New snowflake motifs bring snow to Buckingham

Buckingham’s town centre has been lit up with brand new Christmas Motif lights. The silver and gold design features snowflakes – a fitting theme as snowflakes caused by Storm Arwen fell throughout the switch-on weekend, covering Buckingham in a light layer of snow.
The motifs, along with the icicle lights that are installed throughout the town centre, were switched on at 5.30pm on Saturday 27th November. Sadly, the planned Switch On event had to be cancelled, as the high winds forecast meant that the lighting and speakers required to run the entertainment could not be safely erected by the contractor. The planned festive market and entertainments were also cancelled due to safety concerns.
Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee told us: “The new lights are part of a continuous improvement to the festive lights in the town centre funded by the Town Council, with thanks to the town Council Officers who supported this event.”
Several more festive events are planned to take place in Buckingham, including the Christmas Parade, run by the Christmas Parade Committee and supported, facilitated and funded by the Town Council and the Community Fair on 11th December. Any Community Group wanting a stall at the Community Fair is asked to contact Amanda at the Town Council via email events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or phone: 01280 816 426.

Old Gaol and Christmas tree
Snowflake motifs outside the Town Hall
Christmas Lights above Binns and Boots
Buckingham Town Centre lit up with Christmas Lights

Buckingham Christmas Cards designed by local children for sale in aid of Mayor’s Charities

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley with winners Isabella and Eva outside the Old Gaol Christmas tree
Packs of 6 cards tied with yellow ribbon

Three wonderful Christmas Cards have been designed by Buckingham children, which will be printed and sold to raise money for local charities in the Tourist Information Centre from 25th November. The three designs were designed by Isabella Caswell, age 6, Mere S, age 8 and Eva Whittemore, age 10. The winners were chosen by Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley.

The cards are being sold in aid of the Mayor’s Charities: Project Street Life and Community Care North Bucks. Community Care North Bucks is run by local volunteers and comprises Adult Carers Support Group, YC2 Young Carers: Buckingham & Winslow, Open House and the Hospital Car Service.

Each pack includes 6 cards, 2 of each design, and costs £4. They can be bought from the Tourist Information Centre, Buckingham Old Gaol.

The competition was kindly sponsored by local businesses BCQ Print, who printed the cards, Black Dog Design, who designed them and the Little Buckingham Clinic which means all of the £4 raised from the sale of each pack will go directly to local charities.

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley told us: “It was really lovely to choose the winners of this year’s Christmas Card competition. This is a great way to raise money for my chosen charities. It is amazing to see such artistic ability from local children. My thanks go to all who entered the competition and my congratulations go to those who won, whose designs can be seen and purchased at The Old Gaol.”

Christmas Card Winning Design, Isabella Age 6, Church in the snow
Winning Design, Eva, age 10, baubles and stars
Winning Design, Mere, age 8, Christmas tree and gifts in the snow

Buckingham Town Matters Winter 2021 Newsletter

The Winter edition of the Buckingham Town Matters newsletter is now out for delivery and will be with residents soon. This edition includes articles on the New Bard of Buckingham, Flood Report Update, Water Pollution, Lacehill Solar Panels, Buckingham Community Wildlife Project and Adult Learning.

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

We hope you enjoy and make sure to keep an eye out for updates on the next edition; Spring 2022.

Christmas Lights Switch On 2021 Cancelled

⚠️🎄🚨 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ⚠️🎄🚨

Due to the continued bad weather and high wind warnings in place the Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On is cancelled.

This was a difficult decision for the Town Council to make, but unfortunately the high wind speeds and the large pieces of equipment required to run the event create too great a safety risk at an outdoor event. The lights will still be turned on tonight, at around 5.30pm.

With thanks to all of our volunteers, traders, musicians, performers, residents and visitors that would have joined the Town Council tonight and who have been such a big part of celebrating Buckingham in 2021.

