Cuddington | Buckinghamshire

Church News and Events

The church is active in the community in a variety of ways holding concerts, publishing the village newsletter,Village Voice, which is delivered to every household in Cuddington and working closely with the school.

A Church Supper is held early in the year and a  Harvest Supper in the autumn.



Carol Singing

Please join us for Carol singing round the Village on Thursday 20th December.

Meeting on the Upper Green at 6.00pm, we will wind up in Tyringham Hall for mulled wine and canapes around 7.30pm.

Be prepared to sing – but if you can’t join us then please listen out for us as we make our way around the village!!

We will be collecting for Crisis at Christmas.


Year End Deficit

It was announced to the congregation on Sunday 7th September that the church’s finances were suffering and that by the end of the year the deficit would be in the region of £6,400.

At the end of the service the congregation was told that the reason behind the deficit was a sharp falloff in the total figure being given as opposed to any major increase in costs.

It was explained that only just over a quarter of those on the Electoral Roll were part of a planned scheme but that “planned giving” represented 90% of donated income.  This implies that there is a real opportunity to support the church further.

Joining the scheme is very easy to do and makes the task of re-claiming gift aid and administering the church’s accounts much simpler.  The congregation was encouraged to think about joining the Parish Giving Scheme if they were not already in it.  See the section in “General Information” for details of the scheme and for further information.

Some Highlights of the year so far -

The following pages show some of the key events of 2018


The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place is presented by the Oddments Theatre Company.

This powerful performance of Ten Boom’s incredible story of an amazing rescue mission of Jews from their devastating circumstances during the Second World War is highly recommended.

St Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington
Monday 3rd December, 2018 at 7.30pm

Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door and may be obtained from:

  • for direct online booking
  • The Benefice Office, St Mary’s Centre, Station Road, Haddenham, 01844 291108
  • Caroline Saker, 01844 291825


Timeless Masterpieces of Music

St Nicholas' Church, Cuddington

Friday, 2nd November 7.30pm, 2018

A concert in aid of the Cuddington Church Restoration Fund

Sam Baker - Piano.Organ; Leonie Stevens - Flute; Sandy Mackenzie - 'Cello

Tickets £12.00 (under 16's free) available from:
    - Caroline Saker - 01844 291825

or on the door tonight


Harvest Hog Roast

Saturday 29th September

At the Clubhouse, Cuddington

5.00pm till late, hotdogs from 5.30pm,
Hog roast from 6.00pm

Prices - £7.50 adults, £5 concessions, £20 family

Includes entry, hotdog or hog roast, pudding and Entertainment:
Veg competitions, Kids competitions, Games,
Good music for All Ages

Bring your entries along with you for:

  • Best small flower arrangement
  • Your face or a celebrity face made from food
  • Best carrot cake
  • Heaviest marrow/courgette
  • Longest runner bean

Judging will be at 7.00pm.


- Caroline Saker – 01844 291825
or "on the door" - please come!


Open Air Service

Come along to our annual Open Air Service this Sunday 8th on the Cuddington playing fields.

Breakfast served from 9.30am, followed by a fun-packed service starting at 10.00am.

Be prepared for a tug of war and a penalty shoot-out!

(Bring your own picnic chairs/blankets)


Mum’s Breakfast

Don’t forget our Mums’ breakfast will be this Saturday 30th June at 9.00am in Cuddington Church.  After the usual yummy continental breakfast, our very own Jane Giles will be joining us to discuss how we can guide our children (and ourselves!) through all the changes and transitions in life!

Ali Lewis will also be guiding us through a simple craft to get us through the summer holidays.

Come and join us for some YOU time!
Sonia, Janine, Christine and Ali

P.S. Please share this with anyone you think may be interested and babes in arms very welcome.


Christian Aid Week

Bring and Buy Sale: Thursday 17th May, 5.00 – 8.00pm at Wellfield House, Spurt Street, Cuddington.

Plant stall, cake stall, Bric a Brac, refreshments and a Toy Stall.
All donations welcome.

