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

Watford Observer:

11:10am Friday 19th December 2014

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

Watford Grammar School for Girls to host special candle lighting ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day

Watford Observer:

9:36am Thursday 18th December 2014

A candle will be lit at Watford Grammar School for Girls in the Main Hall as part of a national initiative that sees 70 specially designed candles at the day's events across the UK, marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27.

Farm Terrace allotments: land could be used for new primary school

Watford Observer:

5:20pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Watford Borough Council development control committee was told Hertfordshire County Council has submitted a formal request the contested allotment land be used to build a new school, after politicians suggested current provision would not accommodate the potential 681 new homes in the Health Campus proposals.

St Michael's Catholic High School judged 'Outstanding' by Ofsted inspectors

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Headteacher Edward Conway said staff are "delighted" with the report, which is the fourth consecutive inspection the school has recieved the highest grade.

Watford Health Campus passes another application stage

Watford Observer:

9:26pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

The Watford Health Campus scheme passed another stage in the application process tonight after councillors approved a second outline plan.

Fire fighters tackle flaming house in Lea Road

Watford Observer:

5:04pm Monday 15th December 2014

Four appliances from Garston, Watford and Rickmansworth are on scene at Lea Road after a blaze at a semi-detached house.

Watford shoppers donate £4,284 of food in support of two UK food bank charities

Watford Observer:

5:20pm Friday 12th December 2014

Some 2.6 tonnes of canned, dried and long-life food have been donated at the eight Tesco stores across Watford as part of the Tesco Neighbourhood Food Collection, with all proceeds going to foodbank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity Fareshare.

Westfield Academy to honour past and present students' achievements with presentation evening

Watford Observer:

5:20pm Friday 12th December 2014

The evening, which will include a keynote speech by the Mayor of Watford Mrs Dorothy Thornhill, is set to be attended by 140 past and present pupils.

Christmas tree memorial to those killed in World War One featured in St Mary's Church festival

Watford Observer:

5:20pm Friday 12th December 2014

More than 30 trees were on display last weekend as charities, schools and church groups joined in the festivities.

Hundreds of children and families embraced festive spirit at Laurance Haines Primary School Christmas Fair

Watford Observer:

3:40pm Friday 12th December 2014

The funds will be used to buy birthday books for year one pupils, benches for the school playground, table tennis and other items that will enhance school life for its pupils.

Pupils from Watford Grammar School for Girls highly commended in a national geography award

Watford Observer:

9:10am Friday 12th December 2014

Anisha Mehta, in the 11 to 14 category, and Maitanki Sutharson, 16 to 18 category, were honoured in the Royal Geographical Society and Geographical magazine’s Young Geographer of the Year competition.

Watford's fairtrade status approved for further two years

Watford Observer:

2:00pm Sunday 14th December 2014

The town was granted the title again by the Fairtrade Foundation, having been Watford Fairtrade Town since 2007.

Que Pasa re-opens following inside and outside refurbishment

Watford Observer:

9:00am Sunday 14th December 2014

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill cut the ribbon at the cafe's official opening.

Three Watford schools rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in latest round of inspections

Watford Observer:

2:10pm Thursday 11th December 2014

Laurance Haines School, St Catherine of Siena Catholic Primary School, and Parkgate Infants’and Nursery School all rated Good by Ofsted.

One of Watford's oldest residents celebrates her 101st birthday

Watford Observer:

5:10pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

Winifred Frankland, known to those around her as Winnie, celebrated in the home she has lived in for the last 57 years.

New green gym will offer chance for volunteers to transform Cassiobury Park

Watford Observer:

12:10pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

For the next three years the Cassiobury Park Green Gym volunteers will work to develop the neglected spaces in the park by creating a community and wildlife friendly orchard, sowing wildflower meadows, and creating a wealth of wildlife habitats.

Watford school awarded £223,000 for new 3G football pitch

Watford Observer:

11:50am Wednesday 10th December 2014

The Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund has awarded Westfield Academy up to £223,000 to refurbish its astroturf pitch, to include the installation of new floodlights and the building of new changing rooms.

