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Brackley Women’s Institute

The meeting in May is a little different to the usual ones, as we vote on serious subjects, that if voted for at the AGM, are then mandated and action can begin on lobbying government.

Firstly though, we had WI business to go through such as asking for help and cakes for the tea stall held in the cricket pavilion on carnival day in June; telling us of future walks, relating to us what a super time those who went to Chenies Manor and gardens had, and welcoming visitors.

Anne Seckington, vice president, introduced the resolutions to us. Jane Cartmell read the Mega Farm resolutions and Rowena Pratt the Closure of Libraries. We had to vote for or against, and the numbers will go to our delegate, to take and vote on our behalf at the AGM. There were plenty of questions asked and ideas buzzing around. That done, Joan Ramsay gave us a brief idea on the game of the Beetle Drive as quite a number had not played before. We had a set time to draw our beetle, the winner to move clockwise, and the loser anti-clockwise.

Next month there will a talk by Mrs J Mitchell on Restoration and Conservation. Also next month is the Carnival. For more information visit

Winslow Community Bus

The bus has had a very busy time since the beginning of April, with trips to Hampton Court Palace, Milletts Farm Shop and Milton Keynes Theatre as well as its annual Bluebell Runs and trips into The Cotswolds.

For our Bluebell Runs this year we drove to Ivinghoe and around the Asheridge Woods and Wendover Woods to see wonderful displays of bluebells. We stopped for coffee in Frithsden and had lunch at The Full Moon in Cholesbury. For one of our Cotswolds trip we had a lovely scenic drive through Swinbrook to Burford, stopping for coffee in Great Tew, then lunch in Eastleach, and a stop in Bibury. This week we are going through Stow-on-the- Wold to Stanway, Stanton finishing up with afternoon tea in Broadway.

Trips in June include our River Trips from Marlow to Henley and days out to Savill Gardens, Wakehurst Place, Coton Manor House and Ryton Organic Gardens. The bus is also running a new service to take people to Winslow Farmer’s Market on the first Sunday of the month. We will be picking up in outlying villages and within Winslow. To book a seat or for more information about the bus please ring Sue on 01296 715786 or e-mail For more information visit

Winslow Rotary Club

The Winslow Rotary Club is celebrating its Silver Jubilee – 25 years since formation – at the Buckingham Hotel on Friday, May 20. There will be a black tie dinner and dance beginning with a parade by as many of the Rotary past Presidents as we can muster.

John Bercow will be attending and the after dinner speech will be given by Paddy Hopkirk. The club meets every Tuesday in The Bell Hotel in Winslow.

The Old Gaolers

For details of our forthcoming production of three episodes of ‘Dad’s Army’, the classic TV comedy series by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, on 2nd to 4th June, please see the leisure guide ‘It’s Friday’ in this issue of the Advertiser, or refer to the Tourist Information Centre at Buckingham Old Gaol – call 01280 823020 – where tickets are now on sale.

While a prize will be awarded for the best 1940s costume each night, please do not feel compelled to come in ‘fancy dress’. A raffle and collection will also be held in aid of ‘Help for Heroes’.

For more information visit

European Association

At last month’s Annual General Meeting, in the absence of Honorary President Town Mayor Chris Blunsden, Trevor Gregory was asked to conduct the Election of Officers.

After thanking the committee, Mr Gregory added that he was very disappointed at the council’s decision to charge for use of the Town Hall as the association represents the town at twinning functions.

He also wondered whether Town Mayors were interested in continuing as President of BEA, an honorary post incorporated into our constitution and written in the original twinning documents.

In the election of officers, Anita Robbins was returned unopposed at chairman, Graham Archdale unopposed at treasurer but we have a new secretary with Tony Marks donning the quill in taking over from Jane Pope.

On Friday, 20 the Association is off for a visit to our French cousins in Pavillons-sous-Bois. Travelling by coach to St Pancras, then Eurostar to Paris, a group of 35 members will be in France for tea-time.

Saturday we are off for an early start to visit a chateau and perfumery and on Sunday a canal trip on a restaurant barge. Monday we return home, leaving Paris at 6.30pm which gets us back to Brackley Town Hall for 9.30-ish.

Back to reality on Thursday, May 26 when we will meet at our normal venue of the Lower Town Hall at 8pm.

Anyone interested in our activities is invited along, or give Anita Robbins a call on 01295 712388.

