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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
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14th October 7.30pm 

Fete AGM and Thank You Party

We, the fete committee are holding our AGM (Annual General Meeting) at 7.30pm in the playing fields clubhouse on Wednesday the 14th October.  Drinks available from bar opening and a free drink for everyone who helped with the fete this year.  The fete is only possible because of the hard work of many individuals within our village and the committee wishes to thank each and every one for their generosity of time and talent.

The AGM will include a short time of feedback from the fete chair, the distribution of cheques to local clubs and societies, and an opportunity for questions to be asked of the committee.  Do come along to hear our news and celebrate what was an amazing day.

And now for the official accounts:

Total amount of money raised through the fete in 2015:      £11,243.10

Expenses associated with the fete in 2015                              £2824.92

Net profit for 2015                                                                  £8,418.18

Jo Goodson, Fete chair 2015
10 Bernard Close, 01844 292958,


Wear Your Poppy With Pride

November is the month of Remembrance and a reminder of how important the work of the Royal British Legion continues to be for veterans of all our armed forces – young and old – together with their families. 

The Royal British Legion was founded to help and support men returning from the horrors of the First World War, and in 1921 the first “Poppy Day” collection was held.  From that time onwards, the Legion has been there for all service men and women who have needed them and for the families of those who lost their lives.

Since the two World Wars, there have been many conflicts in which so many young men and women have fought and continue to fight for their Queen and country, so that we may live in peace and freedom.  Too many have paid the ultimate price and the Legion is there to give help to their families.  Too many have suffered life-changing injuries, both physical and psychological, and the Legion offers them support as they try to rebuild their lives.  Through the media of TV and newspapers, we have seen for ourselves the bravery of all those young men and women of the armed forces, struggling to rebuild their lives and put the trauma of war behind them.  With your help, the Royal British Legion will carry on its very necessary work, which will continue as long as the need remains.

There are, of course, many other charities whose aim is to help the members of our armed forces, but as Remembrance Day approaches, it is to the Legion’s Poppy Appeal that our thoughts turn.  Towards the second half of October we will be visiting every house in the village to sell poppies in aid of the work of the Royal British Legion.  Please try to give as generously as you can.

Our Remembrance Day Service this year will be held in St. Nicholas Church, Cuddington at 10.00am on Sunday 8th November.  The Act of Remembrance will then take place at our village War Memorial in the church yard just before 11 o’clock.

All church goers and non-church goers alike, are asked to come and pay your respects to, and give grateful thanks for, all those who have given their lives or have been severely injured in the Service of our Queen and Country, and who have made it possible for us to continue to live our lives in relative peace and freedom.

If you would like to know more about the British Legion, our village Remembrance Day Service, our poppy collection, and also this year if you would like to use Gift Aid to make a donation to the Poppy Collection, please contact Jennifer Schram de Jong – 01844 291501


Organ and Piano Recital

On Saturday October 24th at 7.30pm in St Nicholas Church Cuddington there will be an organ and piano recital by Sam Baker, an ex Oxford senior organ scholar, in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The programme will include works by JS Bach, Frank Bridge, Sir Edward Elgar, French composers and Sam Baker amongst others. It will also feature the first performance of "A Cuddington Suite" written especially for the occasion. This is dedicated to Jim Hayward in honour of the outstanding service he had given to the village over very many years.

Tickets at £10 (£5 for under-sixteens) are available from Myles Saker, 01844-291825

As usual refreshments will be served during the interval.

Presentation of the Best Kept Village Awards

Cuddington was presented with the Morris Cup award for the Best Kept Village and the Savills Trophy for the Community award on the Village Green.  The Lord Lieutenant, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, presented the awards assisted by Richard Pushman, Competition Chairman, and Parish Councillor, Ken Brown.

Sir Aubrey-Fletcher and Richard Pushman praised Cuddington for being awarded the “Best Kept Village” for the seventeenth time since 1978.  There were 62 entries this year.  They specifically praised Jim Hayward who had been such a key figure in the community every year.  Jim would enter Cuddington into the Best Kept Village competition and he was instrumental in keeping the village spick and span so that it would have a good chance of winning.

As we know Jim died just a month ago and the Morris Cup was received by Harry Mitchell, his grandson.  Jim loved the village and he will be sadly missed.  For some time now he had been a judge on the Best Kept Village Committee.  And it has been quickly pointed out that he was not allowed to judge Cuddington!

The Savills Trophy was received by Chris Blumer, who in addition to being on the editorial team for “Village Voice” is also the Administrator for the Village Picture House.  The Trophy is in recognition of Cuddington’s excellent community spirit and specifically for the Picture House which has been such a recent success, bringing not just great films but live theatre from London and elsewhere to Cuddington.  This is a village with a true heart which puts its community first.  It has many clubs and associations, Youth Drama Group, Women’s Institute, Gardening Club, Bell Ringers, and various sports clubs, just to mention a few.  The community is well supported by not only Village Voice but its website and much activity in the Bernard Hall.

