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Brackley online Post, 9 November 2018

This week’s headlines include:

  • Town gears up to mark centenary of war’s end
  • Great festive events lined up at library
  • Saints’ safe passage into County Cup semi-finals

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 Brackley gears up to mark centenary of war’s end

Hundreds of poppies are draped over the front of the Town Hall

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, Brackley will remember the sacrifices of millions of men and women by joining a unique series of events throughout the day. Brackley Town Council invites the local community to join in the following commemorations:

… and at the back steps too

6am – At the town war memorial a lone piper will play Battle’s Over, Sleep in Peace
11am – At the town war memorial a two-minutes silence to mark Armistice
2.20pm – The Remembrance Parade will commence from Winchester House School, High Street; Followed by:
3pm – Remembrance Service on the Piazza and Market Place
6.55pm – Battle’s Over, the Last Post at Poppyfields Way Park. Followed by:
7pm – Battle’s Over, WWI Beacon of Light at Poppyfields Way Park
7.05pm – Battle’s Over, Ring out for Peace at St. Peter’s Church

Telling the story of a most remarkable hero

Walter Tull was an extraordinary young man, the son of an immigrant from Barbados, born of mixed heritage at the turn of the 20th century, an orphan at the age of eight, the first outfield black footballer and the first black officer in the British Expeditionary Force during the First World War – at a time when it was illegal for such a thing to happen. These remarkable circumstances, culminating in Walter giving his life on the Somme in March 1918, are poignantly explored in this debut production by Now & Then Theatre.

‘Tull 100’ is devised physical theatre, investigating the issues of racism and war through the life of Walter Tull. Sadly, these issues are still with us today. Tull 100 Director Martin Boileau explained why he got involved: “As a Northampton Town fan I was well aware of Walter Tull’s life and the impact it could have if told to a wider audience. As a retired drama teacher I knew that live theatre would tell the story in an educational, as well as entertaining way.”
Tickets for Tull 100 are now available at £10 or £5 (concessions) and are available online at Performance dates are Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November with all performances starting at 7.30pm at The Radcliffe Centre, Church Street, Buckingham MK18 1BY.


Saturday 17 November


Great seasonal events lined up for Brackley Library

Come and support your local library with some great events. On Sunday 25 November, 11am-3pm there is a Christmas Craft Fair with Father Christmas.
On Sunday 2 December there will be a Christmas Craft Fair from 10am to 3pm, where you will find a great selection of unique gifts from local crafters while Father Christmas will be there for the children.


Brackley Car Service needs more volunteer drivers

The Brackley Area Volunteer Car Service is looking for more drivers to help the 200-plus people living in the town and surrounding villages who have difficulty getting to essential medical or social care appointments. The service is managed by snvb. Volunteer drivers are paid a mileage allowance and the voluntary role is totally flexible, with the volunteer choosing which journeys to do, when and how often. For more information, contact the service on 01280 841099.

Royal British Legion External Grants

The External Grants programme is provided by the Royal British Legion (RBL) and supports not-for-profit organisations in the UK running, or planning, charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community. Grants are available to fund specialised projects or services delivering welfare support directly to serving and/or ex-Service personnel and/or their families. Projects that fall within the following areas will be prioritised:

  • Employment and training.
  • Family support.
  • Homelessness and outreach.
  • Supporting the elderly.

The 2019 deadlines for stage one applications for service delivery projects are: 25 January 2019 and 26 April 2019.
• Applications to the other funding streams of the Legion’s External Grants scheme – Capacity Building and Research projects – are not currently being accepted.
More information on the RBL website.


The Brackley Morris Men are holding open Taster Sessions on Thursday evenings during November, 8pm at Brackley C of E Junior School, Manor Road, Brackley, NN13 6EE. The tasters are open to anyone, but we particularly welcome new youngish men to help keep our 400-year-old local tradition thriving! If you’d like to have a go it’s best to call first as the school is occasionally closed – : Stephen on 07764 799947 or e-mail We’d love to see you.


Sing a song of laughter to help new medical centre

Kevin and Carrie O’Regan are organising a concert of comic songs at Croughton Village Hall by Holler n Duck in aid of the new Brackley Medical Centre. The show, on Saturday 1 December, will be in two parts, with an interval of approx 20 minutes and the evening should finish by 10pm. There will be a bar. Tickets £10 (no concessions).

About Holler n Duck… Think comic songs, think laughter, think audience participation, think brilliance and you’re there. Holler n Duck are reviving the great tradition of the comic song – Gilbert and Sullivan, Flanders and Swan, Jake Thackray…
You can expect witty lyrics, expert musicianship, great banter between songs and you are guaranteed to laugh and laugh and laugh. Check them out at or on You Tube by starting here.
• Call Carrie or Kevin on 01280 702300 or email

Saints’ safe passage into County Cup semi-finals

Corby Town 0-4 Brackley Town (Hillier Cup QF)
Saints took on Corby Town in the quarter final of the Northants Hillier Senior Cup at Steel Park on Tuesday and went through to set up a potentially intriguing semi-final pairing next month, writes Tim Carroll. While Jake Bettles and Zac Allen had early chances for the home side, Danny Lewis was never troubled throughout the 90 minutes and it was the visitors who led by two goals at the break. Captain Gaz Dean headed in from a corner after 20 minutes and Daniel Nti doubled the advantage on the stroke of half-time finishing neatly again from a corner.

Nti bagged his second goal of the game shortly after the re-start with a free-kick from 25 yards that squirmed beneath the diving keeper and Shaun Jeffers was on the score-sheet with Saints’ fourth goal just before the hour mark, his first for the club. Identifying Brackley shirt numbers, white on yellow, under the floodlights was as much entertainment as there was for the home supporters.

