Blooming Great Community Bulb Plant

On Sunday morning volunteers from the Town Council, Buckingham Rotary Club, Buckingham Table and Tree Wardens helped plant 4500 bulbs across Bourton Park to improve the appearance of this park and help increase biodiversity in the area.

As part of the Climate Emergency Action Plan, the Town Council committed to allocating a section of land to be planted with wildflowers every year. We have seen great success with summer wildflower meadows in Bourton Park and recognised thatMale volunteer driving spade into the ground. By the side of him is a plastic bag containing snowdrop bulbs. early spring flowers are also vital for early insects and the birds that feed on them. Various wooded locations surrounding the footpaths, car park, picnic areas and play areas were planted with thousands of Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), Bluebells (Hyacinthoides Nonscripta), Wild Garlic (Allium ursinum), Wood Anenomes (Anemone nemoros) and Snake’s Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) and by next spring these will be in full bloom and really brighten up these sections of the Park.

Group shot of 5 volunteers in Bourton Park. Thank you to all our fantastic volunteers for enabling this positive event to take place, for adhering to social distancing guidelines and for being willing to get their hands (or gloves!) dirty.

Chair of Environment Committee, Councillor Ruth Newell said “I enjoyed taking part in the planting and look forward to seeing all the bulbs flowering in the spring and adding to the wild flowers of our lovely Bourton Park. I look forward to further planting events playing a part in progressing our Climate Emergency Action Plan”

Notes

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

Buckingham Town Council Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

Buckingham Town Council has established a Working Group to examine issues which have been brought to public attention by recent racist events, seeking to establish how these affect Buckingham and the steps that may be taken in order to improve the lives of residents. The Working Group has been asked to bring their first progress report to the Town Council’s meeting planned for November 23rd, and to present their final recommendations by the end of this April 2021 – before the end of this Council year, when new Councillors will be elected.

The Group has so far met once. The Group is seeking input and comments from interested groups and individuals, and also expressions of interest in anyone wanting to take part.

To provide input, or to find out more, please contact the Town Clerk, Paul Hodson, on townclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or via the Town Council’s office on 01280 816 426.

BandJam Cancelled

Organised by Bandjam and sponsored by Buckingham Town Council, this year’s Bandjam due to be held on Sunday 30th August in Buckingham’s town centre, has been cancelled due to Covid19 and the current government guidelines around holding outdoor events.

Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee said: ‘Sadly, this August bank holiday won’t be the same for Buckingham’s music loving community. When we first organised Band Jam over 15 years ago, I never envisaged we would have to cancel any event. We have always overcome every problem which has ever been presented in cooperation with all the different people involved within running the event.

Bandjam has been a wonderful occasion in the preceding years but sadly this year we’ve been defeated in our combined efforts & ambitions by COVID-19 and all the problems which this has presented.

It is most important that we start planning for the future and once we are in a position to put this community event back on safely in the future we will do so.’

Buckingham’s Online Dog Show is now Live!

Organised by Buckingham Town Council, this year’s annual dog show is not able to go head as usual due to government restrictions on running outdoor events, so we have adapted it to work from a distance!

Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee for Buckingham Town Council said:‘thanks to the hard work within the office and from Councillor Lisa O ‘Donoghue, we are pleased to announce that we will be organising an online dog show. I hope this will not be a substitute but a completely innovative and different way of doing an event so we can maintain and continue the dog show this year’.

To enter all you need to do is send us your photos by email: events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Tell us your name and your dog’s name, the class you’re entering and include a valid email address. Unfortunately, submissions via Facebook will not count.

You may enter as many classes as you want but it must be a different photo each time.

Classes are:

– Cutest Pup (6-12 months)

– Fabulous Fella

– Gorgeous Gal

– Best Rescue (a class for rescue dogs only)

– Dog Most Like its Owner (a photo of you and your dog/over 18’s only)

– Golden Oldie (7 years and above)

– Public’s Favourite

– Best in Show
(the winner of each class will go through to this class and be judged by Buckingham’s Mayor Cllr Geraldine Collins).

Closing date for all entries is by 12 noon Friday 4th September 2020. Then throughout the following week commencing 7th September we will share entries and announce the winners.

Buckingham Children’s Mural

As part of the Buckingham Fringe Week, Buckingham Town Council asked local children to get creative and help produce a mural showing what you can see when out for a walk in and around Buckingham.  Twenty-six local children between the ages of 4 and 12yrs submitted fantastic, colourful pictures of bugs, flowers, bees, birds and even a deer.

The 8ft x 4ft mural was unveiled by Buckingham’s Mayor, Cllr Geraldine Collins and is currently on display in the big window at the back of the Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre where it can be safely viewed from outside.  In the future, the mural will be displayed in various locations around the town to maximise the number of people who will get to see it.

Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Cllr Robin Stuchbury said:

“Having been fortunate enough to be involved with the Town Council’s events for a number of years, I have to say the young artistic expression and talent within the mural is truly worth viewing. It definitely deserves to have a place within the town for everybody to share in the success of the young individuals who took part in this Buckingham fringe event”.

The mural was produced by the Children’s Workshop who have worked with thousands of children to create murals and sculptures for schools, shopping centres, towns and libraries up and down the country.

