Money for Buckingham app project from the National Lottery Heritage Fund

The Buckingham Community Heritage App Project

Buckingham Town Council has received a grant of £10,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a Community Heritage App based in Buckingham. This exciting project has been developed with input from children and residents in the town and will be a fun interactive way to explore Buckingham and learn more about the town’s history.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players the project will enable residents and visitors to learn more about common landmarks like the Old Gaol and Chantry Chapel; as well as the hidden history of Buckingham and the Royal Family, Doctor De’ath, leather boots for circus elephants and duck races. To unlock historic photographs and earn points users will have to race around the town, visiting real locations and spotting the evidence of Buckingham’s historic past.

Buckingham Town Council has developed this project via its Economic Development Working Group which aims to support and develop the long term economic health of the town through town planning and increasing public pride and knowledge of the town. The app will encourage users to walk or cycle around the town, improving knowledge of paths and promoting visiting the historic Town Centre, riverside parks and other heritage locations further afield.

Councillor Mike Smith, Chair of the Economic Development Working Group said "This is great news for Buckingham, and thanks to the National Lottery we shall be able to introduce a completely modern approach to displaying and steering local residents and our many visitors around our numerous heritage sites. We are very grateful for the support of the National Lottery in this project, and look forward to welcoming some of its many players once the App has been developed."

Thanks to this National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, Buckingham Town Council and the work of local developer Mark Vanstone, from TechnoVisual, young people at both The Buckingham School and the Royal Latin School will be able to take part in the creation of their very own app from market research, coding and testing to launch, a fantastic learning opportunity – all while engaging with their Buckingham heritage.

“It’s nice to be involved in a project as big as big as this, I’d like to have a future career in cyber security.” Faye, from the Royal Latin School

“I thought it was a good opportunity to try something new and stretch my boundaries, which I’ve been doing more at secondary school.” “Kids often use things that are fun, and if you use this app you aren’t just having fun you’re learning about history too. Kids are on their phones all the time and this way they’re doing something educational too.” William and Chloe-Isabell, from The Buckingham School

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

Students from The Buckingham School and the Royal Latin
Celebrating funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund
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9th November: new date for Buckingham Bonfire and Fireworks!

Bonfire and Fireworks poster 9th November 2019Buckingham Town Council was forced to make the difficult decision to cancel the Buckingham Bonfire and Fireworks event at 9am on Saturday morning. The decision was made due to the extremely boggy conditions at the Bourton Park paddock where the event is held; which experienced staff members judged as too wet for the vehicles moving into the field for the event, and potentially hazardous to those coming to watch the fireworks.

This assessment was made early on the Saturday morning and all parties notified as quickly as possible in order to avoid cancellation fees – this means that the funds used to pay for the event are still available and with some minor changes it has been possible to reschedule the Bonfire and Fireworks this Saturday 9th November.

We are delighted to confirm that Titanium Fireworks will be lighting up the sky with a colour popping display, the event starts from 6pm with music and tasty hot food and drinks, including donuts.

In line with our environmental policies Titanium have told us that they are committed to carbon offsetting, and have already offset 80 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Chair of the Town Centre & Events Committee Councillor Andy Mahi said: “We’re delighted to be able to reschedule the Bonfire and Fireworks as we know how popular it is with residents – we hope to see everyone there on Saturday 9th November at 6pm!”

All Hail the Bard of Buckingham!

Buckingham has crowned its first Bard!

The first Buckingham Bardic Trial was held in the Cote, at the rear of the Woolpack pub, on Tuesday 1st October.  The Town Crier welcomed a packed audience, and the event was then opened by the host, the Mayor Councillor Mark Cole JP.

Six competitors took part.  Each gave two performances, one related to the theme “Buckingham” and one of their choice.  There was a wide variety of styles and presentation, all of which drew applause!

Entrants had to be are over 18 and live within a day’s walk of the Old Gaol.

After the second round, the audience voted using ballot papers, which resulted in a tie.  This led to Buckingham’s first “Bard off”, where the two first placed Bards, Dean Jones and Cherry Coombe, each presented a third piece, followed by a second round of voting, with just two choices.  The winner was Dean Jones.  Dean is the University of Buckingham’s Partnerships and Outreach Manager.  Dean’s performances demonstrated a passion for Buckingham, causing laughter and applause on each occasion.

The runner up, Cherry Coombe, was hailed as the new Deputy Bard.

Following the announcement of his victory, Dean opened the sealed Bardic Scroll and signed the Bardic Oath, first coined in Stony Stratford:

“Words gather and now my bardic watch begins.  It shall not end for a year and a Bard of Buckingham Dean Jones with Deputy Bard Cherry Coombe and Mayor Cllr. Mark Coleday.  I shall herald the town, raise for bardic causes, and keep it family friendly…

I shall wear no crown, and win no glory.  I shall live and not languish at my post. 

I am the word in the silence.  I am the mouth of the masses.  I am the voice that celebrates the Buckingham.  I pledge my words and honour to this Bardic Year, for this night and all the nights come.”

Dean left the stage to chants of “All hail the Bard”.

The next step will be to form Buckingham’s Bardic Council.  The Council will support the new Bard through the year, perhaps even offering inspiration if their muse proves elusive.  The Council will consist of local poets, storytellers and supporters.  The Council will meet for the first time on Tuesday 8th October at the Buckingham Old Gaol from 19:00.  Anyone who would like to support the Bard or help develop the role would be very welcome.

