Villagers mark 50 years with garden party

Haddenham Village Society 50th anniversary.
Haddenham Village Society 50th anniversary.

Haddenham Village Society celebrated its 50th anniversary with a party hosted in the delightful gardens of Roderick and Cynthia Floud, in Flint Street.

Around 250 guests relaxed and enjoyed the quintessential English Summer party in the sunshine, along with friends, neighbours and family members of all ages, on Sunday July 19.

The timing was fitting, given the very active role that the Haddenham Village Society had played in constructing and gaining approval for the Neighbourhood Plan, culminating in the referendum just three days earlier.

HVS chairman, Professor Sir Roderick Floud, paid tribute to the achievements of the village society over the last 50 years, thanking all its members for their active contribution to village life. He also acknowledged the fine exhibition of HVS events and achievements that had been so carefully displayed by Virginia Samuda and partner Martin Bygate, based on the archives she had inherited from her father, the late John Landon, as well as items from the Haddenham Museum.

The event was primarily intended as a celebration of the society’s 50 years, but the garden party raised more than £1,000 towards the continuing viability of the society.

New members are always welcome - especially those who are relatively new to the village and who are looking for ways of becoming more actively involved in the life of the local community. For details about the Haddenham Village Society, visit