This week’s headlines include:
- Quiz night at Chequered Flag for hedgehogs
- Master blaster Byrne sets Saints en route to first away win
- Changes in prospect at local radio
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The battle to save our iconic prickly friends
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. Brackley Hogwatch only get around £3,000 a year in donations, so they desperately need more.
• Just putting out a shallow bowl of water regularly will help hedgehogs during the summer, especially in very hot spells.
Brackley Town FC’s campaign for new clubhouse
Supporters are aiming to collect £50,000 to help replace the clubhouse which burned down earlier this year. They are led by commercial manager Graham Shaw and the campaign will run until next June. They have already collected £2,000 with bucket collections at three pre-season friendlies against Oxford United, MK Dons and Northampton.
Graham said: “The clubhouse has been a pivotal part of the community for 40 years and has seen christenings, birthday parties, wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations as well as, for the past three years, hosting our award winning Community programme. While the clubhouse was insured, we know that in addition to any recovered sums we will need to raise a substantial sum to provide a clubhouse that not only meets our current needs but which can also stand as a great community asset for at least the next 40 years.”
• The team have set up a GoFundMe page – Brackley Town FC Stand Together – and are very keen to involve as many people as possible. If you can help, please email Graham on email@example.com
Kidderminster Harriers 1-3 Brackley Town
A superbly struck goal on 20 minutes by Shane Byrne set Brackley on the path to the first away win of the season and three richly deserved points, writes Tim Carroll. Goals from Thierry Audel and Jimmy Armson settled the result to move Saints into seventh place in the league table.
“It was a pleasing performance and obviously a good result,” Kevin Wilkin said. “It’s a tough place to come and scoring three goals away from home is encouraging and we could have added to that tally, hitting the post late on. The opening goal is a terrific finish by Shane and credit to Luke who made a good decision to turn down the cross and roll it in for Shane. It is good to bounce back from a disappointing performance up at Gateshead.” (Report below)
Set up by Fairlamb after good work on the left, Byrne hit his shot first time from 25 yards and saw it find the top corner in off the crossbar to give Saints a spectacular lead before Audel scored his first goal for the club netting after Harriers failed to clear from a corner on 32 minutes. The two-goal lead was nothing more than the visitors’ play warranted but Kidderminster halved the deficit on the stroke of half-time with a first effort on goal as Brackley could not clear their lines, the ball falling for Correy Davidson who made no mistake.
The home side started the second period well but could not find the equaliser and Saints were soon in the ascendency again, Armson and Glenn Walker both going close before Armson scored his fifth goal in four games finishing tidily after Lee Ndlovu’s shot was blocked after 64 minutes. Byrne’s shot found the post after excellent play by Matt Lowe and Jimmy Armson and it was Armson again, late on, whose shot was well saved by Cameron Gregory in the Harriers goal as Saints continued to press to increase their lead.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Walker, Byrne, Audel, Dean, Lowe (Daire 88), Armson, Ndlovu (Holman 87), Fairlamb, Murombedzi. Subs unused: Franklin, Baker, Langmead.
Kidderminster Harriers: Gregory, Austin, Davidson, Sharman, Moyo, Johnson, Prosser (White 63), Shenton (Freemantle 81), Chambers, Williams, Peniket. Subs unused: Palmer, Higginson, Lowth.
Referee: Dale Baines; assistants, Mark Pearson and Daniel Robinson
Away day blues as Saints go north
Gateshead 2-0 Brackley Town
Brackley will want to quickly forget the first ever visit to Gateshead’s International Stadium, the 470-mile round trip a fruitless endeavour on a frustrating afternoon, writes Tim Carroll.
“We conceded a crucial early goal but there was not too much else between the sides in the first half,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We had our own chances that we didn’t take but conceding a second made it difficult and we lost our way a bit towards the end of the game. Gateshead made life difficult for us, kept it tight and worked very hard.”
Michael Nelson took full advantage of a free header to put The Heed ahead on nine minutes in the only real threat on Danny Lewis’ goal in the first half. Saints were close to levelling as keeper James Bradley pushed Shane Byrne’s free-kick away and it was eventually cleared after a bagatelle in the box. Greg Olley nearly doubled the lead immediately on the re-start, cutting in and curling a fierce effort just wide before Lee Ndlovu forced a sharp save from Bradley at the other end. Jimmy Armson’s shot squirmed just wide from close range on the hour mark but minutes later Gateshead were two goals to the good, a weak defensive clearance setting up Josh Kayode who finished neatly.
