This week’s headlines include:
- Super new publications for the happy wanderer
- Cash available to help save community pubs
- How a letter could help save threatened hedgehogs
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Long distance footpath in South Northants becomes a reality
A new map has been published by Brackley-based Global Mapping, designed by top map creator Mary Spence MBE. The South Northants Heritage Trail has been designed to allow the walker to get the most from this beautiful and interesting part of England. South Northamptonshire contains some of the country’s most quintessentially English landscapes interspersed with attractive, largely unspoilt villages characterised by picturesque stone cottages. This rural and sparsely populated landscape has remained largely unchanged for centuries with a rich history.
1,800 listed buildings, many built from the distinctive local limestone and ironstone; over 50 conservation villages; dozens of ancient churches; the Grand Union and Oxford canals; and miles of dismantled railways – many of which are part of the trail. Dig deeper and historical links with the past are everywhere. Disused canals, WWII airfields, English Civil War battlefield, Henry VIII’s hunting woods and, going back even further, planning the Magna Carta, one of only five sites in England where jousting was allowed, abandoned medieval villages and iron age camps.
The Heritage Trail winds around South Northamptonshire in three linked circuits radiating out of Brackley and Towcester for a total of 158 miles, taking in many of the historic sights and sites that abound across the region. South Northants Heritage Trail will allow the visitor to discover these secrets and enjoy beautiful views, locally produced food and drink and friendly hospitality.
Global Mapping MD Alan Smith commented: “This map has taken five years to come to fruition and I have to say I am delighted, without doubt my favourite that we have ever published! Having walked every mile of the route (with wildlife expert Tim Pridmore) to check the accuracy I suppose I would say that!” Alan continued: “The original idea came from Adrian Colwell at South Northants Council to build on the series of award-winning walking guides we had published. It would be great if the South Northants Heritage Trail became as well known as The Pennine Way!”
The first of a number of videos, created to promote the delights of the Trail has just been published and is gaining enormous interest and can be viewed here .
The map has gone on sale in local outlets at just £8.99 and already is receiving favourable comments. Local resident Michael Barnes commented: “I acquired my copy from the Old Hall Book Shop today and I have to say that you have managed to conjure up an entirely fresh perspective on an area with which I thought I was pretty familiar. I’m looking forward to putting it to use. More power to your cartographer’s pen – or whatever the digital equivalent is!”
The map is also available to buy online via southnorthantsheritagetrail.co.uk where there is information about the trail, videos and FREE walking guides to download.
Jubilee Choir goes light for its summer concert
Brackley Jubilee Choir is again letting its hair down and singing a light programme for its summer concert, Songs for the Stage, from operetta and musicals. There are lots of well-loved songs from Gilbert and Sullivan, Les Miserables, Die Fledermaus, Kismet, Rodgers and Hammerstein and others. Ideal for a relaxed evening! The date is Saturday 6 July, in St Peter’s Church, Brackley, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets (£10 – 16 and under, free) are available at the door or from choir members.”
Find out what else is on in your community
Information about what else is on in South Northants as well as North Oxfordshire can be found in the council’s calendar of arts events during July and August. It can be downloaded from the Arts & Culture page – Click Here.
Something for all from Arts at Stowe
It’s the start of another dramatic and musical season from Arts at Stowe. Events range from drama at The Roxy featuring a screening of Small Island to celebrate the National Theatre Live’s 10th anniversary to a week-long course of rock and blues guitar tuition with Bernie Marsden and The HandleBards’ fun version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. For the very small visitors (3+), there is Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster. To find details of all the other good things on offer, along with details of how to book, go to Arts at Stowe’s What’s On page – Click Here.
Help is on offer for community-run pubs
More Than a Pub is making £2.2 million available to support community groups in England taking on the ownership of their local pub with the aim of running it to benefit their community. Funded by Power to Change and administered by the Plunkett Foundation, the More Than a Pub programme offers a flexible package of financial and business-development support to help communities to save their local pub through the purchase or long-term lease of the premises, and to grow the range of services they offer to help local people. Find out more about this and many other community grants from snvb – Click Here
Brackley Hogwatch research looks for help
Over the past 70 years, the UK has lost a catastrophic 97 per cent of adult hedgehogs; it is estimated that the remaining 1 million adults are declining at around 5 per cent a 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 www.brackleyhogwatch.co.uk 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 reader@.
Help us help our hedgehogs…
Brackley Hogwatch only get around £3,000 a year in donations, so they desperately need more.
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 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? Remaining public running days this year are 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.
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.
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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.
• Please check our Facebook page for extra events!!
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Saturday 6 July, 6.30pm
The Brackley Dance Festival charity fundraising event consists of 15 local folk stepping up to compete in just five weeks while raising sponsorship for a local charity, The Lighthouse Centre. The venue is Brackley Leisure Centre and tickets cost £17. There will be additional dancing and great entertainment for those attending. Tickets can be purchased from Viv Rhymes (07790130579), or email email@example.com or at training sessions – Thursdays 6-8pm at the leisure centre. They will NOT be available on the day.
• The Lighthouse Centre is a complementary therapy unit offering holistic therapies for people with long-term conditions or cancers. Website
Sunday 7 July, 12.30pm
Saturday 13 July, 7.30pm
Thursday 18 July, 10am: U3A meets at the Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7DT. Eve Bacon will give a talk on The Fight for Suffrage – hear about the fight for universal suffrage, which lasted an awful lot longer than is generally known. Come along if you are semi-retired or retired and find out what U3A is all about.
Sunday 21 July, 1.30pm
Sunday 21 July, (Doors open 1pm): 1940s Afternoon Tea with a show by The Sasparillas 1940s Close Harmony Trio. Venue is Hummingbirds Bistro in Market House Courtyard, NN13 7AB. £25 per person. For more information and to book call Hummingbirds on 01280 700797.
Friday 26 July, doors open 7pm
Saturday 27 July
29 July – 1 August
For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org – or call Artistic Director Martin Boileau on 07940 702455
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.