Clubs & Communities

Undated Film Still Handout from The King's Speech. Pictured: COLIN FIRTH as Bertie (King George VI). See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Momentum Pictures. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.
Undated Film Still Handout from The King's Speech. Pictured: COLIN FIRTH as Bertie (King George VI). See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Momentum Pictures. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Great Horwood Silver Band

The Great Horwood Silver Band is looking forward to another very busy spring and summer season. It played for a very successful concert for the Women’s Institute in Thornborough Church on Monday, April 4.

It will be playing at a May Day celebration in Edlesborough on May 1 from 12.30pm, Buckingham Country Show at Preston Bissett on Saturday, June 4, Thornton College Fete on Sunday, June 12 from 1.45pm, Weedon Street Fayre on Sunday, June 19 from 2.30pm and Buckingham Garden Centre on Saturday, June 15. The club also has bookings for July, August and September.

Band members are very pleased that they have just received an award for upgrading their PA system from the D. Jack Smith charity awards. We are very grateful both to D. Jack Smith and to the committee who recommended us to him. We will now purchase a new radio microphone which will be an asset at our concerts and other engagements.

Our President Len Goodwin and his wife Linda celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary recently. They received an anniversary card from the Queen. Musical director Roy Lack presented Len and Linda with a plant arrangement from the band and a card signed by all band members.

100 Club winners for March were:

Simon Martin £12

Patricia Rudkin £8.

Edgcott and Winslow Young Farmers Club

Edgcott and Winslow YFC has been busy throughout March, especially with the preparation for the club’s annual dinner and dance presentation evening which was held at The Bell in Winslow. After a delicious three-course meal we enjoyed a comical speech from club chairman Tom Hodges and the presentation of the inter-club stock judging competitions. After this we danced the night away and I think it’s fair to say there were some sore heads in the morning. We were also fortunate enough to have an interesting tour of the old gaol in Buckingham’s town centre. The club were very grateful to the staff that stayed late to show us around. Now we are in April the club has begun tug-of-war training in preparation for the annual young farmers’ rally day also down as the Buckingham Country Show hosted by Buckingham YFC at Bushey Lane Farm, Preston Bissett, on Saturday, June 4. On the day the club will be competing against the other clubs from the county in a vast range of different competitions ranging from home craft to stock judging.

Our next meeting is on April 20 and is a county meeting; we will be doing YFC’s Got Talent and also having a dance lesson. If you are interested in joining Edgcott and Winslow YFC or would like some more information call Charlotte on 07773016856 or email

Buckingham Women’s Institute

The March meeting was held on Wednesday, March 16 at Buckingham Community Centre at 7.30pm.

We had a discussion with regard to the expenses for members attending WI meetings and the petrol allowance was reviewed. In future members will be paid 40p a mile.

We will miss the generous donation of tea from The Yorkshire Tea Company. For 20 years it has donated a parcel of tea to all WIs and we have helped them plant three million trees around the world by saving tokens from the Yorkshire Tea packets. We can still help this project by saving the tokens. Just visit for regular updates.

The Swan and Cygnet Group Meeting on April 4 in Thornborough Village Church was an excellent evening. Reports were given by Buckingham, Padbury and Thornborough and it was interesting to hear of the different speakers and outings that each WI had enjoyed throughout the past year. Our next group meeting will be in the autumn and will be a social event organised by all WIs and this will unfortunately be the last meeting for Elizabeth Selby, our group convenor. Elizabeth is retiring after many years of hard work and we are desperately hoping someone will come forward to take her place. The entertainment for the evening was The Great Horwood Silver Band and they were fantastic; we all enjoyed the programme of music picked by WI members of popular songs, and well known melodies.

The BFWI quiz night went very well and both our teams are to be congratulated, they both had good scores.

Josie is organising our visit to the Waterside Theatre in July and also two evening walks in June.

