This week’s headlines include:
- TOMORROW – Telling the story of a most remarkable man
- Away win is a boost to Saints hopes
- If you like gin, you’ll love this special evening…
Don’t forget to check out the Diary Dates Listing at the bottom of this page
The links below go to our partners, consolidating local information to make it easier for you to find information. Brackley’s retailers need your support so click on the link below to find out what Brackley shops can offer you. Many of Brackley’s businesses are listed in the Directory and some of them work under the umbrella of ‘Brackley Means Business’
Absolutely loads goes on in Brackley and Brackley online Post exists to promote events and businesses in Brackley and surrounding villages. This is a strictly non-commercial service, all listings are free, the site exists purely to support local clubs and businesses; anyone who suggests we have any other agenda is wrong. We’re not journalists so don’t expect sensational headlines and in-depth reporting!
Latest news from the Business Information Bureau
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
TOMORROW – Telling the story of a most remarkable man
“Just amazing … everyone should watch it … inspirational and life enhancing … challenging and thought provoking.”
“A triumph of excellent directing, profound acting, imaginative use of movement, seamless stage management/sets/costumes and great scripting .”
“An incredible show – informative and fun yet stirring and emotional.”
“A privilege to have seen this mesmerising production created by a very talented group of people. The performances by all the cast were excellent and the audience became totally involved as the tragic events and the sheer futility of the war unfolded. It deserves to be performed over and over again.”
“Phenomenal performance. So much talent in this theatre group. This production needs to be shared around the country.”
“Really up there as one of the best shows I have ever seen.”
“ A life lesson for all age groups and certainly to be promoted and encouraged at schools.”
Walter Tull, who currently is featured on stamps and was one of Danny Boyle’s sand sculptures, gave his life 100 years ago on the Somme having become the first black officer in the British Army in the British Expeditionary Force during WW1 – at a time when it was illegal for such a thing to happen. Walter Tull was an extraordinary young man, the son of an immigrant from Barbados, born of mixed heritage at the turn of the 20th century, an orphan at the age of eight and the first outfield black footballer before enlisting at the outbreak of war. These remarkable circumstances culminating in Walter giving his life on the Somme in March 1918 are poignantly explored in ‘Tull 100’ the debut production by Now & Then Theatre.
Tull 100 is devised physical theatre, investigating the issues of racism and war through the life of Walter Tull. Sadly, these issues are still with us today.
Tull 100 Director Martin Boileau explained why he got involved “As a Northampton Town fan I was well aware of Walter Tull’s life and the impact it could have if told to a wider audience. Being a retired drama teacher I knew that live theatre would tell the story in an educational and entertaining way.”
Following three sell-out performances at The Radcliffe Centre in Buckingham, Tull 100 is now to be performed in Walter Tull’s spiritual home, Northampton, with a performance at the 400-seat Cripps Theatre.
• Tickets for Tull 100 are £12 or £6 (concessions) and are available online https://www.nowandthentheatre.com/book/
The Movies – the scene is set for this year’s Brackley carnival
This year`s Brackley Carnival will take place on Saturday 8th June this year`s theme is The Movies. We are now taking bookings for stalls 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 us at www.brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk. Details of the carnival cover competition are on our website so if want to enter and have your picture on the cover of the carnival programme get your entry into us. The event is a great way to promote yourself either by taking a stand on the field or entering the procession. Not-for-profit and charity stalls are free.
Gin tasters’ evening to boost Cancer Research
Come and drink gin for charity on Saturday 9 March! What easier way is there to help raise money and support Cancer Research? Hummingbirds have agreed to join and support two Brackley ladies who are undertaking the “Heineken Race to the Tower” in the process of raising money for the charity. From the organisers:
An absolute must event for all gin lovers and anyone who wants to become one or those trying gin out for the first time! So whether you like it shaken, stirred or dirty we have something to suit all tastes at our gin tasting. We have carefully selected six beautifully crafted bottles. Taste and create your own gin and tonic using a variety of different flavoured tonics and garnishes. Places cost £27.50 per person (with £5 per ticket going to Cancer Research) which includes six different gins plus light bites and games. Places are limited, so early booking is advisable. A £5 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a place, with full payment made a minimum of one week before the event.
• Call 01280 700797 for more info or to book your place. Alternatively, pop in and see us at Hummingbirds.”
