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Postcode of village centre and Bernard Hall: HP18 0AP
Postcode of Playing Fields Clubhouse: HP18 0AJ
Street map of Cuddington
Parish boundary map

Many of the banner photographs on this and other pages were taken by Cuddington photographer and environmental campaigner Doug Kennedy.  www.doug-kennedy.com

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AGM – Postponed to 18th July

Our AGM will be postponed to Wednesday 18th July at 8pm, at the Playing Fields Clubhouse, because the England v Croatia match was screened on 11th July.

Midsummer Sunrise Walk

A tawny owl was hooting loudly as twenty villagers gathered at 4am on the Lower Green for this year’s Sunrise Walk.

No torches were needed as the sky was already lightening.   By the time the Observatory at Upper Winchendon was reached, the sun was blazing away above the horizon. The views all around were magnificent and the coffee break in the warm sunshine lasted much longer than usual!

Midsummer 2018 was well and truly celebrated!

Angela Wenham   Photos: Paul Ridout

Reproduced from the July 2018 edition of Village Voice with the kind permission of the Editors. 

Local Insects – Correction to Village Voice Article

In the Village Voice July issue I wrote an article saying that the butterflies and dragonflies seemed to have largely disappeared from our local countryside.  That was following a series of outings during May and June and was true at the time.  Then I did my route on Saturday June 30th, and there were lots and lots of butterflies and some dragonflies. 

The butterflies were mainly meadow browns and small whites – there were dozens of them on a muddy patch in a cattle pasture below the village.  Recently I saw a big group of garden tiger moths in Holly Tree Lane and those have been around the village for a couple of weeks.

In a pond on Ridgebarn Farm, I was delighted to find lots of blue damselflies (at last!), one or two emerald damselflies and a couple of common darters.  Lots more banded demoiselles on the river and a brown hawker on the Thame.

Nature is very unpredictable, and all this was very good to see.  Hopefully more will turn up in the coming days.  We could do with some rain though!

Doug Kennedy

Have Your Say – Bus Services

BCC has launched a survey regarding the county council supported routes in small towns, villages and rural areas in Buckinghamshire.  It wants to understand how current bus services are being used to review how future services can better meet people’s travel patterns.  This may include revising existing routes and timetables or looking at alternatives such as community transport or other flexible transport services.

Please take part in the survey at www.buckscc.gov.uk/bussurvey

Sunshine Club Matinée Cinema

The Matinée Cinema presents “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines” or “How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours and 11 Minutes” on Monday 23rd July at 1.30pm (doors open 1pm) at the Bernard Hall.  This 1965 British comedy stars an international cast including Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, Robert Morley, Terry Thomas and James Fox.  The film, revolving round the craze of early aviation, tells the fictional story of a £10,000 prize for the winner of an air race from London to Paris to prove that Britain was ‘number 1 in the air’!

Big screen, comfortable seats.  Tea and cake at the interval included in the price £5/£4 conc.

To book phone 01844 291 526 – or on the door subject to availability.

Vertebrate Watch Results 2018

14 watchers returned their forms spread across the entire village.  For the numerical report for all 8 years, click here.

The House Sparrows have the prize once more – 69 sightings from 11 watchers, but the pigeons were close runners-up at 63 from all 14 watchers.  This year I combined feral- and wood-pigeons into a single ‘pigeons’ species because of uncertainty about identification.  Last year there were 51 pigeon sightings, and they are much bigger animals, so represent a lot more biomass which has increased by 15%.  As I roam the countryside, especially locally, pigeons seem ubiquitous, which is an extraordinary success story for the species.  House sparrow numbers have remained strong.

The Corvids have done well, with blackbirds increasing from 34 to 42 sightings and jackdaws increasing from 31 to 39, with a couple more sightings than last year.

Bluetit sightings are down a little on average while great tits are the best since 2012.  Coal tit sightings are back on track following last year when they were missing.

Finches are down somewhat.  Chaffinches are solid at 14 from 5 watchers and goldfinch numbers were up from 13 to 27 and greenfinches have returned after being absent last year.  All but 6 of the 32 goldfinches were seen on the north-east side of the village, where they seem to gravitate particularly to Karen Haining’s garden in Frog Lane, which possibly has something to do with the fact that she is very generous with high-quality bird food and several feeders.  She had a charm of 20 goldfinches on the day!  The only problem is that this is also highly attractive to predators, so a sparrowhawk was watching out for a meal: something that she is quite used to.

House martin numbers and sightings are well up while swift and swallow sightings remain fairly constant.

Only 2 thrushes spotted this year against 4 last year.

Overall, bird numbers are up, which is nice, although we may be a bit over-supplied with pigeons and jackdaws.

Other sightings of note are the many round newts in the Sanderson’s pond, and the existence of a flock of goldcrests in a garden off Frog Lane.

Among the notes provided by watchers, there are 2 barn owls around the allotments (in addition to the, possibly, 2 in trees around the marsh below the ‘tractor’ field).  Badgers, mice and rabbits have also been seen in open spaces around the village: there is a large badger sett in the nettle-strewn area below Tibby’s Lane.  Several people report bats being seen in the evening.

May Singing and Dancing

Friday 25th May 10.30pm

The Infant children will be processing round the village and singing on Lower Green and the top end of Bernard Close on Friday 25th May.

They love to be able to present their posies to villagers as they process round the village so please look out for them!

The procession will be leaving the Infant site at 10.30am and ending back at school for dancing followed by a picnic with parents.

Royal Wedding Peal

Bells were rung in many villages, towns and cities this weekend to celebrate the Royal Wedding.  In Cuddington a full peal of Stedman Triples was rung.  It took about 2 hours 45 minutes to ring all the 5,040 changes.  We hope you enjoyed the ringing!

Listen to a short clip of the ringing here

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