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Brackley online Post, 21 September 2018

This week’s headlines include:

  • Wildlife talk on Monday
  • Schools Open Days Announced
  • Closure of A422 at Farthinghoe-Facts explained
  • Banbury Sound 95.9 new Brackley Frequency
  • Saints – 2 points dropped

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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


Local schools open their doors

Little Oaks Pre-school is welcoming parents and carers to register their children born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 on Wednesday 3rd October from 9.00am.  Please contact or Tel: 01280 840201 for further information.

Croughton Primary School have announced their dates as:

Friday 12th October 10.00-11.30am

Saturday 13th October 2.00-4.00pm

Please contact Kaye Hunter  Tel:  01869 810727  or email for further details


Brackley W.I. September 2018

This month Brackley W.I. ladies were treated to a very detailed and very comprehensive tour of the Newly Restored Brackley Town Hall, albeit by photos on a big screen by Sally Munday-Webb.

Our Town Hall was built in 1704, involving Scroop Egerton, later Earl of Bridgewater, and others. The sides of the hall were originally open, perfect for market days.

So the hall is a little older now and was in dire need of updating and restoring. The restoration, having been started in 2012, with a feasibility plan, has been worked on with much care and thought, and lottery and Heritage money.

The amount of work done was amazing to see, and I for one am very proud of the new look of Brackley Town Hall.

The Georgian Town Hall had its grand opening on Tuesday 11th, with the press and a small group of Brackley people eager to see the proceedings.

Unfortunately, the Duke of Gloucester, who was to open the hall, was ill, and unable to attend.

The Lord Lieutenant David Laing was there, with his wife, to open the hall and had a few words with the group of Brackley residents waiting outside.

The hall was open to all on Friday, Saturday & Sunday 16th for a good look round inside and out.

Suffice to say that all the incredible details are on line, and cover all questions we may have regarding any new sights inside and outside our new Hall.

Our group of W.I. ladies were thrilled with all the information, and applauded Sally Munday-Webb greatly.

Next Month 8th October…….

AGM and Fish & Chip supper.


Closure of Farthinghoe Bridge-Facts from NCC

Farthinghoe Bridge is located on the A422, Farthinghoe Road between the villages of Middleton Cheney and Farthinghoe in South Northamptonshire.
The structure carries the A422 over Farthinghoe stream and consists of 2 types of construction; the original brick arch bridge with a steel corrugated arch extension.
The skew brick arch supports the carriageway whilst the corrugated steel arch, added to the north of the structure in 1971, supports the north verge.
The bridge is inspected every two years, and the capacity is checked every 12 years.
The last inspection in October 2016 identified defects in the brick arch that were of concern, including cracks and bricks dropping from the crown of the arch barrel. These defects had deteriorated gradually over years, but had worsened considerably in recent years.
Previous repairs appeared to be failing as well.
Following the October 2016 inspection, Farthinghoe Bridge was added to the Bridge Maintenance programme. The bridge was also re-assessed and due to the condition of the bridge, a monitoring programme was commenced.
Immediate Action

At the last monitoring inspection in August 2018, there was a noticeable increase in the measurement of the drop of the bricks in the arch crown. If these bricks do drop out, then the structural integrity of the arch is compromised, with the potential for it to collapse without warning.
A further assessment was carried out on the 7th August 2018 based upon a further inspection that determined that the bottom ring displacement/separation has increased considerably and found that the structure could only carry 0.37 tonne Assessment Live Load.
Due to the volume of traffic and number of heavy vehicles using the route, Northamptonshire Highways took the operational decision to close the A422petition to the government to reopen the A422

Traffic Management / diversion
The main diversion route via the A43 and M40. This is very clearly signed and we are committed to encouraging vehicles not to use local roads as they are not suitable due to proximity to local communities and weight limits.
Strengthening Scheme
Northamptonshire Highways are already looking at the various options to strengthen the bridge. There are many constraints that we will have to work with:
Running alongside the bridge to the north is a foul pressure main, and to the south of the bridge is a medium pressure gas main, in addition to BT and Western Power cables within the verges. The strengthening works are likely to require the temporary diversion of some of these utilities, which means working with third parties.

