This week’s headlines include:
- Senior Saints take Europa Cup trophy in Portugal
- Arts at Stowe has something for all in spring programme
- Penalty shoot-out ends with Saints picking up trophy
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Senior Saints take Europa Cup trophy
Europa Cup 2019 – Brackley Saints and Sinners
Under blue skies and a hot Portuguese sun battle was joined. Skill, stamina and experience of years from across Europe pitted against each other. The competition fierce which time has not yet dimmed; referees’ decisions argued over as enthusiasm of old runs high. Thighs strapped and knees supported, no quarter given or asked.
Day 1 Round 1 eight hard skirmishes to be fought. There are goals well struck and those that are just lucky, defenders firm and passes that go astray. But whatever the outcome the best five will reset and do battle again.
Day 2 Round 2. Now it’s serious. Wounds from yesterday are licked and strains rubbed with ointment. Just four more clashes for those five aching teams to face. Now it’s time for Shakespeare and Henry IV, for each player to summon up the blood and stiffen the sinews.
Tournament titans Saints and Sinners meet head on; the ground shakes. Saints unbeaten Round 1 winners are favourites boosted by a victory over Sinners. But yesterday results count for nought as the Sinners sweep past them. At the final whistle Saints faces show that the championship may be slipping away from them.
The other teams fight on but the Sinners are confident and irresistible. While Saints ever hopeful of a Sinners mistake keep close quarter with big wins but stumble to a draw. Sinners were not to be denied, switching tactics to suit the opposition they carry all before them. With a 100% record Sinners are crowned Europa Cup Champions with Saints as the runner-up.
A fantastic Brackley Walking Football club achievement. A playing record to be proud of; 1st and 2nd in the cup, the two best attacks, joint best defences and the competition Golden Boot.
P8 W6 D1 L1 F15 A4 GD +12 Pts 19
P4 W4 D0 L0 F9 A1 GD +8 Pts 12
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.
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 our website – Click 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.
Mark and Tanya will be hosting a Charity Race Night in Evenley Village Hall on Saturday 27 April to raise funds for their friends’ beautiful daughter Lucy. Here is her story:
Lucy was eight years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer that usually forms in certain types of nerve tissue. The tumour is housed in her rib cage and the cancer has spread to her pelvis, shoulders and the base of her skull. Lucy is currently undergoing chemotherapy, supported by the fantastic team at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The treatment plan is gruelling and will take 12 months for Lucy to hopefully achieve remission.
Across the pond in the USA, advances in paediatric oncology show that a two-year treatment on a drug known as DFMO is showing positive results and keeping children in remission, raising the 60 per cent remission rate to a staggering 84 per cent.
To give Lucy the best possible opportunity for the future she deserves, her parents, Carrie and Richard, plan to enrol Lucy on the study at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Michigan. Once Lucy finishes her treatment in the UK and has achieved remission, the family have been told that the hospital will be willing to accept Lucy on to their trial. This is fantastically positive news for the family and gives them hope for Lucy’s future but comes at a cost.”
• Tickets now on sale! Please let Tanya know how many of you would like to support this great cause and of course have bags of fun! Call Tanya 01280 847521 or 07557 659405.
AFC Rushden & Diamonds 0-0 (2-4 after pens) Brackley Town
Brackley Town lifted the Hillier Senior Cup for the fourth time defeating AFC Rushden & Diamonds in a penalty shoot-out at a rain-swept Sixfields on Tuesday, writes Tim Carroll. Brackley’s much-changed line-up fought out a tight 90 minutes with Diamonds, neither side creating too many moments to excite a large crowd, before late substitutions put Saints in the ascendancy without finding the breakthrough.
Oran Jackson deflected the ball on to the post and away to safety in the closest to a first-half goal by either side while Omari Sterling-Jackson twice shot close and Daniel Nti’s neat turn and shot forced another corner as the National League North side applied late pressure to break the stale-mate. The inevitable penalty shoot-out brought emphatic finishes from the spot for Brackley by Alex Prosser, Dan Nti, former Diamond Luke Fairlamb and Jimmy Armson while Rushden twice saw Danny Lewis save well to his right to settle the destination of the silverware.
“It was a tight game. We had lots of possession but couldn’t make the breakthrough and you need to turn that possession into goals of course,” Kevin Wilkin said. “It is nice to win it and the game was played in the right spirit. The most important thing was to get some minutes on the pitch for some players who have been on the fringe and not had games. So we mixed it up and made changes so from that perspective it’s a good exercise. At this crucial stage of the season we wouldn’t want to pick up any more injuries and – touch wood – that’s not been the case.”
Rare goal-less encounter earns away point
Southport 0-0 Brackley Town
With only Stockport County and Altrincham of the top nine teams winning it was pretty much as you were in the race at the top of National League North as Saints returned from Southport with a hard-earned point that may prove priceless come the final reckoning in May, writes Tim Carroll.
