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What a weekend for the Saints!
- Late call for charity bike ride this Sunday
- Town gets ready to join Saints at Wembley
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What a fantastic result! Congratulations Saints…
Brackley Town 1-1 Bromley AET (5-4 penalties)
Kevin Wilkin’s Brackley Town emerged as Wembley winners after an epic final against National League Bromley, writes Tim Carroll. The nerve-shredding match was quite exhilarating and left Saints supporters celebrating an extraordinary conclusion to a remarkable season for the St James Park side.
“The players showed great spirit and character,” Wilkin said. “We started to shift the ball better in the second half, we worked the goalkeeper, got a bit braver and had a bit more quality. As the game went on my heart beat a little bit harder as we felt we might not get that break or little bit of luck you need – but the players held their nerve and stepped up in that penalty shoot-out. Character got us through.”
Omar Bugiel gave Bromley a 19th-minute lead, finishing well after Adam Mekki’s run and the lead was almost extended at the start of the second half as Danny Lewis saved well. But Brackley began to dominate possession and to create chances, Jimmy Armson striking the post and twice Bromley scrambling the ball clear under pressure. Glenn Walker’s pull back for Armson was skewed wide and Aaron Williams went close as desperate defenders somehow repelled the Brackley attacks in chaotic scenes in the Bromley penalty area.
After five minutes of added time and with seconds remaining, Matt Lowe’s long-range shot came back off the post and Gaz Dean forced the ball over the line from close range to provide a heart-stopping climax to a dramatic 90 minutes and to herald extra-time.
After a further 30 minutes and no further goals the teams lined up for penalty kicks to settle the destination of the silverware. In front of the Brackley supporters Sutherland’s emphatic first kick put Bromley ahead before Shane Byrne’s spot-kick was saved by David Gregory. Bromley’s Raymond, Hanlan and Rees despatched their shots with aplomb as Williams, Diggin and then Armson did theirs before Beguil shot over leaving Glenn Walker to tuck his effort into the corner with steely confidence to level the score.
In the final twist Bromley captain Jack Holland hit the post and Andy Brown coolly stepped forward to fire past Gregory to signal an eruption of celebrations among the massed Brackley fans. Gaz Dean lifted the trophy amidst wild scenes of jubilation as Brackley Town’s name was etched into the Wembley history books on a thrilling day nobody in the town of Brackley will ever forget.
“There was no shortage of character and belief out there,” said Wilkin. “Discipline, focus, hard work, attention to detail can make the difference and today it is all worthwhile. We have some good players in that dressing room and some great characters. The supporters have been fantastic. The noise and sheer jubilation was just fantastic. It is important that everyone enjoys the moment to the max. People in the town have been so supportive – nothing gives me greater pleasure than those people enjoying this win. It’s special for everyone.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Lowe (Diggin 114), Franklin (Myles 75), Byrne, Gudger, Dean, G.Walker, Armson, Ndlovu (Brown 52), Williams, A.Walker. Subs unused: Graham, Streete.
Bromley: Gregory, Holland, Raymond, Dennis (Hanlan 67), Mekki (Chorley 71), Higgs, Sterling, Porter (Rees 61), R.Johnson, Sutherland, Bugiel. Subs unused: Dunne, D.Johnson.
Referee: Chris Kavanagh; assistants Dan Cook and Daniel Robathan
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• For Carnival football tournament details, CLICK HERE.
Trains, tea and cake
The Pimlico Light Railway will be holding its second public running day of the year on Sunday 27th May between 15:00 and 17:00 at Pimlico House, Pimlico, NN13 5TN.
On offer are train rides, steam and battery-powered, for all the family on the 5” gauge railway which extends to approximately ¼ mile around the gardens of Pimlico House. There is no admission charge, 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 of work by 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?
Public running days for the rest of 2018 are as follows:
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.
The date is set – now volunteers are wanted for Carnival Day
NOTE THE DATE – Saturday 9 June is the big day when townsfolk can let their hair down with the year’s biggest family event. The theme for this year’s Carnival is Animal Kingdom and organisers are well into setting up a super day. They are delighted to have the backing of Wembley-bound Brackley Town Football Club, who will be running a youth five-a-side competition. More information on this can be found by clicking on the link at the end of the football report. Meanwhile, another old favourite, the dog show, is back with a brand new organiser.
Children will be able to take part in free circus skills workshops with Circus Wizz or the mobile skate park provided by the Northampton Association of Youth Clubs. Displays – Brackley Army and Sea Cadets and local dance groups.
We still have some space for stalls,craft tables and trade stands on the Carnival field along with entries for the procession, so if you are a group, school, business or organisation, or have an interesting vehicle and would like to get involved, please contact us.,Carnival is a great way to promote your charity, business or organisation.
Entry to Carnival for adults is £5 on the day or £4 for advanced wristband available from many schools and businesses in the town. Secondary school-age children £3
Bookings are being taken now for stalls, craft tables in the craft tent and trade stands on the Carnival field, along with entries for the procession. So if you are a group, school, business or organisation and would like to get involved please contact
www.brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk. The event is a great way to promote yourself, either by taking a stand on the field or entering the procession. They are also keen to get interesting and classic/vintage vehicles into the procession. If you fancy being part of this year`s carnival entertainment there will be a community stage sponsored by Northamptonshire County Council. “We are looking for bands, singers, music groups, comedians… in fact anyone who would like to perform, so get in touch to book your slot,” they say.
