Play Around The Parishes

Play Around the Parishes is organised by Buckinghamshire Council and is a free event.

It is aimed at children aged 1-10 with the intention for them to have the opportunity to explore lots of arts and crafts and fun activities.

Hope for some summer sun and enjoy days full of family, friends and fun during the weekdays between 22nd July to 27th August 2021.

For more information about dates and locations, visit Buckinghamshire Councils website or call them on 01296 585 298.

 

 

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.

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Young People Category

Weeds or Wildflowers? Buckingham Art Contest

Buckingham wildflower art contest: enter by sending your wildflower art by email to office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or by sending it to the Buckingham Town Council Office, Verney Close, Buckingham, MK18 1JP (paper entries only) by the end of the day Wednesday 12th May 2021.

To celebrate the growing biodiversity of Buckingham, flower information boards are being put up around the toddler play area in Bourton Park. Each board has been designed to put a name to flowers you might see on your daily walks, and created with local artist Fiona Hancock, illustrating stories about the history of each flower.

five kinds of wildflowers that can be spotted in BuckinghamCreating wildflower spaces has been an important part of improving the biodiversity of Buckingham. The more different species of wildflowers there are in an area, the more different species of insects, animals and birds, from bees to butterflies to field mice and swallows are provided with appropriate food sources and habitats to flourish in more urban environments.

Beyond ideas of eco-recovery, flowers are joyful. After a tough year, the first hints of spring blossoms have brought delight. Buckingham Town Council wants to capture and celebrate that joy with an art contest. All types of creativity would be welcome, from painting, collage and photography to anything else you can think of, as long as your art represents native wildflowers.

The competition deadline is Wednesday 12th May, and entries should be sent to the Wildflower art contest posterBuckingham Town Council office. The winner (or winners) will have their art printed on the cover of the summer edition of Buckingham Town Matters, Buckingham Town Council’s newsletter, which is delivered to over 6,000 homes locally.

Please be aware that if you choose to deliver your original artwork to the office as a physical copy (instead of sending us a copy by email) we will not be able to return it and it may be destroyed when the contest is finished. If you have any questions about this, please call the office on 01280 816 426 and we will be happy to discuss entry options.

Contest poster PDF

It’s Blooming Spring!

This Saturday 20th March 2021 is the Spring Equinox. The Spring Equinox marks the beginning of spring and from this day forward the day is longer than the night which means extra daylight. After the cold and gloomy winter, springs warmer weather puts a smile on everyone’s face. There are many reasons to enjoy spring including, brighter days, colourful flowers, green trees, birds return, bees and butterflies reappear, the list could go on and on!

Spring is the perfect season because it’s not too cold and not too hot to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. With this in mind, we have put together a Spring Spotter Sheet for young children to enjoy while on their walks. Buckingham has some lovely walks, for more information, visit our Walks and Maps page. Here you can download pdf copies of local walks and maps to help you explore beautiful Buckingham. Don’t forget to check out Buckingham’s Community Heritage app Buxplore. Remote access has currently been enabled so if you are still self isolating you can still enjoy a visual tour around the streets and parks of Buckingham, completing activities, questions, and mysteries from home.

We would love to see some photos of you out and about completing the Spring Spotter Sheet. Please send your photos to us via private message on Facebook, or tag us on your post using #SpringSpotter @BuckinghamTC and don’t forget to tell us what you thought to be entered into a prize draw to win a reusable water bottle. We will do our best to share as many of your photos as possible. Happy hunting!

Buckingham Otter Trail

The Buckingham Otter Trail will be a free, fun, family-friendly, art sculpture event with ten individually painted 3ft tall Otters, located throughout the town centre and surrounding green spaces this summer. A trail map will be available to download or pick up in person from the Tourist Information Centre throughout the live trail. Why Otters? We choose Otters because of the popularity of the wooden sculptures and reappearance of the mammals following the pollution incident in the River Great Ouse, the Otters have become the unofficial mascot of Buckingham’s riverside parks.