It was a rare goal-less encounter for Kevin Wilkin’s side and not a game to stir the passions. Largely fought out in midfield with few clear-cut chances at either end, neither side did enough to deserve to win but both fought hard to earn their point on a dry and bumpy Haig Avenue pitch.
Cark Baker had the ball in Southport’s net from Shane Byrne’s free-kick on the half-hour but it was ruled out for off-side while Jordan Archer headed over in the home side’s best chance of the first half. Byrne’s volley was just wide, Dion Charles brought a strong save from Danny Lewis and Lee Ndlovu’s effort bounced up and on to the cross-bar in a late let-off for The Sandgrounders.
Brackley Town: Lewis; Myles, Murombedzi (G.Walker 60), Hall, Dean, Byrne, Lowe (Nti 88), Armson, Ndlovu, Baker (Fairlamb 70), A.Walker. Subs unused: Prosser, Jackson.
Southport: Hanford, Richards, Ogle, Platt, Astles, Parry, Morgan, Wood, Charles, Archer, Green. Subs unused: Davies, Homson-Smith, Winnard, Lacey, Tibbetts.
Referee: Thomas Parsons; assistants, Jake Tropp and Darren Brown.
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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.
The drop-in hearing-aid clinic service has resumed its visits to Brackley Library. The next clinic is on Friday (not Wednesday) 29 March from 10.30am to midday. 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.
Saturday 13 April 10am-1pm: Easter Pebble and Egg Hunt at Brackley Library. Join in with a variety of Easter hunts at the library. Fun for all the family in the middle of the Easter holiday.
Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!
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Friday 5 April, 8pm (Doors open 7.30pm): Croughton Cinema, in the Village Hall, presents Phantom Thread (Cert 15), starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville, Camilla Rutherford, Jane Perry, Ingrid Sophie Schram. Set in 1950s England, it is about the relationship between an eminent dressmaker, who has recently lost his mother, and a young woman who becomes his muse and lover. The hall has a licensed bar for pre-film drinks. Admission: CFC members £3, non-members £5, under-16s: £3.
Monday 8 April, 7.30pm: Ken McIver will give a talk about ‘Dogs for Good… Life-changing Devotion’ at the WI Hall in Manor Road, Brackley (opposite the Waitrose car park).
• For the WI website, Click Here. For the Dogs for Good website, Click Here.
Saturday 13 April
Tuesday 16 April, 10am: Evenley Gardening Society plant sale at Evenley Village Hall
Contact 01280 702861.
Thursday 18 April, 10am: Brackley & District U3A meets at Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7DT. Mark Walsh, from BBC radio’s Friday Night is Music Night, will give a talk about “My Life on the Stage” – he began his career in show business at the age of 13. Come along if you are semi-retired or retired and find out what U3A is all about. Or check out the website – Click Here.
Friday 26 April, 7pm
Wednesday 1 May, 5am: Brackley Morris Men celebrate May Day on Brackley Market Place. Contact: 01280 702441.
Wednesday 1 May, 10am: Northamptonshire Association for the Blind mobile sight centre will be on the Piazza from 10am until 12.30pm for advice and information. Contact:
www.nab.org.uk; documents, Northamptonshire Association for the Blind (PDF, 526Kb).
Thursday 2 May, 2pm: Community Bingo, hosted by the Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Morell, at the Old Fire Station Community Room, High Street. Contact Brackley Town Council, 01280 702441.
Saturday 11 May, 12 noon: Annual Meeting and Mayor Making at Brackley Town Hall – Council Annual Meeting and Mayor Making. Contact: Town Clerk 01280 702441.
Saturday 18 May, 10am: Evenley Gardening Society plant sale at Evenley Village Hall.
Contact 01280 702861.
Sunday 19 May, 10am: Dogs for Good – Dogs for Good will be hosting a Picnic at The Lake charity event at St James Lake, Hinton Road, Brackley. Further details to follow,
Monday 20 May, 2pm: Community Bingo, hosted by the Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Morell, at the Old Fire Station Community Room, High Street. Contact Brackley Town Council, 01280 702441.
Tuesday 21 May, 8pm: Evenley Gardening Society meeting at Evenley Village Hall. Contact 01280 702861.
Saturday 25 May, 7,30pm: Brackley Pop-Up Gin Festival at Egerton Hall, Juno Crescent, NN13 6GN. A chance to try an array of both local and national artisan gins whilst enjoying live music from Yorkshire’s Finest Northern Epidemic. Tickets, £12, includes your own Festival Gin Glass and your First Gin & Tonic. Tickets available from Hot Headed Hairdressers, 17 Draymans Walk, and Paws & Claws, 91 High Street. Or contact Ann-Marie direct on 07498 743919.
Sunday 2 June, 2pm: Brackley Soapbox Derby on Brackley High Street. Races start at 2pm. Contact: http://www.brackleysoapbox.org/
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, brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk, or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.