Buckingham Fringe Week 2022

The Buckingham Fringe Week is an annual week of events taking place in various locations around Buckingham from Saturday 16th to Saturday 23rd July 2022. So far events include a children’s skate park day, the return of the Oxford fiddle group, market entertainment, a family fun day at Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre, Mikey Dyson’s big quiz night and live art in the marketplace.

If you are planning a cultural event in Buckingham during that week and would like to be included in the Fringe Week brochure, free of charge, please e-mail Amanda, the Events Coordinator via events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk with details.

 

Pride Flag raised for first time in Buckingham

Buckingham Town Council has raised a rainbow flag for Pride month for the first time. A crowd of people gathered to watch the flag-raising, which took place on 6th June 2022. The flag will continue to fly for the rest of the month.

Lead councillor for this event, Cllr Ryan Willett said: ‘It was so amazing to see so many people attend the event to support unity and diversity within our community. I was very pleased to see the Mayor and many councillors at our first-ever pride event, supporting rights for the LGBTQ+ community. It is also important that we support other groups in our community the same way we have done on this occasion. Through the good British values of tolerance, dignity and respect, Buckingham town has shown its full commitment to these values.”

During the flag-raising Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley spoke about the significance of the flag: “This is the first time we’ve done this in Buckingham, the symbol of the rainbow is a powerful one, representing and reflecting the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and indeed of the whole community. It’s shocking that in my lifetime people could be prosecuted because of their sexuality or sexual orientation let alone the discrimination and harassment that many experienced. But this rainbow flag is a sign of hope and promise that this can and does change… Thank you to everyone who has come along today, and those who have enabled this to happen.”

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

Dancing in the street at Music in the Market

Buckingham Ukulele group provided the perfect kick-off band for Music in the Market, which drew a busy crowd into Buckingham Town Centre on Friday 3rd June, as part of the town’s Jubilee Celebrations.

Families brought along chairs and picnics to enjoy the live music, and even after a brief spell of rain, the happy audience stayed late into the night to listen and boogie along to the music.

Brilliant local musicians provided more music: Udo Dölz, Crazy Heart, Safari Boots, Mike Weston, Fraser & Toots, Ukesnaile, Brothers Homebrew and 60s Jukebox. The final act Muz N Jenks – playing with Mud II and Bay City Rollers musicians- finished the night with a rousing set of 70s and 80s classics that got everyone up on the feet to dance the night away.

Opening the event, the Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley, said: “Thanks to Buckingham Acoustic Club and all our fantastic local performers, it’s amazing to have this vibrant event back in the heart of our town.”

 

 

Buckingham’s Foodie Heaven

Buckingham’s ninth annual Food Fair, held on Saturday 26th February 2022, attracted a record 1,500 people inside Buckingham Community Centre, with more visiting traders positioned around the building.   Visitors tried and tested some of the best food and drink local traders had on offer. An easter egg was even given to the one-thousandth visitor. One shopper described the event as Foodie Heaven.

Each trader showcased their products and outstanding customer service, many selling out of stock on the day. We welcomed back traders who have supported us since the very first Food Fair back in 2013 along with first-time traders such as MKS Food Distribution, Buckingham Fairtrade, Indian Orchard and Reasons To Season.

Interactive smoothie bikes were on offer for anyone to try.  These proved very popular and saw some great demonstrations from local children, adults and the Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley. Visitors got to pick out their own ingredients and then raced against the clock to see how fast they could create their desired fruit smoothie.

Most of the food traders came from within a 30-mile radius of the town.  But the event also celebrated all the restaurants and venues in Buckingham.  500 new Foodie Buckingham maps were handed out, showing all the different and fabulous venues in the town.

Funding for the smoothie bike and foodie maps was provided by the Government’s ‘Welcome Back Fund’ through Buckinghamshire Council.

Lead councillor of the event, Cllr Fran Davies, said: “What a fantastic event with over 2000 people enjoying the produce on the stalls and the traders in the sunshine. Thanks have to go to the Town Council Team, but especially Bethanie, our Business and Administration Apprentice, for all their hard work and organisational skills. Many of the traders were asking when the next one will be, I'm sure we're all looking forward to it. I was so happy to see so many smiling faces in Buckingham.”

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

The Government’s ‘Welcome Back Fund’ is European Regional Development Fund money that has been allocated to Buckinghamshire Council. The fund is being used to encourage visitors back to our high streets across Buckinghamshire. The fund runs up to 31 March 2022.

