Santa and his reindeer bring joy to Christmas Lights Switch On

Micha and Boris, two reindeer, delighted crowds in Buckingham during the Christmas Lights Switch On event, on Saturday 26th November. The reindeer, from Luxlyk Reindeer in nearby Northamptonshire, were extremely popular all night. Children visited to hear the reindeer handlers speak about how the reindeer were visiting for just the one night, alongside Santa, who waved from Buckingham Table’s Santa Van. While adults learned facts about the reindeer, their diet, and habits. Olaf also made a surprise appearance delighting fans young and old!

The event was opened by the Town Crier, Russell Cross, in one of his final duties before stepping down from the role in the new year. Early in the evening, the lights were turned on by the Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley, and the winners of the Christmas Card contest, Harry Caswell and Daisy Beckett. A reflection of Christmas Lights was delivered by the Rev. Tim Edworthy, the Mayor’s Chaplain.

Under the lights and next to the wonderful Christmas tree, donated by Buckinghamshire Council, the main stage played host to festive music. Great Horwood Silver Band started the event with traditional Christmas Carols. Two choirs performed, George Grenville Academy School Choir who sang classic songs from Away in a Manger to the Calypso Carol beautifully, and the wonderful Buckingham Voices whose harmonies and impromptu singalong to We Wish You a Merry Christmas closed the night.

The festive shopping trail was also a real hit, if you didn’t get a chance to pick up a trail map, please visit the Old Gaol or the Discover Buckingham website, and visit the twelve participating shops to find the hidden gifts. One correct entry will be drawn to win a fantastic prize of £100 to spend in a local shop.

Stalls for the Christmas Market included Good Times Café, Kerrie’s Bakes, LW Creations and FROGGS.

Councillor Robin Stuchbury, chair of Town Centre & Events committee said “I’d like to thank all the organisations who took part in the Christmas Light Switch On and the Town Council staff who supported the event on the evening. The Buckingham Town Council Town Centre and Events committee agree and budget for this event annually. Without this commitment, such events couldn't take place. My personal highlight was the visit of the two charming and friendly reindeer which seem to go down as planned, and extremely well with everyone in the community.”

Spectacular Display Lights up Buckingham

Hundreds of people turned out on Saturday evening to enjoy Buckingham’s annual Bonfire and Firework display in Bourton Park, not at all perturbed by some rainy spells.

Hot food and drinks were on hand supplied by J & L Snacks, Tribal Chilli, Silverstone brewery and sweets, candy floss and toffee apples by David Side. FROGGS George Grenville PTA were there with reusable glow toys and tattoos.

Organised by Buckingham Town Council, the evening started at 6pm with an ambient LED performance by Cassia Chloe. This was followed by a spectacular firework display by Titanium Fireworks who have provided the display for the last 6 years.

Following the fireworks, a flaming torchlight parade led by Cllr Andy Mahi and Town Mayor Cllr Margaret Gateley lit the bonfire which had been made by pallets donated by ORN International.  Cassia Chloe ended the evening with a magnificent fire display which left the crowd enthralled.

Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee had the following to say “I'd like to thank everyone who attended the event to ensure the public were able to have a good evening in a safe environment. We recognise how Important it is for the community to have a safe and free event which families can attend together within our community, especially this year with the cost of living in crisis and rising fuel costs affecting family budgets so significantly.

Cllr. Stuchbury and Buckingham Town Council would like to thank all those that helped to make the event a success. 1653 Squadron Air Cadets who for many years have helped with the marshalling. ALR for providing first aid, Abbot Fire Group for the loan of the fire extinguishers, Paragon for supplying the lighting, Waitrose for the cardboard, Martin Try and Les for running the sound and music.  Town Council Green Spaces team for building the bonfire and all of the advanced preparation and have work to make the event happen.

A special thanks go to Cllr Andy Mahi and the Buckingham Table who every year clear up the event area the following morning.

Remember, Remember the 5th of November

Buckingham’s annual Bonfire & Firework event will be taking place on Saturday 5th November in the paddock in Bourton Park. 

The evening starts at 6pm with an ambient LED performance by Cassia Chloe. This will be followed by a spectacular firework display by Titanium Fireworks at 7pm. Councillor Andy Mahi will be leading the torchlight procession again with the mayor to light the bonfire and we have put on additional entertainment, including a fire cirque performance!

There will be fairground games such as coconut shy courtesy of Aylesbury Rodeo Hire, have your face painted by George Grenville Academy PTA.  Food vendors are Tribal Chilli who will be serving pizza, burgers, hotdogs and donuts from J & L Snacks, sweets, toffee apples and candy floss and Silverstone Brewery will be providing a licensed mobile bar.

Buckingham Town Council ask that you do not bring sparklers to the event.

This free event is organised by Buckingham Town Council. Councillor Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre & Events Committee said “Buckingham Town Council’s Event Committee are looking forward to putting on the fireworks again this year. This is a great and popular community event. Originally the event was organised to allow people to attend a safely managed public event saving families from purchasing fireworks, which will be particularly important this year due to the rising cost of living.”

