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As we head into July and one of the warmest months of the year lets hope we have seen the last of the rain. This month we have an article from the Chris Griffith’s regarding his new book which can be purchased on amazon. Lets hope we enjoy the sunshine this month‌..

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Local author Chris Griffiths has just released his fourth autographical book on amazon.co.uk “ Local author Chris Griffiths has just released his fourth autographical book on amazon. co.uk. You wouldn’t think a person would have that much to write about, but Chris does. From a very early age he has travelled an unusual path, full of trauma, pain, adventure and laughter. With trademark honesty he looks at life from home and abroad , and asks many questions in his search for inner peace. His first book “ How Grim Was My Valley” is a shockingly true account of a life lived in extraordinary testing times in 1960’s and 70’s England. An upsetting and laugh out loud account of one boys story. The book is set in Weedon Bec,

Northamptonshire. His second book “The Furry Angel” is a book you will never forget and will have you laughing as well as brushing away the odd tear. It is a heart rending tale about sadness, hope and most of all love. A mentally broken man who is rescued by his beloved Golden Labrador Pippin. His third book “The Healing of The Wasichu” is set mainly in the deserts and mountains of South West America. It follows Chris as he walks a path, oblivious to the dangers, in search of inner peace. Something that had been missing for a very long time. Follow him as he discovers one state and the people within that majestic and beautiful part of the world. His fourth book

“How Verde Was Their Valley” cleverly links the previous books together. It shows the continuation of his life, after beating mental illness . It shows a resilience that many can understand. It shows a love and respect of his fellow man and nature. It also shows a very disturbed sense of humour. Join him as he makes friends with the Native American Yavapai Apache tribe. And read how he tries to make his little bit of the world a better place.”

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As a band we are continuously all members. looking to move forward and carry We are also in need of a on the tradition of the band that has permanent Musical Director been part of village life since 1888. who will conduct us and lead us We rehearse in Great Horwood forward, so if you are interested or Village Hall on a Wednesday know of someone who would be evening with the training band interested, please contact the band from 7 p.m. and the senior band for further information. from 7.45p.m. If you are interested Over the summer on a Wednesday in becoming a member of the band, evening, we are planning on have ever wondered what was holding some free informal involved or are just passing by, feel concerts on The Green in Great free to come in and listen and see Horwood at our normal rehearsal if it is something you would like time. Dates will follow for these to be involved with. We welcome and will be on our Facebook page. players of any age and ability If the weather is against us then whether it would be learning a they will be held in the Village completely new skill, returning Hall. after a long break in playing or We are not a contesting band but are playing elsewhere but would play at various events over the year like a new challenge. We provide including fetes, church services, Project4_Use 27/12/2017 15:38 shows Pageand 1 Christmas instruments and Leaflets FREE tuition to country

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Naturalistic planting provided the strong theme of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and there’s something to be said for the creativity and planting it brings, says Buckingham Garden Centre’s Chris Day. “Where have all the flowers gone?” I overheard a number of visitors begging this question when viewing the huge show gardens on my visit to the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual extravaganza. Of course, there were amazing displays of colour by the spadeful in the floral marquee, however, minimal colour was used in the main gardens, bar a couple. There was plenty of colour, albeit greens and muted tones, in the show gardens. When we look at one of

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You can use a trowel, however, for convenience I tend to use a bulb planter as this takes out a neat core of soil which provides the perfect hole to place your wildflower plugs. Add a sprinkling of friendly-fungi RootGrow to the base of the planting hole to aid establishment. It’s worth remembering that wildflowers don’t enjoy particularly rich soils and they generally flower best in free-draining soil. These wildflowers will produce strong plants for next spring and provide wonderful colour and rich pollen for insects to increase your garden’s natural biodiversity. When it comes to establishing our beds and borders, one tip which works well is to build up your planting schemes into three vertical layers, starting with the lowest. The main plants you would use are perennials which would increase in vigour over the years as well as providing reliable colour. Short plants less than 30cm (12in) should form the base of the planting scheme at around

