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Brackley online Post, 4 May 2018

This week’s headlines include:

  • Get set – loads of fun coming with Carnival Day!
  • Charity evening with Rory Bremner
  • Saints mark final day with an Armson double

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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.

If you run a business of any kind in Brackley you need to check out the BiB site – Click Here

The date is set – now volunteers are wanted for Carnival Day

NOTE THE DATE – Saturday 9 June is the big day when townsfolk can let their hair down with the year’s biggest family event. The theme for this year’s Carnival is Animal Kingdom and organisers are well into setting up a super day. They are delighted to have the backing of Wembley-bound Brackley Town Football Club, who will be running a youth five-a-side competition. Meanwhile, another old favourite, the dog show, is back with a brand new organiser.

Bookings are being taken now for stalls, craft tables in the craft tent and trade stands on the Carnival field, along with entries for the procession. So if you are a group, school, business or organisation and would like to get involved please contact The event is a great way to promote yourself, either by taking a stand on the field or entering the procession. They are also keen to get interesting and classic/vintage vehicles into the procession. If you fancy being part of this year`s carnival entertainment there will be a community stage sponsored by Northamptonshire County Council. “We are looking for bands, singers, music groups, comedians… in fact anyone who would like to perform, so get in touch to book your slot,” they say.

“Brackley Carnival is organised by a very small team who give time to plan and make Carnival happen, but we need more people to either join the team on the Carnival committee and/or help on the Carnival day, so if you can spare a few hours please email or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876. For the carnival website, Click Here.


Snap up some quality plants at village hall sale

Evenley Gardening Society has a plant sale on Saturday 12 May in the village hall, Broad Lane, Evenley, from 10am until noon. Free Admission. There will be quality plants, shrubs, herbs and vegetables, all sourced from Independent Nurseries at competitive prices.


 Lots of takers for charity funding fair so book now

Our Funding Fair at Towcester Racecourse
on Wednesday 16 May (from 9.30am to 3pm) is open for registrations and the presentation sessions are filling up fast!! The event is planned to be even bigger and better than last year, jam-packed with exhibitors and presenters providing information on the wide range of grants available to local voluntary and community groups to help them in their work.

The day will start with an inspirational talk from a local voluntary group that has been very successful in gaining grant funding. The event includes a programme of short presentations by some of the grant-making organisations and will also include sessions on ‘Crowdfunding’, ‘Developing a funding strategy’ and ‘Legacy fundraising’. There will also be a ‘Success Room’ where you can chat to local groups that have had funding success.

Jointly organised by South Northamptonshire Council, South Northants Volunteer Bureau, Daventry District Council and Daventry Volunteer Centre, this event and the presentations are free of charge. FREE tea and coffee will be available all day and there will be fruit and snacks available to buy. The conference centre is fully accessible and there is ample free parking.
• More details on our website


Plenty of entertaining events in updated arts bulletin

South Northamptonshire Council has an updated calendar of April arts events – quite a few events and lots of community cinema screenings added, so do have a look. To download a PDF of the full updated list, Click Here.


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, Buckinghamshire. 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.


Big band lines up for residency gig at club

Tickets are now on sale for the Great Central Big Band’s residency gig at the Bowls Club, Westminster Road, Brackley, on Saturday 12 May. To buy tickets go to the band’s website – Click Here.


An evening with Rory Bremner – for charity

With a TV career of over 30 years, Rory Bremner has won numerous awards, including 3 BAFTAs for his long-running Channel 4 series Bremner Bird & Fortune. Impressionist, comedian, satirist, translator, columnist, writer, presenter, ballroom dancer and actor, Rory is widely regarded as one of Britain’s top entertainers.

Join us for an amazing ‘Evening with Rory Bremner’ on Wednesday 9 May. This wonderful event will be full of hilarious and impromptu anecdotes past and present, followed by a Q&A session plus a Charity auction to raise funds for TUSK and Leonard Cheshire Disability. Always in great demand as one of the country’s top hosts and after-dinner speakers, Rory followed a sell-out run in Edinburgh in 2016 with a sell-out national tour, Party Political, in 2017. Rory is proud to support this charitable evening as Patron of wildlife Charity TUSK. To book tickets, Click Here.


… and you can come with us!

Sunday 20 May – You can be there to watch Wilkin’s Wonders and cheer them on in the final match of their FA Trophy campaign. For full details, Click Here.  There you will find details and links to buy your match ticket and to book seats on supporters’ coaches.  Match tickets are £25 with concessions for students and OAPs (£10) while under-16s see the game for just £1. Coach seats are £10 each.

It’s a great chance to see some truly top-level football
in a national venue at family-friendly prices. So get clicking and
snap up your tickets before somebody else does!


More details as town’s new community centre takes shape

As increasing numbers of people move into new homes in Brackley, work is about to begin on the town’s new community centre. The two-storey building will feature a 224 square metre (2,411 sq ft) main hall with a stage, space for an audience of up to 275, and will be constructed with natural limestone with a natural slate roof.

The stage and seating can be stored away to create a flexible space and possible uses include a crèche, public meetings, weddings, parties, theatrical performances and it may include a removable bar. Cllr Roger Clarke said: “While facing up to the challenges presented by the national housing shortage we have made sure that if we must take new homes they will be serviced by the very highest quality public amenities.

“We’ve worked closely with Brackley Town Council, which will eventually take ownership of the building, to ensure the centre fits with what the town needs and I think most will agree the design and finish are fitting for a place such as Brackley.” The ground floor also comprises changing rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, office, toilets, an entrance lobby and a separate 48 square metre (516 sq ft) meeting room.

