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New evening and weekend repairs appointments to be offered by Watford Community Housing Trust

Watford Observer: 'This will drive people to benefits'

3:57pm Thursday 28th May 2015

Watford Community Housing Trust is to start offering repairs appointments on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings

Big Lunch to be held in Watford next Sunday

Watford Observer:

3:31pm Thursday 28th May 2015

A bank is hosting The Big Lunch for people in Watford to come together as a community to have fun and get to know each other on Sunday, June 7

Archaeologist lecture on excavations during the construction of the Grove Hotel and golf course

Watford Observer: Bilderberg meeting to be held in Hertfordshire hotel

2:45pm Thursday 28th May 2015

An archaeologist is leading a talk on excavations in Watford between 1999 and 2001 at the Grove on Wednesday, June 24

10th Watford Celebration multi cultural event took place this week

Watford Observer:

12:47pm Thursday 28th May 2015

The tenth anniversary of the Watford Celebration multi cultural event took place in the Multi Cultural Community Centre and St Michael and All Angels Church in Durban Road on Bank Holiday Monday

Carpenders Park man competing for World Beauty Fashion and Fitness title in the O2 London

Watford Observer:

8:30am Thursday 28th May 2015

A 28-year-old man originally from Carpenders Park is about to compete for the World Beauty Fashion and Fitness title in the O2 London

Watford Council spent £11,400 for celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager at New Watford Market opening

Watford Observer: TV chef Rosemary Shrager

3:31pm Wednesday 27th May 2015

Opposition councillors have criticised Watford Borough for forking out more than £11,000 on a demonstration by celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager at the opening of New Watford Market

Watford African Caribbean Association visited by Royal Albert Hall’s house band

Watford Observer:

2:16pm Wednesday 27th May 2015

The Watford African Caribbean Association were visited by the Royal Albert Hall’s house band today as part of the venue’s Songbook initiative to increase access to the arts for all

Farewell to Peace Hospice Care charity store in centre of High Street after compulsory purchase order

Watford Observer:

12:18pm Wednesday 27th May 2015

Staff, volunteers and shoppers will be saying a final farewell to the Peace Hospice Care charity store in the centre of High Street

Watford FC ‘Fill the Vic’ resale campaign raised nearly £4,500 for Peace Hospice Care

Watford Observer:

11:59am Wednesday 27th May 2015

The fundraising initiative encouraged season ticket holders who were freeing up their seat to contact the club for it to be resold.

Watford Community Fair 2015 being held in town centre this Saturday

Watford Observer: Two businesses fined for flouting Three Rivers planning and licensing laws

11:36am Wednesday 27th May 2015

This year’s fair will involve a marketplace of stalls set up over The Parade with more than 40 voluntary and community sector organisations and groups showcasing their work

Snooker competition raises £610 for Peace Hospice Care

Watford Observer:

11:14am Wednesday 27th May 2015

A snooker competition organised by a Watford man to raise money for Peace Hospice Care in memory of his late wife collected more than £600

Masked robbers wielding a knife steal cash from Watford store

Watford Observer:

12:18pm Tuesday 26th May 2015

Masked robbers held up a Watford convenience store at knife point and made off with a quantity of cash, police said today

Nascot neighbours dance night away to raise more than £500 for Peace Hospice Care

Watford Observer:

12:07pm Tuesday 26th May 2015

Residents’ Associations joined together for a Neighbourhood Dance Night at the Regent Club Watford, which gave the use of their premises free of charge, with live music from Stuart Warren

Beechen Grove WI celebrate 30 years

Watford Observer:

11:44am Tuesday 26th May 2015

More than 50 members from the Beechen Grove branch and neighbouring groups sat down to an anniversary lunch

Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers charity fashion show a 'fantastic success'

Watford Observer:

11:08am Tuesday 26th May 2015

The Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers charity fashion show last week has been hailed "a fantastic success"

Staff and service users of Watford homelessness charity New Hope to take on Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Watford Observer:

10:48am Tuesday 26th May 2015

Staff and service users of Watford homelessness charity New Hope are set to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge at the end of the month

Arthritis Care Fit for Life Watford sponsored walk was joined by 50 people

Watford Observer:

