Festive Family Hunt

The Festive Family Hunt event is part of play around the parishes and has been organised by Buckinghamshire Council and is supported by Buckingham Town Council. The Festive Family Hunt will run from Tuesday 22nd December to Tuesday 5th January and the theme is Festive. This is a Free Event.

The Festive Family Hunt will take place in Bourton Park and there will be many clues for families to find. You will need to look around the park to find the winter festive related pictures. Each character has a letter, write the letter down by their picture below to find out what the message is. Download the message finder sheet so you can work out the answers to the secret message.

Tier 4: Stay at Home and Buckingham Town Council services

From Sunday 20th December Buckingham became a Tier 4: Stay at home area. This means that there is a very high or very rapidly rising level of Coronavirus Covid-19 infections.

There will be some changes due to Buckingham Town Council services because of the new restrictions, while other services continue:

  • The Tuesday and Saturday Market will continue to run (apart from Boxing Day), however non-essential retail are unable to attend.
  • The Flea Market will not be running.
  • Play areas, outdoor multi-use games areas and outdoor gym equipment will stay open, and the green spaces team will continue working as usual.
  • The Tourist Information Centre and the Tourist Information Centre phone line will be closed.
  • Shopmobility will continue to be open on Saturdays. Users are asked to call in advance.
  • Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre is now closed except for a small number of exempt activities.
  • The Town Council office remains closed to drop in visitors.
  • The cemetery is available for interments as usual and in line with restrictions.

Many local businesses are offering delivery or click and collect options. If you can, please support your community by buying local this Christmas. 

Contacting the Town Council over the Christmas break

If you need to contact the Council over the break, you can call 01280 816 426 between 9.30 am and 4 pm on the following days:

  • Monday 21st December
  • Tuesday 22nd December
  • Wednesday 23rd December
  • Tuesday 29th December
  • Wednesday 30th December

Normal services will resume on Monday 4th January 2021.

Finally, we wish you the best possible time over the Christmas holiday.

We know this is a really tough time for many local residents, families and businesses. If you are struggling and need help, please reach out and ask for support.

Buckingham Town Council Christmas Closures 2020

The Buckingham Town Council office will be closed for Christmas from Monday 21st December 2020 until Monday 4th January 2021.

If you need to get in touch with us during this time, please contact us from 10am – 4pm on 01280 816426 so a member of our team can help you with any enquiries.

Please note that on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the phone line will only be open from 10 am until 1pm. However, on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day the phone line will be closed completely.

Merry Christmas From Buckingham Town Council

Tier 3 restrictions and changes to Buckingham Town Council services

From Saturday 19th December Buckingham will be a Tier 3 area. This means that there is a very high or very rapidly rising level of Coronavirus Covid-19 infections.

There will be some changes due to Buckingham Town Council services because of the new restrictions, while other services continue:

  • The Tuesday and Saturday Market will continue to run (apart from Boxing Day)
  • The Flea Market will not be running.
  • Play areas, outdoor multi-use games areas and outdoor gym equipment will stay open, and the green spaces team will continue working as usual.
  • The Tourist Information Centre and the Tourist Information Centre phone line will be closed.
  • Shopmobility will continue to be open and available on Saturdays.
  • Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre bookings can continue where permitted.
  • The Town Council office remains closed to drop in visitors.
  • The cemetery is available for interments as usual and in line with restrictions.

Many local businesses are offering delivery or click and collect options. If you can, please support your community by buying local this Christmas. 

Contacting the Town Council over the Christmas break

If you need to contact the Council over the break, you can call 01280 816 426 between 9.30 am and 4 pm on the following days:

  • Monday 21st December
  • Tuesday 22nd December
  • Wednesday 23rd December
  • Tuesday 29th December
  • Wednesday 30th December

Normal services will resume on Monday 4th January 2021.

Finally, we wish you the best possible time over the Christmas holiday.

We know this is a really tough time for many local residents, families and businesses. If you are struggling and need help, please reach out and ask for support.

 

Buckingham Mayor Presents Salver To Outgoing Mayor

Buckingham Town Mayor Cllr. Geraldine Collins was finally able to present outgoing Mayor Cllr Mark Cole JP with a silver salver and past Mayor’s badge in recognition of his time as Mayor from 2019/2020. This would normally have taken place at the annual Mayor Making ceremony in May.

Cllr Cole said “It was a great honour to have served as the 254th Mayor of Buckingham, and this salver is a wonderful memento of the year which myself and my Mayoress Alexandra represented the town and its people. I shall always treasure it.”  Cllr Mark Cole JP

 

 

The Mayor’s Christmas Cards go on sale just in time for National Christmas Card Day

December the 9th was Christmas Card Day and this year the Town Council celebrated it with our very own Mayoral Christmas cards. Thank you to all the children who entered the Mayor of Buckingham’s first ever Christmas Card competition. We are also very grateful to all the parents who submitted their children’s designs, the school teachers who encouraged them to take part and our competition sponsor, Christina Newman of Black Dog Design – Buckingham, who paid for the original print run.

 

2020 has been a challenging year, so the idea of the community competition was to engage with local school children and help spread some festive cheer during the Covid restrictions. The Mayor, Cllr Geraldine Collins called upon local children age 4 to 16 years to get creative and design her official Christmas card inspired by the theme Christmas in Buckingham. The Mayor will be sending the cards out to other Mayor’s in Buckinghamshire and beyond.

 

We were delighted by the positive response.  In just two weeks we received 50 colourful and creative designs which made it very difficult for the Mayor to decide the winners. The cards have been professionally printed and they are now on sale. The Mayor received hers on Christmas Card Day.

