Over 50? Do you want to learn more about other European communities?

Are you 50+?

Do you want to learn  more about other European communities?

Do you want to expand your volunteering experience?

Community Action Dacorum are currently looking for four Senior Volunteers for two volunteering opportunities in 2015.

The volunteering is in France and Latvia,  and dates as below

Pau, France                        4th – 24th March

Tukmus, Latvia                  14th April – 4th May

All travel costs, accommodation and a weekly living allowance is covere


Alison May


Community Action Dacorum

48 High Street

Hemel Hempstead HP1 3AF

Tel : +44 1442 253935 ext 225

Fax : +44 1442 239775

E-mail :  Alison@communityactiondacorum.org.uk

Website : www.communityactiondacorum.org

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Changes to your waste collection this November

Changes to your waste collection this November

You should have had a leaflet through your door in the first two weeks of August about the new Recycle for Dacorum waste collection service. The leaflet will give more information on the planned changes as well as dates and locations of the local roadshow events. You can view the pdf fileRecycle for Dacorum leaflet online now.

The new Recycle for Dacorum (R4D) service starting from 24 November 2014 will make it easier for you to recycle more.
A blue lidded wheeled bin, green wheeled bin and grey wheeled bin and a green kerbside caddy
Your new service will include:

  • A new blue lidded wheeled bin for all your recycling (paper, plastic, tins, cans and glass) and now cardboard will be collected together in one new wheeled bin every two weeks. You will also be able to recycle food and drinks cartons like Tetra Pak for the first time. .
  • A new kerbside caddy for all food waste will be collected weekly at the kerbside.
  • The existing green wheeled bin will be for garden waste only and will be collected every two weeks from February to November.
  • Waste that can’t be recycled will be collected every two weeks in your grey wheeled bin as it is now.

The new blue lidded wheeled bin for mixed recycling will sit in place of your recycling boxes as they will no longer be needed. We will collect and recycle your old boxes once the changes are in place.

From the end of August to mid October we will be touring the borough with our exhibition vehicle, both on weekdays and weekends, to give you an opportunity to see the new bins, ask questions, take part in competitions to win fantastic prizes including dinner for two at The Grove or a spa evening at Champneys. View the full list of pdf file R4D roadshow dates (374KB).

This change applies to waste collections from houses. If you live in a flat your waste collection will not change until 2015. We will provide you with more details about changes for flats in due course.

If you are currently on a sack collection we will be assessing your property to see what type of recycling service (sacks or wheeled bins) will be most suitable in the future. Please do not worry if you are not at home when our Recycling Advisors visit as they will leave a letter explaining the service you will receive from 24 November.

Smell most foul?

For some time now we have all had to tolerate a smell most foul, (or should that be Fowl?) depending which way the wind is blowing.

The Environment Agency are aware of the issue and are now diligently monitoring it. They have supplied a hotline number for people to ring. Should you smell a nasty niff in the air, please ring the free phone number: 0800 80 70 60. If you don’t want to give your name, you can state that you wish to remain anonymous.

The hotline support team will ask you your postcode and various questions including:

Where do you think the smell is coming from?

How would you rate the smell on a scale of 1 – 6?

How would you describe the smell?

What is the weather like (sunny, cloudy, overcast, still, breeze, windy)?

Have you had to close your windows?

How far are you from the source of the smell?

The hotline support team will then offer to give you a call log reference number. We would be very grateful if you could note it down and post it back on this page, so we can keep a log.  Don’t worry the Environment Agency will never give out anyone’s names or personal information.

Please kindly pass the Environment Agency hotline number to friends and neighbours, who may not have internet access, or be aware that the situation is diligently being monitored by a professional body who can effect change.

Blowing up helicopers on Bovingdon airfield

Damian Lewis joins Ewan Macgregor in Bovingdon?

Homeland star Damian Lewis has joined the cast for a big-screen version of Our Kind of Traitor, a John Le Carre novel currently being filmed in Bovingdon and London.

Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris play an English couple on holiday in Marrakech  who get embroiled with a Russian oligarch.

All the action kicks off in Bovingdon on Thursday 24th.


