Buckingham Town Council declares climate emergency

Buckingham Town Council has declared a Climate Emergency. The Council made the decision at its meeting Monday 15th July.

Councillor Ruth Newell

Councillor Ruth Newell

It is now clear that the world has less than 12 years to switch away from fossil fuels to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. In response to a motion proposed by Councillor Ruth Newell and seconded by Councillor Robin Stuchbury, Buckingham Town Councillors discussed what they could do to draw attention to the issue, and to take action now to begin to work towards the Town Council being carbon neutral by 2030.

The Town Council also agreed to sign up to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy to track Buckingham’s progress and link with towns around the world who are cutting emissions.

The Town Council also agreed to a second motion, supporting the need for a Climate Change Action Plan for Buckingham Town, which will be the first step towards taking some concerted actions to reduce and move towards a Net Zero Carbon Footprint for the town.

Councillor Ruth Newell, Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, said,

“I’m really pleased that Buckingham Town Council is taking the lead in recognising that we need to take actions locally to address climate change. We look forward to working with local groups, as well as reviewing our own operations to take immediate action, and also to plan for longer term changes, such as the vehicles we use. There are so many no-cost and low-cost options available that when combined with the funding available to community and other organisations we can start to play an increased role in combating climate change.”

Growing wild in Bourton Park!

Our second meadow in Bourton Park is looking blooming marvelous with a large variety of native annual and perennial wildflower. We have doubled the size of our original wildflower meadow and it is proving very popular with bees, butterflies and other wee beasties! The patch of land (opposite the multi games area in Bourton Park) is sewn with various species including Wild Champion, Ox-Eye daisy, Yarrow, Meadow Butter Cup and many more. Within the small copse of Silver Poplar tree we have planted a mixture that produce seeds which are attractive to birds. The patch looks glorious with a flourish of purple flowering Phacelia, to be followed by UK native species later in the Summer. These particular seeds were gifted to Buckingham Town Council by local resident and nature enthusiast Mrs Una Robinson.


The wildflower Meadow is located near the car park entrance to Bourton Park:

25,000 Chub and Dace added to the River Great Ouse

An extra 25,000 Chub and Dace were added to the River Great Ouse today, 12th July, along the stretch between Radclive to Thornborough Mill by the Environment Agency.

This is the second restock by the Environment Agency in the Buckingham area after a pollution incident in the summer of 2018, and is a great step forward for the recovery of the river. Other positive signs have been noted by residents and River Wardens in the last year, including video footage of otters emerging from the river.

Today’s restock took place near Hunter St Bridge and in Bourton Park within Buckingham.

To learn more about how you can be involved in caring for the river in Buckingham, read about the River Wardens scheme on our Buckingham Parks page. 

All new parks guides!

Now live! Buckingham’s new mobile friendly parks guides: with maps, play areas and nature haven spots as well as handy information about toilets, walking, cycling, parking and more!

Visit buckingham-tc.gov.uk/our-services/parks-and-green-spaces to explore and discover more.

The new parks guide has been developed as part of making Buckingham’s Town Council website more accessible and mobile phone friendly.

What else would you like to see covered in more detail on your Town Council site?


Welcome to the New Mayor – Councillor Mark Cole

On Friday 17th May Councillor Mark Cole became the new Mayor of Buckingham for 2019-2020. The event was attended by the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, representatives from Buckinghamshire County Council, Aylesbury Vale District Council, local Mayors as well as many residents of Buckingham.

The Annual Statutory Meeting started with 2017-2019 Mayor Jon Harvey presenting cheques from the Mayor’s Charity Funds to:

Buckingham Youth Club, Buckinghamshire Mind and BACAB

There was also a presentation to Mr. L. Weston who has been awarded the title of Friend of Buckingham in recognition of his sterling work organising a range of memorable events in Buckingham. The title of Friend of Buckingham was also awarded to Mrs. S. Handley in recognition of her years of voluntary service organising community lunches and as Chair of Project Street Life.

