Alongside Buckingham’s Christmas Parade runs the Community Fair in Buckingham Community Centre.
Last December over 15 groups, societies and charities took part in the Community Fair. Organised by Buckingham Town Council, this event gives them the chance to raise funds by selling homemade items, such as knitted baby and children’s wear, wooden items, Christmas cards, and more.
Over £167 was raised for the Mayors Charities; The Buckingham Food Bank and Jedidiah UK by Katharine McElligott who every year brings her hand knitted baby and children’s items. Items were available on a donation basis.
Young rugby players from Buckingham Rugby Club were fundraising for renovations to the changing rooms, and they managed to raise £201 towards the renovations.
After watching the parade, members of the public could warm up with much needed hot drinks, sausage rolls, cakes and mince pies which were provided this year by the Inner Wheel.
St John’s Ambulance brought along an ambulance and members of the public were able to climb inside and see what was inside the ambulance and have a go at operating the lights and siren.
Heritage & Sons Funeral Directors had a Tree that you could hang a message of remembrance on. They also had candles for sale.
Councillor Robin Stuchbury, Chair of Town Centre & Events Committee said “I would like to give a large thank you to Mr Terry Bloomfield who once again came back to help the Town Council. Not only did he help set up the hall for the Community Fair, but he then took part in the parade as the Mace Bearer. He went on to say how nice it was to see so many people stop in at the Community Fair after watching the parade.
As the Community Fair is held on the same day as the Christmas Parade, Buckingham Town Council is seeking feedback from the public and community groups regarding the date, time and paring of the Community Fair with the with Christmas Parade. If you are interested in finding out more or giving feedback, please contact Buckingham Town Council.