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Brackley online Post, 23 November 2018

This week’s headlines include:

  • True story of a truly remarkable hero
  • Create habitats in your garden and help wildlife
  • Great festive events lined up at library
  • Late header sours Saints’ fine away performance

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 Telling the story of a most remarkable hero

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, the first outfield black footballer and the first black officer in the British Expeditionary Force during the First World War – at a time when it was illegal for such a thing to happen. These remarkable circumstances, culminating in Walter giving his life on the Somme in March 1918, are poignantly explored in this 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. As a retired drama teacher I knew that live theatre would tell the story in an educational, as well as entertaining way.”
Tickets for Tull 100 are now available at £10 or £5 (concessions) and are available online at Performance dates are Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November with all performances starting at 7.30pm at The Radcliffe Centre, Church Street, Buckingham MK18 1BY.


Wine Tasting evening at Brackley Old Fire Station

The Brackley European Association meet in Brackley’s Old Fire Station on the last Thursday of every month. Friendly, lively group keeping the town’s twinning alive and well. The next meeting on 29 November (8pm) is a special fundraising Wine Tasting evening. Interesting wines selected by an expert, tasty nibbles and pleasant company! No expertise is required; everyone is welcome. Tickets cost £10 a head and are available from Graham Archdale on 01280 704018.


Learn how to care for the creatures that visit your garden




Great seasonal events lined up for Brackley Library

Come and support your local library with some great events. On Sunday 25 November, 11am-3pm there is a Christmas Craft Fair with Father Christmas.
On Sunday 2 December there will be a Christmas Craft Fair from 10am to 3pm, where you will find a great selection of unique gifts from local crafters while Father Christmas will be there for the children.


The Brackley Morris Men are holding open Taster Sessions on Thursday evenings during November, 8pm at Brackley C of E Junior School, Manor Road, Brackley, NN13 6EE. The tasters are open to anyone, but we particularly welcome new youngish men to help keep our 400-year-old local tradition thriving! If you’d like to have a go it’s best to call first as the school is occasionally closed – : Stephen on 07764 799947 or e-mail We’d love to see you.


Sing a song of laughter to help new medical centre

Kevin and Carrie O’Regan are organising a concert of comic songs at Croughton Village Hall by Holler n Duck in aid of the new Brackley Medical Centre. The show, on Saturday 1 December, will be in two parts, with an interval of approx 20 minutes and the evening should finish by 10pm. There will be a bar. Tickets £10 (no concessions).

About Holler n Duck… Think comic songs, think laughter, think audience participation, think brilliance and you’re there. Holler n Duck are reviving the great tradition of the comic song – Gilbert and Sullivan, Flanders and Swan, Jake Thackray…
You can expect witty lyrics, expert musicianship, great banter between songs and you are guaranteed to laugh and laugh and laugh. Check them out at or on You Tube by starting here.
• Call Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email

Late header sours fine away performance

Stockport County 1-1 Brackley Town
A tight first half of few chances gave way to a second half dominated by the visitors – and only a 95th-minute leveller denied Brackley what would have been a deserved win at in-form Stockport County, writes Tim Carroll. “We were terrific today,” Kevin Wilkin said. “The first half was even, though they had more possession without creating chances. Then we scored a fantastic goal and really should have put the game to bed. When you don’t, then moments like that can come back to haunt you and today it has done, and we have taken one point when it should have been three.”

Lee Ndlovu put Saints ahead on the hour with a beautifully worked goal. Ndlovu was involved in the build-up as the ball was worked to the left for Connor Franklin to drill low and hard into the centre where Ndlovu finished neatly. The lead was nothing less than Saints’ attacking second-half play warranted. Chances to increase the lead came and went with County pegged back before an explosive finale raised the temperature inside Edgeley Park to boiling point.

Connor Hall’s header was cleared off the goal-line, Matt Lowe slalomed the length of the pitch like a high speed towed caravan only for his shot to be deflected wide, and Ben Hinchliffe saved well from Ndlovu put through by Jimmy Armson as Saints had County on the ropes.

Stockport’s manager was dismissed to the stands after an 87th minute touchline skirmish and the vocal support for the home team spurred a few late moments of pressure that brought a corner. Left-footed Scott Duxbury hit the in-swinging corner-kick to the near post and substitute Frank Mulhern’s run from the back post created the chance that his glancing header converted into a late, late equaliser to the raucous delight of Hatters supporters.

“To have played so well and with good game management for 90 minutes and then to concede as we did so late is disappointing of course,” Wilkin said. “But if that is all I have to gripe about then we are moving in the right direction. Lee got a real striker’s goal today; our work-rate and the organisation we showed today was right up there. But it has happened on too many occasions now where we have outplayed a lot of sides and created a lot of chances and not finished the job so it has come back to haunt us. That is something for us to work on.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Hall, Dean, G.Walker, Armson, Ndlovu, Lowe, A.Walker (Murombedzi 90). Subs unused: Fairlamb, Nti, Jeffers, Noon.
Stockport County: Hinchliffe, Minihan, Duxbury, Keane, Palmer, Cowan, Thomas, Walker (Dimaio 68), Bell (Stephenson 68), Osborne (Mulhern 62), Warburton. Subs unused: Turnbull, Ormson.
Referee: Matt Corlett. Assistants, Richard Abson and Martin Parker.
Attendance: 3,449.
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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.

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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.

Sunday 25 November, 11am-3pm: Christmas Craft Fair with Father Christmas.
Please check our Facebook page for updates.

Sunday 2 December, 10am-3pm: Christmas Craft Fair – A great selection of unique gifts from local crafters. And Father Christmas will be here!
Friday 7 December, 8pm: Big Christmas Quiz. Book your table at the library. £5 per person, teams of up to six players. Prize every round.
Thursday 13 December, 7pm-7.30pm: The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of The Greatest Showman (Cert PG). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.

Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!
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Wednesday 28 November,  10.30am-noon: South Northants Hearing Advisory Service’s free basic hearing-aid maintenance and batteries service at Brackley Library. Also available will be advice, information and practical support covering all aspects of hearing loss. Each month a trained hearing advisor will visit. No appointments – just turn up; if busy, you may have to take a number.
Please remember to bring along your hearing-aid battery book.

Wednesday, 19 December, 7pm: Magdalen College School, Brackley, 119th Annual Christmas Carol Service in the Chapel of St James and St John, High Street, Brackley. Further information on the website,

Thursday 20 December, 1pm: Pied Piper Theatre presents The Big ENORMOUS Present in the Roxburgh Theatre at Stowe. It’s big, it’s huge, it’s………………….. ENORMOUS! A mysterious present has appeared in the school playground. Who can it possibly be for? Jack, Dot or Polly? The Big ENORMOUS Present explores the pressures of fitting in, where we find happiness and how giving can sometimes feel as good as receiving… Suitable for ages 3-8, running time 50 mins. Ticket Price: £8.50/Family Ticket £30 (2 adults & 2 children). Bookings : Tel: 01280 825710.

Saturday 22 December, 7.30pm: Ben Waters Live at Brackley Town Hall, tickets £15 (VIP £25). Get your ticket from or Downtown Diner

Thursday 17 January, 7.30pm: Brackley Inbetweeners Group at St Peter’s Church Hall, Old Town, Brackley. ‘Do it for Defib’ CPR education and defibrillator awareness session, £10. Numbers are limited, so pre-booking is essential. For more information, email Catherine,

Thursday 21 February, 7.30pm: Brackley Inbetweeners Group at St Peter’s Church Hall, Old Town, Brackley. A brief introduction to traditional Chinese medicine, talk and demonstration, £3. For more information, email Catherine,

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