This week’s headlines include:
- Sign up to campaign to save Brackley’s library services
- MP responds to library invitation from Alice, 9
- Saints-Brakes matches leave both sides unsatisfied
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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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TIME IS RUNNING OUT – if you want your opinions heard
over the future of our library you MUST get your comments
delivered before 5pm on 13 January 2018
To fill in the consultation, Click Here
To sign the petition, Click Here
Paper copies are available around town.
Write an email:
Dedicated address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Fiona Baker: email@example.com
MP Andrea Leadsom: firstname.lastname@example.org
Write a letter to:
Draft Budget and Council Plan Consultation, Northamptonshire County Council,
One Angel Square, Northampton, NN1 1ED
Alice, 9, invites MP Andrea to see how ‘great’ Brackley library is
Nine-year-old Alice du Plessis felt so strongly about the threat to Brackley Library that she invited MP Andrea Leadsom to pay a visit because “we are not sure if you have visited Brackley Library and seen how great it is”. Last Friday the member for South Northamptonshire turned up at the library to show her support and meet Alice and a large group of residents who fear for the future of the service.
Among the group were local author Sue Bentley, Cllr Fiona Baker (Northamptonshire County Council), Cllr Sue Sharps and Cllr Luke Ross (Brackley Town Council) and Cllr Mark Morrell, Deputy Town Mayor, who showed Mrs Leadsom around the library, where she stopped to chat with library users.
Alice showed Mrs Leadsom how easy it is for her to order, borrow, and return books independently, and showed her the large bank of computers that are for general use, and free of charge to use on Fridays. Mrs Leadsom said: “I’m doing everything I can to make sure our libraries have a sustainable future. They are such a vital part of all of our local communities. Many people have written to me and I am absolutely representing their interest in making sure we can keep our valuable libraries.”
Brackley resident Becca Pratt said: “I have used Brackley library from a young age and continue to do so. My three children love going to the library whether it be to choose books or go to the events that the library provides. I have seen many changes over the last few years due to cuts and it is such a shame as I enjoyed the Sure Start Centre with my children when they were younger. It was also a great place to go to meet new mums and for my little ones to interact with other children and enjoy the activities that the library provides. It would be a great loss to our lovely town if we did lose the library.”
The Save Brackley Library Campaign is urging library users to take part in the survey which can be found on the NCC website under “library consultation” before it is too late. The deadline is 13 January. Also on the NCC website is a petition calling on the council to Save Brackley Library.
• See links between poster above and this report.
• Mrs Leadsom can be seen on video here speaking about her support for Save Brackley Library.
• Phillip Pulman tweeted to Save Brackley Library: “Somehow we are letting our civilisation drain into sand and the people in charge don’t think it matters.”
· On Saturday 13 January Brackley Library is hosting an Author Showcase and will be visited by bestselling authors Bella Osborne and Faith Martin as well as local authors Sue Bentley, Louise Walters, Dennis Carey and Susanna M. Newstead and local literary agent Kate Nash. The event runs from 11am to 3pm and is free to attend.
Former chief executive receives MBE in New Year honours
Sue Smith, former joint chief executive of South Northamptonshire and Cherwell District Councils has been recognised for her services to local government in the Queen’s New Year Honours List. Mrs Smith’s career in local government began as a recreation assistant at Anglesey Borough Council in 1979, working for four other councils before leaving her post as chief executive of Harborough District Council in 2011 to become the first joint chief executive of Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire Councils.
Yvonne Rees, the current chief executive for both councils, said: “Over the last few months as chief executive at South Northamptonshire and Cherwell District Councils I have heard so much about the passion and dedication Sue Smith had for the communities she served. Her vision and determination have resulted in significant change which has had a true, tangible impact on the residents of both districts and left a lasting legacy for us to build upon. I’d like to extend my wholehearted congratulations on this well-deserved honour.”As the first joint chief executive for both councils Mrs Smith oversaw the biggest transformation of local government in Cherwell and South Northamptonshire since the 1970s. Soon after she was appointed she was central to the expansion of the shared services model which cut out duplication between the two councils and has saved millions of pounds each year. In South Northamptonshire she oversaw the planning of housing expansion in Brackley and Towcester to help meet the national housing shortage, the development of the Silverstone Masterplan, the regeneration of Moat Lane in Towcester and the construction of a new community building with a new library and council offices. In Cherwell, she presided over the growth of Bicester as an Eco Town and was also instrumental in the evolution of the Graven Hill development in Bicester.
Give a lift to your community – volunteer to drive…
Brackley Area Volunteer Car Service (BAVCS) provides transport to people from Brackley and the surrounding villages who find it difficult to get to essential medical appointments, as they do not have ready access to public or private transport. There are more than 400 people living in Brackley town, who need help with journeys to doctors, opticians and dentists etc. The majority of BAVCS passengers are elderly; indeed the average age of the passengers is 84 years. The service urgently requires some more volunteer drivers to undertake journeys within Brackley and the surrounding area.