The town council is organising this event to encourage residents to shop local while otter spotting and exploring our lovely town. We also hope it will deliver footfall and bring in visitors from all over the county to help our businesses recover. It's also a great opportunity to create something new and exciting for Buckingham Fringe Week, even with social distancing restrictions in place. We believe public art adds enormous value to the cultural wellbeing of a community and it's enjoyed by people of all ages. It will be a very exciting event for everyone to look forward to.

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Most of the otters are now with the artists being transformed into beautiful pieces of art. New information and updates will be announced regularly on our Facebook event page so don't forget to hit the like button to keep up to date!

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 Heritage & SonsSponsor Logo are proud to serve the wider community in Buckinghamshire and to support the fantastic Buckingham Otter Trail.

We are part of CPJ Field, a leading family-run funeral service provider which operates funeral homes across South East England. At CPJ Field we understand that no two lives are the same, which is why every funeral we arrange is completely individual too. Whether you’re making the arrangements for a loved one or prudently planning your own, we’re here for you in every way.

Over the past three centuries, CPJ Field has been actively owned and managed by the Field family through ten generations. It is our solemn promise to help you to make your funeral experience as personal and individual as possible.

Sponsor LogoBuckingham Canal Society are proud to be supporting the Buckingham Otter trail. Our aim is to fully restore the 10 miles of the Buckingham Arm of the Grand Union Canal, from Cosgrove right through to Buckingham. At Bourton Meadow, where our otter is located, you can see a restored 1/4 mile stretch of the canal, which is a haven for many species of wildlife and flora, including kingfishers, reed warblers, herons, various butterflies, dragonflies and fish species, water voles, and even grass snakes, which love a swim on a warm day!

We welcome new members and volunteers to join us; membership starts from just £4 per year - and our volunteers need no skills other than a desire to get involved, whether weekly or infrequently. We hold regular work parties at Bourton Meadow, Hyde Lane (2 miles from Buckingham) and Cosgrove, during the week and on weekends, or you can volunteer to help with admin, finance, marketing, grant applications - and much more.

We would like to give a special thank you to our amazing Otter Artist, Zoe Day, who is from Buckingham.

 

 

Gawcott Solar CICSponsor Logo is a not for profit enterprise which owns a community solar array at Gawcott Fields Farm between Gawcott and Buckingham. The 4.17 megawatt solar array is made up of over 16,000 solar panels and is expected to generate over 4 million kWh of renewable electricity each year. That’s equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of around 1,000 homes. Surplus income generated by the solar array (after operating and financing costs) is used so support community projects in the local area.

MyFutureSelf Matters is a mentoring service who support young people in Buckinghamshire with their mental health, lifestyle and wellbeing.

We offer 1:1 support in person or online, the age range MyFutureSelf Matters work with is from 10 to 24 years old.

MyFutureSelf Matters aims to equip young people with tools and strategies to increase their emotional health, resilience and improve their overall wellbeing.

Howes the Florist has been on Nelson Street in Buckingham for over 70 years, offering flowers for all of life's big occasions and here to celebrate the small joys too. Our hand delivery floral gifts are created by our wonderful team and available 6 days a week, delivered locally.

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The otter trail is a wonderful idea and having grown up in this beautiful market town we wanted to be part of raising the profile of our amazing local community. We are fortunate to be among the families benefitting for YC2 (Young Careers Buckingham), Our three children have attended village schools, as have my parents, Grandparents, Aunts and siblings. The pandemic has shown what an amazing community spirit we have in Buckingham and we are so proud to be part of this wonderful town.

Barratt David Wilson Homes is part of Barratt Developments plc - the country’s leading house-builder. Barratt is committed to building quality homes and this year received more NHBC Pride in the Job Quality awards than any other house-builder for the 16th year in a row and was awarded 5 stars by the HBF for customer satisfaction for the eleventh year in a row.

As a house-builder that is committed to supporting the communities in which it builds, Barratt David Wilson Homes, who are currently building at selection of 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes at its St Rumbold’s Fields development in Buckingham, is proud to sponsor the Buckingham Otter Trail this year. It’s a great opportunity for residents and visitors to get behind local businesses and engage with a fantastic community event, as well as adding some fun public art to the local area.