A great opportunity to stock your garden for the summer while benefiting those in need.
Everyone welcome!


You’re invited to a Tea Party:  Saturday 19th May, Cuddington Church to celebrate Harry and Meghan’s Wedding.

Join us any time from 2.30pm onwards for afternoon tea.  There will be a tempting choice of homemade sandwiches, scones and cakes as well as your choice of teas and coffees to celebrate the Royal Event in style with the whole family.


Dance the Night Away!

A concert in St Nicholas' Church, Saturday 17th March at 7.30pm

Come and hear Shulah Oliver (violin & viola) and Claire Hawkes (clarinet) - Duo Armande - playing Beethoven, Dvorak, Debussy and works by many other composers: Dance the Night Away!

Please note that as Claire Hawkes is indisposed, Shulah will be joined by her long-standing friend and associate, Simon Marlow, who will be accompanying her on the piano.

Concert in aid of Kampala Music School; tickets are £12 (under 16's free) and available from:

  • Caroline Saker - 01844 291825
  • Cuddington Village Stores
  • or click “Book Now” below


Parish Supper

You are warmly invited to this year's Parish Supper, with hot food, and hear about:

BUILD - African adventures in training Pastors at the grassroots - Speaker Jem Hovil

Saturday 24th February 2018 in the Bernard Hall
7 for 7.30pm

Book your place with Caroline Saker - 291825
Donations to cover expenses and surplus to BUILD


New Year's Viennese Gala

The Manor House String Quartet will be presenting a New Year’s Viennese Gala on Saturday 20th January 2018 at 7.30pm in St Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington.

The programme will include pieces from Johann Strauss II, Lanner, Lehar, Brahms, Weber and other celebrated composers – so come and celebrate the New Year with us!

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

Tickets at £12 each (under 16's free) are available from:

  • Caroline Saker - 01844 291825
  • Cuddington Village Stores

Tickets are no longer available online, but will be on the door this evening.

Highlights from 2017

The following pages show some of the key events of 2017


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:

Tickets will be available on the door.


St Nicholas Church Youth Fundraising Event

Cuddington’s Upper Green

Saturday 14th October  10.30am - 12.30pm

  • Homemade cakes and lemonade
  • Books and toys

All monies raised will go to the “Compassion UK” charity to help support Ngowa Chonzwe, who is an 18 year old boy who lives in Kenya.

Maundy Thursday Communion Service is in Kingsey at 7.30pm

Please note that the Maundy Thursday 7.30pm Benefice Communion Service will be held at St Nicholas’ Church, Kingsey and not here in Cuddington.

It is incorrectly shown as being in Cuddington in April’s “Go Local”.


Cuddington Church Pantomime

Please join us on Monday 17th April from 10.30am for a pantomime retelling of the Easter Story as an allegory involving 'Trolls'. The message is good but the jokes are awful - you have been warned. The pantomime will be followed by more traditional refreshments and a children's Easter egg hunt.


Lent Course

Challenging Power – Destroying the Myth of the Mighty Leader and offering hope for the future

Speaker: Canon Phil Groves

Five sessions to be held in St Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington on Tuesday evenings starting on 7th March, 7.30 for 8pm

This Lent we will be examining events, such as terrorism, racism and migration; and politicians (such as Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte) who portray themselves as Mighty Leaders, in the context of Bible stories and characters.

We will consider why such leaders are dangerous and look at alternatives; and also at what creates peaceful communities, and how we can make a difference here and around the world.

7th March: Chaos
14th March: Corruption
21st March: Redefining Power
28th March: Why was Jesus Killed?
4th April: The New Way


The Witchert Chorale

The Witchert Chorale, with their Conductor David Quinn, returns to St Nicholas’ Church on Saturday 25th March at 7.30pm for their Spring Concert, Light.

Light brings together works by Tallis, Bach, Mendelssohn and Duke Ellington – amongst others!  With such a range and variety of composers it promises to be a most enjoyable and rewarding evening.

