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Brackley online Post, 3 May 2019

 This week’s headlines include:

  • Cash grants for summer playschemes
  • Saving lives – St John Ambulance open evening
  • Saints all set up for Sunday semi

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Classic thriller Gaslight comes to Brackley this Spring

Brackley Players present Patrick Hamilton’s classic Victorian-set thriller, Gaslight, from 29 to 31 May at Southfield Primary Academy. As the gaslight dims in a creaky old house, Bella Manningham becomes convinced she is losing her sanity. The unexpected arrival of a former police detective leads her to question all she believed about her life and marriage as the shocking truth is revealed. Gaslight will be performed at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29 May, Thursday 30 May and Friday 31 May at Southfield Primary Academy, Banbury Road, Brackley, NN13 6AU. Tickets are £9 for adults and £7 for concessions and can be bought online – Click Here – in person from Davies and Partners in Brackley or by ringing Keith on 07516 408897.


Summer play schemes given cash-grant offers

Disadvantaged communities around the UK can benefit from small grants to help run short-term activities for disadvantaged young people – aged five to 18 years – in their locality.  Applications are invited from voluntary agencies in the UK with an income of less than £150,000. Grants of between £500 and £1,500 are available to support:

  • Summer play schemes for children aged five to 18 years.
  • Local schemes lasting for two to six weeks
  • Schemes with strong volunteer support.

Some priority will be given to projects that show they are inclusive of children from refugee families and show involvement of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups. The funding is intended to be used to help with the costs related to the provision of the play schemes. Please note, however, the trustees will not support play schemes with a budget over £12,000; club or family holidays; day care costs, or agencies with an income exceeding £150,000.
• The deadline for applications is 4 June 2019. For more information, Click Here.

More events at the Crewe Arms, Hinton-in-the Hedges For news of many more events go to the Crewe Arms website – Click Here

New art courses at Rightangle Gallery

Would-be artists who want to improve their drawing and watercolour painting are invited to join the courses at Rightangle Gallery (opposite the exit from Waitrose car park in Manor Road). Already available are courses picture-framing, mount decoration and abstract acrylic painting. For more details visit the Rightangle website. Gift certificates are available to purchase – perfect for that creative friend or relative!


Family sleepover event at Stowe

Something for all from Arts at Stowe

All kinds of music from opera to musicals and lunchtime concerts are on the spring listings from Arts at Stowe. There is plenty of drama – both live and live-on-screen from London theatres – at the Roxy as well as fun for families and children. To find details of all the good things on offer, along with details of how to book, go to Arts at Stowe’s What’s On page – Click Here.


Your Chance to Star:

Enter the 2019 Heseltine Gallery Open Art Exhibition

Calling all artists! You are invited to submit your latest work for the Heseltine Gallery’s 2019 Open Selected Exhibition in May. Your creation could be among 200 items on show at this popular community art space – and you might be awarded cash or star in a special follow-up exhibition.

All levels of experience are welcome to enter: this might be your artistic debut or perhaps you’re a professional artist with many credits to your name. Artwork can be in any medium. Painters, printers, creative photographers, potters, sculptors or other craft makers who are based in South Northamptonshire or North Oxfordshire are eligible.

Each entrant can submit up to three pieces of work for £5 per item. Submission dates are Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 May. The free exhibition is part of Oxfordshire Artweeks, already widely publicised and attracting many visitors. The artists’ preview and awards presentation by members of the Heseltine family is on Friday 10 May and the exhibition is open daily to Thursday 23 May.

Exhibitor information and entry forms are available from SNC’s web page for Arts & culture –, by email: or phone 01327 322334.


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.
• More details on our websiteClick Here.


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.

Join us for an evening of Irish delight on Saturday 11 May at 7.30pm. Enjoy a three-course meal, carefully prepared and cooked by the team at Hummingbirds with three choices of starter, main and desert. This is the second of four events planned this year that takes us around the British Isles. Call 01280 700797 to book your place or pop into Hummingbirds Bistro, if you wish for further information please call 01280 700797. Places are limited and cost just £25 per person; a £5 non-refundable deposit per person is required to secure a place with full payment made by the Saturday before (4 May). Food choices will also be required by Saturday 4 May. Doors open at 7pm, seating will be pre-allocated according to the size of your party.



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 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 this year are  26 May, 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.

Nti sets up a Sunday semi with Spennymoor

Brackley Town 1-0 FC United of Manchester
Daniel Nti’s brave late header earned a 10th successive home win for Brackley that secured third place and home advantage in Sunday’s play-off semi-final, writes Tim Carroll. Saints laboured to overcome already-relegated FC United in challenging conditions as the wind swirled around St James Park in front of the season’s second highest league attendance, swelled by United’s vocal travelling supporters.

But Brackley never gave up and with Spennymoor leading in their game and time ebbing away Saints finally made the breakthrough in the 86th minute. Lee Ndlovu challenged keeper Andy Fisher, Matt Lowe hooking the loose ball goalwards for Daniel Nti to head the ball into the net, although the substitute sustained a head injury that led to his immediate substitution. Jimmy Armson and Lee Ndlovu had both spurned chances while Kurt Willoughby had the only chance of the match for the visitors bringing a strong second half save from Danny Lewis.

“Before the final two games against Chester and today’s match we knew we needed a win and to only get one goal from those two games is disappointing for the quality of performances we’ve put in and the chances and opportunities we’ve created,” Kevin Wilkin said. “But Daniel gets off the bench and makes the difference for us. It was a bit of a scrappy goal but that doesn’t matter. I am delighted for him. The most important thing of course is that we now skip the midweek game and have got a home tie in the semi-finals. With the greatest of respect we never really looked in any danger today but when you are not clinical enough in front of goal and lots of half chances come and go you have to make your mark. It’s something we have improved on during the season but we know we need to improve further and there is work to be done.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Murombedzi, G.Walker, Byrne, Dean, Hall, Lowe, Armson, Ndlovu, Baker (Nti 77 (Myles 87)), A.Walker (Fairlamb 66). Subs unused: Jackson, Prosser.
FC United: Fisher, Lynch, O’Halloran (Peers 89), Mohammed, Baird, Potts, Sharp (Donohue 61), Winter, Willoughby, Myers. McDowell-Jallow (Bannister 81). Subs unused: Grimshaw, Logan.
Referee: Steve Copeland; assistants Tim Walker and Jacob Lehane.
Attendance: 935.
• For more club info – including news, fixtures, players and special events, Click Here.


• Clickable link:

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.

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.

– – – – 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.
Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!

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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.

Monday 13 May, 7.30pm: Brackley WI meets at the WI Hall in Manor Road (opp Waitrose car park) to discuss resolutions and social time. More information on the WI website.

Thursday 16 May 2019, 10am: Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7DT. Annual General Meeting, plus speakers Terry Pigott on “Information on fraud, scams, etc” and Linda Carter on “my six years as Town Clerk”. Come along if you are semi-retired or retired and find out what U3A is all about.

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:

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, or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.

Saturday 15 June, 9.30am: Brackley 10km Chicken Run starts from Brackley Park, High Street. The event is organised by Brackley & District Running Club; for further information and entry forms, Click Here. Or call Nicola 01280 704431.

Saturday 22 June, 7pm: Midsummer Ball Cloisters Farm, Evenley, in aid of Brackley Community Hospital. Tickets available from: Cloisters Farm, Evenley, or call 07815 716 709.

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.

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