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Brackley online Post, 26 October 2018

This week’s headlines include:

  • Last week to help voluntary car service with Tesco tokens
  • Last chance to get tickets for Brackley Players’ latest production
  • Saints up to fifth with fine convincing win

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  • 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.
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Devised physical theatre, investigating the issues of racism and war through the life of Walter Tull. Walter’s remarkable circumstances – mixed heritage at the turn of the 20th century, an orphan at the age of nine, the first outfield black footballer and the first black officer in the British Expeditionary Force during WW1 – are poignantly explored in this debut production by Now & Then Theatre.


Last chance to help Brackley Car Service with Tesco tokens

We are delighted that the Brackley Area Volunteer Car Service has been included in the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme for September and October. Just collect a blue token every time you shop at Tesco in Brackley and drop it into the BAVCS slot. You will be helping to support this vital service for people in the local area.

And while we’re on the subject…

The Volunteer Car Service is looking for more drivers to help the 200-plus people living in the town and surrounding villages who have difficulty getting to essential medical or social care appointments. The service is managed by snvb. Volunteer driver are paid a mileage allowance and the voluntary role is totally flexible, with the volunteer choosing which journeys to do, when and how often. For more information, contact the service on 01280 841099.

Royal British Legion External Grants

The External Grants programme is provided by the Royal British Legion (RBL) and supports not-for-profit organisations in the UK running, or planning, charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community. Grants are available to fund specialised projects or services delivering welfare support directly to serving and/or ex-Service personnel and/or their families. Projects that fall within the following areas will be prioritised:

  • Employment and training.
  • Family support.
  • Homelessness and outreach.
  • Supporting the elderly.

The 2018/19 deadlines for stage one applications for service delivery projects are: 26 October 2018; 25 January 2019 and 26 April 2019.
• Applications to the other funding streams of the Legion’s External Grants scheme – Capacity Building and Research projects – are not currently being accepted.
More information on the RBL website.



Frankly, it could well be a fun Christmas…

Brackley Players present A Kick In The Baubles at 7.30pm on 24, 25 and 26 October at Southfield Primary Academy, Banbury Road, Brackley NN13 6AU.

Christmas is a joyous time… Unless you’re in Frank’s house. Why has the season of goodwill passed him by? And how will he cope with his snooty sister-in-law and flash brother-in-law? And why are there two sorts of mince pies? All will be revealed in this funny and sometimes outrageous play. Come and see this wonderful, heart-warming and earthy tale of a typical family at Christmas.
• Tickets – £9 adults, £7 concessions – can be bought online at, in person from Davies and Partners, 12 Market Place, Brackley NN13 7DP or by ringing Keith on 07516 408897. Tickets also available on the door.


The Brackley Morris Men are holding open Taster Sessions on Thursday evenings during October and November, 8pm at Brackley C of E Junior School, Manor Road, Brackley, NN13 6EE. The tasters are open to anyone, but we particularly welcome new youngish men to help keep our 400-year-old local tradition thriving! If you’d like to have a go it’s best to call first as the school is occasionally closed – : Stephen on 07764 799947 or e-mail We’d love to see


Sing a song of laughter to help new medical centre

Kevin and Carrie O’Regan are organising a concert of comic songs at Croughton Village Hall by Holler n Duck in aid of the new Brackley Medical Centre. The show, on Saturday 1 December, will be in two parts, with an interval of approx 20 minutes and the evening should finish by 10pm. There will be a bar. Tickets £10 (no concessions).

About Holler n Duck… Think comic songs, think laughter, think audience participation, think brilliance and you’re there. Holler n Duck are reviving the great tradition of the comic song – Gilbert and Sullivan, Flanders and Swan, Jake Thackray…
You can expect witty lyrics, expert musicianship, great banter between songs and you are guaranteed to laugh and laugh and laugh. Check them out at or on You Tube by starting here.
• Call Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email


NHS hearing advisory service for Brackley

South Northants Hearing Advisory Service is providing free basic hearing-aid maintenance and batteries on a monthly basis  at Brackley Library. Also available will be advice, information and practical support covering all aspects of hearing loss. Each month a trained hearing advisor will visit .
Next dates – Wednesday 24 October and Wednesday 28 November, both from 10.30am to noon. Please remember to bring along your hearing-aid battery book.


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.

