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Watford's Laurance Haines primary proud to introduce new school app

Watford Observer:

4:50pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Laurance Haines School, in Vicarage Road, is the first school in the area to have an app, which includes term dates, events calendar, uniform and school meal details

Watford's Naughty Boy releases new demo featuring former 1D star Zayn Malik

Watford Observer:

3:38pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Watford's own Naughty Boy aka Shahid Khan has surprised the world by releasing a new demo featuring former One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik

Designer handbag stolen from house in Watford High Street

Watford Observer: Police warn heroin users after recent death in Watford

12:41pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Police have appealed for witnesses after a designer handbag was stolen from a property in Watford High Street

Lanchester Community Free School official opening

Watford Observer:

12:17pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Lanchester Community Free School had its official opening this week with a tour of the building and representations from Watford dignitaries

CBBC star's surprise appearance at Laurance Haines Primary School

Watford Observer:

10:49am Tuesday 31st March 2015

CBBC star Sid Sloan made a surprise appearance at Laurance Haines Primary School

Car crash blocking Pinner Road near Bushey Arches

Watford Observer: Man charged after high-speed chase

3:03pm Monday 30th March 2015

A car has crashed near Bushey Arches and is blocking a stretch of Pinner Road

Petition to save Watford Met tube station handed over with nearly 1,800 signatures

Watford Observer:

12:43pm Monday 30th March 2015

Watford MP Richard Harrington was at Watford Metropolitan Station to receive a petition opposing the closure of the station planned when the Croxley Rail Link becomes operational

Watford 22-year-old vying for title of Miss Hertfordshire

Watford Observer:

12:15pm Monday 30th March 2015

Jasmine Orr, of Water Lane, is a Miss Hertfordshire finalist for the second year running and will be battling for the crown at the Ibis Hotel, Stevenage on April 26

Leavesden youth group recognised in Herts High Sheriff Awards

Watford Observer:

11:04am Monday 30th March 2015

Almost 150 people, including representatives from district and county councils, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue, The Prince’s Trust and voluntary and community sector, joined this year’s High Sheriff, Mr Fergus McMullen

Watford Labour Parliamentary candidate signs commitment to improve social care in UK and time-limit immigration detention

Watford Observer:

10:30am Monday 30th March 2015

Matt Turmaine signed the Citizens UK Commitment for Future Government saying if elected he will push forward the agenda

Watford based drama therapy group 'May Contain Nuts' secures Arts Council funding

Watford Observer:

8:30am Monday 30th March 2015

May Contain Nuts, which started life as a drama therapy group under the guidance of Gerald Meiello, recently secured funding from the Arts Council to set itself up as a reparatory company

Sneak preview of Watford Big Events 2015

Watford Observer:

7:00am Monday 30th March 2015

Watford Borough Council has given town businesses, headteachers and members of the arts community a sneak preview of its 2015 series of Big Events

Police launch Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre

Watford Observer:

3:00pm Sunday 29th March 2015

A new service for victims of crime has been launched by Hertfordshire Constabulary

New sports pavilion at Watford Boys Grammar School officially opened

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Sunday 29th March 2015

Home to the school’s rugby, cricket and hockey - and shared with West Herts Hockey club - the pavilion overlooks the all-weather hockey pitch and five rugby pitches

Enormous Crocodile workshop at Busy Bees nursery in Watford

Watford Observer:

4:31pm Friday 27th March 2015

Pre-schoolers at Busy Bees nursery in Watford have taken part in an Enormous Crocodile Workshop with members of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

£114,000 new lock gates for Watford stretch of Grand Union Canal

Watford Observer:

12:45pm Friday 27th March 2015

Over the last few months engineers from the trust have replaced the top lock gates at Iron Bridge Lock and the bottom set of gates at Hunton Bridge Lock, which had both been in place for 25 years

Extreme sport loving great grandma, 88, from north Watford tries dog sledding

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Saturday 28th March 2015

Parasailing, water skiing, hot air ballooning and now charging around the US in a dog sled - there's nothing this extreme sport loving 88-year-old great grandmother from north Watford won't try

