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Just like the sunshine the spring 2019 newsletter has arrived!
Buckingham Town Matters Spring newsletter 2019
Inside you’ll find future events, and all the details about local news that effects the town. We’re also taking the opportunity to launch our 2019 events survey! Follow the QR code or link below to take part by the end of March. Events Survey
Buckingham Christmas Parade is this Saturday!
Road Closures will be in place:
The Road Closure Order covers the following areas between 7am and 2pm on the 15th December 2018
- High Street (North) – between the junction with Moreton Road and Paynes Court (excluding Paynes Court itself)
- High Street (North) – Paynes Court to North End Square (excluding Paynes Court itself)
- This includes the bus stand
- High Street (South) – between the junction with Moreton Road and the junction with Stratford Road
- Market Hill (North) – between the junction with Moreton Road and the junction with West Street
- Market Hill (South) – between the junction with Moreton Road and the Bull Ring
- The lay-by at the Old Gaol taxi rank at night
- Bull Ring – in its entirety
- Market Square – all – between the Bull Ring and the junction with West Street/Bridge Street, including the lay-by outside the White Hart Hotel
- Bridge Street – all – from the junction with Market Square to the junction with Bourton Road
- London Road – both sides – between the junction with Bridge Street and the junction with Chandos Road
- Chandos Road – all – between the junction with London Road and the junction with Station Road
- Station Road – all – between the junction with Chandos Road and the junction with Hunter Street
- Addington Road – in its entirety
- Western Avenue – between Grenville Road and the junction with Brackley Road
Due to the Buckingham Christmas Parade buses will NOT serve the High Street, the ‘Market Hill’ stops on Moreton Road, the ‘Chandos Road’, ‘Upper School’ stops on London Road and Maids Moreton between these times. Routes will divert as follows:
Service 131 / 132: these routes will not be able to serve Western Avenue or Overn Avenue.
All 132 journeys will run via the Page Hill Estate
Service 60: will divert after serving Tesco via A421, A413, Bourton Road, Bourtonville and London Road in a one way loop. Please note route 60 will NOT serve Maids Moreton between the above times.
Service X60: after serving Tesco will divert up the London Road, then Bourtonville, Bourton Road, A413 and will resume its journey to Milton Keynes at Stratford Road and vice versa
Service X5: will serve the Tesco, London Road stop only.
Services diverted via Bourtonville will stop where safe, if hailed
Keep up to date on the Buckinghamshire County Council Service Disruption page at: www.buckscc.gov.uk/travelinfo
Organised by Buckingham Town Council this year’s Christmas light switch on was attended by more people than ever on Saturday. For the first time, a number of stalls set up for the day in the Cattle Pens, including a children’s ride.
The lights were switched on by the Town Mayor Cllr Jon Harvey. There were
performances by the Buckingham Children’s Choir and Buckingham Stage Coach Performing Arts. The Winslow Concert Band provided the music for the carols and there was a special appearance by Father Christmas as well as Pucky the MK LIghtning Ice Hockey Team mascot.
This year the Town Council entered a new 3 year contract for the festive motifs that are placed on the lighting columns in the town centre. The new multi-coloured lights proved popular with residents.
There were some difficulties with sound, with those further away from the stage struggling to hear everything that was going on. The Town Council’s Town Centre & Events Committee agreed on Monday evening (3rd December) to ensure that next year there will be additional speakers and a higher stage to ensure everyone is able to fully take part.
Over 1,100 people used the Buckingham Town pop-up synthetic skating rink which was operating in the town centre for nine days ending on Sunday. All money from ticket sales and sponsorship helped to fund the event, meaning the final cost to the Town Council was £676.
1,153 tickets were sold, with skaters using the rink between 3pm and 9pm.
The event team running the rink commented that Buckingham is the most friendly place they have worked in.
MK Lightning Ice Hockey Team supported the rink by sending Pucky the Polar Bear along with players to encourage skaters.
Committee Chairman, Cllr Terry Bloomfield said “The event was a great success; hundreds of families were drawn into the town centre where they used the shops and restaurants. They had lots of fun and made the town centre feel vibrant and Christmassy. At a final cost to the council of £676 the skating rink represented excellent value for money. We are always keen to receive feedback from residents, in this case it would be great to know whether there would be support for providing the ice rink next year, or if there are ideas for other events the Town Council could try in the future.”
A series of events have been arranged across Buckingham to commemorate the passing of 100 years since the end of the 1st World War.
Buckingham Town Council has spent the week putting up Remembrance flags across the town. The Lest We Forget: Army, Navy and Royal Air Force flags have been provided by The Woolpack and the Armistice flags have been provided by Lionel Weston with support from the Royal British Legion as part of the Armistice 100 event.