“Brackley Carnival is organised by a very small team who give time to plan and make Carnival happen, but we need more people to either join the team on the Carnival committee and/or help on the Carnival day, so if you can spare a few hours please email email@example.com or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876. For the carnival website, Click Here.
Ribbon of Poppies in Brackley to mark end of Great War
Hundreds of pledges have been received in support of a call to plant swathes of poppies commemorating the end of the First World War 100 years ago. In the UK, members of the Scout and Guide movements have led the way in supporting the project. Scouts and guides, local organisations, Schools and councils the length and breadth of the UK have now pledged to plant poppies to help create a carpet of the red flowers in time for the centenary of the end of World War One in 2018.
The Ribbon of Poppies project is the brainchild of Iain Henderson a Scout Leader from Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. Mr Henderson and colleagues from The Memorial Mob – a group dedicated to creating memorials and events to help remember the “uniformed” services, are hoping the poppy ribbon will be “a living legacy to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice”. He said: “Our idea is to create a carpet of crimson from Land’s End to John O’Groats to remember all those killed or wounded in the war.”
The venture has now won international backing. Some 600 confirmed pledges have been received to date, stretching as far afield as California, Indonesia and the Falkland Islands. Individuals and groups are being encouraged to take part, simply by planting poppy seeds on a pocket of land – your front garden if possible or where they can be seen.
• For further details, go to http://thememorialmob.webs.com/
• Brackley is also planning a ribbon of knitted or crocheted poppies to line the High Street on Remembrance Day and are seeking volunteers or groups to create the poppies for this ribbon please. Contact the Town Council for details.
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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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Saturday mornings, 10.30-11.30am (Term time only): Creation Club with Ken and Estelle
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.
Thursday 7 June 11am-12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Thursday 21 June 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “Murder on the Orient Express” (Certificate 12A). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Saturday 9 June: Come and see us at Brackley Carnival!!!
Sunday 24 June 10am-2pm: Table Top sale – £10 a table. Book your table at the library.
Thursday 29th June 7.30pm for 8pm start: Brackley Supporters’ Group Quiz Night – £5 per person. Prize each round.
Saturday 14 July 10am-2pm – Summer Reading Challenge Launch. This year’s theme is “Mischief Makers” and is themed on The Beano to celebrate its 80th anniversary.
Thursday 5 July 11am-12 noon: Reminiscence Group.
Thursday 19 July 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “The Darkest Hour”, (Certificate PG13). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Thursday 16 August 7pm for 7.30 start: Brackley Library Cinema Club, title TBC. £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Please check our Facebook page for extra sessions and kids’ cinema during the summer break!!
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Wednesday 30 May to Friday 1 June
Sunday 3 June, 11am-4pm: Family-friendly Tudor Fair at Sulgrave Manor at the end of the May half-term holiday. See Sulgrave Manor come alive with a huge range of fun activities perfect for families and all ages. There will be lots of things to do, including historical crafts for the kids, live music, garden games, archery and falconry plus access to the manor house and garden, as well as food and drinks. The highlight of the day will be a lively and exciting joust featuring real horses! For prices and more information please visit our website – Click Here.
A reminder that this year’s Brackley Soapbox Derby is on Sunday June 3 on the High Street. Best cart competition will be judged by the Town Mayor at 1.30pm and runs begin at 2pm. We have, once again, a full entry of 33 carts running and competition will be high. Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 will be entering a new cart for this year in Premier Class and will also be displaying one of their F1 World Championship-winning cars close to the finish line. Refreshments will be available in the Market Square car park and we look forward to seeing many Brackley residents spectating. A great free afternoon for all the family.
Wednesday 6 June 7.30pm: The next meeting of Brackley & District History Society at Brackley Methodist Church Hall will hear Professor John Clarke talking about “Forward with the Great Central Railway”. Members free, visitors welcome £3. Refreshments will be served after the talk. Annual membership £15 per person. All enquiries to Karen Gees (Secretary) on 01280 702837, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 6 June, 8pm: Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. Theatre Ad Infinitum presents Odyssey. One actor – one hour. One man’s epic quest to reunite with his family and seek his bloody revenge. Compelling, dynamic, passionate, highly physical and poignant storytelling that brings Homer’s timeless Greek myth adventure to life. Tickets £15 (£12 Concessions and Members, £10 Students). Schools – Contact us for group bookings of five students and over. Box office: 01280 825710. Bookings: www.artsatstowe.co.uk. Enquiries: email@example.com , phone 01280 818012
Saturday 9 June: Brackley Carnival – volunteers are invited to contact the organisers to help make the town’s big day another resounding success. To see the carnival website, Click Here. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.
Thursday 21 June, 10am-noon: Brackley and District U3A meet at Brackley Methodist Church and will hear a talk on “Colour Blindness in the workplace” by Terry Pigott. Visitors are welcome – £2, including refreshments. If you are retired or semi-retired, come along and join us and find out how you can learn something new and make new friends. Further information about our meetings and groups can be found on our website – Brackley U3A – or call 07444 363494.
Sunday 24 June, noon to 6pm: FOLK IN THE PARK. This free event is back… A great afternoon offering a wide range of folk music for all the family in the Town Park, next door to the Old Fire Station on the High Street.
Sunday 18 August: The 10th Brackley Festival of Motorcycling is not just about bikes and bikers. There is lots for all the family and it’s all to help good good causes. Check out the plans for this year’s show at the festival website