Flag designed by Kingsway Infant School pupils to represent Watford in national exhibition

Watford Observer:

5:44pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

The design will represent the town in Flag 2015, a competition where schools across the country designed a new flag which represents their community.

Boy, 17, denies murder of Aqeel Khan

Watford Observer:

4:31pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

The boy, from Watford, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty during an appearance at Luton Crown Court today.

Ascot Road and Lanchester Community Free School Christmas Fair on Friday

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

The fair will be held in the school hall in Hempstead Road between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

Final bricks laid at new Ascot Road Community Free School in Watford.

Watford Observer:

11:50am Tuesday 9th December 2014

Construction of Ascot Road Community Free School got underway in April, and this week headteacher Helen Lockham, Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill and pupil Ali Hanif led the new school's topping out celebrations.

Children in Watford and Rickmansworth presented with 170 high-visibilty vests

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Sunday 14th December 2014

Specsavers in the two towns donated the vests to West Herts Tennis Club and Maple Cross Juniour Mixed Infants and Nursery School in aid of Road Safety Week.

Scheme to help people with learning disabilities keep themselves safe re-launched in Watford

Watford Observer:

8:30am Friday 12th December 2014

Keep Safe invites retailers, businesses and public services and community services to provide people with learning disabilities a place to make a phone call in emergencies.

New community award for students launched by University of Hertfordshire and its dedicated policing team

Watford Observer:

4:55pm Monday 8th December 2014

The Community Student Award will be given to a student who has made a positive impact on the local community.

New winter ward with 28 additional beds being built at Watford General Hospital to meet surge in demand

Watford Observer: Plea to stay away from hospital's A&E

5:10pm Monday 8th December 2014

But West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s own figures show current demand outstrips capacity by 69 beds throughout its three sites in Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.

Schoolgirl from Rickmansworth wins Splendid Story competition

Watford Observer:

11:50am Monday 8th December 2014

Cate Hale, who attends St Mary’s Primary School, submitted her storyboard entitled, Shadows, to the judging panel comprising of authors, publishers and teachers for the John Lewis Watford's Splendid Story competition.

Prizes for women in north Watford after completion of English and sewing community classes

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Friday 5th December 2014

The new project was run in conjuction with Watford Community Housing Trust, the Watford Women's Centre and Leggatts ward councillors.

Mayor Dorothy Thornhill joins volunteers for Operation Rudolph

Watford Observer:

3:20pm Friday 5th December 2014

The volunteers assembled 350 boxes at Soul Survivor Watford containing food and Christmas treats which have been delivered to people and families facing a difficult time over the festive period.

More than £400 of gifts donated to hospital ward

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Friday 5th December 2014

The Lodge of Light and Honour gave the ward's dementia patients puzzels and model kits with money collected at their regular meetings.

'I am being treated like I’m a piece of garbage' says Watford sheltered housing tenant

Watford Observer:

1:20pm Friday 5th December 2014

Kim Whitmarsh complained to Watford Community Housing Trust about the verbal abuse and isolation she endures on the estate, and says they should have done something to help her.

New classical music club to open in Watford

Watford Observer:

11:50am Friday 5th December 2014

The club offers a solo performing opportunity for students and enthusiasts of classical music of any era, including the present day.

Cassiobury School Christmas Fair delights children with characters from Frozen

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Thursday 4th December 2014

Organisers declared the event great fun and a huge success, with parents and children staying for hours to enjoy the fair's attractions.

No effort made to repair large pothole in West Watford - reported more than three months ago

Watford Observer:

1:52pm Thursday 4th December 2014

Residents reported the poor condition of the road at the end of August on the Hertfordshire County Council fault reporting website.

M25 delays and three lanes closed after crash involving skiploader and car

Watford Observer: Road works to cause delays in Kings Langley

9:36am Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Emergency services were called at 7.58am to the smash just before junction 17 and the driver of a white Vauxhall Corsa has been taken to hospital.