Mayor, Councillor Jon Harvey attended the launch of the Royal British Legions’ Poppy Appeal at the Old Gaol on the 23rd October alongside councillors and volunteers.
Already open is the Tapestry Exhibition, a series of tapestries symbolising each decade since 1918, organised by Lionel Weston and hosted by Buckingham Library. Each tapestry is the work of local artists, both young and old and hand made by local crafts people after over two years of planning and work.
The Old Gaol has held a series of exhibitions around the 1st World War, with the latest opening today and focusing on The British Army in Italy.
On Saturday the 10th November, Lionel Weston in support of the Royal British Legion has arranged for 10 young people will travel as Silent Soldiers through Buckingham, each one representing and displaying the story of a real person who once lived in Buckingham. At midday these soldiers will gather outside the Old Gaol as a tribute to the fallen. The Silent Soldier campaign is also marked by the black outline of a soldier currently fitter to the side of the Buckingham Town Council Chamber.
Sunday 11th November will begin with the Royal British Legion leading the Remembrance Parade. The parade leaves market square at 10.30am and continues towards the War Memorial at the Parish Church where Hon. Milly Soames will take the salute. A rolling road closure will take place for this event.
In the evening of the 11th November, from 5.15pm the Town Centre roads will again be closed from 4pm for the Armistice 100 Commemoration Concert. Charlie Ross (BBC’s Bargain Hunt) will compere a range of local artists and musicians including The Suffragettes, Winslow Concert Band, Miles Nottage and his Band, MK Pipe Band, Isabelle Morgan and children’s and adult choirs. This event is organised by the Lionel Weston with support from the British Legion and Buckingham Town Council.
At the close of the month the Radcliffe Centre will host a play about Walter Tull Walter was the first mixed race officer in WW1. Before joining the British army he was the first mixed race professional footballer, an extremely talented man who played for Tottenham Hotspur and then Northampton Town. The play has been written by a local resident and will be performed on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of November, sponsored by the Royal British Legion, University of Buckingham and the Arts Centre. Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Centre, Old Gaol, Buckingham.
An Easter event for the whole family to enjoy!
Saturday 24th March 2018 2pm – 4:30pm
£1 entrance per person and you can browse the stalls, tea & cake will be available to purchase with free crafts and games for the children. All proceeds go towards the running of the event and all future events held at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre.
All types of stalls welcome! Stalls are available from £6, please contact 01280 816 426 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This year we are trialling a new format and we hope you’ll be supportive of our approach. Buckingham Town Council will be hosting a virtual ATM meeting on the Town Council’s Facebook page, week beginning Monday 5th March 2018. Residents are to be invited, via a variety of media, to post questions or comment under discussion topics and Town Councillors and Officers are encouraged to respond, with full answers being provided at the Annual Town Meeting. The evening meeting of the 21st March will be run in an Open Space format; all that needs to be discussed, will be. Everyone is very welcome!
What is an Open Space Meeting?
This is a simple method for organising conference/meeting discussions where the following rules apply:
• Come up with an interesting topic and title for your discussion.
• Fill out a Post-It for your topic and place it the on the flip chart schedule/agenda.
• If you see topics that have something in common, consider combining them into a single time slot.
• Discussion groups are positioned and attendees invited to take part.
• Use the ‘Law of two feet.’ If you feel that you are not contributing or benefiting from a discussion, please feel free to move on to something else.
How can you take part?
The event is open to all Buckingham residents and we hope to encourage feedback from as many people as possible. You can take part in the Annual Town Meeting by:
• Filling out a comments card at Buckingham Library.
• Joining in the with the Buckingham Town Council’s Facebook conversation, week beginning Monday 5th March 2018.
• Write, email or phone Buckingham Town Council with your comments and questions.
All comments and questions will be summarised and discussed at the Annual Town Meeting on the 21st March 2018. A summary of the event will be published on our website, newsletter and Council minutes.
We are hoping that our revised format will encourage participation from a wider range of our community and we sincerely hope you are able to support our event.
Held in Buckingham Community Centre the Annual Food Fair allows local producers to show off their wares. Among the exhibitors that have taken part in the past are Open Air Foods, Party Bakes, Pastilla Pies (now called Monty Pieman), Sugar Chef and Silverstone Brewery.
10am – 3pm in Buckingham Community Centre
The pancake race is a long established event open to everyone and consists of 4 races for different age categories (5 and under, 6-11 year olds, 12-16 year olds and adults). The event is announced by the Town Crier and opened by the Mayor. It is held on the green outside Buckingham Parish Church at 11am.
Small prizes are given to all participants of the children’s races and a small trophy for the winners.
Buckingham Town Council provides the pancakes and there is one rule being all competitors must wear a headscarf and pinafore and bring their own small frying pan.