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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 email 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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Village Fireworks – Saturday 1st November at 5.30pm

This year the Village Fireworks and Bonfire party with BBQ will be held on Saturday 1st November on the playing fields.

Tickets on sale from: Laura Ewers 299027, Jennifer Schram de Jong 291501, Lorraine Ray 290606, John Luckett 290491 and also at Denise's and the Village Shop.

Ticket prices: Adults £8, Children £4 (aged 12 years and under), Family Ticket £20 (2 adults and 2 children), Children under 3 go free.  

7 Mile Walk from Cuddington – October 30th

We are leading a 7 mile circular walk from Cuddington over the Winchendon ridge towards Ashendon for the Aylesbury Ramblers from the Cuddington Playing Fields – start at 10am on Thursday October 30th.  Good standard of fitness needed as hills and reasonable pace but all welcome to join us even if not a member of Ramblers.  Do try it!  Any questions ring us on 01844 292466.

Alan and Stella Marsh 

Beware! – Footpath Hazard

Please take care to avoid, for the present, the footpath going north-west from the field to the right of the track leading to Holyman’s Farm, across the track to the sewage works and down to the Old Mill at Nether Winchendon because as it approaches the junction with the path coming down from Tibby’s Lane – it is a complete morass and a villager has already been in the mud there up to mid thigh this week! 

Alan and Stella 292466

Top Producer to Open Film Festival

Leading film producer Jeremy Thomas CBE, who lives locally, will formally open the Haddenham & District Film Festival in Cuddington.

Jeremy produced a huge number of superb films including Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Insignificance, Naked Lunch, Sexy Beast, A Dangerous Method, The Sheltering Sky, Let Him Have It, 13 Assassins and Rabbit-Proof Fence.   He has worked with a wide range of top directors including Stephen Frears, Nicolas Roeg, Bernardo Bertolucci, David Cronenberg and Wim Wenders.

Jeremy’s best known work The Last Emperor has been selected as the Festival's opening film, to be shown at the Bernard Hall on Friday 14th November at 7.30 pm.  Jeremy is expected to speak about the film before the showing.

The Last Emperor, directed by Bernado Bertolucci, charts the dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, who started life in the Forbidden City as the object of worship by the people and ended up as an obscure peasant worker.  The film won nine Oscars including Best Picture, four Golden Globes and three BAFTAs in 1987.

This Film Festival is a local community initiative by Haddenham & District Rotary Club working in partnership with The Village Picture House in Cuddington and film clubs in Haddenham, Long Crendon and Bishopstone.  The festival is supported by the Aylesbury Vale Arts Council.

The theme of the festival is “Cinema through the Decades”, with some of the best films from the eight decades 1940 to the present day.

Details of the films showing in Cuddington are on the Village Picture House page.  Tickets are £5 each from Cuddington Stores.  For details of the full Film Festival programme visit our Music, Art & Drama page or


Salsa for Beginners Class

Dance instructor Jenny Willis will be hosting a course of five one-hour salsa dancing lessons at the Bernard Hall on the following dates:

   Tuesday 11th November
   Tuesday 18th November
   Tuesday 25th November
   Tuesday 2nd December
   Tuesday 16th December

All lessons start at 8.00 pm.  The cost for the course is £35, payable at the start.

For more information or to book a place, please contact Louise Powell or Jenny Willis



Hello website members

Elaine and I have two tickets to sell for the last night of Tony Hadley's current UK tour.

The concert takes place at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London on Sunday evening 19th October.

Due to Elaine's recent fall and subsequent injuries, she is not fit enough to attend, so it is with great regret we offer these tickets for sale.

We have two balcony seats at £35 each.

If anyone would like to purchase them from us, please call 01844 291372 during shop hours only (8am-5.30pm) from Thursday morning.

Thank you

John & Elaine


Are You Interested In Our River?

The Save The River Thame project would like to know if you are interested in being kept informed, or in helping us restore and protect the River Thame.  In particular, we would like the help of somone who is good at social media such as Facebook and Twitter to keep more people in the picture and build up interest.

The Working Group, chaired by Doug Kennedy, has started work and procured testing kits for nitrates and phosphates and is initiating various other activities to spread the news about our river, and secure its long term restoration to a good state.

If you would like to be kept informed, or to help, please email, or 


Xmas Fayre, Saturday 22nd November

The W.I. will be manning  a table in the Bernard Hall, and will be selling crafts, preserves, etc., mostly hand-made.  Why not come along and do some of your Christmas shopping in good time for the festive season?