Falling leaves created autumnal atmosphere at Art in the Market

  Art in the Market returned to the cattle pens area of Buckingham High Street over half term, on Tuesday 25th October.

Artists young and old gathered amongst the falling autumn leaves in the cattle pens area of Buckingham town centre and created stunning art works based around Buckingham, autumn colour and their own imaginations! Attendees included members of BAFA, Buckingham’s local artist club as well as families enjoying free half term fun. Art equipment to use during the event was provided for free by Buckingham Town Council.

Art in the Market: Autumn also featured a photography challenge for the first time, with hints and tips to create fantastic autumnal shots.

Councillor Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre & Events Committee said “the Town Centre and Events committee and Officers decided to run a second Art in the Market event, to provide a free opportunity for parents to come out with their children in half term, as the previous event was so successful. The turnout of young people, grandparents and families all taking part in artistic endeavours and creating true art in our town centre was fantastic to see.”

 

Art in the Market back for Autumn!

Art in the Market returns to the cattle pens area of Buckingham High Street over half term, on Tuesday 25th October, from 1 to 4pm. Come along to create art amongst professional and amateur local artists, free art materials available to anyone – young or old – who wants to have a go! For more seasoned artists there’s plenty of space to bring your own easels and art kit and enjoy the creative atmosphere.

Art in the Market: Autumn will also feature a photography challenge, for anyone up for trying some experimental tasks to hone their camera skills. All the challenges are achievable with a phone camera as well as traditional photography.

Councillor Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre & Events Committee said “We’re really pleased to be revisiting Art in the Market again this year, having been so successful with young and old coming to explore art as a hobby in the summer. It’s always fascinating and encouraging to see how artistic our community is, given the opportunity. We look forward to seeing everyone back in Buckingham for this event again!”

Time for the Charter Fair!

The annual Charter Fair returns to Buckingham town centre this weekend. The fair will roll into town Friday morning, bringing with it an exciting range of rides including The Joker and The Orbitor, juvenile rides, coconut shy, shooting gallery and more.

Buckingham’s first charter to hold the annual fair was given by Mary I in 1554 and the second charter was given by Charles II in 1658. The charter states that the fairs must be on a Saturday and not any other day. Today the showman arrive on the Friday to set up and leave early on Sunday morning for both fairs.

The whole of Market Hill, Market Square and the High Street is closed off to allow all the rides and sideshows to operate safely, and parking is suspended.

Deputy Town Mayor, Cllr Anja Schaefer will declare the first fair open with the Town Crier at 1pm. The hour between 1pm and 2pm is for local disabled children to have free use of the rides and side-shows provided to them by the Nichols Brothers.

Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee, said: “the community will be welcoming the showman families back into our market town for the Buckingham Charter Fair. This annual event is part of the historic fabric of the town, a key part of the town’s civic life and the community who join together to experience all the amusements.”

A full road closure will be in force for the town centre from 7am on Friday until noon on Sunday. 

The bus stand in the town centre will be closed between 10am Friday to 6am Sunday.  Details for the bus diversions and road closure are shown on Buckingham Town Council’s website  www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk/road-closures-parking-orders-for-charter-fairs-14th-15th-and-21st-22nd-october-2022

 

Road Closures & Parking Orders for Charter Fairs: 14th & 15th and 21st & 22nd October 2022

We would like to inform you that a Road Closure Order and Parking Order will be in force for the Charter Fairs and covers the following areas on Friday 14th October, Saturday 15th October and then again on Friday 21st October and Saturday 22nd October 2022.

Cars found to be parked in such a way as to cause an obstruction in the designated area covered by the order, are liable to be removed by the relevant authorities. The cost of reclaiming your vehicle could be from £150.

  • NORTH END SQUARE
  • HIGH STREET
  • BULL RING
  • MARKET HILL
  • MARKET SQUARE
  • WESTERN AVE (FROM BRACKLEY RD TO GRENVILLE RD – NO PARKING ON THIS PART OF THE ROAD)

Emergency access will be ensured for Northend Court, Buckingham Hospital, Paynes Court, Markhams Court and Verney Close.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, however, we can assure you that the steps taken are in the interest of public safety.

Further information is available about bus diversions.

Your contact in this matter is Amanda Brubaker, Events Co-ordinator, who can be contacted on 01280 816426 or e-mailed at events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk.

Buckingham Marks Death of Queen Elizabeth II

Under lowered half-mast flags, Buckingham residents commemorated the life of Queen Elizabeth II throughout the National Mourning period.

A number of books of condolence were available in Buckingham, with copies circulated to care homes so that residents unable to access the books could take part from their homes. The resulting entries will be bound into books and archived at Buckinghamshire Council for future historians.

The Reading of the Proclamation of the Accession of the new King Charles III took place outside the Old Gaol at 3.30pm on Sunday 11th September. A large crowd of more than four hundred people gathered to witness Deputy Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Anja Schaefer, read the Proclamation and sing ‘God Save the King’ for the first time.

On Sunday 18th September, St Peter & St Paul’s Church in Buckingham held a Commemorative Service. The service started with a reflection on Her Majesty’s life by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham followed by readings and prayers given by other reverends and the Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Anja Schaefer. There were various hymns sung including the late Queen’s favourite hymn: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven. The service was attended by approx. 200 people and many of those signed the book of condolence afterwards.

