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.”

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”

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 

Right Royal Picnic comes to Lace Hill

As part of the Council’s four-day event programme to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Buckingham Town Council are hosting Picnic on the Pitch at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre on Saturday the 4th of June from 11am until 3pm.

Residents from across Buckingham are invited to bring along picnics, tables, chairs, games and share a memory. To help get you in the royal party mood, there will be a big stage and live music from A Big Voice (Maria Scobey) who will be performing a variety of popular songs across the decades and genres of the Queen’s reign to include everyone’s musical party tastes.

It is a free, family friendly event and everybody is welcome, even well-behaved dogs on leads. Children will enjoy visits from Spider-Man and Elsa mascots, badge making, rock painting and a royal themed trail. The Centre’s facilities will be open and available for everybody to use, including an accessible toilet.

To help you fill up your picnic baskets, there will be a small selection of local food traders selling gourmet burgers, luxury ice-cream desserts and plenty of freshly baked cake and cookies. A licensed bar will be on site to help you toast the special occasion.
Chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury said that “The Lace Hill Centre is a fantastic hub for all types of activities and events, the facilities are perfect to host a community picnic with its wonderful panoramic views of the countryside. I hope people will all come together and take advantage of this opportunity to get together and celebrate. Town Council officers are looking forward to welcoming you on the day”

Free parking is available on site including blue badge spaces. But we encourage visitors to travel by public transport or other environmentally-friendly methods wherever possible. The carpark will be marshalled on the day, so it is first come first served. The venue can easily be accessed via local bus routes, the nearest bus stop is on London Rd near Tesco.

New #QuickLitterPick station in Chandos Park

Buckingham Town Council has installed a new Quick Litter Pick Station in Chandos Park following the success of the first one which was launched in Bourton Park in 2021.  The Council has joined with many communities and organisations across the UK to work to reduce litter and the impact of single-use plastics. The Council no longer purchases single use plastic items for events and for use within its offices and has implemented a sustainable purchasing policy. As plastics and some other materials do not decompose the Town Council also undertake regular litter picks in an effort to remove risks to wildlife, clean up the town and encourage others to dispose of their rubbish appropriately.

The Quick Litter Pick station Bourton Park in 2021 has made it easier for residents and visitors to help out, even if it’s just for a few minutes in reducing litter levels and protecting the environment.

Buckingham Town Council has received requests from residents and community groups asking how best they can get involved in safely clearing any litter they find while out and about and from there, the Quick Litter Pick initiative was born.

The litter pick stations in Chandos and Bourton Park contain 5 individual litter pickers and a supply of bin liners and can be accessed by anyone with the code for the lock. Anyone who would like the code can call (01280 816426) or email the Town Council Office or Buckingham Tourist Information Centre (01280 823020) during opening hours. The access code is the same for both stations and will remain unchanged. Any collected rubbish bags can be placed in the nearest litter bin or left by the side of bin and the Town Council’s Greenspaces Team will collect during their park inspections.

When you’re dealing with someone else’s rubbish the best way to clear up litter is with litter pickers. Keeping the litter at a distance from your body can protect you from broken edges and any unwanted germs that might be lurking.

Cllr. Warren Whyte, Chair of Environment Committee has already been out to have a go and said: Following the success of the Bourton park Quick Litter Pick Station, I am delighted to help launch the new additional location in Chandos Park to help keep our wonderful parks clean and tidy.”

The new Quick Litter Pick point in Chandos Park is located by the bridge to the University.

The Quick Litter Pick point in Bourton Park can be found near the Bourton Park Car Park and Multi-Use Games Area in Buckingham.

Platinum Jubilee events in Buckingham

Celebrate Buckingham Day

Kicking off our jam-packed Jubilee weekend is Celebrate Buckingham Day on Thursday 2nd June in Bourton Park from 11am – 3pm. Expect to see over 27 local community organisations each with their own fun activity, multiple delicious food and drink vendors and various entertainment acts. Pack your blankets and bring a chair so you can enjoy the day in comfort.

Winslow Concert Band and Buckingham Ukulele group have got some great performances lined up along with the Brackley Morris Men. A bouncy castle and bungee run, face painter and doodle artist will also be there. You can even take a picture in our giant deck chair!

