BandJam rocks bank holiday weekend in Buckingham

Ten fantastic bands rocked the stage at Buckingham BandJam over the bank holiday weekend.

BandJam is a completely free live music festival, organised by Lee Maloney from the New Inn Pub, and supported by Buckingham Town Council. The line-up is chosen by Lee, and feedback on the ground was that the music was better than ever. The event started with 60s Jukebox and by early evening the town centre was packed with music fans, dancing and enjoying themselves.

Local bands on the line up also included newcomers to BandJam Krissy Matthews, Steve Winch & The Inceptors, Brothers Homebrew, Bom Notes and Identity Crisis, alongside old favourites including The Reformers performing mash up hits and pop reggae band Big Head.

Twisted Echo were a crowd favourite, getting everyone dancing to covers from Toploader to Nirvana. The night finished with notorious Buckingham ‘Oi’ band Liquid Stone.

Chair of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury said: “Firstly, I’d like to thank Lee Maloney, from the New Inn Pub, who arranged all the bands and music throughout the day, and Strawberry Fields the stage team. I’d also like to say a special thanks for the Town Council staff and councillors who worked through the day maintaining the event and looking after everyone including the security. But most importantly thank you to everyone who came along, it was great to see families together enjoying this community celebration. This event is organised by BandJam group to be a public celebration. We look forward to helping to plan the next one.”

A real way along the railway

For some years, Buckingham Town Council has been campaigning for all roads within the bypass to be 30mph and lit, so they were disappointed by Buckinghamshire Council’s recent decision to reduce the speed limit on Tingewick Road to only 40mph.

The Town Council’s Planning Committee considers it imperative to implement the s106 agreement for St Rumbold’s Fields immediately so that residents of this 400-dwelling estate will be able to access the London Road schools and the industrial estate in safety on foot or by bicycle. The route of the old railway – the Scenic Walk at the Tingewick Road end, and Railway Walk from the University’s car park to the bypass – is intended to become a combined cycle and pedestrian path with streetlighting, which will have access to Chandos Road via a ‘permissive path’ link through the University’s land.

The s106 agreement states that the details of the footway/cycleway works should have been agreed, laid out and constructed before any occupation of the housing and that deadline passed some time ago. It will involve drainage works as well as the path construction and will take some time to construct once the details have been agreed. Meanwhile, schoolchildren and employees of companies on the Industrial Park will have to negotiate the mud and rough surface of the Scenic Walk – or cross a 40mph road to use the footpath on the north side of Tingewick Road to go through the town. The other option is to use the car, adding to the traffic on the bypass.

Councillor Mark Cole JP, Chairman of the Planning Committee, said: “We will continue to push for the speed limit to be lowered to 30mph, but meantime we call on the developers to meet their obligation under the s106 agreement to construct this much-needed footpath. If it is not usable for pedestrians and cyclists, then car use will increase, against all national and local initiatives to get people out of their cars.”


New venue for Buckingham’s The Film Place

Buckingham Town Council’s Planning Committee has not hesitated to support an application from the University of Buckingham to permit the use of the 156-seat ground floor lecture theatre in the Vinson Building by The Film Place on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Film Place, Buckingham’s local cinema, has been using a lecture theatre in the Chandos Road Building since 2005, but access for the less able is more difficult, and the move will open up more of the Vinson Building for public use, as outlined in its own planning application in 2016. Eight new parking places, are to be provided at the southern end of the Building, close to two existing blue badge bays, and any overflow can be accommodated in the island car park.

We look forward to promoting approval of this application by Buckinghamshire Council, and to the Opening Night at the new venue.

Cllr. Mark Cole JP, Chairman of the Planning Committee, said “this further strengthens the ongoing relationship between Town and Gown, and we are grateful to the Vice-Chancellor to agreeing to accommodate the cinema in this wonderful building, which already welcomes the public to its other facilities”.

BandJam to Rock Buckingham Town Centre

BandJam is back! A full nine hours of free live music will rock Buckingham Town Centre from 1 – 10pm on Sun 28th August.

BandJam is organised by the BandJam Group, headed up by Lee Maloney from The New Inn Pub in Buckingham. Lee always hunts out an exciting line up for the event, and BandJam 2022 is no exception, with returning favourites and some incredible first timers including: Krissy Matthews, 60s Jukebox, Brothers Homebrew, The Reformers, Big Head, Twisted Echo, Liquid Stone and more.

As well as fantastic food and drink available from local shops and restaurants Go Greek Food and J&R Burgers will be at the event to help keep the festival well fed.

BandJam is supported by Buckingham Town Council who fund the event and arrange logistical support, as part of their work to support the local economy.

Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre & Events Committee said: “Having been fortunate to have been involved in BandJam since it first arrived in the town centre, I’m looking forward to another day of entertainment and music.  BandJam provides an opportunity for people to gather at a free event, meet each other and catch up on what everyone’s been doing; against the backdrop of live music. I would like to say a large thank you to the BandJam Group and Lee Maloney, Buckingham Town Council staff, the security company and last but most importantly, the continued support of committee members to put on such events which support trade in the town.”


Enter Buckingham Dog Show

Buckingham's just for fun Dog Show returns to Bourton Park Paddock on Sunday 11th September, 12pm - 3pm with registration opening from 11am.

If you'd like to enter you can pick up a registration form on the day or download, print and fill out the form now and bring it along with you.

Classes are £1.50 each (cash only, to be paid on the day):

  • Cutest Puppy 5-12 mths
  • Fabulous Fella
  • Gorgeous Gal
  • Best Rescue Dog
  • Most Like Its Owner
  • Golden Oldie 7yrs & Over
  • Waggiest Tail
  • Junior Handler 16yrs & under

The winner of each class goes through to Best In Show.

Classes will be judged by our event sponsors Kimberly Cox Dog Training and Woofs and Washes, with prizes supplied by Arden Grange.

Alongside the classes will be a number of stalls from local doggy based businesses and charities - from food to fun! If you'd like to be involved please email for more details.

Families enjoy a swashbuckling outdoor performance of Peter Pan by J.M Barrie

Last Wednesday audiences were flown to Neverland to watch two outdoor performances of Peter Pan by J.M Barrie in the leafy and historic surroundings of St Peter and St Paul’s Church. Families joined Illyria theatre on the Green and brought blankets, chairs, and picnics to watch the open-air shows in style and comfort.

There was something for everyone, with singing, real-flying, and colourful characters. The five cast members had plenty of energy, changing costumes at record speed to play the various characters. When Captain Hook was swallowed up by a giant crocodile the crowd erupted with bellyfuls of laughter and cheer!

Buckingham Town Council were delighted to be able to organise the opportunity for residents to enjoy family outdoor theatre in town and provide complimentary tickets to YC2 - Buckingham and Winslow Young carers group and Ukrainian families currently residing in town and nearby villages.

Councillor Robin Stuchbury, chair of Town Centre and Events committee said “It is always rewarding to see families coming together and enjoying themselves. None of this would be possible without the support of members and staff and the council agreeing our budget to facilitate these kinds of events on behalf of the community we are so fortunate to represent.”

No BBQs in Buckingham’s Parks

As the warmer weather returns, the Town Council is reminding visitors to its parks that barbecues are not permitted in Buckingham’s parks and green spaces. Unfortunately, in recent years, our team and the local Fire Brigade have had to deal with the damage that resulted from discarded or uncontrolled BBQs. With the current extremely dry conditions it is essential to avoid open flames.

Barbecues regularly leave behind scorched patches of burned grass that take months to recover and damage our beautiful surroundings.

Everyone who visits Buckingham’s parks and green spaces should also make sure they bag up their rubbish and take it home where it can be recycled or disposed of responsibly. This will help to reduce litter and protect wild animals who can become trapped and entangled in dumped items.

We want everyone to enjoy themselves during the summer in our parks and greenspaces. So please, pack up a picnic and fill up a cool-bag for a day in the park – but please dispose of your litter properly and leave your barbecues at home.

Cllr. Ryan Willett, Vice-Chair of the Environment Committee said “I recognise the weather is beautiful at the moment and people want to enjoy our parks with their friends and family but please remember to take your rubbish home with you and avoid using disposable barbeques as it can quickly ruin our lovely sensory and harm our wildlife.”

Buckingham backs the Lionesses

In the run-up to the final of the UEFA Women’s European Championships 2022, Buckingham Town Council flew St. George’s flags across the town centre to show support for the England squad.

After a very tense and challenging game between England and Germany that took place on Sunday 31st July, the lionesses managed to win the tournament and secure a place in history and in our hearts! They showcased oodles of talent and we are very proud of what they have achieved. It has been a pleasure to be so close to the hub of some of the games and see mascots, some of which live in Buckingham and play for the local football clubs, representing the country and the England team.

Town Mayor, Cllr. Margaret Gateley said “What a fantastic, if nail-biting, match it was on Sunday evening! Well done to the amazing England Women’s Football Team! Buckingham was supporting them with England flags displayed in the town centre, as well as local team mascots at Wembley. What a boost it was for women’s football! Well done the Lionesses!”