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BRACKLEY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS MAKE GREAT DISPLAY
(pictures by Paul ShufflebothamBrackley Memories https://www.facebook.com/groups/474321782579569/?fref=ts)
Hats off also to the entertainment at the switch on with choirs from local schools leading up to the event followed by Bernie Tiller and his Christmas MOB of Scouts, Brownies, Guides and others who had us riding along on a crest of the wave. You can see the video here
A lovely student of wildlife photography has taken these pics of our animals as part of her finals portfoliio. More to come. Pretty boy!
Here’s Terry (also pretty in his own way) modelling our home made Christmas trree netting machine. Only £29.99 for the 6ft one Terry’s holding and £39.99 for the taller 8ft ones, while the smaller ones (4-6ft) in block stands are only £25. They’re top quality Nordmans too so won’t drop their leaves.
Christmas Tasting news:
Hope you enjoyed our tasting last weekend. Big hits were: a new cheese – Montagnolo Affine which beat 3,900 other cheeses at the world cheese awards; our meatballs (which Tony was chuffed about as he invented them); Christmas puddings were judged by the Financial Times to be ‘the best on the planet’. (now back in stock); and the hand raised pies as Christmas orders.
This Sat- 5th December Winchester House Advent Fair, High St Brackley, NN13 7AZ – 1-3pm. I’ll be there with game pie, pork pie, glazed ham and lots of other goodies to taste and buy, along with 50 other stands so if you’re behind with your Christmas shopping …
Mon 7th Dec, Grafton Christmas Fair, Wakefield Lodge, Paulerspury, NN12 7QX 11-3pm, £5 entry for good causes. Hope to see you there. A fab shopping opportunity in a stunning historic setting with stately home, lake and deerpark to inspire you.
Click here for the Christmas Order form. Fantastic organic, free range poultry and meat. We’re open til 4pm on Christmas Eve for pick up.
I’ve just spent £25 on a compulsory new chicken slaughtering license (although the original one was supposed to last a lifetime) – no test, no qualification, just a new piece of paper. The lady at Animal Health was as exasperated as me – ‘It’s an EU initiative – I’m surrounded by boxes’. ‘Right’ said I, ‘I’m definately voting to get out of the EU’. She laughed. ‘If we come out, there’ll be yet another license’.
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Brackley Male Voice Choir will be presenting a Festive Concert of seasonal carols and songs at St. Peter’s Church on Saturday 18th. December starting at 7:30 p.m., to be followed by mince pies, and tea or coffee. Tickets are available from Jems Stationers, Old Hall Bookshop and R.P.Lovatt’s, priced at £6 and £5 for concessions, and £7 at the door on the evening.
South Northamptonshire Council News
IMPORTANT – CHRISTMAS BIN COLLECTIONS
Make a note of changes to South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) bin collections over the festive period.
• Collections due on Christmas Day, Friday, 25 December will be brought forward to Monday, 21 December.
• Collections due on New Year’ Day, Friday, 1 January 2016, will be brought forward to Monday 28 December.
All green garden waste bin collections will be suspended for two weeks, over the public holidays.
However in the New Year, residents can put their real Christmas trees out for collection next to the green bin. Make sure they have no decorations on. If they are bigger than the bin they should be cut in half.
The bin collection calendar will once again be included in the winter edition of SNC Review, the council’s quarterly magazine to residents which is currently being delivered to every home in the district.
Alternatively, visit http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling.htm to view the waste and recycling calendar now.
For information on how to maximise your recycling visit – http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/managerubbish.htm
Feed your caddy for the chance to win a great prize
The Feed Your Caddy Campaign aims to get more Northamptonshire households recycling more of their food waste. Thousands of homes throughout our county have assess to a food waste collection as part of their kerbside recycling scheme. If you have a food waste caddy at home you could win fabulous prizes simply for using it every week!
Being in it to win it is so easy! Simply register online to claim your registration pack. Inside you will find an I’m In To Win sticker to apply to the top of your food waste caddy. All you have to do is continue putting your food waste caddy out as normal. The organisers will pick four random registered recyclers each month to win the prize of their choice! If you haven’t recycled before, now is the perfect time to start.
For more information, including details of companies and organisations providing prizes, go to http://www.feedyourcaddy.co.uk/
Lay-by surprise for lorry driver
A lorry driver has been fined £75 and his firm billed for the cleaning up of grain he dumped in a lay-by, after being spotted by a council street-cleansing crew. They had pulled into the lay-by on the A45 near Nether Heyford and saw the driver shovelling the grain from the back of his vehicle.
The driver left before the crew could speak to him, but they did record his vehicle registration number. He has since paid a £75 fixed penalty for littering and his firm was also billed £55 for the clear-up.
To report an instance of fly-tipping, visit – http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/fly-tipping.htm – or call 01327 322344.
