Clubs and Communities

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Winslow Garden Society

One the second Tuesday of every month we hold our meetings at 7.30pm at the St Lawrence Rooms, Market Square, Winslow. In March our speaker, Alexia Ballance of Blooming Marvellous nursery gave us a very instructive talk with slides on designing a long border before answering questions from members afterwards. After free tea and biscuits and the raffle, the minutes of the last meeting were read, agreed and signed.

Our spring show is on April 9 at Winslow Public Hall. It is open to non-members and details can be found by calling Fred Saving on 01296 714485. Free entry to the public is between 11.30am and 2.30pm.

The next meeting is April 12 and the speaker will be M Thompson on Gardening at Ashridge. Visitors welcome, no charge.

The Inner Wheel of Buckingham

After a very enjoyable meal at the March dinner meeting, President Gerry Bluck introduced our guest speaker, Reverend Will Pearson Gee, Rector of Buckingham St Peter and St Paul Church.

Will spoke passionately about his life and the journey he had travelled to arrive at his chosen vocation, working and living here in Buckingham. Will’s enthusiasm was evident as he spoke to us about his vision for the future where the church will reach out to all sections of society and become more relevant to our every day lives.

The business meeting followed where plans were made for our two forthcoming fundraising events. The first event is a pudding evening which is to be held on Saturday, April 2 at The Well Street Centre at 7pm. Tickets cost £8 and more information is available from Rosemary Heywood 01280 824404. Money raised from this event will be for overseas charities, The Mercy Ships which help sick people in South Africa to receive treatments for cleft palates and cataract removal.

The second fundraising event is a Big Breakfast which is to take place on Saturday, May 14 at the home of President Gerry Bluck, 30 Adams Close, Buckingham. For more information call 01280 824536. Breakfast will be served from 10am to 12.30pm and costs £5. Everyone is welcome to attend both events.

The Gladiator Club

The Gladiator Club in Iffley Road, Oxford has been fundraising during indoor matches for 14 weeks throughout the winter months, chiefly through raffles, auctions and a jar collecting donations on match nights.

With an average of 100 people watching the action each week, there has been a great deal of interest and support from the local community.

Phil Wilkins, fundraising co-ordinator for the Aunt Sally league, said: “We try and help a different charity every year. One of our members, Phil Jackson from Garsington, nominated DSO because he has a grandson with Down’s Syndrome, Tom, aged three.

“We ran separate raffles on Wednesday and Friday evenings with all prizes donated by the players, which are sold over the competition weeks at the end of the season. I have also auctioned three items, including a signed shirt from Oxford United FC.”

Sweet jars for loose change generated around half of the grand total and money was also raised at Phil’s daughter-in-law’s hair salon in Marston where staff ran a small raffle and donated two weeks of tips.

Without the generosity of local groups like this, DSO wouldn’t be able to offer much of the support that it can to families affected by Down’s Syndrome.

Helen Doling, whose son Daniel has Down’s Syndrome, received the cheques from the club on behalf of DSO. She said: “The efforts of Phil and others at The Gladiator Club are brilliant. They’ve worked so hard to generate interest, and so many people at the club have responded. This money will go a long way in supporting local families, like mine, who are affected by Down’s Syndrome.”

Buckingham & District Walking Group

Our AGM at the University’s Sunley Lecture Theatre on March 25 was well attended and was followed by a fascinating illustrated talk on British Butterflies by Roger Kemp of BBONT. We now have over 80 members in the group and our pattern of walks are mainly within a 25 mile radius of Buckingham. Our fortnightly weekend walks are often circular and not more than nine or 10 miles long whereas our monthly mid-week walks are generally shorter and of a figure-of-eight route with a pub lunch in the middle.

There are always a number of special events built into our annual programme of walks. In February members enjoyed a coach trip to London with a walk from Camden Town to the South Bank via parks and back streets of the West End. In March we were treated to a guided tour of Rugby School with lunch and tea to round off the day. Ahead of us there are two long weekends away where walk leaders book hotel accommodation, enabling members to enjoy walking country too far away for a day’s trip. In May a party will be exploring Exmoor and its coast from our base at Lynton, North Devon, and at the end of September we hope to walk around the downs of North Kent from a base near Maidstone.

Prospective members are always welcome on our walks and we are a very sociable crowd. For further information about our activities please ring Peter Bowtell on 01280 815946.

