Happy Earth Day 2021

Today (April 22nd) is Earth Day, an international event celebrated around the world to pledge support for environmental protection. The year 2021 marks the 51st anniversary of the annual celebrations. This year’s theme for Earth Day is ‘Restore our Earth’.

There are lots of ways to support or get involved. This could involve anything from litter picking to planting new trees. In support of Earth Day this year we have created some colouring sheets for young children to enjoy. Please show us their masterpieces for a chance to win a reusable water bottle. If your child wants to design their own, we would love to see it, please email it to: office@buckinghamtc.gov.uk

Earth Day Poster

The idea behind Earth Day first originated amoung the people fighting the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. It was a shocking disaster and to help prevent future cases, Earth Day was created.

The first Earth Day, held in 1970 saw millions of people around the world wanting to make a stand for environmental change. Since then, Earth Day has gone from strength to strength. Visit the Earth Day website to learn about environmental issues and find out how you can help.

 

It’s Blooming Spring!

This Saturday 20th March 2021 is the Spring Equinox. The Spring Equinox marks the beginning of spring and from this day forward the day is longer than the night which means extra daylight. After the cold and gloomy winter, springs warmer weather puts a smile on everyone’s face. There are many reasons to enjoy spring including, brighter days, colourful flowers, green trees, birds return, bees and butterflies reappear, the list could go on and on!

Spring is the perfect season because it’s not too cold and not too hot to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. With this in mind, we have put together a Spring Spotter Sheet for young children to enjoy while on their walks. Buckingham has some lovely walks, for more information, visit our Walks and Maps page. Here you can download pdf copies of local walks and maps to help you explore beautiful Buckingham. Don’t forget to check out Buckingham’s Community Heritage app Buxplore. Remote access has currently been enabled so if you are still self isolating you can still enjoy a visual tour around the streets and parks of Buckingham, completing activities, questions, and mysteries from home.

We would love to see some photos of you out and about completing the Spring Spotter Sheet. Please send your photos to us via private message on Facebook, or tag us on your post using #SpringSpotter @BuckinghamTC and don’t forget to tell us what you thought to be entered into a prize draw to win a reusable water bottle. We will do our best to share as many of your photos as possible. Happy hunting!

Fed Up Residents Initiate An Anti-Dog Fouling Campaign

Dog Owner and dogDog mess is the most unacceptable and offensive type of litter on our streets and in reality, there shouldn’t be a problem – you own a dog, it eats, it poos, you clean it up. Failing to do so is anti-social, illegal on public land and can spread disease, including toxocariasis. Fed up residents of Lace Hill in Buckingham have decided to tackle the persistent issue of dog fouling on the estate and surrounding green areas by setting up a group of volunteers to lead a campaign. They hope to change the small minority of irresponsible dog owner’s ways for the better.

The six-week campaign is underway and it is being supported by Buckingham Town Council who operate and maintain the Lace Hill Sport & Community Centre and Buckingham United FC who maintain the Lace Hill Sports Pitches. The campaign has been organised by the Lace Hill Residents Association.

‘Cllr Ruth Newell, Chair of Buckingham Town Council’s Environment Committee said it is disappointing in this day and age that any dog owners need reminding to clear up after their dog as it is a real health hazard, and dogs should not be exercised on playing fields. We would however like to take this opportunity to thank the residents and the volunteers of Lace Hill for their efforts and for keeping our green spaces safer for the community to enjoy. This is a great way to tackle the problem at a local level and would support other local neighbourhoods in doing something similar’.

In the first two weeks’ volunteers picked up over 900 deposits, and spent a staggering 135 hours doing so. The objective of the big clean-up was to get everyone regularly using the area to appreciate the difference and to join in the commitment to keep it looking good. Volunteers continue to patrol designated areas daily but have stopped picking up the dog mess. Instead, they are now using temporary spray paint to highlight new deposits and will be closely monitoring the situation. The idea of using spray paint is to show that new deposits have been noticed so owners get the message that it is disgusting. Drawing attention to the problem can make owners realise they need to be accountable for their actions. However, the Lace Hill Residents Association would like to recognise that it is a small minority of irresponsible dog owners causing the problem. Many more responsible dog owners do their duty, keep our green spaces safer and continue to make Lace Hill a nice place to live.

