Bus Diversions and Road Closures: Buckingham Charter Fair

Please be aware of the following bus diversions over the following days in October:

Buckingham Bus Stand will be CLOSED from:

10am Friday 11  October until the end of Saturday 12 October

& 10am Friday 18 October until the end of Saturday 20 October

Passengers are advised:

  • Services 18, 131, 132 & 151 to Akeley, Maids Moreton, and Western Avenue will depart from the Moreton Road stop
  • Service 18 will depart from London Road opposite Chandos Road
  • Service X60 buses will serve the ‘Chandos Road’ stops located on London Road before diverting via Bourton Road and the A413
  • Service 60 buses please use the ‘Chandos Road’ stops located on London Road
  • Afternoon Journeys only
    • Service 80 / X80 will operate from the stops on Moreton Road.
    • Service 83 will operate from the ‘Chandos Road’ stops.
  • Service X5 will serve ‘Tesco’ stops only on the London Road.

Buckingham Road Closure: 

We would like to inform you that a Road Closure Order and Parking Order is in force for the Charter Fairs and covers the following areas on Friday 11th October, Saturday 12th October and then again on Friday 18th October and Saturday 19th October 2019.

Cars found to be parked in such a way as to cause an obstruction in the the designated area covered by the order, are liable to be removed by the relevant authorities. The cost of reclaiming your vehicle could be from £150.


Emergency access will be ensured for Northend Court, Buckingham Hospital, Paynes Court, Markhams Court and Verney Close.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused, however we can assure you that the steps taken are in the interest of the public safety.

Your contact in this matter is Amanda Brubaker, Events Co-ordinator, who can be contacted on 01280 816426 or e-mailed at events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Buckingham pavement potholes filled in

Repaired path on Church Street

Repair of long term pavement defects on Church Street, funded by the scheme

Buckingham Town Council has been working with Buckinghamshire County Council to cut down on wait times for road and footpath repairs in Buckingham.

Under a new devolved pilot scheme, Buckingham was chosen as one of five town and parish councils who have been given permission and funding to tackle issues such as potholes on minor roads directly.  Under the agreement, Buckingham Town Council had enough funding to repair 140 defects in local roads and paths in Buckingham with a speed limit of 30mph or less. Following a review of complaints and a survey by Town Councillors, each defect was identified as one that could be significantly improved with small repairs. This has included 136 potholes, relaying slabs and creating new footpath drain channels.

While some roads could not be worked on as they are in need of total resurfacing, these small repairs are important to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe and protect vehicles from pothole damage.

The works would not have taken place without this scheme, so the Town Council has been able to provide improvements in partnership with the County Council for the first time.

Picture of Cllr. Ruth Newell

Cllr. Ruth Newell

Buckingham Town Councillor Ruth Newell, chair of the Environment Committee that agreed the work said Buckingham Town Councillor Ruth Newell, chair of the Environment Committee that agreed the work said “I am so glad that we were able to take part in this scheme, that I fully supported as we were able to focus the repairs on the defective roads and paths that were important to Buckingham people …”

Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member said: “Town and parish councils have their feet firmly on the ground and can react quickly to local highways needs, which makes the partnership between Buckingham Town Council and the County Council of enormous benefit to residents and businesses in the town.”

Grant for 2020/21 are now open!

Do you think Buckingham needs a community fridge? Does your sports club need new equipment? A support group for a health condition? Is there an environmental project your group would love to run?

Buckingham Town Council’s grant process is now open for the financial year 2020/2021. The process to apply is simple – complete a form for Buckingham Town

Council to consider, along with information about the group that is applying for funding and get it back to us by 12 noon on Friday 1st November.

A few rules apply:

  1. Grants will only be considered for projects and activities beneficial to the people of Buckingham.
  2. Grant recipients must be based in Buckingham or provide evidence of the percentage of the work that is conducted in or on behalf of Buckingham residents.
  3. No commercial organisation will be considered for a grant.

More information and copies of the forms are available on the Grant Applications page.  





The Bard of Buckingham: applications open!

Do you want to be the Bard of Buckingham?

Complete the following form to apply: Bard of Buckingham 2019 and return it to events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk by the 2nd of October, or drop it in to the Buckingham Town Council Office.

1.      The Bardic Trial

The first Buckingham Bardic Trial will be held in the Cote, at the rear of the Woolpack pub, on Tuesday 1st October from 7pm to 9pm.  The event will include the election of Buckingham’s first Bard and Deputy Bard.

The evening will be hosted and chaired the Town Mayor, Councillor Mark Cole JP, supported by the Town Crier. Everyone in the room will be Bard of Buckingham logo, quill over the old Gaolable to cast one vote for the winner.  The recipient of the most votes will become the Bard of Buckingham, and the second placed person will become the Deputy Bard.

Each potential Bard will be asked to present one piece relevant to the theme of “Buckingham”, which should last a maximum of 5 minutes (less is fine!).  They may then present a second piece of their choosing.

Potential Bards are encouraged to register beforehand, although it will be possible to just turn up on the night.  It will be free to take part; however, a collection will be made on the night for the Mayor’s charities.

Performances will be recorded and may be shown on social media.

It is hoped to attract a wide range of entries.  Anyone can take part, providing they are over 18 and live within a day’s walk of the Old Gaol.

2.      The Bardic Council

A Bardic Council will be formed to support the individual holding the position of Bard, and to help to develop the role.  The Council will consist of local poets / storytellers and supporters, and will be largely formed from those present at the first event.

The first meeting of the Bardic Council will be on Tuesday 8th October in the Council Chamber from 18:00 to 19:00.

3.      What is a Bard?

The Bardic tradition has been spreading throughout England in recent years; Stony Stratford, Exeter and Cambridge have particularly successful Bards.  Bards differ from Poet Laureates in key ways: while both are generally geographically-based, the source of their words comes from a different place. While a Poet Laureate is usually employed by an official body to represent the views of those in power to the masses, a Bard is democratically elected by a combination of their peers and the public.

The Bard of Buckingham will gain their title (“be chaired”) after winning the first Buckingham Bardic Trial. They will hold their title for (at least) two years and a day, before passing it on to the next successful Bard.

A Bard needs to be motivated by a passion for creating through words, whether in song or poetry, or storytelling.  They should have a love for Buckingham, and live within one day’s walking distance of the Old Gaol.

The first Bard will be able to help model and develop the role.  They may help to mentor young bards, and to develop the Bardic community in Buckingham.

The Bard will be invited to write and present pieces at significant events in Buckingham each year.  Performance will be celebratory, or commemorate significant events.   The Bard’s role will be to present pieces in public; content should be suitable for an all age audience.

4.      Bardic Oath

The winner will read the following oath, from Stony Stratford, on becoming Bard:

“Words gather and now my bardic watch begins.  It shall not end for two years and a day.  I shall herald the town, raise for bardic causes, and keep it family friendly…

I shall wear no crown, and win no glory.  I shall live and not languish at my post. 

I am the word in the silence.  I am the mouth of the masses.  I am the voice that celebrates the Buckingham.  I pledge my words and honour to this Bardic Year, for this night and all the nights come.

5.      What support will be available?

A professional voiceover artist will be available to provide support with public speaking.

Once formed, the Bardic Council will provide support to the Bard and their Deputy through the year.