Buckingham Fringe Week to celebrate local artists, culture and outdoor summer fun

A fantastic lineup of arts and culture events will come to Buckingham as part of this years Fringe Week from 16th to 23rd July.

Saturday 16th July:

Market Entertainment

St Mary & St Giles band perform classical music at the ancient Cattle Pens flea market area, while stilt walkers will be entertaining visitors in Market Hill outside the Old Gaol.

Inspiration Art Trail Map launch

Take a tour of Buckingham from artist Cathy Read’s perspective. See the inspiration behind the art by following the map around Buckingham and the surrounding area. Plus: chance to win a Cathy Read print.

Skatepark Contest & Event

King Ramps are bringing profession skateboarders and a BMX display to Buckingham Skate Park. Come along with your own board or bike and get tips from the professionals through a workshop and open practice session, and rounded off with a community contest – free to enter, maximum bragging rights for the winner.

Sunday 17th July:

Family Fun Day

An afternoon of family fun at Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre, including bouncy castle, food, stalls and more.

Tuesday 19th July:

The Oxford Fiddle Group

Returning to the Radcliffe Centre, the Oxford Fiddle Group perform songs from England, Scotland, Ireland and the USA. Tickets £6 each and available from the Tourist Information Centre in the Old Gaol.

Wednesday 19th July

Fringe Week Quiz

Join Mikey at The Woolpack for an extra special Fringe week quiz – don’t forget to brush up on your local knowledge for this years special round!

Thursday 21st July

Art in the Market

Pop along to Art in the Market to witness professional and amateur artists creating art, learn about their work and have a go at creating your own masterpiece. Meanwhile, Buckingham’s first Giant Art Attack will take place outside the Old Gaol.

Saturday 23rd July:

Market Entertainment

Local resident and member of Buckingham Acoustic Club, Udo Dolz, will be playing acoustic fingerstyle and classical guitar at the Flea market, while Simon Says Magic will be putting on a fantastic show for children outside the Old Gaol.

The BFG

Family friendly music event The BFG joins the Fringe this year, from Moretonville FC in Gawcott. The BFG featuring Alvin as Elvis and 2Tone featuring Dave Mason and Ryan Chandler, licensed bar, food, bouncy castles, craft stalls and lots more.

Chair of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury said “this year marks more than 10 years of the Fringe, when we started it many years ago, it was to keep the continuity of council and community events working together. Offer the opportunity for everyone to partake, across a wide spectrum of ages. The committee and officers do a grand job of putting this together. I hope that everyone who takes part this year enjoy it and gets something from the week.”

Interested in hosting your own Fringe Week event? Get in touch with events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk and we’d be delighted to include your event on our website and Fringe promotions.

Be involved for the bees: Buckingham In Bloom Competition is now open!

Be involved for the bees: Buckingham In Bloom Competition is now open!

Buckingham Town Council is now accepting entries for this year’s Buckingham In Bloom competition.

Open to all residents of Buckingham, this fun and free to enter competition has three categories front garden, hanging baskets/containers and new this year Wildlife Garden.

To enter, please download complete and return the form below to events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk 

The gardens and baskets/containers must be visible from the kerbside. Judging will take place mid July. The Judges will be looking for colour, variety of plants, overall design, whether it attracts insects and other wildlife, garden maintenance and planting schemes which achieve sustainability.

Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Robin Stuchbury said: “be involved for the bees! Improve your garden and gain an opportunity to win this year’s Buckingham in Bloom contest. Every entry contributes to a greener more pleasant environment for not only yourselves but the whole community.”

Entry forms can be downloaded from the Town Council website or picked up from the Tourist Information Centre and the Buckingham Library Closing date is Friday 1st July.

Queen’s Jubilee Picnic on the Pitch Celebrations

Buckingham Town Council hosted ‘Picnic on the Pitch’ as part of the town wide Queen’s Jubilee celebrations on Saturday the 4th of June at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre. Despite the wind and rain the show went ahead and many residents from across Buckingham braved the great British bank holiday weather. Children were excited to be greeted by Spider-Man and Elsa mascots and had fun making badges and having their faces painted. The atmosphere was great and as soon as the rain stopped and the sun came out, more families arrived to show their support and enjoyed the live music and the delights on offer including lots of cake.

Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre, and Events Committee said “I would like to thank all the volunteer officers and people who attended Picnic on the Pitch which gave an opportunity for the community to meet on this auspicious occasion. It was positive to see so many people engaging in conversation within a shared experience on the day and hope those who attended enjoyed themselves at this community event”

Live Q&A for Ukrainians and host families with local providers

Are you a Ukrainian Refugee or host family? 

We will be hosting a live question and answer session with local providers to answer questions you may have about access to health, benefits and work. 

Representatives from Buckinghamshire Council, The Swan Practice (local healthcare) and Citizens Advice Bucks will take part in our questions and answer panel on Tuesday 21st June 12:30 - 15:30. Translation will be provided by our kind volunteers.

The meeting will take place at Room F06, Franciscan Building, Verney Park, University of Buckingham, MK18 1AD. The entrance and parking is behind the building. Please follow the signs to "Ukrainian Q&A".

If you can't attend the meeting but would still like to ask a question, please email communications@buckingham-tc.gov.uk 

БЕЗКОШТОВНА ПОДІЯ: для українських гостей та їх хостів, отримайте відповіді на свої запитання стосовно пільг, здоров‘я та роботи - переклад забезпечено!
21 червня, вівторок, 12:30 - 15:30
Room F06, Franciscan Building, Verney Park, University of Buckingham, MK18 1AD.
Вхід і парковка знаходяться за будівлею. Будь ласка, слідкуйте за вказівниками «Сессія: питання та відповіді для Українців»
Якщо у вас виникли запитання, будь ласка, напишіть на електронну адресу: communications@buckingham-tc.gov.uk 

Right Royal Picnic comes to Lace Hill

As part of the Council’s four-day event programme to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Buckingham Town Council are hosting Picnic on the Pitch at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre on Saturday the 4th of June from 11am until 3pm.

Residents from across Buckingham are invited to bring along picnics, tables, chairs, games and share a memory. To help get you in the royal party mood, there will be a big stage and live music from A Big Voice (Maria Scobey) who will be performing a variety of popular songs across the decades and genres of the Queen’s reign to include everyone’s musical party tastes.

It is a free, family friendly event and everybody is welcome, even well-behaved dogs on leads. Children will enjoy visits from Spider-Man and Elsa mascots, badge making, rock painting and a royal themed trail. The Centre’s facilities will be open and available for everybody to use, including an accessible toilet.

To help you fill up your picnic baskets, there will be a small selection of local food traders selling gourmet burgers, luxury ice-cream desserts and plenty of freshly baked cake and cookies. A licensed bar will be on site to help you toast the special occasion.
Chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury said that “The Lace Hill Centre is a fantastic hub for all types of activities and events, the facilities are perfect to host a community picnic with its wonderful panoramic views of the countryside. I hope people will all come together and take advantage of this opportunity to get together and celebrate. Town Council officers are looking forward to welcoming you on the day”

Free parking is available on site including blue badge spaces. But we encourage visitors to travel by public transport or other environmentally-friendly methods wherever possible. The carpark will be marshalled on the day, so it is first come first served. The venue can easily be accessed via local bus routes, the nearest bus stop is on London Rd near Tesco.

Platinum Jubilee events in Buckingham

Celebrate Buckingham Day

Kicking off our jam-packed Jubilee weekend is Celebrate Buckingham Day on Thursday 2nd June in Bourton Park from 11am – 3pm. Expect to see over 27 local community organisations each with their own fun activity, multiple delicious food and drink vendors and various entertainment acts. Pack your blankets and bring a chair so you can enjoy the day in comfort.

Winslow Concert Band and Buckingham Ukulele group have got some great performances lined up along with the Brackley Morris Men. A bouncy castle and bungee run, face painter and doodle artist will also be there. You can even take a picture in our giant deck chair!

At 1pm the Town Crier will formally launch Jubilee Celebrations in Buckingham by announcing the formal proclamation.

