Tell us about Bovingdon
PUBLISHED: 15:23 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:40 20 February 2013
A serene and quiet place that's bustling with life if you scratch beneath the surface - Louise McEvoy discovers the delights of Bovingdon...
FOR the last seven years Mark Carine has been the secretary at Bovingdon Cricket Club but he began his cricketing career there 21 years ago, when he was just 16.
'We're a small village club running teams at senior and junior levels,' he explains. 'We've got a lovely ground on Bovingdon Green and clubs are keen to come to play here. At one time the green was the property of the Lord of the Manor but it was handed to the local council in the 1930s with the condition that the club should enjoy the privilege of using it for cricket. We pay a peppercorn rent for this.'
Next year is a big year for the club as it celebrates its 125th anniversary and will also be playing in the Hertfordshire league for the first time.
Mark, who was born and brought up in Bovingdon, says, 'The club members are a friendly bunch and I've played here for so long now I don't think I could play for another club.'
PLAYWRITERS John and Brenda Bugg moved to Bovingdon in 2002 and have written a number of scripts for the village's amateur dramatic society, The Bovingdon Players.
Their latest offering is called JB and the Top Secret Parrot and is a spoof James Bond musical comedy.
'The Bovingdon Players, for a society so small in numbers, is rich in talent,' says Brenda. 'The Players also have a robust social dimension and it is this that helped us and many others make many new friends and smooth settlements into the village.'
Speaking about Bovingdon, she says, 'Twixt and between the Herts/Bucks border with lovely countryside walks on our doorstep and the shops of Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Chesham just 10 minutes away, there is everything one could possibly want from life in a Hertfordshire village.
'One of our regular trips is a Saturday morning walk to Bovingdon High Street, where personal service is always assured in all the shops, and it is thriving with locals where there's always someone you know to have a gossip with.
'We've learnt fascinating stories from pensioners with tales of war days at the airfield, including Glenn Miller and Clark Gable transiting there and the effect the Americans had on village life then.
'It's true to say we like living in Bovingdon very much and long may its unique charm never change.'
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