This week’s headlines include:
- Sign up to the campaign to save Brackley’s library services
- Check entertainment posters for all kinds of music fans
- Saints go through after winning Trophy replay
Don’t forget to check out the Diary Dates Listing at the bottom of this page
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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
To fill in the consultation, Click Here
To sign the petition, Click Here
Paper copies are available around town.
Write an email:
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MP Andrea Leadsom: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Draft Budget and Council Plan Consultation, Northamptonshire County Council,
One Angel Square, Northampton, NN1 1ED
Authors join battle to save Brackley library from closure
The Guardian newspaper has brought national attention to the threat facing our library (and many others in the county) with a report of leading authors joining the chorus of disapproval. The report starts:
Proposals to axe more than half of Northamptonshire’s public libraries have been denounced by readers and authors. Up to 28 of the county’s 36 libraries could be closed if the plans get the go-ahead. The move has been branded “monstrous” by Watchmen creator Alan Moore.
Northamptonshire county council, which needs to claw back £115m in savings over the next four years, has launched a consultation on the future of its library service. Three options have been put forward: two would shut the doors of 21 libraries; the third would close 28, leaving only eight branches open.
A proposal from Liberal Democrat councillor Chris Stanbra to halt cuts to the libraries service was rejected by the county council last week. “We wanted them to add a fourth option, which said ‘keep libraries as they are’, but the Conservatives voted against that,” Stanbra said. “At the moment, the consultation is giving the choice of three options, all of which involve the closure of libraries.”
• To read the full Guardian article, including the views of Brackley campaigner Louise Stubbs, Click Here.
• In the meantime, please use the information in the flyer to put your views to council, our councillor Fiona Baker and MP Andrea Leadsom.
SNC gets ready to wrap up Christmas bin collections
Householders in South Northamptonshire should make sure they put their bins out on time in the build-up to Christmas as the Boxing Day collections will be moved to the following Saturday. Any household which is due to have a collection on Tuesday, 26 December should put their bins out on Saturday 30 December instead. Reminders of the change in collection dates will be attached to bins belonging to affected households on Tuesday 12 December. Collections on other days will not be affected by the Bank Holidays and residents should put their bins out on their normal day. However, due to the rise in volume, collection crews may arrive at different times and householders should ensure their bins are out by 7am.
As normal, garden waste collections will be suspended for two weeks from Monday 25 December before starting again the week commencing Monday 8 January or Monday 15 January 2018 depending on where you live in the district. When garden waste collections resume, real Christmas trees can be put in or next to the green bin – make sure all decorations are removed. Bulky waste collections and deliveries will also be suspended for one week from Monday, 25 December, starting again in the first week of January 2018.
• For more information, including collection calendars, visit SNC’s waste and recycling pages.
Both Brackley and Towcester Volunteer Centres will be closed during the period 25 December to 1 January inclusive. All the staff, trustees and volunteers at snvb would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
News from snvb – give a helping hand at Christmas
Short-term Host at Christmas
Hundreds of adult international students studying in the UK will be facing a lonely Christmas on a deserted university campus. You can welcome one or two students into your home for four days at Christmas, learn about their culture, show them your local area and traditions, and invite them to experience your own home life.
• For details Click Here…
Christmas Day Helpers
Volunteers needed for the annual Christmas lunch in Towcester, which is held every year for guests who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day on their own. Cooking and food preparation, serving lunch, clearing away afterwards and socialising! Drivers to carry people to and from the event also welcome. Volunteers are very important to the success of the day.
For details Click Here…
Food Drive Volunteers
Help collect donations at the UK’s largest food drive this Christmas. Volunteers to join Tesco’s fantastic food drive team to help fight hunger in the UK; 8.4 million people in the UK are struggling to afford to eat – that’s the equivalent to the population of London. Make a difference to them by volunteering this Christmas. Brackley Tesco – November 30, December 1 and 2.