BAVCS is entirely dependent on a team of friendly, loyal and helpful volunteer drivers who use their own vehicles to take registered passengers to their appointments. The drivers are from all walks of life and the majority have completed several years’ voluntary service with BAVCS. A mileage allowance is paid and the voluntary role is totally flexible with the drivers choosing which journeys to do, when and how often.
• Please do contact Jo or Linda at BAVCS if you would like further information about becoming a volunteer driver – ‘Give a Little Gain a Lot’. Call 01280 841099 or email email@example.com. You can also find more details on South Northants Volunteer Bureau website.
Croughton Cinema Club’s Finest start to the year
The first film of 2018, showing tonight (Friday), is planned to be Their Finest (12A), starring Gemma Arturton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy and Jeremy Irons. Venue is the Parish Room at Croughton Village Hall. The film tells the story of a British Ministry of Information film team making a morale-boosting film about the Dunkirk evacuation during the Battle of Britain and the London Blitz in 1940.
Please make a note of the remaining cinema dates for this season: 26 January,
16 Febrary, 9 March, 6 April and 4 May. On 26 January we hope to show Victoria and Abdul (PG); the DVD release date is only a few days prior, so it may be a close thing. Doors open 7.30pm and there is a licensed bar for pre-film drinks. Admission to CFC members is £3, non-members£5, under-16s £3. Croughton Cinema annual membership is still only £10. Bring along your friends and neighbours for a viewing of one of the latest DVD releases.
Hidden Figures in the limelight at Evenley Film Club
Showing on Monday 8 January at Evenley Village Hall is (doors open 7.45, film 8pm), Hidden Figures (PG) tells the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space programme. It stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe. Bring your own favourite tipple or enjoy a free soft drink, glasses provided. Pay on the door £4.50.
Brackley Morris Men offer taster sessions
Ever fancied feeling a bit of rhythm, bashing a few sticks, working up a sweat, and then quenching your thirst with a pint? The Brackley Morris Men are holding open taster sessions each Thursday on 11, 18 and 25 January. This lively, colourful tradition has continued to thrive locally since the 1600s because young men still enjoy doing it. No pressure or commitment, just a chance to have a go during the quiet months.
• For details, contact Stephen, 07764 799947, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website .
Your chance to win £30 or £20 for your village newsletter
We know there are wonderful printed newsletters in our villages across South Northamptonshire, and in the vast majority of cases managed and edited by a dedicated band of volunteers. We often contact editors to place adverts and/or editorials on our projects that can support and benefit readers. However, we know we are not always up-to-date. Please send us a printed copy of a recent newsletter for our library. The copy received will go into a prize draw to win £30 (first prize) or £20 (second prize).
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Arts at Stowe invites you to appreciate The Power of Words
On Wednesday 24 January 2018, Stowe Music School is giving a Holocaust Memorial Day Concert under the banner “The Power of Words”. The event, a culmination of work between historians, artists and Stoics, will be a profound and humbling testimony of music, art and the spoken word in which the current generation of Stoics pay tribute to the memory of Sir Nicholas Winton MBE, one of Stowe’s first pupils in 1923. He was an extraordinary man who saved so many lives during the time of the Holocaust and who left a lasting legacy of hope. Performance starts at 7pm and will be two hours including the interval.
• To reserve a seat please email thearts@Stowe.co.uk or call 01280 818012.
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Brackley Town 1-1 Leamington
After the Boxing Day draw at Leamington (see report below) the sides again shared the points in an excellent match despite difficult conditions, writes Tim Carroll. The decision to play the game and to delay the kick-off by 15 minutes to allow greater time for the water-logged St James Park pitch to dry out were vindicated as the New Year’s Day crowd enjoyed an exciting match, with Brackley playing some high quality football.
On chances created and possession, Brackley should have won this game comfortably but it did not turn out that way. Saints dominated the first half going closest when Jimmy Armson fired just wide, Aaron Williams had his shot cleared off the line and Williams’ shot hit the cross-bar. But it was The Brakes who had an unlikely half-time lead through an added-time goal when Stefan Moore’s shot squirmed under Danny Lewis and over the line. Moore had earlier chipped wide of Lewis’ goal after Alex Gudger had slipped. The first half finished with a scramble in the visitors’ penalty area, the ball twice repelled on the line amidst a flurry of goalmouth action.
Despite continued pressure from Brackley in the second period it was Leamington who went close to getting the next goal as Kurtis Revan shot wide on 65 minutes Saints having conceded possession as they pressed for the equaliser. The equaliser finally came with 14 minutes remaining as Joe Clarke handled, conceding a penalty. The ensuing rumpus delayed the kick by several minutes but when Aaron Williams eventually stepped up he planted the ball unerringly into the corner to level the scores and record his 20th goal of the season. Glenn Walker’s effort cutting in from the left was just too high and Alex Gudger saw his close-range effort blocked as time ran out and Leamington held on for the draw.
