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Postcode of village centre and Bernard Hall: HP18 0AP
Postcode of Playing Fields Clubhouse: HP18 0AJ
Street map of Cuddington

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Play Around the Parishes – Wednesday 30th July 2 - 4pm

Parents, Grandparents, Childminders and children will be delighted to know that Cuddington Parish Council has teamed up again with Aylesbury Vale District Council to provide an afternoon of fun in the Playing Fields and Clubhouse in Cuddington.

Play Around the Parishes starts at 2pm on Wednesday 30th July when there will be a series of play, sports and art activities for children aged 1-11 years.

Entry is Free.  Don't miss it!

"Sandcastle" cake 

Seaside Fun!

The school managed to choose the hottest day of the year (last Friday) to have a day of Seaside Fun – or was that just good planning?!!

All classes took part in various activities with a seaside theme – ending up with a fish and chip lunch.

Our photograph shows a group of Foundation children preparing to ice a “sandcastle” cake.

  • PCSO Sue Jones (right) and PCSO Denise Grayburn at Cuddington Fête
  • Credit: Bucks Herald

PCSO Sue Jones is PCSO of the Year for Buckinghamshire

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Sue Jones has been chosen as PCSO of the year for Buckinghamshire, after receiving nominations from members of the public and colleagues commending her for her great work in the area she covers.  She is based at Waddesdon police station and covers the Haddenham and Long Crendon neighbourhood that includes Cuddington.

Sue joined Thames Valley Police in 1999.  Described in nominations as being and friendly, practical and amazingly knowledgeable, Sue works closely with the rural communities in the villages she patrols and works closely with young people in the area.

She holds regular meetings at the local library to let residents know what support she can offer and ask for advice, as well as offering security marking and crime reduction advice to help victims avoid becoming a victim of crime.  Sue attends parish council meetings regularly and updates them and residents about what is happening in the area and surrounding villages.

PCSO Jones also attends schools and playgroups to talk to children and also speaks to young people who gather in the parks in villages to speak to them about their behaviour and what impact it could have on those around them and the consequences of a criminal record for something such as criminal damage.

Many residents talk about how accessible Sue is to them, even when she is not on shift she is happy to offer advice and support if they contact her.

PCSO Jones said: “I am so very fortunate to be doing a job that I really enjoy, and to work with so many people who are so proactive and committed to their communities.  I would like to thank all of those who voted for me.  I am overwhelmed by their kindness.”

Further details here

Community Oil Buying Scheme Update

The price per litre for the June order was 49.95p plus VAT, a saving of up to £99.50 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.

Witchert Chorale Concert

Nearly 100 people turned up for the Flora & Fauna concert in St. Nicholas’ Church on Saturday June 28th which celebrated the beauty of nature with a variety of music of madrigals, classical and romantic part-songs etc.

A very lively and enthusiastic performance by the choir was enhanced by readings from Ed Cairns and a clarinet solo by Benedict Quinn.  Wine and nibbles provided a much enjoyable social interlude at half-time.

The handsome proceeds of £1376 have been donated to the Tongabezi Trust School in Zambia.

See opposite for photographs.

The Witchert Chorale every year celebrate May Day by singing madrigals from the top of the church tower.

Sports Day

It was a perfect afternoon for the Infants’ Sports Day today.

There was plenty to cheer about and there was a great turn out of Mums and Dads to offer totally impartial support!

The afternoon was organised by the school’s sports partners, Ignitesport, and included all of our favourite races.

Scannappeal Open Garden 11th June

The Open Garden at The Old Rectory for Scannappeal raised a tremendous £1,500.  The proceeds will go towards the Cancer Fighting Fund project at Stoke Mandeville Hospital which is for specialist equipment to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer of the digestive tract.

A big thank you to everyone who supported this important cause. 

Christian Aid 2014

Once again Cuddington has shown its tremendous support for the annual Christian Aid appeal, and has produced a grand total of £1,413.86.  Details of the amounts received are:

   House Collections and Donations £913.91
   Bring & Buy and Plant Sale £315.20
   Wichert Chorale – May Day Madrigals £45.95
   Cuddington & Dinton School £50.00
   Church Collection £88.80
   GRAND TOTAL £1,413.86

In addition Gift Aid Vouchers to the value of £392.91 will enable this amount to be increased by tax rebates.

Very grateful thanks to you all for this level of commitment, not only in the generous giving but also in helping to organise the week’s activities.

  • Bee orchid plant at Cuddington, June 2014
  • Bee orchid flowers at Cuddington, June 2014

Bee Orchids in Cuddington

A patch of bee orchids has suddenly appeared in the wild life strip around one of the rape fields close to Cuddington!  This is completely unexpected as they haven’t been seen before (as far as I am aware) and normally grown in chalky soils: you’d expect them in open Chilterns grassland for instance.

If you walk on the footpaths around the village and keep your eyes peeled, you will see them right by the path.

Doug Kennedy

Parish Council Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman

At the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council, Councillors re-elected Ken Birkby as Chairman and Jim Hayward as Vice Chairman.  The Minutes from the AGM can be found on the website under Parish Council - Agenda and Minutes.

The Parish Council consists of seven Councillors in total and the Parish Clerk.  Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in Cuddington and Dinton School (Infant site) at 7.30pm.   The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 4th June.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Cuddington Vertebrate Watch Results

Click here for the accumulative results for the four Vertebrate Watch events since the first in 2011. The results show the number of each species recorded, and the number of sightings (forms) on which they were recorded that year.

There will be a number of inaccuracies, such as:

*Some people did not put the quantity of individuals seen, so there is some under-recording where more than one bird appeared in the hour.

*It is difficult to tell the precise type of sparrow, pigeon or thrush which means that these results are rather lumped together. I have recorded all pigeon results this year as wood pigeon as that's what the great majority are in the village.

However, what is important is the trend and new sightings or missing species. The broad range of birds remains consistent with wood pigeons and sparrows at the top.

I haven't included kites this year as we know that there are a few, but they fly all over.

No cuckoo recorded this year, though I'm sure that I've heard at least one.

We have a greater spotted woodpecker for the first time, but no great green woodpecker, though I saw one in the tractor field a couple of months ago.

Doug Kennedy

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