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Brackley online Post, 22 September 2017

This week’s headlines include:

• Pre-schools invite parents to register for 2018 classes
• £450,000 fund to help clear up the litter problem
• Fine start as Saints set off on FA Cup trail again

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

Parents invited to visit pre school to register for 2018

Little Oaks Pre School (The Bungalow, Manor Road, Brackley, NN13 6EE) welcome parents and carers to register their children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017) on Wednesday 27 September from 9am. Please email or call 01280 840201 for further information.


Brackley W.I. Report 11th September  2017

Talk by Mrs Claire Farrar………… Medical Detection Dogs. (MDD)

Mrs Farrar began her talk by introducing herself and her dog Shirley, a beautiful, golden, Labrador/Retriever. She sat very patiently and quietly while Mrs Farrar began her amazing story.

When Mrs Farrar’s daughter was very young, just school age, she began to have strange episodes; her face would turn white, her eyes would roll and her breathing became laboured; then she had to be rushed into hospital. This happened many times. The doctors then told Mrs Farrar that her daughter was suffering from Type 1 Diabetes, when the sugar level drops suddenly which was extremely distressing for her and her daughter – who now needs between 5 and 6 injections daily. It was found that a virus had destroyed her pancreas and thus her ability to process sugars.

Being at school was difficult, so eventually, having heard about Medical Detection Dogs, and their Head Office being so close in Great Horwood, Mrs Farrar rang them up. They were pleased to hear from her as they thought at first she was going to offer to help train and foster a dog.

Mrs Farrar asked if she could actually have a trained dog for her daughter, as she had Type 1 Diabetes and passed out so often, they said certainly. BUT, they were required to wait for a whole year before they got one, called Shirley. There is now a waiting list of 2-3 years, and it costs £13000 to train a dog to detect changes in breath from cancer & diabetes, using for urine samples and the MDD rely entirely upon donations from the public.

Shirley sleeps next to the child, and when alerted by a change in the odour of her breath, will dash off to Mum and lick her hand frantically, so that Mum can give her daughter the necessary medicine. The teacher, when the child is at school, is also treated to licked hands when the need arises. Shirley is also trained to go on boats and buses, and has her own passport too. Wetherspoons and the beach are a favourite of Shirley’s.

Dogs are donated, and many are guide dogs who weren’t quite suitable. Along with the many labs and retrievers “Yorkies”, Spaniels and “Cockapoo’s”, are trained as well. Medical detection Dogs are required and sent all over the U.K.

Having listened so patiently to all the talk, Shirley was eventually allowed to be petted, which a great many ladies got up and did, and we were told that when Shirley’s special coat is removed, Shirley is just another playful, mischievous pet dog.

If you would like to donate, here is the address to do so:

3 Millfield Greenway Business Park, Great Horwood, Milton Keynes. MK17 0NP

DOGS SAVE LIVES                                     PATRON: Duchess of Cornwall

01296 655888        email address:


Next Month  … 10th October 2017 Annual Meeting Show Case, please bring a plate of goodies.


How Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity can help fight debt

MSE Charity, the charitable fund of financial advice website, offers grant support for charities, self-help groups, and other community organisations to enable them to educate people across the UK about problems relating to consumer debt. Using funding provided by annual donations from the website and proceeds from sales of books written by the website’s founder Martin Lewis (pictured), MSE Charity aims to help communities break the cycle of debt by helping people to become more financially aware.

The charity has now moved to a themed approach for each funding round. The application guidance and preview of the online application form are now available for the Life Changing Transitions theme which will stay open until 40 applications have been accepted, or until 29 September 2017, whichever is soonest. Groups are encouraged to apply early – as soon as the grant round opens.
• For full details, Click Here.




October date for FolkLaw at Brackley Folk Club

Top group FolkLaw are coming to Brackley as part of their national sell-out tour. It is the only place you will get to see them on this current tour. They will be at Brackley Folk Club’s session at the Greyhound Inn, High Street, Brackley (NN13 7BW), on Sunday 8 October. Doors open 7:30pm and tickets are £8 each (£5 for club members). For more information, contact Tickets might  be available on the door but hurry because they are selling out on their tour. If you want a lively and enjoyable evening these are the guys……. For the the FolkLaw website, Click Here.

Meanwhile, the club meets every Sunday night without fail at the Greyhound Inn from 8pm. Do come and visit the venue… the acoustics are fantastic whether you are singing or playing. For directions visit the cluh’s contact page.


