Cuddington | Buckinghamshire

News Archive

This page shows news items that are no longer current.  Over time, we hope that this page will become an interesting historical record of village life.



Traffic Feasibility Study

Cuddington Parish Council commissioned a Traffic Feasibility study in May this year.  

The report giving a series of recommendations for traffic calming in the village has now been received and can be viewed here

Best Kept Village Presentation

Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, presented Cuddington with the Tindall Cup in the Bucks Best Kept Village Competition last Saturday.  The Tindall Cup is awarded to the best village out of all those that won their category in the previous year.

Richard Pushman, chairman of the Competition, congratulated Cuddington on its win and praised the efforts of residents in keeping the village so well maintained.  He said that Cuddington had won the competition 13 times, which was believed to be a record.

After the presentation, both the Competition delegation and villagers were invited to a reception in the Bernard Hall.  The splendid lunch comprised a fine buffet provided by The Crown, supplemented by some delicious cakes produced by Sharon Hayward and Viv Birkby.  In addition Carol Hayward had baked some shortbread biscuits in the shape of aeroplanes, to mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF.

Thanks are also due to Christine Luckett and Gilly Cottman, for their help “behind the scenes”, and to Charlotte Cooper for replanting the pots outside the Hall.


Dinton Folly on Channel 4’s Grand Designs

The first episode of a new series of Grand Designs, aired on Wednesday 19th September, features the Dinton Folly.

Kevin McCloud meets “boundlessly optimistic” Spanish Architect Jaime Fernandez and his English wife Mimi, who have been working to convert this Grade II* listed building into a family home.

Not least of their problems was the discovery of a Saxon burial ground below the folly, leading them to have to call off the diggers and bring in an archaeologist.

The programme is available to watch on the All4 catch-up service, here.


Best Kept Village – Presentation This Saturday

Cuddington has once again won the Tindall Cup, awarded to the best village of those that won in the previous year.  The runner-up village is Stewkley, and the winner of the Morris Cup this year is Padbury.

Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, will present Cuddington with the cup on the Upper Green at 12.50 on Saturday 15th September.  A buffet lunch will be provided in the Bernard Hall from 1pm.  Everyone is invited to celebrate our success.  Please come along.

Richard Pushman, chairman of the Bucks Best Kept Village Competition, said: “Our popular Best Kept Village competition highlights the great community activity that goes on in our lovely Buckinghamshire villages.

“It is a great way to recognise the contribution of many who give their time and effort to showcase and enhance their local environment.  The Best Kept Village competition is not just for ‘pretty’ villages – we want to see communities where everyone makes an effort to keep their surroundings well maintained.

“The competition is a good opportunity for villages to celebrate all the positive aspects of life in their village and we warmly congratulate this year’s winners for their superb efforts.  The standard is higher than ever this year despite the drought conditions.”

Power and Tool Security Marking - Today!

PSCO Sue Jones is offering a Power & Garden Tool Security Marking and Crime Prevention session today, Saturday 11th August 2018, outside the Bernard Hall from 1 - 3pm.

Bring along your power and garden tools for free marking and gain some crime prevention advice.


Watch the England-Colombia Game at the Clubhouse

The Playing Fields Clubhouse will be screening the England-Colombia World Cup fixture this evening.  Come along and cheer on England!

The bar will be open from 6.45.

Extraordinary Meeting - Tonight at 7.30pm

A reminder that the Parish Council will be considering responses to the Rectory Homes/Allotment Society Exhibition tonight at 7.30pm in the Bernard Hall.  The Agenda is attached here

The Exhibition is available to view from 5.30pm today in the Bernard Hall, Monday 18th June.


Fete Sorting – Thank you!

A huge thank you to all those who donated, sorted, lifted, boxed, priced and so on last night!

More prizes and donations still needed - tall thin prizes for Hoopla, bottles of all shapes sizes and contents for the Bottle Tombola, General Tombola new prizes such as toiletry sets, gift sets, vouchers, etc...

Donations received at Denise's, or e-mail or contact Janine Humphreys or Karen Clayton...

One month to go....!

Fete Sorting Evening 

Donations & Sorting Evening – 14th June

Please bring donations and your time to the Playing Fields Clubhouse on Thursday 14th June 6.30pm to 9.30pm so that we can sort items to relevant stalls and see what else we might need before Fete Day!

Bar will be open from 7pm... and we'll be sorting out the Fete shed too!


Keep Cuddington Tidy – Litter Pick this Saturday

Please join the Parish Council for a Litter Pick this Saturday, 2nd June, at 10am.

Meet on the Upper Green.  Litter pickers and bin liners provided.  

With thanks

Look Out for a Grey Range Rover Discovery

Please look out for a grey Range Rover Discovery, registration number OV51 AET.  The occupants are seeking to dump rubbish in the village and have already been chased away twice.

If you see them, please chase them away and/or call the police on 101.

CHUF Celebrates 50 Years!

CHUF Pre-School is delighted to host CHUF FEST at the newly-built Chearsley Village Hall on Saturday 19th May, to celebrate its 50th anniversary!

Please join us for an afternoon and evening of fun and celebrations, to commemorate this very special occasion.  All are welcome!

Between 3:00 and 6:30pm we have a fun-packed programme for all the family:

  • Workshops for children of all ages
    Musical Mayhem ~ Disney Dance Workshop ~ Street Dance Workshop
  • Talent Competition from Magic and Poems to Martial Arts and Football
    Best prince and princess costumes, in honour of the royal wedding
  • Bouncy castle, face painting, arts and crafts stalls and games

We will be serving plenty of refreshments including an American BBQ, a jacket potato stall, the Fish and Chip Van will be popping in, ice creams and cakes.  For any football fans, the FA cup final will also be shown at our licensed bar.

Tickets for the afternoon events are just £5 per child and free for adults!

Between 6:30 and 10:30pm it’s our 50th birthday “Golden Evening”!  You will be treated to a fabulous evening of music and entertainment, including an acoustic set from special guest Tony Hadley, more live music from a great local band, and a glittering DJ disco.

We will be serving the same delicious food and drinks including American BBQ and the Fish and Chip van will be back.  Tickets for the Golden Evening are £15 per adult.

All proceeds from CHUF FEST will be used towards CHUF Pre-School, at both the Chearsley and Haddenham settings.  Please use the link below to book your tickets and we look forward to seeing you there!

CHUF is a Registered Charity, Number 1019818


Turn End Gardens Open Weekend

Turn End, Townside, Haddenham  HP17 8BG

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April  2.00 - 5.00 pm

Turn End is one of three houses designed and built in Haddenham in the 1960s by architect Peter Aldington.  Visit this award-winning family home and explore the enchanting series of walled gardens.

Enjoy the Sculpture Exhibition which will bring together the work of ten local sculptors, including Cuddington sculptor Jessica Ecott, with pieces intriguingly displayed throughout the garden rooms of Turn End.  The studios of Artist in Residence Heather Hunter, who specialises in artist’s books and printing and multi-award winning photographer Paul Wilkinson will also be open to explore.

Admission £15 (Friends of Turn End and children free).  Teas and homemade cakes.

Buy tickets here or buy on the gate.


May Day Madrigals

One of our most pleasant and popular local traditions continues!  The Witchert Chorale will be singing a selection of madrigals at the top of St. Mary’s Church, Long Crendon at 8.30 am and then at St. Nicholas’ Church at 9.30 am on Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May.

Admission is free and all are most welcome to come along.  Refreshments will be provided.


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


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

What Sort of Cuddington Do You Want for Your Family’s Future?

What sort of Cuddington do you want for your family’s future?  The recent drafting of the Aylesbury Vale Local Plan set out a vision for the years ahead for housing for the Vale, identifying Cuddington as a medium sized village, so designated by its facilities such as school, field, local shop and public house.  It sees that 21 houses could be built on two separate sites in the village.

The Parish Council without detailed plans of developments has consulted with villagers about this plan and in principle supported the idea of planned growth within the village to assist sustainability for local services and an opportunity to develop village infrastructure such as pathways.  It is mindful however of the limited capacity of our services such as the school and the impact on traffic volumes.

The adoption of the Local Plan will likely be some eighteen months off but will at that time bring some order to future development.  In the meantime we could face potentially developers bringing forward unsuitable proposals.  As things stand at this time there are very few powers within the Councils to prevent such haphazard growth having to argue each case on its merits as they appear.

The Parish Council is seeking to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for the village to ensure development is both planned and ultimately in the village’s best interests.  Neighbourhood planning was introduced in the 2011 Localism Act whereby Communities can directly shape development in their local area through the production of a Neighbourhood Plan.  It will take around a year to produce and needs to be the result of local residents for local residents.  It is seen as a vital tool to both identify and then deliver upon answering the question what sort of village do you want for your family’s future.

We intend setting up a working party including councillors and local residents to oversee the preparation of and drafting of our plan.  A number of working groups will be required looking at areas such as traffic volumes, detailed housing and related requirements, education and employment developments and links to other areas.  There is assistance available from dedicated Aylesbury Vale Council staff and consultants can be used to help shape and work on the various strands involved in the plans preparation.  Government grants can be claimed to assist with costs. Copies of plans already developed can be seen on various local websites such as those for Buckland, Marsh Gibbon and Slapton, all places similar in size to ourselves.  Others include Long Crendon.

The Parish Council recognises that a Neighbourhood Plan can only be successful if it involves at all levels the residents of Cuddington.  We are therefore seeking local people with an interest in the village to join the working party or in the near future one of the working groups likely to be established.  A number of people have already expressed interest but we are writing to make you both aware of our intentions and invite your participation.  We will need many varied skills to lead or assist on tasks such as public consultation, surveys and questionnaires such as about the scale of any future growth.  Our intention is to look to prepare in January/February so we are ready to apply for grants in March/April.  Then to get on and deliver!

At this time we would be grateful for your expression of interest.  We will be arranging an initial get together soon.  Do not be shy or think you have little to offer, you will have plenty.

Please respond to

Cuddington Parish Council


Defibrillator Training – Saturday 10th March at 3pm

The Parish Council has arranged a further opportunity to have CPR and defibrillator training in the village.  Training commences at 3pm and concludes at 4.30pm on Saturday 10th March, in the Bernard Hall.  It is being delivered by Ian Jones, a fully qualified paramedic from South Central Ambulance Service.  This training will provide all attendees with a clear understanding of how to use CPR and defibrillators in the case of a suspected cardiac arrest and, perhaps, save someone’s life.

The training is limited to only 20 spaces, so please, if you want to secure a place and to support your community, then e-mail your details, or telephone, to Venetia Davies, Clerk to the Parish Council, on

Depending on demand, it may be possible for a further session to be arrange in the future.


Traffic Congestion

Please be warned that parking will be limited around the school’s Infant site for the next two weeks, starting on Monday 8th and there will probably be some traffic congestion.  This is due to work taking place on the Foundation area, which was mentioned in last month’s Village Voice;  a skip for the removal of rubbish will be in position and delivery vans will be dropping equipment off at various times during the period.

Cones will also be placed during this time to allow for deliveries and access for removal vans at The Old School House.  When there are cones in position please respect them, as it will be either for a delivery or removal vans.

We hope you can bear with us during this time.

Kim Price, Headteacher


Drawing and Painting Course

Caroline Stonham is running a 10-week drawing and painting course in Haddenham under the Buckinghamshire Adult Learning scheme.

The course will take place at the St. Mary’s Centre, Station Road, Haddenham HP17 8AJ on Friday mornings between 10.00 and 12.00 am, starting on 12th January.

Places are limited.  To book your place telephone 01296 382403 or email  For more courses and information visit


Carol Singing

This year's carol singing will start on Upper Green at 6.00pm on Tuesday 19th December.

Do come and join us singing round the village!

Or if you aren't able to then please listen out for the singers and our team of collectors who will be asking for donations which will be shared between Tearfund and Crisis.


New Metal Kissing Gates on Footpaths 11 and 13

Thanks to funding from Bucks County Council, Cuddington now has four new metal footpath gates on  paths 11 and 13.  BCC kindly met the cost of the gates whilst the Parish Council paid for the installation.  Our thanks to the landowners for supporting this initiative.  Happy walking!


The Witchert Chorale: From Venice

St Mary’s Church, Haddenham

Saturday 2nd December  7.30pm

Come to the Witchert Chorale’s Concert and be transported between continents and across centuries.  From the historic city of Venice in the Renaissance to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro in the 20th century.  We celebrate the start of the festive season with joyful psalms and with a rather continental dance.  And who knows what else we can manage to squeeze in between!

We welcome to perform with us on this occasion two violinists and a cellist, in a programme which must surely have something for everyone.  Refreshments will be served in the interval.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Charity Coffee Morning

Come and join us in the Bernard Hall on Wednesday 8th November for a Coffee Morning and Gift Sale in aid of the Garden Route Children’s Trust (  There will be local artists and artisans selling their beautiful products.  It is a chance to buy early Christmas presents or just something lovely for yourself.

In addition, we will be serving tea, coffee and homemade cake.

Proceeds will be going to support the work of the Garden Route Children’s Trust in South Africa.  We hope to see you there!

Ali Lewis and the trustees of Garden Route Children’s Trust


Chinnor Musical Theatre – All Kinds of Everything

The Bernard Hall, Cuddington

Saturday 18th November  7.30 pm

Chinnor Musical Theatre presents a hilarious evening of variety and entertainment – with a twist!  There’ll be something for everyone and you’ll come away with a huge grin on your face.

Tickets are £12 per person and include a ploughman’s supper.  There’ll also be a licensed bar.  Visit or phone 01844 223355.


Bucks County Council – Budget Consultation 2018/19

People across Buckinghamshire are being asked to help the County Council make important spending decisions about next year’s budget.

An online consultation, which runs until Sunday 19th November, aims to get local people involved in helping to decide on which areas of the Council’s work future spending should be focused.  The short survey can be completed at:

Noel Brown, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health, said the Council’s services touched the lives of everyone in the county.

“It’s only right that we should want to ask residents to tell us what’s important to them, to help us decide where to focus our finite funding, and I’d urge people to take part,” said Noel.  “Allocating our budget gets more and more difficult each year, with pressure on our vital services to vulnerable older people and children.  Difficult decisions lie ahead.  There are things we have to do, which mean there are more limited choices about the things we’d like to do.”

The coming year, 2018/19, will be the first in which the Government gives Buckinghamshire nothing in revenue support grant funding, putting further pressure on the budget, said Noel.  The amount the Government pays the County Council has fallen rapidly in the past few years, from £60.8m four years ago, to zero next year.  Along with Dorset, Buckinghamshire will be the first county to receive no revenue support grant from Whitehall.

Noel said the County Council would be submitting a consultation response about next year’s funding settlement and lobbying the Government for more money.  People who don’t have access to the internet or a computer can take part in the County Council budget consultation at any library, where staff can help them to complete the survey.


Have Your Say on Household Recycling Centres

Residents across Bucks are able to give their views on the Household Recycling Centres as the annual customer satisfaction survey is launched by BCC.  The survey is run annually in October to find out what works well, what could be improved, and how residents are using the Household Recycling Centres in Bucks and, for the first time ever, residents will also be able to complete the survey from the comfort of their own home.  Link to online survey - Closing date Tuesday 31st October.

Survey staff are on sites during October and talking to residents who use the sites, which gives Buckinghamshire County Council a snapshot of the service.  Over 2,000 responses are sought across the ten sites asking residents questions which include which site they prefer, how often they visit, and whether they are familiar with the permit scheme.

The online version has been created this year, to increase the number of responses, and capture the thoughts of those people who maybe do not visit the site as much.  The survey is open until Tuesday 31st October and can be completed by any Buckinghamshire resident.

Once completed, the survey responses will be collated and reviewed to help the Council make the services offered at all ten Household Recycling Centres the best they can be, whilst keeping costs down.

County Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment Cllr Bill Chapple OBE said “The annual survey is a great chance for residents to have their say, and tell us what they like about the service.  Last year 99% of those who responded to the survey were satisfied with the service, and we’d like to get to 100%.  Millions of visits are made to our Household Recycling Centres each year, so we want to know where we can improve and how our residents are using the sites.  Having an online option is a great chance to listen to more of our residents’ views.”


Aylesbury Choral Society – Autumn Concert

Aylesbury Vale Academy, Paradise Orchard, Aylesbury HP18 0WS

Saturday 18th November  7.30 pm

Works will include Schubert’s Mass in G, Rutter’s Gloria and Lux Aeterna by Lauridsen.  The concert will be conducted by Jeff Stewart.

Tickets are £15 (under 18s £6), available from Angela Sanderson on 01844 291626 or at


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!

  • From left to right: Richard Pushman, Ken Birkby, Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher

Best Kept Village Award Presentation

Following Cuddington’s success in this year’s Best Kept Village Competition, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher presented the Morris Cup and Sword of Excellence to Ken Birkby, Chairman of Cuddington Parish Council, this afternoon.  He read out some of the complimentary comments from the judges and praised the village for our efforts.  He singled out the condition of the Best Kept Village sign, the defibrillator and the lack of litter in the village as particularly worthy of mention.  Sir Henry said that Cuddington has won both the Morris Cup and the Sword of Excellence more times than any other village.

Before the presentation the Chairman of the competition, Richard Pushman, paid tribute to the late Jim Hayward, saying that Jim had been instrumental in supporting the competition over many years and was a tremendous local champion.  He said that Cuddington has set the standard of what a best-kept village should look like.

Chearsley were kind enough to present us with a splendid celebratory cake for the occasion, created by Alex Brown.  Next year Chearsley will be entering the Best Kept Village Competition for the first time.  As this year's winners, Cuddington will be barred from entering next year, and so we wish our neighbours every success!


The Seventies Rewind

I have just joined the team at Red Kite Radio to present a new weekly programme called The Seventies Rewind.  I hope you’ll join me every Monday evening at 7 pm for two whole hours of great 1970s music.  Dig out your platform soles, flares and kaftan and enjoy everything from glam rock to disco; from soul and Philly to reggae; from soft rock to R&B.

Listen locally on 107.2 FM, or online at, or via the TuneIn app.

Chris Long

Hold Your Horses!

No fewer than seven horse-and-traps were seen on the Upper Green this afternoon.  The group met up on the Green before driving to Chearsley for a private birthday lunch at The Bell.

A young pony, wanting to be with the other horses, had earlier escaped from a paddock, but our neighbourhood PCSOs Sue Jones and Denise Grayburn helped ensure that the pony was safely recaptured.

W.I. "Young Carers Bucks " 2017

We have continued to collect coppers (No coinage refused) and we have had some very generous donations for Young Carers Bucks.  By the end of 2016 the total given was £2,335 .  We thank everyone for their support and will continue with this collection which the young people greatly appreciate.


Cuddington Wins Again – the Best of the Best!

Cuddington has triumphed once again in the Best Kept Village Competition, winning the Morris Cup which is awarded to villages with a population of between 500 and 1500.  The runner-up was Castlethorpe, to the north of Milton Keynes.

Not only that, but Cuddington is also to be presented with the Sword of Excellence, awarded to the best winner overall.

Richard Pushman, Chairman of the Best Kept Village Competition, said: “Our popular Best Kept Village Competition highlights the great community activity that goes on in our lovely Buckinghamshire villages.  It is a great way to recognise the contribution of many who give their time and effort to showcase and enhance their local environment.  The Best Kept Village Competition is not just for ‘pretty’ villages – we want to see communities where everyone makes an effort to keep their surroundings well maintained.  The competition is a good opportunity for villages to celebrate all the positive aspects of life in their village and we warmly congratulate this year’s winners for their superb efforts.”

Cuddington Parish Council would like to say a very big “thank you” to all parishioners who took place in this year’s litter pick and tidying of the village.  Not only did they tend to the usual spots – the war memorial, notice boards and bus shelters – but earlier in the year they worked to clear the verges along the main roads.  Whilst not judged on this for the Best Kept Village Competition, it was much appreciated in controlling the litter that is thrown from windows of passing vehicles.

The Winners’ presentation is due to take place on Saturday 16th September, when Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord Lieutenant, will present us with the cup.  Further details will be posted on the village website.

Congratulations are also due to Haddenham, runner-up in the villages with a population of over 3,000 category.

Break-In to Allotment Sheds

Several of the sheds on the allotments have recently been broken into.  A petrol can, tools and a calor gas burner were left on the ground near the footpath through that end of the allotments.

Allotment holders – and indeed all garden shed owners – are advised to ensure that their sheds are secure, and to consider removing any valuable equipment.

Notice of Casual Vacancy for the Parish of Cuddington

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87 (2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that a vacancy exists in the office of Councillor for the Parish of Cuddington and that unless ten or more electors of the electoral area have, on or before Tuesday 1st August at 5pm, submitted a request in writing to the Democratic & Electoral Services Officer, Aylesbury Vale District Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF that an election be held to fill the vacancy, the Parish Council will take steps to fill the said vacancy by co-option.

Clerk to the Council

Dated: 12th July 2017

Cuddington Fête – Grand Auction Lots

Here is a list of the fantastic lots to be auctioned on Fête Day, Saturday 8th July, at 3.15 pm outside the Bernard Hall.

To place a bid in advance, please email with your name, contact number, the lot or lots you wish to bid for and the amount(s), by 12 noon on 8th July.  You can also obtain a Bid Form from Cuddington Stores or Denise’s.

STOP PRESS!!  We also now have four tickets for Chessington World of Adventure to auction...

Good luck!

Help Bucks County Council Plan for Tomorrow’s Lorry Traffic

Parishioners will recall the formation of an HGV traffic action group with neighbouring Parish Councils to obtain data on HGV traffic through village roads and the group’s subsequent lobbying and presentation to Bucks County Council.

Residents and businesses are now being invited to help plan how to handle tomorrow’s rail and road freight in Buckinghamshire.  Heavy lorries make up between 10% and 20% of traffic on main routes through the county, and with a steady increase in freight forecast over the next decade, County Council transport planners want to prepare for the future.  They’re asking people to help them identify local problem areas, explore untapped opportunities and pinpoint solutions.

A ten-minute online snapshot survey will run until 6th July at to allow residents and businesses to feed into their thinking.  Please take time to fill in the survey.  The results will inform a draft strategy for full consultation later in the year.

Red Kite Radio 107.2

Cuddington has a brand new radio station!  From new, custom-built studios in Haddenham Garden Centre, Red Kite Radio is now broadcasting live to Thame, Haddenham and the surrounding villages on 107.2 FM.

Red Kite Radio is a not-for-profit radio station run by a team of volunteers and a couple of part-time employees.  They oversee the day-to-day output, present programmes, look after client supporters and the team of enthusiastic volunteers.

Despite being not-for-profit, Red Kite Radio is professionally run and aims to give the region a polished radio station featuring people and voices from the local community.  The station is licensed by Ofcom and will be completely funded through grants, donations and the sale of advertising and sponsorship to local businesses and traders.

To find out more visit

Xtreme Barrow Racing

The Playing Fields – Sunday 18th June from 2pm

A Father’s Day Treat in aid of Compassion’s community project, supporting Ngowa (St Nicholas Church’s sponsored child).

Please bring a picnic – cakes and hot drinks will be available in the clubhouse where the bar will also be open from 2.30pm.

Prizes will be awarded for the first to cross the line and the best fancy dress in two separate categories:

  • Full sized barrow pushed by an adult, carrying a child over 5
  • Barrow of any size pushed by a child under 5, carrying a soft toy

Race Numbers can be bought in advance from Jo Goodson or Sonia Storey at church every Sunday, at school pick-up at 3.15pm or from the bus stop at 3.50pm.  £5 per barrow team.

And now for the official rules:

  1. Barrow occupants must wear a bike helmet and remain within the barrow for the duration of the race.  If a barrow loses its occupant the whole team will be disqualified.
  2. Barrows must stay within the marked 500m course at all times.
  3. Participants must adhere to instructions from fluorescent jacket-wearing marshalls at all times.
  4. Fancy dress must extend to the barrow occupant, pusher and barrow itself.
  5. Barrow occupants must be over the age of 5 years and able to hold on to the edges of the barrow for the entire race.
  6. There is no upper age limit for barrow occupants but race organisers may question the sanity of anyone pushing someone heavier than themselves.
  7. Barrow pushers must be aged over 12 years.
  8. Barrow pushers are allowed to borrow children from outside their family for the event but please get permission from the child’s parents before attending the race.
  9. Strictly no barrow bashing during the race.
  10. Strictly no barrow sabotage before or during the race.
  11. Event organisers reserve the right to stage heats should there be a large volume of entrants.
  12. Good sportsmanship should be displayed by all participants at all times.
  13. And finally... all participants take part at their own risk and the event organisers may not be held responsible for any injuries resulting from the barrow racing event.  Trips to hospital will result in disqualification!

Village Tidy Up – Sunday 4th June at 10am

Cuddington has once again entered the Best Kept Village competition and in preparation for the judging (anytime from June through to July), the Parish Council has organised a Village Tidy on Sunday 4th June at 10am.

As well as being marked on the overall appearance of the village including lack of litter and community effort, Cuddington will be judged on areas around the shop and pub, bus shelters, notice boards, war memorial, children’s play area and the playing field.

If you are available to lend a helping hand with our Village tidy up, please email  We’ll meet outside the Bernard Hall at 10am.  Litter pickers, high-vis jackets and bags will be provided.  Please bring gloves.

Filming the episode in Charles Riley’s garden 

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Cuddington resident and coins and medals expert Charles Riley appeared in an episode of the antiques-themed BBC TV programme Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.  The programme pits two personalities from the world of antiques against one another, buying objects at car boot sales, auctions etc. and then reselling them.  The person who makes the most profit is the winner.

In this episode the two ‘competitors’ were Chuko Ojiri and Eric Knowles.  Ojiri, who has an interior design shop in East London, had bought an 18th century guinea balance (for weighing gold guineas, to see that they are the correct weight) at a car boot sale in Chesterfield.  Charles talked to him about the balance and then offered him a buying price.

Work on the Bridlepath at Ridgebarn – Postponed

This work has now been postponed until August.


May Day Madrigals

In what has now become a local tradition, the Witchert Chorale will be singing a selection of madrigals at the top of St. Mary’s Church, Long Crendon at 8.30 am and then at St. Nicholas’ Church at 9.30 am on May Day, Monday 1st May.

This will be followed by further singing inside the churches.  Admission is free and all are most welcome to come along.  Refreshments will be provided.


Cuddington Vertebrate Watch 2017

On the second weekend in May for the past six years, people around Cuddington have spent an hour watching their gardens or a piece of ground around the village and recorded the birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles that they see.  I collect the results and compile them into a report which can be seen on the Cuddington web site or obtained from me, and which is sent to the British Trust for Ornithology.  The aims are:

  • To get a small insight into the wildlife in Cuddington and
  • To track any changes between years and over time.

This is interesting in itself, but could have a longer-term importance in understanding how wildlife is changing in our area.  This year it will take place on the weekend of May 13th-14th.

We currently have a panel of about 10 people, mostly in the lower part of the village (north of Aylesbury Road) and would really welcome some help from the Dadbrook side – please do send me an email if interested (

I shall report on the results of this Vertebrate Watch on this page and in the July issue of the Voice.


Reminder – Annual Village Meeting – Monday 3rd April, 7.30pm

Cuddington residents all have an interest in maintaining the vitality, appearance and facilities of our village and its surroundings.  The Annual Village Meeting is the main opportunity for everyone to get together and voice their opinions, hear what is going on and meet neighbours, new and old.  This meeting is not a Parish Council meeting.  Please come along.

The meeting will be informal, as it is intended to have much of the time devoted to open discussion, with various presentations about what is going on.  There will be complimentary wine and soft drinks for socialising and continuing the discussions after the meeting.

Subjects for discussion put forward so far, are;

  • Future housing developments in the village and neighbouring areas
  • Access to bus routes and safer walking to Haddenham
  • Improvements to public footpaths and the environment around the village
  • The increasing traffic through the village

Other topics people may want to hear about and discuss are: Village Fête, progress of the Playing Fields, District and County Councils’ activities, the School, The Nicholas Almond Trust, Gardening Club, Village Voice, the Website, the Bernard Hall, the Village Picture House, Tennis Club, WI, Sunshine Club, Boules, Police Community Support Officer, Parish Council.

Appeal for Witnesses Following Serious Collision – Haddenham

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a serious collision in Haddenham on Sunday 26th March.

At around 4.35pm, a collision took place between three cars on A418 Aylesbury Road.  The collision involved a red Ford Focus, a red Renault Clio and a grey Range Rover.  Road closures were in place whilst emergency services attended the scene.  The road was reopened shortly after 8.40pm.

An occupant of the Clio, a woman in her sixties, sustained serious injuries and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital by ambulance where she currently remains.  A man in his thirties and an eight year-old boy, who were both travelling in the Focus, were also taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

PC Ashley Jordan, from the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, said: “We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision.  If you have any information which may assist with the investigation, please call the Thames Valley Police 24-hour enquiry centre on 101, quoting URN 943 of 26 March.

“I’d also like to thank nearby motorists for their patience whilst the road closures and diversions were in place.”

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


Notice of Casual Vacancy for the Parish of Cuddington

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87 (2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that a vacancy exists in the office of Councillor for the Parish of Cuddington and that unless ten or more electors of the electoral area have, on or before12th April 2017 at 5pm, submitted a request in writing to the Democratic & Electoral Services Officer, Aylesbury Vale District Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF that an election be held to fill the vacancy, the Parish Council will take steps to fill the said vacancy by co-option.

Clerk to the Council

Dated: 25th March 2017

Roadside Litter Pick – Saturday 25th March 

A Blitz on Roadside Litter – Saturday 25th March, 10am

Cuddington is going to have a blitz on roadside litter on Saturday 25th March at 10am before the grass grows too much and masks the rubbish along the roadsides (since Bucks County Council has cut the verges on many roads over the recent months, it is noticeable how much litter and junk is present along the roadsides).    

We need a gang of volunteers, who are prepared to give a few hours of their time on this day.  

Please contact and we will contact you the week before to make arrangements and provide bags and equipment for the job.    

If you would like to help but are not available that day, we could allocate an area to be covered at a more convenient time.

Residents take a pride in the fact that Cuddington village is virtually litter-free.


Casual Vacancy for Parish Councillor

The Parish Council has a vacancy and would like to co-opt a new member soon. 

Casual Vacancy

If you are interested in applying or would like further information, please contact the Clerk at


W.I. Meeting on 14th February

A very interesting speaker at this meeting.  Mike Payne has lived in Princes Risborough for many years, and told us a great deal of its history, especially about all the various shops, some of which are still open, although sadly some had to close to make way for Tesco, M & S etc!  He accompanied his talk with lots of pictures on the screen.  After his talk we all enjoyed tea and cakes and a good chance to chat amongst ourselves!

Notice of Casual Vacancy for the Parish of Cuddington

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87 (2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that a vacancy exists in the office of Councillor for the Parish of Cuddington and that unless ten or more electors of the electoral area have, on or before 20th February 2017 at 5pm, submitted a request in writing to the Democratic & Electoral Services Officer, Aylesbury Vale District Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF that an election be held to fill the vacancy, the Parish Council will take steps to fill the said vacancy by co-option.

Clerk to the Council

Dated: 1st February 2017


Proposed 50 mph Speed Limit – A418 Dinton Cross Roads to Cuddington Village

Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) has received a proposal to reduce the current speed limit from the A418 Dinton cross roads to Cuddington village, along the Cuddington / Aylesbury Road. This change is proposed by the Dinton with Ford & Upton Parish Council, Cuddington Parish Council & Local County Councillor. Funding has been awarded through the Haddenham and Long Crendon Local Area Forum from the BCC Local Area budget and Parish Council contribution.

Transport for Buckinghamshire is seeking your views regarding the proposed changes. 

Objections must be made in writing, together with the grounds on which those objections are being made.  This can be done through: 

  • Alternatively comments should be sent to Shane Thomas

The deadline for responses is 8th February 2017.

Subject to feedback from this Public Consultation and Decision, the intention is to implement this 50 mph speed limit legally by way of a Traffic Regulation Order.


The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for 2016

The following amounts were raised in Cuddington during Remembrance.  These amounts do not include Gift Aid which will be added to the individual village totals later in the year. 

A big thank to all of you who donated to this extremely worthy cause.  Thank you also to those of you who took the trouble to complete the Gift Aid forms.  Gift Aid substantially increases the final amount that is collected annually by the British Legion.  There was no further news regarding the collecting box stolen from the Crown.  In spite of this, results are still excellent.

House to House Collections, Village Stores and Denise Hair: £667.17

St Nicholas Church Remembrance Day Collection: £298.38

Cuddington Parish Council: £60.00

Cuddington and Dinton School: £154.21

Cuddington Total: £1,179.76    

Money collected from the three Villages of Cuddington (£1,179.76), Chearsley (£780.30) and Nether Winchendon (£505.45) totalled £2465.51.  An increase on last year.

Many thanks to all of you who went round the village making collections and for all those of you who once again donated so generously.  All donations have been gratefully received.

Many thanks again to you all                          

Jennifer Schram de Jong


Wanted Down Under

Cuddington villagers Angus and Jo Goodson appeared in last Friday’s edition of the BBC1 TV programme Wanted Down Under.

The programme gives British families the opportunity to look at life in Australia and New Zealand, ahead of a possible migration.  In this edition, Jo, Angus and their children spend a trial week in the city of Tauranga on New Zealand’s North Island coast.


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


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)


HGV Traffic Survey – Volunteers Please!

The Parish Council is conducting its third HGV Traffic Survey on Friday 25th November (8am - 4pm) and volunters are needed again please!  Time slots for monitoring at Cuddington (Upper Green) and the Ashendon Crossroads (Upper Winchendon) are as follows:

8.00 - 9.00, 9.00 - 10.30, 10.30 - 12.15, 12.15 - 13.45, 13.45 - 15.00, 15.00 - 16.00.  Please email

Whilst the Ashendon/Westcott Road is closed for the next couple of months due to works to a water main, the HGV working party thought it would be very useful to document any changes in HGV numbers passing through Cuddington and Chearsley compared to those recorded in the June and July surveys.  We will still monitor at the Upper Winchendon crossroads in order to provide comparable data. 

We are also hoping to be able to use some Sentinel equipment to monitor the speed of HGVs and cars entering the village – although we are still awaiting final confirmation of the availability of the equipment.

Representatives from the HGV Working Party (which includes the villages of Ashendon, Chearsley, Cuddington and Westcott) recently attended the Transport for Bucks Autumn/Winter conference.  John Howard, Councillor of Chearsley Parish Council, presented the findings of the surveys this summer which highlighted the number of HGV vehicles together with the safety concerns, especially for vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly, and the heavy damage to village verges.  It is hoped the presentation helped communicate the deep concerns of the villages regarding the number of HGVs currently using the minor roads through the villages.  

With many thanks.

Christmas Fayre 2015 

Christmas Fayre with Santa

Saturday, 19th November

2.00 pm to 4.15 pm at the Bernard Hall

Varied stalls selling Christmas gifts, Cards, Hand-crafted Patchwork, Appliqué and Knitted items, Home-made Cakes, Biscuits, Preserves and Sweets, Planted Winter Containers, Pre-loved Toys and Games, Haddenham & District Age Concern Artwork, Raffle, Delicious Refreshments and more.

Come and enjoy a friendly, festive afternoon!
Free admission.


The Royal British Legion (RBL) Poppy Appeal 2016

Beginning during the third week of October, ladies from the village will be going around the village selling poppies for the RBL Poppy Appeal so please give as generously as you can when they come.

Some people in the village have kindly begun to complete the RBL gift aid forms with their donations which increases the income donated.  Last year an additional £170 was collected – a considerable increase on previous years and obviously worthwhile doing.  Practically, Gift Aid can be collected from a donation of about £4.00 upwards but we do not wish for people to feel obliged to give more than they can afford so that we will not be distributing forms prior to the official poppy selling unless asked to do so.  However, should anyone like to use the Gift Aid system, please ask your poppy seller for a form or you can get in touch with Jennifer Schram de Jong who will be very happy to help you:


Telephone: 01844 291501

Remembrance Sunday, 13th November 2016 at 10.00am 

Cuddington Remembers – Lest We Forget

The Village War Memorial was erected in the church yard in 1920 engraved with the names of Cuddington men who died during the First World War.  The same year, the first Remembrance Service took place with most of the village joining together at the memorial.  More names were sadly added at the end of the Second World War and in 1972 the name of Brian Hope who died in Northern Ireland was also added to the memorial.  We also have a commonwealth war grave for Fl. Lieut. Charles Ridout in the cemetery.

This year the anniversary of the battle of the Somme has been widely commemorated both here and in France, and this terrible battle will be remembered here in Cuddington.  But, as we do every year, we will again come together to remember and honour not just our village war dead from two world wars, but also to honour and give thanks for the sacrifices made for us by millions of people from home and abroad who gave their lives or have been terribly injured as a result of the many conflicts throughout the world during nearly seventy years since World War II ended.

This year’s Remembrance Service will be held on Sunday, 13th November, 2016 at 10.00 am.

As for the last four years, a short service will take place in our village church followed by the Act of Remembrance outside at the war memorial (if the weather is clement).  A representative of Cuddington’s children will lay a wreath along with the chairman of the parish council; while the children of all the families at the service will also take an active part by planting poppy crosses at the foot of the memorial.  This has always been a very moving ceremony and it would be good if even more people from the village could join with friends and neighbours quite simply to come and remember and give thanks for the sacrifices of the many so that we may live in peace and freedom.


Martin Dyckhoff Interviewed about HP Printer Cartridge Gaffe

Cuddington villager Martin Dyckhoff was interviewed yesterday on BBC Radio 5Live by business correspondent Coletta Smith.  The interview discussed Hewlett Packard’s recent software update to many of its printers, which caused printers to stop working if non-HP ink cartridges were being used.

Hewlett Packard has now backtracked on this initiative and has announced that a further software update will remove this restriction in a couple of weeks.

Listen to the interview with Martin, who owns Cartridge World in Parton Road, Aylesbury, here.


Results of the Best Kept Village Competition

The Best Kept Village competition judges villages on principal features (Cemetery, playing fields, children’s play area, natural conservation areas, village hall and general environmental features (hedges, verges, ditches, pond, stream, pump) as well as other features including the area around shop, pub, bus shelters, notice boards, war memorial, overall appearance, lack of litter and evidence of community effort.

As a winner of the Best Kept Village 2015, Cuddington was entered into the Tindall Cup category this year – the cup winners category so some very tough opposition!  Cuddington was awarded 80 out of 100 possible marks with very good comments.

A thank you to everyone who worked hard to prepare the village in time for judging.  The report and marking sheet is attached.

Parish Council Meeting – 12th September 2016

The Agenda includes planning application 16/02977/APP – Paddock at Rear Of Great Stone House, Aylesbury Road, Cuddington – Erection of 7 dwelling houses including alterations to the existing access and associated landscaping works. 

The plans will be on inspection from 7pm.  During Parishioners Question Time, Jolande Bowater (Project Manager, Rectory Homes) will be present for a Q&A session.  This session will close at 8.15pm.


VALP – Update for Parishes

The consultation period closed on Monday 5th September.  Here’s “What's next” from AVDC

  • All comments received will be analysed and taken into account.
  • The evidence and sustainability appraisal will be finalised and the final version of the plan will be prepared for December 2016.
  • This will then be considered by AVDC’s councillors and a statutory six week public consultation period will take place in the New Year.  Anyone who has taken part in any consultation throughout the local plan’s development will automatically be notified when this takes place.
  • The plan should then be submitted to the government’s planning inspector in early March 2017.  It is anticipated that a public examination will be held on the plan soon after that, with adoption of the plan taking place in mid-2017.  However, after submission, the timetable will be in the hands of the government’s planning inspector.

