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Brackley online Post, 20 April 2018

This week’s headlines include:

  • Get set – loads of fun coming with Carnival Day!
  • School concert aimed at helping two charities
  • A year in the life of Farthinghoe nature reserve

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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.
  • 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

The date is set – now volunteers are wanted for Carnival Day

NOTE THE DATE – Saturday 9 June is the big day when townsfolk can let their hair down with the year’s biggest family event. The theme for this year’s Carnival is Animal Kingdom and organisers are well into setting up a super day. They are delighted to have the backing of Wembley-bound Brackley Town Football Club, who will be running a youth five-a-side competition. Meanwhile, another old favourite, the dog show, is back with a brand new organiser.

Bookings are being taken now for stalls, craft tables in the craft tent and trade stands on the Carnival field, along with entries for the procession. So if you are a group, school, business or organisation and would like to get involved please contact The event is a great way to promote yourself, either by taking a stand on the field or entering the procession. They are also keen to get interesting and classic/vintage vehicles into the procession. If you fancy being part of this year`s carnival entertainment there will be a community stage sponsored by Northamptonshire County Council. “We are looking for bands, singers, music groups, comedians… in fact anyone who would like to perform, so get in touch to book your slot,” they say.

“Brackley Carnival is organised by a very small team who give time to plan and make Carnival happen, but we need more people to either join the team on the Carnival committee and/or help on the Carnival day, so if you can spare a few hours please email or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876. For the carnival website, Click Here.


Lots of entertaining events in updated arts bulletin

South Northamptonshire Council has an updated calendar of April arts events – quite a few events and lots of community cinema screenings added, so do have a look. To download a PDF of the full updated list, Click Here.


School’s musical treat to help charities

A concert of classical, jazz and theatre music is being held on Thursday 23 April in the Whybrow Theatre at Beachborough School, Westbury. The event is in aid of Mary’s Meals, a charity which gets nourishment to impoverished children to allow them to focus on their education, and for Singing for Syrians. Musical parents will accompany professional musicians in the programme, which will be opened by jazz/blues player, Miles Nottage, who has a son at the school. It starts at 6pm will run for about two hours. The event is open to all. Further information is available from Vickie Embley on 01327 209065 or 07793 366838.


Big band lines up for residency gig at club

Tickets are now on sale for the Great Central Big Band’s residency gig at the Bowls Club, Westminster Road, Brackley, on Saturday 12 May. To buy tickets go to the band’s website – Click Here.


An evening with Rory Bremner – for charity

With a TV career of over 30 years, Rory Bremner has won numerous awards, including 3 BAFTAs for his long-running Channel 4 series Bremner Bird & Fortune. Impressionist, comedian, satirist, translator, columnist, writer, presenter, ballroom dancer and actor, Rory is widely regarded as one of Britain’s top entertainers.

Join us for an amazing ‘Evening with Rory Bremner’. This wonderful event will be full of hilarious and impromptu anecdotes past and present, followed by a Q&A session plus a Charity auction to raise funds for TUSK and Leonard Cheshire Disability. Always in great demand as one of the country’s top hosts and after-dinner speakers, Rory followed a sell-out run in Edinburgh in 2016 with a sell-out national tour, Party Political, in 2017. Rory is proud to support this charitable evening as Patron of wildlife Charity TUSK. To book tickets, Click Here.


… and you can come with us!

Sunday 20 May – You can be there to watch Wilkin’s Wonders and cheer them on in the final match of their FA Trophy campaign. For full details, Click Here.  There you will find details and links to buy your match ticket and to book seats on supporters’ coaches.  Match tickets are £25 with concessions for students and OAPs (£10) while under-16s see the game for just £1. Coach seats are £10 each.

It’s a great chance to see some truly top-level football
in a national venue at family-friendly prices. So get clicking and
snap up your tickets before somebody else does!


Open day at Juniper House Care Home


Music devotees invited to a very special event

So we come to the final Evenley Arts event, at least under my time as Arts Co-ordinator, writes Kevin O’Regan. I do hope you will support this event as it will be very interesting. It is a talk given by one of our own Evenley residents, Avril Hermann. Called The Symphony, Avril’s talk will explore key features of the symphony and its development over time. She will illustrate her talk with recorded extracts so it will be a very pleasant session. No knowledge of music is required to enjoy this talk. Do please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may wish to attend, especially if you are in a choir or other music group.

