Buckingham Town Centre is blooming with colour

Buckingham town centre is awash with colour again this year with colourful planters and hanging baskets provided by Buckingham Town Council.

Local nursery Preston Bissett Nurseries have planted up 60 hanging baskets while Plantscape has created 14 planters all with a stunning display of red, white and purple, petunias, verbena, begonias, trailing ivy and geraniums.

The planters outside the sorting office are full of bottle brushes, canna lilies and geraniums.  These are maintained by the Town Councils Green Spaces Team along with the planters and hanging baskets.

The flowers add to a beautiful and natural street scene in Buckingham, complimenting the strong local high street – packed full of local traders and independent businesses.

Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Cllr Robin Stuchbury said “It is good that once again the Buckingham Town Council events committee have continued to fund the town centre planters and hanging baskets.

This is part of our ongoing activities throughout the year to create an ambience within the town centre to support our traders and market and create a more pleasant experience for the residents and visitors coming into our community and making use of our town centre. I’m personally pleased with how well the planters look this year and hope the residents and visitors will enjoy and value them equally throughout the summer months.”

Celebrate summer with a trip from Buckingham to Neverland

Buckingham Town Council have arranged for an outdoor performance of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie to be presented on the Green next to St Peter and St Paul’s Church this summer. The award-winning Illyria Outdoor Theatre is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone, they are re-staging popular shows from their back catalogue, including Peter Pan.

This will be the first time Illyria has entertained audiences in Buckingham. “Over the last thirty years, we have performed top-notch outdoor theatre to over a million people across the country,” said Artistic Director Oliver Gray. “It’s a great chance for everyone to come together, enjoy the British summertime and be entertained.”

Peter Pan Outdoor Theatre event poster for Buckingham 2022

Buckingham Town Council are pleased to be part of Illyria’s 30th anniversary celebrations. “Especially after the success of last year’s outdoor theatre show and the pleasure it brought people by bringing families together in a shared activity,” said Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chair of Town Centre, and Events Committee.

Robin continued, “we are only able to do these events because of the work of our members of staff within the events team do to help facilitate initiatives like the outdoor theatre. Whoever you are, a show like Peter Pan by J.M Barrie is a fantastic event for your calendar, it will be filled with magic and mischief. And, for the first time ever in outdoor touring theatre, it features real flying! It promises to be a fantastic opportunity for Buckingham.”

The event will take place on the Green by St Peter and St Paul’s Church on Wednesday August 3rd, 2022. There will be an afternoon show at 2.30pm and another at 6pm. Peter Pan is presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Tickets are on sale now, buy online at www.illyria.co.uk

 

 

Buckingham Fringe Week to celebrate local artists, culture and outdoor summer fun

A fantastic lineup of arts and culture events will come to Buckingham as part of this years Fringe Week from 16th to 23rd July.

Saturday 16th July:

Market Entertainment

St Mary & St Giles band perform classical music at the ancient Cattle Pens flea market area, while stilt walkers will be entertaining visitors in Market Hill outside the Old Gaol.

Inspiration Art Trail Map launch

Take a tour of Buckingham from artist Cathy Read’s perspective. See the inspiration behind the art by following the map around Buckingham and the surrounding area. Plus: chance to win a Cathy Read print.

Skatepark Contest & Event

King Ramps are bringing profession skateboarders and a BMX display to Buckingham Skate Park. Come along with your own board or bike and get tips from the professionals through a workshop and open practice session, and rounded off with a community contest – free to enter, maximum bragging rights for the winner.

Sunday 17th July:

Family Fun Day

An afternoon of family fun at Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre, including bouncy castle, food, stalls and more.

Tuesday 19th July:

The Oxford Fiddle Group

Returning to the Radcliffe Centre, the Oxford Fiddle Group perform songs from England, Scotland, Ireland and the USA. Tickets £6 each and available from the Tourist Information Centre in the Old Gaol.

Wednesday 19th July

Fringe Week Quiz

Join Mikey at The Woolpack for an extra special Fringe week quiz – don’t forget to brush up on your local knowledge for this years special round!

Thursday 21st July

Art in the Market

Pop along to Art in the Market to witness professional and amateur artists creating art, learn about their work and have a go at creating your own masterpiece. Meanwhile, Buckingham’s first Giant Art Attack will take place outside the Old Gaol.

Saturday 23rd July:

Market Entertainment

Local resident and member of Buckingham Acoustic Club, Udo Dolz, will be playing acoustic fingerstyle and classical guitar at the Flea market, while Simon Says Magic will be putting on a fantastic show for children outside the Old Gaol.