• For details Click Here…
Win £30 or £20 for your village newsletter
We know there are wonderful printed newsletters in our villages across South Northamptonshire, and in the vast majority of cases managed and edited by a dedicated band of volunteers. We often contact editors to place adverts and/or editorials on our projects that can support and benefit readers. However, we know we are not always up-to-date. Please send us a printed copy of a recent newsletter for our library. The copy received will go into a prize draw to win £30 (first prize) or £20 (second prize).
* For details Click Here…
Arts at Stowe invites you to appreciate The Power of Words
On Wednesday 24 January 2018, Stowe Music School is giving a Holocaust Memorial Day Concert under the banner “The Power of Words”. The event, a culmination of work between historians, artists and Stoics, will be a profound and humbling testimony of music, art and the spoken word in which the current generation of Stoics pay tribute to the memory of Sir Nicholas Winton MBE, one of Stowe’s first pupils in 1923. He was an extraordinary man who saved so many lives during the time of the Holocaust and who left a lasting legacy of hope. Performance starts at 7pm and will be two hours including the interval.
• To reserve a seat please email thearts@Stowe.co.uk or call 01280 818012.
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Brackley Town 2-0 Braintree Town
Brackley were again the FA Trophy nemesis for Braintree Town as two second-half goals moved Kevin Wilkin’s side into the second round with a replay win. Already missing Adam Walker, Glenn Walker and Jack Byrne, Saints were also without captain Gaz Dean. Wilkin made two changes from Saturday’s line-up, with Jamie Lucas making a first start and Lee Ndlovu fulfilling a midfield role. The Iron started with the same side as on Saturday.
The first half was a repeat of Saturday’s goal-less contest with Karl Oliyide going close after 16 minutes, his effort looping on to Danny Lewis’ cross-bar, while Aaron Williams headed over when well placed after Connor Franklin’s cross just minutes later. Jamie Lucas limped off after a heavy challenge to be replaced by Ben Tilney as Saints’ injury list continued to mount.
Saints came out from the break with intent and had the visitors on the back-foot. Shane Byrne’s curling effort was well saved before Matt Lowe put his side ahead, finding the corner from the edge of the penalty area after 51 minutes. Tilney and Ndlovu had chances cleared and Byrne then doubled his side’s advantage, scoring direct from a 78th minute free-kick to secure a spot in the next round when Saints will take on National League Barrow. This tie will take place at St James Park on Saturday 13 January meaning that the National League North fixture scheduled on that day against North Ferriby United will be rearranged.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Franklin, Ndlovu (Diggin 85), Armson, Lucas (Tilney 38), A.Williams, Lowe. Subs not used: Noon, Oti, Worby.
Braintree Town: McDonald, Bettache (Wynter 81), Gabriel, Frimpong, Okoye, Muleba, Michael-Percil (Allen 74), Crook, Roberts, Oliyide (Barrington 59), Wyatt. Subs not used: Obanwonyi, Bihmoutine.
Referee: Wayne Cartmel; assistant referees Jack Bloxham and Alex Rayment.
… and how Brackley held on to force the replay
Braintree Town 0-0 Brackley Town
When the sides met in the FA Cup in September the game produced five goals but neither side could quite conjure a goal in this FA Trophy tie, writes Tim Carroll. Joint top in National South took on second-placed Saints in a game that was short on goal chances but keenly contested.
An even first half saw Phil Roberts spurn The Irons’ best chance, firing into the side-netting after 17 minutes when well placed before Brackley twice went close. Ellis Myles cut in and hit a 25-yard effort on to the cross-bar. On the half hour Braintree conceded possession, allowing Jimmy Armson to advance and find Aaron Williams whose shot was just wide.
Saints enjoyed the better of the second period with Myles a constant threat. One forging run set up Alex Gudger who shot over under challenge. On the left Connor Franklin’s cross just evaded Williams bearing down on goal and in added time Saints had a strong penalty claim waved away as substitute Jamie Lucas went over.