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Sunday/Wednesday Morning Every Sunday morning the Swan Wheelers have bicycle rides for all abilities. Starting from The Swan Pool 08-45 & Wednesday 9.15am www.swanwheelers.bike/ or, follow us on facebook

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Mondays, term time Hatha yoga with Eva Buckingham Bridge Club

Learn to play Bridge! Course approved by the English Bridge Union with EBU accredited tutors

12 Week Course for absolute beginners. Starting 10th September 2019 at The Centre, Verney Close, Buckingham.MK18 1JP For further details, contact the club on 01280 812592 or 01280 822611 Visit our website bridgewebs.com/buckingham

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Monday 9.30-11am: Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre. Monday 7-8.30pm: PA Room, Buckingham Primary School. Term time classes, beginners welcome. Contact: 07970 659952, eva@evayoga.co.uk, www.evayoga.co.uk Every Monday, Tuesday &Thursday Buckingham & Stowe Running Club. Please see our website for more information www.buckinghamrunningclub.com or email buckinghamrunningclub@hotmail.co.uk Every Monday Evening SCUBA diving with Stowe Sub Aqua Club, see the web for more information. StoweSubAqua.co.uk Men in Sheds Buckingham Meet every Tuesday (10am to 1pm) Thursday (10am to 2pm) and Friday (10am to 2pm) We meet in our workshop behind the Cote at the Woolpack in Well Street, Buckingham email: buckmshed@btinternet.com Self Defence Classes Every Wednesday Maids Moreton School. Kids and Teens 6.00 Adults 7.00 cskravmaga@sky.com 07526629955

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Alternate Wednesdays Just Friends’ social club or single people aged roughly 5 - 70+ Meet 8.00pm Villiers hotel lounge Walks, theatre, eating out & much more. ustfriends2004@gmail.com

North Bucks Carers Support GroupSocial Mornings at Buckingham Community Centre Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s f the month 10 am until 12 noon Come for a coffee, cake and a chat Also speakers, demonstrations and utings Contact Ann 7473766365 or 01280 815441

Wednesday evenings Great Horwood Silver Band 7.45pm (training band 7pm) n Great Horwood Village Hall. All ages and abilities (including beginners) welcome. Contact name: Sharon Taylor Email : Sharon.taylor@talktalk.net www.greathorwoodband.com

Every Wednesday Bounce and Rhyme for babies and young children in erm time 10.30am-11am Knit and Natter Group every Thursday 2pm-3.30pm Reminiscence Coffee morning hird Thursday of every month 1.30am-11pm Learn My Way one to one computer sessions for complete beginners t times to suit the learners Family History sessions. One to one help in tracing your amily history at times to suit the customer

First Thursday of the Month OPEN HOUSE part of Community Care North Bucks) Living on you own? oin us at The Centre, Verney Close, Buckingham. 0.30am - 12.30pm for coffee and cake. Occasional speakers and trips out 7473766365

Alternate Thursdays The Registrars are at Buckingham Library 10am -3pm. Email registrars@buckscc.gov.uk or phone 01296 383055 o book an appointment to register a birth or death and for iving notice if marriage.

Third Thursday of the Month Reminiscence coffee morning on the third Thursday of every month 10.30-11.30am . This is free coffee and biscuits for anyone who would like to come in for a chat. Buckingham Library, Verney Close, Buckingham, MK18 1 JP Thursday evenings Brackley Morris Men Taster Sessions 8.15pm Brackley CE Junior School, Manor Road Brackley Further details from Stephen Ferneyhough 07764 799947 First Saturday of each month Buckingham Railway Walk Conservation Group 10am in the University Car Park Chandos Road. http://buckinghamrailwaywalk. btck.co.uk/ or https://www.facebook. com/Railwaywalk

First and Third Thursdays: Buckingham National Women’s Register (NWR) We are a friendly group of women of all ages who are interested in everything and talk about anything! If the idea of taking part in lively discussions, sharing ideas, meeting other women and making new friends appeals to you, contact the Buckingham Group local organiser, Jane Wardale on 01280 814067, for programme details.

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