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Brackley online Post, 21 December 2018

This week’s headlines include:

  • Sea Cadets send out urgent call for adult volunteers
  • Six-goal second half sends Saints through
  • Rotary launches contest for young musicians
  • Ben Waters LIVE in Brackley Saturday evening
  • Christmas Carols Sunday evening on the Piazza

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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

Bin collections over Christmas and New Year 2018

There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day. These collections will change as follows (all earlier than usual):

Collections due Christmas Day will be on Saturday 22 December.
Collections due Boxing Day will be on Monday 24 December.
Collections Due on New Year’s Day will be on Saturday 29 December.

There will be no green bin collections for the weeks commencing 24 and 31 December. Real Christmas trees (without decorations) will be collected with the green bins in January.
Don’t forget you can order an additional blue bin in SNC’s Winter bin sale for just £18 –  please call 01327 322344.


Sea Cadets send out a call for volunteers

Taking part in this year’s Remembrance Day parade

Brackley’s Sea Cadets need more adult volunteers – or the group may face closure in the New Year. Town-based Training Ship Tidespring opened in 2015 and has become one of the town’s most popular youth organisations but leaders are struggling to find volunteers to help run the unit.

Since opening, the group has provided a wide variety of opportunities and experiences for the young people of Brackley; cadets are able to complete Duke of Edinburgh Awards, learn about teamwork and leadership and complete water sports qualifications. The Sea Cadet Corps is a national charity funded by donations and supported by volunteers. Leading Junior Cadet Robert Knight, aged 11, said he would be really sad if it closed: “It would be like something was missing. I really enjoy going and would miss learning about new things and all the fun stuff too. My favourite thing is kayaking – it’s really fun to get out on the water. I also went on Junior Summer Camp which was the best week ever, I didn’t even miss home.”

Lieutenant Chris Read, Commanding Officer of Northampton Sea Cadets, who is currently supporting the Brackley unit, said: “Without more adult volunteers the unit is set to struggle and possibly close in 2019, which is a real shame because the Sea Cadet experience helps equip young people with the skills and experiences they need to be successful in adult life.

On parade during a recent visit to Bristol’s historic dockyards

“All that is required is a commitment to get stuck in, a willingness to learn and a desire to make a positive difference in young people’s lives. No experience is required as all necessary training will be provided by the organisation. There are also a lot of great opportunities for personal development in the Sea Cadets.”

Adult volunteers are able to complete nationally recognised courses in leadership and management as well as becoming qualified instructors in activities like yachting and kayaking.
Brackley Sea Cadets meet every Friday at their headquarters in the town from 7pm to 9pm. To find out more about becoming a volunteer with the Sea Cadets email or call 07955 896890.



 New Year treats as NT Live returns to Stowe

Arts at Stowe are delighted to confirm that National Theatre Live is returning to “The Roxy”. The first is Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III, starring Mark Gatiss on Wednesday 9 January, starting at 7pm; Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Richard the Second is on Tuesday 15 January (7pm) and, on Thursday 31 January (7pm), David Hare’s explosive new play I’m Not Running.
For more information and  ticket details, visit


Brackley Morris set out timetable for Boxing DayThe Brackley Morris Men are dancing out on Boxing Day:

  • 11am – The Blackbird, Croughton;
  • 12 midday – Brackley Market Place;
  • 1pm – The Stratton Arms, Turweston, followed by music and singing in the bar.

All welcome. Do you fancy having a go at this ancient and local tradition? Open taster evenings are being held in January, February and March. Details on the website. Or call Stephen on 07764 799947.


Young musicians get their chance to shine…

Brackley Rotary Club is making an early call for young musicians to register for their Young Musician Competition. Students within the general catchment areas of Brackley and Middleton Cheney are eligible for the Brackley round of Rotary’s competition. This is an opportunity for young musicians, who must be under 18, to gain experience performing in public and to showcase their vocal or instrumental skills, modern or classical. The deadline for entries is 11 January and the event will be held at Waynflete Hall, Brackley, on Saturday 26 January starting at 2pm. Entry forms and competition rules can be obtained by contacting Rotarian David Fuller: Email:

Six-goal second half sends Saints through

Brackley Town 4-2 Hayes and Yeading United (FA Trophy 1)
FA Trophy holders Brackley moved into the next round after an entertaining cuptie played in atrocious conditions. The first half was dominated by the home side who failed to capitalise on their chances. The second period, however, delivered richly on goals as Saints twice went ahead only for a spirited Hayes and Yeading side to level twice before Kevin Wilkin’s team finally sealed the win late on.

“They deserved to win the game over 90 minutes but they know they were in a game for sure,” said United manager Paul Hughes. “I am really proud that we pegged them back twice and at 2-2 I felt we started to control the game and could go on to nick it.”

For the visitors, Duncan Culley went close early on but it was Brackley who were unable to make more of good opportunities in a goal-less first half. Glenn Walker and Matt Lowe had shots cleared off the line and Hayes’ keeper Jack Smith saved well from Liam McAlinden on his first appearance on loan.

After the break the goals rattled in as Saints took the lead on 49 minutes when Adam Walker found the clinical finish that had been missing in the first half, set up by Shane Byrne’s fine pass. United were level within a minute as Culley won an aerial challenge and Hassan Jalloh’s accurate shot beat Danny Lewis.

Just after the hour Brackley were again ahead through Daniel Nti’s header from Glenn Walker’s cross. The visitors drew level through captain Scott Donnelly’s splendid 78th-minute strike from distance. Matt Lowe put Saints back in front on 84 minutes and Smith pushed another effort by Lowe on to the post before Shaun Jeffers’ added-time fourth goal as United were exposed pushing forward for a third equaliser.

“We are not showing the level of form that we did last season in winning this competition but we will get together and work to hopefully improve,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We conceded just three times in 11 games in last season’s competition and that gives an idea of what is needed to be successful.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, G.Walker, Byrne, Dean, Hall, Lowe, Fairlamb, Nti (Jeffers 87), McAlinden (Ndlovu 65), A.Walker. Subs unused: Murombedzi, Morgan, Franklin.
Hayes and Yeading United: Smith, Collins, Asafu-Adjaye, Olajubu (Barney 46), McDevitt, Farquharson, Donnelly, Bridges, Jalloh, Little, Culley. Subs unused: McCorkell, Spiers, Chamberlain, Nzala.
Referee: Rob Whitton; assistants  Josh Crofts and Ruebyn Ricardo.
Attendance: 268
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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.
• Subject to change over holiday season, so please check the library’s Facebook page.

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Saturday 22 December, 7.30pm: Ben Waters Live at Magdelen School, Waynflete Hall, tickets £15 (VIP £25). Get your ticket from or Downtown Diner.

Sunday 30 December, 10am-2pm: Town Mayor’s Classic Vehicles on the Market Place and Piazza. A stunning mix of vintage and modern classic cars. Tea and mince pies in the Town Hall. All profits to the Mayor’s charity.

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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