This week’s headlines include:
- Special meeting as town campaigns for hedgehogs
- South Northants Art Trail is coming to Brackley
- Hopes raised over Farthinghoe bypass plans
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Meeting leads to first move for village bypass
The plan for a Farthinghoe bypass has taken a big step forward – South Northamptonshire Council has provided the county council with £250,000 to carry out a preliminary route assessment which will look at engineering and environmental issues as well as traffic and wider economic concerns.
The announcement from MP Andrea Leadsom came after a meeting with representatives of the county council, England’s Economic Heartland and the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership. Mrs Leadsom said the assessment work “starts now” and that it was a huge step forward. To read the full report on her website, Click Here.
South Northants Art Trail is coming to Brackley!
The South Northants Art Trail is running from 5 to 13 October with 63 artists and craft makers exhibiting and selling their work in 21 venues in the south of Northamptonshire.
This is the seventh annual art trail and there will be four venues open in Brackley for you to visit the artists’ studios, view their work, watch demos and take part in workshops.
* Hannah Thompson and Judith Shaw will be exhibiting an exciting mix of textile and ceramic work at Hannah’s house, 9 Waynflete Avenue, NN13 6AG. Hannah will be running textile courses. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening hours – Monday-Friday 10am-2pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm.
* Anne Whitlam will have paintings on show at 3 Radstone Road, NN13 5AU. Anne’s watercolour and mixed-media work covers topics as wide as hares to hills, there will be something for everyone. Opening hours – 10am-4pm, closed Tuesday.
* Helen Shaw is exhibiting her artwork at her home and studio in 4 Edgewood, just off the Radstone Road, NN13 6PJ. Her work includes drawing, painting and printmaking. Helen is running painting and printmaking workshops. For more information contact email@example.com. Opening hours – Saturday 5, Sunday 6 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-5pm.
* Chris Pendleton will be exhibiting his work at the Right Angle Gallery, Manor Road, NN13 6AJ. Opening hours – Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm
All the artists would love it if you could visit them and support a growing art scene in Brackley. For more details please visit www.arts-sn.org.uk
Pre-School opens its doors for registration day
Brackley Morris Free Autumn Tasters.
The Brackley Morris Men have a 400-year history and are still thriving with almost 30 outings this season. In order to keep the ancient local tradition alive, they always welcome new members. During the Autumn months they are opening up their Thursday night practice sessions for anyone to come along and have a go. Thursday evenings, 8pm, Brackley CofE Junior School, Manor Road, Brackley, NN13 6EE. If you’d like to have a go, or if you want any more information, please feel free to contact them:
For website, Click Here; Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Stephen on 07764 799947.
Alex and Hazel continue their adventures – thanks to Nick
Following the success of his first book, Distant Vengeance, Brackley author Nick Planas has created a sequel in which the same 21st century characters, Alex Phipps and Hazel Burns, investigate another family mystery. In it they uncover more deceit and murder which starts in with a Grand Prix crash in 1937 and leads via Silverstone to 2019 . Missing in Plain View is suitable for readers aged 11 upwards and is available from The Old Hall Bookshop in Brackley.and as an e-book from Amazon
Curzon Ashton 0-4 Brackley Town
Goals from Armson, Audel, Byrne and Ndlovu overwhelmed a Curzon Ashton side still seeking a first ever win over Brackley in nine meetings as Saints recorded successive away wins and moved into 7th place in the National League North table ahead of FA Cup action next weekend.
“It’s nice to win in the manner we did and to keep a clean sheet,” Kevin Wilkin said. “It’s a fantastic surface here and we moved the ball well, got an early goal to settle us down and had other good moments in the first half when we perhaps should have done better. We maybe lacked a little composure for a period in the second half but Thierry gives us the second goal and finishing from then was superb. Credit to all the boys today.”
Saints were in front as early as the sixth minute as Jimmy Armson was on hand to finish from close range after the ball was not cleared from Luke Fairlamb’s cross, Armson recording his sixth goal of the season. Shane Byrne’s driving run of 50 yards saw his shot just wide and Matt Lowe headed over from Fairlamb’s cross as the visitors went into the break with a deserved goal advantage.
