This week’s headlines include:
- Saints supporters aim for £50,000 clubhouse target
- Drop-in youth sessions for town’s teens
- Public meeting for Brackley Hogwatch at library
- Super strike sets up big win for Saints
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Hogwatch special public meeting at library – all welcome
Over the past 70 years, the UK has lost a catastrophic 97 per cent of adult hedgehogs; it is estimated that the remaining 1 million adults are declining at around 5 per cent a year – extinction could happen within 50 years!
The reason we have such a drastic decline in adult hedgehogs is simply that the juveniles no longer reach breeding age. There is more on this on the Brackley Hogwatch website. Brackley Hogwatch only get around £3,000 a year in donations, so they desperately need more.
• Just putting out a shallow bowl of water regularly will help hedgehogs during the summer, especially in very hot spells.
Brackley Town FC’s campaign for new clubhouse
Supporters are aiming to collect £50,000 to help replace the clubhouse which burned down earlier this year. They are led by commercial manager Graham Shaw and the campaign will run until next June. They have already collected £2,000 with bucket collections at three pre-season friendlies against Oxford United, MK Dons and Northampton.
Graham said: “The clubhouse has been a pivotal part of the community for 40 years and has seen christenings, birthday parties, wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations as well as, for the past three years, hosting our award winning Community programme. While the clubhouse was insured, we know that in addition to any recovered sums we will need to raise a substantial sum to provide a clubhouse that not only meets our current needs but which can also stand as a great community asset for at least the next 40 years.”
• The team have set up a GoFundMe page – Brackley Town FC Stand Together – and are very keen to involve as many people as possible. If you can help, please email Graham on email@example.com
Brackley Town 1-0 Altrincham
Brackley came out on top in a clash of two of last season’s play-off teams, courtesy of Shane Byrne’s stunning first-half strike, writes Tim Carroll. The goal came on the half hour and was struck sweetly by Byrne from 20 yards finding the net low past Steve Drench at full stretch in off the post.
“It is a big three points for us” was Kevin Wilkin’s reaction. “Altrincham are a very good side. They move the ball well and have some tremendously talented players in their side and are well organised, so we knew it would be difficult. We haven’t brought that momentum to our game just yet but hopefully today’s win can go some way to moving us forward.”
Saints fully deserved the win, creating more than enough chances to have won the game more decisively. But they had keeper Danny Lewis to thank for a 65th minute penalty save from John Johnston after Jordan Hulme was brought down close to goal, Altrincham spurning a golden opportunity to equalise.
Moments before the penalty miss, the home side passed up two gilt-edged chances themselves to have opened up a two goal lead. Jimmy Armson picked a perfect pass to play in Matt Lowe who was thwarted – with the goal seemingly at his mercy – before Lee Ndlovu followed up but saw his back-heeled effort cleared off the line in a double let-off for The Robins.
Captain Gaz Dean’s towering header was pawed away by keeper Steve Drench and Drench saved well from Byrne in added time as Brackley finished strongly. The visitors rarely threatened Lewis but did create some pressure in the final 20 minutes, Sean Williams shooting just wide and substitute Max Harrop cutting in and firing hard at goal, bringing Lewis into action to keep the shot out. “There are a lot of games in August – they come thick and fast so it’s nice to have a clear week now ahead of next Saturday’s match,” Wilkin added. “Off the back of a good win we can get the players together to reflect on what we’ve done well and where we’ve not done so well and hopefully take the positives into the next game.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Dean, Langmead, Lowe (Daire 90+2), Walker (Baker 87), Ndlovu, Armson (Fairlamb 79), Murombedzi. Subs unused: Holman, Audel.
Altrincham: Drench, White, Hampson, Jones, Hannigan, Williams, Johnston, Branson (Richman 67), Hulme, Hancock (Harrop 57), Hemmings (Peers 77). Subs unused: Arnold, Mullarkey.
You can nominate a local group for Queen’s Award
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups. Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.
Take a look at the guidance notes for further conditions and information. Log in or register to nominate a group. Please register in order to nominate a group. If you have registered already then please log in. Submit your nomination by midnight on 13 September 2019 to make sure your nominated group is considered for the 2020 awards. It is very important that you read the guidance notes before submitting your nominations.
As a prelude to opening of a weekly youth club in Brackley, a Youth Drop-in for 11 to 18-year-olds has been running during the school holidays. A safe place to chill and chat, supervised by trained and DBS-checked volunteers from 2pm to 6pm on weekdays, (volunteers’ time permitting). During this time the youngsters will be asked what they want from the new Town Youth Club to run from the start of the new school term. The current sessions are held in a safe area at the rear of the Red Lion in Brackley. Big Screen TV, activities, soft drinks and snacks available.
Stowe sets out its stall of September events
The September events list of Arts at Stowe includes a live cinema broadcast to mark the release of The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s sequel to the The Handmaid’s Tale. It includes readings by special guests. The showing starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 September in The Roxy. Other events include an evening with Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) on Thursday 12 September (7.30pm) and James Corden with his One Man, Two Guvnors show on Thursday 26 September (7pm).
