Buckingham Town Matters Autumn 2021 Newsletter

The Autumn edition of the Buckingham Town Matters newsletter is now out for delivery and will be with residents soon. This edition includes articles on former Buckingham Town Councillors, Where the Money Came from and How we Spent it, Buckingham Volunteers, Future Events, Civic Awards and the Garden of Rest.

If you prefer to listen to your local updates, try our audio version. This edition is read by Buckingham Town Councillor, Ryan Willett.

 

We hope you enjoy and make sure to keep an eye out for updates on the next edition; Winter 2021.

The Buckingham Otters Auction

After a Summer of Otter Spotting, the Buckingham Otters Bidding Extravaganza Begins

Did you fall in love with the otters? Would you like to become the proud owner of one? Our final key event of the project, the Buckingham Otter Auction is here and bidding opens this Friday 24th September 2021!

The Buckingham Otter Trail was a temporary feel-good public art installation featuring ten 3ft tall sized otter sculptures. Sponsored by local businesses and organisations, the otters were decorated by professional artists, school children and community groups which brought much excitement to the town over summer.

Photograph of painted otter sculptures

Following the removal of the otter-tastic sculptures at the end of the trail and their appearance at the first-ever Celebrate Buckingham event, Buckingham Town Council will now say their final farewells to the beloved otters as they swim away to their new forever homes.

Chairman of the Town Centre Events Committee Cllr Robin Stuchbury said “After a summer of giving so many people pleasure the otters are going up for auction, if you’ve enjoyed seeing the otters this is your opportunity to purchase one and by doing so you’ll be contributing to the Mayor’s charities and benefiting our local community, in the very same way the otters have throughout the summer. So please don’t miss this one off opportunity of owning your own Buckingham otter and by doing so you’ll be helping others”.

The bidding will be taking place online using social media and the Town Council website. Each week one otter will be added to the auction, you will have nearly two weeks to make your highest bid.  The otter being auctioned will be on display at the Tourist Information Centre. Bids may be submitted through the Town Council website and by telephone.

The online event will see our large sculptures auctioned, with profits to be split equally between the Mayor’s Charities and a future similar event next summer. The Mayor’s Charities are Project Street Life and Community Care North Bucks, which includes YC2 Buckingham & Winslow Young Carers, North Bucks Carers, Open House and the Hospital Car Service. We could not be more delighted to raise money for these worthy causes, pouring funds straight back into supporting the community and making another sculpture trail next summer for everyone to enjoy.

If you wish to find out more information about the auction or one or more of the otter sculptures, please visit www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk

We’ll be sad to wave goodbye to our otters but we’re sure there are wonderful things on the horizon for them in their new homes!

Buckingham Dog Show

The annual Buckingham Dog Show is back this year and we can’t wait to crown the best pooch in town!

Registration will start from 11am and then judging will commence from 12pm. Application forms can be picked up at the registration table on the day or you can print one and fill it out before arriving.

Classes:

  • Cutest Puppy 5-12 mths
  • Fabulous Fella
  • Gorgeous Gal
  • Best Rescue
  • Dog Most Like Its Owner
  • Golden Oldie 7yrs & Over
  • Waggiest Tail
  • Junior Handler 16yrs & Under
  • The winner of each class goes through to Best In Show

£1.50 per class – Cash Only.

There’s also a host of doggy based stalls and entertainment to browse including:

Thank you to our sponsors; Kimberly Cox Behavior & Training Coach, Leaders Estate Agents, Woofs & Washes, Arden Grange, and In The Dog ‘Ouse for helping with this event.

 

Celebrate Buckingham Day

Celebrate Buckingham Day is being held with the Buckingham Society and, for the first time ever, will incorporate the robing of the Mayor, Cllr Margaret Gateley and Buckingham Civic Day prize giving.

Stalls from local community, voluntary and social enterprise groups will sit alongside fun activities including a bouncy castle, inflatable slide and cadet games. You can even test just how squeamish you are and have a try at maggot racing!

There are also some great food vendors attending so make sure to save plenty of room for lunch:

Wood-fired pizza: The Wood Oven
Burgers hot drinks and more: Roo’s Food
Mark’s Ices
Dave’s Sweets

Live entertainment will include the Ukulele Group and Winslow Concert Band.

Come along to meet:
The Film Place – Buckingham
Buckingham Community Pantomime
Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust– BBOWT
Buckingham Canal Society
BORG – Bux & Oxon 4×4 Response Group
Buckingham AED Project
Young Carers YC2 Buckingham and Winslow
Buckingham Girlguiding
1563 (Buckingham) Squadron ATC
Buckingham and Villages Community Board
Project Street Life
Buxplore
Buckingham Churches Holiday Club
Buckingham Table
Buckingham Action Group for Cancer Research UK
Friends of The University of Buckingham
Buckingham TIC
Buckingham Fairtrade Town
Volunteer Driver Service Buckinghamshire
Friends of Buckingham Library
Rotary Club of Buckingham
National Women’s Register Buckingham Branch
Friends of Buckingham Old Gaol Museum
Buckingham & District Angling Association
And Buckingham Otter Trail

For more information and updates, visit our Facebook event page.

Bandjam

Bandjam is back on Sunday 29th August in the ‘Bull Ring’, outside Jardines Pharmacy from 1pm – 10pm. This event is organised by Bandjam and sponsored by Buckingham Town Council.

Here is this years line-up:

• Khashoggi (13:00pm – 13:45pm)
• Act TBC (14:00pm – 15:05pm)
• Dave Catermole & Guests (15:25pm – 16:25pm)
• Scoundrels (16:45pm – 17:45pm)
• The Fallen Rocks (18:05pm – 19:05pm)
• Reformers (19:25pm – 20:25pm)
• All Skas (20:45pm – 22:00pm)

Join our Facebook event page for regular updates.

Play Around the Parishes

Play Around the Parishes is organised by Buckinghamshire Council and is a free event.

It is aimed at children aged 1-10 with the intention for them to have the opportunity to explore lots of arts and crafts and fun activities such as soft play and inflatables!

For more information about dates and locations, visit Buckinghamshire Council’s website or call them on 01296 585 298. You can also find event details on our Facebook event page.

Play Around the Parishes

Play Around the Parishes is organised by Buckinghamshire Council and is a free event.

It is aimed at children aged 1-10 with the intention for them to have the opportunity to explore lots of arts and crafts and fun activities such as soft play and inflatables!

For more information about dates and locations, visit Buckinghamshire Council’s website or call them on 01296 585 298. You can also find event details on our Facebook event page.

Play Around the Parishes

Play Around the Parishes is organised by Buckinghamshire Council and is a free event.

It is aimed at children aged 1-10 with the intention for them to have the opportunity to explore lots of arts and crafts and fun activities such as soft play and inflatables!

For more information about dates and locations, visit Buckinghamshire Council’s website or call them on 01296 585 298. You can also find event details on our Facebook event page.

Buckingham Otter Trail

Download your free trail map today

A new family of ten otters are visiting Buckingham this summer! Decorated by local school children, artists and community groups and sponsored by local businesses and charities. Find ten 3ft life size otter sculptures dotted around town and surrounding green spaces. It is easy to take part, you can pick up a map from the Tourist Information Centre or download one via our website and you can also follow the trail on our community heritage exploration app Buxplore. The Buckingham Otter Trail is a feel-good art sculpture event that is on throughout summer 2021 making a perfect family friendly day out.