Thierry Audel’s 65th minute header gave keeper Cameron Mason no chance and was the moment from which there was no way back for Curzon. Shane Byrne struck a stunning third goal two minutes later after fine passing play and in the 78th minute Lee Ndlovu bagged the goal his unselfish play warranted, finishing from Matt Lowe’s pass with a wonderfully executed, curling effort beyond Mason. The Nash produced their only goal threat on full time when Liam Davies struck his shot sweetly but found only the cross-bar and Danny Lewis had to make a point blank save from the very last kick of the match on an otherwise barren afternoon for the home side.
“In the build-up to the game through the week we had some bumps and bruises and a few concerns for our strikers but they got themselves back and out there and in the end made a difference,” Wilkin added. “Clean sheets are big and very important, something we haven’t seen enough of, so it is pleasing today especially away from home. We remain a work in progress and hopefully players continue to develop along with us and we continue to pick up results.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Audel, Dean, Lowe (Holman 83), Armson (Baker 79), Ndlovu (Daire 81), Fairlamb, Walker. Subs unused: Worby, Langmead.
Curzon Ashton: Mason, Halls, Askew, Wroe, Ali, Regan, Sinclair, Davies, Saunders (Trickett-Smith 56), Banister, Wall. Subs unused: McCoy, Thornley, Merrill, Elstone.
Referee: Peter Shacklady; assistants, Stephen Rushworth and Michael Coles.
• A GoFundMe page – Brackley Town FC Stand Together – has been set up following the clubhouse fire earlier this year. The support team are very keen to involve as many people as possible. If you can help, please email Graham on email@example.com
Hummingbirds welcomes guest chef Mark Howroyd
Join us on Saturday 19 October at 7.30pm for “A Feast of Fusion” – a special 3-course menu designed and prepared by Mark Howroyd, one of this year’s participants in television’s most-watched culinary challenge – MasterChef. Places are limited so early booking is advisable. This is available at Hummingbirds or phone 01280 700797. Places cost £35 per person. A £5 deposit will secure your seat, with full payment and menu choice required a minimum of one week before the event.
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.
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 day this year is 22 September from 3pm to 5pm (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.
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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Until 18 October
Thursday 19 September, 10am: Winchester House School launches Brackley Community Dementia Choir, inspired by Vicky McLure’s two-part BBC documentary, Our Dementia Choir. Singers of all ages and abilities who are suffering from dementia are invited to join the first of the weekly Thursday rehearsals in The Forum at Winchester House, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7AZ. Tea, coffee and cakes will be served from 10am, with singing from 10.20am to 11am. Carers are most welcome and membership of the choir is free. To register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 28th September, 12:00pm to 2:00pm Kings Sutton Tennis Club is holding a club open day as part of the LTA Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekends.
All ages and abilities are welcome and Rosie Clark Tennis Coaching will be running FREE coaching for all in attendance!
There will be free refreshments and special membership offers for attendees (£5 for Juniors for a year and reduced shorter memberships for Adults who don’t want to commit to a full year).
Just come down to the club and Try Tennis for Free!
Wednesday 16 October, 7-9pm: Shopping evening in Wayneflete Hall of Magdalen College School, organised by Friends of Magdalen College School. We will have some great stalls from lots of local independent businesses including fruit flavoured gins, handmade cakes & chocolates, jewellery, homewares plus local arts & crafts & lots more! Come along and enjoy a glass of wine, catch up with other parents, do some early Christmas shopping and raise some funds for the school! Entry is free.
• For more information or to book a stall please contact email@example.com
Saturday 7 December: Christmas Wine Tasting and Mini Christmas Fair in Brackley WI Hall (Manor Road, Brackley). Many varieties of wine to choose from and available to purchase as well as gift ideas from local friends of Brackley Wines.
• Visit www.brackleywines.co.uk and click on Events.