Another VALP Parishes Event will be held in November.  Date to be confirmed.

All VALP queries to


Draft Minutes of Special Parish Council Meeting to discuss VALP

The Draft Minutes of the Special Parish Council meeting to discuss the Vale of Aylesbury Draft Plan (VALP) and its implications to Cuddington can be viewed here.

Cuddington Parish Council would urge you to make separate representation of your views to AVDC.  The deadline is 5th September.

The full plan is available to look at on the AVDC website:

Special Meeting to discuss: 8th August 2016 at 7.30pm 

Special Parish Council Meeting to consider response to Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP)

Draft of key points that will be made in the Parish Council’s response to the consultation on Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan.

To be discussed at: Special Parish Council Meeting on 8th August 7.30 pm Bernard Hall.  Everyone is invited to contribute.

The Draft Plan aims to find 33,300 new dwellings by 2033.  (An additional 12,000 houses from adjacent districts on top of the estimated need of 21,300 for Aylesbury Vale).  The Draft Plan allocates housing numbers using a four-tier settlement hierarchy based on sustainability indicators and a fixed % allocation for each tier i.e. a broad-brush, desktop approach to setting minimum targets for each settlement.

Cuddington has been re-defined, in the latest draft, as a ‘medium village’ with a 19% growth target and, as such, would need to accommodate 50 dwellings.  If it was defined as a ’small village’ it would need to find locations for at least 12 new dwellings.

The Draft Plan has not identified the potential sites for the 50 dwellings at Cuddington and AVDC officers aim to find ‘suitable’ sites through detailed site assessments for each settlement and consultation with parishes.  However, it is understood that this exercise may not be completed before the end of the consultation stage for the Draft Plan.  This consultation ends on 5th September 2016.

Cuddington Parish Council believes that the housing allocation in the Draft Plan is too high and should be based on all the criteria for sustainable development and should take account of the characteristics of each settlement and its capacity to accommodate change.  Therefore it is intended to seek a reduction in the housing numbers for Cuddington by :-

  • Asking for Cuddington to be defined as a ‘Small Village’
  • Objecting to the % allocation for each village type and replacing it with a more qualitative approach
  • Strengthening the policy for the protection of the Area of Attractive Landscapes (AAL) designation that covers the village
  • Questioning the need to accommodate so much housing from neighbouring districts.

The details of the objections to the Draft Plan are as follows: -

Settlement Hierarchy

The village does not satisfactorily meet the AVDC criteria for a medium village and should revert to its previous classification as a small village.

Cuddington does not meet 4 of the 5 criteria for a medium village: -

  • Size – Population is 569.  It would be the smallest of the medium villages and less than half the average of 1152 (in a range of 680-2115) for the proposed medium villages.
  • Connectivity – Whilst only being 1.5 miles from Haddenham, there is no public transport to Haddenham, no footway and the necessity to cross the dangerous A418 at an accident black spot.  The public transport to Aylesbury is infrequent.  This is not being ‘well connected’.
  • Employment – None.  Insufficient weight has been given to the lack of employment – most of the settlements in the medium village group have some employment.  This is an important issue.
  • Facilities –

Key services are: Food store, Pub, Post Office, General Practice, Village Hall, Recreation, Primary School

Non-key services are: Pharmacy, Library, Places of worship, Secondary schools

Cuddington is assessed to score 6 of the 7 on the list of key services.  However, the system gives one point irrespective of how many shops/ pubs etc there are in the village.  Various of the medium villages have greater numbers of each of these services but still the same score applies.  Further, there is no weighting between any of the ‘Facilities’.  For example, for a population with a high proportion of older people, a GP surgery might be more important than recreational facilities.

The Cuddington school site is not a full Primary School, in that Cuddington and Dinton School is located on two sites, the junior school being in Dinton, with infants in Cuddington.  The school is also heavily over-subscribed.  It serves not only Cuddington but also Dinton, Chearsley and Lower Winchendon and these primary pupils are bused-in or driven to school.

  • Qualitative assessment – recommends, throughout, small village status.  The description of being ‘well connected to a service centre’ is very debatable.

In response to our querying the re-categorisation, Louise Anderson, Senior Planning Officer - Forward Plans, stated that, ‘The addition of the new medium villages category has meant that some of the smaller villages are now medium villages so as to better reflect their sustainability.’

This is not the case, as Cuddington was the only small village ‘upgraded.’

She further added that, ‘Cuddington continues to be relatively sustainable in terms of the number of criteria it meets, and so fits well into the new medium category.’

Cuddington Parish Council would dispute that statement, in view of the points raised above.

19% growth for every medium village.

The capacity for each medium village to accommodate sustainable development should be sensitive to local conditions and a ‘flat rate‘ of 19% increase is arbitrary and not appropriate in all cases.

For example, there is no consideration of other relevant local factors that restrict the capacity for growth. At Cuddington these include :-

  • Much of its area is in a Conservation Area.  There is only one site identified in the HELAA (Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment) so far (for 6 houses) and this is in the Conservation Area.  In order to adequately protect the built environment, this proposal needs to be assessed against sites, including those outside the Conservation Area, that might come forward.
  • The village is situated within an Area of Attractive Landscape (AAL)
  • Proposals for major expansion at Haddenham could lead to the prospect of coalescence with Cuddington.

Strategic issues

In addition to the above points relating to Cuddington specifically, the Parish Council intends to comment on:-

  • The inordinately high provision for possible un-met needs from neighbouring local authorities.
  • The apparent disparity between the approach in Wycombe and Chiltern and South Bucks Districts, where, despite not having completed their plans, their bottom-up approach seems to leave a huge deficit.  This compares with AVDC top down approach to impose targets on all its settlements, at the outset.
  • The crude mathematical division of development for settlements with little, or no, consideration of the character of the settlement, or its ability to find sufficient sites.
  • The lack of specific planning policy for Areas of Attractive Landscape (AAL)

In the event that our arguments about the status of Cuddington are not accepted, there will be a further opportunity to make representations to an inspector, once the Final Plan is published.

Important implications for Cuddington 

Draft Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan – Consultation Starts 7 July 2016

Important implications for Cuddington and its residents

From 7 July to 5 September, residents and other interested parties can comment on the latest draft of the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) which includes locations identified for new homes and jobs.  50 new houses in Cuddington is part of the Plan (see below).

Cuddington Parish Council urges everyone to visit one of the following drop in sessions in order to be better informed, and to make comments.  The Parish Council will be considering its response at its next meeting on Monday 11th July at 7.30pm (Bernard Hall)

Haddenham Village Hall Monday 11th July 11.00-20.00

Aylesbury Friars Square Shopping Centre Thursday 14th July 10.00-17.00

The VALP is based on the premise that there is a requirement for 21,300 new houses for the needs of Aylesbury Vale.  This covers the period 2013-2033.  However, there is also a requirement for it to consider and take account of the unmet needs of adjacent local authorities.  A figure of 12,000 (a 56% uplift) has been added to the total.  Thus the VALP allocates 33,300 new houses to be built in our district.  Cynics have suggested that if Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks claim not to be able to find enough sites for their needs, then the Aylesbury Vale green belt will take the hit for them!

In the previous draft of the Plan, Cuddington was classified as a ‘small village’, which would be required to find sites for about 22 new houses.  In the latest version Cuddington has become a ‘medium village’, required to grow by 19%.  Cuddington is the only village in Aylesbury Vale to have been classified upwards and this appears to have been primarily based on our closeness and, presumed easy, accessibility to the wider range of services in Haddenham.

The Draft plan will go before the Government’s Planning Inspector in Spring 2017.

The plan can be accessed from 7 July at:

Ken Birkby, Chairman

Volunteers Please for Second HGV Traffic Survey – Thursday 7th July

Plans are underway for a second HGV traffic survey this coming Thursday, 7th July.  There are still a couple of slots that need filling, so if anyone can lend a hand at these times, please get in touch at or 07717 834606.  With many thanks!

HGV Traffic Watch - Thursday 7th July

Cuddington Lower Green

12.15 - 13.45 (one volunteer needed)

Ashendon Crossroads (Upper Winchendon)

12.15 - 13.45 (two volunteers needed)

13.45 - 15.00 (two volunteers needed)

Children with flowers from a previous year 

Singing for The Queen!

Friday 10th June

The Infant children will be coming round the village between 9.15 and 10.15 am on Friday 10th so do please look out for them!

This year instead of the traditional May Dancing and Singing round the village, the Infant children will be doing this in honour of the Queen’s Birthday Celebrations.

Please come and celebrate with them!

Village Tidy - Saturday 4th June at 10am.  

Village Tidy – Saturday 4th June 2016 at 10am

Just a reminder that we will be tidying the village this coming Saturday, 4th June at 10am in preparation for the Best Kept Village competition.  Barbara Buckley, Parish Councillor has kindly agreed to co-ordinate this event after a very successful Clean for the Queen earlier this year.  If you can help, please contact Barbara at or arrive at 10am at the Bernard Hall.  Litter pickers and bins will be provided.  Please bring gloves.

Areas where we need help include:

  • Litter picking
  • Clearing and replacing the notices on the Notice Boards and weeding below
  • A weed and clean around the Telephone Box
  • A sweep in the Bus Shelters and a clear of the edge of the road in the Bus Lay-bys
  • A clear to the edge of the round near the Crown PH wall and a clean of the seat.

Judging takes place between 4th June and the end of July.

As a result of residents making huge efforts, we have had great success over many years.  Floral displays are really helpful in making the village look fabulous, so please get your tubs and baskets in good order and visible!  The Gardening Club have worked hard in the planting around the sign on The Upper Green.  Let’s win again!


Waste Bin Collection Day Changes

From the week beginning 6th June onwards, Cuddington’s recycling and waste collection day will change from Friday to Wednesday.

  • On Wednesday 29th June, AVDC will empty the blue-lidded recycling bin and food waste bin
  • On Wednesday 6th July, AVDC will empty the green rubbish bin and food waste bin

There is no change to the collection day for garden waste – this remains as every other Monday.

The new collection days are now listed online, at

Ashendon, Chearsley, Cuddington and Westcott villages to take part in one day traffic survey 

Volunteers Please for Traffic Survey of HGV Vehicles – Friday 10th June

Concerns have been expressed about the volume of heavy goods vehicles passing through Cuddington as well as the villages of Chearsley, Ashendon and Westcott.  Discussions have taken place with Transport for Bucks and our local County Councillor, Paul Irwin and it has been decided to survey the scale of the issue, in order to gather evidence to demonstrate the extent of the problem and see what further action can be taken.

The survey is being organised to take place simultaneously across the villages on Friday 10th June, between 08.00 and 16.00.  A full briefing will be given ahead of the day.

We are urgently looking for volunteers to spend an hour (or more if possible) helping with the Cuddington survey.  It is planned to take place at the crossroads, based in a parked car and with pre-prepared, easy to complete survey sheets.  If you can help, please phone Venetia on 201899 or Ken on 292921 or email with your available time slot.

With thanks

Parish councillors Ken Birkby and Stuart Anderson bolt the bench to its foundations 

Jim Hayward Memorial Bench

The bench to commemorate Jim Hayward’s long, dedicated service to the village has now been installed on the Upper Green.  The inscription on the bench reads “In memory of Jim Hayward who spent his lifetime dedicated to Cuddington.  1931 - 2015”.

At the Parish Council meeting last October, it was unanimously agreed that a memorial bench would be a fitting tribute.  The siting of the bench, on the Upper Green near the Best Kept Village sign, is in recognition of Jim’s key involvement with the Best Kept Village competition over many years. 

A ceremony to mark the installation of the bench will be held shortly.


Galliard Band Spring Concert

St. Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington

Saturday 14th May  7.30 pm



For tickets please phone Caroline Saker (01844 291825), call into the village shop - or just turn up on the evening!

If you were at their previous concert, you’ll want to hear Galliard again; and if you weren’t – here is your chance to find out what all the excitement was about.

Galliard are joined by well-known local folk musicians, Sue & Clive Carey, who bring their own distinctive contribution to the musical mixture.

Everyone who has ever been at a concert in the Church knows that the standard of catering at the Interval is unparalleled.  So we have a feast for the senses, all in the cause of launching Christian Aid Week in Cuddington.


CPFA Race Night – Last Chance to Place Your Bets!

The Bernard Hall

Saturday 7th May  7.00pm for 7.15pm start

Put together a table of you and seven of your friends for an evening at the races!

Entry is £8 per person including supper.  Put your name down at Denise’s or email Lorraine or telephone 290606.


Highway maintenance works: Bridgeway and Dadbrook, Cddington

Transport for Buckinghamshire will be undertaking highway maintenance road treatment works to the carriageway at Bridgeway, Cuddington between Cannons Hill and Brookfields and Dadbrook between A418 and the Green.  This work is being undertaken to improve the condition of the road in order to prolong its life, and will be carried out in two phases.

The surface dressing preparatory works here are scheduled to take place in late April/Early May and it is anticipated they will take up to 4 days to complete.

Actual surface dressing dates have yet to be confirmed.

This work will be carried out utilising a daytime closure that will be in operation between 07.00 and 19.00hrs. 

Works of this nature are extremely weather dependant and therefore may be subject to disruption due to inclement weather. If the works are delayed due to weather or any other unforeseen circumstances, the advance information signs on site will be updated to reflect any change in dates.

Every effort will be made to maintain access for residents, although there may be some delay as the road treatment works pass your property, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Whilst works are being undertaken, vehicles should not be parked on the road and/or footway, as this would obviously cause an obstruction and prevent the necessary works from being carried out in their entirety.

Further information about this work can be found on Transport for Buckinghamshire’s Service Information Centre at or alternatively 01296 382416,

Donkey Meadow

No more has been heard either by Nether Winchendon Parish Meeting or by those involved in Cuddington in this matter, and therefore it seems that Mr Spencer Bernard has not submitted a challenge to the ruling by the Inspector at the Public Inquiry.

The Claimed Route, which runs along the northern side of Donkey Meadow, close to the hedge, has now become a Public Footpath.  This will be shown as such on a revised edition of a map of the footpaths and bridleways in our parish: this will be produced within the next few months, and will be posted on the Village Website and on the notice boards; copies will also be available in the Village Shop.

Angela Sanderson


2016 Cuddington Fete needs your stuff!

Cuddington Village is once again preparing for their annual extravaganza which is the Village Fete.  We are collecting almost anything you can think of (except electrical items), if you're having a clear out send your stuff our way – baskets, bottles, toys, soft toys, jigsaws, books, clothes, and all the usual bric-a-brac. Collection points this year include Denise’s, the village shop and 10 Bernard Close.  You can also take toys direct to the Malthouse on the Lower Green and books can go to Wayside on Bridgeway.

If you haven’t helped on the day before but would like to give it a go I’d certainly like to hear from you.  We still have a few orphan stalls without parents to look after them: the General Tombola, bric-a-brac and a few others....

Thanks everyone for all you help,

Jo Goodson (292958,


The Great PACE Tea Party

Bradbury Campus, 156 Wendover Road, Aylesbury HP22 5TE

Tuesday 24th May  3.30 - 5.30 pm

The children at PACE would like to invite you to support the upcoming launch event of this year’s Great PACE Tea Party.  The campaign was set up four years ago inspired by The Great British Bake Off, and in recent years has been supported by celebrities such as Mary Berry and Jo Brand.  Our aim is to give our supporters the opportunity to host their own Tea Party in aid of PACE, to raise vital funds that will contribute to further continuing development programmes to those who attend PACE.

PACE is a special needs school and registered charity, offering an “Education for Life” to children with sensory motor disorders such as cerebral palsy.  This based on the belief that every child has the ability to learn and each programme is tailored to their individual needs.

The children at PACE have been working hard perfecting their baking skills in preparation for this year’s campaign.  Join them for a cuppa and a slice or two of cake, as one of our groups bring their creations and tell you about their new PACE Café.  As well as finding out how you can get involved in this year’s campaign by hosting your own tea party.

Over the last two years our supporters have helped to raise £10,000 for PACE, but the hard work doesn’t stop there.  Just under half of our funding is provided by the Local Education Authority, which means we rely on the generosity of the local community to raise approximately £1.3m a year.

We would be delighted to have you join us for a fantastic afternoon, please RSVP to or telephone 01296 616974.

Leah Lewis, Community Fundraiser at PACE
Registered Charity 1011133


Reminder – Annual Village Meeting – Monday 18th April at 7.30pm

Draft Minutes from 2015 AVM (to be approved on 18.04.16)

Nicholas Almond Trust - Report 2015/16

Cuddington residents all have an interest in maintaining the vitality, appearance and facilities of our village and its surroundings.  The Annual Village Meeting is the main opportunity for everyone to get together and voice their opinions, hear what is going on and meet neighbours, new and old.  This meeting is not a Parish Council meeting.  The meeting will again be informal, as it is intended to have much of the time devoted to open discussion, with various presentations about what is going on.  There will be complimentary wine and soft drinks for socialising and continuing the discussions after the meeting.

Subjects for discussion put forward so far, are:

  • Future housing developments in the village
  • Neighbourhood plans.  The benefits, costs and work involved
  • Devolution of services and the potential increasing costs to us
  • Footpaths and the environment around the village
  • The perennial problem of traffic

Other topics people may want to hear about and discuss are; Village Fete, progress of the Playing Fields, District and County Councils’ activities, and much more!

There will also be a live demonstration of CPR and information about the two defibrillators.

You just have to be there!

Ken Birkby


Salsa Beginner Course

Dance instructor Jenny Willis will be hosting a course of five one-hour salsa dancing lessons at the Bernard Hall, starting on Tuesday 8th March at 7.00 pm.

The cost of the course is £35 per person, payable at the start.  For more information or to book a place, please contact Jenny Willis on 07767 234532 or email

Annual Village Meeting – Monday 18th April at 7.30pm

Our popular annual meeting is booked for Monday 18th April at 7.30 in the Bernard Hall.  This is a village meeting and not a Parish Council meeting.  It is normally very well attended and has lively discussions.  Anything can be included on the agenda (Venetia on 201899).  Subjects already requested are Housing Developments, Neighbourhood Plan, Expenditure in the village and a demonstration of CPR and the defibrillators.  Hopefully the last item will not be required for real, despite the wine at the end of the meeting!

Ken Birkby


Aylesbury Vale My Account

The Aylesbury Vale My Account allows people living or working in the area to manage their contact with the Council online, all in one place.

Since its launch AVDC has had over 6000 residents and businesses sign up for accounts to manage various services they have with AVDC.

There are two accounts, one for residents and one for businesses.  The residents’ Aylesbury Vale My Account allows customers to:-

  • View and pay your council tax online
  • Manage personal and contact details held with AVDC
  • Apply for a garden waste collection, manage garden waste details or order another garden waste bin
  • View real time benefit statement information
  • Apply for and renew Taxi Driver licences
  • Talk to AVDC instantly online via the new web chat service

More details at


Join us! Let’s Clean for The Queen – Saturday 5th March

Clean for the Queen has launched a call for volunteers to join the UK’s largest litter pick aiming to inspire one million people to help during a special clean-up weekend on March 4th, 5th or 6th.  All of the country’s litter charities have come together in support of this campaign to attack the blight of litter, together with a growing range of companies, land managers and associations.

Supporting the clean-up, Cuddington villagers will be taking part, mainly on Saturday 5th March at 10am onwards.  Jobs identified, so far, include:

  • Cleaning road signs
    • 30mph/de-restriction signs on Dadbrook, Aylesbury Road and Bridgeway
    • Other road signs inside the village e.g. School, signpost on The Upper Green, 30mph repeater signs
    • Road name signs
  • Welford Way garden area.  Weed, trim, litter pick
  • Litter pick on roads, verges and ditches
    • Bridgeway from the Upper Green to Bridgeway House
    • Aylesbury Road from the Upper Green to Cuddington village name sign
    • Dadbrook from the Upper Green to Kings Cross
    • Bernard Close and Welford Way
    • Upper and Lower Church Street, including around the Bernard Hall and telephone box
    • Frog Lane
    • Spicketts Lane
    • Great Stone
    • Spurt Street
  • Sweeping out and clearing the two bus shelters
  • Litter pick down the ‘concrete road’ footpath, particularly behind the School fence
  • Cleaning the war memorial and planting pre-potted around it (kindly pledged by Jennifer and Jaap Schrame de Jong).
  • Litter pick around the Playing Field.

Barbara Buckley is co-ordinating the event.  Please let her know which job or part job you will undertake, so that we can co-ordinate everyone’s efforts and get enough people together to do the bigger jobs.  If it’s not convenient, it doesn’t have to be on the Saturday.

“Clean for the Queen” litter bags and disposable gloves will be available. 

Email:  Tel.  291332

For further information visit

About Keep Britain Tidy

  • About 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped on the streets of the UK every day. Thirty million tons of rubbish are collected from England’s streets each year. That’s enough to fill Wembley Stadium four times over and costs over a billion pound to clean up.
  • The Highways Agency clears about 180,000 sacks of litter from motorways and A roads alone. There could be 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of the ocean. About 80% of that comes from the land. Plastic takes at least 450 years to break down in seawater.
  • In 2013/14, local authorities dealt with 852,000 fly-tipping incidents in England and Wales. These cost roughly £45 million to clear up. The RSPCA receives 7,000 calls a year about animals injured by litter
  • In 2013, 8.3 billion single-use plastic bags were handed out in the UK. The amount of litter on UK beaches has almost doubled over the past 15 years.
  • An RSPB study found that 95% of fulmars washed up dead on the North Sea coast had ingested plastic.
  • How long does it take to biodegrade?
    • Paper bag up to one month
    • Orange peel up to two years
    • Banana skin up to two years
    • Plastic bag up to 10–20 years
    • Cigarette butts up to 12 years
    • Plastic bottle up to 450 years   
    • Glass bottles and chewing gum are not biodegradable
    • How much does litter cost?
      • It costs taxpayers almost £1 billion every year to clean up litter from our streets
      • The cost of cleaning up chewing gum from a town centre is up to £60,000
      • Fly-tipping costs Network Rail more than £2.3 million each year
      • Clearing litter costs Dartmoor National Park £20,000 a year
      • According to a 2014 Keep Britain Tidy report, if we recycled 50% of items littered in England, it would have an economic value of at least £14.8 million



The churchyard lime trees are due to be pollarded this coming week (probably on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th).  As the tree surgeons will be working near the road can you please use another route if possible.  We apologise for any disturbance caused.

James Stonham, Churchwarden

Footpath through Donkey Meadow – the Public Inquiry

Following the Inquiry on 25th November, the Inspector, together with the barristers representing both sides, will return to The Bernard Hall on Monday 1st February at 11.00am when the barristers will present their submissions to the Inspector.  Anyone interested in hearing what they have to say is entitled to be present, although it is not known how long the presentations will take to deliver.

Once the Inspector has heard these submissions he will then go away to deliberate on them, and hopefully we should receive his final decision within the next few weeks.  It is understood that this decision will be final, and not open to any form of Appeal.

Angela Sanderson


CPFA Quiz Night

The Bernard Hall

Saturday 23rd January  7.30pm for 8.00pm start

Put together a team of eight of your brainiest friends and family and test your knowledge at the CPFA Quiz Night!

Entry is £10 per person including supper.  Put your name down at Denise’s or email Karen or telephone 290404.


Cuddington Stores – Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Day   CLOSED (Bank Holiday)
Boxing Day   8am - 11am (Bank Holiday)
Sunday 27th December   8am - 11am
Monday 28th December   8am - 11am (Bank Holiday)
Tuesday 29th December  7am - 5pm
Wednesday 30th December   7am - 5pm
New Year’s Eve   7am - 5pm
New Year’s Day   8am - 11am (Bank Holiday)

With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

Jeyan and Sugi

BCC - Vision for County’s Transport Future

Residents and businesses are being asked to say what they think about BCC’s vision for the future of transport in Buckinghamshire.

It’s published by the County Council, and comes in the form of a new draft Buckinghamshire Local Transport Plan – a blueprint for travel covering all types of transport, looking ahead to 2036.

An extended public consultation starts today, through the County Council’s online ‘Have Your Say’ web page, and runs until 29th January.

Launching the consultation, Mark Shaw, Cabinet Member for Transport, said good transport systems were essential to grow Buckinghamshire’s economy, serve its residents and businesses well, and make the county a great place to live and work.  “Planning for the future of transport in the county is critically important, and we don’t get a second chance at it,” said Mark.  “I want to make sure we really understand the people of Buckinghamshire.  With their feedback, I believe we’ll be able make this a practical working plan for change, that will benefit everyone in the county.”

He said that as well as supporting good roads, public transport, cycleways and footpaths, the draft Local Transport Plan aimed to:
• Encourage links to local, national and international destinations that promote a flourishing economy
• Empower communities to support their own local transport solutions
• Enable and promote travel choices that improve people’s health

“The draft Plan is very clear about maintaining and enhancing our county’s special environment, and helping residents and businesses thrive and develop to become one of the strongest and most productive economies in the country,” said Mark.

The draft Plan also supports a number of vital transport improvements; for example East-West Rail, which Mark said would stimulate an estimated £72 million boost to the local economy.  It would open up a public transport cul-de-sac for the county and bring connections to the north, west and east of the country within convenient reach of the whole of the county.

Achieving the Plan’s aims will require strong partnerships with central government, the district councils, communities and businesses, said Mark, along with innovative approaches to make the best use of taxpayers’ money in a climate of austerity.

A link to the ‘Have Your Say’ survey can be found at and those with no internet connection can see it at Buckinghamshire libraries.

Parish Bulletin – Overhanging Trees and Hedges

Please follow link for guidance for dealing with Overhanging hedges and trees.

Christmas Services

Do join us in celebrating the birth of Christ:

Sunday 6th December: 3pm Christingle Service

Christmas Eve Carols by Candlelight: 7pm

Christmas Day: 8am: Said Communion Service
10am: Family Celebration Service

All are welcome to the above services in addition to our normal services at 10am on Sundays.



Elaine & John just wish to thank everyone, one final time, for all their support and loyalty to us and the village shop.

We will keep in touch and be back to visit next year.

Goodbye for now..... and we wish the new shop owners, Jeyan & Sugi every success.

John & Elaine

Footpath through Donkey Meadow – the Public Inquiry

On Wednesday 25th November Mr Peter Millman, the Inspector from The Planning Inspectorate, took his seat in the Bernard Hall and announced the start of the Inquiry.  After setting out the order for the day’s proceedings, the barrister acting on behalf of Buckinghamshire County Council, Miss Heather Emmerson, called in turn twelve witnesses from Cuddington and Nether Winchendon who were all questioned first by her and then cross-questioned by Mr George Laurence, QC who was acting on behalf of Mr Spencer-Bernard.  Mr Robin Carr, an expert in matters relating to footpaths, then gave his evidence on behalf of BCC and was also questioned by both barristers.  The action then moved to the opposing side: Mr Spencer-Bernard was called to answer questions put to him by Mr Laurence, and then replied to questions from Miss Emmerson.

Half-way through the afternoon it became apparent that it was not going to be possible to complete the Inquiry in one day, although the Inspector wished to hear all witnesses before he called a halt to proceedings.  This meant that the submissions by both barristers would have to be presented at a second hearing, possibly in London and with only the three main protagonists in attendance.  This led to cries of “Magna Carta!” from two of our residents, who suggested that it was only right that the second hearing should take place in the village: Mr Millman, impressed by their knowledge, agreed, and so we will all come together once again on Monday, 1st February 2016 to hear both barristers’ submissions.  But still we must wait: the Inspector is unlikely to reach a ruling for another month or two, and that will be a final decision whichever way it goes.

The Inquiry was adjourned at 6.40pm, and thanks must go to all witnesses and to those residents of Cuddington and Nether Winchendon who came to support us – some of whom were there from beginning to end.  It was a very long day, but how lucky we were to be able to wander up to the Playing Fields Clubhouse for the wonderful party for John and Elaine which was an excellent way to relax and restore our spirits.

Footnote: Following the Public Inquiry, Buckinghamshire County Council have advised that the Claimed Order Route through Donkey Meadow should not be walked until the Inspector has announced his decision on the case, which might take two or three months.  All those concerned with the case would appreciate it if this advice was adhered to by walkers until the result of the Inquiry is known.

Angela Sanderson

  • John and Elaine admiring their “Good Luck” card

What a Send-Off !!!!

Just a quick message to thank all those people who came to our farewell party at the clubhouse on Wednesday evening.

Around 100 of you joined in the fun, chat and great food generously given, prepared and served by Karen, Gilly, Lorraine, Helen, Thelma, Celia and no doubt many others.

The cards and gifts were much appreciated and will be safely kept to remind us of the splendid send-off you all gave us.

Thank you sooooo much again.

John & Elaine

Budget consultation – ‘The toughest decisions yet’, says the Council

People across Buckinghamshire are being asked to help the County Council make important spending decisions on next year's budget, in a survey launched today (Thursday 26 November).

The survey, which will run online until 17 December, aims to get people involved in helping to decide which areas of the Council's work spending should be focused on. The short, easy to complete survey is available at

People who don’t have access to the internet or a computer can take part at any of the county’s libraries, where staff will help people to complete the survey. Computers with internet and wi-fi access are available in all libraries where people can access the consultation for free.

Leader of the Council, Martin Tett, said: “This really is the toughest budget yet. People will know that we’ve put in place a spending freeze until the end of this financial year, which will help us to manage the potential overspend that we have identified. But next year, given the growing demands on us, particularly in looking after vulnerable children and the elderly and the Living Wage requirements, we still need to save another £31 million to cope.

“We were originally proposing to increase council tax by 1.99%, the maximum the Government normally allows. However, in yesterday’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement, the Chancellor, George Osborne, recognised the extra pressures facing those councils like Buckinghamshire with social care responsibilities. He told councils that they can raise up to 2% extra from council tax to spend solely on adult social care, which will also help relieve pressure on the NHS. We are planning to accept the Government’s proposal and are therefore now suggesting a 3.99% rise for next year.

“I realise that the Government’s announcement means that everyone pays a bit more; however, in previous budget consultations, our residents have indicated that they would support a higher increase if it meant more local services being protected. This extra money will go some way to meeting what residents have told us.”

Martin Phillips, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, says it’s absolutely vital that people take part in the survey: “This year, more than any other year, decision-making for the budget will be very, very challenging. We will need to take some extremely difficult decisions on where we continue to fund services and where we will have to stop doing things.

“This process affects everyone in the county and I urge you to please let us have your views: tell us what's important to you, where we should reduce spending, where we should continue to invest, and what you think of our council tax proposals."

The survey is online at until the closing date of Thursday 17 December.

Cuddington Stores UPDATE

We are now pleased to announce details for the changeover of the business to the new owners.

John & Elaine’s last trading day will be Monday 30th November.

The shop and Post Office will be CLOSED for one day on Tuesday 1st December to allow for stock-taking, the Post Office Audit and other legal technicalities.

The shop will re-open under the new owners, Jeyan & Sugi, on Wednesday 2nd December.  Please note, the Post Office counter may not open until 9am on this day due to Post Office training.

John & Elaine wish to thank everyone again for all the support in the lead up to this change.  We also wish to repeat the invitation to everyone who wishes to join us for a farewell get-together at the Playing Fields Clubhouse on Wednesday 25th November from 7.30pm.

John & Elaine   

Haddenham & District Film Festival

The second Haddenham & District Film Festival opens on Friday 20th November with a screening of the 1996 film Richard III at Long Crendon Community Library.

The Festival is a joint enterprise between the Village Picture House in Cuddington, Haddenham Screen and the Long Crendon Film Club, supported by the Rotary Club of Haddenham & District.  The theme of this year’s Festival is “Shakespeare at the Movies” and the programme comprises some of the best films made from, or inspired by, the plays of William Shakespeare as we approach the 400th anniversary of his death.

The Festival will be opened on Friday by guest speaker Nik Powell, Director of the National Film and Television School.

For more details of the Festival see the Music, Art & Drama page.

AVDC Webcasts

Now you can keep up-to-date with the Latest from AVDC Full Council.  Watch the next meeting from the comfort of home with AVDC’s live webcast on Wednesday 2nd December from 6.30pm.

The link is here:

You can also view the webcast footage at your leisure after it’s uploaded to the archive library.  This footage has useful index points which enable you to skip to points of interest.

Topics under discussion in October’s webcast included the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan issues and options, a review of licensing policy, and the Food Service Plan 2015-2016.

Online Vale Lottery

The Vale Lottery is gathering pace with more than 30 local causes now on board.  The organisations who’ve signed-up include disability charities, sports clubs, schools, scout groups, theatre groups, animal charities to name a few!  

Under the Vale Lottery umbrella, these groups will have their own web page, where they can encourage their supporters to take part in the lottery to help fundraise, while being in with a chance of winning a £20,000 jackpot at the same time!    

The lottery costs a pound a week to play, payable via card or direct debit, and charities get 50p in every pound spent on their page (compared to 28p in the pound that is donated through the National Lottery.) In addition, 8p in every pound goes to a general good cause fund, to be administered by AVDC.  

AVDC is the first council in the country to set up an online lottery like this.  If you know a good cause that wants to get involved, please ask them to visit

There will information on the AVDC website and in the local media very soon about how members of the public can take part!  

Harris & Skye on our last seaside trip 

All Change at Cuddington Stores

As most of you will already know, Elaine & I are moving back to the South coast.  The hand-over of the Post Office and shop is scheduled to take place on Tuesday December 1st.

Whilst we had planned and invested to be here for 10 years, events in life happen, that can lead you to take a different path.  Our reasons for leaving now are threefold:

1. When we moved to Cuddington there were no grandchildren, and now we have three, all living on the South coast

2. Following Elaine's bad fall in October 2014, she hasn't made the recovery we had hoped and now needs surgery and also find work that is more forgiving of her condition.

3. Finally, we have not had a whole week’s holiday in 5 years and are in need of some R & R.

We have had a wonderful time in the village and will take some lovely memories with us.  We also wish to thank the vast majority of villagers and especially the Parish Council for supporting us in resurrecting your village shop.  We have also been fortunate to make some great friends here and we wish to thank them all for their help, advice and support over the last few years.

We are proud of what we have done and can leave knowing that the shop’s future should be secure for many years to come.  The new owners will be Jeyan & Sugi, who are currently the popular owners of Chearsley Stores.  Cuddington Stores will be their second shop and they bring a wealth of retail experience with them, although this will be their first Post Office and so they will need to be given time to learn that.

We will provide more information about trading on the actual business transfer day at a later date.

Finally, we invite all our customers from Cuddington and the surrounding villages to a farewell event to be held at the Playing Fields clubhouse on Wednesday 25th November from 7.30pm.  Karen Clayton, Gilly Cottman and others have very generously offered to provide some nibbles for those who attend.  Our thanks go to them for this very kind offer.

John & Elaine Moore


Donations for the Fireworks Tombola – Please!

The countdown to the Fireworks Party is on!

In order to re-coup the costs of putting on the party we are running a tombola and need donations of prizes:

  • Bottles of beer, spirits and wine
  • Tins & packets of biscuits
  • Tubs and bags of sweets
  • Gift food and luxury items

Please pop a little extra in your basket at the supermarket or better still in Cuddington Stores!

Donations can be dropped off at Cuddington Stores (there’s already a basket of contributions); Denise’s Hairdressing; or with Laura Ewers (call 299027).

The long term forecast is looking good!!

Karen Clayton


Your Chance to Shape the Future of Aylesbury Vale

Aylesbury Vale District Council is asking local residents, businesses and community groups to have a voice in the future of housing, jobs and key policies, as consultation on the next stage of the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) gets underway.

Following approval by councillors, a document setting out the issues and options for the VALP has been produced and is available to view at  Residents now have until 4th December to view this document and give their views and ideas on what the plan should achieve, how new homes and jobs should be distributed, and what new policies could be introduced to manage development between now and 2033.

Councillor Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Growth Strategy, said: “We need to build another 31,000 new homes in Aylesbury Vale by 2033 and the new Local Plan will provide the framework for how the Vale will grow and develop to accommodate this.  It is really important that people take this opportunity to get involved by letting us know what they think about the different options we have identified and by raising any issues they feel need addressing.”

The Local Plan, which is still in its early stages, will, once finalised, provide firm guidance on how planning applications should be considered and say where new development should or should not take place.  This is the second public consultation stage in the new Local Plan’s preparation and it includes nine potential options for distributing new development.

The options include developing urban extensions at Milton Keynes/Bletchley; using land more efficiently by raising the average density of new development; creating a whole new settlement somewhere in the Vale; and a combination of these.

A series of public exhibitions where planning officers will be available to explain the options and answer any questions will be held on:
   Monday 2 November 11am - 8pm, Villiers Hotel, Buckingham
   Thursday 5 November 11am - 8pm, The Bell Hotel, Winslow
   Tuesday 10 November 11am - 8pm, Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury
   Wednesday 11 November 1.30pm - 9.30pm, Haddenham Village Hall

People can also view the consultation and give feedback via the website  The responses received will inform the development of a draft local plan.  There will be two further consultation periods prior to the Local Plan being considered at a public examination in 2017.

Footpath through Donkey Meadow – A Further Update

The closing date for submitting evidence to Bucks County Council and to their expert witness, Mr Robin Carr, has now passed, and we have had a good response from Cuddington residents.  In addition to those who completed a User Evidence form at an earlier date, ten more people have sent in these forms.

As far as witnesses are concerned, i.e. those people who are prepared to stand up at the Inquiry, read out their Statements (now termed as Proofs of Evidence) and possibly be cross-questioned by legal representatives from both sides, we have at least nine or ten.  There is also a sizeable number from Nether Winchendon, and Mr Carr feels that only four or five from each village will be required to appear as witnesses.

However, I have been informed by Mr Carr that anyone who wishes to do so can speak at the Inquiry, even if they have not submitted any papers.  They need to be in the Bernard Hall for the start of the Inquiry, and register their wish to speak.  The Inspector will take their details, and they will be able to speak after the main parties have given their evidence.

The Inquiry has only been scheduled for a single day, Wednesday 25th November starting at 10.00am, but Mr Carr thinks it highly unlikely that proceedings will have finished during that time.  Unfortunately the Inspector is unavailable the following day, so the matter will be adjourned at the end of day one – quite probably until the beginning of 2016.  Witnesses will need to be there for the first day to register just in case there is time for them to be heard, but may need to come back for a second day, whenever that may be.

A copy of this article will also appear in the November edition of Village Voice so all those interested will know that they still have a chance to speak at the Inquiry, even if they have not submitted any written evidence.  If anyone wishes to have further details please contact me at or 01844 291626.

Angela Sanderson

Labi Siffre with presenter Cerys Matthews 

Labi Siffre on The One Show

Pop singer and former Cuddington resident Labi Siffre appeared on tonight’s edition of BBC1’s The One Show.  Siffre had hits in the 1970s and 1980s with songs like “It Must Be Love”, “Crying, Laughing, Loving, Lying” and “Something Inside So Strong”.

In the feature, which includes views of Labi Siffre’s former home and The Crown, he talks about how he came to write “Something Inside So Strong” and his work with the Aylesbury Multicultural Centre.

The programme is available to watch on BBC iPlayer for the next 28 days, at  The feature begins about 20 minutes into the programme.

Ringing Today- Saturday 10th October

There will special ringing  between 4.00 and 5.00 this afternoon as part of the weekend of Harvest Festival activities and as a prelude to the Harvest Supper this evening. We hope you like listening to it.

Three new Parish Councillors

Three new Councillors have been co-opted on the Parish Council.  They are Barbara Buckley, Ken Trew and Stuart Anderson.

Barbara has previous experience of being a parish council Clerk and lives in Cuddington Court.

Ken has considerable experience in landscaping, planning and environmental impact issues and lives on Frog Lane.

