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Postcode of village centre and Bernard Hall: HP18 0AP
Postcode of Playing Fields Clubhouse: HP18 0AJ
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Sunshine Club Matinée Cinema

Banish the winter blues and be transported to Siam as you enjoy the next big-screen matinée production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I on Monday 23rd March.  Doors of the Bernard Hall open at 1pm for a 1.30 start.

Tickets £5 (conc £4) include tea and cake at the interval.  To book, phone Liz Davies on 01844 299150.


Six Nations Rugby

A reminder that we’re screening the next three England games in the RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship live on the giant screen at the Bernard Hall.

Admission is just £3 on the door, and accompanied children come free, so the whole family can enjoy the games in a great social atmosphere.  The usual licensed bar will be open!

Sunday 1st March   3.00 pm   Ireland v England
Live from the Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Saturday 14th March   5.00 pm   England v Scotland
Live from Twickenham Stadium

Saturday 21st March   5.00 pm   England v France
Live from Twickenham Stadium

Doors open 30 minutes before kick-off.


Become a Parish Councillor

We all know Cuddington is a wonderful village.  Home to approximately 550 parishioners, it boasts some incredible facilities for a village of its size and has gained regular success in ‘Best-kept Village’ and ‘Britain in Bloom’ competitions.

The next Parish Council elections for Cuddington will be combined with the General Election on Thursday 7th May 2015.  By standing as a Parish Councillor candidate, you could have an opportunity to make a real difference to the vibrancy, appearance and facilities of Cuddington.

Independent of AVDC and BCC, Cuddington Parish Council provides services at a village level; representing its electors in the parish ward.  The Council is funded by the precept (raised as part of Council Tax) and takes responsibility for a range of local matters and community needs which include, amongst others, the following:

  • Maintenance of parish land including the village greens
  • Provision of recreational facilities – including the children’s playground and boules pitch
  • Provision and maintenance of the two bus shelters
  • Care of the environment through litter and dog control
  • Oversight of the repair and maintenance of highways including footpaths and bridleways
  • Repair and maintenance of the war memorial
  • Protection of the ‘Assets of Community Value’
  • Review of planning applications

The proposed devolution of a range of services by BCC will only increase these responsibilities.

As well as Councillors working together as a team, some Councillors participate in committees or working groups such as the Website Working Group and the Footpath Working Group.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month (at 7.30pm in the Cuddington site of Cuddington and Dinton School) and generally last no more than two hours.  Site visits, to consider planning applications, tend to take place on the Sunday preceeding the Parish Council Meeting.  The AGM takes place every May.  Every meeting is a public meeting with an opportunity for parishioners to raise concerns or ask questions during Parishioners’ Question Time at the beginning of each meeting.  Councillors are given support in performing their duties from the Parish Council Clerk.  Training is also available to new Councillors through organisations such as Buckinghamshire Association of Local Councils.

To become a Councillor you must be over 18 and a British national or qualifying citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Community.  To stand for an election of Cuddington Parish Council you must be an elector of the parish or; for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish, or; during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work), or; for the whole of the previous 12 months lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary.

Being a Councillor is a rewarding role that provides a great sense of achievement.  You can either apply to AVDC (Jo Sara, Senior Electoral Service Officer: 01296 585051) or to our Clerk ( 01844 201899) from 23rd March 2015.  The nomination form needs to be supported by a Propser and Seconder (from 2 people on the electoral register within the Parish).  The deadline for completed nomination forms is 4pm on Thursday 9th April 2015.  It must be hand delivered to AVDC.

Diary Dates – Annual Village Meeting and AGM of Parish Council

The Annual Village Meeting will take place on Wednesday 22nd April at 7.30pm in the Bernard Hall.  Please put the date in your diaries.  More details to follow.

Due to the date of the Elections in May, the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council will be moved from the first Wednesday in the month and be held instead on Wednesday 13th May at 7.30pm in Cuddington and Dinton School – Infant site.  


Witchert Chorale Concert on March 28th

At 7.30pm on Saturday March 28th the Witchert Chorale will be presenting a concert in St Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington.  Their delightful programme will include works by Tavener, Elgar and Mendelssohn, and will also include suitable readings by Andy Hardy.

There will be an interval when refreshments will be provided giving the opportunity for a social interlude.

Tickets at £10 (children free) are obtainable from Myles Saker (tel. 01844-291825 or e-mail

This concert is in aid of The Utugi Street Children Kenya Project.


The Bensons’ Farewell Lunch

Jane and David Benson moved house to Tintern, Wales after many years faithful service to St.Nicholas Church.  David had been churchwarden for a number of years but Jane had spent a quarter of a century playing the organ at church services.

