This week’s headlines include:
- MP Andrea set to take on a new apprentice
- Town’s carnival team calls for volunteers
- Fine away win keeps Saints on course
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Wedding Fayre in Syresham
There will be a Wedding Fayre in Syresham’s new village hall on Sunday 10th March from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. There will be exhibitors catering for all aspects of wedding planning. Admission is free. Also, if you are planning a a different kind of function or celebration, this is an ideal opportunity to come along to view the hall which makes a lovely rural venue (www.syreshamvillagehall.co.uk). Most of the exhibitors also cater for different kinds of functions. So why not come along and enjoy a glass of bubbly and some canapes with us?
Your chance to get involved – Town Carnival Day is on its way
This year’s Brackley Carnival will take place on Saturday 8 June and the theme is The Movies. We are now taking bookings for stalls and trade stands on the Carnival field along with entries for the procession, so if you are a group, school, business or organisation and would like to get involved please contact us at brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk. Details of the carnival cover competition are on our website so if you want to enter and have your picture on the cover of the carnival programme get your entry into us. The event is a great way to promote yourself either by taking a stand on the field or entering the procession. Not-for-profit and charity stalls are free.
We will again be having a community arena, so if you are part of a group who would like to perform or display in the arena please get in touch. We are also keen to get interesting and classic/vintage vehicles into the procession. If you fancy being part of this year’s Carnival entertainment we have a community stage – bands, singers, music groups, comedians… in fact anyone who would like to perform. So get in touch with us to book your slot.
• Brackley Carnival is organised by a very small team. If you are able to offer help on the day with setting up, acting as a steward or helping clear, please contact us via our website, www.brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk, or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.
Architectural Heritage Fund launches £7m Heritage Impact Fund
Social investment is available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for projects that will deliver social and economic benefits to local communities through the reuse of historic buildings. The new Heritage Impact Fund (HIF) is a joint initiative between the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) and other bodies including the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England. The Fund offers tailored, flexible loans of between £25,000 and £500,000 for up to three years to charities, social enterprises and community businesses that want to acquire, reuse or redevelop historic or architecturally important buildings in the UK.
It aims to help deliver projects that support the sustainability of historic buildings as well as support organisations with a clear social mission seeking to deliver demonstrable local economic and community impact.
• Full details, along with many other funding opportunities, can be found on the snvb website.
You could become an apprentice to our local MP
South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom is currently hiring her next apprentice caseworker to join her busy office in Towcester. The role is open to local school leavers in South Northants, and Andrea has hired an apprentice every year since she became an MP. All previous apprentices have gone on to full-time employment or further studying. Jake, Andrea’s current apprentice, joined from Northampton School for Boys last summer and is over halfway through his placement.
Andrea said: “As an integral part of Team Leadsom, my apprentice caseworker is responsible for engaging with constituents and dealing with some of the correspondence I receive each day, as well as supporting the wider team in ad hoc projects. The role is full time, paid above the national apprenticeship wage, and lasts for twelve months. Although based in Towcester, there are regular opportunities to work in Westminster and to get fully involved in all aspects of parliamentary life.” Jake said: “The apprenticeship opportunity has been an incredible experience for me, and provided a fascinating insight into Westminster, the constituency, and politics. I would recommend to any school leaver that they look into this opportunity which is giving me so many skills.”
• The closing date for applications is 15 March 2019. More information can be found on Andrea’s website
Village film night takes you to the moon
The next film night in Culworth is on Friday 8 March (doors open 7pm) when the film will be First Man (12A) – a glimpse into the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon. As this is a Fish & Chips supper night it is essential to book by the end of Tuesday 5 March. Fish & Chips supper and film, £11; film only, £5. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie 760855, or email email@example.com.Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.
• A plea – if you have booked to come to a film night with supper and cannot for some reason make it, do please let us know, even at the last minute. There are often people who would like to come and have had to be turned away through being fully booked.