A frustrated Kevin Wilkin praised his players and made no excuses. “We moved the ball well today on a very difficult playing surface and our attacking play was relentless,” he said. “But nothing fell for us and sometimes that’s football. They camped in and defended and we didn’t get that little bit of luck that you sometimes need. We had some great chances, especially in the first half, but you have to make the chances count and today we didn’t. So we have missed out on the three points which is disappointing and frustrating.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, S.Byrne, Gudger, Dean, G.Walker, Armson, Brown (Ndlovu 73), A.Williams, Lowe. Subs unused: Diggin, Lucas, Tilney, Oti.
Leamington: Breeden, Taundry, Gudger, Clarke, Hood, English, Dunbar (Canavan 73), Gittings, Moore (Revan 63), Edwards (Magunda 56), Obeng. Subs unused: Mace, Hill.
Referee: Amy Fearn; referee’s assistants Gareth Davies and Oliver Mackey
Hosts put Boxing Day brakes on Brackley
Leamington 2-2 Brackley Town
Late goals conceded in each half cost Brackley dear on an afternoon when all the teams around them lost as Saints and Leamington drew in a dramatic Boxing Day game, writes Tim Carroll. “We restricted them to a minimum of chances but we needed to make our second-half dominance count but chances and opportunities came and went,” said Kevin Wilkin. “We gifted them a great opportunity for their first goal. Credit to them for making the most of the chance but we haven’t got to where we are in the table defending like that. It is frustrating not to have held on to a winning position.”
Leamington took a 44th-minute lead when Colby Bishop headed home powerfully from Kieran Dunbar’s right-wing cross in an otherwise forgettable first half. Glenn Walker drilled a free-kick past keeper Tony Breeden to level after 48 minutes following a foul on Matt Lowe. Shane Byrne’s free-kick from a similar position was close and Aaron Williams’ determination won possession and his fierce shot was scrambled away on 67 minutes as Brackley dominated.
Saints deservedly went ahead on 76 minutes as Jimmy Armson made ground and slipped in Matt Lowe whose shot was only pushed away by Breeden allowing Williams to follow up and apply the finishing touch for his 22nd goal in 26 games. Williams had two further chances to add to the score, Armson’s effort won only a corner and Lowe’s surging run brought a shot just too high. Without a second-half shot on goal Leamington staged an added time rally. Jamie Hood’s header brought the best from Danny Lewis, conceding a corner from which a Brackley player headed into his own goal for a 94th minute equaliser.
“We did more than enough to win that game but left ourselves open to just that kind of finish,” said Wilkin. “It is a bitterly disappointing end to the afternoon. If we had turned chances into goals it couldn’t have happened. Other teams losing points just makes it worse.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, Franklin, Armson, Lowe (Lucas 90), A.Williams, G.Walker. Subs unused: Diggin, Brown, Tilney, Oti.
Leamington: Breeden, Taundry (Mace 63), Gudger, Clarke, Hood, English, Dunbar, Gittings, Bishop (Revan 70), Edwards (Canavan 82), Obeng. Subs unused: Magunda, Moore.
Referee: James Oldham; referee’s assistants, Ryan Haynes and James King.
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• For more information about the club, Click Here.
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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The Country Market will be at the library from 10am till 12ish. Market manager Diane Elizabeth Jones writes on the market’s Facebook page: “We hope to be there until the Town Hall reopens but when that will be we really don’t know. If for any reason you can’t make a Saturday morning, please order and we will deliver, as you are all precious to us. Thank you.”
• Keep an eye on the Facebook page, not just for developments but to read about the delights on offer from local traders.
• Please check Facebook for club updates due to bank holidays and club special events.
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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Wednesday 24 January 7pm: Stowe Music School is giving a Holocaust Memorial Day Concert under the banner “The Power of Words”. The event, a culmination of work between historians, artists and Stoics, will be a profound and humbling testimony of music, art and the spoken word in which the current generation of Stoics pay tribute to the memory of Sir Nicholas Winton, MBE, one of Stowe’s first pupils in 1923. He was an extraordinary man who saved so many lives during the time of the Holocaust and who left a lasting legacy of hope. Performance starts at 7pm and will be two hours including the interval.
• To reserve a seat please email thearts@Stowe.co.uk or call 01280 818012.
For full details of events at Stowe, including times and tickets, Click Here.
Wednesday 7 February, 7.30pm: Brackley History Society meets at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. After the AGM there will be a talk by Tony Boullemier about The Little Book of Monarchs. This is a fun history book for all ages, giving concise details of every monarch since 1066 with a matching cartoon. Visitors are welcome. All enquiries to Karen Gees (Secretary) on 01280 702837, or email email@example.com.
Wednesday 7 March, 7.30pm: Brackley History Society meets at Brackley Methodist Church Hall. Sally Munday-Smith will talk about the restoration of Brackley
Town Hall. Visitors are welcome. All enquiries to Karen Gees (Secretary) on 01280 702837, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.