Tickets are £12 each (concs £10, u-16 free) and please get them from:

Jessica Ecott 01844 291101 or Caroline Saker 01844 291825
Cuddington Village Stores or Bloomin’ Fruity, Haddenham
or here online - see below.

The concert will be raising funds for both Kampala Music School and Stoke Mandeville Long-Stay Patient Comfort Fund.

Tickets no longer available online but are on the door this evening

Phil with the present Archbishop, Justin Welby 

Parish Supper

Saturday 11th March – 7.00 for 7.30pm in the Bernard Hall

Parish Supper with hot food!

Plus a talk by our own Phil Groves: “Travels with Archbishops of Canterbury” - sharing his own experiences.

Tickets from Caroline Saker – 01844 291825
Donations please to cover expenses.

Highlights from 2016

The following pages show some of the key events of 2016

Rethinking Christmas

Markus and Celia Bockmuehl invite Cuddington friends and others to join them at their home for three evenings of study and celebration about Advent and Christmas.

We will meet for an hour on three Monday nights, 8-9 pm November 28, December 12 and January 2. Markus will speak for 15-20 minutes and introduce a discussion. Refreshments will be served. For the last 20 minutes we will switch gear and hear about a practical Christmas custom – seasonal prayers and decorations, continental baking recipes, a different sort of Advent calendar, etc.

If you would like to come, please register at Space will initially be limited to 15 participants.

· November 28 How could Mary become the Mother of the Son of David?
· December 12 Ten Things You Never Knew About the Christmas Story – and Were Afraid to Ask!
· January 2 The Infant Jesus and His Family – Religious Jews and Syrian Refugees in Africa? The stories behind the festivals of Epiphany and Candlemas

Note: Markus will also be preaching at the Carol service on Christmas Eve at 7 pm in Cuddington church.


Nativity and Gift Service at St Nicholas

All Age Nativity and Gift Service on Sunday 11th December at 10am.

This year we are hoping once again to provide gifts for the women and children in Aylesbury Women’s refuge.

The refuge provides a safe place for up to 14 women and 17 children. At present, the oldest child is a girl of 12 years old. There are also two babies in residence with their mothers.

Please think of some treats for the women as well as toys and gifts for the children. Wrapping paper and sellotape are also very welcome, but please leave your gifts unwrapped when you bring them to the service. These gifts let people who are going through a hard time know that they are thought about and cared for. Let us share God’s love.

Thank you for your support. 

Sam with Danea (inset) 

Music for a While

This concert in memory of Myles Saker is fast approaching - St Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington on Saturday 29th October at 7.30pm 

And since announcing the programme, which includes settings of Shakespeare, songs by Purcell, Schubert, Max Reger and Roger Quilter, traditional songs as well as piano and organ solos, we are delighted to say that Sam and Danae are being joined by 'cellist Sandy Macenzie who will be providing some 'cello continuo as well as playing a couple of solo pieces.

Tickets are available from the village stores or phone Caroline Saker on 01844 291825 - or on the door this evening!

There will be refreshments and canapés during the interval and all proceeds will be going to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.


Harvest Family Service with Bring and Share Lunch

This Sunday at 10am we are having an all age service to celebrate Harvest. A collection of harvest gifts will be taken up for local charities alongside the usual songs, games and fun we have come to enjoy at an all-age service. The service will be quickly followed by a bring & share lunch with competitions that anyone can enter.:

  • Tastiest home made jam
  • Prettiest tray-bake
  • Best decorated cupcakes 
  • Animal made out of FRUIT!

All entries will be eaten after certificates have been awarded - do join us for our interpretation of a traditional village event!

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 3rd 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


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! 


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.

For tickets phone Caroline Saker (01844 291825), call into the village shop or available on the door.


New Associate Rector Appointed

Associate Rector of Wychert Vale Benefice

We are delighted to announce that the Revd Canon Dr Phil Groves has been appointed as Associate Rector of Wychert Vale Benefice.  He will join a team of clergy who are enabling ministry in the parishes of Haddenham, Stone with Dinton and Hartwell, Cuddington, Kingsey and Aston Sandford.

