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- B is for Brackley -
As many of you know, i have been in Bicester, Oxfordshire for a few months now, but recently me and my partner moved to the town of Brackley. Bicester was a good place to live but we needed somewhere bigger and the house values further out are better value. After weeks of house viewings we choose a nice two bedroom house for rent. As soon as i walked into the front room i loved it. For the last month now Brackley has been our new home and i thought i would tell you about the town for those who do not know about it.
I havent explored everything in the town yet but i really love living here and cant wait to find out more about it.
Brackley is a small town situated in south northamptonshire. It is only 20 mins from Bicester which is helpful as both of us still work there. It is also close to Banbury and 20 miles from Northampton. It has easy access to the M40 travelling to London and Birmingham.
The population recorded last year was at 13,916. This has made the town build in popularity and profit. There is also much attraction through and to the town because of the famous Silverstone race track which is only a mile up the road. I can actually here the races going on from my back garden on weekends. This saturday i could here the bikes from the Moto GP weekend, so those who are interested it is ideal place to stop or live. As well as this three miles further down the road is a popular racecourse in Towcester.
The town has a very interesting history and is a very charming little place to live. Brackley was first owned in 1086 by Earl Alberic and was then owned by families of Leicester. It was once a market town where wool and lace were traded. The town was built so that travel from London to the Midlands became easier. There were places to stay there and a good trace of food and materials. The town has famous links which include Richard the Lionheart and Henry VIII.
In more recent dates, since the early 1950's, Brackley has grown considerably and new industry has been attracted to the town now include food processing, chemical engineering and many manufacturing industries.
Brackley has mentioned before has easy access to the M40. The town also has many bus routes which include major towns such as Banbury and Oxford. It is very easy to get to and has several ways for you to get there. If you are driving i find that it is a very direct route especially from the Oxford direction.
There is a major carnival event which is largest one day event and falls on the second saturday of June each year. The day is seperated into fun, colour and laughter. It begins with a large parade through the town with marching bands and large floats. There is then many activities and family entertainment in the town centre and runs all through the day and evening. This event is organised by a group of volunteers under the umbrella of Brackley Community Events Ltd. For more information you can visit the website- www.brackley-carnival.co.uk
Brackley has many organised clubs and events for everyone. Some of these include-
- Army Cadets
- Bowling Club
- Over 50's club
- The Art Society
- Football Club
PLACES TO VISIT .
- Brackley Swimming Pool, Manor Road, Brackley NN13 6EE
Contact (01280) 704906 www.brackleyleisure.com
A large 25 metre 5 lane swimming pool. It has a health suite which also has a solarium, sauna and steam. There is also fitness room with a mix of resistance and cardio vascular machines.
- Brackley Leisure Centre, Springfield Way, Brackley NN13 6JJ
Contact (01280) 701787 www.brackleyleisure.com
There is a wide range of facilities at the Recreation centre which include: Sports hall suitable for basketball, netball, gymnastics, aerobics, martial arts and indoor football. It also caters for young children. The Tiny Tumblers sessions, Crèche facility, provides fun for the little ones. There are also four football pitches and associated changing rooms. Fitness suite, with 60 pieces of equipment, Health suite with sauna/steam and sunbeds, A large aerobics/dance studio which can also be used for private functions. This is a fantastic way to have fun with the family or to chill out on your own.
- Town Centre
In the the centre of the town there is a row of shops and a pleasant area for meeting people. It is a very pretty little viallge and although this maybe a downfall to some, it is quiet and peaceful. There are a few pubs around if you want some entertainment and there are a number of nice resturants and places to eat. Near our house there is a pub which holds event evenings such as pub quizes and karaoke. It is good fun even if you just sit and listen. This is also in a small rank with take aways, a shop and the main leisure centre.
Brackley boasts a large Market Square with free parking and this is attractively enclosed by tree-lined avenue. It offers a number of small individual shops and businesses which pride themselves on their range and their services.
Brackley is a great charming little town which is quite quiet but interesting. It has a great community and lots of activities and places of interest. I like living here and i hope to find more events soon to go to. It has nice scenery and a good village market. I would give it a 8/10. I would reccommend a visit if you are in the area.
Brackley Town Council
Tel Enquiries:01280 702441
Fax Enquries: 01280 709866
Thank you for reading. Blackmagicstar4* July 2010 xx