6 ISSUES FOR JUST £6 Subscribe to Hertfordshire Life today CLICK HERE

Reading, writing and playing in Bengeo

09:07 29 December 2011

Debbie Purrett, Headteacher, Bengeo Primary School

Debbie Purrett, Headteacher, Bengeo Primary School

Bengeo is situated on a hill overlooking Hertford, with amenities including a post office, primary school, pubs and two churches. It also boasts two football clubs and a cricket club. Louise McEvoy takes a closer look...


Writing inspiration



AS well as celebrating his 78th birthday, Bengeo resident Derek Rogers has raised a glass to having his first book published.


Blackmores Treasure is a childrens adventure story which touches on the English Civil War, and was written in direct response to his granddaughters assertion that this war was boring.


It took about a month or so to write the book, he says. It was quick because youve got to react when grandchildren say something. I tried to do two things inform children about history and use a word on every other page that they wouldnt normally come up against. Im making them think. I have a theory that if you live in a country you should know a bit about its background.


Derek, who was a marketing director for a number of national newspapers before he retired, has lived in Bengeo for more than 40 years. When we moved to Hertfordshire in the early sixties there were a lot of people in Bengeo with children with nothing to do, he remembers. Children have great brains and we need to engage them. Four or five of us got together and said we would form a football team, so we did Bengeo Tigers and it went on from there and is still going. We did the same with the nursery school. Im a great believer of if you want anything done, do it yourself.


Asked about Bengeo as a place to live, Derek, who has four children, explains, Bengeo has undergone an explosion in terms of development. It was at one time a quiet village on top of a hill just outside Hertford. Now its a serious-sized town. But, he adds, There are a lot of amenities and its a wonderful place to live.



A place to flourish


THE headteacher of Bengeo Primary School, Debbie Purrett, has been in post for a year and says, without hesitation, that the best thing about her job is always going to be the children and the way you watch them blossom, develop and grow. She continues, My own children came here and nothing gives me greater satisfaction than knowing they have gone on to be successful.


The ethos of Bengeo Primary School, which has 467 pupils currently enrolled, is to develop the whole child, says Debbie. As well as providing an education, we try to really embed good values and confidence. The staff and pupils work together and show respect for each other, and the staff really value the children. Its a very good school with polite, well brought up children.


Pupils are encouraged to take part in sport to keep fit and healthy, and over the years certain children have excelled in that area. Competent musicians have also emerged from the school, with an interest in music fostered by regular lessons and opportunities to learn instruments.


Summing up her role, Debbie concludes, My job is to provide an enriched education where all the children can flourish in their search for excellence.



Anyone for cricket?


ESTABLISHED in 1875, Bengeo Cricket Club shares its ground on Boundary Drive with Bengeo Trinity Football Club.


The cricket clubs secretary, Matt Seeley, has been a member for 25 years and can remember when his interest in the sport was first sparked. My parents lived on nearby St Leonards Road and as a youngster I used to rush out and watch a game. Eventually I got invited to play and, as more of my friends came to watch, we started a junior section. That was in the early 80s and it ran for about 10 or 15 years. We were probably a victim of the success of other clubs, such as Hertford, but also the amount of regulations that were introduced.


Bengeo Cricket Club has about 15 core players and was promoted to Division Three of The Herts and Essex Cricket League this year. We play on a private ground which has been left in trust to the village for sporting activities, explains Matt, one of the trustees. Members have a club night every Monday, from Easter until mid-September, when groundwork is carried out and some practice may take place. Cricket is played on Saturday afternoons, from May until August, and an annual dinner is held in November.


The club is always looking for new members and, if you are aged 16 or over and are interested in joining, you can visit www.bengeocricketclub.hitscricket.com

0 comments

Shop with us at Great British Life

More from Out & About

09:31
Great spotted woodpecker feeding on a coconut. All manner of birds and mammals will be attracted by food supplied

February is a crucial month for wildlife. Rebecca Taylor of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust explains how we can help see our garden visitors through to spring

Read more
Mon, 09:46
Cottages in Tring

Check out our guide to some of the prettiest, most quaint and all round best places in Hertfordshire

Read more
Friday, February 5, 2016

Herts’ ‘smallest town’ is attracting property developers and is the subject of a light-railway proposal, all of which would substantially increase the size of the historic east Herts settlement. James Scott reports

Read more
Saturday, January 30, 2016
The bittern is superbly camouflaged in the reeds

Tim Hill, conservation manager at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, has been down in the reedbeds searching for one of the UK’s most elusive and rare birds

Read more
Thursday, January 28, 2016
The 'wet end' of the press in 1907

Frogmore Paper Mill in Hemel Hempstead can claim to be the birthplace of paper’s industrial revolution, leading the way to an explosion of literacy and education. Oliver Pritchard reports on its past and present

Read more
Monday, January 25, 2016
Owl in Flight, Flamstead. Amelia Minter

Are children so absorbed in their mobile phones that they are unable to appreciate the natural world around them? Liz Hamilton says art provides a gateway to the wild

Read more
Monday, January 25, 2016
Light and spacious contemporary living in Arkley

Four spacious Hertfordshire homes with contemporary architecture and state-of-the-art technology

Read more
Monday, January 25, 2016
Hertfordshire dog walks for every time of year

Hertfordshire Life readers recommend their top dog walks in the county – plus dog-friendly pubs to refresh two and four legs afterwards

Read more
Friday, January 22, 2016
Valentine's Day in Hertfordshire: your guide

Check out our guide to Valentine’s Day 2016 date ideas. Ditch the Valentine’s gifts and spend some quality time with your loved one

Read more
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Jacob leads the way (view from the mansion)

Traditional heavy horsepower is alive and well at Wimpole Home Farm. Gillian Thornton takes the reins for a day

Read more


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Job search in your local area




Local Business Directory

Hertfordshire's trusted business finder

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search