This week’s headlines include:
- MP Andrea turns up heat on bypass campaign
- Super new publications for the happy wanderer
- Don’t miss Ben Waters’ last gig in Turweston!
- Saints overcome Cobblers in pre-season friendly
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MP Andrea Leadsom urges early move for Farthinghoe Bypass
South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom is urging road chiefs to submit a bid for funding the Farthinghoe Bypass by 31 July. She has been liaising with Northamptonshire County Council and other official bodies to press a joint bid for the bypass, which she considers a top local infrastructure priority, along with the Towcester Relief Road.
Farthinghoe is the only community between Banbury and Milton Keynes on the A422/A421 which has not yet been bypassed. The S-bend through the village means there are regular collisions between lorries, property is damaged when large vehicles try to squeeze past each other, and pedestrians are in constant danger of serious injury, not least the village schoolchildren who have to walk along the narrow footpath. There is also the wider economic impact to the region when the A422 is shut, meaning many hours lost for commuters and freight traffic.
The project also has the widespread support of the community, a petition of thousands of signatures calling for the bypass to be built, and the support of the three major freight haulage associations. The Minister of State for Transport, Michael Ellis MP, informed Mrs Leadsom that the deadline for funding bids is 31 July.
Long distance footpath in South Northants becomes a reality
A new map has been published by Brackley-based Global Mapping, designed by top map creator Mary Spence MBE. The South Northants Heritage Trail has been designed to allow the walker to get the most from this beautiful and interesting part of England. South Northamptonshire contains some of the country’s most quintessentially English landscapes interspersed with attractive, largely unspoilt villages characterised by picturesque stone cottages. This rural and sparsely populated landscape has remained largely unchanged for centuries with a rich history.
1,800 listed buildings, many built from the distinctive local limestone and ironstone; over 50 conservation villages; dozens of ancient churches; the Grand Union and Oxford canals; and miles of dismantled railways – many of which are part of the trail. Dig deeper and historical links with the past are everywhere. Disused canals, WWII airfields, English Civil War battlefield, Henry VIII’s hunting woods and, going back even further, planning the Magna Carta, one of only five sites in England where jousting was allowed, abandoned medieval villages and iron age camps.
The Heritage Trail winds its way around South Northamptonshire in three linked circuits radiating out of Brackley and Towcester for a total of 158 miles, taking in many of the historic sights and sites that abound across the region. South Northants Heritage Trail will allow the visitor to discover these secrets and enjoy beautiful views, locally produced food and drink and friendly hospitality.
Global Mapping MD Alan Smith commented: “This map has taken five years to come to fruition and I have to say I am delighted, without doubt my favourite that we have ever published! Having walked every mile of the route (with wildlife expert Tim Pridmore) to check the accuracy I suppose I would say that!” Alan continued: “The original idea came from Adrian Colwell at South Northants Council to build on the series of award-winning walking guides we had published. It would be great if the South Northants Heritage Trail became as well known as The Pennine Way!”
The first of a number of videos, created to promote the delights of the Trail has just been published and is gaining enormous interest and can be viewed here .
The map has gone on sale in local outlets at just £8.99 and already is receiving favourable comments. Local resident Michael Barnes commented: “I acquired my copy from the Old Hall Book Shop today and I have to say that you have managed to conjure up an entirely fresh perspective on an area with which I thought I was pretty familiar. I’m looking forward to putting it to use. More power to your cartographer’s pen – or whatever the digital equivalent is!”
The map is also available to buy online via southnorthantsheritagetrail.co.uk where there is information about the trail, videos and FREE walking guides to download.
Pupils’ art works go on show at Stowe House
Open Arts Competition at Stowe House – until Sunday 1 September
Once a year Stowe House Preservation Trust opens its doors to aspiring young artists as a part of the Open Arts competition. The competition invites local young people to Stowe House for a day of creative workshops inspired by the house’s history, architecture and interiors. Over the course of April and May, around 40 pupils from three local secondary schools (Chenderit School at Middleton Cheney and two at Milton Keynes), along with learners from the Buckingham Home School network visited Stowe House.
The content of the workshop was inspired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s visit to the house in 1845, a significant moment in the history of the house and the Temple-Grenville family.
Over the 17th and 18th century the family at Stowe House worked hard to build a house and estate that was considered fit for royalty. Queen Victoria’s visit represented the final realisation of all this work. However, creating the image of extreme power and wealth came with a huge cost and three years after the royal visit the Second Duke was declared bankrupt and the fate of Stowe House changed for ever. In light of this, the Open Arts programme explored the themes Image, Power & Perceptions.
The exhibition showcases the work of young artists from Year 8 to Year 12. All the artworks have been inspired by the young people’s experiences of visiting Stowe House. A private view and prize event for participants and their family members was held on 17 July to celebrate their achievements.
• The exhibition runs until Sunday 1 September;
• General house admission costs apply (children under 16 enter free with a paying adult);
• The exhibition is set up in one of our Grand State Rooms restored in 2014;
• For information on house opening times, guide tours and ticket prices, Click Here.
