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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Party

Who remembers the great weekend revels of the 70s/80s. The village came to life with great events on the playing field.
Well this will happen again after a gap of some 20 odd years, there will be loads of stalls, food, tombolas, bouncy castles, a dog show, live bands and much much more on Monday 4 June to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
(Can you remember the great 5-legged pub race? Five pubs in those days, sadly only three left now – used to take up to 2 hours then – probably do it in five minutes today.) Anyway, all of them will be doing something special on this day!
In the evening, BACKBEAT will be playing at the Memorial Hall (there’s a licenced bar) to finish what should be a great day. They will really get things going with their great 60s’ sound – Oh and a prize for best 60s ‘style fancy dress!
Hog roast at the Dragon.
The Old Tea room back in the 30sBob & Ida Burgess took over The Green Dragon (Flaunden) in 1932 as tenant landlords to The Cannon Brewery, and later to Taylor Walker.  And during World War II, Bob was head of Flaunden’s Home Guard unit, which met in the Old Club Room at the rear of the pub – a structure which survives to this day. Their daughter, Barbara, who grew up at The Dragon, can still recall the occasions when she played in the garden with two little girls who visited the pub with a groom whilst staying at Latimer House just before the war.
Back then in the late 1930s, neither she nor, indeed, her playmates had even the slightest idea that within some 15 years one of them was to become Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.



Yes, those two little girls were Elizabeth and Margaret, daughters of the then Duke and Duchess of York – unexpectedly, soon to be crowned King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on the abdication of the Duke’s brother King Edward VIII.



Pie and Ale Week – Cricketers

I’m really pleased to say that the gentle refurbishment in October to take us back to our roots as a classic village pub has borne fruit, and reactions have been really positive.

Our forthcoming Pie and Ale Week runs from Friday 23rd March to Sunday 1st April. The pie menu, which runs alongside our normal menu, features ten different pies, complemented by eight different cask ales to tickle your fancy over the week, five of which are available at any one time. And don’t forget, to keep our locals happy we have reduced prices for beer and wine on weekdays between 5pm and 7pm.

Just two other quick things: Mother’s Day on March 18th is already looking popular, and our new head chef, Justin Hetherington, has introduced a new set menu, with two courses for £13.95 and three courses for £16.95, which is proving very popular with our ladies who lunch.

Bookings are going well, especially towards weekends, so if you’d like to book a table please get in touch on 01923 270 877.  I do hope to see you soon.

David and the Cricketers’ crew

Royal Oak January Sale

Happy New Year to you, our loyal customers – we sincerely hope you and your family had a great time over the festive period.

We are all aware that January is a tough month, following the excesses of Christmas & New Year, which is why, the team at the Royal Oak is pleased to present their January Sale Menu!!

Throughout the month, you can enjoy a selection of excellent Homemade Meals for less than £10 each, including our amazing Fish & Chips, Burger, Cumberland Sausages & Mash and our excellent Seafood Pie! – In addition, our log fires are roaring, wines & beers are well stocked, and our team are on hand to serve you; so what are you waiting for?? During January we will be also issuing Wine Vouchers for February, and the return of our FREE Wine Offer……………numbers are limited so don’t delay!

PC Simon Cooper comes to Bovingdon

PC Cooper has joined the Neighbourhood Team as the Bovingdon, Chipperfield and Flaunden officer.
Our new Bovingdon PC with latest transport - Just for fun . . .Simon Cooper has been in the Hertfordshire Constabulary for 12 years, (he does have a sense of humour, so won’t object to the picture – not really him – and does a lot of good work for young people in the area).

Simon has a wealth of experience within the Constabulary and is looking forward to meeting his residents within his areas. If you would like to meet or speak to PC Cooper please contact him on 01707354192.

PC Stuart is the ward PC of Kings Langley and Nash Mills she is very knowledgable and keen to help! PCSO Agallari and PCSO Martin are also available should you wish to contact them.
Bovingdon, Chipperfield and Flaunden PC Cooper and PCSO Agallari are keeping busy in the area dealing with the priorities. Please do come along to the street meetings. It is a great opportunity for you to discuss local matters in an informal venue. Kings Langley and Nash Mills .


PC 939 Simon Cooper
Tel: 01707 354192

Phil Armour

Phil Armour 2010

Phil - after the Isle of wight 2010 trip

Phil, who lived at The Bourne, passed away on Sunday 18th December, 2011 after a brave & courageous battle against cancer.
Only 55, Phil was a faithful friend and enthused everyone around him with his excitment of anything a bit technical – from bread-making, iPhones, iPatches (good sense of humour too) to classic scooters and cars.
Sometimes frustratingly for his friends, he was a perfectionist in everything he persued. He leaves a son Daniel and a lovely wife Clair.
The Funeral service will be held in Hampden Chapel Chiltern Crematorium (Amersham) on Monday 9th January 2012 at 1.15pm.
Family flowers only – Donations if desired to the Hospice of St Francis c/o Tadmans, Kings Langley –  or to any other outlet to St Francis – they are really wonderful.