Here is a selection of poppies that have already been delivered to the Town Council office. All different sizes, styles and shades of red, knitted and crocheted they look amazing. We have also heard that some of the schools are doing pompoms and woven poppies. If you would like to be involved but don’t know where to start, pop in to see us in the Council office and we can give you a hand. Also if you feel that knitting or crochet is not for you but would like to be involved, donations of wool or black buttons would be lovely for local knitters and crocheters can create poppies from them.

The Ribbon of Poppies project is the brainchild of Iain Henderson a Scout Leader from Iver Heath, Bucks. 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.
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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.

Convincing win takes Saints up to fifth

Brackley Town 4-1 Spennymoor Town
Brackley overcame an early set-back to win comfortably against Spennymoor, who were reduced to 10 men with the sending off of captain James Curtis just after the half hour, writes Tim Carroll. The three points lifted Saints into fifth place as Spennymoor slipped to fourth.

The visitors went ahead, exposing defensive frailty as Mark Anderson finished from close range on 11 minutes, Spennymoor’s first goal against Brackley in three attempts. Saints were level within minutes however, Connor Hall slamming the ball into the net from Daniel Nti’s header. Shane Henry brought an outstanding reaction save from Brackley keeper Danny Lewis to keep the sides level before Matthew Gould saved Jimmy Armson’s 28th minute penalty. Curtis then received his marching orders after a series of infringements, leaving the referee no choice.

The second half was dominated by the home side with the visitors unable to muster a goal attempt. Gould saved spectacularly from Armson and Jacob Hibbs cleared off the line before Armson made it on to the score-sheet, finishing smartly from Glenn Walker’s cross after 52 minutes. The home side spurned numerous chances to extend the lead. Armson set up Walker but his shot found only the post before Nti gave his side some breathing space with his first Brackley goal finishing sharply after good work by Shaun Jeffers. Armson bagged his second of the game and eighth league goal of the season in the closing minutes, set up by substitute Matt Lowe.

“It is a pleasing win. We started with a different pairing up front today and they worked hard and did well for us,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We came back after falling behind and scored four goals against a strong Spennymoor side. It can be difficult mentally against ten men because they have nothing to lose. Jimmy missed the penalty in the first half but responded in fine fashion to go on and score two good goals.

Daniel Nti has been unfortunate not to get starts but today he did and he did well. He got a crucial goal for us, finishing really well, and I feel delighted for him and for Shaun [Jeffers] who worked really hard. We created lots of chances and worked the goalkeeper who had to pull off some really good saves. It was important today after the cup defeat and last Saturday’s narrow defeat at Guiseley. We re-grouped in the week and, I thought, set about our business well today. It’s a nice response and we can take a bit of confidence from it.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Murombedzi (Myles 76), Franklin (Fairlamb 69), Byrne, Hall, Dean, G.Walker, Armson, Nti, Jeffers (Lowe 84), A.Walker. Subs unused: Ndlovu, Noon.
Spennymoor Town: Gould, Hibbs, Brogan (Hall 54), Chandler, Thackray, Curtis, Tuton (Atkinson 35), Henry, Taylor, Ramshaw, Anderson (Johnson 77). Subs unused: Elliott, Boyes.
Referee: Chris O’Donnell; assistants: Tim Walker and Gareth Davis
Attendance: 447
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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.

– – – – Special Events At Brackley Library – – – –

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 15 November, 7pm for-7.30pm:
The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of Edie (Cert U). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.
Saturday 17 November: Cheese and wine tasting evening with Brackley Wines.
Sunday 25 November, 11am-3pm: Christmas Craft Fair with Father Christmas.
Please check our face book page for updates.

Friday 7 December, 8pm: Big Christmas Quiz. Book your table at the library. £5 per person, teams of up to six players. Prize every round.
Thursday 13 December, 7pm-7.30pm: The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of The Greatest Showman (Cert PG). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.

Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!
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Friday 26 October, doors open 7pm: Culworth Film Nights, at the village hall, will be showing Edie, in which Sheila Hancock stars as a woman who sets out to fulfill a longtime dream of climbing a mountain in the Scottish Highlands. Tickets are £10 to include supper; £5 for film only. Call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 01295 760855, or email to book Bring your own refreshment and glass.

Saturday 27 October 2pm-4pm: Brackley WI tabletop sale at WI Hall in Manor Road. Admission free. Come and meet the Balloon Man, take advantage of the children’s activity corner while you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, after visiting a variety of stalls.

Saturday 3 November, gates open 5pm: Brackley Town Fireworks, Magdalen College School, High Street. Sponsored by AMG Petronas Motorsport. Children’s fun fair, charity stalls and refreshments available.

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