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 An Environment agency worker is emptying a large bucket of small fish into the river. He is wearing a wet suit and crouched in the shallows on the river. 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.

Two young fish are being handled by an Environment Agency Officer. The fish are golden brown.

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.