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Brackley online Post, 31 August 2018

This week’s headlines include:

  • Brackley Band join with top soloist at Stowe
  • Voluntary sector invited to link up at snvb
  • Saints – one holiday draw and a convincing victory

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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

A message from snvb to all involved in the voluntary sector

We would like to encourage you to attend our next LinkUp meeting. snvb organises the regular LinkUp meetings which offer an opportunity for people working in local statutory, voluntary and community organisations to meet and share ideas and best practice. It provides a good networking opportunity. Our meetings usually include a guest speaker. We are aware that people attending have made some really useful links and have found this forum of great benefit. Meetings are informal, lasting an hour and are held every three months at the Volunteer Centre, Whittons Lane, Towcester, NN12 6YZ.

The next LinkUp meeting will take place from 1pm to 2pm on Thursday 6 September. Please bring your own lunch and we provide the teas/coffees. Hayley Brown from Northamptonshire Carers will be with us to talk about the services provided for Carers in local communities.
Please note there is 3 hours FREE parking in the Northampton Road short-stay car park, right opposite the Forum building and two minutes walk from our office.

Funding for Projects Benefiting the Armed Forces community

Charitable organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that are running or planning charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community can apply for a grant to support their work. Grants of up to £50,000 are available to fund specialised projects or services delivering welfare support directly to serving and ex-service personnel and their families. The funding is provided through the Service Delivery funding stream of the Royal British Legion’s External Grants scheme.
For more details of this and many other funding opportunities, Click Here.


National Theatre Live at Stowe

Arts at Stowe are thrilled to announce National Theatre Live will be part of our autumn programme. The opening performance of Julie will be screened from our Pop-up cinema ‘The Roxy’ at Stowe on Thursday 6 September. BAFTA winner Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, Streetcar Named Desire) starring as Julie in an updated version of Strindberg’s classic play Miss Julie. Adapted by Polly Stenham (That Face) and directed by Carrie Cracknell (The Deep Blue Sea, A Doll’s House), the newly single Julie becomes involved in a power struggle after a late night party. Ticket prices will be fixed for all performances £12 and £10*
*Concession Tickets and Arts at Stowe Members £10.
• More details and info on the Arts at Stowe website – Click Here



Film night with Meryl and Tom

The next Culworth Film Night will be on Friday 21 September when the offering is The Post, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. The film is a historical political thriller directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and based on a true story about exposing a decades-long cover up by the US Government.


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.


Last summer outing for the Pimlico trains

 The Pimlico Light Railway hold public running days 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? The last public running day this year is  3pm to 5pm on 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 .
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.

Saints climb the table with second away win

Nuneaton Borough 1-3 Brackley Town
Brackley dominated this Bank Holiday Monday game against Nuneaton Borough, emerging with the three points after a convincing display, writes Tim Carroll. A goal ahead at the break after Jimmy Armson finished at close range from Luke Fairlamb’s cross after 19 minutes, the crucial second goal came on the hour as Lee Ndlovu headed home from Connor Franklin’s cross.

Matt Lowe cut inside shooting just wide, Armson could not direct his header on target from Ndlovu’s cross and Ndlovu fired wide as the visitors created a glut of chances without adding to the score. The home side had posed little goal threat but on 73 minutes on-loan Dior Angus pulled a goal back, heading past Danny Lewis. Conceding, however, did not halt the flow of Brackley’s scoring opportunities and the two-goal margin was restored by Fairlamb’s first goal in a red and white shirt. Matt Lowe and Shane Byrne combined well on the right, working the ball to the opposite wing where Fairlamb darted into the penalty area, his dribble taking him in on goal from where he found the corner of the net in a neat finish with 81 minutes played.

