Brackley mayor, Theodora Hayward’s New Years message

Strictly by Brackley at the town hall.Theo Hayward.'110726M-D467
Strictly by Brackley at the town hall.Theo Hayward.'110726M-D467
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A small random survey asking people what would be their outstanding memory of the outgoing year revealed that for the majority it was the Festival in the Park weekend with the Strictly by Brackley and the Remembrance Service including a naval presence also getting a mention.

It is uplifting to realise these events, which made such a significant mark at the time, will continue to create a positive atmosphere in our community in the coming year.

The incredibly generous support given to the 18 Strictly ‘celebrity’ dancers gave us confidence to open Mind in Brackley. From Wednesday, January 4, the Mind room will be open every week in the health centre, Halse Road.

The Sea Cadets coming to join us in November highlighted a previously overlooked opportunity for young people on our doorstep.

Discussions are now under way to launch a new Brackley group who will link in with the Banbury and District Sea Cadets and enjoy their diverse activities and training on a regular basis.

The amazing magic of that Festival Party in the Park will not be far away during the new year starting on a Sunday, for which the nursery rhyme forecasts a life that is “bonny and blithe and good and gay.” With all that is scheduled for the coming months, visitors from our twin town of Pavillon-sous-Bois joining us to mark the 40th anniversary, celebrations in the town for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics bringing a buzz right across the country, we’ll be doing our best to make that forecast come true for everyone in Brackley.