Dog Walker

Buckingham Otter Trail

Otter-Tastic Summer

The Buckingham Otter Trail will be a free, fun, family-friendly sculpture event with ten individually painted 3ft tall otters, located throughout the town centre during summer 2021.

Why are we doing it?

The town council is organising this event to help drive footfall and economic spend to the town. It will bring the community together and people will enjoy visually accessible public art. It's also an opportunity to create something new and exciting for the Buckingham Fringe Week, even with social distancing restrictions in place. Above all, public art adds enormous value to the cultural wellbeing of a community and it's enjoyed by people of all ages. The trail will be launched during Fringe Week and will continue through the summer.

Become a sponsor

Local businesses, organisations and community groups, are invited to sponsor an otter sculpture for a reasonable price of £175. There are so many reasons to be involved. From great PR opportunities to being part of an amazing town-wide event! Your name  and logo will be used on all promotional material and most importantly your name will be on a plaque. There is limited availability so do not delay and get in touch today.
For more information please email: admin@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre Assistant Job Vacancy

Job Advert

Community Centre Assistant / Caretaker

Maternity Leave Cover (Zero Hour Contract)

Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre

Up to 12 Hours per week (evening and weekend work required)

£9.62 per hour

Note: This role is a five-month temporary maternity cover position. Immediate start for the right candidate.

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our team to assist the Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre Coordinator in the smooth, effective and efficient running of the Centre and all associated services.

Tasks will include:

  • Inspections and cleaning of all rooms, ensuring they are presentable, clean and tidy and good housekeeping is maintained at all times
  • Liaising with hirers and setting up rooms - this will involve manual handling such as lifting / moving / setting up / packing away of furniture e.g. tables, chairs, equipment cages
  • Opening, security and locking of the centre

The post will primarily involve evening and weekend working, and we are seeking a flexible person as the days and hours of work may vary depending on the needs and use of the centre. It may be possible to allocate the hours around personal circumstances for the right candidate.

Closing date for applications: 1700hrs on Friday 19th March.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Sam Hoareau, Centre Coordinator on 01280 812 872. Clink the links below to download and complete the full application pack:

Applications should be submitted by email to: lacehillcentre@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Successful applicants will be subject to receipt of suitable references.

Collage of events at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre

 

Winter Wellness Spotter Sheet

Heading outdoors for some fresh air?

To help brighten up your daily bit of exercise and to recognise Children’s Mental Health Week this year, which runs from February 1st to February 7th, Buckingham Town Council has put together a Winter Wellness Spotter Sheet for young children. Download and print the spotter sheet and see if you can spot some or all of these seasonal nature signs on your walk today. Please take part responsibly and follow government guidelines on social distancing. For more fun, we've added some extra activity sheets to be completed at home.Winter Spotter Sheet

Getting outdoors has taken on added importance in recent weeks and most people would agree that a walk in the fresh air is a sure way of clearing the head. The weather may be rubbish but encouraging our children to get back to basics and have fun playing outdoors can make a huge difference to their overall mental health and wellbeing. Even in winter, nature is still alive and there are lots of green spaces to see and explore within our lovely town. The spotter sheet can easily be completed around Bourton Park and Chandos Park and we hope it will make your daily walk even more enjoyable.

For more information about Buckingham walks and maps, visit our Walks and Maps page. Here you can download pdf copies of local walks and maps to help you explore beautiful Buckingham. If you cannot get out and about due to self-isolating, you should check out the Buckingham Community Heritage app Buxplore. Remote access has currently been enabled so you can choose your route and take a visual tour around the streets and parks of Buckingham, completing activities, questions, and mysteries from home.

We would love to see some photos of you out and about completing the Winter Wellness Spotter Sheet! Please send your photos to us via private message on Facebook, or tag us on your post using #WinterWellness #SpotterSheet @BuckinghamTC and don't forget to tell us what you thought to be entered into a prize draw to win a reusable water bottle. We will do our best to share as many of your photos as possible. Happy hunting!

 

The Mayor’s Christmas Cards go on sale just in time for National Christmas Card Day

December the 9th was Christmas Card Day and this year the Town Council celebrated it with our very own Mayoral Christmas cards. Thank you to all the children who entered the Mayor of Buckingham’s first ever Christmas Card competition. We are also very grateful to all the parents who submitted their children’s designs, the school teachers who encouraged them to take part and our competition sponsor, Christina Newman of Black Dog Design – Buckingham, who paid for the original print run.

