13,000 new roach, chub and dace added to the River Great Ouse

Upper Great Ouse pollution recovery

The Environment Agency stocked 7000 roach, 5000 dace and 1000 chub as part of the recovery plan to help restore 25km of the river after it was affected by a major pollution incident in June 2018. These fish are all two summers old and ranged between 5 and 15cm.

These fish are really important, they will continue to kick start the fishery, adding to previous stockings from 2018 and earlier this year. Other efforts driving to improve the recovery of the river includes:

– Improving marginal features, creating planted berms and large in-channel features which provide cover and foraging areas for fish and other wildlife

– Working with landowners to carry out in river enhancement that increase flow speeds to reduce silt deposits and encourage natural processes. These improve fish spawning and invertebrate communities.

– Removing barriers to help fish migrate naturally, speeding up the recovery. We are funding the appraisal of a major barrier to improve fish passage in the middle of the affected length.

To learn more about how you can be involved in caring for the river in Buckingham, read about the River Wardens scheme on our Buckingham Parks page.

Comedy Night: Angela Barnes tickets now on sale!

Looking for a fantastic experience to gift this Christmas? Book tickets now for the 1st February 2020 Comedy Night!

Fantastic comedian Angela Barnes will be back in Buckingham for a headline gig on the 1st February 2020, Charlie Baker will MC and a mystery third support act is yet to be announced.

Angela Barnes Comedy night graphicAngela is a regular guest on panel shows Mock the Week and Russell Howard’s Good News, and gave a hilarious performance on Live at the Apollo. Radio 4 listeners will recognise Angela from The News Quiz.

She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic.” The Guardian

Tickets are for over 18s only and a paid bar will be available on site at the Royal Latin School. Doors open 7.30pm with the show starting at 8pm.

Book your tickets today!

2019 Christmas Parade road closure and the Community Fair

Buckingham Christmas Parade

Organised by the Christmas Parade Committee and sponsored by Buckingham Town Council, the annual Christmas Parade has been running for over 30 years.

This year the theme for the parade is ‘Musicals’. Over 50 floats, walkers and marching bands will line up on Chandos Road before setting off at 10:45am to make their way through the town centre before returning to Chandos Road.

Buckingham Town Council organises the road closure and diversions. These will be in place for the town centre and the parade route from 10:15am until approximately 12:30pm. Buses will stop serving the bus station in the town centre from 10am as well as Maids Moreton. Notices are being placed on the bus stops showing where the buses have been re-routed to.

There will be free parking in the town centre on the day.

Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Cllr Andy Mahi said that he is ”looking forward to joining the parade marshals, and hopes that that everyone enjoys watching or taking part in the parade.”

Alice in wonderland float at the Christmas ParadeRoad Closures:

The Road Closure Order covers the following areas between 7am and 2pm on the 14th December 2019:

  • High Street (North) – between the junction with Moreton Road and Paynes Court (excluding Paynes Court itself)
  • High Street (North) – Paynes Court to North End Square (excluding Paynes Court itself) This includes the bus stand
  • High Street (South) – between the junction with Moreton Road and the junction with Stratford Road
  • Market Hill (North) – between the junction with Moreton Road and the junction with West Street
  • Market Hill (South) – between the junction with Moreton Road and the Bull Ring
  • The lay-by at the Old Gaol  taxi rank at night
  • Bull Ring – in its entirety
Map showing the route of the Christmas Parade

Road Closure Map Buckingham Christmas Parade

  • Market Square – all – between the Bull Ring and the junction with West Street/Bridge Street, including the lay-by outside the White Hart Hotel
  • Bridge Street – all – from the junction with Market Square to the junction with Bourton Road
  • London Road – both sides – between the junction with Bridge Street and the junction with Chandos Road
  • Chandos Road – all – between the junction with London Road and the junction with Station Road
  • Station Road – all – between the junction with Chandos Road and the junction with Hunter Street
  • Western Avenue – between Grenville Road and the junction with Brackley Road

The roads with a full road closure are shown as red on the map. Other town centre areas will have restricted access. Alternative routes for vehicles affected by the closures will be clearly signposted. Including a one-way system on School Lane and Castle Street and Addington Road.

Buckingham Community Fair

Organised by Buckingham Town Council, the annual Community Fair will take place in the Community Centre on Saturday 14th December from 11:30am to 2pm after the Christmas Parade.  The fair has been particularly successful in recent years, when it has also followed the parade.

The Community Fair gives local people an opportunity to buy gifts, cards and Christmas goods from local charities, groups and societies, ensuring that money spent on Christmas also benefits local good causes.  Those taking part this year include The Buckingham Canal Society, Buckingham Men In Sheds, Buckingham Twinning Association, RAF Benevolent Society, MIND, The Oli Hilsdon Foundation, Buckingham District Girlguiding, ENCRISCO, Buckingham Fairtrade, Arthritis Research, Open House.  Refreshments will be provided by the Inner Wheel.

