Demolition Of The Bull Pub

Plans have been put in to Dacorum Borough Council for the demolition of ‘The Bull’ Pub (and barn) at the bottom of Bovingdon High Street, and the development of the site to provide 7 dwellings.  There would be 3 two bedroom apartments and 1 one bedroom studio flat in a two storey building on the Church Street/Chipperfield Road corner, linked over an archway to a terrace of 3 two bedroom cottages along Church Street.

The Bull

The Bull

‘The Bull’ (17th/18th century) is a Locally Listed Building in the Conservation Area, and is an important part of the village gateway at ‘The Well’

If you have an opinion about this planning application, please send your comments to the Case Officer, Ross Herbert, at Dacorum Borough Council Planning Department, quoting Planning Application 4/02132/10/FUL.  You may also send comments by email to Ross.Herbert@dacorum.gov.uk or use the online facility through the Dacorum website.  Comments are required by 27th January, 2011.  (more info from A Gurnett 07979 587359).

Full details of the application are available in the Parish Council office.  The Parish Council Planning Committee will consider it at its next meeting on Monday, 31st January.

Also note minor development proposal of 8 High Street, Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead, Hp3 – Loon Fung Chinese Takeaway in Bovingdon: change of (opening hours) in planning permission 4/00297/81 and change of use from shop to shop for sale of hot food.

SH2?

Anyone else noticed the filming location signs around the village during the last couple of months -SH2?

The yet untitled Sherlock Holmes Sequel may be filming on the airfield – be prepared for some unexpected Bangs! during the night.

“Sherlock Holmes 2” will be showing its shape earlier than it was expected. Rumour has it the film started principal photography in December 2010, Jude Law has revealed that he will possibly be acting as Dr. John Watson once more.

 When asked about the detail of the storyline, Jude Law claimed he still has no idea. “I don’t know yet where the story will go, but there are a lot of Sherlock Holmes novels to choose from,” he stated.

Anyone got more info or pictures? I hear The Bell has been entertaining the crew for breakfast etc… Leave a comment or two.

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.