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Welcome to the Cuddington Village website

Welcome to the website for Cuddington, Buckinghamshire.  There is lots of content to explore, and the site is constantly updated by editors in the village.  Never miss out on village news and events that interest you by registering for Website Membership.

The site has been created to be a hub of village activities and news and our ambition is that, as well as keeping everyone up to date, the website will become an interesting record of village life.  We would love to hear what you think of the website and any suggestions that you have on how we might improve it.  You can get in touch with us on the Contact Us page.

Postcode of village centre and Bernard Hall: HP18 0AP
Postcode of Playing Fields Clubhouse: HP18 0AJ
Street map of Cuddington
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The Royal British Legion (RBL) Poppy Appeal 2016

Beginning during the third week of October, ladies from the village will be going around the village selling poppies for the RBL Poppy Appeal so please give as generously as you can when they come.

Some people in the village have kindly begun to complete the RBL gift aid forms with their donations which increases the income donated.  Last year an additional £170 was collected – a considerable increase on previous years and obviously worthwhile doing.  Practically, Gift Aid can be collected from a donation of about £4.00 upwards but we do not wish for people to feel obliged to give more than they can afford so that we will not be distributing forms prior to the official poppy selling unless asked to do so.  However, should anyone like to use the Gift Aid system, please ask your poppy seller for a form or you can get in touch with Jennifer Schram de Jong who will be very happy to help you:


Telephone: 01844 291501


Nicholas Almond Charity – Grant Applications Open for 2016

The Nicholas Almond Cuddington Charity dates back to 1643.  Nicholas Almond, who lived in Haddenham and died in 1643, left Cuddington a parcel of land called Poors Moor.  His original intention was that the income from this land was to be used to give assistance to poor people living in Cuddington with the purchase of food, coal, clothing, etc., and also for some villagers to purchase apprenticeships.

Over the centuries, inevitably the value of the land has diminished, with the income from the land becoming smaller.  In the early 1950s it was decided that the income from the land was insufficient to continue with the original aims and that the money would be better used to help young people resident in Cuddington with the cost of going into further education or taking up an apprenticeship.

The Charity’s Trustees encourage any young person, who must be resident in Cuddington, and is going into or already in further education or wishing to take up an apprenticeship this Autumn, to apply for a grant.  The grants are not large, but they can be helpful with some of the expenses incurred by students or apprentices, such as the purchase of books or equipment or paying for a field trip, etc.  The grant is usually paid in two halves, and students who have already received one grant may be eligible to apply for the second half to be paid.

Candidates must submit a signed, hand-written application (not by email), with details of the apprenticeship, university or college to be attended and the course/s to be followed, and giving us some idea of how the grant might be spent.  Your letter of application together with confirmation that you are continuing your current course, or have been accepted to follow a course or apprenticeship must be submitted by 20th November, and you can expect a reply towards the end of December.  It is rather disappointing to report here that in recent years, a number of recipients of the grants have not even acknowledged receipt of their grants!  It is to be very much hoped that this year will be different; thank you goes a very long way!

We look forward to hearing from anyone who is interested in applying for a grant.

Jennifer Schram de Jong

Please submit your hand-written application to:

Mrs. Jennifer Schram de Jong
Trustee, Hon. Treasurer and Secretary, Nicholas Almond Charity
Spicketts Lane

If you have any queries, please contact me

Tel: 01844 291501


Sam with Danea (inset) 

Music for a While

This concert in memory of Myles Saker is fast approaching - St Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington on Saturday 29th October at 7.30pm 

And since announcing the programme, which includes settings of Shakespeare, songs by Purcell, Schubert, Max Reger and Roger Quilter, traditional songs as well as piano and organ solos, we are delighted to say that Sam and Danae are being joined by 'cellist Sandy Macenzie who will be providing some 'cello continuo as well as playing a couple of solo pieces.

Book online below or call into the village stores or phone Caroline Saker on 01844 291825 to get your tickets.

There will be refreshments and canapés during the interval and all proceeds will be going to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

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Bonfire & Fireworks Party

This year the Fireworks Display at the Playing Fields on Friday 4th November is once again going to be ‘Free Admission’, thanks to a donation from the Fête Committee to cover the costs of the fireworks!

We need lots of support to make sure that we cover all the additional costs and we promise a great value family night out!  The Playing Fields Clubhouse Bar will be open from 6pm, with the fireworks display from 7.30pm after which the bonfire will be lit.  The BBQ will be selling hotdogs and burgers from Ricky at the Egghouse Charcuterie (formerly Parminters), hot drinks and cakes will be sold by Friends 4 Cuddington and Dinton School, and mulled wine and glowsticks will also be on sale.

We look forward to seeing you there, bring your friends and family – it is open to everyone!

Remembrance Sunday, 13th November 2016 at 10.00am 

Cuddington Remembers – Lest We Forget

The Village War Memorial was erected in the church yard in 1920 engraved with the names of Cuddington men who died during the First World War.  The same year, the first Remembrance Service took place with most of the village joining together at the memorial.  More names were sadly added at the end of the Second World War and in 1972 the name of Brian Hope who died in Northern Ireland was also added to the memorial.  We also have a commonwealth war grave for Fl. Lieut. Charles Ridout in the cemetery.

This year the anniversary of the battle of the Somme has been widely commemorated both here and in France, and this terrible battle will be remembered here in Cuddington.  But, as we do every year, we will again come together to remember and honour not just our village war dead from two world wars, but also to honour and give thanks for the sacrifices made for us by millions of people from home and abroad who gave their lives or have been terribly injured as a result of the many conflicts throughout the world during nearly seventy years since World War II ended.