£450,000 fund aims to find ways to clean up litter problems

The Litter Innovation Fund (LIF) is a new £450,000 programme, which is funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and administered by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The programme aims to reduce litter in England by funding innovative approaches to pilot, implement and evaluate small-scale local research projects that could be replicated more widely. The deadline for expression of interest is 26 September 2017. It is expected that there will be further rounds with dates to be announced at a later date.
• For more information about voluntary work and funding opportunities, Click Here.


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Fine start as Saints set off on FA Cup trail again

Kingstonian 0-3 Brackley Town
Brackley moved into the third qualifying round of the FA Cup with a comfortable win on Saturday over Bostik League Premier Division side Kingstonian, who play at Leatherhead FC, writes Tim Carroll. Saints had chances to take the lead before Lee Ndlovu headed in the first goal of the afternoon after 23 minutes, rising unmarked to meet Glenn Walker’s pinpoint corner kick.

Andy Brown scored Saints’ second goal straight after the half-time break, set up by Jack Byrne, effectively finishing the game as a contest. Kingstonian rarely threatened Danny Lewis’ goal and scarcely registered a shot on target throughout the game. Ndlovu brought a good save from keeper Rob Tolfrey when through one on one before Matt Lowe fired the third goal, finding the gap between keeper and near post.

Brackley ought to have extended their lead as further chances were missed, the best falling to substitute Aaron Williams after excellent work by Ndlovu on the right and then Adam Walker whose shot was saved by Tolfrey with his feet. “I am pleased to win the tie and get ourselves into the next round,” Kevin Wilkin said. “After lots of away draws last season and again today it would be nice to get a cup game in the next round at St James Park for our home fans.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Lowe, Gudger, S.Byrne (Kaziboni 77), Graham, Dean, G.Walker (Franklin 77), J.Byrne, Ndlovu, Brown (Williams 67), A.Walker. Subs not used: Tilney, Myles, Diggin, J.Williams.
Kingstonian: Tolfrey, Rodgers, Goode (Fiddes 46), Gogonas, Page, Vilcu, Federico (Little 46), Thompson (Bell 74), Derry, Sappleton, Haysman. Subs not used: Spence, Syla, Janilionis, Miles.
Referee: David Spain; assistants Jamie Wells and David Ellis.
Attendance: 289
• Full list of season’s fixtures is on the club website – Click Here

Regular events in Brackley

Every Friday 8.30-11am: Brackley Country Market, Bar 2 at the Red Lion, Market Place, Brackley. A wide variety of fresh local produce including fruit and vegetables according to season, bread, cakes and preserves, To visit the Brackley Country Market website, Click Here.
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.
Every Thursday, 8pm: Stokie’s Blues Exchange partner dance class at Westbury Village Hall, Playing Field Road, Westbury NN13 5LA. The class will focus on the fundamentals of Blues partner dancing including musicality, expression, connection and style. Come along to our dance classes and we’ll teach you a range of skills. It is quite simple to pick up, and we can help the complete beginner to enjoy the magic of dancing from their first night! It’s just £8 on the door before 9pm and £5 after 9pm. Class starts at 8.15 and social dancing is from 9pm to 11pm.

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Every Saturday, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club with Ken and Estelle (Term time)
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
Thursday 21 September, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “La La Land” (12A). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

Every Monday and Thursday: Knit and Natter 2-4pm
Tuesdays 3rd, 17th and 31st October: Job Seekers Club 11.30-2pm
Wednesdays 11 and 25 October: ABC Craft Evening, 7.30-9pm. Colouring, book folding or crochet (crochet or book folding tuition £5 per person)
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Every Thursday 4.15-5.15: Thursday Craft Club with Sue
Every Saturday during term time, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
Thursday 5 October, 11am-noon: Reminiscence Group
Friday 13 October, 8pm: Quiz Night!! £5 per person. Teams of up to six. Prize every round. Please book your team a table at the library.
Thursday 19 October, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of Lion (PG). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Sunday 29th October, 11.30am -12.30pm: Story Time special – The Gruffalo. Stories, crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

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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Friday 22 September, doors open 7pm: High Adventure in Mongolia – a talk by Hywel Lloyd, being given at Culworth Village Hall. Tickets £10 with supper/£5 talk only. Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 01295 760855.