Make sure to enter our Jubilee Dress through the Ages contest at the Buckingham Town Council stall between 11am and 12:30pm. Raid your family’s wardrobe or if you’re struggling for ideas, visit local charity shops – reuse, repurpose and recycle. There are some great prizes up for grabs for the winners of each category thanks to: Wood Bee Nice, Buckingham University Bookshop, Planet Refill, Cornwall Place Kitchen, Chafor Wine, The Little Buckingham Clinic and Discover Buckingham.

Jubilee Platinum Beacon

Later in the day, a Jubilee Platinum Beacon will be lit at 9.45pm atop St Peter & St Paul’s Church. Arrive from 9.15pm for refreshments in the church.

Music in the Market

On Friday 3rd June Music in the Market returns to the Buckingham Market place – this fantastic event takes place for the 21st time and brings a wide selection of music from original, local music to your favourite covers from 2pm to 10pm.

The fantastic line-up includes Buckingham Ukulele Group Udo Dölz, Crazy Heart, Muz N Jenks, Safari Boots, Mike Weston, Fraser & Toots, Ukesnaile, Brothers Homebrew and 60s Jukebox while this year’s street food traders include Go Greek and Farm Slice Pizza.

Picnic on the Pitch

Picnic on the Pitch is a completely free event and offers everybody the chance to get together and celebrate this truly historic occasion. The event takes place at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre on Saturday 4th June from 11am until 3pm.
To help you fill up your picnic baskets, there will be a small selection of food traders selling food and treats, including a bar. There will be live music from A Big Voice.co.uk – Maria Scobey, who will be performing a wide variety of popular covers across the decades, visits from Spidey and Elsa mascots and a craft tent to entertain your mini majesties.

Street Parties and Platinum Jubilee Civic Service

Sunday 5th June at 11 am a Civic Service will take place at St Peter & St Paul’s Church to celebrate The Queen. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome.
Street parties will also be taking place across the town, with road closures in place.

Chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury said that “The Town Council have supported Celebrate Buckingham Day, The Platinum Jubilee Beacon, Music in the Market, Picnic on the Pitch and the Jubilee Civic Service. The Town Centre and Events Committee felt it was very important to put on a variety of events as well as support others with their own plans.
The Town Council are facilitating Buckingham’s community celebrations of the Queen’s personal achievement of long service to the country, in a typical Buckingham way – friendly, social, and engaging which is an attribute which the community is renowned for. I know through discussing the Mayor, Cllr. Margaret Gateley, who will play a large role in supporting the community through the weekend, how much everyone is looking forward to celebrating the bank holiday weekend – we look forward to seeing you.”

Spring Green Fair an eco success

Buckingham’s Spring Green Fair takes place as part of its Climate Emergency Action Plan, an opportunity to champion environmentally friendly alternatives, showcase local conservation groups and encourage practical action by local people.

A fantastic turn out of visitors attended the Buckingham Spring Green Fair on Sunday 24th April. This year’s guests danced along to live music from Pete Thirlby & Dean Jones, Harvey Fowler & Mark Edwards and wandered along the ancient cattle pens area of Buckingham Town Centre, enjoying the sunshine and visiting stalls from local groups and businesses with an environmental focus.

Traders included local willow weaver, Adrian Bernet, who gave demonstrations, while children (and adults!) had a go at making their own willow crowns. Electric bikes and cars, community groups Berks, Bucks & Oxon wildlife trust, Buckingham Fairtrade Town and Buckingham Swift Town. Recycle4Bucks and Buckinghamshire Community Energy drew a crowd interested in reducing waste and save energy.

The Town Council put on a bee hunt – with 11 locally made knitted bees to find in amongst the stalls and gave away enough wildflower seeds to create an initial 120 metres square of wildflower corridors through residents’ gardens. Plans are being made to distribute another 300m² of seeds!

Chair of the events committee, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury said: “Firstly, it was tremendous to have so many groups and organisations to support the event, it was good to have the support of officers, throughout the day and Councillors who manned different stalls in support of the community groups. I look forward to repeating these type of events in the coming year – the music built a fantastic ambience but what was so wonderful was seeing children taking away wildflower seeds and willow crowns, giving a green, rustic and environmental feel to the day’s activities. Lastly, well done to everyone who took part and came along.”