School sets up its own community dementia choir
Winchester House School is launching the Brackley Community Dementia Choir, inspired by Vicky McLure’s two-part BBC documentary, Our Dementia Choir. Singers of all ages and abilities who are suffering from dementia are invited to join weekly Thursday rehearsals in The Forum at Winchester House, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7AZ. Tea, coffee and cakes will be served from 10am, with singing from 10.20am to 11am. Carers are most welcome and membership of the choir is free. The first gathering of the choir will be on Thursday 19 September. To register your interest, please email email@example.com.
Find out what else is on in your community
Information about what else is on in South Northants as well as North Oxfordshire can be found in the council’s calendar of arts events during July and August. It can be downloaded from the Arts & Culture page – Click Here.
Funding advice for football clubs
The Northamptonshire FA provides a wealth of funding advice on their website. Whether it is money to kit the youth team for the season ahead or support to build a football hub, the quest to keep football running while limiting the cost to participants is an ongoing battle. By running your club finances effectively, while accessing money to support your activities, you can keep your costs down and perhaps even save a bit towards those new goalposts!
• For more information, Click Here.
Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust
The Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust was founded in 1955 with the object of raising funds to make grants to churches in Northamptonshire of all denominations for their “preservation, repair and maintenance, improvement, upkeep, beautification and reconstruction”. Grants are made to churches and chapels during the course of the year.
• For more information, Click Here.
Brackley Hogwatch research looks for help
Over the past 70 years, the UK has lost a catastrophic 97 per cent of adult hedgehogs; it is estimated that the remaining 1 million adults are declining at around 5 per cent a year – extinction could happen within 50 years!
The reason we have such a drastic decline in adult hedgehogs is simply that the juveniles no longer reach breeding age. There is more on this on the Brackley Hogwatch website. Brackley Hogwatch only get around £3,000 a year in donations, so they desperately need more.
A new website aimed at helping our district’s wildlife
Visit the new Brackley Wildlife website and find out more about the work being done in and around the area to help wildlife and the environment – Click Here.
Trains, tea and cake in a garden setting
The Pimlico Light Railway has announced its timetable for open days at at Pimlico House, Pimlico, NN13 5TN.On offer are train rides, steam and battery-powered, for all the family on the 5in-gauge railway which extends to approximately ¼ mile around the gardens of Pimlico House. There is no admission fee, 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 work by the 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? Remaining public running days this year are 28 July, 25 August and 22 September from 3pm to 7pm on each day (unless wet).
• Directions: 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.
Saints overcome Cobblers in entertaining pre-season match
Brackley Town 1-0 Northampton Town (23 July)
On a sweltering evening at St James Park, Brackley deservedly beat county neighbours Northampton Town. The Saints enjoyed more of the chances in a performance that was much more up-tempo compared to Saturday’s disappointing goalless draw against Banbury.
Early on, Northampton twice hit the bar in close succession before trialist Jake Weaver saved a half-volley from ex-Stockport County man Matty Warburton. Lee Ndlovu’s superbly turned Goode before forcing Arnold into a diving save. A forceful driving run from Matty Lowe then ended with his shot whistling just over the bar. With Brackley’s speed and pace troubling the visitors, Jimmy Armson’s fierce shot was deflected over the bar for a corner.
The second half started as the first half ended with Ndlovu again losing his marker before picking out Carl Baker, but a defender denied him with a last-ditch intervention. Frenchman Thierry Audel replaced Kelvin Langmead – who was playing against his old club – before several more changes from both sides came on the hour. With Tendai Dare partnering Dan Holman in attack, they neatly combined to score the only goal of the game on 71 minutes when Daire prodded home from close range.
Daire almost added a second six minutes later but he lifted Connor Franklin’s fine cross over the bar from inside the six-yard box. Ellis Myles almost doubled Brackley’s lead when he hit the woodwork three minutes from time. Brackley have one more game before the league season starts when they visit Southern Premier League side Stratford Town next Saturday.
Brackley Town: Weaver, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Langmead (Audel 56), Dean, Lowe, Murombedzi, Ndlovu (Holman 60), Armson (Fairlamb 60), Baker (Daire 60).
Download South Northants Council Arts Events Calendar (PDF – 645KB)
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.
The drop-in hearing-aid clinic service has resumed its visits to Brackley Library. Please make sure you have your NHS Hearing Aid Record Book with you when attending.
• To see the full calendar for this year, Click Here.
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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.
• Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!
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Friday 26 July, doors open 7pm
Saturday 27 July
29 July – 1 August
For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org – or call Artistic Director Martin Boileau on 07940 702455
Friday 2 August
Sunday 18 August (opens to public 11am): Classic Vehicles in the Park at Brackley Park, High Street. Full details and entry forms can be downloaded as a PDF (1.1MB) from the Town Council website – Click Here.
Thursday 19 September, 10am: Winchester House School launches Brackley Community Dementia Choir, inspired by Vicky McLure’s two-part BBC documentary, Our Dementia Choir. Singers of all ages and abilities who are suffering from dementia are invited to join the first of the weekly Thursday rehearsals in The Forum at Winchester House, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7AZ. Tea, coffee and cakes will be served from 10am, with singing from 10.20am to 11am. Carers are most welcome and membership of the choir is free. To register your interest, please email email@example.com.