Hospital chiefs: 'Health campus could be built in seven years'

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Friday 27th March 2015

It’s "not an impossible ambition" Watford’s new Health Campus could be built in seven years, according to hospital chiefs

Watford Community Housing Trust staff vote for industrial action

Watford Observer:

4:50pm Thursday 26th March 2015

Staff at Watford Community Housing Trust have voted for industrial action following changes to their terms and conditions

Rembrandt House developers say building 80 per cent vacant despite a £500,000 refurbishment for commercial use

Watford Observer:

4:40pm Thursday 26th March 2015

Ben Grinnall, of Landchain Limited, said: "We have spent more than £500,000 refurbishing the building for commercial use and have been trying to let it for a number of years."

Hero cabbie who pulled pregnant woman and baby from burning car wreck in Watford honoured with bravery award

Watford Observer:

4:21pm Thursday 26th March 2015

Azhar Shah witnessed the horror smash at the junction of Stratford Road and Park Road, in Watford, while driving his taxi just days before Christmas 2012

Ombudsman finds West Herts NHS care failings after investigation into death of woman in her 70s

Watford Observer:

5:32pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust was found to have discharged the patient before she was well enough, and failed to tell her or her family the patient had heart failure

Watford Scouts going to World Jamboree in Japan

Watford Observer:

5:13pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

In just over 100 days 156 Hertfordshire Scouts will be joining 32,000 other scouts from almost every nation on earth in Japan for the World Scout Jamboree

Wildflower meadow to be planted in Watford town centre

Watford Observer:

1:09pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

A wildflower meadow is to be planted in Watford town centre as part of the ongoing improvement works to The Parade

Woodside youth football club given training and match tickets by Watford FC Community Trust

Watford Observer:

1:40pm Monday 23rd March 2015

A Watford youth football club based in Woodside were given coaching and tickets to the Hornets game on Saturday through Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust

International aid charity ADRA-UK's annual house-to-house appeal begins in Watford this weekend

Watford Observer:

3:00pm Monday 23rd March 2015

Volunteers from Garston-based international aid and relief charity ADRA-UK will be knocking on doors in Watford between Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, April 12

Five Ways Friends clubs raise more than £450 in Comic Relief challenge

Watford Observer:

2:30pm Monday 23rd March 2015

The members of the Five Ways Friends clubs have raised more than £450 in a Comic Relief challenge by organising fundraising activities including raffles and cake sales

10th annual YOPEYs launched

Watford Observer:

12:23pm Monday 23rd March 2015

A decade on since the first YOPEYs, founder Tony Gearing now holds the awards in every part of Hertfordshire with the finals held at County Hall

Watford workers don't waste time daydreaming, new research reveals

Watford Observer:

12:18pm Monday 23rd March 2015

Workers in Watford are able to concentrate for longer periods than professionals in most other regions of the UK, according to a new survey by workspace provider Regus

Woman in 70s in hospital after car crashed into wall near Bushey Arches

Watford Observer:

10:24am Monday 23rd March 2015

Police and paramedics were called at 8.48am to reports the black Toyota IQ had crashed into a wall in Eastbury Road

'Travesty' planning application to turn Rembrandt House into homes

Watford Observer:

4:08pm Thursday 19th March 2015

A planning application to turn a large commercial building in West Watford into 43 new homes has been branded a "travesty" by community groups and residents

The owner of The Horns pub in Watford is retiring after 14 years

Watford Observer:

2:54pm Thursday 19th March 2015

Pam Rice, 61, is handing over the popular pub and live music venue at the top of town to mum and daughter team Jan and Jane Giles

Chaos roadworks at Cassiobury circle shops 'should have been better managed'

Watford Observer:

4:20pm Thursday 19th March 2015

Chaos roadworks around Cassiobury Circle shops that dragged on months past the initial completion date "should have been managed better" by Hertfordshire County Council

'Firm but fair' ref for 40 years and former manager of Oxhey Jets has died aged 68

Watford Observer:

4:46pm Tuesday 17th March 2015

John Marriott, a "firm but fair" referee of Watford weekend league football matches for more than 40 years, has died aged 68

Watford woman treks the Great Wall of China for Cancer Research UK

Watford Observer:

7:00am Monday 16th March 2015

Naila, who sets off in October, is already fundraising for the trip.

