Celebrating Buckinghamshire's Paralympic heritage!

The Paralympic Movement was born at Stoke Mandeville hospital, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Dr. Ludwig Guttmann. This unique recognition gives Buckinghamshire and its local communities an important and exciting role to play in championing Paralympic heritage and values.

To mark the 4th Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony which will form part of the five-day-long official Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay, Buckinghamshire Council and partners are inviting local families to take part in creative workshops and community campaigns.

Flag making workshops for the Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony

Fireworks, crowds and digital screens at the Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, which marked the official Paralympic Torch Relay for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games.

Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium to mark the official Paralympic Torch Relay for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games

Buckinghamshire’s creative communities are warmly invited to take part in one of four exciting flag making workshops happening in late July in Aylesbury. The flags created will then be carried during the Paralympic Heritage Flame Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium on Thursday 19 August, highlights of which will be broadcast on Channel 4’s national news.

At the workshop, you will design and make a flag using a resist print technique – this workshop will suit young people and adults interested in art, design and crafts, but no drawing skills are required. The workshops will be led by artist Charlotte Dearman (Walk the Plank) who will guide you through the techniques used and help you produce a stunning flag, which you can then carry as part of the Paralympic Heritage Flame Ceremony if you are available.

To take part you must be over 12 years old and be local to Buckinghamshire. The workshops will take place at Alfred Rose Community Centre, Aylesbury and there are 6 places per workshop.

  • Workshop 1: Friday 23 July 2pm to 4pm
  • Workshop 2: Friday 23 July 6pm to 8pm
  • Workshop 3: Saturday 24 July 11am to 1pm
  • Workshop 4: Saturday 24 July 2pm to 4pm

To book a free place on one of the workshops, email: [email protected] with your name, contact number and which workshop you’d like to attend.

Please also confirm your availability for Thursday 19 August should you wish to take part in the Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony.

Wish ‘Good Luck from Bucks!’ to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic athletes

Celebrate Buckinghamshire’s Paralympic legacy this summer at any of the free Play Around the Parishes events, taking place across the county. Alongside some free, family-friendly summer fun between 22 July and 27 August the events will also offer local families the chance to say ‘Good Luck from Bucks!’

The ‘Good Luck from Bucks!’ campaign hopes to encourage local communities, organisations and businesses to send their best wishes to the Paralympic athletes competing in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Record a message, take a photo with the ‘Good Luck from Bucks’ frame (which will be out and about at the Play Around the Parishes events) or create your own artwork to show your support and celebrate Buckinghamshire’s Paralympic legacy.

Photographs and videos shared with Buckinghamshire Council on social media will be showcased at the Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony – so be sure to tag @BucksCouncil in your posts!