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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
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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News

 

Missing Cat

A slinky black cat called “Fluffy” has gone missing.  It was last seen on Tuesday morning, 22nd May.

Fluffy has a red collar with a bell and ID tag.  It is microchipped.

Please would you check your sheds/garages and gardens?  If you find it, please call Sonia or Paul on 01844 291883 or 07946 645748

Thank you for your help.

Neighbourhood Plan Meeting - Agenda - Wednesday 30th May

The Agenda for the Neighbourhood Plan Meeting - the Visionary Workshop - is attached below (please click on Agenda).

Agenda - Wednesday 30th May 2018 

A reminder that this meeting will take place between 6-8pm in Ashendon Village Hall (unfortunately the Bernard Hall was unavailable).  

Please come along if you are interested in joining the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group or want to hear more about the Neighbourhood Plan.

Parents and children processing last year 

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.

Neighbourhood Plan – Vision Meeting – Wednesday 30th May in Ashendon Village Hall

ONeill Homer will be chairing a Vision Meeting for Cuddington’s Neighbourhood Plan this coming Wednesday, 30th May at 6-8pm in Ashendon Village Hall (unfortunately the Bernard Hall was not available).

The first part of the meeting with explain the process and roles i.e who does what.  This will enable a Steering Group to be formed with sub-groups undertaking specific tasks.  The second part of the meeting will be taken up with setting out ideas about the future of Cuddington.  What people like, what could be better / needs improving.  How we see the village developing over the next 20 years or so.  We will also touch on external pressures on the village such as traffic.

The overall aim is to set out principles for the Neighbourhood Plan that can then be circulated throughout the village for feedback.  This then sets the context / objectives for the Plan and the work that follows.

Please come along and hear more.  Please park in the car park at Ashendon Playing Fields (turn left at the bus shelter and then immediately left.)  There is limited car parking at the Village Hall.  The postcode for Ashendon Village Hall is HP18 0HB.

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

Crime Prevention and Security Marking Event

Also, on Saturday 26th May between 10am and 12pm, PCSOs Sue Jones and Denise Grayburn will be at Haddenham Library for Cops and Coffee.  They will be there to offer crime prevention advice and to speak to local residents about any issues they may have.

 

Bluebells are Out! Go and Enjoy!!

As those of you who have walked this weekend just gone will have noticed, the bluebells have come out in just a week – we saw masses in the woods above Fingest in Oxfordshire.

A great place to see them is Christmas Common and there are free walks in the Chilterns to download from the Chiltern Society – but do please consider supporting them as the Chilterns are our priceless asset.

Also you can walk from Watlington Hill to see them – just Google National Trust and Bluebells.

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 https://haveyoursay.thameswater.co.uk/engagement/shape-your-water-future/

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 consultations@thameswater.co.uk 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

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

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 cuddingtonvillage.com.

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 cuddingtonpc@gmail.com if you would like to join as a volunteer resident.

 

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