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  • Kings Langley Cricket Club celebrate success

    Kings Langley Cricket Club celebrated the success of their junior teams at their annual awards night. read more

  • Record number of Santas take part in this year's Santa Dash for the Hospice of St Francis Watford Observer:

    The event, which took place in the centre of Hemel on Sunday, December 14, saw more than 450 people took part in the race dressed as Santa, including the Rodrigues family from Abbots Langley and the James family from Kings Langley. read more

  • Praise for care home after Watford woman dies aged 99 Watford Observer:

    Anne Roberts, nee Young, a former dancer, lived at Fairhaven Care Home, in Park Avenue, for her last seven years and son John says she "loved it there". read more

  • More than 2,000 villagers in Chorleywood sign petition to give Chorleywood Library 'fair share' of council cash Watford Observer:

    Hertfordshire County Council is drawing up a final set of proposals after consulting on wide-ranging changes to library services across the county as it looks to make about £2.5 million of savings over the next three years. read more

  • Gino took sole control of Watford in the summer Watford Observer:

    Watford have confirmed Gino Pozzo is now the sole owner of the club. read more

  • Recycling sites across Dacorum becoming unsightly and magnet for fly-tippers, say council

    A minority of people have been leaving their recycling waste on the ground and not in the containers provided, and as a result fly-tippers have been leaving other unwanted rubbish. read more

  • Crowds gather in Leavesden Country Park to kick-off Christmas season Watford Observer: Horses shot by council were 'a danger to dog walkers and children'

    The event on Tuesday, December 16 was organised by park ranger Damien Weller and hosted at the YMCA Woodlands centre. A generous £189 was raised and donated to the centre's Health and Wellbeing Projects. read more

  • A lovely family home

    With a new Stamp Duty cost of £7,497.50, compared to the old Stamp Duty of £10,498.50, this means a saving of £3,001 based on the asking price read more

  • Man arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drug Watford Observer: Man charged after high-speed chase

    The 35-year-old from Watford was remains in police custody. read more

  • After almost ten years in rural France, Watford's traffic comes as a shock

    It is not just the amount of traffic, as often as not it is the speed of it that caught me by surprise back in England. Perhaps we have become conditioned by the relative calm of live in rural France, or perhaps I am just getting old. read more

  • Comment: An A to Z of office Christmas parties and how to survive them Watford Observer:

    No matter how pressing your “family commitments”, it would be professional suicide to skip the firm’s shindig, and equally unwise to behave badly, just because your boss is buying the drinks. read more

  • Fullerians pick up bonus-point win Watford Observer:

    Fullerians picked up a bonus-point win at Wasps, cruising to a 36-7 victory on Saturday. read more

  • Jokanovic doesn't have final say on Watford transfers Watford Observer:

    Slavisa Jokanovic admits he does not make the final decision on transfers at Watford and says that responsibility is left to “the top of the club”. read more

  • Santa's a Watford fan. Fact. Watford Observer:

    Santa at Vicarage Road, more on the 'tiny' Watford Observer, Callow Land FC and more besides read more

  • Attempted theft of underground cables left more than 300 homes and businesses in Bushey without phoneline Watford Observer:

    Carmen Phillips, who owns the family-run business Matthew Aerial and Satellite Systems in Glencoe Road, was among those who lost service. read more

  • Ian Cooksey appointed new head teacher at Watford Grammar School for Boys Watford Observer:

    Mr Cooksey, currently head teacher at Dr Challoner’s High School for Girls, will be officially taking up the post from September 2015. read more

  • Dacorum Borough Council encouraging young people to take up career in engineering

    As part of a £10,000 grant, a series of hands-on courses focussing on science, technology, engineering and maths, are now running at six of Dacorum's secondary schools. read more

  • A five-star review of Sleeping Beauty, Watford Palace Theatre's 2014 Christmas panto Watford Observer:

    A five-star review of Sleeping Beauty, Watford Palace Theatre's 2014 Christmas panto read more

  • Organisers of proposed Croxley Green Secondary School to meet officials from Department for Education Watford Observer: The site in Baldwins Lane

    St Clement Danes School, in Chorleywood, is leading the bid to build the new free school in Baldwins Lane, and applied to the Government in October. read more

  • Hornets fans acquired a taste for dominant displays, says Deeney Watford Observer:

    Troy Deeney understands Watford supporters expect dominant performances from their side at Vicarage Road but hopes the realisation of how difficult the Championship is “will kick in soon”. read more

  • Bushey care home for the elderly hosts special Christmas event Watford Observer:

    The event, featured performances from South Ochey Choir, a group made famous from Gareth Malone's BBC Series The Choir: Unsung Town. Their performance had a memories of the First World War theme. read more

  • Giant, dragon and an English knight to do battle in Croxley Green Watford Observer: Croxley Mummers raise hundreds for charity

    Croxley Mummers, who tell the story of St George and how he defeated the dragon, will be performing at seven locations in the area on Sunday afternoon. read more

  • Parmiter's twins claim medal triumphs for Great Britain

    Twins Ralph and Haydn Williams won bronze and silver medals respectively whilst representing Great Britain at the Ippon Trophy in Antwerp. read more

  • Reading v Watford betting preview Watford Observer:

    Watford could find it difficult against a motivated Reading side this weekend in Steve Clarke’s first game in charge. read more

  • Runnin On Empty-What a Load Of Baubles Watford Observer:

    Last Friday before Christmas?.....where has the year gone? I’m all done an dusted, wrapped, delivered, written, Christmas decs up…… when I say decs I actually mean a white fibre optic tree with a Tinkerbell sat at the top and not a bauble in sight, the hardest part is probably getting it out of the box. There’s also a collection of novelties gathered on the table including a bright red bird (similar to me during a hot flush) that all wiggle, laugh, sing, and do various other Christmassy things (similar to me after a few shots of Disarrono)......... read more