Buckingham Food Fair, Tasty treats, Smoothie bikes and foodie maps

We are pleased to announce the return of the ever-popular Buckingham Food Fair. Organised by Buckingham Town Council, this year will be the 9th annual Food Fair held in Buckingham Community Centre on Saturday 26th February 2022 from 10am till 3pm. Entry to the event is free.

Regulars to the Food Fair, who have supported the event from the beginning and will be attending again this year, include: MKS Food Distribution, selling Turkish Delight, baklava, and nuts. Buckingham Fairtrade, Indian Orchard, with their award-winning handmade Indian chutneys, pickles and vegetable samosas and Reasons To Season, displaying their amazing marinades and sauces.

Other stall holders attending include The Chocolate Mill, Two Spoons Tea, Chafor Wine, Pure Patisserie, Silverstone Brewery, Bucks Recycles, Crumb de la Crème, Patricia O'Keeffe Sweets, Bucks Star Beer, Fudgey Moments, Replete Flatbreads, Devilishly Delicious Food by Emma, Marlow Cheese Co, From Garden to Jar, Chiltern Charcuterie, Stanley’s Homemade Free-From Treats and Friars Farm.

A smoothie bike company will also be at the Food Fair creating beautiful tasting smoothies. All visitors will need to do is ride the static bicycle so it can generate the power needed for the blender to blitz the ingredients! We hope that this free and interactive smoothie bike will keep you entertained.

To celebrate our local food traders and restaurants the event will also be giving away hundreds of Buckingham Foodie maps – these maps show every single food trader in the parish of Buckingham, showcasing the fantastic variety that Buckingham has to offer all year around.

 

Funding for the smoothie bike and foodie maps is being provided by the Government’s ‘Welcome Back Fund’ from Buckinghamshire Council.

Outside the Community Centre will be a range of sensational street food from Mexican to English cuisines provided by Baja Cantina, Good Times Café, Roo's Food and Marks Ice’s.

There will be oodles of different delicious products to try and purchase. Have a special dietary requirement? Many of our local traders also sell a variety of gluten free, vegan and vegetarian products to suit all needs and tastes.

 

Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Cllr Robin Stuchbury, said “This year it’s more important than ever that we can hold the food fair to stimulate and support our local economy. When we first started this event, we didn’t truly realise how successful it would be but it’s very pleasing to know that it’s been well-received over the years. It’s also fantastic that the Town Centre and Events Committee continues to support this event alongside the dedicated team of Town Council officers. I look forward to seeing many of you at the Buckingham Food Fair, taking advantage of this great community event and supporting local businesses in the way local Buckingham & villages residents always seem to do.

The Government’s ‘Welcome Back Fund’ is European Regional Development Fund money that has been allocated to Buckinghamshire Council. The fund is being used to encourage visitors back to our high streets across Buckinghamshire. The fund runs up to 31 March 2022.

 

The Mayor of Buckingham’s Civic Service

On Saturday 12th February 2022, the Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr Margaret Gateley, held her Civic Service at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, Buckingham. The theme of the service was thanksgiving for Health and Care Workers during the Pandemic.

The Mayor invited several workers from local hospitals and care settings, to speak in the service and relay their experiences during this time.  These included Dr. Gavriel of The Swan Practice, and Mrs. Lynn Billingham, the Voluntary Chaplain at Buckingham Hospital. Hymns and prayers were led by Rev’d Tim Edworthy, the Mayor’s Chaplain including the dedication prayer:

 

We, the people of Buckingham and beyond, rededicate ourselves to the service of others. Over the coming year, help us to acknowledge the value of all people: those who are rich and those who are less well off: the young and the old, the articulate and the silent, the active and the isolated, those who are troubled in mind, body or spirit.

We ask your blessing on all who work for others in our community. We thank you for the many things that make us proud to call this town our home, and we ask you to continue to bless us with your gifts.

Amen.

Guests included Cllr. Zahir Mohammed, Chair of Buckinghamshire Council, George Anson, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, Carolyn Cumming, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Greg Smith, MP for Buckingham, and a number of local Mayors.

The Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley said: The Civic Service on February 12th at Buckingham Parish Church gave us the opportunity to thank our Health and Social Care workers for their fantastic efforts during the difficult time of the pandemic. Representatives who came included those from the Swan Practice, Buckingham Community Hospital and many voluntary groups, all of whom brought light and hope during the dark time of Covid restrictions. My thanks to all involved, especially Revd Tim Edworthy, who led the service.