Bicester Local History Society

Bicester Local History Society will be holding a Do You Remember When? oral history recording session at The Pop-In Centre, adjacent to the Crown Walk car park, Bicester on Monday, April 4 at 7.30pm. The theme of the session relates to the world of work and employment that contributors undertook earlier in their lives.

Bicester Local History Society would welcome anyone who would kindly bring photographs they might have of the town, events that took place or residents who lived in the area to attend the meeting to share their memories with us.

Entrance to the meeting is free. Further details can be obtained from Pete Chivers on 01869 600109.

Winslow Bridge Club

We played the third and final leg of an Inter Club Duplicate Competition at Quainton on Friday, March 25 against Mursley. It was a closely fought match but we lost by a narrow margin. The final result of the competition placed Winslow in third place overall. We would like to thank everyone at Quainton Bridge Club for hosting this most enjoyable event. We play both Duplicate and Free Play usually on alternate Mondays, and our website will give you the programme. Visitors of all levels will be made very welcome at £2.50 per evening. For Free Play, which starts at 7.30pm, you don’t need a pre-arranged partner. Please ring our membership secretary, Liz Mostyn, on 01296 670419 if you’d like to give us a try and she will be pleased to give you further information.

Buckingham & Winslow Citizens’ Advice Bureau

BACAB, the fundraising arm of the Buckingham and Winslow Citizens’ Advice Bureau, is holding a coffee and crafts morning in the beautifully refurbished St Lawrence Room, Winslow, on Saturday, April 16, from 10am. It is safeguarding the continuation of CAB’s Home Visiting Service, which is able to provide much-needed advice to elderly and infirm members of our community who live out in the villages and cannot easily get to town. BACAB will be most grateful for your support.’

The Film Place

This week The Film Place will be showing Undertow (12A) on Friday, April 1 at 8pm and Made in Dagenham (15) at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 2.

Undertow, shown in Spanish with English subtitles, is an unusual ghost story from Peruvian director Fuentes-Leon, the title for which gives a clue to the conflicting currents of emotional drama that lie behind the closed community of a remote coastal village. Miguel is a fisherman, happily married to Mariela and expecting their first child. But his love life is complicated by a necessarily hidden passion for Santiago, an outsider who has come to live in the community and is known simply as ‘the artist’. As an outsider, Santiago is open about his sexuality and is ostracised. Miguel’s genuine love for both Mariela and Santiago are the cause of a deeply gnawing guilt. When Santiago is drowned in a boating accident, an unsuspected solution presents itself. Santiago is able to return as a ghost that only Miguel can see and touch.

Made In Dagenham is set in 1968 and follows the story of a group of female employees at Ford’s Dagenham plant and their quest for equal pay for women.

The event was ground breaking but this quiet revolution has remained a largely unsung triumph – until now.

Next week’s film will be Let Me In (15) on Friday, April 8 at 8pm and Inception (15) at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 9.

Buckingham Railway Walk Conservation Group

Volunteers will be meeting at 10am in the University Car Park at the top of Station Road, Buckingham, tomorrow, Saturday, April 2, to carry out conservation work along the Railway Walk. The task this month will be to build on previous work to expand the glades, opening up the canopy to let more light through and creating wildlife corridors to link areas of similar habitat. Tools, safety equipment and light refreshments will be provided. The Railway Walk will also be the venue for a free wildlife event taking place on Monday, April 18. People of all ages are invited to join Aylesbury Vale District Council Biodiversity Officers Paul Holton and Hilary Phillips, as they explore the life of newts and frogs in the pond and as night falls. You will have the opportunity to use bat detectors to listen to and track bats as they fly overhead. The evening starts at 7.30pm and ends around 9pm. Please meet in the University Car Park at the top of Station Road, wear warm clothes and sturdy footwear and bring a torch for when it gets dark. For further information on the task this weekend or the event later this month please contact Jenny Manning on 01280 815223 or

Buckingham Canal Society

Volunteers from Buckingham Canal Society spent two days on Thursday, March 24 and Sunday, March 27 planting trees at the BBOWT Nature Reserve, Buckingham Canal and over fifty trees were planted. This was part of an event organised by RHS Britain in Bloom and the Woodland Trust which supplied the trees free of charge.

The Buckingham Canal Society was founded in 1992 to promote the restoration of the disused canal and we run regular work parties throughout the year on alternate Thursdays and on the second Sunday of each month. For more information visit or email