Please share this message on to anyone you know who was planning to attend. Thank you.

Snow Globe FAQ

Keen to try the snow globe at the Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On 2021, but have a few questions?

What time will the Snow Globe be open from?

The Globe will be available from 4 – 8pm in Saturday 27th November.

Do I have to pay?

No, access to the snow globe is free.

Do I need to take our own photos?

No. There will be staff at the event who can use your phone to take photos for you.

Where can we find the Snow Globe?

The Snow Globe will be in the Cattlepens area of Buckingham Town Centre, near Prezzo. In the same area will be the festive market, hot food and drink traders and a children’s ride. There will also be entertainment in this area from 4 – 6pm.

Can I book a slot in advance?

No. Access to the snow globe will be first come, first served. We expect the snow globe to be popular, and would advise arriving early (from 4pm) and joining the queue if you want a photo.

How many people can be in the photo?

We’re asking for people to stick to household groups for photos, please.

Is there wheelchair or mobility scooter access to the snow globe?

Unfortunately not, as the access is too steep. However, our team are happy to make space so that wheelchair users can pose in front of the globe instead. There is also a selfie board at the disabled viewing area for the lights switch-on, outside the Old Gaol, which you might prefer to try. There will be someone in a yellow hi-vis at the front of the globe so please do come and chat with us when you arrive.

 

Carols and Performance Schedule for Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On

We’re delighted to welcome you to Buckingham’s Christmas Lights Switch On 2021! This year will see a number of fantastic additions to the event including a FREE giant snow globe, music and dance performances and our biggest ever festive gift market.

Cattle pens area:

4pm onwards:
Christmas Market stalls & entertainment, including FREE giant Snow Globe and meeting Elf on the Shelf.

4-5pm
Strictly Recorders

5.30-6pm
Song and dance performance from Stagecoach

Main stage (Market Hill area):

6.15-6.30pm:
Winslow Concert Band

6.30pm:
Town Crier

6.35pm:
Welcome from the Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley

6.40pm:
Carols with Suzy Smith of Bittersweet Music

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows

All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
“Rudolph, with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
You’ll go down in history”

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the Feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gathering winter fuel

Hither, page, and stand by me,
If thou knowst it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?
Sire, he lives a good league hence,
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes fountain.

Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I shall see him dine
When we bear them thither.
Page and monarch, forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude winds wild lament
And the bitter weather

6.45pm:
The Mayor’s Chaplain: Rev. Tim Edworthy

6.50pm:
Ding dong! Merrily on high
in heav’n the bells are ringing:
Ding dong! verily the sky
Is riv’n with angel singing.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

E’en so here below, below,
Let steeple bells be swungen,
And “Io, io, io!”
By priest and people sungen.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

Pray you, dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers;
May you beautifully rhyme
Your evetime song, ye singers.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

6.55pm:
Poem by Sami the Bard of Buckingham

7pm:
The Mayor of Buckingham begins the countdown and the Christmas Lights are turned on

We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year!

Good tidings we bring for you and your kin;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Now bring us some figgy pudding,
Now bring us some figgy pudding,
Now bring us some figgy pudding,
And a cup of good cheer!

Good tidings we bring for you and your kin;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
So bring it out here!

Good tidings we bring for you and your kin;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We all know that Santa’s coming,
We all know that Santa’s coming,
We all know that Santa’s coming,
And soon will be here.

Good tidings we bring for you and your kin;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year!
And a Happy New Year!

Good tidings we bring for you and your kin;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

7-7.15pm:
Winslow Concert Band

Do you have any feedback about our event? Please let us know!

Want to share the photos from your night? Tag us on social media using @BuckinghamTC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

With thanks to all of our volunteers and traders, musicians and performers, residents and visitors for joining Buckingham Town Council tonight and throughout 2021 to Celebrate Buckingham.

Meet Elf on the Shelf and have your picture taken in a giant snow globe – free fun at Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On!

Have your photo taken in a giant snow globe, completely free at this year’s fantastic Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On, on Saturday 27th November from 4 pm. A brilliant opportunity for anyone wishing to tick this experience off their wish list!

The snow globe is just one of many brand new features for this year’s event, which takes place in Buckingham town centre. There will be a chance to meet the Elf on the Shelf (on the ground) and a fully packed festive market, which will run from 4 – 8 pm. The market offers hot food and drink, including delicious mulled wine, tasty burgers, waffles, cakes and artisan hot chocolate.  Other stalls will be selling wreaths, traditional toys, handmade gifts, luxury candles, ceramics, personalised gifts and more.

Support from local traders for the event is high, with a number of local shops offering pop up stalls at the market, including Howe’s the Florist, the University Book Shop and Finca El Monte, while others plan to keep their shops open late on the day including Dandy Lions and Cornwall Place Kitchen.

A wonderful line up of entertainment begins at 4pm with young people from Stagecoach Buckingham, followed by Winslow Concert Band, Sami: the Bard of Buckingham and recorder ensemble Strictly Recorders. From 6.30 pm at the Main Stage area Bittersweet Music singer Suzy Smith will lead the crowd to sing along to some Christmas carols. The light switch on itself will happen at 7pm, after a countdown led by the Mayor of Buckingham.

Last Christmas the Town Council marked the start of the season with an at-home Christmas Lights Switch On.  A video was produced of homes and businesses brightly coloured displays and set to music from the Bard of Buckingham. The Town Council hopes that this same community spirit will lead to a fantastic atmosphere at the Christmas Lights Switch On event.

This year, the icicle lights hung around the town will be joined by a new set of white and gold motifs on lamp posts.  The Christmas tree has again been provided Buckinghamshire Council.  The star on top was donated to the town by the Buckingham branch of the Women’s Institute.

Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee told us: “After not being able to hold a Christmas lights switch on event last year, Town Council staff have been working with the Town Centre & Events Committee to ensure that this year’s event provides a valuable opportunity for the community to welcome the coming of Christmas in Buckingham.  The event, and the lights themselves, are provided thanks to the planning and investment undertaken by Buckingham Town Councillors in previous years.  We continue to facilitate and provide Christmas lights to support our local economy and long may that remain the case.”

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

 

Remembrance Parade Sunday 14th November: new screen to improve accessibility

The Buckingham branch of the Royal British Legion are using funding from the legacy of local supporter Peggy Dale and Buckingham Town Council to fund a large screen at the Remembrance Parade, on Sunday 14th November, this year. The Parade is extremely popular, and the addition of a live feed of the event projected to the screen will allow residents to spread out and watch proceedings from a position further away from the War Memorial if they would like to.

Andy Cooper, Chair of Royal British Legion said that “Peggy Dale was a past Mayor of Buckingham and President of the Buckingham branch of the Royal British Legion. She left a generous legacy to promote the RBL in Buckingham. It is Peggy’s legacy which has helped to fund the Big Screen.”

War Memorial with poppy wreaths

Image showing war memorial surrounded by poppy wreaths

The parade forms up in Market Hill, on Sunday 14th November, at 10.00am before the procession moves off at 10.30am, walking through the town centre towards Castle Street. The parade ends at St Peter and St Paul’s Church where the War Memorial is sited.

Traditionally crowds gather around the War Memorial to watch the laying of the wreaths, the Remembrance service and take part in a two-minute silence at 11.00am. However, in recent years’ numbers attending have been so large that it was sometimes difficult for all attendees to fully take part.

This year, with funding from the Royal British Legion and the Town Council, a large screen will be positioned at the side of the church, allowing those attending who cannot fit around the monument to spread out across the church green and have a clear view of proceedings through a live stream video. It is hoped that the use of the screen will make it easier for vulnerable residents who would like to attend but would also prefer to socially distance.