New snowflake motifs bring snow to Buckingham

Buckingham’s town centre has been lit up with brand new Christmas Motif lights. The silver and gold design features snowflakes – a fitting theme as snowflakes caused by Storm Arwen fell throughout the switch-on weekend, covering Buckingham in a light layer of snow.
The motifs, along with the icicle lights that are installed throughout the town centre, were switched on at 5.30pm on Saturday 27th November. Sadly, the planned Switch On event had to be cancelled, as the high winds forecast meant that the lighting and speakers required to run the entertainment could not be safely erected by the contractor. The planned festive market and entertainments were also cancelled due to safety concerns.
Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee told us: “The new lights are part of a continuous improvement to the festive lights in the town centre funded by the Town Council, with thanks to the town Council Officers who supported this event.”
Several more festive events are planned to take place in Buckingham, including the Christmas Parade, run by the Christmas Parade Committee and supported, facilitated and funded by the Town Council and the Community Fair on 11th December. Any Community Group wanting a stall at the Community Fair is asked to contact Amanda at the Town Council via email events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or phone: 01280 816 426.

Old Gaol and Christmas tree
Snowflake motifs outside the Town Hall
Christmas Lights above Binns and Boots
Buckingham Town Centre lit up with Christmas Lights

Meet Elf on the Shelf and have your picture taken in a giant snow globe – free fun at Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On!

Have your photo taken in a giant snow globe, completely free at this year’s fantastic Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On, on Saturday 27th November from 4 pm. A brilliant opportunity for anyone wishing to tick this experience off their wish list!

The snow globe is just one of many brand new features for this year’s event, which takes place in Buckingham town centre. There will be a chance to meet the Elf on the Shelf (on the ground) and a fully packed festive market, which will run from 4 – 8 pm. The market offers hot food and drink, including delicious mulled wine, tasty burgers, waffles, cakes and artisan hot chocolate.  Other stalls will be selling wreaths, traditional toys, handmade gifts, luxury candles, ceramics, personalised gifts and more.

Support from local traders for the event is high, with a number of local shops offering pop up stalls at the market, including Howe’s the Florist, the University Book Shop and Finca El Monte, while others plan to keep their shops open late on the day including Dandy Lions and Cornwall Place Kitchen.

A wonderful line up of entertainment begins at 4pm with young people from Stagecoach Buckingham, followed by Winslow Concert Band, Sami: the Bard of Buckingham and recorder ensemble Strictly Recorders. From 6.30 pm at the Main Stage area Bittersweet Music singer Suzy Smith will lead the crowd to sing along to some Christmas carols. The light switch on itself will happen at 7pm, after a countdown led by the Mayor of Buckingham.

Last Christmas the Town Council marked the start of the season with an at-home Christmas Lights Switch On.  A video was produced of homes and businesses brightly coloured displays and set to music from the Bard of Buckingham. The Town Council hopes that this same community spirit will lead to a fantastic atmosphere at the Christmas Lights Switch On event.

This year, the icicle lights hung around the town will be joined by a new set of white and gold motifs on lamp posts.  The Christmas tree has again been provided Buckinghamshire Council.  The star on top was donated to the town by the Buckingham branch of the Women’s Institute.

Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee told us: “After not being able to hold a Christmas lights switch on event last year, Town Council staff have been working with the Town Centre & Events Committee to ensure that this year’s event provides a valuable opportunity for the community to welcome the coming of Christmas in Buckingham.  The event, and the lights themselves, are provided thanks to the planning and investment undertaken by Buckingham Town Councillors in previous years.  We continue to facilitate and provide Christmas lights to support our local economy and long may that remain the case.”

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

 

Winter Fair

The Lace Hill Winter Fair is back! This event is open to all, so bring the family and join us for a jolly afternoon at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre. The aim of the Winter Fair event is to bring the community together in a festive celebration and support local crafters, groups and businesses. It will also be a great opportunity to start some Christmas shopping if you haven’t already.

For more information regarding events, visit our events page.

Hallowe’en Party

Halloween event poster

Join us at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre for a fantastic family friendly Hallowe’en Disco Party on Friday 29th October 6-9pm. We will have extra fun games and prizes for the best dressed.

This is a ticketed event only and children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are on sale at the Lace Hill Centre and the Tourist Information Centre now, limited capacity so make sure you book soon.

Happy Halloween!