Buckingham’s Litter Heroes

Thank you for all the entries for our #RubbishCampaign competition.

We had loads of positive interactions across our social media pages and received some fantastic photographs from individuals to families that are out litter picking on a regular basis – you are our #LitterHeroes – thank you.

We had to pick a winner and we are delighted to announced our Rubbish Campaign competition winner is Josephine Smith and her son Alex (pictured) – many Boy picking up litter congratulations Josephine and Alex, a beautiful shawl made from recycled plastic bottles is on it’s way to you, generously donated by local independent store, Finca El Monte. Alex and his Mum regularly conduct little early morning clear ups in Chandos Park after they finish playing tennis. They take the litter home to recycle the glass bottles and cans. Alex even had time to play a little air guitar!

Alex said ‘we don’t want it to end up in the river or hurt any wildlife.’

Three lucky winners, chosen by the Town Clerk and Town Mayor, will also receive a Green Buckingham branded water bottle kindly funded by Recycle for Buckinghamshire

Boy posing with litter picker and bag of rubbish This is one of our runners up George, who’s asked for a litter picker for his 11th birthday – what a litter superstar!
George said that ‘Putting your litter in the bin is important because litter can hurt animals and damage the environment.’






We loved this spooky photograph submitted by Reid’s Grandad. Reid was appalled at how many disposable face masks he’d seen littering the streets and decided to take matters into his own hands. Well done Reid!

Young boy disposing of face mask in bin at nighttime









Top marks for Alexia’s school-run litter pick! It just goes to show that ‘little and often’ is a winning formula for helping keep the parks clean.

Young girl in uniform throwing litter into a park bin









Cllr. Ruth Newell, Chair of Environment Committee said: “On behalf of the Town Council’s Environment Committee I’d like to thank everyone who does their bit to keep our parks, clean tidy and litter free, protecting our wildlife and making the parks a pleasant place to walk.  I’d also like to remind those who drop litter, please don’t, instead take it home with you and dispose of it responsibly, recycling what you can.”

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition! And thank you to Finca El Monte and  Recycle for Buckinghamshire for their generous donation of prizes!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Buckingham

Buckingham Town Council is delighted that Granta Network in partnership with Access All Aerials will be using drones to film the Big Buckingham Christmas Light Switch On this Saturday. The Council is asking all residents and businesses to switch their own lights on at 7pm on the 28th November to make the view from the air is going to be spectacular as possible.

Granta Network have said ‘There will be up to two drones flying in Buckingham Town Centre on the night of the switch-on to film the event. This has been carefully planned for several weeks, taking account of all drone regulations, to make sure that it can take place safely. It is vital that no other drones are flying in the area at the same time. This applies to all drones, regardless of size. The risk posed by any drone not under our control flying in the area will mean that we are unable to carry out the filming. We request, for your own safety (and that of our team), that you respect the lockdown restrictions, stay at home, turn on your lights and look forward to the video when it comes out.’

If you are planning on switching on your Christmas lights and would like to appear in the video, please get in touch with Tim at Granta Network by e-mailing tim@granta.net.

Councillor Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town Council’s Town Centre and Events Committee, said:

‘This year has been one of the most difficult years for our Events Committee organising events. Discussions between Town Council officers and the Events Committee it was felt we shouldn’t be deterred from trying to do something positive and inclusive which all the community can take part in. Obviously this isn’t any substitute for gathering around the Christmas tree but we are hoping it will go a small way to help community spirit at this important time, while encouraging people where possible safely to start shopping & supporting our local community shops in this most testing of festive seasons for young and old alike.’

Keep watching the Town Council’s social media pages for a special message from Father Christmas, Town Mayor, Cllr Geraldine Collins and some light heartedness from Bard of Buckingham Dean Jones:  www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk

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

Council celebrates the decision to keep Buckingham’s last public phone box

Buckingham Town Council are celebrating the decision by Buckinghamshire Council to object to the removal of the last phone box in the town. Objections to the removal were submitted to Buckinghamshire Council by the Town Council and also Buckinghamshire Councillor Warren Whyte.

