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Bourne End Mills Redevelopment Proposals

Dacorum Borough Council Planning Department has informed us that the proposals for the redevelopment of Bourne End Mills will not go before committee until the January meeting at the earliest  This means that there is more time to submit comments if you have not already done so.  If you are going to do so, make sure you do by early January. The most significant issues seem to be: The number of houses.  We are concerned about the number and that they are only the minimum necessary to support the industrial estate. Dacorum council are looking at this viability independently. We are concerned that there should be controls that ensure there is no subsequent increase in the area. The impact of the proposal to allow 24 hour working.  This seems a difficult one for us.  The expectation is that 24 hours will be allowed although it may not be used.  Lack of restriction of hours does not imply freedom from noise and any other nuisance.  In practice, the normal Environmental Health requ

Carol Singing

Congratulations to those who joined in the carol singing and to those who gave so generously.  In all, the two nights made £354.00.  The proceeds will be split equally between: The Iain Rennie Foundation and DEN (Dacorum emergency Night Shelter.

Come carol singing .....................

Monday’s carol singing which covered half the village managed to raise over £150.00.  Come and help us beat that total on Wednesday when we will visit the rest of the village.  Experience of singing desirable but not essential (as many in the village already know) Funds will go to: The Iain Rennie Foundation  DENS (Dacorum Emergency Night Shelter)

Proposed Redevelopment of Bourne End Mills Industrial Estate

Although late in the day, it might be helpful for anyone who has not yet written to the council to see what has been submitted from Bourne End Village Association.  The comments regarding the amendments will be in line with those on the flyer you received in the last day or so.   Do remember that submissions to the council must be received by 12th December. Please note the error on the recent flyer.  The Planning Reference Number should be 4/03072/15/MFA The letter is below:

Amended Application for the Redevelopment of Bourne End Mills

You may already have received the flyer below.  Please read it carefully in conjunction with the earlier information given to you about the proposals. Note that the period of time available to respond is very limited.  Comments must be submitted by 12th December as the intention is for the Planning Committee to consider the proposals on the 17th December. Please note an error in the flyer .... a / is missing.  The Planning Reference Number should read ...   4/03072/15/MFA The original flyer sent round in September can be found by scrolling down.  It includes a plan and reference to what we think are the crucial documents.  (The order of these documents will have changed as a result of the amendments.)

From the AGM - Chairman's Report and Committee Members

For those of you who were unable to attend the AGM we have published below the Chairman's report together with the contact details for the newly elected committee.   You will note that committee members are allocated areas of responsibility.  These are mainly a convenience for such things as the distribution of flyers and collection of subscriptions.  Do feel free to contact any member of the committee if you have an issue you would like to raise. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT Good evening all  And so another year in the history of Bourne End and the Village Association passes and  I believe we have had another good year for the village.  I would like to thank the BEVA Committee for their hard work and also to thank John Mawer for all his work in producing the Bourne Ender and flyers, Mike Pritchard for his work on planning and the Accounts; and my wife, Jean, for being our secretary, sorting me out when required and keeping me in order. During the year we have helped to

Support a local resident in his charity work ....

Those of you who read the Bourne Ender (presumably all of you) will know about Kevin Connaughton’s charity work with a Burmese children’s charity in Thailand.  Kevin will be returning in November for several months to teach music in a school.  He is looking for an old style mechanical metronome.  If you have one you could donate to him for this charity work he would be delighted. Contact Kevin on: 07971 984870 or

Update on the proposals for Bourne End Mills

BEVA Planning Group have been looking at the plans for the development of Bourne End Mills Industrial Estate.  As a result we have produced a flier explaining our position and encouraging others to take an informed view. A copy is reproduced here. We have become aware today that the notification from Dacorum Borough Council has only be delivered to residents of Bourne End Lane.  We believe that this is a whole village issue Please note that the closing date for comment is 7 th  October

Hallowe'en Dinner Dance

Tickets will shortly be available for the Hallowe'en Dinner Dance.  But before that, we've the village litter pick on the 10th and of course the AGM on the 23rd!

Latest Bourne Ender

The Autumn edition of the Bourne Ender will shortly be brought to your door.  The on-line edition is available to you here on the blog.

The ending of the war in the Pacific

On Saturday 15 th August, at 14.00, Kevin Connaughton  will be at the War Memorial for a few minutes of silence.  This will be to commemorate the ending of the war in the Pacific and the effective ending of World War ll.  If anyone wishes to join him, please do so. Kevin Connaughton 

Bourne End Village Association Annual Show – results and pictures just in.

