This week’s headlines include:
- Important event for voluntary and community groups
- Easter egg plea for old and lonely
- Double for Saints as they score two wins
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Important free event for voluntary and community sector
A major concern for many people running local voluntary or community groups is funding, so this announcement of a Funding Fair at The Forum in Towcester should be most welcome. Last year’s Funding Fair was extremely successful and we are aiming for this event on Wednesday 26 June, from 10am to 3pm) to be just as good, with plenty of exhibitors and presentations providing information on the wide range of grants available to local voluntary and community groups to help them in their work.
The event includes a programme of short presentations by grant-making organisations and also some sessions concerning planning and applying for funding. Jointly organised by South Northants Volunteer Bureau and Daventry Volunteer Centre, this event and the workshops are free of charge. FREE tea and coffee will be available all day and there is a cafe on site. The venue is fully accessible and there is free parking nearby.
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Your chance to get involved – Town Carnival Day is on its way
This year we have a slight change to the Cover Competition – you can now submit your entries directly to the Carnival Committee and don’t need to go through your school as in previous years. The Cover Competition is open to all primary school children i.e Reception (age 4-5) to Year 6 ( age 10-11), entrants should live within the local Brackley community (approx 5-mile radius), which includes surrounding villages including Charlton, Greatworth, Helmdon, Croughton , Mixbury and Evenly. The Cover Competition is open until 1 April and full details are on the carnival website.
There will again be a community arena, so if you are part of a group who would like to perform or display in the arena please get in touch. We are also keen to get interesting and classic/vintage vehicles into the procession. If you fancy being part of this year’s Carnival entertainment we have a community stage – bands, singers, music groups, comedians… in fact anyone who would like to perform. So get in touch with us to book your slot.
• Brackley Carnival is organised by a very small team. If you are able to offer help on the day with setting up, acting as a steward or helping clear, please contact us via our website, www.brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk, or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.
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.
Mark and Tanya will be hosting a Charity Race Night in Evenley Village Hall on Saturday 27 April to raise funds for their friends’ beautiful daughter Lucy. Here is her story:
Lucy was eight years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer that usually forms in certain types of nerve tissue. The tumour is housed in her rib cage and the cancer has spread to her pelvis, shoulders and the base of her skull. Lucy is currently undergoing chemotherapy, supported by the fantastic team at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The treatment plan is gruelling and will take 12 months for Lucy to hopefully achieve remission.
Across the pond in the USA, advances in paediatric oncology show that a two-year treatment on a drug known as DFMO is showing positive results and keeping children in remission, raising the 60 per cent remission rate to a staggering 84 per cent.
To give Lucy the best possible opportunity for the future she deserves, her parents, Carrie and Richard, plan to enrol Lucy on the study at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Michigan. Once Lucy finishes her treatment in the UK and has achieved remission, the family have been told that the hospital will be willing to accept Lucy on to their trial. This is fantastically positive news for the family and gives them hope for Lucy’s future but comes at a cost.”
• Tickets now on sale! Please let Tanya know how many you would like to support this great cause and of course have bags of fun! Call Tanya 01280 847521 or 07557 659405.
The Big Picture Prize Draw & Auction takes place at The Heseltine Gallery, Middleton Cheney between 12.30 and 3pm on Saturday 30 March. The exhibition is open from 11am, buffet (£5) from 12:30; Auction then Prize Draw at about 3pm. Artwork in the auction (2D & 3D) can be viewed on www.jsfineart.co.uk. You might find something for your own home or for a unique Mother’s Day gift! Organised by The Friends of the Heseltine Gallery.
Hereford 0-2 Brackley Town|
Carl Baker’s superbly executed shot – rifled in from 20 yards on 18 minutes – was a goal to grace any game and put Saints in the driving seat on Tuesday, writes Tim Carroll. Hereford were always in the contest but threatened Danny Lewis only once in the 90 minutes bringing a save from Brackley’s keeper.