Phil is married to Anne and he currently works as Director of Continuing Indaba at the Anglican Communion Office in London.  Indaba is a process of honest conversation that seeks to build community, energize mission, and provide a context in which conflict can be transformed.

Phil has had many years of experience of parish ministry in Leeds and Melton Mowbray, where he had a special role in encouraging young families.  The Groves also spent six years in Tanzania where Phil taught in the Anglican training college and mentored new clergy.  Phil and Anne have three adult children and are exploring becoming foster parents.  They will be moving to live in Stone, later in the year.


Concert Success!

An excellent audience welcomed back The Galliard Band for a Spring Concert in church last Saturday.

Raising important funds for Christian Aid Week the event featured some wonderful solos from Greg Bealing and Zachary Taylor.

More details will be given in next month’s Village Voice.


Christian Aid Coffee Evening and Plant Sale

Linnets, Spurt Street (home of Nan and Peggy Cattell)

Monday 16th May   7.00 - 9.00 pm

All are welcome at this popular event to raise money for Christian Aid.

What we need to make the event as successful as ever are donations of plants, whether bedding, herbs or vegetables.  Could these please be brought to Linnets during the day on 16th May.

For more information please contact me at

Helen Keeping

Highlights from 2015

The following pages show some of the key events from 2015

Organ and Piano Recital in St. Nicholas Church

Sam Baker, an ex Senior Oxford organ scholar, put on a magnificent recital using both the organ and the piano on Saturday evening, October 24th.  Nearly 100 people registered to attend the concert, which included music from JS Bach to the modern day.

Sam was a very popular performer and introduced each piece with an appropriate illuminating commentary.  The organ keyboard was photographed and shown on the screen behind the chancel arch, which was very popular, and a definite first for Cuddington.  It brought the organist, who is normally invisible in the chancel, right into public view.

There was the initial performance of “A Cuddington Suite”, a set of eight sonnets written by Cuddington resident Nigel Phillips and set to music by Sam Baker himself, which had been dedicated to the memory of Jim Hayward, the very popular village personality who died recently.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and such was the generosity of the audience a grand total of £1,554 will be given to this worthy cause.

Photographs can be seen opposite.

Christian Aid 2015

Another successful year for Christian Aid in Cuddington with a total of £1,367 being donated by the village.  The bulk of this, £898, was from house-to-house collections and this represents some £4 per household.

In addition the traditional Bring and Buy and Plant Sale contributed £333 and this was a 5% increase on last year.  The evening, held at Angela and Charles Sanderson’s house, was a great success and we were blessed by the weather – recent years have frequently been cold and wet (or both) but this year it was a lovely summer’s evening.

In addition notable contributions came from the school and from the church collection.

Many thanks to all who contributed, to all the helpers and also to the Sandersons for organising the Bring and Buy and Plant Sale at their house.

This total did not include the donations at the May Day Madrigals at the top of the church tower, as this year this amount, £266, was paid direct to the Christian Aid Nepal appeal.


Music in Quiet Places

On Saturday June 20th at 7.30pm in St Nicholas Church there will be a concert organised by the Aylesbury Vale District Council in their Music in Quiet Places series.

The musical programme will centre on Schubert’s String Quartet in C Major, widely regarded as one of the greatest piece of chamber music.

There will be an interval with refreshments provided.

Cuddington is fortunate to have been selected as one of the sites for this year’s concerts by the AVDC, and all are welcome to attend.

Tickets at £12 (concessions for over 65s and under 16s at £10) are available from Myles Saker on 01844 291825.

May Day Madrigals

At 9.30am on May Day the Witchert Chorale gave their customary performance of madrigals from St Nicholas’ church tower.

This was attended by a considerable crowd of supporters who afterwards went into the church for further musical offerings, coffee and nibbles.

A total of £266 was collected for Christian Aid Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

Photographs can be seen opposite.

