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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?

Home special:

For many homeowners, lockdown has been used as a good opportunity to tick off those DIY jobs and make home improvements.

Get today’s Bucks Free Press for a free 8-page home special featuring dream design and DIY tips – perfect for work inside or out during the glorious sunshine, you won’t want to miss it!

General news:

Headlines this week include:

  • Boy with Down’s ‘threatened with parking ticket’ court action
  • OAP dies in blaze one minute from empty fire station
  • Mother found dead on lounge floor
  • Anger as vandals target school
  • Charge in street stabbing probe
  • New hub to help feed needy
  • Teens robbed of phone and cash
  • Tragedy as man’s body found in river
  • Makeover planned for Bucks roads
  • Heartbreak as ‘devoted’ grandad dies in crash
  • Stabbing accused, 24, pleads not guilty
  • ‘Hateful’ travellers outbursts slammed
  • Fly-tipping blight goes on Fire in ‘abandoned’
  • Castlefield Star Block
  • Fresh calls for a town council
  • Sheep savaged in another brutal dog attack
  • Clamping down on illegal planning
  • Mini-heatwave could delay bin collections

Covid-19 latest:

Headlines this week include:

  • MP backs businesses as they reopen
  • Laptop donated to help young carers
  • Gym keeping doors shut after lockdown
  • Council support will continue
  • High Court date set for legal challenge
  • Hospital staff get on their bikes after kind donation
  • New hybrid test centre is set up
  • Good news as free parking stays until August
  • Plus, we have a column from James Griffiths at Wild Training Gyms on the prospect of leisure facilities reopening

Freetime, TV, Puzzles & Horoscopes:

Starting in Freetime, we take a look at a show which is set to waltz into High Wycombe in 2021 as stars of Strictly Come Dancing reveals plans for UK tour.

We also have more than 50 brainteasers in our 7-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.


It’s a picture that we’ve seen many times before - but this time in colour! Seventy five years to the day, we relive the moment Sir Winston Churchill spoke to the people of Wycombe next to the Red Lion on the High Street.

We also have a Christmas-themed trip down memory lane with famous street scenes in Then and Now, plus a look back at children making a splash in Wycombe’s pools.

On top of this, we have a look at the history of ‘the perfect pub’ in Marlow (Marlow edition) and the history of Sir Arthur Binny Scott (Amersham, Chesham and Little Chalfont edition).


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

Topics include:

  • Dog poo is a problem
  • People-friendly roads are needed
  • Why such stark inequality in virus?
  • Every death deserves dignity
  • Response to info request
  • EU countries are sovereign nations
  • Thanks for support during challenge
  • Educate yourself and use your voice
  • And Letter from Westminster in penned by Wycombe MP Steve Baker


There’s one week to go until the big one as we prepare for Wycombe Wanderers to kick off their play-off campaign.

On our back page, owner Rob Couhig discusses the rapid season ticket sales for next year’s campaign whilst the Adams Park outfit also plans special ‘cut-outs’ to honour dead fans.

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