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Postcode of village centre and Bernard Hall: HP18 0AP
Postcode of Playing Fields Clubhouse: HP18 0AJ
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News
  • There are 16 new ceiling lights and 96 acoustic panels
  • One of the new LED panels being installed
  • Modifying the wiring for the new ceiling lights

Refit for the Bernard Hall

The Bernard Hall is pleased to announce a major upgrade to the lighting and acoustics in the hall, funded by proceeds from the Village Picture House.

All the old, ugly fluorescent tubes and unreliable spot lights have been replaced by state-of-the-art, energy-efficient LED panels in the ceiling.  These panels have a special transparent diffuser to reduce glare and, thanks to some clever electronic circuitry, can be dimmed from either end of the hall.  The lighting above the stage has been doubled and a dedicated ‘tech’ light has been installed at the back of the hall to illuminate the sound and lighting control desks during major drama productions and concerts.

With its solid wood floor and equally hard surfaces on the walls and ceiling, the Bernard Hall has always suffered from very poor acoustics.  Sound would bounce off the hard surfaces and reverberate around the room, reducing the clarity of all speech and making movie dialogue hard to understand.  Now, almost 100 acoustic tiles have been glued to the ceiling in between and around the LED lights, reducing the amount of reverberation by about two thirds.  We expect this to make a huge difference, not just to film soundtracks but to all events in the hall where speech is important such as village meetings, concerts, drama productions and community meals.

Many thanks to Chris Long, the Bernard Hall technical manager, who has funnelled substantial expertise, time and enthusiasm into this project and made the upgrade the success that it is.  The new Picture House season starts on 1st September with the National Theatre Live production of The Deep Blue Sea and we can look forward to a great improvement in sound quality.

Markus Bolton, Chairman

September Meeting

The next meeting of the Gardening Club takes place on Monday, 12th September, 7.30 pm in the playing field clubhouse.  Our speaker will be Andrew Mikolajaski who will be giving us a practical demonstration of jobs that need to be done in the garden at this time of the year.

The evening will start with our “Single Stem from your Garden Competition”; for further details go to the GC newsletter on the page.

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: www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/vale-aylesbury-local-plan-draft-plan

Unwanted Clothes Needed!

This is your chance to have a look through your wardrobe and jettison those clothes you haven't worn in ages!  The Sunshine Club would love to have good quality clothes for their Charity Fashion Show on Sunday 28 August.  Just bring them along to Tyringham Hall any day during the week beginning Monday 22 August.  So do yourself a favour - and help other people as well!  It's a win-win situation!

Fashion Show

The Sunshine Club will be hosting the popular Charity Fashion Show in the gardens of Tyringham Hall on Sunday 28th August at 2pm.  Affordably priced clothing, which may be bought afterwards, will be modelled by local girls (of all ages!) and maybe even a brave male.  It is a fun event and the ticket price of £5 includes a cream tea.  The show will go on even if wet under the shelter of gazebos.  All are welcome – men included!

Tickets are available from Liz 01844 299 150

Haddenham Community Library – Tiddlywink Challenge

Wedding Bells

On Saturday William Stonham of Holyman’s Farmhouse and Isobel Englert were married at St Helen’s Bishopsgate, London.  Special ringing has been arranged to celebrate and this evening (2nd August) family and friends will be ringing a peal of 2016 changes on Cuddington bells.

Music for a While

Sam Baker is making a return visit to St Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington on Saturday 29th October at 7.30pm to give a concert in memory of Myles Saker, almost exactly a year after the last concert which Myles helped to promote.  This time Sam will be joined by Danea Eleni, a London-based soprano, and their programme will include settings of Shakespeare, songs by Purcell, Schubert, Max Reger and Roger Quilter, traditional songs as well as piano and organ solos – Music for a While.

Sam, having been tutored in Composition and Music Appreciation by Nigel Phillips while he was a pupil at nearby Wheatley Park School, is currently, amongst many other things, teaching music at Taunton Preparatory School in Somerset.

Born in Bahrain, Danea studied Voice at the Royal College of Music and then privately with Ashley Stafford and Paul Farrington.  She has just arrived from a performance as Musetta (Boheme) at the end of the longest pier in the world – Southend-on-Sea!

There will be refreshments and canapés during the interval and all proceeds will be going to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

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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: http://aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/vale-aylesbury-local-plan-draft-plan.

Ken Birkby, Chairman

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