This week’s headlines include:
• Heritage Open Days – Old Fire Station and Old Hall Bookshop
• Campaign to get South Northamptonshire shopping locally
• Well-managed Saints’ performance makes it five wins out of five
• The Demolition of Brackley Viaduct
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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
Heritage Open Days – Brackley Town Hall Restoration Project
Although the Town Hall is not accessible this year, it doesn’t mean we won’t be having a Heritage Open Day! Get the chance to handle some of the finds that have been discovered in the Town Hall including a Georgian coin and clay pipes. In celebration of the 50 years of conservation areas, there will be walking tours of both of Brackley’s conservation areas – High Street & Old Town.
As we will be based in the Old Fire Station, there will also be information about the history of the building, too. As ever, there will be children’s activities, the chance to find out more about the restoration project and refreshments available!
Opening Times – No booking required
Friday 8 September: 10am-4pm
Saturday 9 September: 10am-4pm
There is no parking specifically for the Fire Station although there is parking available in the town car park or on the High Street. The building is accessible throughout and has accessible toilet facilities.
The Old Fire Station is on the High Street in the corner of Brackley Park. You can park on the road or in the Town Car Park which is only a two-minute walk away.
• Website: www.brackleytownhall.org.uk/
Behind the Scenes at the Old Hall Bookshop
You will get the chance to see all over this Queen Anne town house that currently houses the Old Hall Bookshop (NN13 7DP) on the ground floor. We can start in the cellar and work our way up and out on to the roof and enjoy the wonderful views of Brackley and the surrounding area, weather permitting.
• Thursday 7 September: 0930-1730; Tour 1100, 1400 and 1600
• Friday 8 September: 0930-1730; Tour 1100, 1400 and 1600
• Saturday 9 September: 0930-1730; Tour 1100, 1400 and 1600
Pre-booking preferred – Booking Contact: Christine or Jenny; call 01280 704146; email: email@example.com
Maximum six people per tour/session.
Access: We will be going up and down a LOT of stairs; there may also be loose floorboards, dust and dim lighting conditions. It’s a very old building with worn steps. Parking is available nearby on the street and in Market Square. It’s free but time restrictions apply.
A Strictly wonderful dancing weekend for charity
Get ready for a Strictly wonderful event in Brackley. Step by Step Dance School Ltd is holding a charity event in aid of Dogs for Good. Strictly Brackley will be held at Magdalen College School Waynflete Site on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August, starting at 7pm each evening.
The shows will be compered by Aaron Williams and taking part will be UK Amateur 10 Dance Champions and now UK Professional Vice Champions Nick Kelly and Cheyenne Russell, as well as UK Intermediate League Champions Lewis Harper and Alice Gregory.
• Tickets are available from Reds in Draymans Walk, Brackley; Topsy Turvey at 89 High Street or call Viv on 07790 130579.
Brackley Morris Men Summer Tour, August bank holiday weekend
The Brackley Morris Men will be out and about on their annual bank holiday weekend tour, and will be dancing at the following locations. All welcome to come and join in the fun.
Sunday 27 August
2pm – Canons Ashby House
3pm – Star Inn, Sulgrave
4pm – Greatworth Inn, Greatworth
5pm – Three Conies, Thorpe Mandeville
6pm – The Plough, Upper Boddington (beer festival)
Monday 28 August
11.30am – The Countryman, Staverton
12.30pm – The Windmill, Badby
2.50pm – Everdon Fete
4pm – Everdon Fete
5pm – Kings Arms, Farthingstone
6pm – Red Lion, Litchborough
South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) has helped launch two new websites to encourage residents to shop in their town. With thousands of people set to move into Brackley and Towcester over the next few years, SNC’s economic growth team has renewed its efforts to promote both town centres. Any business in Brackley or Towcester can now register their details for free at www.brackleymarkettown.uk and www.visittowcester.co.uk.
Cllr Stephen Clarke said: “South Northamptonshire is one of the best places to live in the UK and our market towns are a showcase of all the features that make the district special. The traditional atmosphere and friendly slow pace of historic market towns, with a lifestyle much cherished in today’s fast-paced world, make it an attractive place to live and shop. As more and more people are attracted to our market towns, they will want to do their research and find out more about the facilities available. These websites will be a great place to start for anyone getting to know either town.”