At 1pm the Town Crier will formally launch Jubilee Celebrations in Buckingham by announcing the formal proclamation.

Make sure to enter our Jubilee Dress through the Ages contest at the Buckingham Town Council stall between 11am and 12:30pm. Raid your family’s wardrobe or if you’re struggling for ideas, visit local charity shops – reuse, repurpose and recycle. There are some great prizes up for grabs for the winners of each category thanks to: Wood Bee Nice, Buckingham University Bookshop, Planet Refill, Cornwall Place Kitchen, Chafor Wine, The Little Buckingham Clinic and Discover Buckingham.

Jubilee Platinum Beacon

Later in the day, a Jubilee Platinum Beacon will be lit at 9.45pm atop St Peter & St Paul’s Church. Arrive from 9.15pm for refreshments in the church.

Music in the Market

On Friday 3rd June Music in the Market returns to the Buckingham Market place – this fantastic event takes place for the 21st time and brings a wide selection of music from original, local music to your favourite covers from 2pm to 10pm.

The fantastic line-up includes Buckingham Ukulele Group Udo Dölz, Crazy Heart, Muz N Jenks, Safari Boots, Mike Weston, Fraser & Toots, Ukesnaile, Brothers Homebrew and 60s Jukebox while this year’s street food traders include Go Greek and Farm Slice Pizza.

Picnic on the Pitch

Picnic on the Pitch is a completely free event and offers everybody the chance to get together and celebrate this truly historic occasion. The event takes place at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre on Saturday 4th June from 11am until 3pm.
To help you fill up your picnic baskets, there will be a small selection of food traders selling food and treats, including a bar. There will be live music from A Big Voice.co.uk – Maria Scobey, who will be performing a wide variety of popular covers across the decades, visits from Spidey and Elsa mascots and a craft tent to entertain your mini majesties.

Street Parties and Platinum Jubilee Civic Service

Sunday 5th June at 11 am a Civic Service will take place at St Peter & St Paul’s Church to celebrate The Queen. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome.
Street parties will also be taking place across the town, with road closures in place.

Chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury said that “The Town Council have supported Celebrate Buckingham Day, The Platinum Jubilee Beacon, Music in the Market, Picnic on the Pitch and the Jubilee Civic Service. The Town Centre and Events Committee felt it was very important to put on a variety of events as well as support others with their own plans.
The Town Council are facilitating Buckingham’s community celebrations of the Queen’s personal achievement of long service to the country, in a typical Buckingham way – friendly, social, and engaging which is an attribute which the community is renowned for. I know through discussing the Mayor, Cllr. Margaret Gateley, who will play a large role in supporting the community through the weekend, how much everyone is looking forward to celebrating the bank holiday weekend – we look forward to seeing you.”

Success! Post box for St Rumbold’s Fields in Buckingham

After an appeal by Buckingham Town Council and numerous calls by residents of the new St. Rumbold’s Fields estate in Buckingham, Royal Mail has agreed to install a post box close to Kings Sutton Square in St Rumbold’s Fields, easily accessible to all 398 homes on the estate.

Initially, Royal Mail declined the Town Council’s request as they said there were existing post-boxes within a half mile of the location suggested. However, to access these required crossing a 50mph limit road, twice, as there is no footpath from the new estate to the Bath Lane post box. There’s also no street lighting, making the journey difficult in winter.

Cllr. Mark Cole JP, Chairman of the Planning Committee, was delighted to receive a letter from Royal Mail saying that a post box would now be installed near Kings Sutton Square in the next 12 – 16 weeks. The letter arrived just a few days after the Town Council highlighted the issue, with support from the local newspaper, the Buckingham Advertiser, BBC 3 Counties Radio and Greatest Hits Radio.

Cllr Mark Cole JP, said: “Common sense has prevailed, and Royal Mail has made a u-turn over its original decision not to give St Rumbold’s Fields residents a postal collection point on the estate, even though it delivers to every house. My thanks to the residents who have fought for this, and to the media for their support in our short but successful campaign. And of course, thanks to Royal Mail for seeing reason, and to our friendly local postmen and postwomen.”

Cllr. Mark Cole holds letters and smiles in Kings Sutton Square.