We have a bingo and supper evening at Irene and Alan Noble’s house on April 14 – always a good evening

Our speaker for the evening was Peter Bowtell on ‘The Milton Keynes Development’. Peter was with the MK Development Corporation when they first began the organising of Milton Keynes. The site was allocated in North Bucks in 1966 and it encompassed 12 villages in the area. Peter joined the team of architects in 1969 and stayed with them until 1981 so he saw a great deal of the structure of the town develop. This was the largest new town since the Second World War, that the government had invested in. It occupied 22,000 acres and local authorities needed a lot of convincing. It was well landscaped with a cycle track all round MK, three lakes and lots of parks. Different areas have different designed houses and this was the first area in the country to have a shared ownership scheme. This was an interesting evening and a lot of questions were asked.

Next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 20 at 7.30pm in Buckingham Community Centre when Ken and June Brazier will talk to us about ‘The Mercy Ships’, another interesting meeting and visitors will be very welcome

Buckingham Acoustic Club

Last Thursday at the Woolpack, Trash Can Rocket played an excellent extended set at the acoustic club. This really tight four-piece performed great mellow rock to a packed pub, incorporating their own material and leading to a Kings of Leon finishing number. We’re pleased to say they will be opening Music in The Market festival for us on Sunday, May 29.

It was also good to have relative newcomer to the club Kevin back again. Kevin is a talented country singer who played several Blake Shelton numbers which got the audience joining in the choruses.

Thanks to regulars Henry and Fraser who alternatively rocked, moved, hosted and entertained the audience, including covers and original songs.

The club will be on again next Thursday with another host and different musicians to play. The change from week to week is what makes it fun – come along an give it a try.

For more information see

Buckingham Railway Walk Conservation Group

The Railway Walk Buckingham will be the venue for a free wildlife event on Monday, April 18. It is an opportunity for people of all ages to take a closer look at newts, frogs and other pond life found lurking in the shallows. Later as darkness falls, we will use bat detectors to listen to and track bats as they fly overhead.

The event will be lead by Aylesbury Vale District Council biodiversity officers, Paul Holton and Hilary Phillips, who will be sharing their knowledge of these species with us.

Please meet in the university car park at the top of Chandos Road at 7.30pm.

We suggest that you wear warm clothes and sturdy footwear and bring a torch for when it gets dark.

Winslow Women’s Institute

About half our membership attended the group meeting in Mursley’s fine village hall to hear Susan Howe speak on ‘cantering through a funny life’.

Susan is a London Blue Badge guide and in her time has tackled interesting but very challenging work with amazing aplomb and humour.

She was once a PA to John Betjeman, the poet with an interest in churches. He never parted from his teddy bear called Archie so it was decided to have a competition for this soft toy.

From a vast collection Susan chose a magnificent antique entry from a Mursley member.

We entered a team for the Inter-County Quiz held in Buckingham which Grendon Underwood won.

At our April meeting our president Thelma reported on a spicy Indian cooking course which she had attended at Denman College having won a bursary. We were entertained by a group of ladies reading verse and jokes.

The competition for an item representing the sound of music was won by our secretary Helen Zaremba followed by Irene Smith and Chris Chapman.

Our next meeting is May 4 at 7.30pm in Furze Down School, Verney Road, Winslow. Our membership is growing and if you feel like joining us you will be most welcome.

The Film Place

Of Gods and Men will be the next blockbuster to play at The Film Place. This fictional account of events in Algeria in 1996 will be shown at 8pm tonight.

It will be followed next week by the immensely popular The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, pictured right, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.

The Oscar-winning film is due to have numerous showings over the next two weeks, starting at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 16.

Subsequent shows will take place on Friday, April 22 at 8pm, Saturday, April 16 at 7.30pm, Friday, April 29 at 8pm and Saturday, April 30 at 7.30pm.

Wine will be available at these four screenings.

Destined to be an all-time movie classic, The King’s Speech tells the story of King George VI’s battle with his stammer, transforming it into a moving, heroic tale of courage in the face of real adversity.