Bonfire and Fireworks 3rd November

On the evening of Saturday 3rd November Bourton Park Paddock will be the venue for this year’s annual Bonfire and Fireworks display and new for this year the Lord John Robartes Regiment of Foote.

An explosive 17th Century English Civil War re-enactment group, the Regiment of Foote will perform a short display in traditional clothing at 6.15pm then a short sword melee at 6.40pm before taking part in Buckingham’s traditional torchlight procession, lighting of the Bonfire and Fireworks display starting at 7pm.

The Paddock will also host hot food stalls and drinks from 6pm.

Join us for this free event!

If you need any more information please contact Amanda at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816 426.

 

 

BOOKING OPEN: Pop-Up Ice Rink 26th November until 2nd December

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Booking is now open for Buckingham’s very own artificial ice rink experience!

The ick rink will be held at cattlepens, opening on the 26th November and staying until Sunday 2nd December. Weekday sessions are from 3pm-9pm with weekend slots from 11am-9pm.

Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Office, or can be booked online. Prices are £6 for adults 16+ and £4.50 for children aged 2-12. Each ticket is for half an hour of skating and includes skate hire and an extra ten minutes for changing shoes. Please remember that under 8s MUST be accompanied by an adult.

This weekend at Buckingham Fringe

 

Family Quiz Night

There’s some fantastic prizes up for grabs tonight, for the winning team and the winner of the children’s round at Buckingham Town Council’s family Quiz Night! Bring your family and friends and have a go, tonight 7pm at Buckingham Community Centre.

Friday 20th July, entry is £2.50 with under 12s FREE. Ticket price includes snacks (please bring your own drinks). Tickets can be purchased on the door or at The Tourist Information, The Old Goal, Buckingham

Family Camp Out Day and Astronomy Evening

This fascinating FREE day starts at 3pm with sun gazing via specialist telescopes, and activities for children including badge making and a scavenger hunt – cardboard BUZZ ALDRIN and TIM PEAKE will be joining the fun too.

From 8pm Milton Keynes based UK astronomy will be there with a wide range of telescopes to try and two experts on hand to guide the way.

Keep your eye out for some dancing from Zumba Janey too.

Saturday 21st July, starts 3pm at The Paddock, Bourton Park, Buckingham

Family Fun Day

Sunday brings Lace Hill’s Family Fun Day! An afternoon of family fun, food, stalls and bouncy castle!

Sunday 22nd July, Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre, Buckingham, 1-4pm

Thursday at the Fringe

 

Youth Project

This joint project between the Buckingham School and the Royal Latin School has been running for more than 10 years. The two schools come together to produce an evening of art and drama – this years theme is ‘Community’ and the students have been working to create an absorbing night open to all members of the project to enjoy.

Last year’s performance was highly rated by our Town Mayor who left a glowing review.

From 7pm tonight, 19th July, at the Buckingham School, Buckingham

Buckingham Acoustic Club regulars Safari Boots performing at Music in the Market 2018

Buckingham Acoustic Club

The Woolpack pub hosts Buckingham Acoustic Club in their front room. The club that has been running for more than 15 years and showcases an incredibly diverse group of performers; from local performers and songwriters that are just beginning their journey to semi-professional guitarists and singers.

From 8:30pm tonight , 19th July, at the Woolpack, Well Street, Buckingham

Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre

lacehillcentre@buckingham-tc.gov.uk | www.lacehillsportsandcommunity.co.uk


Looking for a local venue to hire, want to start a new activity, organise a fundraising event or thinking of volunteering? Then contact the Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre Co-ordinator today!

Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre is a welcoming facility situated on the new Lace Hill estate, owned and operated by Buckingham Town Council. There are two main rooms, a Sports Hall and a Committee Room, that offer a range of activities from sports to exercise and private functions. Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre aims to provide a well maintained, accessible community resource for the benefit of Buckingham residents, contributing to community growth, development, and the economic wellbeing of the local area.

The Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre is located at: Catchpin Street, Buckingham MK18 7RR See Location

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Hiring the Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre

The Sports and Community Centre consists of:
The Committee Room:

  • Capacity of up to 40 people
  • Suitable for small meetings
  • Includes 20 committee chairs and committee tables
  • The facilities are normally available between 7am and 11pm.  Bookings required outside of this time will be considered on an individual basis dependent on the proposed use.
  • All hirers have use of a kitchen and male, female and accessible toilets.

The Sports Hall:

  • Capacity of up to 100 people
  • The hall is suitable for a variety of sports and social activities (parties, fundraising events and sports competitions)
  • Includes 100 chairs and 20 tables
  • The facilities are normally available between 7am and 11pm.  Bookings required outside of this time will be considered on an individual basis dependent on the proposed use.
  • All hirers have use of a kitchen and male, female and accessible toilets.

Sports Pitches:

  • Two full size football pitches
  • Four changing rooms
  • Two referee rooms including showers
  • All hirers have use of a kitchen and male, female and accessible toilets.