• For full details, Click Here.
Chenderit School celebrates 40th with special exhibition
Long distance footpath in South Northants becomes a reality
A new map has been published by Brackley-based Global Mapping, designed by top map creator Mary Spence MBE. The South Northants Heritage Trail has been designed to allow the walker to get the most from this beautiful and interesting part of England. South Northamptonshire contains some of the country’s most quintessentially English landscapes interspersed with attractive, largely unspoilt villages characterised by picturesque stone cottages. This rural and sparsely populated landscape has remained largely unchanged for centuries with a rich history.
1,800 listed buildings, many built from the distinctive local limestone and ironstone; over 50 conservation villages; dozens of ancient churches; the Grand Union and Oxford canals; and miles of dismantled railways – many of which are part of the trail. Dig deeper and historical links with the past are everywhere. Disused canals, WWII airfields, English Civil War battlefield, Henry VIII’s hunting woods and, going back even further, planning the Magna Carta, one of only five sites in England where jousting was allowed, abandoned medieval villages and iron age camps.
The Heritage Trail winds its way around South Northamptonshire in three linked circuits radiating out of Brackley and Towcester for a total of 158 miles, taking in many of the historic sights and sites that abound across the region. South Northants Heritage Trail will allow the visitor to discover these secrets and enjoy beautiful views, locally produced food and drink and friendly hospitality.
Global Mapping MD Alan Smith commented: “This map has taken five years to come to fruition and I have to say I am delighted, without doubt my favourite that we have ever published! Having walked every mile of the route (with wildlife expert Tim Pridmore) to check the accuracy I suppose I would say that!” Alan continued: “The original idea came from Adrian Colwell at South Northants Council to build on the series of award-winning walking guides we had published. It would be great if the South Northants Heritage Trail became as well known as The Pennine Way!”
The first of a number of videos, created to promote the delights of the Trail has just been published and is gaining enormous interest and can be viewed here .
The map has gone on sale in local outlets at just £8.99 and already is receiving favourable comments. Local resident Michael Barnes commented: “I acquired my copy from the Old Hall Book Shop today and I have to say that you have managed to conjure up an entirely fresh perspective on an area with which I thought I was pretty familiar. I’m looking forward to putting it to use. More power to your cartographer’s pen – or whatever the digital equivalent is!”
The map is also available to buy online via southnorthantsheritagetrail.co.uk where there is information about the trail, videos and FREE walking guides to download.
A new website aimed at helping our district’s wildlife
Visit the new Brackley Wildlife website and find out more about the work being done in and around the area to help wildlife and the environment – Click Here.
Trains, tea and cake in a garden setting
The Pimlico Light Railway has announced its timetable for open days at 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 of Pimlico House. There is no admission fee, just a small charge per ride. Refreshments in the form of tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.
The railway is the result of many years work by the Rev John Roberts (in whose garden it is situated) and a small but dedicated band of helpers. Public running days are held six times a year with the dual aims of fostering an interest in engineering amongst youngsters and raising money for the Send a Cow charity. New members (of all generations) are always welcome, so whether you are just looking for an enjoyable afternoon out or would like to join us on a regular basis, why not come along? Remaining public running days this year are 25 August and 22 September from 3pm to 7pm on each day (unless wet).
• Directions: Satnav NN13 5TN. From Brackley follow A43 towards Towcester and take the first exit B4525 towards Helmdon/Banbury. After 400 yards take the first left, signposted to Pimlico and High Cross. Follow the road for just under half-a-mile and you will see the trains signposted to the right.
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. 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.
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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!!
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Thursday 5 September, 3.45pm
Friday 6 September, doors open 7pm: Culworth Film Night – Mary Queen of Scots (15). Tickets with supper £10, film only £5. Call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 760855, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your own drinks and glass.
Friday 6 September
Thursday 19 September, 10am: Winchester House School launches Brackley Community Dementia Choir, inspired by Vicky McLure’s two-part BBC documentary, Our Dementia Choir. Singers of all ages and abilities who are suffering from dementia are invited to join the first of the weekly Thursday rehearsals in The Forum at Winchester House, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7AZ. Tea, coffee and cakes will be served from 10am, with singing from 10.20am to 11am. Carers are most welcome and membership of the choir is free. To register your interest, please email email@example.com.
Wednesday 16 October, 7-9pm: Shopping evening in Wayneflete Hall of Magdalen College School, organised by Friends of Magdalen College School. We will have some great stalls from lots of local independent businesses including fruit flavoured gins, handmade cakes & chocolates, jewellery, homewares plus local arts & crafts & lots more! Come along and enjoy a glass of wine, catch up with other parents, do some early Christmas shopping and raise some funds for the school! Entry is free.
• For more information or to book a stall please contact firstname.lastname@example.org