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Brackley online Post, 22 March 2019

This week’s headlines include:

  • Tull 100 project awarded special medal
  • Easter egg plea for old and lonely
  • Town’s carnival team calls for volunteers

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Walter  Tull project is awarded a ‘very special medal’

The Tull 100 project team were honoured to receive one of 29 medals awarded by the Tull family

Now & Then Theatre have been presented with a very special medal to recognise their outstanding contribution to the Tull 100 project. The project was set up by Big Ideas and supported by Walter Tull’s descendants. For many years, his great-nephews and nieces had been trying to get the rightful MC awarded to Walter for his leadership at the First World War River Piave incident when, against all the odds, he took 26 men out and brought 26 men back.

The medal

It became obvious to them, and many others, that he hadn’t been awarded the medal because of his mixed heritage. Present governments (Theresa May when she was Home Secretary) said it would set a bad example, as many others of mixed and black heritage would (rightfully) ask for medals too. The family became so fed up with the hypocrisy and inherent racism, that they gave up on trying to get the rightfully deserved MC for Walter. They decided to promote Walter’s story instead, as they realised that was more important. Walter Tull was only 29 years old when he lost his life. To commemorate each year of his life Walter’s family, in conjunction with Big Ideas, have awarded 29 medals of commendation to groups who have undertaken exceptional Tull 100 projects and commemorated Walter Tull in creative and meaningful ways. Now & Then Theatre are honoured to have been presented with one of these very special medals to recognise their outstanding contribution to the Tull 100 project

Walter’s relatives said: “Walter faced many barriers in his life and overcame them. As a family we feel it is a very fitting tribute to his life that his example has been so inspirational to others. ” Tull 100 Director Martin Boileau “I’m sure Walter didn’t consider medals important – but continuing to spread Walter’s story and many like him throughout our (often deliberately) hidden history – has been a fantastic undertaking for us.” Dean Jones (Cpt. Billingham in Tull 100) said: “It’s ironic that only a couple of weeks after we put on our performances the family send us this medal and yet – after 100 years – Walter is still waiting to get his medal. I think, if he was somewhere looking down, he would consider us his medals.”


Your chance to get involved – Town Carnival Day is on its way

This year we have a slight change to the Cover Competition, you can now submit your entries directly to the Carnival Committee and don’t need to go through your school as in previous years.

The Cover Competition is open to all primary school children i.e Reception (age 4-5) to Year 6 ( age 10-11), entrants should live within the local Brackley community, this includes local surrounding villages (approx. 5 mile radius), e.g Charlton, Greatworth, Helmdon, Croughton , Mixbury, Evenly etc

The Cover Competition is open from 25th February to 1st April 2019.

Your Artwork should be submitted on an A4 portrait piece of white paper, with the contact details on the back of the paper, write the artists name, year group, school and parent / guardians contact details (email address and/or mobile number)

The Theme for this years Carnival is ‘The Movies’, you can include the title if you choose. However there is no need to include the words ‘Brackley Community Carnival’ or the date of the Carnival within your design.
We have found that felt tip pens or paint seem to work best, sometimes pale colouring pencils don’t show up so well when the artwork is reproduced. Entries should not be in collage form.

Once your masterpiece is completed, place it in an envelope and drop it off at the collection point which you will find in The Brackley Town Council Offices (up to 1st March 2019, 9 Market Place, Brackley NN13 7AB, after 1st March at the new offices in the old Hub Building at the top of town, opposite The Plough Pub next to Dominos, 20 High Street, Brackley NN13 7DS)

If you wish your artwork to be returned, please provide a stamped self-addressed envelope. Please note we are not liable for any artwork that is lost in the post.

Full details on our website

This year’s Brackley Carnival will take place on Saturday 8 June and the 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 Details of the carnival cover competition are on our website so if you 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.

We will again be having a community arena, so if you are part of a group who would like to perform or display in the arena please get in touch. We are also keen to get interesting and classic/vintage vehicles into the procession. If you fancy being part of this year’s Carnival entertainment we have a community stage – bands, singers, music groups, comedians… in fact anyone who would like to perform. So get in touch with us to book your slot.
Brackley Carnival is organised by a very small team. If you are able to offer help on the day with setting up, acting as a steward or helping clear, please contact us via our website,, or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.


