This week’s headlines include:
- Food bank overwhelmed by generosity
- National Trust invitation to volunteers
- Brackley Panto Tickets Now Available
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Reds new balloon delivery service has started to rollout and they are offering free delivery and special prices on two Valentines displays which can be ordered online at www.partywithreds.co.uk/product-category/valentine/
• Free delivery is currently available to Brackley only.
Brackley’s Dogs Allowed gets a radio boost
Boosting footfall and helping dog owners in Brackley’s High Street was promoted when Dogs Allowed was featured on the Stuart Linnell show on Radio Northampton. Town businesses want to make life easier for visitors who have dogs. Look out for the Dogs Allowed stickers appearing in Brackley shops, cafes and pubs. If you have a dog, own a business, or know someone who does, then there is more information here https://www.dogsallowed.info/. The scheme also caters for businesses that cannot or prefer not to allow dogs with a “Sorry, Dogs Not Allowed” sticker which nevertheless makes it clear that assistance dogs are allowed.
While we’re on the topic of dogs – help yours to be well-behaved
Find out about volunteering at Canons Ashby
If one of your New Year resolutions was to find out about volunteering, then why not try the Volunteer Open Day at National Trust Canons Ashby House on 26 January. Meet some of the volunteers over a cuppa and find out more about how you can join this friendly team. There are plenty of roles available for different types of volunteers, where you can use or develop your skills and make a difference to our special place. If you’re planning to go along please email email@example.com or just turn up on the day.
• Please be aware that Canons Ashby is not otherwise open on this day.
• This is aimed at adults. For info about volunteers under 18 please email as above. Assistance dogs are welcome.
A great night with a great band
This all-singing, all-dancing production is sure to entertain adults and children alike and audiences will be transported to the streets of Old Peking on a magical adventure to discover hidden treasures.
Telling the story of a most remarkable man
Sea Cadets send out a call for volunteers
Brackley’s Sea Cadets need more adult volunteers – or the group may face closure in the New Year. Town-based Training Ship Tidespring opened in 2015 and has become one of the town’s most popular youth organisations but leaders are struggling to find volunteers to help run the unit.
Since opening, the group has provided a wide variety of opportunities and experiences for the young people of Brackley; cadets are able to complete Duke of Edinburgh Awards, learn about teamwork and leadership and complete water sports qualifications. The Sea Cadet Corps is a national charity funded by donations and supported by volunteers. Leading Junior Cadet Robert Knight, aged 11, said he would be really sad if it closed: “It would be like something was missing. I really enjoy going and would miss learning about new things and all the fun stuff too. My favourite thing is kayaking – it’s really fun to get out on the water. I also went on Junior Summer Camp which was the best week ever, I didn’t even miss home.”
Lieutenant Chris Read, Commanding Officer of Northampton Sea Cadets, who is currently supporting the Brackley unit, said: “Without more adult volunteers the unit is set to struggle and possibly close in 2019, which is a real shame because the Sea Cadet experience helps equip young people with the skills and experiences they need to be successful in adult life.
“All that is required is a commitment to get stuck in, a willingness to learn and a desire to make a positive difference in young people’s lives. No experience is required as all necessary training will be provided by the organisation. There are also a lot of great opportunities for personal development in the Sea Cadets.”
Adult volunteers are able to complete nationally recognised courses in leadership and management as well as becoming qualified instructors in activities like yachting and kayaking.
• Brackley Sea Cadets meet every Friday at their headquarters in the town from 7pm to 9pm. To find out more about becoming a volunteer with the Sea Cadets email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07955 896890.
History society gets ready for AGM
Brackley History Society will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday 6 February.
Nominees for Committee Membership and items for inclusion in the agenda should be with the Minutes Secretary by 30 January. After the AGM there will be a talk by Gerald Lesinski entitled The Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick. For more information, email email@example.com, phone 01280 703166, or post to: Chapel Cottage, Hill Street, Brackley, NN13 6AL.
New Year treats as NT Live returns to Stowe
Arts at Stowe are delighted to confirm that National Theatre Live is returning to “The Roxy”. The remaining event is on Thursday 31 January (7pm), with David Hare’s explosive new play I’m Not Running.
• For more information and ticket details, visit arts-at-stowe.co.uk
Brackley Morris offer open invitation to ‘have a go’
If you saw Brackley Morris during their Boxing Day events, you might have thought: “I wouldn’t mind having a go at that…” Well, you can. Open taster evenings are being held in January, February and March. So if you’ve ever fancied feeling a bit of rhythm, bashing a few sticks, working up a sweat, and then quenching your thirst with a pint, why not go along to one of their practice evenings and try it for yourself? It’s a great time of year to start because, with few outings until May, these evenings are always relaxed. Why not bring a friend too! They meet at 8pm on Thursday evenings at the CofE Junior School, Manor Road, Brackley. Feel free to join them, though it’s always best to call first as the school is occasionally closed. Stephen Ferneyhough 07764 799947; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. More details on the website: http://www.thebrackleymorrismen.org.uk.
Alfreton Town 0-1 Brackley Town
Saints earned this away win with a battling performance and a late goal from Daniel Nti set up by Jimmy Armson, writes Tim Carroll. Injury-enforced changes brought new signings Carl Baker and Oran Jackson into the side as Kevin Wilkin’s team sought a first away win in the league since the trip to Boston in October.
