Clubs and Community news (Including a bumper year for village’s summer show)

Rose Sillwood, her quilt and granddaughters at Bovingdon Horticultural Society's Summer Show. Photo: Ron Smith PNL-141107-155945001
Rose Sillwood, her quilt and granddaughters at Bovingdon Horticultural Society's Summer Show. Photo: Ron Smith PNL-141107-155945001

All the latest news from clubs and community groups in your area.

Gade Social Club welcomes new members

Tesco foodbank collection in Hemel Hempstead

Tesco foodbank collection in Hemel Hempstead

At the last meeting of the Gade Social Club members enjoyed an afternoon of games of beetle. We played 10 games in all.

This was followed by a cup of tea and the raffle. Brenda Hurford then read a funny poem.

The group, who were formed following the closure of the Gadebridge Townswomens Guild, meet monthly in the Gade & Goose pub.

New members welcome , enquiries to 01442 262156.

Dacorum Brownies are celebrating turning 100

Brownies from Dacorum embarked on a cosmic Star Quest adventure to celebrate the 100th birthday of Brownies.

The Brownies, all aged 7 to 10, joined more 450 than Brownies from around Dacorum at Abbots Hill School to mark The Big Brownie Birthday with a space-themed spectacular.

The all-girl celebration saw the young stargazers travel through three time zones in the hunt for missing stars - taking part in challenges and enjoying new and exciting adventures en route.

The Star Quest story began with a trip to the past to learn more about the 100-year history of the Brownies, followed by a special 100th Birthday cake.

Adventures like Star Quest are just part of the range of activities, challenges and exciting opportunities open to Brownies. Girls take part in a hugely varied weekly programme, incorporating everything from stargazing, world issues and science to abseiling, canoeing and zip wiring. For more information, visit or call 07863 599290.

Centre still plays a vital community role

Northchurch & District Association

holds its annual general meeting at the Northchurch Social Centre in Bell Lane on Monday, July 21, from 8pm.

The Centre is coming up for its 50th anniversary of opening in 2018, but in fact the project to get a centre built for the local community in Northchurch started over 50 years ago and is a fabulous example of what community spirit is all about. You can read more on our website history page,

Our current chairman has been involved in this project since its conception and has served on the charity’s board as either treasurer or chair across the 52 years since the project began. We believe that she will be retiring at this upcoming AGM.

The Centre itself is also badly in need of a major external refurbishment and so we are about to commence the job of fundraising and hopefully successfully applying for national grants. We would very much like to raise local awareness of the role that the centre plays in the local community and we need local support to ensure that the centre is around for the next 50 years.

Bovingdon Horticultural Society’s summer show

The wet winter and spring may have seemed miserable at the time but together with our lovely summer it brought forth fruit, vegetables and flowers in abundance.

This year we had 73 exhibitors entering nearly 250 exhibits. Of the exhibitors 40 were children ranging from Connie Smith at 19 months to Polly O’Donnell at 11 years old. 
Altogether the children entered nearly 50 exhibits.

For the second year we were joined by the pupils of Bovingdon Academy which was a special thrill. As last year they were competing for the Springfield Cup and this year it was awarded to Sophie Lynch for the most meritorious exhibit being a painting of her house.

Once again, their entries were of a high standard and this time included an entry of broad beans with the honours taken by Annabelle Jarvis.

As last year we were so pleased to see most of the children and their families at the prize-giving.

Whilst the number of exhibitors was down the number of exhibits was well up on last year and despite losing the expert sweet pea growers to the national sweet pea show we had plenty of exhibitors contributing to the beautiful aroma in the hall. This was augmented by an impressive showing of roses this year.

We were also most fortunate to receive a large number of entries of quilted and patchwork handicrafts. The colours were stunning.

Shoppers dig deep for the less fortunate

Generous Tesco customers in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring have donated an incredible 6,154.10kg of food for people in need this summer, following the Neighbourhood Food Collection which took place in every Tesco store across the UK last weekend.

The fourth Neighbourhood Food Collection across Dacorum was held between 3-5 July, in partnership with Tesco, DENS Foodbank and The Trussell Trust.

The collection was held as the problems faced by people in food poverty are just as acute in the summer.

Many low-income families who normally receive free school meals have to find ways to make their budgets stretch to afford extra meals for their children.

Tesco topped up total value by 30%, bringing the total value of the collection to £13,704.