The afternoon concluded with a classic Cuddington cup of tea and a slice of cake in the Bernard Hall for the presentation party and the many villagers who attended the event.

Ken Brown

2015 Harvest Supper

The 2015 Cuddington Harvest Supper will take place in the Bernard Hall on Saturday October 10th at 7.15pm for 7.30pm.

Tickets £7.50 adults, £5 concessions, family tickets £20 from Myles Saker (291825)

All welcome!

Also at church harvest weekend October 10th - 11th there will be a Bring and Share lunch in St. Nicholas Church from 12pm on Sunday October 11th following a lively family service at 10am.

Again, all welcome!

Public Inquiry – Footpath through Donkey Meadow – Updated

A PUBLIC INQUIRY is to be held on Wednesday 25th November in the Bernard Hall to make a final and binding decision on the footpath through Donkey Meadow becoming a public right of way.  “Definitive Map Modification Order” (to show a path from Public Footpath No 10B Lower Winchendon to Pubic Footpath 3 Upper Winchendon).

This path was closed by Robert Spencer-Bernard in 2010, but efforts have been made by residents of Nether Winchendon and Cuddington to have the path re-opened.  Submissions were made by these residents to Bucks County Council, and in due course the BCC Rights of Way Committee found in favour of the path becoming a public right of way.  Mr Spencer Bernard appealed against this, and there is now going to be a Public Inquiry.

When evidence was originally taken, BCC asked only for people who had used the footpath for 20 years or more to make submissions.  This limited the number of potential witnesses.  It now appears that this is not a requirement and that anyone who has used this footpath reasonably regularly from any time before October 2010, believing it to be a public right of way, is able to submit evidence to the Inquiry.  The more evidence that can be submitted the more likely it is that the Inquiry will find in favour of re-defining this footpath’s status, and thus open it up for future use by walkers.

If you have not yet done so, but now wish to complete a User Evidence Form, please download the form from the link below:

BCC User Evidence Form

Your completed form must be returned to Angela Sanderson at Wellfield House, Spurt Street no later than 20th September.

To help completion of the question which refers to the description of the path, the answers are: “From: The Old Mill, grid reference 473800/212150”, To: “See attached map, grid reference 474400/212320”, and the believed status is “Footpath”.  The width of the path is about 3-4 metres (question no. 4).  Angela will attach a map to each User Evidence Form as it arrives.

If you do not wish to submit a form, but would like to attend the Inquiry on 25th November, again – please contact Angela so that a list of attendees from Cuddington to the relevant authorities can be submitted.

01844 291626

Garden Guides Required at Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor has a team of volunteer Garden Guides who take guided tours of visitors around the gardens, and they are looking for one or two more Guides to join the team.

Whilst they are mostly keen gardeners themselves, the Guides are not guiding specifically on the flowers but on the history of how the gardens were made and how the gardens were used in different ways by various members of the family who have lived there.  Of course, visitors interested in flowers and plants may well ask questions regarding the different types of plants they see.  Waddesdon Manor’s gardens are actually more visited than the house, so they are very popular.

The average number of guided tours that each volunteer gives is around 2 days per month.  Full training is given, with lots of practice, so new volunteers are not thrown in at the deep end.  The Manor staff try to look after their volunteers well, with day trips, summer BBQs, Christmas parties, coffee mornings etc.  Mileage expenses are covered.

If you are interested in becoming a Garden Guide, please contact Sarah Kane, Volunteer Manager, telephone 01296 653394 (Wednesday-Friday) or email

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 12th October
  • Monday 9th November
  • Monday 14th December

Christmas Fayre 2015

This year’s Christmas Fayre will be in the Bernard Hall on Saturday 21st November, between 2.00 and 4.15 pm.

Best Kept Village Competition – Cuddington Wins Again!

Cuddington has once again won the Morris Cup for the best kept village in Buckinghamshire with a population of between 500 and 1,500.  The runner-up in this category was Castlethorpe near Milton Keynes.

Our village also has the added honour of being selected for the Savills’ sponsored Community Award.

Competition chairman Richard Pushman commented: “There was a record number of entries this year, standards were high in all the competing villages and I congratulate all our winners and runners-up.

“The judges were very impressed with the general upkeep and absence of litter.  Almost all the entries displayed much evidence of good community spirit with numerous activities and community enterprise.  Cuddington is a worthy winner of the Community Award.  In particular, the Cuddington Picture House, run by volunteers, is an ambitious community project which has been a great success.  Oving too deserves congratulations.  Although not a Best Kept Village winner, Oving’s new village hall has been a tremendous achievement for the village.”

Locally, Haddenham won the Pushman Cup which is awarded to large villages with a population of over 3,000.

The judges look for well kept open spaces, community facilities and evidence of community involvement.

Road Closure in Chearsley - Update

Chilton Road, Chearsley is due to be closed to through traffic near the junction with Winchendon Road from 10th August for up to six weeks.  Access to Chilton, Dorton and Brill will be affected.

The diversion is expected to be via Chearsley Road and Chilton Road, Long Crendon.

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