Stuart has previously been a member of our parish council.  He has wide experience of planning issues and building and lives on Cowley Farm.

It is hoped that we will be able to officially co-opt a Councillor for the final vacancy, at the October meeting on Monday 12th October.

The Council will then be at full strength, with an enthusiastic and experienced group of people.  Full contact details are on the Parish Councillor page


The Finley Newell Mobility & Equipment Fund

A feast of music, a super raffle and children’s fun took place last weekend in the gardens of The Broad Leys pub, Aylesbury.  Finley’s dad, Joel, organised the free concert with a wide range of sets played by supportive musician friends and he, himself, played bass with The Powders and saxophone with The Maintrees; Finley’s 14 year old brother, Kyle, played drums with Scatterbrain.

Finley is Liz and Steve Davies’ two-year-old grandson who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 2, a rare genetic condition leaving him unable to walk or crawl.  He is, and will be, reliant on varied equipment to improve his quality of life, most importantly for mobility and standing/sitting support.

He is a bright and sociable little boy who has a great love of life.  A top-of-the-range Permobil Koala powerchair at a cost of £15,000 will give Finley greater scope to interact with his peer friends at mainstream playgroup and school.  Happily, this amount has already been realised and is at the ready to buy the powerchair next year.  But the family, apart from the angst of the whole situation, are having also to face the cost of extending and modifying their small mid-terraced home in Haddenham to make it wheelchair friendly and to accommodate Finley’s equipment.  Grants will be available for the through-floor lift and specialised bathroom fittings but all building costs and related expenses will fall upon the family.

With this in mind, we are spurring on with fundraising.  The sunny afternoon with excellent music line-up at The Broad Leys attracted a happy generous crowd who helped to raise a further £2,300 for the fund.  Finley and his Mum, Rosie, were unable to be there as the little chap was in hospital once again with respiratory problems.  Happily, they came home two or three days later and, apart from extra convalescent rests, Finley is now back in the swing of things and hopes to return to Puddleducks playgroup in Haddenham very soon.

SMA awareness week has coincided with the World Cup rugby – the photo, taken only a few days ago, shows Finley supporting both events!

If you are interested in following Finley’s progress, he has his own Facebook page which can be accessed by anyone (without having to sign in as a member) via the following link   Apart from showing delightful photos and video clips of Finley and information on fundraising events, it also provides some more serious information about Spinal Muscular Atrophy.


Wear Your Poppy With Pride

November is the month of Remembrance and a reminder of how important the work of the Royal British Legion continues to be for veterans of all our armed forces – young and old – together with their families. 

The Royal British Legion was founded to help and support men returning from the horrors of the First World War, and in 1921 the first “Poppy Day” collection was held.  From that time onwards, the Legion has been there for all service men and women who have needed them and for the families of those who lost their lives.

Since the two World Wars, there have been many conflicts in which so many young men and women have fought and continue to fight for their Queen and country, so that we may live in peace and freedom.  Too many have paid the ultimate price and the Legion is there to give help to their families.  Too many have suffered life-changing injuries, both physical and psychological, and the Legion offers them support as they try to rebuild their lives.  Through the media of TV and newspapers, we have seen for ourselves the bravery of all those young men and women of the armed forces, struggling to rebuild their lives and put the trauma of war behind them.  With your help, the Royal British Legion will carry on its very necessary work, which will continue as long as the need remains.

There are, of course, many other charities whose aim is to help the members of our armed forces, but as Remembrance Day approaches, it is to the Legion’s Poppy Appeal that our thoughts turn.  Towards the second half of October we will be visiting every house in the village to sell poppies in aid of the work of the Royal British Legion.  Please try to give as generously as you can.

Our Remembrance Day Service this year will be held in St. Nicholas Church, Cuddington at 10.00am on Sunday 8th November.  The Act of Remembrance will then take place at our village War Memorial in the church yard just before 11 o’clock.

All church goers and non-church goers alike, are asked to come and pay your respects to, and give grateful thanks for, all those who have given their lives or have been severely injured in the Service of our Queen and Country, and who have made it possible for us to continue to live our lives in relative peace and freedom.

If you would like to know more about the British Legion, our village Remembrance Day Service, our poppy collection, and also this year if you would like to use Gift Aid to make a donation to the Poppy Collection, please contact Jennifer Schram de Jong – 01844 291501


Organ and Piano Recital

On Saturday October 24th at 7.30pm in St Nicholas Church Cuddington there will be an organ and piano recital by Sam Baker, an ex Oxford senior organ scholar, in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The programme will include works by JS Bach, Frank Bridge, Sir Edward Elgar, French composers and Sam Baker amongst others. It will also feature the first performance of "A Cuddington Suite" written especially for the occasion. This is dedicated to Jim Hayward in honour of the outstanding service he had given to the village over very many years.

Tickets at £10 (£5 for under-sixteens) are available from Myles Saker, 01844-291825

As usual refreshments will be served during the interval.

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

Again, all welcome!

Presentation of the Best Kept Village Awards

Cuddington was presented with the Morris Cup award for the Best Kept Village and the Savills Trophy for the Community award on the Village Green.  The Lord Lieutenant, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, presented the awards assisted by Richard Pushman, Competition Chairman, and Parish Councillor, Ken Brown.

Sir Aubrey-Fletcher and Richard Pushman praised Cuddington for being awarded the “Best Kept Village” for the seventeenth time since 1978.  There were 62 entries this year.  They specifically praised Jim Hayward who had been such a key figure in the community every year.  Jim would enter Cuddington into the Best Kept Village competition and he was instrumental in keeping the village spick and span so that it would have a good chance of winning.

As we know Jim died just a month ago and the Morris Cup was received by Harry Mitchell, his grandson.  Jim loved the village and he will be sadly missed.  For some time now he had been a judge on the Best Kept Village Committee.  And it has been quickly pointed out that he was not allowed to judge Cuddington!

The Savills Trophy was received by Chris Blumer, who in addition to being on the editorial team for “Village Voice” is also the Administrator for the Village Picture House.  The Trophy is in recognition of Cuddington’s excellent community spirit and specifically for the Picture House which has been such a recent success, bringing not just great films but live theatre from London and elsewhere to Cuddington.  This is a village with a true heart which puts its community first.  It has many clubs and associations, Youth Drama Group, Women’s Institute, Gardening Club, Bell Ringers, and various sports clubs, just to mention a few.  The community is well supported by not only Village Voice but its website and much activity in the Bernard Hall.

The afternoon concluded with a classic Cuddington cup of tea and a slice of cake in the Bernard Hall for the presentation party and the many villagers who attended the event.

Ken Brown

Best Kept Village Presentation - today at 3.45pm

The presentation of the Morris Cup for the Best Kept Village and Community Trophy Award will take place today, Saturday 12th September from 3.45pm.

Henry Aubrey Fletcher, Lord Lieutenant, will make the presentation of the cup to Harry Mitchell, grandson of the late Jim Hayward, and Councillor Ken Brown; and the Community Trophy award will be received by Chris Blumer in recognition of the Village Picture House.

Please come along.  3.45pm on the Upper Green for the presentations and then for tea and cakes in the Bernard Hall.

Heritage Open Day with Community and Emergency Services

Saturday 12th September from 10.00

Join us at Waddesdon Manor for a fun-filled family day with your local Emergency Services. Climb aboard a fire engine, have a closer look at a police car, examine an ambulance and learn more about your local community services.

Admission to Waddesdon House and Gardens is FREE all day.


Garden Guides Required at Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor has a team of volunteer Garden Guides who take guided tours of visitors around the gardens, and they are looking for one or two more Guides to join the team.

Whilst they are mostly keen gardeners themselves, the Guides are not guiding specifically on the flowers but on the history of how the gardens were made and how the gardens were used in different ways by various members of the family who have lived there.  Of course, visitors interested in flowers and plants may well ask questions regarding the different types of plants they see.  Waddesdon Manor’s gardens are actually more visited than the house, so they are very popular.

The average number of guided tours that each volunteer gives is around 2 days per month.  Full training is given, with lots of practice, so new volunteers are not thrown in at the deep end.  The Manor staff try to look after their volunteers well, with day trips, summer BBQs, Christmas parties, coffee mornings etc.  Mileage expenses are covered.

If you are interested in becoming a Garden Guide, please contact Sarah Kane, Volunteer Manager, telephone 01296 653394 (Wednesday-Friday) or email

Public Inquiry – Footpath through Donkey Meadow – Updated

A PUBLIC INQUIRY is to be held on Wednesday 25th November in the Bernard Hall to make a final and binding decision on the footpath through Donkey Meadow becoming a public right of way.  “Definitive Map Modification Order” (to show a path from Public Footpath No 10B Lower Winchendon to Pubic Footpath 3 Upper Winchendon).

This path was closed by Robert Spencer-Bernard in 2010, but efforts have been made by residents of Nether Winchendon and Cuddington to have the path re-opened.  Submissions were made by these residents to Bucks County Council, and in due course the BCC Rights of Way Committee found in favour of the path becoming a public right of way.  Mr Spencer Bernard appealed against this, and there is now going to be a Public Inquiry.

When evidence was originally taken, BCC asked only for people who had used the footpath for 20 years or more to make submissions.  This limited the number of potential witnesses.  It now appears that this is not a requirement and that anyone who has used this footpath reasonably regularly from any time before October 2010, believing it to be a public right of way, is able to submit evidence to the Inquiry.  The more evidence that can be submitted the more likely it is that the Inquiry will find in favour of re-defining this footpath’s status, and thus open it up for future use by walkers.

If you have not yet done so, but now wish to complete a User Evidence Form, please download the form from the link below:

BCC User Evidence Form

Your completed form must be returned to Angela Sanderson at Wellfield House, Spurt Street no later than 20th September.

To help completion of the question which refers to the description of the path, the answers are: “From: The Old Mill, grid reference 473800/212150”, To: “See attached map, grid reference 474400/212320”, and the believed status is “Footpath”.  The width of the path is about 3-4 metres (question no. 4).  Angela will attach a map to each User Evidence Form as it arrives.

If you do not wish to submit a form, but would like to attend the Inquiry on 25th November, again – please contact Angela so that a list of attendees from Cuddington to the relevant authorities can be submitted.

01844 291626


New Dates for Parish Council Meetings

Just a reminder to all that the Parish Council will now meet on the second Monday of each month in Cuddington and Dinton School – infant site.  The meetings start promptly at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome to attend and hear about local matters.

Meeting Dates 2015:

  • Monday 9th November
  • Monday 14th December


Jim Hayward

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Jim on Sunday evening, 9th August.  Jim was a wonderful man and his death is a huge loss to the village.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Sally and their two daughters Carol and Sharon and Harry, their grandson.


Best Kept Village Competition – Cuddington Wins Again!

Cuddington has once again won the Morris Cup for the best kept village in Buckinghamshire with a population of between 500 and 1,500.  The runner-up in this category was Castlethorpe near Milton Keynes.

Our village also has the added honour of being selected for the Savills’ sponsored Community Award.

Competition chairman Richard Pushman commented: “There was a record number of entries this year, standards were high in all the competing villages and I congratulate all our winners and runners-up.

“The judges were very impressed with the general upkeep and absence of litter.  Almost all the entries displayed much evidence of good community spirit with numerous activities and community enterprise.  Cuddington is a worthy winner of the Community Award.  In particular, the Cuddington Picture House, run by volunteers, is an ambitious community project which has been a great success.  Oving too deserves congratulations.  Although not a Best Kept Village winner, Oving’s new village hall has been a tremendous achievement for the village.”

Locally, Haddenham won the Pushman Cup which is awarded to large villages with a population of over 3,000.

The judges look for well kept open spaces, community facilities and evidence of community involvement.

News about Jim Hayward

Many people will know that Jim Hayward was taken ill overnight Friday/ Saturday, having suffered a stroke.  He was taken into Stoke Mandeville Hospital and subsequently transferred to John Radcliffe Hospital.  Currently, he is ‘poorly but stable’.  Unfortunately, Sally is not well enough to visit Jim but is being looked after by their grandson, whilst their two daughters are visiting the hospital.  John, in the shop, is collecting any cards or messages for Jim and Sally, and these are being collected daily by their family.

I’m sure we all wish Jim the very best for a speedy recovery and hope the same for Sally.  Our thoughts are with all the family.

Ken Birkby
Chair, Cuddington Parish Council


Village Voice Errata

We are very sorry that the dates shown on page 5 of July’s Village Voice for Haddenham Community Library Timetable show the wrong dates.

The days of the week are correct but, apart from 2nd July, all the others should be the day before e.g. 10th July should read 9th etc.

We do apologise for any confusion.



Rock Concert Poll Results

The poll to decide which rock concert to screen this autumn has now closed, and the 1986 Queen concert at Wembley Stadium was the runaway winner.  The three most popular choices were as follows:

  1. Queen Live at Wembley Stadium – 62% of the vote
  2. Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds – 18%
  3. The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over – 11%

This means that we shall screen the Queen concert this autumn, probably in late October.  Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds will be shown next year.

Thank you to all who voted in the poll.

Parish Council Meetings

Just a quick reminder to all ... at the last meeting of the Parish Council, Councillors agreed to move the monthly meeting to the second Monday of each month.  Tonight’s meeting has therefore been rescheduled to Monday 13th July at 7.30pm in Cuddington and Dinton School – infant site.

This meeting is a public meeting.  Please come along.


Village Tidy Up – Sunday 31st May at 10.30am

In preparation for this year’s Best Kept Village competition, the Parish Council has organised a village tidy on Sunday 31st May.  Please join us at 10.30am outside the Bernard Hall.  Bin liners will be provided but please bring gloves.

The competition awards are for Best Kept villages.  The judges will be looking for well kept open spaces, community facilities and evidence of community involvement.  Judging takes place in June and the results will be announced by the middle of July. 


Emergency Road Closure – End

The emergency repairs to the Mill Race Bridge have now been completed and the road between Cuddington and Chearsley is now open again.

Dancing from a previous year 

May Dancing and Singing

Do look out for the Infant children coming round the village this Thursday 21st May, from about 9.15am

They will be singing on Lower Green and the top of Bernard Close, so do keep a look out and they will have posies to give as well!

Also please come back to school afterwards to see them perfoming their dances in the playground – you will be very welcome!


Website now Mobile-Friendly!

Cuddington Parish Council is delighted to announce that the website has now been redesigned to work perfectly with your smartphone or tablet computer.  You’ll see almost exactly the same content as you would on a desktop PC, with only the banner photographs removed to save space, but with a layout optimised for the smaller screen.

Browse the latest news from around the village; find out what’s happening in the village calendar; discover what your newly-elected Parish Council are doing for the village; read the latest Neighbourhood Watch alerts; book tickets for the Village Picture House; register as a website member to receive email updates – all from the convenience of your smartphone or tablet.


Emergency Road Closure – Update

According to the latest information from Transport for Buckinghamshire, the road between Cuddington and Chearsley will now be closed until Friday 22nd May (possibly earlier) for the repairs to the Mill Race Bridge.

The Team Leader, Highway Structures Management at TfB comments as follows:

“Both of the bridge parapet walls and approach fencing were significantly damaged by vehicles striking them.

“Before the works could commence on site, consent had to be obtained from the Environment Agency, a legal requirement, and the necessary bricks had to be ordered and supplied.

“We have had a significant number of our operatives working on the repairs and are currently rebuilding/repairing the damaged section of parapets. Also scaffolding was required to be erected before demolition and repairs could commence.

“The wall is fairly substantial and we are limited on the amount of brickwork that can be replaced per shift.  The breaks between shift allows sufficient time for the brickwork to be set and allow the next courses of bricks to be laid.

“The programmed date for completion of the works is 22nd May.  We will be monitoring progress and hope to complete ahead of 22nd May, subject to the weather.”

Bus route 110 is operating to a revised route and timetable, running at earlier times on journeys to school.  Download the temporary timetable

Transport for Bucks Interactive Road Closures Map
(search for Cuddington)


Village Film Night for Nepal

The Bernard Hall, Cuddington

Saturday 9th May   7.30 pm

We are showing the Academy Award-nominated film Himalaya, directed by the French film maker and photographer Eric Valli.  This is a rare opportunity to see a gem – a very touching story, absolutely beautiful to look at, and a celebration of Nepali people and culture.

We will be providing a traditional Nepalese curry and there will be a cash bar.  All the money raised will go direct to the medical charity Britain Nepal Medical Trust.  A representative of the charity will be there on the evening to answer any questions about the relief effort and their work. 

To arrange tickets/make a donation, follow this link

The film is 105 minutes long and has a PG certificate.


Open Garden – Dadbrook House

This beautiful three-acre garden will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, 6th and 7th June between 2.00 and 6.00 pm.

Admission is £4 (children free) in aid of the Finley Newell Mobility and Equipment Fund.  Finley Newell (Liz and Steve Davies’ grandson) has Type 2 Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a rare neuromuscular condition which leaves him unable to walk, also affecting his arms, hand, head and neck movement, breathing and swallowing.

He will be two years old in May 2015 and gets around in his power chair which was supplied on free loan by the national charity ‘Designability’.  At three years old, Finley will need a larger power chair costing in the region of £15,000.  A larger family vehicle will also be necessary to accommodate him in his wheelchair and his parents and big brother, and his small home in Haddenham is to be extended with specialised facilities being installed throughout.

Finley’s parents Rosie and Joel are grateful to Clico and Gerald Kingsbury for their kind generosity in opening their garden towards Finley’s fund.

Home-made teas will be available and there will be plants for sale.  There is free parking on the gravel courtyard and wheelchair access.  No dogs, please.

The main garden faces south where three terraced lawns lead down to a small lake, filled with koi carp. The terrace nearest the house is formally laid out, with lavender-edged beds filled with hebe and alliums with a box knot at its centre.  A ha ha was added thirty years ago to open up the view across the 11 acre field to the side of the house.  This view is framed by two borders: a new rose border on one side and a mixed border on the other. Both these borders are backed by clipped yew hedges.  There are many mature trees throughout the garden including Dawn redwoods, ancient yew trees and a large holm oak.

A shrub border hides a tennis court, and the walled kitchen garden behind the house is laid out to a strict pattern with box edged beds where vegetables and ornamental herbs are grown as well as flowering annuals and topiary shapes.


Christian Aid Bring & Buy, Coffee Evening and Plant Stall

This year's Bring & Buy, Coffee Evening and Plant Stall will be held at Wellfield House, Spurt Street (Charles and Angela Sanderson) on Monday, May 11th from 7pm - 9pm.

All welcome!


May Day Madrigals

In what has now become a local tradition, the Witchert Chorale will be singing a selection of madrigals at the top of St. Mary’s and St. Nicholas Churches on May Day, Monday 4th May.

This will be followed by further singing inside the churches.  Admission is free and all are most welcome to come along.  Coffee and other refreshments will be provided. 

The Home page 

New Website Goes Live

We are pleased to announce that our new website has now gone live!

Please visit it via the link below and get a flavour for what is happening in your school on both Infant and Junior sites.

Emergency Road Closure Notice


BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL hereby gives you notice that from 20 April 2015 until 10 May 2015, both dates inclusive, no person shall cause or permit any vehicle to proceed, except for access, in that length of Bridgeway, Cuddington commencing at its junction with Cannon Hill and continuing to its junction with The Green. 

The closure is required in the interest of public safety due to parapet wall inspection and repair work.       

The alternative route for vehicles affected by the closure will be via The Green, Dadbrook, Aylesbury Road A418, Scotsgrove Hill, Thame Road, Bicester Road, Chearsley Road, Crendon Road, Aylesbury Road, and vice versa.

The Notice will only be operative at such times as shall be indicated by signs erected pursuant to the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Direction 2002.  Penalties for not observing these restrictions will be as prescribed by the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984.

Dated 20 April 2015.

Buckinghamshire Law Plus
Buckinghamshire County Council


Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll

Statement of Persons nominated

Election of Parish Councillors - Cuddington

Election of District Councillors - Haddenham and Stone Ward

It’s playtime! 

It’s Playtime! Friday 10th August at 2pm

TIC TOC, the Cuddington group for children and babies (and their carers – mums, dads, grandparents and nannies) are organising a special Easter holiday play day for all youngsters this coming Friday, 10th April at 2pm.

The afternoon of fun takes place on Cuddington playing fields and activities will include a bouncy castle, face painting and a selection of outdoor toys and sports equipment.  What’s more, the event is kindly being sponsored by Cuddington Parish Council so there is no entrance fee.  The Clubhouse will be open for refreshments and facilities.

With the sun forecast to shine, please come along and enjoy the Easter fun!

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 22nd April

The Annual Village Meeting will take place on Wednesday 22nd April at 7.30pm in the Bernard Hall.  All villagers are invited to attend this friendly and informal evening, listen to news from local clubs and societies as well as organisations and join in the open discussion on local issues, concers and wishes.

The meeting will be chaired by Ken Birkby, Chairman of Cuddington Parish Council.
The Agenda can be viewed here

Please join us.  Light refreshments will be provided.


Still Time to Stand for Election

There are just days left to apply to stand for Election.  The nomination period closes this coming Thursday, 9th April at 4pm.  Please ensure your nomation pack is completed by then and delivered to AVDC.



Are you registered to Vote?

Aylesbury Vale District Council is urging those who are not yet on the electoral register to apply to register by the deadline of 20 April to protect their right to vote on Election Day – 7 May 2015.

Chris Sheard, Electoral Services Manager, said: “Time is now running short to make sure you can take part in these elections, so I’d encourage everyone in Aylesbury Vale to take action now if they aren’t registered to vote. Those particularly at risk of missing the chance to vote are people who have moved house recently, and who mistakenly assume they are automatically registered at their new address because they pay council tax. The two processes are completely separate.

“Online registration makes registering to vote easier and more convenient than ever before. It only takes a few minutes to do at and people can access it through their computer, smartphone or tablet.”

AVDC is particularly keen to remind young people that they need to be registered by the closing date to be able to cast their vote in May.

Sixteen and 17-year-olds can register themselves now so that they will be able to vote as soon as they turn 18. Students who are living away at university can also register at both their term time address and home address.

Under the new Individual Electoral Registration system, which was introduced last summer, everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Those registering will need to prove their identity by providing their name, address, National Insurance number and date of birth when applying. 

Those who would prefer a postal vote, rather than going along to a polling station, need to be registered individually before they can apply for a postal vote. The closing date for postal vote applications is Tuesday 21 April, at 5pm. 

For further information about voting in the May elections, visit or call the elections team on 01296 585807.


Notice of Election – Monday 23rd March 2015

An Election is to be held of Seven Parish Councillors for Cuddington.

Notice of Election can be viewed here

Nomination packs are now available.


Buckinghamshire County Council has been working with 23 town and parish councils for several years to support them to take on a range of services.  It is now seeking to roll out this programme to all towns and parishes. The main benefit "is that it builds local ownership and enables parishes to have control over how services are delivered."

"Devolution is all about empowering parishes to make decisions and deliver services locally with support and funding from Buckinghamshire County Council"



Election Timetable

23 March 2015 – Notice of Election

23 March 2015 – 9 April 2015 – Nomination period (expired)

10 April 2015 – Statement of Person nominated

16 April 2015 – Potential Notice of uncontested Election result

7 May 2015 – Polling day

9 May 2015 – Parish Election count

11 May 2015 – Notice of Election result, if contested

Stand for Election

Nomination packs for anyone wishing to become a candidate at this year's Parish Council elections are now available.  Please email the Clerk at (07717 834606) or contact Jo Sara, Senior Electoral Service Officer at AVDC (01296 585051) for a pack.  

Timetable for Elections

23 March 2015 - Notice of Election

23 March 2015 – 9 April 2015 (4pm) - Nomination period

10 April 2015 - Statement of Person nominated

16 April 2015 - Potential Notice of uncontested Election result

7 May 2015 - Polling day

9 May 2015 - Parish Election count

11 May 2015 - Notice of Election result, if contested


Become a Parish Councillor

We all know Cuddington is a wonderful village.  Home to approximately 550 parishioners, it boasts some incredible facilities for a village of its size and has gained regular success in ‘Best-kept Village’ and ‘Britain in Bloom’ competitions.

The next Parish Council elections for Cuddington will be combined with the General Election on Thursday 7th May 2015.  By standing as a Parish Councillor candidate, you could have an opportunity to make a real difference to the vibrancy, appearance and facilities of Cuddington.

Independent of AVDC and BCC, Cuddington Parish Council provides services at a village level; representing its electors in the parish ward.  The Council is funded by the precept (raised as part of Council Tax) and takes responsibility for a range of local matters and community needs which include, amongst others, the following:

  • Maintenance of parish land including the village greens
  • Provision of recreational facilities – including the children’s playground and boules pitch
  • Provision and maintenance of the two bus shelters
  • Care of the environment through litter and dog control
  • Oversight of the repair and maintenance of highways including footpaths and bridleways
  • Repair and maintenance of the war memorial
  • Protection of the ‘Assets of Community Value’
  • Review of planning applications

The proposed devolution of a range of services by BCC will only increase these responsibilities.

As well as Councillors working together as a team, some Councillors participate in committees or working groups such as the Website Working Group and the Footpath Working Group.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month (at 7.30pm in the Cuddington site of Cuddington and Dinton School) and generally last no more than two hours.  Site visits, to consider planning applications, tend to take place on the Sunday preceeding the Parish Council Meeting.  The AGM takes place every May.  Every meeting is a public meeting with an opportunity for parishioners to raise concerns or ask questions during Parishioners’ Question Time at the beginning of each meeting.  Councillors are given support in performing their duties from the Parish Council Clerk.  Training is also available to new Councillors through organisations such as Buckinghamshire Association of Local Councils.

To become a Councillor you must be over 18 and a British national or qualifying citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Community.  To stand for an election of Cuddington Parish Council you must be an elector of the parish or; for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish, or; during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work), or; for the whole of the previous 12 months lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary.

Being a Councillor is a rewarding role that provides a great sense of achievement.  You can either apply to AVDC (Jo Sara, Senior Electoral Service Officer: 01296 585051) or to our Clerk ( 01844 201899) from 23rd March 2015.  The nomination form needs to be supported by a Propser and Seconder (from 2 people on the electoral register within the Parish).  The deadline for completed nomination forms is 4pm on Thursday 9th April 2015.  It must be hand delivered to AVDC.


Third Anniversary FREE PRIZE DRAW

To mark our 3rd anniversary of taking over the running of your village shop, we invite you to participate in our free prize draw.

All customers who purchase any item and are over the age of 18, will be offered a free draw ticket and if the number matches any of those on a prize, you win it.

There are six chances to win, so why not pop in to the shop on Saturday and try your luck. Any prizes not won on Saturday will be carried over on to Sunday or until they have all gone

Thank you for all your support over the last three years. Without it, the shop and Post Office wouldn't be here now.

John & Elaine


Race Night at the CPFA Saturday 14 Feb 2015

And they’re off !  …….. the Race Night to be held at the Bernard Hall on Saturday, 14th February, being organised by the Playing Fields Association and Bar Committee.

Doors open at 7.00 pm for the First Race at 7.45 pm.

Tickets £8.00, including a Ploughman’s Supper, available from Cuddington Village Stores and Denise’s, or contact Lorraine Ray, tel. 01844 290606, for further information.

Whether you fancy a ‘flutter’ or not, do come along for a fun evening – you will be supporting two much-valued village amenities. 


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)

Carol Service 2014 – Light of the World

Come at 4.00pm on 21st December for Festive Refreshment to be followed at 5.00pm by a Christmas Kaleidoscope of Carols, readings and real life stories from many Nations.  Come and hear that there is Hope in the world as we hear what changes people are making in their society.  You are warmly invited to attend – hope to see you there.


Village Fireworks – Saturday 1st November at 5.30pm

This year the Village Fireworks and Bonfire party with BBQ will be held on Saturday 1st November on the playing fields.

Tickets on sale from: Laura Ewers 299027, Jennifer Schram de Jong 291501, Lorraine Ray 290606, John Luckett 290491 and also at Denise's and the Village Shop.

Ticket prices: Adults £8, Children £4 (aged 12 years and under), Family Ticket £20 (2 adults and 2 children), Children under 3 go free.  

Top Producer to Open Film Festival

Leading film producer Jeremy Thomas CBE, who lives locally, will formally open the Haddenham & District Film Festival in Cuddington.

Jeremy produced a huge number of superb films including Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Insignificance, Naked Lunch, Sexy Beast, A Dangerous Method, The Sheltering Sky, Let Him Have It, 13 Assassins and Rabbit-Proof Fence.   He has worked with a wide range of top directors including Stephen Frears, Nicolas Roeg, Bernardo Bertolucci, David Cronenberg and Wim Wenders.

Jeremy’s best known work The Last Emperor has been selected as the Festival's opening film, to be shown at the Bernard Hall on Friday 14th November at 7.30 pm.  Jeremy is expected to speak about the film before the showing.

The Last Emperor, directed by Bernado Bertolucci, charts the dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, who started life in the Forbidden City as the object of worship by the people and ended up as an obscure peasant worker.  The film won nine Oscars including Best Picture, four Golden Globes and three BAFTAs in 1987.

This Film Festival is a local community initiative by Haddenham & District Rotary Club working in partnership with The Village Picture House in Cuddington and film clubs in Haddenham, Long Crendon and Bishopstone.  The festival is supported by the Aylesbury Vale Arts Council.

The theme of the festival is “Cinema through the Decades”, with some of the best films from the eight decades 1940 to the present day.

Details of the films showing in Cuddington are on the Village Picture House page.  Tickets are £5 each from Cuddington Stores.  For details of the full Film Festival programme visit our Music, Art & Drama page or


Village Fireworks and Bonfire Party 2014

Saturday 1 November 2014 -  5.30pm onward

Tickets from The Village Shop and Denise

Enqiries and Tickets: 299027 (Laura)  291501 (Jennifer)  290606 (Lorraine)  290491 (John)

Ticket Prices: Adults  £8   Children(12 and under) £4                                             Family (2 adults + 2 children) £20                                                               Children under 3 Go Free



Grant towards cost of replacing mower

The Cuddington Playing Fields Association thank the Trustees of The Haddenham Beer Festival for their grant of £500 towards the cost of replacing the mower for the CPFA.

The Beer Festival’s next event is the Haddenham Winterfest on Saturday 13th December 2014.

Link to


Haddenham Surgery Flu Injections

A flu vaccine is available free on the NHS for:

  • anyone over the age of 65
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems

Flu clinics will be held on the following dates:-
    Saturday 27 September 2014
    Saturday 4 October 2014
    Saturday 25 October 2014

In addition to these dates members of the nursing team will have pre-bookable appointments for the flu vaccination during the week starting 6 October 2014.

We will not be offering private flu jabs.


Heritage Open Day with Community and Emergency Services

Saturday 13th September from 10.00

Join us at Waddesdon Manor for a fun filled family day with your local Emergency Services.  Climb aboard a fire engine, have a closer look at a police car, examine an ambulance and learn more about your local community services.

Featuring live music from The Young Pilgrims, with performances at 12.00, 1.00, 2.00 and 3.00.  The band invite you to march around with them and be part of their rock-induced, brass band madness!

Admission to Waddesdon House and Gardens is FREE all day.


Ring Found in Cuddington

An engagement/dress ring has been found in the village.  If anyone has lost a ring recently or is aware of anyone to whom this may belong, please contact PCSO C9830 Sue Jones on 07970 145073 or email


Arnie Jenks and the House of Strangers

Chearsley resident Tim Bradley has just published a new novel for children and teen adults.

Arnie Jenks and the House of Strangers tells the story of a seemingly ordinary 12-year-old boy who, while waiting to be collected by his aunt from a school trip to the crumbling, ancient Shabbington Hall, gets trapped there as a sudden heavy snowfall forces him to stay the night.  As he wanders the house in search of hidden secrets he is suddenly transported back in time, meeting various characters associated with the house, each of whom has a tale to tell from when they lived there.  His quest is to find out why this is happening to him.

The book is available now to order via The Book House in Thame and all other retail outlets plus Amazon, in both paperback at £6.99 and Ebook at £3.49.

Read more about the novel and its author

Front entrance being dismantled 

Building Work on the Infant site

Work has now started on moving the front entrance on the Infant site, as our photograph shows.

Meanwhile inside good progress is being made in removing walls, re-configuring service pipes and wiring and generally to open up the internal area.

We hope the extra builders' traffic on the road is not being too disruptive.

Parish Council Meeting – August 2014

Whilst building works continue at Cuddington and Dinton School (infant site), the August meeting of the Parish Council will be held in St Nicholas’ Church.  The meeting opens at 7.30pm – please join us!

Please click to view the Agenda


Severe Weather Recovery Scheme – News from TfB

Buckinghamshire County Council recently submitted a bid for a share of the Severe Weather Recovery Scheme and was successful in being awarded a total of £2,507,486 to help repair damage to the local road network caused by the severe weather during the winter of 2013/2014. 

More information about the Scheme can be found here

Lights Out – Monday 4th August, 10.00 - 11.00pm 

LIGHTS OUT – Monday 4th August, 10.00 - 11.00pm

Residents across Aylesbury Vale are being encouraged to switch off their lights as part of a poignant commemoration.

The event invites everyone (individuals, households, local organisations and companies) to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, 100 years to the day that Britain declared war on Germany, leaving on a single light or candle for this shared moment of reflection.

It is hoped that over one million candles will be lit across the UK to remember each and every service man or woman who gave their lives in the war to end all wars.

The event will echo the famous words spoken 100 years ago by the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, who remarked at the time: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

For more information on the Lights Out campaign visit

Then and now (photos from Jack FM Oxford) 

Didcot Power Station Cooling Towers Demolished

The skyline over Didcot changed dramatically at five o’clock this morning as the three southern cooling towers at Didcot A Power Station were demolished.

Watch a video of the towers’ demolition at the BBC News Oxford website


Play Around the Parishes – Wednesday 30th July 2 - 4pm

Parents, Grandparents, Childminders and children will be delighted to know that Cuddington Parish Council has teamed up again with Aylesbury Vale District Council to provide an afternoon of fun in the Playing Fields and Clubhouse in Cuddington.

Play Around the Parishes starts at 2pm on Wednesday 30th July when there will be a series of play, sports and art activities for children aged 1-11 years.

Entry is Free.  Don't miss it!

"Sandcastle" cake 

Seaside Fun!

The school managed to choose the hottest day of the year (last Friday) to have a day of Seaside Fun – or was that just good planning?!!

All classes took part in various activities with a seaside theme – ending up with a fish and chip lunch.

Our photograph shows a group of Foundation children preparing to ice a “sandcastle” cake.

Cuddington W.I.

At our last W.I. meeting on Tuesday June 10th we had an extremely enjoyable and informative talk, given by our Curate Ian Herbert about the Street Life Trust in the Philippines, with which he is very much involved.


Bucks Healthcare out of special measures

Link to Bucks Healthcare


Fête Goods Collection TONIGHT !!

Howdy folks

As part of the build-up to this years extravaganza we are holding the annual collection of all those unwanted goodies TONIGHT, Wednesday 18th June from 6.30pm.

We will collect, bottles, bric-a-brac, tins of biscuits, sweets, jars, unwanted gifts, nearly new, clothes, books, toys, bags and bangles etc etc which are all wanted for various fete day stalls.

Please have a sort out and see what you can find, then Sheriff Jeremy and his trusted band of Deputies will call on you TONIGHT to collect your goodies or you can deliver them yourself to the Bernard Hall where a loyal band of volunteers will sort them.

Please be as generous as possible because every penny raised from the fete gets put back into the community that we share and love.

The date again TONIGHT...... WEDNESDAY 18TH JUNE from 6.30pm

Thank you


Sports Day

It was a perfect afternoon for the Infants’ Sports Day today.

There was plenty to cheer about and there was a great turn out of Mums and Dads to offer totally impartial support!

The afternoon was organised by the school’s sports partners, Ignitesport, and included all of our favourite races.


Garden Open for Scannappeal, Weds 11th June 2pm

Open Garden for Scannappeal 

( providing advanced medical equipment for local patients)

On Wednesday 11th June 2-5 pm the garden at The Old Rectory, Aylesbury Road, Cuddington will be open in support of this very worthy Buckinghamshire charity. 

  • A varied and colourful garden of 2 acres with unsual scultpures
  • 70 foot garden canal and wonderful views
  • Refreshments and a plant stall
  • Entertainment by the Germains Male Voice Choir
  • Entry £6 per person
  • Parking in the field or the lower gate will be open for pedestrians

Parish Council Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman

At the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council, Councillors re-elected Ken Birkby as Chairman and Jim Hayward as Vice Chairman.  The Minutes from the AGM can be found on the website under Parish Council - Agenda and Minutes.

The Parish Council consists of seven Councillors in total and the Parish Clerk.  Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in Cuddington and Dinton School (Infant site) at 7.30pm.   The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 4th June.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


Village Tidy Up – Sunday 1st June at 10am

Please spare some time on Sunday 1st June to help tidy up the village in time for the official judging of the Best Kept Village 2014 in June.

Please meet on the Upper Green at 10.00am.

Setting off again! 

School Refreshes Riders!

The school acted as a refreshment stop for the second year running for a Royal British Legion charity bike ride on the afternoon of Saturday 17th May.

Some of you may have seen the 30 or so riders and 10 support crew pull into the village and head for the school playground where they made full use of essential pit stop facilities.

Having started in London they were heading off for an over-night stop in Banbury.

One of the new toilets 

Toilets Completed!

Our new toilets have now been installed and an application for Planning Permission has now been submittted to AVDC for further phases of our plans. Please see our application 14/00902/APP for full details.

The most visible element will be a new front entrance about 2 metres to the right of the present one which will have a reduced and more discrete canopy. Other parts of the plan entail a new headteacher's office tucked into the righthand side of the building and an extended classroom achieved by in-filling a space in existing building.

We are also opening up the internal space to create a much larger and more open library and entrance hallway.


Scout Group Leaders Required

The 1st Bernwood Forest Scout Group is currently recruiting for adults, young and old, to become Leaders, Assistant Leaders and Supporters of their Group and for their Beaver, Cub and Scout units.

Scouting is one of the greatest movements the world has ever known.  Scouts have walked on the moon, rowed across oceans and scaled the highest mountains.  But, closer to home, the 1st Bernwood Forest Scout Group offers adventures and experiences to more than 120 young people in the area around Long Crendon and Dinton.  They are only able to offer these experiences because of their enthusiastic and dedicated team of volunteer leaders and supporters.

Behind every great Scout there is a great Scout Leader, could that be you?  Training is provided and no previous experience of Scouting is necessary.  If you have a few hours a week, or a fortnight, and an occasional weekend, Scouting can give you adventure, fun and new skills.  No time for a weekly commitment?  The Scout Group is looking for someone to act as their Group Secretary, a role which only needs a couple of hours every month or so at Group Executive meetings.  There is no need for you to have a child in Scouts; only enthusiasm and a willingness to share that enthusiasm with young people.

For more information, please contact Duncan Spence on 01844 292076 or email

Doug Kennedy on the River Thame at Cuddington Mill 

Pollution in the River Thame

An article on the Bucks Herald website describes Doug Kennedy’s campaign to improve the water quality of the River Thame.

Read the full article here


Pot Hole Blog

Transport for Bucks now has a blog for information on potholes and other road repair work. Please visit

If you see a pothole that is in need of urgent repair, please call the contact centre – 0845 230 2882.

Grass cutting season begins

With Spring in the air, Transport for Bucks has begun its annual grass cutting progamme. 

Grass cutting takes place during the summer months to provide good visibility for road users.

This year, TfB will be carrying out urban (verges within 30 and 40 mph speed limit signs) grass cutting itself, rather than using a contractor, with one cut every five weeks.

