£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.

Fun Fact Friday: Lacehill Sports & Community Centre

Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre is located on the Lace Hill estate in Buckingham and is owned and operated by the Town Council. Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre aims to provide a well maintained, accessible community resource for the benefit of Buckingham residents, contributing to community growth, development, and the economic well-being of the local area.

Why is it called Lacehill?

Buckinghamshire Lace is a very fine pillow lace, and the making of it provided an income for local women until the First World War, especially here in Buckingham meaning that lace making is a big part of the Town’s industrial heritage.

As for the name for the estate: Lace Hill is just for ease of reference. However, Buckingham Town Councillors chose a mixture of names for the streets on Lace Hill – some tools, like Pillow, Bobbin, Linen, Silk, and some stitches, like Mayflower, Butterfly, Constance and Rosemary.

The Town Council is grateful for the expert help of Kay Bradley, Kay Meadows and Helene Hill in compiling the list of possible street names.

Within this facility, there is a Sports Hall and a Committee Room, that offer a range of activities from sports to exercise and private functions. There are also toilets, changing rooms and kitchens on site if ever a booking requires them. The Sports Hall and Committee Room is available to book for activities and classes such as Gymnastics, Badminton, Dance, Karate, Yoga, Judo, Football and more which are suitable for all ages and abilities. Outside, there are also two Sports England Pitches that are managed by great local team, Buckingham United Football Club.

For more information about the Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre or for bookings, please contact the coordinator and don’t forget to follow the centre on social media @LaceHillCentre to stay up to date with what’s on and event news.

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.

Fun Fact Friday: Shopmobility

Buckingham Shopmobility Service is a scheme that allows anyone with a mobility problem, whether temporary or permanent, to get out and about in Buckingham Town Centre. There are even allocated free parking spaces for Shopmobility users, next to the Shopmobility building.

There are electric mobility scooters and manual wheelchairs available. (Manual wheelchairs are available for a small fee). The wheelchairs can be folded for loading into a vehicle for home use, hospital appointments, visits to local events and places of interest. The service is sponsored by Buckingham Town Council and is free for anyone who wishes to shop or sight-see in Buckingham and the surrounding areas.

If you would like to use this service, find it on the far side of Cornwall’s Meadow Car Park, Buckingham, MK18 1RP. You can also reserve a mobility scooter or wheelchair, by contacting a member of the Shopmobility team on 07738 314 027 or email TIC@buckingham-tc.gov.uk. Currently, Shopmobility is only open on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and it is closed every other day including Bank Holidays. Hopefully the full service will be able to resume once restrictions are lifted.

Accessibility problems? AccessAble help to provide disabled access information to the area with access guides to 100 venues including shops, restaurants, hotels and parks. Follow the AccessAble link to go to the Buckingham AccessAble webpage.

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Music In The Market Postponed

Once again, Music in the Market will not be taking place this coming Bank Holiday Weekend due to Covid restrictions.

Organiser of the event Buckingham Acoustic Club’s John Howarth said  “Music In The Market has been an annual event for the past twenty years organised jointly by Buckingham Town Council and the Buckingham Acoustic Club. 

But save the day – this year is different.  With the participation of the Buckingham Rugby Club, Music NOT in the Market will take place later in the year at their ground in Maids Moreton on Saturday July 24th, from 2pm till 10pm.  There will be music, food stalls, traders, the bar, and lots of space to spread out. More details will be announced later”.

The event will return next year to its usual location in the town centre.

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

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.