 

 

 

 

BUCKINGHAM PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART COMPETITION

Calling all Photography Enthusiasts!

Buckingham Town Council present the Buckingham Photography & Art Competition 2020.

To promote Buckingham’s many fantastic features and views, Buckingham Tourist Information Centre are celebrating the town’s beauty and variety with a photography and art competition.

If you have some great photos or artwork showing the best of Buckingham, then why not enter?  The twelve winners will be made into a 2021 calendar which will be sold in the Tourist Information Centre located in The Old Gaol.  To improve your chances of winning remember to submit photos highlighting the different seasons and featuring a wide variety of locations.

Robin Stuchbury chairman of the Town Centre and Events Committee said “I’m looking forward to the calendar going on sale again within Buckingham Town Council’s Tourist Information Centre. Showcasing the talents of photographers and artists within Buckingham, I will certainly will be investing in one for myself and our household.”

To enter, head over to Facebook and tag us using @DiscoverBuckingham or email your image to tic@buckingham-tc.gov.uk.

Submission deadline: 31st August at 4pm. All entries will be collected and the winning twelve will be included in the 2021 calendar to be sold in the TIC. Photos must be of Buckingham; all photos may be used in Town Council promotion. All images must be of high quality to qualify. For full T&Cs please visit www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk/visiting-buckingham/tourist-information-centre/

For enquiries please contact Emma Churchill at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426, tic@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

 

Lace Hill Snake

An idea to give children on Lace Hill something creative and fun to do during lock down has resulted in a permanent exhibition of stone snakes which all the community will be able to view. Lace Hill resident, Zoe Buckle, came up with the idea. She said: “I’d seen on the internet painted stones, creating a family of stone snakes got children’s imagination going and gave them a sense of belonging.There is a daddy, mummy and baby snake and they have to choose which one to contribute to.”

Fellow Lace Hill residents, Jen Oakton and her 16-year-old son Tom, who missed doing GCSEs this summer we’re pleased to throw themselves, together with Karen Sayell, into the project and helped Zoe. They and resident Amy Chapman painted the snake head stones to get the project off the ground.

A message posted on the Lace Hill Facebook forum led to lots of adults and parents, whose children were bored during lock down, painting the stones. Residents taking their daily lock down exercise came to view the growing community artwork.

Cllrs Robin Stuchbury and Charlie Clare helped the residents work with the Town Council to find a way of making the artwork permanent. The snakes will be embedded in concrete outside the Community Centre gates. Landscaper Rhett Marshall, who lives in Lace Hill, has kindly offered to do the work for free.

Cllr Robin Stuchbury said: “I’m personally very pleased that we were able to allocate some funding to this project through gaining the support of the committee members and look forward to the council officers working in conjunction with the Lace Hill community to facilitate this valued project undertaken by the young residents of the estate”.

Cllr Charlie Clare added: “This was a really imaginative idea and the community in Lace Hill got behind it. As well as giving kids something to do during lock down those out for their daily walk loved seeing the artwork growing daily. It’s great to have such an attractive tribute to the community spirit of the people of Lace Hill.”

The snake display will be officially opened by Buckingham MP Greg Smith and the Mayor Councillor Geraldine Collins with local Councillors and Lace Hill residents when the work is done.

Anti-social behaviour in Buckingham Parks

With the summer finally here we are all getting outside more and enjoying the outdoors with the towns parks being used more than ever especially over the last few months. Our Greenspaces team have been working hard to keep them clean and well maintained. However, we have noticed a marked increase in problems. The main issues have been graffiti and broken glass being left in the parks and particularly in the play areas.  This is not only unsightly for other park users it can also be dangerous – in one case shards of glass were left on a children’s slide. On another occasion, a disposable barbecue was lit on a park picnic bench, burning a hole through it.

Picture of a burnt bench in BuckinghamThe Town Council has increased the number of times the bins are emptied and parks are litter picked, and introduced a parks check on Sundays, but we can’t be present all the time.

Buckingham Town Council would like to ask if anyone sees anyone acting in a clearly anti-social way in the parks to please report it immediately to the police by calling 101. We are hoping for many more sunny days where everyone can enjoy Buckingham’s unique parks, play areas and riverside walks. To help us, please help Thames Valley Police by immediately reporting any anti-social behaviour by calling 101. Take your litter home, be considerate of others, and don’t forget to refill your water bottles at the new water bottle refill station in Chandos Park.

Our Green Spaces Team are busy cutting grass and keeping our parks and green spaces looking their best – please keep a distance of 2 metres from them. If you have any queries, contact the Town Council office who will be happy to help.

 

Family Hunt Event

The Family Hunt event is part of play around the parishes and has been organised by Buckinghamshire Council and is supported by Buckingham Town Council. The Family Hunt will run from Monday 24th August to Monday 7th September and the theme is Animals. This is a Free Event.

The Family Hunt will take place in Bourton Park and there will be many clues for families to find. You will need to look around the park to find the summer related picture. Each character has a letter, write the letter down by their picture below to find out what the message is. Download the message finder sheet so you can work out the answers to the secret message.

 

Summer Message Finder – A4 answer sheet (1) (3