Buckingham Marks One Hundred Years of Armistice

 

A series of events have been arranged across Buckingham to commemorate the passing of 100 years since the end of the 1st World War.

Buckingham Town Council has spent the week putting up Remembrance flags across the town. The Lest We Forget: Army, Navy and Royal Air Force flags have been provided by The Woolpack and the Armistice flags have been provided by Lionel Weston with support from the Royal British Legion as part of the Armistice 100 event.

Mayor, Councillor Jon Harvey attended the launch of the Royal British Legions’ Poppy Appeal at the Old Gaol on the 23rd October alongside councillors and volunteers.

Already open is the Tapestry Exhibition, a series of tapestries symbolising each decade since 1918, organised by Lionel Weston and hosted by Buckingham Library. Each tapestry is the work of local artists, both young and old and hand made by local crafts people after over two years of planning and work.

The Old Gaol has held a series of exhibitions around the 1st World War, with the latest opening today and focusing on The British Army in Italy.

On Saturday the 10th November, Lionel Weston in support of the Royal British Legion has arranged for 10 young people will travel as Silent Soldiers through Buckingham, each one representing and displaying the story of a real person who once lived in Buckingham. At midday these soldiers will gather outside the Old Gaol as a tribute to the fallen. The Silent Soldier campaign is also marked by the black outline of a soldier currently fitter to the side of the Buckingham Town Council Chamber.

Sunday 11th November will begin with the Royal British Legion leading the Remembrance Parade. The parade leaves market square at 10.30am and continues towards the War Memorial at the Parish Church where Hon. Milly Soames will take the salute. A rolling road closure will take place for this event.

In the evening of the 11th November, from 5.15pm the Town Centre roads will again be closed from 4pm for the Armistice 100 Commemoration Concert. Charlie Ross (BBC’s Bargain Hunt) will compere a range of local artists and musicians including The Suffragettes, Winslow Concert Band, Miles Nottage and his Band, MK Pipe Band, Isabelle Morgan and children’s and adult choirs. This event is organised by the Lionel Weston with support from the British Legion and Buckingham Town Council.

At the close of the month the Radcliffe Centre will host a play about Walter Tull Walter was the first mixed race officer in WW1. Before joining the British army he was the first mixed race professional footballer, an extremely talented man who played for Tottenham Hotspur and then Northampton Town. The play has been written by a local resident and will be performed on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of November, sponsored by the Royal British Legion, University of Buckingham and the Arts Centre. Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Centre, Old Gaol, Buckingham.

Bonfire and Fireworks 3rd November

On the evening of Saturday 3rd November Bourton Park Paddock will be the venue for this year’s annual Bonfire and Fireworks display and new for this year the Lord John Robartes Regiment of Foote.

An explosive 17th Century English Civil War re-enactment group, the Regiment of Foote will perform a short display in traditional clothing at 6.15pm then a short sword melee at 6.40pm before taking part in Buckingham’s traditional torchlight procession, lighting of the Bonfire and Fireworks display starting at 7pm.

The Paddock will also host hot food stalls and drinks from 6pm.

Join us for this free event!

If you need any more information please contact Amanda at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816 426.

 

 

BOOKING OPEN: Pop-Up Ice Rink 26th November until 2nd December

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Booking is now open for Buckingham’s very own artificial ice rink experience!

The ick rink will be held at cattlepens, opening on the 26th November and staying until Sunday 2nd December. Weekday sessions are from 3pm-9pm with weekend slots from 11am-9pm.

Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Office, or can be booked online. Prices are £6 for adults 16+ and £4.50 for children aged 2-12. Each ticket is for half an hour of skating and includes skate hire and an extra ten minutes for changing shoes. Please remember that under 8s MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Grant Applications Open!

Apply for funding now!

Do you run a local group or activity for residents of Buckingham? Do you have an idea for a project that would benefit the people who live in Buckingham?

Buckingham Town Council would love to hear from you! Application forms for our 2019/2020 grants are available on our grants page. Let us know about your project by NOON on FRIDAY 2nd of NOVEMBER. Don’t forget to attach your latest audited accounts, or if your group is less than a year old, a business plan.

Any questions?

Email office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or call the Buckingham Town Council office on 01280 816 426 and ask to speak to Louise Stubbs.