Celebrate Buckingham Day Returns

Celebrate Buckingham Day was arranged to celebrate the range of voluntary organisations who are serving the town and to enable local groups to raise funds and recruit volunteers and to bring residents together. The day also included the Buckingham Society’s annual Civic Day event and award-giving.

This year was the second time the event had been held and after overwhelmingly positive feedback received by the Town Council, it will continue to be a staple in our yearly events calendar.

The event took place under blue skies in the paddock in Bourton Park on Thursday 2nd June with up to 1000 people having attended the event.  Entertainment was provided by the Winslow Concert Band, Brackley Morris Men and the ever-enthusiastic Buckingham Ukulele group.  The Town Council also arranged for bouncy castles, a face painter, a doodle artist and food vans to ensure there were plenty of reasons for residents to stay and enjoy the day. You could even lounge and take pictures in our giant deck chair!

As this event was the first to kick off our long weekend of Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Town Crier gave a formal proclamation followed by a speech from the mayor, Cllr Margaret Gateley. Shortly after came the judging of the Jubilee Dress Through the Ages competition which saw seven winners from three categories who all received some great prizes sponsored by local traders - Wood Bee Nice, Buckingham University Bookshop, Planet Refill, Cornwall Place Kitchen, Chafor Wine and The Little Buckingham Clinic.

Bard of Buckingham, Sami Tite performed pieces from their repertoire, including the poem they performed at the Bardic Trial back in October, and British history themed pieces.

The Angling Association held a maggot racing competition while the Buckingham Society ran a bowling for the pig stall (actually, bowling for butcher’s or supermarket vouchers) and the Buckingham Pantomime Group offered pantomime characters in stocks for children to throw wet sponges at. There were opportunities to try your hand at a game of traditional bowls, hunt for mini-beasts and see what you could win in a lucky dip.  There were 27 stalls in all, each of which were busy all day.

The Buckingham Society presented the Trader of the Year award for 2022 to Smith and Clay the butchers, with Leeder's Hardware being the runner-up.

Lead councillor for this event, Cllr Robina Ahmed said: ‘Celebrate Buckingham Day was an excellent start to the Jubilee weekend, a great turn out and festival atmosphere accompanied by perfect weather, made it a fabulous day for the whole community. It was a real pleasure to be the lead councillor for the day and run the Dress Through the Ages competition. Thank you to all involved, from our Lady Mayor and Town Council to all the traders and volunteers, the musicians, dancers and artists, together we made it a day to remember.’

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

Celebrate Buckingham Day

After a great first event last summer, Celebrate Buckingham is coming back on Thursday 2nd June 2022 from 11am-3pm in Bourton Park to kick start the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations that the Town Council have organised.

Stalls from local community, voluntary and social enterprise groups will sit alongside fun activities including a bouncy castle, bungee run and cadet games. You can even test just how squeamish you are and have a try at maggot racing! There will also be a Jubilee Dress through the Ages contest that you can enter on the day.

Some great food and drink vendors will be attending so make sure to save plenty of room for lunch:

Live entertainment will include the Buckingham Ukulele Group and Winslow Concert Band. A doodle artist and face painter will also be attending to capture the day and to have some jubilee fun.

Come along to meet:

The Film Place – Buckingham
Buckingham Community Pantomime
Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust– BBOWT
Buckingham Canal Society
The Friends of Buckingham University
Buckingham AED Project
Young Carers YC2 Buckingham and Winslow
Community Care North Bucks Hospital Car Service
1563 (Buckingham) Squadron ATC
Buckingham Twinning Association
Buxplore
Buckingham West End Bowls Club
Buckingham Action Group for Cancer Research UK
Buckingham TIC
National Women’s Register Buckingham Branch
Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity – Buckingham
Buckingham & District Angling Association

Buckingham Society

Buckingham Fairtrade

National Trust Stowe and Aylesbury Vale

Buckingham and Winslow District Scout Group

Buckingham Evangelical Church

Friends of Buckingham University

Chandos Park Bowls Club

Buckingham District Girlguiding

Buckingham Rotary Club

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

Are you a local community group that would like to take part? Please get in touch with admin@buckingham-tc.gov.uk to find out more.

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.

 

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.

Isolation Examination Big Fringe Week Quiz

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Isolation Examination Big Fringe Week Quiz has been postponed until Wednesday 28th July 2021. 

Join Mikey Dyson and Ryan for an extra special quiz as we celebrate Buckingham Fringe Week in their usual fun quizzical way, featuring questions from local businesses, organisations and social groups.

So, join us in the comfort of your own home and visit the Isolation Examination Facebook page to take part.

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.

Hope for some summer sun and enjoy days full of family, friends and fun during the weekdays between 22nd July to 27th August 2021.

For more information about dates and locations, visit Buckinghamshire Councils website or call them on 01296 585 298.