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The Inner Wheel of Buckingham

The Inner Wheel Club of Buckingham will be serving home made soup, crusty bread and scones at the community centre on Tuesday, February 1 from noon to 2pm.

Please come and join us. All proceeds to local charities.

The Inner Wheel Club of Buckingham are holding a Beetle Drive on Saturday, January 29 at Well Street Centre, tickets cost £7.50 per person and include a hot supper.

Contact Pam Coughlan 01280 814440 or Gerry Bluck 01280 824536 for more information.

Everyone welcome, all proceeds to local charities.

Buckingham Canal Society

It has been an excellent year for the Buckingham Canal Society with increased membership and a lot of progress being made.

Rt Hon John Bercow MP has agreed to become a patron of the society joining Lord Boswell in that role.

In Spring, Halcrow carried out a feasibility study for us, partnerships were established with Buckinghamshire County Council, Buckingham Town Council, Buckingham Local Area Forum and Buckingham Green Infrastructure and British Waterways.

Discussions are in progress with Aylesbury Vale District Council and South Northamptonshire Council.

Our volunteer work parties have gone well with over 2,000 hours worked on site last year but there is still of work plenty do and new volunteers are always welcome.

We meet on alternate Thursdays and on the second Sunday of each month. For more information email info@buckinghamcanal.org.uk

If anyone wants to learn more about the work of the BCS over 2010, I suggest you join us at our cheese and wine/AGM social evening on Saturday, January 29 at 7.15pm at Buckingham Community Centre, Cornwall’s Meadow.

There will also be a slideshow and talk on the Recipe for Restoration of the Buckingham Canal

Royal British Legion - Buckingham Branch

The first monthly meeting of the year of the Buckingham Branch of the Royal British Legion will take place at the Bckingham Athletic Football Club in Stratford Road, Buckingham on Tuesday, January 25 at 7.30 pm.

Bob Aran will be giving a talk and presentation on fundraising for the legion.

Anybody interested is welcome to attend.

Twyford and Charndon WI

The first meeting of the new year was held in Twyford Village Hall.

President, Yve Robinson, wished members a happy new year and welcomed new member Denise Wallace.

The evening was described as a members evening and turned out to be a great success.

All our old scrapbooks, dating back many years, were displayed for members to look at and, for some people, they brought back happy memories as well as reminding us of members, sadly, now no longer with us.

While tea was being served teams of four battled with a quiz set by Yve which got our brains working.

The cups for the most points gained in our monthly competitions were then awarded.

The winner was Joni Thurtle and runner-up Edie Hubbard.

A presentation was also made to Beryl Smart who, after many years of work on the committee as well as taking office as president, vice president and a spell as group convener, has decided to take a rest.

Her dedicated work for the WI over the years has been much appreciated by the Institute and the presentation well deserved.

The February meeting will be our birthday meeting for members only.

We will meet in the Chapel School Room and enjoy a chinese meal.

The competition will be for a Chinese lantern.

Cherwell Cats Protection

We are appealing for people who love cats and fancy a new challenge to become a cat fosterer for the charity.

Cat fostering is hands on cat welfare work.

Cat fosterers look after felines on a short term basis, either in cat pens in their garden or a spare room in their home.

Becoming a cat fosterer can be very rewarding as it is a great chance to make a difference to the life of a needy feline while they are waiting to find a new home.

People from all walks of life who can spare some time are encouraged to contact the branch which provides an essential cat rehoming service in the local area.

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity.

The Cherwell branch, which covers the Banbury-Bicester-Brackley area, is part of the charity’s nationwide network of 256 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres that together help over 215,000 cats each year. Pat Murdoch, chair of the Cherwell branch, said: “Fostering cats for Cats Protection is a really worthwhile experience.

“Our cat carers gain a great deal of satisfaction helping cats get a second chance in life.

Not only do you get to take care of some wonderful animals, you also get to meet lots of new people so if you feel compassionate about the welfare of cats, we really want to hear from you.”

If you are interested in becoming a fosterer then

please call Pat Murdoch on 07716 596212 or by emailing themurdybird@aol.com.