  • COMMENT: Delay in appointment may have led to Gibbs joining Millwall Watford Observer:

    Nigel Gibbs' return to Watford seemed the perfect fit. It was all agreed so why did ‘Mr Watford’ decide to opt for Ian Holloway and Millwall instead? read more

  • Watford Nostalgia: December 19, 1969

    1969 and Watford shoppers have some surprising views on capital punishment read more

  • Malveen HARE

    Malveen Hare We carry your heart in our hearts at this time of year. Missed always Love from Tony and Family xxxx read more

  • Joan Brewster

    BREWSTER, Joan Sadly passed away on Tuesday 9th December 2014 aged 83. A loving mother to Caroline and devoted grandmother to Adam and Daniel so will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Funeral service to take place at West Herts Crematorium on Monday 22nd December 2014 at 4pm. Flowers welcome or donations if desired to Peace Hospice c/o M. K. Ginder & Sons 492 Bushey Mill Lane, Bushey, WD23 2AS Tel: 01923 221661 read more

  • John Read

    READ John (Jack) passed away at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottigham on 1st December 2014 aged 89 years. Caring and loving husband to Hilda, and father to Keith and Gail. Funeral Service took place at Wilford Hill Crematorium on Friday 12th December. No flowers but donations, if desired, for Children In Need may be sent care of A W Lymn The Family Funeral Service Chaworth House Varney Road Clifton NG11 8EX 0115 945 6232 www.lymn.co.uk read more

  • Anne Woolcott

    WOOLCOTT Anne Passed away after a short illness on 9 December 2014. Greatly missed by Ian and family and many friends. Funeral today 19 Dec. read more

  • Meryl Rice

    RICE, Meryl It is with deep sadness that Brian, Michelle, Susan, Deborah, Philip and Laura announce the passing of Meryl on 14th December 2014 aged 72 years. A wonderful wife, Mum, Nan and sister who will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts. The funeral will take place at Vinters Park Crematorium, Maidstone on Monday 5th January 2015 at 1.15pm, all friends are welcome. Enquiries to The Co-operative Funeralcare, 79 Union Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1ED, 01622 753033 read more

  • Bernard Hollywood

    HOLLYWOOD, Bernard 'Benny' 20th February 1934 - 16th December 2014 Sadly passed away at home Will be sadly missed by wife Rose, daughters Ann, Doreen, grandchildren and all the family. Funeral service will take place on Monday 22nd December at Holy Rood Church at 12pm followed by committal at North Watford Cemetery at 1pm. All welcome afterwards at Dunnings Public House. Enquiries to J &S Funeral Directors, 01923 262939 read more

  • Grace Hector

    HECTOR, Grace Passed away peacefully on 10th December 2014 aged 91 years. She was much loved by her family and friends and will be sadly missed. Funeral service to take place at St James Parish Church on Monday 5th January 2015 at 2.30pm followed by private cremation at West Herts Crematorium at 4.00pm. Donations if desired to Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital c/o Hemley Funeral Service 0208 950 7233 read more

  • Alan George White

    WHITE, Alan George 8/1/30 - 9/12/14 Died peacefully on 9th December 2014 aged 84. A loving husband to Sheila, devoted father to Mark and Lynda, loving father-in-law to Chris and Elaine. Funeral service will take place on Monday 29th December 2014 at West Herts Crematorium, North Chapel at 13.20 hours. Family flowers only please. Donations to Macmillan Cancer Support in Alan's name c/o Macleans Funeral Service 01923 894116 read more

  • Brian Herring

    HERRING, Brian (Kip) Sadly passed away Monday 8th December 2014, aged 80 years A much loved father, grandfather and brother. He will be sadly missed by all his family & friends. The funeral will be held at West Herts Crematorium at 3.20pm on Tuesday 23rd December. Enquiries to J Worley Funeral Directors 01442 253465 read more

  • Valerie Catherine Wagnall

    WAGNALL, Valerie Catherine Sadly passed away on Wednesday 10th December 2014 aged 77 years. Loving wife of Colin, mum and grandmother, she will be sadly missed by all her family and friends. The funeral service will take place at St Lawrence Church, Abbots Langley on Monday 22nd December 2014 at 10.30am followed by committal at Woodcock Hill Cemetery. Family flowers only by request. Donations if desired may be made to Save The Children Fund c/o M. K Ginder & Sons 51 High Street, Abbots Langley, WD5 0AA Tel: 01923 269994 read more

  • Lily Roberts

    ROBERTS, Lily Passed away peacefully at home on 10th December 2014, aged 86 years. Funeral service to take place Monday 22nd December, West Herts Crematorium, Garston at 2.40pm. Family flowers only, donations if desired payable to National Heart & Lung Institute Foundation c/o James Peddle Funeral Directors 01923 772013 read more

  • Gloria Thorp

    THORP, Gloria Remembering our dear Mum, Nana and Great Nan on what would have been your 91st birthday 25th December. Our first Christmas without you but we have so many wonderful memories of many happy family Christmas times Linda, John, Sarah, Paul and families xxx read more

  • Keith Molton

    MOLTON, Keith In loving memory of my dear husband Keith. 26th December 2008. UNFORGETABLE Deep in my heart you will always stay, loved and remembered every day. Love always, Margaret and family xxxx read more

  • Winifred Jean Jelley

    JELLEY, Winifred 'JEAN' Passed away on 8 December 2014 Will be sadly missed by Sean, Susan and Lisette Funeral Service to take place on Tuesday 23rd December 2014 at 1.20pm in the North Chapel at Garston Crematorium and then afterwards at the Mops And Brooms in Well End Enquiries: 07807 222302 read more

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