The BFG

Family friendly music event The BFG joins the Fringe this year, from Moretonville FC in Gawcott. The BFG featuring Alvin as Elvis and 2Tone featuring Dave Mason and Ryan Chandler, licensed bar, food, bouncy castles, craft stalls and lots more.

Chair of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury said “this year marks more than 10 years of the Fringe, when we started it many years ago, it was to keep the continuity of council and community events working together. Offer the opportunity for everyone to partake, across a wide spectrum of ages. The committee and officers do a grand job of putting this together. I hope that everyone who takes part this year enjoy it and gets something from the week.”

Interested in hosting your own Fringe Week event? Get in touch with events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk and we’d be delighted to include your event on our website and Fringe promotions.

Live Q&A gives refugees chance to find out more about settling into Buckinghamshire

In a first of its kind, refugees from Ukraine that have settled into the Buckingham & Villages area were able to take part in a live question and answer panel directly with local services.

The Buckingham Ukrainian Q&A took place during Refugees Week, whose theme this year is “healing” through community, creativity, and conversation.

A panel of local services including The Swan Practice Health Centre, Citizens Advice Bucks and Buckinghamshire Council was organised by Buckingham Town Council on behalf of the local volunteer group Buckingham Support for Ukraine.

The panel included: Jennifer Laws, Patient Services Manager; Shelley Wagstaff, Nurse Manager; Dr. Emily Foggin, GP and Lisa Carrington, Social Prescribing Link Worker from The Swan Practice Health Centre; Caroline Sturman, Volunteer Advisor from Citizens Advice Bucks and Deborah Stevens, Sponsor Liaison Area Lead from Buckinghamshire Council

With live translation from Ukrainian volunteer Ruslana Lazarenko, the panel was hosted at the University of Buckingham, who donated the space for free, and chaired by the Buckingham Support for Ukraine Chair, Heidi Young.

The support group asked to put together the panel in response to the clear need of arriving Ukrainians and their host families to get clear, impartial advice on a range of practical matters for settling into a new country. These include access to health, work, education, and long-term housing. Live translation meant that Ukrainian speakers were able to directly ask the questions they most wanted to be answered. Most queries were able to be answered directly by the panel, with some inquiries taken away for a response later. Anyone who would like a copy of the minutes when they are available should ask their Sponsor Liaison Officer, join the Buckingham Support for Ukraine group, or sign up for the email newsletter: https://forms.office.com/r/BZHF9dq1Pp

Ruslana Lazarenko told us that: “The Live Q&A panel was an incredibly important and useful event: it definitely helped Ukrainians to find answers to so many questions and challenges that they face daily while settling in a new country, especially for many of those who don’t speak English language. I can clearly see the appreciation of refugee families for such support from local community and council, it’s invaluable.

It was also a pleasure for me to volunteer at such an important event. Grateful for an opportunity to be a part of the help team for my people and my homeland - Ukraine.”

New litter picking kits for Buckingham

Visitor and residents of Buckingham can now help tackle lazy littering by accessing community clean up kits for use in our parks and town centre. The community equipment is a way of supporting everyone who wants to do their bit to create a better environment on their doorstep.

As part of the Government’s Welcome Back Fund, Buckingham Town Council has received 30 x litter pickers, collection hoops and high vis jackets for community groups to borrow. The scheme encourages people to take pride in their surroundings and make it easier to access the right equipment for a litter pick. The litter picking equipment is made from 100% recycled polypropylene fishing gear. Using recycled tools reduces unnecessary plastic production and waste – making the positive environmental impact of litter picking with our kit a double whammy!Bags of collected rubbish

The equipment is stored at Buckingham Town Council’s depot and can be accessed via information on the Town Council’s website or calling the office on 01280 816426. Full guidance on how to access the equipment and tips on running a successful community litter pick can be found on the Town Council’s website.

Pupils from Buckingham Primary School were the first to have a go, organising a week of litter busting activities. The children managed to fill several bags of rubbish from the parks, paths and town centre.

Cllr. Anja Schaefer, Chair of Environment Committee said “This new equipment will be a great boost for members of the community to become involved. I would encourage everyone to make use of them and perhaps organise a group for a communal litter pick, which is great fun as well as helping keep Buckingham looking great”.

