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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?

Food special:

We’ve been listening to reader feedback in recent weeks on how we can help ease lockdown boredom. And this week we’re publishing another special supplement.

Don’t miss today’s paper for a free 8-page pull-out all about food.

From top tips and amazing recipes to being inside the kitchen with Countdown celebrity Rachel Riley.

General news:

Headlines this week include:

  • Jet ski horror as man dies
  • Libby Squire murder trial delayed to 2021
  • Planning bosses hit back at inspectors
  • Mystery over cyclist stabbing
  • Two men flee bank holiday crash
  • Anger over tree destruction
  • PC ‘spat at’ and woman ‘robbed’
  • Police break up illegal rave
  • School U-turn over controversial holiday plan
  • New restrictions near beauty spots
  • Man jailed for armed robbery spree
  • River swimming warning from friends of Kyrece
  • Tributes to brave head groom
  • ‘Clumsy’ council constitution slammed
  • Overhaul plans for flats on former furniture site
  • Plea to help teen with cancer
  • And much, much more!

Covid-19 latest:

Dominic Cummings has dominated headlines and divided opinions all week and it’s only right we give you all the views from south Buckinghamshire.

We hear from MPs – including those who want him sacked – and local councillors for their opinions on what the government should do.

Also, we round up the latest facts, figures and essential information you need to know.

We have details on the virus death rate falling, recycling centres reopening and cover the fact more than 1,000 need dental help amid lockdown.

We’ve also got a major story from Downley School where leaders have completed a u-turn in a huge row over ending the summer holiday early.

Plus, a businessman from Gerrards Cross is taking on the government in a High Court lockdown challenge.

Positive Covid-19 news near you:

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

  • Couple reunited after wife stranded abroad
  • Outdoor spaces reopened for community
  • John Lewis set to return
  • 300-year-old hotel’s drive-thru plans
  • Raft of new rules planned for pub


We’re backing Bucks and the NHS every week.

Pick up a paper for a free ‘Clap for NHS and all key workers’ 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 a guest column from Marlow Rugby Club about the impact on the local sports scene and a list of essential community contact numbers too.

We also shine the spotlight on newsagent heroes, with a feature of all the independents you can support. This week, we catch up with S.S. Food and Wine in High Wycombe about how they are tackling the coronavirus.

Freetime, TV, Puzzles & Horoscopes:

Starting in Freetime, we take a look at one exciting show heading to High Wycombe this year.

I’m a Celebrity’s Joel Dommett will bring his stand-up routine to the Buckinghamshire stage as we look ahead to what the audience can expect.

We also have more than 50 brainteasers in our 8-page Puzzler supplement.

Our popular 7-day 8-page TV guide is also out – 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.


Mike Dewey and his team have been busy once again this week.

We start our trip down memory lane with a look at how High Wycombe’s roads have changed over the years.

There’s also reader memories from the Dunkirk evacuation and we look back at a time when sport teams basked in the summer sunshine.

We also have an appeal for information relating to pictures taken behind Holy Trinity (Marlow edition) and take a look at the life of artist Louise Jopling (Amersham, Chesham and Little Chalfont edition).


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

Topics include:

  • Red Kites are becoming tamer
  • Did lockdown spread virus?
  • Anniversary of Equal Pay Act
  • Thanks Mr Baker for slamming Cummings
  • EU ‘anti-UK in trade talks’
  • Letter to PM on climate change
  • Will blue passport be worth it?
  • Letter from Westminster penned by MP Dame Cheryl Gillan


We have more news and views from inside Adams Park this week.

On our back page we look back at Gareth Ainsworth’s career as he admits he feared the sack in his first season as manager.

And he also talks about some of the ‘success stories’ of players who have left the Chairboys for Premier League and Championship clubs.

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