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Cancellation of autumn and Christmas events

Buckingham Charter Fair

Buckingham Charter Fairs have been cancelled for 2020. Nichols Amusements have decided not to hold the Buckingham fair in 2020 in light of advice received from the Aylesbury Vale Safety Advisory Group and the Town Council. The Head Showman, Marshall Nichols will bring in one small stall on Saturday 17th and Saturday 24thOctober, when the fair would have been held. This will mean that the town is able to retain the royal charters for the two fairs.

The risks of being a focal point for transmission of Covid 19 are too high for the event to be safe, and it would be “very difficult if not impossible” for this event to go ahead while complying with the health protection regulations. The SAG has written to the Council to say that it the view of the SAG that it would be “very difficult if not impossible for (the fair) to go ahead while complying with the health protection regulations as set out.”

Councillor Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town and Centre Committee said that, “the committee had some very important decisions to make about future events in the light of concerns about whether they could be held safely. We are grateful to Mr Marshall Nichols for the care he has demonstrated for the people of Buckingham. The decision not to bring in the fair this year demonstrates both his respect for the town of Buckingham and the well-being of the families who visit the charter fair each year.”

Bonfire & Fireworks Display

The Town Centre & Events committee met Thursday evening and made the decision that this year’s Bonfire & Firework Display should be cancelled for 2020.

The event which is held in Bourton Park and organised by Buckingham Town Council draws a large crowd each year and as with other events it would be impossible to comply with the health protection regulations.

Christmas Light Switch On

The annual Christmas Light Switch On which is organised by Buckingham Town Council is to be cancelled for 2020.

The area outside the Old Gaol where the event takes place and the number of people that participate as well as number of attendees, would be a focal point for transmission of Covid 19. It would be very difficult to comply with the health protection regulations as set out.

The Town Centre & Events Committee will be considering activities that residents can participate in safely from home in the next few weeks.

Remembrance Day Parade and Christmas Parade

Buckingham Town Council provides the road closures for the Remembrance Day Parade and the Christmas Parade.  The Town Council will also regrettably not be able to provide these for 2020.

The Royal British Legion organise the wreath laying and service at the war memorial and details regarding this will be announced by them at a future date.

The Christmas Parade Committee has already decided to cancel this year’s Christmas Parade due to Covid 19.

Enquiries

Please contact the Events Coordinator, Amanda Brubaker via email at events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk.

Buckingham Online Fringe Sneek Peek

Fringe Week 11th – 19th July

As we are unable to hold our usual Fringe Week, it was decided that we would do an online version of the event.  You will be able to take part in stargazing from your back garden, online Quiz Night, children’s colouring competition and more.

 

1st – 20th July  Children’s Colouring Competition.

Organised by Gilroy Steel Solicitors.  Open to all children under the age of 10 yrs.  Download your colouring sheet from https://www.gilroysteel.comBFW2020.  First prize £20.

 

11th – 19th July Stargazing From Your Back Garden

What does the July sky have to offer this month?  Buckingham Town Council together with UK Astronomy encourage you to look up at the sky and see what you can see with the naked eye, binoculars or telescope.  Follow the Town Council Facebook page for a guide on what can be seen.  On Saturday 11th July, you will be able to watch a presentation and chat via Zoom at 7pm with Ross Hockman from UK Astronomy. This will be streamed live on The Buckingham Town Council’s YouTube channel. If you would like to attend, please contact the Events Co-ordinator via email on events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk for the meeting’s details. Interested in Astronomy? Then check out the UK Astronomy’s Facebook page www.ukastronomy.org.

 

 

Wednesday 15th July Isolation Examination Fringe week Special Quiz Night 8pm

Hosted by Mikey Dyson.  Log on to https://www.facebook.comisolationexamination/ at 8pm to join in.

 

11th -19th July Children’s Mural Design Challenge

Open to all children, help to create a mural with your artwork. Draw a picture of a bug, bird, butterfly, insect or creature that you might see on a wildlife walk in or around Buckingham or draw yourself going for a walk. Your drawing should be on A4 paper and cover the whole sheet. Outline your drawing in a dark colour, preferably using a dark pencil or marker pen so that it stands out.

