Cuddington | Buckinghamshire

Church News and Events

The Church in the Community The church is active in the wider community in a number of ways:
The PCC prepares the monthly Village Voice newssheet, which is delivered to every household in Cuddington.

In the early part of the year a Church Supper is held and in the autumn the season is celebrated with a Harvest Supper in the village hall. All villagers are encouraged to participate.



Harvest Festival

Harvest Supper
Saturday 7th October in the Bernard Hall
7.15 for 7.30pm
Tickets £7.50 (£5 concession) from Caroline Saker – 291825

Sunday 8th October – All Age Service at 10.00am followed by
Bring and Share Lunch at 12.30pm
with crazy harvest competitions:
       - Famous building carved out of carrots
       - Cupcakes decorated with an animal theme
       - Fluffiest scones
       - Best home-made jam

Come and Celebrate with us!


Sacred and Secular

We are delighted to announce that Sam Baker will be back at St Nicholas’ church on Saturday 28th October, this time with his newly formed ensemble, the Stella Maris Trio.

The concert, entitled “Sacred and Secular”, will contain a wide range of music from the 16th to the 20th centuries.  In addition to accompanying soprano Victoria Armillotta and mezzo soprano Iryna Ilnytska, Sam will be playing both piano and organ solo pieces – from Bach to Debussy.  Many of you who have attended Sam’s previous concerts will greatly appreciate the inclusion of these solo items.

Victoria and Iryna will be singing some very familiar and much-loved pieces such as César Franck’s “Panis Angelicus” and “Voi che sapete” from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, so please make a note of the date and get your tickets online here or from:
    *  Caroline Saker (01844 291825)
    *  Cuddington Stores
Tickets are £12 each with under-16s being free.

There will be refreshments and canapés during the interval and all proceeds will be going to the Motor Neurone Disease Association; the concert itself is being dedicated to Sarah Hayward, Caroline Saker’s sister, who sadly died of the disease earlier this year.

For more information about the Stella Maris Trio please visit their website:

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Benefice Choral Evensong

St. Nicholas Church, Cuddington

Sunday 30th July  6.30 pm

All are welcome to this service led by Margot Hodson and Nadine Rose.  The preacher is Martin Hodson.

Wave of Prayer 

Thy Kingdom Come

As part of a global time of prayer between 25th May and 4th June entitled ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, St Nicholas Church, together with the other churches in the benefice have put together a series of events to which everyone is welcome to come.

Full details of the events can be found in this leaflet.

Maundy Thursday Communion Service is in Kingsey at 7.30pm

Please note that the Maundy Thursday 7.30pm Benefice Communion Service will be held at St Nicholas’ Church, Kingsey and not here in Cuddington.

It is incorrectly shown as being in Cuddington in April’s “Go Local”.


Cuddington Church Pantomime

Please join us on Monday 17th April from 10.30am for a pantomime retelling of the Easter Story as an allegory involving 'Trolls'. The message is good but the jokes are awful - you have been warned. The pantomime will be followed by more traditional refreshments and a children's Easter egg hunt.


Lent Course

Challenging Power – Destroying the Myth of the Mighty Leader and offering hope for the future

Speaker: Canon Phil Groves

Five sessions to be held in St Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington on Tuesday evenings starting on 7th March, 7.30 for 8pm

This Lent we will be examining events, such as terrorism, racism and migration; and politicians (such as Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte) who portray themselves as Mighty Leaders, in the context of Bible stories and characters.

We will consider why such leaders are dangerous and look at alternatives; and also at what creates peaceful communities, and how we can make a difference here and around the world.

7th March: Chaos
14th March: Corruption
21st March: Redefining Power
28th March: Why was Jesus Killed?
4th April: The New Way


The Witchert Chorale

The Witchert Chorale, with their Conductor David Quinn, returns to St Nicholas’ Church on Saturday 25th March at 7.30pm for their Spring Concert, Light.

Light brings together works by Tallis, Bach, Mendelssohn and Duke Ellington – amongst others!  With such a range and variety of composers it promises to be a most enjoyable and rewarding evening.

Tickets are £12 each (concs £10, u-16 free) and please get them from:

Jessica Ecott 01844 291101 or Caroline Saker 01844 291825
Cuddington Village Stores or Bloomin’ Fruity, Haddenham
or here online - see below.

The concert will be raising funds for both Kampala Music School and Stoke Mandeville Long-Stay Patient Comfort Fund.

Tickets no longer available online but are on the door this evening

Phil with the present Archbishop, Justin Welby 

Parish Supper

Saturday 11th March – 7.00 for 7.30pm in the Bernard Hall

Parish Supper with hot food!

Plus a talk by our own Phil Groves: “Travels with Archbishops of Canterbury” - sharing his own experiences.

Tickets from Caroline Saker – 01844 291825
Donations please to cover expenses.

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 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.


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. 

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.

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.

Tickets are available from the village stores or phone Caroline Saker on 01844 291825 - or on the door this evening!

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


Harvest Family Service with Bring and Share Lunch

This Sunday at 10am we are having an all age service to celebrate Harvest. A collection of harvest gifts will be taken up for local charities alongside the usual songs, games and fun we have come to enjoy at an all-age service. The service will be quickly followed by a bring & share lunch with competitions that anyone can enter.:

  • Tastiest home made jam
  • Prettiest tray-bake
  • Best decorated cupcakes 
  • Animal made out of FRUIT!

