This week’s headlines include:
- Sunday fun park challenge for families
- Get your own copy of Saints Wembley-winning footage
- Caribbean dream evening at Hummingbirds
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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
How you can have a say on future of county’s councils
Following the county council’s financial problems last year, people living in the county are invited to take part in a consultation and give their views on how our elected representatives should go into the future. For full details and to take part in the consultation, Click Here. Don’t miss out – big decisions are on the way and you can be part of the debate. The consultation closes on 22 July, so please submit your feedback by this date.
A fun Sunday challenge for children and parents
This Sunday (1 July) the Friends of Southfield School (FOSS) committee are running an Orienteering Challenge for children around the pocket park and St James Lake in Brackley. The event starts/ends in the Southfield school field and is happening this Sunday from 10am until midday and costs £2.50 per child entry.
The event will involve using a map to locate the control stations, each station being worth a number of points, and the aim is to accrue as many points as possible. There are bonus questions to answer and hidden pebbles to find! Each team (max three children per team) has a 30-minute cut off, so don’t be late back as penalties apply! Parent/guardian/carer supervision is required during the event.
Refreshments and snack packs will be for sale, with prizes and certificates up for grabs. Parking is available in the Waitrose car park. Funds raised will go towards a renovation of the library at Southfield Primary Academy. FOSS look forward to seeing children and their families on Sunday.
Sulgrave’s Sunday Independence Day Celebration
Join Sulgrave Manor on 8 July, the first Sunday after Independence Day. It will be a relaxed, family-friendly day with crafts, games, music and America-style food. Tour the Manor and enjoy the gardens – and mark the day in 1776 when the American colonists hit the ‘reset’ button with King George III. Standard admission will apply; however there will be a charge of £1 for some activities on the day.
Hummingbirds dreams up an evening of tropical treats
An evening of Caribbean food and drink will bring a touch of the tropics to Brackley on Saturday 28 July when Hummingbirds offers a three-course meal carefully prepared and cooked by the team at Hummingbirds, accompanied by some Caribbean Punch. Places are limited and cost just £25 per person for the three courses, including a welcome drink.
• Call 01280 700797 to book your place or pop into Hummingbirds Bistro. For those attending, food choices will be required by Monday 23 July. Doors open at 7pm and seating will be pre-allocated according to the size of your party.
It will be available to collect at the first friendly of the season on 10 July, with option to post. To order a copy, Click Here.
• Please be aware this will arrive on a USB drive.
A summer of music for everyone
Lots of musical events being added to the What’s On list – posters and info down the page for:
- Brackley and District Band
- Brackley Jubilee Choir
- Brackley Male Voice Choir
- The Great Central Big Band
Arts at Stowe unveils its programme for July
The month starts with the wonderful Boogienotes Rock & Pop Choir led by Miles Nottage, who perform at the Roxburgh Hall, Stowe School, on Sunday 1 July, 7pm. They promise a fantastic concert including a variety of songs from the last few years as well as some great wartime tunes and medleys in respectful recognition of times gone by. We hope you can join us for a delightful evening of music. Suitable for age 10 upwards. Running time 1hr approx. Ticket price £8, £7 members, £4 under 16s.
• For bookings and details of future events go to www.artsatstowe.co.uk. Box office: 01280 825710
Howzat!! Appeal for cricket umpires
Brackley Cricket Club has been at its present home, in Westminster Road off Buckingham Road, since the early 1960s when it moved from Manor Road, prior to the Junior School being built. Its first XI and second XI teams play in the Cherwell League (the first XI plays on a Saturday in Division 4 and the second XI plays on a Sunday in Division 8). New players are always welcome and any expressions of interest may be made to the chairman, Keith Cartwright, who can be reached on 01280 8401923 or 07725 407479 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The club has a healthy youth section and welcomes players, experienced or not, good or in need of a little help, of all ages.
The Cherwell League has a rule whereby each club has to provide an umpire and Brackley is actively seeking one or more people who would be willing to undertake this role. Full training will be given and £40 expenses are paid for every match officiated. Matches would be within a 15-mile radius of Brackley and the commitment need not be for every single week. Anything you can offer, or would be prepared to undertake, would be very gratefully accepted; again, please contact Keith Cartwright to discuss in greater detail.
Remembrance Day Soldier Silhouette Grants Programme
Funding is being made available for a range of local voluntary and community organisations to buy silhouettes of Tommies for community events that will mark the centenary of the end of World War One. Constituted voluntary and community organisations, charities, schools, places of worship and community-interest companies that are considering holding a local event that brings people together to remember the end of the First World War and to think about the Armed Forces Community today can apply for grants of up to £500 to purchase silhouettes of Tommies as part of their remembrance event.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is making £2 million available in grants for groups across the UK to purchase 10 silhouettes each. The trust will accept applications during the month of June and expects to award between 4,000 and 5,000 small grants. To be eligible, events should be open to people in the community, promoted ahead of time and bring together people from the Armed Forces community and the civilian community in the local area.
Events can be modest and do not need to cost a lot to run. It might be something like having tea and cake following a remembrance event or arranging a venue for people in the community to come together and share a lunch. The grants are to be used to purchase up to 10 silhouettes and are to be used for the bench and chair silhouettes only. They do not cover the 6ft or 10″ Tommy figures.
• An application form can be found on the There but Not There website. Applications will be accepted from 1 and 30 June 2018.
• For more information about the activities of the volunteer bureau, Click Here.
Trains, tea and cake in a garden setting
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 of 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? Public running days for the rest of 2018 (3pm to 5pm) are 22 July, 26 August and 23 September.
• 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.
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 Brackley Library. The next visit will be on Thursday 28 June from 10.30am to noon. The sessions are on a drop-in basis with no appointment necessary. At busy times you may be asked to take a number to be seen in turn.
• 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.
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.
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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.
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 21 July: Brackley Beer Festival in Brackley Park. For more information, Click Here.
Sunday 22 July, 3pm-5pm: Pimlico Light Railway running day 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. There is no admission charge, just a small charge (for charity) per ride. Tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.
Sunday 12 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 causes. Check out the plans for this year’s show at the festival website.
Saturday 18 August: Brackley Sausage and Cider Festival, Brackley Rugby Club. For full details Click Here.
Sunday 19 August: Classic Vehicles in the Park, Brackley Park. For a PDF copy of information and entry form, Click Here.
Sunday 26 August, 3pm-5pm: The Pimlico Light Railway holds a running day 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. There is no admission charge, just a small charge (for charity) per ride. Tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.
Saturday 22 September
Sunday 23 September, 3pm-5pm: The Pimlico Light Railway holds a running day 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. There is no admission charge, just a small charge (for charity) per ride. Tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.