This week’s headlines include:
• New season starts for Brackley Town FC
• Council sets up housing company to help protect finances
• Ring the changes at church tower open day
• Finance helps to keep Garden Buddies scheme going
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Latest news from the Business Information Bureau
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- 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.
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You could have an antipodean adventure at Hummingbirds
Join us at Hummingbirds on Saturday 5th August for an Evening of Australia v New Zealand Food & Wine. Who produces the best Sauvignon Blanc? New Zealand? Who has the best Pavlova? Australia? Hummingbirds will once again be pairing up with James Butler from Brackley Wines and throughout the evening you will get to compare a total of 10 wines and sample Hummingbirds’ take on the edible delights of New Zealand and Australia.
Tickets cost just £25 per person, places are limited, to book your place visit Hummingbirds (Unit 2, Market House Courtyard, Brackley, NN13 7AB), call 01280 700797, or visit www.brackleywines.co.uk
Tracy and Nicky.
The good old days – video of steam train passing through Brackley & Helmdon
For anyone interested in Brackley’s history here’s a bit of video showing a steam train passing through Brackley Central Station ( now ATS Tyres) before heading up to Helmdon and passing over Helmdon Viaduct.
Snap up a limited-edition print and help Hogwatch
Chris Pendleton, from Rightangle, has released a limited-edition print of the water colour work seen above. The 50 professionally mounted, signed and numbered prints are priced at £30 each, and £5 of that will be donated to Brackley Hogwatch. The fine-art quality prints are 245 by 190mm and the mount is 35 by 30cm. They are unlikely to be around for long so if you would like one, contact Rightangle in Manor Road (opposite the Waitrose car park exit), phone 01280 702462.
Work for us – we are recruiting Garden Buddies workers
Garden Buddies is a five-year Big Lottery-funded project which provides a bespoke volunteer gardening service to local elderly, disadvantaged or vulnerable residents. We are looking for someone to be responsible for the day-to-day operation and co-ordination of the project. This will involve…
- Supervising the two project workers;
- Ensuring client communications and engagement is handled efficiently;
- Gathering all monitoring information to contribute to the evaluation of the project against outcomes;
- Managing all interfaces with partner organisations;
- You will have experience of working with local communities and the voluntary sector and have gardening experience. You will also have a flexible approach to problem solving.
We are also looking for two workers to be responsible for the day-to-day running of the project by…
- Assessing gardening requirements;
- Supervising the volunteer Buddies;
- Maintaining control of the project van and gardening equipment.
You will have experience of working with local communities and the voluntary sector and have gardening experience. You will also have a flexible approach to problem solving. The post may involve some evening and week-end working.
• For full details and application form, as well as more information about the snvb’s services, visit our website at www.snvb.org.uk
Tower open day for you to ring the changes
On Saturday 19 August from 2-4.30pm there will be a Tower Open Day at St. Peter’s Church, Brackley (Old Town, NN13 7BZ). Ever wondered how bellringing works? Come and see how it’s done and give it a go – for free! If you love the sound of the bells ‘your tower needs you’ to keep them ringing in the future. No need to be musical, mathematical or strong – any age from 11+. You only need to enjoy the sound, be interested in a new skill and in making new friends. Cream teas will also be on sale, along with a plant stall and a raffle.
Housing company set up to help protect finances
The council has resolved to establish a housing company in a plan to boost its future financial position and create new housing opportunities in the district. A meeting of South Northamptonshire Council approved proposals to establish a Local Development Company as a means of generating income and protecting the council’s future financial position. The decision gives the green light to a business plan backed by an external due diligence report and the advice of leading financial and property experts. The council has allocated a £50,000 budget to help set the company up.
The initial business plan for the company covers the period 2017-2022 with a 30-year financial plan. It is based on the initial acquisition of 20 new-build properties for private rent, and the development of council-owned sites comprising just over 300 properties that will deliver a mixture of private rent, affordable housing and open market sale.
Cllr Peter Rawlinson said: “Not only is the Local Development Company a fantastic initiative when it comes to ensuring the sustainability of the council, we are also investing into our district, providing new employment opportunities and plugging a gap in the housing market. It’s a win-win situation. Reductions in funding from central Government present a big challenge, but we at SNC are determined to protect the services we deliver rather than making cuts.
“We are aware that further reductions are coming, and to adapt to life in these new circumstances we need to find alternative sources of income. The proposals we have approved are the result of comprehensive research into best practice as already realised by other local authorities, reflecting the advice of industry leading experts.”
South Northamptonshire has housing needs which are not currently met; there are affordability issues and a lack of private rental accommodation. The establishment of the Local Development Company by SNC will help to address this shortfall.
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Barwell 1-3 Brackley Town, Sat 22 July 2017
A Steve Diggin double and a first goal for Andy Brown saw Brackley through at Barwell of the Northern Premier League, who are managed by former Brackley player Guy Hadland, writes Tim Carroll. In a first half of few chances the woodwork came to the rescue for both sides.
