Where Angels fear to tread?

A failed road which Buckingham Town Council has been asking the local highway authority to repair for more than five years still awaits repair. Top Angel, one of the industrial estate’s main thoroughfares, between Great Slade and Osier Way, collapsed largely due to heavy vehicles delivering to factories and units.

Despite repeated requests to have this road maintained, still nothing has been done. A spokesman for Transport for Buckinghamshire told BTC in January that two large areas “right outside the entrance to two large industrial parks” need to be reconstructed and this would require a road closure “creating havoc for local businesses”. Suitable timing and availability of funds must be taken into consideration.

Ironically, two days later Buckinghamshire Council’s Strategic Sites planning committee approved outline plans for 420 houses, to which one of the entrances will be off Top Angel.

Town Councillors point out that should a catastrophic incident occur to industrial premises at Osier Way or Great Slade, Top Angel is the only emergency exit from the area. Furthermore, it is at the entrance to neither industrial area, and a temporary closure would be not as disruptive as is alleged by TfB.

‘The longer it is left, the worse it will get, and shortly it is going to be expected to cope with the estate development traffic,’ says BTC Planning chairman Cllr Mark Cole JP. ’Members want the failed areas dealt with as soon as possible, but even our Shire Councillors are unable to get a positive response.’

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

 

Buckingham to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The four-day Jubilee weekend in June, to celebrate the Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, will see Buckingham jam-packed with festivities for everyone to enjoy.
Alongside the 250 trees already planted, as part of the Queen’s Canopy project, the Council are celebrating the Jubilee with three large celebration events and are supporting several more including a Jubilee beacon that will be lit at the historic St Peter & St Paul’s Church.

The Council is also encouraging residents to get involved by hosting their own street parties as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch. There’s no fee for temporary road closures; contact Buckinghamshire Council for details.

Celebrate Buckingham was held for the first-time last year and was a great success. This year the event will again be held in Bourton Park to celebrate the range of voluntary organisations who are serving the town and enable local groups to raise funds and recruit volunteers. This year, the council are inviting all local community and voluntary and groups to take part by booking a stall. As before, we are asking each stall to provide some form of activity because experience has shown that this encourages people to take more time to engage with stalls. Please contact the Town Council office for details.

Platinum Jubilee Events:

Thursday 2nd June

  • Celebrate Buckingham Day:
      • Returns to Bourton Park
      • Jubilee fancy dress contest
      • Awarding of Trader of the Year prize by the Buckingham Society
      • Chance to view the Council’s robes and mace
      • Local community, voluntary and social enterprise group stalls and free fun activities for all
      • Reading of the proclamation by the Town Crier
      • Bouncy castles and entertainment
      • Food stall
    • Lighting of the Jubilee Beacon
      • At 9.45pm at St Peter & St Paul’s church, part-funded by the Town Council.

Friday 3rd June

  • Music in the Market
    • Returns to Buckingham’s Market Square this year, with live music and tasty food. Organised by Buckingham Acoustic Club, this family-friendly music festival is a firm favourite of many.

Saturday 4th June

  • Picnic on the Pitch
    • Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre will host a huge outdoor picnic, with a fantastic lively atmosphere including entertainment, bouncy castle and more.

Sunday 5th June

  • Platinum Jubilee Civic Servive
    • St Peter and St Paul’s church will host this civic celebration of the Queen.
  • The Big Jubilee Lunch
    • Residents are encouraged to host street parties.

The Chair of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, said “Councillors have been considering the Jubilee for some time, working with officers to best support the community in their activities and creating a shared experience. We’ve moved events and shared budgets to enhance the weekend and create a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate the long period of the monarch’s rule. We look forward to seeing people, not only at Town Council events but also having their own special celebrations including gathering to light the beacon which is part-funded by the Town Council.

Buckingham has always been supportive of the monarch, as our two Royal Charters testify. We look forward to the Queen being fit and well and would welcome her to visit Buckingham at any time – the last time she visited and met the residents was when my late friend Cllr. Isham, greeted her in 1996 on behalf of the community, as Mayor of Buckingham.”

Eggstra-flipping fun at Buckingham Pancake Races

There was a fine turnout of runners for this year’s Buckingham’s Great Pancake Race.  On Tuesday 22nd February, keen competitors wearing aprons and carrying frying pans hurled themselves across the green next to St Peter & St Paul’s Church in Buckingham. It was the windiest pancake race in living memory; for once the challenge was to keep pancakes in the pans for fear they would be blown away.