Buckingham Royal British Legion

The next Branch Meeting will take place at the Buckingham Athletic Football Clubhouse in Stratford Road, Buckingham at 7.30pm on Tuesday, May 24. At this meeting Steve Acton will be giving a presentation on the organisation and work of the Paramedics. At our April Branch Meeting, Chris Day, of the Buckingham Garden Centre, gave a lovely presentation on gardening problems etc. and also had numerous plants and gardening accessories on display.

Royal British Legion Women’s Section

Thank you, Fred Matthews! As promised, on 19th April, Fred kept our members amused, interested and entertained talking about his Royal Navy days. There’s a saying about all the nice girls like a sailor...

ow we are looking forward to our birthday party on May 17 at 7.30pm.

Don’t forget-you can meet us at the charity stall at Winslow Farmers’ Market on June 5, 10am-2pm.

Buckingham Young Farmers

Buckingham Young Farmers Club has had a very eventful year so far; with coming out of winter into a refreshing spring time. We ended the winter with our annual Dinner and Dance, attended well by ours and other club members in the county, held at Whittlebury Hall. Everyone dressed up for an evening of fun, food and dancing, with a presentation of awards and trophies awarded for their efforts toward the club throughout the year.

This year we entered a team into a hedge laying competition where the team came second. Members of different clubs throughout the county were entered into groups into a public speaking competition where some of BYFC members were on the winning team. We have had our pre-rally competitions day, at Bushey Lane Farm where the Country Show is being hosted and are all preparing our competition entries for the event on the June 4.

For more information contact Ed on 07789427223 or visit

The Film Place

The Film Place is set to have two screenings of blockbuster Black Swan (15) on Friday, May 20 at 8pm and Saturday, May 21 at 7.30pm.

That will be followed by a showing of True Grit (15) at 8pm on Friday, May 27, while on Saturday, May 28 at 5.30pm Tangled (PG) will be shown.

Black Swan, starring BAFTA and Oscar winning best actress Natalie Portman, is director Darren Aronofsky’s dark and outrageously fantasised interpretation of Swan Lake. In his hands the dual personality of the White Swan/Black Swan become an intensely psychological struggle between inner demons and outer perfection.

In True Grit, Jeff Bridges stars alongside an all star cast including Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. This classic revenge western is set in the wild west of a 19th century frontier town. Meanwhile, Disney’s Tangled tells the story of Rapunzel – a princess locked in a tower by an evil stepmother. Her rescuer turns out to be a rather roguish thief.

Buckingham Acoustic Club

We had a night of solo artists this week; Fraser played acoustic blues with the audience tapping their feet and getting really involved; Marian played her folk and new folk songs that we will all hear at Music on the Market on May 29. Then Simon dropped by to play some quiet acoustic fingerstyle songs, and Kevin got everyone singing along to Van Morrison, and a great pop and country style set. Fraser then brought things to a close with a bit of Fats Waller’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ with more fingers, thumbs and chords than you can imagine.

See you all at the Woolpack next Thursday; and look out for the acoustic club’s annual ‘Music in The Market’ ads around town when artists and bands will be playing and raising money for the mayor’s charities in the market square on Sunday, May 29, all for free.

Great Horwood Silver Band

The Great Horwood Silver Band recently lost a very loyal and enthusiastic supporter of many years when Barbara Hart of Winslow, wife of Bob Hart, our most senior member died. Barbara was very proud to have son Tony and grandsons William and Lee also playing in the band. We extend our sincere sympathy to Bob and all the family.

Rosalie Thompson of Buckingham, also a keen supporter of the band and wife of a former Musical Director Bill Thompson also died recently. We extend our condolences to Rosalie’s family. Both Barbara and Rosalie will be sadly missed.

The band recently used the new radio microphone which was purchased with the D. Jack Smith award at Edlesborough May Day celebrations. The performance of the microphone is superb and was very much appreciated by the May Day organisers, when their own system broke down.

The Band conducted by musical director Roy Lack, have a very busy summer season ahead, their next engagement will be the Buckingham Country Show at Preston Bissett, on Saturday, June 4 followed by Thornton Fete on Sunday, June 12 at 1.45pm. Weedon Street Fayre is on Sunday, June 19 at 2.30pm, while Buckingham Garden Centre will be the venue on Saturday, June 25 at 11.30am. The band will play at Great Horwood Church Fete on Saturday, July 2. They also have further engagements booked in July, August and September.