Man taken to hospital with serious injuries after incident in Clarke Way

Watford Observer:

12:45pm Monday 1st December 2014

Police, paramedics, firefighters and the air ambulance were called to an address in Clarke Way shortly before 5.30pm yesterday after people reported being concerned for the man's welfare.

Body found near Chorleywood Common

Watford Observer:

12:24pm Monday 1st December 2014

Police were called at 6.54am to Common Road by a member of the public to reports of the concern for welfare of a man.

People in Watford and St Albans invited to ‘meet the boss’ of West Herts hospitals

Watford Observer:

4:40pm Friday 28th November 2014

Samantha Jones, chief executive of Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals, is hosting three ‘meet the boss’ events in December where she will talk through the latest developments in the hospitals.

Missing Callum Whish has been found

Watford Observer:

3:52pm Friday 28th November 2014

Callum Whish, 16, was reported missing on Friday, November 7.

Medical equipment supplier choses Watford base for European expansion programme

Watford Observer: Competition to win free workspace

11:50am Friday 28th November 2014

Baylis Medical, which supplies interventional cardiology and radiology products is officially opening its new office at Croxley Green Business Park before Christmas.

Woman taken to hospital after three-car smash in Langley Way, Watford

Watford Observer:

11:30am Friday 28th November 2014

Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to the crash at 5.25pm and closed the junction with Hempstead Road for an hour and a half.

Pupils at Kingsway Infant School presented with awards by the Elected Mayor of Watford

Watford Observer:

2:40pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Mayor Dorothy Thornhill gave out the honours for pupils who had performed well in the arts with headteacher Caroline T-Walmsley and chairman of governors Julia Green.

Pensioner robbed in Oxhey shopping parade

Watford Observer:

1:36pm Thursday 27th November 2014

The man in his 70s was targeted on the street near HSBC bank in Chalk Hill shortly after 11am, police said.

Shocked Meriden residents told homes could be demolished to make way for more than 90 new homes

Watford Observer:

12:50pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Watford Community Housing Trust also revealed ideas to relocate the estate’s shops and knock down the MOT garage at a public meeting on Tuesday.

Healthy lifestyle roadshow in Watford finds 68 people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

Watford Observer:

11:10am Thursday 27th November 2014

The roadshow was sponsored by the Michael Green Foundation, set up by Joanne Green following the death of her husband in December 2012 from a heart attack - a complication linked to his Type 2 diabetes.

Inquest hears how 'softly spoken and gentle' 47-year-old died after jumping from walkway in Charter Place

Watford Observer:

5:10pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Stephen Mullett, who lived in the YMCA in Charter Place, was found dead in the service road at 7am on February 20 after he sustained a number of internal injuries and major head injuries from the fall.

Garston gardener Laurie Douglas stepping out for twentieth sponsored 18.2-mile hike

Watford Observer: Laurie Douglas

3:04pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

The 48-year-old will trek through Watford, Bushey, Bedmond and Kings Langley in support of friend and treasurer of the Brow Club in Woodside, Anne Strange, on Saturday, November 29.

Former president of Watford counselling charity awarded honorary doctor of letters by University of Hertfordshire

Watford Observer:

1:50pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Lady Joanna Staughton's charity work, including heading up Relate in Watford, and her service as high sheriff of Hertfordshire and deputy lieutenant for the county were acknowledged with the award.

North Watford Christmas house will be brighter than ever - requiring a record 115 plugs

Watford Observer:

12:10pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

The home of Jane and Paul Ellis in Summerfield Road has wowed passers-by for the past 12 Christmasses as the couple create an extreme light display each year to raise money for charity.

Children herded into school after 'aggressive' squirrel frightens pupils and scratches teacher

Watford Observer:

5:10pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

A teacher had to herd the children at Chater Infants School back into the safety of the building after an "unusually aggressive" grey squirrel disrupted their afternoon playtime earlier this month.

Police and paramedics in Watford High Street after crash between cyclist and pedestrian

Watford Observer: Woman injured as car flipped on to its roof

4:31pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

An ambulance and rapid response unit is on scene and paramedics are tending to the woman pedestrian at the accident site near Halifax.

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