Brackley Morris ‘have a go’ offer still open
If you saw Brackley Morris during their Boxing Day events, you might have thought: “I wouldn’t mind having a go at that…” Well, you can. Open taster evenings are being held in March. So if you’ve ever fancied feeling a bit of rhythm, bashing a few sticks, working up a sweat, and then quenching your thirst with a pint, why not go along to one of their practice evenings and try it for yourself? It’s a great time of year to start because, with few outings until May, these evenings are always relaxed. Why not bring a friend too! They meet at 8pm on Thursday evenings at the CofE Junior School, Manor Road, Brackley. Feel free to join them, though it’s always best to call first as the school is occasionally closed. Stephen Ferneyhough 07764 799947; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. More details on the website: http://www.thebrackleymorrismen.org.uk.
Blyth Spartans 1-3 Brackley Town
An impressive Brackley performance secured a vital away win at a blustery Croft Park, recovering from an early setback to score three first-half goals on Glenn Walker’s 300th appearance for the club – recording an eighth win in nine league games, writes Tim Carroll. “Glenn was excellent for us again today,” Kevin Wilkin said. “His was one of several fine individual performances in an overall strong team performance to earn an important win and continue our decent form.”Gaz Dean’s header gave Saints a deserved lead five minutes later as Foden failed to collect from Glenn Walker’s precise cross and Byrne got his second after 37 minutes, rifling in his shot straight down the middle of the goal to put Brackley in command.
There were further chances to extend the lead and there was defending to be done as Blyth never gave up, but the score-line did not flatter the visitors. The result and the performance laid to rest the memory of last season’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Spartans and kept Saints in fourth place ahead of Saturday’s St James Park match of the day against Stockport County.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, G.Walker, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Lowe (Nti 90+2), Armson (Fairlamb 77), Ndlovu, Baker (Sterling-James 90+4), A.Walker. Subs unused: Murombedzi, Jackson.
Blyth Spartans: Foden, Horner, Watson, Green (Butler 82), Buddle, Laing, Rivers, Oliver, Maguire, Reid (Dale 60), Holmes (Wrightson 60). Subs unused: Mullen, Nicholson.
Referee: Dean Watson
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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.
The drop-in hearing-aid clinic service has resumed its visits to Brackley Library. The next clinic is on Wednesday 20 February from 10.30am to midday. Please make sure you have your NHS Hearing Aid Record Book with you when attending.
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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.
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Friday 8 March (Doors open 7pm): Film night in Culworth features First Man (12A) – a glimpse into the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon. As this is a Fish & Chips supper night it is essential to book by the end of Tuesday 5 March. Fish & Chips supper and film, £11; film only, £5. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie 760855, or email email@example.com.Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.
• A plea – if you have booked to come to a film night with supper and cannot for some reason make it, do please let us know, even at the last minute. There are often people who would like to come but have had to be turned away through being fully booked.
Friday 8 March (Doors open 7.30pm): Croughton Cinema’s film is also First Man(12A) at Croughton Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to come and join us. Licensed Bar. Admissions: CFC Members £3, non-members £5, under-16s: £3.
• The remaining dates for 2019 are 5 and 26 April – please make a note in your diaries!
Monday 11 March, 7.30pm: WI meeting at WI Hall, in Manor Road, Brackley (opposite Waitrose car park). The topic will be “Creating Small Business opportunities for African Women.” For the Brackley WI website, Click Here.
Monday 25 March
Monday 25 March, 7.30pm: Brackley Methodist Church Hall – Brackley Wildlife Trust invite you to an illustrated talk by Matt Johnson, Northants Living Landscape Manager (part of BCN), Green Wheel Project, about the updating improvements at St James Lake. All welcome – a charge of £2 helps cover our costs.
Friday 29 March, 7pm: Bingo Night at Magdalen College School, Brackley in Walter Knibbs Dining Hall. Books (containing eight games) cost £5. Tea, coffee, soft drinks & wine (for a suggested donation) will be served. To book your place please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us via Facebook: Friends of Magdalen College School. We look forward to seeing you there!
Saturday 13 April
Saturday 8 June: Brackley Carnival. This annual event is organised by a very small team. If you are able to offer help on the day with setting up, acting as a steward or helping clear, please contact us via our website, brackleycommunitycarnival.org.uk, or call Chairman Mark Stopps on 07778 629876.