Poem And Photo Website Feature

In November last year we received this wonderful poem entitled ‘Leighton Buzzard’, written by local resident Naomi Janes and inspired by the photograph taken by Craig Sweetman.

Now, we at LLTC always enjoy hearing what people love about the town, so this has motivated us to relieve our ‘Lockdown blues with a creative writing competition!

Whether you have an aptitude for poetry or prose, or just want to share your thoughts on the town in a personal way, we encourage you to get creative and describe what makes Leighton-Linslade such a special town to you.

You can take inspiration during your daily exercise, or for those shielding at home we have a wonderful gallery of images below which have all been sent in by residents during previous photography competitions.

There are four categories to link to, and the competition is open to all ages and abilities.


  1. Geography & Nature
    Paying tribute to the location and geographic qualities of the town, this category covers any natural area, natural landmark or wildlife native to this area, paying homage to the natural beauty of Leighton-Linslade. This includes our parks and open spaces.
  2. Man-made
    Leighton-Linslade is steeped in history but is also rich with modern development. This category covers man-made features of our town, from the iconic spire at All Saints’ Church, to the bustling High Street and market. From the simple joy brought about by our playgrounds to the reflective serenity of the cemeteries.
  3. Events
    One of the biggest draws to our town has to be our calendar of much-loved events. The Canal Festival, Band Concerts, Proms in the Park, The Big Lunch etc. are all missed by many at the moment, and entries to this category should aim to evoke the atmosphere, smells, noises and excitement.
  4. My Leighton-Linslade
    Creative writing is as unique as the writer, and for those who prefer not to be guided by a category, but would like to express what living in, or visiting, Leighton-Linslade means to them in their own way, this is their category.


Not only will our favourite entries receive a book token, we’ll also showcase them across the key areas of our website, with the overall winner featuring on our Home Page!

Not only that, but we’ll hold on to all of the entries and may use them across our social media platforms, website, printed materials or at events – anywhere we might want to promote the town and life within it.

How to enter

We may be shut indoors, but we can’t wait to see how you bring our streets, parks and events alive through your creative writing.

To enter, send your entries, to arrive no later than 4.30pm 26 February, to  competition@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk

Alternatively you can post them to:

Leighton-Linslade Town Council
The White House
Hockliffe Street
Leighton Buzzard

Please see our full Terms and Conditions below before entering.

Good luck!


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For those staying indoors, here’s a little inspiration..