The funding for the centre came from contributions from those behind the Radstone Fields development and the fitting out of the first floor will be completed following contributions from development elsewhere in the town. With construction under way it is anticipated the community centre will be completed in November 2018.


Music devotees invited to a very special event

So we come to the final Evenley Arts event, at least under my time as Arts Co-ordinator, writes Kevin O’Regan. I do hope you will support this event as it will be very interesting. It is a talk given by one of our own Evenley residents, Avril Hermann. Called The Symphony, Avril’s talk will explore key features of the symphony and its development over time. She will illustrate her talk with recorded extracts so it will be a very pleasant session. No knowledge of music is required to enjoy this talk. Do please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may wish to attend, especially if you are in a choir or other music group.

It will be held on Wednesday 9 May at 2.30 pm (doors open 2pm) in Evenley Village Hall and costs just £5. Refreshments are included and will be served at the interval. The event will be in two halves of about 45 mins each.
To reserve your place, please telephone me on 01280 702300 or email


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Armson at the double on the final day

Brackley Town 2-0 York City
Brackley put in an accomplished final day performance against a York City side still with the chance of reaching the play-offs. Two second-half goals from Jimmy Armson won the game to send Saints into next Sunday’s play-off semi-final in good heart.

“It was a strong performance today,” Kevin Wilkin said. “It was good to get back on our game after Wednesday’s defeat and we played well today and deserved the win.” Brackley enjoyed the better of the first half with the 7-0 corner count telling the story. Armson, Shane Byrne, Aaron Williams and Glenn Walker all went close but York created the best chance of the half. Connor Brown cut the ball inside for Sean Newton but City’s captain was off target when well placed.

Armson struck the first of his goals six minutes into the second period. Touched on by Aaron Williams, Armson hit his shot first time to give Adam Bartlett in York’s goal no chance. The home side were close to extending the lead minutes later when Armson’s shot struck the post and then Lee Ndlovu’s effort was blocked. Substitute Jon Parkin had the ball in the net but fell foul of the referee in a decision City felt was harsh but Armson’s second goal on 80 minutes wrapped it up for Saints with another clinical strike. Shane Byrne and Lee Ndlovu worked the ball to Armson who found the corner of Bartlett’s goal to give Kevin Wilkin’s side a first victory over York City.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Lowe (Myles 84), Franklin, Byrne, Gudger, Dean, G.Walker (Graham 88), Armson, Ndlovu (Iaciofano 82), Williams, A.Walker. Subs unused: Brown, Murombedzi.
York City: Bartlett, Brown, Ferguson, Bencherif, Parslow, Moke, Law, Kamdjo (Parkin 52), Newton, Smith (Gray 73), Kempster (Steels 66). Subs unused: Burn, Simpson.
Referee: James Oldham; assistants Blake Antrobus and Stuart Richardson.
Attendance: 670
For more information about the club, CLICK HERE.

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.

– – – – Special Events At Brackley Library – – – –

Saturday mornings, 10.30-11.30am (Term time only): Creation Club with Ken and Estelle
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.

Sunday 20 May, 10am-4pm: May Event at Brackley Library
• A CRAFT FAIR- Lovely gifts to buy from our local crafters. Plus sand art and biscuit decoration.
• A TEA PARTY- tea and cake served all day. Scone and cream in the afternoon.
• A FOOTBALL PEBBLE HUNT – starting at the library to celebrate Brackley going to Wembley. Plus a Pebble Hunt competition.

Thursday 7 June 11am-12 noon
: Reminiscence Group
Thursday 21 June 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “Murder on the Orient Express” (Certificate 12A). £5 per person.  Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Saturday 9 June: Come and see us at Brackley Carnival!!!
Sunday 24 June 10am-2pm:  Table Top sale – £10 a table. Book your table at the library.
Thursday 29th June 7.30pm for 8pm start:  Brackley Supporters’ Group Quiz Night –  £5 per person. Prize each round.

Saturday 14 July 10am-2pm – Summer Reading Challenge Launch. This year’s theme is “Mischief Makers” and is themed on The Beano to celebrate its 80th anniversary.
Thursday 5 July 11am-12 noon: Reminiscence Group.
Thursday 19 July 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “The Darkest Hour”, (Certificate PG13). £5 per person.  Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

Thursday 16 August 7pm for 7.30 start: Brackley Library Cinema Club, title TBC. £5 per person.  Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

Please check our Facebook page for extra sessions and kids’ cinema during the summer break!!
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Friday 4 May,  8pm (doors open 7.30pm): Croughton Cinema Club’s final film of the season is Paddington 2 in the Village Hall Parish Room as usual. The film stars Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant and Hugh Bonneville. Licensed Bar. CFC Members £3, non-members £5,  under-16s £3.

Saturday 5  May to Sunday 20 May

Sunday 13 May 8pm:  Upstairs in the Greyhound Inn – Sounds Tradition playing at Brackley Folk Club.

Friday 18 May, 7.30pm
Friday 18 May, Doors open 6pm

Please note we are starting earlier than usual to accommodate any children who might want to come. Please book by the end of Tuesday 15 May if you want to be sure of having supper.

Wednesday 30 May to Friday 1 June

Saturday 9 June: Brackley Carnival – volunteers are invited to contact the organisers to help make the town’s big day another resounding success. To see the carnival website, Click Here. Or email or phone Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.

Sunday 24 June, noon to 6pm: FOLK IN THE PARK. This free event is back… A great afternoon offering a wide range of folk music for all the family in the Town Park, next door to the Old Fire Station on the High Street.

Sunday 18 August: The 10th Brackley Festival of Motorcycling is not just about bikes and bikers. There is lots for all the family and it’s all to help good good causes. Check out the plans for this year’s show at the festival website

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