It was a nail biting finish to the Annual Show, with considerable concerns that Sarah Cowper could walk away with the coveted shield for the third year in succession.  But it was not to be.  A very strong series of entries from Maggie Cassidy ensured the shield was hers. In second place was John Mawer who’s overall score was boosted by a clean sweep in the Photography section. Vivien Forshaw took the Douglas Dean Rose Bowl for her superb exhibit of roses.   The prizes given by the Women’s Club were taken by Caroline Wright for the Floral Art section, and Gordon Rolfe in the Culinary Delights section.  (This was despite concern in the latter case that the alcohol content of one entry might have swayed the judges.) There were strong entries in the Children’s Classes with the overall prize being taken by Darcy Miller. The village was very appreciative that the prizes were presented by the newly appointed Mayor, Gbola Adaleke who attended with his wife.  Gbola, one of our lo

It's nearly Village Show time .....and time to put the Hallowe'en Party date in your diary.

Just in case you've lost your schedule you will be getting a copy delivered to you and it's here on the blog.  So no excuses!

Midnight Walk

Congratulations to Ruth Finch and a big thank you to those who supported her.   Ruth writes ... I would like to thank all who have sponsored me. I managed to raise £526.50 with both off line and  on-line  donations. I also know there are a few friends and family members still yet to sponsor me which means it will be a bit more. Here are some photos of me all dressed up on the night. It took me and my best friend 3 hours 10 mins to complete the 10 mile route, which was tougher than first though but very worth it.  All the money will go to a good local cause and charity the Hospice of St Francis. It will make a difference. There was a crowd of 526 which I felt honoured to be a part of. Again thank you for your support.  10 mile Midnight Walk and raised.

Bourne End Village Show 12th July

Only a couple of weeks to go.  You will soon be getting a flyer on which all the rules and categories have been reprinted.  (Just in case you have not kept the original from the last Bourne Ender)  Read it, note it and put it in your diary now.  But most of all make sure you have plenty of entries ready! Another date to go in your diary is Saturday 31st October when we will be holding our Hallowe'en party. Finally, the 'Smiley Face on London Road has arrived.  I know it's meant to slow the traffic down, and that aspect seems to be working, but clocking me at 14mph on my bike made me feel quite inadequate.

Three new items today! Bourne End Mills Mixed Industry and Housing Development - Charity Music Event - An appeal for sponsorship

Bourne End Mills If you were unable to attend the Public Exhibition on Wednesday, the exhibition boards that were used to explain the proposals are accessible by clicking below Bourne End Mills Proposals Charity Music Event All the details of this bank holiday extravaganza are on a flyer which will be delivered to you. Alternativel read the copy below. A message from Ruth Finch   of Bourne End Lane who will be doing a midnight walk to raise money for the Hospice of St Francis on June 27th.   'You can help me raise money for this great cause by donating directly to my fundraising page -   JustGiving sends your donation straight to Hospice Of St Francis (Berkhamsted) and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.  Thank you for your support! '

Important Village Meeting

Village Meeting Tuesday 5 th May 2015 As a resident of Bourne End, you are invited to a meeting on Tuesday 5 th May at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall to discuss the proposed new development of Bourne End Mills Industrial Estate.  The proposals would involve a mix of housing and industrial units.  An example of the kind of layout is shown below. Please note that neither the houses nor the industrial units will have vehicular access into Bourne End Lane as all vehicles will have to enter and exit via the A41 bypass. We would like your opinion on the proposals, so please make every effort to attend. Gordon Rolfe Chairman Bourne End Village Association

Charity Wing walk and Jazz Night

There's still time ..... to donate to Sophies's crazy Wing walk in aid of Gaddesden Place Riding for the Disabled ................ and buy your tickets for the Jazz Night. As you will know from your Bourne Ender, on Saturday, Sophie Gibbs will be Wing walking in aid of Gaddesden Place Riding for the Disabled.  As of Friday morning she has raised an astonishing £745.00, far in excess of the £200.00 target!  Donating is remarkably easy through the secure 'justgiving' website. .... and don't forget to buy your tickets for the Jazz Night on 24th of this month.  It promises to be a great evening.

The Spring edition of the Bourne Ender

The Spring edition of the Bourne Ender, together with the schedule for the Village Show will be delivered to you over the next few days.  At the same time we aim to collecting subscriptions, which this year will remain at the usual £5.00 donation.  Your rep will also have tickets available for the forthcoming Jazz evening if you have not already bought them.
Tickets are now available for the Bourne End Village Association Jazz night on Friday 24th April.  
Quiz Night this coming Friday.  There are still tickets available.  Make sure you get yours without delay! The proceeds from the carol singing have now been passed to the charities, The donations were rounded up by BEVA so that the Swan and DENS each received £150.  A big thanks to all those who contributed.
The Quiz will soon be here!  Your local rep will shortly be coming round with tickets for this popular annual event.  To avoid disappointment, make sure you buy your tickets early.  At £10.00, which includes food, it's a night not to be missed. Why wait for us to call on you?  Give a rep a call. At the moment, the following have, or will shortly have tickets. Maggie Cassidy 866292/07809283074 Kim Hughes 873576 Chris Mabley866293 John Mawer 873657 / 07919870091 j . Mike Pritchard 862987 Javaid Punwar 07764 660754 Gordon Rolfe 863079 Martin Warner 866946 / 07870510138