Spring Green Fair

Do you care about the environment and how it affects you? If so, pop along to Buckingham’s Spring Green Fair on Sunday 24th April in Buckingham centre between 10am and 2pm.

There will be a range of stalls sharing information on community projects, environmental campaigns, and sustainable business innovations. There will be a practical willow weaving demonstration, children’s activities, and information stalls.

Pick up some wildflower seeds to sow in your garden and help pollinating insects.
Relax in the giant deck chair while enjoying an ice cream from Marks Ices, coffee from Totally Awesome Coffee or cake from Bee’s Kitchen.

Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee said “This year, in line with the Town Council’s aims from the Town Meeting we will be celebrating the environment.

Many participants are supporting the event. Please join us and be part of the future and hopefully together we will find some solutions to improve our local environment.”

Cllr Sue Hetherington will be raising awareness about common swifts and steps people can take to help swifts in and around Buckingham. Interested in putting up a swift box? Visit Men in Sheds on their stall.

Bucks Community Energy will be there to talk to you about renewable energy. Buckingham Town Council will have information on the Town Council’s Climate Emergency plan.

Other stall holders include Butterfly Conservation Trust, BucksEVs with electric vehicles and Fully Charged electric bikes, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, Buckingham, Winslow District Scouts, Planet Refill, El Finca Monte, Buckingham Fairtrade, Natalie Jane Candles, Buckingham Canal Society and Recycle4Bucks

Hopping fun at Easter Bazaar

Families hopped to Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre on Sunday 10th April and enjoyed an early Easter treat. The event featured an egg trail hunt, bouncy castle, face painting refreshments and plenty of children’s craft activities.

The craft fair included local businesses selling their wares, from crystal wire wrapped jewellery, to pet portraits, sell-out fresh bakes and bespoke hand-picked seasonal hampers by a young enterprise (Bycell Hampers) from Akeley Wood School sixth form students.

Children jumped like bunnies on the bouncy castle and with a little help from the grown-ups, everyone had fun completing the egg hunt trail and solving the puzzle! Children were also encouraged to design their own Easter crown for a chance to win a chocolate egg hamper. With help from the Mayor of Buckingham, three winners have been chosen and will receive their prizes in time for Easter Sunday.

We believe events like this are important to bring the community together and would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who joined us, including all the stall holders, the craft room volunteer and to the hirers at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre who donated the chocolate egg prizes for the children.

Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee said – “It was brilliant seeing so many young people clearly enjoying themselves. They and their parents, all in our community centre on a Sunday, having a great time! We have a number of events through the summer aimed at the same age group including the Lace Hill Family Funday on the 17th July and Play around the Parishes on the 26th July, 17th and 22nd August.”

New signs celebrate Buckingham’s friendship with France and German towns

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley and Stephanie Scrase, Chair of Buckingham Twinning Association met recently to inspect the new ‘finger post’ sign that directs Buckingham visitors 405 miles away to Neukirchen-Vluyn, in Germany. Neukirchen-Vluyn joins Mouvaux, 252 miles away in France, as a twin town of Buckingham with officials and community groups working together in all three countries to make positive connections between the three towns.

As well as the new fingerpost signage, the Welcome to Buckingham signs have also been updated to include Neukirchen-Vluyn, and a new display added to the Council Chamber window with items donated from the Twinning Association and the Town Council archives. These include guide books, visit accounts, photographs, a boules set and a french ‘cheese’ a hollow wooden block used to bang the gavel against during Council meetings.

Stephanie Scrase, Chair of Buckingham Twinning Association said that: “These new signs are a testimony of an incredible and friendly town who has worked hard to promote friendship to its neighbouring countries.

It gives me a warm feeling every time I see the signs linking my home town of Mouvaux and Neukirchen–Vluyn with Buckingham. These three towns are firmly linked on many levels, so many friendships and exchanges have developed over the past 20 years thanks to twinning, long may it last.

The association is run for the benefit of all, to form new friendships or to know more about twinning, please come and join us.”

The new signs were erected ahead of a weekend of celebration including Twinning in the Market on Saturday 19th March - a celebration of our twin towns through music and dance surrounded by Buckingham's fantastic local market traders.