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley said that: “This year’s Remembrance Parade and Service will be held on Sunday November 14, commencing in the Market Square. This act of remembrance has become increasingly popular, and it has become very crowded around the War Memorial. We have therefore agreed with the British Legion to fund jointly a large mobile screen, sited on the nearby Church Green, to show the Service live. This will relieve crowding around the War Memorial. This is necessary to enable some social distancing, due to the ongoing pandemic.”

Dark streets create unnecessary car journeys in Buckingham

Residents of St Rumbold’s Fields in Buckingham face unnecessary risks in their

Woman walking along Tingewick Road

journeys to the town centre. There is no street lighting from this new development on Tingewick Road for some 250 metres along the heavily wooded street until you reach

Westfields. Concerns were raised at the Buckingham Town Council Planning Committee about visibility for pedestrians and cyclists travelling to work and school in the town from the new housing, and for parents and children travelling to the Day Nursery on Tingewick Road.

St Rumbold's Field Housing development If the lack of lighting means that residents drive instead of walking or cycling, thousands of unnecessary car journeys will be made each month, leading to pollution and congestion in the town centre. The lack of cohesive lighting linking the town and this new estate was a missed opportunity to improve the walking network across Buckingham.

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley said that “It is extraordinary that there should be no street lighting on this busy stretch of road. This follows recent national safety concerns about women in particular walking during the hours of darkness. We should be doing everything we can, not only to encourage people to walk relatively short distances, rather than to use their cars, but also to keep them safe. 

St. Rumbold’s Fields is a large housing development on the edge of the town. Many young families live there. Now that the clocks have gone back children and young people will be walking home from school in the dark along this unlit road. They will also need to cross the road with its 50mph speed limit in order to access St Rumbold’s Fields, as there is only a footpath on the opposite side of the road. We need not only to press for street lighting here, but also for a reduction in the speed limit to 30mph. These two measures would make walking to school or into the town a much safer and more attractive option for all and would also reduce the carbon footprint.”

30’s fast enough on Tingewick Road in Buckingham

50 miles per hour signage at Tingewick Road Roundabout  After sustained calls for a lower speed limit on Tingewick Road in Buckingham, site of the new St Rumbold’s Field housing development, a consultation has been launched by Buckinghamshire Council.

Buckingham residents are invited to reply with their comments on the proposal to reduce the speed limit on the road from 50 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour, including around the new Tingewick Road roundabout.

Buckingham Town Council’s Planning Committee agreed a formal response at itsTingewick Road roundabout meeting on November 1st, to continue to press for a 30mph limit, despite Buckinghamshire Highways stating that the road did not meet Department for Transport guidelines for a lower limit, “as there are no properties which open out onto the road.”

Planning chairman Cllr. Mark Cole JP said that the committee had previously raised the issue of the 50 mile per hour speed limit on the road as “being too high for a road which has a day nursery, and new housing developments either side, with mothers and children crossing it to get to schools or play areas.

“Guidelines are just that, not tramlines. We wonder whether Highways has actually visited Buckingham, as other major routes into town – including London Road, Bourton Road and Stratford Road – have 30mph limits even where there are no adjacent properties. We call on Buckinghamshire Council to implement this 30mph speed limit before there is a tragic accident.”St Rumbold's Field Housing development

To voice their approval or disapproval with the proposal residents are invited to leave comments by the 8th November online or by post to the Parking Manager, Transport for Buckinghamshire.

How to complete the consultation:

By Post to this address:

Parking Manager, Transport for Buckinghamshire, New County Offices, Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1UY.

Online:

  1. Visit the consultation website.
  2. Click ‘Public Consultations’
  3. Click on ‘Formal Consultation 003 – Speed’
  4. Scroll down to find Tingewick Road and click on the road name.
  5. The map will move to show you the street with the area proposed for speed reduction surrounded in green.
  6. Click on the Tingewick Road or the roundabout area to leave your comments on the speed reduction in each area.