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Postcode of village centre and Bernard Hall: HP18 0AP
Postcode of Playing Fields Clubhouse: HP18 0AJ
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Sunshine Club Matinée Cinema

“The Sound of Music” will be the next Matinée Cinema presentation on Monday 25th July.  This ever popular musical, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, will fill the Bernard Hall with its well known songs.  Doors open at 1pm for a 1.30pm start.  £5/conc £4 entry fee includes tea and home-made cake.  Tickets from Liz 01844 299150.

 

Summerfest Radio 87.9 FM

Summerfest Radio, Bucks’ and Oxon’s own local radio station, will take to the airwaves again from Sunday 19th June, to preface and celebrate the Haddenham Beer Festival 2016.  It will broadcast for two weeks until Sunday 3rd July, the day after the Summerfest Beer Festival.

The radio station will broadcast live from 6.00 am to 9.00 pm every day, featuring the best of today’s music as well as classic pop and rock tracks – all interlaced with intelligent conversation, engaging banter, local news, weather and traffic reports.  You can also enjoy Summerfest Radio overnight, keeping you company in the late evening and throughout the small hours.

I shall be presenting the weekend breakfast show, 7.00 to 10.00 am Saturdays and Sundays from next weekend.

Tune in on 87.9 FM, or on the internet at summerfestradio.co.uk

Chris Long

 

Grand Draw Tickets available now!

Buy your tickets online and we will hand deliver to anyone in Cuddington.  If you live outside the village don’t despair – you can collect your tickets from the Grand Draw Desk outside the Bernard Hall on Fete day.  Tickets are £1 each and could win you any of the following:

  • Sunday lunch for four in the Crown
  • A Kindle Fire
  • £30 voucher for the village shop
  • £10 voucher for the village shop
  • A mystery gift!

Don’t delay – buy your tickets today!

Also available from the village shop.

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Cheese and Wine Party

James and Elsie Frost are hosting the Cuddington Gardening Club’s cheese and wine party at The Old Rectory on Monday 18th July from 6.00 pm until 9.00.

Everyone is invited to look around James and Elsie’s garden and enjoy some cheese and wine as well as some pleasant company.  A selection of pâtés and cheeses will be served with accompaniments, and further wines and fruit juices will be available.  The cost is £6.00 for CGC members or £7 for guests, including a glass of wine.

If you would like to come, please download this form and return it with your payment to Tony and Yvette Digby at The Malt House, Lower Church Street by Monday 11th July.

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.

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Public Footpath Route to Donkey Meadow

The path alongside the hedge in Donkey Meadow has now become a Public Footpath, but to access it from Cuddington, walkers should not use the open gateway just this side of Nether Winchendon Mill (Photo 1).  The correct route is to use the stile in Photo 2, walk past the Mill, follow the path through the farm buildings to the rear of the house (Photo 3) and then turn right.  There is a stile by the gate into Donkey Meadow (Photo 4).

Nether Winchendon Parish Meeting/Bucks County Council will be putting up signs to this effect in the near future.

Angela Sanderson

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 www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/find-your-bin-day

Cuddington Vertebrate Watch Results 2016

The results of the 6th Cuddington Vertebrate Watch Results 2016 are now in, so here is an outline.  If you want to see the full results, please email doug@doug-kennedy.com and I will send you them in pdf format.

8 people took part, spread across the northern half of the village (on and below the Aylesbury Road), but I am still looking for people around Dadbrook – if interested please do get in touch with me.

Overall, this is a better year than last year, when April and early May were much colder: it hasn't been warm this year, but there has been a nice mix of rain and sunshine so vegetation is doing very well.  There is a contrast between houses on the edge of the village and those in the middle, the former getting more farmland birds, and the latter the finches and tits.  27 species of  birds were recorded this year as well as grey squirrels, a muntjac, mice and common newts.

We are seeing a lot of consistency over the years and some trends are becoming fairly clear that echo national trends.  Corbids (crow, raven, jackdaw, magpie) are becoming more numerous, as are red kites and woodpigeons (everywhere!!).  Starlings are back this year and sparrows seem to be doing better than recent years.  We have good numbers of Greenfinches and goldfinches whereas chaffinches numbers are down.  Finches love the sunflower kernels which some of us use in feeders.

Only one thrush and no dunnocks, although I do see a pair of dunnocks in my garden on a daily  basis.  Bluetit numbers are down, but great tits are up a lot.

The lack of thrushes and cuckoos is very sad and reflects a national trend. On May Day at the church, we sang about the cuckoo, whose song seems to have been everywhere in the countryside in past centuries.  Of course, many cuckoos is hard on warblers and other host birds, but the lack of these is partially responsible for the cuckoo’s decline.

Bird feeders do a lot to help garden birds, especially through the winter, and I believe that they are instrumental in the good numbers of sparrows, tits and finches in Cuddington.

I hope that you found this interesting and am interested in any feedback.  If you would like to take part next May, please let me know, especially if you live anywhere around Dadbrook.

Doug Kennedy

Spring Delights

On our walks over the past week in the Chilterns, we have seen:

  • carpets of bluebells
  • wood anemones
  • celandines
  • lots of birds (seen and heard)
  • deer
  • beech trees coming onto leaf

Around the village, on the banks you can see primroses, cowslips, dandelions and many other flowers.

So please do walk around the village or in the Chilterns and enjoy!

Alan and Stella

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, m0301291@doctors.net.uk)

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