New Bard of Buckingham chosen by public vote

Poetry fans gathered at the Woolpack on Tuesday 5th October for a close run contest to decide who would be the new Bard of Buckingham. The rules of the Bardic Council were few but precise; both entrants were confirmed to live within a ‘days walk of the Buckingham Old Gaol’.

Two rounds took place – the first allowed the two contestants to read two poems of their own creation to the audience, while after a short break and some challenging audience questions they each read a third poem specifically linked to Buckingham.

The audience wrote the name of their favourite poet on slips of paper for a secret ballot, and after a quick count up Sami SET was declared to be the winner.

Sami was delighted to be chosen and told us that they “can’t wait to give voice to those of Buckingham who may sometimes feel they are not heard both through interaction with those people or by an association of the lived experiences that I will be sharing on stage.”

Alongside the competition was an array of fantastic entertainment including music from Stephen Ferneyhough and Brother Homebrew, Poetry from Dean Jones, the outgoing Bard of Buckingham and Kezzabelle, Bard of Northampton.

Sami has already had their first public appearance as Bard of Buckingham and written their first commissioned poem for the arrival of the Charter Fair in Buckingham.

Fair Fun by Sami SET

 

You really look quite horrible.

Squashed short then stretched out tall.

Laughing as we point

To our reflections in the hall.

 

Lucky ones attend

With their siblings, Dad and Mum

But all are not so fortunate

Not always fair when having fun

 

No one to buy them Candy

No drinks with straws to suck

Not a chance to hook a prize

No one to give a duck

 

No huge cuddles to wish for

As they wander in and out

Making their way past the many rides

Where others scream and shout

 

That’s something they can relate to

Lots of that back home

Usually with tears, not laughter

A whole other vibe and tone

 

So if for you it’s all enjoyment

Don’t feel guilty as you play and eat

Be mindful of your privilege

As you enjoy your fun fair treat

 

Think you see such sadness

Feel you have enough to share?

Then pay forward some love and smiles

Life’s NOT always such Funfair.

 

For enquiries please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426, office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk.

 

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.

Well-Being Walk (Fringe Week)

Buckingham Town Council and the University of Buckingham have teamed up again to host a Wellbeing Walk on Sunday 25th July.

Everyone is invited to walk the published route around the town, taking in the sights and thinking about what more can be done to ensure good mental health and wellbeing for everybody.

The walk will start from outside the Council Chamber at 11.30 am however, please arrive by 11am and await instructions. The walk will finish at around 1.30 pm by the Tanlaw Mill.

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

Participants can join or leave the walk whenever they wish. The below map shows the route of the walk and and what times you should arrive at each marked location.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Assemble by Waitrose at 11:00am and start walk by 11:30am
  • Bridge near Stratford Fields Football ground at 11:40am
  • Entrance to Bourton Park at 11:45am
  • Bridge near Bourton Mill at 11:50am
  • Exit from Hare Close to London Road at 12:00pm
  • Railway Walk at 12:05pm
  • Chandos Road Car Park at 12:15pm
  • Exit onto Tingewick Road at 12:30pm
  • Junction with West Street at 12:40pm
  • Junction with Moreton Road at 12:55pm
  • Lap of Waitrose at 1:05pm
  • Ford Street entrance to Chandos Park at 1:15pm
  • Chandos Court at 1:20pm
  • Tanlaw Mill 1:30pm

Buckingham Otter Trail (Fringe Week)

This year residents are in for an otter-tastic summer!

The Buckingham Otter Trail is a free, fun, family-friendly art sculpture event. It will feature 10 3ft otters designed by local artists, school children, businesses and charities. The event has been organised to bring the community together and to help residents and businesses recover. A trail map will be available and the otters will be positioned around town and surrounding green spaces, making the perfect family day out this year.

Thank you to our event sponsors – Buckingham Canal Society, Heritage and Sons, Gawcott Fields Community Solar Project CIC, University of Buckingham, Howes The Florist, Bucks Radio, Barratt and David Wilson Homes, and MyFutureSelf Matters.

For more information and updates, please visit our Buckingham Otter Trail page and Facebook event page.