Roger Howell of Barnabas Fund 

Parish Supper – Feb. 21st 2015

The Parish Supper was held in the Bernard Hall on Sat. Feb. 21st and a welcome selection of food was provided.

The speaker was Roger Howell of the Barnabas Fund.  He gave an illuminating account of how Christians in different parts of the world were persecuted, highlighting how fortunate we are in this country.

44 people attended and their donations were sufficient to provide, after expenses, a payment to Barnabas of £261.

Lent Course

There will be a five-week Lent Course on the Letter of JAMES led by the Venerable Dr Gordon Kuhrt

Subject  Faith in Action: – Does Christian Faith make a real difference?

Date  Monday evenings from Feb. 23rd to March 23rd at 7.45pm in St. Nicholas Church, Cuddington.

Details  Please see the Programme


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.


Church Diary of Events

This can be accessed  on Church Diary        

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.


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


Manor House String Quartet Concert

“New Year’s Viennese Gala”

To celebrate the start of 2015 this well known music group will be providing an exciting concert in St Nicholas Church Cuddington at 7.30pm on Saturday January 17th.

The programme will comprise music by Johann Strauss, Lehar, Brahms, Weber and other well-known composers;  refreshments will be served during the interval.

Two years ago this group provided a similar evening in Cuddington which was warmly appreciated by the many who attended.

Tickets at £10 (£5 for those under 16 years) obtainable from Caroline or Myles Saker (tel. 01844-291825)

Repairs to Church Path

Work on repairing the church path, south gate and west door paving will start on Wednesday 15th Oct 2014.  Access to the church and churchyard from this date will be primarily through the north gate and north door facing onto Lower Church Street.

Limited access will stilll be available through the south door by the path leading from the north gate and is best restricted to those opening and closing the church each day.  Work will be ongoing on weekdays and on Saturdays.  The contractor will attempt to leave the path in a level condition for use on Sundays (particularly for wheelchairs) but this may be on a hard core base and those who can should use the north door.

Please accept our apologies but would people not requring access to the church and churchyard please walk around by the road during the period work is underway and obey the signs and markers denoting site hazards.

The Galliard Band & Singers

On Saturday September 20th in St Nicholas Church the Galliard Band & Singers gave a lively performance of music from the 16th to the 20th century – that is from Monteverdi and Byrd to Scott Joplin and Benjamin Britten.

The Band comprised a whole range of recorders under the able direction of Alan Hamilton, and the accomplished singers were directed by Kelvin Turner.  It was a delightful performance and much enjoyed by the audience.

All profits were donated to the UTUGI project, and amounted to £755.70.

Please see photos opposite.

  • Toddler Singing Group
  • Toddler Singing Group
  • Toddler Singing Group

Toddler Singing Group

The Toddler Singing Group takes place every Friday (including during the school holidays) in St Nicholas Church at 10am.  Despite our name we are open to more than just toddlers; we also enjoy the company of many mums, nannies, grandmas and childminders!

We have seen babies as young as 5 days old and children on the edge of starting school.  We sing a collection of well-known nursery rhymes and songs for about 30 minutes.

This is followed by a short picture book story and then a time of free play with refreshments (water or juice for the children, coffee and tea for the parents). There is usually a home-made cake and biscuits.  We do not charge for this service but if parents wish to make a 50p donation towards refreshments we are happy to accept this.

See photos opposite.  All are most welcome – please just come along when you can.

Jo Goodson on behalf of the Toddler Singing Group

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.

Christian Aid Plant Sale, Bring & Buy and Coffee Evening

This will be held at Wellfield House, Spurt Street, the home of Charles and Angela Sanderson, on Monday May 12th from 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

Everybody is invited and all offerings will be really appreciated.


Draw On Sweet Night

The Galliard Band and Singers are a broad range of recorder players supported by a number of vocalists who will be providing a concert, “Draw On Sweet Night”  in St. Nicholas Church, Cuddington at 7.30pm on Saturday Sept. 20th.

A varied programme of music will be offered to please all tastes and it is much recommended.