Farthinghoe Stream is a tributary of the River Cherwell, so Environment Agency consent is required. An ecology survey is required, and we already know that there is a protected wildflower area in the north verge. The ecology survey outcomes are very dependent on the time of year and the results may require further studies or mitigation works.
In order to speed things up the use of prefabricated liners manufactured from GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) are being considered to strengthen the existing brick arch. The GRP units are to be supplied in two pieces to allow working around the existing services which cause access issues. This will allow the strengthening of the bridge to be carried out without the need to divert the services or re-profile the road whilst strengthened the structure back to its full loading capacity.
Northamptonshire Highways have an ongoing bridge maintenance programme to help to prevent the bridges deteriorating further. In addition we are also preparing schemes to repair 9 major vehicular impacts to our bridges. All of which is being undertaken with very limited resources.
We are aware that Farthinghoe Bridge provides an important access between Brackley, Banbury and the M40, and we are expediting the works as much as is possible.
We will keep all affected parties informed as the scheme progresses.
01604 883400


 South Northants Art Trail

South Northamptonshire are again running an ART TRAIL from Saturday 6th October to Sunday 14th October

At this event local artists open their studios for people to come and see their work. Paintings and cards are on sale, and many places have demonstrations and opportunities for people to try out art.


Two artists in Brackley are taking part . Val Pendleton at ‘Right Angle’ will be open on

Saturday and Sundays from 11-, 4

CLOSED Monday, and open Tuesday to Friday 10 to 4.

Ruth Harris at 5 Elm Drive NN13 6ES will be open from

Monday 8th to Sunday 14th daily from 11 to 4pm.



Monday 22 October, 2pm – Roxburgh Hall, Stowe School
Calling young artists and storytellers we have the perfect show Nick Sharratt’s Drawalong! This much-loved children’s writer and illustrator is coming to Stowe with his family-friendly, fun filled draw along for all ages.
Nick’s bestselling picture books include You Choose, Shark in the Park and Pants. He’s also the illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson’s phenomenally popular children’s novels including Tracy Beaker. Nick will share ways to invent your own crazy creatures and gives loads of top tips as you draw along with him.
Don’t forget your pencils, paper and something to lean and of course your imagination! For all super fans Nick will be signing books at the end of show.
Tickets: £8.50 / £30 Family Ticket for four
Box Office: 01280 825710


Our most  local radio station, Banbury Sound, has switched on a new transmitter earlier this week, specifically aimed at providing a richer, fuller signal in the Brackley area. The new frequency is 95.9FM

If you are listening at home, in the office or at work you’ll need to re-tune to that 95.9 FM frequency. Listeners in the Banbury area will be unaffected and car drivers who have their radios set to pick up travel announcements and the like should notice no difference. Their radio should seamlessly pick up the new frequency and switch over to 107.6FM, the Banbury area frequency if as they are driving locally that has a stronger signal.  If you have any questions relating to Banbury Sound, maybe you want to advertise an event or your business?  Contact Paul Angus


• More details and info on the Arts at Stowe website – Click Here


Film night with Meryl and Tom

The next Culworth Film Night will be on Friday 21 September when the offering is The Post, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. The film is a historical political thriller directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and based on a true story about exposing a decades-long cover up by the US Government. Doors open at 7pm. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Tickets £10 to include light supper – £5 film only. Call June on 01295 768184  or Julie on 760855 by September 18 or email to book.


Find out what’s going on to brighten up your summer

South Northants Council has published its Arts Events calendar  for August and September. Plenty for people of all ages to enjoy during the summer around the district, and dates to put into your diaries/calendars for September too. Printed copies will be available from The Forum leaflet rack in Towcester, and South Northants libraries. For more about arts in South Northants, Click Here.



