Festive Family Hunt

The Festive Family Hunt event is part of play around the parishes and has been organised by Buckinghamshire Council and is supported by Buckingham Town Council. The Festive Family Hunt will run from Tuesday 22nd December to Tuesday 5th January and the theme is Festive. This is a Free Event.

The Festive Family Hunt will take place in Bourton Park and there will be many clues for families to find. You will need to look around the park to find the winter festive related pictures. Each character has a letter, write the letter down by their picture below to find out what the message is. Download the message finder sheet so you can work out the answers to the secret message.

Buckingham Town Council Christmas Closures 2020

The Buckingham Town Council office will be closed for Christmas from Monday 21st December 2020 until Monday 4th January 2021.

If you need to get in touch with us during this time, please contact us from 10am – 4pm on 01280 816426 so a member of our team can help you with any enquiries.

Please note that on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the phone line will only be open from 10 am until 1pm. However, on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day the phone line will be closed completely.

Merry Christmas From Buckingham Town Council

Buckingham Mayor Presents Salver To Outgoing Mayor

Buckingham Town Mayor Cllr. Geraldine Collins was finally able to present outgoing Mayor Cllr Mark Cole JP with a silver salver and past Mayor’s badge in recognition of his time as Mayor from 2019/2020. This would normally have taken place at the annual Mayor Making ceremony in May.

Cllr Cole said “It was a great honour to have served as the 254th Mayor of Buckingham, and this salver is a wonderful memento of the year which myself and my Mayoress Alexandra represented the town and its people. I shall always treasure it.”  Cllr Mark Cole JP

 

 

Buckingham Town Matters Winter Newsletter

winter newsletter in a winter planterThe Winter edition of the Buckingham Town Matters newsletter is now out for delivery and will be with residents soon. This edition includes some topics on how to stop food waste, long time grant recipients and safety within the community alongside tips to keep  you safe this winter.

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

Apologies for this edition being separated into smaller segments within a playlist, there were some technical issues when recording.

We hope you enjoy and make sure to keep an eye out for updates on the next edition; Spring 2021.

Festive Family Hunt

The Festive Family Hunt event is part of play around the parishes and has been organised by Buckinghamshire Council and is supported by Buckingham Town Council. The Festive Family Hunt will run from Tuesday 8th December to Tuesday 22nd December and the theme is Christmas. This is a Free Event.

poster with Christmas tree and writing The Festive Family Hunt will take place in Bourton Park and there will be many clues for families to find. You will need to look around the park to find the Christmas related pictures. Each character has a letter, write the letter down by their picture below to find out what the message is. Download the message finder sheet so you can work out the answers to the secret message.

 

 

Christmas Light Switch On

Due to the Government restrictions around Covid 19 Buckingham Town Council was unable to hold its annual Christmas Light Switch On in the Town Centre.

The Christmas lights were installed in the town centre at the beginning of November by WGS Power & Lighting Ltd who we currently have a contract with for this. The Christmas tree was provided by Buckinghamshire Council free of charge and installed outside the Old Gaol the week before the light switch on and several residents have commented that the tree looks better than ever.

The light switch on still took place on Saturday 28th November at 7pm but without the usual crowd. Granta Network launched 2 drones to capture the moment the lights were switched on, one from behind the Sorting Office and one from Stratford Fields football ground. The ground crew were located in the town centre to take still footage. They also took images of Christmas lights from around the town.

Birds Eye View of Buckingham Town Centre Lit Up

Photograph by Tim from Granta Network

The virus was not going to stop Christmas coming to Buckingham, so the Town Council made a request to The Bard of Buckingham, Buckingham Town Mayor, Cllr Geraldine Collins and Santa himself to provide video messages which have been widely viewed, with over 12,000 people reached on Facebook alone by Wednesday.

A request went out to the residents of Buckingham asking them to take part in the light switch on by staying home and switching on their Christmas lights at 7pm the same time that the lights would go on in the town centre. This created an atmosphere of excitement and many people took part in this. Below are some of the comments received afterwards.

“Aw this is lovely- so heart-warming. Thanks to everyone who put it together and those who made such a massive effort. It’ll be great to try to find all these great houses”

“This is fantastic! To see our lights on our house in this is the perfect end to a rubbish year! Well done Buckingham Town Council and Thank you!”

“Such a lovely thing to do. Great idea. Thanks, our family and neighbours really enjoyed it!”

“Excellent filming! Love this”

“Well its a10 from me brilliant lovely voice” (that one’s for Dean!)

 

burleigh peice christmas lights

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Buckingham

Buckingham Town Council is delighted that Granta Network in partnership with Access All Aerials will be using drones to film the Big Buckingham Christmas Light Switch On this Saturday. The Council is asking all residents and businesses to switch their own lights on at 7pm on the 28th November to make the view from the air is going to be spectacular as possible.

Granta Network have said ‘There will be up to two drones flying in Buckingham Town Centre on the night of the switch-on to film the event. This has been carefully planned for several weeks, taking account of all drone regulations, to make sure that it can take place safely. It is vital that no other drones are flying in the area at the same time. This applies to all drones, regardless of size. The risk posed by any drone not under our control flying in the area will mean that we are unable to carry out the filming. We request, for your own safety (and that of our team), that you respect the lockdown restrictions, stay at home, turn on your lights and look forward to the video when it comes out.’

If you are planning on switching on your Christmas lights and would like to appear in the video, please get in touch with Tim at Granta Network by e-mailing tim@granta.net.

Councillor Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town Council’s Town Centre and Events Committee, said:

‘This year has been one of the most difficult years for our Events Committee organising events. Discussions between Town Council officers and the Events Committee it was felt we shouldn’t be deterred from trying to do something positive and inclusive which all the community can take part in. Obviously this isn’t any substitute for gathering around the Christmas tree but we are hoping it will go a small way to help community spirit at this important time, while encouraging people where possible safely to start shopping & supporting our local community shops in this most testing of festive seasons for young and old alike.’

Keep watching the Town Council’s social media pages for a special message from Father Christmas, Town Mayor, Cllr Geraldine Collins and some light heartedness from Bard of Buckingham Dean Jones:  www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk

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

Big Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On!

This year the Christmas Lights Switch On will have a slight twist. Buckingham Town Council is still aiming to illuminate the town in order to provide Buckingham with festive cheer.

However, due to regulations on events, crowds and large gatherings and to maintain the safety of the residents, the usual way of running the event has been changed for your continued enjoyment and participation.

On Saturday 28th November, Buckingham Town Council are encouraging all residents and businesses to join in and switch their Christmas Lights on at 7pm and light up Buckingham as we welcome the festive season.

The town’s Christmas lights are already in place and the Christmas tree will be installed outside the Old Gaol on Friday.

Weather permitting two drones will be launched to capture the moment Buckingham lights up and there will be a special message from Father Christmas, Town Mayor, Cllr Geraldine Collins and some light heartedness from Bard of Buckingham Dean Jones.  These messages will be shown on the Town Council’s social media pages and website.

Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of Buckingham Town Centre & Events Committee said;

This year has been one of the most difficult years for our Events Committee organising events. During discussions between the Town Council officers and the Events Committee it was felt we shouldn’t be deterred from trying to do something positive and inclusive which all the community can take part in. We are hoping it will go a small way to help community spirit at this important time, while encouraging people where safely to start shopping & supporting our local community shops

Christmas Lights At Old Goal

Buckingham Charter Fair Cancelled for First Time in Town Cllrs Living Memory

On Saturday 17th October Head Showman, Marshall Nichols of Nichols Amusements brought the striker to Buckingham Town Centre. The striker is a children’s game. You hit the bell with a hammer and win a prize every time. Saturday would have been the first of this year’s annual Charter Fairs in Buckingham.  Mr. Nichols was greeted in the town centre by Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee Cllr Robin Stuchbury and the Town Crier.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions a decision had been made by Mr. Nichols and the Town Council that the Charter Fair be cancelled for this year.  In order to hold the town’s Charter the stall was set up but was not operational.

Cllr Robin Stuchbury said that “Clearly meeting Mr. Nichols under such difficult circumstances was not how we wished to meet this year, his acknowledgement of the problems nationally to his colleagues and fellow showman through the cancellation of charter fares through the Covid-19  pandemic was heartfelt and an honest expression of the realities of what has taken place”.

Mr. Nichols said in a recorded interview with Cllr Robin Stuchbury, that “It has been a shocking year.  Showman have not been operating but they are still having to pay for the insurance and testing of the rides.  All major fairs and charter fairs such as St Giles in Oxford, Wantage, Chipping Norton, Banbury, Witney Feast, Evesham Carnival and Cirencester mop have been cancelled. To make ends meet, a lot of the Showman are now having to stack shelves in supermarkets”.  Mr. Nichols does not think that all showman will be able to afford to return next year.

To hear more from this interview with Mr. Nichols on the financial burdens of cancelling this and other fairs throughout the country go to; https://www.facebook.com/512660302457008/posts/1448067615582934/

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

Childrens Game Outside Old Gaol

Buckingham’s Pumpkin Letter Trail

Buckingham Town Council are organising a Pumpkin Letter Trail in the lead up to Halloween. Head into Buckingham to explore the local shops and enjoy what the town centre has to offer as well as have some safe family, friendly fun!

The event will run from Friday 23rd October until Saturday 31st October 2020.

To take part, download the Pumpkin Trail answer sheet. The picture clues on the sheet will guide you around the town in search of hidden pumpkins in shop windows. Write down the letters on the pumpkins and reveal the hidden word!

Once you complete the answer sheet, visit The Buckingham University book shop and show your answer sheet to the shop keeper to win £1 off of any half price children’s book.

Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Buckingham Town Council’s Town Centre and Events Committee said that; I’d like to thank all the officers within the town council for coordinating this event for our young people which the events committee are hoping will bring a little fun into the fourth coming holiday period.

For enquiries please contact Bethanie Dowden at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816 426, admin@buckingham-tc.gov.uk 

Window Display with Halloween Decorations