Monday 25 September, 7.30pm: Brackley and District Wildlife Group meets at Brackley Methodist Church Hall.  Overlooked Wildlife Talk by Brian Eversham, Chief Executive of Wildlife Trust BCN, who will take us into the fascinating world of the interactions between species which creates our diverse natural landscape. Entry is £2 donation, all welcome.

Tuesday 3 October, 8pm, Ugland Auditorium, Stowe – IMS Prussia Cove. Mark-Anthony Turnage  Tickets £25 to include drinks reception / £15 Members / £10 Students. Bookings

Wednesday 4 October, 8pm: Roxburgh Hall, Stowe – Chipping Norton Theatre presents Sherlock Holmes and The Crimson Cobbles by Toby Hulse. Join us for the world première of this Sherlock Holmes caper delivered at breakneck pace in a hilarious, deeply daft theatrical explosion for adults and family audiences. Suitable for ages 12+; running time approx 2 hrs. Tickets : £15 / £12 Members / £10 Students. Bookings

Saturday 7 October, 7.30pm: Hummingbirds have teamed up with Brackley Wines to bring you a Gin Tasting Evening. This is an absolute must event for all gin lovers and anyone who wants to become one! Taste different gins and create your own gin and tonic. Whether you like it shaken, stirred or dirty we have something to suit all tastes at our gin tasting! Tickets are £25 pp which includes six gins and a lite bite. Tickets are limited – a £5 deposit will secure your place, with full payment required before the event.

Sunday 8 October, 7.30pm: Top group FolkLaw at Brackley Folk Club’s session at the Greyhound Inn, High Street, Brackley (NN13 7BW). Tickets are £8 each (£5 for club members). For more information, contact Tickets might  be available on the door.
• The club meets every Sunday night at the Greyhound Inn from 8pm. Do come and visit the venue… the acoustics are fantastic whether you are singing or playing. For directions visit the cluh’s contact page.

Tuesday 10 October, Brackley WI annual meeting showcase – please bring along a plate of goodies.
• Brackley WI meets at 7.30pm on the second Monday of the month in the WI Hall, Manor Road, Brackley (opp.Waitrose carpark exit). The WI provides friendly and regular opportunities for women to meet and become better informed and more dynamic members of society. All women are very welcome to come and find out more about us and the WI organisation. Visitors £4 – maximum three meetings a year.

Saturday 14 October, 7.30 pm: Autumn Song – a concert of choral music by Polymnia, a 22-voice chamber choir based in Milton Keynes who have toured in Europe. At St George’s Church, Evenley, NN13 5SG. Tickets £10 (no concessions) from: Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email Canapes at the interval are included in the ticket price. Wine and fruit juices available for donations.

Sunday 15 October, doors open 3pm:  Culworth Cinema – Film matinee of Viceroy’s House (12A) with afternoon tea.  Tickets £10 with tea/£5 film only. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 01295 760855.

Sunday 15 October, 8pm: The Big Shake-Up Concert at Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. Formerly known as Bad Ass Brass, The Big Shake-Up is fast becoming recognised as one of the most innovative and exciting ensembles on the UK Jazz scene. Running time 2hrs. Tickets: £14 / £4 under 16’s. Bookings

Wednesday 18 October, 8pm: Lakin McCarthy presents Dr Phil’s Health Revolution at Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. Phil Hammond – NHS doctor, BBC broadcaster, Private Eye journalist and whistle-blowing comic – combines both of his 2016 sell-out Edinburgh fringe shows in one unforgettable evening. Running time 99 mins. Suitable for 14+. Tickets: £15 / £12 concessions include NHS Workers Discount / £8 Students

Sunday 22 October, 1pm and 4pm: Tall Stories presents The Snow Dragon in The Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. The night of the Snow Dragon approaches… Billy has everything a young goat could need – and more besides. On New Year’s Eve, Billy is looking forward to the annual visit of the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies…
Suitable for ages 3 years+. Running time 55 minutes. Tickets £8.50. Bookings

Friday 27 October, 7.30pm: The Budapest Café Orchestra at the Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. Led by jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick, The Budapest Café Orchestra plays traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia. Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czárdás and beautiful ballads – such as the theme to Schindler’s List and Andy Statman’s beautiful Flatbush Waltz – are all featured. Running time: 2 hrs including interval. Tickets £12 / Concessions £10 / Members £8. Bookings :

