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Postcode of village centre and Bernard Hall: HP18 0AP
Postcode of Playing Fields Clubhouse: HP18 0AJ
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Church Restoration Works

The next phase of the programme of restoration and repairs to the outside of the church is due to start on Monday 3 October.  These are to the Chancel, that is the part of the church at the opposite end from the tower.

Apart from repointing and replacing missing and crumbling sections of stonework, the guttering is being renewed and new drains laid around the base of the walls.

We hope there will not be any inconvenience caused but there will be the contractor’s vehicles etc. around the church and parking in Upper Church Street.

If you are in the habit of taking a short cut through the churchyard you will need to go the long way round as the path around the east end of the church will be blocked.

James Stonham, Churchwarden

 

Older Persons Morning

Haddenham Community Library

Friday 30th September  9:30 am - 12:00 am

Come and talk to a host of local organisations, all under one roof in the library, to gain advice or further information for yourself or your relatives and friends who might be interested.

There will be advice on financial planning, safe driving, fire safety, U3A, WEA, Age Concern, Community Vehicle and more.  Refreshments available.

 

Family Harvest Supper – 8th October

You are warmly invited to this wonderful annual event for the whole village in the Bernard Hall.

Tickets are available from Caroline Saker - 01844 291825
Adults £7.50; Concessions £5; Family ticket £20

We do hope to see you there at 7.15pm! 

 

Next meeting – 10th October

The next meeting of the Gardening Club has been arranged for Monday, 10th October at 7.30 pm in the playingfield clubhouse.  Our speaker will be Jonathan Ford, garden designer, describing “Four local gardens: some thoughts on design”.  Visitors welcome. 

 

VALP – Update for Parishes

The consultation period closed on Monday 5th September.  Here’s “What's next” from AVDC

  • All comments received will be analysed and taken into account.
  • The evidence and sustainability appraisal will be finalised and the final version of the plan will be prepared for December 2016.
  • This will then be considered by AVDC’s councillors and a statutory six week public consultation period will take place in the New Year.  Anyone who has taken part in any consultation throughout the local plan’s development will automatically be notified when this takes place.
  • The plan should then be submitted to the government’s planning inspector in early March 2017.  It is anticipated that a public examination will be held on the plan soon after that, with adoption of the plan taking place in mid-2017.  However, after submission, the timetable will be in the hands of the government’s planning inspector.

Another VALP Parishes Event will be held in November.  Date to be confirmed.

All VALP queries to localplanconsult@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

 

CYD at the Edinburgh Fringe!

Cuddington Youth Drama have just returned from their first “tour” away from the village: a week-long run of performances of Fiddler on the Roof at theSpace @ Niddry Street in Edinburgh.

CYD principal Elaine English told the team “You all worked so hard!  You notched up six performances at the venue, three on the stages of the Royal Mile, about ten at the campsite, and then you took it on yourselves to perform up and down Edinburgh streets as you handed fliers out.  You have connected with strangers in ways you wouldn’t have dreamed of doing before.  I am so deeply thrilled with how everyone grew, and grew, and grew.”

Sarah Chapman, mother of two CYD members, said “We had the vision and, with the dedication of a team of loving people, we gave each other an incredible experience and made a great show...  What a huge privilege to have shared these days with them!”

Click here to see a review of CYD’s performance at the Fringe.  (Shame, though, that the reviewer re-located our village to Cheshire...!)

  • 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

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 Danae 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, Danae 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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