This week’s headlines include:
- Sign up to the campaign to save Brackley’s library services
- Evenley coffee morning in support of Katharine House
- Strong second half brings a victory for Saints
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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.
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Authors join battle to save Brackley library from closure
The Guardian newspaper has brought national attention to the threat facing our library (and many others in the county) with a report of leading authors joining the chorus of disapproval. The report starts:
Proposals to axe more than half of Northamptonshire’s public libraries have been denounced by readers and authors. Up to 28 of the county’s 36 libraries could be closed if the plans get the go-ahead. The move has been branded “monstrous” by Watchmen creator Alan Moore.
Northamptonshire county council, which needs to claw back £115m in savings over the next four years, has launched a consultation on the future of its library service. Three options have been put forward: two would shut the doors of 21 libraries; the third would close 28, leaving only eight branches open.
A proposal from Liberal Democrat councillor Chris Stanbra to halt cuts to the libraries service was rejected by the county council last week. “We wanted them to add a fourth option, which said ‘keep libraries as they are’, but the Conservatives voted against that,” Stanbra said. “At the moment, the consultation is giving the choice of three options, all of which involve the closure of libraries.”
• To read the full Guardian article, including the views of Brackley campaigner Louise Stubbs, Click Here.
• In the meantime, please use the information in the flyer to put your views to council, our councillor Fiona Baker and MP Andrea Leadsom.
Village hall coffee morning in aid of Katharine House
Jane Lambert and Karen Haynes are holding a Christmas coffee morning at Evenley Village Hall on Saturday 9 September in aid of Katharine House Hospice and in memory of Jane’s daughter Jo Lambert Candlin, who was looked after there. Jane says: “It would have been my Jo’s birthday this week, and we have run a coffee morning each year since 2015 around this time. The first one was in the Town Hall but since it has been closed Evenley Village Hall have allowed us to hold it there.” She adds that there will be delicious cakes to go with the coffee, as well as Katharine House Hospice Christmas cards, crafts, books, bric a brac, and photographs by Jo’s husband Gareth.
Sulgrave ‘Snowman’ performance with musical accompaniment
On Sunday 10 December, Sulgrave Manor presents the hugely successful film of Howard Blake’s famous children’s story The Snowman. Narrated and accompanied by Fiori Musicali, this screening is suitable for children of all ages.
Heidi Fardell (recorder) will be the narrator with Susan Jackson (voice), Carina Drury (cello), with Penelope Rapson as director. Presented in association with Sulgrave Manor and Smooth Events and supported by South Northamptonshire Council. Performances are at 2pm and 3pm and you can find Sulgrave Manor at OX17 2SD.
Village film clubs offer two pre-Christmas movie treats
On Monday 11 December (Doors open 7.30pm), Evenley Film Club offers a Christmas Special comedy drama, Their Finest (12A) (link to IMDB), starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, and Bill Nighy. Set in 1940, it tells the story of a former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, who joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them. Admission £4.50 on the door – mulled wine and mince pies will be provided.
On Friday 15 December, 8pm (Doors open 7.30pm), Croughton Cinema Club offers the third film in the present season, Viceroy’s House (12) (link to IMDB), starring Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon and Hugh Bonneville. The film is set in New Delhi in March 1947 when Lord Louis Mountbatten arrives as the new (and last) viceroy of India. Mountbatten’s difficult task consists in overseeing the transition of British India to independence, and when he arrives at the palace he is accompanied by Edwina, his liberal-minded wife and by his 18-year-old daughter Pamela. CFC members £3, non-members £5, under-16s £3. Licensed bar. Annual membership is £10.
• Please make a note of the remaining cinema dates for this season: January 5 and 26, February 16, March 9, April 6 and May 4.
It’s panto time in the school hall at Helmdon… oh, yes it is!
Helmdon Bridge Players’ forthcoming production is The Sword in the Stone, with performances at 7.30pm on Thursday 7 December, Friday 8 December and Saturday 9 December. There’s also a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday. Tickets are £8 per adult, £5 for children up to 16, or £22 for a family of four. Venue is Helmdon school hall. Tickets are available from Dave Bridger, 01295 760362, email Dabridger@aol.com; and Zoe Dyndor, 01295 768095, email email@example.com.
Wind ensemble Christmas concert at Syresham
Brackley Wind Ensemble have their Christmas concert this Saturday (9 December) at St James Church, Syresham, at 7.30pm. We are delighted to be joined by guest artist cellist Frances Randall, and by choir the Music Makers of Milton Keynes. There will be audience participation in the form of carol singing, and Christmas jumpers are encouraged! Tickets are £5, with under-12s free, and donations will be made to the church and the Air Ambulance Service. All welcome!
