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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
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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   

Sunshine Club Bring & Buy

The Sunshine Club will be holding their annual Bring and Buy Sale at Tyringham Hall at 2pm on Wednesday 9 December.  There will be a wide variety of household items and clothing for sale at knock-down prices.  Everyone is welcome and the proceeds will go towards the Sunshine Club Christmas Lunch.

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.

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

Your New Parish Council

Cuddington Parish Council is delighted to announced that it has recently filled its Parish Councillor vacancies and is now represented by seven Parish Councillors:

Ken Birkby: Chairman and also Footpath Representative and LAF Representative.

Ken Brown: Vice Chairman and Traffic Action Group (TAG) Representative.

Stuart Anderson: Councillor and Planning Representative assisting Councillor Ken Trew.

Barbara Buckley: Councillor

Lorraine Stevens: Councillor and Cuddington Playing Fields Association (CPFA) Representative.

Ken Trew: Councillor and Planning Representative.

Andrew Vickers: Councillor and Parish Council Trustee - Nicholas Almond Trust.

Councillors are supported by Venetia Davies, Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer.

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

Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Cuddington site of Cuddington and Dinton School.

Every meeting is a public meeting with an opportunity for villagers to ask questions and raise concerns during Parishioners Question Time at the beginning of each month.  Please come along and hear about local matters.

Organ and Piano Recital in St. Nicholas Church

Sam Baker, an ex Senior Oxford organ scholar, put on a magnificent recital using both the organ and the piano on Saturday evening, October 24th.  Nearly 100 people registered to attend the concert, which included music from JS Bach to the modern day.

Sam was a very popular performer and introduced each piece with an appropriate illuminating commentary.  The organ keyboard was photographed and shown on the screen behind the chancel arch, which was very popular, and a definite first for Cuddington.  It brought the organist, who is normally invisible in the chancel, right into public view.

There was the initial performance of “A Cuddington Suite”, a set of eight sonnets written by Cuddington resident Nigel Phillips and set to music by Sam Baker himself, which had been dedicated to the memory of Jim Hayward, the very popular village personality who died recently.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and such was the generosity of the audience a grand total of £1,554 will be given to this worthy cause.

Photographs can be seen opposite.

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.

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

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