They will both be greatly missed, and to honour the occasion a special Bring and Share Lunch was held in the church on Jan. 25th.  Nearly 70 people attended and showed their appreciation of the magnificent service both the Bensons had provided to the church.  They were presented with donations in excess of £720.

Manor House String Quartet

The Manor House String Quartet gave a Viennese Gala performance in St Nicholas Church on January 17th.

The programme comprised lively Viennese music of the Strauss era with a number of popular pieces, and was much enjoyed.

After expenses the proceeds, amounting to £356.89, were given to The Streetlight Charity in the Philippines, which is organised by our curate Rev. Ian Herbert.

Top School!

School’s Performance Data

We are delighted to report that Cuddington and Dinton C of E School was placed 5th out of 214 Primary schools in Buckinghamshire based on pupils’ progress.

This is a very commendable achievement and as a result of the school’s overall standing in the recently-published performance tables our MP, John Bercow, wrote a very welcome and encouraging letter of congratulations to our Headteacher, Kim Price.

Click here to see the detail of the top 8 schools and here to see John Bercow’s letter.

Community Oil Buying Scheme Update

The price per litre for the January order was 35.75p plus VAT, a saving of up to £62.50 for an order of 1,000 litres*.  Although oil prices appear now to be starting to rise slightly, this is again the lowest buy price for the entire time that the scheme has been running.

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.

Know your landscape – Cuddington

Inspired by a recent Radio 4 Start the Week podcast, I have decided to start to get to know my landscape at Cuddington better by looking on my walks at:

  • how it folds and undulates
  • what is growing or not
  • what is in the sky
  • the buildings that punctuate the landscape
  • how it feels to be out in it at different points and times of day and seasons and weather

Knowing your landscape will give you a deeper appreciation of your surroundings and therefore a deeper pleasure in them.

You can walk across the hills, along your street, or onto the concrete path going down to Nether Winchendon. 

Enjoy your walking and knowing your landscape.

Alan Marsh

Third Anniversary FREE PRIZE DRAW

To mark our 3rd anniversary of taking over the running of your village shop, we invite you to participate in our free prize draw.

All customers who purchase any item and are over the age of 18, will be offered a free draw ticket and if the number matches any of those on a prize, you win it.

There are six chances to win, so why not pop in to the shop on Saturday and try your luck. Any prizes not won on Saturday will be carried over on to Sunday or until they have all gone

Thank you for all your support over the last three years. Without it, the shop and Post Office wouldn't be here now.

John & Elaine

Headteacher’s New Office

We are pleased that we now in a position to build a new headteacher’s office onto the side of the school building on the Infant site.

Work is due to begin on this next week, commencing 2nd February.  We hope this work won’t take much more than about four weeks and the contractor, Phil Gollins, will be as careful as possible about not causing undue disruption to residents.

Please bear with us while this is going on and do let the school office know if you have any concerns.

Attempted Car Hold-Up in Haddenham

A Chearsley resident was the victim of an attempted hold-up in his car on Friday 23rd January.

The assailant ran out in to the road from another vehicle parked in Churchway, Haddenham, and flagged down the car.  As he approached the victim’s car, he was shouting that he had run out of petrol and then forcibly opened the driver’s door.

The man was described as being of Mediterranean complexion and overweight.  Apparently, there was another person in the assailant’s vehicle but no description is available, nor of the car.

The victim managed to repel the intruder and drive off.  A lesser person or woman might not have been able to do so.  Apparently, this is not an isolated incident: others have been discussed at Ivor Miles garage, Haddenham recently.

Please take great care if someone attempts to flag down your car, and keep your car doors locked.  If you have information you would like to share with Thames Valley Police, please call the 24 hour, non-emergency number 101.  If you believe a crime is in progress, please always dial 999.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at  No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Christmas Collections

Gifts amounting to £549 have been sent to and split equally between Crisis UK and Tearfund as a result of the offerings at the Carol Service, Village Carol Singing and net receipts from Christmas in the Club.

Go to YouTube and search on “Crisis at Christmas 2014” to see their work, or watch below

Your Suggestions Please

Following a review of our business, one of the things we are considering is increasing our frozen food range by adding another freezer, thus increasing our frozen food capacity by 50%.

If we are to do that, we need your suggestions as to the kind of products you would like us to hold.

Apart from our own range of ready meals, we currently have thin & crispy pizzas, fish fingers, prawns, chips, peas, chicken nuggets and dippers, beefburgers, potato waffles, pastry, garlic bread & St. George Gelato ice cream.

Please email your suggestions to or let us know your ideas when you next visit the shop.

Thank you

John & Elaine

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