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is worse in debt than planned

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Sunday 15th March 2015

In its latest financial report, it emerged the trust’s deficit continues to grow despite more than £28 million of borrowing for the year to date.

Poll cards for Watford Borough Council and UK Parliamentary Elections delivered to residents

Watford Observer:

9:00am Sunday 15th March 2015

The poll cards will include an application form for people who want to vote by post, as well as more information on how they can go about doing this.

Charity holds buy and sell baby and toddler equipment event

Watford Observer:

4:30pm Friday 13th March 2015

Lots of Tots will be held at Rickmansworth School, Scots Hill, Croxley Green, on Saturday, March 14, between 10am and 12pm.

Watford music school to host "Learn To Play" event

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Saturday 14th March 2015

National Learn To Play Day is for anyone over the age of six, whether they have always wanted to play or used to play, to have a go on an instrument for free.

Hospital trust in charge of Watford General failed to meet multiple NHS care targets

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Thursday 12th March 2015

A&E, cancer, stroke, surgery - the hospital trust in charge of Watford General has failed to meet multiple NHS care targets

Income from parking charges in Watford was £2.5m last year, Government figures reveal

Watford Observer:

4:30pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

Watford Borough Council’s cabinet last night agreed recommendations to change the town's controlled parking scheme policies after a task force concluded there had been a "disappointing escalation" in systematic abuses

Two convicted sex offenders have disappeared in Hertfordshire, police reveal

Watford Observer:

1:30pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

Hertfordshire Constabulary does not know the whereabouts of two convicted sex offenders, according to police records

Watford PE teacher to cover gruelling 271km challenge for kidney research in memory of his dad

Watford Observer:

11:30am Monday 9th March 2015

Gary Froy, 26, launched the project a year after the loss of his father police constable Colin Froy, who served with Hertfordshire Constabulary

Pupils at Watford's Francis Combe Academy to be mentored by retired GB boxing star

Watford Observer:

8:30am Monday 9th March 2015

Two pupils from Frances Combe Academy have been selected for a new national mentoring programme run by examining board AQA and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

Brave Brooke rushed to hospital 'an hour from death' shocks doctors with strong spirit and fight for life a month on

Watford Observer:

9:30am Friday 6th March 2015

Brave Brooke Cornwell , of Breakspeare Close, Watford, who has rare blood disorder Diamond Blackfan Anaemia, was admitted to St Mary’s in London early February after going into septic shock

'He didn't get justice,' says heartbroken pregnant girlfriend of fatally stabbed Watford teen Aqeel Khan

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Friday 6th March 2015

The girlfriend of fatally stabbed West Watford teenager Aqeel Khan said she is heartbroken the father of her unborn baby did not get justice after a jury acquitted the 17-year-old boy on trial for his murder this week

Hornets commentator of 50 years dies aged 85

Watford Observer:

4:30pm Thursday 5th March 2015

Reg Stacey, who commentated on Watford football matches for more than 50 years on Watford Hospital Radio, has died aged 85

Watford woman in World Record running attempt

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Thursday 5th March 2015

A Watford woman is set to attempt a Guinness World Record breaking 50 kilometre run - without actually leaving the building

Garston dad who beat cancer twice was inspiration for charity music festival which raised more than £4,500

Watford Observer:

3:30pm Thursday 5th March 2015

Tino Alcorano, 40, was about to celebrate his first Christmas with nine-month-old daughter Olivia when he found out his cancer had returned

Watford mayor petitioning 'reluctant' county council for permanent light switch off at Dome Roundabout

Watford Observer:

3:00pm Thursday 5th March 2015

The mayor's petition reads: "We call on Herts County Council to investigate turning off the traffic lights at the Dome Roundabout, while ensuring that pedestrians and cyclists can cross safely"

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