Buckinghamshire Council officers revealed in their Case Officer Report that
“A leaflet produced by BT about their policy on payphone removals states that no payphones will be identified for removal in suicide hotspots, accident blackspots, where there is no mobile coverage and within 400 metres of the coast. In addition they will not remove payphones where there is a reasonable need. For this criteria they will retain a payphone where it is the only payphone within 800 metres, which has had at least 12 calls in a 12 month period and where the local population is not fewer than 500 households within 1km of the payphone. …The data provided alongside the notification, indicates that the payphone kiosk has 6 uses per month – and therefore on average 72 uses per annum. The kiosk also appears to be in location where there are more than 500 households within 1km. In addition the nearest phone box to the notification site is in excess of one mile away, and therefore it is considered that the kiosk in question may fall into the category of having “reasonable need”, and therefore further justification would be required to overcome concerns raised.”

The phone box in question is on Market Hill opposite M & Co. The nearest remaining phone box would be in Middle Claydon. BT have to follow an agreed process when they remove the last public phone in an area, which includes requesting permission from Buckinghamshire Council.

Buckingham Town Councillors had opposed the removal of the phone box, pointing out that it is in the centre of town and accessible to all; not everyone has a mobile, or unrestricted access to a phone – such as children, vulnerable adults, or those in an abusive relationship who may need to call a helpline without the abuser knowing. The means of calling the emergency services is also vital in a town centre where accidents or medical emergencies may occur. The sparse local bus service may mean that residents of surrounding villages need to call a private hire cab if they miss their bus home for any reason.

Town Mayor Geraldine Collins said, “I am delighted that our last remaining Public Phone Box is to stay and that this vital service remains available to our community”.

Buckingham’s Christmas Colouring Sheets

To add a little Christmas cheer, we have designed some fun and festive colouring in pages for children (and the young at heart) to help keep your little ones or you entertained over the Christmas period!

Simply click on the images to download, print, colour and stick in your window for all to see.

We would love to see what you produce. Please send your child’s artwork to us via private message on Facebook, or tag us in your post! We will do our best to share as many as possible: Buckingham Town Council

Merry Christmas Buckingham!
















Otters colouring in sheet






Big Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On!

This year the Christmas Lights Switch On will have a slight twist. Buckingham Town Council is still aiming to illuminate the town in order to provide Buckingham with festive cheer.

However, due to regulations on events, crowds and large gatherings and to maintain the safety of the residents, the usual way of running the event has been changed for your continued enjoyment and participation.

On Saturday 28th November, Buckingham Town Council are encouraging all residents and businesses to join in and switch their Christmas Lights on at 7pm and light up Buckingham as we welcome the festive season.

The town’s Christmas lights are already in place and the Christmas tree will be installed outside the Old Gaol on Friday.

Weather permitting two drones will be launched to capture the moment Buckingham lights up and there will be a special message from Father Christmas, Town Mayor, Cllr Geraldine Collins and some light heartedness from Bard of Buckingham Dean Jones.  These messages will be shown on the Town Council’s social media pages and website.

Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of Buckingham Town Centre & Events Committee said;

This year has been one of the most difficult years for our Events Committee organising events. During discussions between the Town Council officers and the Events Committee it was felt we shouldn’t be deterred from trying to do something positive and inclusive which all the community can take part in. We are hoping it will go a small way to help community spirit at this important time, while encouraging people where safely to start shopping & supporting our local community shops

Christmas Lights At Old Goal

Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition

Mayor's Christmas Card Competition

Competition Poster

Buckingham Town Council is launching its first Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition. Our Mayor, Cllr Geraldine Collins is inviting all children between the ages of 4 and 16 years of age to submit a design based on the theme “Christmas in Buckingham”.

The Mayor has said; I hope many of you will enter this competition to design a Christmas card for us. I am excited and looking forward to seeing your designs and being able to send these out to other Mayors and Councillors in Buckinghamshire and beyond, thank you Geraldine Collins Mayor of Buckingham.

There will be three winners from three categories, 4-7, 8-11, 12-16 years. Each winner will receive a pack of their winning design to send to their family and friends along with a certificate. The Mayor will be sending the cards county wide to some very important people. The cards will also be available to purchase from the Buckingham Tourist Information Centre from early December. Any monies raised will go towards the Mayor's Charities.

The Christmas cards must be A5. No bigger, no smaller and must be suitable for printing. Please no photos, glitter or collages – original drawings only. The closing date for this competition is Monday 30th November 2020. If you would like to participate, please ask your parents/guardians to send your images by email to lacehillcentre@buckingham-tc.gov.uk. Please note that all entries shortlisted will be shared on social media for all to see.

In addition to winning and appearing on the Mayor’s Christmas Card, images may be featured in internal communications from the Town Council, including our website, newsletter and social media channels.

This competition is proudly sponsored by Christina Newman of Black Dog Design, a Buckingham business which offers design and print production services.

