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Detective work leads to a fresh new look for Sulgrave
Manor’s historic portrait of George Washington


The painting is still undergoing treatment and is shown right in an early stage of restoration. Photo: Nathan Portlock-Allan Photography

A painting of George Washington which was recently sent for conservation has yielded surprises for its owners, the Sulgrave Manor Trust. The organisation oversees the Tudor home of George Washington’s ancestors in the Northamptonshire village of Sulgrave, near Banbury. On close examination, conservator Valentine Walsh noted that what was thought to be a solid dark background of this 18th-century oil painting actually had a curtain in the top corners. This led her to X-ray the painting and found that portraitist Gilbert Stuart had originally painted a large column, swag curtains and sky with pink clouds behind Washington.

The restoration was funded by a grant from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution which was matched by funds from the US-based Friends of Sulgrave Manor charity. The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America is paying for the further research and conservation prompted by the unexpected findings. The portrait was donated to the Manor in 1920 by American banking heiress Miss Faith Moore. The full  story can be read on the History News Network website.


MP Andrea to host series of EU referendum meetings

Andrea Leadsom, Member of Parliament for South Northamptonshire and a lANDREA_LEADSOMeading voice on the Leave side of the EU referendum, will hold a series of public meetings in the area between now and polling day on 23 June. Andrea will set out her positive vision for the country’s future outside of the EU and why she believes a vote to leave is in the UK’s best interests. There will also be opportunities for questions and answers at these events:

  • Thursday 26 May, 7pm: Waynflete Hall, Magdalen School, Brackley, Q&A
  • Wednesday 1 June, 6.30pm: Sulgrave Manor, Sulgrave. Nick Dempsie, co-treasurer of Britain Stronger In Europe, will be debating opposite Andrea. If you are planning on attending, please contact Susie Blayney on 01295 760205 or via
  • Friday 10 June, 7pm: Silverstone University Technical College, Silverstone. Debate between Andrea and someone, as yet unconfirmed, from Britain Stronger In Europe.
  • Saturday 11 June, 1pm: Piazza Market Place, Brackley, public rally
  • Saturday 11 June, 5.30pm: Towcester Town Hall, Towcester, Q&A

You can hear some of Andrea’s thoughts on the EU referendum via the EU Fresh Start Project YouTube channel.


Booking lines open to provide children with May half-term fun

SNC LogoThe Activity Hub at Brackley Leisure Centre will be running once again in May Half-Term, giving children aged five to 15 the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports and arts activities. Half-Term highlights include dodgeball, football, bouncy castle, arts and crafts, street golf, volleyball, tennis, swimming and parachute games.

Activity Leaders are DBS checked and suitably qualified to deliver a wide range of activities. A long day session (9am to 5pm) costs £17.95 and a short day session (9am to 3pm) costs £13.95. There is a 10 per cent discount for a whole week booking, saving £7.80 on a week of long sessions and £5.80 on a week of short sessions. Drop-in sessions allow you to book one- or two-hour slots on the day – one hour costs £3 and two hours cost £5. Booking lines open Monday, 16 May. Call 01327 322337 or, for more information visit

Paws for thought – choosing the right animal carer this summer

Pet owners planning to leave their animals behind when they go on holiday are being urged by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) to choose the right animal carer. A friend, neighbour, or family member who looks after your pet (in either your home or their home) on an ad-hoc basis for no payment does not need a licence. Anyone who receives payment to care for a pet, whether in your home, the carer’s own home or in commecial premises, must have a licence. It is an offence to keep a boarding establishment for cats and dogs without obtaining a licence from the council, and could be punishable by a fine of up to £500. If you are unsure whether a boarder has a licence, or would like further information, please visit or contact the Licensing Team on 01327 322278.

Bank Holiday bins and opening times

SNC LogoBin collections will be unaffected this weekend in South Northamptonshire, but the district council office will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday. The libraries at Brackley and at The Forum, Towcester will be closed on Monday, 30 May and re-open on Tuesday, 31 May at 9am. During the office closure online services can still be accessed at and the emergency out-of-hours number will still be available on 0800 160 1022.

