Live Q&A for Ukrainians and host families with local providers

Are you a Ukrainian Refugee or host family? 

We will be hosting a live question and answer session with local providers to answer questions you may have about access to health, benefits and work. 

Representatives from Buckinghamshire Council, The Swan Practice (local healthcare) and Citizens Advice Bucks will take part in our questions and answer panel on Tuesday 21st June 12:30 - 15:30. Translation will be provided by our kind volunteers.

The meeting will take place at Room F06, Franciscan Building, Verney Park, University of Buckingham, MK18 1AD. The entrance and parking is behind the building. Please follow the signs to "Ukrainian Q&A".

If you can't attend the meeting but would still like to ask a question, please email communications@buckingham-tc.gov.uk 

БЕЗКОШТОВНА ПОДІЯ: для українських гостей та їх хостів, отримайте відповіді на свої запитання стосовно пільг, здоров‘я та роботи - переклад забезпечено!
21 червня, вівторок, 12:30 - 15:30
Room F06, Franciscan Building, Verney Park, University of Buckingham, MK18 1AD.
Вхід і парковка знаходяться за будівлею. Будь ласка, слідкуйте за вказівниками «Сессія: питання та відповіді для Українців»
Якщо у вас виникли запитання, будь ласка, напишіть на електронну адресу: communications@buckingham-tc.gov.uk 

Buckingham Fringe Week 2022

The Buckingham Fringe Week is an annual week of events taking place in various locations around Buckingham from Saturday 16th to Saturday 23rd July 2022. So far events include a children’s skate park day, the return of the Oxford fiddle group, market entertainment, a family fun day at Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre, Mikey Dyson’s big quiz night and live art in the marketplace.

If you are planning a cultural event in Buckingham during that week and would like to be included in the Fringe Week brochure, free of charge, please e-mail Amanda, the Events Coordinator via events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk with details.

 

Pride Flag raised for first time in Buckingham

Buckingham Town Council has raised a rainbow flag for Pride month for the first time. A crowd of people gathered to watch the flag-raising, which took place on 6th June 2022. The flag will continue to fly for the rest of the month.

Lead councillor for this event, Cllr Ryan Willett said: ‘It was so amazing to see so many people attend the event to support unity and diversity within our community. I was very pleased to see the Mayor and many councillors at our first-ever pride event, supporting rights for the LGBTQ+ community. It is also important that we support other groups in our community the same way we have done on this occasion. Through the good British values of tolerance, dignity and respect, Buckingham town has shown its full commitment to these values.”

During the flag-raising Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley spoke about the significance of the flag: “This is the first time we’ve done this in Buckingham, the symbol of the rainbow is a powerful one, representing and reflecting the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and indeed of the whole community. It’s shocking that in my lifetime people could be prosecuted because of their sexuality or sexual orientation let alone the discrimination and harassment that many experienced. But this rainbow flag is a sign of hope and promise that this can and does change… Thank you to everyone who has come along today, and those who have enabled this to happen.”

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

Dancing in the street at Music in the Market

Buckingham Ukulele group provided the perfect kick-off band for Music in the Market, which drew a busy crowd into Buckingham Town Centre on Friday 3rd June, as part of the town’s Jubilee Celebrations.

Families brought along chairs and picnics to enjoy the live music, and even after a brief spell of rain, the happy audience stayed late into the night to listen and boogie along to the music.

Brilliant local musicians provided more music: Udo Dölz, Crazy Heart, Safari Boots, Mike Weston, Fraser & Toots, Ukesnaile, Brothers Homebrew and 60s Jukebox. The final act Muz N Jenks – playing with Mud II and Bay City Rollers musicians- finished the night with a rousing set of 70s and 80s classics that got everyone up on the feet to dance the night away.

Opening the event, the Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley, said: “Thanks to Buckingham Acoustic Club and all our fantastic local performers, it’s amazing to have this vibrant event back in the heart of our town.”

 

 

Celebrate Buckingham Day Returns

Celebrate Buckingham Day was arranged to celebrate the range of voluntary organisations who are serving the town and to enable local groups to raise funds and recruit volunteers and to bring residents together. The day also included the Buckingham Society’s annual Civic Day event and award-giving.

This year was the second time the event had been held and after overwhelmingly positive feedback received by the Town Council, it will continue to be a staple in our yearly events calendar.

The event took place under blue skies in the paddock in Bourton Park on Thursday 2nd June with up to 1000 people having attended the event.  Entertainment was provided by the Winslow Concert Band, Brackley Morris Men and the ever-enthusiastic Buckingham Ukulele group.  The Town Council also arranged for bouncy castles, a face painter, a doodle artist and food vans to ensure there were plenty of reasons for residents to stay and enjoy the day. You could even lounge and take pictures in our giant deck chair!

As this event was the first to kick off our long weekend of Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Town Crier gave a formal proclamation followed by a speech from the mayor, Cllr Margaret Gateley. Shortly after came the judging of the Jubilee Dress Through the Ages competition which saw seven winners from three categories who all received some great prizes sponsored by local traders - Wood Bee Nice, Buckingham University Bookshop, Planet Refill, Cornwall Place Kitchen, Chafor Wine and The Little Buckingham Clinic.

Bard of Buckingham, Sami Tite performed pieces from their repertoire, including the poem they performed at the Bardic Trial back in October, and British history themed pieces.

The Angling Association held a maggot racing competition while the Buckingham Society ran a bowling for the pig stall (actually, bowling for butcher’s or supermarket vouchers) and the Buckingham Pantomime Group offered pantomime characters in stocks for children to throw wet sponges at. There were opportunities to try your hand at a game of traditional bowls, hunt for mini-beasts and see what you could win in a lucky dip.  There were 27 stalls in all, each of which were busy all day.

The Buckingham Society presented the Trader of the Year award for 2022 to Smith and Clay the butchers, with Leeder's Hardware being the runner-up.

Lead councillor for this event, Cllr Robina Ahmed said: ‘Celebrate Buckingham Day was an excellent start to the Jubilee weekend, a great turn out and festival atmosphere accompanied by perfect weather, made it a fabulous day for the whole community. It was a real pleasure to be the lead councillor for the day and run the Dress Through the Ages competition. Thank you to all involved, from our Lady Mayor and Town Council to all the traders and volunteers, the musicians, dancers and artists, together we made it a day to remember.’

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