Town Centre and Events Working Group 21st June 2021

Last night the Town Centre & Events Working Group met to discuss the upcoming programme of summer events and future events ideas.

A member of the public spoke at the beginning of the meeting to raise Councillors’ awareness of a flooding incident at March Edge, Linden Village on the 18th June 2021.

During the meeting:

  • Members agreed to progress arrangements for a promenade between Stowe Gardens and Buckingham town centre, and to explore options for a multi-cultural celebration evening.
  • It was agreed to postpone the Celebrate Buckingham Day in Bourton Park from the 10th July to the 4th September 2021.
  • The next Bardic Election has been arranged for the 5th October 2021 at The Woolpack, Buckingham.
  • Members discussed a draft programme of events for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 and agreed to review a further plan at the next meeting
  • The following list of forthcoming events was noted:
    • Buckingham Fringe Week 19th – 25th July
    • Play Around the Parishes 26th July, 9th August, 23rd August
    • Children’s Outdoor Theatre, 16th August
    • Bandjam 29th August
    • Celebrate Buckingham 4th September
    • River Rinse Sept date to be confirmed
    • Dog Show 12th September
    • River Rinse October date to be confirmed
    • Local Democracy Event 15th October
    • Charter Fair 16th October
    • Charter Fair 23rd October
    • Halloween Disco 30th October
    • Bonfire & Fireworks 6th November
    • Remembrance Day Parade 14th November
    • Winter Fair Lace Hill 21st November
    • Christmas Light Switch On 27th November
    • Christmas Parade 11th December
    • Community Fair 11th December

£28,481 given to charities and voluntary groups in Buckingham

In May 2021, the Town Council gave grants totalling £28,481 to projects and activities beneficial to the people of Buckingham.

Due to the profound impact of Coronavirus on Buckingham, some of last year's grant projects were not able to take place and the funding that had been awarded was unclaimed. Unused funding from the previous year was made available to 2021/22 applicants in order to help groups impacted by Coronavirus bounce back stronger than ever.

Two projects from last year are also continuing through 2021 due to changes of circumstances. This includes Swan Community Hub’s Job Club: giving extra support to residents who have lost their job and would benefit from completely free help with job applications, CVs and interview practice.

This year the Town Council is supporting: after school activities for young people, financial advice, palliative and end of life nursing care at home, a classical music festival, LED lighting, installation of a baby change table, bus trips for isolated people and much more.

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley met the grants recipients’ outdoors on the 14th June to distribute the grant cheques and hear more about the projects that are being funded. Cllr. Gateley said that “It was a great pleasure to meet representatives from many of the voluntary groups which support and enrich our community.  These organisations have been especially important and have made a real difference during the difficult time experienced by many people over the last year. It is good that the Town Council is able to support them as they continue their work in the coming year.”

For full details of the amounts given and to whom, please see the table below:

Citizens Advice Bucks£ 5,346 per annum
(3 year grant)
Free expert advice on a range of issues including financial advice.
Bucks Youth Clubs Ltd£ 5,200 per annum
(3 year grant)
After school youth sessions and trips for young people with trained staff
Buckingham Old Gaol£ 3,000 per annum
(3 year grant)
Maintaining this unique museum and it’s local history exhibits
Buckingham Summer Festival£ 2,000Summer classical music festival
Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity£ 2,000Palliative and end of life care in Buckingham.
Stowe Sub Aqua Club£ 1,500Increasing banked air capacity so more people can take part
Buckingham West End Bowls Club£ 1,500LED lighting to improve environmental impact of building.
Buckingham Area Rural Transport£ 1,200Trips into Buckingham by bus from rural areas
Project Street Life£ 1,200Residential activities weekend away for young people
Buckingham Lawn Tennis Club£ 1,000Repainting and relining of the Tennis courts
Chandos Park Bowls Club£ 1,000Bowling green maintenance
The Slade Recreation Club£ 1,000Replacement of fire doors
Friends of the Old Gaol£ 830Museum bathroom refurbishment including baby changing table
Buckingham Churches Children's Holiday Club£ 750Insurance, copying and other admin costs
Open House£ 600Supports people who are no longer carers. Transport costs for day trips for members
Buckingham & District Angling Association£ 355Repair of fishing areas and access pathways
TOTAL:£ 28,481

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley, met the grants recipients to hand out their awards in June 2021

Environment Working Group 14th June and Communications Strategy Working Group 10th June

Last night the Environment Working Group met, amongst other matters the following was discussed:

  • Cllr. Warren Whyte as Chair and Cllr. Anja Schaefer appointed as Vice-Chair of the Environment Working Group for 2021/22.
  • Street lighting – Members agreed for a consultation and review of Buckingham’s streetlights to explore putting in extra illumination.
  • The first Draft of the Community Flood Response Plan was noted and Members will seek to establish a Working Group after the publication of Buckinghamshire Council’s Section 19 report.
  • The Estates Team are researching options for commissioning a Holocaust Memorial Stone in Bourton Park
  • Members agreed to support the proposal to set up a repair café in Buckingham.
    Office Recycling facilities to be setup in all Town council premises

Last week the Communications Strategy Working Group met to discuss:

  • Cllr. Jon Harvey was selected as Chair and Cllr. Martin Try as Vice-Chair of the Communications Strategy Working Group for 2021/22.
  • Progress with the Summer 2021 newsletter and content for the Autumn 2021 edition.
  • Progress on developing the Town Council website and ideas for it’s improvement.
  • Annual statistical reports.
  • The purchase of additional signage to advertise Summer events.

