Christmas Light Switch On

Due to the Government restrictions around Covid 19 Buckingham Town Council was unable to hold its annual Christmas Light Switch On in the Town Centre.

The Christmas lights were installed in the town centre at the beginning of November by WGS Power & Lighting Ltd who we currently have a contract with for this. The Christmas tree was provided by Buckinghamshire Council free of charge and installed outside the Old Gaol the week before the light switch on and several residents have commented that the tree looks better than ever.

The light switch on still took place on Saturday 28th November at 7pm but without the usual crowd. Granta Network launched 2 drones to capture the moment the lights were switched on, one from behind the Sorting Office and one from Stratford Fields football ground. The ground crew were located in the town centre to take still footage. They also took images of Christmas lights from around the town.

Birds Eye View of Buckingham Town Centre Lit Up

Photograph by Tim from Granta Network

The virus was not going to stop Christmas coming to Buckingham, so the Town Council made a request to The Bard of Buckingham, Buckingham Town Mayor, Cllr Geraldine Collins and Santa himself to provide video messages which have been widely viewed, with over 12,000 people reached on Facebook alone by Wednesday.

A request went out to the residents of Buckingham asking them to take part in the light switch on by staying home and switching on their Christmas lights at 7pm the same time that the lights would go on in the town centre. This created an atmosphere of excitement and many people took part in this. Below are some of the comments received afterwards.

“Aw this is lovely- so heart-warming. Thanks to everyone who put it together and those who made such a massive effort. It’ll be great to try to find all these great houses”

“This is fantastic! To see our lights on our house in this is the perfect end to a rubbish year! Well done Buckingham Town Council and Thank you!”

“Such a lovely thing to do. Great idea. Thanks, our family and neighbours really enjoyed it!”

“Excellent filming! Love this”

“Well its a10 from me brilliant lovely voice” (that one’s for Dean!)

 

burleigh peice christmas lights

New Christmas Lights for Buckingham Town Centre

Christmas Lights above M&Co on Buckingham Market Hill Despite freezing cold temperatures Saturday evening, a large crowd turned out to see the Buckingham Christmas Lights turned on by Town Mayor Cllr Mark Cole on Saturday evening (Saturday 30th November).

The Christmas Lights are provided by Buckingham Town Council.  This year the Council has invested in all new icicle lights for the town centre.  The town is looking crisper and more festive than ever this year!  The Christmas tree is provided as always by Aylesbury Vale District Council.

Mayor Mark Cole JP and Mrs Cole with the town centre Christmas treeThe presentation of the Buckingham Trader of the Year took place before the festivities got under way.  Awards went to Pasha and Courtyard at No.6 who this year were joint winners.  The Market Trader Of The Year award went to Nigel Price who has had a stall on Buckingham market for more than 30 years.

There were performances by the Children’s Performing Arts School, Buckingham Stagecoach, who provided a lovely solo of Away In A Manager from the upstairs window of the Old Gaol. Other performances were by The Buckingham Children’s Choir, Buckingham Rock Choir, Great Horwood Silver Band.  Dean Jones the Bard of Buckingham sang a song he had written for the occasion.  The chorus, “Switch the Lights On!” was sung with particular feeling by the crowd.  The Rev Will Pearson-Gee gave a short talk on the meaning of Christmas.  The lights were then switched on by Town Mayor Cllr Mark Cole.  There was also a special appearance by Father Christmas.

Old Gaol and the town centre Christmas Tree 2019

An events feedback form has been made available on the Town Council website, which can be used for all Town Council Events from now onwards.  All comments will be taken on board; the Council is always looking for ways to improve the events held in the town.

Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee Cllr Andy Mahi said, “it is fantastic to see the town so well lit this year.  A massive thank you to everyone who made the event happen, all the children and adults who took part, and the hard work and dedication shown by Buckingham Town Council staff in the lead up to the event.

Downloadable Carol Sheet: Christmas Light Switch On 2019

Christmas Tree outside the Old GaolWe’re getting ready for the Christmas Light Switch On this Saturday! A packed event with performances from Children’s Choirs, The Bard of Buckingham and the presentation of the Trader of the Year Award from the Buckingham Society.

This year we’ve got a downloadable PDF of the carol service so that everyone can sing along!

There’s also a market in the cattlepens with crafts, hot chesnuts, street food and a children’s ride. Come and celebrate the start of the festive season with us on saturday.