Buckingham Probus Club

Although the December 9 was early in the month, it was an outstanding occasion for members of the Buckingham Probus Club.

In place of a regular meeting, they met at the Best Western Hotel in Buckingham.

Their Christmas lunch gives them one of the few opportunities to meet together with their wives and partners, and some 70 of them enjoyed an excellent Christmas lunch, in a festive and friendly atmosphere.

In January, members met at The Old Thatched Inn at Adstock on a day of all the ‘ones’ – 11/1/11.

An important part of the proceedings is for members to mingle and chat before going through to eat.

After a tasty meal, club president John Murray, announced birthdays occurring during the month.

They were Peter Bradley, Frank Blake and Norman Shipley.

The speaker for the meeting was Charlie Macdonald. Charlie gave a most interesting account of the life of the dwellers in the beautiful land adjacent to the Moray Firth. This is the part of Scotland in the very far north-east, where the North Sea takes a huge bite into the country.

In particular he spoke about times two hundred years ago, when the harsh winters and poor infrastructure made farming and making a living almost a matter of life and death.

At the conclusion of the talk, the raffle was won by Charlie himself, who chose the second prize of a bottle of wine.

The meeting closed with the club’s toast to Fellowship and Friendship.

Buckingham Twinning Association

Interested in France or Germany, or just want to make new friends?

Why not join Buckingham Twinning Association?

We are twinned with Mouvaux, near Lille, and are developing links with Neukirchen-Vluyn in Germany.

At £3 for an individual or £5 for a family, what do you have to lose?

Our first French film of 2011 is Après Vous starring Daniel Auteuil, at 8pm on Tuesday, January 25, in the Sunley Lecture Theatre, Chandos Road Building (thanks due to University of Buckingham). Come at 7.30pm for a glass of wine and join on the night.

On Saturday, February 12 from 10am to noon in the Old Gaol our ever popular coffee and croissant morning is open to all. If you are in town, just pop in and meet us.

Any questions? Go to www.buckinghamtwinning.org.uk or phone Chris Strain-Clark on 01280 816832.

Winslow Concert Band

Winslow Concert Band is very busy preparing for their annual concert, which this year is on February 26 in Winslow Public Hall.

The friendly and enthusiastic band, which includes members of all ages, look forward to entertaining you with a selection of well-known music that will have you tapping your feet and singing along!

The band are supporting Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance as their charity this year.

Further information from Alison Cockcroft on 01525 758 178 or secretary@winslowconcertband.co.uk

Brackley WI

Our first meeting of the year, was on January 10.

The snow had all gone, hoorah, (it rained cats and dogs instead); but that did not dampen the spirits of Brackley WI members and their visitors.

The hall was buzzing with wishes for a Happy New Year, as we paid our subscriptions for the year, and received our new yellow programme of future meetings.

The tables had on them many boards, waiting for names for activities such as skittles, a dabble - day in April, the annual dinner in March, country walks, a fashion show in April and a possible educational trip in summer, to name but a few.

The president welcomed members and visitors alike and proceeded to discuss WI business; once this was finished, we were introduced to Mr Keating who was to talk on the history of The Rothchilds and Waddesdon Manor.

Mr Keating is a very animated and interesting speaker, with such detailed knowledge of the family.

He has been a guide in the manor for many many years.

The Rothchilds originated from the Jewish ghettos of 18th century Frankfurt, and suffered many trials and tribulations.

They were money exchangers, at which the family excelled.

For tax purposes they were required to take a Germanic name, and many chose their profession, hence, Mr Keating pointed out, the reason for many Silvers and Goldsmiths names in Jewish families.

Over the years the family grew powerful, successful, socially discreet and the richest in the world.

For security reasons, and to keep it in the family,so to speak, it was necessary that sons and daughters marry first cousins.

This did not always work out healthily, and the order was reversed, fortunately though the family started to marry into royal circles, as they began to rise in power and wealth.

One marriage resulted in 15 children, but infant mortality claimed five children.

