Buckingham Town Matters Newsletter

Autumn NewsletterThe Autumn edition of the Buckingham Town Matters newsletter is now out for delivery and will be with residents soon. This editions articles include tips to support your mental health during a crisis and details about how money was spent during 2019 and 2020.

If you prefer to listen to your local updates, try our audio version. This edition is read by Prof. James Tooley, new Vice Chancellor at the University of Buckingham.

With apologies from the Council, there is an error on the printed version of the newsletter. Cllr. Robin Stuchbury’s phone number on page 15 of the newsletter is incorrect. The correct phone number is 07752 394162.

We hope you enjoy and make sure to keep an eye out for updates on the next edition; Winter!


Buckingham’s Green Fingers

We have many wildlife rich areas in the heart of Buckingham and we’re blessed with a number of hard working volunteer groups that undertake conservation activities to improve the wildlife value and public enjoyment of our town through activities such as coppicing, pond clearance and path maintenance. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic a number of group activities have been postponed but some individuals have used their time during lockdown to undertake butterfly surveys and repair nest boxes along Railway Walk. We were thrilled to receive news from Mr G. Eaton of Rectory Farm, Water Stratford of a thriving colony of water voles living along the stretch of the River Great Ouse. Wildlife enthusiasts from our local conservations groups have even confirmed sightings of water voles and otter cubs in Bourton Park!

With a wealth of wildlife knowledge, our conservation groups are a great opportunity to get fit, help the local area, learn some countryside skills and discover new species that are right on our doorstep! There are many ways in which local residents can contribute toBaby Otter the conservation of our local beauty spots – it’s not all wellies and woodwork!

If you would like to learn more about the work of our various groups, then please visit their websites below:

Buckingham Railway Walk Conservation Group
The Buckingham Society
Buckingham Canal Society
Buckingham Edible Woodland

Blooming Great Community Bulb Plant

On Sunday morning volunteers from the Town Council, Buckingham Rotary Club, Buckingham Table and Tree Wardens helped plant 4500 bulbs across Bourton Park to improve the appearance of this park and help increase biodiversity in the area.

As part of the Climate Emergency Action Plan, the Town Council committed to allocating a section of land to be planted with wildflowers every year. We have seen great success with summer wildflower meadows in Bourton Park and recognised thatMale volunteer driving spade into the ground. By the side of him is a plastic bag containing snowdrop bulbs. early spring flowers are also vital for early insects and the birds that feed on them. Various wooded locations surrounding the footpaths, car park, picnic areas and play areas were planted with thousands of Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), Bluebells (Hyacinthoides Nonscripta), Wild Garlic (Allium ursinum), Wood Anenomes (Anemone nemoros) and Snake’s Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) and by next spring these will be in full bloom and really brighten up these sections of the Park.

Group shot of 5 volunteers in Bourton Park. Thank you to all our fantastic volunteers for enabling this positive event to take place, for adhering to social distancing guidelines and for being willing to get their hands (or gloves!) dirty.

Chair of Environment Committee, Councillor Ruth Newell said “I enjoyed taking part in the planting and look forward to seeing all the bulbs flowering in the spring and adding to the wild flowers of our lovely Bourton Park. I look forward to further planting events playing a part in progressing our Climate Emergency Action Plan”


1. For enquiries please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426, office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk.

Cancellation of autumn and Christmas events

Buckingham Charter Fair

Buckingham Charter Fairs have been cancelled for 2020. Nichols Amusements have decided not to hold the Buckingham fair in 2020 in light of advice received from the Aylesbury Vale Safety Advisory Group and the Town Council. The Head Showman, Marshall Nichols will bring in one small stall on Saturday 17th and Saturday 24thOctober, when the fair would have been held. This will mean that the town is able to retain the royal charters for the two fairs.

The risks of being a focal point for transmission of Covid 19 are too high for the event to be safe, and it would be “very difficult if not impossible” for this event to go ahead while complying with the health protection regulations. The SAG has written to the Council to say that it the view of the SAG that it would be “very difficult if not impossible for (the fair) to go ahead while complying with the health protection regulations as set out.”

Councillor Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town and Centre Committee said that, “the committee had some very important decisions to make about future events in the light of concerns about whether they could be held safely. We are grateful to Mr Marshall Nichols for the care he has demonstrated for the people of Buckingham. The decision not to bring in the fair this year demonstrates both his respect for the town of Buckingham and the well-being of the families who visit the charter fair each year.”

Bonfire & Fireworks Display

The Town Centre & Events committee met Thursday evening and made the decision that this year’s Bonfire & Firework Display should be cancelled for 2020.

The event which is held in Bourton Park and organised by Buckingham Town Council draws a large crowd each year and as with other events it would be impossible to comply with the health protection regulations.

Christmas Light Switch On

The annual Christmas Light Switch On which is organised by Buckingham Town Council is to be cancelled for 2020.

The area outside the Old Gaol where the event takes place and the number of people that participate as well as number of attendees, would be a focal point for transmission of Covid 19. It would be very difficult to comply with the health protection regulations as set out.

The Town Centre & Events Committee will be considering activities that residents can participate in safely from home in the next few weeks.

Remembrance Day Parade and Christmas Parade

Buckingham Town Council provides the road closures for the Remembrance Day Parade and the Christmas Parade.  The Town Council will also regrettably not be able to provide these for 2020.

The Royal British Legion organise the wreath laying and service at the war memorial and details regarding this will be announced by them at a future date.

The Christmas Parade Committee has already decided to cancel this year’s Christmas Parade due to Covid 19.


Please contact the Events Coordinator, Amanda Brubaker via email at events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk.

Buckingham Town Council Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

Buckingham Town Council has established a Working Group to examine issues which have been brought to public attention by recent racist events, seeking to establish how these affect Buckingham and the steps that may be taken in order to improve the lives of residents. The Working Group has been asked to bring their first progress report to the Town Council’s meeting planned for November 23rd, and to present their final recommendations by the end of this April 2021 – before the end of this Council year, when new Councillors will be elected.

The Group has so far met once. The Group is seeking input and comments from interested groups and individuals, and also expressions of interest in anyone wanting to take part.

To provide input, or to find out more, please contact the Town Clerk, Paul Hodson, on townclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or via the Town Council’s office on 01280 816 426.