Tesco vs Coop Rumours

Tesco vs Coop Rumours

Is it possible Tesco are not keen on developing the flats and supermarket anymore. The supermarket chain won planning permission for a store and eight flats on the corner of High Street and Chesham Road in 2010 despite widespread opposition from villagers but rumoured now have put in planning for the store only and leaving it to us to descide its fate? Haven’t seen the planning app though.

Planning permission ran out at the end of February last year and the supermarket giant successfully applied to Dacorum Borough Council for more time to create the express store. It said it intends to start work in the spring.

Coop and ChippyDoes this now open the door for the Coop to expand and maybe buy the chip shop next door?

Anyone else noticed the market has moved? Could they be about to use the full runway for some other event?

Please add your comments and gossip below.

European elections 2014 – Meet the candidates

European elections May 22nd 2014 – Meet the candidates

These MEPs represent the Bovingdon (Eastern area) on issues decided on in Brussels including economic affairs, consumer rights, immigration, the environment and trade.

Currently there three Conservative MEPs representing the region, alongside two UKIP members, one Labour representative and a Liberal Democrat.

The election system used in the European polls means every vote will count. Rather than the first-past-the-post system used in local and national elections, the seats will be allocated  across the region counted and seats allocated proportionately to each party – meaning the more votes a party gets, the more of its candidates get elected.


Candidates: Patrick O’Flynn, Stuart Agnew, Tim Aker, Michael Heaver, Michael McGough, Andy Monk, Mark Hughes

British National Party

Candidates: Richard Perry, Christopher Livingstone, Mark Burmby, Paul Hooks, Stephen Smith, Philip Howell, Michael Braun
Christian Peoples Alliance

Candidates: Carl Clark, Mark Clamp, Chris Olley, Stephen Todd, Jane Clamp, Kirsty Evans, Kevin Austin

English Democrats

Candidates: Robin Tillbrook, Charles Vickers, Stephen Goldspink, Maria Situmbeko, Bridget Cowen, Don Whitbread, Jeremy Moss


Candidates: Brian Denny, Eleanor Donne, Stephen Glennon, David Goode, Leonardo Impett, Teresa MacKay, Emily Thompson-Golding

UK Independence Now

Candidates: Paul Wiffen, Karl Davies, Raymond Spalding, Edmond Rosenthal, Rupert Smith, Dennis Wiffen, Betty Wiffen

Liberal Democrats

Candidates: Andrew Duff, Jo Hayes, Belinda Brooks-Gordon, Stephen Robinson, Michael Green, Linda Jack, Hugh Annand


Candidates: Richard Howitt, Alex Mayer, Sandy Martin, Bhavna Joshi, Paul Bishop, Jane Basham, Chris Ostrowski


Candidates: Rupert Read, Mark Ereira-Guyer, Jill Mills, Ash Haynes, Marc Scheimann, Robert Lindsay, Fiona Radic


Candidates: Vicky Ford, Geoffrey Van Orden, David Campbell Bannerman, John Flack, Tom Hunt, Margaret Simons, Jonathan Collett

353 bus becomes 730 – except Sunday

Hemel Hempstead – Chesham – Amersham – Gerrards Cross – Uxbridge

Please note that the 730 service operates Monday to Saturday (Excluding Public Holidays) then old 353 on Sunday.

Download the 730 Timetable (39KB PDF)

Guide to 730 Tickets 

730 operates from Hemel Hempstead, through Chesham, Amersham and Gerrards Cross to Uxbridge. Here is a quick guide on the ticket options available for the 730 route. Click on the zones to see an interactive map and prices.

  • Zone 2 Whelpley Hill – Chesham – Amersham (Stanley Hill School).
  • Zone 3 Whelpley Hill – Chesham – Amersham – The Chalfonts – Gerrards Cross (East Common).
  • Zone 4 Hemel Hempstead – Bovingdon (HMP).
  • Zone 5 Chalfont St Giles (London Road) – Chalfont St Peter – Gerrards Cross – Uxbridge.
  • Zone 6 Whole route Hemel Hempstead – Bovingdon – Whelpley Hill – Chesham – Amersham – The Chalfonts – Gerrards Cross – Uxbridge.

Extreme Stunt Show

Whether you’re a fan of monster trucks, motorbikes, BMX or just general mayhem, the Extreme Stunt Show Live Arena is the place to be on  Friday 18th april at the Airfield, Chesham Road B4505, HP5 3RR.

Firstly check out the monster action where trucks Extreme and Lil’ Devil compete to prove they’re the best car crushing monsters in Europe.  2013 was a very busy year for these monsters.  Performing at over 150 shows during the summer meant they were in need of some long overdue TLC.  The Extreme workshop has been busy over the winter months to make sure the trucks are ready to keep up with the grueling workout the drivers are going to put them through.  Both still pulling 1500 horsepower and car-crushing to the max, these machines are primed and ready for action.

Next up, the Extreme FMX lads who love to tear it up with their death defying stunts including the can can, cliffhanger, lazy boy, kiss of death, nac nac, and superman to name a few.

Prepare to be astounded as the Extreme BMX team, show you how it’s done with excessive pedal power.  Check out their bunny hops, barspins, 360s, tailwhips, flairs and of course the backflip.

With performances from our firm favourites who are primed and ready for take-off, the Extreme Team are ready to showcase their tricks.  Two wheel driving, fire stunts and just good old-fashioned chaos to take you all the way to the extreme edgeExtreme Stunt Show will be performing in



Advance tickets (no booking fee)

Gate Tickets (on the Day)


To claim your discount download the voucher and present at booking office when purchasing tickets.
To download voucher click here.

Ticket Hotline – 08444 771000


Bovingdon Floods of 1977

HMS Tireless breaks free from its moorings in Bovingdon Docks and heads up Hyde Meadows in April 1977.

HMS Tireless breaks free from its moorings in Bovingdon Docks and heads up Hyde Meadows on April 1st 1977.

In 1977,  Bovingdon experienced even worst flooding than that of February 2014 with many properties and 1,900 acres of agricultural land affected. The flooding was caused by a Force 10 storm, gusting to Force 12, over the Irish sea, which caused tides to reach a level of 24ft.
The flooding was extensive with homes, businesses, public buildings, water treatment works, roads and electricity all affected including the, then, Bovingdon Primary School swimming pool.

Bovingdon floods 1977The, then, [tt]  Bovingdon Fire Engine was briefly stuck in floods outside [tt], Bull public house (bottom of the High Street, near the Bell). David France,  landlord of [tt] Wheatsheaf public house said: ‘Thankfully, there was no loss of life and no serious injury despite flooding reaching ceiling levels in some of our basements’.

The then, Royal Oak Public House was unaffected by the weather whilst Dave and Sandra had to cover the [tt] Horseshoe throwing alley at the Halfway House and Pigeon racing continued as usual at Bennys.

Local hero KH (Beano) fought surging waters to rescue one local man from his home as severe floods hit the village. A mountaineering-style traverse rope allowed the man to “zip-line” across to safety, as rising waters raged around his house. [tt] Gilberts coaches ferried the school children to Kings Langley and beyond as usual, although some children were seen throwing bags of flour from the rear window at passers by.

Banger racing continued on the airfield, despite objections from the local council over noise. Finally SpedeworthRacing closed in 2008 (only ten years then!).

Of course it wasn’t just the gipsies who were affected in Solders Bottom – the water flooded houses and roads too in Bovingdon and postponed the newly proprosed opening of a big national superstore (Co-op).


Now the Bourne Gutter – a small tributary of the Bulbourne rising between Berkhamsted and Bourne End – as then, is presently flowing (April 2014) due to the exceptionally wet winter being experienced nation wide.

Much else has changed!

(April 1st 2014)


See also: The Sarratt and Rickmansworth Light Railway.

28 days to end the noise….

An enforcement order has been served today on companies operating on the area of Runways Farm, Bovingdon. Details will follow but from the Council’s area based plans only certain activities will be aproved on the area. (2004)

No more noise on airfield“The following uses are considered appropriate to the Green Belt designation of the site:

agriculture; forestry; mineral extraction appropriate low intensity, low noise, open air recreation activities such as:

allotments; equestrian circuit/paddocks; golf course; winch-launch gliding; cycle racing and other cycling facilities; land yachting.

Use of a limited part of the site for a multi-purpose open air events area (possibly including a driver/cyclist training area) may be acceptable if associated with significant environmental improvements which could create opportunities for field studies”.