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.”

Free Play Around the Parishes and Basketball Sessions are back for the Summer Holidays

Are you looking for something free to do with your children during the summer holidays?

Organised by Buckinghamshire Council and funded by Buckingham Town Council the first session of Play Around the Parishes took place in Chandos Park on Tuesday.  These free turn-up and play sessions for 1 – 12yr olds have giant games, bouncy castles, arts and crafts and more. There will be two more sessions this year, the next one is on 17th August and then again on 22nd August.

Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the TC&E Committee had the following to say after attending the session on Tuesday “Having attended the play around the parishes today it was so good to see so many young people take advantage of this free activity funded by the Town Council and for parents and grandparents alike to take part and enjoy.”

Coach Jenner will be back on Monday 1st August, with the free turn-up and play basketball sessions. The first session will be in Chandos Park from 5:30 – 6:30pm for ages 8 – 12 yrs. The second session for 13yrs + takes place in Bourton Park starting at 6:45pm. All equipment is provided.

The basketball sessions have been running in Buckingham for several years and are very popular with local young people.  Over the years several young people have gone on to join basketball clubs in Milton Keynes and even play for the County.  Sessions will be running every Monday through August and are completely free.

Coach Jenner said "Parents, make sure you bring your child down to our welcoming basketball sessions at Chandos Park. Basketball experience is not necessary, our coaches start with the basics at first and build up participants' skills over the summer sessions. Boys and girls make friendships really quickly and it is great fun. Plus it is absolutely free."

Stage set for Peter Pan to fly in for open-air theatrical treat

Award-winning outdoor theatre company, Illyria, bring their fabulous open-air production of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie to the Green by St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church next Wednesday 3rd August 2022. This enchanting family tale will delight audiences of all ages. Laugh, applaud, sing along, and watch the magic unfold in leafy and historic surroundings.

Arranged by Buckingham Town Council, Councillor Robin Stuchbury, chair of the Town Centre and Events committee said “This year there is another opportunity for young people to witness outdoor theatre within the community. It will bring people of all ages together and allow them to experience something quite tremendous. We hope the performance will enrich their summer activities in a shared experience with their parents and grandparents.”

Book tickets to go on an unforgettable adventure to Neverland with fairies, pirates, and real flying online at: www.illyria.co.uk. Performances are at 2.30pm and 6pm, lasting approximately 2 hours with a 20-minute interval. As this event is open air, please bring low-backed seating or a blanket to watch the show in comfort. Gates will open one hour before the show start time for picnics.

“Peter Pan” is presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk