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Brackley online Post, 26 May 2017

This week’s headlines include:

• Brackley’s Fiona Baker is elected to be council chairman
• Boost your business potential with free health check
• School complex approved for incoming American families
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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.
  • What you need to know to be ready for the new £1 coin which comes into circulation on Tuesday 28 March.
  • 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

Story of a mathematical genius completes village film season

TONIGHT (Friday), 8pm: Croughton Cinema presents The Man Who Knew Infinity (12A) at Croughton Village Hall. The last film of the season tells the story of a self-taught Indian man who so impresses a visiting professor that he is invited to study at Cambridge. Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons star in the story of a man of boundless intelligence that even the abject poverty of his home in Madras, India, cannot crush.

Eventually, his stellar intelligence in mathematics and his boundless confidence in both attract the attention of the noted British mathematics professor, G.H. Hardy, who invites him to further develop his computations at Trinity College at Cambridge. But in the Britain of the 1910s, he does not get an easy life.


A free family event – just right for a summer Sunday

• For further information, call 07922 818089, or email Don at



Go out for supper and a movie on a Friday night

Culworth Cinema Night at Culworth Village Hall on Friday 9 June (doors open 7pm) will feature A Street Cat Named Bob (12A) based on a true story about a down-and-out who befriends a cat and finds there is more to life than sleeping rough. There will be a fish-and-chip supper on offer. Booking is essential for supper. Please book well in advance as the organisers need to know numbers. Film and supper £11; film only £5. Call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 760855. Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.


SNC LogoBrackley councillor takes the chair at SNC

Brackley’s Cllr Fiona Baker has been elected chairman of South Northants Council for the coming year. Her appointment was confirmed at the Annual Council Meeting earlier this month. Cllr Richard Dallyn was elected deputy chairman.

New Chairman Cllr Fiona Baker places the civic chain of office around her deputy, Cllr Richard Dallyn

Cllr Baker says her retirement has given her the opportunity to give back to the community she loves. “I worked hard and am lucky enough to have enjoyed a career that included some of my passions, including photography. But retirement has given me an opportunity to give back to something I am equally passionate about, the community of South Northants.

“Many people, like me, were bought up elsewhere, but over the eight years I have lived here, I have been greeted by nothing but the warm hospitality which is typical of the district. I will be proud to be the council’s official representative and I pledge to promote the district and all the wonderful things it contains wherever I am invited.”

Cllr Baker was elected SNC member for Brackley West in May 2015 and has since served as a member of the Budget and Financial Strategy Committee, chairman of the Planning Committee, and was deputy SNC chairman during the last civic year. Cllr Baker is also a member of Brackley Town Council, served as the Town Mayor last year, and is SNC’s representative at Brackley Vision and the Northampton and District Citizens Advice Bureau. During her year in office Cllr Baker has selected the Northamptonshire Young Carers as her chosen charity and will be raising funds for it during civic events throughout the year.

Boost your business potential with free health check

SNC are running free business health check workshops to ‘Unlock Your Business Potential’ in order to help local businesses review what has gone well during the year and identify ways to sustain and grow their business. The workshops will be hosted by Stephanie Robinson, SNC’s business support advisor, who has successfully supported many businesses in the district over the last five years.

The workshops will be held on Tuesday, 13 June, 5-8pm at Hummingbirds Coffee Bar and Bistro, Unit 2, Market House Courtyard, Brackley, NN13 7AB. Places are limited, but there will be additional workshops during 2017.
• For further information or to book a place please contact Stephanie on 01327 322107 or email For more information on the workshop and business support, Click Here.

School complex approved for incoming American families

As the United States Air Force (USAF) prepares to double the number of personnel at RAF Croughton, SNC has approved plans for a school complex on the base. The 14,082 sq metre (151,577 sq ft) school building will allow the existing primary school to be refurbished as offices and three outdated buildings will be demolished.
• Also in Croughton, SNC has granted permission for new play equipment and the refurbishment of an existing play area and multi-use games area. The application consisted of three elements;

  • Renovation of existing children’s play area;
  • Refurbish the existing multi-use games area;
  • Create a new play area for six- to 12-year-olds comprising a timber fort with features including rope and timber bridges, a slide and a rock-climbing wall as well as two timber swings, an agility trail and zip-wire.
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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 July and 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.

