This week’s headlines include:
- Bank Holiday matches give Saints a boost
- You can nominate a group for Queen’s Award
- Author Robert Harris book signing at Old Hall
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The battle to save our iconic prickly friends
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. Brackley Hogwatch only get around £3,000 a year in donations, so they desperately need more.
• Just putting out a shallow bowl of water regularly will help hedgehogs during the summer, especially in very hot spells.
Brackley Town FC’s campaign for new clubhouse
Supporters are aiming to collect £50,000 to help replace the clubhouse which burned down earlier this year. They are led by commercial manager Graham Shaw and the campaign will run until next June. They have already collected £2,000 with bucket collections at three pre-season friendlies against Oxford United, MK Dons and Northampton.
Graham said: “The clubhouse has been a pivotal part of the community for 40 years and has seen christenings, birthday parties, wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations as well as, for the past three years, hosting our award winning Community programme. While the clubhouse was insured, we know that in addition to any recovered sums we will need to raise a substantial sum to provide a clubhouse that not only meets our current needs but which can also stand as a great community asset for at least the next 40 years.”
• The team have set up a GoFundMe page – Brackley Town FC Stand Together – and are very keen to involve as many people as possible. If you can help, please email Graham on firstname.lastname@example.org
Brackley Town 3-0 Gloucester City
Jimmy Armson hit three goals on Monday as Brackley could have hit six, sweeping Gloucester City aside in style on another sweltering afternoon, writes Tim Carroll. “It was a terrific performance from start to finish,” Kevin Wilkin said. “The way we went about our work in really tough conditions, we took three of our chances, could have scored more but the clean-sheet is vitally important also. It was a game when most of it came together with some terrific individual performances and good team cohesion also. The way everyone has gone about it after a hard game just 48 hours ago (report below) is really pleasing.”
Saints were on the front foot from the first minute and never let up. Shep Murombedzi and Shane Byrne commanded midfield with Lee Ndlovu and Armson rampant up front. Armson put his side in front in the eighth minute, finishing from close range after good interplay with Matt Lowe. After 21 minutes Ndlovu was fouled by Ioan Richards and Armson slotted home the penalty to extend the lead. Lowe fired over when well placed, Ndlovu shot high, Byrne was off target and Ndlovu again headed over as Gloucester reeled under the weight of attacking play.
There was no let-up in the second half, Armson’s header from a corner hitting the woodwork before helping himself to a third career hat-trick for Saints, heading the simplest of chances at the far post set up by Ndlovu in the 69th minute.
“Scoring a hat-trick is a good feeling,” Armson said. “I’ve been the beneficiary of Lee [Ndlovu’s] hard work today getting the penalty and putting one on my head I couldn’t really miss. It was nice for me to get off the mark at Hereford and again today. We wanted the win today after Saturday’s draw, taking four points over this weekend was important and sets us up nicely.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Walker, Byrne, Audel, Dean, Lowe, Armson (Holman 72), Ndlovu (Daire 85), Baker (Fairlamb 67), Murombedzi. Subs unused: Franklin, Langmead.
Gloucester City: Jeacock, Thomas, Harper, Richardss (Knowles 51), Avery, Russe, Parker, Hanks (Smith 82), J.Jackson (Hainault 66), Kotwica, Robert. Subs unused: Spruce, M.Jackson.
Referee: Sam Mulhall. Assistants: Liam Corbett and James Cox.
Armson leveller earns deserved away point
Hereford 1-1 Brackley Town
Neither team did quite enough to earn the three points from a hard fought game played in Saturday’s exhausting heat that was inevitably a factor and caused the officials to allow an official drinks break in each half.
Danny Lewis sustained a facial injury in only the second minute of the game, requiring extensive treatment. The game continued in stop-start fashion until Hereford won free-kicks in quick succession in identical positions on the edge of the Brackley penalty area. For the first, the defensive wall did its job but Brad Ash hit the second over the wall, the ball crashing back off the cross-bar and, with Rowan Liburd first to react heading the ball into an unguarded net, the home side had a 17th minute lead.
Neither side built any real rhythm until a defensive mix-up allowed Matt Lowe to race up the wing and pick out Jimmy Armson, who beat keeper Brandon Hall decisively to level the scores on 37 minutes. Saints finished the first half the stronger and the second period promised much. It failed to deliver however in 45 minutes almost devoid of goal chances until the very final minutes. Hereford were awarded a hotly disputed 83rd minute penalty for handball but when Tom Owen-Evans stepped up he blasted his kick high over the cross-bar.
Ellis Myles’ low cross was cleared, Carl Baker’s shot from close range was saved, another chance was headed off the line before Baker again and then Luke Fairlamb could not find the finish of sufficient power to break the stalemate in added time leaving both sides with a hard-earned and deserved point.
“A draw is probably a fair result today,” Kevin Wilkin said. “There weren’t a great deal of chances for either side but I think we had the nearest moments in and around the penalty area. I am disappointed the referee felt the need to give the penalty in the situation he did. It was incredibly harsh and it would have been a difficult way to have lost the game. Fortunately it didn’t matter in the end.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin (Fairlamb 70), Byrne, Dean, Langmead, Lowe, Walker, Ndlovu, Armson (Baker 81), Murombedzi. Subs unused: Holman, Daire, Audel.
