This week’s headlines include:
Saints all set for big day at Wembley – and you can join them!
- Give those old tools a new lease of life for the Third World
- Wallace and Gromit help to fund children’s charities
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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.
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Clear your shed and put those old tools to good use
Is your garage or shed cluttered up with tools that are never used any more but are still serviceable? Brackley Rotary Club members will be at the Old Fire Station, Brackley, on Saturday 14 April from 10am to noon collecting old or unused hand tools to support the Tools For Self Reliance charity. Carpentry and metalwork tools, blacksmith’s tools and metric taps and dies are all welcome, but garden tools cannot be accepted.
The tools will be serviced and boxed up by disadvantaged people in the charity’s centre in Northampton for dispatch to the Third World. If you cannot drop the tools off on the day, please email email@example.com to see if a collection can be arranged. This is a great opportunity to tidy your garage and shed in support of a worthy cause!
• To find out more about Brackley Rotary and their charity work, Click Here.
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!
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.
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.
• For further details, go to http://thememorialmob.webs.com/
• 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.
Lots 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.
Open day at Juniper House Care Home
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity offers funding
Annual funding for regional and local children’s hospitals and hospices for projects that transform the lives of children throughout the UK. The Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity aims to fund projects which are not funded directly by the National Health Service. In the last 15 years, the charity has given more than £2 million in grants to 291 projects in 93 hospitals and hospices across the UK.
Registered charities with charitable projects which enrich and improve the quality of life of sick children in hospitals or hospices in any area in the UK can apply. Preference is given to projects conceived by and in children’s hospitals and hospices. Any project which seeks to improve the quality of life of sick children will be considered.
Preference will be given to children’s hospitals and hospices in regional centres around the UK whichp rovide a regional geographic healthcare service to a wide range of children in a hospital/hospice; will not discriminate on the grounds of wealth, race, sexuality, religion or disability; and agree to promote the work of the foundation in their area. Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.
• For more information, CLICK HERE.
Voluntary and Community Groups Funding Fair
This is a free event at Towcester Racecourse on Wednesday 16 May from 9.30am to 3pm, so save this date in your diary now. This event was extremely popular last year and we are planning for it to be even better this year. You won’t want to miss the “Success Room” where you can chat to local groups that have been successful in their funding bids.
• We will be publishing full details of this event soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Rob Burton on 01327 302257 or email email@example.com
• For more information on opportunities to volunteer, run voluntary groups or seek help from volunteers or information about availability of grants, contact the snvb website – Click Here.
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Kidderminster Harriers 2-1 Brackley Town
Brackley’s run of eight wins and two draws came to an end on Easter Monday at Kidderminster, who moved into fourth place behind Saints in third, writes Tim Carroll. Neither side found their rhythm in a fragmented first half. Dan Bradley’s 25-yard thunderbolt shook the frame of Danny Lewis’ goal in the 24th minute in the closest either side came to a first half goal.
Harriers started the second period strongly and threatened the lead first through right back Lee Vaughan’s fierce drive that brought an athletic save from Lewis to tip over before Bradley cut inside onto his right foot forcing an outstanding one-handed save from the Brackley keeper.
Kidderminster maintained the early second half pressure as Elton Ngwatala shot just wide before Declan Weeks struck a free-kick only inches wide of Lewis’ right-hand post. On the hour Kevin Wilkin made a double change to alter the shape of his side with the home side on top, Jimmy Armson and Ellis Myles replacing Jordan Nicholson and Aaron Williams. With 66 minutes played, Armson created Saints’ first goal threat of the second half wriggling free on the left and crossing low where Lee Ndlovu was unable to get the touch that was needed to put his side ahead.
Suddenly finding some momentum Shane Byrne’s forward run won a corner. From the ensuing goalmouth scramble the ball was initially cleared but not the danger for Harriers. Glenn Walker’s shot was pushed away by Brandon Hall to be collected by Armson who picked out Gaz Dean with a chipped cross to the far post where Dean headed his side into an 81st minute lead.
The lead lasted just two minutes as centre-back Fraser Horsfall hit a 30 yard screamer that swerved through the air to find the net in what was a contender for any goal of the season competition. Byrne hit back firing just over before Kidderminster scored an 87th minute second goal through Bradley who swept the ball past Lewis after a fine run up the right by Ryan Croasdale.