Visit the new Brackley Wildlife website here and find out more about Mondays talk and all the work being done in and around Brackley to help wildlife and the environment.



Brackley Morris ‘have a go’ offer still open

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 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: More details on the website:

Weather forced postponement of last week’s Altrincham game. Next scheduled match is on Saturday 23 March at St James Park against Kidderminster Harriers.

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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.

The drop-in hearing-aid clinic service has resumed its visits to Brackley Library. The next clinic is on Friday (not Wednesday) 29 March 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.

Sunday 24 March 10am-2pm: Spring Craft Fair at Brackley Library. An ideal opportunity to buy some unique gifts for Mother’s Day and Easter from our local crafters and join in with some spring crafting.

Saturday 13 April 10am-1pm: Easter Pebble and Egg Hunt at Brackley Library. Join in with a variety of Easter hunts at the library. Fun for all the family in the middle of the Easter holiday.

Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!

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Monday 25 March

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.

Monday 25 March, 7.30pm: Annual Town Meeting at the Town Hall. Contact:
Town Clerk, Alison Moses. Email:

Thursday 28 March, 7pm: Brackley European Association fundraising Quiz and Supper Evening in Brackley Town Hall. 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 20km from Koblenz in Germany. Everyone is very welcome to join us. There will be a cold buffet as well as an entertaining quiz. Tickets cost £9 a head. To book your place, please call Anita on 01295 712388 by 26 March.

Friday 29 March, 7pm: Bingo Night at Magdalen College School, Brackley in Walter Knibbs Dining Hall. Books (containing eight games) cost £5. Tea, coffee, soft drinks & wine (for a suggested donation) will be served. To book your place please email: or visit us via Facebook: Friends of Magdalen College School. We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday 30 March

Monday 8 April, 7.30pm: Ken McIver will give a talk about ‘Dogs for Good… Life-changing Devotion’ at the WI Hall in Manor Road, Brackley (opposite the Waitrose car park).
• For the WI website, Click Here. For the Dogs for Good website, Click Here.

Saturday 13 April

Tuesday 16 April, 10am: Evenley Gardening Society plant sale at Evenley Village Hall
Contact 01280 702861.

Wednesday 1 May, 5am: Brackley Morris Men  celebrate May Day on Brackley Market Place. Contact: 01280 702441.

Wednesday 1 May, 10am: Northamptonshire Association for the Blind mobile sight centre will be on the Piazza from 10am until 12.30pm for advice and information. Contact:; documents, Northamptonshire Association for the Blind (PDF, 526Kb).

Thursday 2 May, 2pm: Community Bingo, hosted by the Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Morell, at the Old Fire Station Community Room, High Street. Contact Brackley Town Council,  01280 702441.

Saturday 11 May, 12 noon: Annual Meeting and Mayor Making at Brackley Town Hall – Council Annual Meeting and Mayor Making. Contact: Town Clerk 01280 702441.

Saturday 18 May, 10am: Evenley Gardening Society plant sale at Evenley Village Hall.
Contact 01280 702861.

Sunday 19 May, 10am:  Dogs for Good – Dogs for Good will be hosting a Picnic at The Lake charity event at St James Lake, Hinton Road, Brackley. Further details to follow,

Monday 20 May, 2pm: Community Bingo, hosted by the Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Morell, at the Old Fire Station Community Room, High Street. Contact Brackley Town Council, 01280 702441.

Tuesday 21 May, 8pm: Evenley Gardening Society meeting at Evenley Village Hall. Contact 01280 702861.

Saturday 25 May, 7,30pm: Brackley Pop-Up Gin Festival at Egerton Hall, Juno Crescent, NN13 6GN. A chance to try an array of both local and national artisan gins whilst enjoying live music from Yorkshire’s Finest Northern Epidemic. Tickets, £12, includes your own Festival Gin Glass and your First Gin & Tonic. Tickets available from Hot Headed Hairdressers, 17 Draymans Walk, and Paws & Claws, 91 High Street. Or contact Ann-Marie direct on 07498 743919.

Sunday 2 June, 2pm: Brackley Soapbox Derby on Brackley High Street. Races start at 2pm. Contact:

Saturday 8 June: Brackley Carnival. This annual event is organised by a very small team. If you are able to offer help on the day with setting up, acting as a steward or helping clear, please contact us via our website,, or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.

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