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Changes to bus times Bovingdon from 10th June 2012

Arriva will be making changes to a number of  services in Hertfordshire from 10th June, some to improve reliability and others to match the service provided more closely to demand.

– This service will no longer run, being replaced in part by revised Services 62 and 353.

353 – This service will be extended beyond Amersham to run hourly via the present Service 52 route to Chesham, Berkhampstead Road, Bovingdon and Hemel Hempstead, serving Hemel Hempstead rail and bus stations. These buses will not serve Pond Park Estate on Mondays to Saturdays.
– On Sundays the existing Service 52 timetable and route via Pond Park Estate will continue to apply but will be numbered as 353.


The torch comes to Bovingdon?

Don’t get too excited, but the Olympic torch is coming: July 8th. See

Possible route through Hemel and maybe Bovingdon?We’ve got: Rachel Gower and Aidan Pimm from Hemel, along with David Butler (Kings Langley), Ella Beaumont (Berko) – good luck guys – then Fiona Devine (Windsor); Gareth Baker (Aberdare – wherever that is); James Hull (no town); John Barton (no town, but in Kuala Lumpur); Katherine Deal (London somewhere); Lesley Birchall (Middle something); Mandy Jinkerson (Royston); Mark James (another Middle something); Patrick Killian (Durham); Don't know who he is.Peter Statham (High Wycombe); Sharon deSilva (Saltcoats – Google it – Ayrshire, wherever that is); Sue Lloyd (er hometown: Gibraltar); Tamsin Addison (High Wycombe, again).

Names have yet to be put forward for the Bovingdon section. Any ideas?


Making your own Olympic torch - could be worth £20 grand or more.

Making your own Olympic torch - could be worth £20 grand or more.

Did anyone else look at The London 2012 Olympic Torch and think that it looks like a giant cheese grater?

Here’s how to make your own torch Blue Peter style:

What you need:
Kitchen roll tube
Toilet roll tube
Lots of tin foil
Yellow and orange paper or card
Glue and sellotape

See for full instructions.

Bovingdon Airfield?

I am pleased to correct this story (see replies) as ” Bovingdon’s New Airfield” – the heading was ofcourse incorrect – it  is not a New Airfield,  it is not Bovingdon’s New Airfield its an old airfield and any application is not to re-open the airfield, but for continued use as an airfield and not as implied earlier. I applogise for any confusion on this matter.

An application for a Certificate of Lawfulness has been made by the owners of Berry Farm  and a decision is rumoured within the next couple of weeks.

More on this on the Dacorum website



We are holding our Pre-School Open Afternoon on Saturday 19th May 2012 and you are warmly invited to come along and join us.

The Pre-School will be opening its doors from 2pm until 4pm to anyone who is interested in their child attending the Pre-School so please come along and meet us in our newly refurbished surroundings.

Bov pre-school logoThe hall will be set up as it would be during a typical Pre-School morning session and you can have fun with your child, taking part in lots of activities including dressing up, arts and crafts and outside play.  This is an excellent opportunity to have a look around the refurbished setting, meet our key staff and Pre-School committee members and ask as many questions as you like. Your children are free to play, explore and make some new friends. Tea, coffee and cakes will be served throughout the afternoon. 

At Bovingdon Pre-School, we welcome children from the age of 2 years during our morning sessions and, by following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, provide a quality experience that supports the care, learning and development of each child as an individual.

As part of our child assessment we produce learning journals for each child, which are full of photos, pictures, artwork and commentary, recording the learning and development of every child during their time with us.  These enable us to identify particular interests, provide encouragement and plan our sessions so they really appeal to our children.  Examples of our learning journals will be available for you to view.

If you have any friends or relatives who may be interested in registering their child for Pre-School then please bring them along. To register your interest in attending please email or telephone the above number and let us show you what our Pre-School can offer.

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.