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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

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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.

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.

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

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”.

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.

Brad Pitt goes to Prison

Brad Pitt is gearing up for a trip behind bars. But before you go adjusting your computer screens, let us explain – the 49-year-old Hollywood hunk is only heading to jail to nab some extras for his brand new World War II film, Fury.

Brad, who is currently shooting next to a high-security Mount prison, is reportedly keen to poach some inmates as movie extras in a bid to help them get back on the right track.

‘Brad is fascinated that the prison and 800 caged men are so close to where he’s working’, a source on set told the Daily Star.

‘He’s requested a visit to The Mount and has asked director David Ayers whether any of the prisoners could be used as extras as part of their rehabilitation and educational programme.’

The Mount prison may house potentially dangerous Category C prisoners – aka. those who ‘cannot be trusted in open conditions’ – but Angelina Jolie’s  other half is confident it’s a good move.

‘Despite the severity of some of the crimes the prisoners have committed, he wouldn’t be nervous at all about working with the inmates’, the insider added. ‘He’s someone who believes in second chances.’

Halfway Burgled

Take care everybody with the Christmas Holiday coming up. Last week there was a burglary in Box Lane, whilst the property was empty. They gained access by forcing open an upstairs window, searched the house and robbed the safe.
Villagers have reported being visited by 1 or more persons, asking for directions, only for a second or third to sneak around the back of the house looking for opportunities.
Saturday night, the Halfway House was burgled.
If you have any information in relation to these crimes please contact police on non-emergency number 101 or crime stoppers on 0800 555 111