Also presented was the Buckingham Town Council Award for Excellence in Sport and the Arts to The Buckingham Pantomime in recognition of their successful 35-year history delivering community pantomime productions.

Councillor Mark Cole JP delivered a speech about his aims for the year and announced 2019-2020 Mayor’s Charities – YC2: Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers and Medical Detection Dogs.

There will be opportunities to donate to this year’s charities at Town Council events throughout the year.

Cllr. Cole’s first Message from the Mayor is available in the Summer 2019 edition of Buckingham Town Matters, delivered to your door in May/June.

Lace Hill Easter Event 7th April

Easter Bunnies to feature at an Eggstaordinary Easter Event at Lace Hill Centre!
Buckingham Town Council is hosting an Eggstraordinary Easter event this Sunday, 7th April 2019 from 2pm to 4.30pm at the Lace Hill Community Centre.
This community event is aimed at families with young children and is open to all Buckingham residents. Children will be able to enjoy Easter themed crafts – supported by Crafty Little Monsters, and an Easter themed hunt. Adults will be able to browse an array of craft, business and local information stalls. Refreshments will be served and available to purchase from Project Street Life.
Both adults and children will be entertained and will love getting up close to cute little animals on their visit to the pop up farm. There will be a pony, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks and of course Easter bunnies to stroke and admire.

A small £1 entrance fee per person will help pay for the event and used towards future events.
Councillor Terry Bloomfield, Chair of the Town Council’s Town Centre and Events Committee, said: “We love organising events and bringing the community together. It’s wonderful to see the same families coming back and enjoying the events and always great to welcome new faces at the Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre”.

Buckingham Town Council Seeking Sponsorship for Events

Throughout the year Buckingham Town Council arranges a number of exciting events such as the Fringe Week, River Rinses, Bonfire and Fireworks and the Christmas Light Switch-On.  These events are attended by and enjoyed by thousands of local people.
To make these events even better, The Buckingham Town Council are looking to work with local businesses who are looking to raise their local profile.
The new sponsorship pack has options to suit businesses of all sizes and sectors. The Council are also open to discussion and very keen to explore new ideas.
Alan Edmeades, Landlord of The Woolpack in Buckingham, said “Working with Buckingham Town Council is a pleasure. The team are very pro-active in promoting the town as a destination by organising events and activities for the community.  As a local business it is important to support these events.”
Councillor Terry Bloomfield, Chairman of the Town Centre and Events Committee said, “It would be great to hear from local businesses who want to find ways of supporting the local community”
To receive a copy of the sponsorship pack or to discuss our sponsorship opportunities contact the Deputy Town Clerk, Claire Molyneux, at deputytownclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or go to our events page.

Road Closure: Stowe Avenue from 13th March onwards

Transport for Buckinghamshire will be undertaking highway maintenance road treatment works to the carriageway of Stowe Avenue, Stowe from the A422 to just beyond the Bufflers Holt turn. This work is being undertaken to improve the condition of the road in order to prolong its life and involves resurfacing works to the carriageway.
The works here are scheduled to commence from the 13th March 2019 and it is anticipated they will take up to 9 shifts to complete. No work will be carried out over the weekends. Information signs will be erected on site prior to commencement of the works, giving the actual dates and durations. You will appreciate that works of this nature are extremely weather dependant and therefore may be subject to disruption due to inclement weather. If the works are delayed, the advance information signs on site will be updated to reflect any change in dates.
Work from just before the entrance to Stowe Gardens up to and including the Chackmore junction will be carried out overnight on Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th March 2019 under a road closure in operation between 7pm and 7am each night.
No work will be carried out over the weekend.
From Monday 18th March a shortened road closure will be in operation between the A422 to just before the Chackmore junction. This closure will be in operation between 7am and 7pm.