“It is disappointing especially after getting into a leading position,” Wilkin reflected. “Kidderminster are a good side who work the ball well. The goal to level it was one you can do nothing about. It was a terrific goal that rocked us back. They had a lot of possession but when Jimmy [Armson] came on we changed our shape a bit and it had a good effect. Getting above the top two was always a big ask with so many games to play against top ten sides but we will continue to try to win each game that we play. We want to cement the highest position in the league that we can.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Murombedzi, Lowe, S. Byrne, Graham (Iaciofano 92), Dean, G.Walker, Nicholson (Armson 60), Ndlovu, Williams (Myles 60), A.Walker. Subs unused: Streete, Brown.
Kidderminster: Hall, L.Vaughan, Austin, Croasdale, Horsfall, Pearson, Weeks, McQuilkin, Ironside (Waring 71), Bradley, Ngwatala (Sonupé 65). Subs unused: Brown, Digie, N.Vaughan.
Referee: Martin Woods; assistants Jonathan Maskrey and Alex Gray.
Saints enjoy the better of goal-less draw
Brackley Town 0-0 Harrogate Town
Second-placed Harrogate and third-placed Brackley shared the points in a game of high intensity and no little quality in atrocious conditions at St James Park on Good Friday, writes Tim Carroll. Driving rain throughout the game fell on to an already sodden pitch, turning the heavily sanded surface into a quagmire. Both managers praised both sets of players for their application on a difficult afternoon.
“It was right to play the game and for the neutral it was an exciting game,” said Kevin Wilkin. “Both sets of players need to be commended. Both sides continued to pass the ball even on a surface that asks a lot of players’ energy levels.” For the visitors, Simon Weaver was equally fulsome in his praise. “I am glad the game was on and credit to every player for giving it their all. We saw two honest teams out there.”
The first half was an even affair with both sides unable to make the most of their chances, the best of which fell to the home side. Brackley enjoyed the better of the second period, had the clearest chance of the game and were aggrieved not to be awarded an 86th minute penalty when substitute Joe Iaciofano appeared to be felled.
“It was a great shout for a penalty and the decision cost us an opportunity to win the game,” Wilkin said. “I’ve since seen it on replay and that doesn’t change my mind.” Weaver agreed saying, “The penalty decision probably went for us. The ball got stuck in the mud as the keeper came out and we got away with it today. But both teams warranted a point. It was a fair result overall.”
Shane Byrne’s swerving effort was just inches too high early in the first half, Jimmy Armson hooked an effort just over and captain Gaz Dean’s header flashed wide from Shane Byrne’s free-kick with 34 minutes played. As half-time approached Armson’s shot was cleared off the line and his fine 20-yard effort was turned expertly round the post by a diving James Belshaw.
For Harrogate, Jake Wright’s run created a goalmouth scramble that Saints eventually cleared and Joe Leesley’s shot caused problems for Danny Lewis before Wright’s follow-up effort was blocked in the closest that the visitors came to a first half breakthrough.
Brackley created a golden chance to take the lead in the 74th minute as Aaron Williams was put through on goal by substitute Jordan Nicholson but the shot was straight at Belshaw, who saved well. A fine move on the right after 84 minutes saw Lee Ndlovu unable to get enough contact on Shane Byrne’s cross as another chance went begging.
The goal-less score-line maintains Brackley’s 13-month unbeaten home record and marks the first time this season Harrogate have failed to score. The draw benefits top-placed Salford whose home win edged them further ahead of their two closest rivals.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Murombedzi, Lowe, S. Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker, Armson (Nicholson 68), Ndlovu, Williams (Iaciofano 80), A.Walker. Subs unused: Streete, Brown, Myles.
Harrogate: Belshaw, Burrell, Parker, Falkingham, Kitching, McCombe, Thomson, Emmett, Beck, Wright, Leesley (Thewlis 70). Subs unused: Knowles, Cracknell, Fallowfield, Agnew.
Referee: Paul Howard; assistants: Scott Tallis and Richie Watkins.
• For season fixtures list, CLICK HERE
• For more information about the club, CLICK HERE.