Refreshments and canapés will be available during the interval which will provide a social interlude during the performance.

Tickets at £10 (£3 for those of 16 or under) are obtainable from Rose Cottage, Spurt Street (01844-291825).  All proceeds, after expenses, will be donated to the Utugi Appeal.

The speaker talking to a churchwarden 

Parish Supper

Some 60 people attended the Parish Supper on Sat. March 1st in the Bernard Hall. The speaker was Ruth Robinson who gave us details of SAT7, which is a Christian charity which broadcasts on satellite television to Middle Eastern and North African countries in local dialects.

It was a fascinating talk with screen projection and was much appreciated by those present.

Those attending donated generously and this allowed some £280 to be sent to support SAT7.

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.


Witchert Chorale – Flora and Fauna

At 7.30pm on Saturday June 28th the Witchert Chorale will be presenting a concert in St Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington.  Their exciting programme will include a wide variety of music on the Flora and Fauna theme with an exciting array of madrigals, classical and modern music, well up to their established high standard.  See opposite for details.

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

Tickets at £12 (£10 concessions, children £3) are obtainable from Myles Saker (tel. 01844-291825 or e-mail



The Real Easter Egg

These Eggs have been around for two or three years but as well as the Easter story on the box, they now have a little booklet and chocolates inside!

They make ideal presents for grandchildren, godchildren and all the chocolate is fairly traded (unlike a lot of chocolate using trafficked child labour).

They come in 2 sizes as shown, the original is £3.99 and the Special edition with an Olive wood cross is £9.99.

Please contact Caroline Stonham before Feb. 24th to place an order ( or 01844 292221. 


Men’s Breakfast

The next Men’s Breakfast is on Saturday Jan.11th

           ALL WELCOME


Manor House String Quartet Dec. 13th 2013

The Manor House String Quartet will be performing a Concert of Christmas and Winter Music at 7.30pm on Friday Dec.13th 2013 in St. Nicholas Church Cuddington. 

This group, well known in Cuddington, will be playing a lively selection of carols etc and are much recommended.  Refreshments will be available in the interval.

Tickets at £10 (£5 for children) can be obtained from Myles Saker (01844-291825), Rose Cottage, Spurt Street.

Christianity Explored Course 26 Sep at 8pm

A Christianity Explored Course will start in St Nicholas Church on Thurs 26 Sep - timing 8-9.30pm.  The course will explore: "What is Christianity About"; "Is it Relevant Today?" there are 8 short studies supported by video and with time to explore and discuss. And someone mentioned something about puddings!  Please come along and join in and bring a friend.

PS: we are aware of the clash with the film night and there is flexibility for folks to "catch up".  Please let us know if you are interested.


Women’s Breakfast on Sat. Sept. 28th

Please get your ticket from Celia or Becky.

All welcome (i.e. the ladies)!

  • Visit to Whipsnade Zoo

Visit to Whipsnade Zoo

Visit to Whipsnade Zoo

Jonah and the Big Fish

 As a contribution to the Village Fete the children’s groups at St Nicholas Church studied the story of Jonah and the Big Fish.

 They then created a large collage in the form of a comic strip to illustrate the story, master minded by Caroline Stonham.

This was displayed in two parts in the church for everyone to see on Fete day  It will be available to be seen in the church for a period after the Fete.

There were also Jonah related activities for children in the church during the fete, which was lovely and cool on such a hot day.

Photographs of the display are shown opposite.


Spirit of Australia

A touring choir from Western Australia will be visiting Cuddington to present a concert of choral entertainment in St. Nicholas Church on Saturday July 27th at 7.30pm.

The choir has a wide repertoire of music from Mozart through Strauss to modern works, and this promises to be a very entertaining evening.

There will be wine and canapés available, and this will provide an opportunity to give the summer evening a social flavour and a chance to meet the performers.

The good news is that entry is free and tickets are available from Myles Saker (01844-291825).

Donations on the night will be in aid of the Kampala Music School.