“Coming away from home, keeping a clean sheet and scoring late on for the win was nothing less than we deserved,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We looked the more prominent side and we passed the ball well in that second half and had the better moments. The goal came as Jimmy drove at them with the ball and put the ball in the right area where Daniel was alert and got it over the line for us.”
A first half of few goal chances saw Alfreton dominate the early exchanges before the visitors enjoyed the rare brighter moments as when Lee Ndlovu’s strength played in Matt Lowe but the final touch was lacking. Reece Styche and Tom Allan failed to trouble Danny Lewis with efforts from distance and David Shiels headed wide from a free-kick. Carl Baker’s fierce shot was blocked as the half ended goal-less.
The second half was a different story with Saints in the ascendency. Adam Walker scooped his shot over after an excellent exchange of passes and Baker saw his shot saved when he might have marked his first appearance with a goal. Ndlovu’s shot from 25 yards hit the post and Shaun Jeffers was denied at close range as Brackley found the rhythm they had struggled for in the first half, getting the ball on to both wings with great effect.
Just when it seemed the breakthrough might not come, Armson’s fine play on the right created an opportunity for substitute Daniel Nti and he proved the 89th minute match winner. The Reds tested Saints in the five minutes of added time, winning two corners and a dangerously positioned free-kick, but Gaz Dean marshalled his defence to secure a clean-sheet and a big away win.
“It’s six games unbeaten now but given the competitive nature of this league we are not getting carried away with things,” Wilkin added. “We are not quite at the level that I would like us to be or quite where we were at this stage last season. We have young players who are on sharp learning curves but if they can learn and develop quickly they can have a good effect through to the end of the season.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Lowe, G.Walker, Byrne, Jackson, Dean, Armson, Ndlovu, Jeffers (Nti 77), A.Walker (Fairlamb 62). Subs unused: Myles, Finch.
Alfreton Town: Ramsbottom, Smith, Wilde (Johnson 87), Lynch, Shiels, Riley, Styche, Platt, Peniket, Bateson (Clackstone 80), Allan. Subs unused: Nicholson, Sinnott, O’Brien.
Referee: Amy Fearn; assistants Richie Watkins and Ruebyn Ricardo.
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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.
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Friday 25 January, (doors open 7pm): Culworth Film Night, in the village hall, sees a showing of King of Thieves, starring Michael Caine. A crew of retired crooks pulls off a major heist in London’s jewellery district, but what begins as a nostalgic last hurrah for the group quickly becomes a brutal nightmare when greed overtakes them. Tickets including light supper £10 (film only, £5). Ring June on 01295 768184 or Jule on 760855 to book, or email email@example.com. Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.
Saturday 26 January, 7.30pm: Brackley-based Great Central Big Band performs at The Spencer, Banbury United Clubhouse, Banbury OX16 5AB. Tickets, £10, can be bought at the door, or on the band’s website.
Saturday 2 February, 1pm: Organ Recital in Stowe School Chapel. The organ at Stowe celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. It is the second largest school organ in the country, boasting four manuals, 58 speaking stops, and 2,983 pipes, ranging in length from a few inches to 32 feet. We look forward to welcoming professional organists from around the country for these 30-minute lunchtime recitals. To confirm your attendance please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01280 818012.
Monday 11 February, 7.30pm: WI monthly meeting at WI Hall, Manor Road, Brackley (opposite Waitrose car park). Chris Ward will give a talk on “101 Things You Never Knew About Garden Birds”. For website, Click Here.
Wednesday 13 February, 8pm: Little Mighty presents SHIVERS – The Book of Darkness and Light in Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. A trio of delightfully thrilling new ghost stories, set to the haunting sounds of the violin. The Book of Darkness & Light contains within it some of the most chilling tales ever told. Supernatural mysteries stir from its pages. A co-production between Harrogate Theatre, Square Chapel Arts Centre and LittleMighty. Age guideline 14-plus. Running time: 1 hr 40 min including interval.
Thursday 14 February, 7.30pm: Charity Champagne & Jazz Concert in Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. What better way than to spend Valentine’s Day celebrating with Champagne and Jazz. Hear the Stowe Big Band play from their extensive repertoire along with several of our amazing vocalists. Proceeds will go to Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers. This will be a popular event, so early booking is essential. To confirm your attendance or enquire about membership please email email@example.com or call 01280 818012. Running time: 1 hr 45 min including interval.
Sunday 17 February, 2pm: Lempen Puppet Theatre presents The Amazing Thing at Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. Storyteller Peter Grimm opens the box to find a ‘Thing’ that takes him on an unusual journey, weaving its way through a medley of well-known tales by the Brother’s Grimm, to finally unlock his imagination and free his stories. Lempen Puppet Theatre returns with puppets, acting and live music. Join us for fun, inspiration and afternoon delight for all the family.Running time: 55 min. Age rating: Families.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 27 February, 8pm: Vocal Concert at Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. This year’s concert promises to be as memorable an event as ever. There will be a variety of vocal music, from the Renaissance through to the 21st century, representing both sacred and secular song repertoire in a variety of languages. Stowe School has a team of five highly experienced singing teachers offering tuition from beginner to advanced levels. Between us, we have performed in radio and television broadcasts, session singing, the West End, opera houses and recitals at major venues throughout the world. Running time: 1 hr. To confirm your attendance please email email@example.com or call 01280 818012.