New Open Space, Sport and Recreation Study for West Northamptonshire
Those passionate about sport are being asked if they have the right facilities, as the local authorities in West Northamptonshire carry-out an important new study. The Open Space, Sport and Recreation Study aims to make sure South Northamptonshire Council (SNC), Daventry District Council and Northampton Borough Council have a co-ordinated approach to providing these.
Results of the study will guide investment in open spaces, sports and recreation facilities up to 2029 and will help determine how they are managed, maintained and improved.
The study will also provide useful evidence for future open space, sport and recreation needs, particularly as the three local authorities start to prepare new local plans for their districts.
Councillor Rosie Herring, SNC’s portfolio holder for community engagement and wellbeing said: “This is a great opportunity for all those who live, work or visit South Northamptonshire, to have a say in the future provision of sport and recreation facilities across the district. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in this and wishes to comment, to respond to this consultation with their views.”
In preparation for the study the three authorities are asking organisers of sports, youth and community groups about some of the challenges they face and what facilities they require.
Organisers will be asked for information about their group, including its size, the age range of members and where it is based. To take part in the survey visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/WestNorthantsSportsClubs
The three authorities have appointed local consultants Nortoft to undertake the study. If you have any queries, please contact the Nortoft team, led by Sue O’Neil on 01604 586526 or by emailing email@example.com.
If you would like to contact the local authority project lead, contact Emma Arklay at Northampton Borough Council on 01604 837636 or – by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get yourself a bargain blue bin in time for Christmas
District householders once again have the chance to permanently boost their recycling capacity as South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) holds a Christmas blue bin sale.
From now until Thursday 31 December 2015, the blue recycling bins will be on sale for £20, saving residents £10 on the usual price.
Hundreds of extra blue bins have been sold since SNC launched the scheme, but with Christmas looming the council wants to give residents more capacity to recycle paper, plastic, glass and cans.
The bin sale will include the standard 240 litre size or the smaller 140 litre size for those with a shortage of space. However these can be swapped for the larger or smaller size at any point in the future if circumstances should change.
Any replacements and repairs to the extra bin will also be carried out free of charge.
Orders placed before Friday, 11 December, are guaranteed to be delivered before Christmas Day. Bins can be ordered phone – call 01327 322344 weekdays between 9am and 5pm.
Road closure at Newbottle Spinney
Northamptonshire Highways is planning to carry out carriageway repairs on a section of Newbottle Road, near King’s Sutton on December 18. To undertake the works safely, the road will be closed for the day between 09:15 and 15:30. For information about the works, please contact Oliver Sibley on 01604 883400.
Culworth Film Night, featuring Helen Mirren
The next offering at Culworth Film Night, on Friday 11 December is The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri. Mirren stars as the owner of a Michelin-starred restaurant in a small French town who faces a challenge when an Indian family opens a restaurant across the street. It has a PG rating and the screening starts at 8pm.
December highlights at Brackley Library
Throughout December Brackley Library are sponsoring a Best-Dressed Christmas Window Competition for our local businesses. Pick up a voting slip before 17 December and vote for your favourite window. The winner will be announced during the Carols on the Piazza on 20 December.
Saturday 5 December: Christmas Fayre at the library, 10am-4pm. Craft stalls, adult crafting, tombolas, children’s crafting in Santa’s workshop, tea and cake and we also have Father Christmas himself!
Saturday 12 December: A Christmas Carol at the library, doors open at 6:30, performance starts at 7pm.
The brilliant James Hornsby returns as Charles Dickens with his one-man performance of the Christmas classic tale.
Tickets cost £6.50 per person (available from the library) which includes interval nibbles and drink.
Thursday 17 December: Cinema Club – A Miracle on 34th Street (1947 version). Doors open at 7pm, viewing from 7:30pm. Enjoy this Christmas classic at the library. Tickets £5 per adult (available from the library). Refreshments available on the night.
Saturday 19 December: A Christmas Carol at the library. Doors open 7pm, performance starts at 7:30pm. A second chance to see the brilliant James Hornsby as Charles Dickens with his one-man performance of the Christmas classic tale. Tickets £6.50 per person (available from the library) which includes interval nibbles and drink.
Monday 21st December: Cinema Club – A Muppet Christmas Carol at the library. Doors open 5pm, viewing from 5:30pm. One for the families – Christmas isn’t the same without this great film! Tickets £5 per adult and £3 per child (available from the library). Refreshments available.
Tickets are available now at the library for Cinema Club and A Christmas Carol.
Football – Reports by Tim Carroll
City edge out Saints
Brackley Town 0, Worcester City 2
Saturday’s squally conditions that played a big part in this game were not a factor in the breakthrough moment on the hour when Worcester City’s Ebby Nelson-Addy put his side in front. Allowed to run too far without challenge the former Brackley player, on loan from Hartlepool United, finished clinically.