The drawings should be e-mailed to events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk by noon on Monday 20th July.  50 designs will be chosen and The Children’s Workshop will put them together as a permanent mural which will be displayed in Buckingham.

Saturday 18th July Buckingham Fringe Rock Hunt

Painted rocks will be hidden around town for anyone to find. There are prizes to be won, one rock per family. Find a rock? You lucky thing! Keep hold of it, take a photo and send it to use via our social media pages or email our Events Co-ordinator on events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk. Tag us using #BuckinghamFringeRocks from 12pm onwards.

 

Oxford Fiddle Group

Fringe Week regulars the Oxford Fiddle Group will be doing an online concert.

The ever popular Oxford Fiddle Group are returning to Buckingham again for the Buckingham’s Online  Fringe Week. They perform songs and tunes mainly from England and Scotland, but also from Ireland and the USA. Some players also play other instruments besides the fiddle, so a typical line up for one of their performances could include a celtic harp, double bass, guitar, mandolin and concertina.

This weekend watch an online performance by them via the Buckingham Town Council You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kmk3j3_VmKY

New Mayor elected online

Buckingham Town Council carried out its first online Mayoral election and robing ceremony on Monday 11th May 2020.  Councillor Geraldine Collins was elected unanimously as the new Town Mayor, and formally robed by her husband Councillor Paddy Collins in their home during an online meeting which was watched over YouTube by residents and friends in Buckingham and overseas.  Paddy Collins will be the Mayor’s consort for the year.

Declaration signing 2020Councillor Collins is the first Mayor of Buckingham to have been elected and robed online.

During the meeting Councillor Howard Mordue – the longest serving Town Councillor – explained the history behind the Mayor’s chain, and the other regalia.

A video of the ceremony can be viewed from the Council’s YouTube channel.

Geraldine is keen to support local groups during these difficult times, and would welcome invitations to take part in events even if they are happening online!

Councillor Collins said:

At this time of year, we usually have a variety of events in our town to look forward to Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Geraldine Collinsand at these I would normally be able to meet many of you and your families. Sadly, many of these events have had to be cancelled. At these events we pass around our buckets to raise funds for the Mayor’s charities, I hope we can find some alternative ways to support our local groups and charities until such time as we can all get together again, which I look forward to very much.

I spent many years during my nursing career in children’s nursing and during this time became aware of the emotional difficulties many children and young people face alongside the physical illness. In the adult side I saw the same difficulties and saw the challenges faced in supporting and helping all concerned. This is why the charities I have chosen to raise funds for this year are:

  • Clearly Speaking who are a great support to children, young people and their families, dealing with a variety of emotional needs; i.e. autistic spectrum disorders, learning difficulties anxiety disorders, depression, communication and mental health and the
  • Kit Cat Club who also support children and their families through very difficult times.” Many of these problems have been exacerbated during this present crisis.

 

For more information about the Mayor and her chosen charities, visit the Mayor of Buckingham page.

VE Day Friday 8th May 2020

VE stands for Victory in Europe, and VE Day celebrates 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War II.

Some of the Country's original VE Day celebrations are now sadly unable to take place. But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate from home! There are lots of ideas for different ways residents can join in.

 

Buckingham Events

Our Town Crier has risen to the challenge and will be making a special Cry for Peace.

The current schedule is as follows:

11:00 am: Join in the nationwide two minutes silence on your doorstep

2:55 pm: Bugler will play Last Post and Reveille

3:00 pm: Nation's Toast to Heroes of WW2

3:00 pm: Piper playing Battles O'er and VE Day 75

6.55 pm: Town Crier's Cry for Peace

Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WW2

VE Day celebration organisers are encouraging everyone to undertake the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May, from the safety of your own home, stand up and raise a glass of refreshment and undertake the following ‘Toast’: “To those who gave so much, we thank you."

This toast is an opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.

Great British Bunting

BBC Radio stations have banded together with a great craft idea. Raid the house for supplies and make some Great British Bunting! A great way to show your pride and honour the men and women of WW2 over this special long weekend.

"You can decorate your bunting with pictures of whatever inspires you, whether it’s those who fought on the frontline or worked hard on the Homefront, or whether it’s a celebration of enduring peace or your own personal hero."