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Tesco – a year on.

In January 2010, Tesco was given the green light by the Planning Inspector to go ahead and build. Please see an article in the Watford Observer, 21st January 2010.

Sad loss of Ian Macgregor

It’s with sad regret I have to report the death of Bovingdon’s Ian (Robertson) Macgregor (82) on New Years Eve.  Much loved husband, father and grandfather. Funeral Service will be held at St Lawrence Church, Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday, 18th January 2011 at 11.30am. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to RNLI or Help for Heroes.

He is pictured between the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, below, when he was master of ceremonies at Windsor Castle back in  2005.

Nearly 300 Aston Martins and Lagondas together worth more than £30 million took part in a St George’s Day parade at Windsor Castle, where they were met by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh were joined by Ian MacGregor of the Aston Martin Owners Club. (2005)

Ian was to introduce special guest Sir Stirling Moss, OBE. his long time business partner and friend, at the Walter Hayes Memorial Lecture on Wednesday 19th January 2011 at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall.

Ian and his wife Pam, were frequent visitors to the Green Dragon, Flaunden. His parents lived in Scatterdells Lane, I recall and when married he moved to Chipperfield Road.
He was a very kind and generous man. On hearing my grandson (10) was a avid Aston Martin fan, he volunteered to take us on a ride around the village in one of his two magnificent Astons, a very moving moment for us both.

He died after a short illness. Enquiries to Malcolm Jones & Metcalfe. Tel. 01442 864548.

Local Knowledge Quiz – 2011

1a. BOVINGDON Fire Station closed, despite waves of protest by local fire-fighters and their supporters.
What year was this?

2a. In 1959, whilst living in Chipperfield, he played the part of Fred Kite, a tough-talking union shop steward. He also owned an outlandish mechanical elephant
Who was he?

3a. Name the pub which stood at 44 Pudds Cross?

4a. The Bobsleigh Inn on Box Lane, was the Bovingdon Country Club until 1964.
It was renamed because of whom?

5a. The Three Rivers District is named after which three rivers?

6a. Graham Frederick Young was a local serial killer. He was notable for his obsession with the use of poison. He worked as a quartermaster at John Hadland Laboratories.
In what year was he arrested?

7a. Who was the first contestant to be knocked out of last years Strictly Come Dancing show?

8a. This Village was known as Isenhampstead until the middle of the thirteenth century, What is it now known as?

9a. Many American film stars visited Bovingdon during WWII including Bob Hope, Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich and of course Glenn Miller.
From where did Glenn Miller take off on his last flight, 66 years ago?

10a. From the crossroads at the Halfway House, I drive in a north-easterly direction for 2 miles. What pub will I be outside?

I’ll publish the answers in a week or so under comments. Happy New Year.

Beware: it’s a con

POLICE are on the hunt for a man who looks like Peter Kay, following a con trick by a rogue trader.

A Bovingdon resident refused to let the green-trousered man into his house when he claimed to be offering a tree root-cutting service at around 10.30am on December 9.

Half an hour earlier, a man described as ‘podgy’ and wearing blue overalls visited an elderly couple at Highfield Lane, Hemel Hempstead.

The man offered the same service and left with £100 after doing no work. Report information on 0845 33 00 222.

Saturday Night BBC1 comedy pilot

A new comedy entertainment pilot show for BBC1 produced by Zeppotron and starring Lee Mack, is looking for homemade videos.
We’d love to see your video if you can say yes to any of the following:

  • Do you have an act or skill that is instantly entertaining and distinctive?
  • Do you have any talents that would wow our audience?
  • Can you do something you feel the world needs to see?
    We’re looking for short clips to feature on the show of anything from a song, to a magic trick, to a comedy act, to a strange party trick – anything that you think would entertain our audience!
    It can be anything, the only criteria is that your clip be 15 seconds long.
    If you’d like to take part drop us an email with your 15 second video clip to: with your contact email, telephone number. Applicants must be 18 or over.

By submitting this information you are consenting to our use of your information for the purpose of selecting contributors for the programme and (if your clip is selected by us) for producing the programme. If your clip is selected you agree to enter into a licence for our use of the clip as part of the show. Please only send in clips that you have filmed yourself.  We cannot guarantee we will contact everyone who applies.
We look forward to hearing from you!