With Brackley Town Saints also quarter-final winners on the night at Desborough, a semi-final encounter between the two at St James Park (obviously) may yet come to pass when the draw is made.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Murombedzi (Whitmore 60), Noon (Chuckwumena 60), Dean, G.Walker, Lowe, Armson (Ndlovu 81), Jeffers, Nti, Fairlamb. Subs unused: A.Walker, Byrne.
Corby Town: D.Smith, M.Smith (Kennedy), Aridegbe, Bradshaw (Crawford), McBride, Robinson, Nkrumah, Ling, Bettles, Grouse (Arthur), Allen. Subs unused: Day, Warburton.
Referee: Andrew Humphries; assistants Matthew Paul and Abdul Kadir.
Attendance: 130

Added time strike stuns Saints

Brackley Town 2-2 Chester (Saturday)
Chester got out of jail with Daniel Mooney’s wonder-strike deep in added time to leave St James Park with a point few would argue the performance had warranted, writes Tim Carroll. But Brackley will know that they have only themselves to blame having passed up chances to win the game well before the added-time denouement.

A tight first half of few chances saw the home side go close in just the second minute as Lee Ndlovu’s shot was well saved at full stretch by Grant Shelton. The goal-less first period gave way to a lively second half as three goals in nine minutes heralded a pulsating final half hour.

Connor Franklin fired Brackley into the lead on 50 minutes after Grant Shenton saved well from Ndlovu’s header. But Chester levelled as Mooney struck a fierce effort from 20 yards beyond Danny Lewis’ despairing dive. On 59 minutes Saints were in front again. Matt Lowe’s mazy run found Shane Byrne, who coolly finished the move for the midfielder’s third goal of the week.

Brackley had fine chances to extend the lead as Byrne and then Jimmy Armson were off target when well placed before an explosive finish. In the fourth minute of added time Mooney swivelled on the edge of the penalty area to hit the volley cleanly, his shot dipping under the crossbar to the delight of Chester supporters who headed home with a point that had seemed out of reach.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Murombedzi, Franklin (Fairlamb 68), Byrne, Hall, Dean, G.Walker, Armson (Nti 90+1), Ndlovu, Lowe (Myles 89), A.Walker. Subs unused: Jeffers, Noon.
Chester: Shenton, Moran, Grand, Roberts, Livesey, Howson (Dominic Smalley 83), Mooney, Stopforth, Dieseruvwe (Jordan 87), Dudley (Pritchard 78), Mahon. Subs unused: Deane Smalley, Murray).
Referee: Aaron Bannister; assistants, Jamie Rhodes and David Holbrook
Attendance: 650
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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.

– – – – Special Events At Brackley Library – – – –

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.

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.
Please check our Facebook page for updates.

Sunday 2 December, 10am-3pm: Christmas Craft Fair – A great selection of unique gifts from local crafters. And Father Christmas will be here!
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 events!!
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Thursday 15 November, 10am-noon: Brackley and District U3A are holding their meeting at Brackley Methodist Church. We will hear from Gillian Crane, talking on “It’s a Girl’s Life in the Army”. Gillian talks about her time at Sandhurst on Army Officer Training.
• If you are retired or semi-retired, come along and join us and find out how you can learn something new and make new friends. Further information about our meetings and groups can be found on our website – Brackley U3A – or call 07444 363494.

Thursday 15 November, 7.30pm: Brackley Inbetweeners Group at St Peter’s Church Hall, Old Town, Brackley – Christmas card making. Fee £10. Numbers are limited, so pre-booking is essential. For more information, email Catherine,

Saturday 17 November: Croughton Village Hall – singing workshop with Helen Swift, for singers who can read music and would like to learn an anthem by Handel and perform it with members of Brackley Chamber Music Club. Details from Helen Vearncombe, 01280 701722 or Visitors who would just like to go along to hear the music at the end of the workshop (2.45pm), you would be welcome.

Wednesday 28 November,  10.30am-noon: South Northants Hearing Advisory Service’s free basic hearing-aid maintenance and batteries service at Brackley Library. Also available will be advice, information and practical support covering all aspects of hearing loss. Each month a trained hearing advisor will visit. No appointments – just turn up; if busy, you may have to take a number.
Please remember to bring along your hearing-aid battery book.

Thursday 20 December, 1pm: Pied Piper Theatre presents The Big ENORMOUS Present in the Roxburgh Theatre at Stowe. It’s big, it’s huge, it’s………………….. ENORMOUS! A mysterious present has appeared in the school playground. Who can it possibly be for? Jack, Dot or Polly? The Big ENORMOUS Present explores the pressures of fitting in, where we find happiness and how giving can sometimes feel as good as receiving… Suitable for ages 3-8, running time 50 mins. Ticket Price: £8.50/Family Ticket £30 (2 adults & 2 children). Bookings : Tel: 01280 825710.

Saturday 22 December, 7.30pm: Ben Waters Live at Brackley Town Hall, tickets £15 (VIP £25)Get your ticket from or Downtown Diner

Thursday 17 January, 7.30pm: Brackley Inbetweeners Group at St Peter’s Church Hall, Old Town, Brackley. ‘Do it for Defib’ CPR education and defibrillator awareness session, £10. Numbers are limited, so pre-booking is essential. For more information, email Catherine,

Thursday 21 February, 7.30pm: Brackley Inbetweeners Group at St Peter’s Church Hall, Old Town, Brackley. A brief introduction to traditional Chinese medicine, talk and demonstration, £3. For more information, email Catherine,

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