Peter Pan on the Green at St Peter and St Paul’s Church

The award-winning outdoor theatre company, Illyria, is coming to Buckingham. They are restaging their fantastic production of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. This enchanting family tale will delight audiences of all ages. Laugh, applaud, sing along and watch the magic unfold. And for the first time ever in an outdoor production, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie includes REAL flying!

Peter Pan Outdoor Theatre event poster for Buckingham 2022

 

Price *Booking fee applies

£14 per adult*

£10 per child (3yrs - 16yrs)*

£45 family ticket (2 adults and 2 children)*

£10 concession (over 60yrs)*

The event will go on regardless of the weather. Cancellation in the event of dangerous weather only when performance will be rescheduled. Tickets are non-refundable.

To book your tickets please visit illyria.co.uk

There will be two showings, one at 2.30pm and one at 6pm. The performance is open air so please pack a picnic, a blanket and dress for the great British weather. You can arrive an hour before the start time. You will need to present your tickets on the gate.

There is no parking at the venue (disabled only).

“Peter Pan” is presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Terms & Conditions: Only severe thunderstorms will stop the performance and every effort will be made to re-start. Illyria will make every effort to complete the performance and reserve the right to stop and start the action as required. Performances are never cancelled or abandoned before the advertised starting time and then only in the event of severe weather. Please note that we cannot give refunds for cancellation or abandonment as a result of weather.

 

 

 

 

 

Community Centre Assistant / Caretaker – Maternity Leave Cover Vacancy

Job Advert

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 early morning, 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.

Please note we will only accept a completed application pack. If you do not complete an application form you will not be considered. CV's will not be accepted.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Sam Hoareau, Centre Coordinator on 01280 812 872.

To apply for this role, download the application pack through the links below or by calling the office on 01280 816426.

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

Or by post to: Buckingham Town Council, Buckingham Centre, Verney Close, Buckingham, MK18 1JP

Buckingham Town Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Successful applicants will be subject to receipt of suitable references.

Closing date for applications: 16th June 2022. Interviews to be held week commencing 20th June 2022.

Job Type: Temporary

Salary: SCP 3-4 £9.79/£9.99 per hour pending this year's pay award.

Tourist Information Centre / Shopmobility Assistant Job Vacancy

Job Advert

Saturdays 0945-1615 with additional extra hours as mutually agreed.
SCP 5-6: £10.22 – £10.42 per hour
Depending on experience and qualifications.

Buckingham Town Council manages a Tourist Information Centre and a Shopmobility Service, so this is a varied role with the successful candidate expected to cover both services as mutually agreed under a flexible arrangement.

We are looking for an enthusiastic person with good communication skills, who is capable of working alone or as part of a team. Experience in a customer service environment is desirable and a mature and confident manner is essential.

The main tasks will include:

  • Provide the highest level of customer service, responding to all enquiries in a professional, comprehensive and timely manner.
  • Ensure the TIC and Shopmobility scheme create a welcoming, professional and positive image of Buckingham.
  • Assist Shopmobility users to make safe use of the equipment provided.
  • Assist with all administration procedures relating to the operation of the TIC and Shopmobility, including cash reconciliation and banking.
  • Opening and closing of Old Gaol Museum and assisting with museum tasks as required.
  • Operate the Shopmobility booking system and complete accurate records regarding membership, usage and user training.

For further information please read our detailed job description and person specification or for an informal discussion about the post, please contact Sam Hoareau on 01280 816426.

Buckingham Town Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 17th May. Interviews to be held: week commencing 23rd May 2022 with immediate start for the right candidate.

Please note we will only accept a completed application pack.  If you do not complete an application form you will not be considered. CV's will not be accepted.

Applications are available on the links below or by calling 01280 816426.

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

Or by post to:

Buckingham Town Council, Buckingham Centre, Verney Close, Buckingham, MK18 1JP

Successful applications will be subject to receipt of suitable references.

 

The Buckingham Otters Auction

After a Summer of Otter Spotting, the Buckingham Otters Bidding Extravaganza Begins

Did you fall in love with the otters? Would you like to become the proud owner of one? Our final key event of the project, the Buckingham Otter Auction is here and bidding opens this Friday 24th September 2021!

The Buckingham Otter Trail was a temporary feel-good public art installation featuring ten 3ft tall sized otter sculptures. Sponsored by local businesses and organisations, the otters were decorated by professional artists, school children and community groups which brought much excitement to the town over summer.

Photograph of painted otter sculptures

Following the removal of the otter-tastic sculptures at the end of the trail and their appearance at the first-ever Celebrate Buckingham event, Buckingham Town Council will now say their final farewells to the beloved otters as they swim away to their new forever homes.

Chairman of the Town Centre Events Committee Cllr Robin Stuchbury said “After a summer of giving so many people pleasure the otters are going up for auction, if you’ve enjoyed seeing the otters this is your opportunity to purchase one and by doing so you’ll be contributing to the Mayor’s charities and benefiting our local community, in the very same way the otters have throughout the summer. So please don’t miss this one off opportunity of owning your own Buckingham otter and by doing so you’ll be helping others”.

The bidding will be taking place online using social media and the Town Council website. Each week one otter will be added to the auction, you will have nearly two weeks to make your highest bid.  The otter being auctioned will be on display at the Tourist Information Centre. Bids may be submitted through the Town Council website and by telephone.

The online event will see our large sculptures auctioned, with profits to be split equally between the Mayor’s Charities and a future similar event next summer. The Mayor’s Charities are Project Street Life and Community Care North Bucks, which includes YC2 Buckingham & Winslow Young Carers, North Bucks Carers, Open House and the Hospital Car Service. We could not be more delighted to raise money for these worthy causes, pouring funds straight back into supporting the community and making another sculpture trail next summer for everyone to enjoy.

If you wish to find out more information about the auction or one or more of the otter sculptures, please visit www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk

We’ll be sad to wave goodbye to our otters but we’re sure there are wonderful things on the horizon for them in their new homes!

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 Sunday 20th March 2022 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.

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

The Buckingham Otter Trail 2021 was a temporary feel good public art event featuring ten individually decorated, 3ft sized otter sculptures displayed across town and surrounding green spaces from July 23rd - August 31st.

The trail was a fantastic way for residents and visitors to explore Buckingham and find out more about its businesses, artists and local attractions. Sponsored by local businesses and organisations, the otters were beautifully decorated by professional artists, school children and community groups in all sorts of colours and mediums which brought much excitement to the town over summer.

The free, inclusive public art sculpture trail was the perfect family friendly day out and made many happy memories. All ten otters were together one final time which gave people a chance to say their final farewells at the first ever Celebrate Buckingham Event. If you didn't get a chance to do the the trail you can read all about it below.

The sculptures will now be auctioned off to raise funds for the Mayor's charities and to support a future similar event in 2022.

Otter name: Jeff

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Otter name: Canalotto

Artist: Zoe Day

Otter name: Lockii

Artist: Young people at My FutureSelf Matters

Otter name: Prints of the Future

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Otter name: Lacey

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Otter name: Patchy

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Otter name: Olive Otterson

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Otter name: Monty

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Otter name: Jimmy Fisher

Artist: YC2/ Buckingham & Winslow Young Carers and designer Kate Lowe

Sponsor: Buckingham Town Council

Otter name: Flo

Artist: Derryn Snowdon and staff at Buckingham Community Hospital

Sponsor: Buckingham Town Council

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.