Brackley European Association – fund-raising games
We are a lively and friendly group who keep alive the town’s twinning activities with Les Pavillons-sous-Bois, an outer suburb of Paris and Montabaur, a small medieval town just 20 km from Koblenz in Germany. We are holding a fundraising event in the Old Fire Station on Thursday 28 February at 8pm and everyone is very welcome to join us. It will be an old-fashioned games evening with prizes for the winners! A fish and chip supper will be served, so do come and chance your luck and exercise your strategy skills. Tickets a snip at £9 a head. To book your place, please call Anita on 01295 712388 by 22 February.
Village film night takes you to the moon
The next film night in Culworth is on Friday 8 March (doors open 7pm) when the film will be First Man (12A) – a glimpse into the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon. As this is a Fish & Chips supper night it is essential to book by the end of Tuesday 5 March. Fish & Chips supper and film, £11; film only, £5. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie 760855, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.
• A plea – if you have booked to come to a film night with supper and cannot for some reason make it, do please let us know, even at the last minute. There are often people who would like to come and have had to be turned away through being fully booked.
Get your party balloons delivered FREE!
Reds new balloon delivery service has started to rollout and they are offering free delivery and special prices on two Valentines displays which can be ordered online at www.partywithreds.co.uk/product-category/valentine/
• Free delivery is currently available to Brackley only
You could hold your next meeting at a Volunteer Centre
South Northamptonshire Volunteer Bureau has a range of services, equipment and accommodation available to local groups. Our Towcester volunteer centre has a small office/interview room which is available for groups to use regularly or occasionally. We also have a large meeting room which can be organised in a variety of layouts to cater for meetings, training classes etc (Conference style – up to 12, Theatre style – up to 30). This room, which is equipped with projection and sound facilities, is available Mon-Thurs 9am until 4pm. Access to the offices in Towcester is via a staircase.
At Brackley, the volunteer centre has two offices that are ideal for advice sessions or small meetings. They are available Monday-Friday from 9am to 1pm. Rooms at Brackley are fully accessible. Both volunteer centres can offer reception and tea/coffee making facilities, and free WiFi is available.
A photocopying service is available at both offices. In addition we can print documents for you if you send us your file via e-mail, flashdrive etc. Ideal for village newsletters, minutes etc. We can also laminate up to A3 size.
Groups often find they need equipment for special events, but are unable to justify the cost of purchase. We have a range of equipment available for hire at attractive rates that can help you overcome this problem. The list includes display boards, digital projectors, laptop computers and projection screens.
• Download our leaflet here • Download our price list here
Brackley Morris offer open invitation to ‘have a go’
If you saw Brackley Morris during their Boxing Day events, you might have thought: “I wouldn’t mind having a go at that…” Well, you can. Open taster evenings are being held in January, February and March. So if you’ve ever fancied feeling a bit of rhythm, bashing a few sticks, working up a sweat, and then quenching your thirst with a pint, why not go along to one of their practice evenings and try it for yourself? It’s a great time of year to start because, with few outings until May, these evenings are always relaxed. Why not bring a friend too! They meet at 8pm on Thursday evenings at the CofE Junior School, Manor Road, Brackley. Feel free to join them, though it’s always best to call first as the school is occasionally closed. Stephen Ferneyhough 07764 799947; E-mail: email@example.com. More details on the website: http://www.thebrackleymorrismen.org.uk.
Darlington 0-2 Brackley Town
A goal in each half on Wednesday earned Kevin Wilkin’s side a vital away win, making it eight wins from nine games in all competitions. It lifted Saints back into fourth place in National League North and right into the mix among the front-runners. Will Smith’s headed own-goal after 45 minutes gave Saints a half-time lead after Darlington had started well without bringing Danny Lewis into action. Gaz Dean’s header struck the bar as Brackley fought their way into the game before Shane Byrne’s free-kick brought the own goal.
Former Brackley midfielder Jordan Nicholson’s shot demanded a first save of the game from Lewis on the hour before Shaun Jeffers’ lobbed shot struck Jonny Maddison’s cross-bar. Daniel Nti replaced Jeffers and the substitute was on the score-sheet after 78 minutes, finishing neatly after Byrne’s free-kick was helped on by Matt Lowe and Connor Hall for Nti to apply the coup de grace, doubling Saints’ lead to secure the points.
A midweek, 400-mile round trip is all the more bearable when the three precious points return with you to St James Park. Next up is the visit of Leyton Orient for FA Trophy action before the team is again on the road to the North-East with a trip to Blyth Spartans.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, G.Walker, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Lowe, Fairlamb, Jeffers (Nti 69), Baker, A.Walker. Subs unused: Armson, Murombedzi, Sterling-James, Jackson.
Referee: Adam Herczeg. Assistants, Jack Gordon and Alex Clark.
Saints make up for midweek disappointment
Brackley Town 2-0 Curzon Ashton
Brackley got back to winning ways on Saturday after their midweek loss to Chorley with an accomplished win against a strong Curzon side in decent form themselves.
After a quiet opening Brackley started to dominate possession and after Matt Lowe had gone close with a shot pushed away by keeper Mason, the Saints took the lead when Baker was found in the box and with a classy first touch and shot found the far corner of the net to put Brackley in front.
Baker then headed wide when well placed and Shane Byrne pulled a great save from Mason from 25 yards. Curzon had their first chance of the game when McAtee got a shot away but Danny Lewis tipped away to safety. Brackley continued to press after the restart and in the 55th minute got their second, Lee Ndlovu got free on the left and squared for Carl Baker to grab his second with a first-time shot into the corner.
On 63 minutes Shane Byrne had a header cleared off the line and a minute later Nti hit the keeper’s legs when clean through. Baker had further chances to complete his hat-trick and Curzon hit the post 15 minutes from time when Miller’s curling shot came back off the upright. Brackley will be happy though with a win that continues their good recent form and see’s them move into fourth place.
Brackley Town – Lewis, Myles, G. Walker, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Lowe, Fairlamb (Sterling-James 89), Ndlovu (Nti 59), Baker (Armson 83), A. Walker. Subs not used : Jeffers, Jackson.
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. The next clinic is on Wednesday 20 February from 10.30am to midday. 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.
– – – – 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.
Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!
– – – – – – – – – – – ☆☆☆☆ – – – – – – – – – –
– – – – – – – – – – – ☆☆☆☆ – – – – – – – – – –
Saturday 23 February, 7.30pm: Westbury Fun Quiz Night. Bar opens at 6.30pm, quiz starts at 7.30pm Buffet at interval included in ticket price. Adults £7, children £5. Family Ticket for twoadults and two children £20. Tickets from Ken and Gill Thurlow 01280 841599.
Wednesday 27 February, 8pm: Vocal Concert at Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. This year’s concert promises to be as memorable an event as ever. There will be a variety of vocal music, from the Renaissance through to the 21st century, representing both sacred and secular song repertoire in a variety of languages. Stowe School has a team of five highly experienced singing teachers offering tuition from beginner to advanced levels. Between us, we have performed in radio and television broadcasts, session singing, the West End, opera houses and recitals at major venues throughout the world. Running time: 1 hr. To confirm your attendance please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01280 818012.
Friday 8 March (Doors open 7pm): Film night in Culworth features First Man (12A) – a glimpse into the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon. As this is a Fish & Chips supper night it is essential to book by the end of Tuesday 5 March. Fish & Chips supper and film, £11; film only, £5. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie 760855, or email email@example.com.Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.
• A plea – if you have booked to come to a film night with supper and cannot for some reason make it, do please let us know, even at the last minute. There are often people who would like to come butand have had to be turned away through being fully booked.
Saturday 9 March, 7.30pm: Gin-tasting evening at Hummingbirds in Market House Courtyard, Brackley, to support two ladies taking part in the “Heineken Race to the Tower” in support of the Cancer Research charity. Places cost £27.50 per person (with £5 per ticket going to Cancer Research) which includes six different gins plus light bites and games. Places are limited, so early booking is advised. A £5 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a place, with full payment made a minimum of one week before the event.
• Call 01280 700797 for more info or to book your place. Alternatively, pop in and see Tracy or Nicky at Hummingbirds.
Monday 11 March, 7.30pm: WI meeting at WI Hall, in Manor Road, Brackley (opposite Waitrose car park). The topic will be “Creating Small Business opportunities for African Women.” For the Brackley WI website, Click Here.
Monday 25 March, 7.30pm: Brackley Methodist Church Hall – Brackley Wildlife Trust invite you to an illustrated talk by Matt Johnson, Northants Living Landscape Manager (part of BCN), Green Wheel Project, about the updating improvements at St James Lake. All welcome – a charge of £2 helps cover our costs.