The visitors meanwhile created a hatful of chances that they could not capitalise on and on another evening this might have cost them dear. Lee Ndlovu scooped his effort over from Shep Murombedzi’s fine cross in a first half of few direct openings. But in the second half Hereford’s goal led a charmed life as first Jimmy Armson passed up the chance to find the net, slipping in Matt Lowe who was somehow thwarted with the goal gaping. Ndlovu was twice kept out when well positioned, Ellis Myles’ effort was pushed away by the busy Matt Yates and twice Shane Byrne’s free-kicks were close.
But the vital second goal finally came in the 75th minute, Myles’ excellent cross from the right turned past Yates by defender Jak Hickman, effectively ending Hereford’s resistance.
A midweek away performance of character and resilience was Saints’ 10th win in 11 league games and the three points lifted the team that was 10th just before Christmas into third place. With competition in and around the top seven places fierce, Kevin Wilkin knows this fine run of form must continue if the dream of a top play-off place is to be realised.
“I am absolutely delighted with the win,” Wilkin said. “Hereford have been on a strong run, unbeaten in six games. We knew it would be difficult tonight but we stayed organised and resolute and thoroughly deserved the result again. Carl Baker’s strike was stunning and gave us that half-time lead. We really should have put the game to bed in the first 15 minutes of the second half and when you don’t you are always a little bit anxious, but when we got the second goal we then managed the game well thereafter. We have got some really tough games against very strong teams coming up so we take nothing for granted and we move on now to be properly prepared for the trip to Southport on Saturday.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles (Nti 86), Murombedzi, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Lowe, Armson (Prosser 90), Ndlovu, Baker (Fairlamb 69), A.Walker. Subs unused: Jeffers, Jackson.
Hereford: Yates, Hickman, Greenslade, Wesolowski (Waite 57), Cullinane-Liburd, Gowling (Ezewele 46), O’Sullivan, Owen-Evans, Richards, Smith, Symons (Finn 72). Subs unused: Wharton, Roberts.
Referee: Amy Fearn; assistants Liam Corbett and Andrew Genders.
Saints extend their winning run
Brackley Town 3-1 Kidderminster Harriers
Kevin Wilkin’s side recorded a fifth straight win on Saturday to maintain Saints’ play-off credentials and deal a blow to Harriers’ hopes, writes Tim Carroll. Brackley started strongly, taking a fourth-minute lead and should have taken a bigger lead into the half-time break but instead were pegged back by the visitors before two second-half goals sealed the win.
“It is a massive three points today,” Wilkin said. “They are close on our tails and we had a difficult game at their place earlier in the season so I think the way we came out today and set about our task was terrific.”
Jimmy Armson’s 13th league goal of the season put his side in front, a fine volley after a sustained spell of early pressure. Ellis Myles rifled in a shot that was deflected narrowly wide and Carl Baker worked an opening only to see his fierce effort just clear Brandon Hall’s cross-bar as Brackley dominated possession but could not capitalise on their chances to extend the lead.
In a rare Harriers attack, Joe Ironside was fouled, winning a penalty that Ironside himself got up to convert to bring the sides level in the 38th minute against the run of play. The equaliser stunned the home side and it was not until the second period that their lead was established again. Carl Baker’s 71st-minute corner was headed powerfully goal-wards by defender Connor Hall for Lee Ndlovu to apply the finishing touch for the striker’s 20th goal of the season in all competitions.
Seven minutes later substitute Luke Fairlamb was brought down and Shane Byrne fired in the resulting penalty to put the result beyond doubt.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Murombedzi, Hall, Dean, Byrne, Lowe (Nti 90), Armson (Fairlamb 76), Ndlovu, Baker (Prosser 86), A.Walker. Subs unused: Jeffers, Jackson.
Kidderminster: Hall; Taylor, Austin (Weeks 58), Horsfall, Flowers, Johnson, McAlinden, Penn, Ironside (Richards 84), Chambers, Kwame. Subs unused: Higginson, Stratford, Palmer.
