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Brackley Rotary Club handover. Alan Jukes, on the left, receiving the chain of office from immediate past president David Connolly.
Brackley Rotary Club handover. Alan Jukes, on the left, receiving the chain of office from immediate past president David Connolly.
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North Bucks Carers Support Group

Winslow Anglo French Twinning Association visit to Cours La-Ville. Winslow Concert Band conducted by Kaz Raffell, playing to the Saturday street market outside the Marie in the centre of the town.

Winslow Anglo French Twinning Association visit to Cours La-Ville. Winslow Concert Band conducted by Kaz Raffell, playing to the Saturday street market outside the Marie in the centre of the town.

Our speakers at the meeting on June 27 explained how the government is changing the NHS healthcare management.

Lou Patten, Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group and Dr Rebecca Pryse explained how this will be provided.

From April 2013, the primary care trust will hand over the commissioning of health services to the GP groups to manage. This process has already begun. In our area, we are in north Bucks, in the area which Lou Patten represents. To ensure this is effective, work will take place with patients, carers and voluntary groups and most importantly with the GP practices to plan and design care.

Questions were put to the speakers by the carers who voiced their concerns and listened to the answers with interest.

Buckingham Rotary Club presidential handover.Jane Mordue hands over to Sam Lever.'120702M-B757

Buckingham Rotary Club presidential handover.Jane Mordue hands over to Sam Lever.'120702M-B757

To find out more, contact the AVCCG on 07920 250508.

Carers were asked to put their names down for the outing to Highgrove in September. If you care for a relative or friend and would like to come to our group, contact Carol on 815512 or come to the Buckingham Community Centre on the second or fourth Wednesday of the month from 10am. The next meeting will be on July 11 and it will be a social morning.

Steeple Claydon Women’s Institute

Fantastic pieces of needle work were shown to us by our speaker Felicity Goss, some of which were produced by her when she attended a three year course at the Royal School of Needlework based at Hampton Court Palace.

Buckingham Rotary Citizen of the Year presentation.From the left,Ron Thompson,nominee,Mary and Theodore Connor,winners,Sam Lever,Rotary and Ros Hutt,nominee.'120702M-C750

Buckingham Rotary Citizen of the Year presentation.From the left,Ron Thompson,nominee,Mary and Theodore Connor,winners,Sam Lever,Rotary and Ros Hutt,nominee.'120702M-C750

We also held the spring group meeting. The speaker, by changing her hats and accessories, portrayed different characters, while continually giving monologues which both amused and entertained us. The evening finished with a supper, tea and coffee, prepared and served by us, which our visitors seemed to enjoy, a lovely social evening.

Other events attended were the council meeting held at the Waterside Theatre, the resolution briefing meeting held at the Gatehouse, Aylesbury, and a Spanish evening, entertainment was provided by the playing of a Spanish guitar, the evening turned out to be a very merry affair, the consuming of tapas and particularly the sherry being much appreciated. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at the village hall, details of future events can be found on the WI noticeboard, outside the village hall. New members and visitors most welcome.

Winslow Bridge Club

In the duplicate competition held on June 25, Tracey and Mike came first north/south with Ann and David first east/west. More details of the results can be found on our website.

We are a small friendly bridge club meeting on Monday evenings in Winslow Centre.

We alternate between free-play and duplicate competitions so that there is something for everyone (dates are published on the website address given below). Free-play evenings allow for a more relaxed atmosphere and give people who are not so experienced the opportunity to practise their bridge away from home. But even the duplicate evenings are very friendly so there is no need to be nervous, people are always happy to explain procedures. You can come on your own on free play evenings and if you don’t have a bridge partner for duplicate evenings we will do our best to find you one.

Monday, July 9, is a duplicate night. Monday, July 16, is a free-play night.

Why not come along and give us a try without any commitment? Membership fees are very reasonable and we ask for a table fee of just £2.50 per person per session until you join.

Look us up on or search for Winslow Bridge Club. Alternatively, give Liz Mostyn a ring on 01296 670419 for more details.

Winslow and District Art Society

The society has just come to the end of its current programme of meetings and can look back on a most successful year with brilliant painting demonstrations by professional visiting artists, two highly successful art exhibitions by WADAS members, enjoyable visits to major art exhibitions in London and other trips.

We participated in Bucks Open Studios with a display of recent work by seven artists and one potter in a studio in Padbury, over 600 visitors made this our most successful BOS event yet. A big thank you to everyone who came and especially for the very complimentary comments you all made.

Our final outing will be to Art In Action in July which we always find exciting and a great day out. To keep up the momentum of our painting and sketching skills we have a series of painting days out in the local area for our enthusiastic members.