Commemorative Serice

One Buckingham fact commented on by residents was the long link between Buckingham and the Royal Family. Buckingham has two Royal Charters, one from Mary Tudor in 1554, and one from Charles II in 1684. Charles II also gifted Buckingham its Mace in 1660, which is still used at ceremonial occasions today.

Buckingham Palace is also named after Buckingham. Originally known as Buckingham House, it was owned by the Duke of Buckingham and sold to George III in 1761. Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had visited Buckingham on several occasions, and stories were told of her visit to the University of Buckingham in 1996 as well as her arrival several years before via train in 1966. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip met with the then Mayor of Buckingham, Alderman T. Lambourne at Buckingham Station. Images of the couple smiling in the train carriage were printed in the local paper.

Councillor Margaret Gateley, Mayor of Buckingham said “These have been momentous and historic days since we learned of the death of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II. I am sure that the people of Buckingham will remember participating in the various events which have taken place since for all their lives. These events have provided us all with the opportunity to reflect on the long life and reign of Her Majesty as well as to give thanks for her devoted service to our nation and to the Commonwealth.” 

Notes:

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

 

Reading of the Proclamation of the Accession in Buckingham

Buckingham announced the accession of His Majesty King Charles III, at the Reading of the Proclamation of the Accession in Buckingham.

This centuries-old tradition follows the Reading of the Proclamation of the Accession in London, with the message passing through civic officers in a chain from cities to towns.

Deputy Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Anja Schaefer, travelled to Aylesbury to hear the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire read the Proclamation of the Accession at 1pm on Sunday 11th September, and collect Buckingham’s copy of the Proclamation.

Having returned to Buckingham, Cllr. Anja Schaefer read the Proclamation to a large crowd that had gathered in Buckingham outside the Old Gaol at 3.30pm. The Deputy Mayor was joined by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Carolyn Cummings, the Town Clerk, Claire Molyneux, the Town Crier, Russell Cross, Mace Bearer, Barbara Farmer and Trumpeter, Nick Perry.

A full programme from the event is available on the Town Council website:  www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk/31364-2/ or can be picked up from Buckingham Library for anyone who would like to keep a copy.

The Town Council have also organised a book of condolence at the Old Gaol Museum, accessible 10am – 4pm daily. Anyone wishing to leave a floral tribute can do so at the coronation tree, near the war memorial at St Peter & St Paul’s Church. Union Flags, with mourning cravats attached, have been put up around the town centre.

A Commemorative Service will take place at St Peter & St Paul’s Church beginning at 11am. Free tickets to attend must be booked in advance, either online: www.bpchurch.uk/queen or for anyone who does not use the internet, paper tickets can be collected from the Tourist Information Centre, in the Old Gaol, Buckingham during their normal opening hours.

As Town Council officers have been redeployed from other duties to deliver the Council’s programme of events to commemorate the life of HM The Queen, the Council was unable to host its annual dog show on the 11th September.

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley said “We have all been saddened by the death of our beloved Queen. She was a faithful and loyal monarch, steering our nation through a time of unprecedented change. We have now welcomed our new monarch, King Charles III, in a historic ceremony, attended by many from our community. In the words of The Archbishop of Canterbury, “Everlasting God, we pray for our new king. Bless his reign and the life of our nation. Help us to work together so that truth and justice, harmony and fairness flourish among us; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

Deputy Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Anja Schaefer said It was a great honour to read out the Proclamation of Accession in Buckingham and a joy to see so many gathered to mark this historic moment in our history. Queen Elizabeth II served this country faithfully, dutifully and with great dignity and humour throughout her long reign. The commemorative service on Sunday 18th Sept will give the people of Buckingham the chance to come together to express our gratitude to the Queen and our sadness at her loss.

Basketball and Play Around The Parishes: Free Events in Buckingham

Organised by Buckingham Town Council, free basketball sessions were held in Buckingham during the summer holidays. This year’s sessions were every Monday from 1st August through to Monday 29th August. Two sessions took place; 8-12yr olds in the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) in Chandos Park from 5:30pm and 13+ years in Bourton Park from 6:45 pm to 7:45pm.

Coach Jenner, a qualified coach and his wife have been holding the free turn-up and play sessions in Buckingham for 9 years and have seen some of the players progress all the way through to playing for a team in Milton Keynes and even going on to play for the county.

Due to the popularity of the sessions, extra ones will be put on next year giving young people the opportunity to continue improving their skills and have something fun and competitive to do.

Three sessions of Play Around The Parishes were held in Chandos Park. Organised by Buckinghamshire Council and funded by Buckingham Town Council, the sessions were aimed at 0 – 12 years. The free activities included a bouncy castle, arts and crafts and giant games such as Jenga and Connect. Families were able to stay for the day and enjoy the activities.

Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee said “The Town Centre & Events Committee discussed the success of the funds put into these projects and sees them as being beneficial to a wide range of the community as both events are free. The committee would like to thank all those involved in making them a success."