10:33am Tuesday 26th May 2015

Arthritis Care Fit for Life sponsored walk was joined by 50 people, as well as children and dogs, who turned up on the day to support the Watford branch and to raise funds to help local people who have arthritis

£5k raised in Vicarage Road charity football match with legends Luther Blissett and Paul Merson

Watford Observer:

10:04am Tuesday 26th May 2015

A charity football match between parents from Bushey and Oxhey FC and Garston Ladies captained by legends Luther Blissett and ex-England and Arsenal player Paul Merson has raised more than £5,000

NHS reminded people to find the right NHS service if they feel unwell over the long Bank Holiday weekend

Watford Observer:

9:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

The NHS has reminded people to think about how to find the right NHS service if they feel unwell over the long Bank Holiday weekend

Macmillan Cancer Support Longest Golf Day Challenge at The Grove, Watford

Watford Observer:

2:43pm Friday 22nd May 2015

The golfers will be competing in the Macmillan Cancer Support Longest Golf Day Challenge, to complete 72 holes of golf in one day - approximately 20 miles and more than 1000 combined shots

National bed retailer opens its first homeware store in Watford

Watford Observer:

2:28pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Dreams has partnered with homeware company Sabichi to open the Dreams At Home store in Colne Valley Retail Park today

Watford playgroup wins county-wide award

Watford Observer:

12:41pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A Watford playgroup for children with physical needs has won an award

Mental health facility near Radlett wins national award

Watford Observer:

12:16pm Friday 22nd May 2015

The £42 million Kingfisher Court, on the Kingsley Green site, won Project of the Year at the Design in Mental Health Awards in Birmingham. The submission was made by architect’s P+HS

Watford children have tried hockey and tennis for free at a London 2012 venue

Watford Observer:

11:53am Friday 22nd May 2015

Pupils from Bromet Primary School, Orchard Primary School and Divine Saviour Catholic Primary School enjoyed free hockey and tennis coaching sessions at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Free family festival Watford Celebration 2015 to be held Bank Holiday Monday

Watford Observer:

10:53am Friday 22nd May 2015

Watford's annual celebration of diversity in the town will be held on Bank Holiday Monday

Man in 40s fractures eye socket in alleged assault in Watford

Watford Observer: Man charged after high-speed chase

9:55am Friday 22nd May 2015

Police said at around 11am on Friday, May 15, two men were in a verbal altercation in Westland Road and it is alleged a man in his 40s was assaulted

Peace Hospice Care says 'we need to lead the way in end of life care' after ombudsman report found thousands of dying patients across UK are being let down

Watford Observer:

3:40pm Thursday 21st May 2015

Watford Peace Hospice Care said hospices need to lead the way in end of life care after a health services ombudsman's report highlighted that thousands of dying patients across the UK are being let down by poor provision

Watford woman falsely claimed more than £25,000 in benefits

Watford Observer:

3:09pm Thursday 21st May 2015

A Watford woman who falsely claimed more than £25,000 in benefits has been handed a suspended prison sentence at St Albans Magistrates Court

Animal blessing service to be held at Watford church

Watford Observer:

5:22pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

An animal blessing service will take place at St Michael and All Angels Church, in Mildred Avenue, Watford, on Sunday, May 31, at 3pm

Free taster sessions for Five Ways Friends club to mark first anniversary

Watford Observer:

4:33pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

The Five Ways Friends group in Watford and Three Rivers is celebrating its first anniversary by inviting older residents to join them for a taste of the Five Ways Friends club experience

Watford day centre hosts community lunch as part of national dementia week

Watford Observer:

3:49pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

A Watford day centre hosted a community lunch as part of national dementia week

Elderly tenants of Watford housing association 'in tears' at development project that will force them out their homes

Watford Observer:

3:00pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

Elderly residents of Watford housing association bungalows "broke down in tears" at the prospect of losing their homes in a new 32-flat development

The next generation of masterchefs hone their skills at a Watford primary

Watford Observer:

2:44pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

A professional cook has sort to inspire the next generation of masterchefs at a Watford primary school by teaching the children how to make a posh three course meal

Watford Floral Society duo win gold at Chelsea Flower Show

Watford Observer:

