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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
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Have Your Say on Water – Important Consultation!

Making Your Voice Heard With Thames Water:

Our water and sewage supplier, Thames Water, has published its draft 25-year resourcing plan which you can read and offer your opinion on at

The Plan itself is rather long: there is a summary, but many related documents which are a lot of reading, however it is available for those prepared to really understand what is being proposed. The summary will give most of us a broader understanding, and it really is in everyone’s interests to understand what is being planned as it will affect everyone. We take clean water in our taps for granted, but it is not guaranteed if resource planning isn’t good! One concern is that the company says it is not going ahead with a new reservoir in Oxfordshire, in which case there is no spare capacity in the event of a serious drought.

And as for dealing with our liquid waste, in 2013, the company managed to complete pollute the River Thame which is still far from recovering: it could happen again – again, there are no guarantees.

To respond to the resource plan consultation, you can complete the response questionnaire, but again, this takes quite a lot of time and work. Thames Water and the Secretary of State have to ensure that all responses to the consultation are read and responded to, so you can email with your own personal response: refer to the Draft Water Resources Management Plan 2019.

Some of the issues that do not seem to be well covered are:

  • Leakage repair – the company keeps missing targets, is fined but continues to miss them. This is serious – if they were fixed, the pressure on water supply would ease.
  • Badly connected or mis-connected drains are not being dealt with sufficiently and Thames Water is the worst performer.
  • Investment in infrastructure: far more is needed than proposed to create a resilient water and sewage system.

(NB. Currently the deadline is April 29th, which will have gone, but there may be an extension.)


Please support the Freight ePetition

Cuddington and Chearsley Parish Councils are maintaining pressure on Bucks CC to do something about the amount of heavy freight traffic using the roads through our villages and have joined forces to create an ePetition to Bucks County Council on the subject.  

Please support our efforts by signing this petition at Freight ePetitionIt is very simple to 'sign'.

No log-in is required – just click the link, then click on Sign ePetition and enter name and email address, then on the next page click ‘Sign’. 

Petition Title:  Chearsley and Cuddington Freight Traffic Problems

Petition Wording:  There is a high and increasing volume of Heavy Goods Vehicles using the totally unsuitable routes through both villages.  Bucks CC is requested to note the concern this is causing to local residents and ensure that it is specifically and effectively addressed as part of the developing Bucks CC Freight Strategy.

Supporting Statement:  The C class roads through both villages are relatively narrow and totally unsuitable for the increasing number of HGVs that are using them.  The draft Bucks CC Freight Strategy is intended to address this, but the current draft a) does not identify these villages as particular hot-spots, and b) appears to put the interest of freight operators above the concerns, and safety, of local residents.

The petition will close on 9th May 2018. 
Please support us by signing it.  The more people that participate, the more our voice will be heard.

Thank you

Muffled Bellringing

Cuddington bells will be rung half-muffled this evening (7 pm)  in memory of John Keates, formerly Tower Captain/Ringing Master at Haddenham, who passed away after a long illness on 24th March 2018.  His funeral is tomorrow.

From the early 1990s until he became unwell, John was a was a very regular ringer at Cuddington sharing his expertise, encouraging and helping build the band.  He gave practical help when the bells were restored at the millennium.


Sunshine Club Evesham Outing – Tuesday 22nd May

Visitors are welcome to join us on this scenic round trip to the Vale of Evesham, stopping off at Moreton-in-Marsh for coffee and the popular market, then on to Evesham Country Park for lunch and shopping.

Coach departs Cuddington Upper Green at 9.30am, aiming to arrive home around 5pm.  Pick-up also at Chearsley.  Cost £10 (coach only).

To book, phone Thelma Parry, 01844 291 075

CYD Interviewed on Red Kite Radio

Five members of the cast of Cuddington Youth Drama –  Kyle, Iolo, Eliza, Amber and Oscar – were interviewed on Red Kite Radio this afternoon.

The interview was about CYD’s latest production The Wardrobe, running at the Bernard Hall until tomorrow evening.

Listen to the interview here

Advanced Notice of Road Closure: Bridgeway 1st May for 21 Days (9.30 - 15.00)

BCC has made an Order, which will temporarily prohibit any vehicle from proceeding, except for access, in that length of Bridgeway, Cuddington, which commences for 100 metres each way from the bridge.  The closure is required whilst Transport for Buckinghamshire works take place and it is anticipated that the works will commence on 1st May 2018 and will take approximately 21 days between 09:30 and 15:00 each day to complete.

The alternative route for vehicles affected by the closure will be via Bridgeway, Dadbrook, Aylesbury Road, Scotsgrove Hill, Tythrop Way, Long Crendon Road, Thame Road, Bicester Road, Chearsley Road, Crendon Road, Winchendon Road and vice versa.

Dated 11th April 2018

Cuddington Neighbourhood Plan

In order to keep informed of the process and receive regular news items, a dedicated Neighbourhood Plan page has been set up on

The Parish Council has received formal notification today (5th April 2018) that the Cuddington Neighbourhood Area has been agreed by AVDC.  The Parish is now designated as a Neighbourhood Area, which allows Cuddington to submit a Neighbourhood Development Plan to AVDC for the publicity consultation and an examination to be undertaken. Please keep informed of the process here.