SNC gets ready to wrap up Christmas bin collections
Householders in South Northamptonshire should make sure they put their bins out on time in the build-up to Christmas as the Boxing Day collections will be moved to the following Saturday. Any household which is due to have a collection on Tuesday, 26 December should put their bins out on Saturday 30 December instead. Reminders of the change in collection dates will be attached to bins belonging to affected households on Tuesday 12 December. Collections on other days will not be affected by the Bank Holidays and residents should put their bins out on their normal day. However, due to the rise in volume, collection crews may arrive at different times and householders should ensure their bins are out by 7am.
As normal, garden waste collections will be suspended for two weeks from Monday 25 December before starting again the week commencing Monday 8 January or Monday 15 January 2018 depending on where you live in the district. When garden waste collections resume, real Christmas trees can be put in or next to the green bin – make sure all decorations are removed. Bulky waste collections and deliveries will also be suspended for one week from Monday, 25 December, starting again in the first week of January 2018.
• For more information, including collection calendars, visit SNC’s waste and recycling pages.
News from snvb – how to give a helping hand at Christmas
Short-term Host at Christmas
Hundreds of adult international students studying in the UK will be facing a lonely Christmas on a deserted university campus. You can welcome one or two students into your home for four days at Christmas, learn about their culture, show them your local area and traditions, and invite them to experience your own home life.
• For details Click Here…
Christmas Day Helpers
Volunteers needed for the annual Christmas lunch in Towcester, which is held every year for guests who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day on their own. Cooking and food preparation, serving lunch, clearing away afterwards and socialising! Drivers to carry people to and from the event also welcome. Volunteers are very important to the success of the day.
For details Click Here…
Food Drive Volunteers
Help collect donations at the UK’s largest food drive this Christmas. Volunteers to join Tesco’s fantastic food drive team to help fight hunger in the UK; 8.4 million people in the UK are struggling to afford to eat – that’s the equivalent to the population of London. Make a difference to them by volunteering this Christmas. Brackley Tesco – November 30, December 1 and 2.
• For details Click Here…
Win £30 or £20 for your village newsletter
We know there are wonderful printed newsletters in our villages across South Northamptonshire, and in the vast majority of cases managed and edited by a dedicated band of volunteers. We often contact editors to place adverts and/or editorials on our projects that can support and benefit readers. However, we know we are not always up-to-date. Please send us a printed copy of a recent newsletter for our library. The copy received will go into a prize draw to win £30 (first prize) or £20 (second prize).
* For details Click Here…
Arts at Stowe invites you to appreciate The Power of Words
On Wednesday 24 January 2018, Stowe Music School is giving a Holocaust Memorial Day Concert under the banner “The Power of Words”. The event, a culmination of work between historians, artists and Stoics, will be a profound and humbling testimony of music, art and the spoken word in which the current generation of Stoics pay tribute to the memory of Sir Nicholas Winton MBE, one of Stowe’s first pupils in 1923. He was an extraordinary man who saved so many lives during the time of the Holocaust and who left a lasting legacy of hope. Performance starts at 7pm and will be two hours including the interval.
• To reserve a seat please email thearts@Stowe.co.uk or call 01280 818012.
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Brackley Town 3-2 Stockport County
Brackley won a fine match with a strong second-half performance, having trailed at half-time. Two second-half goals by Aaron Williams secured the points to move Saints into second place above Harrogate Town. “It was a tough, competitive game and the players had to show character to get the win,” Kevin Wilkin said. “In the first half we were a bit impatient at times and a bit too open so we had to address this.”
Having fallen behind to a well worked 16th minute goal by Shane Byrne, Stockport hit back to take a deserved lead into the break. Jason Oswell won the header from a corner and Chris Smalley squeezed the ball inside the post from close range to level after 21 minutes. Matt Warburton twice spurned chances when well placed and only a saving tackle by Brackley captain Gareth Dean kept the sides level until Warburton put County ahead just before the break. Afforded too much space, the striker found a fine finish from 20 yards.
It was a different story though in the second half. Aaron Williams equalised on the hour, creating a goal out of nothing, turning to his left to fire in from the edge of the penalty area, and it was Williams again who finished at the back post after good work by Dean to put Brackley ahead again after 72 minutes. The Hatters threw everything forward in search of a third goal and came close after 80 minutes when only a top-class save from Danny Lewis thwarted substitute Darren Stephenson. Warburton left the field with an injury, leaving The Hatters with ten players – having used their three substitutions – but Saints still had a few nervy last minutes to hold on and they maintained the division’s only unbeaten home record.
The win is Brackley’s first in five attempts in the league at St James Park against The Hatters and the first time County have conceded. “It is a team game and we needed two big contributions today to get the win,” Wilkin added. “Danny Lewis made a good save at a crucial time and has been terrific for us all season. Gaz Dean is the captain and a big leader for us and his block to save a goal came at a critical moment. We are almost halfway through the season and we are enjoying where we are. We have some big games to come but it is great fun to this point.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, S.Byrne, Gudger, Dean, G.Walker, J.Byrne (Ndlovu 69), Armson, A.Williams (Brown 90), Lowe. Subs not used: Tilney, Diggin, Graham.
