Bovingdon and Flaunden Tennis Club

Bovingdon and Flaunden Tennis Club is a small, friendly club, with approximately 160 members, situated in the picturesque Hertfordshire village of Bovingdon. There is no playing-in standard and everyone is welcome to join. Come along for a social game, meet the members and marvel at our resident Red Kites flying overhead.

We offer a good range of social tennis on our five all weather courts, to suit all levels of player plus we enter a number of teams into local leagues.  There is also an in-house Winter league on our three floodlit courts running from Sep-March.

We like to encourage our junior section, introduce children to the joys of tennis and subsequently help them to improve their skills. There is coaching available for adult and junior members.

Elton comes to Bovingdon?


Of all the famous musicians that resonate across generations, Elton John is among the most deserving of being the subject of a biopic. So much so, in fact, that in 2011, it was reported that John would be producing Rocketman, a musical biopic about his life. However, the project has hit a number of obstacles in the years since. With those delays have only come a scattering of updates, one of which was that a few years back, the Elton John biopic had tapped Tom Hardy to play the lead. However, now it’s been announced that Hardy is out, and Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Taron Egerton is lined up to play John instead.

According to The Daily Mail, Taron Egerton has been having conversations with Rocketman producers Matthew Vaughn (Egerton’s Kingsman director) and Dexter Fletcher about boarding the biopic to play Elton John. As for why Tom Hardy is no longer involved with the project, supposedly the Dunkirk star has trouble with singing, and since Egerton has no problem with belting out tunes, that makes him the worthier actor for the job. The Rocketman team is hoping to start shooting the movie before 2017 is finished, but whether or not they meet that goal will depend on if a deal can be reached with Egerton.

Dancing on Ice moves to Bovingdon

The latest series of the figure skate show will move from Elstree studios to Bovingdon Airfield – a location featured in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – in a revival of the comeback series

In an exclusive with The Sun, an ITV source said that the move is an ‘ambitious plan’, but ‘bosses want to make sure they have free rein over how it [the stage] will look.’

‘Bovingdon is a great space and its filming history helps give the show some extra sparkle.’

However, this is not the first time the show has moved to a different location – viewers saw an exclusive set in the sixth series as Dancing On Ice moved from Elstree to Shepperton Studios in 2011.

The 10th series of Dancing On Ice is set to return to TV in January next year.

DANCING ON ICE – THE TOUR – Free audience tickets

Bovingdon Horticultural Society

Chairman’s report for 2016

Once again welcome to the AGM. The Society has completed a successful year with our full range of activities – Shows, Talks, Outings, Plant Sale, Winter Social Evening and for the first time a Summer Social.

The Society’s Shows are our major effort and continue to be supported by a strong following of exhibitors who achieve an extremely high standard. The Show Secretaries’ Reports provide fuller details of each show in a later agenda item. With the proceeds of the Winter Social in 2015 we purchased new display stands for use in the Shows for paintings, photographs, quilts and notices.

‘Single garage with padlock; eaves roof for additional storage. In quiet residential location in Bovingdon. £40/month. Short term or long term let. Immediately available.
Contact: Beata 07831333478.’


Our talk in February was given by Christine North on “Topiary”. This included a practical demonstration of the art and was attended by 18 people. The second talk took place in March when Graham Pavey gave us some ideas for “Vertical Gardening”, with a similar attendance.

There were 2 outings in 2016 and a third had to be abandoned. On 18th May David Kirk of the Box Moor Trust led a group of 28 around the Bovingdon Brick Works. It turned out to be a fine evening and much was learned about the wildlife on our door step. The Second visit was to Rod Pengelly’s garden in Chalfont St Giles in June. Rod’s small garden is filled with 350 rose bushes for exhibition and another 150 on trial. It was amazing to see what he has accomplished and we thank him for inviting us and passing on his tips.

The Society put up 34 baskets in the High Street, 1 more than in the previous year. The winners, as judged by Vic Coe were Fyfes, second the Memorial Hall and in third place Seaways; the presentations were made at the Autumn Show.

The Village Gates continue to be maintained by some of our members – Sue Miller, Doreen Woods, Gillian Johansson, and Lindsey Coates and we thank them for their efforts to enhance the village.

‘Bovingdon Bomber’ Cycle Circuit!

‘Bovingdon Bomber’ Cycle Circuit!

The Hemel Hempstead Cycling Club is pleased to announce The ‘Bovingdon Bomber’ Cycle Circuit! Courtesy of Drift Limits, we now have the use of a new 1km, traffic-free circuit for criterium racing and training events at Bovingdon Airfield, Hertfordshire.

We run a series of regular mid-week evening criterium races under British Cycling rules which started in May and we will also be using the circuit for specific coaching, development and training activities for both adults and children. Watch this space for more news!

This is a fantastic facility and we want to make maximum use of it for the benefit of our own club members, other local clubs and the Dacorum community in general.

Our thanks to Drift Limits and Runways Farm for making this possible.

The Hemel Hempstead Cycling Club run the Bovingdon Bomber Criterium series at it’s club track – the popular Bomber Circuit. The series is governed by British Cycling and all races are Regional C+ events with full BC points and cash prizes.


If coming by car then access is from A41 only. You need to leave the A41 at the Services (McDonalds) junction (signposted Bourne End Mills Ind Estate) and head up Upper Bourne End Lane which is off the northbound slip road.

Access by bike is through the industrial area up Bourne End Lane off the London Road in Bourne End. Head right when you get to the top of Upper Bourne End Lane. There is no access through the main Bovingdon Market entrance.

Public Access

Please note, there is no public access to the circuit outside of organised events.