Litter remains a big problem across the country. Not only is it unsightly, but it devalues the local area, pollutes the environment, causes harm to residents and wildlife and is expensive to remove, which ultimately costs council taxpayers money. Each year Buckingham Town Council supports the Keep Britain Tidy campaigns through our annual River Rinses and #QuickLitterPick schemes. If you would like to organise a litter busting event then please contact the Town Council on 01280 816426 or email estates@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Litter Picking equipment

Notes:

 

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

 

Mayor of Buckingham awards prizes at Mayor Making Ceremony

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley will continue for a second year as Mayor, after her fellow Councillors voted unanimously for her to stay on. Cllr. Margaret Gateley said that: "It is a great honour to be Mayor of Buckingham for a second year. It was fantastic to be able to celebrate Mayor Making with dignitaries and Mayors from around Buckinghamshire and beyond, with fellow Councillors, members of community groups, family and friends. It was special to have the opportunity to recognise the service and contribution of different individuals and groups from our town through our awards and grants. My thanks to everyone who contributed to making this such a lovely evening."

This is the first time in three years that the annual Mayor Making event – a formal ceremony that confirms the Council’s choice as Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Town - was able to take place indoors, at Buckingham Community Centre. The Town Council was joined by a number of dignitaries, including the Lord Lieutenant, Countess Howe, and High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, Debbie Brock. Mayors from neighbouring towns Aylesbury, Leighton-Linslade, Brackley, Towcester and Deputy Mayor of Banbury as well as Lt. Col David Marce from RAF Croughton, who all joined in the celebrations.

Cllr. Anja Schaefer was also appointed Deputy Mayor, Anja has been a Councillor for the last twelve months and is a lecturer at the Open University.

Guests were entertained by Linda Watkins and Mike Moyse and £150 was raised for the Mayor’s Charities 2022 - 2023, which this year are the Jedidiah Project and Buckingham Food Bank.

This year’s community awards were given to:

Honorary Freeman

  • Terry Bloomfield for 20 years of service to the town, as well as being a Councillor for many years, Terry was a key person involved with horticultural shows, managing the community centre and the Old Gaol Trust.

Friend of Buckingham

  • Chris Mullis for all his work in setting up and managing the Buckingham Support Network during lockdown.
  • Mikey Dyson-Smith for his morale-boosting work through the pandemic.
  • Jenny Manning for her work on the Buckingham Railway Walk Volunteers Group.

Bard of Buckingham

  • Dean Jones, the first ever Bard of Buckingham, who carried on the role for two years

Arts and Sports Award

  • Buckingham Ukulele Group in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the local community through enhancing the cultural life in Buckingham.

Natural Environment and Climate Champion Award

  • Railway Walk Conservation Group in recognition of the exceptional and outstanding contribution to the local community through protecting and enhancing the environment.

Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Award

  • Men in Sheds in recognition of the group’s continued support for men

Cllr. Geraldine Collins was also awarded a rose bowl, as a mark of her service as past Mayor of Buckingham 2020 – 2021.

Cheques were also given out to the Mayor’s Charities for 2021 – 2022: Community Care North Bucks and Project Street Life, who were each awarded £1,785 from fundraising projects and collections at events throughout the last year.

Grants were also awarded to 16 local groups by the Town Council, with members of the groups invited to attend and receive their charity cheques.

Town Council Four-year grants:

Buckingham Fairtrade, Buckingham Old Gaol Trust, Buckingham Summer Festival, Buckingham Tennis Club, Buckingham Youth Club, Citizens Advice Bureau, Chandos Park Bowls Club, Project Street Life

Town Council One-Year Grants

Aspire, Buckingham & District Angling Association, Buckingham Town Cricket Club, Buckingham United FC, Lace Hill Residents Association, St. Peter & St. Paul’s Church, Swan Community Hub, West End Bowls Club.

More details about the grants will be published next month.

Be involved for the bees: Buckingham In Bloom Competition is now open!

Be involved for the bees: Buckingham In Bloom Competition is now open!

Buckingham Town Council is now accepting entries for this year’s Buckingham In Bloom competition.

Open to all residents of Buckingham, this fun and free to enter competition has three categories front garden, hanging baskets/containers and new this year Wildlife Garden.

To enter, please download complete and return the form below to events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk 

The gardens and baskets/containers must be visible from the kerbside. Judging will take place mid July. The Judges will be looking for colour, variety of plants, overall design, whether it attracts insects and other wildlife, garden maintenance and planting schemes which achieve sustainability.

Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Robin Stuchbury said: “be involved for the bees! Improve your garden and gain an opportunity to win this year’s Buckingham in Bloom contest. Every entry contributes to a greener more pleasant environment for not only yourselves but the whole community.”

Entry forms can be downloaded from the Town Council website or picked up from the Tourist Information Centre and the Buckingham Library Closing date is Friday 1st July.

Queen’s Jubilee Picnic on the Pitch Celebrations

Buckingham Town Council hosted ‘Picnic on the Pitch’ as part of the town wide Queen’s Jubilee celebrations on Saturday the 4th of June at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre. Despite the wind and rain the show went ahead and many residents from across Buckingham braved the great British bank holiday weather. Children were excited to be greeted by Spider-Man and Elsa mascots and had fun making badges and having their faces painted. The atmosphere was great and as soon as the rain stopped and the sun came out, more families arrived to show their support and enjoyed the live music and the delights on offer including lots of cake.

Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre, and Events Committee said “I would like to thank all the volunteer officers and people who attended Picnic on the Pitch which gave an opportunity for the community to meet on this auspicious occasion. It was positive to see so many people engaging in conversation within a shared experience on the day and hope those who attended enjoyed themselves at this community event”

Year of the Tree

Buckingham is a #lovetreezone

Buckingham Town Council have declared 2022 the ‘Year of the tree’ and affirmed the importance of trees and hedgerows in our lives and our town’s landscapes into the future. As part of the Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan Councillors have 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. The Town Council’s Greenspaces Team have been regularly watering the new trees to ensure they form healthy strong root systems and have the best chance of success during their first year and the Council encourages everyone with young trees to water them through the summer.

During January 2022, volunteers helped the Town Council and partners plant 250 saplings along the footpath in Heartland’s Park with clusters of Black Poplars (Populus nigra betulifolia), Alder (Alnus glutinosa) and many other native species. 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.

In February 2022, the Town Council worked in partnership with the Buckinghamshire Community Board and Lace Hill Resident’s Association to plant a selection of 20 fruit trees at Lace Hill Academy and the nearby Community Centre.

An important aspect of healthy woodland and hedgerow development is their potential to provide is connectivity, keeping otherwise isolated sections of trees and other habitats linked into a wider ecosystem. Healthy, sections of trees, hedgerow and wildflower meadows can be a vital wildlife corridor for hedgehogs, birds and bees.

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

As the tree planting season has come to an end for the 21/22 year, we look forward to the winter where the Town Council has plans to plant 450 hedgerow trees at the Brackley Road Cemetery’s new garden of rest. Many thanks go out to our dedicated band of volunteers who have contributed to our previous efforts.

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.

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr Margaret Gateley, said: “It has been great to be part of the Queen’s Green Canopy tree-planting team during the last few months.  This is a wonderful initiative, ensuring a lasting legacy from the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. It is vital for our planet that we not only plant new trees, but also protect our existing mature trees, as they store carbon. The Year of the Tree designation emphasises Buckingham Town Council’s commitment to stem the loss of our trees linked to the burgeoning housing developments as well as applications to fell healthy trees.”

 

Peter Pan on the Green at St Peter and St Paul’s Church

The award-winning outdoor theatre company, Illyria, is coming to Buckingham. They are restaging their fantastic production of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. This enchanting family tale will delight audiences of all ages. Laugh, applaud, sing along and watch the magic unfold. And for the first time ever in an outdoor production, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie includes REAL flying!

Peter Pan Outdoor Theatre event poster for Buckingham 2022

 

Price *Booking fee applies

£14 per adult*

£10 per child (3yrs - 16yrs)*

£45 family ticket (2 adults and 2 children)*

£10 concession (over 60yrs)*

The event will go on regardless of the weather. Cancellation in the event of dangerous weather only when performance will be rescheduled. Tickets are non-refundable.

To book your tickets please visit illyria.co.uk

There will be two showings, one at 2.30pm and one at 6pm. The performance is open air so please pack a picnic, a blanket and dress for the great British weather. You can arrive an hour before the start time. You will need to present your tickets on the gate.

There is no parking at the venue (disabled only).

“Peter Pan” is presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Terms & Conditions: Only severe thunderstorms will stop the performance and every effort will be made to re-start. Illyria will make every effort to complete the performance and reserve the right to stop and start the action as required. Performances are never cancelled or abandoned before the advertised starting time and then only in the event of severe weather. Please note that we cannot give refunds for cancellation or abandonment as a result of weather.