season so far but results have not always mirrored the level of our performances. We have to learn from that and we need now to continue to show the effort levels and the quality about our play.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Murombedzi, Franklin, Byrne, Hall, Dean, G.Walker (Fairlamb 86), Armson (Nti 90+2), Ndlovu, Lowe, A.Walker. Subs unused: Jeffers, Myles, Noon.
Boston United: Malkowski, Davies, Jackson, Thanoj, Jones, Qualter, Hine (Wright 46), Abbott, Allott, Smith (Slew 46), Walker (Parkhouse 81). Subs unused: Norris, Harris.
Referee: James Bell; assistants, Kevin Saunby and Reece Davies.
Attendance: 922

On the Saturday before…

FC United of Manchester 1-1 Brackley Town
Brackley fell behind for the fourth successive game before Jimmy Armson’s fine equaliser set up an exciting final half hour for the large home crowd getting behind new FC United manager Neil Reynolds. Saints started well, threatening an early goal from Daniel Nti’s breakaway and Armson’s turn and shot. But it was the home side that got the breakthrough when United captain Mike Potts – on his first appearance – rifled his shot into the top corner.

Clear chances were rare in a messy first period but that was to change after the break. Connor Franklin’s block denied Lewis Mansell and Lewis Thompson’s header brought a good save from Danny Lewis as Brackley had defending to do. Meanwhile early second-half substitutions, bringing on Lee Ndlovu and Matt Lowe, injected power, pace and urgency into the game as Saints sought the equalising goal.

Armson’s cross-shot needed only a touch before Matt Lowe’s determined dribbling won a free-kick close to the corner flag. It was Armson himself who found the clinical finish from Shane Byrne’s low free-kick, giving Lloyd Allinson no chance for his 10th league goal of the campaign.

With half an hour remaining it seemed that a draw was the least likely outcome as both teams went for the win with Saints in the ascendancy. United had late chances to claim the three points but only after Saints had passed up golden opportunities to take the lead.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Murombedzi, Franklin (Fairlamb 79), Byrne, Hall, Dean, G.Walker, Armson, Nti (Lowe 55), Jeffers (Ndlovu 55), A.Walker. Subs unused: Myles, Noon.
FC United: Allinson, Senior, Thompson, O’Halloran, Prostley, Potts, Simoes, Wallen, Mansell (Limpitshi-Bongwanga 79), Donohue, Banister (Crawford 72). Subs unused: Palinkas, Brierley, Perrin.
Referee: Adam Herczeg, assistants, Jonny Unwin and Steven Lawson.
Attendance: 1858
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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.

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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.

Thursday 15 November, 7pm for-7.30pm:
The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of Edie (Cert U). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.
Saturday 17 November: Cheese and Wine Tasting Evening with Brackley Wines. SADLY THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED

Sunday 25 November, 11am-3pm: Christmas Craft Fair with Father Christmas.
Please check our face book page for updates.

Sunday 2 December, 10am-3pm: Christmas Craft Fair – A great selection of unique gifts from local crafters. And Father Christmas will be here!
Friday 7 December, 8pm: Big Christmas Quiz. Book your table at the library. £5 per person, teams of up to six players. Prize every round.
Thursday 13 December, 7pm-7.30pm: The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of The Greatest Showman (Cert PG). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.

Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!
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Saturday 3 November, gates open 5pm: Brackley Town Fireworks, Magdalen College School, High Street. Sponsored by AMG Petronas Motorsport. Children’s fun fair, charity stalls and refreshments available.

Thursday 15 November, 7.30pm: Brackley Inbetweeners Group at St Peter’s Church Hall, Old Town, Brackley – Christmas card making. Fee £10. Numbers are limited, so pre-booking is essential. For more information, email Catherine,

Wednesday 28 November,  10.30am-noon: South Northants Hearing Advisory Service’s free basic hearing-aid maintenance and batteries service at Brackley Library. Also available will be advice, information and practical support covering all aspects of hearing loss. Each month a trained hearing advisor will visit. No appointments – just turn up; if busy, you may have to take a number.
Please remember to bring along your hearing-aid battery book.

Thursday 20 December, 1pm: Pied Piper Theatre presents The Big ENORMOUS Present in the Roxburgh Theatre at Stowe. It’s big, it’s huge, it’s………………….. ENORMOUS! A mysterious present has appeared in the school playground. Who can it possibly be for? Jack, Dot or Polly? The Big ENORMOUS Present explores the pressures of fitting in, where we find happiness and how giving can sometimes feel as good as receiving… Suitable for ages 3-8, running time 50 mins. Ticket Price: £8.50/Family Ticket £30 (2 adults & 2 children). Bookings : Tel: 01280 825710.

Thursday 17 January, 7.30pm: Brackley Inbetweeners Group at St Peter’s Church Hall, Old Town, Brackley. ‘Do it for Defib’ CPR education and defibrillator awareness session, £10. Numbers are limited, so pre-booking is essential. For more information, email Catherine,

Thursday 21 February, 7.30pm: Brackley Inbetweeners Group at St Peter’s Church Hall, Old Town, Brackley. A brief introduction to traditional Chinese medicine, talk and demonstration, £3. For more information, email Catherine,

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