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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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Sheep Worrying

National Sheep Association (NSA) and all its farmer-members want everyone to share in the iconic landscapes and beautiful countryside that sheep farming in the UK has played an integral role is creating and maintaining.

Farmers appreciate lots of people like their dog to enjoy the countryside with them, but since much of the UK’s rural landscape is maintained by grazing sheep there is always a strong chance you will encounter some while out with your dog.

This advice will help you and your pet have fun and safe days out without disrupting the important work of sheep farmers.  You should also read this advice if you are a dog owner living in or near a farming area, as escaped dogs can be a real problem for farmers.

Sheep are valuable assets and any harm to them harms a farmer’s livelihood.

It is every dog’s instinct to chase, even if they are usually obedient and good with other animals.

Chasing by dogs can do serious damage to sheep, even if the dog doesn’t catch them.  The stress of worrying by dogs can cause sheep to die and pregnant ewes to miscarry their lambs.

Sheep fleeing from dogs are often killed or seriously injured by their panicked attempts to escape, causing untold damage to fences and field boundaries in the process.

Dogs chasing ewes and lambs can cause mis-mothering issues, with lambs dying from starvation or hypothermia when they become separated from their mother and fail to find her again.

Dog bites can cause death in sheep or necessitate them being put down at a later date, or in less severe cases considerable veterinary bills and additional welfare issues as a result of flies being attracted to the blood and leading to a nasty health problem in sheep called ‘fly strike’.  Injuries to sheep can also delay the normal farming routine, be it the mating season or administration of vital medicines and vaccines.

It is an offence to allow a dog to worry sheep.  Worrying includes attacking or chasing sheep and, in some circumstances, farmers are legally entitled to shoot dogs if they are endangering their sheep.

It is vital that you keep your dog on the lead around livestock, even if you can usually trust it to come to call.  If you live in or near a farming area, you must make sure that your dog cannot escape from your property, as it may find its way onto land containing sheep.

Sue Jones
Police Community Support Officer C9830

New Born Lambs 

Spring is Here so Get Walking!

New born lambs are in the fields, along the River Thame; saw a yellow brimstone butterfly in Holly Tree Lane today; wild primroses abound and lots of birdsong! 

So dust off your walking boots and walk with a spring in your step to see all these and more delights!

Contact us if you want any advice on walks. 

Happy walking!

Alan and Stella Marsh


Child’s Teddy Found

A walker has found a small teddy on the track to Nether Winchendon, just past The Spinney.  It’s tan coloured with blue patches – a Kong Wild Knots teddy.  If your child has lost this, please phone Elaine on 07495 486738.

Strangers in Cuddington

We have received reports of some unsavoury-looking characters wandering around the village over the past couple of days.

There has been a break-in to none of the allotment sheds over the last few days, during which tools etc. were stolen.

You are advised to make sure that your property, garage, sheds, etc. are secure and report any suspicious activity to the police on 101.


Sunshine Club Matinée Cinema

The Matinée Cinema presents 'Easter Parade' starring all-time greats, Fred Astaire and Judy Garland in the Bernard Hall on Monday 26th March at 1.30pm (doors open 1pm).

This lavish 1948 American musical, featuring music by Irving Berlin, includes some of Astaire and Garland's best-known songs, including 'Easter Parade', 'Steppin' Out with my Baby', 'We're a Couple of Swells'.

Big screen, comfortable seats.  Tea and cake at the interval included in the price £5/£4 (conc).

To book phone 01844 291 526 - or on the door subject to availability.

War Dead Commemorated

The ringing on Sunday afternoon was dedicated to those killed in WW1, particularly Cpl. Fred Vine RAMC who was killed on 26th February 1918 when the ship he was on, HMS Glenart Castle, was attacked by a German U-boat off Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel.  He is commemorated on the war memorial in the churchyard.  There is also a memorial at Hartland Point.

Message from Waddesdon Neighbourhood Police Team

Police have been aware of various reports of suspicious vehicles around the area in the past few months.  In particular, panel vans.  Occupants are usually reported as looking for scrap or old batteries, but will also go through skips.  We are unable to evidence if these persons are linked to any of the recent thefts from sheds in Cuddington or Dinton, but enquiries are continuing.  Please contact police if any suspicious vehicles or persons seen, on the non-emergency telephone number 101.  Any registration numbers, or partial registrations, will be very useful.  Thank you.

PCSO C9830 Sue Jones
Waddesdon Police Station


Notice: Application for the Designation of Cuddington Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Cuddington Parish Council has resolved to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish and has made a formal application to Aylesbury Vale District Council to designate Cuddington as a Neighbourhood Area.

What Sort of Cuddington Do You Want for Your Family’s Future?

What sort of Cuddington do you want for your family’s future?  The recent drafting of the Aylesbury Vale Local Plan set out a vision for the years ahead for housing for the Vale, identifying Cuddington as a medium sized village, so designated by its facilities such as school, field, local shop and public house.  It sees that 21 houses could be built on two separate sites in the village.