It will be held on Wednesday 9 May at 2.30 pm (doors open 2pm) in Evenley Village Hall and costs just £5. Refreshments are included and will be served at the interval. The event will be in two halves of about 45 mins each.
To reserve your place, please telephone me on 01280 702300 or email


Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity offers funding

Annual funding for regional and local children’s hospitals and hospices for projects that transform the lives of children throughout the UK. The Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity aims to fund projects which are not funded directly by the National Health Service. In the last 15 years, the charity has given more than £2 million in grants to 291 projects in 93 hospitals and hospices across the UK.

Registered charities with charitable projects which enrich and improve the quality of life of sick children in hospitals or hospices in any area in the UK can apply. Preference is given to projects conceived by and in children’s hospitals and hospices. Any project which seeks to improve the quality of life of sick children will be considered.

Preference will be given to children’s hospitals and hospices in regional centres around the UK whichp rovide a regional geographic healthcare service to a wide range of children in a hospital/hospice; will not discriminate on the grounds of wealth, race, sexuality, religion or disability;  and agree to promote the work of the foundation in their area. Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.
• For more information, CLICK HERE.

Voluntary and Community Groups Funding Fair

This is a free event at Towcester Racecourse on Wednesday 16 May  from 9.30am to 3pm, so save this date in your diary now. This event was extremely popular last year and we are planning for it to be even better this year. You won’t want to miss the “Success Room” where you can chat to local groups that have been successful in their funding bids.

FREE tea and coffee will be  available all day and there will be fruit and  snacks available to buy. The conference centre is fully accessible and there is ample free parking. More details on our website. Registering on-line now will mean that you do not have to queue to get into the event – it’s usually very busy. Click Here to register now.
For any enquiries please telephone 01327 302257.
• For more information on opportunities to volunteer, run voluntary groups or seek help from volunteers or information about availability of grants, contact the snvb website – Click Here.


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Saints fall to late goal

Brackley Town 0 – 1 Bradford PA
Undefeated at home all season until last Saturday, Saints suffered a second successive home setback against play-off hopefuls Bradford Park Avenue on Tuesday, writes Tim Carroll. Park Avenue were well organised and determined as Brackley enjoyed the greater possession and chances. A tight first half saw Jimmy Armson lift the ball over Ed Hall’s crossbar from close range in the 23rd minute after good work by Matt Lowe on the right in the only real goal chance of a well-contested first period.

After a strong opening spell the visitors were fully occupied with defensive duties but reached the break with the game still goal-less. In the second period Brackley pressed for the opening goal, winning a succession of corners and going close as Armson’s glancing header was cleared off the line – Lowe fired over and Armson’s juggling act almost conjured a goal after Hall miscued his clearance in spectacular fashion.

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But when the crucial moment came it was in favour of Park Avenue. With ten minutes to play captain Nicky Wroe’s crossfield ball fell for Ryan Toulson who produced an emphatic finish for the only goal of the game. Saints put in a greatly improved performance from Saturday’s defeat at the hands of Alfreton but could not make the breakthrough and fell to Bradford’s only goal attempt of the second half.

Brackley travel to Southport on Saturday before back-to-back home games to finish the league season, with Chorley and York City the visitors ahead of the end-of-season play-offs.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin (Nicholson 75), S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, Lowe, Armson, Ndlovu (Brown 83), Williams (Iaciofano 78), A.Walker. Subs unused: Streete, Diggin.
Bradford PA: Hall, Ross, Hill, Wroe, Killock, Havern, Brooksby (Recizac 92), Toulson, Boyes, Spencer, Mulhern (O.Johnson 71). Subs unused: L.Johnson, Drench, Boshell.
Referee: Rob Massey-Ellis; assistants Jack Shepherd and Rob Hathaway.
Attendance: 290

Saints count the cost of below-par performance

Brackley Town 1-3 Alfreton Town
Alfreton picked up a vital win in the dog-fight at the wrong end of the table, ending Brackley’s season-long unbeaten home record, writes Tim Carroll. Only once this season, in the defeat against Blyth Spartans, had Saints conceded three goals in a game and it was a strange set of circumstances that brought about this second occasion.

