News February 2010




Posted 27th February 2010

Mr Speaker chooses Whitchurch to launch election campaign





Speaking to an invited audience which included members of the three main political parties he said it was his intention to run a relentlessly positive campaign based on his track record as the local MP over the past thirteen years, his commitment to continue acting on behalf of local constituents and his aim to restore faith in Parliament.

Under the banner of "Buckingham's Voice, Parliament's Speaker" Mr Bercow, who was elected Speaker of the House of Commons in June last year, said "I am delighted that my campaign for re-election is supported by the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat Parties." 

Buckingham MP John Bercow was at The Firs in the High Street this morning to launch his campaign to seek his re-election in the forthcoming General Election. 




The Firs, noted more for being Winston Churchill's Toyshop during World War II, will be Mr Bercow's campaign headquarters until the election.







Posted 22nd February 2010

Gulf Garage reopens for business


Fears that as a result of the incidents this past weekend - see report below - the Garage, and the Post Office, could be closed for a period were dispelled this morning when it reopened for business.

The operator of the Garage, Mr Choudry, assured the Editor that he intended to continue business of the Post Office, shop and petrol sales as usual.

It has also been reported by Thames Valley Police that no arrests were made on Saturday. 



Posted 21st February 2010 

New lease of life for the White Swan

The established convention, for more than 700 years, that the main parties do not stand against the Speaker is being upheld but this does not preclude other parties from doing so and to date three people, UKIP and two Independents, have indicated they will stand against John Bercow. 





News that Whitchurch residents Louise, Elsa and Steve King take over the lease of the Fullers pub on 2nd March is a positive sign this pub will not go the way of other past licensed premises in the village.  The White Swan of course is a constant reminder of the fate of many pubs today. Before that we had the Crown and Thistle in Oving Road which closed nearly 15 years ago and going further back the High Street was home to the Chandos Arms and the Cock Inn, not to mention the odd ale house.

We cannot forget either the Priory Hotel and it's restaurant in the Old Court House which is now a business premises.


No doubt many villagers will take up the invitation to attend the Welcome Party at the pub on 5th March from 6.00 pm.


Posted 20th February 2010 

High Street Garage closed following arrests


Whilst it was disappointing to learn yesterday of the news of the Gulf Garage closure, hopefully only for a short time, it was pleasing to hear on the same day of plans for The White Swan to ensure it will have a secure future.




This followed the large number of allegations of fraudulent transactions at the garage that have been forwarded to the police over the past days by villagers from Whitchurch and Hardwick and elsewhere. The matter is being dealt with by PC Blunk of Buckingham Police Station.

The Police have emphasised that they would like any evidence you may have which could have happened as long ago as last summer to be reported to them as soon as possible. They can be contacted on 08458 505505 where you should report it as a new crime and after you have given your details tell them that a group has been set up under reference CRN AAA3527267/10 which should link them all together.

The action today resulted from information shared around the villages which gave advice on how to report concerns and the involvement of Buckingham South Neighbourhood Action Group who liaised with Thames Valley Police