Town Crier, Russell Cross and the Mayor of Buckingham, Councillor Margaret Gateley, introduced the event after a two-year break from the event due to covid.  Councillor Robin Stuchbury carried out a trial run to remind the first racers – children aged 5 & under - what they would need to do.

An enormous amount of fun was had by all, with winners taking away chocolate eggs and trophies.

Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Cllr Robin Stuchbury, said “It was a tremendous day of many races. The ultimate achievement was finishing regardless of where the runners placed. The older you get, the further the finish line seems!

It was lovely to see so many young people turn out for this traditional event, thanks to everyone who took part, helped set up or pack away. I look forward to next year – with a little less wind, we’ll get those pancakes flipping again.

Winners:

Age 5 & under:

  • 1st - Willow
  • 2nd – Wilf
  • 3rd – Samuel

AGE 6 - 11 CATEGORY:

  • 1st - Robert
  • 2nd – John
  • 3rd – Rosie

Adult category:

  • 1st - Hideki
  • 2nd – Ade
  • 3rd – Robin

Team category:

  • 1st – Hideki and Naoki
  • 2nd – Ade and Robin
Junior pancake racers with the Town Crier
young children race with frying pans
Age 5 & under winners on the podium
Age 6 - 11 winners receive their prizes
Adults running with frying pans

Buckingham Food Fair, Tasty treats, Smoothie bikes and foodie maps

We are pleased to announce the return of the ever-popular Buckingham Food Fair. Organised by Buckingham Town Council, this year will be the 9th annual Food Fair held in Buckingham Community Centre on Saturday 26th February 2022 from 10am till 3pm. Entry to the event is free.

Regulars to the Food Fair, who have supported the event from the beginning and will be attending again this year, include: MKS Food Distribution, selling Turkish Delight, baklava, and nuts. Buckingham Fairtrade, Indian Orchard, with their award-winning handmade Indian chutneys, pickles and vegetable samosas and Reasons To Season, displaying their amazing marinades and sauces.

Other stall holders attending include The Chocolate Mill, Two Spoons Tea, Chafor Wine, Pure Patisserie, Silverstone Brewery, Bucks Recycles, Crumb de la Crème, Patricia O'Keeffe Sweets, Bucks Star Beer, Fudgey Moments, Replete Flatbreads, Devilishly Delicious Food by Emma, Marlow Cheese Co, From Garden to Jar, Chiltern Charcuterie, Stanley’s Homemade Free-From Treats and Friars Farm.

A smoothie bike company will also be at the Food Fair creating beautiful tasting smoothies. All visitors will need to do is ride the static bicycle so it can generate the power needed for the blender to blitz the ingredients! We hope that this free and interactive smoothie bike will keep you entertained.

To celebrate our local food traders and restaurants the event will also be giving away hundreds of Buckingham Foodie maps – these maps show every single food trader in the parish of Buckingham, showcasing the fantastic variety that Buckingham has to offer all year around.

 

Funding for the smoothie bike and foodie maps is being provided by the Government’s ‘Welcome Back Fund’ from Buckinghamshire Council.

Outside the Community Centre will be a range of sensational street food from Mexican to English cuisines provided by Baja Cantina, Good Times Café, Roo's Food and Marks Ice’s.

There will be oodles of different delicious products to try and purchase. Have a special dietary requirement? Many of our local traders also sell a variety of gluten free, vegan and vegetarian products to suit all needs and tastes.

 

Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Cllr Robin Stuchbury, said “This year it’s more important than ever that we can hold the food fair to stimulate and support our local economy. When we first started this event, we didn’t truly realise how successful it would be but it’s very pleasing to know that it’s been well-received over the years. It’s also fantastic that the Town Centre and Events Committee continues to support this event alongside the dedicated team of Town Council officers. I look forward to seeing many of you at the Buckingham Food Fair, taking advantage of this great community event and supporting local businesses in the way local Buckingham & villages residents always seem to do.

The Government’s ‘Welcome Back Fund’ is European Regional Development Fund money that has been allocated to Buckinghamshire Council. The fund is being used to encourage visitors back to our high streets across Buckinghamshire. The fund runs up to 31 March 2022.

 

Buckingham Town Matters Spring 2022 Newsletter

The Spring edition of the Buckingham Town Matters newsletter is now out for delivery and will be with residents soon. This edition includes articles on the Annual Town Meeting, Trade at Town Council Events, Holocaust Memorial Day, Tackling Loneliness, Buckingham Town 2022 – 2023 Precept and The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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

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

The Mayor of Buckingham’s Civic Service

On Saturday 12th February 2022, the Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr Margaret Gateley, held her Civic Service at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, Buckingham. The theme of the service was thanksgiving for Health and Care Workers during the Pandemic.