 

2020 has been a challenging year, so the idea of the community competition was to engage with local school children and help spread some festive cheer during the Covid restrictions. The Mayor, Cllr Geraldine Collins called upon local children age 4 to 16 years to get creative and design her official Christmas card inspired by the theme Christmas in Buckingham. The Mayor will be sending the cards out to other Mayor’s in Buckinghamshire and beyond.

 

We were delighted by the positive response.  In just two weeks we received 50 colourful and creative designs which made it very difficult for the Mayor to decide the winners. The cards have been professionally printed and they are now on sale. The Mayor received hers on Christmas Card Day.

Mayor of Buckingham

 

‘I am so happy this morning on receiving the Christmas cards designed by Buckingham children in our recent competition brightened up my morning. Thank you to all who took part and the staff who enabled this. Geraldine Collins Mayor of Buckingham’.

 

Congratulations to the three winners. Connie won the 4-7 category, Eva won the 8-11 category, both are pupils at Buckingham Primary School. Talitha, a student from the Royal Latin won the 12-16 category. Each winner will receive a pack of cards with their design to send to their family and friends. Every child who entered has received a printable certificate to say thank you and Happy Christmas.

 

The cards featuring the winner’s designs have been printed and are now on sale at the Buckingham Tourist Information Centre, inside the Old Gaol. They are available to purchase in packs of 6 for £4 each. All proceeds will be going to the Mayor’s charities; both local Buckingham charities. More of the great entries will also be shared on the town council’s social media pages during the Christmas period.

 

Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition

Mayor's Christmas Card Competition

Competition Poster

Buckingham Town Council is launching its first Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition. Our Mayor, Cllr Geraldine Collins is inviting all children between the ages of 4 and 16 years of age to submit a design based on the theme “Christmas in Buckingham”.

The Mayor has said; I hope many of you will enter this competition to design a Christmas card for us. I am excited and looking forward to seeing your designs and being able to send these out to other Mayors and Councillors in Buckinghamshire and beyond, thank you Geraldine Collins Mayor of Buckingham.

There will be three winners from three categories, 4-7, 8-11, 12-16 years. Each winner will receive a pack of their winning design to send to their family and friends along with a certificate. The Mayor will be sending the cards county wide to some very important people. The cards will also be available to purchase from the Buckingham Tourist Information Centre from early December. Any monies raised will go towards the Mayor's Charities.

The Christmas cards must be A5. No bigger, no smaller and must be suitable for printing. Please no photos, glitter or collages – original drawings only. The closing date for this competition is Monday 30th November 2020. If you would like to participate, please ask your parents/guardians to send your images by email to lacehillcentre@buckingham-tc.gov.uk. Please note that all entries shortlisted will be shared on social media for all to see.

In addition to winning and appearing on the Mayor’s Christmas Card, images may be featured in internal communications from the Town Council, including our website, newsletter and social media channels.

This competition is proudly sponsored by Christina Newman of Black Dog Design, a Buckingham business which offers design and print production services.

We look forward to seeing your entries!

Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre Assistant Job Vacancy

Job Advert

Community Centre Assistant / Caretaker

Maternity Leave Cover (Zero Hour Contract)

Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre

Up to 12 Hours per week (evening and weekend work required)

£9.62 per hour

Note: This role is a five-month temporary maternity cover position. Immediate start for the right candidate.

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our team to assist the Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre Coordinator in the smooth, effective and efficient running of the Centre and all associated services.

Tasks will include:

  • Inspections and cleaning of all rooms, ensuring they are presentable, clean and tidy and good housekeeping is maintained at all times
  • Liaising with hirers and setting up rooms - this will involve manual handling such as lifting / moving / setting up / packing away of furniture e.g. tables, chairs, equipment cages
  • Opening, security and locking of the centre

The post will primarily involve evening and weekend working, and we are seeking a flexible person as the days and hours of work may vary depending on the needs and use of the centre. It may be possible to allocate the hours around personal circumstances for the right candidate.

Closing date for applications: 1700hrs on Friday 19th March.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Sam Hoareau, Centre Coordinator on 01280 812 872. Clink the links below to download and complete the full application pack:

Applications should be submitted by email to: lacehillcentre@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Successful applicants will be subject to receipt of suitable references.

Collage of events at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre