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Postcode of village centre and Bernard Hall: HP18 0AP
Postcode of Playing Fields Clubhouse: HP18 0AJ
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Cuddington Stores – Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Day   CLOSED (Bank Holiday)
Boxing Day   CLOSED (Bank Holiday)
Tuesday 27th December   8am - 11am (Bank Holiday)
Wednesday 28th December   8am - 5.15pm
Thursday 29th December  8am - 5.15pm
Friday 30th December   8am - 5.15pm
New Year’s Eve   8am - 1.30pm
New Year’s Day   CLOSED (Bank Holiday)
Monday 2nd January   8am - 11am (Bank Holiday)

With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

Jey and Sugi

 

Pre-Christmas Meeting 5th December

The next meeting of the Gardening Club takes place on Monday, 5th December, 7.30 pm in the playing field clubhouse.  There will be a demonstration of Christmas table decorations by Jackie and Jill from our local nursery, Penns in Longwick.  These will be raffled off at the end of the evening.  Mulled wine (or soft drink) and mince pies will be served.

Visitors are very welcome, just turn up!  Cost to non-members is £2.

Annual Social Evening – Monday 9th January 2017

All Members of the Gardening Club are invited to the Annual Social Evening on Monday 9th January 2017 at the Playing Field Club House at 7.30pm.  The evening will include highlights of the Gardening Club in 2016, a free welcome drink and finger buffet supper and a quiz.  Tickets are just £5 for Members and £6 for guests (always most welcome!).  If you would like to attend please see the attached and complete

With thanks

Jennifer Schram de Jong
Chairman, Cuddington Gardening Club

 

Theft of Poppy Appeal Collection Box

A very moving Service of Remembrance at St. Nicholas Church attended by more people than ever this year was held on Sunday, 13th November, 2016.

After this very moving event, I have to report that this year’s Poppy collection in Cuddington has been struck a terribly sad blow.  The collecting box which has stood on the bar of the Crown Inn in years gone by, and which has always added a goodly sum to the village’s collection, “has gone walk-about” in other words, has been stolen and it seems the theft took place on Friday, 11th November – Remembrance Day itself.

Naturally Tom and the staff are devastated, as are the rest of us involved in this worthy cause; nobody can quite comprehend how this could happen.

If anyone finds a red poppy box – it might still have the identification label on it – please could you return it to me.  Should the person who has taken this box be reading this notice, and feels some qualms of guilt or sadness over what they have done, please quietly return the box to the Crown.

The police have been informed but hold out little hope of apprehending the thief.  If anyone thinks they have any helpful information please contact the police or me.  Thank you.

Jennifer Schram de Jong
Tel: 01844 291501
jschramdejong@yahoo.co.uk

 

Nativity and Gift Service at St Nicholas

All Age Nativity and Gift Service on Sunday 11th December at 10am.

This year we are hoping once again to provide gifts for the women and children in Aylesbury Women’s refuge.

The refuge provides a safe place for up to 14 women and 17 children. At present, the oldest child is a girl of 12 years old. There are also two babies in residence with their mothers.

Please think of some treats for the women as well as toys and gifts for the children. Wrapping paper and sellotape are also very welcome, but please leave your gifts unwrapped when you bring them to the service. These gifts let people who are going through a hard time know that they are thought about and cared for. Let us share God’s love.

Thank you for your support. 

 

Appeal for Witnesses After Vehicle Crime

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after one vehicle was stolen and another one damaged in Cuddington.

Overnight on Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th November a resident in Bernard Close reported that two windows had been smashed on her Vauxhall Corsa, although it doesn’t appear that anything has been stolen.

On the same night in Aylesbury Road another Vauxhall Corsa was stolen from a driveway.

PCSO Sue Jones from the Waddesdon Neighbourhood Policing Team is the officer dealing with these crimes.  If you saw or heard anything suspicious in the area that night, please give her a ring on the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre number 101.

If you don’t want to speak to the police or give your details you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or report it online.  No personal details will be taken.  Information is not traced or recorded and you will not have to go to court.

Message sent by Diane Brown (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Aylesbury Vale LPA)

 

Autumn Colour in the Chilterns

There are lovely views and colours in the Chilterns at the moment as the leaves on the beech trees turn gold - especially in the setting sunlight.