All entries will be eaten after certificates have been awarded - do join us for our interpretation of a traditional village event!

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


Family Harvest Supper – 8th October

You are warmly invited to this wonderful annual event for the whole village in the Bernard Hall.

Tickets are available from Caroline Saker - 01844 291825
Adults £7.50; Concessions £5; Family ticket £20

We do hope to see you there at 7.15pm! 


A day in the life of Waddesdon Manor

An enthusiastic and appreciative audience attended St Nicholas' church on Saturday evening to see some recently commissioned videos and hear some fascinating insights to the Manor from Head of Collections, Pippa Shirley, and General Manager, Simon Wales.

The audience of over 80 then thoroughly enjoyed a brief but inspiring rendition of five popular pieces, ranging from Scarborough Fair to Life on Mars? sung by the Waddesdon Staff and Volunteers' Choir, directed by Russell Scott.

The event was in aid of PACE.


A day in the life of Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon in Words, Film and Song!

St Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington
Saturday 18th June, 6.30pm

Tickets: £5.00 in aid of

This short programme of singing will be preceded by some “day in the life” insights into the Manor. There will be introductory words by Simon Wales, General Manager, and Pippa Shirley, Head of Collections, (both of whom are choir members) interspersed with some recently commissioned short films about the house and the collection.

The occasion is being used as a fund-raising event for PACE, a hugely worthwhile local charity. Click on the logo to find out more about PACE. The evening starts at 6.30pm and will be followed by refreshments and canapés.

For tickets phone Caroline Saker (01844 291825), call into the village shop or available on the door.


New Associate Rector Appointed

Associate Rector of Wychert Vale Benefice

We are delighted to announce that the Revd Canon Dr Phil Groves has been appointed as Associate Rector of Wychert Vale Benefice.  He will join a team of clergy who are enabling ministry in the parishes of Haddenham, Stone with Dinton and Hartwell, Cuddington, Kingsey and Aston Sandford.

Phil is married to Anne and he currently works as Director of Continuing Indaba at the Anglican Communion Office in London.  Indaba is a process of honest conversation that seeks to build community, energize mission, and provide a context in which conflict can be transformed.

Phil has had many years of experience of parish ministry in Leeds and Melton Mowbray, where he had a special role in encouraging young families.  The Groves also spent six years in Tanzania where Phil taught in the Anglican training college and mentored new clergy.  Phil and Anne have three adult children and are exploring becoming foster parents.  They will be moving to live in Stone, later in the year.


Concert Success!

An excellent audience welcomed back The Galliard Band for a Spring Concert in church last Saturday.

Raising important funds for Christian Aid Week the event featured some wonderful solos from Greg Bealing and Zachary Taylor.

More details will be given in next month’s Village Voice.


Christian Aid Coffee Evening and Plant Sale

Linnets, Spurt Street (home of Nan and Peggy Cattell)

Monday 16th May   7.00 - 9.00 pm

All are welcome at this popular event to raise money for Christian Aid.

What we need to make the event as successful as ever are donations of plants, whether bedding, herbs or vegetables.  Could these please be brought to Linnets during the day on 16th May.

For more information please contact me at

Helen Keeping

Organ and Piano Recital in St. Nicholas Church

Sam Baker, an ex Senior Oxford organ scholar, put on a magnificent recital using both the organ and the piano on Saturday evening, October 24th.  Nearly 100 people registered to attend the concert, which included music from JS Bach to the modern day.

Sam was a very popular performer and introduced each piece with an appropriate illuminating commentary.  The organ keyboard was photographed and shown on the screen behind the chancel arch, which was very popular, and a definite first for Cuddington.  It brought the organist, who is normally invisible in the chancel, right into public view.

There was the initial performance of “A Cuddington Suite”, a set of eight sonnets written by Cuddington resident Nigel Phillips and set to music by Sam Baker himself, which had been dedicated to the memory of Jim Hayward, the very popular village personality who died recently.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and such was the generosity of the audience a grand total of £1,554 will be given to this worthy cause.

Photographs can be seen opposite.

2015 Harvest Supper

The 2015 Cuddington Harvest Supper will take place in the Bernard Hall on Saturday October 10th at 7.15pm for 7.30pm.

Tickets £7.50 adults, £5 concessions, family tickets £20 from Myles Saker (291825)

All welcome!

Also at church harvest weekend October 10th - 11th there will be a Bring and Share lunch in St. Nicholas Church from 12pm on Sunday October 11th following a lively family service at 10am.

Again, all welcome!

September Benefice Newsletter

This can be seen under Church Services and Rosters

Christian Aid 2015

Another successful year for Christian Aid in Cuddington with a total of £1,367 being donated by the village.  The bulk of this, £898, was from house-to-house collections and this represents some £4 per household.

In addition the traditional Bring and Buy and Plant Sale contributed £333 and this was a 5% increase on last year.  The evening, held at Angela and Charles Sanderson’s house, was a great success and we were blessed by the weather – recent years have frequently been cold and wet (or both) but this year it was a lovely summer’s evening.

In addition notable contributions came from the school and from the church collection.

Many thanks to all who contributed, to all the helpers and also to the Sandersons for organising the Bring and Buy and Plant Sale at their house.

This total did not include the donations at the May Day Madrigals at the top of the church tower, as this year this amount, £266, was paid direct to the Christian Aid Nepal appeal.


Music in Quiet Places

On Saturday June 20th at 7.30pm in St Nicholas Church there will be a concert organised by the Aylesbury Vale District Council in their Music in Quiet Places series.

The musical programme will centre on Schubert’s String Quartet in C Major, widely regarded as one of the greatest piece of chamber music.

There will be an interval with refreshments provided.

Cuddington is fortunate to have been selected as one of the sites for this year’s concerts by the AVDC, and all are welcome to attend.

Tickets at £12 (concessions for over 65s and under 16s at £10) are available from Myles Saker on 01844 291825.

May Day Madrigals

At 9.30am on May Day the Witchert Chorale gave their customary performance of madrigals from St Nicholas’ church tower.

This was attended by a considerable crowd of supporters who afterwards went into the church for further musical offerings, coffee and nibbles.

A total of £266 was collected for Christian Aid Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

Photographs can be seen opposite.

May Benefice Newsletter

This can be seen under Church Services and Rosters

Witchert Chorale Concert on March 28th

On March 28th the Witchert Chorale, with Golgatha Kantorie an associated choir from Berlin, gave a concert in Cuddington church before a packed audience of over 100 people.  The English choir was conducted by David Quinn and the German choir by Martin Kruger.

The programme included works by Jon Tavenor, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Elgar, and also contained readings by Andy Hardy.

It was, as is usual with the Witchert Chorale in Cuddington, very well received and gave much pleasure to the audience.

The proceeds were in aid of the Utugi Street Children Kenya Project, and a handsome total of £1.207 was raised for this cause.

Photos can be seen opposite.

April Benefice Newsletter

This can now be seen under Church Services and Rosters

Roger Howell of Barnabas Fund 

Parish Supper – Feb. 21st 2015

The Parish Supper was held in the Bernard Hall on Sat. Feb. 21st and a welcome selection of food was provided.

The speaker was Roger Howell of the Barnabas Fund.  He gave an illuminating account of how Christians in different parts of the world were persecuted, highlighting how fortunate we are in this country.

44 people attended and their donations were sufficient to provide, after expenses, a payment to Barnabas of £261.

Benefice Choral Evensong

This will be held this month in St Nicholas Church, Cuddington at 6.30pm on Sunday March 29th.

This is a favourite service for many, and we hope that those who are not regular attendees will come and join them.

Lent Course

There will be a five-week Lent Course on the Letter of JAMES led by the Venerable Dr Gordon Kuhrt

Subject  Faith in Action: – Does Christian Faith make a real difference?

Date  Monday evenings from Feb. 23rd to March 23rd at 7.45pm in St. Nicholas Church, Cuddington.

Details  Please see the Programme


Witchert Chorale Concert on March 28th

At 7.30pm on Saturday March 28th the Witchert Chorale will be presenting a concert in St Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington.  Their delightful programme will include works by Tavener, Elgar and Mendelssohn, and will also include suitable readings by Andy Hardy.

There will be an interval when refreshments will be provided giving the opportunity for a social interlude.

Tickets at £10 (children free) are obtainable from Myles Saker (tel. 01844-291825 or e-mail

This concert is in aid of The Utugi Street Children Kenya Project.


Church Diary of Events

This can be accessed  on Church Diary        

The Bensons’ Farewell Lunch

Jane and David Benson moved house to Tintern, Wales after many years faithful service to St.Nicholas Church.  David had been churchwarden for a number of years but Jane had spent a quarter of a century playing the organ at church services.

They will both be greatly missed, and to honour the occasion a special Bring and Share Lunch was held in the church on Jan. 25th.  Nearly 70 people attended and showed their appreciation of the magnificent service both the Bensons had provided to the church.  They were presented with donations in excess of £720.


Manor House String Quartet

The Manor House String Quartet gave a Viennese Gala performance in St Nicholas Church on January 17th.

The programme comprised lively Viennese music of the Strauss era with a number of popular pieces, and was much enjoyed.

After expenses the proceeds, amounting to £356.89, were given to The Streetlight Charity in the Philippines, which is organised by our curate Rev. Ian Herbert.


Christmas Collections

Gifts amounting to £549 have been sent to and split equally between Crisis UK and Tearfund as a result of the offerings at the Carol Service, Village Carol Singing and net receipts from Christmas in the Club.

Go to YouTube and search on “Crisis at Christmas 2014” to see their work, or watch below


Manor House String Quartet Concert

“New Year’s Viennese Gala”

To celebrate the start of 2015 this well known music group will be providing an exciting concert in St Nicholas Church Cuddington at 7.30pm on Saturday January 17th.

The programme will comprise music by Johann Strauss, Lehar, Brahms, Weber and other well-known composers;  refreshments will be served during the interval.

Two years ago this group provided a similar evening in Cuddington which was warmly appreciated by the many who attended.

Tickets at £10 (£5 for those under 16 years) obtainable from Caroline or Myles Saker (tel. 01844-291825)

Bring and Share Lunch – 12pm in St Nicholas Church on Sunday Oct.12th

ALL ARE WELCOME to the Church Harvest Family Service at 10am on Sunday 12th October, which will be followed by the Bring and Share Lunch.

Please bring whatever you fancy - pizza, quiche, salad, sandwiches, hula hoops, whatever – It will be an awesome spread to tuck into!

There will also be competitions on the day for:
- The chewiest flapjack
- The tastiest jam
- The most creative animal made out of vegetables
- The best decorated cupcakes.

Entries accepted from children and also grown-ups.  Certificates for winners and runners-up to be awarded at the end of the lunch when the flapjacks and cupcakes will all be eaten!  Special prizes for any family with an entry in all four categories!

To help those in need please bring any gifts of food or toiletries which will be given to the Aylesbury Vineyard Storehouse.

Church Notice Sheets

In future it is the intention to publish the weekly Notice Sheet in the section Church Services and Rosters.

Repairs to Church Path

Work on repairing the church path, south gate and west door paving will start on Wednesday 15th Oct 2014.  Access to the church and churchyard from this date will be primarily through the north gate and north door facing onto Lower Church Street.

Limited access will stilll be available through the south door by the path leading from the north gate and is best restricted to those opening and closing the church each day.  Work will be ongoing on weekdays and on Saturdays.  The contractor will attempt to leave the path in a level condition for use on Sundays (particularly for wheelchairs) but this may be on a hard core base and those who can should use the north door.

Please accept our apologies but would people not requring access to the church and churchyard please walk around by the road during the period work is underway and obey the signs and markers denoting site hazards.

The Galliard Band & Singers

On Saturday September 20th in St Nicholas Church the Galliard Band & Singers gave a lively performance of music from the 16th to the 20th century – that is from Monteverdi and Byrd to Scott Joplin and Benjamin Britten.

The Band comprised a whole range of recorders under the able direction of Alan Hamilton, and the accomplished singers were directed by Kelvin Turner.  It was a delightful performance and much enjoyed by the audience.

All profits were donated to the UTUGI project, and amounted to £755.70.

Please see photos opposite.

  • Toddler Singing Group
  • Toddler Singing Group
  • Toddler Singing Group

Toddler Singing Group

The Toddler Singing Group takes place every Friday (including during the school holidays) in St Nicholas Church at 10am.  Despite our name we are open to more than just toddlers; we also enjoy the company of many mums, nannies, grandmas and childminders!

We have seen babies as young as 5 days old and children on the edge of starting school.  We sing a collection of well-known nursery rhymes and songs for about 30 minutes.

This is followed by a short picture book story and then a time of free play with refreshments (water or juice for the children, coffee and tea for the parents). There is usually a home-made cake and biscuits.  We do not charge for this service but if parents wish to make a 50p donation towards refreshments we are happy to accept this.

See photos opposite.  All are most welcome – please just come along when you can.

Jo Goodson on behalf of the Toddler Singing Group

Christian Aid 2014

Once again Cuddington has shown its tremendous support for the annual Christian Aid appeal, and has produced a grand total of £1,413.86.  Details of the amounts received are:

   House Collections and Donations £913.91
   Bring & Buy and Plant Sale £315.20
   Wichert Chorale – May Day Madrigals £45.95
   Cuddington & Dinton School £50.00
   Church Collection £88.80
   GRAND TOTAL £1,413.86

In addition Gift Aid Vouchers to the value of £392.91 will enable this amount to be increased by tax rebates.

Very grateful thanks to you all for this level of commitment, not only in the generous giving but also in helping to organise the week’s activities.

Christian Aid Plant Sale, Bring & Buy and Coffee Evening

This will be held at Wellfield House, Spurt Street, the home of Charles and Angela Sanderson, on Monday May 12th from 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

Everybody is invited and all offerings will be really appreciated.


Draw On Sweet Night

The Galliard Band and Singers are a broad range of recorder players supported by a number of vocalists who will be providing a concert, “Draw On Sweet Night”  in St. Nicholas Church, Cuddington at 7.30pm on Saturday Sept. 20th.

A varied programme of music will be offered to please all tastes and it is much recommended.

Refreshments and canapés will be available during the interval which will provide a social interlude during the performance.

Tickets at £10 (£3 for those of 16 or under) are obtainable from Rose Cottage, Spurt Street (01844-291825).  All proceeds, after expenses, will be donated to the Utugi Appeal.

The speaker talking to a churchwarden 

Parish Supper

Some 60 people attended the Parish Supper on Sat. March 1st in the Bernard Hall. The speaker was Ruth Robinson who gave us details of SAT7, which is a Christian charity which broadcasts on satellite television to Middle Eastern and North African countries in local dialects.

It was a fascinating talk with screen projection and was much appreciated by those present.

Those attending donated generously and this allowed some £280 to be sent to support SAT7.

Witchert Chorale Concert

Nearly 100 people turned up for the Flora & Fauna concert in St. Nicholas’ Church on Saturday June 28th which celebrated the beauty of nature with a variety of music of madrigals, classical and romantic part-songs etc.

A very lively and enthusiastic performance by the choir was enhanced by readings from Ed Cairns and a clarinet solo by Benedict Quinn.  Wine and nibbles provided a much enjoyable social interlude at half-time.

The handsome proceeds of £1376 have been donated to the Tongabezi Trust School in Zambia.

See opposite for photographs.

The Witchert Chorale every year celebrate May Day by singing madrigals from the top of the church tower.


