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!

 

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.

Fun Fact Friday: What Goes Into Our Events?

Most residents will be aware of the range of events that the Town Council either arranges itself, or supports when arranged by others. But even those arranged by others need considerable background work by the Town Council and particularly Amanda, our Events Co-ordinator, who runs most of the Town Councils regular events including this year’s brand new event Celebrate Buckingham Day.

This year we have run many additional bounce back events, to support the town and local businesses as they recover from covid-19 closures. These events involved many additional staff including (but not limited to) Sam, the Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre Manager (who also runs annual events based at Lace Hill), Emma the Town Centre Manager and Russell our Markets Manager. These projects included the Otter Trail, outdoor theatre performances of Alice in Wonderland and many weeks of varied Market Entertainment.

Some events are “outsourced” but still require our involvement. Others involve third-party contractors for specialist work. For example, although the Charter Fair is organised by the Showmen’s Guild, we still have to arrange the road closure (in this case, a complicated “rolling road-closure”) which requires a small army of marshals. Similarly, the Christmas Parade is run by the Christmas Parade Committee, but it is the Town Council, who have the trained personnel and requisite signage, that is responsible for the road closure. Music in the Market is run by the Buckingham Acoustic Club, and BandJam is run by the organisation of that name – but we still look after the road closures and arrange first aid, refreshment vendors, security etc.

Even the Town Council’s own events often require specialist inputs, such as the staging, lighting and sound at the Christmas Lights switch-on, the bonfire building and barriers putting out for the Bonfire & Fireworks – plus heaps of meetings, telephone calls and emails until all the ducks are in line. As you can imagine, lots of events in quick succession, like the Fringe Week, take masses of organising.

On top of all that, all of our social media and posters are designed and produced in house and displayed – and cleared away after events. For the Fringe Week an entire booklet is designed working with our newsletter designer.

We also assist with events put on by others, such as the Remembrance Parade and the Scout Parade scheduled for this year, by sorting out and marshalling the road closures.

We are often asked to consider new events. We constantly review all of them to see what improvements might be made, and this year we will continue to review them all in detail to ensure that they remain financially viable, well supported, and in keeping with our wider aspirations. After all, arranging entertainments is not a primary role of Town Councils, and we want to ensure that as many as possible enjoy the events put on at their cost.

Interested in our Autumn and Winter 2021 events? You can find out more on our events calendar.

But what do you think? We always welcome your views.

This blog post originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Buckingham Town Matters Newsletter and has been updated.

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.

Outdoor Theatre: Alice In Wonderland 6:00 PM

This summer, Boxtree Productions presents a production of Alice in Wonderland in Buckingham!

Get ready to join Alice on her wild adventure as she goes down the rabbit hole and meets the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter.

Buy tickets here!

As this event is open air, please appropriately and bring a blanket to sit on.

Don’t forget an eye out on our social media @buckinghamtc for more information. You can also join our Facebook event page for updates.

Buy tickets here!

Outdoor Theatre: Alice In Wonderland 2:30 PM

This summer, Boxtree Productions presents a production of Alice in Wonderland in Buckingham!

Get ready to join Alice on her wild adventure as she goes down the rabbit hole and meets the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter.

Buy tickets here!

As this event is open air, please appropriately and bring a blanket to sit on.

Don’t forget an eye out on our social media @buckinghamtc for more information. You can also join our Facebook event page for further updates.

Buy tickets here!

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.