The ten left were five girls and five boys.

It was the five boys who were sent out in the world who made Rothchilds name what it is today. Nathan came to Britain.

The symbol of five arrows is on many a sheet of headed writing paper and carved into many a stone over doorways.

The Rothschilds, German for red shield which features in the centre of the family crest, helped the Duke of Wellington during the Napoleonic war, and later greatly impressed Queen Victoria herself.

They have done many good deeds socially, Nathan in particular paid for the building of a hospital for sick children in London.

The family loved big houses and wish to be noticed in high society.

Waddesdon Manor is very interesting indeed, as it looks very much like a French chateau.

Mr Keating had some slides to show us, and pointed out that the house is actually designed from many different French chateaux. Queen Victoria actually came by train, and carriage, to see the house.

The vast collections of china, clocks and objets d’art inside the manor are also French.

In 1957, the National Trust was invited to buy the manor, as the thought of splitting the collections up to sell, was too painful.

The National Trust said that they could not afford such a place.

The answer then was for the Rothschild’s to give it to them, and the family would pay for the upkeep.

Jacob is the present Lord and he oversees the manor business.

The talk was so interesting, and he had more to tell, but he knew we were ready for our tea and biscuits, so maybe he’ll come another time and continue the saga.

Mr Keating was well applauded.

Hope to see you on February 14, when Miss D Dean will talk on Water Issues in Western Kenya.

Please visit our web site, http://www.brackleywi.btik.com.

Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers Youth Club

A few hours calm and peace must have settled over Buckingham on Friday evening. Why? Well YC2 Buckingham & Winslow Young Carers Youth Club, travelled to CMK for the panto Dick Whittington and the

noise levels going there/in the theatre/returning was such that most of the club leaders experienced temporary deafness!

25 of us set out to prove that Buckingham may be small and far away from the big cities but we have very loud voices.

The panto was bright, funny and very very entertaining.

Joanna Page of Gavin and Stacey fame made a sweet Welsh Alice - girlfriend to Dick - an excellent singer; Sarah, the dame was spectacularly well-bosomed and very saucy and had more changes of costume than all the rest of the cast put together.

The whole show rested on the comic talents of Idle Jack who was a genius in making every situation funny-even when his false leg fell off and we were all told to close our eyes while he sidled off stage!

Face from the A Team was a wonderfully boo- able King Rat and yes - although poor Dick did discover that the streets of London were not paved with gold, he and his trusty feline partner did eventually manage to outwit the baddie rodents, win the hand of his true love and become Lord Mayor of London. Surprised? Oh yes you are!

The greatest laughs though were reserved for the King and Crown Prince of Cyprus - where the entire cast were washed up when they were shipwrecked.

That was a surprise - can’t remember Cyprus featuring in the original story nor the beautiful but bewildering dancing from what appeared to be a visiting troupe of Indian dancers - but then that’s the magic of the theatre.

Fresh from their repeated performances on Britain’s Got Talent, Stavros Flatley and son Irish-jigged their way around the stage just about bringing the house down.

A tattooed, middle-aged, bare chested man who looked like he has enjoyed a lifetime of kebabs and kleftiko, pranced and jigged ‘til everyone was helpless with laughter. Worth it for he and his son alone!

Our next club night is tonight, Friday at the youth centre.

Due to the blizzard on December 17 we had to postpone our Christmas Party trip to Red Hot but thanks to the understanding of the manager we are all off there on Friday, February 18 - good for some as we will be welcoming a couple of new members by then.

YC2 is the Buckingham & Winslow Young Carers Youth Club that meets on the third Friday of each month usually from 7pm to 9pm at Buckingham Youth Centre.

We currently have 21 members aged between eight and 18 years and would love to welcome even more young carers along to enjoy a few hours out from their usual caring responsibilities.

We are part of Community Care North Bucks a registered charity, and are affiliated to Action4Youth and Youth Focus.

Our membership is open to anyone in the North Bucks area who has personal caring responsibilities for someone-usually a family member.