Witchert Chorale – Flora and Fauna

At 7.30pm on Saturday June 28th the Witchert Chorale will be presenting a concert in St Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington.  Their exciting programme will include a wide variety of music on the Flora and Fauna theme with an exciting array of madrigals, classical and modern music, well up to their established high standard.  See opposite for details.

There will be an interval when refreshments will be provided, giving the opportunity for a social interlude.

Tickets at £12 (£10 concessions, children £3) are obtainable from Myles Saker (tel. 01844-291825 or e-mail



The Real Easter Egg

These Eggs have been around for two or three years but as well as the Easter story on the box, they now have a little booklet and chocolates inside!

They make ideal presents for grandchildren, godchildren and all the chocolate is fairly traded (unlike a lot of chocolate using trafficked child labour).

They come in 2 sizes as shown, the original is £3.99 and the Special edition with an Olive wood cross is £9.99.

Please contact Caroline Stonham before Feb. 24th to place an order ( or 01844 292221. 

A previous Parish Supper 

Parish Supper

The Parish Supper will be held this year on Saturday March 1st at 7.00pm for 7.30pm in the Bernard Hall.

Attendance is free and open to all. Tickets can be obtained from Myles and Caroline Saker (291825).

The talk will be given by Ruth Robinson of SAT 7, a Christian Satellite Television Charity, which brings the Christian message to homes across the Middle East and North Africa by satellite television.

Donations on the evening will be requested to cover the costs of the evening and any surplus will be given to SAT 7.


Men’s Breakfast

The next Men’s Breakfast is on Saturday Jan.11th

           ALL WELCOME

Necklace Found in St. Nicholas’ Church

Mrs Thompson found a necklace in St. Nicholas’ Church on Monday 2nd December.  If it is yours, please phone 01844 239144 with a description of the necklace.  She will hold it for 3 months.


Manor House String Quartet Dec. 13th 2013

The Manor House String Quartet will be performing a Concert of Christmas and Winter Music at 7.30pm on Friday Dec.13th 2013 in St. Nicholas Church Cuddington. 

This group, well known in Cuddington, will be playing a lively selection of carols etc and are much recommended.  Refreshments will be available in the interval.

Tickets at £10 (£5 for children) can be obtained from Myles Saker (01844-291825), Rose Cottage, Spurt Street.


Harvest Celebrations Oct.2013

Opposite are the arrangements for Harvest Celebrations this October.

Tickets for the Family Harvest Supper on Sat. Oct.12th in the Bernard Hall are £7.50 for adults, £5 for concessions and £20 for family tickets, and can be obtained from Myles Saker (01844-291825).

Bring and Share Lunch 29 September at 1145am

There will be a Bring and \Share Lunch to belatedly thank Nan  for her years of service to the church and her retirement from the PCC.  Also as a congregation to celebrate Ian Herbert's priesting and to welcome him into a perod in which he will be spending more time in supporting St Nicholas  church.  Please come along and join in............and do please bring some food.

Christianity Explored Course 26 Sep at 8pm

A Christianity Explored Course will start in St Nicholas Church on Thurs 26 Sep - timing 8-9.30pm.  The course will explore: "What is Christianity About"; "Is it Relevant Today?" there are 8 short studies supported by video and with time to explore and discuss. And someone mentioned something about puddings!  Please come along and join in and bring a friend.

PS: we are aware of the clash with the film night and there is flexibility for folks to "catch up".  Please let us know if you are interested.


Women’s Breakfast on Sat. Sept. 28th

Please get your ticket from Celia or Becky.

All welcome (i.e. the ladies)!

Church’s Donation Box Pilfered

The donation box built into the wall of St Nicholas Church has suffered from attempts at petty pilferage for some little while.  Last week somebody wrenched off the small padlock securing the cover and presumably took the contents of the box.  There is unlikely to have been any significant amount of cash in the box but if anyone saw anything unusual last week then please let us know as we will be informing the police.

Our concern is that this has been an ongoing situation; it is sad that someone should have to resort to this sort of action and we would like to help them rather than punish them.  Please contact initially David Benson 01296 433757 or Graham Carr 01844 290000.

  • Visit to Whipsnade Zoo

Visit to Whipsnade Zoo

Visit to Whipsnade Zoo

Jonah and the Big Fish

 As a contribution to the Village Fete the children’s groups at St Nicholas Church studied the story of Jonah and the Big Fish.

 They then created a large collage in the form of a comic strip to illustrate the story, master minded by Caroline Stonham.

This was displayed in two parts in the church for everyone to see on Fete day  It will be available to be seen in the church for a period after the Fete.

There were also Jonah related activities for children in the church during the fete, which was lovely and cool on such a hot day.

Photographs of the display are shown opposite.


Spirit of Australia

A touring choir from Western Australia will be visiting Cuddington to present a concert of choral entertainment in St. Nicholas Church on Saturday July 27th at 7.30pm.

The choir has a wide repertoire of music from Mozart through Strauss to modern works, and this promises to be a very entertaining evening.

There will be wine and canapés available, and this will provide an opportunity to give the summer evening a social flavour and a chance to meet the performers.

The good news is that entry is free and tickets are available from Myles Saker (01844-291825).

Donations on the night will be in aid of the Kampala Music School.


Christian Aid 2013

Once again Cuddington has shown its tremendous support for the annual  Christian Aid appeal, and has exceeded the figure for each of the last four years.  There was nearly a 20% increase over last year.  Again, over £1,000 has been given in the House to House collections – this is a remarkable figure.

Details of the amounts received are:

   House Collections and Donations          £1,016.77

   Bring & Buy and Plant Sale                       £352.21

   Parish Supper                                           £238.75

   Witchert Chorale – May Day Madrigals      £40.00

   Cuddington  & Dinton School                   £100.00

   Church Collection                                       £58.50

   Musical Concert                                         £90.50

                                GRAND TOTAL       £1,896.73

In addition Gift Aid Vouchers to the value of £504.62 will enable this amount to be increased by tax rebates.


Christian Aid Week

The Christian Aid Week Bring and Buy Coffee Evening and Plant Stall will be held on Monday May 13th from 7.30 pm onwards in Skittle Green Cottage, Lower Green (Caroline Thompson)

All welcome – including offerings!


Music in Quiet Places

One of the concerts in the AVDC  2013 programme of Music in Quiet Places will be held in St Nicholas Church, Cuddington at 7.30pm on Saturday June 15th.

The concert performed by the Maurizi Ensemble is entitled “A taste of summer from Brahms”.  It will centre on Brahms’ Sextet in G major op.36, but will also include a Boccherini Quintet.

The last Music in Quiet Places held in Cuddington two years ago was a very popular event, and the AVDC have again chosen Cuddington as a suitable venue in the Aylesbury Vale.

Tickets at £10 can be obtained from Myles Saker at Rose Cottage, Spurt Street or by phone  (01844-291825).  Wine and canapés will be available at the concert.  

Mayday Madrigals in Cuddington

On Bank Holiday Monday on a bright sunny morning the Wichert Chorale appeared at the top of the church tower to sing their traditional Mayday madrigals.

The large crowd which had gathered in the churchyard then moved inside the church to hear the Chorale provide further offerings, and joined in singing with them in the round  where appropriate.

This was followed by coffee and refreshments in the church.

The occasion is recorded in the photographs opposite. 

Mayday Madrigals from Church Tower

Once again we welcome the Witchert Chorale to sing madrigals from the top of the church tower at 9.30am on Monday May 6th.

This is a popular village occasion and The Chorale continue their performance inside the church joined by members of the public.

Refreshments provided - all welcome! 

Opposite are photos of last year's event both inside and outside the church.

Toddler Singing Group in action 

Toddler Singing Group

Every Friday from 10.30am the Toddler Singing Group takes place in St Nicholas Church.

Most of the singers are one to three year olds, although younger and older pre-school children join in as well.

Singing includes traditional nursery rhymes and modern songs with musical instruments, cuddly toys and whatever to keep the children amused for 30 minutes.

This is followed by a time of free play with refreshments and lots of chatting.

This is a fun time for all and anybody is welcome, so do please come along.  

Nan and Peggy Cattell after the ceremony 

The Queen Presents Maundy Money to the Cattells

On Maundy Thursday the Queen presented Maundy money to 87 men and 87 women in Christchurch cathedral Oxford.  The recipients, one for each year of the monarch’s reign, were selected for services to church and community.

Included in this number were Nan and Peggy Cattell who have made a significant contribution to Cuddington in their 53 years in the village.

The occasion was a magnificent display of traditional pageantry. The last time Oxford had hosted this ceremony was nearly 400 years ago when King Charles 1st was on the throne.

The Maundy service originally involved the monarch washing the feet of the poor, following the example of Jesus who washed the feet of his disciples.  This procedure was modified in later years.

  • Table setting with special food items
  • The vicar performs another ritual during the meal
  • The vicar performs a ritual with the unleavened bread
  • View of the meal from the East end of church
  • View of the meal from the West end of the church
  • View from the pulpit before the meal
  • Tables laid in preparation for the meal

Passover Meal in Cuddington Church

On Tuesday March 26th over 50 people attended a Passover meal in St. Nicholas church.  This was a highly stylised meal based on well established Jewish traditions.

The original Passover was to commemorate the time when the Jewish people were released from their period of captivity in Egypt circa 1450BC.

The Vicar, Rev’d Margot Hodson, talked us through each ceremonial ritual during the course of the evening; many of these rituals had been followed by the Jews for thousands of years.

The significance of the Passover at this time of the year is that this was the last meal Jesus ate with his disciples circa AD30.  After the meal Jesus went to pray in the garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, where he was arrested by the Jewish authorities and condemned to death by crucifixion on the following day.

Opposite are a number of photographs of the evening.

Harvesting in yesteryear 

Harvest Supper

Whilst the gathering of the harvest is not so central to village life as when agriculture was the dominant occupation in Cuddington, there was a good turn-out of eighty people at this year’s Harvest Supper in the Bernard Hall on October 13th.  A short talk on the Harvest theme was given by the Ven. Dr Gordon Kuhrt followed by suitable seasonal entertainment. After the recovery of expenses the surplus of £345 has been set aside for the Tearfund charity.

The scenes opposite shows harvesting in a previous era, although not in Cuddington. 