In rural (verges between village and town name signs areas), there will be two cuts this year, done by contractor, Robert North. Check progress at

Check progress at

Carrier Bags – The No 1 Enemy of AVDC Recycling Bins

Whilst some plastic carrier bags are recyclable at supermarkets, AVDC DO NOT RECYCLE CARRIER BAGS in the blue lidded recycling bins, whether they are labelled recyclable or not.  So please do not put any carrier bags in your recycling bin; reuse them or return to the supermarket you got them from.

Dealing with this recycling contamination affects AVDC’s recycling contract and is costing AVDC on rejected recycling loads.  As a consequence, household recycling bins with contaminated items such as carrier bags will not have their recycling bin emptied, and will have a note explaining why attached.  If this happens to you, remove the offending items ready for your next collection.  Alternatively you can take your recycling to the tip instead.

For a full list of what can and can’t be recycled in AVDC bins, please read the poster in your recycling bin lid, or visit the website,

April butterflies

In Sunday's glorious weather, I went exploring locally and enountered quite a lot of butterflies fluttering around among the blackthorn blossom and the new spring wild flowers. It was nice to see a lot of orange tips for the first time this year, which will be newly emerged, along with peacocks and small tortoiseshells after winter hibernation.
Wildlife strips around fields make a big difference - wild flowers grow there, so you get lots of insects and birds. You find these on Winchendon Estates arable land, which is managed by Waddesdon, such as those around Cuddington and on the Winchendon side of the Thame. On farms that crop right to the field edge, there is little to be found in the way of wildlife, so well done Waddesdon! Now, can we get them to mark our foot paths better?

Children’s Poetry Competition

Village Voice has launched a poetry-writing competition for the younger members of the village.  It is open to any child living in Cuddington or attending Cuddington and Dinton School.

There are three categories:

  • Children in School Years 1 and 2.  Theme: My favourite animal
  • Children in School Years 3 and 4.  Theme: Water
  • Children in School Years 5 and 6.  Theme: Spring

We would like entrants to write a short poem – it could be descriptive, imaginary, what the theme means to the poet; it is entirely up to the writer.  The winner in each category will receive a £10 book token.

When completed please e-mail the entry, including name and age, to Helen Keeping at with “Village Voice poem” in the subject line, or leave the entry in the box in Cuddington Stores.

The closing date is Wednesday 23rd April.

Annual Village Meeting (AVM) – 31st March 2014

The Draft Minutes from last year’s AVM (17th April 2013) are available to view on the Notice Boards and Website.  These will not be re-circulated at the meeting on Monday evening.  Item 2 on the Agenda will be to approve these Minutes as a true record.

Please do come along and join in the open discussions, hear what is going on in and around Cuddington and meet neighbours, old and new.  Wine and soft drinks will be served after the meeting.

Children’s Playground Update

Works to the wind damaged fence in the children’s playground is complete and the playground is now fully enclosed with a new fence and posts.  Time to enjoy the sunshine!

Annual Village Meeting – Monday 31st March 2014

The date for this year’s Annual Village Meeting has been set for Monday 31st March.  Please join us in the Bernard Hall at 7.30pm.  Full Agenda to follow.

Damaged Fencing – Children’s Playground

Due to the severe storms last week, a fairly large section of fencing on the playing field side of the children’s playground has blown down, leaving the playground open. New posts will be erected and the fencing repaired and reinstated.  In the meantime, please ensure children keep away from the damaged fencing to avoid anyone getting hurt.  Those who exercise dogs on the playing fields, please ensure the dogs do not enter the playground area.  Work will be carried out as soon as possible.

Recycling Banks

Following the introduction of the household recycling collection service in 2012, Aylesbury Vale District Council will be removing any remaining recycling banks they manage from across the district. 

There are currently over 80 sites but the one's most likey to affect Cuddington include those located in Haddenham (Village Hall and Garden Centre) and Chearsley (The Bell PH).

Residents can disposal of excess recycling that doesn't fit in their household recycling bin at their local Household Waste and Recycling Centre. 

Breast Cancer in Women Over 70

Link to Public Health England

Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group

Link to Aylesbury Vale CCG

Building Work at School

Some much-needed work is being done on the Infant site to upgrade the children’s toilets, which are proving inadequate for the numbers we now have on the site.

There will be occasions when our builders will need loading access to the premises and therefore have to park vehicles outside the school.

They will be as considerate as possible and we do hope this won’t cause too much inconvenience.  We will do our best to keep you updated on progress and it could take us into the Easter Holidays.

Thank you for your understanding.

Chris Blumer

New Appointment System at Haddenham Medical Centre

Link to page on Haddenham Medical Centre website

Can You Help Aylesbury Food Bank?

Much has been written in the press recently about the number of people in this country who don’t have enough to eat, and the food banks that are trying to help them.  Even in our own relatively wealthy county of Buckinghamshire there are people – particularly children – who are going to bed hungry each night.

Churchgoers at St. Nicholas are already doing their bit to help this appalling situation by bringing non-perishable foodstuffs to church on the first Sunday of each month.  This in turn is taken to the Vineyard Storehouse in Aylesbury, which is a Christian charity helping those in need.

Now John and Elaine in Cuddington Stores have kindly agreed to have a box in the shop where all those who wish to do so can put their contributions.  These in turn will also be taken to the Vineyard Storehouse each month.  The box has only been in use for a week or so, and already is nearly full, which is excellent news.

This will be an on-going project.  Thank you to all those who have already contributed, and we hope you will continue to do so.  For those who don’t know about the box, please give it some positive thought. 

Plant Pots Stolen

Please be aware that two large patio plant pots with decorative plants in them were stolen from the front of the Cuddington Methodist Chapel in Lower Church Street between Thursday morning 9th and 5pm Sunday 12th January.  Some time last week, the two pots with the miniature golden fir trees were aslo taken from either side of the front door.

Please keep a lookout and report any suspicious activity to PCSO Sue Jones via the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre number 101.  Thank you.

Bucks 50 Plus Forum

Routes to Information – the What, Where, Who, Why and How

26 March 2014   9.30am - 2.00pm
The Oculus, The Gatehouse, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury HP19 8FF

New legislation, welfare benefits reform and cuts to local authority budgets mean that support for older people is going through a period of great change.  Timely access to good information is vital to ensuring that older people can adapt to changes, make informed decisions and empower their choices.  Come and find out about the What, When, Where, Who, Why and How on the routes to information for the over 50s.

The Bucks 50 Plus Forum Conference for 2014 is for individual older people and members of Older People’s Groups across the county.  The aim of the conference is to provide delegates with tools to access appropriate information better and then share what they have learnt with their own groups and networks.  This is a FREE event and includes lunch.  Places are limited to 120 delegates so book early to ensure you or your group don’t miss out.  For more information and to register your place contact Debi Game on 0300 777 2711 or email

The conference is funded by Buckinghamshire County Council and supported by Age UK Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury Vale District Council, Bucks Service User and Carer Organisation (SUCO) and Wycombe District Council.

Fremantle Day Care in Haddenham

FreTime (Haddenham) Care and Activity Service is welcoming new members

FreTime (Haddenham) – formerly Haddenham Day Centre – is a new care and support service from The Fremantle Trust.  You can try out their newly refurbished centre for a day with others from the local community, whatever your care needs – absolutely FREE!  Go along for a day so you can decide for yourself if you would like to become a FreTime member.  Transport can be provided.  For more information or to arrange to visit us please call Linda on 01844 292265, or just pop in for a chat and a cup of tea.

(This information is sent by AVDC but relates to services we have no influence over – the contact details are provided for who runs the centre.)

Lynne Maddocks, Community Engagement Officer
Aylesbury Vale District Council


Village Calendar

If you didn’t receive the hoped-for 2014 calendar from Father Christmas, you might like to know that there are still a few copies of the village calendar left in Cuddington Stores.

The calendar features reproductions of twelve magnificent water colour paintings of local scenes by Caroline Stonham, and costs £5.


Cakes & Bakes Recipe Book

Cuddington & Dinton School’s beautiful new “Cakes & Bakes” recipe book has just been published.

The book is A5 in size and has 74 colourful pages of  tasty recipes for cakes, bread and puddings.  It would make a great Christmas Present.

The books cost £10 each or just £8.50 per copy for orders of three or more, and can be ordered through the village shop.  All monies raised support the School.


2013 Cuddington Poppy Collections

The Poppy collections in Cuddington this year are as follows:

House to house collections - £667.26

Cuddington and Dinton School - £96.92

Remembrance Day Service Collection - £139.93

New Altar Poppies - £24.00

Donation from Cuddington PC - £55.00

This brings the total amount given to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal by Cuddington this year to £983.11.  This is a terrific result for Cuddington and is very much appreciated by those who work on behalf of the British Legion, and also by all those who have benefited from the Legion’s help over the years gone by.

But perhaps more especially today, we think of our young service men and women who have been killed or severely injured and traumatised and of their families.  Many have sustained terrible injuries – both physical and mental.  Others face a future of living with the constant unimaginable, grinding pain that can follow the loss of one or more limbs.  There will be financial hardship for those no longer able to do the jobs they were trained for.  Many are suffering injuries that are not just physical and will need not only long-term medical help but also practical and financial support.

The Royal British Legion tries to be there for all of them and their families for as long as they are needed.  Your contributions help them to do this.

I would, therefore, like to say a big thank you not only to our Poppy collectors but also to those of you who have given so generously to this very worthy cause.

If you would like to know more about the Legion’s work or would like to help with the house to house collections next year, please get in touch with me.

There were two printing errors in the VV with regard to the amounts shown for “House to House” collections together with the overall total.  The correct figures are shown above.

With my grateful thanks and very best wishes,

Jennifer Schram de Jong


Village Fireworks and Bonfire Party

The morning of Saturday 26th October brought drizzle and bleak skies as predicted, but we held our nerve, collected the food and made the mulled wine – that certainly helped!  The forecast was spot on, just what the Dr ordered,  dry, even warm weather for the afternoon and early evening ’though perhaps a bit breezy at times.

As always, there was an early start for organisers and helpers – Mark, his fellow cricketers and friends.  BBQs were collected and taken to the playing fields along with tables, gazebos and everything else that was needed with the kitchen sink in the clubhouse!   John rolled up the turf and James brought the hay bales for the bonfire, while Mark and Davie set out the fireworks.  Andy arrived with the Sound System for MC Chris was happy – things were looking good.

Mark gave us a really lovely display of fireworks – not too many bangs but plenty of oohs and aahs – enjoyed by young and old.  As in all previous years, everyone agreed that this year’s fireworks were THE BEST EVER!!

Delicious burgers from Parminters and tasty sausages were beautifully cooked by our two Eds and Richard et al - I’m sorry al, I don’t know all your names!!  A glass of Jaap and Tony’s mulled wine went down a treat and, for those feeling chilly, there was the clubhouse with its bar where Nibby and friends worked hard all evening to keep you happy.  The food sold out apart from a few vegie sausages and burgers – last year we didn’t have enough - you just can’t win!  Thank you to Sam ? who helped serve the BBQ all evening!!

Laura held a raffle with lots of prizes.  There were so many great entries in the fancy dress competition for older children that it seemed as if everyone was a winner!  I personally lost my heart to little Philip Trew who won best fancy dress for “little people” disguised as a pumpkin – he almost won best pumpkin too!  In the end that prize went to Tommy Healy who firmly informed us he’d grown his magnificent pumpkin himself.

Ticket sales were very much down on previous years, but those of you who came seemed to enjoy yourselves.

Lots of children running here and there waving their glow sticks and munching sausages.  Thanks Elaine and John for helping us to sell tickets.

Thanks must go to “the games makers” for all their help and hard work on the day making it all happen, and for the big clear up afterwards.  Last but not least, there wouldn’t have been a party if nobody came, so a big thank you to those of you who came along and supported us.  I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and had fun.

Thank you all again,



Christmas Fayre 2013

Thank you to everyone who helped at the Christmas Fayre on 23rd November.  Proceeds from the Raffle, Children’s games, Plant stall and two kind contributions from people unable to spend time at the Fayre have enabled donations to be sent as follows:

   Florence Nightingale Hospice – £100.75
   Young Carers Bucks – £81.55

In addition, Santa Claus raised just over £51 for the Chiltern Air Ambulance.

Again, thank you all – stallholders, helpers, and the lovely people who came and supported the event – it could not happen without you!

Rosemary Bradbury


A418 Overnight Road Closure This Week

We are advised that the A418 will be closed overnight this week for road repairs between the Buckinghamshire / Oxfordshire boundary and the turning to Haddenham at Scotsgrove (including the junction of Aylesbury Road and Thame Road at that location).

The road will be closed to all traffic except buses on scheduled routes from 7.00 pm on Monday 2nd December until 6.00 am on Tuesday 3rd December, and again for the following three – or possibly four – nights.  Diverted traffic will be routed through Long Crendon, Chearsley and Cuddington, to rejoin the A418 at the Haddenham junction at Kings Cross.

Carol Service – Joy to the World

Enjoy singing carols?  Join us as we sing favourite carols interspersed with items that share the Christmas Message in words and music.  At the same time, in conjunction with Premiers Radio’s “Feed the  Hungry” initiative, help us to collect food for people in need in our area.  Food bags will be received at the service and taken to local Food Banks.

Come to Cuddington Methodist Church on 22nd December at 5.30pm PRECEDED at 4.30pm with Festive refreshments.  Special bags containing a list of suggested food items will be provided if required.  To obtain a list and bag contact Margaret on 01844 291661.


Newsletter for Trinity Health patients

Download the Autumn/Winter 2013 newsletter here


Affordable Warmth this Winter

At this time of year it is important to remind people that they do not have to struggle on in the cold through the winter.  There is a local free helpline 0800 107 0044.

The Buckinghamshire Affordable Warmth Network is a longstanding service working to reduce the number of people in fuel poverty; and so improving health and wellbeing.  It is able to give impartial expert advice on all issues surrounding Affordable Warmth.  This includes reducing energy bills, increasing energy efficiency of properties, switching energy supplier and how to stay warm over winter, and is promoted towards all residents likely to be struggling with rising energy bills, or those vulnerable to the cold.  Grants and financial assistance are also available.

The 2012 Christmas Fayre 

Cuddington’s Christmas Fayre

Saturday 23rd November  2.00 - 4.30 pm

The Bernard Hall  Free Entry

Local enterprises, village organisations and charity stalls selling crafts, jewellery, cards, pre-loved toys, local produce, home-made preserves and gifts.  There will be a raffle and refreshments will be available.

As always, Father Christmas will be there in his Grotto for the children.  Come and enjoy a friendly, festive afternoon and start to get into the Christmas spirit, while at the same time supporting local groups.

For more details or to book a table please contact Rosemary Bradbury on 290249.

Change of Date – November 2013 Parish Council Meeting

The November meeting of the Parish Council has been changed to Tuesday 5th November 2013 at 7.30pm in Cuddington and Dinton School, Infant site.

The Agenda will follow.


Quiz Evening – Saturday 16th November at 7pm

Come along to our fabulous Quiz Evening on Saturday 16th November at 7pm for 7.30pm.  Tables of six are available.  Tickets are just £7 which includes a delicious supper and quiz.  There will also be a super raffle.  Proceeds towards the upkeep of the playing fields and Clubhouse.

End of Season Meeting

The Boules Club will be meeting on Wednesday, 30 October 2013, 8pm at the Clubhouse.  This will be a chance to reflect on the past season and look forward to and plan for the next.  All members and anyone interested are welcome to come along.


Village Fireworks – Saturday 26th October at 5.30 pm

This year the Village Fireworks and BBQ party will be held on Saturday 26th October on the playing fields.

Tickets are on sale from: Laura Ewers 299027, Jennifer Schram de Jong 291501, Lorraine Ray 290606, John Luckett 290491 and also at Denise’s and Cuddington Village Stores.

After eight years without any increase in the price, sadly, we have had to make a small increase in the ticket prices.  However, we are still one of the cheapest fireworks events taking place.  And there is a discount when you buy before the event!

Tickets bought before the event:
Adults £8.00, Children £4.00 (12 years and under), Families £25.00 (2 adults and up to four children 12 years and under)

Tickets bought at the gate:
Adults £10.00, Children £5.00 (12 years and under), Families £27.00 (2 adults and up to four children 12 years and under).

Vegetarians.  To help with catering and to avoid running out of food as we did last year, where possible please request Vegetarian food prior to the event.

Please put this date in your diaries and help us to make it another great evening for the village.  If you have any queries, please get in touch with Lorraine or Jennifer.  If you can help on the day, please get in touch.

Which Films Would You Like to See?

The Village Picture House is already proving to be very popular – we have now sold over 500 tickets – and we want to make sure that we continue to show the sort of films that you would like to see.

With this in mind, we have put together a questionnaire listing a selection of 25 film choices that we think might be popular. These are all good movies, but everyone has different tastes.  If you could please tell us which of these you would definitely like to see, which you might like to see or not like to see at all, it will help us put together the best possible programme.  These are only sample films; there is also space for you to add your own film choices.

We are holding an open meeting for the Village Picture House at the Bernard Hall on Wednesday, 16th October at 7.30pm to explain how we are planning to run the cinema, to ask you for feedback and for you to tell us what sort of films you would like us to put on.

Please try and return your forms before 15th October so that we can discuss the results at this meeting.

Forms can be returned to the Cuddington Village Stores or scanned and emailed to

We look forward to receiving your feedback!

Markus Bolton

Download the questionnaire here

Coffee Morning

At Cuddington Methodist Church on Monday 7th October between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon we invite you to come and see the restoration work that has been completed in the church.  Enjoy good company and coffee and biscuits/cake.  Everyone is welcome.


Macmillan Coffee Morning

A splendid sum of £371 was raised at the Coffee Morning on Saturday 28 September 2013 at the Playing Fields Club House.  Congratulations and thanks to everyone who joined in.

Older People’s Day at Haddenham Library

Tuesday 1st October  10.30 – 4.00

Haddenham Community Library  0845 230 3232

FREE drinks and cake.  Information from a range of organisations.  Re-bookable FREE computer taster sessions.  Talks and more…


Best Kept Village Presentation

Last Saturday lunchtime, on the Upper Green, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher presented councillor Jim Hayward with the Tindall Cup.

This trophy is fought for by the winners of the previous year’s Best Kept Village competition, and so for Cuddington to win this award is a particular honour.

Some of the judges’ comments were as follows:

“Residents obviously take pride in their village and ensure its continuing beauty.  It is a lovely place deserving of its high marks.  The green in the centre of the village, by the pub and shop, sets the tone for the village.  It is very well maintained and attractive to look at, with small, strategically placed flower beds and a newly painted pump.

“The playing field caters for a good range of sports; it had been newly cut and is very tidy.  The field is in an attractive location on the edge of the village and is obviously well used for cricket, tennis, and football.  The children’s play area is well equipped and neatly kept.

“The historic Bernard Hall  has colourful flower troughs in front of it and is in very good condition for its age.  The War Memorial in the churchyard is extremely well maintained with neat and colourful bedding plants surround it.  The sunken path to the church, with flowers within the stonework, is an attractive feature of the neat graveyard.”

Well done Cuddington!

The shop as it is now 

18 Months On.........

Eighteen months ago, we wrote about our plans for your shop and we are pleased to announce that we have now completed our planned capital expenditure.

To recap on what we have achieved:

  • Replaced the counter
  • Installed two new chillers and two new freezers
  • Replaced the flooring (thanks go to AVDC for the grant to cover 50% of this cost)
  • Installed all new shelving
  • Extended the retail area and massively increased the stock range available.
  • Extended the opening hours of the shop and Post Office

We have also introduced various stock items of Buckinghamshire produce including yoghurts, apple juice, infused rapeseed oils, Mary Berry’s salad dressings, Cici Coco pasta meals, handmade ice-cream from Haddenham, Kirsty's Kitchen goods and more besides.

We have started our own food business producing sandwiches, pies and ready-meals for sale in the shop as well as developing the business still further with a catering operation for private events and functions. We will also be running the bar at the new Village Picture House.

It has been an interesting period in our lives and a very busy one too. We hope you are happy with the progress we have made in the shop and we will continue to strive to stock the items you want to see.

We wish to thank all of you individually, and the Parish Council specifically, for the support shown so far and now that the shop has returned to its former glory, we hope this gives you more reason to pop in for those essential day-to-day groceries and ensure that the shop remains viable for generations to come.

John & Elaine

CPFA Fun Day – Sunday 15th September CANCELLED


CPFA are running a Family Fun Day, Dog Show and Car Boot on Sunday 15th September.  Attractions will include a Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, BBQ, Tombola, Raffle and Welly Wanging.  The Club House bar will be open for cold drinks and tea, coffee and delicious cakes will be available.

While the family are enjoying all the entertainment why not bring your family dog and enter them into the fun Dog Show, classes to include Waggiest Tail, Handsomest dog, Prettiest Bitch, Cutest Puppy and a Veteran class.  There is also a class for the best doggy trick so get practising to impress the judge.

Why not have a go at selling some of your unwanted items at the Car Boot sale, pitches for a bargain £5.  If you wish to pre-book a pitch please contact Lorraine Ray 290606 or just turn up on the day

All this is to take place 1-4pm on Sunday 15 September in the Playing field, we look forward to seeing you there.

Emergency Services Open Day

The Waddesdon Neighbourhood Policing team is organising its annual Emergency Services Open day.

The event will take place on Saturday 14th September and will run between 10am and 3pm in front of Waddesdon Manor on the High Street, Waddesdon.

The neighbourhood policing team will be accompanied by the Fire, Ambulance and other emergency services.  As it is the Heritage Day, there will be free entry for members of the public to the Waddesdon Manor and surrounding grounds.  PCSO Denise Grayburn said: “The neighbourhood officers will be out and about, offering crime prevention advice and raising awareness of how people can sign up to the two-way communication system - Thames Valley Alert.

“On the day we will be supported by two horses from the Milton Keynes Mounted section.  We encourage members of the local community to attend this free event and this will be a great opportunity to meet your local neighbourhood officers for a chat about any concerns you may have.

“We will be located in front of the Manor, so you can’t miss us. We anticipate this will be very a successful event, with a huge turnout likely.”

Best Kept Village Presentation

Presentation of the Tindall Cup to the village

1.00pm Saturday 14th September  The Upper Green

As everyone will now know, Cuddington has won the Tindall Cup in the 2013 Best Kept Village Competition.  This is a very keenly fought competition for the winners of each category in last year’s 2012 competition.  This is an amazing achievement, particularly as it is the fourth consecutive year that we have won either the Morris Cup (for our size of village) or the Tindall Cup.

The presentation will take place on The Upper Green at 1.00pm on Saturday 14th September, with Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, and the presentation party handing over the cup to Jim Hayward, who will represent the village.  If the weather is wet, this presentation will take place in the Bernard Hall.

Everyone in the village has contributed to this magnificent achievement and is invited to the presentation.

Sir Henry and his party will bepresenting to all winners across the County during the course of the day.  We are providing Sir Henry and histravelling party with a sandwich lunch in the Bernard Hall.

Whilst they are lunching, all villagers are invited to the Bernard Hall for a glass of wine, or soft drink to join the Parish Councillors in celebrating Cuddington’s success.

Magazine for Deaf People

Communication from AVDC Community Engagement Officer:

A magazine freely available for deaf people.



COST £20 includes coffee, lunch and tea. Pre-Booking essential. Contact Colin on 01844 291661 or Betty on 01844 290372.


Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?

Much of this 1980 Agatha Christie drama was filmed in Cuddington.  Previously only available as a Spanish import, the DVD has now been released in the UK.  For more details see the Cuddington on Location page.


Cuddington Stores Moving Day

A fantastic band of volunteers gathered on Sunday and moved the entire shop stock, three chillers, two freezers and other sundry equipment to the Village Hall ahead of the renovation work.  A massive thank you go to everyone who helped.

Pictured are those there at the finish, from L-R Mike, Celia, Alan, William, Thelma, Jenny, Caroline, Ken, Viv, Helen, Charles, Elaine, Josh, Ed, Ann, Chris, Rebecca, Tony, Jane and Peter.  Others who also helped greatly were Marianne, Meryl, Pat and Nina.

John and Elaine


Post Office Community Enterprise Fund

A partnership between Department for Communities, Local Government and Post Office Ltd has created an opportunity for community schemes to gain financial support.

20 schemes from across England will be chosen from all those ideas submitted, and could receive a grant upto £10,000. The money would be paid during the financial year 2013/14. The deadline for applications is Friday 18 October 2013.

For more information, please click on the link below.

Post Office Community Enterprise Fund

I have my own idea but would like to hear from you all first.

John Moore


Calling Cuddington’s Creative Talent

Following the interest in displaying Graham Brant’s artwork ahead of the fete auction, we have decided to offer the same space to any Cuddington resident who wishes to display their work.

This can be painting, ceramics, glass, needlework, textiles or anything else provided it is for wall-mounted display.

The overall dimensions should be no more than 500mm square or you can hang more than one piece with that total area. It is our intention to give each artist use of the space for one month and then give someone else the opportunity.

You can display your items for exhibition-only or commission-free sale and, if you wish, you need to arrange your own insurance.

If you wish, we can also publish an article about your work on our own home page of the village website.

For more information or to reserve your place please contact John at the shop.

John Moore

Buckinghamshire Healthcare – Rapid Response Review

According to the BBC website, Buckinghamshire Healthcare is one of eleven trusts put into ‘special measures’.  The Rapid Response Review gives evidence and background for this decision.

Last year’s presentation of the Sword of Excellence 

Cuddington Wins Again – the Best of the Best!

Cuddington has triumphed once again in the Best Kept Village competition, winning the Tindall Cup which is awarded to the best of all the previous year’s winners.  The runner-up was Little Marlow.

Competition chairman Richard Pushman commented: “The Best Kept Village Competition remains as popular as ever.  Our judges were impressed with the standard of entries and highlighted that Buckinghamshire as a whole, and not just the Best Kept Villages, is in remarkably great shape.  Well done to all those litter pickers and volunteers who make such an effort to keep their communities tidy.”

Congratulations are also due to Chearsley, runner-up to Great Brickhill in the small villages category.

Dr Karen West 

Haddenham Practice doctor sick leave

Please see the news below regarding Dr Karen West.  Dr West has given us permission to pass this information and the photo to you in order that patients are aware.

We are very sorry to announce that Dr. Karen West will be on sick leave for six to nine months due to breast cancer.  We all wish her a speedy recovery.  We hope to have a locum doctor in place soon to work with us until she returns.

E Solley (Practice Manager)
Haddenham Medical Centre

Judging Tuesday 2nd July at 10am 

Judging for Britain in Bloom – Tuesday 2nd July at 10am

Judging for the regional round of Britain in Bloom will take place this coming Tuesday, 2nd July.  Judges will be accompanied by Cllr Jim Hayward and will tour the village lanes, Churchyard, War Memorial and Greens.

Please keep Cuddington looking beautiful!


Cuddington and the Winchendons

An English Rural Idyll

Doug Kennedy is thinking about publishing a new book of photos of the locality.  The book covers a very limited area, and so the number sold won’t be large while the cost of a small print run is very high.  Therefore, before going ahead, Doug would like to gauge the level of interest and whether people would be willing to pay for a copy at a realistic price (likely to be around £25).

To find out whether people would be interested in the book, Doug has produced a ‘pilot’ copy.  This first draft has no text but does contain most of the photographs that would be used (although the cover has not come out as expected and will be different in any final version).  About 40 people have seen it so far and the response has been excellent.

If you’d like to see the book, please go to the Cuddington Stores where it’s on display.  There is also a form for recording your interest and reactions to it.

You can follow Doug’s new book project at


Patient Participation Group at Haddenham

Haddenham Medical Centre

Patient Participation Group Chair and Vice Chair post recruitment.

Haddenham Medical Centre is recruiting volunteers from patients to undertake the posts of Chairperson and Vice Chair for the Patient Participation Group (PPG). The PPG is a group of patients and practice staff who meet to discuss the practice and how it is able to service the community. 

The Chairperson role requires a volunteer who is interested and committed to working with the practice for the benefit of all patients. There will be a requirement to Chair and organise the PPG meetings.  Interested parties must be a patient of the practice; ideally with some experience of running meetings and used to public speaking. 

The Vice Chair role will support the Chairperson and deputise at meetings in their absence.  Interested parties must be a patient of the practice; ideally with some experience of running meetings and used to public speaking. 

Both roles require volunteers who are sensitive to the needs of the practice and patients and can assist in the success of the PPG.

If you are interested please apply by letter or e-mail to Ellen Solley Practice Manager, detailing what interests you about the role; your experience and what you can bring to it by Friday 21 June 2013

The term will be for 12 months and the successful candidate will be decided by the PPG at the next meeting on Thursday 27 Jun 2013.  The candidate should be prepared to speak at the meeting to the group detailing what they could bring to the role and the group will then vote to decide who the successful candidate is.

Postal address: Haddenham Medical Centre, Stanbridge Road, Haddenham, HP17 8JX


If you require any further information please contact Ellen Solley as detailed above.


Stoke Mandeville Hospital Review

The NHS Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, is reviewing the quality of care at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in relation to mortality indicators. A team is visiting from 10 - 12 June 2013.

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust


Memory Advice Service

This service is run by " Age UK Bucks "and funded by Bucks CC



Courses for Carers run by CarersBucks, a charity funded by Bucks CC to support Carers 


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.  

CPFA AGM 12th June 2013

7.30pm at the Pavilion.  All welcome


Villager Appears in Watchdog

Cuddington villager Sarah Dyckhoff appeared in a recent episode of the BBC One consumer affairs programme Watchdog, as part of their investigation into the very high cost of printer ink.

You can watch the clip at


One week until Village Tidy! Sunday 19th May

Just a reminder that the Village Tidy and Litter Pick takes place next Sunday, 19th May.  Please bring gardening gloves and meet on the Upper Green at 10.30.  Black bin liners will be provided.

Councillors have been assigned various maintenance tasks too including pressure washing village benches, tidying of the Notice Boards as well as wood staining the bus shelters and new benches.

All help in getting Cuddington ready for the Best Kept Village competition will be very much appreciated. 

Boules Club AGM 2013

The Boules club will be holding its AGM at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 22 May at the Playing Fields Clubhouse. Everyone is welcome.

If you've not played boules before and would like to have a go, why not come along to one of the club sessions on a Wednesday evening or Sunday morning.


Christian Aid Week

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

All welcome – including offerings!



May is National Walking Month

Walking is a normal, everyday activity – and that’s partly why we forget it’s actually exercise at all.  It can help us stay healthy and watch our weight and it gives us energy (which makes us feel great).  There’s really no other exercise like it!  And with walking, you don’t have to do a lot to reap the rewards.  The minimum recommendation from doctors to keep your body healthy and prevent illness such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes is 150 minutes of activity a week.  So you could look at that as just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week – and you can break that down into chunks of ten or fifteen minutes at a time if you like.  You don’t have to walk for a long time or at a brisk pace from day one.  You can build up as you go.  If your mobility is limited start by walking more in your home or garden.  Set small achievable goals to build this up.

There is a lot of evidence that people enjoy walking more with other people and this also helps them keep it up. Why not try the Buckinghamshire Simply Walks?

Simply Walks are volunteer led walks running throughout the year with over 500 walkers joining every week on more than 50 walks across the county.  Volunteer leaders are there to help you walk at your own pace and nobody is left behind.  All new walkers are welcome to the scheme whether you are currently fit and active, or haven’t exercised in a long time.  It couldn’t be easier to get started.  No need to book, just choose your walk and, on your first walk arrive 15 minutes early to register with the walk leader.  The walks are FREE.  Well behaved dogs on non-extendable leads are permitted, at the discretion of the walk leader.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring a stick if you need one.

For more information please get in touch with Simply Walk Coordinator Fiona Broadbent on: 01494 475367, email: or visit These are a few of the walks locally – there are many more across the county.


Haddenham 10.30am.  Meet in the Library Car Park, Churchway, HP17 5EE – Alternate Wednesdays to the Stone walk.

Stone 10.30am.  Meet outside The Methodist Chapel, Eythrope Road, Stone HP17 8PG – Alternate Wednesdays to the Haddenham walk.

Winslow 10.00 am.  Meet at The St Laurence Room, Market Square, Winslow.  1st and 3rd Wednesday


Wendover Woods 11.00am.  Meet at cafe in main car park, HP22 5NQ – First Thursday of every month.


Buckingham (2 walks for differing abilities) 11.00am.  Meet at Cornwall’s Meadow Car Park outside Waitrose MK18 TRS

You can also look at these websites:

This briefing is produced as part of the Building Community Capacity Project by AVDC’s Lynne Maddocks.  Contact on 01296 585364 or for more information

Village Tidy Up - Sunday 19th May 

Spring Clean Cuddington! – Sunday 19th May

Please spare some time on Sunday 19th May to tidy up the village in time for the official judging of the Best Kept Village 2013 this June.

Meet on the Upper Green at 10.30am.  Look forward to seeing you there!

Caring for Dementia

A course organised by Oxford NHS Trust responsible for mental health care in Buckinghamshire.

Do you care for someone with dementia?

Healthy Minds and Psychological Services are running a CBT for carers of people with dementia group.  The group will cover:

  • Managing stress
  • Understanding dementia and your reaction to it
  • Identifying helpful ways of interacting with your relative
  • Coping with difficult thoughts and emotions
  • You will also meet other carers, and be able to share ideas and experiences of caring for someone with dementia

When, where and how long?

   Start date:  14th May 2013 
   Day and Time:  Tuesday mornings 11.00 – 12.30
   Where:  Aylesbury
   Duration:  The group will run for 12 sessions, each lasting 1½ hours, with a coffee break.

If you are interested in attending this group, or would like more information, please contact Healthy Minds on 0844 225 2400, and mention ‘CBT for Carers Group’.


Security Marking Day

Haddenham Garden Centre, Stanbridge Road, Haddenham

Saturday 27th April  10.00 am - 3.00 pm

Thames Valley Police Neighbour Team and the AVDC Community Safety Team invite you to a Crime Prevention and Power Tool Security Marking Day.

There have been quite a few thefts of tools around the area recently, not only from builders but also gardening tools and from other tradespeople.  Very few of these tools are security marked for identification in any way, and Thames Valley Police hope that by encouraging people to have their tools security marked, it may reduce the number of thefts in our area.

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.

Village Litter Clearing

Parish Council decided to have a Litter Clearing Session on Sunday 19 May 2013

Please join us - meet at the Upper Green at 10.30am

Cinema Club - UPDATE

The Bernard Hall Committee are pleased to announce that they have now been successful in obtaining a grant of £8,827 from AVDC which was needed to get the Cinema Club project up and running.

Along with existing money already raised, we will be purchasing a projector, a large screen, a new sound system, a blu ray player, comfortable chairs and blackout blinds. We hope to be able to achieve a near-cinema quality experience in the heart of the village.  Regular films will be put on by a new film club sub-committee and it is hoped that we will be showing a range of family, art house and children's films.  The plan will be to have a system whereby people can vote on the films they would like to see.

The Hall will also be fitted with a satellite aerial and receiver so it will be possible to show televised events such as Wimbledon and it is hoped that films and television in conjunction with the new kitchen will be used to create a range of new social events for the village.

Organising the Cinema Club is going to need some volunteers representing all ages (school age upwards) and with a wide range of artistic tastes. So if you have an interest in film and would like to get involved, please contact Markus on 292818.

Local County Elections – Thursday 2nd May 2013

If you wish to be able to vote in the May Local Elections for BCC, you must be registered on the Electoral Roll.  If you have not yet registered then the last date for registering is 17th April 2013.

If you are not sure you have previously registered either telephone 01296 585807 or email . The last date to register as a candidate in the elections is 5th April 2013.  For those of you wishing to vote, the following information is also important.

27th March – Poll cards will be sent to eligible electors

17th April – Deadline to register to vote and to apply for a postal vote

24th April – Deadline to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf

To obtain an application form either telephone 01296 585807 or download one from

For more information regarding boundary changes go to


Who Killed My Dad? – The Death of Terry Lloyd

Thursday 21st March  10.35 pm  ITV

Cuddington resident Terry Lloyd, a reporter for Independent Television News, was killed in a “friendly-fire” incident ten years ago while covering the Allied invasion of Iraq.

ITV is marking this anniversary with a programme in which Terry’s daughter Chelsey and ITN’s Mark Austin travel to the place of Terry’s death to try to trace his final steps – and to track down the American soldiers who shot him.


Easter Celebration – ‘Jesus Is Alive’

Join us at Cuddington Methodist Church as we celebrate on Easter Sunday 31st March.  Share light refreshments with us at 4.45pm before we gather at 5.30pm for music/song, real life stories and experiences.

Everyone welcome.


Fundraising Concert for Kampala Music School at The Vernon Ellis Foundation, London

Kampala Music School is holding a very special fundraising concert with the Golden Piano Trio on Thursday 21st March at 7 for 7.30pm in the elegant drawing room of a private home at Queen's Gate Terrace, London.  This is being kindly hosted by The Vernon Ellis Foundation at 49 Queen’s Gate Terrace, London, SW7 5PN.

For more information, have a look at the Friends of Kampala Music School website:

Contributions are £45 to include wine and canapés.  Booking is by email to

Please note: To save costs, tickets will not be sent out but only those pre-paid and pre-registered will be admitted. Cheques payable to ‘Friends of Kampala Music School’ and sent to: 49 Queen’s Gate Terrace, London SW7 5PN.

The Golden Piano Trio is an exciting up-and-coming chamber group.  Its members, all prizewinners and scholars from Trinity College of Music, are Valtie Nunn (violin), Dan James (cello) and Manuel Lopez Jorge (piano).  They were recently awarded the John Thompson Chamber Music prize for excellence in recognition of their performances.  The concert pianist, Michael Dussek has said the Trio have “polished, intelligent and colourful playing”.

Please come if you can, it would be lovely to see you there.

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 17th April at 7.30pm, Bernard Hall

This year’s Annual Village Meeting will adopt the same informal format of last year’s where the majority of time will be devoted to open discussion and lively debate!  So that we can ensure your interests in Cuddington are voiced, please email ideas for discussion and/or activities for celebration to our Parish Council clerk:

The Meeting will start at 7.30pm and end at approximately 9.30pm when wine and soft drinks will be served.

We all love living in the village and have an interest in maintaining its vibrancy, appearance and facilities.  Please put the date in your diary.


Volunteers Wanted at Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor relies on a large team of volunteers to keep the house, grounds and other attractions open and operational.  Without these volunteers, many of them working behind the scenes, the National Trust would not be able to offer such a wide range of visitor services.

For the 2013 season, Waddesdon Manor is particularly looking for volunteer room wardens (in the collection rooms), raffle ticket sellers, land train drivers and a small team of volunteers interested in contemporary art to help them manage the art gallery in the old Coach House.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer positions, or indeed more general volunteering opportunities, there is a recruitment event on Thursday 7th March from 2.30 pm until 5.00 pm in the Manor Restaurant.

Please contact Bonnie Bennett if you would like to come along.  Telephone 01296 653258 or email


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.

New Website Features launched to Editors

EDITORS of Cuddington Village website had a very productive meeting last Wednesday evening when new website features where revealed from the Working Website Group (WWG), a  dedicated website team headed by the Parish Council. 

Amongst others, two major enhancements included the launch of a Latest Updates panel where villagers can keep abreast of the most recently added or updated articles, simply by clicking on one of five recently listed or updated articles on a new panel listing on the Home Page; and Share buttons to social media platforms:  Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. 

Words of thanks were expressed to the WWG from Councillor Jennifer Schram de Jong for the vision of the Group and the value of information available through the website to Parishioners by way of links to other sources of valuable information beyond Cuddington.

