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Postcode of village centre and Bernard Hall: HP18 0AP
Postcode of Playing Fields Clubhouse: HP18 0AJ
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Boules Match Cuddington v. Chearsley

Cuddington challenged Chearsley to a Boules competition at the Playing Fields this morning.  The match was a re-run of a similar one a few years ago, which Cuddington won decisively.  This year, however, the tables were turned as the visitors beat Cuddington by five games to three.

After the match, Cuddington captain Ken Birkby congratulated the winning team and called for three cheers for them.  In return Chearsley captain and Parish Council chairman Nic Brown thanked Cuddington for being great sportsmen and for putting on such a great day.

Here’s how Red Kite Radio reported the event

Hold Your Horses!

No fewer than seven horse-and-traps were seen on the Upper Green this afternoon.  The group met up on the Green before driving to Chearsley for a private birthday lunch at The Bell.

A young pony, wanting to be with the other horses, had earlier escaped from a paddock, but our neighbourhood PCSOs Sue Jones and Denise Grayburn helped ensure that the pony was safely recaptured.

CYD on 107.2 Red Kite Radio

Four members of the cast of Cuddington Youth Drama –  Kyle, Lucy, Jazzy and Lottie – were interviewed on Red Kite Radio this afternoon.

The interview was about CYD’s appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe, performing Fiddler on the Roof last year and The Domino Effect earlier this month.

Listen to the interview here

External Post-box Broken Into

A family in Dadbrook reports that their external post-box was broken into yesterday.  It isn’t known whether anything was stolen, although the only postal items left in the box were circulars.

The incident has been reported to the police.  Meanwhile, villagers with external post-boxes are advised to check they are secure and remove any post as soon as possible after delivery.

Charity Fashion Show

Come and join us at a garden party Fashion Show at Tyringham Hall on Monday 28th August at 2pm.  Affordable clothes will be on sale after the show.  Entry £5 includes a cream tea.  Tickets 01844 299 150 or on the gate subject to availability.  Proceeds to the Cuddington, Chearsley and Nether Winchendon Sunshine Club and local charities.

Donations of unwanted good quality clothing would be most welcome at Tyringham Hall.

CYD at the Edinburgh Festival

Cuddington Youth Drama has returned to the Edinburgh Fringe to perform their latest production, The Domino Effect, at SpaceOne, one of the venues on the Royal Mile, all this week.

The Domino Effect is a contemporary ensemble piece about a teenage girl who chooses to be silent, but finds her voice – and her estranged mother – when a mysterious East End antiques dealer teaches her the law of unintended consequences, and how small actions can lead to big effects.  It’s a poetic story of youthful hope and optimism.

Last year, CYD were described as “the embodiment of the Fringe” for their performance of Fiddler on the Roof.  Let’s hope this year’s production is equally successful!

Listen to a short excerpt from the play, as broadcast by Howard Bond on Red Kite Radio, here.

Induction Loop System Will Benefit Hearing Aid Users

The Bernard Hall Management Committee and the Village Picture House are delighted to announce that we have installed an induction loop system in the Hall, to make it easier for the hard-of-hearing during films and other events.

The way the system works is as follows: the centre audio channel from our films and stage plays (which carries the actors’ speech) is fed into a special amplifier that drives an electrical current into a loop of cable fitted around the hall.  As the current flows through the cable it “broadcasts” the audio signal throughout the room.  The signal is picked up by a small coil fitted inside most hearing aids and is amplified into high quality sound delivered directly to the ear of the hearing aid user.  To receive the signal, switch your hearing aid to “T” or “Telecoil”.

We believe this new induction loop equipment will be of real benefit to those who wear hearing aids.  The equipment will also work at any events in the hall where microphones are used, such as the Annual Village Meeting, the Church Supper and some concerts.

As with our major upgrade to the hall lighting and acoustics last summer, the majority of the new equipment will be paid for out of the proceeds from the Village Picture House.  Please continue to support the cinema so that we can continue to maintain the hall and its facilities to a high standard.

Markus Bolton
Chairman, Bernard Hall Management Committee

Sacred and Secular

We are delighted to announce that Sam Baker will be back at St Nicholas’ church on Saturday 28th October, this time with his newly formed ensemble, the Stella Maris Trio.

The concert, entitled “Sacred and Secular”, will contain a wide range of music from the 16th to the 20th centuries.  In addition to accompanying soprano Victoria Armillotta and mezzo soprano Iryna Ilnytska, Sam will be playing both piano and organ solo pieces – from Bach to Debussy.  Many of you who have attended Sam’s previous concerts will greatly appreciate the inclusion of these solo items.

Victoria and Iryna will be singing some very familiar and much-loved pieces such as César Franck’s “Panis Angelicus” and “Voi che sapete” from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, so please make a note of the date and get your tickets online here or from:
    *  Caroline Saker (01844 291825)
    *  Cuddington Stores
Tickets are £12 each with under-16s being free.

There will be refreshments and canapés during the interval and all proceeds will be going to the Motor Neurone Disease Association; the concert itself is being dedicated to Sarah Hayward, Caroline Saker’s sister, who sadly died of the disease earlier this year.

For more information about the Stella Maris Trio please visit their website: www.stellamaristrio.com

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Cuddington Wins Again – the Best of the Best!

Cuddington has triumphed once again in the Best Kept Village Competition, winning the Morris Cup which is awarded to villages with a population of between 500 and 1500.  The runner-up was Castlethorpe, to the north of Milton Keynes.

Not only that, but Cuddington is also to be presented with the Sword of Excellence, awarded to the best winner overall.

Richard Pushman, Chairman of the Best Kept Village Competition, said: “Our popular Best Kept Village Competition highlights the great community activity that goes on in our lovely Buckinghamshire villages.  It is a great way to recognise the contribution of many who give their time and effort to showcase and enhance their local environment.  The Best Kept Village Competition is not just for ‘pretty’ villages – we want to see communities where everyone makes an effort to keep their surroundings well maintained.  The competition is a good opportunity for villages to celebrate all the positive aspects of life in their village and we warmly congratulate this year’s winners for their superb efforts.”

Cuddington Parish Council would like to say a very big “thank you” to all parishioners who took place in this year’s litter pick and tidying of the village.  Not only did they tend to the usual spots – the war memorial, notice boards and bus shelters – but earlier in the year they worked to clear the verges along the main roads.  Whilst not judged on this for the Best Kept Village Competition, it was much appreciated in controlling the litter that is thrown from windows of passing vehicles.

The Winners’ presentation is due to take place on Saturday 16th September, when Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord Lieutenant, will present us with the cup.  Further details will be posted on the village website.

Congratulations are also due to Haddenham, runner-up in the villages with a population of over 3,000 category.

Vale of Aylesbury Plan Update

The timetable for preparing the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) has just been extended.  The Parish Council is informed that the key reasons for the delay is due to the final Sustainability Appraisal, (being carried out by external consultants), not progressing to meet AVDC’s proposed timetable.

The revised dates for the proposed submission plan will now be considered by:

  • VALP Scrutiny on 26 September
  • Cabinet on 10 October, and
  • Council on 18 October.

The plan will then be published for public comment.  Following that, the plan will be submitted for independent examination in January, which is two months later than previously publicised.

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