Road Closures & Parking Orders for Charter Fairs: 14th & 15th and 21st & 22nd October 2022

We would like to inform you that a Road Closure Order and Parking Order will be in force for the Charter Fairs and covers the following areas on Friday 14th October, Saturday 15th October and then again on Friday 21st October and Saturday 22nd October 2022.

Cars found to be parked in such a way as to cause an obstruction in the designated area covered by the order, are liable to be removed by the relevant authorities. The cost of reclaiming your vehicle could be from £150.

  • NORTH END SQUARE
  • HIGH STREET
  • BULL RING
  • MARKET HILL
  • MARKET SQUARE
  • WESTERN AVE (FROM BRACKLEY RD TO GRENVILLE RD – NO PARKING ON THIS PART OF THE ROAD)

Emergency access will be ensured for Northend Court, Buckingham Hospital, Paynes Court, Markhams Court and Verney Close.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, however, we can assure you that the steps taken are in the interest of public safety.

Further information is available about bus diversions.

Your contact in this matter is Amanda Brubaker, Events Co-ordinator, who can be contacted on 01280 816426 or e-mailed at events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk.

Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition 2022

The Mayor of Buckingham is inviting children aged between 4 – 11 years old to design her annual Christmas card. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘A Christmas Scene’ and the deadline is Monday 31st October 2022.

If you wish to enter, you can collect a blank template from Buckingham Library or download it here:

Blank Template Form

Two lucky winners will be chosen and get to join the Mayor, on stage, on Saturday 26th November, to turn on the town’s Christmas Lights in Buckingham Town Centre. In addition to this, images may be featured in internal communications from the Town Council, including our website, newsletter and social media channels.

Winners will be chosen from the following two age categories:

• Reception – Year 2

• Year 3 – Year 6

The winning designs will be printed and sold in Buckingham’s Tourist Information Centre to raise money for the Mayor’s Charities: Buckingham Food Bank and Jedidiah Free Fresh Food Pantry.

All entries must be returned to Buckingham Library or to Town Council Office above Buckingham Library, Verney Close, Buckingham, MK18 1JP. You can also email your entries to office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk.

Thanks to our sponsor BCQ for supporting the project.

Two of the three winners and from last year’s competition with the Mayor of Buckingham, pictured on the right.

Reading of the Proclamation of the Accession in Buckingham

Buckingham announced the accession of His Majesty King Charles III, at the Reading of the Proclamation of the Accession in Buckingham.

This centuries-old tradition follows the Reading of the Proclamation of the Accession in London, with the message passing through civic officers in a chain from cities to towns.

Deputy Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Anja Schaefer, travelled to Aylesbury to hear the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire read the Proclamation of the Accession at 1pm on Sunday 11th September, and collect Buckingham’s copy of the Proclamation.

Having returned to Buckingham, Cllr. Anja Schaefer read the Proclamation to a large crowd that had gathered in Buckingham outside the Old Gaol at 3.30pm. The Deputy Mayor was joined by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Carolyn Cummings, the Town Clerk, Claire Molyneux, the Town Crier, Russell Cross, Mace Bearer, Barbara Farmer and Trumpeter, Nick Perry.

A full programme from the event is available on the Town Council website:  www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk/31364-2/ or can be picked up from Buckingham Library for anyone who would like to keep a copy.

The Town Council have also organised a book of condolence at the Old Gaol Museum, accessible 10am – 4pm daily. Anyone wishing to leave a floral tribute can do so at the coronation tree, near the war memorial at St Peter & St Paul’s Church. Union Flags, with mourning cravats attached, have been put up around the town centre.

A Commemorative Service will take place at St Peter & St Paul’s Church beginning at 11am. Free tickets to attend must be booked in advance, either online: www.bpchurch.uk/queen or for anyone who does not use the internet, paper tickets can be collected from the Tourist Information Centre, in the Old Gaol, Buckingham during their normal opening hours.

As Town Council officers have been redeployed from other duties to deliver the Council’s programme of events to commemorate the life of HM The Queen, the Council was unable to host its annual dog show on the 11th September.

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley said “We have all been saddened by the death of our beloved Queen. She was a faithful and loyal monarch, steering our nation through a time of unprecedented change. We have now welcomed our new monarch, King Charles III, in a historic ceremony, attended by many from our community. In the words of The Archbishop of Canterbury, “Everlasting God, we pray for our new king. Bless his reign and the life of our nation. Help us to work together so that truth and justice, harmony and fairness flourish among us; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

Deputy Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Anja Schaefer said It was a great honour to read out the Proclamation of Accession in Buckingham and a joy to see so many gathered to mark this historic moment in our history. Queen Elizabeth II served this country faithfully, dutifully and with great dignity and humour throughout her long reign. The commemorative service on Sunday 18th Sept will give the people of Buckingham the chance to come together to express our gratitude to the Queen and our sadness at her loss.

Buckingham Town Matters Autumn Newsletter

The Autumn edition of the Buckingham Town Matters newsletter is now out for delivery and will be with residents soon. This edition includes some topics on the new Deputy Mayor, new Town Clerk, future events and where the money came from and how we spent it.