Uncharacteristic defensive mistakes cost Saints dear as The Reds converted each of their three first-half chances to take a comfortable lead into the break and defended in determined fashion as the home side dominated possession. “Poor decision-making has let us down,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We were the architects of our own downfall today.”

Chris Sharp poked his side in front from close range as early as the second minute as Brackley failed to clear a deep cross. Brendon Daniels doubled the advantage on the half-hour, rolling his shot past Danny Lewis after a defensive blunder put The Reds’ top scorer through one-on-one. Alfreton increased the lead with Sharp’s second goal of the game after 41 minutes, again making the most of another individual defensive error, leaving Sharp to finish clinically. Brackley gave themselves a glimmer of hope with Aaron Williams’ 61st-minute headed goal after good work by Matt Lowe in reaching the by-line and crossing, but were unable to translate possession into chances and goals.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men when substitute Craig Westcarr received a straight red card for dissent with still 20 minutes remaining. Elliott thwarted Williams when through on goal from Joe Iaciofano’s pass in what felt like a game-changing moment and the keeper again saved well from Byrne’s well struck free-kick to see Alfreton home.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Streete (Franklin 50), S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker (Iaciofano 75), Nicholson (Armson 50), Ndlovu, Williams, Lowe. Subs unused: A.Walker, Brown.
Alfreton Town: Elliott, Topliss, Allan, Disley, Wagner, Beevers, Daniels, Platt, Sharp (Marshall 66), Bell (Westcarr 33), Keane (Jennings 87). Subs unused: Green, Everington.
Referee: Anthony Tankard; assistants Jamie O’Connor and Tim Walker.
Attendance: 495.
• For season fixtures list, CLICK HERE
For more information about the club, CLICK HERE.

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.

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Saturday mornings, 10.30-11.30am (Term time only): Creation Club with Ken and Estelle
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 7 June 11am-12 noon
: Reminiscence Group
Thursday 21 June 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “Murder on the Orient Express” (Certificate 12A). £5 per person.  Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Saturday 9 June: Come and see us at Brackley Carnival!!!
Sunday 24 June 10am-2pm:  Table Top sale – £10 a table. Book your table at the library.
Thursday 29th June 7.30pm for 8pm start:  Brackley Supporters’ Group Quiz Night –  £5 per person. Prize each round.

Saturday 14 July 10am-2pm – Summer Reading Challenge Launch. This year’s theme is “Mischief Makers” and is themed on The Beano to celebrate its 80th anniversary.
Thursday 5 July 11am-12 noon: Reminiscence Group.
Thursday 19 July 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “The Darkest Hour”, (Certificate PG13). £5 per person.  Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

Thursday 16 August 7pm for 7.30 start: Brackley Library Cinema Club, title TBC. £5 per person.  Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

Please check our Facebook page for extra sessions and kid’s cinema during the summer break!!
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Friday 20 April, 7.30pm, Roxburgh Hall, Stowe: More Morgan & West – Time-Travelling Magicians. Great Scott! Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! Not content with their lot as the 19th century’s greatest magic duo, they present a conjuring spectacular to the audiences of the modern day. Suitable from age 10-plus; running time 90 minutes plus interval. Tickets £12, £10 members. Booking:, Tel: 01280 825710.

Saturday 28 April, 2.30pm

Saturday 28 April, 2.30pm: Brackley Chamber Music Club Open Afternoon at Croughton Village Hall. Admission is free and includes afternoon tea. Please see the attached poster with timings, etc. This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy some music making and find out more about Brackley Chamber Music Club, membership of which is free.

Friday 18 May, Doors open 6pm

Please note we are starting earlier than usual to accommodate any children who might want to come. Please book by the end of Tuesday 15 May if you want to be sure of having supper.

Saturday 9 June: Brackley Carnival – volunteers are invited to contact the organisers to help make the town’s big day another resounding success. To see the carnival website, Click Here. Or email or phone Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.

Sunday 18 August: The 10th Brackley Festival of Motorcycling is not just about bikes and bikers. There is lots for all the family and it’s all to help good good causes. Check out the plans for this year’s show at the festival website

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