Friday 3 November, 7:30pm: Bernie Marsden and Miles Nottage at Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. “Bernie” Marsden is an English rock and blues guitarist, primarily known for his work with Whitesnake, having written or co-written with David Coverdale many of the group’s hit songs, such as “Here I Go Again”. For one night only Bernie is playing some all-time rock favourites with jazz master Miles Nottage. Running time 2hrs.
Tickets £22.50 / £20 concessions and members. Bookings

Saturday 4 November, 11:30am and 2.30pm: Tutti Fruitti presents Ugly Duckling, written by Emma Reeves at the Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. Meet the most unusual duckling the pond has ever seen! In their nest at the edge of a pond, the baby ducklings wait impatiently for Mummy’s enormous egg to hatch. But their new brother doesn’t look like everyone else. He doesn’t even quack like a proper duckling! Teased and called Ugly by his siblings, our hero hides in brushwood and stares skyward at the migrating swans, yearning to belong and marvelling at their beauty…. Where does he really belong? Suitable for ages 3 years+. Running time 55 mins. Tickets £8.50. Bookings

Tuesday 7 November, 8pm: Tooth and Nail presents Hummingbird at Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. Edith Cole worked a dead-end job in a funeral parlour. Ralph Conti worked wealthy widows for a quick buck. Neither expected to fall in love. But once they did, they just kept on falling. Inspired by the true story of the ‘Lonely Hearts Killers’, a pair of latter-day Macbeths who gripped the imagination of 1950s America, Hummingbird is dark, compelling physical theatre. Suitable for 14 years+. Tickets £13 / £11 Concessions / £8 Students. Bookings

Wednesday 8 November, 2.30 pm: Talk and demonstration by Wendy Freestone of her sculpture. Her work “Watching” was included in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. At Evenley Village Hall, The Green, Evenley NN13 5SH. Tickets £5 (no concessions), from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email The demonstration will be in two parts and free tea/coffee and biscuits will be served in the interval. Tickets are limited.

Friday 17 November, 7.30 pm: The Stage is Yours 2, an evening in which you are invited to read a poem, tell a story, sing a song, dance, play a tune or just watch and listen. At Evenley Village Hall, The Green, Evenley NN13 5SH. Tickets £2.50 – performers free – from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email The evening will be in two parts with an interval in the middle. Please bring your own drink but glasses will be provided. If you wish to perform, please contact Kevin – see above for tickets – to book your slot. Items should generally be no longer than five minutes unless otherwise agreed.

Sunday 19 November, 5pm: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Leonard Cheshire in Stowe Chapel – an evening of music and words with Jane Asher and Friends. This concert will celebrate the centenary year of Old Stoic Leonard Cheshire, the extraordinary man behind the charity. Come and enjoy a magical evening of poetry, songs and music with Jane Asher and friends including, Richard Henders (Chronicles of Narnia, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, Foyles War), Richard Rycroft (War Horse, Love is Not Enough and Pride and What). Stowe School’s chapel provides a wonderful venue to enjoy hearing the musical stars from the school perform along with professional Opera singers. Tickets £15 /boxes £500 (5-6 Seats) including drinks reception. Bookings
All of the proceeds will go to Leonard Cheshire Disability (registered charity number 5528467).

Saturday 25 November, 8pm: Mari Wilson – Pop Deluxe at the Ugland Auditorium. The show features Mari’s unique interpretations of the songs of Dusty Springfield. For the past 18 months, Mari has been touring her show, Ready Steady Girls, to sell-out crowds with the songs of Petula Clark, Sandie Shaw, Cilla Black and more, the Brit girls who inspired her as she was growing up in North London. Mari played Dusty Springfield in Dusty The Musical which toured venues throughout the UK in 2000.
Running time 1hr 20min plus an interval. Tickets £20 / Members and Concessions £18.

Sunday 10 December, 2pm: Little Blue Monster presents Lily and the Little Snow Bear at Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. A glittering, snowy tale about a little lost bear and a brave little girl. After the show meet Lily and Baby Bear, say hello and have your photo taken with them. Suitable for ages 3+. Running time: 55mins. Ticket Price: £8.50. Bookings

Sunday 17 December, 7pm: Christmas Boogienotes Rock and Pop Choir at the Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. Join us and the wonderful Boogienotes Choir for an evening of wonderful Christmas songs and carols to celebrate the festive season in style.
You are invited to join us for a glass of wine and a festive treat. Running time 75 mins followed by drinks and a festive treat. Tickets : £10 / £9 Members / £4 under 16’s. Bookings

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 (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.

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For full details of events at Stowe, including times and tickets, Click Here

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