Mayor of Buckingham

 

‘I am so happy this morning on receiving the Christmas cards designed by Buckingham children in our recent competition brightened up my morning. Thank you to all who took part and the staff who enabled this. Geraldine Collins Mayor of Buckingham’.

 

Congratulations to the three winners. Connie won the 4-7 category, Eva won the 8-11 category, both are pupils at Buckingham Primary School. Talitha, a student from the Royal Latin won the 12-16 category. Each winner will receive a pack of cards with their design to send to their family and friends. Every child who entered has received a printable certificate to say thank you and Happy Christmas.

 

The cards featuring the winner’s designs have been printed and are now on sale at the Buckingham Tourist Information Centre, inside the Old Gaol. They are available to purchase in packs of 6 for £4 each. All proceeds will be going to the Mayor’s charities; both local Buckingham charities. More of the great entries will also be shared on the town council’s social media pages during the Christmas period.

 

Buckingham Town Matters Winter Newsletter

winter newsletter in a winter planterThe Winter edition of the Buckingham Town Matters newsletter is now out for delivery and will be with residents soon. This edition includes some topics on how to stop food waste, long time grant recipients and safety within the community alongside tips to keep  you safe this winter.

If you prefer to listen to your local updates, try our audio version. This edition is read by our newest Buckingham Town Councillor, Robina Ahmed.

Apologies for this edition being separated into smaller segments within a playlist, there were some technical issues when recording.

We hope you enjoy and make sure to keep an eye out for updates on the next edition; Spring 2021.

Festive Family Hunt

The Festive Family Hunt event is part of play around the parishes and has been organised by Buckinghamshire Council and is supported by Buckingham Town Council. The Festive Family Hunt will run from Tuesday 8th December to Tuesday 22nd December and the theme is Christmas. This is a Free Event.

poster with Christmas tree and writing The Festive Family Hunt will take place in Bourton Park and there will be many clues for families to find. You will need to look around the park to find the Christmas related pictures. Each character has a letter, write the letter down by their picture below to find out what the message is. Download the message finder sheet so you can work out the answers to the secret message.

 

 

Christmas Light Switch On

Due to the Government restrictions around Covid 19 Buckingham Town Council was unable to hold its annual Christmas Light Switch On in the Town Centre.

The Christmas lights were installed in the town centre at the beginning of November by WGS Power & Lighting Ltd who we currently have a contract with for this. The Christmas tree was provided by Buckinghamshire Council free of charge and installed outside the Old Gaol the week before the light switch on and several residents have commented that the tree looks better than ever.

The light switch on still took place on Saturday 28th November at 7pm but without the usual crowd. Granta Network launched 2 drones to capture the moment the lights were switched on, one from behind the Sorting Office and one from Stratford Fields football ground. The ground crew were located in the town centre to take still footage. They also took images of Christmas lights from around the town.

Birds Eye View of Buckingham Town Centre Lit Up

Photograph by Tim from Granta Network

The virus was not going to stop Christmas coming to Buckingham, so the Town Council made a request to The Bard of Buckingham, Buckingham Town Mayor, Cllr Geraldine Collins and Santa himself to provide video messages which have been widely viewed, with over 12,000 people reached on Facebook alone by Wednesday.

A request went out to the residents of Buckingham asking them to take part in the light switch on by staying home and switching on their Christmas lights at 7pm the same time that the lights would go on in the town centre. This created an atmosphere of excitement and many people took part in this. Below are some of the comments received afterwards.

“Aw this is lovely- so heart-warming. Thanks to everyone who put it together and those who made such a massive effort. It’ll be great to try to find all these great houses”

“This is fantastic! To see our lights on our house in this is the perfect end to a rubbish year! Well done Buckingham Town Council and Thank you!”

“Such a lovely thing to do. Great idea. Thanks, our family and neighbours really enjoyed it!”

“Excellent filming! Love this”

“Well its a10 from me brilliant lovely voice” (that one’s for Dean!)

 

burleigh peice christmas lights

National Tree Week

National Tree Week is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season (November to March each year). This year, it’s taking place 28 November – 6 December. Though we may not be able to get together to plant trees as we usually would due to lockdown measures, our volunteer Tree Wardens held an online meeting to plan future tree planting events and coordinate activities that promote and protect our treescape for future generations.

As part of the Town Council Climate Emergency Action Plan Buckingham Town Council has pledged to organise a minimum of one tree planting event per year to help offset the town’s carbon emissions and improve the biodiversity of our greenspaces. During March 2020 volunteers helped plant 12 saplings along the riverbank of Bourton Park with small clusters of Black Poplars (Populus nigra betulifolia) and Alder (Alnus glutinosa). The Black Poplar is Britain’s rarest native timber tree and there are some beautiful examples of mature Black Poplar trees to be seen in Heartlands park. Whilst we won’t be together at tree planting event this Winter, our Tree Wardens have some activities planned ways to help enhance and protect the tree canopy of our town.Horse Chesnut tree in Chandos Park

Buckingham Town Council’s Planning Committee pay great attention to tree applications, in particular those specifying the removal of trees. Applications are robustly challenged to ensure the Planning Authority is fully aware of the Council’s opposition to felling trees unnecessarily.

To find out more about our native trees, visit the Woodland Trust for everything you need to know from identification, folklore and history to pests and diseases that threaten the trees of our town.

Ruth Newell Chair of the Town Council’s Environment Committee and a tree warden for over 20 years in Buckingham said ‘I am pleased that we have many more people interested in joining us a tree warden, and we have the expertise amongst our wardens to protect our trees in Buckingham, as well as finding new suitable places for planting; as we need to ensure we plant many more trees than those we lose’.

To find out more about the Buckingham Tree Wardens, including how to get involved, visit: https://www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk/our-services/parks-and-green-spaces/

Notes

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