Holding an event this summer? Check with the council

Those organising an event this summer are reminded that they may need to obtain a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) from South Northamptonshire Council (SNC). A TEN is needed for any event that involves; sales of alcohol, regulated entertainment (music, dancing or indoor sporting events) or late-night refreshments (hot food and drink between 11pm and 5am). The event must also have fewer than 500 people (including staff) and last no more than 7 days. For the best chance of getting a TEN approved, the council must receive the completed notice at least 10 working days before the event. Advice and and application forms are available online at, or from the Licensing Team by email, or by phone 01327 322278


Church’s “Celebration of Flowers” Features Displays From Nearly 20 Local Organisations & Families

The Parish Church’s “Celebration of Flowers” is open throughout this Bank Holiday weekend (including Monday) and features displays from nearly 20 local organisations and families:

  • 1st King’s Sutton Brownies
  • Baptist Church
  • Bellringers
  • Childs Family
  • Hall Coffee Shop
  • Harper Family
  • King’s Sutton Lawn Tennis Club
  • King’s Sutton Preschool
  • King’s Sutton Reading Group
  • King’s Sutton Times
  • Parish Church
  • Parish Church Choir
  • Parish Church Parent & Toddler Group
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • St James’s Church, Newbottle
  • White Horse
  • White Horse Book Club
  • Women’s Institute

The festival celebrates HM the Queen’s 90th birthday. Light refreshments are available and there’s a raffle for a “Royal Hamper”. Entry is free. Click here for more details of this weekend’s Celebration of Flowers and to stay up to date with all the other local events listed in the Events Diary of the parish council website.


Introducing two new businesses to the town


Woodrite Lifestyle – products not found on the High Street that give finishing touches to your home!





And, coming soon
to The Courtyard
Shops, Market
Place, Brackley –
Flamingo Frocks


New timetables and train offers from King’s Sutton

Lots of information on the King’s Sutton Parish Council website about holiday offers on Chiltern Railways and GWR services that serve their station. Click here for all the details and links to the train details as well as videos of the train driver’s view. The parish council page includes details of:

  • Cheap rail travel offers available from King’s Sutton
  • Chiltern Railways and GWR timetables to download
  • Live information on departures and arrivals at King’s Sutton
  • Videos of the driver’s eye view of the track to and from King’s Sutton

Author tells veteran stories of Bomber Command’s Dambusters

dambustersWith co-author Bruce Vigar, writer Colin Higgs interviewed a wide cross-section of veterans of the 1943 Dambusters raid – one of the most famous exploits in military history – as part of the research for the pair’s evocative and beautifully crafted book, “Voices in Flight: The Dambuster Squadron”.  An illustrated talk will be held at King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall on Friday evening (27 May at 19:00), when the distinguished author will recount some of the fascinating stories from those courageous airmen of Bomber Command. All proceeds to Save the Children. Click here for more details.


‘Stop HS2’ group calls for help in House of Lords battle

HS2 logoMore than half the 821 petitions to the House of Lords have been challenged by HS2 Ltd on their right to be heard, including ours, and we need your support. The challenged petitions include all MPs, action groups and local councillors who have petitioned in their own right as well as Stop HS2.

In a statement, the group says it “faced the same challenge this stage in the House of Commons procedure and, thanks to your letters of support, we won the right to be heard. Everyone who has been challenged still has the right to go to the House of Lords to argue why they have should be heard, and we are appearing on the first day of these hearings. So not only will we be fighting to be heard, but we will make points as to why others who have also been challenged should be heard too.”

It continues: “But we can’t do it without you. Essential to our win in the House of Commons were the letters of support you sent us. As such, we are asking you to send us a short email to which we can use on the day, saying that we represent you and the interests of people affected by the HS2 Bill. Also, if you have petitioned yourself and have been accepted by the House of Lords, please mention if there are technical issues which you have not put in your petition, because you have left that to us.”
• A full report of the legal moves can be found on the StopHS2 website


Top seafood award winners for Towcester Food Festival

Award-winning street food vendors Seadog Foods will be among the hot-food sellers at food festivalTowcester Food Festival in June. Seadog scooped the “Best of the Best” accolade at the British St Food Awards, with Michelin-star chef Giorgio Locatelli describing the Devon-based firm’s offerings as “amazing”. Chefs Jim Coslett and Beth Newsome take the daily catch from north Devon and use recipes inspired by street food around the world to create delicious seafood dishes. Towcester Food Festival takes place at Towcester Racecourse on Saturday 11 June and Sunday 12 June and is open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Adult tickets are £6 in advance, or £8 on the day. Family tickets are £15 in advance. Tickets are on sale at:


Part-time vacancies for Brackley Area Volunteer Car Service

The first role (10.5hrs per week at £8.70 per hour) is a job-share role as an administrator  for the bureau’s volunteer car service; the second is to provide holiday and sickness cover for the two job-share car service administrators. We hope our network of voluntary and community groups can help us to find the ideal candidate. Full details of both positions and an application form are available on  the snvb website. Applications must be received by 10 June.