This includes helping with a sibling or parent who has physical or mental disabilities, or is learning disabled, or terminal or chronic illness, or who misuses alcohol or drugs. You can find out more, in confidence, by calling Margo Parfitt on 01280 817420 - leave your name and number and when it’s best to call I’ll get back to you.

We are a fun, friendly and informal group that has just one aim; to provide a safe, fun and confidence building environment where these special young people can take time out for themselves.

Buckingham Young Farmers Club

Buckingham YFC had a busy end to 2010 and a great start to a New Year!

Juniors meet on the first Wednesday of every month, with the seniors meeting every week.

The programme has been extremely varied over the last few months, with a highlight from December, seeing both the juniors (aged 10-15) and seniors (aged 16-26) tubing at Xscape, which was awesome fun for everyone.

We also had an eventful time in preparing for the Buckingham Christmas Parade, with the float decorated to the film theme Happy Feet.

The club came highly commended and the money we raised went to the club’s chosen charity, Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance.

The club also met for our annual Christmas Meal in the Bull & Butcher in Akeley, with great attendance from current and even some ex-members, making the evening one to remember!

We then started the year off with a bang... Making some sausages in a good ole’ bangers and mash style!

The following week we had a rather energetic and competitive game of Laser Quaser, to wear off some of the Christmas turkey!

The plans for the Buckingham Country Show, organised by the club, are shaping up nicely and it’s set to be a fantastic family day out! It’s being held on Saturday, June 4 at Bushey Lane Farm in Preston Bissett.

For more information visit: www.buckinghamcountryshow.co.uk.

We’re so looking forward to a great year and with the build up to the Buckingham Country Show, it’s busier than ever!

For more information on how to become involved with Young Farmers contact our Club Chairman Ed Lovelock on: 07789427223 or visit www.buckinghamyfc.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing some new faces at our meetings!

The Film Place

The Film Place (15) will be screening White Material (15) tonight, Friday at 8pm.

In French with subtitles

Having been brought up in colonial Africa, director Claire Denis clearly feels at home in this vast and beautiful but troubled continent.

Her much acclaimed debut film, Chocolat, was shot there and, in White Material, she returns to Cameroon to film this enigmatic story which stands as a metaphor for conflict-fuelled change in whatever country it erupts.

When violence and chaos replaces justice

and logic, a society is torn apart and a dehumanising force seems to sweep everybody up in its path.

The land becomes a last symbol of hope and remains the last physical defence against insanity.

In this film, the time and place are deliberately left obscure but the detail, the texture and the mood give it an ever present reality. We can smell the dust, taste the water and feel the fear.

Isabelle Huppert stars as the white coffee plantation owner Maria Vial, caught up in a civil war between the militia and the rebels.

The militia have gained the upper hand and the rebel leader known as The Boxer is fatally wounded.

Anarchy and chaos consumes the land.

Despite all advice, Maria refuses to abandon the plantation.

Maria’s ex-husband Andre tries to negotiate a deal with a local leader.

Stepson Manuel undergoes a violent confrontation with local children.

All these events are told in a fragmentary flashback as Maria herself is trying to hitch a ride on a bus from the town back to the plantation. A powerful, haunting melodrama that will repay a second viewing.

The Switch (12A) will be screened tomorrow, Saturday at 7.30pm.

There’s a lot of it about!

Donor sperm for ladies of a certain age who have given up trying to find Mr Right.

Followers of Radio 4’s The Archers will know that this is currently a key story line and in this film, Jennifer Aniston as 40-year- old Kassie is getting in on the act. But don’t be put off.

The story here has a surprising charm; it is more about the discovery of the joys and responsibilities of fatherhood and the film firmly belongs to Jason Bateman as Wally, the unwitting father to seven year old Sebastian (in a delightful debut performance from Bryce Robinson). Turn back seven years to the beginning when we are introduced to Wally and Kassie and are given inside knowledge as to how the ‘switch’ took place. You may have to suspend belief at this point but it is not so very different to the deception of Titania in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream!