Stockport County: Hinchliffe, Cowan, Mantack, Ball, Smalley, O’Halloran (Stephenson 74), McKenna (Duxbury 61), Stopforth, Oswell (Winter 64), Warburton, Dixon. Subs not used: Clarke, Ormson.
Referee: Ricky Wootton; assistant referees: Peter Walker and Gareth Myers
• For season fixtures list, CLICK HERE
• For more information about the club, Click Here.
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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The Country Market will be at the library from 10am till 12ish. Market manager Diane Elizabeth Jones writes on the market’s Facebook page: “We hope to be there until the Town Hall reopens but when that will be we really don’t know. If for any reason you can’t make a Saturday morning, please order and we will deliver, as you are all precious to us. Thank you.”
• Keep an eye on the Facebook page, not just for developments but to read about the delights on offer from local traders.
Throughout December, Letters from Santa. Our supporters’ group will be working with Santa. Please contact the library for further details.
Every Monday and Thursday 2-4pm: Knit and Natter
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Every Thursday 4.15-5.15pm: Thursday Craft Club with Sue
Every Saturday during term time 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
Friday 1 December from 8pm: The Big Christmas Quiz Night!! £5 per person. Teams of up to six. Prize every round. Please book your team a table at the library.
Wednesday 6 December 7.30-9pm: ABC Craft Evening. Colouring, book folding or crochet (crochet or book folding tuition £5 per person)
Thursday 7 December 11am -12 noon: Reminiscence Group
Sunday 10 December: Santa and Santa’s workshops. For further details please visit the library or our Facebook page.
Tuesday 12 December 11.30am-2pm: Job Seekers Club
Thursday 14 December 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “White Christmas” (PG). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
• Throughout December please check Facebook for club updates due to bank holidays and club special events.
Brackley Library Supporters’ group are looking for new members. Please leave your details at the library or pop along to one of our supporters’ meetings if you would like to find out more. We look forward to seeing you.
• Please check the library’s Facebook page for additional events.
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Saturday 9 December, 7.30pm: Brackley Wind Ensemble have their Christmas concert at St James Church, Syresham. We are delighted to be joined by guest artist cellist Frances Randall, and by choir the Music Makers of Milton Keynes. There will be audience participation in the form of carol singing, and Christmas jumpers are encouraged! Tickets are £5, with under-12s free, and donations will be made to the church and the Air Ambulance Service. All welcome!
Sunday 10 December 2pm: Little Blue Monster presents Lily and the Little Snow Bear at Roxburgh Hall, Stowe. A glittering, snowy tale about a little lost bear and a brave little girl. After the show meet Lily and Baby Bear, say hello and have your photo taken with them. Suitable for ages 3+. Running time: 55mins. Ticket Price: £8.50. Bookings www.artsatstowe.co.uk
Sunday 17 December 7pm: Christmas Boogienotes Rock and Pop Choir at the Ugland Auditorium, Stowe. Join us and the wonderful Boogienotes Choir for an evening of wonderful Christmas songs and carols to celebrate the festive season in style.
You are invited to join us for a glass of wine and a festive treat. Running time 75 mins followed by drinks and a festive treat. Tickets : £10 / £9 Members / £4 under 16’s. Bookings www.artsatstowe.co.uk
Saturday 23 December 2pm: A performance of Sleeping Beauty by the Looking Glass Theatre Company which, once again, brings its inventive pantomime to Evenley Village Hall, The Green, Evenley (NN13 5SH). Adults £8, children (13 and under) £6. Tickets from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (NB Tickets available from 1 October). The show will be in two halves and fruit juices and biscuits will be available free of charge during the interval.
Saturday 23 December 7.30pm: Join us at Hummingbirds Bistro for an Evening of Vintage Christmas Sounds starring The Sasparillas (a 1940s Close Harmony Trio). Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. A light buffet is also included. Tickets cost £22 per person and must be purchased in advance as places are limited. To book your seat simply pop in or call 01280 700797. A £5 deposit will secure your seat but full payment must be made before the event.
• Please advise us at your time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.
Wednesday 24 January 7pm: Stowe Music School is giving a Holocaust Memorial Day Concert under the banner “The Power of Words”. The event, a culmination of work between historians, artists and Stoics, will be a profound and humbling testimony of music, art and the spoken word in which the current generation of Stoics pay tribute to the memory of Sir Nicholas Winton, MBE, one of Stowe’s first pupils in 1923. He was an extraordinary man who saved so many lives during the time of the Holocaust and who left a lasting legacy of hope. Performance starts at 7pm and will be two hours including the interval.
• To reserve a seat please email thearts@Stowe.co.uk or call 01280 818012.