Community Initiatives

At the centre we are in the heart of a thriving community and we like to get involved in local events and causes. 

Bovingdon Rocks and Yarn Bombing

In 2017 Bovingdon Rocks was formed, this started to raise awareness in the village, by painting a decorating rocks, hiding them and giving random acts of kindness really took off. So far we have carried out workshops with Bovingdon Nursery and will be helping other parts of the community with workshops and groups. This is a very therapeutic activity and using this as way of expression has proved a great way to help the community shre an interest.

A fun activity for everyone in Bovingdon and surrounding areas.
Decorate your rocks, hide them in the village and brighten someone's day! Dont forget to add "facebook Bovingdon Rocks" remember, dont make them to difficult to find! If you find a rock rehide it or keep it!! But if you keep it make sure to replace it with one of your lovely creations. Dont forget to add your finds to facebook.

You can use different paints, crayons, sharpies etc. Dont forget to coat your rocks with sealer so they last.

Have fun!

Yarn bomb campaign is here! Can you knit or crochet? would you like to help us create Bovingdon Yarn Bomb? 

Here is your pattern

The Big Poppy Knit 2018 

Here are two different knitted poppy patterns and two to crochet.   

Knitted Poppies

For the best finish, knit with a Double Knit (DK yarn).  The size of needle you choose will determine how big the poppy will be, but we recommend 3.5mm or 3.75mm (UK9).   

If you have different yarn left in your stash, just use that and the appropriate needle size. 

If you have any problems with any of the techniques in the poppy patterns - and you have access to the internet - you will find lots of tutorial videos on youtube.  

1. Easy garter/knit stitch pattern for beginners 

Colour A   Red (one ball will make a lot of poppies!) Colour B  Scrap of Black or a black button 

Body of Poppy Using Col A cast on 120 stitches. Rows 1-4 Knit Row 5 Knit 3 stiches together across the row(40 stiches) Rows 6-9Knit Row 10 Knit 2 stitches together across the row(20 stitches) Rows 11-14 Knit Row 15 Knit 2 stitches together across the row(10 stitches) Cut yarn leaving a tail of about 20cm Thread tail through yarn needle and slip all the remaining live stitches onto the yarn tail and pull tight. Pull around into a circle and then mattress stitch (or use whatever stitching you normally use) to seam for an invisible seam. Sew in ends. 

Centre of Poppy Using B, cast on 16 sts. Cast off. Coil into a tight spiral and sew base to the centre. Or use a black or green button with 4 holes and sew to centre of poppy.  Add pin. 

All poppies will be donated to our Poppy Appeal – deadline 31st October 2018

 2.  Easy ribbed poppy pattern

Colour A 1 ball red yarn (this will make a lot of poppies) Colour  B Scrap of black yarn or black button 

Body of Poppy Using Col A Cast on 60 stitches  Row s1 –10 : K2, P2 across whole row(for a slightly smaller poppy do 8 rows of rib). Row 11 : Knit 2 stitches together across the row (30 stitches).  Row 12 : Slip 1 stitch,  Knit 2 stitches together then pass the slip stitch over... repeat across the whole row (10 stitches). Break off yarn with long tail and thread back through remaining stitches and pull tight. Join edges with mattress stitch 

Centre of Poppy Using B, cast on 16 sts. Cast off. Coil into a tight spiral and sew base to the centre. Or use a black or green button with 4 holes and sew to centre of poppy. Add pin. 

Crocheted Poppies

You will need some red wool and a black button. Patterns 1. Three petal crochet poppy with 4.5mm hook Ch 3, join with slst to form circle. Ch 3, work 9 dc into the centre of the circle and join with slst. Work the three petals separately. Petal 1. Ch 3, work 1st dc into same st, work 2 dc into each of the next 3 sts. ch 1 work 2 sc into each st, tie off. Petal 2.  work 2 dc into last dc of previous petal, work 2 dc into each of the next 3 sts. ch 1 work 2 sc into each st, tie off. Work petal 3 as 2. Sew all ends in and attach button in the centre.  Add pin

2.Two petal crochet poppy  Rnd 1: With 3mm hook and wool, ch2. Make 10dc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with a slst in 1st dc. (10sts) Rnd 2: *ch1 dc ch1 2tr in next st, 3tr in next st, 2tr ch1 dc in next st, slst in next 2sts. rep from * once again. Rnd 3: *ch1 3dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next 5sts, 3dc in next 2 sts,slst in next 2sts. rep from * once again. Fasten off. Attach button in the centre.  Add pin. 

Stitch explanation    st(s) = stitch (es) ch = chain     rep=repeat dc = double crochet    rnd=round htr = half treble crochet   slst = slip stitch r = row     tr = treble crochet

Thank you we will arrange drop off points for you. 

London Fire and Rescue Service

As many of you will be aware of the recent fire in London, a number of us offered our time and expertise in July and august to help our firefighters cope with the psychological impact of attending Grenfell Tower and have been called on to help asses the firefighters for PTSD and related trauma connected to this incident. We will be continuing to support when needed by volunteering our services.

Having done this it seems so many have been affected not only in LFB but all the frontline workers may also experience troubled memories. If you have been affected please get in touch we would be happy to discuss how you too can get help.

 

Heads Together

We are supporting the Heads together campaign with Prince William and Prince Harry.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading the Heads Together campaign to end stigma around mental health. Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing, and is a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.

There has been huge progress made to tackle stigma surrounding mental health in recent decades, but it still remains a key issue driven by negative associations, experience and language. Through this campaign, Their Royal Highnesses are keen to build on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting help they need.

 

Dacorum Dens Award 2015

Seven exciting entrepreneurs from across Dacorum have won financial backing from a panel of judges after an intensive day of business cross-questioning in the style of TV's Dragons Den.

Andy Cook from FFEI, one of the Dacorum's Den judges. He said: “Great ideas often develop into large businesses and it was exciting to hear from people who have such superb insights. I am looking forward to watching these businesses grow.”

Fellow judge and Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning chaired the panel and said: “It was great to see and hear from the entrepreneurs who I am sure will be driving economic growth and employment in Dacorum in future years. Sometimes a relatively small investment in a business idea can go a long way.”

Chris Taylor, Dacorum Borough Council's Group Manager for Strategic Planning & Regeneration said: “Dacorum Borough Council is supporting economic growth and employment in a number of ways, encouraging inward investment and business growth, the Regeneration projects and Dacorum's Den. It's not all about large amounts of money and big projects. Sometimes a little bit of help can go a long way.”

The Dacorum's Den judges were: Mike Penning MP; Andy Cook (FFEI); Chris Taylor (Dacorum Borough Council); Ambi Singh (Corona Properties) and Peter Willson (Hopespare).

The judging took place on Friday, June 12 at Maylands Business Centre and the winning projects are:

The Acorn Wellbeing Centre self-employed therapist Helen Lehrle and her team of clinical therapists are developing the counselling services.  They used their £1,500 Dacorum's Den money to build this website.

 

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