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

Basketball and Play Around The Parishes: Free Events in Buckingham

Organised by Buckingham Town Council, free basketball sessions were held in Buckingham during the summer holidays. This year’s sessions were every Monday from 1st August through to Monday 29th August. Two sessions took place; 8-12yr olds in the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) in Chandos Park from 5:30pm and 13+ years in Bourton Park from 6:45 pm to 7:45pm.

Coach Jenner, a qualified coach and his wife have been holding the free turn-up and play sessions in Buckingham for 9 years and have seen some of the players progress all the way through to playing for a team in Milton Keynes and even going on to play for the county.

Due to the popularity of the sessions, extra ones will be put on next year giving young people the opportunity to continue improving their skills and have something fun and competitive to do.

Three sessions of Play Around The Parishes were held in Chandos Park. Organised by Buckinghamshire Council and funded by Buckingham Town Council, the sessions were aimed at 0 – 12 years. The free activities included a bouncy castle, arts and crafts and giant games such as Jenga and Connect. Families were able to stay for the day and enjoy the activities.

Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee said “The Town Centre & Events Committee discussed the success of the funds put into these projects and sees them as being beneficial to a wide range of the community as both events are free. The committee would like to thank all those involved in making them a success."

Does your dog have the waggiest tail or look most like its owner?

Do you have the cutest puppy, Golden Oldie or Gorgeous Gal then why not enter the Buckingham Dog Show on Sunday. There will be a bouncy castle and food traders including The Cheeky Pitstop and J & l Snacks.  Why not treat yourself to an ice cream from Marks Ices?

Held in the paddock in Bourton Park and organised by Buckingham Town Council this fun dog show is sponsored by long-term supporters Kimberly Cox Dog Training, who offers dog and puppy training classes and Buckingham-based Woofs and Washes, a dog grooming salon and pet portraiture studio. Other sponsors are Arden Grange Pet foods and Leaders Property Letting and Estate Agents.

Registration starts at 11am and judging at 12 noon.  Classes are Cutest Puppy 5-12 months, Fabulous Fella, Gorgeous Gal, Best Rescue, Dog Most Like Its Owner, Golden Oldie 7 yrs and over, Waggiest tail, Junior handler 16yrs and under. 

Rosettes supplied by Kimberley Cox Dog Training and certificates will be presented to the first, second and third in each class and the winner of each class will go through to Best In Show.

Stall holders are LCA Pet Supplies which offer natural dog treats, pet bedding and leads.  In the Dog ‘Ouse, selling natural dog treats.  Woofs and Washes offering bandannas and bow ties.  Promoting photography, grooming and teeth cleaning services. Nalas Natural Nibbles, Bucks, Berks, Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust who will have information on the work of the wildlife trust and information on the Children’s Wildlife Watch Club. They will also have advice on wildlife gardening and volunteering.

Lead Cllr Lisa O’Donoghue said “We started this event in 2013 due to complaints we had received from park users, as a dog owner at the time I helped organise the event and I’m pleased to say with support from local businesses and volunteers it has gone from strength to strength.  Our ‘for fun’ dog show has regular attendees, plus new dogs strutting their stuff and allowing their owners to socialise in a safe environment.  You don’t even need to have a dog to come along, bring a picnic and spend the afternoon making lots of 4-legged friends”

Entry forms can be picked up on the day or downloaded from the Town Council website www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk

And the winners are: floral displays wow Buckingham

The winners of this year’s Buckingham in Bloom awards were presented with their prizes by Town Mayor Cllr, Margaret Gateley at a ceremony in Chandos Park on Friday.

The categories this year were Best Gardens, Hanging Baskets/Containers and

Wildlife Garden. Judges looked at overall beauty, variety and planting schemes which achieved sustainability through reduced use of water, organic gardening or other approaches

In the Baskets/Container category:

  • 1st place - Mr Lawler. Judges were most impressed with the use of space and colour and commented on the hanging basket drip system used to avoid waste of water.
  • 2nd Place - Mr Rayner. Judges felt the containers were beautiful and well maintained, with a big visual impact.
  • 3rd Place - Mr Bryant. Judges commented on the good variety of plants.

Front Garden category:

  • 1st place – Mr Wilkins - Judges were most impressed with the colour, variety of plants, design and shape in this beautiful front garden.
  • 2nd Place - Mrs Griffiths. Judges thought the garden was overall impressive and well maintained.

An entry was received from some of the residents of Bluebell Close entering their gardens as a group.  As there was no Community Garden category this year, it was agreed that they would be given a commendation award.

Former Councillor Terry Bloomfield had been heavily involved in Buckingham in Bloom when he was a Councillor, and kindly donated a cup and some prizes to be awarded to the winners.

Town Mayor Cllr Margaret Gately said that “It was a real treat to judge Buckingham in Bloom and to see the beautiful gardens, baskets and containers which people around our town had worked hard to create. It was great to see the vibrant colours of the plants and flowers, a delight for us all to enjoy.”

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”.