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Brackley online Post, 28 September 2018

This week’s headlines include:

  • Get your car washed on Saturday!
  • Brackley Players tickets available now
  • Brackley WI Celebrate 100 years
  • Banbury Sound 95.9 new Brackley Frequency
  • Saints progress in FA Cup

Don’t forget to check out the Diary Dates Listing at the bottom of this page

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Absolutely loads goes on in Brackley and Brackley online Post exists to promote events and businesses in Brackley and surrounding villages. This is a strictly non-commercial service, all listings are free, the site exists purely to support local clubs and businesses; anyone who suggests we have any other agenda is wrong. We’re not journalists so don’t expect sensational headlines and in-depth reporting! To receive weekly updates by e-mail Click Here (it’s free and you won’t receive any other emails).
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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


Local schools open their doors

Little Oaks Pre-school is welcoming parents and carers to register their children born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 on Wednesday 3rd October from 9.00am.  Please contact or Tel: 01280 840201 for further information.

Croughton Primary School have announced their dates as:

Friday 12th October 10.00-11.30am

Saturday 13th October 2.00-4.00pm

Please contact Kaye Hunter  Tel:  01869 810727  or email for further details


Brackley Players present A Kick In The Baubles 

7.30pm on 24th, 25th & 26th October at Southfield Primary Academy, Banbury Rd, Brackley NN13 6AU

£9 Adults, £7 Concessions

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 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.


Brackley W.I.100 Years Party

After cooking, making, gathering items, Quiz evenings, table top selling and working at the Beer Festival the ladies of Brackley W.l. had enough money to put on a stupendous party.
The Bowling Club room was booked, the caterers were booked, the dance band was booked and the invitations sent out. Everybody with a plus one was invited for a fabulous free evening. The hall was decorated, tables were laid, the bar was prepared, and photographers were engaged.
AII was ready for the big day on the 9th September 2018.
A beautiful balloon, inscribed with W.l. 100 Years on it, was in pride of placein the middle of the room.
‘Let the festivities begin’, called out Anne Woolleyl Margaret Rogers, our Brackley W.l. president nodded, and the music started, to the clink of glasses.
Everyone was dressed in their best, or dressed especially for a barn dance. Ladies and their menfolk gathered on the dance floor, as a lady from the band was calling out steps and movements.
The hall was abuzz with chatter; everyone was having a good time. The sun was going down in a decorative fashion too.
After some dancing, it was time to eat. Queues formed, and we all enjoyed a splendid hot buffet.
More dancing followed.
At the far end ofthe room were hats, scarves, feather boas, glasses etc. to dress up in and a
lightweight ‘picture’ frame to peer through, whilst someone snapped the funny sights.
Finally it was time to cut the specially baked and decorated cake and raise our glasses in a toast to our hundred years as a Wl.
After a short speech, Margaret Rogers and the baker and decorator of the cake, Pam Stocker, jointly sliced into the cake. Pieces were cut and distributed among the guests. lt was absolutely delicious.
The top of the cake matched the design that won a place as a stained glass window in the newly restored Town Hall.
The evening was a roaring success, and Margaret Rogers thanked everyone involved, and for everyone who came.
A great time was had by all.


 South Northants Art Trail

South Northamptonshire are again running an ART TRAIL from Saturday 6th October to Sunday 14th October

At this event local artists open their studios for people to come and see their work. Paintings and cards are on sale, and many places have demonstrations and opportunities for people to try out art.


Two artists in Brackley are taking part . Val Pendleton at ‘Right Angle’ will be open on

Saturday and Sundays from 11-, 4

CLOSED Monday, and open Tuesday to Friday 10 to 4.

Ruth Harris at 5 Elm Drive NN13 6ES will be open from

Monday 8th to Sunday 14th daily from 11 to 4pm.



Monday 22 October, 2pm – Roxburgh Hall, Stowe School
Calling young artists and storytellers we have the perfect show Nick Sharratt’s Drawalong! This much-loved children’s writer and illustrator is coming to Stowe with his family-friendly, fun filled draw along for all ages.
Nick’s bestselling picture books include You Choose, Shark in the Park and Pants. He’s also the illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson’s phenomenally popular children’s novels including Tracy Beaker. Nick will share ways to invent your own crazy creatures and gives loads of top tips as you draw along with him.
Don’t forget your pencils, paper and something to lean and of course your imagination! For all super fans Nick will be signing books at the end of show.
Tickets: £8.50 / £30 Family Ticket for four
Box Office: 01280 825710


Our most  local radio station, Banbury Sound, has switched on a new transmitter earlier this week, specifically aimed at providing a richer, fuller signal in the Brackley area. The new frequency is 95.9FM

If you are listening at home, in the office or at work you’ll need to re-tune to that 95.9 FM frequency. Listeners in the Banbury area will be unaffected and car drivers who have their radios set to pick up travel announcements and the like should notice no difference. Their radio should seamlessly pick up the new frequency and switch over to 107.6FM, the Banbury area frequency if as they are driving locally that has a stronger signal.  If you have any questions relating to Banbury Sound, maybe you want to advertise an event or your business?  Contact Paul Angus


• More details and info on the Arts at Stowe website – Click Here



Find out what’s going on to brighten up your summer

South Northants Council has published its Arts Events calendar  for August and September. Plenty for people of all ages to enjoy during the summer around the district, and dates to put into your diaries/calendars for September too. Printed copies will be available from The Forum leaflet rack in Towcester, and South Northants libraries. For more about arts in South Northants, Click Here.


The Brackley Morris Men are holding open Taster Sessions’ on Thursday evenings during October and November, 8.00pm 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


New NHS hearing advisory service for Brackley

South Northants Hearing Advisory Service is providing free basic hearing-aid maintenance and batteries on a monthly basis. 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. 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.