Referee: Barry Lamb; assistants Tom Wainman and Rob Hathaway.
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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. The next clinic is on Friday (not Wednesday) 29 March from 10.30am to midday. 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.
Saturday 13 April 10am-1pm: Easter Pebble and Egg Hunt at Brackley Library. Join in with a variety of Easter hunts at the library. Fun for all the family in the middle of the Easter holiday.
Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!
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Friday 29 March, 7pm: Bingo Night at Magdalen College School, Brackley in Walter Knibbs Dining Hall. Books (containing eight games) cost £5. Tea, coffee, soft drinks & wine (for a suggested donation) will be served. To book your place please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us via Facebook: Friends of Magdalen College School. We look forward to seeing you there!
Saturday 30 March
Wednesday 3 April, 7.30pm: Brackley History Society meeting at Brackley Methodist Church when Brian Giggins will give us a talk on Medieval Buildings in Towcester. Visitors (£3) are always welcome to attend the meeting and join us for refreshments after the talk. Annual membership fee is £15.
Wednesday 3 April, 7.30pm: Brackley Wind Ensemble have a Spring Concert from Bach to the Beatles in the Orangery at Whittlebury Park. Wine and Refreshments are by donation and there will be an Easter Egg Raffle. This is the conductor Brian Dipple’s final charity event as golf captain at Whittlebury
Monday 8 April, 7.30pm: Ken McIver will give a talk about ‘Dogs for Good… Life-changing Devotion’ at the WI Hall in Manor Road, Brackley (opposite the Waitrose car park).
• For the WI website, Click Here. For the Dogs for Good website, Click Here.
Saturday 13 April
Tuesday 16 April, 10am: Evenley Gardening Society plant sale at Evenley Village Hall
Contact 01280 702861.
Wednesday 1 May, 5am: Brackley Morris Men celebrate May Day on Brackley Market Place. Contact: 01280 702441.
Wednesday 1 May, 10am: Northamptonshire Association for the Blind mobile sight centre will be on the Piazza from 10am until 12.30pm for advice and information. Contact:
www.nab.org.uk; documents, Northamptonshire Association for the Blind (PDF, 526Kb).
Thursday 2 May, 2pm: Community Bingo, hosted by the Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Morell, at the Old Fire Station Community Room, High Street. Contact Brackley Town Council, 01280 702441.
Saturday 11 May, 12 noon: Annual Meeting and Mayor Making at Brackley Town Hall – Council Annual Meeting and Mayor Making. Contact: Town Clerk 01280 702441.
Saturday 18 May, 10am: Evenley Gardening Society plant sale at Evenley Village Hall.
Contact 01280 702861.
Sunday 19 May, 10am: Dogs for Good – Dogs for Good will be hosting a Picnic at The Lake charity event at St James Lake, Hinton Road, Brackley. Further details to follow,
Monday 20 May, 2pm: Community Bingo, hosted by the Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Morell, at the Old Fire Station Community Room, High Street. Contact Brackley Town Council, 01280 702441.
Tuesday 21 May, 8pm: Evenley Gardening Society meeting at Evenley Village Hall. Contact 01280 702861.
Saturday 25 May, 7,30pm: Brackley Pop-Up Gin Festival at Egerton Hall, Juno Crescent, NN13 6GN. A chance to try an array of both local and national artisan gins whilst enjoying live music from Yorkshire’s Finest Northern Epidemic. Tickets, £12, includes your own Festival Gin Glass and your First Gin & Tonic. Tickets available from Hot Headed Hairdressers, 17 Draymans Walk, and Paws & Claws, 91 High Street. Or contact Ann-Marie direct on 07498 743919.
Sunday 2 June, 2pm: Brackley Soapbox Derby on Brackley High Street. Races start at 2pm. Contact: http://www.brackleysoapbox.org/
Saturday 8 June: Brackley Carnival. This annual event is organised by a very small team. If you are able to offer help on the day with setting up, acting as a steward or helping clear, please contact us via our website, brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk, or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.