The training band, conducted by Emma Mainwaring, will be giving a concert in the Great Horwood Village Hall on Sunday, July 10 at 3pm.

Admission will be by donation and there will be a raffle.

Bicester Book Group

Bicester Book Group will be meeting next on Tuesday, May 31 at 7.30pm at the Swan Inn to discuss Enigma by Robert Harris.

The group has gone for strength to strength since starting nearly two years ago. If you would like to find out more about the group, you can email

University of the Third Age

The chairman opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. The vice chairman reported that the Beds-Plus, which took place in Buckingham on April 8 had been very successful. The winners were Bedford U3A with Buckingham finishing second.

Roger Edwards spoke about the ‘Buckingham Community Pantomime’. He began by saying there had been 27 annual pantomimes to date. Tim Weston who started it sought out as many members of the community who were willing to become involved. For the first show in 1985, the stage had to be improvised using bricks and cardboard. As time has gone on significant technical improvements have been incorporated. The team has 10 days to prepare the Community Centre, bringing in the audio, lighting and seating equipment. The profits all go back into the community, to charities such as Street Life.

Winslow & District Ramblers

We enjoyed five walks during April beginning on Saturday 2nd with a woodland foray around Woburn Sands, Ashley Heath and towards Aspley Guise. The following Saturday our Chairperson, Di, took 22 of us on a canal-side and riverbank circular walk around Water Hall Park, an area which is managed by Milton Keynes Parks Trust.

It was nice to see a Little Egret flying over our heads next to the meandering stretch of river, and a buzzard or two. Our mid-week walk was led by Don around the Stoke Goldington area, through Stoke Park wood before returning to the village via St Peter’s Church. On the following two Saturdays we covered a field and woodland walk in the Botolph Claydon area via Runt’s Wood, Finemerehill House and Bernwood Farm, and then met at Kingsbridge for a walk along Padbury Brook and across fields towards Hillesden Church returning via part of the Cross Bucks Way.

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Winslow & District Arts Society

Marine artist Roy Lang is our guest artist on Thursday, May 26 when he will be painting a ‘Wild Sea’ scene in oil, one of his favourite subjects and one that he is very familiar with as he lives in Devon. Roy was voted SAA artist of the year twice and runner up once.

The next WADAS outing is to Anglesey Abbey house and gardens on Wednesday, June 8. This is a delightful National Trust property filled with rare and beautiful objects set in lovely gardens and park.

After a short break the Tuesday morning painting group met again on May 10 and weekly thereafter until July 26. These weekly sessions have proved very popular and extremely productive.

Our Spring Art Show held in Winslow attracted a lot of visitors, especially families with children who enjoyed voting for their favourite painting in the Months of the Year competition. The winners, who won art materials of their choice from the SAA catalogue, were:

1st Heather D’Silva for Wild Boars in Winter, month of January

2nd Sheila Everson for Winter Wonderland, month of December

WADAS’ monthly meetings are held at the Winslow Centre on a Thursday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. For more call 01280 813733.

Community Centre

There will be an Arts & Crafts Fair at Buckingham Community Centre on Saturday, June 11. Eleven foot tables are available for £16. To book call Terry on 01280 815336.

Buckingham Women’s Institute

Buckingham WI’s last meeting was held on Wednesday, April 20 at Buckingham Community Centre. We discussed the Bingo evening at Irene Nobles house. A letter from Joy Button from Denman College thanking us for donating the workbox made by Irene, was very much appreciated and has been put into the Buckinghamshire room . Letters from the Meningitis Trust and Medical Detection Dogs Trust both thanking us for our donations were also received

We won £40 in the BFWI Friendship Club draw which will help with our outgoings. Josie has organised a walk around the Claydon Estate on June 2 and also a walk in Akeley with supper at the pub afterward on May 19.

Sylvia Cooley gave a report on the WI Annual General Meeting held at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury on April 19. Speakers were Pam Rhodes and Christopher Biggings, while the’ Trapdoor Drama School’ gave a performance of song and dance. Members were asked to think about next year’s speakers and to bring along idea’s at the next meeting.

Our speakers for the evening were Ken and June Brazier telling us all about the ‘Mercy Ships’, how they came into being and what good work is carried out by Surgeons, Doctors and Nurses as they travel around the coast of Africa.

The next meeting will be on May 18 at 7.30pm in Buckingham Community Centre and will be a Resolutions and Social evening.