Dean will now reign for a year and a day.  During the year, he will be invited to present original pieces at a range of events in the town, including the Christmas Light Switch on and Fringe Festival.

Dean said:

I’m both surprised and delighted to take on the role of First ‘Bard of Buckingham’. I would like to use this as an opportunity to bring the community together and give people in the town a voice. This should be an opportunity to celebrate everything that makes Buckingham special and have a bit of fun along the way. I’m looking forward to embracing the role in a collaborative way with the Deputy Bard Cherry Coombe as well as anyone in the town who has an interest in poetry, public speaking and spoken word who wants to get involved or take part along the way.’

Dean’s winning Buckingham themed poem: “Buckingham 10K”

‘This is my attempt at a Buckingham 10k (marathon of a) poem

Buckingham 10k

Once upon a time there was a child who liked to run
They’d run for hours and hours and hours and do it just for fun

They’d run to school each morning, they’d run through break and brunch
They’d run home to their parents’ house, they’d run to get their lunch

They’d run when they were happy, they’d run when they were sad
they’d even run on Christmas Day, it drove their parents mad

Their running got much better, they started winning races
Everybody cheered them on, they put smiles on people’s faces

They’d run the weekly 5k race called Buckingham parkrun’,
They’d run with lots of other folk, they’d do it just for fun

They even had a finish line and they’d take it everywhere
They’d run the annual ‘10k Race’ from here to somewhere over there

They’d run up old dark alley, past the Latin and secondary school
They’d run past cheering school mates who thought running fast was cool

They’d pass Hunter Street to Tingewick Road past the University
They’d run past Louis’ on Nelson Street, past the bull ring lined with trees

They’d run along the cycle path, past the printers BCQ, They’d run to Lace Hill Playing fields, if you haven’t been their do!

They’d run to Binns and the Mitre Pub, they’d run to the X5 bus
They won the London marathon but didn’t want much fuss

They’d run through Cornwall’s Meadow, past Black Pepper and Waitrose
They’d run past all the High Street shops where everybody goes

They’d run to Buckingham Library and the Beautiful Old Gaol
They’d run past 5 Barbers, 8 coffee shops,
a tattoo parlour,
a yoga centre,
a fitness studio,
the post office,
M&Co,
W H Smiths,
Leaders hardware,
Antique shic
Barclays Bank
Dominos,
Prego
Prezzo
The dry cleaners
The offie
Oxfam
Scope
The Kings Head for a gin
and the White Hart for an ale
…oh and the Woolpack!

They’d run to the concrete skate park, past the Town Hall and Three cups
They’d run up to Tesco’s Roundabout the one developers messed up

They’d run all along Badgers Way, along the beautiful canal
They’d sometimes feel quite lonely so found company with pals

Their running days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months
The years raced on and still they ran and they always came up trumps

They ran to save a life one day, they ran the railway walk
They ran on along Stowe Avenue where people go to talk

They ran into the local church, to start their married life
They ran to the maternity ward in Milton Keynes (university) hospital to speak to a midwife

They’d run around Bourton Park and up and down Page Hill
They couldn’t stop the running all that running made them Ill

They ran into Swan Surgery to hear what Doctor might prescribe
And when the nurse in there took their pulse she couldn’t quite describe…

‘The condition that you have’ said Doc, ‘is something very rare’
‘You have a virus called runningitus so I’m prescribing you a chair’

They’d run to the moon and back you know, they’d do anything now to stop
And one day they did you know, when they’d finally reached the top

They ran to the Buckingham Civic Day to collect their running medal
They met the mayor with silver hair, they were awarded a bike to pedal

The Advertiser ran a story, it made Buckingham What Matters
The conversation was positive, leaving Brexit spats in tatters

They had all the fame and glory, they’d seen everything they could
They’d looked back on their running days knowing their yesterdays were good

One day they ran right out of breath, they couldn’t run much more
They could barely get up and out of bed, their joints were old and sore

They reached a point where age had won, their hair had thinned and greyed
They ran out of time in this life, their time had run away

We ran to Buckingham cemetery to say our last farewells
The tears ran down a thousand cheeks

And to the ground they fell.

Now they run somewhere else, wherever somewhere is
If anyone talks about them, they speak through running tears

Once upon a time there was
a child who liked to run

They’d run for hours and hours and hours and do it just for fun’

Audio version of the Summer 2019 newsletter.

The audio version of the summer 2019 Buckingham Town Matters newsletter is now online. If you would like any more information about anything you have heard or read about in the newsletter, please get in touch with the Town Council Office.

To find a PDF version of this newsletter, and previous editions of the Buckingham Town Matters newsletters since 2010, visit our publications page.

Spring 2019 newsletter

 
Spring newsletter cover picturesJust like the sunshine the spring 2019 newsletter has arrived!
Buckingham Town Matters Spring newsletter 2019
Inside you’ll find future events, andqr code for the 2019 events survey 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
 

Christmas Parade road closures and bus diversions

 
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 Christmas Parade Sat 15th December 10.45am startwith 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

Bus diversions:

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

Town Council Celebrates Christmas Light Switch On.

 
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 Christmas Tree
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.
 

Buckingham Town Ice Rink Declared a Success

 
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.”

Buckingham Marks One Hundred Years of Armistice

 
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.

Easter Crafternoon Tea Fair – 24/03/18

 
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: lacehillcentre@buckingham-tc.gov.uk