“This is a difficult place to come and they are going well in the league,” said Kevin Wilkin. “Overall we looked the more likely to score. The squad is stretched at the moment with some big players missing for us and now a further injury concern with Gaz Dean today but we will look at our options and be ready for Tuesday’s replay.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean (Ndlovu 85), Franklin, Armson, Lowe, A.Williams, Tilney (Lucas 72). Subs not used: Brown, Diggin, Oti.
Braintree Town: McDonald, Muleba, Gabriel, Okoye, Frimpong, Bettache (Obamwonyi 90), Michael-Percil, Crook, Roberts (Barrington 85), Oliyide, Wyatt (Bihmoutine 68). Subs not used: Wynter, Baxter.
Referee: David Spain; assistant referees James Wells and Marc Meeten.
• For season fixtures list, CLICK HERE
• For more information about the club, Click Here.
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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The Country Market will be at the library from 10am till 12ish. Market manager Diane Elizabeth Jones writes on the market’s Facebook page: “We hope to be there until the Town Hall reopens but when that will be we really don’t know. If for any reason you can’t make a Saturday morning, please order and we will deliver, as you are all precious to us. Thank you.”
• Keep an eye on the Facebook page, not just for developments but to read about the delights on offer from local traders.
Throughout December, Letters from Santa. Our supporters’ group will be working with Santa. Please contact the library for further details.
Every Monday and Thursday 2-4pm: Knit and Natter
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Every Thursday 4.15-5.15pm: Thursday Craft Club with Sue
Every Saturday during term time 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
• Throughout December please check Facebook for club updates due to bank holidays and club special events.
Brackley Library Supporters’ group are looking for new members. Please leave your details at the library or pop along to one of our supporters’ meetings if you would like to find out more. We look forward to seeing you.
• Please check the library’s Facebook page for additional events.
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Saturday 23 December 2pm: A performance of Sleeping Beauty by the Looking Glass Theatre Company which, once again, brings its inventive pantomime to Evenley Village Hall, The Green, Evenley (NN13 5SH). Adults £8, children (13 and under) £6. Tickets from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email email@example.com (NB Tickets available from 1 October). The show will be in two halves and fruit juices and biscuits will be available free of charge during the interval.
Saturday 23 December 7.30pm: Join us at Hummingbirds Bistro for an Evening of Vintage Christmas Sounds starring The Sasparillas (a 1940s Close Harmony Trio). Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. A light buffet is also included. Tickets cost £22 per person and must be purchased in advance as places are limited. To book your seat simply pop in or call 01280 700797. A £5 deposit will secure your seat but full payment must be made before the event.
• Please advise us at your time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.
Wednesday 3 January 7pm: Brackley history Society. Mike Luke will be taking about Iron Age Excavations in Brackley. Archaeology of two large Iron Age settlements. One was within the Radstone Fields development and the other adjacent to the Northampton Road. There were finds of Pottery and animal bone. Also found were a small number of metal artefacts.
Brackley Methodist Church Hall at 7.30 P.M. Members Free Visitors Welcome: £3.00 Refreshments will be served Annual Membership: £15 per person
All enquiries to Karen Gees (Secretary) on 01280 702837 ( email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wednesday 24 January 7pm: Stowe Music School is giving a Holocaust Memorial Day Concert under the banner “The Power of Words”. The event, a culmination of work between historians, artists and Stoics, will be a profound and humbling testimony of music, art and the spoken word in which the current generation of Stoics pay tribute to the memory of Sir Nicholas Winton, MBE, one of Stowe’s first pupils in 1923. He was an extraordinary man who saved so many lives during the time of the Holocaust and who left a lasting legacy of hope. Performance starts at 7pm and will be two hours including the interval.
• To reserve a seat please email thearts@Stowe.co.uk or call 01280 818012.