Dave The Bear at Christmas

Bovingdons’ very own, David Barnes, will be appearing as a judge on BBC Ones’ talent show All Together Now on Christmas Eve and then throughout January and February 2019. Geri Halliwell, also a local girl, is head judge.

David, who went to Bovingdon School and Cavendish School is better known as Dave The Bear, a Singer, Compere, Burlesque Legend and Heartbreaker.

The Bear has been performing all over the world since 2009 and last year alone was nominated for a London Cabaret Award for Best Alternative Act and a British Comedy Award for his work on TV’s 8 Out of 10 Cats and winner of Peoples Choice Award at The Vienna Boylesque Festival 2015.


Green Dragon closure

Green Dragon

This week saw the close of the Green Dragon Pub in Flaunden. It is rumoured to have been bought by a local and will re-open in the new year with a new owner and manager. Lets hope they don’t change it too dramatically.

The Green Dragon is located in the rural idyll that is Flaunden, a picturesque village on the Chiltern Hills where south-west Hertfordshire meets Buckinghamshire. You will find Flaunden deep within a triangle formed by Chesham, Hemel Hempstead and Watford. And, as centuries-old tradition dictates, you’ll find The Dragon – as it is affectionately known locally – virtually adjacent to the village Church of St Mary Magdaline.

Expect a few bangs over the next couple of weeks

Next year’s most anticipated non-Disney release Wonder Woman 2 is being filmed over the next couple of weeks on Bovingdon Airfield. Wonder Woman was the phenomenon of the summer, and now we’re getting more. But exactly what will that ‘more’ be?
We know we’re probably getting a movie set in the 80s, which gives Diana Prince a new love interest while having her face off against the red threat of Russia. Here, we learn that the working title is Magic Hour. And by all accounts, this is in direct reference to the movie’s main villain.
The crew is expected to return to the original scene of the crime, shooting at Warner Bros. Studios UK who regularly use the airfield. The iconic location was used both for last year’s adventure and Justice League, as well as the Harry Potter movies.

Parish Council Website

This week the Parish Council changed its website and website address inline with government guidelines. They can now be reached on www.bovingdonparishcouncil.gov.uk.


New retirement development in Bovingdon gets off to a flying start

mountbatten house - north London

Mountbatten House, a new McCarthy and Stone Retirement Living development on Hempstead Road in Bovingdon, is proving to be a roaring success, with 10 apartments sold off-plan at a highly anticipated sales launch.

Properties were snapped-up during a spectacular sales launch held at Little Hay Golf Complex in Bovingdon. With high levels of early interest shown in the apartments, McCarthy and Stone is now urging all those interested in downsizing to Bovingdon to secure their stake in Mountbatten House without delay.

Stephen Rolt, Regional Sales & Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone North London, comments: “We have been truly overwhelmed by the fantastic response to our new development, Mountbatten House, which is proving incredibly popular locally. It is great so many discerning retirees have recognised the benefits of moving to a high specification apartment, where there is a friendly community of neighbours right on the doorstep.

“At McCarthy and Stone, we are committed to helping older people stay independent for longer while living in a secure, low maintenance home. The demand we are experiencing for Mountbatten House is certainly testament to the real need for this type of housing in the area.”

McCarthy and Stone’s Retirement Living developments are carefully designed to enable the over 60s to maintain an active and independent lifestyle, in a safe and secure environment. First occupants are expected in August 2018.

Once complete, facilities at the new Mountbatten House Retirement Living development will include a Club Lounge; ideal for socialising with friends; landscaped gardens in which to relax; and a comfortable Guest Suite, should homeowners have friends or relatives to stay.  A dedicated House Manager will take care of the day-to-day running of the development; while a secure entry system and 24-hour emergency call points will provide added peace-of-mind.

Set in a the charming village of Bovingdon, Mountbatten House is in close proximity to a fantastic range of local amenities, including Chiltern Piano Gallery, St Lawrence’s Church and the local high street, which has an array of cafes and shops.

More than nine out of ten customers would recommend McCarthy and Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the full Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation for 13 years’ running.  McCarthy and Stone is the only UK housebuilder of any size or type to achieve this accolade, which is every year the awards have been run.

Those interested in Retirement Living in Bovingdon are invited to call 0800 201 4811 or visit www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk.