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Get set – loads of fun coming with Carnival Day!
- Charity evening with Rory Bremner
- Book soon to attend popular funding fair
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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. Meanwhile, another old favourite, the dog show, is back with a brand new organiser.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876. For the carnival website, Click Here.
Lots of takers for charity funding fair so book now
Our Funding Fair at Towcester Racecourse
on Wednesday 16 May (from 9.30am to 3pm) is open for registrations and the presentation sessions are filling up fast!! The event is planned to be even bigger and better than last year, jam-packed with exhibitors and presenters providing information on the wide range of grants available to local voluntary and community groups to help them in their work.
The day will start with an inspirational talk from a local voluntary group that has been very successful in gaining grant funding. The event includes a programme of short presentations by some of the grant-making organisations and will also include sessions on ‘Crowdfunding’, ‘Developing a funding strategy’ and ‘Legacy fundraising’. There will also be a ‘Success Room’ where you can chat to local groups that have had funding success.
Jointly organised by South Northamptonshire Council, South Northants Volunteer Bureau, Daventry District Council and Daventry Volunteer Centre, this event and the presentations are free of charge. FREE tea and coffee will be available all day and there will be fruit and snacks available to buy. The conference centre is fully accessible and there is ample free parking.
• More details on our website
Lots of entertaining events in updated arts bulletin
South Northamptonshire Council has an updated calendar of April arts events – quite a few events and lots of community cinema screenings added, so do have a look. To download a PDF of the full updated list, 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.
Big band lines up for residency gig at club
Tickets are now on sale for the Great Central Big Band’s residency gig at the Bowls Club, Westminster Road, Brackley, on Saturday 12 May. To buy tickets go to the band’s website – Click Here.
An evening with Rory Bremner – for charity
With a TV career of over 30 years, Rory Bremner has won numerous awards, including 3 BAFTAs for his long-running Channel 4 series Bremner Bird & Fortune. Impressionist, comedian, satirist, translator, columnist, writer, presenter, ballroom dancer and actor, Rory is widely regarded as one of Britain’s top entertainers.
Join us for an amazing ‘Evening with Rory Bremner’ on Wednesday 9 May. This wonderful event will be full of hilarious and impromptu anecdotes past and present, followed by a Q&A session plus a Charity auction to raise funds for TUSK and Leonard Cheshire Disability. Always in great demand as one of the country’s top hosts and after-dinner speakers, Rory followed a sell-out run in Edinburgh in 2016 with a sell-out national tour, Party Political, in 2017. Rory is proud to support this charitable evening as Patron of wildlife Charity TUSK. To book tickets, Click Here.
Sunday 20 May – You can be there to watch Wilkin’s Wonders and cheer them on in the final match of their FA Trophy campaign. For full details, Click Here. There you will find details and links to buy your match ticket and to book seats on supporters’ coaches. Match tickets are £25 with concessions for students and OAPs (£10) while under-16s see the game for just £1. Coach seats are £10 each.
It’s a great chance to see some truly top-level football
in a national venue at family-friendly prices. So get clicking and
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More details as town’s new community centre takes shape
As increasing numbers of people move into new homes in Brackley, work is about to begin on the town’s new community centre. The two-storey building will feature a 224 square metre (2,411 sq ft) main hall with a stage, space for an audience of up to 275, and will be constructed with natural limestone with a natural slate roof.
The stage and seating can be stored away to create a flexible space and possible uses include a crèche, public meetings, weddings, parties, theatrical performances and it may include a removable bar. Cllr Roger Clarke said: “While facing up to the challenges presented by the national housing shortage we have made sure that if we must take new homes they will be serviced by the very highest quality public amenities.
“We’ve worked closely with Brackley Town Council, which will eventually take ownership of the building, to ensure the centre fits with what the town needs and I think most will agree the design and finish are fitting for a place such as Brackley.” The ground floor also comprises changing rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, office, toilets, an entrance lobby and a separate 48 square metre (516 sq ft) meeting room.
The funding for the centre came from contributions from those behind the Radstone Fields development and the fitting out of the first floor will be completed following contributions from development elsewhere in the town. With construction under way it is anticipated the community centre will be completed in November 2018.
Music devotees invited to a very special event
So we come to the final Evenley Arts event, at least under my time as Arts Co-ordinator, writes Kevin O’Regan. I do hope you will support this event as it will be very interesting. It is a talk given by one of our own Evenley residents, Avril Hermann. Called The Symphony, Avril’s talk will explore key features of the symphony and its development over time. She will illustrate her talk with recorded extracts so it will be a very pleasant session. No knowledge of music is required to enjoy this talk. Do please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may wish to attend, especially if you are in a choir or other music group.
It will be held on Wednesday 9 May at 2.30 pm (doors open 2pm) in Evenley Village Hall and costs just £5. Refreshments are included and will be served at the interval. The event will be in two halves of about 45 mins each.
• To reserve your place, please telephone me on 01280 702300 or email email@example.com.
Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity offers funding
Annual funding for regional and local children’s hospitals and hospices for projects that transform the lives of children throughout the UK. The Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity aims to fund projects which are not funded directly by the National Health Service. In the last 15 years, the charity has given more than £2 million in grants to 291 projects in 93 hospitals and hospices across the UK.
Registered charities with charitable projects which enrich and improve the quality of life of sick children in hospitals or hospices in any area in the UK can apply. Preference is given to projects conceived by and in children’s hospitals and hospices. Any project which seeks to improve the quality of life of sick children will be considered.
