Who Are We?
Buckingham Table is not just a club or an association, but a group of local men from Buckingham who meet regularly to make friends, have fun, and get involved in the local community.
We are non-religious, non-political and non-sectarian, and certainly not a closed, secret society. We take pride in the fact we welcome anyone to join our events and get involved.
What Do We Do?
We do not hold regular formal meetings, we do not get involved in traditions or ceremonies and we do not require anyone to commit a certain amount of time. What we do is arrange regular social drinks in Buckingham and have social events – football, fishing, golf, curry nights etc. The entire purpose of the group is to bring together local people from the community to share a drink and a laugh.
In addition to the group’s social activities, we also raise money for local causes. However raising money is not the group’s main purpose. What matters most is that we get involved in the local community, put something back and make a difference.
Who Can Join
Existing Buckingham Table members range from age 35-55 and are drawn from all sorts of occupations, social and ethnic groups and backgrounds. We are not a bunch of middle class 2.4 kid’s Labrador owners, but a representation of the local community. It’s this diversity that makes the group so valuable. At Buckingham Table, everyone is equal.
How Do I Join
There is no formal joining process. You do not need to be referred by an existing member, nor pay a joining fee. Simply register your interest by signing up to receive the group’s regular emails and/or turn up to one our functions. We guarantee you a warm reception – don’t wait to be asked, just give it a go and come along!
How we do things
We like to keep things simple, avoid silly bureaucracy and have a simply good time.
No. Buckingham Table holds an event every one/two months. It is entirely down to individuals how much to put in. We meet the first Friday of the month at the Woolpack. Come down and see what its all about
Buckingham Table raises funds for good causes, but I don’t think I would be happy doing door to door collections.
The main fundraising event for Buckingham Table is the Christmas float which does involve house to house collections. This is once a year and is a great experience and community tradition. As with everything, participation in this is not obligatory. Buckingham Table is about giving time and skills as fundraising, but most importantly, having fun!
Is Buckingham Table simply about meeting in pubs for drinks?
Buckingham Table holds regular events doing a range of activities – take a look at our events section to get an idea. Many of our meetings take place at pubs in Buckingham, and this is in the spirit of meeting new people and joining in with the local community.
Is it expensive to be a member of Buckingham Table?
There is no membership fee, so the only costs are attendance at events and the cost of drinks/meals. As we meet only once a month the costs really depend on how often you attend.
Do you have to be invited by an existing member to join?
Not at all – Buckingham Table is totally open. We encourage anybody who is interested to give it a go. Have a look at our events page and come along, or register to receive updates via email.
What Happened To The Buckingham Round Table?
The Buckingham Round table no longer exists, but the enthusiasm for raising money for local causes lives on within our group – the Buckingham Table.
Buckingham Table Trust
Buckingham Table Trust is the charity fund raising component of Buckingham Table which consists of 3 Trustees who are also members of the BT. The Trustees are legally charged with ensuring the Trust meets and operates within Buckingham Tables defined charity objectives.
The objectives of the charity are described more fully in our Terms of Reference, but effectively include raising funds for local good causes and charities within Buckingham and District, including National Charities which have a particular connection to Buckingham.
Applications can be made via the Buckingham Table Website or via any Member of Buckingham Table on completing the Grant Application Form (copy attached).
All applications are assessed for the values underpinning the work against the following criteria:
- Whether it enhances the ability of the individual or the community to achieve self-determination.
- Whether the work can be seen to directly benefit people who are disadvantaged.
- The evidence of the need for the project for which a grant is sought.
- The ability of the applicant organisation to deliver the service.