Jordan Williams flicked on a 10th minute corner and Alex Gudger’s header crashed against the post. Ten minutes later Barwell’s Zeph Thomas hit a stinging volley against the Brackley cross-bar after good build-up play. Brackley continued to press through the rest of the half but could not break the deadlock.
But in pouring rain the opening goal finally came in the 47th minute from a scramble in the penalty area as the ball fell to Steve Diggin who smashed the ball home. The lead was nearly doubled a minute later as the ball almost crept in from another corner.
But the visitors’ second goal soon arrived on 50 minutes as Andy Brown fed Steve Diggin with a square pass and Diggin finished coolly for his second of the game. The third goal came from a spectacular overhead kick by Andy Brown after the ball looped up from a clearance as the former Solihull Moors striker registered his first goal in a Brackley shirt.
The home side grabbed a late consolation goal but the game was over as a contest by then.
Brackley starting XI: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, S.Byrne, Williams, Gudger, G.Walker, Lowe, Diggin, Brown, Kaziboni.
“Time to get on with it” – Wilkin
FC United of Manchester are the visitors to St James Park on Saturday on the opening day of the new National League North season, Brackley’s sixth season at Step Two.
Speaking ahead of the game Kevin Wilkin was upbeat about the forthcoming season and Saturday’s opener. “Pre-season training and our warm-up games have gone well,” he said. “We are in a good position. The games have allowed us to look at different combinations, we have given players minutes on the pitch and they have served their purpose. The atmosphere around the place in training has been good.”
For this season the league has introduced new play-off regulations meaning the teams from 7th place to 2nd place will compete in the play-offs next May. Further innovations off the field include a highlights package available via Pitchero and Scout7 featuring every National League game from all three divisions. The first of these will be available on Sunday 6 August and will support extended coverage of the National League football on social media. Find out more at http://nonleague.pitchero.com/news/the-national-league/vanarama-national-league-highlights-announcement/.
For Saints, Saturday’s game will see the new home kit unveiled – a return to red and white stripes after two seasons in red and black.
After pre-season preparations including six games, three at home, three away including one on Oxford City’s new artificial surface, Kevin Wilkin takes a strong squad into the first game. The squad includes new signings Danny Lewis, Jack Byrne, Andy Brown and Connor Franklin, all from National League Solihull Moors, and Jordan Williams from Cambridge United.
A further addition is Greg Kaziboni who signed this week. 24 year old Greg is a former favourite at SJP, appearing 47 times over several seasons and scoring six goals before injury prevented his progress. Greg started at Northampton Town and made five appearances for The Cobblers before a spell at Corby Town and then Brackley. Now recovered from injury, impressive form pre-season has earned Greg a spot in Wilkin’s starting squad.
Following last Saturday’s win at National League South rivals Oxford City Wilkin’s side remained undefeated in those six pre-season matches. Lee Ndlovu found the net on five occasions with Steve Diggin and Andy Brown also among the goals.
“I am happy with the squad,” Wilkin added. “I am always looking to strengthen of course and we have done that. We should have some healthy competition for places. Now it’s time to get on with it. It’s another start to another season and these six weeks of preparation have come and gone and the opening game is upon us. It is exciting. There is plenty to be optimistic about but we will take nothing for granted in what will be a tough league. Everyone is fit and it is just Jordan Williams who is not available due to a suspension carried over from his last club last season”
FC United make their third appearance at St James Park following their rise through the leagues. In last season’s corresponding fixture again played in August Saints won out through a Gareth Dean goal while the season before Brackley won 4-0 with Glenn Walker and Steve Diggin among the scorers in a January fixture.
Brackley won away at FC United towards of end of last season, Gaz Dean again and Jimmy Armson the scorers in a 2-1 win. Long serving Matthew Wolfenden and Tomi Adeloye featured in that game but both have departed while manager Karl Marginson has brought in new signings including former FC United player returning to the club, Craig Lindfield, 28, and Callum Nicholas. Lindfield previously scored 19 goals in 67 appearances for FC United while 19 year old Nicholas started out on Manchester United’s books. The experienced Jason St Juste has joined also.
And Wilkin is wary of visitors FC United. “They have made some changes and can be a real threat. But it’s about what we do. If we can move the ball as we well as we know we can and show patience we can start to improve on our home form which is self-evidently an area to improve on from last season.”
Last season the visit of FC United brought one of the largest league attendances at SJP behind only the visits of Darlington and Salford City so be sure not to miss what should be another exciting season’s opener. Saints then head to back-to-back away games at AFC Telford United on Tuesday evening and then at North Ferriby United next Saturday.
The new-look match-day programme, The Red and White, will be on sale at £2 inside the ground.
If you cannot get to the game, follow the action on the club website and via live pre-match, half-time and full-time reports on BBC Radio Oxford.
