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Postcode of village centre and Bernard Hall: HP18 0AP
Postcode of Playing Fields Clubhouse: HP18 0AJ
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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.

 

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 venetia.davies@talktalk.net (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

 

Remember the Fete when you start clearing out!

The Sun’s out, the flowers are on their way and I am sure we shall soon be donning our marigolds and getting stuck in to the traditional English Spring Clean.  Well don’t forget the Fete when you start bagging up your old bits and bobs.  We would welcome all donations of bags and beads (to go direct to Denise's) and any books, toys, bottles or bric-a-brac.  Phone Jo (292958) to arrange a collection time or drop off at 10 Bernard Close whenever you are able.

Many thanks, Jo Goodson

Roger Howell of Barnabas Fund 

Parish Supper – Feb. 21st 2015

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

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

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

 

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 (venetia.davies@talktalk.net: 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.

Diary Dates – Annual Village Meeting and AGM of Parish Council

The Annual Village Meeting will take place on Wednesday 22nd April at 7.30pm in the Bernard Hall.  Please put the date in your diaries.  More details to follow.

Due to the date of the Elections in May, the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council will be moved from the first Wednesday in the month and be held instead on Wednesday 13th May at 7.30pm in Cuddington and Dinton School – Infant site.  

 

Witchert Chorale Concert on March 28th

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

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

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

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

ALL WELCOME AT THIS EXCITING EVENING!!

The Bensons’ Farewell Lunch

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

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

Manor House String Quartet

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

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

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

Top School!

School’s Performance Data

We are delighted to report that Cuddington and Dinton C of E School was placed 5th out of 214 Primary schools in Buckinghamshire based on pupils’ progress.

This is a very commendable achievement and as a result of the school’s overall standing in the recently-published performance tables our MP, John Bercow, wrote a very welcome and encouraging letter of congratulations to our Headteacher, Kim Price.

Click here to see the detail of the top 8 schools and here to see John Bercow’s letter.

Know your landscape – Cuddington

Inspired by a recent Radio 4 Start the Week podcast, I have decided to start to get to know my landscape at Cuddington better by looking on my walks at:

  • how it folds and undulates
  • what is growing or not
  • what is in the sky
  • the buildings that punctuate the landscape
  • how it feels to be out in it at different points and times of day and seasons and weather

Knowing your landscape will give you a deeper appreciation of your surroundings and therefore a deeper pleasure in them.

You can walk across the hills, along your street, or onto the concrete path going down to Nether Winchendon. 

Enjoy your walking and knowing your landscape.

Alan Marsh

alan@rosetree40.plus.com

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