For further information, please click here for:

Hire Agreement
Pricing Structure
Timetable

For more information about temporary event licences please contact Aylesbury Vale District Council’s licensing department or see information here.

News and Events

11+Tuition Study Centre at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre

Are you a parent or guardian currently looking for 11 plus tuition support for your child? From January 2019, study lessons will be available initially every Wednesday, term time, 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Please follow the links provided below for further information and to register your interest.

https://the11plusinstitute.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/theelevenplusinstitute/ 

Upcoming Event

 

Our next community event is on Sunday the 25th November,  the Lace Hill Winter Fair!

If you would like a stall at this event, stalls are £5, please get in touch as soon as possible. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

 

 

 

Sports in Buckingham:
If you are a Sports Club/Activity Organisation I would like to hear from you! As part of a BTC initiative to help make Buckingham a healthy and active town we would like to feature your details on a register that will then be accessed via a link on the BTC website. If this is something you would like to be part of please email the Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre Coordinator at: lacehillcentre@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

 

Parent & Toddler groups

There are now two Parent & Toddler groups that run from the centre;

Lace Hill Rising Stars every Monday 10am – 12pm, excluding bank holidays only.

Lace Hill Gymnastics Toddler Group – Mondays 1.30pm – 3pm and most Fridays 9.30am – 11am, excluding bank holidays only.

For more up to date information please search Lace Hill Rising Stars, and Lace Hill Gymnastics Club on Facebook or alternatively contact the Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre Coordinator via: lacehillcentre@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or on 01280 812 872.

History

Buckinghamshire Lace is a very fine pillow lace, and the making of it provided an income for local women until the First World War, especially here in Buckingham. Lace making is part of the Town’s industrial heritage.

A typical Buckinghamshire Lace motif is the ‘cucumber’, a short fat oval with a line of holes (to represent seeds) inside; the Mayor’s jabot, a decorative collar, has a strip of cucumber pattern lace. Very complex patterns might need as many as a hundred bead-weighted bobbins and these were often carved and decorated.

Town Councillors chose a mixture of names for the streets on Lace Hill– some tools, like Pillow, Bobbin, Linen, Silk, and some stitches, like Mayflower, Butterfly, Constance and Rosemary.

As for the name for the estate: Lace Hill is just for ease of reference. This does not need to form part of the postal address. The Town Council is grateful for the expert help of Kay Bradley, Kay Meadows and Helene Hill in compiling the list of possible street names.

Contact Us

For more information about the Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre or for bookings, please contact Sam Hoareau, Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre Coordinator
at: lacehillcentre@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or on 01280 812 872.

Address: Catchpin Street, Buckingham MK18 7RR

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Town Centre and Events

Chaired by Councillor Terry Bloomfield

The Town Centre & Events Committee organises many of the events held in Buckingham such as the Pancake Race, Food Fair, Comedy Nights, Christmas Light Switch On and River Rinses. It also facilitates the Charter Fair, Music In The Market and Bandjam as well as the Christmas Parade by organising the road closures and undertaking other tasks associated with the events.
View our Meetings Calendar

Hanging baskets and planters are organised by the committee every year. It has worked hard over the last few years to provide the Christmas motifs and icicle lights.

Over the years, the committee has built up a very good working relationship with external organisations including the Police, organisers of the music events and those that help to make each event a success.

Details of events can be found in our Buckingham Town Matters newsletter and on our Events Page.

 Town Centre & Events Committee Terms of Reference

Upcoming Town Centre & Events Committee Meetings

  • 15th October 2018 Agenda
  • 3rd December 2018 Agenda

To access all past committee agendas, reports and minutes, including this year, please click here.

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Events

These are events which Buckingham Town Council have either organised or are involved in. Please check our calendar for details and dates of this year’s events.
Calendar

Annual Events – 2018

February
Pancake RaceTuesday 13th –This is held on the green outside St Peter and St Paul’s Church and is open to all ages. There is a prize for the winner of each race. All entrants must wear a headscarf and apron and bring their own frying pan.

Food FairSaturday 24th – Held in Buckingham Community Centre and allows local producers to show off their wares. Among the exhibitors that have taken part in the past are Open Air Foods, Party Bakes, Pastilla Pies (now called Monty Pieman), Sugar Chef and Silverstone Brewery.

March
Commonwealth DayMonday 12th – The Mayor will raise the Commonwealth Flag outside the community centre in commemoration of the day.

Easter Crafternoon Tea FairSaturday 24th – An Easter event for the whole family at the Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre. £1 entrance to browse the stalls. Tea and cake available to purchase. Free crafts and games for the children.

April
Spring FairSunday 8th – A family event that is held in the cattle pens area of the town centre. It is made up of local people who want to swap and exchange ideas on local produce and crafting, such as knitting, crocheting and quilting.

May
Maypole DancingTuesday 1st –Traditional maypole dancing performed by the local school children on the green outside St Peter and St Paul’s Church.