The game was marred by the last-minute sendings off of Nuneaton’s Harry Panayiotou and Saints’ Shep Murombedzi after a corner flag kerfuffle. But the points lifted Brackley to 8th in the embryonic league table. “I am obviously pleased with today’s win,” Wilkin said. “I am disappointed to have conceded a goal and not to have converted more of the chances that we created, but the three points are important for us today and the win well deserved for that performance.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Fairlamb, Armson (Nti 82), Ndlovu (Smith 84), Lowe (Murombedzi 82), A.Walker. Subs unused: Graham, G.Walker.
Nuneaton Borough: Belford, Obeng (Tweed 59), Freestone, Burns (Coyle 23), Addison, Carter, Calveley, Richards, Panayiotou, Angus, Andoh (Mitchell 63). Subs unused: Basso, Onyeaka.
Referee: Dean Skipper; assistants Thomas Wainman and Andrew Genders.
Attendance: 480.

Points shared in close encounter

Brackley Town 0-0 York City
A first half of few chances on Saturday gave way to a second period of even fewer goal-scoring opportunities as Brackley and York cancelled each other out in a tight, tactical, tense encounter at St James Park. It was nevertheless an absorbing game for the 580 spectators.

“It was a close contest,” Kevin Wilkin said. “I am a little disappointed with the result but the clean sheet is a real positive, our first of the season, we defended well but did not work their goal-keeper enough despite lots of possession.” York City caretaker manager Sam Collins, in charge for a first game, will have felt the happier at earning a draw but neither team did enough in front of goal to warrant the three points.

Twice Saints keeper Danny Lewis was called upon at full stretch to keep out long-range efforts from Fergus McAughtrie and Russ Penn on the half hour mark. Brackley could not find the final finish after promising moves created openings for Adam Walker, Shep Murombedzi and Jimmy Armson and The Minstermen cleared after a goalmouth scramble in the only chances of note before a late flurry of incidents.

York keeper Adam Bartlett missed his kick from a back pass, requiring a scrambled clearance in front of a gaping open goal, Josh Law fired high from a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area and a wrestling match between Brackley substitute Gregg Smith and Hamza Bencherif in the York penalty area resulted only in a yellow card for Smith despite penalty appeals.

“There was a penalty shout but frankly there was not a lot in it and you wouldn’t want to make a lot of it,” Wilkin said. “We had other opportunities to make more of. We moved the ball well at times but we didn’t get the goal that it’s all about. I am pleased we knuckled down and got the clean sheet because that is the foundation to build on for the season.”
Brackley Town: Lewis; Lowe, Franklin, Byrne, Hall, Dean, G.Walker (Myles 82), Armson, Ndlovu (Smith 82), Murombedzi (Fairlamb 67), A.Walker. Subs unused: Graham, Nti.
York City: Bartlett, Griffiths, Ferguson, Bencherif, Tait, Penn, Law, Heslop, Parkin (Burrow 60), Langstaff (York 60), McAughtrie (Wright 84). Subs unused: Allan, Whitley.
Referee: Tom Parsons; assistants Richie Watkins and Alan Cox.
Attendance: 580


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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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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 8 September, 10am-1:30pm:  Family Fun Day – Lots of fun games and activities to celebrate the end of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and Trish’s 10th year of promoting it in Brackley. We will be raising money for our library.
Saturday 8 September, 2pm-4pm: Crafternoon for MIND – Join us for an afternoon of crafts and cake to raise money for Brackley MIND, the mental health charity.
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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Wednesday 5 September, 7.30pm: Brackley History Society meets at Brackley Methodist Church, when Malcolm Deacon will be talking about “Fire, Disease and Bonnie Prince Charlie – Northampton 1675-1751”. The society meet the first Wednesday of every month at Brackley Methodist Church Hall, 7.30pm. Members free, visitors welcome (£3). Annual membership £15 per person. Refreshments. All enquiries to Karen Gees, 01280 702837, or email

Saturday 22 September

Westminster Rd, Brackley NN13 7EB

Monday 10 September, 7.30pm: Brackley WI meets at WI hall and there will be a talk, A Tale of Two Parishes, by Sally Munday-Webb. Brackley WI meets at 7.30pm on the second Monday of the month in the WI Hall, Manor Road, Brackley (opposite Waitrose car park). Website:

Friday 14 September-Sunday 16 September

Brackley Town Hall is re-opening after being closed for two years for an extensive restoration. Come inside and see the restoration for yourself. Have a nose inside the office, kitchens, attic and all the public areas for the first time since 2016!

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.

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