Thursday 1 June, 11am-12 noon: Reminiscence group
Saturday 10 June – We shall be at Brackley Carnival. Come along and Hook a Duck or do The Crazy Golf Challenge. Balloon Modelling on the day. See what this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is all about!!!
Thursday 15 June, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm): Cinema showing of Blithe Spirit (Cert U). £5 per person, refreshments available to buy on the night.

Saturdays 1 and 8 July 10.30-11.30am:
Creation Club with Ken and Estelle.
Tuesdays 11 and 25 July, 11.30-1.30pm: Job Seekers Club
Wednesdays 5 and 19 July: ABS Craft Evening – Adult colouring, Book Folding or Crochet (Tuition in Book Folding or Crochet £5 each)
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 6 July, 11am-12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Friday 14 July, 8pm: Quiz Night. £5 per person, teams of up to six, prize every round. Please book your team a table at the library.
Saturday 15 July: Launch event at Brackley Lirary for Animal Agents 2017 Summer Reading Challenge.
Thursday 20 July, 7pm for 7.30: Cinema Club showing of I, Daniel Blake (15). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

Thursday 3 August, 11am-12 noon:
Reminiscence Group
Tuesday 8 and 22 August 11.30am-1.30pm:
Job Seekers Club
Wednesday 10 and 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: 
Knit and Natter.
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm:
Jigsaw Club
Thursday 17 August, 7pm for 7.30:
Cinema Club showing of The Light Between Oceans(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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Wednesday 31 May to 2 June

Communicating Doors is described by the author as a mixture of ‘psycho pastiche’ and time-warp comedy. It optimistically suggests that if only we could foresee the future, we could change it – we have been given permission to use the original London Production music and sound track by Alan Ayckbourn’s musical director, John Pattison.

A strong cast of six is headed by Jane Salmon, in the intriguingly alluring role of Poopay. Keith Fraser takes the double role of Reece, with Sarah Dawe and Lynn Fox as his two wives. Joe Gosney plays the menacing valet/butler Julian and Scott Saffrey completes the cast as the put-upon hotel security officer, Harold. Stage management is in the hands of Peter Milne, whilst Stuart Dawe handles both the lighting and the John Pattison music and sound tracks. Without giving much away – the opening of a door is usually a simple process – but after seeing this play, you may well wonder what is beyond – the clue is in the title !!


Saturday 3 June, 10am-5pm: Buckingham Country Show, Home Farm, Stratford Road, Buckingham, MK18 6AH. Fun day out for all the family. Find BuckinghamCountryShow on Facebook.

Sunday, 4 June, 2pm onwards: Brackley Soapbox Derby in High Street. This is a family event and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy a great afternoon. Snacks, drinks and other attractions will also be accessible in the Market Square during the afternoon. Further information including entry forms and technical regulations can be obtained on the soapbox website or by email to .

Tuesday 6 June: Funding Fair at Towcester Racecourse. snvb, South Northants Council, Daventry District Council and Daventry Volunteer Centre join forces so that you can meet a selection of local and national funders, including The Big Lottery, Northamptonshire Community Foundation, South Northants and Daventry Community Grants and Children in Need. There will be case studies, funder presentations and the exhibition hall will be full of funders ready to talk to you about your group’s needs.
• To register for this event please contact Rob Burton on 01327 302257 or email .


Wednesday 7 June, 7.30pm: Brackley History Society will meet in Brackley Methodist Church, High Street when Steve Stanley will be talking about Bringing Stowe House to You. Steve will give an outline to Stowe’s past, present and future telling it through the rich stories behind the rise and fall of the Temple-Grenveille family. Members free; visitors (£3) are always welcome. Refreshments will be served after the talk.

