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Extract from Bovingdon School Log Books One Hundred Years Ago


Extract from Bovingdon School Log Books One Hundred Years Ago

Jan 12th A very cold week, Some parents kept their children at home on very cold days, complaining that the main room is insufficiently heated. This certainly is so.

Feb 9th A week of snow & ice. Temperature in main room at 9am Mon 31, Tues 32, Wed 31, Thur 30, Fri 30. Some children are kept at home.

Feb 27th 59 children have joined the War Savings Association.

Mar 16th 13 children absent all the week 10 ill and 2 at farm work.

Mar 30th 9 boys and 9 girls worked in the garden on Friday afternoon. They dug and planted about 5 poles with potatoes. The managers not having provided any potatoes or tools, I have obtained some seed potatoes and the children brought their own tools.

May 8th Finished planting our plots of garden with potatoes on Friday afternoon, Area of garden = 20 poles. Quantity of seed potatoes = 3 bushels.

May 25th Yesterday being Empire Day we had a half day holiday.

In the morning the Head Master gave a lecture to all the children on the Empire and their duties in connection there with specially dwelling on the great deed for economy. The children of both departments afterwards assembled on the play grounds and sang three patriotic songs:- Then saluted the flag and finished with God Save the King. A collection on behalf of the Over-Seas Club realized 19/8.

Jun 1st The gardening class were busy weeding their plots of potatoes while a few children dug some old soil which was over grown with grass and weeds. No of eggs collected 25.

Jun 8th The gardeners `flat-hoed’ their potatoe plots today and put in 4 rows of turnip seeds.

Jun 15th Visited by I.Bamber Esq, gardening expert to Herts C.C. who viewed the emergency school garden. The gardening class molded up their 70 rows of potatoes this morning carefully weeding their plots first.

Jun 22nd
The gardening class planted the following:-
2 rows of Brussels Sprouts
3 Rows of Broccoli
3 rows of Winter Kale
3 rows of Scotch Kale
3 rows of Sprouting Broccoli (purple)
4 rows of Savoy cabbage
3 rows of Red Cabbage (pickling)
3 rows of Cauliflower (Autumn Great)
1 row of Mixed Greens.

Jul 6th The gardening class spent their time chiefly in weeding their plots. They singled the turnips.

Jul 20th Many children have been absent half days this week to gather raspberries which grow wild in great profusion on Leyhill common.

Sep 14th Many children absent at work in the fields. The gardening class lifted 14 bushels of potatoes this morning. These will be sold to parents of the children at 3/- per bushel, other buyers will pay 3/6.

Sep 20th Many children still absent at work in the fields or minding baby while mothers work.

Sep 28th The gardening class has now finished digging potatoes lifting about 27 bushels.

Oct 12th The ground was again too wet for gardening.

Oct 19th The attendance is still very irregular many children stay away `acorning’ acorns are fetching 1/4 per bushel.

Nov 9th Temperature rather low in the early mornings but there are rumors that we may soon be provided with an extra stove.

Dec 7th The attendance is sill bad. The intended gardening class has fallen through; The county council being unable or unwilling to provide tools etc for the same.

Dec 14th Attendance much worse, whooping cough has made its’ appearance, the temperature of the main room is really the cause of many children being absent.

Bovingdon History Group

Bovingdon History Group has continued to meet throughout the winter. Our speakers have proved to be popular, attracting 30 to 40 members to each of our meetings. We are grateful to Bovingdon Baptist Church for making us welcome and for the excellent facilities they provide.

Our lectures are usually held on the third Thursday of every month, at 8pm. Exceptions are July and August, when we usually have walks and visits. The meetings are open to members who pay an annual subscription of £12 and also to non-members who pay £2 per meeting. The meetings are advertised in the library and locally.

Bovingdon Care will get you there


can get you there
Just phone 832999


Bovingdon Care is a village-based volunteer service for the elderly, disabled and those not able to use the bus services to get them to where they need to go. This covers appointments to doctors, dentists, hospitals, clubs, shopping and to visit friends etc. All we ask is, if possible, is a reasonable amount of advance notice and a small donation based on 45p per mile to cover expenses.
To use the service, call our Careline on 832999 between 9.30am and 12.30pm Monday to Friday, and you will be connected directly to the coordinator on duty that day. Tell them your requirements then they will arrange a volunteer driver for you and phone you back with the details. Transport is normally available every weekday during reasonable hours. However, if you have an unusual requirement, perhaps at less sociable hours or maybe further afield, please do ask us as we may have an available volunteer.


If you are interested in joining us please call me, Richard Gardener, on (01442) 833674, 07860 811154 or email


Double Yellow Lines in Village

HCC proposes to implement new ‘No Waiting At Any Time’ (double yellow lines) restrictions on specified lengths of Chesham Road, High Street, Hempstead Road and Newhouse Road, Bovingdon.

These measures are being proposed to facilitate the free and safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians and to avoid prevent the likelihood of any such danger arising. The drawing below shows the detail and extent of what is proposed.


Quiz Night


Bovingdon Pre School will be holding a QUIZ NIGHT
on Friday 14th July at the Memorial Hall!!!

7.30pm until late

£15 per ticket, which includes pizza and nibbles

Bring your own alcohol and we’ll provide the mixers…

For a great evening out for your family and friends, come along and help your local Pre-School.

All proceeds will be going to our “save the Pre-School” campaign and details on how to purchase tickets will follow soon!

Help spread the word and make this a night to remember!

Look out for further details soon.