Feedback from Editors suggested a more prominent visual to register on the website, to include applications to clubs and societies, and a facility for editors to email each other.  The opportunity of ‘Blog’ contributors was also discussed together with general administration – review of pages twice yearly, up-to-date contacts, archiving older articles and adding calendar events.

Councillor Stephen Turner thanked the Editors for their attendance and input since the Website was launched two years ago in 2011 and cited them as the USP of!

David Cross 


Life for Life Ministries welcomes David Cross from Ellel Ministries for a teaching day at Cuddington Methodist Church on Saturday 23rd February 2013 on ‘FREEDOM FROM FEARS AND ANXIETY’.  Further details from :- Colin Watts 01844 291661


New Website Features

Two great new features have been added to the Cuddington village website...

Latest Updates panel
Now it’s easy to keep abreast of all the new articles being added to the website.  On the right-hand side of the Home Page there is now a panel listing the six articles most recently added or updated.  Clicking on any of the six titles will take you straight to the page containing that article.

Social Media ‘Share’ Buttons
On every page of the website, the purple ‘Function Bar’ now contains buttons to allow you to share the page on the three most popular social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Google+.  Next time you see something on the website that you think would interest your friends, all it takes is a couple of mouse clicks to let them see the web page.

You can also share any banner photo on Pinterest using the 'Pinit' button that appears when you click the photo.

Walk from Cuddington – Feb 14th 10am

On Thursday 14 February 10:00am – we will be leading a walk for Aylesbury Ramblers of 7 to 8 miles from Cuddington Playing Fields Car Park end of Bernard Close (HP18 0AJ).  We hope to walk to Nether Winchendon and some hills beyond to be decided by flood conditions! Some ascents, maybe a few ploughed fields and good views.  Non-members welcome to sample and enjoy this walk.

This walk is Moderate (M) i.e. Suitable for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness.  Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing essential.

Terrain May have some sustained climbs and perhaps some moderate walking on open hillsides.

Pace Moderate to brisk pace.

Any questions please ring us

Alan and Stella  01844 292466


King’s Fund Information about Health

“Improving the Health of the Nation”


Buckinghamshire University Technical College

Link to Bucks UTC website

What is a University Technical College?

A UTC is a college for students aged 14 to 19 which specialises in technical studies and is sponsored by a university.  It offers full time courses which combine practical and academic studies.  Employers are involved from the start in shaping the curriculum.

Thefts from Cars in Cuddington

PCSO Sue Jones reports that three cars in Cuddington had items stolen from them last night (15th January).  All three cars had been left unlocked.  This follows three similar thefts from cars in Nether Winchendon on Sunday night (13th January).

Please make sure that you always lock your car when leaving it unattended and don’t leave items on display inside.

Also, a house in Church Lane, Chearsley was broken into yesterday; cash and jewellery were stolen despite there being a dog inside at the time.

If you have any information about these crimes please call the police non-emergency number 101 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Canape selection 

New food business launched

Following the very successful food tasting evening in November, we proudly announce the launch of 'Made by me x'.

This is our new food business conducted at Cuddington stores which aims to provide a range of prepared food for your delight.

The first part is to provide fresh sandwiches, available daily, for those people 'on the go'. We are also producing a range of hearty meat pies either chilled or frozen and available in store.

Utilising Elaine's culinary skills still further, she will produce for you, to order, a delicious range of savoury and sweet canapes and party food.  Any dietary requirements can be met so please discuss your specific requirements with her.

Call in store for more details or to sample our scrummy sandwiches


Computer Update at Haddenham Health Centre – December 2012

Patients may wish read this letter about bookable routine appointments and repeat prescriptions


Christmas Recycling & Waste Collection Dates

The Christmas holidays mean changes to the regular recycling and waste collection pattern.  The next few collections will be as follows:

  • Friday 21st December – Food waste bin and Recycling bin
  • Monday 31st December – Food waste bin and Non-recyclable waste bin
  • Saturday 5th January – Food waste bin and Recycling bin
  • Friday 11th January – Food waste bin and Non-recyclable waste bin

For those with brown bins, garden waste collections will resume on Monday 4th February.


Viennese Evening

St. Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington

Saturday 19th January  7.30 pm

The Manor House String Quartet returns to St. Nicholas’ Church for a concert of light and enjoyable Viennese music, creatively arranged for string quartet.  The programme will include:

   Johann Strauss II – Blue Danube Waltz
   Johann Strauss I – Radetzky March
   Johannes Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 5
   Johann Strauss II – Champagne Polka
   Johann Strauss II – Emperor Waltz
   Johann Strauss II – Die Fledermaus Overture

Tickets £10 per person from Myles and Caroline Saker, telephone 291825.  Doors open 7.15 pm.  Refreshments available during the interval.


UK Road Accidents Map

Accident Claims, a division of Osbornes Solicitors LLP, has compiled a free online map which shows the locations of road accidents in the United Kingdom.  Using official data gathered from the government’s Road Safety Accident dataset, they plotted all the reported road accidents that occurred in 2011, including details of those involved as well as the circumstances of the incident.

The full, interactive map can be viewed at

The map was released following Road Safety Awareness Week 2012, a project created by Brake.  To find out more about the initiative visit


Fireworks Party 2012

Saturday dawned brightly with an early start for members of the Cricket Club and other friends from within and without the village.  Tables, chairs, gazebos, barbecues, hay bales, sound system – in fact everything a seasoned event manager could desire (no we are not talking about Pippa here!) was set up on the playing fields.  Things were looking good!  Until, that is, through his telescope Jaap spied the black cloud hovering ominously over Larden – he does it to me every year!  Feeling like Tigger and the rain cloud, I filled the car with life’s “bare necessities” while Hurricane Sandy’s little sister whirled through the garden, covering us in a light dusting of wet snowflakes and then a tropical downpour, on her way to Mark, valiantly trying to set up his fireworks display on the playing fields.

Rain did stop play for a while (a good excuse for a cuppa) but the rest is history repeating itself!  Tigger’s Cloud moved on to rain on someone else’s parade; once again my prayers were answered and Cuddington enjoyed yet another DRY fireworks party – I just wish I could have had a sparkler!

It was a very jolly party and a good time was had by all; lots of families with lots of children and friends enjoying the BBQ, the glow sticks, mulled wine and hot chocolate and the raffle.  But everyone especially enjoyed the bonfire and Mark’s terrific firework display which, by public acclaim, was far and away the best ever.

Over 300 people enjoyed the delicious barbecue: beef burgers from Simon Parminter (we almost sold out); we did sell all the sausages (jumbo ones this year!) and, having had to throw out veggie food in previous years, unfortunately for the first time we ran out of veggie food, leaving some of you to go hungry – our apologies!  Practice makes perfect and this year we almost got it right!

My thanks to Mark and everybody who helped us on the day and those of you who turned up again the following morning to finish clearing up the field.  Thanks too to John and Elaine and Denise for selling so many tickets for us, the Cuddington Playing Fields Club for running the bar, and last but absolutely not least, to all of you who came to support us.  Without your support we couldn’t hold such events.

Finally, we have been able to give the Cuddington Playing Fields Association £430.00 towards its refurbishment fund.

Jennifer Schram de Jong

This article originally appeared in the December 2012 edition of Village Voice and is reproduced by kind permission of the editors


Norovirus - winter vomiting illness

This is a useful link to article on NHS choices about the winter vomiting bug


7 December 2012: College of GPs report first outbreak 


Summary Care Record

From: Taylor Deborah (5QD) Buckinghamshire PCT

Summary Care Records Information

The NHS in England is changing the way it stores and manages patients’ health records.  Historically, there has been little or no information available to clinical staff when patients are seen out of hours or in an emergency, for example in Out-of-Hours GP Services or Emergency Departments at hospitals.

The Summary Care Record (SCR) is a secure, national electronic summary of key health information available to authorised healthcare staff providing care to patients in urgent, out-of-hours and unscheduled care settings in England.  Because the Summary Care Record is an electronic record, it will give authorised healthcare staff faster, easier access to essential health information about patients to help ensure safe treatment during an emergency – wherever the patient is in England.

The SCR contains only a core set of essential health information:

  • Patient’s medications
  • Allergies
  • Adverse reactions

A key part of the rollout of the Summary Care Record is the patient mailing stage known as the Public Information Programme (PIP), usually carried out over a 12 week period.  The PCT in Buckinghamshire will implement a PIP to support the roll-out of the SCR starting at the end of November 2012 and continuing through to February 2013.

All patients registered with a GP in the County of Buckinghamshire will receive a letter, a leaflet and an opt-out form.  If you choose to have a Summary Care Record – do nothing!  If you choose not to have a Summary Care Record – complete the opt-out form and return in the freepost business reply service.

More information about Summary Care Records is available at or by calling the information line on 0300 123 3020.

Jennifer Jean-Jacques
Communications Project Lead – Summary Care Records
IM&T Department
NHS Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Cluster
3rd Floor, Rapid House, High Wycombe, Bucks. HP11 2EE

Tel:  01494 555545


Cuddington Fete AGM

The Fete AGM is to be held on the 28th November 20.00 hrs in the Playing Fields Club House.

All are invited, anyone wishing to join the Fete Committee will be very welcome.


Ofsted Inspection

The school recently had a full Ofsted inspection and has been graded as "Good". This is one of the first inspections to take place under Ofsted's September 2012 framework and we are very pleased with the result.

Much has been achieved within the school since the previous inspection in May 2010.

The full report is available to view here.

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.

Selection of local produce 

Food Tasting Evening

John & Elaine are pleased to announce a FREE food tasting evening. It will take place on Wednesday 21 November 6.30 - 8pm.

The purpose of the event is two-fold:

Firstly, we have been busy sourcing local produce from Buckinghamshire and the surrounding area and this is a great opportunity to discover the fabulous food produced in our area. For example, you will be able to sample local ice-cream, yogurt, apple juice, savoury goods, infused cooking oils and lots, lots more.

Secondly, we are launching our new business venture 'Made by Me'. We are busy setting up a food business to run from these premises with Elaine producing a range of fabulous foods for either sale in the shop or produced for your own events. Elaine has a wealth of experience in catering and this is a great opportunity for you to sample some of her culinary delights.

We hope to see you there.


Annual Fireworks Party

Saturday, 27th October  5.30 pm onwards

Cuddington Playing Fields

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.


Information Fair

Haddenham Village Hall, Banks Road

Friday 16th November  1.30 to 3.30 pm

Here’s a chance to find out more about the huge range of FREE services available to older people locally.

Come and speak directly with the people who provide these services. Admission is free, there is no need to book and you can stay as long as you like.  Free drinks and cakes.
For more details telephone Lynne Maddocks at AVDC on 01296 585364 or email

Stands include:

  • Abbeyfield Home in Haddenham
  • Home Library service
  • Haddenham & District Prostate Cancer Support Group
  • St Johns Ambulance Men's club
  • Tax help for older people
  • United Sustainable Energy Agency
  • Falls Prevention service - NHS
  • Fire & Rescue Service
  • Library - Haddenham
  • Police
  • Social Care Surgeries
  • Social Care Bucks Connect
  • Transport for Bucks - road safety over 65
  • Calibre audio library
  • Citizens Advice Bureau - Thame
  • Samaritans
  • Society of Later Life Advisers
  • Primary Care Trust
  • Red Cross - Home from Hospital
  • Community Impact Bucks community transport
  • Age UK Bucks
  • Bucks County Council Resilience team
  • GPs – Trinity Health
  • Bucks County Council welfare benefits advisor
  • Healthy Minds


Make Buckinghamshire Better

Tackling what’s important to Buckinghamshire residents

Take part in a survey by Buckinghamshire County Council and let them know your views on Council priorities and Council Tax.  The feedback from this survey will help inform the Council’s 5 year strategy and draft budget options for the next financial year (1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014).

The survey is available until 11th November 2012 and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.  Please follow the link here


Haddenham Medical Centre

On 10th September, Viv Birkby attended a presentation by doctors at Haddenham Medical Centre to the Patient Participation Group.  The aim of the presentation was to:

  • Update people on what has been happening at the medical centre over the past few years
  • Afford patients the opportunity to comment on the operation of the practice
  • Allow the practice to say how they are addressing issues raised
  • Put forward plans for the future. 

The practice recognises the difficulties the team and patients have faced and the effect on service.  Many of the issues were not just local to Haddenham but seen nationally.

The main problems were related to a series of different doctors, reception, telephones and the appointment system.  Going forward, the key changes which should lead to an improved service are:

  • Continuity of doctors, providing stability and availability
  • An increase in the number of sessions (appointments) per week from 375 to 525
  • Extra receptionists from 8am to 9am
  • Computerised document system
  • Touch-screen check-in
  • On-line bookings

Anyone who would like to see the full presentation should contact Viv Birkby (01844 292921).  Meanwhile, please let Viv have your feedback for the next meeting, date to be confirmed.


Proposed Wind Turbine near Dinton

On Saturday 22nd September there will be a public display of the planning application to erect a wind turbine at Lower Waldridge Farm, Dinton.  The plans for the wind turbine will be on display in Dinton Village Hall between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm for any interested parties to view.

The plans are also available on the AVDC Planning website.  The planning application reference is 12/01806/APP.

Dinton Parish Council would be grateful if correspondents could copy any letters they write to AVDC Planning regarding this application to the Parish Clerk by emailing

Help for Carers

AVDC Information

A payment of up to £500 is available to carers via your GP surgery to enable you to have a break, as long as you are:

  • over the age of 18
  • caring for someone for more than 20 hours a week (unpaid)
  • registered with a GP practice in Bucks (contact your surgery to make sure you are put on their carers’ register), and
  • have not had a break funded by Bucks County Council in the past 12 months.

Make an appointment with your GP to discuss your caring role.  All GPs have been told about this scheme but if your GP does not seem to be aware of it contact Alex or Timi at Carers Bucks who will send them relevant information again.

For more information contact Carers Bucks on 0300 777 2722 or email


Cuddington Business to Star on TV!

In May this year the TV cameras came to Cuddington to film Giuliana and Simon in their kitchen for a new SKY Living programme called ‘Cooks to Market’.  Each programme in the series will follow the progress of two couples as they develop, cook and sell their products at market.  The couple that sell and make the most profit on market day then get to pitch their products to a panel of buyers from the industry.

CiCi-CoCo Kitchen uses local ingredients to make Italian-inspired dishes to cook at home.  Its business has been slowly growing over the last 18 months and when the opportunity to appear on the TV programme presented itself Simon and Giuliana grabbed the opportunity.  They presented their speciality lasagna to the programme hosts and mentors Gizzi Erskine, celebrity chef and writer, and James Averdieck, the founder of Gu Chocolate puddings.

To find out how Simon and Giuliana got on you will have to watch the programme, since they are sworn to secrecy about the outcome…  The first of the ‘Cooks to Market’ series is scheduled to be broadcast on SKY Living at 8pm on Wednesday, 5th September.   Twitter @cicicocokitchen


New Recycling and Waste Collections

As you probably know, the arrangements for recycling and waste collections are changing.  Here is a summary of the changes and the key dates involved.

Wednesday 29th August (one day late because of the Bank Holiday) is the last day for collections from the black recycling baskets and the green glass boxes.  Please put out all your black recycling baskets and green glass boxes, even if they’re empty, so that they can be taken away and recycled – unless you want to keep them.

If you want to keep any of the containers, take them in again as soon as they’ve been emptied.  If you’re going to be out when they’re emptied, put a label on each container saying ‘DO NOT TAKE’.

After Wednesday 29th August, put all your recyclable material – paper, plastics, cans, tins, glass and now cartons and cardboard – in the new, blue-lidded bin.  All can be mixed together – you don’t have to keep things separate.  Put your food waste in the new, small green food bin, wrapped in a compostable bin liner or newspaper.  Please don’t put loose, unwrapped food waste in this bin.

From September, Cuddington’s normal waste and recycling collection day will be Friday.  The first new collection will be on Friday 7th September.  This collection will be for food (new, small green bin) and non-recyclable waste (existing, green wheelie bin).

Friday 14th September’s collection will be for food (new, small green bin) and recyclable material (new, blue-lidded bin).

From then on, food waste will be collected every Friday, and non-recyclable waste and recyclable material on alternate Fridays.

AVDC also ask residents to:

  • Put out bins by 6.00 am on the day of collection, as before
  • Ensure that all waste fits inside the bin, with the lid closed.  AVDC will no longer collect any waste not in a bin

For those who have signed up for garden waste collections, the collection day changes to Monday.  The next garden waste collection will be on Monday 3rd September, and then fortnightly thereafter.

Further details on the new recycling and waste collection service can be found at the AVDC website.


Cuddington wins Best Kept Village ... again!

Cuddington has been judged Winner of the Morris Cup category again in the Best Kept Village Competition 2012.

The competition awards are for BEST KEPT villages, NOT beautiful villages.  Care, cleanliness, maintenance and community effort are what the judges were looking for when they visited Cuddington in June, and that's just what they found!  One of the comments from the judges read “This is an extremely well cared for and attractive village.  It is obvious that there is considerable community involvement, and pride, in the appearance of the village and its amenities.”

Click to download the press release for winners of each category.


Play Around the Parishes - Friday 24th at 10am

Our second session of Play Around the Parishes is tomorrow, Friday 24th August at 10am on the playing fields (or the Bernard Hall if the weather is wet).

All children from age 1-11 are welcome to this two hour play session.  Please bring your friends too.

Activities will include a variety of play equipment including bouncy castle, giant games, soft play and crafts.

Please see attached for more information.


Village Calendar

John and Elaine at Cuddington Stores will be producing a village calendar for 2013 and are inviting villagers to submit photographs for inclusion.

A mock-up of how the calendar will look is shown opposite.  The photos need to depict local scenes and cover the four seasons.

The thirteen photos to be used in the calendar – one for each month plus the front cover – will be chosen by an eminent member of the village.  There’s no prizes to be won, but photographers will be credited by name next to their picture.

Please take along a printed copy of each photo you want to submit to Cuddington Stores.  The photos selected for inclusion will then need to be supplied as a digital JPEG file for production.

The closing date for entries is 30th September.


Brill Oldies 87.9

If you enjoy vintage pop music, you might be interested to hear that local FM radio station Brill Oldies is back on air from tomorrow, until Sunday 2nd September.

The station broadcasts from the top of Brill hill and features a team of presenters from Brill and the surrounding area, including the author who presents the Sunday Lunchtime Show between 12 and 2 pm.

Brill Oldies plays classic hits from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, including many forgotten gems seldom heard on other stations.  Listen out also for Hilltops, a radio drama serial spoofing Midsomer Murders, aired at 10.30 am each weekday and repeated at 8.00 pm.

Tune your radio to 87.9 FM (right at the end of the dial next to Radio 2) or listen online at

Chris Long

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

Better Health Care Consultation

The Parish Council wrote to Buckinghamshire NHS management in March 2012 about the consequences for community services of proposed changes to hospital provision.  Our concern has been acknowledged in a letter (31 July 2012).  The Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee raised similar concerns.

The letter ends that the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has “provided assurance that more resources are going in to community services, and that they can do more for patients”.


Fun-filled Family Day at Waddesdon Manor

In collaboration with Heritage Open Days, Waddesdon Manor presents an Emergency Services Day on Saturday 8th September.

Climb in a fire engine, have a closer look at a police car, examine an ambulance, and learn more about your community and emergency services.

  • Free admission to Waddesdon Manor house and gardens
  • Woodland playground
  • Explorer trail
  • Face painting, and more!

Opening times 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.  Numbers are limited to the manor itself: entry is by timed ticket every 15 minutes.  It is recommended that you pre-book with the ticket office on 01296 653226.


A Patch of Blue Under the Grey Summer Skies

This July the Patch of Blue Theatre Company have been on tour with a production of last year’s five-star Edinburgh Fringe Festival performance of Godspell by Steven Schwartz.

For those of you who don’t know the show, the plot line is essentially that of the gospels, but Schwartz takes the parables told in the Bible and creates a universal message: people who are lost and distressed coming together through love and community, and of course some cracking show tunes.  It is a musical that seems to have to been intended for this company’s vision for interactive and intimate theatre and these ideals are expertly brought to life by St. Andrews based directors Alex Howarth and Caroline McCaffrey.

The performance I saw was on the 19th of July in Cuddington, Buckinghamshire, a small village, proud of its ‘best kept’ status, yet we were transported in the opening scenes to a disordered junk yard. Despite the curtained stage available, this production was set on the floor, with cushions and settees for the front audience rows, blurring the divide between actor and spectator.  Twinkling fairy lights lit the enigmatic scene, where bunting met rusty fridges and broken doors. As the cast gradually entered, alone and seemingly desolate, alongside the audience, a hush descended.  Amidst our silent anticipation Jesus flicked on a lighter and began.

Emily Thompson, playing Jesus, spoke quietly into a pregnant crowd.  A female Jesus.  The feminine touch was ideal: she became like a mother encouraging and calming her boisterous children, as though from ignorant toddlers to enlightened adults.  Thompson was subtle with her words, always speaking as though imploring so that rather than raising her voice she made herself worthy of silence.  From this, and the less formal setting, the production had a raw and sensitive quality throughout: intimate and enchanting.

Technically it was astounding.  The choreography could not be faulted.  From slow and sensuous waltzes to unimaginably speedy ensembles they blew me away.  Musically they were unanimously impressive.  The vocals were pitch perfect and the use of so many instruments by so many actors was more than inspiring.  My performance highlight was in the song All Good Gifts where three guys played one guitar, one using it as a drum, another making the chord shapes and the third playing the strings.  This couldn’t have been achieved without technical ability, absolute trust, unity and sensitivity.  This image epitomised the production for me.

The Patch of Blue Theatre Company will be showing their talent once more at the Fringe this August in what promises to be an extraordinary production of the 25th Putnam Annual County Spelling Bee, which has already graced a West End Stage at the Twitter Theatre Awards.  We wish them well.

Emily Hill, former cast member


We’re being judged!

Cuddington is being judged in the Regional Round of Britain in Bloom next Wednesday, 18th July at 10.30am.

A tour of the whole village will take place, so please help keep Cuddington tidy.

Thank you!

Village Stores refit well under way

We have now completed Phase 2 of our development of your shop. The main retail area has a completely new wooden shelving system installed, offering spacious display of all the products.

In addition to this, we have now opened a brand new extension to the shop floor increasing the total retail area by nearly 25%.  We have begun stocking this new area with a range of screws, nails and other hardware, a larger stationery range, some giftware and the greetings cards.

John and Elaine Moore

Get Ready for a Great Day Out on 14th July!

Bring your family and friends along to the best Fête in the county!

There’ll be music and dancing, acting and dressing up, stalls galore and chances to win prizes from lollipops to a case of wine.  Design and wear your crown for a chance to win one of four competitions.  Feast on fabulous refreshments from home-baked cakes to BBQ burgers, afternoon tea at Tyringham Hall or fruity Pimms from the beer tent, candyfloss or ice cream – we have it all!

The Grand Draw prizes include £100 cash and Champagne Afternoon Tea at Waddesdon Manor.  The Grand Auction includes X-Factor tickets, opening-night tickets for Petticoats and Dreamboats at the Waterside Theatre and the chance to witness a day’s filming of an Alastair MacLean thriller – The Dark Crusader – at Pinewood Studios… and much, much more!  The fun starts at 1.30 pm on Saturday, 14th July…

Play Around the Parishes

Cuddington Parish Council is hosting two Summer dates of Play around the Parishes on Tuesday 31st July and Friday 24th August from 10am - 12pm on both days.  

Activities will include a variety of play equipment including bouncy castle, giant games, soft play and crafts for children aged 1-11.

Hopefully summer will have arrived by then and the activities will take place on the playing fields!  However, in the event of wet weather, please go to the Bernard Hall.  Please see attached for more information.

Olympic Torch Relay - it’s on its way…

The Olympic Torch Relay is now touring the United Kingdom in the run-up to the London Olympic Games.  8,000 torchbearers are carrying the flame on the 8,000-mile route.  The Olympic Flame will come within 10 miles of 95% of people in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey and will pass through more than 1,000 communities.

On Monday 9th July, the Olympic Torch Relay will shine a light on Aylesbury Vale on its epic 70-day journey to London:

Buckingham – 10.20 am - 10.35 am

Winslow – 10.40 am - 10.55 am

Whitchurch – 11.00 am - 11.10 am

Aylesbury – 11.15 am - 1.00 pm

Waddesdon – 2.15 pm - 2.25 pm

Aylesbury timings breakdown:
   11.15 am  Buckingham Road
   11.25 am  Market Square
   11.35 am  Bedgrove
   12.00 pm  Stoke Mandeville village
   12.30 pm  Stoke Mandeville Stadium
   1.00 pm  Mandeville School

More details of the route and expected arrival times can be found at:

…or follow on Twitter @bucks2012. 

Download AVDC information sheet and maps of the route

High Speed Broadband – your chance to get heard

If your current broadband speed doesn’t meet your needs you can do something about it today by visiting and backing your local county council’s campaign to bring superfast broadband to Buckinghamshire.

These days it’s not uncommon for households to have more than one way of accessing the internet – be it through a computer, tablet, smartphone or games console.  But standard broadband cannot always cope with the requirements placed on it by modern families, who like to use the internet to do a variety of things – from watching catch up TV, streaming films, uploading photos, or enjoying online gaming. 

With superfast broadband, multiple devices can be online at any one time and still enjoy high speed connectivity.

Unfortunately from town to town and even street to street, internet connection speeds vary significantly across Buckinghamshire.  Buckinghamshire County Council and Buckinghamshire Business First have secured government funding to improve access in areas which currently have no broadband access or suffer very slow speeds.

Registering your demand for superfast broadband will only take a couple of minutes and won’t cost a penny. You’re simply helping Buckinghamshire County Council and Buckinghamshire Business First demonstrate to broadband providers that there is a strong demand for superfast connectivity here in the county.  If you are unable to register online please call 0845 3708090 / 01296 395000.

Register by 1 September 2012 and you will be entered into a free prize draw for a chance to win an iPad kindly donated by Buckinghamshire Business First.

More information, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available on  Details about which areas will benefit from our government funding and when improved broadband access will be rolled out in Buckinghamshire will be published on that website as soon as they know, so please check the website for updates.


Wild Flowers in Holly Tree Lane

The Parish Council and AVDC will continue to manage the west bank of Holly Tree Lane for wild flowers. The bank will be untidy during seed time.The orange hawkweed is in flower. Its country name is "Fox-and -Cubs". 

CPFA AGM 12th June 2012

Draft minutes available here

Local Patient Information

Improving information for patients - your help is needed

Dear Colleague

We would like to invite you to a workshop which is aimed at helping us to improve how we communicate with patients, carers and the public.

Whenever we have asked patients and the public what needs improving in the NHS, the way in which NHS organisations communicate what they offer and how to reach services is mentioned as a concern.  During our recent public engagement, involvement and consultation to support the Better Healthcare in Bucks programme the issue was raised again.  People told us:

  • We would like better information on where to go for urgent treatment and what different services offer.
  • We are not sure what our hospitals do and what services they offer.
  • Information on how GP practices work (for example, surgery hours) can be confusing.
  • We would like better information on travel and transport, to help us get to hospital, whether as a patient or visitor.

While the NHS in Buckinghamshire already produces a lot of information for patients and the public, we know we could improve.

We would like to hear your views and ideas on how we could improve communications with patient and the public.  So whether you wish to attend as an individual or representing an organisation, we would be delighted if you could join us.  The dates are as follows:

Tuesday 3rd July     2pm – 4pm

The Hub

Union Baptist Church

Easton Street

High Wycombe

Buckinghamshire HP11 1NJ

Thursday 5th July    2pm – 4pm

Aylesbury Methodist Church and Community Centre

Buckingham Street

Aylesbury HP20 2NQ

To register interest, please ring 01494 552 256 or email us at

This will be a chance for us to hear your views and ideas so please join us if you can.

Helen Peggs

Project Director (Patient Information and Reconfiguration)

NHS Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Cluster

Floor 3 Rapid House

40 Oxford Road

High Wycombe

HP11 2EE>

01494 555 527

07530 187906

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.

Cuddington’s Victory at Boules Match

Breaking news..... Cuddington 10 Chearsley 6

Cuddington v Chearsley Challenge Cup

The second Cuddington v Chearsley boules match takes place Saturday, 12 May 2012 at 2pm.

Kampala Music School – 10th Anniversary Appeal Concert

The Friends of Kampala Music School is holding its annual FKMS concert at All Souls’ Church, Langham Place, London, on Saturday 19th May at 7.30 pm.  This year FKMS are making history and mounting a fully orchestral concert.  Professional players from all over Britain, including several ex-KMS volunteer teachers, are coming together to perform as The Orchestra Pro Musica Uganda, led by Andrew Bernardi and conducted by David Macdonald.

The programme will feature the three soloists who played so memorably at last year’s concert in Oxford.  Claire Hawkes will play the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Ivan Kiwuwa will play Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto and Terence Ayebare (baritone) will sing concert and operatic arias.

This year’s concert is in aid of the KMS 10th Anniversary Appeal and admission will be by ticket.  Tickets can be obtained from the St Martin-in-the-Fields Box Office, telephone 0207 766 1100, or on line at

Download the poster here


The Aristocats

The Bernard Hall, Cuddington

Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th June  7.00 pm
(additional matinée performance on Saturday at 2.30 pm)

Cuddington Youth Drama present The Aristocats Kids, an exciting musical based on Disney’s classic 1970 animated film.

In 1910, in the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess bequeaths her entire estate to her high-society cat Duchess and her young kittens.  Furious upon hearing the news, the jealous butler kidnaps the cats and drives them out into the countryside.  It’s up to the street-wise alley cat Thomas O’Malley and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day…

Tickets from the Box Office, telephone 01296 747 129 or email        Adults £8; Under 16s / Concessions £6.  Running time 75 minutes.

Seats are available for the Saturday matinée performance but Saturday evening is sold out.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Carers

CBT stands for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  The CBT for Carers group is for carers of any age who are:

  • Caring for someone with a diagnosed dementia
  • Looking for ways of managing stress or depression and ideas for caring more effectively for their relative/friend

The group will cover:

  • Stress management
  • Coping with difficult thoughts and emotions
  • Ideas to help you care for your relative as effectively as possible, for as long as possible
  • Understanding dementia and your reaction to it
  • Identifying helpful ways of interacting with your relative/friend to reduce your feelings of stress/distress/depression
  • Identifying ways of responding when your relative/friend is distressed and coping with the behaviour you find most difficult

You will also meet other carers, and be able to share ideas and experiences of caring with someone with dementia.

These groups are being run across Buckinghamshire by Primary and Secondary Care services (NHS).  The venue for the group will be decided based on where there is the most demand.  The group will run for 12 sessions, once a fortnight, each lasting 1½ hours.  The group is FREE.  If you are interested in attending this group, or would like more information, please contact: Healthy Minds and mention ‘CBT for Carers group’.

Tel:  0844 225 2400   Email:


RAF Freedom Parade

On 2 May 2012, the Town Council will award RAF Halton the Freedom of Entry to Thame, which is the highest tribute that can be paid to any organisation.  This will mean the town will see a large number of airmen and women from RAF Halton marching through Thame to a military band whilst bearing arms.

Chaffinch female on garden feeder 

Cuddington Garden Watch 2012

Download the 2012 Garden Watch Results

On May 12th, we asked Cuddington residents to record any birds, amphibians, reptiles or mammals that saw over a 1 hour period. This is the second year of the activity and this year's results appear alongside last year's for comparison.

 The overall number of birds spotted was about the same overall, although some people had a much poorer day than last year and others seemed to see lots of birds. The best area this year was iower Church Rd and Spickett's Lane.

The most seen birds were again blackbirds, sparrows, starlings and pigeons along with lots of gold finches! There were more blue, great and coal tits, jackdaws and kites and fewer crows and ravens, pigeons and thrushes.

I hope that we will get even more people taking part next year as the results will become more interesting. I am investigating better ways of getting a valid count and putting some ideas together.


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.

Councillors Jennifer Schram de Jong and Jim Hayward to represent Cuddington at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

The Parish Council are delighted to announce that Cuddington, just one of 15 Parishes to be selected from the County of Buckinghamshire, is to join the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations at a very special 3 County Event.

Councillor Jennifer Schram de Jong and Vice Chairman, Councillor Jim Hayward will be representing the Parish at the celebrations near Henley on Thames on 25th June.  Jennifer, initator of the forthcoming four day village Jubilee celebrations, and Jim Hayward, current Vice Chairman and Councillor of Cuddington Parish Council for over 40 years, are “absolutely thrilled” to be representing the village of Cuddington.

We wish them both a truly wonderful day.

Boules Club AGM minutes

The Boules Club held its AGM on 28 March. The minutes can be found here.


Village Fête 2012

Saturday 14th July

The 2012 theme is to capture the Golden Jubilee.  We look forward to seeing Crowns of all shapes and sizes being worn on July 14th.

If you can help in any way, please get in touch with any of us. Your Committee Members are:

Ian Cutler 295845; Karen Clayton 290404; Tony Digby 291310; Yvette Digby (Treasurer) 291310; Zoe Gibson 291349; Brenda Williams 290633.


  • Baskets of all shapes and sizes to be filled for the Basket Tombola
  • Unwanted Christmas presents
  • Unwanted bottles and tins left over from Christmas

Please contact: Tony or Yvette Digby, The Malt House, Tel: 291310

Cuddington Annual Village Meeting

Wednesday 18th April   7.30 pm   Bernard Hall

We all love living in the village and have an interest in maintaining its vibrancy, appearance and facilities.  The Annual Village Meeting is the main opportunity for everyone to get together and voice their opinions, hear what is going on and meet neighbours, new and old.  This meeting is not a Parish Council meeting.  The meeting this year will be informal, as it is intended to have the majority of time devoted to open discussion, with far fewer formal presentations than in previous years.  There will be wine and soft drinks for socialising after the meeting.  (Free!)

Subjects for discussion put forward, so far, are:

  • Impact of new planning guidelines
  • Having a 20mph speed limit on village roads
  • Parking around the village
  • How the village wants to spend its Council Tax
  • How to keep footpaths clear

Other things people may want to discuss are: School developments, the quality of the bus service, changes planned for the Shop, village celebrations for the Jubilee, communications in the village, plans for the Fête etc.  It’s up to you!

Put the date in your diary.

Ken Birkby        292921


New Garden Waste Collection Service

Why make the trip to the tip?

Aylesbury Vale District Council is introducing a new garden waste collection service.  Residents in the Parish of Shabbington, Ickford, Long Crendon, Chearsley, Cuddington and Worminghall will be given the opportunity to sign up to the service before it’s made available to the rest of the Vale later in the year.

For an annual subscription of £36 you’ll receive a 240-litre brown bin, which we will collect fortnightly from February to November.

You can join the garden waste collection service at any time, but sign up before 22 May 2012 to ensure you are included on the first collection date at the end of June 2012. 

The council is withdrawing its garden waste bag collection service in September 2012, so sign up for a brown bin if you’d like the council to take away your garden waste .

If you have any queries, please contact Aylesbury Vale District Council on 01296 585510, or email, or visit our website

Download the Application Form (1.09 Mb)


Play Around the Parishes – Tuesday 10th April

Cuddington Parish Council has signed up to the Play Around the Parishes scheme again this year with AVDC to provide a morning of free entertainment for children aged between 1 and 11 years.

Come and enjoy 2 hours of fun with crafts, toys, giant games, face painting, a bouncy castle and much more.

Meet on the Playing Fields at 10am or in the Bernard Hall in the event of wet weather.

Hosted by Aylesbury Vale District Council in partnership with SureStart Children’s Centres.


The Ruby Small Sunrise Walk

THIS WEEKEND  Saturday 23rd June

From: Cuddington Lower Green at 4.00 am

To: The Observatory, Upper Winchendon

Put on your walking shoes and join the traditional Cuddington midsummer sunrise walk!

Light refreshments at the top.  Lifts available either up or down.  Any queries to Angela Wenham, telephone 291932.


Quiz Evening with Ploughman’s Supper

The Bernard Hall

Saturday, 28th April  7.00 pm for 7.30 pm

Another event to raise money for our Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June. Tickets are £12.50 per person, including a ploughman’s supper, ‘nibbles’ and half a bottle of wine.  Tables of eight, with vegetarian food on request.

Please come and join us!  Details in the poster – click to enlarge.  We are short of tables for the quiz and tickets are still available.


Better Healthcare in Bucks – Consultation

Following a public consultation by Better Healthcare in Bucks concerning the proposals to develop health services that better meet the needs of local people in Buckinghamshire, Cuddington Parish Council welcomed the opportunity to contribute its views as follows.

Re: Better Healthcare in Bucks consultation

At its Meeting on 7 March 2012, Cuddington Parish Council considered the Consultation Summary, ‘Better Healthcare in Buckinghamshire’, and a short report from a member who attended one of the Consultation meetings.

The Summary is mainly about changes to the hospital services.  The intention to reduce some services at Wycombe Hospital will lead to increased demand at Stoke Mandeville Hospital: you propose that this will be met in part by reduction in ‘length of stay’ in hospital (page 16).  Although the community hospitals are being developed (p 4), some elderly and infirm patients, and those with longer term illnesses, will be discharged directly to their homes still requiring nursing, input from physio and occupational therapists, as well as social care.  Our concern is that these services will be adequately staffed and co-ordinated.  We know how dependant on services these patients in our community can be.

The Summary gives a broad brush description on pages 4, 7 & 16, but relatively little detail about these vital services, which are clearly essential to a satisfactory outcome to the hospital changes, especially as your presentation at the meeting emphasised ‘demand rising: the ageing population and challenge of long term conditions’.  As the hospital services consume such a large proportion of the NHS funds, we fear that community services risk being squeezed when the budget is so constrained.

We do hope this feedback will be considered in detail before any changes go ahead.


Vote for Funding for Local Projects

Villages within the Haddenham and Long Crendon Local Area Forum (LAF) which includes Cuddington are being offered the opportunity to vote for local projects which would then receive funding. Projects that receive the most votes will be given money from the LAF fund. In the summer voting boxes will be put in local pubs, shops, libraries etc. Suggested project ideas are:

  • support for carers and for older people to continue to live in their own homes
  • traffic calming schemes
  • activities and facilities for teenagers
  • encouraging cycling
  • promoting more sustainable life styles, such as car share; more recycling; tree planting 
  • encouraging more use of local businesses and shops and their development as community hubs.

Anyone who has a project which could be included on the list for voting should contact Mark Grindall of Bucks County Council on 01296 387542. Voting will be a chance for villagers to influence what happens locally. Look out for voting boxes in due course.

Boules Club AGM

The Boules Club AGM will take place at 8pm on Wednesday, 28 March 2012 at the Playing Fields Clubhouse (please note the change of date). All welcome.

Proposed Changes to Bucks Hospital services

This is a copy of my report to the Parish Council on 7 Mar 2012.

Information about ‘Better Healthcare in Buckinghamshire’

As I have had a watching brief for the Parish Council for several years about healthcare issues, I went to a consultation meeting held in Aylesbury on 21 Feb 2012.  It was given by the medical director of Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust, Dr Graz Luzzi (a consultant at Wycombe); it was well attended.

The main proposals concern hospital services.  Option 3 is favoured: ‘Organise acute services in one network, between the two Bucks acute hospitals (SMH and HW) with links to Wexham Park and for vascular services Oxford University Hospitals.’

They propose to reduce some of the services at Wycombe Hospital (WH) and centre them on Stoke Mandeville Hospital (SMH).

