This week’s headlines include:
- Free home repairs for people on low incomes
- Charity launched to support our new hospital
- How a letter could help save threatened hedgehogs
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Free home repairs for people on low income
If you are on a low income you might be eligible for free home repairs and adaptations. You are eligible if you are on a low income and certain criteria apply to you. South Northamptonshire Council, through Care & Repair (Northamptonshire) Ltd, are offering this free home repairs service, including home security, electrics and plumbing, smoke detector fitting etc. For full information, Click Here.
Charity launched to support our new hospital
A new charity, the Brackley Community Hospital Trust 2020, is being set up to support the medical centre now taking shape next to the A43. It will supersede the Brackley Hospital Trust, set up in 1990 when the NHS first proposed closing the old Cottage Hospital – and which helped to keep it going for 25 years, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of local residents through fund-raising, regular giving and legacies.
Cllr Caryl Billingham, who has taken on the task of setting up the charity, says the new name recognises that the facility will open in 2020 although support will be sought for many years afterwards. She says: “Many local groups and individuals are already organising fund-raising events and, for the time being, all money raised can be paid to the Brackley Hospital Trust where it will be separately accounted for. The charity’s registered number is 1008835; the bank details are sort code: 09-02-22 and account number 10255416, and we can claim Gift Aid if you are a basic rate taxpayer.” To discuss any aspect of giving, please contact Paul Bennett, Treasurer, on firstname.lastname@example.org. Caryl says: “Establishing a charity takes some time and a lot of effort and opening a bank account is the last step in the process, hence the need to have a safe place for the time being.”
• If you have any specific questions please feel free to contact Caryl Billingham on email@example.com
26 Old Town, Brackley NN13 7BZ
Brackley Band concert for St Peter’s
The Brackley Dance Festival charity fundraising event consists of 15 local folk stepping up to compete in just five weeks while raising sponsorship for a local charity, The Lighthouse Centre. The venue is Brackley Leisure Centre and tickets cost £17. There will be additional dancing and great entertainment for those attending. Tickets can be purchased from Viv Rhymes (07790130579), or email firstname.lastname@example.org or at training sessions – Thursdays 6-8pm at the leisure centre. They will NOT be available on the day.
• The Lighthouse Centre is a complementary therapy unit offering holistic therapies for people with long-term conditions or cancers. Website
• Also available online from here. Delivery charge will be refunded!
The video below about Brackley Pocket Park has been produced to publicise the walk as it is part of the South Northants Heritage Trail. Hope you enjoy the video and get walking, apparently, the weather is improving!
www. South-Northants-heritage-trail.webnode.com Pleased to say there is now a website promoting the South Northants Heritage Trail. Here is the first of promotional videos. Hope you enjoy it!!
Publiée par Tracy Smith sur Samedi 15 juin 2019
Something for all from Arts at Stowe
It’s the start of another dramatic and musical season from Arts at Stowe. Events range from drama at The Roxy featuring a screening of Small Island to celebrate the National Theatre Live’s 10th anniversary to a week-long course of rock and blues guitar tuition with Bernie Marsden and The HandleBards’ fun version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. For the very small visitors (3+), there is Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster. To find details of all the other good things on offer, along with details of how to book, go to Arts at Stowe’s What’s On page – 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 but in the meantime Andrew Jackson is asking you to contact ‘i’ newspaper who have shown some interest in the decline of hedgehogs. Andrew has drafted a letter which he asks is sent to the newspaper by as many as possible. Feel free to tweak as you feel right.
Dear Sir, I read with interest your recent article about the decline in hedgehogs. I thought you might be interested to hear of a team of researchers in my local town of Brackley who not only claim to have discovered the REAL reason for the loss of our hedgehogs, but have the hard evidence to support their claims. Incredibly, no one seems interested in even looking at their data; the ‘wildlife experts’ dismiss the claims out of hand, without ever even looking at the evidence, and ignore any invitations to come see for themselves. If a genuine threat is not made widely known, extinction will surely follow, but the experts seem intent on ignoring this. I thought you might be interested in investigating further? Please visit www.brackleyhogwatch.co.uk for more information and contact details. They need a voice and they need to be heard, can you help? Yours sincerely…
The letter can be sent to The Editor at i, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5TT, or email reader@.
Help us help our hedgehogs…
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 23 June, 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.
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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.
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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Sunday 21 July, (Doors open 1pm): 1940s Afternoon Tea with a show by The Sasparillas 1940s Close Harmony Trio. Venue is Hummingbirds Bistro in Market House Courtyard, NN13 7AB. £25 per person. For more information and to book call Hummingbirds on 01280 700797.
Sunday 11 August, 10am: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling in Brackley High Street and the St John’s site of Magdalen College School. Further info on the festival website.
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.