WADAS welcomes painters and those interested to learn more about art to our monthly meetings held in the Winslow Centre on the last Thursday of the month from 7.30pm. The new WADAS programme will be published in early September with details of monthly demonstrations, workshops and visits to exhibitions. To learn more about WADAS contact the secretary on 01280 813733 or our website

Buckingham Art for All

Tuesday, July 10, Buckingham Art for All (Bafa) invite you to join them for a demonstration by Charles Evans who will talk about his brooding watercolour landscapes.

Charles is one of the countries leading watercolourists, not only has he had his own TV series but he has produced instructional DVDs, which will be for sale on the evening along with artist materials - credit cards accepted.

Don’t forget to pick up an art trail map if you haven’t yet been able to visit the 10 local traders who are exhibiting exciting work produced by Bafa members. The evening starts at 8pm, Well Street United Church, Buckingham. Free to members (£20 annually ) or £5 for visitors. Phone 0843 289 7244 for further details,

Buckingham Canal Society

Preparations are now under way for the annual Cosgrove Festival. On Saturday, July 21, from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday July 22, from 10am to 4pm, there will be a colourful gathering of narrowboats along the Grand Union Canal near Cosgrove Lock.

These will include historic boats Raymond and Nutfield, which will be open to view, the cheese boat, the fudge boat, the cookie boat and other trading boats.

On dry land, there will be craft and other stalls, games for all the family and of course the celebrated home made cake stall. On Saturday there will be performances by the Pump House Clog Morris Dancers and on Sunday Buckingham’s own U3A Handbell Ringers will perform.

Volunteers from the Buckingham Canal Society will assist passing boaters through Cosgrove Lock, in exchange for what it is hoped will be generous donations towards the restoration of the Buckingham Canal.

There is an additional attraction this year on Sunday with a number of events taking place at the Iron Trunk Summer Celebration. These will include horse-harnessing, Wolverton Town Band and guided walks around the Iron Trunk. This follows completion of the refurbishment of this historic aqueduct, which is just a short walk along the canal from Cosgrove.

The Cosgrove Canal Festival is an event for all the family and Buckingham Canal Society is hoping for a record number of visitors this year.

Bicester and Kidlington Ramblers

Make the most of lighter evenings with Bicester and Kidlington Ramblers for the month of July.

During the month of July, Bicester and Kidlington Ramblers will be joining Ramblers groups all over Britain by getting out and enjoying the lighter and warmer evenings as part of the Ramblers Summer Evening Walks Festival, and they’re inviting you to join.

Bicester and Kidlington Ramblers invite you to join them on the following summer evening walks taking place locally.

Today, Friday - Cottisford, SP 59331, 7pm. Leisurely 4.5 mile circular walk via Juniper Hill. Meet Cottisford on Fringford Road near lake.

Tuesday, July 10 - Woodstock, SP446168, 7pm. Leisurely 2.5 mile circular walk in Blenheim Park. Meet Hensington Road car park. Sorry, no dogs on this one.

Tuesday, July 17 - Lower Heyford, SP486247, 7pm. Leisurely 2.5 mile circular walk to Upper Heyford. Meet near the Bell PH.

Thursday, July 26 - Bicester, SP582238, 6.30pm. Leisurely three mile circular walk in the area. Meet Bure Park shops.

All of the walks are free, short and open to everyone to attend. Whether you’re in the countryside and want to enjoy the humming heaths, green fields and wildlife this season brings with it; or are looking for a chance to explore the greener side of your city before the sun sets, there are plenty of reasons to be out walking and making the most of the summer.

Simon Barnett, director of walking programmes and promotions at the Ramblers said: “The extra hours of daylight provided a fantastic chance to unwind by enjoying a summer evening walk. You can make the most of the light evenings by joining like minded people to stretch your legs and explore the footpaths where you live or work.  By their nature evening walks are short, starting at around three miles, and so are perfect for newcomers.” 

To find a summer evening walk near you, visit

For more information please contact Mary Gough, 07939 826412.

Buckingham Twinning Association

This weekend sees the visit of a small delegation from Neukirchen-Vluyn when they come to Buckingham to sign the Friendship Agreement.

This is a new link to the twinning association but one which we hope will flourish. If you wish to get involved in this German connection, please do get in touch.

In most French towns and even in the smallest of villages, you will find an area where boule or petanque is played. It could be a well set out arena with neatly boarded rinks, or just a piece of gravel under the shade of the tree, or maybe a nice sandy beach. Well this popular part of French culture comes once again to the Cattle Pens on Friday, July 13. This is always a fun and good humoured event where people of all ages get together. Registration starts at 7pm, entry is free, the boules are supplied. A barbecue, wine and soft drinks will also be available throughout the evening. Whether you are playing or a spectator, do come down and enjoy the atmosphere.

The next film night is on Tuesday, July 24, and the film showing at the Sunley Theatre will be Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot .

Further information can be found on our website

Brackley Rotary Club

The new president of Brackley Rotary Club is Alan Jukes. He was installed by the outgoing president, David Connolly, at a club-night meeting held last week.