  • Emergency care will be centred at SMH
  • General medicine inpatient care centred at SMH
  • Elderly care: more care at home; more community based services to reduce need for hospital admission; strengthen community hospitals
  • Breast care – ‘Centre of Excellence for Breast Services’ at HW ‘Hyper Acute’ Stroke Unit
  • No change to surgery at HW
  • Reduced beds at HW from 226 to 159 (-67)
  • No change in SMH bed number (467), although they expect an increase in medical admissions from 100 to 136 a week: proposed reduction in length of stay in hospital
  • Access and transport to be improved (including car parking at hospitals)

With others from the floor, I raised a query about the provision and management of the community services, especially nursing; early discharge involves adequate nursing at home including good team work.  I was not reassured by the answers we were given at this stage.

Stephen Turner


Cuddington Walk – 29th March 2012

You are invited to join an Aylesbury Ramblers’ Walk from Cuddington led by Alan and Stella on Thursday 29th March 2012.  We will meet on the Upper Green near the Crown pub – SP738111.  Please park considerately around the village.  Walk to Upper Winchendon and beyond with views of Waddesdon Manor.  Some ascents and perhaps some ploughed fields.  Good views, 7 miles, Moderate i.e.

Moderate (M) = Suitable for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness.  Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing essential.

Terrain includes unsurfaced country paths that may be narrow, muddy or overgrown and obstructions such as stiles and narrow bridges.  May be hilly with some sustained climbs.

Pace Moderate pace; 7 miles in 3 hours

Ring Alan or Stella 01844 292466 for more details


Help from Age UK Bucks


As the days become longer and the daffodils flower, the sun shines brightly into our rooms and, oh dear, just look at that dust!  Although Quentin Crisp the author is reputed to have said that dust gets no thicker after three years, most of us prefer not to test that theory.

We all have standards we like to maintain but sometimes we just can’t physically manage the house and garden like we used to when we were younger.  For anyone who wants a bit of extra help at home, you can ring Age UK Bucks and ask about the Help at Home service.

There are cleaners, shopping help, gardeners, handymen, and even hairdressers, computer tutors, therapeutic massage ladies, and the toe nail cutting team.  All will visit at home, at a reasonable price, and at a day a time to suit.

Age UK Bucks will also help with welfare benefits advice, befriending visits, any information & advice needed by an older person, and rural day care.

Ring 01296 431911   Monday to Friday 9 – 4pm

Age UK Bucks, 145 Meadowcroft, Aylesbury, Bucks HP19 9HH

Registered charity no. 1139423

  • 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.  


Want to Save Money on the Cost of Your Heating Oil?

Community Impact Bucks has set up a new scheme to help reduce the cost of your domestic heating oil each time you place an order.  By bringing communities throughout Buckinghamshire together and making the most of joint buying power, they can make savings and pass them directly back to the householder.

On 27th January the price paid for heating oil by scheme members was 56.45 pence per litre, compared with as much as about 80 pence per litre if you’re buying on your own.  A saving of £117.75 for an order of 500 litres!

The environment benefits too: Every time a tanker comes out to make a delivery, it is using a lot of diesel – a full tanker can get as little as 8 miles per gallon.  If deliveries are organised so that one tanker delivers to several customers in a village instead of making lots of individual deliveries, the fuel consumption is reduced, the oil company’s costs are lowered and so is traffic in the village.

All you need to do to take advantage of the scheme is to pay an annual membership fee of £20, which will cover as many oil orders as you need during the course of the year.

Here’s how the scheme works:

Step 1: Join the Community Impact Bucks Scheme
Request a membership form from your local co-ordinator or apply via the Community Impact Bucks website  The annual membership fee for a private house is £20 which will cover your oil deliveries for a year.  Please make cheques payable to Community Impact Bucks (Trading) Ltd.

Step 2: Wait to hear from your local co-ordinator
Community Impact Bucks will let your local co-ordinator know that you have joined the scheme.  Each month he will email you to ask whether you want to place an order.  If you don’t have email, the monthly order forms will be available at the village shop.  The minimum order is 500 litres.

Step 3: Place your order
If you need oil this month, email your local co-ordinator by the monthly deadline with how many litres you require.  If you don’t have email, leave your completed order form at the village shop.  Each month the local co-ordinator will submit a total order for the village to Community Impact Bucks.  Your order increases our negotiating power so, once submitted, we regard it as binding.

Step 4: Sit back while Community Impact Bucks negotiates the price
They negotiate the best price from a whole range of suppliers.  Each month your local co-ordinator will let you know who the supplier will be, the approximate date of delivery and the price per litre you will pay (this price is does not include VAT, currently at 5%).

Step 5: Take delivery of the oil and pay the oil company
The oil will be delivered as soon as possible and you pay the company supplying the oil direct.

The local co-ordinator for Cuddington is Chris Long (telephone 291153).

Download an information leaflet

Download the membership application form

Elaine and John Moore 

Big Plans for Cuddington Stores

When John and Elaine Moore moved in as the new proprietors of Cuddington Stores at the end of January, they had already visited the village several times before.  They had been most impressed by the community spirit here and by the number of times that we have won the Best Kept Village competition.  They came to the 2011 Fête, had tea in Tyringham Hall and were convinced that Cuddington was where they wanted to move when they left their previous shop and post office in Seaford, East Sussex.

One of the first things that John and Elaine did when they moved in was to start a “Wish List”, where villagers could make suggestions of new products to stock.  Eleven of these suggestions were added in the first week, and ten more will follow shortly.

The opening hours of the shop have been extended, and it no longer closes at lunchtimes or on Wednesday afternoons.

John and Elaine say they are passionate about stocking local produce.  They are selling bread and cakes from the Cottage Bakery and fruit and vegetables from Bloomin’ Fruity in Haddenham, and have set about sourcing fresh meat from a local butcher.  There will be cut flowers once a week from Petals in Thame.  Their off-licence application was approved a few days ago, allowing them to sell wine, beer and spirits.  Linked to this, another interesting aim is to sell Cuddington’s “own brew” of beer from a local brewery.

The shop now has two new chiller cabinets and a new counter, and visitors will see further changes to the layout of the shop as more stock arrives.  In the future – perhaps in a year or so – John and Elaine plan to extend the shop area sideways into the residential part of the building.  This extra space will allow them to stock a selection of ironmongery, wool and haberdashery, and arts and crafts materials.  One wall of the shop might become a mini art gallery, where local artists can display their work.

Cuddington Stores has always been a focal point of the village, and it looks as if its new owners’ ambitious plans will help it remain so.

Chris Long


This briefing is produced as part of the Building Community Capacity Project by AVDC’s Lynne Maddocks.  Contact on 01296 585364 or for more information.

The bones in our skeleton are made of a thick outer shell and a strong inner honeycomb mesh of tiny struts of bone.  Osteoporosis means some of these struts become thin, which makes the bone more fragile and prone to break after a minor bump or fall.

Consequences of osteoporosis: Having osteoporosis does not automatically mean that your bones will break; it just means that you have a ‘greater risk of fracture’.  Thin, fragile bones in themselves are not painful but the broken bones that can result, can cause pain and other problems.  Bones that break because of osteoporosis will still heal in the same way as they do in people who do not have osteoporosis, which is usually about six to eight weeks.  Although fractures can occur in different parts of the body, the wrist, hip and spine are most commonly affected.

Risk Factors: Genes – Our bone health is largely dependent on the genes we inherit from our parents.  In fact, if one of your parents has broken a hip, you may be more susceptible to developing osteoporosis and fragile bones.  Age – Bone loss increases in later life so by the age of 75 about half of the population will have osteoporosis.  As we get older bones become more fragile and more likely to break.  Gender – Women have smaller bones than men.  The female hormone oestrogen has a protective effect on bones, and after menopause this effect is less.  Low body weight – If you have low body mass index (under 19) you are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis.  Calculating your own BMI is very easy if you know your height and weight: Take the weight (lbs) and divide it by height (in).  Take the result of that calculation and divide it by height again.  Then, multiply that number by 703.  For example someone who is 6 stone 7 lb (91lb) & 5 ft 5 in (65in):  (91 ÷ 65²) × 703 = 15.14 BMI and 15 means they have a low body weight.  Previous fractures – If you have already broken bones easily, including in the spine, then you are much more likely to have fractures in the future.  Smoking – current smokers are more likely to break bones.  Alcohol – intake of more than 3 units daily can increase your risk of osteoporosis.

What can I do to build healthy bones and to prevent fractures?  We think our skeleton will provide a solid framework for life but it needs tender loving care just like our skin, hair or heart.  There are many steps you can take to help build healthy bones, which are all linked to leading a healthy lifestyle.  Get physical!  Your skeleton grows stronger if you do regular weight-bearing exercise, such as jogging, aerobics, tennis, dancing and brisk walking, and also weight lifting.  If you have osteoporosis you may need to be careful of vigorous, high impact exercise but it’s important to stay active and find something you enjoy.  Try swimming, gardening, walking, golf and Tai Chi.  Eat your way to healthy bones.  The body contains 1kg of calcium, 99 percent of which is stored in our bones.  It is important to eat plenty of calcium to help build or maintain healthy bones, but other vitamins and minerals are also important.  Eating a wide variety of food you will get all the vitamins and minerals you need.  The importance of vitamin D: Vitamin D is vital to help the body absorb calcium.  The main source is the sun through our skin which the body converts into vitamin D and stores in our fat.  Most of us will get enough sun to help our bones if we get out and about in the summer without even thinking about it.  However, older people, those who do not go out much and people who cover up for religious or cultural reasons may become deficient, and sometimes supplements may be prescribed.

For help in getting physical exercise that you can manage, contact AVDC’s specialist Helen White on 01296 585195 or

National Osteoporosis Society Helpline: 0845 450 0230, 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday  Email  Website:


Bank Holiday

On Television  10.30 am

A special Jubilee Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

St. Nicholas’ Church  9.30 am

Bell ringers from Oxford join our own bell ringers to ring a full peal of the church bells in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s glorious 60 years’ reign.  The peal is timed to finish as the Service at St. Paul’s ends.

The Bernard Hall  7.00 pm

The opening performance of Cuddington Youth Drama’s latest production ‘The Aristocats’ (continues until Saturday, 9th June).

Tickets £8 Adults, £6 Children / Concessions.  Box Office telephone 01296 747129 or email


Buckinghamshire Adult Learning – Courses for 2012

Adult Learning provides a wide range of part-time courses for skills development and leisure learning.  Subjects include foreign languages, computer skills, creative arts, sport and fitness, basic English and maths and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses.

We also provide training solutions for businesses including Apprenticeships and NVQs in Accounting, Business Admin, Childcare, Customer Service, IT, Management, Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools and Team Leading.

We are proud that 98% of our learners rate the teaching standard at Buckinghamshire Adult Learning as good or excellent, with feedback including “inspirational teaching”, “infectious enthusiasm”, “uplifting” and “fantastic tutor”.  Our 79% GCSE pass rate at A*-C for 10/11, being 9% above the national rate, was particularly pleasing.  This was a tribute to the commitment of our learners and the professionalism and dedication of our tutors.

For more information or to enrol on a course please telephone 0845 045 40 40 or visit


Family Fun Day with Barbecue and Cream Teas

Playing Fields  From 12.00 pm

A family fun day with lots of activities for young and old.  These include bouncy castles, pillow jousting, races, a boules competition, a fancy dress competition, face painting and crafts for the young – make your own crown for the day and then be ready for Fête Day.

Most activities are free for those with tickets.  You can also win a special Jubilee Cake, a Steiff Jubilee Teddy Bear and a large jar of sweets.  See the Programme (link below) for more details.  Please hold on to your tickets as proof of payment on the day.

Download the Jubilee Programme


Civic Service of Thanksgiving

St. Nicholas’ Church  10.00 am

A special service celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s life and long reign, followed by tea and coffee.

Afternoon free to watch national events on television.


Garden Walk with Afternoon Tea

Dadbrook House, Old Stable, Tyringham Hall, Box Cottage, Two Shoes and Wellfield House  From 2.00 pm

Walk around six lovely gardens on both sides of the village and visit the floral displays in St. Nicholas’ Church.  Afternoon tea in the marquee on the playing fields from 3.30 to 6.00 pm.  Tickets £4 including tea, available at participating gardens. 


Fish & Chips Supper and Quiz Evening

The Bernard Hall

Saturday, 25th February  7.00 pm for 7.30 pm

This event is to raise money to help pay for our jubilee celebrations, thereby trying to keep the costs down for villagers.  Please come and join us.  Details in the poster – click to enlarge.


Have you had a fall?
Do you ever feel unsteady?
Are you frightened of falling?
Or do you know an older person who would answer yes?
Then read on!

1 in 3 over 65 year olds will fall in any one year.  Among the over 80s that rises to 1 in 2!  While some falls are unavoidable many can be prevented.  Falling is not an inevitable result of growing older.  Reduced strength, balance and speed of reaction may turn a slip, trip or stumble into a fall.

Research shows that for many people who are at high risk of falling one of the most effective interventions is strength and balance training.  The Get Fit, Avoid Falls programme is designed to help people over 60 living in Bucks improve their strength and balance in a friendly group setting.  Programmes are run in leisure centres across the county.

If you’d like to find out more, ring Lucie Posnett on 0844 2252 403.  For information about falls and bone health generally see

Lucie Posnett
Get Fit Avoid Falls Co-ordinator
Buckinghamshire Falls Prevention Team
Oakridge Centre
240 Desborough Road
High Wycombe
Bucks HP11 2QR
Tel No. 0844 2252403


Brendan Cole fills the Waterside Theatre

Local resident Brendan Cole played to a full auditorium on 22 January 2012 at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury.  Cuddington was well represented with the Cricket Club to the fore.

Brendan was joined by five other professional dancers including his brother Scott, two singers and a lively twelve piece band.  The programme was called ‘Live And Unjudged’ – with tango and rumba, cha cha and salsa in the first half; and the more classical waltzes and foxtrots in the second.  Brendan had the audience itself standing to dance to the salsa – your correspondent managed the right foot movements, (though not necessarily in the right order).             

The energy and stamina of the performers is amazing – especially as their UK tour takes them to twenty four venues from Aberdeen to Truro, Scunthorpe to Brighton in twenty seven days.  Good luck and best wishes to them for the rest of the tour until the middle of February. 


OBE for Felicity Hilder

Congratulations to Felicity Hilder, who was awarded an OBE for services to charity by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2012 New Year Honours List.

More than 25 years ago Felicity, along with her late husband Tim, helped to resurrect a small organisation called the Hodgkin’s Disease Association, running a helpline for the charity from their home in Haddenham.  Felicity has remained active with the charity, now known as the Lymphoma Association, ever since.  These days the charity employs twenty staff who manage an annual income of more than £1 million.

Besides remaining a trustee of the charity, Felicity looks after the advertising for Village Voice and is a frequent contributor to the services in St. Nicholas’ Church.


Unwanted or Faulty Christmas Gifts

At this time of the year, people often get gifts that they don't really want.  If this happens to you, what are your rights if you want to return the gift to the shop where it was bought?

The shop may agree to give you a refund, but there is nothing in law which says they have to.  However, many of the large high-street retailers do have ‘returns policies’ which give you more than just your basic legal rights.  A shop which has a returns policy may offer you a refund, an exchange, a credit note or gift voucher if you have received a gift that you don't like.  There may be a time limit within which you have to take the item back to the shop.  If a shop has a returns policy, they must keep to it.  Look for notices up in the shop telling you about the policy, or ask sales staff if the shop has one.

Even if a shop doesn’t have a returns policy, they may still offer to take the gift back as a goodwill gesture, particularly after Christmas.  This is less likely to be the case with smaller shops which can’t afford to have returns policies or provide goodwill gestures.

If you want to return a gift, you should make sure that it’s in perfect condition and hasn’t been used.  You should be able to produce a receipt, although some retailers will exchange items without one.  If you don’t have a receipt, you could try using a bank or credit card statement from the person who bought the present instead.  If the gift was bought using a credit or debit card, any refund will normally have to go back on the same card, so if you want to exchange your present for cash, you’ll probably have to get the person who bought it for you to arrange a refund.

What if there is something wrong with the gift?
Don’t forget that you have rights if there is something wrong with the gift, and the shop must do something about it.  You may have to ask the person who bought it to make a complaint on your behalf.  However, you can make a complaint yourself, as long as when the person bought it, they mentioned to the retailer that it was going to be given to you as a gift.  It would be helpful to have something in writing which shows that the shop was aware of this at the time of sale.

To find out more about your rights go to the Citizens Advice website

Clipper Round the World Race

A Cuddington villager is taking part in a long distance sailing race to raise money for an African school.

Honour Schram de Jong has joined the 16-strong crew of the yacht De Lage Landen for the fifth leg of the Clipper Round the World Race ’11-12.  The 68-foot yacht, named after a Netherlands-based finance company, set sail from Southport in eastern Australia on Christmas Eve.  This leg of the race will take the crews up the Gold Coast of Australia, through the islands of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia to Singapore and then on through the East China Sea to the Olympic sailing city of Qingdao – a total distance of 7,600 miles.  The teams spent Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve afloat and the yachts are currently north of Papua New Guinea, heading west towards Malaysia.

Honour is raising money for the Tijutane primary school in Tongabezi, Zambia, and has currently raised just over half of her £3,000 target.  To contribute, visit Honour’s Just Giving page and follow the progress of the race at

Season’s Greetings

Cuddington Parish Council wishes all visitors to the website a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Download the Parish Council Christmas Card and Information Leaflet


Thanks to Doug Kennedy and Ken Birkby for the photos on the front cover

Manor House String Quartet – Christmas Concert

On Saturday Dec. 10th the Manor House String Quartet, who gave us such an impressive performance here in September, returned to St. Nicholas Church to provide a concert of Christmas music.

The programme comprised primarily of carols imaginatively adapted for a string quartet.

The wide selection of carols from different countries was introduced by members of the quartet who provided the background to the carol which was to follow.

In addition the programme was varied by pieces from Handel’s Messiah and even included an unusual setting of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, as well as other modern offerings.

The instrumentalists combined beautifully to enthral us with a highly accomplished performance of well-known seasonal music, which did not fail to impress.

Over 80 people enjoyed the evening which included an interval where wine and delicious canapés were served.

Donations of £142 were given on the evening to help fund the Kampala Music School which has been set up by people in the village to enable young Ugandans to acquire outstanding musical skills.

See opposite for a number of photographs.

Step forward the snow saviours – Bucks

The search is on by Buckinghamshire County Council for this year’s snow saviours – volunteers with four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles to help reach vulnerable people during heavy snowfalls.

And the message is, even if you don't have a vehicle you can still be a snow saviour by volunteering to help clear paths at the homes of vulnerable people.

During last year’s heavy snow, despite superhuman effort by the County Council’s home carers, some had difficultly reaching vulnerable people, said Trevor Boyd, Head of Commissioning for Adult Social Care.

“Our staff thought nothing of walking when driving wasn’t possible to provide much-needed care and support to vulnerable people,” said Trevor.  “But we could do so much more, and much more quickly if we had the help of volunteers with 4WD vehicles.”

Martin Phillips, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said: “We’re looking for the snow saviours of Buckinghamshire!  It’s a Big Society ask, and we know our county has so many community-spirited people who’d be so willing to help our vulnerable people during the winter.”

Ch Insp Colin Seaton, Wycombe’s Deputy Area Commander, said: “Last year the county was affected badly by the snow and we want to make sure that we are as prepared as we can be this year.

“It is important for us to ensure that the more vulnerable people in our community are looked after during these times and I hope that anyone who is in a position to help, comes forward.”

If you can help please call the County Council's Localities Team on 01296 383409 or email with your name, where you live, contact details and whether you can help with snow clearance or whether you have a 4WD vehicle.

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Tuesday 6 December 2011.

Happy Birthday Cuddington Website!

The new and improved version of the Cuddington village website is one year old this week.  Over the past twelve months, our team of 26 editors has contributed very nearly 300 articles and features along with countless photographs and diary events in the village calendar.

The success of the website has vastly exceeded our expectations, with an average of well over 1,000 visits each month from all over the world.  Not bad for a village of around 220 households!  We have been contacted from as far away as America and Australia, by past residents wondering how their house looks now and by future visitors asking about somewhere to stay in this beautiful corner of the county.

A huge “thank-you” to all our contributors for their hard work over the past year, to Rob and his colleagues at Oxford IT Solutions for building such an attractive and functional website environment, and to Stephen, Chris, Simon and Venetia in the Website Working Group for steering and developing the project since its inception.

The Parish Council hopes you agree that the website has become an invaluable resource for the village – and would welcome any suggestions on how we might make the website even more useful for you in the future.

Ken Birkby   Chairman, Cuddington Parish Council

Norovirus and Hospital visits - causing trouble

Help us to reduce the risk of passing on norovirus

As is normal at this time of year, norovirus is circulating within the community and some of our inpatient wards are affected.

Visiting may be restricted in areas experiencing norovirus – we will try to contact a patient’s next of kin to inform them of any restrictions in advance, but if you are unsure please check before visiting.  

Norovirus is also known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’ and is commonplace within the community at this time of year.  Symptoms include diarrhoea and vomiting and can be passed from person to person.  If you’re visiting our hospitals please help us to reduce the risk of norovirus infections by ensuring you stay away if you have had these symptoms in the last 48 hours, or have been in contact with someone who has.  Visitors can also help by ensuring they wash their hands well with warm soapy water.

If you are a patient due to come into hospital and have not had these symptoms in the last 48 hours there is no need to change your arrangements.  However, if you have suffered from these symptoms in the last 48 hours please contact the ward or department you are due to visit to rearrange your appointment or inpatient stay, if necessary.  Our staff will advise you.

Medical advice for those with norovirus is to rest at home, avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids and eat foods such as rice, soup, pasta or bread, which are easy to digest.

To contact any of our hospitals click Buckshealthcare NHS

For general advice on norovirus click Norovirus general advice

Source: Bucks Healthcare 

Caring for vulnerable people

Transforming Day Services in Buckinghamshire

Helping vulnerable people to have a good day

Meet the Providers In Wycombe or Aylesbury

November 2011     

An opportunity to find out about the range of activities and support services for vulnerable adults in Buckinghamshire – If you, or someone you care for, want to:

  • stay independent at home
  • be more involved in your local community
  • do something more meaningful with your day

Drop in between 10 am and 1 pm and meet the organisations who can help:

15th November

High Wycombe

The Hub, Union Baptist Church, Easton Street  HP11 1NJ

17th November


The Oculus, AVDC Offices, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road  HP19 8FF

For more information telephone: 01296 382173 or email: asccomms

Fete Committee AGM 2011


The Annual General Meeting of the Cuddington Fete Committee will be held in the Clubhouse of the CPFA on Monday, 21st November, 2011 at 7.30 pm.  (This meeting is open to all.)


  • Report on the 2011 Fete
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Allocation of Funds from the 2011 Fete
  • Election 

     The following positions are vacant:
          The Chairman
          The Hon. Treasurer
          The Hon. Secretary
          Additional committee members would also be very much welcomed

  • Any Other Business
  • Date of 2012 Fete

Jewellery and Glassware Exhibition

The Gallery, Stoneworld, Upper High Street, Thame

Thursday, 10th November  10.00 am - 2.00 pm

Cuddington villager Jessica Ecott will be showing her glass jewellery and gifts at The Gallery Stoneworld in Thame (the deconsecrated church on the roundabout).  Also on show will be a range of home accessories by Tracy Nielsen.

God, Earthquakes, Tsunamis and the Church

A day of Worship, Teaching and Fellowship with Rev. Andrew Baguley and Rev. Roger French on Saturday 5th November 2011 9.45am to 3.30pm in the almost finished newly refurbished Chapel.

Address :- Lower Church Street, CUDDINGTON, Bucks HP18 0AS

Please bring a packed lunch but drinks will be provided.

Admission is FREE but a love offering will be taken to cover the cost of expenses.

There will be books on sale and CD's and DVD's available.

Christmas Concert “I Saw Three Ships” – Manor House String Quartet

The Manor House String Quartet will be performing a concert of light and enjoyable Christmas music creatively arranged for string quartet in St Nicholas Church, Cuddington at 7.30pm on Saturday 10th December.

Tickets at £10 (£8 concessions) are available from Myles and Caroline Saker (01844-291825)

Refreshments will be available in the interval.

The programme will include:
   The Holly and the Ivy
   Sussex Carol
   Skaters’ Waltz
   I Saw Three Ships
   Deck the Hall
   The Sans Day Carol
   Excerpts from Handel’s Messiah

The Manor House String Quartet previously gave a concert in St Nicholas Church on 16th September 2011, which was enthusiastically received.  The quartet comprises 2 violins (Vaughan Jones and Louise Bevan), a viola (Adrian Smith) and a cello (Julia Graham) and is a well known Buckinghamshire ensemble.

Both of the quartet’s Christmas albums are regularly played on classical radio stations throughout the world.

More information about the quartet can be found on their website

New Thermal Imaging Project In Cuddington

Cuddington residents who complete an application form (download form here) can have thermal images taken of their homes or property. These images show where heat is being lost and is costing the owner unnecessary expense on energy. These are useful if you are wondering how to reduce your heating bills, want to check how improvements are working, or want to know more about the efficiency of your home.

What Is Involved?

On receipt of your form, we will confirm that you are on our list and will be offered the service on one evening between January 15th and 21st 2012. Closer the time, the date will be confirmed with you and and approximate time. Two or three people will do the work, which involves checking the inside and outside temperatures, then taking up to 6 images of your property from all sides: you can join us or leave us to it as you wish.

A seminar will be arranged where the results of the project will be presented and your images will be given to you as JPEG files or else, subject to covering printing costs, a printed version can be made available.

In taking part, you are not giving anything away or open to any risk: it is simply providing you with information that could save you a lot of money through reducing your heating bills, or that can provide peace of mind.

This is a service carried out by volunteers for the good of the community, so if you take part, a donation towards Haddenham In Transition and Greener Cuddington will be much appreciated.

Produce for sale at the Harvest Coffee Morning 2011 

2011 Harvest Celebrations

Celebrations this year included the Harvest Supper in the Bernard Hall on Oct. 8th, which over 80 people attended, Harvest Services in St. Nicholas Church on Oct. 9th and a Coffee Morning in church on Oct. 11th.

Donations from these events were dedicated to TEAR Fund for the relief of poverty primarily in the Horn of Africa.  A total of £751 has been raised, of which £525 came from the Harvest Supper, £179 from the Harvest Coffee morning and £47 from the retiring collection at the Harvest Service on Sunday evening.

Thanks to all who made their contribution to this worthy cause.


Children of Eden

The forthcoming production of Children of Eden at Lord Williams’s School, Thame will feature several CYD members and Cuddington villagers.

Martin Dyckhoff and Martha Barnes both play leading roles, while Martin’s son Charlie along with Georgina and Ben are also in the cast.  Bethan will be helping Chris Long with the sound for this production and Bethan’s mother Leo is the Technical Director.

Children of Eden is an enthralling musical telling the story of the Creation; of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel and Noah and the Flood.  The music is fabulous: watch a video of the cast performing a short medley of the songs on YouTube here.

Performance dates 25th - 29th October 2011 (half-term week).

Listen to a longer medley on YouTube here (sound only).

Cuddington & Dinton C of E School | Re-build Proposals

The Cuddington & Dinton C of E School held an Open Evening on Monday evening this week to share our plans for the rebuild of the Dinton site with as many of our local and catchment community members as possible.  The plans for the rebuild of the school have now presented to:

   _ The Full Governing Body
   _ The Staff
   _ The Children
   _ The Parents
   _ The Local Community

If you were unable to attend on Monday we would like to give you the opportunity to understand our vision & plans.  If you would like to see the presentation please click on the links below. Once you have looked through we would like very much to receive your comments, gather your support and hear your suggestions. Please use the feedback form below to send these to us.

Presentation A & B

Consultation Feedback Form


Stroke Event - Wednesday 28th September

The aim of this Event is to highlight the progress made to date in improving stroke services in Bucks.

Harvest coffee morning in a previous year 

Harvest Coffee Morning

The annual harvest coffee morning will be held in church on Tuesday Oct.11th from 10.30am to noon.

As well as coffee, there will be on sale harvest produce (in aid of Tear Fund), jewellery (in aid of Kampala Music School) and cards for all occasions (in aid of Utugi Children's Centre in Kenya).

All welcome!

Invitation to share in the vision for the rebuild & extension of the fire damaged buildings in Dinton

As many of you will know earlier this year our school buildings in Dinton caught fire and sustained serious damage. Rather than simply rebuild the school, the Governors and School would like to take the opportunity to improve the facilities and accommodation provided by the school buildings and create a ‘best in class’ and inspirational educational environment for the children.

The Headteacher and Governors of Cuddington & Dinton C of E School would like to invite residents from our local and catchment communities to visit the school to hear about plans for our proposed extension and reinstatement.

Monday 3rd October 2011 4.00pm-6.00pm

We are holding the event at the Dinton School site where proposed ­plans will be on display and there will be the opportunity to talk to us about the proposals. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Manor House String Quartet – Sept.16th 2011 

The Manor House String Quartet – Sept.16th 2011

An enthusiastic audience gathered at St. Nicholas church on Friday Sept. 16th to hear the Manor House String Quartet give an accomplished performance of classical music throughout the ages. The quartet, comprising two violins, a viola and a cello played music covering the wide sweep of the alphabet from Bach to Led Zeppelin.

“Classical” included music from the well known genre but also extended to jazz (Duke Ellington) and to more recent pieces of well-loved music. It was a selection catered to please all tastes, and the professionally worked arrangements of modern music to fit in comfortably within the constraints of a string quartet were truly remarkable.

The good news is that Cuddington will have another opportunity to welcome this quartet again when they come on Dec. 10th to give a concert of Christmas music including carols, which, incidentally, they have recorded for posterity on a commercially available CD.  A “must” for music lovers’ diaries.

A further picture of the evening can be seen on IntroducingtheQuartet

The Best of the Best

A thank you to everyone who joined the Best Kept Village celebrations in the Bernard Hall last Saturday.

Cuddington won the Cup Winners category – the category which judges last year’s winners across all the different categories.

Councillor Jim Hayward received the Tindall Cup from the President of the Association of Local Councils, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, and thanked everyone for helping to make Cuddington the Best Kept Village for the twelfth time since the competition was introduced!

Harvest Supper, Bernard Hall Cuddington 2009 

Harvest Supper 2011

This will be held in the Bernard Hall on Saturday Oct.8th 2011 (6.45pm for 7.15pm)

Tickets at  £7.50 (Concessions £5., Family £20) are obtainable from Myles Saker, Rose Cottage, Spurt Street, Tel. 01844-291825.

All welcome!


Trillium in St.Nicholas' church Sept.3rd 2011 

Trillium Concert on Sept.3rd

On Sept. 3rd the Trillium trio (Sheilagh Armitt (soprano), Sue Edmonds (flute) and Mary Westley (piano) gave a very accomplished performance in St. Nicholas church. The wide selection of music spread over a number of centuries was enthusiastically rendered to the delight of the audience.

The concert was in aid of the Utugi Street Children Kenya project, and  realised over £600 for the cause.


Domestic Energy – Pay Bills or Make Money

Whether your focus is on the cost of your domestic energy bills, or on the damage caused by oil consumption and it’s carbon dioxide waste, there is an opportunity for you that will only be available until April 2012. The Government continues to subsidise solar PV electricity generation on peoples’ homes through the Feed in Tariff (FiT), where you get 43.3p for each unit of electricity you generate tax free and index linked fro 25 years. Together with lower electricity costs, this means that investing now in solar panels should give you a return of between 6 and 12% per year. This compares with the very best bank saving scheme offering about 4% before tax.

There are two schemes currently available in our area which help boost this return further but giving you a better purchase price. The first is organised by Haddenham In Transition in partnership with Energy My Way, and you will have received a flyer through your door about this recently. Purchasing through our local group will cut the price by 10%. To find out more, do join us at one of the launch events in Thame on September 20th or in Haddenham on September 21st: details are on your flyer or contact Doug Kennedy.

Bulletin Board Page

On the Bulletin Board page you can discuss any matters of interest to the village, advertise items for sale, or arrange a car share.  There are four message Categories (although the administrators can add new ones very easily if there is sufficient demand):

  • Discussion Forum
  • For Sale
  • Lift Offered / Required
  • Wanted

Please note that you need to sign in on the Your Cuddington page before you can post a new message, or reply to an existing one.


Digital TV Switchover Now Complete

Television is switching to digital all over the UK and the old, analogue TV signal is no longer being broadcast in this area.  If you don’t already have digital TV – if you could previously only receive five TV channels – then you need to take action NOW, because all the analogue TV channels have been switched off.

To receive the new digital signal, you will either need a television with a built-in digital tuner or a set top box that you can connect to your old analogue television.  When buying your new equipment, you need to look for the digital ‘tick’ symbol to ensure that the equipment is suitable.

  • If you have Sky TV, Freesat from Sky or Freesat on all of your TV sets, you will not be affected by the switchover
  • If you have Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV you need to re-tune your equipment to restore reception of all your TV channels

For full details about the Digital Switchover, visit the Digital UK website or call their advice line on 08456 505050.

Even if you are ready for the digital switchover yourself, you may know someone who needs help to make the switch.  To make sure they’re not left behind, please let them know about the switchover or help them to get in touch with the Switchover Help Scheme.  People are eligible for the Help Scheme if they:

  • are aged 75 or over; or
  • get or could get Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance or mobility supplement; or
  • have lived in a care home for six months or more; or
  • are registered blind or partially sighted.

For more information, call 0800 40 85 900 or visit the Help Scheme website.  Textphone users can call 0800 40 85 936.


Family Fun Day & Dog Show

Cuddington Playing Fields

Sunday, 11th September  12.00 - 4.00 pm

  • Tug of War
  • Tea and Cake
  • Tombola
  • Goal Shoot Out
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Real Ale
  • Raffle
  • BBQ
  • Face Painting

...and lots more!  Come and join in the fun.

Contact Lorraine Ray on 07956 807743 or Vanda Goddard on 292897 for more information.

Friends after all! 

Charity Challenge

At 6.30pm on 25th August, the atmosphere was tense at the start of the local derby between Nic and Ken.  The two gladiators (+ partners) fought it out to a nail-biting finish, a match superbly umpired by the impartial Lorraine and Paul Ray.  Coming back from 6-0 down in the first game, Cuddington stormed to victory in the second.   

The noble loser’s cheque-book was out and Nic kindly ‘volunteered’ a donation of £50 towards Action4Youth – the charity for young people of which Ken is chairman. 

 Watch this space for the rematch – cheque books at dawn!


Cuddington judged as 2011 Best Kept Village Winner

Cuddington has been judged Winner in the Tindall Cup category of the 2011 Best Kept Village Competition.  Councillor Jim Hayward will be presented with the Cup by Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire and President of the Association of Local Councils, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher on Saturday 10th September at 3.30pm on the Upper Green. 

Scoring 90 out of a possible 100 marks, judges comments were as follows:

“It is a strange thing to say but the churchyard has a very good feel to it.  We very much liked the flowers as you walk up to the entrance of the Church.  The war memorial is beautifully kept and plants show the care which is taken by those who look after it.  The notice boards were very well filled and indicated all the activities which take place in the village.  The walk down to the stream and the small pond was most attractive.  Of course, the village hall is spectacular.”

Run by the Bucks Association of Local Councils and open to villages throughout Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, the Tindall Cup is a Cup Winners’ Cup.  It was first presented, to Cuddington, in 1988 by Councillor Margaret Tindall who was a County and Parish Councillor from Denham and Chairman of the Bucks Association of Local Councils.  She was also a Best Kept Village Competition judge.  

Other winning villages include:

Gurney Cup (population under 500)
Fulmer, Runner-up Little Marlow

Morris Cup (population 500 - 1500)
Great Brickhill, Runner-up Hedgerley

DeFraine Cup (population 1500 - 3000)
Stewkley, Runner-up Pitstone

Michaelis Cup (small towns)
Buckingham, Runner-up Marlow

Pushman Cup (population over 3000)
Chalfont St Peter, Runner-up Haddenham

Tindall Cup (2010 cup winners)
Runner-up Olney

The Sword of Excellence will be awarded to the cup winner with the highest mark, which is Fulmer.

The Community Award for the village with evidence of the most active and vibrant community life goes to Chalfont St Peter.

Competition chairman, Richard Pushman, commented “This year’s competition has been very successful.  We’ve had a higher number of entrants than in the past years and the standards have been very good throughout, particularly in the care and attention paid to maintenance of churchyards and the lack of litter in the competing villages.  Congratulations to all the winners – we look forward to honouring them on the presentation day on 10th September.”

The competition is sponsored by Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils and Motts Travel.  Judging took place throughout June.  The judges were looking for good standards of care, maintenance and community effort – the country’s ‘best kept’ villages, not the beautiful ones.

Footpath, Eythrope Estate border 

An Inspiring Walk: Our Local Wildlife

Doug Kennedy went for a walk on Sunday from Cuddington towards Eythrope and back and was inspired by the landscape and wildlife.  He has recorded his experiences along with some lovely photographs in a blog.  You can find this at:

Please do have a look and send comments to

Chearsley Well And Truly Petanqued!

In the first ever inter-village boules competition held on the new boules piste, Cuddington triumphed over Chearsley by 12 games to 4, on a wonderful, sunny afternoon.

The team from Chearsley arrived from their pre-match strategy talk at The Bell, full of misplaced confidence and bravado, but over the next few hours were given a lesson in the more subtle tactics of the game by the Cuddington players (ha, ha!)

Once the rules had been agreed, the games commenced amid much good-natured taunting and barracking.  The games were all well contested but by mid-afternoon Cuddington started to dominate.

Hostilities were temporarily suspended whilst everyone enjoyed a variety of cakes and salads made by members of the Cuddington team, and French baguettes and various fillings prepared by Vanda who we’d all wish to thank for the invaluable help she provided on the day.  Then it was back to the nail-biting contest.

Despite some underhand tactics by the Chearsley players, which included being quite good at the game, Cuddington went on to win the impressive Boules Cup, kindly donated by Lorraine and Paul.  This was presented to a Cuddington team representative by the Chearsley captain who demanded a rematch in September.  The challenge was readily accepted, and we look forward to repeating our success.

In the meantime, anyone who fancies a friendly game, the club meets on the playing field every Wednesday, weather permitting, at 7.00pm.  Come along; it’s fun!

“Barnes Wallis”

This article originally appeared in the August 2011 edition of Village Voice


Publicity for Cuddington’s Boules Piste

This article appeared in the current edition of The Playing Field – the newsletter of the Bucks Playing Fields Assoc, who donated £750 (their maximum grant) towards the Boules piste. 


Footpath maintenance 2012

We need the footpaths to be well maintained so we can all enjoy them and we can all help on this please.  On your walks do take secateurs for overhanging brambles etc and a stick to beat the nettles down! 

The footpaths in Cuddington are to be walked over the next month or so  by Alan and Stella Marsh for their annual audit.  Please let us know on 01844 292466 or by e-mail to if you are aware of any problems with these paths.

We can ensure that they are covered in our report to the Ramblers and Bucks Right of Way in September 2012.  We shall also copy this to the Parish Council footpath working group which we are members of chaired by Doug Kennedy which does some maintenance work as well.   


Community Message in Response to Disorder in London

Dear residents and businesses of the Aylesbury Vale,

I wish to send out a message to all of you regarding the disorder in London, and how locally we are responding to this.  As a force and local area we are supporting the Metropolitan Police with public order teams, using wherever possible officers on rest days so this does not impact on the service we are providing you on a daily basis.