New NHS hearing advisory service for Brackley

South Northants Hearing Advisory Service is providing free basic hearing-aid maintenance and batteries on a monthly basis. Also available will be advice information and practical support covering all aspects of hearing loss. Each month a trained hearing advisor will visit .
Next dates – Wednesday 24 October and Wednesday 28 November. Please remember to bring along your hearing-aid battery book.


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 have that sinking feeling again

Curzon Ashton  1-1  Brackley Town

Saints departed Curzon Ashton with a valuable away point but will rue another missed opportunity to collect all three points.

A dominant first half performance and Jimmy Armson’s 5th goal of the season saw Kevin Wilkin’s side go in at the break with a one goal lead before they rather lost their way in a more even second half that saw the home side convert a rare, late chance to earn only their second home point of the season.

Matt Lowe’s fine early effort stung the fingers of keeper Cameron Mason who tipped over and Shane Byrne struck his free-kick from 25 yards just wide of Mason’s left-hand post before Armson put his side in front in the 33rd minute.  Good work by Luke Fairlamb was finished smartly by Armson turning the ball into the net first time with his left foot.

Moments before going ahead Saints had almost fallen behind as a defensive lapse presented Alex Samizadeh with a scoring chance but his shot found only the junction of bar and post in a let-off for Brackley.

Fairlamb’s cross presented Lee Ndlovu with a scoring opportunity just before the break but his header flashed wide when a two goal, half-time advantage would have been the least that the visitors’ passing and patient build-up play warranted.

Brackley started after the interval as they had left off, Ndlovu controlling the ball well under pressure before firing in a fierce effort that was touched over by Mason.  Minutes later it was Mason again foiling Ndlovu as the striker bore down on goal.

But trailing by just the single goal The Nash gradually forced themselves back into the game and on 80 minutes created a first clear-cut chance and they took it.  Connor Hughes found space on the right to put in a deep cross that was swept in by Oli Crankshaw scoring on successive Saturdays.

Saints worked hard in the remaining minutes to find the winner but Curzon’s tails were up and they held out to share the points.

Brackley Town:   Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Fairlamb, Armson (Smith 85), Ndlovu, Lowe (Nti 80), A.Walker.   Subs unused:  Graham, Noon, Lobjoit.

Curzon Ashton:    Mason, Ali (Baillie 81), Rowney (Marshall 62), Hunt, Morton, O’Leary, Guest, Crankshaw, Cummins, Samizadeh (Morgan 76), Hughes.    Subs unused:  Fawns, Shaw.

Attendance:  220

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Don’t forget to check out Diary Dates – we add more as we hear about them

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.

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

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.

Friday 28 September, 8pm-10:30pm: Quiz Night – A fun evening’s entertainment pitting your brains against our quizmaster. A prize at the end of every round with our popular Kazoony Tunes round and a Booze jackpot for the final round. £5 per person, teams of up to 6 people. Table snacks provided but please bring your own drinks.
Reserve a table for your team at Brackley Library or email

Saturday 6 October – James Hornsby’s performance of Oliver Twist. Book tickets at the library.
Sunday 7 October, 11am-3pm: – Brackley Library Autumn Craft Fair – 11am-3pm Unique gifts at great prices by local crafters.
Thursday 18 October, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of Leisure Seeker (Cert 15). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.
Wednesdays 10 and 24 October, 7.30pm-9pm:
ABC Craft and Adult colouring, book folding or crochet. Crochet or book folding tuition £5 each.

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

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 sessions and kids’ cinema during the summer break!!
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Saturday 22 September

Westminster Rd, Brackley NN13 7EB

Sunday 23 September, 3pm-5pm: The Pimlico Light Railway holds a running day 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. There is no admission charge, just a small charge (for charity) per ride. Tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.

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