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Brackley online Post, 31 May 2019

This week’s headlines include:

  • Last chance tonight to see Brackley Players’ thriller
  • Brackley Soapbox Derby this Sunday
  • Time to sign up for 10km Chicken Run
  • Last call for help at Brackley Carnival
  • How a letter could support threatened hedgehogs

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Don’t forget – it’s the Soapbox Derby on Sunday

Brackley High Street!   Races start at 2pm!!  Fun for all the family!!!

Help a wildlife enthusiast’s African adventure

Wildlife enthusiast Toby Holmes is taking part in a 12-hour litter-pick to help raise funds for an expedition to Southern Africa where he will be doing voluntary work at a rhino sanctuary. Toby, a member of the Brackley Wildlife Committee, is asking for your help to help him with the final push to reach his target. He says:

You may have already heard, but I have a great opportunity to go on an exciting expedition to Southern Africa over the summer… but I need your help. I am going with a group of school friends so hopefully it will be great fun, but the main driver for me is the opportunity to volunteer for a couple of great causes while I am there. We will be helping to maintain a rhino sanctuary which has recently suffered from a bushfire and making bricks to build new classrooms at a local school.

I need a final fundraising push to meet the target to go on the expedition and have decided to do a sponsored 12-hour litter-pick around my hometown of Brackley on the 6th/7th July to raise some funds and also help the environment and community at the same time. I have set up a page on Just Giving, so if you feel you are able to help me out then please just click here. Any help you can give me, no matter how small, would be really appreciated. I will put it towards getting the litter-picking equipment and any money left over will be put towards my expedition.

Thanks again for reading this far.
Toby x


Last chance to see classic thriller Gaslight in Brackley

Brackley Players’ production of Patrick Hamilton’s classic Victorian-set thriller, Gaslight, sees its final performance at Southfield Primary Academy tonight (31 May). 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. The curtain goes up tonight at 7.30pm. 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.


HS2 Roadshow calls at Brackley on Sunday

High Speed Two (HS2) brings its “engagement roadshow” to Brackley Piazza on Sunday (10am to 5pm), to highlight the opportunities HS2 is offering, including jobs, skills and education prospects, as well as how to apply for funding as part of the £40 million earmarked for community and business projects along the route. The roadshow will be at Silverstone on Sunday 9 June at the British GT Championship.

Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 Ltd, said: “HS2 is more than a railway and there are many opportunities for those who live along the line of route and beyond. Our new mobile engagement roadshow is just one of the ways we are reaching out to people, and ensuring the opportunities HS2 offers are available to everyone. Our teams are working closely with the local communities, and someone from each area will be on hand to speak with visitors at all of our roadshow events.”


Stories of Northampton as nation goes to war

Brackley History Society’s next meeting is Wednesday 5 June when Katherine Wills will give a talk on Northampton 1914. The meeting starts at 7.30pm in Brackley Methodist Hall. Visitors £3 – refreshments will be served after the talk.


Time to sign up for Brackley 10km Chicken Run

Entries are open for the 10th Brackley 10km Chicken Run. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, this year all runners will receive a medal and a technical T-shirt. This lovely run starts and finishes in the town park.

The Old Fire Station café will be open so supporters can get food and drinks.
How about treating your dad to a 10km run – it is Father’s Day after all 😊
• Enter here –


Evenley Open Gardens and Flower Festival

Sunday 2 June 2pm-6pm: Five gardens will be open in Evenley under the National Gardens Scheme (NGS Yellow Book scheme). The money taken in entrance fees is passed in its entirety to the NGS which then distributes it to charities. Millions of pounds have been donated to charity over the years NGS has operated. Signage will indicate which gardens are open. Teas will be served in St George’s Church, Evenley where there will be a Flower Festival until Sunday 9th June.
Donations for the flower festival (all proceeds to St George’s Church) will be gratefully received.  Tickets can be purchased at the first garden visited and cost £5 or by contacting Carrie on 01280 702300 or email

 • Also available online from here.  Delivery charge will be refunded!


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


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.


Brackley Hogwatch research looks for help

Over the past 70 years, the UK has lost a catastrophic 97% of adult hedgehogs; it is estimated that the remaining 1 million adults are declining at around 5% per 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 but in the meantime Andrew Jackson is asking you to contact ‘i’ newspaper who have shown some interest in the decline of hedgehogs. Andrew has drafted a letter which he asks is sent to the newspaper by as many as possible. Feel free to tweak as you feel right.

Dear Sir, I read with interest your recent article about the decline in hedgehogs. I thought you might be interested to hear of a team of researchers in my local town of Brackley who not only claim to have discovered the REAL reason for the loss of our hedgehogs, but have the hard evidence to support their claims. Incredibly, no one seems interested in even looking at their data; the ‘wildlife experts’ dismiss the claims out of hand, without ever even looking at the evidence, and ignore any invitations to come see for themselves. If a genuine threat is not made widely known, extinction will surely follow, but the experts seem intent on ignoring this. I thought you might be interested in investigating further? Please visit for more information and contact details. They need a voice and they need to be heard, can you help? Yours sincerely…

The letter can be sent to The Editor at i, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5TT, or email

Help us help our hedgehogs…

Brackley Hogwatch only get around £3,000 a year in donations, so they desperately need more.

You don’t need a PayPal account to donate and can contribute by a number of secure methods. Anything you can spare would be gratefully appreciated.



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 the snvb 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.

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  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.


• 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 and Sunday 1 and 2 June, 11am to 5pm: Syresham Art Exhibition will be held in Syresham Village Hall and will feature the works of local artists on display and for sale.  Admission is free, although catalogues will be on sale.

Sunday 2 June, 2pm: Brackley Soapbox Derby on Brackley High Street. Races start at 2pm. Contact:

Sunday 2 June, 2pm to 6pm: Five gardens will be open in Evenley under the National Gardens Scheme (NGS Yellow Book scheme). Tickets can be purchased at the first garden visited and cost £5, or by contacting Carrie on 01280 702300 or email

Friday 7 June 7.30pm: Culworth Film Society will be showing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

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.

Thursday 20 June, 10am: Brackley U3A Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7DT  Speaker: Graham Short – Topic: The Hands of Genius.  A world-renowned micro-engraver whose presentation will be thought provoking, awe inspiring and entertaining!  Come along if you are semi-retired or retired and find out what U3A is all about.

Saturday 22 June, 7pm: Midsummer Ball, Cloisters Farm, Evenley, in aid of Brackley Community Hospital. Tickets available from: Cloisters Farm, Evenley, or call 07815 716709.

Sunday 23 June, 7pm: Brackley Town Car Boot. Book the date in your diaries and start sorting now ready to earn some cash for your holidays whilst supporting a great cause. If the weather is against us we are able to make it into a table top sale 

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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