The Vice Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee Cllr Terry Bloomfield said, “I am delighted that we are again able to hold the Community Fair in conjunction with the Christmas Parade, giving everyone the perfect opportunity to support local groups with their gift buying, while getting warm and having a mince pie after the Parade.”

Stall at the community fair

New Christmas Lights for Buckingham Town Centre

Christmas Lights above M&Co on Buckingham Market Hill Despite freezing cold temperatures Saturday evening, a large crowd turned out to see the Buckingham Christmas Lights turned on by Town Mayor Cllr Mark Cole on Saturday evening (Saturday 30th November).

The Christmas Lights are provided by Buckingham Town Council.  This year the Council has invested in all new icicle lights for the town centre.  The town is looking crisper and more festive than ever this year!  The Christmas tree is provided as always by Aylesbury Vale District Council.

Mayor Mark Cole JP and Mrs Cole with the town centre Christmas treeThe presentation of the Buckingham Trader of the Year took place before the festivities got under way.  Awards went to Pasha and Courtyard at No.6 who this year were joint winners.  The Market Trader Of The Year award went to Nigel Price who has had a stall on Buckingham market for more than 30 years.

There were performances by the Children’s Performing Arts School, Buckingham Stagecoach, who provided a lovely solo of Away In A Manager from the upstairs window of the Old Gaol. Other performances were by The Buckingham Children’s Choir, Buckingham Rock Choir, Great Horwood Silver Band.  Dean Jones the Bard of Buckingham sang a song he had written for the occasion.  The chorus, “Switch the Lights On!” was sung with particular feeling by the crowd.  The Rev Will Pearson-Gee gave a short talk on the meaning of Christmas.  The lights were then switched on by Town Mayor Cllr Mark Cole.  There was also a special appearance by Father Christmas.

Old Gaol and the town centre Christmas Tree 2019

An events feedback form has been made available on the Town Council website, which can be used for all Town Council Events from now onwards.  All comments will be taken on board; the Council is always looking for ways to improve the events held in the town.

Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee Cllr Andy Mahi said, “it is fantastic to see the town so well lit this year.  A massive thank you to everyone who made the event happen, all the children and adults who took part, and the hard work and dedication shown by Buckingham Town Council staff in the lead up to the event.

Winter 2019 Buckingham Newsletter out for delivery now!

The Winter 2019 Buckingham Town Matters Newsletter is now available!

This month’s edition covers the winners of the Buckingham Photography Contest, the Pictures of the Buckingham Town Matters Winter 2019 newsletterClimate Crisis Action Plan, upcoming event, the Bard of Buckingham and becoming a Councillor.

We’ve also included a Business Special, with more information about local enterprise schemes, tourism in Buckingham and the local Traders’ Association.

The newsletter is available digitally, or if you prefer to listen, an audio version of our newsletter is available via soundcloud, alongside previous editions of the newsletter.

Downloadable Carol Sheet: Christmas Light Switch On 2019

Christmas Tree outside the Old GaolWe’re getting ready for the Christmas Light Switch On this Saturday! A packed event with performances from Children’s Choirs, The Bard of Buckingham and the presentation of the Trader of the Year Award from the Buckingham Society.

This year we’ve got a downloadable PDF of the carol service so that everyone can sing along!

There’s also a market in the cattlepens with crafts, hot chesnuts, street food and a children’s ride. Come and celebrate the start of the festive season with us on saturday.

Looking for an apprenticeship?

 

Buckingham Town Council Job Vacancy logoBuckingham Town Council has been working with Aylesbury College to recruit an Apprentice Office Administrator to join our office team. As a Town Council this is a great opportunity to get started in a varied role, involving office administration, events, committees, marketing and more.

The weekly wage will be £160.95.

The role is 37 hours per week. Mainly Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm although there will be some weekend and evening work for events and committees. All extra hours will be taken as time off in lieu.

Some of the tasks will include:

  • Answer phone calls politely and deal with queries quickly and efficiently, taking messages for staff and Councillors
  • Distribute town leaflets to the Tourist Information Centre and other outlets
  • Attend Council functions, assist where necessary and take photos
  • Monitor, order and maintain the levels of stationery
  • Provide general administrative support for Buckingham Town Council office and other departments as and when required (including typing, sending faxes, photocopying, shredding, filing, proof reading, archiving)
  • Update the Electoral Roll and arrange for Welcome Packs to be sent to new residents
  • Take care of invitations on behalf of the Mayor
  • Take Chamber bookings and keep the calendar up-to-date
  • Update the Town Council’s website and social media as instructed
  • Deal with the public in a polite and helpful manner
  • Attend training courses in accordance with identified training requirements
  • Assist with arrangements for the youth council
  • Assist at events such as Bonfire and Fireworks, Christmas Lights switch-on and the Council’s music festivals

Please apply via the Centre for Apprenticeships website

If you have any queries about this role, please contact the Deputy Town Clerk, Claire Molyneux. 