Hereford: Hall, Hodgkiss, Hanley (Pope 61), Maye, Cullinane-Liburd, Gowling, Owen-Evans, O’Sullivan (Styche 61), Liburd, Nicholson, Ash (Bishop 89). Subs unused: Bray, Riley.
Referee: Scott Simpson. Assistants: Thomas Wainman and Daniel Pattison
• A GoFundMe page – Brackley Town FC Stand Together – has been set up and the support team are very keen to involve as many people as possible. If you can help, please email Graham on email@example.com
You can nominate a local group for Queen’s Award
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups. Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.
Take a look at the guidance notes for further conditions and information. Log in or register to nominate a group. Please register in order to nominate a group. If you have registered already then please log in. Submit your nomination by midnight on 13 September 2019 to make sure your nominated group is considered for the 2020 awards. It is very important that you read the guidance notes before submitting your nominations.
Stowe sets out its stall of September events
The September events list of Arts at Stowe includes a live cinema broadcast to mark the release of The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s sequel to the The Handmaid’s Tale. It includes readings by special guests. The showing starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 September in The Roxy. Other events include an evening with Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) on Thursday 12 September (7.30pm) and James Corden with his One Man, Two Guvnors show on Thursday 26 September (7pm).
• For full details, Click Here.
Long distance footpath in South Northants becomes a reality
A new map has been published by Brackley-based Global Mapping, designed by top map creator Mary Spence MBE. The South Northants Heritage Trail has been designed to allow the walker to get the most from this beautiful and interesting part of England. South Northamptonshire contains some of the country’s most quintessentially English landscapes interspersed with attractive, largely unspoilt villages characterised by picturesque stone cottages. This rural and sparsely populated landscape has remained largely unchanged for centuries with a rich history.
1,800 listed buildings, many built from the distinctive local limestone and ironstone; over 50 conservation villages; dozens of ancient churches; the Grand Union and Oxford canals; and miles of dismantled railways – many of which are part of the trail. Dig deeper and historical links with the past are everywhere. Disused canals, WWII airfields, English Civil War battlefield, Henry VIII’s hunting woods and, going back even further, planning the Magna Carta, one of only five sites in England where jousting was allowed, abandoned medieval villages and iron age camps.
The Heritage Trail winds its way around South Northamptonshire in three linked circuits radiating out of Brackley and Towcester for a total of 158 miles, taking in many of the historic sights and sites that abound across the region. South Northants Heritage Trail will allow the visitor to discover these secrets and enjoy beautiful views, locally produced food and drink and friendly hospitality.
Global Mapping MD Alan Smith commented: “This map has taken five years to come to fruition and I have to say I am delighted, without doubt my favourite that we have ever published! Having walked every mile of the route (with wildlife expert Tim Pridmore) to check the accuracy I suppose I would say that!” Alan continued: “The original idea came from Adrian Colwell at South Northants Council to build on the series of award-winning walking guides we had published. It would be great if the South Northants Heritage Trail became as well known as The Pennine Way!”
The first of a number of videos, created to promote the delights of the Trail has just been published and is gaining enormous interest and can be viewed here .
The map has gone on sale in local outlets at just £8.99 and already is receiving favourable comments. Local resident Michael Barnes commented: “I acquired my copy from the Old Hall Book Shop today and I have to say that you have managed to conjure up an entirely fresh perspective on an area with which I thought I was pretty familiar. I’m looking forward to putting it to use. More power to your cartographer’s pen – or whatever the digital equivalent is!”
The map is also available to buy online via southnorthantsheritagetrail.co.uk where there is information about the trail, videos and FREE walking guides to download.
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 day this year is 22 September from 3pm to 7pm (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.
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.
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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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Thursday 5 September, 3.45pm
Friday 6 September, doors open 7pm: Culworth Film Night – Mary Queen of Scots (15). Tickets with supper £10, film only £5. Call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 760855, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your own drinks and glass.
Friday 6 September
Thursday 19 September, 10am: Winchester House School launches Brackley Community Dementia Choir, inspired by Vicky McLure’s two-part BBC documentary, Our Dementia Choir. Singers of all ages and abilities who are suffering from dementia are invited to join the first of the weekly Thursday rehearsals in The Forum at Winchester House, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7AZ. Tea, coffee and cakes will be served from 10am, with singing from 10.20am to 11am. Carers are most welcome and membership of the choir is free. To register your interest, please email email@example.com.
Wednesday 16 October, 7-9pm: Shopping evening in Wayneflete Hall of Magdalen College School, organised by Friends of Magdalen College School. We will have some great stalls from lots of local independent businesses including fruit flavoured gins, handmade cakes & chocolates, jewellery, homewares plus local arts & crafts & lots more! Come along and enjoy a glass of wine, catch up with other parents, do some early Christmas shopping and raise some funds for the school! Entry is free.
• For more information or to book a stall please contact firstname.lastname@example.org