Buckingham's War Memorial: World War I

Buckingham Town Council would like to get in touch with any person who is related to the individuals who are named on Buckingham War Memorial, outside St Peter and St Paul’s Church, as having died during World War I.
Please complete the following form: World War 1 Contact Form
Pte Harry ADAMS
Died: 4/6/1918 age 34
Lived: Lenborough Road
Died: 1/9/1918 age 19
Lived: Mitre Street
Died: 13/3/1915 age 26
Lived: School Lane
Died: 18/9/1916 age 33
Lived: Church Street
Died: 27/5/1918 age 35
Lived: West Street
Pte William G BENNETT
Died: 8/8/1915 age 22
Lived: Gawcott
Pte Philip M BEX
Died: 3/5/1917 age 30
Lived: Bridge Street
Pte James R BOND
Died:19/7/1918 age 20
Lived: Well Street
Pte Thomas BROCK
Died: 24/11/1919 age 27
Lived: Foscott
Pte Alfred BULL
Died: 26/3/1918 age 35
Lived: Poundon
Lt Robert BULL
Died: 16/5/1915 age 20
Lived: West Street
Pte Arthur T BURROWS
Died: 19/7/1916 age 20
Lived: Mitre Street
Pte Albert BURROWS
Died: 18/7/1916 age 26
Lived: Mitre Street
Pte William JT BURROWS
Died: 21/1/1918 age 23
Lived: Mitre Street
Died: 5/5/1915 age 28
Lived: Lenborough Road
Pte Thomas W BUTLER
Died: 1/4/1918 age 22
Lived: Manor Street
Pte Percy BUNKER
Died: 1/10/1918 age 30
Lived: Moreton Road
Cpl Reginald CHURCH
Died: 20/10/1914 age 30
Lived: Bristle Hill
Pte Stanley CHURCH
Died: 1/11/1917 age 28
Lived: Gawcott Road
Died: 16/8/1917 age 27
Lived: West Street
Died: 27/7/1916 age 24
Lived: Stratford Road
Cpl Albert COOK
Died: 19/7/1916 age 20
Lived: Bone Hill
Pte William A COOK
Died: 25/4/1916 age 21
Lived: Bone Hill
Able Seaman Ernest CROOK
Died: 31/5/1918 age 21
Lived: St Rumbolds Lane
Pte Edward T DILLOW
Died: 14/10/1918 age 35
Lived: Tingewick
Pte Charles DUNKLEY
Died: 6/11/1917 age 19
Lived: North End Square
Died: 24/12/1916 age 25
Lived: North End Square
Died: 10/3/1917 age 23
Lived: High street
Sapper Frederick W ERBACH
Died: 7/11/1918 age 38
Lived: Old Gaol (Lodger)
Died: 24/8/1918 age 21
Lived: Radclive
Died: 30/9/1918 age 29
Lived: Tingewick
Died: 24/5/1917 age 32
Lived: Tingewick
Pte Percy GAUNT
Died 19/11/1916 age 19
Lived: Elm Street
Gunner William GRIFFIN
Died: 24/12/1916 age 22
Lived: Tingewick Road
Died: 8/4/17 age 34
Lived: Church Street
Pte Herbert Douglas HARTLAND
Died 16/9/18 age 21
Lived: Nelson Street
Pte Edward HEALEY
Died: 11/5/17 age 39
Lived: Gawcott
Died: 15/8/18 age 27
Lived: North End
Pte Fredrick HICKS
Died: 16/8/17 age 30
Lived: Lenborough
Sgt Edgar J HOLTON
Died: 17/10/18 age 21
Lived: Well Street
Lc Cp William J HUTT
Died: 27/4/15 age 25
Lived: North End Square
Pte George H JEFFERY
Died: 16/9/18 age 38
Lived: Nortons Place
Died: 31/10/14 age 39
Lived: Church Street
Died: 28/9/1915 age 20
Lived: Well Street
Pte Henry JONES