Alan Jukes is an energy consultant. He was born and raised in Brackley attending Magdalen College School. He played rugby for Brackley for over 25 years, being a former chairman and secretary of the rugby club.

President Alan said: “Brackley Rotary has had a busy year, helping communities both locally and internationally. On the local scene we have raised money for various charities including the new MIND centre in Brackley. Our international assistance included support for the Brackley based Friends Of Mithuluni Village raising funds for a well in Africa.

“Looking forward to the new Rotary year, involvement in the local community remains an important aim. We intend to build on the success of the third Brackley Wine Festival by organising a similar event next year.

“We also hope to continue our annual assistance to Magdalen College School and Chenderit School providing students with mock job interviews.

“If anyone would like further information about our activities and perhaps become involved, please look at our website for further information –”

Rare Breeds Survival Trust Northants

The recent boxed poultry and fleece sale at Elm Tree Farm, Evenley was very well attended and many rare and not so rare poultry and fleeces found new homes.

This year, the club also ran the poultry sale in conjunction with the Northampton and District Poultry Club . A big thank you to the Sell family who so kindly provided the venue and lots of hard work and all others who helped make the day such a success including Toddy Hamilton-Gould who organised and ran the poultry sale so efficiently.

The next event is the farm walk at the award winning The Grange, Highfield Road, Mears Ashby, Northampton, NN6 0EA on Monday July 9, at 7pm by kind permission of Andrew and Jo Pitts. This promises to be a very interesting evening and we intend to finish it off in the local pub. All welcome.

For more information please ring Carrie 01327 857195.

Winslow Anglo French Twinning Association

Hospitality and music make the perfect twinning visit.

A big-band concert to lift the roof was the centrepiece of the recent trip to France by Winslow Anglo French Twinning Association (WAFTA) who were accompanied for the first time by members of the Winslow Concert Band and their families.

Members of the association, along with Winslow Judo Club and the concert band have recently returned from a visit to Winslow’s twin town, Cours-La Ville, close to the Beaujolais area in central France.

As always, participants were treated to the most generous official and personal hospitality and a well organised programme of events and visits.

The band, who were also hosted by local families, gave three performances during the trip and rehearsed with their local counterparts, Harmonie de Thizy. They played at the official dinner and, next morning, outdoors at the centre of the Saturday market alongside the town hall. Then, joining forces with Harmonie de Thizy, they gave a private concert for visitors and their host families in a joint performance that brought the house down and gained a standing ovation from the two-hundred-strong audience.

The five day event began with a reception in the public hall for members and their hosts and included a visit to Clermont-Ferrand in the volcanic centre of the Auvergne area.

The programme also included a reception by the mayor in the council chamber, the traditional judo competition, a guided tour of Cours-La Ville, a ceremony at the war memorial, the official dinner and dance and, bringing it to a fitting conclusion, the band concert. And, in between, time to relax with hosts, enjoy the local food and wine, renew old friendships and build new ones.

WAFTA’s chairman Gordon Wiseman said: “This has been a truly memorable visit and made the more so by being able to form new relationships between Winslow Concert Band and our friends in Cours-La Ville. We are all looking forward to some great music when Cours-La Ville visits Winslow next May!”

Buckingham Athletic Sports and Social Club

Buckingham Athletic Sports and Social Club will be holding its annual meeting today, Friday, at 8pm in the Clubhouse. Everyone is welcome and indeed this is a great opportunity to be part of your community club and help us drive the club forward and build on the success that we have already achieved.

Adstock and Padbury Garden Club

This is our last summer outing for the season so we are visiting Mrs Graham and Mr Longs garden at Epwell Mill, near Banbury, OX15 6HG. We will meet at the mill at 3pm. Admission is £2.50 or £5, they also have a plant stall. If you would like any more information please contact Lynda Wood on 01296 730518 or Mary Hearn on 01296 711071.

Winslow Garden Society

The Winslow Garden Society is holding its summer show on Saturday, July 14.

The show is open to all Winslow residents as well as society members. Why not enter, classes include fruit, flowers, vegetables, baking and preserves.

Show schedules and entry forms can be obtained by calling 01296 713112 or emailing or from Lakers Nursery.

The St Laurence Room will be open to the public from 11am to 2pm on July 14. Light refreshments available.

An extraordinary meeting is to be held on Tuesday, July 10, in the St Lawrence Room at 7.30pm to discuss the future of the society. Come along and join in the discussion and find out how to obtain a 50 per cent reduction in your annual seed order.

Buckingham Rotary Club

Shortlisted entrants to the Buckingham Rotary and Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser outstanding citizen of the year award were invited to lunch at the Rotary Club today, Monday.

Winners, Mary and Theodore Connor, received their winners shield and hamper. Also invited were fellow entrants Ros Hutt and Ron Thompson.

Incoming Rotary president, Sam Lever, was also presented with the chain of office by outgoing president Jane Mordue.