The Parish Council without detailed plans of developments has consulted with villagers about this plan and in principle supported the idea of planned growth within the village to assist sustainability for local services and an opportunity to develop village infrastructure such as pathways.  It is mindful however of the limited capacity of our services such as the school and the impact on traffic volumes.

The adoption of the Local Plan will likely be some eighteen months off but will at that time bring some order to future development.  In the meantime we could face potentially developers bringing forward unsuitable proposals.  As things stand at this time there are very few powers within the Councils to prevent such haphazard growth having to argue each case on its merits as they appear.

The Parish Council is seeking to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for the village to ensure development is both planned and ultimately in the village’s best interests.  Neighbourhood planning was introduced in the 2011 Localism Act whereby Communities can directly shape development in their local area through the production of a Neighbourhood Plan.  It will take around a year to produce and needs to be the result of local residents for local residents.  It is seen as a vital tool to both identify and then deliver upon answering the question what sort of village do you want for your family’s future.

We intend setting up a working party including councillors and local residents to oversee the preparation of and drafting of our plan.  A number of working groups will be required looking at areas such as traffic volumes, detailed housing and related requirements, education and employment developments and links to other areas.  There is assistance available from dedicated Aylesbury Vale Council staff and consultants can be used to help shape and work on the various strands involved in the plans preparation.  Government grants can be claimed to assist with costs. Copies of plans already developed can be seen on various local websites such as those for Buckland, Marsh Gibbon and Slapton, all places similar in size to ourselves.  Others include Long Crendon.

The Parish Council recognises that a Neighbourhood Plan can only be successful if it involves at all levels the residents of Cuddington.  We are therefore seeking local people with an interest in the village to join the working party or in the near future one of the working groups likely to be established.  A number of people have already expressed interest but we are writing to make you both aware of our intentions and invite your participation.  We will need many varied skills to lead or assist on tasks such as public consultation, surveys and questionnaires such as about the scale of any future growth.  Our intention is to look to prepare in January/February so we are ready to apply for grants in March/April.  Then to get on and deliver!

At this time we would be grateful for your expression of interest.  We will be arranging an initial get together soon.  Do not be shy or think you have little to offer, you will have plenty.

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Cuddington Parish Council

BCC News – It’s Pothole Season

This winter’s weather has been tough on Buckinghamshire’s roads – while the heavy snowfall in December was the most remarkable weather event, the worst conditions for roads are actually when the ground temperature fluctuates constantly between just above and just below zero.

Pothole formation is accelerated by this ‘freeze-thaw’ effect, whereby moisture gets into small cracks in the the road surface and expands when it freezes, then thaws out when the temperature rises. This process repeats until the road surface begins to break up and potholes are formed.

County Councillor Mark Shaw, Cabinet Member for Transportation, urges road users in Buckinghamshire to report potholes when they see them:

“Transport for Buckinghamshire will investigate every pothole reported to them, and react on a risk based prioritisation process – put simply, that means the worst ones will be attended to first, as a matter of urgency.  But we’re not mind readers, and the road network is far too vast for us to possibly know where all the potholes are, so we need members of the public to report them to us either using the online form, which only takes a few minutes, or by calling if it’s dangerous or an emergency.  I would ask that everyone be patient while we deal with the fallout of a bad winter – potholes are as inevitable as weather, roads are made of a porous material so that they don’t flood constantly in rain and so when water within the structure freezes, defects will form.”

On average, when there are no severe weather issues, TfB repairs over 4,000 potholes every month.

Pothole FAQ:

  • You fixed one pothole, why didn’t you fix the one next to it while you were here?
    Potholes are prioritised according to risk – if they are on very well used roads, they are more of a priority.  Size and depth are also factors.  Resources have to be used responsibly, and cannot be used up fixing a more minor road surface defect when there are more urgent defects needing attention just up the road.
  • Why can I only report one pothole online at a time?
    Our online reporting system works on an interactive map, so that each individual defect can be risk assessed and dealt with on a case by case basis.  The map allows for accurate pinpointing, which saves time when it comes to inspections.  There are drop-down menus to allow you to input as much detail, such as size and position, as possible.
  • Why do you make temporary repairs that don’t last?
    Temporary repairs, where the pothole is filled in with hot material and made smooth, are often carried out as a safety measure when a permanent repair cannot be carried out at that moment, likely due to the location of the defect.  That is to say, where a larger area of road needs to be cut away to make a full repair, likely requiring a road or lane closure, a temporary or ‘make safe’ repair is an effective way of keeping the road safe in the meantime.
  • How do I report a pothole?
    You can report potholes, as well as any other road issue, using the Report It forms on the county council website.  In an emergency, for instance a severe road defect, a flooded road, or a tree in the road, you can always call Transport for Buckinghamshire on 01296 382416 or 486630 (out of hours). The online reporting tool is at


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