Community Oil Buying Scheme Update

The price per litre for the September order was 48.95p plus VAT, the lowest price for three years and a saving of up to £70.50 for an order of 1,000 litres*.

If you’re interested in joining the Scheme and saving money on your fuel oil, please contact Chris Long on 291153 for more details.

Download an information leaflet

Download the membership application form

*Compared with the highest price quoted.

Repairs to Church Path

Work on repairing the church path, south gate and west door paving will start on Wednesday 15th Oct 2014.  Access to the church and churchyard from this date will be primarily through the north gate and north door facing onto Lower Church Street.

Limited access will stilll be available through the south door by the path leading from the north gate and is best restricted to those opening and closing the church each day.  Work will be ongoing on weekdays and on Saturdays.  The contractor will attempt to leave the path in a level condition for use on Sundays (particularly for wheelchairs) but this may be on a hard core base and those who can should use the north door.

Please accept our apologies but would people not requring access to the church and churchyard please walk around by the road during the period work is underway and obey the signs and markers denoting site hazards.

The Galliard Band & Singers

On Saturday September 20th in St Nicholas Church the Galliard Band & Singers gave a lively performance of music from the 16th to the 20th century – that is from Monteverdi and Byrd to Scott Joplin and Benjamin Britten.

The Band comprised a whole range of recorders under the able direction of Alan Hamilton, and the accomplished singers were directed by Kelvin Turner.  It was a delightful performance and much enjoyed by the audience.

All profits were donated to the UTUGI project, and amounted to £755.70.

Please see photos opposite.

  • Toddler Singing Group
  • Toddler Singing Group
  • Toddler Singing Group

Toddler Singing Group

The Toddler Singing Group takes place every Friday (including during the school holidays) in St Nicholas Church at 10am.  Despite our name we are open to more than just toddlers; we also enjoy the company of many mums, nannies, grandmas and childminders!

We have seen babies as young as 5 days old and children on the edge of starting school.  We sing a collection of well-known nursery rhymes and songs for about 30 minutes.

This is followed by a short picture book story and then a time of free play with refreshments (water or juice for the children, coffee and tea for the parents). There is usually a home-made cake and biscuits.  We do not charge for this service but if parents wish to make a 50p donation towards refreshments we are happy to accept this.

See photos opposite.  All are most welcome – please just come along when you can.

Jo Goodson on behalf of the Toddler Singing Group

River Thame – Things are Happening!

Yesterday afternoon I was on the banks of the Thame at around 5pm on the look out for dragonflies (saw a few hawkers) and spotted a kingfisher shooting along the river near Winchendon Mill.  A few minutes afterwards, a barn owl flew out from a nearby tree – I got a really good look at it as it flew, but there wasn’t time to get my camera into action unfortunately. These are important sightings, as the Kingfisher indicates the river is returning to health, and the barn owl hasn’t been seen for some time, but seems to live at this spot.

I’ve seen small fry and little fish occasionally under the bridges, but I’m told that there are quite a few fish in the river now, for instance at Eyethrope.  This is all good news, and we can hope that wildlife will start increasing again from here. 

What we DON’T want is yet another pollution incident that kills everything on ANY of the river, now nor in 10 years time, and that is what Save The River Thame is about.  We have held our seminar (see and select the heading) and now the working group team is forming and will have its first meeting later this month.

If you are interested in joining us, or just being kept informed, please send an email to

Doug Kennedy

Ring Found in Cuddington

An engagement/dress ring has been found in the village.  If anyone has lost a ring recently or is aware of anyone to whom this may belong, please contact PCSO C9830 Sue Jones on 07970 145073 or email

Arnie Jenks and the House of Strangers

Chearsley resident Tim Bradley has just published a new novel for children and teen adults.

Arnie Jenks and the House of Strangers tells the story of a seemingly ordinary 12-year-old boy who, while waiting to be collected by his aunt from a school trip to the crumbling, ancient Shabbington Hall, gets trapped there as a sudden heavy snowfall forces him to stay the night.  As he wanders the house in search of hidden secrets he is suddenly transported back in time, meeting various characters associated with the house, each of whom has a tale to tell from when they lived there.  His quest is to find out why this is happening to him.

The book is available now to order via The Book House in Thame and all other retail outlets plus Amazon, in both paperback at £6.99 and Ebook at £3.49.

Read more about the novel and its author

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