• The Society meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley. For further information please contact 01280 702837 or email

Saturday 10 June: Brackley Carnival. Chairman Mark Stopps says: “If you would like to get involved and keep this event in Brackley, please contact us through the website, or call me on 07778 629876.”

Saturday 10 June, 7.45-11pm: Concert tribute to the men and women of Oxfordshire who fought in the Spanish Civil War. West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0BT. Tickets £15 in advance or £20 on the door from John Haywood, 1 Queens Road, Banbury OX16 0EB; email Phone 07785 235715. All proceeds to the Oxford memorial to be erected in honour of the volunteers from the county.


Sunday 18 June, 9.3oam start: Brackley’s 10km Chicken Run. The event starts and finishes in the park on the High Street. There are plans for children’s races in the park for ‘supporting’ children, whilst the runners are off running round the course.
• Full details on the Brackley Running Club website – Click Here.


Wednesday 21 June, 2.30-4.30pm: Paula Jermy will give a talk in Evenley Village Hall entitled Every Picture Tells a Story. Paula will project up to 12 pictures and discuss how they relate to the lives of their artists. Tea/coffee and cake will be provided free of charge during the interval.
• In order to preserve the informality and intimacy of the event, tickets are limited. The cost is just £5 (no concessions). Reserve your place by phoning Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email

Sunday, 25 June, Noon-6pm: Folk in the Park, a FREE event organised by Brackley Folk Club. A free music event to promote our folk heritage in a family friendly atmosphere. Lots of great folk acts, plus raffle, craft stalls, food, pub, fun. Come along and just chill!
• For further information, call 07922 818089, or email Don at

Friday June 30, 10am-noon:  Brackley Jubilee Choir Coffee Morning in the Old Fire Station Community Room.

Saturday July 8, 7pm: Brackley Jubilee Choir 40th Anniversary Concert at St Peter’s Church (Old Town, Brackley NN13 7BZ). First part will feature favourite Messiah choruses while the second part will include items sung by the current choir.

Friday 14 July, 7.30-9pm: The Darcys at Home, a presentation celebrating the life and work of Jane Austen, referring to Elizabeth (nee Bennett) and Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley from Pride and Prejudice. The evening will include short snippets about her life, readings of short extracts from each of the six main novels and extracts from television adaptations. Period refreshments will be served during the interval. It is hoped that those attending will wear period costume, though this is not essential.
• Tickets are available now at £7.50 (no concessions) from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email

Sunday 13 August: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. Keep an eye on the website for more details as they become available.

Sunday 20 August, 11am-4pm: Classic Vehicles in the Park at Brackley Park, High Street. To download an info pack (PDF 954kb) – including entry form – Click Here.

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For full details of events at Stowe, including times and tickets, Click Here

Friday 12 May: Beverley Craven performs at Stowe as part of a major UK tour.
Sunday 21 May: Family Theatre – The Insect Circus (suitable 2yrs and up)
Thursday 1 June: Miles Nottage and his Rhythm & Blues Band in Concert
Wednesday 14 June: Tangomotion – “a brilliant fusion of classical, tango, jazz and roots” (The Guardian).
Tuesday 27 June: Family Theatre – Oddsocks Productions present Macbeth, “a musical brew of laughter and witchcraft” suitable for families with children over 8 years.
Sunday 2 July: Boogienotes Rock and Pop Choir
Thursday 6 July: The HandleBards present As You Like It – join the all-female troupe for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ like none other.
Sunday 8 July: Brackley Chamber Music Club Present
A Midsummer’s Eve Concert: Over the Hills and Far Away.
Friday 21 July: Opera Della Luna presents Das Spitzentuch der Königin/The Queen’s Lace Handkerchief, by Johann Strauss.
Saturday 22 July: Blunderbus Presents Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, “the very funny tale of a small dog with big dreams.” Bring your picnics any time from 1pm onwards.

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