Do go and enjoy.

Alan and Stella

Rethinking Christmas

Markus and Celia Bockmuehl invite Cuddington friends and others to join them at their home for three evenings of study and celebration about Advent and Christmas.

We will meet for an hour on three Monday nights, 8-9 pm November 28, December 12 and January 2. Markus will speak for 15-20 minutes and introduce a discussion. Refreshments will be served. For the last 20 minutes we will switch gear and hear about a practical Christmas custom – seasonal prayers and decorations, continental baking recipes, a different sort of Advent calendar, etc.

If you would like to come, please register at www.is.gd/Advent16. Space will initially be limited to 15 participants.

· November 28 How could Mary become the Mother of the Son of David?
· December 12 Ten Things You Never Knew About the Christmas Story – and Were Afraid to Ask!
· January 2 The Infant Jesus and His Family – Religious Jews and Syrian Refugees in Africa? The stories behind the festivals of Epiphany and Candlemas

Note: Markus will also be preaching at the Carol service on Christmas Eve at 7 pm in Cuddington church.

Danae in full flow! 

Concert Success!

An audience of nearly 100 filled St Nicholas’ church on Saturday evening for an enthralling concert in memory of Myles Saker.

Danae Eleni (Soprano), Sam Baker (Piano) and Sandy Mackenzie (‘Cello) gave the audience a wonderful evening of music ranging from Purcell via Benjamin Britten and ending with Lerner and Loewe!

Nigel Philipps gave some poetry readings in memory of Myles either side of the interval and the whole evening raised a significant sum of money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

A fuller report will be given in December’s Village Voice.

Will you stand against current housing policy?

In our corner of England today, what is the easiest way to make a lot of money, if you are lucky? Turn a green space into housing. In-filling has been going on for a long time, but the scale of building has been taken to a new level with central government’s requirement that Aylesbury Vale builds thousands of new houses; and in-filling doesn’t even count towards that total! It is a golden opportunity for people who own land and property developers to make a great deal of money as villages and towns expand over the countryside like rot on an apple. It is changing the character of places and putting stress on infrastructure and services, as well as diminishing the quality of life of existing residents. It also puts yet more stress on our already badly depleted wildlife.

The driver is, of course, a lack of housing. The government’s selling point is that there is not enough housing for ‘ordinary working people’, but much of what is going up is priced a long way beyond what an average wage-earner can afford. This is because higher priced homes enable the developers make more money, so they have to be coerced into including any lower priced units. Then there is the question of why Aylesbury Vale and other Home Counties localities have been required to add so much housing: have employment opportunities suddenly increased dramatically outside London? Probably not. A significant proportion of the new homes will be occupied by people who work in London and who will have to commute, unless they find work locally.

In the past, Lord Leverhume, the Cadbury brothers and other enlightened industrialists realised that people need good housing close to where they work: this is in the interests of all concerned as workers who are part of a community and happy with their home are healthier and work better, and it certainly seems to have worked for Unilever and Cadbury’s! However the people who work in businesses, hospitals, schools and so on in London do not have that luxury and are being forced by property prices further out because housing in the capital is not geared to the needs of the society, but to the greed of the wealthy. This is not intended to be a socialist statement, but one of fact that is not only an evil for London, but for the countryside that surrounds it.

The draft Vale Of Aylesbury Plan has completely changed the framework for housing development, undermining the entire concept of not allowing towns and villages to join up through ribbon and creeping development. Our village, along with many others, has been redefined as a ‘medium-sized village’, a bureaucratic change at the strike of a computer key that forces the building of more houses on it. We are watching the transformation of the outskirts of Thame and Long Crendon and Haddenham are following on, whilst green fields disappear under concrete.

Combined with HS2 and the apparent lack of concern for environmental issues within our government, what remains of our lovely Buckinghamshire countryside seems to be very much under threat, and the momentum of destruction seems far too great for our puny voices to make any difference. And how much do we care? Are we prepared to stand up and scream ‘No!’? 

 

New River Thame Website

There is now a fabulous, interactive website for the River Thame – do visit riverthame.org

We are finding out lots about our river and its wildlife and keeping a check on water quality and habitats. If you would like to get involved, there is a link on the web site.

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!

 

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