The presentation at the February meeting from planning consultant Oneill Homer can be viewed here.  The Parish Council is currently seeking a quotation and project plan from Oneill Homer to accompany an application for a grant.

Thank you to all volunteers who have expressed an interest in becoming involved with the Neighbourhood Plan (NHP).  We will keep you informed through the website and by email.

Please get in touch at if you would like to join as a volunteer resident.

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 18th April

This year’s Annual Village Meeting will be held in the Bernard Hall on Wednesday 18th April at 7.30 pm.  The agenda is attached here.  The Minutes from last year’s meeting can be viewed here.

This meeting is the main opportunity of the year for all residents of Cuddington to get together and discuss issues that are concerning them, as well as hearing about what is going on in the village.  It is not a meeting of the Parish Council, although one of the items will be a report from the PC.  In recent years this meeting has always been really well attended and an enjoyable event.

It is also a fantastic opportunity for newer residents to meet others, over a glass of wine or soft drink at the end of the meeting.

The agenda will include Planning, the Neighbourhood Plan, Village Finances, progress at the School and lots of other things.

Please join us.

Ken Birkby
Chair, Cuddington Parish Council

BCC Draft Freight Strategy – Have Your Say

Cuddington Parish Council and Chearsley Parish Council are working hard to reduce the high volumes of heavy vehicles driving through our villages – a matter of concern to many Parishioners.

Bucks CC have just published a ‘Draft FreightStrategy (2018 – 2036)’ Consultation.  The deadline for comment is 9th April.

A copy of the relevant documents can be accessed at:

Your attention is drawn to Page 41 onwards, where the area of ‘Waddesdon, Haddenham & Long Crendon’ is identified as a “Freight Hotspot”, although no specific mention is made to any of the roads running through Cuddington and Chearsley Village.  It takes only a few minutes – use question 6 to emphasise what you think about the situation in the village.  The more people that comment, the more seriously it will be taken.

The Parish Councils have been actively communicating its concerns about the numbers of HGVs using the wholly unsuitable routes through our villages.  This included circulation of a report on the three HGV surveys carried out during 2016.

Although the PC will continue to make representations on behalf of the community, it would be most beneficial if you could support our initiatives by raising your concerns directly with Bucks CC.

You can either raise your concerns directly with the Bucks County Council by contacting:

 Alternatively, you can complete an online survey available at:

Thank you

Sheep Worrying

National Sheep Association (NSA) and all its farmer-members want everyone to share in the iconic landscapes and beautiful countryside that sheep farming in the UK has played an integral role is creating and maintaining.

Farmers appreciate lots of people like their dog to enjoy the countryside with them, but since much of the UK’s rural landscape is maintained by grazing sheep there is always a strong chance you will encounter some while out with your dog.

This advice will help you and your pet have fun and safe days out without disrupting the important work of sheep farmers.  You should also read this advice if you are a dog owner living in or near a farming area, as escaped dogs can be a real problem for farmers.

Sheep are valuable assets and any harm to them harms a farmer’s livelihood.

It is every dog’s instinct to chase, even if they are usually obedient and good with other animals.

Chasing by dogs can do serious damage to sheep, even if the dog doesn’t catch them.  The stress of worrying by dogs can cause sheep to die and pregnant ewes to miscarry their lambs.

Sheep fleeing from dogs are often killed or seriously injured by their panicked attempts to escape, causing untold damage to fences and field boundaries in the process.

Dogs chasing ewes and lambs can cause mis-mothering issues, with lambs dying from starvation or hypothermia when they become separated from their mother and fail to find her again.

Dog bites can cause death in sheep or necessitate them being put down at a later date, or in less severe cases considerable veterinary bills and additional welfare issues as a result of flies being attracted to the blood and leading to a nasty health problem in sheep called ‘fly strike’.  Injuries to sheep can also delay the normal farming routine, be it the mating season or administration of vital medicines and vaccines.

It is an offence to allow a dog to worry sheep.  Worrying includes attacking or chasing sheep and, in some circumstances, farmers are legally entitled to shoot dogs if they are endangering their sheep.

It is vital that you keep your dog on the lead around livestock, even if you can usually trust it to come to call.  If you live in or near a farming area, you must make sure that your dog cannot escape from your property, as it may find its way onto land containing sheep.

Sue Jones
Police Community Support Officer C9830

Spring is Here so Get Walking!

New born lambs are in the fields, along the River Thame; saw a yellow brimstone butterfly in Holly Tree Lane today; wild primroses abound and lots of birdsong! 

So dust off your walking boots and walk with a spring in your step to see all these and more delights!

Contact us if you want any advice on walks. 

Happy walking!

Alan and Stella Marsh

Child’s Teddy Found

A walker has found a small teddy on the track to Nether Winchendon, just past The Spinney.  It’s tan coloured with blue patches – a Kong Wild Knots teddy.  If your child has lost this, please phone Elaine on 07495 486738.

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