Money for Buckingham app project from the National Lottery Heritage Fund

The Buckingham Community Heritage App Project

Buckingham Town Council has received a grant of £10,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a Community Heritage App based in Buckingham. This exciting project has been developed with input from children and residents in the town and will be a fun interactive way to explore Buckingham and learn more about the town’s history.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players the project will enable residents and visitors to learn more about common landmarks like the Old Gaol and Chantry Chapel; as well as the hidden history of Buckingham and the Royal Family, Doctor De’ath, leather boots for circus elephants and duck races. To unlock historic photographs and earn points users will have to race around the town, visiting real locations and spotting the evidence of Buckingham’s historic past.

Buckingham Town Council has developed this project via its Economic Development Working Group which aims to support and develop the long term economic health of the town through town planning and increasing public pride and knowledge of the town. The app will encourage users to walk or cycle around the town, improving knowledge of paths and promoting visiting the historic Town Centre, riverside parks and other heritage locations further afield.

Councillor Mike Smith, Chair of the Economic Development Working Group said "This is great news for Buckingham, and thanks to the National Lottery we shall be able to introduce a completely modern approach to displaying and steering local residents and our many visitors around our numerous heritage sites. We are very grateful for the support of the National Lottery in this project, and look forward to welcoming some of its many players once the App has been developed."

Thanks to this National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, Buckingham Town Council and the work of local developer Mark Vanstone, from TechnoVisual, young people at both The Buckingham School and the Royal Latin School will be able to take part in the creation of their very own app from market research, coding and testing to launch, a fantastic learning opportunity – all while engaging with their Buckingham heritage.

“It’s nice to be involved in a project as big as big as this, I’d like to have a future career in cyber security.” Faye, from the Royal Latin School

“I thought it was a good opportunity to try something new and stretch my boundaries, which I’ve been doing more at secondary school.” “Kids often use things that are fun, and if you use this app you aren’t just having fun you’re learning about history too. Kids are on their phones all the time and this way they’re doing something educational too.” William and Chloe-Isabell, from The Buckingham School

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

Students from The Buckingham School and the Royal Latin
Celebrating funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund
National Lottery Heritage Fund logo

9th November: new date for Buckingham Bonfire and Fireworks!

Bonfire and Fireworks poster 9th November 2019Buckingham Town Council was forced to make the difficult decision to cancel the Buckingham Bonfire and Fireworks event at 9am on Saturday morning. The decision was made due to the extremely boggy conditions at the Bourton Park paddock where the event is held; which experienced staff members judged as too wet for the vehicles moving into the field for the event, and potentially hazardous to those coming to watch the fireworks.

This assessment was made early on the Saturday morning and all parties notified as quickly as possible in order to avoid cancellation fees – this means that the funds used to pay for the event are still available and with some minor changes it has been possible to reschedule the Bonfire and Fireworks this Saturday 9th November.

We are delighted to confirm that Titanium Fireworks will be lighting up the sky with a colour popping display, the event starts from 6pm with music and tasty hot food and drinks, including donuts.

In line with our environmental policies Titanium have told us that they are committed to carbon offsetting, and have already offset 80 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Chair of the Town Centre & Events Committee Councillor Andy Mahi said: “We’re delighted to be able to reschedule the Bonfire and Fireworks as we know how popular it is with residents – we hope to see everyone there on Saturday 9th November at 6pm!”

Job Vacancy: Tourist Information Centre/Shopmobility Assistant

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS JOB HAVE NOW CLOSED. 

Buckingham Town Council Job Vacancy logo

Tourist Information Centre / Shopmobility Assistant
Flexible Zero Hours including Saturdays
SCP 4-6: £9.55 – £9.94 per hour

Depending on experience and qualifications
We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our Tourist Information Centre team.

Buckingham Town Council manages a Tourist Information Centre and a Shopmobility Service, so this is a varied role with the successful candidate expected to cover both services as mutually agreed under a flexible arrangement.

We are looking for an enthusiastic person with good communication skills, who is capable of working alone or as part of a team. Experience in a customer service environment is desirable and a mature and confident manner is essential.

The main tasks will include:

  • Provide the highest level of customer service, responding to all enquiries in a professional, comprehensive and timely manner.
  • Ensure the TIC and Shopmobility scheme create a welcoming, professional and positive image of Buckingham.
  • Assist Shopmobility users to make safe use of the equipment provided.
  • Assist with all administration procedures relating to the operation of the TIC and Shopmobility, including cash reconciliation and banking.
  • Opening and closing of Old Gaol Museum and assisting with museum tasks as required
  • Operate the Shopmobility booking system and complete accurate records regarding membership, usage and user training.

For further information please read our detailed job description and person specification or for an informal discussion about the post, please contact the TIC Supervisor, Emma Churchill on 01280 823020.

Please note: We are unable to offer full time hours. To discuss potential working hours, please call Emma Churchill as above.

To apply for the job please complete the application form and equality and diversity form and submit them either by post to:
Buckingham Town Council
Buckingham Centre
Verney Close
Buckingham
MK18 1JP
or by email to: deputytownclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Closing date for applications: 8th November 2019 at 1700hrs.