We look forward to seeing your entries!

Impact of Coronavirus Measures on Buckingham Town Council Services

Following the Government’s announcement of new national restrictions to reduce the spread of Covid-19, Buckingham Town Council has reduced and removed some services for the duration of the new measures.

Grounds Maintenance

The Grounds Maintenance Team are continuing to work to maintain Bourton and Chandos Parks, green spaces and the cemetery.  Burials will continue to be arranged.

Play areas will remain open and play area checks and repairs will continue.  Parents and guardians should take appropriate steps to ensure children’s safety and hygiene is projected when using equipment.

Multi Use Games Areas and adult outdoor gym equipment will be closed in line with the new restrictions.

Members of the public are asked to remember that Town Council staff have been instructed to have minimal direct contact while they are at work, so all questions about Council services should be made by phone or email wherever possible.


The Town’s markets remain very much open.  The market provides people with a low risk outdoor place to shop for essential supplies.  Stalls are placed apart from each other and socially distanced queuing remains in place.  All stall holders have been asked to make sure they have some means of hand washing at their stall which they should use regularly.  This is a great way to support local businesses at this time.


The Shopmobility Service is now closed temporarily.

Tourist Information Centre

The Tourist Information Centre has been closed temporarily.  However, staff are still available to answer queries by telephone and email during working hours:

Opening Hours
Monday – Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Contact Us
Phone: 01280 823 020
Email: TIC@buckingham-tc.gov.uk
Web: www.discoverbuckingham.uk

Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre

The Centre will be closed, except for a very small number of users who meet the new requirements.


No Town Council events are now planned for December.  The events programme for 2021 will be reviewed in the New Year.

Town Council Office

The Town Council office is now closed to visitors.  However staff are still working and phone calls and emails will be responded to in the usual way: office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or by phone 01280 826426.

Play Areas Open Image showing Otters Brook play area
Multi Use Games Areas closed showing roped off area
Outdoor Gyms closed sign showing trim trail in park
Stop: outdoor staff may be working in the parks, please do not approach them
Tourist Information Centre, Shopmobility and Lace Hill buildings

Moreton Road gas main replacement

Scotia Gas Networks have asked us to pass on the following message about Moreton Road roadworks.

“As you will be aware, SGN have commenced an urgent programme of work to replace gas main on Moreton Road from the junction of the High Street to Western Avenue. We will be replacing an old metal mandatory gas main with a new plastic main to ensure we can continue to provide gas safely and efficiently to the local area long into the future. This work is essential.

We apologise for not having had the opportunity to communicate with you sooner. SGN are responding to requests to prioritise this project as a matter of urgency to incorporate some of the work whilst under lockdown, this will help alleviate some of the disruption this work will have on the local community.

The following is our intended plan

2 November to 6 December (Christmas embargo)

We will be working from the junction of the High Street to the junction of Summerhouse Hill.

With the main located in the road, for the safety of road users and are engineers it is necessary to have a north bound lane closure in place around our work area. To avoid a full road closure, we will be operating multi-way traffic lights to keep local traffic moving in both directions.

Access to properties within the closure will be maintained if safe to do so, if access for any reason isn’t possible the team on the ground will advise those residents impacted in advance so alternative arrangements can be made.

6 January to completion 31 March 2021

We will return to complete the final section from Summerhouse Hill to Western Avenue.
Again it will be necessary to have a lane closure in place for the duration with traffic lights in place to allow two way local traffic.

Gas main connection to properties

There is a possibility that we will need to connect a number of services to the new main being installed. To do this our engineers will need access to your gas meter within your property. Any properties affected will be contacted in advance explaining what is needed and the team on the ground will make local arrangements. Please can we reassure you, our engineers are following strict COVID guidelines to ensure we maintain everyone’s safety. There’s more information about our coronavirus plans, as well as other ways to contact us, on our website: sgn.co.uk/coronavirus.

Diversion route – HGV and large lorries

With a lane closure in place, the width of road space available on Moreton Road during this project will not be suitable for oversized vehicles, HGV and large lorries. Advance diversion route signage will be in place on approaching roads to allow redirection. Bespoke signage at beginning of works advising access width is limited not suitable for HGV’s or lorries.

We appreciate the nature of our work is disruptive for communities, we have taken the opportunity now whilst a lockdown is in place, to try and minimise this for the community. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by these works.

If you’d like to get in touch about our project, you can speak to our 24hr Customer Service team on 0800 912 1700.”