Preference will be given to children’s hospitals and hospices in regional centres around the UK whichp rovide a regional geographic healthcare service to a wide range of children in a hospital/hospice; will not discriminate on the grounds of wealth, race, sexuality, religion or disability; and agree to promote the work of the foundation in their area. Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.
• For more information, CLICK HERE.
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Brackley Town 1 – 2 Chorley
This game felt a long way from Saturday’s sunny win at Southport that sealed Saints’ third-placed finish, writes Tim Carroll. Heavy rain left the pitch with standing water and a rainbow etched its arc across St James Park prior to kick-off on Wednesday, promising a pot of gold and more, but it was Chorley who departed with the points having secured their play-off place.
A game of few chances between the two meanest defences in the division saw Danny Lewis make two important early saves from Marcus Carver and Alex Newby before Brackley went ahead after 17 minutes. A fine move brought Matt Lowe into the penalty area where he was felled, leaving the referee in doubt as to the penalty award. Jimmy Armson sent keeper Matt Urwin the wrong way to put his side in front.
Chorley were level in the 25th minute as Carver turned and shot fiercely, finding the corner of the goal as The Magpies fought back. Andy Brown’s header on the half-hour was downwards but wide from Armson’s cross and Brown’s shot was comfortably gathered by Urwin on the stroke of half-time from Adam Walker’s pass.
The visitors were ahead shortly after the re-start as Dale Whitham fired in after defensive hesitation. With 25 minutes remaining Kevin Wilkin made a triple substitution introducing Alex Gudger – after an absence of seven games – Glenn Walker and Aaron Williams. Brackley dominated possession but rarely threatened the equaliser. Shane Byrne’s long-range effort was saved and a neat move saw the ball nicked away from Byrne at the last as play entered four minutes of added time that did not produce further chances.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, S.Byrne, Graham (Gudger 66), Dean, Lowe, Armson, Brown (Williams 66), Iaciofano, A.Walker (G.Walker 66). Subs unused: Streete, Ndlovu.
Chorley: Urwin, Whitham, Blakeman, Teague, Challoner, Anson, Newby (Burgess 73), O’Keefe, Carver (Brewster 72 (Gregory 87), Hughes, Cottrell. Subs unused: Molyneux, Walker.
Referee: Dean Hulme; assistants Martyn Gospel and Ed Turner.
Saints’ sunny Southport success
Southport 0 – 1 Brackley Town
Saints’ first-ever visit to Southport was a sunny one and a successful one securing the win that seals at least third place for the forthcoming play-offs with two games remaining, writes Tim Carroll. “This is an important win that helps with our end-of-season planning and preparations,” Kevin Wilkin said. “There weren’t too many chances today but we scored a good goal and Danny Lewis earlier made a very good save so it’s a pleasing three points for us to get back to winning ways.”
Southport’s Merseyrail Community Stadium is about to undergo a major rebuild with work beginning immediately after this final home game. Indeed much of an almost-soporific first period felt like an end of season game with Haig Avenue’s wide open spaces draining the legs of already weary players as another nine-month season draws to its close.
Both sides needed the win for different reasons, Saints to nail on play-off home advantage and The Sandgrounders to remove any mathematical uncertainty about survival in the division. Neither Ellis Myles’ shot which was well saved nor ’Port’s effort from Dion Charles when well placed could break the deadlock as both sides struggled to create fluidity in an even first half.
The second half was immediately a quite different game though with greater attacking urgency from both sides. Jason Gilchrist through one on one was foiled by Danny Lewis after 58 minutes before Saints felt aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty as Aaron Williams tumbled under challenge by full-back Clive Smith. Williams sliced his shot wide minutes later but it was Saints’ top scorer who produced the crucial moment on 75 minutes. With 22 goals Williams is National League North second top scorer – behind only Southport’s Gilchrist. Substitute Matt Lowe’s driving run found Williams whose angled finish was emphatic.
Late dribbling wizardry from substitute Joe Iaciofano created further chances and provided an entertaining finale for supporters as Saints claimed the points and results elsewhere did the job for Southport, leaving just about everybody content.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles (Lowe 56), Franklin, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker, Armson, Ndlovu (Iaciofano 70), Williams (Brown 89), A.Walker. Subs unused: Streete, Nicholson.
Southport: Halstead, Richards, Smith, Morgan, Howson, Marx, Osborne, Lynch, Gilchrist (Hannah 87), Cockerline, Charles (Dawson 66). Subs unused: Priestley, Doyle, Worsnop.
Referee: Alex Kirkley; assistants Conor Brown and Daniel Bruce.
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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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Saturday 28 April, 2.30pm
Saturday 28 April, 2.30pm: Brackley Chamber Music Club Open Afternoon at Croughton Village Hall. Admission is free and includes afternoon tea. Please see the attached poster with timings, etc. This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy some music making and find out more about Brackley Chamber Music Club, membership of which is free.
Sunday 29 April, 8pm: Upstairs in the Greyhound Inn – Scarecrow playing at Brackley Folk Club.
Sunday 29 April, 10am-2pm
Friday 4 May, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm): Croughton Cinema Club’s final film of the season is Paddington 2 in the Village Hall Parish Room as usual. The film stars Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant and Hugh Bonneville. Licensed Bar. CFC Members £3, non-members £5, under-16s £3.
Sunday 13 May 8pm: Upstairs in the Greyhound Inn – Sounds Tradition playing at Brackley Folk Club.
Friday 18 May, Doors open 6pm
Wednesday 30 May to Friday June 1
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.
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