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. More details to follow shortly.

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."

Easter Egg Hunt for Everyone!

If you’re in isolation you can still join in our Easter Egg Hunt! Simply print out and Image of our Happy Easter colouring activitydecorate as many eggs as you like, fancy colours and designs encouraged and display them in your windows or around your area for egg hunters to spot!

Print your Buckingham Egg PDF

The weather is lovely, If you can, get out and have some much needed fresh air and fun around Buckingham. See how many colourful eggs you can spot on your walk. We would love to see how many you find and which you thought were eggstra special!

Good luck and stay safe. We’re looking forward to seeing your designs!

 

Comedy Night: Angela Barnes tickets now on sale!

Looking for a fantastic experience to gift this Christmas? Book tickets now for the 1st February 2020 Comedy Night!

Fantastic comedian Angela Barnes will be back in Buckingham for a headline gig on the 1st February 2020, Charlie Baker will MC and a mystery third support act is yet to be announced.

Angela Barnes Comedy night graphicAngela is a regular guest on panel shows Mock the Week and Russell Howard’s Good News, and gave a hilarious performance on Live at the Apollo. Radio 4 listeners will recognise Angela from The News Quiz.

She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic.” The Guardian

Tickets are for over 18s only and a paid bar will be available on site at the Royal Latin School. Doors open 7.30pm with the show starting at 8pm.

Book your tickets today!

New Christmas Lights for Buckingham Town Centre

Christmas Lights above M&Co on Buckingham Market Hill Despite freezing cold temperatures Saturday evening, a large crowd turned out to see the Buckingham Christmas Lights turned on by Town Mayor Cllr Mark Cole on Saturday evening (Saturday 30th November).

The Christmas Lights are provided by Buckingham Town Council.  This year the Council has invested in all new icicle lights for the town centre.  The town is looking crisper and more festive than ever this year!  The Christmas tree is provided as always by Aylesbury Vale District Council.

Mayor Mark Cole JP and Mrs Cole with the town centre Christmas treeThe presentation of the Buckingham Trader of the Year took place before the festivities got under way.  Awards went to Pasha and Courtyard at No.6 who this year were joint winners.  The Market Trader Of The Year award went to Nigel Price who has had a stall on Buckingham market for more than 30 years.

There were performances by the Children’s Performing Arts School, Buckingham Stagecoach, who provided a lovely solo of Away In A Manager from the upstairs window of the Old Gaol. Other performances were by The Buckingham Children’s Choir, Buckingham Rock Choir, Great Horwood Silver Band.  Dean Jones the Bard of Buckingham sang a song he had written for the occasion.  The chorus, “Switch the Lights On!” was sung with particular feeling by the crowd.  The Rev Will Pearson-Gee gave a short talk on the meaning of Christmas.  The lights were then switched on by Town Mayor Cllr Mark Cole.  There was also a special appearance by Father Christmas.

Old Gaol and the town centre Christmas Tree 2019

An events feedback form has been made available on the Town Council website, which can be used for all Town Council Events from now onwards.  All comments will be taken on board; the Council is always looking for ways to improve the events held in the town.

Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee Cllr Andy Mahi said, “it is fantastic to see the town so well lit this year.  A massive thank you to everyone who made the event happen, all the children and adults who took part, and the hard work and dedication shown by Buckingham Town Council staff in the lead up to the event.

Downloadable Carol Sheet: Christmas Light Switch On 2019

Christmas Tree outside the Old GaolWe’re getting ready for the Christmas Light Switch On this Saturday! A packed event with performances from Children’s Choirs, The Bard of Buckingham and the presentation of the Trader of the Year Award from the Buckingham Society.

This year we’ve got a downloadable PDF of the carol service so that everyone can sing along!

There’s also a market in the cattlepens with crafts, hot chesnuts, street food and a children’s ride. Come and celebrate the start of the festive season with us on saturday.

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
National Lottery Heritage Fund logo

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’