River Rinse 2

The second River Rinse is taking place on Sunday 9th October 2022, going from the bypass in Bourton Park and upstream towards the cricket club.

Stowe Aqua Club members will be on hand to pull any debris from the river and volunteers and members of Buckingham Town Council will litter pick along the riverbank and collect the debris found in the river.

Does your dog have the waggiest tail or look most like its owner?

Do you have the cutest puppy, Golden Oldie or Gorgeous Gal then why not enter the Buckingham Dog Show on Sunday. There will be a bouncy castle and food traders including The Cheeky Pitstop and J & l Snacks.  Why not treat yourself to an ice cream from Marks Ices?

Held in the paddock in Bourton Park and organised by Buckingham Town Council this fun dog show is sponsored by long-term supporters Kimberly Cox Dog Training, who offers dog and puppy training classes and Buckingham-based Woofs and Washes, a dog grooming salon and pet portraiture studio. Other sponsors are Arden Grange Pet foods and Leaders Property Letting and Estate Agents.

Registration starts at 11am and judging at 12 noon.  Classes are Cutest Puppy 5-12 months, Fabulous Fella, Gorgeous Gal, Best Rescue, Dog Most Like Its Owner, Golden Oldie 7 yrs and over, Waggiest tail, Junior handler 16yrs and under. 

Rosettes supplied by Kimberley Cox Dog Training and certificates will be presented to the first, second and third in each class and the winner of each class will go through to Best In Show.

Stall holders are LCA Pet Supplies which offer natural dog treats, pet bedding and leads.  In the Dog ‘Ouse, selling natural dog treats.  Woofs and Washes offering bandannas and bow ties.  Promoting photography, grooming and teeth cleaning services. Nalas Natural Nibbles, Bucks, Berks, Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust who will have information on the work of the wildlife trust and information on the Children’s Wildlife Watch Club. They will also have advice on wildlife gardening and volunteering.

Lead Cllr Lisa O’Donoghue said “We started this event in 2013 due to complaints we had received from park users, as a dog owner at the time I helped organise the event and I’m pleased to say with support from local businesses and volunteers it has gone from strength to strength.  Our ‘for fun’ dog show has regular attendees, plus new dogs strutting their stuff and allowing their owners to socialise in a safe environment.  You don’t even need to have a dog to come along, bring a picnic and spend the afternoon making lots of 4-legged friends”

Entry forms can be picked up on the day or downloaded from the Town Council website www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk

And the winners are: floral displays wow Buckingham

The winners of this year’s Buckingham in Bloom awards were presented with their prizes by Town Mayor Cllr, Margaret Gateley at a ceremony in Chandos Park on Friday.

The categories this year were Best Gardens, Hanging Baskets/Containers and

Wildlife Garden. Judges looked at overall beauty, variety and planting schemes which achieved sustainability through reduced use of water, organic gardening or other approaches

In the Baskets/Container category:

  • 1st place - Mr Lawler. Judges were most impressed with the use of space and colour and commented on the hanging basket drip system used to avoid waste of water.
  • 2nd Place - Mr Rayner. Judges felt the containers were beautiful and well maintained, with a big visual impact.
  • 3rd Place - Mr Bryant. Judges commented on the good variety of plants.

Front Garden category:

  • 1st place – Mr Wilkins - Judges were most impressed with the colour, variety of plants, design and shape in this beautiful front garden.
  • 2nd Place - Mrs Griffiths. Judges thought the garden was overall impressive and well maintained.

An entry was received from some of the residents of Bluebell Close entering their gardens as a group.  As there was no Community Garden category this year, it was agreed that they would be given a commendation award.

Former Councillor Terry Bloomfield had been heavily involved in Buckingham in Bloom when he was a Councillor, and kindly donated a cup and some prizes to be awarded to the winners.

Town Mayor Cllr Margaret Gately said that “It was a real treat to judge Buckingham in Bloom and to see the beautiful gardens, baskets and containers which people around our town had worked hard to create. It was great to see the vibrant colours of the plants and flowers, a delight for us all to enjoy.”

A real way along the railway

For some years, Buckingham Town Council has been campaigning for all roads within the bypass to be 30mph and lit, so they were disappointed by Buckinghamshire Council’s recent decision to reduce the speed limit on Tingewick Road to only 40mph.

The Town Council’s Planning Committee considers it imperative to implement the s106 agreement for St Rumbold’s Fields immediately so that residents of this 400-dwelling estate will be able to access the London Road schools and the industrial estate in safety on foot or by bicycle. The route of the old railway – the Scenic Walk at the Tingewick Road end, and Railway Walk from the University’s car park to the bypass – is intended to become a combined cycle and pedestrian path with streetlighting, which will have access to Chandos Road via a ‘permissive path’ link through the University’s land.

The s106 agreement states that the details of the footway/cycleway works should have been agreed, laid out and constructed before any occupation of the housing and that deadline passed some time ago. It will involve drainage works as well as the path construction and will take some time to construct once the details have been agreed. Meanwhile, schoolchildren and employees of companies on the Industrial Park will have to negotiate the mud and rough surface of the Scenic Walk – or cross a 40mph road to use the footpath on the north side of Tingewick Road to go through the town. The other option is to use the car, adding to the traffic on the bypass.

Councillor Mark Cole JP, Chairman of the Planning Committee, said: “We will continue to push for the speed limit to be lowered to 30mph, but meantime we call on the developers to meet their obligation under the s106 agreement to construct this much-needed footpath. If it is not usable for pedestrians and cyclists, then car use will increase, against all national and local initiatives to get people out of their cars.”

 

Buckingham Town Centre is blooming with colour

Buckingham town centre is awash with colour again this year with colourful planters and hanging baskets provided by Buckingham Town Council.

Local nursery Preston Bissett Nurseries have planted up 60 hanging baskets while Plantscape has created 14 planters all with a stunning display of red, white and purple, petunias, verbena, begonias, trailing ivy and geraniums.

The planters outside the sorting office are full of bottle brushes, canna lilies and geraniums.  These are maintained by the Town Councils Green Spaces Team along with the planters and hanging baskets.

The flowers add to a beautiful and natural street scene in Buckingham, complimenting the strong local high street – packed full of local traders and independent businesses.

Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Cllr Robin Stuchbury said “It is good that once again the Buckingham Town Council events committee have continued to fund the town centre planters and hanging baskets.

This is part of our ongoing activities throughout the year to create an ambience within the town centre to support our traders and market and create a more pleasant experience for the residents and visitors coming into our community and making use of our town centre. I’m personally pleased with how well the planters look this year and hope the residents and visitors will enjoy and value them equally throughout the summer months.”

Picnic on the Pitch

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To celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee, join us for a Picnic on the Pitch. On Saturday 4th June 2022 from 11am-3pm, we invite everyone to Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre for a fantastic afternoon of FREE family entertainment. Meet up with family and friends, bring a blanket and enjoy some live music, games, and bar.

 

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.

May Day

Children from local primary schools will be taking part in the May Day celebrations on Tuesday 3rd May 2022 with traditional country dancing and may pole dancing on the green outside St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church from 11am.

Holocaust Memorial Day

A new Holocaust Memorial Day Stone will be unveiled at the eastern end of Bourton Park on Thursday 27th January 2022 at 11am in order to provide somewhere for people to reflect during the year, as well as a focal point for the annual day of remembrance.

The event will be led by the Town Mayor as a reflective, respectful and Covid-safe inauguration for the Holocaust Memorial Day stone.