The websites were produced by the retailers themselves, led by Neal Palk, chairman of Towcester Traders and Jan Dean, chairman of Brackley Means Business. Ms Dean said: “We’re very encouraged by SNC’s support for the high street and hope the website grabs the attention of people new to the district, It also reminds existing residents of what their high street has to offer.”
Mr Palk said: “People have busy lives and shop where it is most convenient for them. I’ve lost count of the number of first-time customers who say they were surprised at the variety of shops in Towcester. And it’s not just about selling things, it’s about offering a higher level of service, it’s about knowing your products and giving unbiased advice.
“If you don’t find what you want in the first shop you visit in Towcester, you are more than likely going to get a referral to another retailer who does have what you need.” SNC also hosts the its local interactive map listing businesses and retailers throughout South Northants.
Bank holiday bins and opening times
Bin collections in South Northamptonshire remain unaffected this bank holiday weekend, but the council offices at The Forum will be closed on Monday. South Northamptonshire Council’s office and the library at The Forum will be closed on Monday, 28 August and re-open as normal at 9am on Tuesday, 29 August. During the office closure, online services can still be accessed through our website www.southnorthants.gov.uk and the emergency out of hours number is available on 0800 160 1022.
A Moment from Brackley’s History – The Demolition of Brackley Viaduct
Not much remains of Brackley Viaduct which carried the Great Central Railway. Opened in 1899, the line closed as part of the Beeching changes in the 60’s along with Brackley Central station (now ATS tyres) An 8mm film showing the demolition of the Brackley Viaduct which carried the Great Central Railway.
An 8mm film showing the demolition of the Brackley Viaduct can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YATq7dqQhE
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Brackley Town 2-0 Spennymoor Town
Both sides carried 100 per cent records into this game and it was Brackley who maintained their winning start to the season, writes Tim Carroll. It was a tight game of few chances on Spennymoor’s first ever visit to St James Park. A well-contested first half saw little of Brackley’s fluent passing and the home side needed a well-timed tackle by captain Gaz Dean to keep the scores level as half time approached. But Brackley got their noses in front with Lee Ndlovu’s 42nd minute header as Alex Gudger nodded Shane Byrne’s corner back across goal to take Saints into the break ahead.
The second half continued to be hard fought but began to open up and both sides sought the next goal. Saints’ keeper Danny Lewis was called into action, saving well from Joe Tait at close range just after the hour mark. Ndlovu’s header then struck the bar as Brackley went close to extending the lead. In the closing minutes Spennymoor’s James Curtis was sent off for a second yellow-card offence and then substitute Matt Lowe doubled Saints’ advantage, neatly picking his spot after a delightful exchange of passes with Jimmy Armson to create the chance.
“It was a gritty performance today,” said Brackley manager Kevin Wilkin. “Spennymoor are a strong side and we did not have it all our own way. We managed the game well and showed a good mentality to win the game.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker (Franklin 90), Armson, Ndlovu (Lowe 80), Brown (A.Williams 67), A.Walker. Subs not used: J.Byrne, Tilney.
Spennymoor: Lowson, Griffiths, Chantler, Chandler (Orrell 75), Tait, Curtis, Hall, Dixon, Taylor, Ramshaw, Foley (Johnson 62). Subs not used: Mason, Porter, Henry.
Referee: Will Finnie Assistants: Tim Walker and Ryan Haynes.
• 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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Summer holiday activities in 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.
Tuesday 22 August 11.30am-1.30pm: Job Seekers Club
Wednesday 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:bKnit and Natter.
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
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 7 September, 11am -12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Saturday 9 September, 2.30pm-4pm: German Café
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.
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 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.
Wednesday 6 September, 7.30pm: Brackley and District History Society meets at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. Martin Sirot-Smith will talk about ‘Tudor Daily Life’. If you were poor you worked on land whose owners took some of the food you grew as rent. Most people lived in small villages of thatched huts with one or two rooms. Boys went to school from the age of four until seven, while girls were kept at home to help or were sent out to work.
• The society meets at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. Visitors are welcome. All enquiries to secretary Karen Gees
(01280 702837), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 8 September, doors open 7pm: Culworth Film Night – Midnight in Paris (12A) – at village hall, with supper. Tickets £10 with supper/£5 film only. Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.
Monday 11 September: Regular WI meeting will hear a talk about medical detection dogs from Claire Farrar, mother of a child who depends on her dog Shirley to alert the family to the possibility of collapse.
• WI website: Brackleywi.btik.com
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 refrehsment and glass. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 01295 760855.
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 email@example.com. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.