Buckingham’s 1st December Christmas Light Switch and Christmas Market set to be a fabulous affair!


This year’s Christmas Light Switch on will be particularly festive, with the much anticipated pop-up artificial ice rink setting the scene from 26th November. Afternoon and evening skating slots are available during the week as well as all day skating from 11am to 9pm on the weekend of 1st and 2nd December. Click below to book your tickets before they sell out.

On Saturday 1st December a Christmas Market will take over the Cattlepens area of Buckingham Town Centre and around the ice rink – the market will take place from 11am until 8pm. A selection of Christmas goodies will be available including tasty hot food and drink offerings as well as a child sized ride.

In the evening, please gather alongside the Old Gaol for the Light Switch On itself. This will begin at 6.30pm with a welcome from the Mayor, Councillor Jon Harvey and the Town Crier, Russell Cross.

We’re also expecting a visit of extra special guests from MK Lightning Ice Hockey Team as well as Santa!

The evening will culminate with festive community entertainment, including:

  • Trader of the Year
  • Performance by the Buckingham Children’s Choir
  • Talk by Captain Coleman
  • Countdown for the Christmas Light Switch On
  • Stagecoach Buckingham performance
  • Singalong Carols throughout
  • Closing words from Father Roy Karrakkattu and the Mayor
  • Winslow Concert Band performing festive favourites



Town Council decides not to take AVDC to Judicial Review on this occasion, following legal advice


Last night (Monday 19 November) Buckingham Town Council decided not to take legal action against AVDC regarding the decision to approve an application to build a Crown Care Home on land behind the Grand Junction Public House (13 High Street).

The Council had obtained an expert legal opinion as to whether the Town Council had reasonable grounds to instigate a Judicial Review in the High Court of the recent planning decision. The Town Council had six weeks from the date the decision was made – Friday 26 October – to decide whether to launch an appeal.

The Council considered the legal advice provided by Mark Westmoreland-Smith. The full legal opinion provided is available here.

The Council was advised that while there may have been grounds to pursue a case, there would have been “limited benefit in going to court in the context of policy EE5 where it is clear that (AVDC) is intent on granting planning permission.”

Councillor Mark Cole JP, Chairman of the Town Council’s Planning Committee, said:

Although the legal advice to Buckingham Town Council was that while we might have had a reasonable case against AVDC on the Buckingham Neighbourhood Plan ground, but not on the National Planning Policy Framework ground, he was not persuaded as to the overall merit of our making a claim. He felt that even if it was successful, AVDC was determined to grant planning permission one way or the other.

“I hope that AVDC (and its successor) will now be on alert, and take note that towns and parishes are prepared to fight to protect their Neighbourhood Plans, which are the wishes of their residents. We have not won, but neither have we lost, as this money has been well spent in obtaining this advice, of which we can make full use as we start to prepare revisions to our Neighbourhood Development Plan in the coming year.”


Armistice in Buckingham

November the 11th 2018 will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. Our Mayor, Councillor Jon Harvey; amongst many other members of our community marked this moment with a wreath laid at the War Memorial today:

After the end of the First World War, the Town Council recorded its “gratitude at the termination of the War and the conclusion of the Treaty of Peace”. Today 100 years on, the Mayor, on behalf of the Council and all townsfolk, offers remembrance for all who have died, been injured or damaged as a consequence of war.


Buckingham Town Council to seek legal advice over Crown Care Home


Town Council Seeks Legal Advice as to whether to launch a Judicial Review of AVDC’s decision to approve an application to build a Crown Care Home on land behind the Grand Junction Public House.

Buckingham Town Council held an Extraordinary Meeting last night (Thursday 9 November 2018) to decide whether to spend Council funds on seeking an expert legal opinion as to whether the Town Council should instigate a Judicial Review in the High Court of a recent planning decision by AVDC. The Town Council has six weeks from the date the decision was made – Friday 26 October – to decide whether to launch an appeal. Once the Council has obtained legal advice, it will decide whether to proceed at its meeting to be held on Monday 19 November 2018.

The Town Council is looking to take this action to protect the town’s Neighbourhood Plan, which was made in October 2015, at a cost of £80,000 and thousands of man-hours, and backed by 91.45% of those voting in the referendum.

Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Planning Committee, Councillor Mark Cole said:

“What members are being asked to do tonight is to defend not only the current Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan, but also our future Neighbourhood Plans. We believe that errors in law have been made by AVDC Planning officers in their advice to the Strategic Development Management Committee to approve the application to build a Crown Care Home on land behind the Grand Junction Public House… Buckingham Town Council has strongly opposed this application from the start… This Council also maintains that this application contravenes National Planning Policy Framework policies regarding developments – and particularly those for vulnerable people – in floodplains, and AVDC’s interpretation of them… The cost – which… could be up to £3000 – would be money well spent to protect our current Neighbourhood Plan, and an investment in those of the future.”

Bonfire and Fireworks 3rd November

On the evening of Saturday 3rd November Bourton Park Paddock will be the venue for this year’s annual Bonfire and Fireworks display and new for this year the Lord John Robartes Regiment of Foote.

An explosive 17th Century English Civil War re-enactment group, the Regiment of Foote will perform a short display in traditional clothing at 6.15pm then a short sword melee at 6.40pm before taking part in Buckingham’s traditional torchlight procession, lighting of the Bonfire and Fireworks display starting at 7pm.

The Paddock will also host hot food stalls and drinks from 6pm.

Join us for this free event!

If you need any more information please contact Amanda at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816 426.



BOOKING OPEN: Pop-Up Ice Rink 26th November until 2nd December


Booking is now open for Buckingham’s very own artificial ice rink experience!

The ick rink will be held at cattlepens, opening on the 26th November and staying until Sunday 2nd December. Weekday sessions are from 3pm-9pm with weekend slots from 11am-9pm.

Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Office, or can be booked online. Prices are £6 for adults 16+ and £4.50 for children aged 2-12. Each ticket is for half an hour of skating and includes skate hire and an extra ten minutes for changing shoes. Please remember that under 8s MUST be accompanied by an adult.