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Brackley online Post, 8 September 2017

his week’s headlines include:

• Heritage Open Days – Old Fire Station and Old Hall Bookshop
• School’s back for young footballers to get into action
• Rare Moth found at Farthinghoe Nature Reserve

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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

Heritage Open Days – Brackley Town Hall Restoration Project

The Old Fire Station, Brackley, NN13 7DW

Although the Town Hall is not accessible this year, it doesn’t mean we won’t be having a Heritage Open Day! Get the chance to handle some of the finds that have been discovered in the Town Hall including a Georgian coin and clay pipes. In celebration of the 50 years of conservation areas, there will be walking tours of both of Brackley’s conservation areas – High Street & Old Town. As we will be based in the Old Fire Station, there will also be information about the history of the building, too. As ever, there will be children’s activities, the chance to find out more about the restoration project and refreshments available!
Opening Times – No booking required
Friday 8 September: 10am-4pm
Saturday 9 September: 10am-4pm
There is no parking specifically for the Fire Station although there is parking available in the town car park or on the High Street. The building is accessible throughout and has accessible toilet facilities.
The Old Fire Station is on the High Street in the corner of Brackley Park. You can park on the road or in the Town Car Park which is only a two-minute walk away.
• Website:

Go behind the Scenes at historic Old Hall Bookshop

You will get the chance to see all over this Queen Anne town house that currently houses the Old Hall Bookshop (NN13 7DP) on the ground floor. We can start in the cellar and work our way up and out on to the roof and enjoy the wonderful views of Brackley and the surrounding area, weather permitting.
Opening Times:
• Thursday 7 September: 0930-1730; Tour 1100, 1400 and 1600
• Friday 8 September: 0930-1730; Tour 1100, 1400 and 1600
• Saturday 9 September: 0930-1730; Tour 1100, 1400 and 1600
Pre-booking preferred – Booking Contact: Christine or Jenny; call 01280 704146; email:
Maximum six people per tour/session.
We will be going up and down a LOT of stairs; there may also be loose floorboards, dust and dim lighting conditions. It’s a very old building with worn steps. Parking is available nearby on the street and in Market Square. It’s free but time restrictions apply.



Rare Moth Found at Farthinghoe Nature Reserve

It has just been confirmed by the County Moth recorder Mark Hammond, that the Star find of the Bank Holiday Weekend… was an Italian Tubic.. Metalampra italica.. A new county record!

It was first recorded in this country in 2003 in Devon. The only other place it was thought to be found was in Italy… Since then it has been recorded in at least a dozen counties in the south of England and Wales, and is now a breeding resident.

Before 2003, the species was considered endemic to Italy, but is believed to be spreading its range and has also been found in France and the Netherlands. It’s possible that it was introduced accidentally.

The larvae feed in decaying wood, beneath the bark of Quercus (Oak), That makes it the 458th species of micro and macro moth to be recorded at Farthinghoe Nature Reserve.


‘School’ is back for the Saints’ young footballers

Children are returning to school after the summer holidays – and now they can get involved in the Saturday Soccer Schools which start on Saturday 9 September at Brackley Town Football Club (Churchill Way, NN13 7DZ). To coincide with the start of the club’s junior playing season, Brackley Town is launching two Soccer Schools to take advantage of the club’s artificial grass pitch and FA-qualified coaches. One Soccer School is for girls aged 4–11, as endorsed by England’s Gareth Southgate as part of the national Grow the Game initiative. The other one is for boys aged 4-6 with a view to creating an under-7s team playing in a local league.

Andy Thompson, head of Brackley Town’s Academy, said: “Our Soccer Schools have been very popular and were hugely successful last season so we are delighted to be able to expand our provision to offer a bespoke Soccer School for girls. The sessions will get children active and developing ball skills but most of all they are great fun.”
• The first session is at 9.30am on Saturday 9 September and costs just £3.50. To register interest, contact Andy Thompson at

Hummingbirds’ quiz night – book early


Share the joy of rewards for recycling

People in South Northamptonshire who encourage others to sign up to a recycling rewards scheme could win more prizes. Every month the Feed Your Caddy Campaign run by Northamptonshire Waste Partnership hands out prizes to people signed up to the ‘I’m in to Win’ scheme for simply putting out their food waste for recycling. Each month four winners are chosen at random and prizes have included brewery tours, meals for two and adventure days out. During September anyone who refers a neighbour who signs up to the scheme will be entered into a bonus draw.

Cllr Dermot Bambridge, South Northamptonshire Council’s portfolio holder for environmental service, said: “This district is among the highest recyclers in the country, but more can always be done. We hope ‘I’m in to Win’ is the extra incentive some need to make recycling a habit.” There’s no limit to how often someone can be entered into the bonus draw, so the more people they refer, the greater the chances of winning a prize. To sign-up to ‘I’m in to Win’, visit the Feed Your Caddy website. If you’re already signed up and want to refer a friend, follow the link on the left hand side of the homepage. Registration for refer a friend ends Friday, 22 September.