Regular events in Brackley
Every Friday 8.30-11am: Brackley Country Market, Bar 2 at the Red Lion, Market Place, Brackley. A wide variety of fresh local produce including fruit and vegetables according to season, bread, cakes and preserves, To visit the Brackley Country Market website, Click Here.
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.
Every Thursday, 8pm: Stokie’s Blues Exchange partner dance class at Westbury Village Hall, Playing Field Road, Westbury NN13 5LA. The class will focus on the fundamentals of Blues partner dancing including musicality, expression, connection and style. Come along to our dance classes and we’ll teach you a range of skills. It is quite simple to pick up, and we can help the complete beginner to enjoy the magic of dancing from their first night! It’s just £8 on the door before 9pm and £5 after 9pm. Class starts at 8.15 and social dancing is from 9pm to 11pm.
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Summer holiday activities in August
Every Tuesday 1.30-2.20pm: Share a book – Stories with Mary
Every Wednesday 2-3pm: Maths4Fun (except 2 August) – Maths fun with Trish
From Thursday 20 July, 3.15-5.15pm: Summer Craft Club – Crafting with Sue
From 27 July every Thursday, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club – Crafting with Ken and Estelle
From 20 July Every Thursday, 3.15-5.15pm: Summer Thursday Craft Club – Crafting fun with Sue.
Tuesday 8 and 22 August 11.30am-1.30pm:Job Seekers Club
Wednesday 10 and 24 August: ABS Craft Evening – Adult colouring, Book Folding or Crochet (tuition in book folding or crochet £5 each)
Every Monday and Thursday, 2-4pm:bKnit and Natter.
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Thursday 17 August, 7pm for 7.30: Cinema Club showing of The Light Between Oceans(12A). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Every Saturday, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club with Ken and Estelle (Term time)
Every Monday and Thursday, 2-4pm: Knit and Natter
Every Thursday, 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Every Thursday 4.15-5.15pm: Thursday Craft Club with Sue
Thursday 7 September, 11am -12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Saturday 9 September, 2.30pm-4pm: German Café
Thursday 21 September, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “La La Land” (12A). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Brackley Library Supporters’ group are looking for new members. Please leave your details at the library or pop along to one of our supporters’ meetings if you would like to find out more. We look forward to seeing you.
• Please check the library’s Facebook page for additional events.
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Saturday 5 August, 10.15am-4.45pm: Andy Henry from London, a highly experienced and dedicated Qi Gong and meditation teacher, will be leading a taijiwuxigong workshop at Croughton Village Hall. Cost is £65. Taijiwuxigong is a self-healing system of Qi Gong. It uses a variety of moving, standing, sitting and lying down exercises that help promote health, happiness and vitality. For more information phone Helen 01280 701722 or email email@example.com.
Sunday 13 August: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. Full details on the website.
Saturday 19 August, 2-4.30pm: Tower Open Day at St. Peter’s Church Brackley. Ever wondered how bellringing works? Come and see how it’s done and give it a go – for free! If you love the sound of the bells ‘your tower needs you’ to keep them ringing in the future. No need to be musical, mathematical or strong – any age from 11-plus. You only need to enjoy the sound, be interested in a new skill and in making new friends. Cream teas will also be on sale, along with a plant stall and a raffle.
Sunday 20 August, 11am-4pm: Classic Vehicles in the Park at Brackley Park, High Street. To download an info pack (PDF 954kb) – including entry form – Click Here.
Sunday 27 August to Friday 1 September: Sacred Music Retreat at Limes Farm, Farthinghoe, NN13 5PB. Speakers will be Teresa and Kimberly Kodimer. For more information, call Natalie on 07860 372085.
Wednesday 6 September, 7.30pm: Brackley and District History Society meets at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. Martin Sirot-Smith will talk about ‘Tudor Daily Life’. If you were poor you worked on land whose owners took some of the food you grew as rent. Most people lived in small villages of thatched huts with one or two rooms. Boys went to school from the age of four until seven, while girls were kept at home to help or were sent out to work.
• The society meets at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. Visitors are welcome. All enquiries to secretary Karen Gees
(01280 702837), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 8 September, doors open 7pm: Culworth Film Night – Midnight in Paris (12A) – at village hall, with supper. Tickets £10 with supper/£5 film only. Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.
Monday 11 September: Regular WI meeting will hear a talk about medical detection dogs from Claire Farrar, mother of a child who depends on her dog Shirley to alert the family to the possibility of collapse.
• WI website: Brackleywi.btik.com
Friday 22 September, doors open 7pm: High Adventure in Mongolia – a talk by Hywel LLoyd, being given at Culworth Village Hall. Tickets £10 with supper/£5 talk only. Bring your own liquid refrehsment and glass.
Sunday 15 October, doors open 3pm: Film matinee of Viceroy’s House (12A) with afternoon tea. Tickets £10 with tea/£5 film only.