Don’t forget to check out Diary Dates –
we have many exciting new additions!

diary dates– – – – Special Events At Brackley Library – – – –

Every Saturday 10am-11am – Creation Club for children
Every Friday in term time 3.30-5 pm – Activity Box for children

Saturday 4 June: Roald Dahl Club – 2pm-3pm.
Wednesday 8 June: Adult colouring and crochet class – 7.30-9pm.
Saturday 11 June: Library supporters will be at the carnival – come and see us!
Wednesday 15 June: GCSE maths surgery 3.30-4.30pm.
Thursday 16 June: The Dressmaker (Cert 12A) at Cinema Club – 7pm for 7.30 pm. Booking essential, £5 per person.
Saturday 18 June: Roald Dahl Club – 2pm-3pm
Wednesday 22 June: Adult colouring and crochet class – 7.30-9pm
Friday 24 June: Craft class 10.30-noon – £5 per person
Wednesday 29 June: GCSE maths surgery 3.30-4.30pm.
Summer Reading Challenge coming in July!
Please check the library’s Facebook page for additional events.

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Thursday 2 June, Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June: Brackley Players present Suddenly At Home, a thriller by Francis Durbridge, at Southfield School, Banbury Road, Brackley NN13 6AU. Thurs and Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm. Tickets on sale at Davies & Partners, Market Square. Tickets: Adults £8, concessions £6.



 Saturday 11 June, 12 noon onwards: Brackley Community Carnival
Theme ‘Life on the Ocean Waves’, St John site, Magdalen College School, Brackley. Procession starts 11am from Brackley Leisure Centre. Confirmed acts so far:
Circus Whiz, Falconry Display, Maritime Show, Penguins Abroad, Punch & Judy, Local Dance Groups, Brackley Sea Cadets, Squirtywirty, Fun Fair, Dog Show, Lurcher Racing, Brackley Band.
Please check the carnival website for all the latest news
Wristbands will be on sale at local schools and shops prior to the event

at a reduced price of £4 (£5 on the day)
The members of Brackley Community Carnival Committee have worked conscientiously since 2004 to plan, arrange and co-ordinate the build-up to, and the actual day of the Carnival. If you feel you would enjoy being part of a positive, supportive and successful team and could spare one evening a month and slightly more time closer to the event, please email

Thursday 16 June, 10am:  Brackley & District U3A meet at Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley. Guest speaker is Helen McIvor who will speak about history of Parliament and the Palace of Westminster. Helen has spent 29 years in the Commons, of which 25 were as a Private Secretary to Members. Brackley & District U3A meet the third Thursday of the month at Brackley Methodist Church. To attend you must be semi-retired or retired. For more information contact the Membership Secretary on 07444 363494 or visit Brackley U3A.

Saturday 18 June 9.30am to 3.30pm: The Church of St Peter, Brackley, holds its annual conference. The speaker will be the Rev Simon Ponsonby; tea, coffee and cakes will be available but “please bring your own sandwiches”.  A voluntary donation of £3 is requested to cover expenses. For more information email Jill Knight at

Saturday 25 June: From 4-10pm Gig in the Garden at Evenley Wood Garden. Tickets are £12 in advance or £15 on the day. Tickets can be purchased in advance by emailing with your name, how many tickets, if you would like to camp, then you can pay by BACS and the tickets will be at the door for you to pick up on the day. Website: Evenley Wood Gig in the Garden

Saturday 25 June ⬇



Friday 15 July, 7.30pm ⬇


Thursday 21 July, 10am: Brackley & District U3A meet at Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley. Guest speaker is Phil Snelling, who will talk about Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. Phil is a volunteer who will share his practical experience of the service as well as the need and the formation of WNAA and its workings. Then Ruth Harris and her Brackley U3A ‘Singing for Fun’ group will entertain us. Brackley & District U3A meet the third Thursday of the month at Brackley Methodist Church. To attend you must be semi-retired or retired. For more information contact the Membership Secretary on 07444 363494 or visit Brackley U3A.

Sunday 14 August: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. See website for more

Sunday 21 August: Classic Cars in the Park 11am to 4pm. Full Details and Entry Form.

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August ⬇



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