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Brackley online Post, 23 June 2017

This week’s headlines include:

• Brackley Folk Festival and Syresham Scarecrow Festival this weekend
• King’s Sutton Preschool wins bid for council grant
• An evening of music and song with Brackley Band
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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.
  • What you need to know to be ready for the new £1 coin which comes into circulation on Tuesday 28 March.
  • 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

Syresham is the next village to Silverstone and is just off the A43. Also during the weekend there will be a Country Wedding Fair in Syresham St James Church, together with an exhibition of wedding dresses through the ages.
• As part of the festival, an exhibition of works by local artists will be held in the Village Hall – open 11am-5pm on Saturday and 11am-4.30pm Sunday.


Preschool wins cash award to help it nearer to a new home

King’s Sutton Preschool has succeeded in its bid for money from South Northamptonshire Council’s New Homes Bonus Voluntary Sector and Local Community Fund. But more is needed, so fundraising continues… We can all help the Preschool get the building it needs to give the village’s children the best possible start. Take a look at the article on the parish council website – Click Here.

Date set for King’s Sutton day of Summer Madness fete

The Playing Fields are holding their annual “Summer Madness!” Fete on the Rec at 2pm on Saturday 8 July. (If the weather’s not great, the event will move indoors to the Memorial Hall.) Stallholders and car booters welcome. £5 per pitch, tables provided. Call 07795 515891 or email Attractions include:

  • Kids’ Races for Young & Old (Sack Race, 3-Legged Race, Egg & Spoon)
  • Raffle & Cakes
  • Tombola
  • Sports Competitions
  • BBQ
  • Displays by Danielle Buick Dance School & Red Diamond Muay Thai Academy
  • Bar and Afternoon Teas in the Memorial Hall
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Aunt Sally
  • Car Boot Sale

Summer events at Stowe House

We have exciting events happening at Stowe House this Summer. We want you to know! Upcoming events include: Sally Adams, Wednesday 21 June, 8pm; A Midsummer’s Eve Concert – Over the Hills and Far Away, Sunday 9 July, 7pm. Click Here for the full schedule of our upcoming summer events at Stowe House.”

The Midsummer’s Eve Concert is presented by Brackley Chamber Music Club. Enjoy a wonderful summer’s evening at Stowe House listening to beautiful music performed by Brackley Chamber Music Club in our State Music Room. Enjoy the informal atmosphere and hear the work of composers such as Purcell, Beethoven, Elgar and many others. Intersected with summer readings this should be a delightful evening to relax in sumptuous surroundings. Tickets £7.50 including wine and canapes on the South Front Portico during the interval. Pre-booking essential. Call 01280 818002 for more information or to book tickets.

Into the Woods – Stowe Creative Academy

From Saturday 29 July to Saturday 5 August. A full seven days of fun, intense, professional workshops leading up to a performance of Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim. Develop skills in singing, dancing and acting with highly experienced West End and Youth Music professionals. Technical Theatre options are also available. Ages: 10 to 18 years. Open to all abilities and confidence levels. Click Here for more information.


SNC LogoCouncil reports a year of strong performance

Strong progress on the improvement of public services provided by SNC has been highlighted in its end of year performance report. Members of the cabinet heard that 82 per cent of the council’s performance targets for 2016/17 were either met or exceeded.

Cllr Phil Bignell said: “We closely compare departmental achievements against the priorities we set as members at the beginning of the year. I am pleased to report that we are fulfilling our ambitions to provide quality services to the district and are continually improving on what we deliver. We are a fit-for-purpose council and I commend all those working hard at SNC for the benefit of everyone that lives and works in the district.”

Highlights from the performance report include: the recycling rate for the district exceeding 60 per cent for the first time, delivery of the new leisure contract and start of the new swimming pool in Brackley, 79 per cent of major planning applications were determined within 13 weeks against a national target of 50 per cent, the transformation programme to share services with Cherwell District Council is on track and nearing completion.
• To read more, Click Here.

Superior safeguarding for district drivers

Taxi drivers from South Northamptonshire are benefiting from a safeguarding course run by SNC at The Forum in Towcester. Over the past month 393 drivers attended the training, which is intended to give them the confidence to report issues by making them more aware of people who may be vulnerable. Feedback from drivers has been very positive. Driver Ibrahim Ghasemi said: “This safeguarding training has helped me to be aware of crimes in our society, not only as a taxi driver but also as a parent.”

SNC introduced a new taxi policy this year with the requirement that all licensed drivers need to complete the training. This will include drivers who already hold a licence with SNC. New applicants will need to complete the course before a licence will be issued and the aim is to have all taxi and private hire drivers trained by the end of January 2018.
• For further information, Click Here, or contact the Licensing Team at or call 01327 322278.



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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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Summer holiday activities July and August
Every Tuesday 1.30-2.20pm:  Share a book – Stories with Mary
Every Wednesday 2-3pm: Maths4Fun (except 2 August) – Maths fun with Trish
From Thursday 20 July, 3.15-5.15pm: Summer Craft Club – Crafting with Sue
From 27 July every Thursday, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club – Crafting with Ken and Estelle
From 20 July Every Thursday, 3.15-5.15pm: Summer Thursday Craft Club – Crafting fun with Sue.

