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Dear reader,

We might be in lockdown, but it is still Friday – and that means it is time to celebrate (and pick up the latest copy of Bucks Free Press, of course).

With many people now isolating at home, I’m writing to you to explain all the great things on offer in your weekly newspaper.

As we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you during this pandemic, we hope you will continue to support local journalism by buying a paper on your weekly shop, or daily walk.

And please don’t forget the elderly relatives or neighbours who may not be able to get out but rely on the service we provide to find out essential advice and information – plus everything that’s going on in their community.

As always, we are #ThereWithYou

What is in today’s Bucks Free Press?

General news:

Headlines this week include:

  • Heartbreaking plea to find killers
  • Work starts to stop nightmare queues
  • Police hire over 150 officers
  • Spectacular tribute to NHS heroes
  • Two bailed after stabbing arrests
  • Housing plan turned down
  • Red Kite warning amid pet fears
  • Man jailed for brutal attack on wife
  • Robber asked police how long his jail term would be
  • Iconic bridge works set to start
  • 12-bed mansion goes up for sale
  • VE Day commemoration picture special
  • Future of Beaconsfield Charter Fair
  • Uni could be hit by student drop
  • And much, much more awaits!

Covid-19 latest:

It’s been a major week of developments in the fight against coronavirus.

Your Bucks Free Press will give you all the latest news, views and advice on a local and national level.

As part of this week’s coverage, we lead with a list of the number of Covid-19 fatalities by postcode across the area.

We have news from doctors about the risk level in children, plans for a testing unit in Amersham and the latest stats for the county.

Plus, news that 14 out of 34 care homes in Wycombe have been hit by the virus.

There’s also details about the number of people visiting parks, the inside story on a barber being shut down and details on ‘worrying’ gluten-free food plans being postponed.

Positive news near you:

Many readers will see the parallels between the lives of Florence Nightingale and our modern-day NHS heroes.

This week the Bucks Free Press honours Florence on what would have been her 200th birthday with an 8-page souvenir supplement.

Amongst our ‘good news’ coronavirus stories this week are:

  • Shoppers praising Tesco car park singer
  • Marathon DJ set raises thousands
  • School becomes PPE hub
  • Four country parks are open again
  • Taxi driver’s kindness is praised


We’re backing Bucks and the NHS every week.

Pick up a paper for a free ‘Clap for NHS and waste/recycling collectors’ poster which you can cut-out and display in your window.

Make sure to show support and send your pictures to andrew.colley@newsquest.co.uk

There’s also a guest column from Oysters Fish and Chip shop owner Gav Singh about how small businesses are coping and a list of essential community contact numbers.

Freetime, TV, Puzzles & Horoscopes:

Let us entertain you!

On top of your weekly news digest, we’re pretty proud to deliver a bumper lifestyle package too.

In Freetime, we have details of upcoming shows for king of the one-liners, Milton Jones, and how Let’s Rock are holding a lockdown special.

We have dozens of brainteasers in our weekly Puzzler supplement too.

Our popular 7-day 8-page TV guide is also back – no longer do you need to pick up your BFP, puzzles book and TV supplement (we’ve got the lot in one!).

Plus, horoscopes celeb Russell Grant writes in our pages to deliver your latest star signs.


Our trip down memory lane this week is likely to be a fascinating one for most readers.

Starting with Then and Now, we take a look at how some historic structures have changed over the years – including a department store and mill.

We also have archive pictures of groups contributing to the war effort from home and a feature from Mike Dewey on the conclusion of the ‘Phoney War’.

There’s also a series of fascinating pictures from the ‘Swinging 60s’ (Marlow Free Press edition) and a look at the lives of one family and post-war housebuilding (Amersham, Chesham & Little Chalfont edition).


It’s another busy week on the Bucks Free Press letters’ pages.

Topics include:

  • Standing up for all key workers
  • Putting the trust in England
  • Can council blame weather for potholes?
  • National inquiry called for
  • Poem for pandemic
  • Hungry children in lockdown
  • Help available for those who need it
  • MP letter from Beaconsfield MP Joy Morrissey


Features on Gareth Ainsworth this week as the UK hold its breath for a decision on the football season.

The Wycombe Wanderers manager gives his views on the waiting game, the chance Chairboys could be promoted as well as how Covid-19 will impact club finances.

What next?

We want to hear from you! My team is working hard to keep you informed and entertained, but what else do you want from your Bucks Free Press newspaper?

Get in touch by emailing andrew.colley@newsquest.co.uk or call 01494 755089.

And don’t forget your elderly neighbours – where possible, please get them a copy of the BFP for their weekly shop.

For many people, certainly those without the internet, Friday’s title will be an essential guide to everything going on around them.

For new readers, the Bucks Free Press costs just £1.10 and is available at all good local newsagents, supermarkets and convenience stores.

From myself and everyone at Bucks Free Press, we wish you and your family well. Keep safe!

Andrew Colley, Bucks Free Press editor