Download South Northants Council Arts Events Calendar (PDF – 645KB)
• Unless otherwise stated, booking for Arts at Stowe events is
www.artsatstowe.co.uk, tel 01280 825710
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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Friday 6 April, DO 7.30pm: Croughton Cinema presents Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy and Hugh Bonneville, in the Parish Room at Croughton Village Hall. The film tells the true story of a couple dealing with the husband becoming a victim of polio and is paralysed from the neck down at age 28. Given three months to live, he becomes despondent, but his young wife refuses to let him give in to grief. Licensed bar for pre-film drinks. Admission to members£3; non-members £5; under-16s £3. “Bring along your friends and neighbours”.
• Please note the next show, on 4 May, is the last of the season.
Saturday 7 April, 2.30 and 7.30pm, Roxburgh Hall, Stowe: Fame Jr. Musical. Local young people will have spent a week of intense rehearsals and will be staging it over two performances. Suitable for families. Running time approx. 1 hour. Tickets £12; £10 Members, £10 Concessions. Bookings: www.artsatstowe.co.uk. Tel: 01280 825710
Sunday 8 April, 7.30pm, State Music Room, Stowe: Fiori Musicale presents Mozart with Simon Standage – a rare chance to hear this acclaimed musician live in the elegant State Music Room at Stowe. Also featuring Nichola Blakey on classical violin/viola, Poppy Walshaw on classical cello and Penelope Rapson harpsichord.
Running Time: 2hrs 20min including interval. Bookings: www.fiori-musicali.com
Monday 9 April, 7.30pm: Brackley WI meets to hear a talk entitled ‘The Little Smoke House” by Keith Meredith. The c ompetition is ’Your favourite smoked food recipe’. Brackley WI meets at 7.30pm on the second Monday of the month in the WI Hall, Manor Road, Brackley (opp.Waitrose car park exit). All women are very welcome to come and find out more about us and the WI organisation. Visitors £4 – maximum three meetings a year.
Wednesday 11 April, 7.30:
Thursday 12 April, 11am, 1pm and 3pm, State Music Room, Stowe: Mischief and Mystery in Moomin Valley. Brand new children’s theatre show! Open a book and discover a world where anything is possible. Be sure to pack your imagination and join us on an unforgettable journey to Moomin Valley where everyone is welcome, nature thrives and adventures are plentiful. Tickets £8.50, £30 Family & Friends (four tickets). Suitable for ages 4-7 years, running time 1 hour. Booking: www.artsatstowe.co.uk, Tel 01280 825710.
Friday 13 April, 7.30pm, Stowebucks, Stowe School: Boogienotes Pop-up Piano Bar. Renowned pianist Miles Nottage with a line-up of drums, guitar, bass, sax and vocalists will keep us entertained all night long with classic and contemporary dance tunes from Taylor Swift to Chic Le Freak. Dance, eat fantastic food, sing along and drink from the bar. Tickets £30 including food. Booking: www.milesnottage.com
Saturday 14 April, 7.30pm, Ugland, Stowe: Butterfly’s Wing, featuring Jacqui Dankworth. Grammy-Award-winning singer Jacqui Dankworth is joined by an all-star line-up to provide a panoply of seductive rhythms, cutting-edge improvisation and lyrics, at once heart-rending, joyous and surreal. Tonight Butterfly’s Wing performs songs and pieces from their brand new album Le Depart. Tickets £16, concessions £15, students £8. Booking: www.artsatstowe.co.uk, Tel 01280 825710
Saturday 14 April, 7.30pm:
Saturday 14 April, 7.30pm: Residency gig by the Great Central Big Band at Brackley Bowling Club, Westminster Road (off Buckingham Road), Brackley NN13 7EB. For the club’s website, Click Here.
Friday 20 April, 7.30pm, Roxburgh Hall, Stowe:More Morgan & West – Time-Travelling Magicians. Great Scott! Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! Not content with their lot as the 19th century’s greatest magic duo, they present a conjuring spectacular to the audiences of the modern day.
Suitable from age 10-plus; running time 90 minutes plus interval. Tickets £12, £10 members. Booking: www.artsatstowe.co.uk, Tel: 01280 825710.
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