It involves a drunken Wally, hurt by Kassie’s preferred choice of a donor, replacing the donor sample and, thanks to a ‘calming’ drug, forgetting the whole incident.

Wally’s selective amnesia is not re-awakened until the re-appearance of Kassie and her son Sebastian seven years later.

Realising that he is the father, Wally takes his new found relationship seriously and the bond between natural father and son is delightfully explored.

Of course there are romantic complications and the story is a little far fetched but directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck ensure that it is enlivened with genuine comedy and graced with charismatic performances from Bateman and Robinson.

Buckingham Athletic Sports and Social Club

Tickets are now available for a Valentines Country and Western Evening on Saturday, February 12 with music from the very talented Taylord Country - tickets are on sale at £5 per person, entrance will be by ticket only and NO tickets will be available on the night.

For further information please contact the club on 01280 816945.

A large function room with a licensed bar, kitchen, barbecue small marquee and multi-media projector is available for hire at very reasonable rates.

Anybody interested in becoming a member or hiring the facility can contact us on 01280 816945 (evenings only), email us on info@buckinghamathletic.co.uk or visit our new web site www.buckinghamathletic.co.uk or better still why not just pop along and meet us in person at the club and ask for more details.

North Bucks Carers

Our first meeting was on January 12.

It was lovely to be back in the company of good friends with Happy New Year greetings and much laughter. Rosemary Stuchbury has been working hard raising funds with great success.

Heartfelt thanks to all those generous benefactors enabling us to continue through 2011 with our meetings.

Cards with information about the first six months of the year are available at meetings. Make sure you get one.

We have a visitor at the next meeting on Wednesday, January 26. Rosanna Brady is the speaker, her subject, learn more about strokes.

Winslow Ramblers

Annual subscriptions of £5 or £8 are now due for our annual meeting on February 25 at 7.30pm at Furze Down School.

The speaker will be Kevin Varty on the development of artificial limbs.

Winslow WI

Our January meeting was well-attended and five new members were welcomed.

Julian Hunt, who lives in Winslow, spoke to us about his book which marked the 50th anniversary of the Historic Churches Trust.

There are 250 parishes in Bucks but only 50 churches could be included.

As we were led through the ages from about 700AD it became apparent that in some cases the glorification of man was an element.

The competition for a piece of stained glass was won by Angela O’Dell.

Florrie Marriott and Kath Duckworth were awarded long service certificates.

Reports were given on two pre-Christmas concerts one in Haddenham and one in Bletchley in aid of Willen Hospice which members had attended. On February 3 more than half the membership are going to Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury to enjoy a backstage tour and matinee of Annie.

Our meetings are held on the first Wednesday in each month at 7.30pm at Furze Down School, Verney Road, Winslow and the contact number is 01296 670335.

In February, Paul Fricker will speak on The Pottery Wheel.

Maids Moreton WI

Luckily our first meeting of 2011 was not beset by bad weather as it had been in 2010 and was well-attended.

We looked back at the success of the Christmas Party and the disappointment of having to cancel the carol concert because of the snow.

The main business of the evening was the consideration of the seven resolutions shortlisted to be taken forward to the annual meeting after which members registered their individual votes. It was agreed to continue supporting Veterans Aid so please save suitable mens’ clothing and grooming aids. Copies of Bledlow WI’s resolution, Fair Deal for Stroke Victims, were distributed as this needs to be discussed before the annual council meeting on Tuesday, april 19.

The next group meeting is on April 4 at Thornborough Church when the Great Horwood Silver Band will be playing.

President Ann Bursnall was presented with a certificate to commemorate 25 years membership of the WI by past president Chris Howell.

Our speaker was one of own members Lilian Macdonald.

Lillian is a blue badge guide at Stowe and she reminded us of how lucky we are to have a superb example of English pastoral landscape gardening on our doorstep.

At our next meeting, we will be entertained by the Old Gaolers by Tears and Laughter.

Our new skills swap noticeboard will be available so if any member has a skill they are prepared to swap for another, for examle, gardening for computer tuition, do advertise it as well as any wanted or for sale items.