Saturdays 1 and 8 July 10.30-11.30am:
Creation Club with Ken and Estelle.
Tuesdays 11 and 25 July, 11.30-1.30pm: Job Seekers Club
Wednesdays 5 and 19 July: ABS Craft Evening – Adult colouring, Book Folding or Crochet (Tuition in Book Folding or Crochet £5 each)
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 6 July, 11am-12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Friday 14 July, 8pm: Quiz Night. £5 per person, teams of up to six, prize every round. Please book your team a table at the library.
Saturday 15 July: Launch event at Brackley Lirary for Animal Agents 2017 Summer Reading Challenge.
Thursday 20 July, 7pm for 7.30: Cinema Club showing of I, Daniel Blake (15). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

Thursday 3 August, 11am-12 noon:
Reminiscence Group
Tuesday 8 and 22 August 11.30am-1.30pm:
Job Seekers Club
Wednesday 10 and 24 August: 
ABS Craft Evening – Adult colouring, Book Folding or Crochet (tuition in book folding or crochet £5 each)
Every Monday and Thursday, 2-4pm: 
Knit and Natter.
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm:
Jigsaw Club
Thursday 17 August, 7pm for 7.30:
Cinema Club showing of The Light Between Oceans(12A). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

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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Sunday 25 June, Noon-6pm: Folk in the Park, a FREE event organised by Brackley Folk Club. A free music event to promote our folk heritage in a family friendly atmosphere. Lots of great folk acts, plus raffle, craft stalls, food, pub, fun. Come along and just chill!
• For further information, call 07922 818089, or email Don at


Friday June 30, 10am-noon:  Brackley Jubilee Choir Coffee Morning in the Old Fire Station Community Room.

Wednesday 5  July, 7.30pm: Brackley History Society meets in Brackley Methodist Church, High Street,  when Susan Walker will talk about the Excavation at Steane. This talk explores the archaeological context of a bronze head of the deified Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-180), which was ploughed up at Steane in 1976. A 2012 field survey revealed traces of a prehistoric and Roman settlement enclosed by a ditch. Preliminary excavations near the findspot of the head in 2013 exposed the foundations of a long, stone building resembling a barn, open on one long side and with no surviving traces of a roof or floor. Members free, visitors (£3) are always welcome. Refreshments will be served after the talk.
• The Society meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley. For further information please contact 01280 702837 or

Saturday July 8, 7pm: Brackley Jubilee Choir 40th Anniversary Concert at St Peter’s Church (Old Town, Brackley NN13 7BZ). First part will feature favourite Messiah choruses while the second part will include items sung by the current choir.


• To contact the organisers by email, Click Here.


Monday 10 July: Brackley WI will hear speaker Michael Brown putting forward the topic ‘Capability Brown – Hero or Hooligan’. For more information, visit the Brackley WI website – Click Here.

Friday 14 July, 7.30-9pm: The Darcys at Home, at Evenley Village Hall, is a presentation celebrating the life and work of Jane Austen, referring to Elizabeth (nee Bennett) and Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley from Pride and Prejudice. Period refreshments will be served during the interval. It is hoped that those attending will wear period costume, though this is not essential.
• Tickets are available now at £7.50 (no concessions) from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email

Thursday 20 July, 10am: – Brackley & District U3A monthly meeting at Brackley Methodist Church, High Street. This month’s speaker is Richard Banyard, whose topic is: “The NHS – Key National Institution or Historic Relic?” Richard has been involved in NHS management since the early 1970s, including as a chief executive. He is now an independent management consultant. Richard’s talk will trace the development of the NHS from its pre-war roots and explore some of the dilemmas and challenges faced in delivering a “free” service. The talk will also touch upon some current key issues. Visitors will be very welcome at this meeting.
• To find out more about Brackley & District U3A, Click Here.


Saturday 22 July

Join us for an Evening with The Sasparillas. Celebrate an evening of musical entertainment by The Sasparillas (a 1940’s close harmony trio) on Saturday 22nd July. Tickets just £22 per person which includes a hot and cold buffet. Doors open at 7pm with the entertainment starting at 7.30pm. Limited tickets available so early booking recommended, reserve your place with a £5 deposit per head. Tickets available at Hummingbirds Bistro. Fully licensed bar available.
Many Thanks
Tracy and Nicky
Hummingbirds Coffee Bar and Bistro, Market House Courtyard, Brackley, NN13 7AB. 01280 700797


Sunday 13 August: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. Full details on the website.

Sunday 20 August, 11am-4pm: Classic Vehicles in the Park at Brackley Park, High Street. To download an info pack (PDF 954kb) – including entry form – Click Here.

Sunday 27 August to Friday 1 September: Sacred Music Retreat at Limes Farm, Farthinghoe, NN13 5PB. Speakers will be Teresa and Kimberly Kodimer. For more information, call Natalie on 07860 372085.







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

Tuesday 27 June: Family Theatre – Oddsocks Productions present Macbeth, “a musical brew of laughter and witchcraft” suitable for families with children over 8 years.
Sunday 2 July: Boogienotes Rock and Pop Choir
Thursday 6 July: The HandleBards present As You Like It – join the all-female troupe for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ like none other.
Sunday 8 July: Brackley Chamber Music Club Present
A Midsummer’s Eve Concert: Over the Hills and Far Away.
Friday 21 July: Opera Della Luna presents Das Spitzentuch der Königin/The Queen’s Lace Handkerchief, by Johann Strauss.
Saturday 22 July: Blunderbus Presents Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, “the very funny tale of a small dog with big dreams.” Bring your picnics any time from 1pm onwards.

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