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Postcode of village centre and Bernard Hall: HP18 0AP
Postcode of Playing Fields Clubhouse: HP18 0AJ
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Parish councillors Ken Birkby and Stuart Anderson bolt the bench to its foundations 

Jim Hayward Memorial Bench

The bench to commemorate Jim Hayward’s long, dedicated service to the village has now been installed on the Upper Green.  The inscription on the bench reads “In memory of Jim Hayward who spent his lifetime dedicated to Cuddington.  1931 - 2015”.

At the Parish Council meeting last October, it was unanimously agreed that a memorial bench would be a fitting tribute.  The siting of the bench, on the Upper Green near the Best Kept Village sign, is in recognition of Jim’s key involvement with the Best Kept Village competition over many years. 

A ceremony to mark the installation of the bench will be held shortly.

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Public Footpath Route to Donkey Meadow

The path alongside the hedge in Donkey Meadow has now become a Public Footpath, but to access it from Cuddington, walkers should not use the open gateway just this side of Nether Winchendon Mill (Photo 1).  The correct route is to use the stile in Photo 2, walk past the Mill, follow the path through the farm buildings to the rear of the house (Photo 3) and then turn right.  There is a stile by the gate into Donkey Meadow (Photo 4).

Nether Winchendon Parish Meeting/Bucks County Council will be putting up signs to this effect in the near future.

Angela Sanderson

Cuddington Vertebrate Watch Results 2016

The results of the 6th Cuddington Vertebrate Watch Results 2016 are now in, so here is an outline.  If you want to see the full results, please email and I will send you them in pdf format.

8 people took part, spread across the northern half of the village (on and below the Aylesbury Road), but I am still looking for people around Dadbrook – if interested please do get in touch with me.

Overall, this is a better year than last year, when April and early May were much colder: it hasn't been warm this year, but there has been a nice mix of rain and sunshine so vegetation is doing very well.  There is a contrast between houses on the edge of the village and those in the middle, the former getting more farmland birds, and the latter the finches and tits.  27 species of  birds were recorded this year as well as grey squirrels, a muntjac, mice and common newts.

We are seeing a lot of consistency over the years and some trends are becoming fairly clear that echo national trends.  Corbids (crow, raven, jackdaw, magpie) are becoming more numerous, as are red kites and woodpigeons (everywhere!!).  Starlings are back this year and sparrows seem to be doing better than recent years.  We have good numbers of Greenfinches and goldfinches whereas chaffinches numbers are down.  Finches love the sunflower kernels which some of us use in feeders.

Only one thrush and no dunnocks, although I do see a pair of dunnocks in my garden on a daily  basis.  Bluetit numbers are down, but great tits are up a lot.

The lack of thrushes and cuckoos is very sad and reflects a national trend. On May Day at the church, we sang about the cuckoo, whose song seems to have been everywhere in the countryside in past centuries.  Of course, many cuckoos is hard on warblers and other host birds, but the lack of these is partially responsible for the cuckoo’s decline.

Bird feeders do a lot to help garden birds, especially through the winter, and I believe that they are instrumental in the good numbers of sparrows, tits and finches in Cuddington.

I hope that you found this interesting and am interested in any feedback.  If you would like to take part next May, please let me know, especially if you live anywhere around Dadbrook.

Doug Kennedy

Cuddington Celebrates the Queen’s 90th Birthday

A special flower display on the theme of the Queen’s life and reign will be mounted in St Nicholas Church on Saturday 11th June 10-12 & 2-5pm and on Sunday 12th June 2-5pm.  Villagers will be invited to a preview on the evening of Friday 10th June.

On Sunday 12th June 2-6pm, the beautiful gardens of Tyringham Hall will be open to the public and the Sunshine Club will serve celebratory refreshments.

Parking will be available at Cuddington Playing Fields car park, disabled drop-off point at Tyringham Hall.

So, do come along and join in this very special occasion.

A day in the life of Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon in Words, Film and Song!

St Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington
Saturday 18th June, 6.30pm

Tickets: £5.00 in aid of

This short programme of singing will be preceded by some “day in the life” insights into the Manor. There will be introductory words by Simon Wales, General Manager, and Pippa Shirley, Head of Collections, (both of whom are choir members) interspersed with some recently commissioned short films about the house and the collection.

The occasion is being used as a fund-raising event for PACE, a hugely worthwhile local charity. Click on the logo to find out more about PACE. The evening starts at 6.30pm and will be followed by refreshments and canapés.

Book online below, phone Caroline Saker (01844 291825) or call into the village shop.

Spring Delights

On our walks over the past week in the Chilterns, we have seen:

  • carpets of bluebells
  • wood anemones
  • celandines
  • lots of birds (seen and heard)
  • deer
  • beech trees coming onto leaf

Around the village, on the banks you can see primroses, cowslips, dandelions and many other flowers.

So please do walk around the village or in the Chilterns and enjoy!

Alan and Stella

2016 Cuddington Fete needs your stuff!

Cuddington Village is once again preparing for their annual extravaganza which is the Village Fete.  We are collecting almost anything you can think of (except electrical items), if you're having a clear out send your stuff our way – baskets, bottles, toys, soft toys, jigsaws, books, clothes, and all the usual bric-a-brac. Collection points this year include Denise’s, the village shop and 10 Bernard Close.  You can also take toys direct to the Malthouse on the Lower Green and books can go to Wayside on Bridgeway.

If you haven’t helped on the day before but would like to give it a go I’d certainly like to hear from you.  We still have a few orphan stalls without parents to look after them: the General Tombola, bric-a-brac and a few others....

Thanks everyone for all you help,

Jo Goodson (292958,

Donkey Meadow – Final Update

No more has been heard either by Nether Winchendon Parish Meeting or by those involved in Cuddington in this matter, and therefore it seems that Mr Spencer Bernard has not submitted a challenge to the ruling by the Inspector at the Public Inquiry.

The Claimed Route, which runs along the northern side of Donkey Meadow, close to the hedge, has now become a Public Footpath.  This will be shown as such on a revised edition of a map of the footpaths and bridleways in our parish: this will be produced within the next few months, and will be posted on the Village Website and on the notice boards; copies will also be available in the Village Shop.

Angela Sanderson

Dog Stolen in Haddenham

A Haddenham vet reports that a dog has been stolen from a house in the village.

His advice is not to leave your dog alone at home if at all possible, to shut the curtains if the dog is to be indoors for a long period by itself, and to make extra sure that doors are locked.

Apparently, dog thieves follow you when out walking to see where you live, and then come back later.  So if you happen to notice a car following you or acting strangely that you don't recognise, it might be worth making note of the number plate.

There are more details and advice for dog owners on the website.

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