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Brackley online Post, 28 July 2017

This week’s headlines include:

• Video of Steam Train at Brackley and Helmdon
• Hummingbirds, kangaroos and kiwis in Brackley
• First BiB winner collects her £100 voucher
• Finance helps to keep Garden Buddies scheme going
Don’t forget to check out the Diary Dates Listing at the bottom of this page

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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.
  • 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


Delighted winner collects her £100 voucher

Mrs Lawrance, right, with Jan Dean who presented her with the £100 voucher

The Business Information Bureau based in Brackley launched its first Discounts & Special Offers Vouchers Booklet for the months of April, May and June.

Winner of a free Prize Draw for £100, sponsored by BiB, to spend in one or more of the participating outlets, was Mrs Jane Lawrance, with the correct number of 23 advertisers. Each shop taking part had a sealed prize-draw box for the entry forms. Jane had called in for a spot of coffee and cake at  Hummingbirds and placed her entry there. There will be another booklet in the New Year to cover January, February and March 2018. For more details, contact Jan Dean on 07901 854576.
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The Courtyard Shops, 15-17 Market Place, Brackley NN13 7AB

You could have an antipodean adventure at Hummingbirds

Join us at Hummingbirds on Saturday 5th August for an Evening of Australia v New Zealand Food & Wine. Who produces the best Sauvignon Blanc? New Zealand? Who has the best Pavlova? Australia? Hummingbirds will once again be pairing up with James Butler from Brackley Wines and throughout the evening you will get to compare a total of 10 wines and sample Hummingbirds’ take on the edible delights of New Zealand and Australia.

Tickets cost just £25 per person, places are limited, to book your place visit Hummingbirds (Unit 2, Market House Courtyard, Brackley, NN13 7AB), call 01280 700797, or visit
Many Thanks,
Tracy and Nicky.

Video of Steam Train passing through Brackley & Helmdon

For anyone interested in Brackley’s History here’s a bit of video showing a steam train passing ththrough Brackley Central Station ( now ATS Tyres) and heading up to Helmdon and passing over Helmdon Viaduct.


Snap up a limited-edition print and help Hogwatch

Chris Pendleton, from Rightangle, has released a limited-edition print of the water colour work seen above. The 50 professionally mounted, signed and numbered prints are priced at £30 each, and £5 of that will be donated to Brackley Hogwatch. The fine-art quality prints are 245 by 190mm and the mount is 35 by 30cm. They are unlikely to be around for long so if you would like one, contact Rightangle in Manor Road (opposite the Waitrose car park exit), phone 01280 702462.


Garden Buddies receives funding for another five years

We are delighted to announce that, thanks to a further grant from the Big Lottery, we are now able to continue our valuable Garden Buddies project for a further 5 years. Garden Buddies uses volunteers to provide practical help to elderly and disabled people, who have no other means of support, enabling them to maintain and enjoy their gardens and we are now looking for more volunteers to provide this much appreciated support. Our volunteers provide a valuable service and in return benefit from meeting new people, learning new skills, gaining experience/skills to add to their CV or just being part of a team.
Contact the Volunteer Centre for more information.

FREE – Training for trustees or committee members

Towcester, Wednesday 16 August 1.15pm-3.45pm: This training workshop follows on from a morning workshop on Roles & Responsibilities of Trustees. By the end of the session you will have an understanding of what accounting records are needed; what type of accounts should be prepared; financial responsibilities of Trustees; what, if any, external examination is required.

Comic Relief Launch New Active Ageing Grants Programme

Comic Relief is providing a limited number of grants for local community-based organisations to enable disadvantaged older people to design, deliver and take part in opportunities to contribute to their communities. The new Active Ageing: Creating Change in Communities initiative is providing £1.5 million of funding in order to engage older people aged 65 and over from ‘harder to reach’ groups to get involved in opportunities which use their skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to their communities.

