Bovingdon Green

Bovingdon Green has a gentle village atmosphere and most of the people who live on the Green find that there is a friendly way of life. This friendship is helped by the fact that in 1968 a group of residents decided to form the Bovingdon Green Preservation Society. This society not only keeps the grass cut and the green looking tidy, but also has social and fund raising activities, a picnic barbecue lunch in the summer and a supper usually twice a year in the Village Hall. Since the society was founded, it has become the custom to plant ornamental trees to the memory of residents who have died.
The Village Hall, built in 1926, is thriving at the present time, being used regularly by many groups in the evening and a successful play group meets every morning during term-time. Bovingdon Green W.I. have met there since it was built and Marlow Common also use the hall.

In 1983 the Lord of the Manor offered Bovingdon Green for sale. It was purchased by a local business man. Life goes on much the same except that the Green now has large notices warning people not to park cars or ride horses.
At one time there was a village school at Bovingdon Green. It vras founded by General Sir George Higginson in memory of his wife. This school closed in 1925 and the building was demolished.

For a long time the village supported two public houses. The Jolly Cricketers closed during the 1930s, but the Royal Oak Continues and is situated by the pond where mallards raise duckings every spring.

Article written by members of the Buckinghamshire Federation of Women's Institutes for the publication "The Buckinghamshire Village Book" (1987) and reproduced here with their permission

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