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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 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:

Banana bread may have been the go-to choice for a lot of households during lockdown, but we have plenty to get your taste buds tingling in this week’s special 8-page supplement.

We have everything from amazing recipes for ‘turkey pho’ and ‘tortilla muffins’ to a guide on the best wines money can buy.

We also speak to south Buckinghamshire celebrity chef Phil Vickery about lockdown, cooking for one and look ahead to the release of his new diabetes cookbook.

General news:

Headlines this week include:

  • TV show highlights fly-tipping problem
  • Over 1,000 sign speed petition
  • Empty pub could be revived once again
  • Judge left fuming at ‘boy racer’
  • Man stabbed in shocking attack
  • Huge crowds for Black Lives Matter protests
  • Shocking picture of child left on train tracks
  • Bucks Council worker was stabbed to death
  • True cost of controversial council merger
  • Mel B’s ‘racist mail’ plight
  • Green light for school expansion
  • Baby William’s legacy lives on
  • ‘Cruel’ mining plans are delayed
  • Concern over hydrant access
  • And much, much more!

Covid-19 latest:

This week marks the launch of our ‘backing business' campaign.

We need your support to keep Buckinghamshire’s businesses thriving during lockdown, as many reopen their doors this week.

Today, the Bucks Free Press is calling on its readers to back homegrown companies that have been hit hard by the pandemic and are struggling.

Our new campaign aims to help as many of the town’s businesses as possible, whether they’re pubs or plumbers, cafes or car mechanics.

To have your business featured, email dene.tonna-reynolds@newsquest.co.uk or call 01189 553331.

We also have news of the virus death toll showing stark inequalities across locations in Buckinghamshire.

Positive Covid-19 news near you:

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

  • Launch of Bucks Free Press campaign
  • Bowling alley set to reopen
  • Woman saved from Covid by steroid
  • £29k lifeline for beloved museum
  • Plus, a column from inside Wycombe Wanderers about how the club have been coping

Freetime, TV, Puzzles & Horoscopes:

Starting in Freetime, we take a look at an online show which is likely to go viral.

We concentrate on the news of Will Young’s two-hour plan to wow Henley Festival fans.

We also have more than 50 brainteasers in our 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.


This week’s pages bring another blast from the past and important look at our county’s history.

First up is a feature on the decision to remove Frogmoor fountain in 1940 and the trials and tribulations which followed.

With football back, we also take a look at more sporting club pictures from the 50s and 60s.

Plus, there’s a special Then and Now page featuring village shops and a former pub.

We also have a look back at Cyril Chalk’s article on the historic acquisition of Liston Hall (Marlow edition) and news of the typhoid epidemic of 1871 (Amersham and Chesham edition).


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

Topics include:

  • A Colston moment for Bucks
  • Let’s get the river back
  • Lockdown louts need shaming
  • Is Marlow exempt from distancing?
  • Extinction Rebellion protests
  • Love and kindness is so important
  • A letter to Prime Minister
  • The eyesore in Dean Street
  • EU wastes Britain’s money
  • Plus, Letter from Westminster is penned by Beaconsfield MP Joy Morrissey


The Chairboys are almost ready to be back!

Sport is leading this week with a look ahead to the play-offs and there’s also news on how some fans have turned down ticket refunds in a bid to boost Gareth Ainsworth’s squad.

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