At the heart of Borehamwood

PUBLISHED: 08:33 20 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:51 20 February 2013

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Richard Young meets two of the people who play a part in the community and finds out more about this starry-eyed town

Richard Young meets two of the people who play a part in the community and finds out more about this starry-eyed town

Tim Warr
All Saints Church

TIM Warr is rector of All Saints Church which this year celebrates being at the heart of Borehamwood for a century.
The 51-year-old has been pastor at the Jacobean-style brick-built building in Shenley Road, the main thoroughfare through the town, for nine years and is proud of its place in the community.
I think for a lot of folk its a landmark in their town, he says. Whether or not they attend regularly is not the point its there for them when they need it, for whatever they want. If I was to say sorry folks we have got to knock it down people would miss it. Its not just a building it goes deep into the image of what Borehamwood is.
He adds that the important thing about marking the centenary was not the bricks and mortar, however, but the community in and around the church.
For a new town its a significant milestone. But we want to celebrate 100 years of community, not the buildings its about peoples relations, celebrating who we are and where we might be going as a community, he says.
And where they are going could include a brand new 4.5m community resource centre if things go to plan.
If we get planning permission to develop our old village hall site (a tin-roofed building near the church) it could become a community resource that includes a new library, museum and a community facility.
Tim says the plan, which has been developed in partnership with the parish churches, the county council, Hertsmere Borough Council and the library and museum service, could be approved soon. He adds, We have a big service planned for the end of October, so hopefully we will be celebrating the start of work then.

Faye White
Arsenal Ladies Football Club

FAYE White is captain of Arsenal Ladies Football Club whose home is at Borehamwood FCs Meadow Park stadium.
The central defender, who has won every major trophy with the club and also has over 60 caps for England, is an inspiration to Borehamwoods schoolchildren through her outreach programme. As well as playing for the club, I work on the development side, the 32-year-old says. We do community work in the schools around the ground. We want to increase the profile of girls football in the primary and secondary schools.
We run an annual festival for girls in the primary schools as well as assemblies and little taster sessions. Its really good. We are getting more girls who are taking it up. It keeps expanding each year.
Faye said the programme was also helping promote a good community feeling when the team play their home games at the 4,500-seater ground.
Its more for the families to come and watch. We can have anywhere between 250 and 500 people, and at our bigger European games we have filled it.
Arsenal Ladies could be attracting even more fans next year, when the team join seven other top English clubs to create a new super league.
It will start in March. They are trying to do it over the summer when theres quiet time, when the mens season is over, Faye adds.
Asked if she thought of herself as an inspiration to the towns children, she says, I hope so, thats the plan. The girls are not used to football being promoted as a sport they can do. We are trying to ensure that it is.


  • Walk up Woodcock Hill. Given village green status after a recent political battle to preserve it from development in perpetuity, you can see Dunstable Downs and St Albans Abbey spire from its top.

  • Follow the Watling Chase Timberland Trail. Starting at the railway station, this route takes ramblers 11 miles through Borehamwoods suburbs and countryside to the village of Smallford.

  • Be part of TV history. Get tickets for an Elstree Studio production such as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Dancing On Ice from the studios Applause Store.

  • Visit Aldenham Country Park. Two miles west of the town, it has 175 acres of parkland, woodland and open water. It is also a centre for the protection of rare farm animals, some of which, like the black-headed, white-bodied Bagot goat, are close to extinction.

  • Watch Arsenal Ladies FC play in the EUFA Cup. The first leg of the championship will be held on September 22/23 and October 13/14 depending on the draw. Admission for home games is 3 for adults and 1.50 for children at Borehamwood FCs Meadow Park stadium on Broughinge Road.


  • The Jewish community is reflected in the high proportion of Jewish pupils at Haberdashers Askes Boys and Girls schools
    as well as the modern orthodox Yavneh College comprehensive opened
    in 2006.

  • Borehamwoods film studio history dates back to 1914 when the Neptune Film Company set up in the town. Since then 30 different film companies have occupied the many studios that have come and gone. Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Superman were all filmed here.

  • During the war Borehamwood became a garrison town to two regiments, the Cold Stream Guards and Irish Guards. Spare bedrooms in the town had to be given up to soldiers. Many local girls had a new boyfriend every week.

  • Bhaktivedanta Manor in nearby Aldenham is the home of the Hare Krishna movement. Beatle George Harrison gave it as a gift
    to the founder of the movement in 1973.

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