12:52pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

Members of the Watford Floral Society have won a gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show for a "wow-factor" pedestal arrangement

Infection rate down across West Herts hospitals

Watford Observer:

12:46pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

The infection rate at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals has fallen over the last five years according to new figures

New Co-op opens in Abbotswood Estate

Watford Observer:

4:02pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

A new Co-operative supermarket was opened in the Abbotswood Estate in Leavesden by Watford's elected mayor and residents

Herts Police cold case squad: 'It's good when someone who thought they'd got away with a serious crime is brought to justice'

Watford Observer:

12:31pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

The police who try to get justice for victims of serious crimes in Hertfordshire that have gone unsolved for decades have given a unique insight into their work in a video launched this week

Award winning poet Simon Armitage visited students at Watford UTC

Watford Observer:

11:26am Tuesday 19th May 2015

An award winning poet visited students at the Watford University Technical College to give a presentation of his work

Two people charged with murder of Watford student Shahana Uddin appear in court

Watford Observer:

6:21pm Friday 8th May 2015

The 19-year-old died from injuries sustained in a physical assault at a house in Leavesden Road on October 11, police said

'Lib Dem's 13-year grip on Watford Council is now set to end' say opposition after crushing election night

Watford Observer:

5:49pm Friday 8th May 2015

In a dramatic turn of events the Liberal Democrats are down to a majority of one in Watford Borough Council after the Conservatives and Labour make six gains in today’s local election results

Family of an 84-year-old woman who died slam Watford General

Watford Observer:

2:00pm Saturday 9th May 2015

Valerie Allen, originally admitted to the hospital after a minor heart attack, was awaiting discharge in the Shrodells unit, Tudor Ward, when she contracted the Winter Vomiting Bug and her condition began to deteriorate.

Mother and daughter benefit cheat duo plead guilty

Watford Observer:

11:00am Saturday 9th May 2015

Tabassum Begum, 41, and Bushra Begum, 70, admitted multiple fraud offences after an investigation led by Watford Borough Council found the pair had wrongfully claimed thousands in council tax benefit, income support, pension credit and housing benefit.

Inquest: 92-year-old fall at NHS community care unit in Watford ruled as accidental

Watford Observer:

5:20pm Thursday 7th May 2015

William Weeks, known as Bill, was awaiting discharge from Langley House, run by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, when he fell in the dining room shortly after breakfast.

Watford business helps install new CCTV system at Burnley FC

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Thursday 7th May 2015

Axis Communications, a network video company based in Watford, was hired by Burnley Football Club to help set up a new CCTV system at its stadium Turf Moor.

Slimmers burn off more than 3361 donuts in Watford FC Trust's Shape Up weight management course

Watford Observer:

5:21pm Wednesday 6th May 2015

A group of 15 blokes have lost a total of 192lbs between then as part of Watford FC Trust Shape Up campaign

Police concerned for welfare of 23-year-old man missing in Watford

Watford Observer:

3:21pm Wednesday 6th May 2015

Kaylen Hefferman was last seen at around 1pm today

Students attend mini retail workshop at John Lewis Watford

Watford Observer:

4:50pm Tuesday 5th May 2015

More than 100 students from West Herts college attended a mini retail workshop within John Lewis Watford last week

Line-up for Watford's free music festival 'Big Summer Sounds' revealed

Watford Observer:

3:51pm Tuesday 5th May 2015

The event will be staged on Sunday, May 17, as the Watford Borough Council's Big Events series continues into year two

Watford businessman to run brutal 56-mile ultramarathon in South Africa for clean water charity

Watford Observer: Watford business man takes on 56 mile Ultra Marathon!

2:53pm Tuesday 5th May 2015

Will Luff, a director of a commercial eyewear website based in Watford which provides costume glasses for the British film industry, is set to take part in the Comrades Ultra Marathon which is entirely uphill between Durban to Pietermaritzburg

Watford chemist wins Royal Society award for work which could help treat diabetes and cystic fibrosis

Watford Observer:

12:47pm Tuesday 5th May 2015

A professor from Watford is the 2015 Royal Society of Physical Organic Chemistry Award winner for his work which could help treat diabetes and cystic fibrosis

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