This week’s headlines include:
- Duke of Gloucester to open restored Town Hall
- Voluntary sector invited to link up at snvb
- Saints – one holiday draw and a convincing victory
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Duke of Gloucester to open restored Town Hall
Two years after the doors of Brackley Town Hall were closed to the public, the project to restore the building has been completed. The building will be officially re-opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester on Tuesday 11 September. Accompanied by both the Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, and in front of an audience of Councillors, Past Mayors and representatives from the groups and companies who have delivered the project, The Duke will unveil a plaque to mark the occasion.
The project, largely funded by a grant of more than £2million from the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund, has seen every stone, timber and roof tile inspected and repaired or replaced. The clock was removed and renovated by Smith of Derby and the bells removed – one of which had to be replaced with a newly cast bell made at Taylors Bell Foundry in Loughborough – the mechanism renovated or replaced and the bells rehung to ring once more. A new lift and staircase have been introduced, and stained glass windows, shown on an old photograph of the building, have been re-introduced to the first floor based on designs submitted by local residents and interpreted by stained glass artist, Rachael Aldridge.
The whole project has been photographed by a group of volunteers, with regular updates available on the restoration website, and their work will culminate in an exhibition shown when the building re-opens to the public for Heritage Open Days on Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September. Visitors will be able to go inside and see the restoration for themselves. They will be able to have a nose inside the office, kitchens, attic and all the public areas for the first time since 2016.
Brackley Town Mayor, Councillor Mark Morrell, said: “We are pleased that so many people are able to join us for this historic occasion, made possible by all who regularly buy their lottery tickets, and hope that when our residents have the opportunity to see the transformation of the Town Hall they will know that we have a building fit to last for the next hundred years’. There will be people on hand to answer questions about the project, and tour guides will show you around the building, pointing out the new, old and discovered parts of the Town Hall. There will also be children’s activities available.
• To learn more about the project please sign up to the Facebook page or visit the Town Council website.
All-human circus big top treat goes to school
Happy’s Circus is coming to Brackley Junior School on Thursday 20 September. Gates open at 5pm, tent doors open at 5.30pm show starts 6pm. Happy’s Circus is a family-owned, small, professional, all-human show touring the UK, dedicated to bringing the enchanting world of circus to schools and charities. The show contains traditional family variety entertainment which may include magic and illusions, aerialists, ground acts, extreme balancing, juggling, costume characters, lots of clowning, music, comedy and song, together and loads of audience participation! The show runs for two hours which includes a 30-minute interval. Tickets are £8 each or £30 for a family of 4. There will be fun stalls and games to participate in before the show and plenty of refreshments on sale. The school still has some tickets available – email Claire at email@example.com and she will respond as soon as she can. To guarantee entry please buy your tickets beforehand.
• More details and info on the Arts at Stowe website – Click Here
Film night with Meryl and Tom
The next Culworth Film Night will be on Friday 21 September when the offering is The Post, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. The film is a historical political thriller directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and based on a true story about exposing a decades-long cover up by the US Government. Doors open at 7pm. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Tickets £10 to include light supper – £5 film only. Call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 760855 by September 18 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Find out what’s going on to brighten up your summer
South Northants Council has published its Arts Events calendar for August and September. Plenty for people of all ages to enjoy during the summer around the district, and dates to put into your diaries/calendars for September too. Printed copies will be available from The Forum leaflet rack in Towcester, and South Northants libraries. For more about arts in South Northants, Click Here.
Last summer outing for the Pimlico trains
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? The last public running day this year is 3pm to 5pm on 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 .
• Next dates – Wednesday 24 October and Wednesday 28 November. 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, Bucks. 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.
Brackley Town 2-2 Chorley
Chorley surrendered the division’s only 100 per cent record in a game that had everything for the neutral, writes Tim Carroll. Brackley dominated the first hour of the match and should have been out of sight, creating chances seemingly at will against an oddly muted Chorley side. Matt Lowe hit the post, Lee Ndlovu headed over when unmarked and Matt Urwin turned Jimmy Armson’s header over from close range in a first half in which Saints denied The Magpies even a glimpse on goal and scored twice to earn a deserved half-time lead.
After 33 minutes Connor Franklin headed past Urwin from Shane Byrne’s corner to give his side a deserved lead. Lee Ndlovu doubled the advantage, finishing from close quarters on 41 minutes after fine work by Matt Lowe, the striker’s sixth goal of the season. Saints were unable to make more of further chances after the break and the game changed as Josh O’Keefe converted Chorley’s first effort on goal finishing neatly after 66 minutes.
The visitors sensed that the momentum was shifting but still it was Brackley creating scoring opportunities, substitute Murombedzi shooting close and Adam Walker’s shot testing Urwin. Only fine defending by Brackley captain Gaz Dean kept Chorley out in a 73rd minute attack but The Magpies were level ten minutes later as O’Keefe headed the equaliser to complete the come-back and retain his side’s unbeaten run, ensuring a score-line that had looked most unlikely at the half-time point.
“The way we performed in the first half, we created so many chances, you’d take coming off at half-time at 2-0 and we could have been home and dry in the first half,” Kevin Wilkin said. “Then young players switch off and let the game go on around them to encourage them to get moments in the game. That’s disappointing. We gave them a lifeline back into the game. To only have scored two goals today is a disappointment. Without a shadow of a doubt we played our best half of football of the season so far and against the league leaders. We played on the front foot, made terrific chances, hit the post, scored good goals, had good saves from the keeper but we knew we needed a third goal to make the game safe. Individually and collectively we have to do better.”
Brackley Town: Lewis; Myles, Franklin, Hall, Dean; Byrne, A.Walker, Fairlamb (Nti 93), Lowe (Murombedzi 68); Ndlovu, Armson (G.Walker 60). Subs unused: Graham, Smith.
Chorley: Urwin; Short (Almond 46), Leather, Anson (Witham 84); Challoner, Teague, Cottrell, O’Keefe, E.Newby; Carver, Wilson. Subs unused: A.Newby, Jordan, Eccles.
Referee: Aaron Jackson; Assistants Liam Corbett and Stuart Morland.
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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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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 8 September, 10am-1:30pm: Family Fun Day – Lots of fun games and activities to celebrate the end of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and Trish’s 10th year of promoting it in Brackley. We will be raising money for our library.
Saturday 8 September, 2pm-4pm: Crafternoon for MIND – Join us for an afternoon of crafts and cake to raise money for Brackley MIND, the mental health charity.
Friday 28 September, 8pm-10:30pm: Quiz Night – A fun evening’s entertainment pitting your brains against our quizmaster. A prize at the end of every round with our popular Kazoony Tunes round and a Booze jackpot for the final round. £5 per person, teams of up to 6 people. Table snacks provided but please bring your own drinks.
Reserve a table for your team at Brackley Library or email email@example.com
Saturday 6 October – James Hornsby’s performance of Oliver Twist. Book tickets at the library.
Sunday 7 October, 11am-3pm: – Brackley Library Autumn Craft Fair – 11am-3pm Unique gifts at great prices by local crafters.
Thursday 18 October, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of Leisure Seeker (Cert 15). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.
Wednesdays 10 and 24 October, 7.30pm-9pm:ABC Craft and Adult colouring, book folding or crochet. Crochet or book folding tuition £5 each.
Thursday 15 November, 7pm for-7.30pm: The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of Edie (Cert U). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.
Saturday 17 November: Cheese and wine tasting evening with Brackley Wines.
Sunday 25 November, 11am-3pm: Christmas Craft Fair with Father Christmas.
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Friday 7 December, 8pm: Big Christmas Quiz. Book your table at the library. £5 per person, teams of up to six players. Prize every round.
Thursday 13 December, 7pm-7.30pm: The Brackley Library Cinema Club showing of The Greatest Showman (Cert PG). £5 per person, book your seats at the library.
Please check our Facebook page for extra sessions and kids’ cinema during the summer break!!
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Saturday 22 September
Monday 10 September, 7.30pm: Brackley WI meets at WI hall and there will be a talk, A Tale of Two Parishes, by Sally Munday-Webb. Brackley WI meets at 7.30pm on the second Monday of the month in the WI Hall, Manor Road, Brackley (opposite Waitrose car park). Website: www.brackleywi.btik.com.
Friday 14 September-Sunday 16 September
Brackley Town Hall is re-opening after being closed for two years for an extensive restoration. Come inside and see the restoration for yourself. Have a nose inside the office, kitchens, attic and all the public areas for the first time since 2016!
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.