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Welcome to the website for Cuddington, Buckinghamshire.  There is lots of content to explore, and the site is constantly updated by editors in the village.  Never miss out on village news and events that interest you by registering for Website Membership.

The site has been created to be a hub of village activities and news and our ambition is that, as well as keeping everyone up to date, the website will become an interesting record of village life.  We would love to hear what you think of the website and any suggestions that you have on how we might improve it.  You can get in touch with us on the Contact Us page.

Postcode of village centre and Bernard Hall: HP18 0AP
Postcode of Playing Fields Clubhouse: HP18 0AJ
Street map of Cuddington
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Annual Village Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the Annual Village Meeting.  The meeting was another great success with over 70 Parishioners attending.

The Draft Minutes can be viewed here

A reminder that the AGM of the Parish Council is on Monday 9th May in the Bernard Hall at 7.30pm.  Please come along.


Sunshine Club Matinée Cinema

The next Matinée Cinema presentation on Monday 16 May in the Bernard Hall will feature the classic musical drama "Funny Girl" starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif.  Entry (£5/conc £4) includes tea and cake.  Doors open at 1pm for a 1.30pm start.  Tickets may be available at the door, but booking is advised.  Ring Liz 01844 299 150


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,

Donkey Meadow – Final Update

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

Gentle Exercise 60+ Class

This term’s class would welcome a new member as we are short of one due to health reasons.

Please book to join with Bucks Adult Learning – 0845 045 4040


Road Closures – Bridgeway, Aylesbury Road and Dadbrook

Transport for Buckinghamshire advise that they will be carrying out highway maintenance road treatment works to the carriageway on Bridgeway and Aylesbury Road between Cannon’s Hill and the fork on Aylesbury Road by Brookfields, and on Dadbrook from the A418 to The Green.

The work will be carried out in two phases.  Surface dressing preparatory works are scheduled to take place between 28th April and 5th May, and are expected to take up to four days to complete.  The dates for the actual surface dressing have yet to be confirmed.

The road will be closed between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm while the work is taking place.  Transport for Bucks say that information signs will be erected on site before the works begin, giving the actual dates and durations.  The work may be disrupted if there is bad weather.

Transport for Bucks say that every effort will be made to maintain access for residents, although there may be some delay when the road treatment works pass your property.  They request that vehicles are not parked on the road and/or footway while the works are taking place.

For more information, call 01296 382416 or visit

Dog Stolen in Haddenham

A Haddenham vet reports that a dog has been stolen from a house in the village.

His advice is not to leave your dog alone at home if at all possible, to shut the curtains if the dog is to be indoors for a long period by itself, and to make extra sure that doors are locked.

Apparently, dog thieves follow you when out walking to see where you live, and then come back later.  So if you happen to notice a car following you or acting strangely that you don't recognise, it might be worth making note of the number plate.

There are more details and advice for dog owners on the website.


CPFA Race Night

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.


Visit to the Lindengate Charity Garden, Monday 9th May

The Gardening Club is visiting the Lindengate Charity Garden, Worlds End near Wendover on Monday 9th May, 6 - 7.30 pm.  The team at Lindengate offers specilised gardening activities to help those with mental health needs in their recovery.  The five acre site has been planned with working areas, a pleasure garden to enjoy, polytunnels and a re-furbished Portakabin which acts as a classroom with a kitchen for preparing food from the garden.

For further details please contact Elsie Frost on 01844 290768.


Galliard Band Spring Concert

St. Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington

Saturday 14th May  7.30 pm



A programme of warm-hearted and inspiring music for a spring evening, played on recorders of all shapes and sizes. Tunes from many centuries, blending the traditional with the modern in a gallimaufry of styles.  (Now there’s an expression you don’t hear every
day !)

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.


Christian Aid Coffee Evening and Plant Sale

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

Monday 16th May   7.00 - 9.00 pm

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

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

For more information please contact me at

Helen Keeping


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


Footpaths and Wildlife Strips: an important request for action by walkers and riders

Cuddington is blessed with many footpaths that enable us to access the beautiful countryside which surrounds the village, almost all of which is privately-owned. I say 'blessed', because having the right in law to use routes that penetrate every corner of England and Wales is unique in the World and a very great privilege. Many, but not all, land owners would prefer it if these rights of way did not exist as:

  • They have a duty to keep them open and to mark the routes across cultivated land.
  • Footpaths are perceived as invading their domains (occasionally quite dramatically, as in the case of Cuddington Mill).
  • People using the footpaths do not always act considerately or responsibly.

My experience locally is that people are pretty well-behaved in not dropping litter or leaving gates open. We do, however, feel that we are at liberty to wander off the legitimate rights-of-way at will, and this has become a problem.

We are very fortunate that the arable fields to the north of Cuddington are managed by Waddesdon Estates as they are sympathetic to walkers and have Level 1 Environmental Stewardship status, which means that they encourage wildlife. They are also a very responsible land owner and manager and do try to do things properly, engaging with local communities where issues arise. The Waddesdon Farms Manager contacted your Parish Council saying that a problem was developing with people walking and riding on the wildlife strips that surround some of their fields, rather than using footpaths. We have now discussed this with him and agree that something needs to be done on both sides.

Wildlife, or conservation strips are developed around the edges of arable fields as reservoirs for wild flowers, insects and other wildlife. They are a major component of Environmental Stewardship that is intended to provide space for non-agricultural plants and animals to prosper, supporting biodiversity in the area. We have seen the benefit of this in the bee orchids that have started appearing on the footpath down to Winchendon Mill and in increased numbers and species of butterflies. If people regularly access these areas on foot, horse, cycle or vehicle, the soil becomes compacted, plants are crushed and wildlife is disturbed and it is damaging!

The strips around two fields in the Cuddington vicinity are being used so that compaction is becoming a problem:

  • The field to the north of the 'muddy track' from Frog Lane to Ridgebarn Farm. There is a footpath that runs west-east through the middle of the field, but the wildlife strip around the top of the field is being accessed regularly instead.
  • The field to the east of the sealed track from the Upper Green down to Nether Winchendon where people are cutting across the bottom of it to join the footpath that goes up to the little duck pond.

Waddesdon have asked that this stops, and that people try to stick to the footpaths. We pointed out that the footpath route across the first of these fields is not always marked well, and that it can be very muddy in wet weather. The Farms Manager has undertaken to make sure the footpaths across arable fields are clearly marked and will also install signs alerting people to the importance of not trespassing on the wildlife strips. The Estate will run a vehicle over the routes but are not prepared to undertake further compaction of the soil, but it should be pointed out that, if the footpath is used by everyone instead of the strips, it will become compacted by the many feet, as is happening to the strips.

Your cooperation and adherence to this request will be much appreciated, and will contribute to a richer countryside around our village.

Doug Kennedy
Cuddington Footpaths Working Group


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