Nuneaton Borough  1-1  Brackley Town   FA Cup 2Q

Saints and Borough to try again

When the sides met in the league at the end of August Saints ran out comfortable winners.  The first half of this FA Cup tie saw the visitors again shaping for a likely victory dominating the game and taking a goal lead into the break.  The second half however was more even and having equalised early Borough grew in confidence and looked the more threatening in the closing stages.

“We were pretty well in control through the first half and had good moments and you might look at it and think we should have been more than a goal to the good,” Kevin Wilkin said.  “In the second half it evened out and that has been the story of our season so far really, getting our noses in front but not seeing the game out.  But we have the replay to look forward to when hopefully we will move the ball and give a better account of ourselves.”

Brackley’s goal came on the half hour from Shane Byrne’s corner.  It was scrambled over the line with Lee Ndlovu in the thick of things.  Only a superb save by keeper Cam Belford denied Saints a second goal, a spectacular diving save keeping out Connor Hall’s fine header from an excellent right-wing cross by Glenn Walker.

On 55 minutes Nuneaton were level as Kairo Mitchell poked in after another scramble from a corner kick.

As in the August game, it was a niggly and feisty affair and again Nuneaton finished the match with ten men following the dismissal of captain Miles Addison late on for a foul on Matt Lowe.

Brackley Town:   Lewis, Myles, G.Walker, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Fairlamb (Franklin 68), Nti (Lowe 57), Ndlovu, Jeffers (Armson 57), A.Walker.   Subs unused:  Noon.

Nuneaton Borough:   Belford, Obeng, Freestone, Wesolowski (Andoh 75), Addison, Burns, Baker, Richards, McGurk (Benjamin 65), Mitchell, Kelly-Evans.    Subs unused:  Wharton, Basso, Blackham, Corcoran.

Referee:  James Bell           Assistants:  Luis Griffiths and Tom Elliott

Attendance:  491

Brackley Town  2-0  Nuneaton Borough    FA Cup 2Q   25/9/18

Kevin Wilkin’s side moved into the next round of the FA Cup and a home tie against Northern Premier League Marine at the second time of asking in this replay victory at St James Park.

Goals from Lee Ndlovu and Connor Hall gave Saints a commanding half-time lead and despite a late flourish from the visitors Brackley keeper Danny Lewis was untroubled all evening with Borough unable to produce a shot on target.

Adam Walker’s 25th minute shot was deflected and fell to Lee Ndlovu whose close range effort was superbly blocked by experienced defender Curtis Obeng as the home side dominated.  The opening goal was not much longer coming and was a 9th goal of the season for Ndlovu who slammed the ball into the net from Hall’s header that was touched on neatly by Jimmy Armson.

Walker shot just over from distance after a fine run before Hall doubled the lead after 37 minutes with his first St James Park goal.  It was a well worked goal up the left, Luke Fairlamb playing Hall in behind the defender and the centre half fired in off the post.

Brackley should have been home and hosed before the break as first Ndlovu and then Armson were unable to finish from good positions.

Ndlovu was again the culprit early in the second half as he shot wide set up by Adam Walker as Saints created chance after chance without punishing the Nuneaton defence.

Borough saw their opportunity to come back late on but could not capitalise on periods of better possession and it was Brackley that can now look forward to a home tie in the next round as their recent outstanding record in cup football continues.

“The clean sheet is a bonus, we scored two good goals and should have scored more but it was a professional performance,” Kevin Wilkin said.  “We were in total control of the game and we are delighted to be through.  It was another goal for Lee Ndlovu.  I keep expecting more goals from him because he gets in good positions.  He often scores one and he should be scoring more but that greater consistency is the next step for him.  His play for the team and outside the box is terrific but there are more goals to come from him.  Connor Hall had a terrific game on Saturday and again tonight.  He is a good footballer and is learning at this level.  He is progressing and if this continues he will be a big player for us.  We will enjoy tonight’s win, we look forward now to Saturday’s game against Southport and then will do our homework for the next cup game against Marine.  If we play as we can then hopefully we can progress again.”

Brackley Town:  Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Dean, Hall, Fairlamb (G.Walker 74), Armson (Jeffers 79), Ndlovu (Nti 79), Lowe, A.Walker.   Subs unused:  Noon, Murombedzi.

Nuneaton Borough:  Belford, Obeng, Carter, Richards, Addison, Burns (Freestone 45), Baker, Kelly-Evans, Benjamin (Wharton 74), McGurk (Andoh 42), Mitchell.    Subs: unused:  Basso, Blackham, Corcoran.

Referee:   Wayne Cartmel       Assistants:  Ian Stewart and Grzegorz Kornasiewicz

Attendance:  325

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

Download South Northants Council Arts Events Calendar  (PDF – 645KB)
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.

Friday 28 September, 8pm-10:30pm: Quiz Night – A fun evening’s entertainment pitting your brains against our quizmaster. A prize at the end of every round with our popular Kazoony Tunes round and a Booze jackpot for the final round. £5 per person, teams of up to 6 people. Table snacks provided but please bring your own drinks.
Reserve a table for your team at Brackley Library or email

Saturday 6 October – James Hornsby’s performance of Oliver Twist. Book tickets at the library.
Sunday 7 October, 11am-3pm: – Brackley Library Autumn Craft Fair – 11am-3pm Unique gifts at great prices by local crafters.
Thursday 18 October, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of Leisure Seeker (Cert 15). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.
Wednesdays 10 and 24 October, 7.30pm-9pm:
ABC Craft and Adult colouring, book folding or crochet. Crochet or book folding tuition £5 each.

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 sessions and kids’ cinema during the summer break!!
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Saturday 29 September

Westminster Rd, Brackley NN13 7EB



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