Substitute Tom Winters came closest to breaching The Royals’ defence with a 78th minute shot that hit the post. Earlier Worcester were thwarted when Daniel Nti was one on one with keeper Sam Hornby who saved. Saints had bright moments too as when Steve Diggin turned full-back Sam Minihan inside out before curling his shot just over and when David Moyo’s header looped over after Stephan Morley’s long pass.
Late on, former WBA striker Lee Hughes failed to convert a good chance as a long free-kick fell to him as the wind gusted but then left-back Tyler Weir sealed City’s place in the next round firing home in the 88th minute.
This was a game of few chances but both sides set out to play passing football. It was absorbing for the spectators and the outcome was always in the balance. The visitors made the key moments count and ultimately earned their place in the draw.
“The game turned on a couple of key moments,” said manager Kevin Wilkin after the game. “It was always likely to turn on the first goal and so it proved. We are disappointed to concede the first goal allowing the player to travel too far with the ball but we kept working and some of our passing was good again today. Tom Winters hit the post and we needed that to go in. We didn’t quite have the cutting edge today.”
Brackley Town: Hornby, Hawtin, Morley, Clarke, Graham, Mills, Odhiambo (Winters 70), Walker, Moyo, Diggin, Batchelor. Subs unused: Farrell, Whittall, Smith, Johnson.
Worcester City: Vaughan, Minihan, Weir, Gudger, Thomas, Jackman, Nti, Deeney, Burton (Hughes 70), Nelson-Addy, Vincent (Dunkley 61). Subs unused: Ross, Geddes, Brown.
Referee: Declan Ford, Assistants: Andy Park and Ed Pidduck
Saints snap up vital points
Brackley Town 2, Curzon Ashton 0
On Tuesday, Saints picked up a vital win that lifts them four places up the league ahead of another tough test against close rivals Gloucester City on Saturday.
Kevin Wilkin made some changes to his side, bringing in Sam Smith for a first start since October and starting with Tom Winters on the left. Against a strong Curzon Ashton side, in the first ever meeting between the two teams, the visitors started well and striker Matthew Warburton brought a finger tip save from Sam Hornby in the first goal threat after 21 minutes.
Tom Winters’ fine volley was saved by Curzon’s keeper Hakan Burton before Winters’ cross found Steve Diggin who bagged his 12th goal of the season, firing home from 15 yards after a sweeping move took play from right to left.
The Nash should have equalised on the half hour when Niall Cummins’ header was brilliantly saved by Hornby at point blank range and Brackley’s Luke Graham saw his header fly over from a corner in another good chance.
With 55 minutes played Curzon were awarded a penalty as Cummins went down but Hornby pulled off a full-length save low to his right to deny Warburton and retain the lead for his side. The lead was doubled just after the hour mark as Pablo Mills planted his header past Burton from Winters’ beautifully flighted free-kick after Daniel Shaw had been shown the yellow card for hand ball.
Hornby saved well from Jordan Wright and then Joe Guest but it was Brackley’s night and a first win in seven games.
Wilkin praised his young keeper. “Sam Hornby made some brilliant saves including the penalty,” he said. “I gave Sam Smith an opportunity tonight and he did well for us. We needed that win tonight and rode our luck a bit. We needed everyone to step up and they did just that.”
Brackley Town: Hornby, Hawtin, Morley, Clarke, Graham, Mills, Odhiambo, Walker, Smith (Moyo 80), Diggin, Winters (Batchelor 90). Subs unused: Farrell, Whittall, Noon.
Curzon Ashton: Burton, Rowney, Hampson (Atkinson 45), Hunt, Shaw, Tomsett (Woodford 68), Wright, Brown, Cummins (Norton 68), Warburton, Guest. Subs unused: Eckersley, Mason.
Referee: Rob Massey-Ellis, Assistants: Scott Postin and Rob Dadley
Free Christmas parking bonus for shoppers
If you find you can’t complete your Christmas shopping in Brackley, Cherwell Council-owned car parks are offering free parking sessions over the Christmas period.From 28 November until 10 January inclusive parking will be free every day from 3pm in specified car parks.
Cllr George Reynolds, Cherwell’s deputy leader said: “We have in the past offered free car parking schemes over the Christmas and New Year period both as a convenience for festive shoppers and as a boost to the town traders.
“We’re pleased to announce now that the scheme will return for 2015. And this year we’re starting the scheme from an earlier date so that in Banbury it will be in operation before the Christmas lights turn-on event.
“Additionally it will prove a boost for Small Business Day on 5 December which the council is supporting.”
Participating Cherwell District Council car parks will be clearly signed. Council-operated parking which is not included in the free offer will be clearly marked at the payment machines. All other regulations remain in force. Usual parking charges apply between 8am and 3pm.