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."

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.”

 

New venue for Buckingham’s The Film Place

Buckingham Town Council’s Planning Committee has not hesitated to support an application from the University of Buckingham to permit the use of the 156-seat ground floor lecture theatre in the Vinson Building by The Film Place on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Film Place, Buckingham’s local cinema, has been using a lecture theatre in the Chandos Road Building since 2005, but access for the less able is more difficult, and the move will open up more of the Vinson Building for public use, as outlined in its own planning application in 2016. Eight new parking places, are to be provided at the southern end of the Building, close to two existing blue badge bays, and any overflow can be accommodated in the island car park.

We look forward to promoting approval of this application by Buckinghamshire Council, and to the Opening Night at the new venue.

Cllr. Mark Cole JP, Chairman of the Planning Committee, said “this further strengthens the ongoing relationship between Town and Gown, and we are grateful to the Vice-Chancellor to agreeing to accommodate the cinema in this wonderful building, which already welcomes the public to its other facilities”.

BandJam to Rock Buckingham Town Centre

BandJam is back! A full nine hours of free live music will rock Buckingham Town Centre from 1 – 10pm on Sun 28th August.

BandJam is organised by the BandJam Group, headed up by Lee Maloney from The New Inn Pub in Buckingham. Lee always hunts out an exciting line up for the event, and BandJam 2022 is no exception, with returning favourites and some incredible first timers including: Krissy Matthews, 60s Jukebox, Brothers Homebrew, The Reformers, Big Head, Twisted Echo, Liquid Stone and more.

As well as fantastic food and drink available from local shops and restaurants Go Greek Food and J&R Burgers will be at the event to help keep the festival well fed.

BandJam is supported by Buckingham Town Council who fund the event and arrange logistical support, as part of their work to support the local economy.

Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre & Events Committee said: “Having been fortunate to have been involved in BandJam since it first arrived in the town centre, I’m looking forward to another day of entertainment and music.  BandJam provides an opportunity for people to gather at a free event, meet each other and catch up on what everyone’s been doing; against the backdrop of live music. I would like to say a large thank you to the BandJam Group and Lee Maloney, Buckingham Town Council staff, the security company and last but most importantly, the continued support of committee members to put on such events which support trade in the town.”

 

Families enjoy a swashbuckling outdoor performance of Peter Pan by J.M Barrie

Last Wednesday audiences were flown to Neverland to watch two outdoor performances of Peter Pan by J.M Barrie in the leafy and historic surroundings of St Peter and St Paul’s Church. Families joined Illyria theatre on the Green and brought blankets, chairs, and picnics to watch the open-air shows in style and comfort.

There was something for everyone, with singing, real-flying, and colourful characters. The five cast members had plenty of energy, changing costumes at record speed to play the various characters. When Captain Hook was swallowed up by a giant crocodile the crowd erupted with bellyfuls of laughter and cheer!

Buckingham Town Council were delighted to be able to organise the opportunity for residents to enjoy family outdoor theatre in town and provide complimentary tickets to YC2 - Buckingham and Winslow Young carers group and Ukrainian families currently residing in town and nearby villages.

Councillor Robin Stuchbury, chair of Town Centre and Events committee said “It is always rewarding to see families coming together and enjoying themselves. None of this would be possible without the support of members and staff and the council agreeing our budget to facilitate these kinds of events on behalf of the community we are so fortunate to represent.”

No BBQs in Buckingham’s Parks

As the warmer weather returns, the Town Council is reminding visitors to its parks that barbecues are not permitted in Buckingham’s parks and green spaces. Unfortunately, in recent years, our team and the local Fire Brigade have had to deal with the damage that resulted from discarded or uncontrolled BBQs. With the current extremely dry conditions it is essential to avoid open flames.

Barbecues regularly leave behind scorched patches of burned grass that take months to recover and damage our beautiful surroundings.

Everyone who visits Buckingham’s parks and green spaces should also make sure they bag up their rubbish and take it home where it can be recycled or disposed of responsibly. This will help to reduce litter and protect wild animals who can become trapped and entangled in dumped items.

We want everyone to enjoy themselves during the summer in our parks and greenspaces. So please, pack up a picnic and fill up a cool-bag for a day in the park – but please dispose of your litter properly and leave your barbecues at home.

Cllr. Ryan Willett, Vice-Chair of the Environment Committee said “I recognise the weather is beautiful at the moment and people want to enjoy our parks with their friends and family but please remember to take your rubbish home with you and avoid using disposable barbeques as it can quickly ruin our lovely sensory and harm our wildlife.”

Buckingham backs the Lionesses

In the run-up to the final of the UEFA Women’s European Championships 2022, Buckingham Town Council flew St. George’s flags across the town centre to show support for the England squad.

After a very tense and challenging game between England and Germany that took place on Sunday 31st July, the lionesses managed to win the tournament and secure a place in history and in our hearts! They showcased oodles of talent and we are very proud of what they have achieved. It has been a pleasure to be so close to the hub of some of the games and see mascots, some of which live in Buckingham and play for the local football clubs, representing the country and the England team.

Town Mayor, Cllr. Margaret Gateley said “What a fantastic, if nail-biting, match it was on Sunday evening! Well done to the amazing England Women’s Football Team! Buckingham was supporting them with England flags displayed in the town centre, as well as local team mascots at Wembley. What a boost it was for women’s football! Well done the Lionesses!”