Music In The MarketSunday 27th – Held on the Sunday of the last Bank Holiday weekend in May. Organised by Buckingham Acoustic Club and facilitated by Buckingham Town Council. The event is held in the Bull Ring in Buckingham Town Centre and is free to everyone.

July
Buckingham Fringe WeekSaturday 14th to Sunday 22nd – A week of events put on by Buckingham Town Council and local organisations. Last year’s events included kite flying, a fun dog show, cream teas, live music, dance, drama and comedy! See our events calendar or our Fringe Brochure for details of individual events.

Play Around the ParishesVarious – Taking place in July and August, the ever popular Play Around The Parishes will be back in Chandos Park. There will be fun and games for children ages 0 – 12 years. The event is free to all. If wet, at George Grenville Academy, MK18 1AP.

August
BandjamSunday 26th – This is held in the Bull Ring in Buckingham Town Centre and is held on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend. Organised by Bandjam and facilitated by Buckingham Town Council, this very popular event brings together local bands.

September
Good Endings Fair Saturday 8th –  The focus will be on preparing fro the end of life, and helping challenge taboos around death and dying. We hope the event will encourage family discussions towards the aim of achieving a ‘good death’ for everyone.

Dog Show – Sunday 9th – Held in the paddock in Bourton Park, local organisations such as dog groomers, search and rescue dogs and medical detection dogs come together to let the public know about their organisations. There is also a dog show with many different classes and prizes.

River RinseSunday 23rd – First of the annual river rinses. A section of the river is chosen and with the help of Stowe Sub Aqua Group, the fire service and local volunteers, the river is cleaned of debris such as tyres, shopping trolleys, bottles and tree branches.

October
River Rinse – Sunday 7th – Second of the annual river rinses. Same as above

Charter FairSaturday 13th & 20th – Buckingham’s first charter to hold the annual market/fair was given by Mary I in 1554 and the second charter was given by Charles II in 1658. The charter was only granted to the town to hold fairs on a Saturday and not any other day. Today the showman arrive on the Friday and leave early on Sunday morning for both fairs. Nichols Amusements run the fair and the Town Council organises the road closure and helps to bring the fair safely into town.

November
Bonfire & FireworksSaturday 3rd – Organised by the Town Council, this event takes place in the paddock in Bourton Park. Entry is free to the public and a BBQ is supplied by the Girl Guides.

December
Christmas Light Switch OnSaturday 1st – People gather outside the Old Gaol to see the Mayor switch on the lights and to sing carols round the tree. There is also a Christmas Artisan Market during the afternoon and evening with festive goodies.

Christmas ParadeSaturday 15th – Organised by the Christmas Parade Committee and facilitated by Buckingham Town Council. For over 30 years the parade has been thrilling the large crowds that gather to see everything from marching bands to floats. Prizes are awarded to the best float and best walking group.

Community Fair Saturday 15th – This well attended event takes place in the Community Centre after the Christmas Parade. Charities, local groups and societies are given the chance to raise funds by selling Christmas cards, gifts and cakes.

Could you help out at events?

Do you have some spare time and would like to volunteer at Town Council events? Whether it be marshalling at the Christmas Parade and Remembrance Day parade or even taking the Mayor’s charity buckets round at events, contact Amanda Brubaker, our Events Co-ordinator, by e-mail events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or phone 01280 816426.

Comedy Nights
Now in its 5th year, the Buckingham Comedy Nights are held quarterly in The Old Town Hall, Buckingham. The event is organised by Buckingham Town Council and comedians such as Paul Chowdhry, Miles Jupp, Seann Walsh and Jeremy Hardy have graced the stage and supplied plenty of humour.

Buckingham Action Group

In 2012, a multiagency group was set up to co-ordinate activities for young people in Buckingham. The group is made up of representatives from Buckingham Town Council, AVDC, BCC, Thames Valley Police, Project Street Life, Buckingham Youth Centre and the Buckingham NAG. The group initially focused on providing diversionary activities for young people at risk of causing anti-social behaviour and so over the past few years the group have secured funding to run a range of activities for young people aged 11 years and up over the summer holidays, which is where traditionally there is a spike in youth anti-social behaviour calls. Having reviewed the activities run in the past, the group are now looking at setting up recurring activities during term time as well as the school holidays to compliment the current youth offer in the town. Funding is currently being sought to set up a boxing club, summer basketball sessions, American Football sessions and a gaming league. For more information about the group contact either the Town Council or the Communities team at AVDC on 01296 585301.

 

 

Please Note: Events organised by Buckingham Town Council may be photographed and these photographs may be published.

Our Services

Buckingham Town Council is the local Council for the town of Buckingham in the County of Buckinghamshire. The Town Council provides a wide range of services and facilities including the cemetery, parks and green spaces, allotments and many others.

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There are many old styles of housing in the streets off the town centre.