Drop-in Advice and Support service for organisers

We know that running a voluntary organisation, club or community group can be great fun and rewarding, but it can also be time-consuming and demanding! snvb is able to provide a wide range of support and guidance – for example:
Help with finding funding sources and developing a fundraising strategy; drafting a project plan to expand a service or a one-off activity e.g. community centre/village hall refurbishment; volunteer recruitment; practical support; advice and guidance; IT;
networking Jeanette Hyde, our new Development Worker at snvb, is providing a drop-in service at Towcester Library, (located in the new FORUM building, Moat Lane Towcester NN12 6AD) on the first Thursday of every month, from 3pm to 4.30pm. The next session will be on Thursday 3 August.
• For more information about the snvb’s services, visit our website at


Summer events at Stowe House

From Saturday 29 July to Saturday 5 August. A full seven days of fun, intense, professional workshops leading up to a performance of Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim. Develop skills in singing, dancing and acting with highly experienced West End and Youth Music professionals. Technical Theatre options are also available. Ages: 10 to 18 years. Open to all abilities and confidence levels. Click Here for more information.


SNC LogoCommunities from all corners cash in on grant funding

At a meeting of SNC’s Community Funding Panel on Tuesday, 27 June, 23 different schemes were awarded over £123,000 in grant funding. Ranging from defibrillators for Nether Heyford and Sulgrave Parish Councils, to speed signs for Maidford and Helmdon, and roof renovations for Pattishall Parish Hall, a wide range of villages have reaped the rewards of applying for community grant funding to bring to fruition a multitude of projects.

Cllr Peter Rawlinson, SNC’s portfolio holder for finance and procurement, said: “What this funding shows is that all communities are eligible for help, no matter how big or small. And a whole host of projects can benefit from the grants available, so if you are involved in a community group, volunteer or are part of a parish council I would urge you to apply and potentially make the dreams and ambitions for your community a reality.”

Applications under £1,000 are determined by officers and may be submitted at any time. Those over £1,000 are heard by the Community Funding Panel which meets on a regular basis, and any over £20,000 are reviewed by the Community Funding Panel and referred to Cabinet for determination. The vast majority of community grants are funded by the New Homes Bonus (NHB), a grant paid to local authorities by central government for each new home built in the district.

A wide range of projects and activities may be eligible for help, including capital projects (buildings and infrastructure), as well as smaller projects such as supporting the purchase of much needed equipment or the delivery of local schemes.
• For more information on grants available from SNC and how to apply, visit Community grants or email The next deadline for grant applications is Thursday, 31 August.

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Don’t forget to check out Diary Dates – we add more as we hear about them

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 in 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 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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Thursday 3 August, 2pm: Town Mayor hosts a Community Bingo Session at the Old Fire Station, High Street from 2pm until 4pm. Contact Steph Campbell 01280 702441.

Saturday 5 August, 10.15am-4.45pm: Andy Henry from London, a highly experienced and dedicated Qi Gong and meditation teacher, will be leading a taijiwuxigong workshop at Croughton Village Hall. Cost is £65. Taijiwuxigong is a self-healing system of Qi Gong. It uses a variety of moving, standing, sitting and lying down exercises that help promote health, happiness and vitality. For more information phone Helen 01280 701722 or email

Sunday 13 August: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. Full details on the website.

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.

Sunday 27 August to Friday 1 September: Sacred Music Retreat at Limes Farm, Farthinghoe, NN13 5PB. Speakers will be Teresa and Kimberly Kodimer. For more information, call Natalie on 07860 372085.


Wednesday 6 September, 7.30pm: Brackley and District History Society meets at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. Martin Sirot-Smith will talk about ‘Tudor Daily Life’. If you were poor you worked on land whose owners took some of the food you grew as rent. Most people lived in small villages of thatched huts with one or two rooms. Boys went to school from the age of four until seven, while girls were kept at home to help or were sent out to work.
• The society meets at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. Visitors are welcome. All enquiries to secretary Karen Gees
(01280 702837), email:

Monday 11 September: Regular WI meeting will hear a talk about medical detection dogs from Claire Farrar, mother of a child who depends on her dog Shirley to alert the family to the possibility of collapse.
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For full details of events at Stowe, including times and tickets, Click Here

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