  • Utugi staff and children outside Hall
  • Gathering grass for animal feed
  • Students in the carpentry workshop
  • Every boy receives a pair of shoes
  • House Mother with some of the boys
  • New Year's Day Service - Boys and Manager
  • Visitors throwing party for Utugi children
  • Sarah Wood giving poster to head teacher
  • Visiting team decorating classroom
  • Football competition at Utugi

The Utugi Street Children Kenya Project

This project takes children off the streets in Kenya and gives them a real home at Utugi, where they receive the benefits of a family life, Christian teaching and education.

At the present time 57 children live there, at ages from 4 to 19 years.  It is a wonderful opportunity to give them the prospect of a real life, and the happy atmosphere is obvious to all visitors.

This project is funded by supporters in the UK, but the greatest number reside in Cuddington and Haddenham.

This year the treasurer, Sarah Wood, and Tim Armitt, one of the sponsors, paid a visit to Utugi with a team of supporters, and recently Tim made an excellent presentation in St Nicholas Church showing the work completed on this visit and life at Utugi.

Opposite a number of photographs show the visiting team in action and the work of the Project generally.

Further information on Utugi can be obtained from Sarah Wood (e-mail, telephone 01844-290214)

Musical Mosaics

Duo Armande are a well-known ensemble of Claire Hawkes (clarinet) and Shulah Oliver (viola/violin), who have given concerts both here and abroad.

They are coming to St. Nicholas Church, Cuddington to give a concert of music from Mozart to Ragtime, at 6pm on Sunday March 10th.

Tickets for the event at £10 for adults and £5 for children can be obtained from Myles Saker (01844-291825) and this includes wine and canapés after the concert.

The proceeds will be given to help fund the Kampala Music School which has been set up by people in our village to enable young Ugandans to acquire outstanding musical skills.

Parish Supper in the Bernard Hall Feb.2012 

The Parish Supper – Saturday Feb. 9th in the Bernard Hall

St Nicholas Church is arranging for the Parish Supper to take place at 7.00 for 7.30pm on Saturday Feb. 9th in the Bernard Hall.  This annual event has always been well attended as the photo opposite of last year’s occasion shows.

All are invited and tickets for the event can be obtained at no charge from Myles Saker (291825).  To assist in planning for the catering it would be helpful if tickets are obtained earlier rather than later.

The speaker will be the Venerable Dr Gordon Kuhrt, who many will recall spoke at last year’s Harvest Supper.

Donations on the evening will be much appreciated to cover the expenses including drinks. Any surplus will be sent to Christian Aid to support their humanitarian work.

Viennese Musical Evening

In spite of the adverse weather the Manor House String Quartet was able to find its way to Cuddington to perform in the Viennese Musical Evening concert in St Nicholas’ church on Saturday Jan. 19th.

One of its members managed to get here from snow-torn Wales, such was their determination to keep their Cuddington schedule.

It was a sprightly performance and much enjoyed by the goodly number of those who were able to brave the elements on a cold winter’s night.

Opposite are a couple of photos of the group in Cuddington on Saturday.

The Manor String Quartet in Cuddington church in Sept. 2012 

Viennese Musical Evening

The Manor House String Quartet will be returning to Cuddington on Saturday January 19th 2013 to regale us with an evening of Strauss waltzes and the like in St Nicholas Church.  This accomplished group has been with us a number of times, and the photo opposite shows them performing at their September concert here.  Please note this date in your diaries – further details will be issued nearer the time.

The Ivan Kiwuwa piano recital in church on Dec.9th 2012 

Ivan Kiwuwa Piano Recital

A very successful piano recital of classical and ragtime music was held in St.Nicholas church on Sunday Dec. 9th.  Ivan Kiwuwa has performed in Cuddington before and his skill and virtuosity have been impressive.

More than 110 people attended on Sunday and many stayed behind afterwards to enjoy wine and canapés and to meet Ivan.

The concert was in aid of the Kampala Music School and realised a handsome total of nearly £1,800 for the cause.

Ivan Kiwuwa 

Piano Recital Dec. 9th – Ivan Kiwuwa

A Classical and Ragtime Piano Recital by Ivan will take place in St. Nicholas Church, Cuddington on Sunday Dec. 9th from 6.00-7.00pm followed by refreshments.

The programme will include music by Schubert, Chopin and Scott Joplin, all eminently suitable for families, and the proceeds will be donated to the Kampala Music School, Uganda.

Tickets at £10 for adults and £5 for children – from Myles Saker (01844-291825)

Ivan Kiwuwa, a previous scholar at the School, graduated with first class honours at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  In the last 10 years he has won several competitions in the UK as well as giving piano music recitals up and down the country.  His recitals in Cuddington have given pleasure to many with his virtuoso performances, and his return to the village will be enthusiastically welcomed.

Manor House String Quartet in St Nicholas, Cuddington Dec.2011 

String Quartet Concert “Traveller’s Tales”

The ever popular Manor House String Quartet, which delighted many with their concert of Christmas music in the church in December,  are returning to give us another concert on Saturday Sept 8th at 7.30pm in St Nicholas Church.

Their forte is to present popular classical music especially adapted for a string quartet, and  this time they will present  popular music on the theme “Traveller’s Tales”, a light programme with each piece of music representing a different country around the world.

This will include Grieg’s Anitra’s Dance, Puccini’s Humming Chorus, Borodin’s Nocturne,  Albeniz’ Tango and Holst’s St Paul’s Suite, but like all journeys there will be surprises along the way.

Tickets at £10 are available from Caroline and Myles Saker (01844-291825). With special arrangements for schoolchildren.

More details of the Manor House String Quartet can be obtained from the website

Toddler singing group 2012 

St Nicholas Church – What’s on for kids this summer

July 23rd-27th Lighthouse Holiday Club –

Tuesdays in August and September 4th 10.30-12 – Games, craft and story time for ages 7 and under

Fridays in August (excl 24th) 10.30-12 – Toddler singing group and fun activities for your school agers

Late summer trip for all the family – date and venue TBC.  Watch this space

Tuesday 31st July and Friday 24th August – Join us at Play Around the Parishes – playing field or Bernard Hall

For more info contact Sonia (01844 291883), Jo (01844 292958) or James (01844 292038) 

Diamond Jubilee – Flower Display in Church

To celebrate the royal occasion the church was beautifully decked out with flowers, which had all been prepared by the parishioners.

The evening of Friday June 1st saw the first opening to the public, and many from this and other villages came to admire the scene, and enjoy the handsome refreshments which were provided.

Opposite is a selection of photographs of the flowers on display.

Christian Aid 2012

Cuddington  has again shown its tremendous support for the annual  Christian Aid appeal, and has exceeded the figure for each of the last three years. 

Your generosity has been such that the equivalent of more than £6 per household has been raised for the benefit of those suffering hunger and destitution  in the third world.

Once again receipts from the House to House collections exceeded £1,000, which is a very encouraging result.

Very grateful thanks to you all for this level of commitment not only in the generous giving but also in helping to organise the week’s activities.

Details of the amounts received are:

House Collections and Donations           £1,005.24

Bring & Buy and Plant Sale                      £302.50

May Day Madrigals                                 £97.94 

Cuddington & Dinton School                    £120.00 

Church Collection                                   £58.60 

GRAND TOTAL                                         £1,584.28

In addition Gift Aid Vouchers to the value of £426 will enable this amount to be increased by tax rebates.

Diamond Jubilee Bell Ringing

To coincide with a special Thanksgiving Service to be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral, we have been asked to ring our bells and all the bells in the country on the morning of the 5th June.

At St. Nicholas Church a band of bellringers from the Oxford Diocese will attempt to ring a full peal of 5,040 changes starting at 9.30 am.

If successful this should finish to coincide with the end of the service in London at approximately 12 noon when the members of the Royal party will leave for their celebratory Luncheon.  We hope you enjoy the bellringing.

Youth Holidays

It is now less than 80 days till the start of the summer school holidays and there are still places on a wide variety of Christian Youth adventure holidays.

If you look at the following websites you will see that they are geared for 8+, 11+, 13+ and 15+ , reasonably priced, excellently run and great fun.  You don’t need to be a committed Christian to go but open to new ideas and making new friends.

They cover a wide range of activities including karting, windsurfing, mountain biking, sailing and other less energetic stuff like music, craft and drama.  This will be a holiday you will not forget!

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  • Mayday Madrigals 2012  Churchyard and Tower
  • Mayday Madrigals 2012  Church Tower
  • Mayday Madrigals 2012  Churchyard
  • Mayday Madrigals 2012  Churchyard
  • Mayday Madrigals 2012  Singing in the church
  • Mayday Madrigals 2012  Singing in the church
  • Mayday Madrigals 2012  Coffee afterwards

Mayday Madrigals in Cuddington

On Bank Holiday Monday the rain held off sufficiently for the Wichert Chorale to appear at the top of the church tower and sing their traditional Mayday madrigals.  A large crowd gathered in the churchyard to enjoy the spectacle.

Then everyone went inside the church to hear the combined Wichert Chorale and German Golgotha Kantore choir sing more madrigals, with the assembled audience joining in where appropriate.

This was followed by coffee and refreshments in the church.

The occasion is recorded in the photographs opposite. 

Mayday Madrigals from the church tower

Once again we welcome the Witchert Chorale to sing madrigals from the top of the church tower at 9.30am on Monday May 7th.

Refreshments will be provided afterwards in the church – all are welcome!

This year the Witchert Chorale will be joined by a Berlin mixed voice choir, the Golgotha Kantorei, who are staying the weekend in Haddenham and Cuddington.

The two choirs will also be giving a joint concert entitled “European Harmony” at 7.30pm on Sat. May 5th in St Mary’s church, Haddenham. (Tickets available at £10 from Jessica  Ecott, tel 291101).

Opposite are photos of the 2011 Madrigals in Cuddington.

  • Church Supper 2012  Bernard Hall
  • Church Supper 2012  Bernard Hall
  • Church Supper 2012  Pudding table
  • David Benson prepares the mike for Margot
  • Church Supper  The vicar, Rev'd Margot Hodson

Church Supper – Feb. 18th 2012

The annual church supper was held in the Bernard Hall on Saturday Feb. 18th with 60 villagers and friends joining in for a very convivial evening.  The home-made menu was apparently much appreciated.

The talk after supper was by the vicar The Rev’d Margot Hodson who described the work of a prominent environmental organisation, A Rocha, which operates world wide.   

Tickets were free, but donations by those attending covered the expenses of the evening and also allowed £200 to be sent as a donation for the work of A Rocha in Kenya.