The Mayor invited several workers from local hospitals and care settings, to speak in the service and relay their experiences during this time.  These included Dr. Gavriel of The Swan Practice, and Mrs. Lynn Billingham, the Voluntary Chaplain at Buckingham Hospital. Hymns and prayers were led by Rev’d Tim Edworthy, the Mayor’s Chaplain including the dedication prayer:

 

We, the people of Buckingham and beyond, rededicate ourselves to the service of others. Over the coming year, help us to acknowledge the value of all people: those who are rich and those who are less well off: the young and the old, the articulate and the silent, the active and the isolated, those who are troubled in mind, body or spirit.

We ask your blessing on all who work for others in our community. We thank you for the many things that make us proud to call this town our home, and we ask you to continue to bless us with your gifts.

Amen.

Guests included Cllr. Zahir Mohammed, Chair of Buckinghamshire Council, George Anson, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, Carolyn Cumming, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Greg Smith, MP for Buckingham, and a number of local Mayors.

The Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley said: The Civic Service on February 12th at Buckingham Parish Church gave us the opportunity to thank our Health and Social Care workers for their fantastic efforts during the difficult time of the pandemic. Representatives who came included those from the Swan Practice, Buckingham Community Hospital and many voluntary groups, all of whom brought light and hope during the dark time of Covid restrictions. My thanks to all involved, especially Revd Tim Edworthy, who led the service.

Half Term fun at Buckingham Pancake Races

Buckingham Town Council is pleased to announce that the annual Pancake Races are back. They will be taking place on the green outside St Peter and St Paul Church on Tuesday.

This long-established event will be opened by The Town Crier and Town Mayor, Cllr Margaret Gateley at 11am. The races are open to everyone and consists of the following categories 5yrs & under, 6-11yrs, 12-16yrs, and adults. There will also be a team relay race. Prizes will be awarded by the Mayor to the winner of each class.
There is no entry fee. All you need to do is turn up on the day. You will need to bring your own frying pan and wear an apron and headscarf.

The Chair of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, said
“It’s wonderful that we can meet again this year for this community event. It brings people together for a truly fun activity where everyone is a winner.
If you’ve never taken part please turn up, bring a frying pan and enter.
Though it must be said events such as the pancake race are only possible through the commitment of officers and councillors who continue to seek to support our community through such community events.”

Cemetery tidy up before spring maintenance

A warm start to the year means that grass cutting will start earlier than usual across Buckingham, including at the Brackley Road Cemetery.

The Council asks that any items laid on the grassed areas be moved, and any old Christmas wreaths or flowers be disposed of to help our operatives cut the grass safely. Anything left on the grass after 7th March 2022 may be moved, and any temporary items disposed of, in order to allow the work to take place.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Green Fingered Social Enterprise – Make Money Mowing

 

A Buckingham-based social enterprise will be working with the Town Council to help maintain the town’s housing estates’ greenspaces and roadside verges. The initiative, set up in 2017, provides grass cutting services that complement the existing maintenance schedule of Buckingham Town Council’s Greenspaces Team.

The social enterprise is open to anyone aged 16+, to  learn about aspects of grounds maintenance from grass cutting and weeding as well as the essential health and safety and customer service skills necessary to undertake the variety of jobs required by the Town Council.

Chair of Environment Committee, Cllr. Warren Whyte said: “this is an excellent initiative to open opportunities to people over 16 that may be interested in supporting their community and to learn more about grounds maintenance. I’d encourage anyone looking to for some additional work and experience to consider applying”

 

If you are interested in making some additional money whilst helping keep Buckingham looking beautiful, then please contact:

David.lett@newmeaning.co.uk

07809 222436

 

 

Notes:

 

 

  1. For enquiries please contact Lee Phillips at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426, estates@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

 

 

Traders wanted: Buckingham events 2022

Buckingham hosts dozens of fantastic events each year bringing fun, tasty food, great shopping, music and visitors to Buckingham. Our local, busy events are a great opportunity for local business to build their brand, listen to customers and try out new products!

If you’d like to book a trader stall for your business or local community group at a Town Council event, please get in touch with our office by email to admin@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Key to trader spaces available:

  • F = Food & Drinks Traders
  • T = Crafts & Goods Traders
  • C = Local Charities, Voluntary & Community Groups

Events Timetable

Event Sponsorship

Interested in taking part in a community contest or activity as a business? Buckingham in Bloom gardening contest, the summer Community Art Trail, Christmas Card Contest or the River Rinses could be a wonderful opportunity for your company to financially support a project with a positive local impact for residents. Please contact the Town Clerk for further discussion.