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Saints become table-toppers after hard-fought draw

Brackley Town 0-0 Tamworth
There was little to separate the two sides as Tamworth earned a hard fought point in a Tuesday game that was at times end-to-end yet lacked clear-cut goal action, writes Tim Carroll. Brackley’s point sent them to top spot in the league table ahead of Saturday’s visit to third-placed Salford City who won at Harrogate as they dropped to second.

The visitors started well and Reece Styche’s 20-yard effort brought a save at full stretch from Danny Lewis before Saints produced a period of mounting pressure that Tamworth defended strongly. The second half was again tightly contested with the few chances falling to the home side. A fine saving tackle by Jack Lane denied Matt Lowe, Shane Byrne’s low drive was pushed away for a corner before arguably the two best chances came in added time. Both involved Adam Walker. First Walker’s fierce shot into a crowded penalty area was diverted by substitute Steve Diggin, the ball flashing wide, before Walker fired over as a loose ball fell for him.

“It was a strong performance and sometimes you have to scrap and battle,” said manager Kevin Wilkin. “But to win the game you have to stick away the half chances when the key moments come. It is disappointing to drop points and we did create the better chances but not a lot were clear cut. It is not a bad point and it takes us into Saturday’s game.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham (Franklin 70), Dean, G.Walker, Lowe, Ndlovu (Diggin 85), A.Williams (Brown 70), A.Walker. Subs not used: Tilney, J.Byrne.
Tamworth:   Rowley, Burns, Morley, Deeney, Upton, Lane, Powell (Taylor 70), Verma, Styche (Reid 83), Curley, Shaw. Subs not used: Jezeph, Pegg, Walters.
Referee: Lloyd Wood. Assistants Wayne Chambers and Alex Rayment.
Attendance:   430

Honours even as top two clash on artificial pitch

Brackley goal-scorer Aaron Williams

Harrogate Town 1-1 Brackley Town
The division’s two unbeaten records remained intact as Brackley Town and Harrogate Town shared the points in a fiercely competitive and high-tempo game on Harrogate’s artificial pitch, writes Tim Carroll. The goals came at the start of the game with Saints taking a third-minute lead only to be pegged back by the home side in the 10th minute. Thereafter, while both sides sought the next goal, both keepers enjoyed relatively untroubled afternoons as sadefences were on top.

“It was a fair result,” said Saints manager Kevin Wilkin. “I am disappointed we didn’t hold on to our lead for longer and it took us a while to adapt fully to the surface, but we did. Neither goalkeeper really had a shot to save and there weren’t too many open chances.”
The game burst into life with Aaron Williams’ first goal for his new club after excellent work on the left by Lee Ndlovu. Ndlovu sought to squeeze his shot in between keeper James Belshaw and the post but it rebounded for Williams to blast into the net from close range.

Unfazed by the early setback Harrogate were soon level. A shot by Jordan Thewlis came back off the cross-bar and it was played back into the danger zone by George Thomson where Joe Leesley was on hand to steer the ball past Danny Lewis. Shane Byrne’s free-kick went close, Ndlovu’s toe-poke was just wide and Glenn Walker’s shot blocked while Harrogate enjoyed plenty of possession but without troubling Lewis. Brackley lost Jimmy Armson to injury with Jack Byrne replacing him after 35 minutes.

It was more of the same after the break as Brackley started well, pressing the home side. Adam Walker’s goalbound shot was charged down and Jack Byrne’s effort was deflected just over. Harrogate also threatened, and a clearing header by Luke Graham and an intervention by Ellis Myles kept the score level. Perhaps the clearest chance fell to Harrogate’s Thomson with 20 minutes remaining but he fired too high as defenders closed down the space.

“Our front two worked their socks off today,” said Wilkin. “Aaron got his goal. He is a poacher and outside that works very hard for the team. We have to be adaptable in a game like today. We didn’t have it all our own way and did not have as much possession as we are used to. Harrogate are the division’s top scorers and we prevented them creating many opportunities.

”Losing Jimmy [Armson] was a blow but Jack [Byrne] came on, he settled us down and had a great game. Matt Lowe came on and was important for us too. We look forward now to another tough game on Tuesday. These are the challenges we want.” Kevin Wilkin’s team face two more top six sides in the next week. Tamworth are the visitors to St James Park on Tuesday evening before Saints travel next Saturday to face Salford City.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker, Armson (J.Byrne 35), Ndlovu (Brown 90), A.Williams (Lowe 82), A.Walker. Subs not used: Tilney, Franklin.
Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, Parker, Falkingham, Kennedy, Burrell, Thomson, Emmett, Vann (O’Hanlon 73), Thewlis, Leesley. Subs not used: Cracknell, Middleton, Day, Burdett.
Referee: Aaron Jackson; assistants Darren Rogers and Michael Herzhog
Attendance: 1081

• Full list of season’s fixtures is on the club website – Click Here

Regular events in Brackley

Every Friday 8.30-11am: Brackley Country Market, Bar 2 at the Red Lion, Market Place, Brackley. A wide variety of fresh local produce including fruit and vegetables according to season, bread, cakes and preserves, To visit the Brackley Country Market website, Click Here.
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.
Every Thursday, 8pm: Stokie’s Blues Exchange partner dance class at Westbury Village Hall, Playing Field Road, Westbury NN13 5LA. The class will focus on the fundamentals of Blues partner dancing including musicality, expression, connection and style. Come along to our dance classes and we’ll teach you a range of skills. It is quite simple to pick up, and we can help the complete beginner to enjoy the magic of dancing from their first night! It’s just £8 on the door before 9pm and £5 after 9pm. Class starts at 8.15 and social dancing is from 9pm to 11pm.

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Every Saturday, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club with Ken and Estelle (Term time)
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
Saturday 9 September, 2.30pm-4pm: German Café
Thursday 21 September, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of “La La Land” (12A). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.

Every Monday and Thursday: Knit and Natter 2-4pm
Tuesdays 3rd, 17th and 31st October: Job Seekers Club 11.30-2pm
Wednesdays 11 and 25 October: ABC Craft Evening, 7.30-9pm. Colouring, book folding or crochet (crochet or book folding tuition £5 per person)
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club
Every Thursday 4.15-5.15: Thursday Craft Club with Sue
Every Saturday during term time, 10.30-11.30am: Creation Club, Weekend crafting with Ken and Estelle.
Thursday 5 October, 11am-noon: Reminiscence Group
Friday 13 October, 8pm: Quiz Night!! £5 per person. Teams of up to six. Prize every round. Please book your team a table at the library.
Thursday 19 October, 7pm for 7.30pm: The Cinema Club showing of Lion (PG). £5 per person. Booking essential. Refreshments available to buy on the night.
Sunday 29th October, 11.30am -12.30pm: Story Time special – The Gruffalo. Stories, crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

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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Friday 8 September, doors open 7pm: Culworth Film Night – Midnight in Paris (12A) – at village hall, with supper. Tickets £10 with supper/£5 film only. Bring your own liquid refreshment and glass.

Monday 11 September: Regular WI meeting will hear a talk about medical detection dogs from Claire Farrar, mother of a child who depends on her dog Shirley to alert the family to the possibility of collapse.
• WI website:

Friday 15 September: Ben Waters LIVE, at Hopcrafts Farm, Turweston, Brackley.  Do not miss one of the top 10 pianists of all time (in Jools Hollands opinion). Ben is an incredible entertainer and you will dance your socks off!  Doors open at 7pm, tickets are just £10 (VIP tickets £20) available from CJ’s Diner or call 01280 702581.  Hopcrafts Farm is on the Buckingham Road, just over the bypass on the right as you go up the hill.

Friday 22 September, doors open 7pm: High Adventure in Mongolia – a talk by Hywel LLoyd, being given at Culworth Village Hall. Tickets £10 with supper/£5 talk only. Bring your own liquid refrehsment and glass. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 01295 760855.

Monday 25 September, 7.30pm – Brackley and District Wildlife Group meets at Brackley Methodist Church Hall.  Overlooked Wildlife Talk by Brian Eversham, Chief Executive of Wildlife Trust BCN, who will take us into the fascinating world of the interactions between species which creates our diverse natural landscape. Entry is £2 donation, all welcome

Saturday 14 October, 7.30 pm: Autumn Song – a concert of choral music by Polymnia, a 22-voice chamber choir based in Milton Keynes who have toured in Europe. At St George’s Church, Evenley, NN13 5SG. Tickets £10 (no concessions) from: Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email Canapes at the interval are included in the ticket price. Wine and fruit juices available for donations.

Sunday 15 October, doors open 3pm:  Culworth Cinema – Film matinee of Viceroy’s House (12A) with afternoon tea.  Tickets £10 with tea/£5 film only. To book, call June on 01295 768184 or Julie on 01295 760855

Wednesday 8 November, 2.30 pm: Talk and demonstration by Wendy Freestone of her sculpture. Her work “Watching” was included in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. At Evenley Village Hall, The Green, Evenley NN13 5SH. Tickets £5 (no concessions), from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email The demonstration will be in two parts and free tea/coffee and biscuits will be served in the interval. Tickets are limited.

Friday 17 November, 7.30 pm: The Stage is Yours 2, an evening in which you are invited to read a poem, tell a story, sing a song, dance, play a tune or just watch and listen. At Evenley Village Hall, The Green, Evenley NN13 5SH. Tickets £2.50 – performers free – from Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email The evening will be in two parts with an interval in the middle. Please bring your own drink but glasses will be provided. If you wish to perform, please contact Kevin – see above for tickets – to book your slot. Items should generally be no longer than five minutes unless otherwise agreed.

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 (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.

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For full details of events at Stowe, including times and tickets, Click Here

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