This year’s Remembrance Service will be held on Sunday, 13th November, 2016 at 10.00 am.

As for the last four years, a short service will take place in our village church followed by the Act of Remembrance outside at the war memorial (if the weather is clement).  A representative of Cuddington’s children will lay a wreath along with the chairman of the parish council; while the children of all the families at the service will also take an active part by planting poppy crosses at the foot of the memorial.  This has always been a very moving ceremony and it would be good if even more people from the village could join with friends and neighbours quite simply to come and remember and give thanks for the sacrifices of the many so that we may live in peace and freedom.

School Harvest Thanksgiving 2016 

School Harvest Thanksgiving Service

Both Infant and Junior site children filled St Nicholas' Church this morning, 10th October, for a Harvest Thanksgiving Service. 

There was a wonderful array of gifts presented by the children (see picture) which would be sent to Aylesbury Vineyard for distribution to needy famlies and individuals.

School Helper and Parent Jo Goodson led the service and focused her message to the children on giving and sharing – particularly food and water.  She used the reference to water to introduce us all to the Toilet Twinning project that Nic Nacs have been involved in.  Look out in Village Voice for further information on this next month!

There was lots of enthusiastic singing of songs about food and giving!


Martin Dyckhoff Interviewed about HP Printer Cartridge Gaffe

Cuddington villager Martin Dyckhoff was interviewed yesterday on BBC Radio 5Live by business correspondent Coletta Smith.  The interview discussed Hewlett Packard’s recent software update to many of its printers, which caused printers to stop working if non-HP ink cartridges were being used.

Hewlett Packard has now backtracked on this initiative and has announced that a further software update will remove this restriction in a couple of weeks.

Listen to the interview with Martin, who owns Cartridge World in Parton Road, Aylesbury, here.

Church Restoration Works

The next phase of the programme of restoration and repairs to the outside of the church is due to start on Monday 3rd October.  These are to the Chancel, that is the part of the church at the opposite end from the tower.

Apart from repointing and replacing missing and crumbling sections of stonework, the guttering is being renewed and new drains laid around the base of the walls.

We hope there will not be any inconvenience caused but there will be the contractor’s vehicles etc. around the church and parking in Upper Church Street.

If you are in the habit of taking a short cut through the churchyard you will need to go the long way round as the path around the east end of the church will be blocked.

James Stonham, Churchwarden


VALP – Update for Parishes

The consultation period closed on Monday 5th September.  Here’s “What's next” from AVDC

  • All comments received will be analysed and taken into account.
  • The evidence and sustainability appraisal will be finalised and the final version of the plan will be prepared for December 2016.
  • This will then be considered by AVDC’s councillors and a statutory six week public consultation period will take place in the New Year.  Anyone who has taken part in any consultation throughout the local plan’s development will automatically be notified when this takes place.
  • The plan should then be submitted to the government’s planning inspector in early March 2017.  It is anticipated that a public examination will be held on the plan soon after that, with adoption of the plan taking place in mid-2017.  However, after submission, the timetable will be in the hands of the government’s planning inspector.

Another VALP Parishes Event will be held in November.  Date to be confirmed.

All VALP queries to


CYD at the Edinburgh Fringe!

Cuddington Youth Drama have just returned from their first “tour” away from the village: a week-long run of performances of Fiddler on the Roof at theSpace @ Niddry Street in Edinburgh.

CYD principal Elaine English told the team “You all worked so hard!  You notched up six performances at the venue, three on the stages of the Royal Mile, about ten at the campsite, and then you took it on yourselves to perform up and down Edinburgh streets as you handed fliers out.  You have connected with strangers in ways you wouldn’t have dreamed of doing before.  I am so deeply thrilled with how everyone grew, and grew, and grew.”

Sarah Chapman, mother of two CYD members, said “We had the vision and, with the dedication of a team of loving people, we gave each other an incredible experience and made a great show...  What a huge privilege to have shared these days with them!”

Click here to see a review of CYD’s performance at the Fringe.  (Shame, though, that the reviewer re-located our village to Cheshire...!)

  • There are 16 new ceiling lights and 96 acoustic panels
  • One of the new LED panels being installed
  • Modifying the wiring for the new ceiling lights

Refit for the Bernard Hall

The Bernard Hall is pleased to announce a major upgrade to the lighting and acoustics in the hall, funded by proceeds from the Village Picture House.

All the old, ugly fluorescent tubes and unreliable spot lights have been replaced by state-of-the-art, energy-efficient LED panels in the ceiling.  These panels have a special transparent diffuser to reduce glare and, thanks to some clever electronic circuitry, can be dimmed from either end of the hall.  The lighting above the stage has been doubled and a dedicated ‘tech’ light has been installed at the back of the hall to illuminate the sound and lighting control desks during major drama productions and concerts.

With its solid wood floor and equally hard surfaces on the walls and ceiling, the Bernard Hall has always suffered from very poor acoustics.  Sound would bounce off the hard surfaces and reverberate around the room, reducing the clarity of all speech and making movie dialogue hard to understand.  Now, almost 100 acoustic tiles have been glued to the ceiling in between and around the LED lights, reducing the amount of reverberation by about two thirds.  We expect this to make a huge difference, not just to film soundtracks but to all events in the hall where speech is important such as village meetings, concerts, drama productions and community meals.

Many thanks to Chris Long, the Bernard Hall technical manager, who has funnelled substantial expertise, time and enthusiasm into this project and made the upgrade the success that it is.  The new Picture House season starts on 1st September with the National Theatre Live production of The Deep Blue Sea and we can look forward to a great improvement in sound quality.

Markus Bolton, Chairman

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