Frances de la Tour

Frances de la Tour in BovingdonBovingdon born, Frances de la Tour (born 30 July 1944) is an English actress perhaps best known for her role as Miss Ruth Jones in the British sitcom Rising Damp, and as Madame Olympe Maxime in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
She can currently be seen in the new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman and Mia Wasikowska.

Frances was born in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, to Moyra (née Fessas) and Charles de la Tour.  Anyone know where exactly?

Revd Tim Marshall

Vicar ob Bovingdon 2010Following the sad lost of our Vicar Tim Marshall, a memorial service was held at St Laurence Church On Sunday 24th October at 3pm.
Tim Marshall, Vicar of St Lawrence Church, Bovingdon, passed away from pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, September 14, 18 weeks after his diagnosis.

Aged just 57, he leaves behind his wife Anne Marshall, 55, daughter Zoe, 29, and sons Toby, 27, and Joel, 16.

Mrs Marshall, 55, of Vicarage Lane, said: “Tim was a wonderful and warm person, who had time for everyone. We held his funeral for family and friends on September 28, but I felt it was important to hold a memorial service to mark Tim’s life, he was a wonderful, generous man, who loved to preach.”


Midsomer Murders

The Green Dragon, used in many of the Midsomer Murders series

The Green Dragon, used in many of the Midsomer Murders series

Episode 1, Series 13

Keep an eye on the TV series of Midsomer Murders for several shots of Flaunden, which has been used for many episodes. Faithful unto Death, Orchis Fatalis, Dance with the Dead, Midsomer Life and the current, Made to Measure Murders featuring Flaunden as ‘Milton Cross’.

“The residents of Milton Cross – a feudal estate with a church, farms, pub, houses and acres of land – depend on Lord of the manor Edward Milton (could this be William?) for their livelihoods. When Sonia Woodley is stabbed two years after the death of her abusive husband Gerald, Barnaby and Jones investigate – and the village starts to reveal its secrets.” Features Maureen Beattie, Philip Bretherton, Karl Davies, Sonya Cassidy and ofcourse John Nettles.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Filming of Harry Potter at the airfield 2009

Filming of Harry Potter at the airfield 2009

Part 1 (out next month) begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction-the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows \”The Story\” Featurette Official

Recall back in August last year, the cherry pickers on the airfield  – images have been found online from Bovy Airfield, showing preparations for filming on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Anybody got their own shots of the cherry pickers that span the runway leading to the market? Send them in so we can share them.

Tim Marshall

14th September 2010 – A message from Anne Marshall “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that my beloved husband & our Vicar of Bovingdon died this morning at 1.00am. He was at home where he wished to be.”