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”.

Travellers Groups will be barred from setting up camps in new crackdown

Roma groups will not be allowed to set up camps unless they genuinely have a nomadic lifestyle under a new crackdown.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles wants to end special planning treatment for those who claim they are travellers because they are racially Roma – when in fact they stay in one place.

People who work in travelling circuses and those who travel to horse fairs will still qualify but Mr Pickles hopes to restrict the spread of traveller settlements.
Travellers will have to prove that they have a nomadic lifestyle before they are given permission to set up camps under plans being proposed by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

And in a written ministerial statement to be issued today, Mr Pickles will also act to stop councils allowing traveller sites on greenbelt land.

Officials say councils have ignored guidance to planners that traveller sites should not be built on the Green Belt, issued in July last year.

Mr Pickles will tell councils that they are giving ‘insufficient weight’ to the need to protect the Green Belt when they consider whether to authorise permanent or temporary sites.

The statement is expected to say that Mr Pickles ‘remains concerned’ by the spread of traveller sites and that he is prepared to intervene to overturn them on appeal.

A senior government source said the Government wants to overturn Labour’s definition of travellers as an ethnic minority following requests from several councils.

Details of exactly how the change will be implemented will be worked out following a public consultation.

The spread of traveller camps has been a feature of some rural communities since John Prescott issued planning rules under the last Labour Government.

Councils complained that the rules compelled them to build on the countryside and compulsorily purchase land.

Mr Pickles has overturned Mr Prescott’s planning circular but aides say he believes Labour’s rules undermined community cohesion by creating a perception that there are ‘different’ planning rules for the travelling community and for the settled community.

People who work in travelling circuses and those who travel to horse fairs will still qualify for special treatment

‘Planning rules should be the same for all,’ the source said.

Eric Pickles said: ‘It is vitally important to protect our Green Belt land, but Labour’s rigged planning rules lead to waves of unauthorised development and created tensions between travellers and the settled population.

‘By giving special treatment to certain minority groups like travellers, Labour’s rules harmed community cohesion and undermined environmental protection.

‘We have already given councils new powers to tackle abuse of the planning system and scrapped John Prescott’s politically correct diversity planning guidance, but I want go further to ensure fair play for all.’

The source confirmed that the Government would consult on how to restrict the number of travellers who are allowed to set up camps.

Proposed Gypsy site in Bovingdon

A revised application has been put forward from Michael Cash for a gypsy caravan site in Bovingdon.

The site would accommodate members of extended traveller families, local to the district.  ‘ The families involved are vulnerable for reasons of their age or health and all are in need of a settled base in order to provide access to specialist health care, access to schooling and respite from roadside travelling’, according to his agent.