This week’s headlines include:
- Your county, your future – give your opinions now
- Three one-act plays to boost Town Mayor’s charity fund
- Summer holiday hubs get ready for action
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Latest news from the Business Information Bureau
Brackley’s own BiB has produced a new newsletter – to read it on line Click Here. Highlights include:
- 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
How you can have a say on future of county’s councils
Following the county council’s financial problems last year, people living in the county are invited to take part in a consultation and give their views on how our elected representatives should go into the future. For full details and to take part in the consultation, Click Here. Don’t miss out – big decisions are on the way and you can be part of the debate. The consultation closes on 22 July, so please submit your feedback by this date.
Author’s Old Hall Bookshop visit to sign Brackley history book
Brackley and District History Society raised money necessary to get John Clarke’s latest history book, Victorian Brackley, published. It is now available for purchase at the Old Hall Bookshop and from any member of the History Society committee. John Clarke will be at the Old Hall Bookshop on Tuesday 10 July to sign books from 4pm to 8pm. Tea, cakes and a glass of wine will be available. The Chairman of South Northants District Council and our own Town Mayor will be attending. Both councils gave generous grants to help with the fundraising to cover the costs of publication.
Sulgrave’s Sunday Independence Day Celebration
Join Sulgrave Manor on 8 July, the first Sunday after Independence Day. It will be a relaxed, family-friendly day with crafts, games, music and America-style food. Tour the Manor and enjoy the gardens – and mark the day in 1776 when the American colonists hit the ‘reset’ button with King George III. Standard admission will apply; however there will be a charge of £1 for some activities on the day.
Hummingbirds dreams up an evening of tropical treats
July Arts Events listing available to download
South Northamptonshire Council has made available the latest list of arts and culture events in the area. To download a PDF of the document, Click Here
A summer of music for everyone
Lots of musical events being added to the What’s On list – posters and info down the page for:
- Brackley and District Band
- Brackley Jubilee Choir
- Brackley Male Voice Choir
- The Great Central Big Band
Get ready – Summer Holiday Hubs are ready to open
The hubs to cater for children during the school summer break run from Thursday 26 July to Friday 31 August (excluding Bank Holiday 27 August). Places are limited and must be booked in advance on a first-come-first-served basis. Parents can reserve places up until 5pm the day before. The sessions provide an excellent opportunity for children to learn, improve, make friends and have fun. The children are split into 5-7 and 8-years-plus age groups. At various points in the week a coached activity will be delivered by a qualified coach who is linked to a local club to make children aware of the local club in the area and where to carry on participation afterwards. Coached sessions will normally run between 10am and noon.
• For information on venues and dates please see the Summer Hub Poster, or for more details of specific coached activities which are available on certain days throughout the summer period, take a look at our Summer Holiday Hub Booklet – Click Here.
Howzat!! Appeal for cricket umpires
Brackley Cricket Club has been at its present home, in Westminster Road off Buckingham Road, since the early 1960s when it moved from Manor Road, prior to the Junior School being built. Its first XI and second XI teams play in the Cherwell League (the first XI plays on a Saturday in Division 4 and the second XI plays on a Sunday in Division 8). New players are always welcome and any expressions of interest may be made to the chairman, Keith Cartwright, who can be reached on 01280 8401923 or 07725 407479 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The club has a healthy youth section and welcomes players, experienced or not, good or in need of a little help, of all ages.
The Cherwell League has a rule whereby each club has to provide an umpire and Brackley is actively seeking one or more people who would be willing to undertake this role. Full training will be given and £40 expenses are paid for every match officiated. Matches would be within a 15-mile radius of Brackley and the commitment need not be for every single week. Anything you can offer, or would be prepared to undertake, would be very gratefully accepted; again, please contact Keith Cartwright to discuss in greater detail.
Trains, tea and cake in a garden setting
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 of 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? Public running days for the rest of 2018 (3pm to 5pm) are 22 July, 26 August and 23 September.
• 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.
New NHS hearing advisory service for Brackley
South Northants Hearing Advisory Service is providing free basic hearing-aid maintenance and batteries on a monthly basis. Also available will be advice information and practical support covering all aspects of hearing loss. Each month a trained hearing advisor will visit Brackley Library. The next visit will be on Wednesday 25 July from 10.30am to noon. The sessions are on a drop-in basis with no appointment necessary. At busy times you may be asked to take a number to be seen in turn.
• Please remember to bring along your hearing-aid battery book.
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.
Don’t forget to check out Diary Dates – we add more as we hear about them
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.
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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.
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 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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Thursday 19 July, 10am to noon: Brackley and District U3A meet at Brackley Methodist Church. A talk on Winston Churchill’s Toy Shop will be given by Gordon Rogers. Visitors are welcome – £2, including refreshments. If you are retired or semi-retired, come along and find out how you can learn something new and make new friends. Further information about our meetings and groups can be found on our website – Brackley U3A – or call 07444 363494.
Saturday 21 July: Brackley Beer Festival in Brackley Park. For more information, Click Here.
Sunday 22 July, 3pm-5pm: Pimlico Light Railway running day 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. There is no admission charge, just a small charge (for charity) per ride. Tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.
Friday 27 July
Sunday 12 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 causes. Check out the plans for this year’s show at the festival website.
Saturday 18 August: Brackley Sausage and Cider Festival, Brackley Rugby Club. For full details Click Here.
Sunday 19 August: Classic Vehicles in the Park, Brackley Park. For a PDF copy of information and entry form, Click Here.
Sunday 26 August, 3pm-5pm: The Pimlico Light Railway holds a running day 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. There is no admission charge, just a small charge (for charity) per ride. Tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.
Saturday 22 September
Sunday 23 September, 3pm-5pm: The Pimlico Light Railway holds a running day 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. There is no admission charge, just a small charge (for charity) per ride. Tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.