New Councillor Fran Davies, Interim Council 7th June and Planning Working Group 8th June

After a meeting of the Interim Council on 7th June 2021, Fran Davies was selected by co-option to join Buckingham Town Council and fill a vacancy in the South Ward that remained after the May elections.

Cllr. Fran Davies said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been accepted by The Mayor and Buckingham Town Councillors as a co-opted member for the people of Buckingham South.

I will be continuing as a Parish Councillor for Radclive-cum-Chackmore and I look forward to the challenges of representing a wider number of people and hope to be able to help them the best I can. I am particularly interested in environmental and green issues and community events and am keen to get involved in both existing and new projects.”

Other topics covered by the Interim Council on 7th June included:

At the Planning Working Group meeting on the 8th June topics included:

  • A resident attended the public session to discuss issues with Candleford Court
  • 3 Planning Applications, all with no objections from members
  • Changes to the Buckinghamshire Council constitution and the impact on planning
  • Enforcement and other planning matters to report around Buckingham.

Community Speed Watch Champion Needed

Is there a speeding problem in Buckingham? Have you seen near misses between cars, lorries, pedestrians or cyclists that would have been avoided if vehicles stuck to the speed limit?

For many years Buckingham has had a keen and well organised Community Speed Watch team, and while permission has been given for community speed watch programs to start again after lockdown, Buckingham is now short a few key members:

  • A Lead Volunteer is required to restart the project in Buckingham. This person cares passionately about community safety and is happy to look after equipment, organise exercises, volunteers and the necessary paperwork.
  • Buckingham Community Speed Watch is also looking for general volunteers to take part.

Joining Community speed watch means taking pressure off front line Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) freeing up their time to tackle other local problems.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact the Buckingham Town Council office.

Previous Buckingham Speed Watch lead volunteer Mike Smith told us: “Speedwatch is a useful reminder to drivers to watch their speed whenever they stray over the 30mph limit at certain locations approved by Thames Valley Police. Having been involved with Speedwatch for over seven years, I know that residents living near to our speeding “hot spots” welcome our activities. Each Speedwatch exercise involves just two team members at a time, each of which lasts for about an hour. Most of the team volunteers for a couple of days each month (weather permitting). Organising the Speedwatch exercises and dealing with the paperwork is not onerous, but I feel it is time for someone else to take over the role while I move on to pastures new.”

Quick Litter Pick

We’ve all had moments where we’ve spotted the littered remnants of someone’s night before and wanted to just get stuck in and clear it up. This year has been no different, and 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.

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.

As only the most dedicated of litter hunters tend to carry around litter pickers at all times, the Town Council has introduced Buckingham’s first #QuickLitterPick point. This covered cage in Bourton Park contains 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 the Town Council Office or Buckingham Tourist Information Centre during opening hours).

Cllr. Sue Hetherington has already been out to have a go and said: ”The Quick Litter Pick is a great idea, it was easy to use and we had really positive reactions from the people we met while using the litter pickers. Everyone was keen to have a go! This project was originally started with previous Chair of the Environment Committee Ruth Newell, I’d like to send her a big thank you.” The Quick Litter Pick point can be found near the Bourton Park Car Park and Multi-Use Games Area in Buckingham.

This year Buckingham Town Council have taken a multi-pronged approach to getting litter under control, including more regular park bin emptying and raising awareness of the problem, particularly of broken glass which can easily cause harm to children and animals.

Celebrate Buckingham and #ShopLocal raffle!

To enter the raffle please tell us the unique letter you found in the shop you visited. Good luck!

This competition has now closed.

Support local shops and enter to win a selection of fantastic local products supplied by Buckingham based businesses. Be in with a chance to win one of two fantastic hampers!
From Thursday 1st July Buckingham Town Council will be hosting a raffle designed to help local businesses. 26 local shops have been selected at random to have a poster displayed, to enter the raffle simply visit and support one of the many shops involved and scan the QR code and enter the unique letter that is on the poster. This will enter you into the raffle to win a fantastic hamper of prizes, all sourced from shops in Buckingham! Thank you very much to all the shops involved!

This project is funded by Buckingham and Villages Community Board. 

What’s in the Hampers?