Thames Valley Police has taken action to address the concerns amongst the public and businesses within Aylesbury Vale and across the force regarding the ongoing disorder in London.  There is understandable concern about any escalation in violence and we have ensured that locally there will be an increased high visibility policing presence, with additional resources deployed to provide reassurance to businesses and the community.  This increased presence should not cause any concern as the intention is to provide reassurance.  As a force we have ensured that there is an embargo on all annual leave and have dedicated specialist force resources available to support police areas should any further assistance be necessary across the Thames Valley.

As always, we rely on the support of the public to do our jobs effectively, we would ask the community to work with us and provide us with any information about groups gathering or any suspicious behaviour so that we can respond to any possible disorder quickly.

Thames Valley Police has placed crime prevention advice for businesses and the public on the force website at

The advice encourages businesses to ensure staff report any suspicious activity to police, ensure regular checks of buildings and surrounding areas are conducted, remove loose objects that could be used as missiles, make sure all service doors are kept locked and secure when not in use, ensure CCTV systems are fully operational, consider removing high value goods from display windows overnight, keep as little cash as possible in the building overnight.

Landlords and residents should ensure that anyone living above commercial premises are aware of risks and ensure that all fire alarms, smoke alarm and fire escapes are fully functional.  Petrol stations are being advised not to sell petrol in small containers.  In the event of an emergency call 999.

The advice being issued by Thames Valley Police is a precautionary measure.  We are doing everything possible to work with communities to ensure that disorder does not spread within the Thames Valley area.  To receive regular updates follow us on Twitter @ TVP_Aylesbury


Omar Abu-Rish
Neighbourhood Inspector Aylesbury

The Manor House String Quartet 

An A-Z of Music in Cuddington

The Manor House String Quartet will be performing a concert of light and enjoyable classical music in St Nicholas’ church, Cuddington at 7.30pm on Friday 16th September 2011.

This is billed as a journey from A to Z, and this “Alphabetic” range will include the following:

Bach, Air
Berlioz, Rakoczy March
Delibes, Waltz from Copelia
Offenbach, Can Can
Saint- Saens - The Swan
Tchaikovsky - Waltz from Swan Lake

The quartet comprising 2 violins (Vaughan Jones and Louise Bevan), a viola (Adrian Smith) and a cello (Julia Graham) is a well known Buckinghamshire ensemble, although this will be their first appearance in Cuddington.

Tickets at £10 (£8 concessions) are available from Myles and Caroline Saker (01844 291825)

Refreshments will be available in the interval.

More information about the quartet can be found on their website

  • The first section of the new classroom is in position, and the builders prepare the edges for the next section to be lifted alongside
  • The crane driver carefully moves the load…
  • …while the builder uses hand signals to tell the crane driver what to do
  • The first pair of classrooms is now fully assembled
  • The first three sections of the second building are now in position
  • The crane lowers the fourth classroom section for the builders to catch hold
  • As the crane gently lowers the classroom unit, the builders make sure that it lines up correctly with the other units
  • The crane has to be perfectly level and completely still, so its wheels are lifted off the ground by strong hydraulic jacks
  • The completed, first pair of classrooms
  • The builders guide the fourth classroom section into position
  • The crane lowers the fourth classroom section onto its support blocks
  • This section of the new classroom is already fitted with power points, a whiteboard and a pinboard
  • The next classroom section arrives on a truck
  • The builders fit the crane's lifting straps around the classroom unit
  • The builders check that the lifting straps are secure
  • The crane lifts the classroom unit off the truck
  • The crane has to lift the classroom unit high enough to clear the trees
  • The builders swing the second classroom section into position on its straps
  • The third classroom section is now in position.  This section contains some of the toilets.
  • Both pairs of classrooms and, behind them, the staff room

Temporary Classrooms

As a result of the severe fire on the Junior site in Dinton all of the school children are going to be accommodated here in Cuddington until the Junior site has been rebuilt.

To enable this to happen temporary classrooms have been installed on the paddock at the back of the Infant site.  This work took place during the Summer holidays and full details are given in a special leaflet which has been distributed to neighbours of the school.  Click here to view the leaflet.

Stroke Care in the County

New hyper acute stroke service at Wycombe

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s new hyper acute stroke unit (HASU) is now open at Wycombe Hospital and will serve patients across Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire. This will be supported by acute stroke services at Wycombe, Stoke Mandeville and Wexham Park hospitals.

HASU offers intensive care, rehabilitation and therapy for three days following a stroke, this is vital in ensuring positive outcomes for patients. The service offers 24/7 access to Thrombolysis, which ensures patients have access to a life-saving injection that is used to disperse blood clots, reducing damage in the early stages of a stroke.

To support the HASU, the Trust is also developing a stroke early supported discharge service which will allow some patients to receive intensive support and therapy in their own homes instead of hospital.

Taken from the Bucks Healthcare website.

Stroke is an acute emergency

Stephen Turner

'Feathers' by Ilona Ecott 

Wildlife Photography Competition Results

The Wildlife Photography Competition was judged at The Cuddington Fete on July 9th.

The overall best photograph was judged by people at the fete: about 150 of then cast their vote for their favourite image, and the winner was:

Ilona Ecott (Age 15) for "Feathers". Ilona won a £50 canvas print of any photograph from Snappy Snaps in Aylesbury.

The Junior (under 18) category was won by Charlie Dyckhoff, for his photograph of a chaffinch. Charlies prize was a photograph frame.

The runner up in the main section was Jaap Schram de Jong, with his picture of two cows peering over a fence.

Thanks to the 2011 Fête Committee

Thanks to Jayne and the Fête Committee for organising such an enjoyable Fête this year.

Thanks also to all the many helpers, and to Chris Blumer, Doug Kennedy and Ian Meikle for the photos in the Fête News page banner.



St. Nicholas Church, Cuddington

Saturday, 3rd September 7.30 pm

Sheilagh Armitt (soprano), Sue Edmonds (flute) and Mary Westley (piano) present a concert in aid of the Utugi Street Children Kenya.

Tickets £8 each by telephoning 01844 291825 or 01844 291720, or on the door.


Lighthouse Thame 2011

Lord Williams’s Upper School Grounds

25th - 29th July

Join in a fantastic week of music, singing, dancing, sports, craft and plenty more!

Lighthouse Thame is a holiday week for children and young people in Thame and the surrounding area.  It is run through a partnership of local churches and supported by many experienced volunteers.  Lighthouse provides an opportunity for children and young people to learn more about God’s amazing love for us all and understand what difference Jesus can make to our lives.

Every day  the children start off in the Big Top with some great music, drama and games, followed by sports, craft and creative activities as well as age-appropriate Bible teaching.  The children spend a lot of their day in small groups called Lighthouse groups (of about 12-15 children).  In the final Big Top session there is also the ever-popular gunge tank, where the children vote for their favourite leader to be gunged...

Lighthouse is staffed by volunteers drawn mainly from local churches.  For more information visit the website

School traffic

We are extremely sorry for any disruption caused in the village this morning due to the even higher than normal amount of school traffic.

We are working extremely hard on managing a challenging situation and this morning we had 26 additional new parents coming to the school as part of preparation for next term.

The school is looking at implementing a new drop off system and our PCSO is very aware of the situation and will be helping to monitor and address any inconsiderate parking.

Please bear with us while we cope with this totally unforeseen additional pressure of having the whole school on the Cuddington site.

Thank you.
Mrs K Price, Headteacher and Mr Chris Blumer, Chairman of Governors

Prayer for the school

The following prayer was said in St Nicholas church on Sunday July 3rd.

 "We continue to ask for God's special blessing and protection on Cuddington and Dinton School, granting wisdom to the teachers and governors following the recent fire in Dinton. We pray for the support and reassurance for parents and children alike, and for a spirit of solidarity and courage to help the community succeed at this time of challenge and opportunity."


Judging for Britain in Bloom Competition

The juding for our regional entry for the Britain in Bloom Competition 2011 will take place on 14th July at 10.30am.

Please help keep our Village tidy.

Good Luck Cuddington.

Sherry Scott visiting one of the old Burmese soldiers 

MBE for Sherry Scott

Congratulations to Sherry Scott for the award of the MBE for her charitable work for Burmese soldiers from the Second World War.

She has worked hard both in Burma and in the UK on their behalf.

Cuddington & Dinton C of E School | Community Update

As many of you may know there was a serious fire at the Cuddington & Dinton C of E School in Dinton on Sunday morning.  In order to keep the disruption of the children’s education to a minimum, we have arranged for the children from Dinton to attend school in Cuddington from Tuesday 28th June.  These are are initial contingency plans and we will keep you all up to date as these develop over the coming weeks.

We will be making use of both the Bernard Hall and St Nicholas Church to accommodate the Junior site children.  We are asking parents to use the Playing Fields car park and walk down to the school but there will inevitably be additional traffic at the beginning and end of the school day.

Please bear with us during this time of disruption to the school.  We will endeavour to keep the level of inconvenience to an absolute minimum.

I would like to also thank our local communities for the many messages of support that we have already received and thank you for your continued support,

Mrs K Price,  Headteacher
27th June, 2011

Oakland Girls Choir in Cuddington, June 21st 2011 

Oakland Girls Choir

On midsummer’s evening more than 100 people gathered in St. Nicholas Church to listen to a breathtaking performance of the Oakland Girls Choir from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The choir, which is on a two-week concert tour of England, began its busy schedule on June 21st with a lunchtime concert in Christchurch, Oxford followed by its visit to Cuddington.

The 30 girls in the choir with supporting parents stayed overnight at a number of homes in the village before leaving by coach the following morning to the Cotswolds.  Their tour will take them to the illustrious sites of Bath Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral, London, so Cuddington is in very exalted company.

The tour has been organised by the Rev’d Jonathan Millard who had been a curate here before leaving for Pittsburgh in 1994, and it was his connection with Cuddington which enabled us to act as host to this engaging group of choristers.


Garden Watch Results!

Many thanks to the 16 households who completed and returned their Garden Watch forms in May. The results have now been collated and can be downloaded from here – the report is in PDF format .

The report divides the results into postcode areas and shows the number of sightings of each bird in each area, with the total on the right hand side.

We are also delighted that the Cuddington & Dinton C of E School took part, and 25 enthusiastic children submitted their forms completed in and around the churchyard.  Their results have not been included in the main report as they were not gathered on the same day, but it is wonderful that young children are being inspired by their teacher in this way and I hope that we can build on this.

Important Notice for Householders - Fête Day

Hats off to Cuddington

FETE DAY - Saturday, 9th July, 2011

Please remember, apart from vehicles delivering to stalls, ALL VEHICLES MUST BE MOVED BY 10.30 pm from the following roads:  HOLLY TREE LANE, SPURT STREET and UPPER and LOWER CHURCH STREET.

CHURCH CLOSE will also be closed during this time.

Roads will remain closed until about 5 pm to 5.30 pm.

Parking will be available at the Cuddington Playing Fields Car Park.


Hats Off to Cuddington

Saturday, 9th July 2011

2 pm  Grand Opening at the Bernard Hall by our special guest Brendan Cole

For this year’s fete “Hats off to Cuddington” we want you all to come wearing a favourite hat you enjoy wearing, a borrowed hat or a hat of your own design, no matter, but without your creations being too costly – ingenuity is the name of the game and, if like me you’re stuck for ideas, having become fixated on Princess Beatrice's wedding hat, you could even buy one from the hat stall – the emphasis is on FUN!

The hat competition is on the Lower Green;  judging at 1.30 pm with groups for all ages – so no risk of we oldies being beaten by an enchanting toddler this year – so come along and have a go!  After the procession, the fete will be opened officially by our special guest BRENDAN COLE of Strictly Come Dancing Fame, who will also present the prizes, so let the FUN begin!

Gardeners in the know, make for the gardening club stall where bargains sell like hot cakes; speaking of cakes, the cake and jam stalls are always the first to sell out so hold on to your hat and run.  If you are a cake-loving jammy gardener you have a problem!  Still, you can always try Guessing the Weight of the Cake!  Having bought your cakes and plants, if you haven't had lunch, make for the BBQ and then, suitably fortified for the afternoon ahead, off you go again!

Great skill is a required, but hooking a duck or racing a penguin is a must!  Those of you who partake of a drink now and then can spin a bottle; try the bottle tombola; and/or Guess the Weight of the Firkin – a small wooden cask used for storing liquids, butter and even fish – but preferably not all at once!  If all else fails, make your way to the bar and have a restorative Pimms or Beer to drown your sorrows!

The Human Fruit Machine is hilarious and the odds are good at the various tombolas.  When you've quite worn yourselves out shopping, tried the BB gun, won a coconut (or not) and had a go at  hooking yet another duck, you can have your face painted and then it’s off to Tyringham Hall for a delicious cup of tea and cakes.

When you thought things couldn't get any better, at 3 p.m. along comes the Auction with some fantastic lots – family tickets for Waddesdon Manor, dinner for two at Annie Baileys and the Dinton Hermit, the chance to spend time with Bill Heiney at his radio show in Oxford, to name but a few.  If you have to miss the Auction, this year bids can even be left with our Chairman, Jayne Davidson - Tel: 01844 299149.

In all the excitement of the day, do not forget to buy your tickets for the Grand Draw at 4.15 pmfirst prize of £100 plus other great prizes.  Tickets can be purchased from 12th June onwards from Denise's and Les at the Village Shop.

It only remains for you to come with family and friends and enjoy yourselves!


Late News! Christian Aid 2011

The splendid effort by Cuddington School has raised an additional £130 for Christian Aid  and this has increased the Cuddington total figure to £1,579.33. This has enabled us to exceed the 2010 total.

Many thanks to the school and well done everyone!

CPFA AGM 7th June 2011

Draft minutes available here


Christian Aid 2011

Once again Cuddington  has shown its tremendous support for the annual  Christian Aid appeal.  Your generosity has been such that the equivalent of some £6  per household has been raised for the benefit of those suffering hunger and destitution  in the third world.

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             £1,010.11

             Bring & Buy and Plant Sale                       £315.45

             Music in Quiet Places – Donation               £123.77

                         GRAND TOTAL                            £1,449.33

In addition Gift Aid Vouchers to the value of £465 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.

The amount collected did not quite reach the £1,554 collected in 2010 but exceeded by a substantial margin the 2009 total of £1,236.

Farming Around Cuddington - The Waddesdon Approach

Alistair Brookes, Farms Manager of Waddesdon Estat and two of his advisers, gave an excellent illustrated talk about what they do and how they manage local farm land.  Waddesdon Estates farm arable on many of the fields surrounding Cuddington. 

A write-up of the talk will be made available later, but suffice to say that it was quite inspiring: we are VERY fortunate to have Waddesdon farming land around us as it will result in more birds, wild flowers and a healthier countryside than would have been the case with normal intensive farming.

We are very grateful to Alistair, Laura and Ollie for their time and their dedication.

The Christian Aid Plant Sale at Skittle Green Cottage, May 18th 2011 

Christian Aid Plant Sale, Bring & Buy and Coffee Evening

This was held at Caroline Thompson’s cottage on the Lower Green on Wednesday May 18th.

Although fewer people attended than at last year’s record sale, the proceeds were a very respectable £315.45 which will be included in the overall Cuddington total for Christian Aid  Week.

Womens' breakfast in St. Nicholas church in Sept.2010 

Women’s Breakfast

Following the successful and inspirational Women’s Breakfast last September, St Nicholas’ Church is hosting a second breakfast on Saturday 16th July from 8.30am to 10am.

Enjoy a continental style breakfast followed by Sarah de Carvalho’s story about the UK Christian charity “Happy Child” she founded, which seeks to rescue street children and children at risk in and around Brazil.

Tickets £5 from Celia Bockmuehl 01844 290754 or Jane Giles 01844 292038.


Cuddington CC vs. Tonsley Tornados

One of the highlights of the Kites’ season is always the match with the Tonsley Tornados, which this year takes place on Saturday, 4th June.  The fun begins at 1 pm with the match starting shortly afterwards.  As always there'll be a barbecue, ice creams, a bouncy castle, music, raffle prizes and more – a fun day out for the whole family!

After the success of last year’s Jamaican theme, this year the theme will be “Bollywood”.  Watch the cricket, play boules, enjoy the music,... and of course the Clubhouse bar will be open all afternoon.

Join us at the Cuddington Playing Fields from one o’clock next Saturday for a terrific afternoon’s entertainment.


Walkers – Beware!

Hi there everybody.  Hope you are all enjoying the good walking weather.  Just beware please :

1) There are two broken planks underfoot on the bridge by the Old Mill, Nether Winchendon at the end of the footpath going north from Tibbys Lane to Nether Winchendon.  

2) If walking towards Waddesdon beyond Upper Winchendon be prepared for nettles in abundance – shorts can be tricky!

Best wishes

Alan and Stella Marsh   292466

Warnings to walkers!

Hi there everybody. Hope you are all enjoying the good walking weather. Just beware please :

1) there are two broken planks underfoot on the bridge by the Old Mill, Nether Winchendon at the end of the footpath going north from Tibbys Lane to Nether Winchendon.  

2) If walking towards Waddesdon beyond Upper Winchendon be prepared for nettles in abundance - shorts can be tricky!

Best wishes

Alan and Stella Marsh 292466


Village Tidy Up – Sunday 29th May at 11am

We've entered the Best Kept Village Competition again this year and want the best kept chance of winning ... again!

Can you spare a little time to help make our village neat and tidy?  If so, please meet outside the Bernard Hall at 11.00am this Sunday.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Good Luck Cuddington!

Boules Meeting

Following the great success of the opening boules event on May 1st, many people want to continue playing in the future. 

We have booked the Cuddington Playing Fields Clubhouse for Tuesday May 31st, at 7 pm, for a meeting of all those interested, to plan the way forward.  Please come if you are able, but if not, we will keep you informed of the discussions. 

Among the things to discuss are:-

  • using the piste informally?
  • access to the boules?
  • have a club?
  • who wants to organise a club?
  • play competitively with local villages?
  • regular club playing evenings?

NB Good evenings to play would be Weds or Fri because the bar is open!!

For the time being, the CPFA boules are housed in the equipment shed, along with the rules, rake and key for the picnic benches.  Anyone who wishes to play can borrow the shed key from Denise's or by contacting me on 292921.  Please ensure that the piste is left raked flat, everything is securely locked away and the keys returned.

Hope to see you on 31st

Ken Birkby

01844 292921

Wildlife Photography Competition Entry

The Cuddington Wildlife Photography Competition is open to everyone:  download your entry form here.

We are accepting original photographs (that is, taken by yourself) of any wildlife subject within one mile of Cuddington, and each person can enter up to 5 images.

There are three classes: Adult, Under 18 and Under 12, which will be judged by Frederic Desmette (, and the best will be displayed at the Cuddington Fete where the an overall winner will be chosen.

Music in Quiet Places in St.Nicholas church Cuddington on Sat.May 14th 

Music in Quiet Places

The first of this year's popular series of concerts Music in Quiet Places sponsored by the AVDC was held in St Nicholas' church, Cuddington on Saturday May 14th.

The programme comprised two works, Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A Major and Schubert's String Quartet in A Minor.  The instrumentalists included Robert and Gillian Secret and Catriona Scott on the clarinet – Robert is very much the leading light in organising the AVDC Music in Quiet Places programme.

It was a delightful concert with entrancing music played with great enthusiasm by the musicians who combined extremely well together.  The highlight of the concert was the Mozart quintet with the clarinet part being played inspirationally by the Catriona Scott.

The concert was extremely well attended and the church was full; not quite to bursting as enough space was left for people to circulate during the interval when drinks and canapés were provided. Donations for the refreshments left sufficient for £130 to be given to the village Christian Aid effort.

We are most appreciative of the AVDC and Robert Secret for bringing Music in Quiet Places to Cuddington, and to all those responsible for making the evening such a success.

Your New Parish Council

FOLLOWING the first meeting of the new Parish Council in May 2011 and the Acceptance of Office by all Councillors, we are delighted to announce the line up of Councillors for the period beyond May 2011.

Ken Birkby, elected Chairman.

Jim Hayward, elected Vice Chairman and will continue as Local Area Forum (LAF) Representative.

Frank Crowdy, elected Cuddington Playing Field’s Association Representative.

Jennifer Schram de Jong volunteered to lead on the Children’s Play Area.

Stephen Turner volunteered to continue as Website Representative.

Matthew Giorgi and Doug Kennedy join the Parish Council; a special welcome to them both.

In subsequent meetings, there will undoubtedly be more discussions about setting-up some working groups to involve other villagers in handling topics of importance to the village.

The Parish Council would like all people in the village to feel involved in what's going on and urge more people to come along to the meetings.  

Councillors meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in Cuddington and Dinton School; Infant site.  We meet again on Wednesday 1st June 2011.  Look forward to seeing you then.


Contemporary Glass and Sculpture Exhibition

Manor Farm Barn, Church End, Haddenham

Saturday 25th June to Sunday 3rd July

Jessica Ecott is showing kiln formed glass works including sculpture, wall pieces and jewellery.

12.00 - 6.00 pm weekdays, 10.00 am - 6.00pm weekends

Children run onto the field for the first time.... 

Cuddington & Dinton C of E School | Our Children have Space!

Monday 9th May was a fabulous day for our children as they were finally given the space they needed to run, play, and have fun!  Pupils from both sites joined together to enjoy the new school playing field, now complete with pitch markings and even goalposts. 
The field is looking wonderful – a safe, level, well-drained and most importantly usable space, just as we had originally planned.  Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to our campaign – we have raised a massive £30,500 towards our £32,000 target so the end is now in sight and we are in the process or working towards installing changing facilities in time for the start of the Autumn Term. 

The Target - Only £1,500 to go!

Adopt A Block Donations Pouring In to Race for Space…
Thank you so much to all of our parents and local community who have been busy contributing to our Adopt A Block fundraiser.  Doners receive a wooden block to personalise by decorating, naming, or even branding with a company logo and these will then be varnished and assembled in to a work of art for permanent display to demonstrate the generosity of the local community.  Our blocks have already raised over £3,000 so thank you all for your overwhelming support!

For more information about Adopt A Block please contact:

Charlotte Davies: 01296 747243


High Speed Train Route – HS2

The government is consulting on constructing a new high speed rail link to Birmingham that will cut through the Missenden valley to Wendover, Aylesbury and Waddesdon.

A substantial campaign against it is being fought supported by many organisations.  You can find out more and ask the difficult questions at the local HS2 roadshow:

Saturday 21st May 2011 – Waddesdon C of E School car park


Garden Vertebrate Watch on May 15th

What animals and birds live in and around Cuddington, and where are they to be found?  Spend an hour on Sunday, May 15th watching and recording what you see.

If you didn't get the form inside the Village Voice, you can download it by clicking here:

Download the Garden Vertebrate Watch form

Please return the form to the Village Shop, or to Doug Kennedy.

The Haddenham Hoofers at the 2010 Fête 

Cuddington Fête Committee – 2011

“Many hands make light work”

“Hats off to Cuddington” is well under way now, with the Fête Committee busy organising what promises to be a fun-filled day on Saturday 9th July.  But, we need lots and lots of help to make the Fête a great family day out for everyone. 

With the recent brilliant weather comes “throwing open the windows and clearing out the cupboards”, so please save your unwanted toys, teddies, bric-a-brac and baskets, including hanging baskets, together with anything suitable for putting into the baskets; the committee will put everything to very good use, and if anything is too awkward for you to carry, please give us a call and we will collect. 

Putting out tables and setting up on fête morning is always challenging, as is clearing up afterwards when everyone is exhausted and impatient to go home !!

We are always short of help to run stalls and various activities, so if you are able to help on a stall for an hour or maybe more  OR  if you are unable to help on the day but would still like to support the Fête by offering your talents beforehand in “making, organising or collecting”, you will be welcomed with open arms!! So please contact a committee member.

“Many hands make light work” so please get in touch and offer us your talents.

Many thanks,   Jayne Davidson, Chairman

Committee Members:  Jayne (299149), Jennifer (291501), Zoe (291349), Yvette and Tony (291310), Brenda (290633), Ian (295845)

Nether Winchendon House 

Friends 4 CADS | The Summer Boutique Event

You are invited to Nether Winchedon House for The Summer Boutique Event.

2.30pm to 7pm. Take it easy on Father’s Day and bring your friends for a picnic.  Browse an unusual and creative mix of Boutique Shopping and enjoy a great British Summer afternoon out.

In aid of Cuddington & Dinton C of E School.

Coffee and hot cross buns in church on May 2nd 2011 after the madrigals 

May Day Vocal Celebrations

On “May Day” both the Witchert Chorale and the weather lived up to expectations with the singers performing the first session of their madrigals at the top of the church tower, and a crowd (nearly 100 strong) watching from the churchyard and Upper Church Street.

The singers then descended and gave us the second half of the programme in the church which was packed with all the visitors who had flocked in from outside.

Once the singing was over hot cross buns and coffee were offered to all, and then with the departure of the stalwarts on the benefice walk (with or without dogs) the rest quietly made their way home much refreshed by the experience.

This was a very popular occasion and congratulations to the Witchert Chorale and David Quinn, who marshalled the choir expertly while making great efforts to get the assembled company to sing along with them.

Additional photo

Tim and Felicity Hilder who founded the Lymphoma Association in 1986 

25 Years Old!

Over the years Felicity and Tim Hilder have been enthusiastic supporters of St Nicholas church and both have served on the Parochial Church Council.  The children’s room at the back of the church has for many years been affectionately known as Tim’s Room. Tim Hilder suffered from Lymphoma, and he and Felicity set up the Lymphoma Association to give active support to sufferers from the disease.

Tim died in 1994.  Felicity is still a Trustee of the Association and the good work of the Lymphoma Association has increased by leaps and bounds, with this year being its 25th anniversary.  

Their daughter Anna, who is a great supporter of the cause, has decided to use this occasion for sponsorship, and she aims to reduce her middle aged spread by losing 25lbs in this the Association’s 25th year.  Anyone who would like to support Anna in this (rather alarming!) endeavour is encouraged to give via .

More information on the Association can be obtained on  For many years the Cuddington PCC has been donating to this worthy cause.

Gentlemen’s Dining Club Summer Dinner

On the 30th of June 2011 the gentlemen of the village are invited to attend the Summer Dinner held at The Crown.

Everyone is welcome to come along to meet other gentlemen of the village, share some conversation and raise a glass or two.

RSVP to Phil Johnson, 01844 291526. e-mail -

The Oakland Girls' Choir, Pittsburgh USA 

Oakland Girls’ Choir Concert in Cuddington church

The Rev’d Jonathan Millard who was a curate at St. Nicholas’ church, Cuddington in the 1990s is bringing over from the USA the Oakland Girls Choir to perform 8 concerts in England.

We are privileged that one of these venues will be St. Nicholas’ church Cuddington where the choir will be giving a concert at 7.30pm on Tuesday June 21st.

The Oakland Girls Choir was founded in 2005  in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Kathryn Barnard, because “I wanted a community for girls where they feel they belonged”.  Since then the choir has grown rapidly, and the tour choir coming to the UK is made up of 30 junior high and high school students.  It has a versatile repertoire of both sacred and secular music including works by Benjamin Britten, George Gershwin and a number of modern composers.

This promises to be an exciting evening and everyone is invited to attend.  Tickets, which are free, are available from Myles Saker (01844-291825).  There will be a retiring collection at the concert for those who may wish to make a contribution.

Passover/Last Supper celebration in St.Nicholas church - April 2011 

Last Supper/Passover

On Wed. April 20th more than 50 people attended the Last Supper/Passover celebration in the village church.  This was a first-time event for Cuddington and one which was under the expert guidance of the vicar, Rev’d Margot Hodson, who explained the intricate details of the ceremony as it unfolded.  The idea was to present the Passover meal in the context of Jesus celebrating it in Jerusalem with his disciples in the week of his crucifixion.

The fare provided closely followed the established tradition including haroset and matzah, and the arrangements were efficiently undertaken by church members with Margot providing the expert advice.

The atmosphere in the church was one of a friendly extended family gathering, and it was a certainly a memorable and enjoyable evening for all those who attended.  Whilst the Passover is essentially a Jewish ceremony the particular significance of the Passover meal in Holy Week which Jesus attended very much underlined its context in the Christian faith.

Minutes from the Annual Parish Meeting

A thank you to all who attended the Annual Parish Meeting on Monday evening.  Cuddington certainly had lots to celebrate!  

A copy of the Draft Minutes can be viewed here.

April Bazaar

The Sunshine Club held their annual Spring Bazaar on 16 April.  The mouthwatering home-made cakes and preserves sold out with predictable speed, followed closely by the tombola.  An amazing variety of articles adorned the white elephant stall, while piles of good quality clothing provided great bargains.  A welcome cup of tea and a delicious bun rounded off the afternoon as the raffle, with its generous prizes, was drawn.  A very creditable total of £388.26 was raised, which will be used for the spring Garden Centre visit for Sunshine Club members.

Mothering Sunday April 3rd 2011 

Mothering Sunday Service

On Mothering Sunday the service was enthusiastically taken by The Grid and they included in the service an engaging sketch which underlined the importance of the mother within the family group.

Posies of flowers were also distributed to the mothers, and the picture opposite shows one member of the congregation with her children and the flowers.

Another feature of the service was that the congregation were asked to fill in a "message to mother" on a post-it note and the results can be seen on Thanks to Mother


Music in Quiet Places

This summer the AVDC’s ever-popular series of concerts Music in Quiet Places will take place in eight villages in the Aylesbury Vale.  We are fortunate in Cuddington as the village church of St. Nicholas has been selected to host the first of the concerts, and this will take place on Saturday May 14th at 7.30 pm.

The programme is entitled Lyrical Schubert and Mozart and will include two of the most genial works in the chamber music repertoire, Schubert's Quartet in A minor "Rosamunde" and Mozart's Quintet for Clarinet and strings.

This promises to be a delightful evening and is expected to be very popular.  Tickets at £8 (Concessions £6) are now available from Myles Saker (01844-291825 or  He can also provide brochures which cover the whole Music in Quiet Places series of concerts throughout the Vale.


Election of District Councillors

Please click here for Statement of Persons Nominated


Parish Council Elections - Statement of Persons Nominated

Please click here for details of Statement of Persons Nominated


New Events And Dates!

Greener Cuddington are organising the following events during the coming months:

Sunday May 15th: Cuddington Garden Vertebrate Watch

Tuesday June 14th: A Talk by Alistair Brookes, Farms Manager for Waddesdon Estates followed by a workshop.  8.00 pm in the Bernard Hall.

May to July 9th: Village Wildlife Photography Competition

See below for further details.

Sunday May 18th: Cuddington Garden Vertebrate Watch

We are organising a garden watch for all residents to watch out for vertebrates (birds, mammals excluding domesticated animals, reptiles and amphibians) during a two hour period. We are asking residents to spend an hour or two during the day to look out for birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, excluding domesticated animals in your garden or surrounding area (eg field, road verge or green), and to record what you see.

A sheet explaining what is needed and with a check list of possible sightings will be made available on this web page, and also in the shop and Denise's.

Sheets will be collected and entered into a database, and the results published in the Village Voice. We hope to follow this up with further garden watch events in future years to build up a picture of Cuddington wildlife.

Tuesday June 29th: A Talk by Alistair Brookes, Farms Manager for Waddesdon Estates followed by a workshop.

At 8pm on Tuesday June 14th 2011 in the Bernard Hall, Alistair Brookes, Farms Manager of Waddesdon Estates, will give a talk about what they do and how they manage local farm land. Waddesdon Estates farm arable on many of the fields surrounding Cuddington. The talk will be followed by a discussion/ workshop on how we can work in partnership to improve our countryside and wildlife.

May to July 9th: Village Wildlife Photography Competition

Windy and bracing Cuddington walking!

Today Thursday March 31st, Alan Marsh led 23 intrepid walkers including 4 villagers and two from Chearsley (who had seen the walk on this website!) set forth from the Upper Green by the Crown at 10am to walk 7.75 miles to Upper Winchendon towards Waddesdon Manor turning short of Wormstone to go to Eythrope Manor and return along the Bernwood Jubillee Way/Thame Valley walk to Cuddington.  Including a banana and drink stop, we were back at the Crown just before 1pm.  A few ploughed fields didn't dent the spirits and the rain held off but it was very windy with super views and returning with sunshine – we must have been righteous! 

If you want to know about other walks with Aylesbury Ramblers – a very friendly group, call Alan or Stella on 01844 292466.

Church banner group in action in 2010 

Church Banner Group – New Project

The church banner group will be meeting on Wed. April 27th at 7.30pm at Rosemary Bradbury's house, Downleys, Lower Church Street, to discuss ideas for a new banner project.  Anyone interested  in coming along would be most welcome. Please contact Angela Sanderson (291626) for further details.

Benefice Church Walk 

Benefice Church Walk

After the May Day madrigals a walk around all the churches in the benefice will start from Cuddington church at 10.15am.  First stop, Aston Sandford with picnic (BYO), then Kingsey and Haddenham.  All very welcome for all or part of this exciting venture.  Further details in Benefice Walk.  Any queries to Sally McCloy 292815.

Benefice Churches Walk 

Benefice Churches Walk

After the May Day madrigals a walk around all the churches in the benefice will start from Cuddington church at 10.15am. First stop, Aston Sandford with picnic (BYO), then Kingsey and Haddenham. All very welcome for all or part of this exciting venture. Further details in Benefice Walk. Any queries to Sally McCloy 292815.

Could you represent Cuddington? 

Cuddington Parish Council Elections - 5th May 2011

Could you represent Cuddington?

Anyone wishing to stand for election, should contact the Clerk, on 01844 290616 or for a nomination pack or contact the Electoral Register Manager on 01296 585807

The formal election process is handled by the elections team at Aylesbury Vale District Council and the deadline for nominations is no later than noon on Monday 4th April. 

It is recommended the nomination paper and consent are delivered as soon as possible after 21 March 2011.  This will allow sufficient time to arrange for a second nomination paper to be completed if there is a problem with the initial one.  If you visit The Gateway Offices, the Election team can check the papers on an informal basis and draw attention to any amendments that need to be made before they are formally submitted.

A statement of persons nominated will be issued on Wednesday 6th April at 12 noon.


Parish Council Elections - could you represent Cuddington? 

Elections – May 5th 2011

Important elections for local councillors and a referendum are about to take place.  Make sure you've registered and are ready to vote. The last date to register to vote is Thursday 14th April.  Polling day is Thursday 5th May (7am to 10pm) and you could be voting in up to three polls.  The three polls are for:

  • Aylesbury Vale District Council
  • Cuddington Parish Council and
  • The alternative vote referendum.
  • You can check if you are on the electoral register by phoning 01296 585807 or emailing

Could you represent Cuddington?

 Anyone wishing to stand for election, should contact the Clerk, on 01844 290616 or for a nomination pack or contact the Electoral Register Manager on 01296 585807

The formal election process is handled by the elections team at Aylesbury Vale District Council and the deadline for nominations is no later than noon on Monday 4th April. 

It is recommended the nomination paper and consent are delivered as soon as possible after 21 March 2011.  This will allow sufficient time to arrange for a second nomination paper to be completed if there is a problem with the initial one.  If you visit The Gateway Offices, the Election team can check the papers on an informal basis and draw attention to any amendments that need to be made before they are formally submitted.

A statement of persons nominated will be issued on Wednesday 6th April at 12 noon.

Latest News from Friends 4 CADS

SPACE FOR CHANGE MONEY BOXES  The small change made a HUGE difference - £832 to be exact!  We would like to thank the children for decorating their boxes so beautifully and for making the campaign such a success, and to all of you for supporting their efforts!  

ACES AND QUEENS BALL, 18th JUNE  Tickets for this year’s unique Summer Ball have been going fast but there are still a few remaining. The Ball takes place in the grounds of Nether Winchendon House on 18th June 2011 and the event includes a drinks reception, opera singing, fabulous three course meal, live band, disco, raffle, casino and auction. More information is available at

SUMMER SPONSORED WALK AT EYTHROPE PARK  We are thrilled to be organising this wonderful family event, by kind permission of the Waddesdon Estate on Sunday 17th July (11am onwards).  More information will follow via parentmail and noticeboards but it is open to everyone so friends and family will be very welcome!  For info email

For more information about any of F4CADS activities, please email Charlotte at


Race For Space Appeal | Target Gets a Little Closer

The children of our school top up the ‘Race for Space’ totaliser as more funds are raised towards the target of £32,000.

Getting closer to the target as the balance heads towards £26,000... to follow in more detail or find out how you can help, check out



NGS Open Gardens in Cuddington Sunday 24 July 2011

The gardens open to the public will be 33 Bernard Close, The Old Place, The Old Rectory, Tibbys Cottage and Tyringham Hall.  Opening hours are 2 - 6pm and the combined admission fee is £5 (children free).

(Although this is put on the Gardening Club page, it is not organised by the Gardening Club.)


Last Supper celebratory meal in Church

A celebratory meal will be held in St. Nicholas Church to discover the link between Jesus and the Passover at 7pm for 7.15pm on Wednesday April 20th.

Tickets (suggested donation £5) obtainable in advance from Myles Saker (01844-291825)

The three GQT panellists 

Gardeners Question Time in Cuddington

BBC Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners Question Time’ was recorded at the Bernard Hall on Monday, 28th February before a packed hall of gardening enthusiasts.

The panellists were Matthew Biggs, Pippa Greenwood and Chris Beardshaw.  The questions asked were highly interesting and entertaining – as was the banter between some of the questionners!

The recorded programmme was broadcast on Friday, 11th March and repeated on Sunday, 13th March.


New Boules Pitch launched on 1st May

We all love everything French and, as Cuddington does not yet have a twin in France, the Playing Fields Association have provided us with the next best thing – a Boules pitch, or as we Francophiles prefer to call it, a piste.

The new Boules Pitch was launched by Steph Guiraute (the manager at The Crown and our favourite Frenchwoman) on the afternoon of Sunday, 1st May.  Ken and Viv Birkby provided a fine spread of French baguettes, cheese and pâté, which was much appreciated by the many people who attended the opening.

The pitch was Ken’s brainchild a couple of years ago and was born out of a wish to provide a facility which is genuinely for the whole family.  The PFA approached the Parish Council, who own the Playing Field and let it to the PFA at a nominal rent.  The Council was happy with the proposal and Ken offered to manage the project.  He researched the subject and raised the funds generously provided from a number of donors: the Bucks Playing Fields Association (£750), the Bucks Community Chest (£1,000), and a very generous donation of £3,000 from the Parish Council, who have been extremely supportive throughout.

The work began in December 2010.  The pitch is in the corner of the field by the gate onto the Aylesbury Road; it is a rectangular pitch big enough for three or four simultaneous games.  The surface consists of two layers which have been compacted by roller during the winter.

Sets of boules are available for villagers to borrow.  It is a very simple game, as those of you who have watched French men play will know.

If you are interested in playing regularly or competitively, please sign up for website membership and tick the ‘Playing Fields & Clubhouse’ box so that you'll receive emails about Boules events and fixtures.

Of course, anyone who wishes to play using their own boules can do so, anytime they wish, provided the piste is not being used for an ‘official’ match or event.

Download the rules of Boules

Annual Parish Meeting – Monday 18th April at 7.30pm

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the Bernard Hall on Monday 18th April at 7.30pm.

This is not a Parish Council meeting but a general meeting of the village.  Please come along to find out what is happening in Cuddington.  It's a great opportunity to hear about the achievements of the whole village over the last year, to air your views about village issues, catch up with other villagers and meet new residents.  

The full Agenda will be posted soon.  If you would like to include anything (such as what projects you feel should happen in the village, how the village can be improved, etc), please contact Venetia Davies on  Likewise, Clubs and Societies are invited to contribute on the evening.

Everyone is welcome to wine and soft drinks at the end of the meeting and continue the informal discussions.

Thame Community Hospital

Improvement works complete at Thame Community Hospital

Thame Community Hospital’s inpatient area has reopened ahead of schedule, following refurbishments to improve and upgrade facilities for patients.