Buckingham Table Trust
Switching on the Town Xmas Lights
Buckingham Fun Run
Buckingham Table has so far supported the following good causes and charities in the current year (ends April) :
Tingewick Pre-School, Westbury Community Café, Clearly Speaking,
Friends of Roundwood School Tingewick, Knit & Natter
Moretonville Junior Girls Football Team, Ladies Circle, 1st Maids Moreton Scouts, St James & St John School, Chackmore, Friends of Bourton Meadon, Buckingham Playgroup, Friends of Grenville School, Buckingham School, Moretonville Under 8 Juniors Football Team
Moretonville Junior Girls Football Team, Friends of Grenville School, Buckingham School, Ladies Circle, 1st Maids Moreton Scouts, Friends of Bourton Meadow, The Royal Oak, Tingewick, Myeloma UK
Buckingham Railway Walk, Buckingham Youth Club, Prostate Cancer, Buckingham Canal Society, Granborough Pensioners Group, Buckingham Babes & Tots, Project Street Life, Rotary Swimathon
(including £4,835 donations direct to Brain Tumour Research
via The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge)
Buckingham Pre-School Playgroup, Swan Community Hub, Project Street Life, Friends of Buckingham Primary, Guide Association of Bucks, Moretonville JFC, Ali’s Dream, Maids Moreton Conservation Group, Maids Moreton pre-school, North Bucks carers, Buckingham & Winslow District Citizens Advice Bureau, Maids Moreton Conservation Group, Twyford Cricket Club, Community Care North Bucks (Hospital Car Service), Brain Tumour Research
The Buckingham Table would like to thank the following for their continued support:
We would like to thank Paragon tool hire for the loan of one of their generators to help power our Christmas Float.
We are very grateful to TTSD who host our email hosting and provide support. TTSD is dedicated to providing IT support for small business in Buckingham and the surrounding area.
Every December, Santa makes his visits to Buckingham and the surrounding towns and villages, riding in Buckingham Tables' Santa float. Clearly, he can only do this if the float has a valid MOT. Buckingham Table would like to thank Gary and his team at Eurolane for providing free of charge MOT, ensuring more of the funds raised can go direct to charity.
Meetings & Events
Buckingham Table Meetings
Are on the 1st Friday of each month at
the Woolpack Pub, Well Street, Buckingham.
Forthcoming & Potential Events for 2016:
Walking the Ridgeway
Long Mynd training Hike, Bridges, Shropshire
Beer & Music Festival
This year’s event, at Buckingham Rugby Club, promises to be another great day out...
with more than 36 Real Ales, Ciders and Perrys to choose from. In addition there will be a Pimms Bar, BBQ (serving food throughout the day) as well as the General Bar serving lagers, wines and soft drinks. Weather permitting a range of family entertainment is planned for the afternoon including Rounders, a bouncy castle and pony rides (provided by Plum Park Riding School) and ice creams and cupcakes will also be on sale. An excellent selection of live music will be provided by local bands from 1:00pm onwards.
Summer BBQ / Rounders
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Golf pub crawl
MK Dons Game
Santa Van repairs
Buckingham Bonfire and Firework
Important Dates for 2016
Charter Fair – Saturday 15th & 22nd October
Buckingham’s first charter to hold the annual market/fair was given by Mary I in 1554 and the second charter was given by Charles II in 1658. The charter was only granted to the town to hold fairs on a Saturday and not any other day. Today the showman arrive on the Friday and leave early on Sunday morning for both fairs. Nichols Amusements run the fair and the Town Council organises the road closure and helps to bring the fair safely into town.
Bonfire Night – Saturday 5th November from 6pm
Organised by the Town Council, this free event takes place in the paddock in Bourton Park.
BBQ and refreshments from 6pm, Torchlight procession, Fireworks display and Bonfire at 7pm.
Christmas Lights Switch On – Saturday 26th November from 6pm
Christmas Light Switch On – Takes place on the last Saturday in November. People gather outside the Old Gaol to see the Mayor switch on the lights and to sing carols round the tree. Carols are also sung by the local primary school children. There is also a Christmas Artisan Market during the afternoon and evening with festive goodies.
Christmas Parade – Saturday 10th December from 10.45am
Organised by the Christmas Parade Committee and facilitated by Buckingham Town Council. For over 30 years the parade has been thrilling the large crowds that gather to see everything from marching bands to floats. Prizes are awarded to the best float and best walking group.
Where Is Santa?
Here he is…. or at least here he will be. Santa and his band of merry men, women and children, and maybe the odd councillor or local politician will be visiting Buckingham and the surrounding villages on the dates below.
Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the LOUD music and the Ho Ho Ho’s, and of course an occasional knock on your door!
If you miss the collections, or even if you would like to contribute further, then please do visit our Virgin Money Giving site, where all of your kind donations go straight to local causes.
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