Died: 23/7/1918 age 21
Lived: St Rumbolds Lane
Sgt Thomas B JONES
Died: 2/9/18 age 32
Lived: Gawcott
Sgt George G JUDD
Died: 8/5/18 age 29
Lived: Gawcott
Died: 11/10/18 age 20
Lived: Stratford Road
Pte Alfred J MARSH
Died: 16/9/15 age 20
Lived: Elm Street
Died: 7/10/15 age 41
Lived: Well Street
Pte Albert T MEADS
Died: 21/9/17 age 19
Lived: Gawcott
L.Cpl Edmund MEADS
Died: 29/9/18 age 25
Lived: Gawcott
Pte William MEADS
Died: 17/11/18 age 27
Lived: Gawcott
Cpl Frederick G MOBBS
Died: 2/9/1918 age 31
Lived: North End Square
Died: 13/4/18 age 33
Lived: West Street
Pte Arthur H PAINTER
Died: 25/10/1918 age 19
Lived: Well Street
Died: 16/6/1917 age 24
Lived: Well Street
Died: 3/7/16 age 30
Lived: Manor Street
Died: 11/10/16 age 20
Lived: Bristle Hill
Died: 1/9/18 age 43
Lived: Chandos Road
Pte Reginald J H PURCELL
Died: 10/9/1917 age 19
Lived: Hunter Street
Sgt Maj Richard READ
Died: 23/7/1916 age 39
Lived: Nelson Street
Pte Fred READ
Died: 8/10/1916 age 31
Lived: High Street
Died: 19/6/1915 age 37
Lived: Chackmore
Pte Harry ROADS
Died: 11/6/1918 age 40
Lived: Bridge Street
Pte Percy SHEDD
Died: 10/8/17 age 31
Lived: Nelson Street
Pte Frank H SHEDD
Died: 27/8/17 age 25
Lived: Nelson Street
Died: 15/4/1917 age 35
Lived: Bridge Street
Pte George E SMITH
Died: 8/5/1918 age 21
Lived: Well Street
Gerald O SMITH
Died: 14/10/18 age 25
Cpl Morris J SMITH
Died: 14/6/1918 age 23
Lived: Gawcott
Pte Richard SOTON
Died: 26/10/1916 age 20
Lived: Fleece Yard
Pte Will SOTON
Died: 14/9/1914 age 22
Lived: Bath Lane
Died: 17/5/1915 age 24
Lived: Preston Bissett
Pte Harold E STOKES
Died: 30/7/1916 age 21
Lived: Gawcott Road
Died: 8.8/1918 age 22
Lived: Moreton Road
Died: 5/12/1917 age 28
Lived: Barton Hartshorn
Pte William A TAYLOR
Died: 19/7/1916 age 31
Lived: Chandos Road
Died: 19/7/1916 age 27
Lived: Twyford
Died: 27/9/1916 age 37
Lived: Biddlesdon
Sgt William G TOMPKINS
Died: 24/7/1917 age 22
Lived: High Street
Died: 2/5/1915 age 27
Lived: Lenborough Road
Pte Walter J TYRELL
Died: 4/10/1917 age 32
Lived: Lenborough Road
Pte Francis T WATTS
Died: 28/8/1918 age 34
Lived: Bridge Street
Cpl Herbert E WATTS
Died: 25/9/1915 age 20
Lived: Moreton Road
Pte Samuel WATTS
Died: 9/5/1917 age 18
Lived: Gawcott Road
Lc Cp Percy WATSON
Died: 16/8/1917 age 29
Lived: High Street
Pte Clarence H WESTLEY
Died: 22/10/1918 age 19
Lived: Station Terrace
Pte Charles WHITE
Died: 2/5/17 age 33
Lived: Gawcott
Pte George T WHITE
Died: 23/3/1918 age 29
Lived: Gawcott
Died: 25/6/1915 age 31
Lived: Syresham
Pte Reginald J WILLIAMS
Died: 19/7/1916 age 21
Lived: Well Street
Pte George A WINSOR
Died: 1/9/1918 age 22
Lived: Station Terrace
Died: 21/7/1916 age 19
Lived: West Street
Pte George WISE
Died: 25/9/1915 age 18
Lived: Barton Hartshorn