Hamper one-
Essentials – Hamper
Finca El Monte – a selection of products including organic cotton produces bags, soy wax candle, Colourful ceramic bowl and a flower keyring
Smith and Clays - £15 voucher
Gilt Swan – Buckingham a pictorial history book and a silver bottle opener
Dandy Lions – Jelly cat teddy cow and a kite
Howes the Florist - £25 voucher
Cornwall Place Kitchen – Chafor wine
Secret Messages – Throw
Leeders Hardware – Tea pot

Hamper Two -
Essentials – Hamper
Buckingham University Book Shop - £10 voucher and a notepad
Back to Nature – Travel coffee mug and Norfolk punch
Meadow Row Tea Rooms - £10 voucher
Wood Bee Nice – Wooden tool kit toy
Planet Refill – Organic peanut butter, falafel mix and 2 play in choc’s
Old Gaol Museum Shop - Booklet

You must be over 18 to enter the raffle. You can only enter once in each shop.

For enquiries please contact Emma Churchill at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 823020,

Planning Committee: 24th May 2021

The Planning Committee of Buckingham Town Council met on Monday 24th May. The full agenda is available in our archive.

The following decisions were made:

  • Cllr. Mark Cole JP was elected as Chair and Cllr. Anthony Ralph as Vice-Chair.
  • Cllr. Sue Hetherington was chosen to represent Buckingham Town Council on the North Bucks Parishes Planning Consortium East-West Rail Group
  • Of the planning applications discussed, 5 were recorded as no objections (one with the proviso to the satisfaction of the Heritage Officer) and 1 application was opposed. Of the tree applications discussed 6 were recorded as no objections and 1 opposed. Please note: planning applications are not decided by Buckingham Town Council, its objections or approval are given as a consultee to the planning authority: Buckinghamshire Council.
  • Briefing notes will continue to be provided for the agenda by the Planning Officer.
  • Buckinghamshire Council’s tree officer is to be invited to attend a meeting with Buckingham Town Council’s Planning Committee, Environment Committee, Tree Wardens and the Buckingham Society.
  • The next meeting of the Planning Committee will take place on Tuesday 8th June on Zoom.

A live stream of the meeting is available on YouTube. Full minutes of the meeting will be available via our 2021 archive in due course.

Wildflower Art Contest Winners

Buckingham’s first wildflower art contest has been a great success, with a truly wonderful variety of flowers chosen for the entries.

Local artist, Fiona Hancock took on the role of judge after creating watercolour illustrations for Buckingham wildflower information boards (now on display in Bourton Park.)

Selecting winners was a tough task. Fiona told us that “The variety and quality of the work submitted was outstanding. It was difficult to choose winners but the ones chosen reflect the wildflower theme and high level of art entered. All entries clearly enjoyed creating their pieces and it was a pleasure to view them all.”

The adult winners were:

  • Carmen Carreira, with a watercolour of Buckinghamshire and Chiltern Gentian
  • Laura Bentley with a freehand machine embroidery and appliqué Moon [Ox-eye] Daisy.
  • Highly commended was Amy Godfrey with a bold and colourful digital art wildflower posey with cow parsley at its centre.

Carmen’s detailed painting will be printed on the cover of the Summer 2021 edition of Buckingham Town Matters. Laura told us “I am really overwhelmed to be one of the ones chosen. I love where we live and this is nice way to celebrate it.”

Entries from young people were judged separately, and a fantastic selection of entries were received. The winners were:

  • Evie Hurman-Ball and Renata Kapinos, both from The Buckingham School with water colour entries. Evelyn’s piece focused on a bee landing on a flower, while Renata chose to paint a small poser of wildflowers including grasses.
  • Highly Commended was Amelie King (The Buckingham School) for her expressive watercolour of poppies and Akanksha Bathula (Royal Latin School) who drew a detailed study of lupins.

All the winning entries received Green Buckingham water bottles, donated by Buckinghamshire Recycles to support projects that encourage recycling and the protection of local green spaces.

Plans are in motion to create a display of the winning entries in Buckingham at the Old Goal Museum and Tourist Information Centre.

Adult Category

Young People Category

New Mayor of Buckingham: Annual Statutory Meeting 17th May 2021

The Annual Statutory Meeting of Buckingham Town Council was held on Monday. Due to legislative changes this meeting was held in person and social distanced at Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre.

As the first meeting of the new Mayoral year, the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Buckingham were selected. Cllr. Margaret Gateley will be the Mayor of Buckingham and Cllr. Warren Whyte was chosen as Deputy Mayor. The full 'robing' of the Mayor will take place in public for the first time this year at the Celebrate Buckingham event.

2021 awards were also decided including;

  • Friends of Buckingham
  • Sport and Art Award
  • Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisation of the Year
  • Natural Environment and Climate Champion
  • Mayor's Prize For Outstanding Young Person

These awards will be distributed at the Celebrate Buckingham Day in Bourton Park on 10th July 2021.

Councillors decided that between now and the 21st June only Full Council meetings will take place in person, at Lace Hill. Other committees have become working groups, with the Town Clerk making delegated decisions based on the recommendations of those working groups until changes in restrictions mean in person meetings can be reviewed.