Improvement works started in January to ensure the environment of the hospital meets modern infection control requirements, allowing staff to care for patients in clean and safe facilities.  The works included refurbishing the inpatient area with new sinks, ceilings and lighting.

Rachael Corser, lead nurse for the community hospital, said: “We’re really pleased with the improvements and that we’ve been able to reopen the inpatient area ahead of schedule.  The hospital has a more welcoming feel and we can continue to deliver care to our patients whilst preventing infection in the newly improved inpatient ward.  Thank you to all the hospital staff for their continued support throughout the works and for ensuring we continued to maintain excellent care for our patients”.

The refurbishment works at Thame Community Hospital put the hospital in a better position to support services as Bucks Healthcare Trust looks to develop them further in the future.

Article taken from the Bucks Healthcare Trust


The Royal Wedding

Quite a lot of people have begun to ask whether the Parish Council is planning any celebrations for the Royal Wedding in April.

If anyone wishes to celebrate this happy occasion as a village, would be happy to organise something or at least help to organise something, please contact a member of the Parish Council or Venetia the Clerk and let us know.  For your information, we shall need to apply for a street closure permit for a street party, but this is being made easier because of the shortness of time available to apply for and be given such a permit – apparently the powers that be were caught napping; they hadn't heard it was taking place!!

Jennifer Schram de Jong


Neighbourhood Watch Contacts needed!

Our Thames Valley CPSO, the lovely Suzan Jones, has been busy persuading villagers to join the Scheme.  She has also been trying to recruit people who can spare a very little amount of time to help as a ‘Contact’ person.  Jennifer Schram de Jong has also been trying to recruit new Contacts, and confirm that existing members are still interested and/or able to help.

We are very short of Contacts for Bernard Close and we also need help with Dadbrook and Bridgeway.  Anyone wishing to join the NHW Scheme and/or willing to become a Contact, or who wants to know what this entails, please contact Jennifer on 291501 or email at

We look forward to hearing from you very soon.

Village Jubilee Record 2012

Although there still remain some questions concerning the accuracy of the names of our village children, the final draft of the Village Record as at 31st December 2010 is now all but complete.  I am sure there are still some children who have been excluded; I just don't know where they live!!

A copy of the draft will be displayed, courtesy of Les, in the window of the village shop.  Everyone is asked to check their household's details very carefully and, if necessary, make a note of any amendments in the notebook which Les will be holding, to ensure that our Record is as accurate as possible.

Thank you all for your co-operation.

Jennifer Schram de Jong

Tel: 291501   Email:

Nether Winchendon House 

Aces & Queens Summer Ball 2011 | Your Support

Tickets for this year’s Cuddington & Dinton C of E School Summer Ball have been going fast. They went on sale just before Christmas and the majority have been sold. The Ball takes place on 18 June 2011 and the event includes a drinks reception, opera singing, fabulous three course meal, live band, disco, raffle, casino and auction. For this year only it will be held in the Gardens of Nether Winchendon House.

The school’s registered charity Friends for CADS organises the Ball as well as many other events throughout the year. It provides a myriad of those important extra things that benefit all the pupils.

It is through the generous support of local people and businesses, our local School can keep its place at the heart of the community. At the ball this support comes via raffle prizes, items for our charity auction, donations, advertising in our full colour programme and sponsorship.

We are again looking for your support in making the ball a success. It is the perfect opportunity for you or your business to show your support to the local community and showcase your involvement.

If you or someone you know (for example an employer) could offer to be involved, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Offers of support and enquiries to the chair of The Ball organising committee Roger Pratap email or telephone 07973 118167.

Thank you for your support and don't forget to get your ticket if you have not already done so at:


The Wichert Chorale in 2010 

May Day madrigals from the church tower

What is fast becoming a tradition, the Witchert Chorale will be singing madrigals from the top of the church tower at 9.30am on Monday May 2nd. This will be followed by the customary refreshments and all are welcome to this festive occasion.

Cuddington & Dinton C of E School | Appointment of Headteacher

On the 18th February 2011 the Governing body of the Cuddington & Dinton C of E School announced the appointment for Mrs K Price as the new headteacher of the school.

Mrs Price has been the acting headteacher of the school since September 2010 and although the appointment becomes official next term it will be business as usual at the school.

Great news for the children and our school.

Click here to read the announcement from Chris Blumer, Chairman of the Governors.

The planting of the "Jole Oak", Tibby's Lane, Cuddington, 19th February 2011 

Tree Planting in Memory of Leslie Jole

On Saturday, 19th February an oak tree was planted along Tibby’s Lane in memory of Leslie Jole MC, who lived in Cuddington for 20 years leaving in 1999 just over a year before his death.

During his time in Cuddington, along with his many other works for the community as a Parish Councillor, Leslie is remembered for his determination that trees should be planted throughout the village.  Among the many kinds of trees that are now to be admired, it is the cherry trees which he had planted along Swan Hill that delight so many and for which he is best remembered.

Last summer Mr. and  Mrs. Michael Thompson, two close friends of Leslie during the latter years of his life, wrote to Sherry Scott in her capacity as chairman of the Parish Council saying they would like to donate a tree to Cuddington in memory of Leslie.  Hence this ceremony, arranged by Sherry, when Mr. and Mrs. Thompson planted the oak tree watched by well over a dozen of Leslie’s past friends and neighbours.  The donors said they very much hoped the tree would be known as the “Jole Oak”.

It is in a good position for walkers along Tibby’s Lane to watch it grow as the years go by.

From the March 2011 edition of Village Voice

Gentlemen’s Dining Club ‘British Summer Time’ Dinner

To celebrate the arrival of British Summer Time the Gentlemen’s Dining Club will be holding our next dining extravaganza in the Crown on Thursday 31st March.

The Gentlemen’s dining club meet around once a quarter.  It is a great opportunity to meet other gentlemen on the village, share a little conversations and a few drinks and find out something that you will of most certainly not known before the evening started.

All Village Gentlemen welcome. 

7.30 for 8pm. £15 per head plus drinks.

All welcome, please RSVP Phil Johnson, 01844 291526.


Lent Course (Looking towards Easter)

The Lent Course this year will be held in church over 4 evenings in March/April, and is open to everyone, whether or not church members.

The subject will be The Life and Death of Jesus –  it will give a great opportunity for those who wish to explore Christianity for the first time as well as other church members in this period leading up to Easter.

The evenings will open with a time for tea and coffee and this will be followed by a talk and discussion. To enable people with other commitments to attend, the same course will be available on two nights each week (7.30 -9.15pm), so if you cannot make the Tuesday you can always come on the Wednesday.

The dates are March 8th or 9th, March 22nd or 23rd, April 5th or 6th, and April 12th or 13th.  Please bring your friends along.


A Journey through the Bible

In this year of the Bible a special course has been set up to help people get to know its main points. This is the E100 Bible Reading Challenge, and it is based around 100 carefully selected Bible readings (50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament) designed to give participants a good understanding of the overall Bible story from Genesis to Revelation.

The 'E' stands for Essential and each of the Essential 100 readings ranges from a few verses to a few chapters. The programme is very flexible and can be used by individuals or Home Groups. A book is available which includes comment on each passage, but it is also possible to download the material from

For further details please contact Jonathan Hawkins or Graham Carr.


Refuse Freighter – Tuesday 22nd February 2011

Anyone in the mood for a spring clean will be delighted to know the AVDC refuse freighter will be visiting the playing field car park, Cuddington, from 7.30am until 11am on Tuesday 22nd February.  The service is for household waste only, so please no electrical items, clinical waste, car parts, hazardous waste, commerical or bsuiness waste, building rubble, paints, liquids or garden chemicals.

Don't forget, if you have bulky items that you cannot transport to the carpark, AVDC can collect from your home for a fee.  Tel: 01296 585510


Drop-in Sessions

The Drop-in sessions will now take place every other Thursday starting from Feb.17th. (The photograph opposite is taken from the church archives.) 


Fair Trade Coffee Morning

All are welcome to the church on Saturday Feb. 26th from 10am to enjoy a cup of coffee while browsing over a well-stocked Fair Trade Stall.  There will be other items for sale (jewellery, cards etc) in aid of African charities supported by St. Nicholas church.


Cinema Club

The Bernard Hall Management Committee is investigating the possibility of running a cinema club from our village hall.  We would like to install a large 4.5m screen, a projector and improved sound system to give us a proper cinema experience in our village.  This is quite a major project because as well as providing the equipment, we would also need to buy some more comfortable chairs.

We are thinking of showing one film a month, with people in the village being able to vote for which film they would like to see. Through a national film club licensing deal, we would be able to obtain and show films say three months after they are released at the cinema.  However we expect that there would be a reasonable demand to see some older films on a big screen as well.  People would also be able to hire the cinema for parties or special screenings of films that they wanted to see. It would be cheaper than going to a commercial cinema and of course it is right on our doorstep.  We would hope that the film showings would become regular community social events.

We have received enthusiastic support from the village for this project and we are now pursuing funding options.

Cuddington Singing Group – Meeting on 16 Feb 2011

Cuddington's singing group desperately needs members if it is to survive.  It's great fun!

Why not come to St Nicholas Church on Wed 16th Feb at 2.00pm.

Please contact Eileen on 01844 291880 or at


The Search for Odysseus

Saturday 12th March and Sunday 13th March

The Bernard Hall, Cuddington

Cuddington Youth Drama presents The Search for Odysseus by Charles Way, a story about the teenage boy Telemachus searching for his lost father.

The play is based on Homer’s epic journey poem The Odyssey, in which Odysseus is forced by an angry God to take a long route home after the Trojan War.  The goddess Athena tricks Telemachus into embarking on a challenging voyage that brings him face to face with his father’s adversaries, from a dangerously alluring goddess to an angry Cyclops; through a raging whirlpool to the Underworld and home again.

The play is enhanced by original music specially composed for this production by our musical director Gary Hawkins.  The production will be set in the round, with all the atmosphere of a Greek play.  Come dressed in Greek costume if you like!

Performances will be at the Bernard Hall on the following dates / times:

  • Saturday 12 March   1.30 pm
  • Saturday 12 March   7.00 pm
  • Sunday 13 March   3.00 pm

Ticket prices are £8 for adults and £6 for children and concessions.  Box Office 01844 299 149

Practice Training Sessions

Local General Practices, including Haddenham Health Centre, and the three surgeries in the Trinity Practice (Thame, Long Crendon and Brill) have regular `in-house` training sessions for their teams once a month, usually in the afternoon.

It is best to check beforehand when the practices are open for patients that day.

17 April 2013

15 May 2013

Rev'd David Winter 

Church Supper

The annual church supper took place on Saturday March 5th in the Bernard Hall and more than 70 people attended. A splendid two course meal was enjoyed by all, and the Vicar Rev'd Margot Hodson introduced the guest speaker the Rev'd David Winter.

David had spent 20 years at the BBC ending up as Head of Religious Broadcasting and is a regular contributor to "Thought for the Day", and the excellent talk he gave was evidence of his extensive background and knowledge. He spoke entirely without notes and gave us a very relevant insight into the Bible and its importance for the modern generation.

After deduction for expenses the donations given on the evening have enabled £134 to be given to flood relief in Japan. 


Cuddington helps break a World Record

A world record was broken on 9th February when over 102,000 children took part in the sign2sing event organised by the charity SignHealth.

The sign2sing project set out to break the world record for the most people singing and signing a song simultaneously, and was organised by Cuddington villager Lesley Gorton.  Children from all over the country – and overseas – learnt to sign the New Seekers’ 1970s song I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.  The group re-recorded its hit single especially for sign2sing and lent their support to the event.  Over 630 schools took part, and the previous record of 13,418 people was easily broken.

The project was designed to raise awareness of deafness and the work carried out by SignHealth, as well as raising funds for the charity.


Lead stolen from Dinton School roof

The Chairman of the Governors of Cuddington and Dinton School, Chris Blumer, has been informed that lead on the roof of the Dinton site was stolen this weekend.

This is the third case of lead stealing locally – including from a school in Haddenham.

Owners of properties with lead roofing need to be especially aware.

All of us should be alert to any suspicious activity.


Church Banner

A group of enthusiastic designers and stitchers spent several months in 2010 designing and making a banner to be hung in the church to celebrate the Christmas story. The finished product was hung in the nave of St. Nicholas on Dec. 1st and will remain in situ for a little while longer.  All who can are recommended to come and see it before it is removed.  The banner group are already thinking of what the next banner will portray, and anyone who is keen to join their group is encouraged to get in touch with Angela Sanderson on 291626.


Gardening Club Special Event

BBC Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners Question Time’ will be recorded at the Bernard Hall on Monday, 28th February 2011.

Entry for ticket holders only.  Doors open 5.30 pm.  Definitely, last admission 6.20 pm.  Recording from 6.30 to 7.30 pm.  Questions for the panel to be submitted on entry.

The actual broadcast will go out on Friday, 11th March and will be repeated on Sunday, 13th March.

Ben Clayton (right) on one of the five stands he helped set up... 

2010 Boxing Day Village Shoot

At 9am on Boxing Day a group gathered at the Crown for hot coffee and sausage sandwiches courtesy of Heather & Stephanie...

The temperature was -10 outside as the group headed down to the Nether Winchendon valley to take part in the early morning shoot. The weather was kind and transformed into a beautiful morning.

The group moved round the five stands and there were some excellent and not so excellent scores... After the shoot the group retired back the Crown to defrost and for some well deserved refreshment...

Mrs Price & the totaliser at the Cuddington site 

Race for Space | Totaliser goes live!

The Race for Space totalisers have been installed in the Cuddington and Dinton playgrounds... 

The totalisers, located on each site, will allow everyone follow the fundraising progress.  This red area on the totaliser represents the current outdoor space at Dinton and the area to be filled with blocks represents the area of the new playing field.

So far it is 65% full so we still have a way to go to get to our target of £32,000 and get the playing field ready for the children.

In the future the blocks will be sold and decorated by children. The decorated building blocks will be used to create an installation to mark to opening of the new school field and the people and companies that contributed to its successful creation.

To support us and find out more

Cuddington & Dinton Church of England School | Open Evening

Acting Headteacher, Mrs Kim Price and Governors are delighted to invite residents of our catchment villages to the improved Junior Site to hear about the ongoing developments of the school as a whole, including our Race for Space Appeal for the new grass pitch at Dinton.

All residents from our catchment village are invited to the Junior Site, School Lane, Dinton at 7.30pm to 9pm on the 18th Jan 2011.

Please RSVP or Enquiries:

Mrs Kim Price, T. 01296 748264


To help raise monies for the village

Any unwanted Christmas presents could be sold at the village fete. So instead of hiding them in the loft to be brought out when the giver visits or given to a charity shop, bring them to The Malthouse, Lower Church Street, opposite the lower green.

If you have any problems delivering due to size, weight etc. then call Tony on 291310.

King James and St Nicholas, Cuddington

The Bible will be a central theme at 10am services at St Nicholas in 2011, and in his sermon on Sunday Jan.2nd  Martin Hodson outlined the plan for the year. which, in summary, is

January – March                 “The Big Story”
April                                   Leading up to Easter
May – July                         "Biblical Themes”
August                              Summer break. Readings from Lectionary
September – November        “Biblical Characters”
December                           Advent and the lead up to Christmas

 The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams in a New Year address recorded for the BBC,  called on people of all faiths - or even none - to rediscover the King James Bible.
This can be found on


King James Bible – 400 years old!!

"King James I of England has not always had a good press. His disdain for parliament, his dodgy favourites, the extravagance of his court and his pro-Spanish foreign policy did not do him any credit. He was the founder of that unhappy line of English kings, the Stuarts.

But whatever his faults, he was clever and he loved a good intellectual argument and all credit to him for assembling an elite crowd of bishops and scholars to Hampton Court, in January 1604, to discuss such meaty questions as: "Do we need bishops?" and: "If so, must they dress up in such swanky garments?"

The conference itself did not achieve a great deal but out of it, seven years later, came one of the most venerated works of literature in this or any other language, the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, the 400th anniversary celebrations of which are now under way"

 The Independent Newspaper


Sunshine Club Carols

On Monday 13th December, the Year 5 children of Cuddington and Dinton School were invited to join the Sunshine Club to perform a selection of Christmas Carols during their festivities.

A very warm welcome was extended to us at the Bernard Hall and the children were particularly excited by their 'thank you' crackers! A lovely opportunity for the older pupils to join in with the community celebrations.

Thank you Cuddington

This message came to the village website on 23 December 2010

"Hello. I would like to use this to say a massive thank you to the people in Cuddington who helped me on Tuesday. I drove to a funeral at St Nicholas’s Church and my car became stuck in the snow on two occasions but on both times people who had seen me came out of their homes to help push me up the hill. I am incredibly grateful to them and was delighted to have been in such a lovely village. James"

Carols Around Village

Due to adverse weather conditions the Carol Singing around the village due to take place tonight Wed. Dec.22nd has been cancelled. We much regret having to do this, but slippery road/path surfaces render the risk of personal accidental unacceptable. Profuse apologies to all concerned. 

Delays in Refuse and Recycling Collections

The Parish Council have been informed that due to the severe weather, refuse and recycling collections maybe delayed in some areas.  Click here for further information from AVDC.


Christmas ?

The Nativity Scene presented as part of the December Family Service at St. Nicholas began as expected:- two small children representing Mary and Joseph entered and they were immediately joined by two angels and by shepherds and kings coming to pay homage to the Holy Child.

But then all changed: a large Christmas tree was pushed on to the stage partially blocking the view of Mary, who was then dwarfed by the presence of a very tall Father Christmas standing close to her. Older children then rushed happily on to the stage holding gaily-coloured presents.

With the stage already very crowded and the original tableau being nowhere to be seen there was an invasion by a crowd of very happy revellers, holding a Christmas pudding, bottles and fruit etc. - all the ingredients we love to have when celebrating this festive occasion.

However, by now there were far too many people on the small stage and so the leader of the service had to act quickly, and he did by first sending off the angels, then the shepherds and the kings as not being necessary for the festivities and finally Joseph with Mary, holding the baby Jesus, were given their dismissal as not being necessary for requirements.

The happy festive scene which remained was one all could recognize, but it also left uncomfortable thoughts - two thousand years ago there was no room in the inn for the Saviour's birth and now in 2010 it seems that Christ, after whom this festival is named, has once again been left out – of our homes and of our lives. Perhaps the words of one of the carols which we are so fond of singing can help to put our thoughts about this season into their right perspective:

            We hear the Christmas angels

            The great glad tidings tell

             O come to us, abide with us

             Our Lord Emmanuel.



Race for Space | Waitrose January 2011

Cuddington & Dinton C of E School Field Appeal - Do you shop in Waitrose?  If so we need your green discs in January!

Look out for the Cuddington and Dinton School Field Appeal at Waitrose this January:  Race for Space, in the Community Matters Boxes in January.  

Help our School turn their wet, muddy, bumpy field into a smooth well-drained grass pitch to enable the children to enjoy sport and play healthily all year round.  We are fundraising to create a new sports field and build some low-impact storage/changing facilities in time for the summer term.

Every disc will go towards making sure that we receive part of the £1,000… start saving now as every disc will make a difference.

Thank you for your support!

Visit to follow the progress as we get closer to our summer term deadline…

Lord Rothschild | £3,000 donation to Race for Space

Cuddington & Dinton Church of England School would like to say a huge thank you to Lord Rothschild for awarding £3,000 to our School Field Appeal, Race for Space, from his Foundation's Small Grants Programme.  We are lucky enough to have fantastic links with the Waddesdon Estate, and his support has given us a real boost!

Find out more about Race for Space here

Race for Space | Village Donations

This year has seen incredible generosity towards the school and its appeals… the continued kindness and support of our local communities will see benefits both to general school life for the children and also bring us a little closer to delivering some of the bigger aims for school.

We are very grateful for the fabulous donations we have received from our local village communities;

- Dinton Fete donated £2,500 towards our Race For Space campaign.

- Cuddington Fete donated £450 for Class 1 (Barn Owls) Outdoor Storage

- Chearsley Village Trust donated £100 towards Race For Space campaign.

Thank you to all the villagers for your continuing support and generosity.



Season’s Greetings

Cuddington Parish Council wishes all visitors to the website a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Download the Parish Council Christmas Card and Information Leaflet

David Polhill 

Good wishes to our new website from the Chairman of Bucks County Council

"Many thanks for updating me on the progress of your parish website. I am delighted to pass on my good wishes to those concerned and, indeed, all the residents of Cuddington. It is an excellent idea."

David Polhill

Fete Disbursements 2010

Fete Disbursements  

Fete disbursements agreed at Fete Committee AGM on 4 November 2010

There was a  small amendment at the meeting - the Greening Committee was given £100 instead of £50. Both The Sunshine Club and St Nicholas Church offered to reduce their amounts by £25 each.


"ENSA, Never a Dull Moment" Peggy Batchelor

The next meeting of the history society will be on the 15th February 2011 at 7:30pm In the Clubhouse.



Village Bonfire and Fireworks Party

On the Monday preceding Saturday, 30th October, forecasters predicted dire weather;  I couldn't bear to look again!  On Saturday afternoon Jaap found it necesssary to show me a beautiful rainbow and the most enormous black cloud hanging over the fields just outside Cuddington!   However, my prayers were answered and the cloud moved off towards the Chilterns and we were left to enjoy yet another very successful village bonfire and fireworks party up on the village playing fields.

Thanks must go to Jo and Mark Goodall for all their help with the organisation this year, and to members of the Cricket Club and many others who helped out on the night.  The BBQ ran out of beefburgers and sausages and there was very little left of the delicious chilli made by Jo and her helpers Diane and Pascale, so that can't be bad, and we also ran out of mulled wine – not so good!  The idea of a hot chocolate stand was inspired!  The fireworks were super – "the best yet" according to many people.

Together with the many facilities the village has:  a school, a village shop, the Bernard Hall, etc., the village is also very lucky to have its own playing fields with the refurbished sports pavilion, and it was great to see so many families enjoying themselves both inside and out – it was a real village event!  A big thank you to Nibby and his helpers for all their hard work behind the bar, and to Denise and Les and Jan who helped us to sell tickets.  Thanks also to Chris Long for his music which always livens up the event.

Mark and Jo unwisely mentioned doing it all again next year, which will be great.  So now we all have something to look forward to in addition to that other event that will be taking place next year!

I would finally like to thank Phil and Jayne Davidson who, whenever I have asked for help over the past ten years, have never said no!    Jayne has now taken over as Fête Committee chairman, so I hope everyone will give her and her committee all the help they will need.

Last but certainly not least, a big thank you to all those of you who came and helped to make the evening such a success.

Jennifer SdeJ


For one year only....

For one year only we are excited to announce that this years ball will be held in the beautiful gardens on Nether Winchendon House. This will be a unique opportunity to experience the gardens on a summer evening and it will make for the most magical evening for all those who attend.

Book your tickets now on-line at 


Poppy Appeal 2010

The Poppy collections this year were as follows:

  • House to house collections: £623.79
  • Collection by St. Nicholas: £61.10
  • Donation from Cuddington Parish Council: £55.00

...bringing the total amount donated by Cuddington to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal this year to £739.89, very nearly half of the total amount collected by Chearsley, Nether Winchenden and Cuddington, which was £1,518.12 plus a Euro and a couple of US cents!

A big thank you to all our Poppy collectors and to those of you who gave so generously to such a worthy and necessary appeal.

Jennifer Schram de Jong

Nicholas Almond Charity

There are still a few days remaining for those of you who might be eligible (young persons resident in Cuddington in further education or an apprenticeship) to submit an application for a small grant to help with study expenses – books, etc.   Please write to: Jennifer Schram de Jong, Larden, Spicketts Lane, Cuddington, Tel: 291501 or email:

Christmas Fayre 2010 

Christmas Fayre

Cuddington’s first (in a long time) Christmas Fayre took place in the Bernard Hall on Saturday 13th November – purposely early so that people could buy prezzies and also place orders in time for Christmas.  Cuddington enterprises, clubs and organisations took part – a hive of activity had been going on for weeks beforehand, baking, making sweets/preserves, knitting, etc and what was really nice was the diversity, not only of the stalls but also of the age groups that got involved.

The hall was “decked with holly”, fairy lights, etc and what with that and the background music of carols and Christmas songs the whole atmosphere was very festive and brimming with Christmas spirit. The children got to visit Santa and were given a candy cane and balloon - instead of charging for them to visit we just asked for a donation to Chiltern Air Ambulance. A cheque for £16 has been sent off by reindeer mail.

The comments and feedback so far have been extremely positive, so it looks as though this may be something that goes on the Cuddington calendar for 2011.

Maggie Waters


Greener Cuddington Energy Challenge Outcome

Details of the Energy Challenge are below.

We have now counted the Energy Challenge cards displayed in windows within the village. 220 cards were distributed after the launch: 20 houses had cards on display when we counted them in November. In addition, we know of one household which has installed loft insulation, prompted by our challenge. The Greening Project, in which this challenge was rooted, normally achieves between 5-10% of a community taking part, so we seem to have done quite well.

The actual CO2 emissions savings will depend upon which challenges were undertaken, but if the 20 households have all insulated their lofts properly and taken on 4 other suggestions, then our overall emissions might now be as much as 30,000 kilogrammes of CO2 per year lower than if no action had been taken.

If we can do this with only 10 percent of the village taking part, you can imagine how much might be saved in both energy bills and CO2 emissions if more people got involved.

The Greener Cuddington Team is now looking to start new projects in areas like wildlife and transport. Please come and help us make a difference!

The new kitchen in use for the Christmas Fayre 

New Bernard Hall Kitchen Opens

The first day of October was an appropriate date to celebrate the opening of the Bernard Hall’s new kitchen.  This large and bright addition to the building was put to good use on its first “outing” when about a hundred villagers sat down to a candle-lit supper and wine tasting.

The new kitchen was opened on time and on budget, around £60,000, with grants from WREN and Aylesbury Vale District Council.  The chairman of the hall management committee, Markus Bolton, said that there was still £2,000 to raise, but the wine tasting evening contributed significantly to this shortfall.



LINk is part of the NHS, with the aim of involving the public in the organisation of healthcare. 

Twenty years ago the Community Health Councils performed this function. About ten years ago they were abolished and `Patient and Public Involvement` (PPI) came about: I was the representative on this for our Parish Council. As is the way of governments these days, this has been replaced by `LINk`. This is now part of local government - Bucks County Council. 

I have signed up to keep a watching brief for the Parish Council, and will report anything that seems of value to the village.

Stephen Turner

(Update - 22 November 2012.  LINk is making slow progress at present, with all the administrative changes and uncertainty in the NHS)

(Update - June 2013. Public Health now responsibility of Bucks CC, so LINk is no more. Watching for developments involving the public))

Planning Applications 2011-2012

For Comment

11/02137/APP - Wayside, Bridgeway, Cuddington, HP18 0AW

Demolition of existing rear single storey and two storey rear extensions, erection of replacement two storey rear extension and alterations to access.

11/02020/ATC - The Pitchings, Spurt Street, Cuddington, HP18 0BB

Fell one Apple Tree.

11/02029/ATC - Green Pastures, Holly Tree Lane, Cuddington, HP18 0BA

Fell two Field Maples and thin crowns of three Field Maples by 10%

11/01403/APP - Hollywell Farm, Aylesbury Road, Cuddington, HP18 0BG.  AMENDED Proposals/Plans.

Equestrian development comprising stable block, manege, horse exerciser, indoor riding school, turnout barn, feed tack room, isolation stables, storage and ancillary office space and replacement agricultural greenhouse.

11/01754/ATC - The Platt, Holly Tree Lane, Cuddington, HP18 0BA

Fell one Cherry Tree

11/01717/ATC - Seven Stars, Spurt Street, Cuddington, HP18 0BB

Crown lift by 10m one Cherry tree.


11/01242/ATC - St Nicholas Church, Upper Church Street, Cuddington

Crown lift to 1.8m and reduce by 30% one Yew tree (T1), crown reduce by up to 40% one Yew tree (T2), and crown reduce one vertical Yew tree by up to 50% and one horizonal Yew tree by 50% and lift both trees to 1.8m (G3).

11/01323/ATC - Paddock Pass, Frog Lane, Cuddington, HP18 0AX

Fell seven conifers.

11/00289/APP - 5a Bernard Close, Cuddington, HP18 0AJ

Erection of decking and boundary fence (Retrospective)

11/00259/APP - Mill Cottage, Bridgeway, HP18 0BP

Front Porch

11/00451/APP - Cuddington Mill, Bridgeway, HP18 0BP

Demolition of two storey extension and greenhouse and erection of two storey extension and alterations to main house.

11/00495/ATC - Thornside, Holly Tree Lane, HP18 0BA

Fell on Portugal Laurel Tree

11/00230/ALB - Upper Green Cottage, The Green, HP18 0AN

Retention of two windows on first floor and one window on ground floor (retrospective)

11/00188/APP - 9 Bernard Close, Cuddington, HP18 0AJ

Rear Conservatory

11/00132/ATC - Wayside, Bridgeway, Cuddington, HP18 0AW

Fell one Cherry tree and one Hawthorn tree

11/00077/ATC - The Laurels, Spicketts Lane, Cuddington, HP18 0AY

Fell one Horsenut tree

10/02327/APP - 23 Bernard Close, Cuddington, HP18 0AJ

Single storey front and side and two storey side and rear extension.

10/02163/APP - 36 Bernard Close, Cuddington, HP18 0AJ

Replacement single storey front extension.

10/02455/ATC - The Old House, Upper Church St, HP18 0AP

Felling of 1x Horse Chestnut Tree and pollarding of 1x Horse Chestnut Tree.

10/02346/APP & 10/02347/ALB - Beam Cottage, Lower Church Street, Cuddington, HP18 0AS

Admendment to planning permission 10/00620/APP

10/01867/APP - Wychen, Spurt Street, HP18 0BB

Rear Conservatory

10/01830/APP - 3 Dadfield Close, HP18 0BH

Conservatory - Retrospective

10/01989/ATC - The Platt, Holly Tree Lane, HP18 0BA

Reduce one Apple tree and fell on Sycamore


Footpath maintenance 2011

We need the footpaths to be well maintained so we can all enjoy them and we can all help on this please. On your walks do take - especially at this time of year - secateurs for overhanging brambles etc and a stick to beat the nettles down! 

The footpaths in Cuddington, Nether  and Upper Winchendon are all being walked  as we speak by Alan and Stella Marsh for their annual audit. Please let us know on 01844 292466 or by e-mail to if you are aware of any problems with these paths

We can ensure that they are covered in our report to the Ramblers and Bucks Right of Way in September 2011. We shall also copy this to the Parish Council footpath working group which we are members of chaired by Doug Kennedy which plans to do some maintenance work as well.   

Last year's reports are available below, along with a list of likely path problems to help definitions.

Cuddington footpaths report September 2010

Nether Winchendon footpaths report September 2010

List of path problems

Here is the link to Buck CC Rights of Way page to view the path problems under the responsibility and maintenance section and then current issues section.

Welcome to Rev. Fred Ireland

On Wednesday 1st September 2010 the new Vale of Aylesbury Methodist Circuit came into being at an Inaugural Service at Buckingham Street, Aylesbury. We also welcomed Rev. Keith Edwards to Aylesbury and Fred Ireland from Fairford Leys into his new role at Thame. Fred also has Pastoral care of Haddenham, Chinnor and Cuddington as well as Christchurch Thame.

Derick and some members of Cuddington Methodist Church 

Farewell to Rev. Derick and Debbie Chambers

On Tuesday 31st August 2010 we all gathered in Watlington Methodist Church to say Farewell to Derick and Debbie and also for a final Thanksgiving for the Thame and Watlington Circuit. Derick was due to take up his new appointment in the Leamington Circuit at Kenilworth on 1st September and it was with very mixed emotions that we bade them Farewell and wished them God's Blessing in their new sphere of Ministry. The Thanksgiving service also marked the end of an era for theTaWMC as from 1st September the Churches of Thame, Haddenham, Chinnor and Cuddington joined Aylesbury Vale Circuit to become the new Vale of Aylesbury Circuit. The Churches at Watlington, Chalgrove and Great Milton joined the new Oxford Circuit. 

Thanks for helping to create the new website

On behalf of the Cuddington Parish Council, thanks are due to all those in the village and beyond, who have helped with the relaunched website

Special thanks to our twenty editors, who are looking after the pages of village organizations and amenities:

Alan Marsh   Angela Wenham   Tony Digby   Caroline Stonham   Charlotte Cooper   Chris Blumer   Colin Watts   David Benson   Charlotte Davies   Doug Kennedy   Jayne Davidson   Jeanne Gordon   Jennifer Schram de Jong   Joe Bruce   Louise Kirkwood   Matt Tomson  Myles Saker   Phil Davidson   Phil Johnson  Rosemary Bradbury   Viv Semmens

Thanks for Photographs from:   Chris Blumer   Peggy Cattell   Doug Kennedy   Chris Long   Ian Meikle

Rob Williams of Oxford IT Solutions, website builder

Above all, thanks are due to the village website working group for several month’s hard work:   

Chris Long, technology specialist and project manager; Simon Shaw, website designer; Venetia Davies, Parish clerk 

As the Parish Council representative, it has been a pleasure working with them,

Stephen Turner

Presentation Party - Best Kept Village 2010 

We win again! Best Kept Village of the Year 2010


CUDDINGTON has been judged as winner in the Morris Cup in the 2010 Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village competition, organised by the Bucks Association of Local Councils (BALC).

Sherry Scott, Chairman of Cuddington Parish Council was delighted to receive the Morris Cup (for population 500-1500) from the Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher on Saturday 4th September.  Special praised was given to the flowers that feature throughout the village, the churchyard, bus shelters and notice boards as well as the children’s play area and the Bernard Hall.  Cuddington was also congratulated on the best cared War Memorial seen in this year’s competition.  Sherry thanked and congratulated all the villagers for their hard work in achieving and maintaining the high standards of the competition.

The Best Kept Village Competition judges visit each village unannounced and assess features such as recreation grounds, village halls, graveyards and war memorials for good maintenance and lack of litter.

Helen Barnes School Harvest Assembly 

Rev'd Helen Barnes

Rev'd Helen Barnes was appointed as curate to the benefice in September, and has already begun to take an active part in the community. Helen's children have attended Cuddington and Dinton school.  Helen is shown here leading the school church assembly for Harvest, and was wonderful with her thoughtful words and puppetry for the children.  For the first time children from both of the school sites came together for the one service.

Margot & Martin Hodson 

Rev'd Margot Hodson

Margot, who has now been our vicar for 18 months, recently enjoyed a short holiday with her husband Martin in the Holy Land, and is pictured here on the banks of the Sea of Galilee

Jonathan and Jackie  

Rev'd Jonathan Hawkins & Jackie

Rev'd Jonathan Hawkins has recently joined the benefice team and he will have primary focus in Cuddington. He will normally take the 1st Sunday in the month Holy Communion service and the 4th sunday 11.15am BCP service. He and his wife, Jackie, intend to be actively involved in the life of the church. Jonathan is an ordained minister but has a full time job as a chartered surveyor in Aylesbury.


Greener Cuddington Energy Challenge

Six weeks ago, Energy Challenge cards were delivered to every house in Cuddington following the project launch at the Village Fun Day. The aim is to help people to find ways to reduce their energy use without adversely affecting their lifestyles: the benefits will be to save money and to do something about protecting our environment.

There are 9 challenges on the cards, which are things you can do to reduce energy use in your home. Once you have achieved a least 5 of them, you tick them off, and display the card, logo side out, in your front window so it can be seen from the street.

We are about to count the cards on display and from that we can calculate how much CO2 the village has saved.

There is still time to put a card up - please call Doug Kennedy on 01844 290602 if you do not have one, of for advice.

Nigel Featherston 

Nigel Featherston - Licensed Lay Minister

After several years' intensive study Nigel Featherston was licensed as a Lay Minister at Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford on Saturday Nov.6th by the Bishop of Dorchester. The ceremony was attended by a large contingent of supporters from the benefice and it was a fitting celebration of all of Nigel's hard work. Nigel will work across the benefice but will remain a member of St Nicholas' congregation.


Family Fun Day

The Family Fun Day on 19th September attracted well over a hundred people and raised almost £400 for the CPFA towards the upkeep of the playing fields and clubhouse.  Click any of the photos in the banner above to see an enlarged copy.

This was also the occasion for the launch of the Greener Cuddington project - more details on the Greener Cuddington page.


Race For Space Appeal – The Launch!

The Race For Space Appeal was launched with a bang in the Cuddington and Dinton playgrounds on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th July with a display of the project plans and colourful green balloons being given away to the children.

The main purpose of the launch was to let everyone know about the appeal and also to ask for help in getting the appeal selected for the Waitrose Community Matters Scheme. In order to be selected we need as many nominations as possible and then, if selected, depending on how may ‘green coins’ go into our pot we get a share of the Waitrose donation!

Watch out for us in Waitrose and if you haven’t already nominated the appeal and would like to help please contact us to get a form or ask for a form in the Waitrose store.


Race For Space | Work has begun!

Work has begun… but there is still a way to go to the finishing post.

With just enough money in the fundraising pot to begin digging and leveling the field, Agripower began work in August and just managed to work around the torrential rain! Seeding took place last week and we will soon be on our way to creating a beautiful level, smooth pitch for the children to play on next Summer.

However, there is still the hard part of raising the remaining funds but we have some great initiatives that will enable you to support the appeal and have fun doing so.

Look out for our ‘SPACE FOR CHANGE’ campaign that the children will tell you all about just before half term.


Race For Space Appeal | Thanks to Dinton Fête Committee

We are thrilled to announce that the Dinton Fête Committee has decided to award the ‘Race for Space’ appeal £2,500.00. We would like to thank the committee for their generous support…

This great news helps us continue the fund-raising momentum towards our target of £32,000.00.

We now have £12,000 outstanding and ‘Race for Space’ committee are busy approaching companies for sponsorship donations… we have some exciting ideas in the pipe-line. Watch out for the ‘Space for Change’ fundraising initiative that will launching over the next couple of weeks… with the support of the parents, children and local communities we hope will take us a little bit closer to our target!


Friends 4 CADS | How Your Money Was Spent

With the support of parents and friends, Friends 4 CADS has made an incredible difference to our school across both sites. This is how the £26,979.00 raised has been spent...

YEAR 2008-9

  • Dinton Building Work (10% paid by CADS) | £ 1,235.00
  • Resurfacing of Playground (10% paid by CADS) | £ 2,600.00
  • Picnic Tables | £ 740.00
  • New tables & chairs for Dinton | £ 700.00
  • Rainbow Road | £ 300.00
  • Little Owls Garden at Cuddington | £ 728.07
  • Raindrops Learning | £ 850.00
  • Each Class given £100.00 | £ 600.00
  • Dedication Service |£ 814.90

Total £  8,567.97  

YEAR 2009-10

  • Hockey equipment |£ 560.49
  • Playground Equipement |£ 224.77
  • Transport/Coaches for the Pantomime |£ 590.00    
  • Matrix White Boards |£  3,953.00
  • Half of the cost of the outside classroom at Dinton |£ 2,500.00
  • Library/Outside Classroom cushions |£ 345.00
  • Computers£ 10,000.00
  • Football Goal Posts for Cuddington and Dinton |£ 129.50
  • Easter Egg Hunt for the children |£ 108.95

Total £ 18,411.71


Every Tuesday pm |  Able & Cole Fruit & Veg in playgrounds

Online Shopping | 

Monthly Newsletter |  Look out for F4CADS regular updates

News on our RACE FOR SPACE appeal |

School Website |  coming soon – links to all F4CADS info