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Despite there being plenty to frustrate residents of Haddenham, from long-term problems over roadside parking by rail commuters to complaints about dog fouling of recreational spaces, and concerns over the development of the village, Haddenham is still a wonderful place in which to live.

In a survey published by the Telegraph newspaper a year to two back, Haddenham was listed as one of the most friendly places in the UK. We're a friendly lot because there's a wonderful community spirit, and a plentiful supply of individuals who give their time and talents voluntarily to help create and run clubs, societies and events that everyone can enjoy.

One of the many delights of living in a place like Haddenham is the opportunity to partake of traditional village events that link us back to previous generations and to our rural past.

Last weekend saw the May Day celebrations on Church End Green with the crowning of the May Queen, with support from her maids of honour, and youngsters and adults enjoying maypole dancing — a pagan ritual since Medieval times. If you missed this particular delight, you can see many photographs in our GALLERIES section. The Facebook feed of this website received several notes from former May Queens enjoying the chance to reminisce about their own pleasures of this event, from many years ago.

Also present were the Towersey Morris and the Haddenham Hoofers, both dance groups a familiar feature of community celebrations and events in Haddenham, especially in the Spring and Summer months.

So, when life's frustrations are getting you down, bear in mind the good fortune we have to live in such a lovely place as Haddenham, and come out and embrace the many outdoor events that will be adding to the joy of village life in the next few weeks.

Here are just a few village events for your diary:

Saturday 14th May — A Royal Garden Fun Day at the Community Infant School — see here

Saturday 11th June — Haddenham's Traditional Village Fete and the start of Bucks Open Studios

Sunday 12th June — Village Picnic on Church End Green

Saturday 18th June — Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition begins at Turn End Garden

Sunday 26th June — The HADAC Open Gardens event

Saturday 2nd July — Summeriest Beer Festival

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