Saints never really got going and the comeback did not materialise with the hosts enjoying an ultimately comfortable first home win of the season. It left Kevin Wilkin’s side with just one point from four away games.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles (Holman 86), Walker, Byrne, Audel, Dean, Lowe (Daire 69), Armson, Ndlovu, Baker (Fairlamb 69), Murombedzi. Subs unused: Franklin, Langmead.
Gateshead: Bradley, Nicholson, Barrow, Oliver (Forbes 18), Lees, Nelson, Deverdics, Agnew, Kayode (Blackett 89), Olley, O’Donnell (Tear 87). Subs unused: Guthrie, Greenfield.
Referee: Andy Sykes; assistants Darren Williams and Connor Scott.
• A GoFundMe page – Brackley Town FC Stand Together – has been set up following the clubhouse fire earlier this year. The support team are very keen to involve as many people as possible. If you can help, please email Graham on firstname.lastname@example.org
Brackley Wines urges you to think about Christmas…
Tickets are now available for the Christmas Wine Tasting and Mini Christmas Fair being held on 7 December in Brackley WI Hall (Manor Road, Brackley). James Butler says: “Get in early to take advantage of the early-bird special of just £10 per person. Many varieties of wine to choose from and available to purchase as well as gift ideas from local friends of Brackley Wines showcasing their skills and talents.”
• Visit www.brackleywines.co.uk and click on Events.
You can nominate a local group for Queen’s Award
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups. Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.
Take a look at the guidance notes for further conditions and information. Log in or register to nominate a group. Please register in order to nominate a group. If you have registered already then please log in. Submit your nomination by midnight on 13 September 2019 to make sure your nominated group is considered for the 2020 awards. It is very important that you read the guidance notes before submitting your nominations.
Stowe sets out its stall of September events
The September events list of Arts at Stowe includes a live cinema broadcast to mark the release of The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s sequel to the The Handmaid’s Tale. It includes readings by special guests. The showing starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 September in The Roxy. Other events include an evening with Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) on Thursday 12 September (7.30pm) and James Corden with his One Man, Two Guvnors show on Thursday 26 September (7pm).
• For full details, Click Here.
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 its way 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.
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 day this year is 22 September from 3pm to 7pm (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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Tuesday 12 September for three days, noon onwards: Brackley Charter Fair returns to the High Street for 2019 – watch out for posters and fliers displayed in the town for further information.
Thursday 16 September for three days: John Lawson Circus will be in Brackley High Street. Monday @ 7pm; Tuesday @ 4.30pm & 7.30pm; Wednesday @ 4.30pm. For tickets, Click Here.
Thursday 19 September 2019, 10am: Brackley U3A meets at the Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7DT. Speaker Alan Tumber’s topic is “Rhyme Nor Reason” – a collection of comic song and poetry with live music, pictures and film clips from a bygone age. Come along if you are semi-retired or retired and find out what U3A is all about.
Thursday 19 September, 10am: Winchester House School launches Brackley Community Dementia Choir, inspired by Vicky McLure’s two-part BBC documentary, Our Dementia Choir. Singers of all ages and abilities who are suffering from dementia are invited to join the first of the weekly Thursday rehearsals in The Forum at Winchester House, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7AZ. Tea, coffee and cakes will be served from 10am, with singing from 10.20am to 11am. Carers are most welcome and membership of the choir is free. To register your interest, please email email@example.com.
Wednesday 16 October, 7-9pm: Shopping evening in Wayneflete Hall of Magdalen College School, organised by Friends of Magdalen College School. We will have some great stalls from lots of local independent businesses including fruit flavoured gins, handmade cakes & chocolates, jewellery, homewares plus local arts & crafts & lots more! Come along and enjoy a glass of wine, catch up with other parents, do some early Christmas shopping and raise some funds for the school! Entry is free.
• For more information or to book a stall please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 7 December: Christmas Wine Tasting and Mini Christmas Fair in Brackley WI Hall (Manor Road, Brackley). Many varieties of wine to choose from and available to purchase as well as gift ideas from local friends of Brackley Wines.
• Visit www.brackleywines.co.uk and click on Events.