The Aylesbury Christmas lights were turned on in Market Square on Thursday 15 November.
Mix 96 presenters hosted the event from the big stage. Entertainment was provided by Brill School Dance Troop, St Teresa’s School Choir, Aylesbury’s Zoe Forward (as seen on the Voice Kids UK 2018) and 18 year old classical singer Jacob Cole together with local group The Eclectix.
The lights were turned on by the winner of the WhizzFest Fancy Dress Competition (an Ompah Lompah) and the stars of this years Pantomime from Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.
Other entertainment included the winners of this years Bucks Got Talent: Hoola Hooper Steph Evans from Stewkley and Singer Alex Crittenden from Great Missenden.
The evening ended with a superb Firework Display.
Remembrance Sunday (Aylesbury)
Remembrance Sunday in Aylesbury started at 6am with a lone piper playing Battle’s O’er to commence a short service - The Battles O’er Act of Remembrance - which included 1 minutes silence, readings, The Exhortation, The Kohima, The Last Post, Poems and Prayers. The service concluded at 6:15 and moved to The Royal British Legion Pop-in Centre for bacon rolls & coffee.
Remembrance Day continued at 11am in the Market Square with a Service and Parade together with Wreath laying by representatives from The Services, Veterans, Local Groups and Dignitaries.
The day concluded with Aylesbury Town Mayor’s Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Church followed by Beacon lighting in the Market Square. The service was a reflection, commemoration and thanks for those that gave their lives In The Great War 1914 - 1918. Aylesbury Concert Band accompanied hymns and a solo by Alison Langer. Roisin Willetts and Community Projects Drama Group performed a piece entitled ‘Diaries and Letters from The Trenches.
Stone in the Great War
Stone Memorial Hall hosted an exhibition over the Remembrance Weekend : Stone in the Great War. It depicted stories of local soldiers and how the war effected the village and those who remained behind.
Local residents served homemade soup, cakes and tea & coffee and war time music was played.
St Johns Sports & Social Club Fireworks Display
On Saturday the 3rd of November, St Johns Sports & Social Club Stone hosted a Fireworks display & Bonfire and a live band performed in the St John's clubhouse afterwards.
The Bonfire was lit around 7.00pm.
The fireworks started at 8pm.
The live band, Scobey Snax.
Walking Play “The Clock Tower Strikes Again”
The return of the Walking Play around Aylesbury’s Old Town.
The Clock Tower Strikes Again is a tale that weaves around the town, mixing factual events with fictitious story telling – but can you tell where the truth ends and the story begins. Filled with lots of audience interaction, drama, action with a hint of comedy for good measure.
Festival of Lights (Aylesbury)
Saturday 27th October saw Aylesbury celebrate Diwali with a Festival of Light for the 2nd year running. A multicultural event in conjunction with the Bucks County Museum saw performances from many different groups to entertain the crowds.
There was an outdoor stage in Kingsbury Square where the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire opened the event, performances by K’Z Dance Ent, Peploe Williams Academy, Dholbeats Uk Lejhim, abhinaya FGine Arts, Jay Kumar Dance, JugalBandhi and a speech by Mayor Mark Willis.
Bucks County Museum hosted workshops, Storytime, shadow Theatre and arts & craft stalls.
The event culminated with a parade and a Fire Dance.
Pink Day (Aylesbury)
Pink was the colour in Aylesbury High Street today (Saturday 13th October) as shoppers supported Cancer Research. The Cancer Research charity shop organised stalls selling flowers, pink clothing for children and adults, a raffle, a tombola and pink soft toy stall. Local businesses also supported the day with Zoomania doing ballon models and face painting, Phil Gomm was the MC for the day, Aylesbury Citroen provided a car, and the crowds were entertained by Swing Dance MK and the Bluebird Belles (Vintage vocal harmony trio). Snappy Snaps also printed photos for a donation.
The highlight of the day was the annual return of the amazing ‘Fur Suits’ …..who strolled the streets posing for photos and collecting donations.
Something to Remember
THE WORKS put on a event in the Market Square, Aylesbury in memory of Charlie Dunne. 'Something To Remember'
Music from AGS Jazz Band,China Bears,Callow Saints,Lashayah Byfield, Tanyya Travvers,Mike Carroll Music plus a DJ.
Food from THE WORKS which included a Hog Roast In Waffles,Pancakes,Ice Cream Lots things to keep people entertained Selfie Booth,Gladiator Arena,Bungee Run,Jumbo Slide, Face Painting and Raffle
Plus a Buds viewing area “Fair4All”
Charlie had a very simple but tragic accident while on holiday in Devon, and sadly died on July 11th. He had always been a lively, inquisitive and friendly young man, who enjoyed being involved in activities at Aylesbury Grammar School, Aylesbury Rugby club and the Scouting association.
World Zombie Day: London.
A very wet day in London for the annual Zombie walk. Starting at Marble Arch them heading down Oxford st to Cavendish sq,Soho sq and finishing at Leicester sq.
“The mission of World Zombie Day is to support the prevention of hunger and homelessness. Join the zombies in fundraising for the charity Shelter from the Storm – London’s only free homeless shelter. To donate text BRNZ57 £3 TO 70070 or go to: worldzombieday.co.uk/donate.”
Kop Hill Climb 2018
Resurrected in 2009 the Kop Hill Climb Festival has raised over Half a Million Pounds for charitable projects in the community local to Princes Risborough and attracted over 100,00 visitors. This year the weather was kind with sun shining on Saturday and a dry day on Sunday, and the event attracted even more motor enthusiasts and families over the two days.
There was numerous activities for spectators to see; from cars & motorbikes of all descriptions attempting the Hill to a music stage, a children’s area, a large food village and other entertainment in The Paddock area together with the popular Soapbox Derby.
Highlights of the show were the appearance of the fabulous aero-engine Napier Railton & the first public outing of McLaren’s new Senna Supercar. Celebrities spotted this year were Eric Knowles of Antiques Roadshow, KJ and Tony Hadley.
Kop Hill Soapbox Challenge
The Soapbox Challenge took place over the 2 days with 26 teams entered some travelling from across the country to take part. The challenge was open to teams of young people aged 10 to 17 who designed, constructed and raced their own karts. They had to negotiate a sweeping course with a steep curved bank, a fully operational ‘Kart Wash’ complete with foam and water and Jumps.
Old Town Party at Banbury
The Old Town Party celebrated its 8th year with a Comic Themed Day.
Wandering the streets of the old town you could bump into popular cartoon and comic characters, listen to music, take part in workshops, dress up as a Superhero in the pop up Photo Booth as well as seeing shopkeepers dressed up in cartoon fancy dress standing besides their amazing window displays as they traded outside.
The Old Town Association worked alongside Banbury Town Council, Banbury BID, and Cherwell District Council for this year’s event.
Bucks County Show 2018
THE 151st BUCKS COUNTY SHOW
Thursday 30th August 2018 saw the 151st BUCKS COUNTY SHOW at Weedon Park Nr Aylesbury.
In the main arena we were treated to a variety of showground displays which included Show Jumping, Ladies Side Saddle, Vintage tractors, The Royal Artillery Band; with the main attraction being The Metropotitan Mounted Police Activity Ride.
Other attractions around the ground were Trade Stands, a Shopping Marque, a Food Hall and a Rural Crafts area.
Parklife Weekend 2018
Parklife 2018 took place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, a free event organised by Aylesbury Town Council.
Live in the Park: There were 2 stages which featured local bands from 12 noon until 9:30pm.