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Runners raise money for Watford's homeless in 10k Christmas Cracker

Watford Observer:

2:26pm Tuesday 24th November 2015

People dressed up in Christmas inspired costumes to complete the fun run around Croxley Business Park and raise money for Watford homelessness charity New Hope

Watford's first German-style Christmas market now open

Watford Observer:

11:59am Tuesday 24th November 2015

High Street has been filled with wooden lodges, a carousel and dozens of trees for the festive season

Residents can get their skates on at the Watford town centre outdoor ice rink from Saturday

Watford Observer:

11:38am Tuesday 24th November 2015

To mark the opening day, the Birmingham Ice Freestylers will be entertaining with their ice acrobatics throughout the day and have planned a special performance at 4.45pm

Arson attack in north Watford causes hundreds of pounds worth of damage

Watford Observer:

10:00am Tuesday 24th November 2015

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information following the blaze at around 1am on Friday, November 20

Building works at Charter Place a danger to disabled pedestrians say campaign group

Watford Observer:

5:35pm Monday 23rd November 2015

Disability Watford said the barriers around the works block off a section of footpath in High Street forcing pedestrians to cross the road twice at its busy junction with Market Street

Members of Watford Synagogue carry out good deeds for people in need on Mitzvah Day

Watford Observer:

5:29pm Monday 23rd November 2015

This included collecting warm clothes and toiletries for refugees who have fled their homes because of war, terror or persecution and to give to children in poverty

Plans to build 95 new homes on the site of a former job centre in Watford

Watford Observer:

5:25pm Monday 23rd November 2015

Watford Borough Council has received plans for 95 flats on the site of Caledonian House, in West Street

'Miracle baby' inspires mum to start national campaign

Watford Observer:

2:31pm Thursday 19th November 2015

Mrs Marsh was left “petrified, terrified and afraid” after giving birth in 2004, but the experience has inspired her to start a national campaign for better communication between parents and doctors

Triumphant trekkers raise £70,000 for Peace Hospice Care after Peru adventure

Watford Observer:

2:27pm Thursday 19th November 2015

The 18 strong team who followed the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, are urging others to get involved with future fundraising adventures for the hospice

Dance students join national tapathon to raise money for Children In Need

Watford Observer:

2:23pm Thursday 19th November 2015

Students of The Hot and Bothered School of Dance performed the same specially choreographed routine simultaneously with several hundred other dance schools nationwide

Nascot Wood woman presented with award for helping to improve the lives of vulnerable children

Watford Observer:

2:08pm Thursday 19th November 2015

Zahida Fidahusein was presented with the charity’s Stephenson Award for her role in helping deliver an overhaul of the organisation’s IT equipment at its 650 services around the UK

Master chefs of the future put their culinary skills to the test

Watford Observer:

2:00pm Thursday 19th November 2015

Ten budding young hopefuls, all representing secondary schools in south west Hertfordshire, took part in the eighth annual Watford Rotary Young Chef of the Year competition at West Herts College

More than 40 homes and businesses left without power for up to six hours

Watford Observer:

1:55pm Thursday 19th November 2015

Customers of UK Power Networks in St Mary’s Road were hit with intermittent power cuts for six days after an underground cable fault on Sunday, November 8

Watford charity looking for volunteers to help in new shop

Watford Observer:

1:48pm Thursday 19th November 2015

The new Peace Hospice Care store located in The Parade will officially open its doors on Thursday, December 3

Miss Moneypenny is not a fan of 007

Watford Observer:

10:25am Monday 16th November 2015

With James Bond back on the big screen, the Watford Observer has discovered Miss Moneypenny is not a fictional character - in fact she works at Asda Watford

Popular volunteer-led tea bar at Watford General to be sold off by hospital

Watford Observer: Watford General Hospital

9:37am Monday 16th November 2015

The League of Friends run tea station near the outpatient blood clinic is set to close as the hospital continues to struggle under "considerable financial pressure"

Mount Everest expedition leader gives talk to Watford business people

Watford Observer:

9:30am Monday 16th November 2015

A Mount Everest expedition leader talked to Watford business people about the leadership skills that helped him climb the world's greatest summit

Inclusive social club in south west Herts joined by MP Richard Harrington

Watford Observer: Watford MP Richard Harrington visits phab club

9:03am Monday 16th November 2015

Members of the Bushey and Watford PHAB club, which was formed more than 40 years ago, shared their personal situations and needs while teaching the Watford MP a bit about what the club is about

Watford free school appoints new headteacher

Watford Observer:

9:00am Monday 16th November 2015

Helen Langeveld will be taking up the post at St John’s Church of England Primary School, in central Watford, in January 2016 - ahead of the school's opening in September 2016

Sexual health charity offering free testing during National HIV Testing Week

Watford Observer: HIV fingerprick blood testing takes just 20 minutes to get the results back

8:55am Monday 16th November 2015

The charity will be offering free ‘finger prick’ HIV testing in GP surgeries, pharmacies and community venues over the course of the week to raise awareness of HIV and increase local testing

More than 20 streets in Watford are getting a deep clean

Watford Observer:

8:45am Monday 16th November 2015

Over the next three weeks Watford Borough Council will be replacing the tarmac and repairing 99 metre square of footpaths and 39 metre square of roads

£1,000 donation for Watford African Caribbean Association to help improve health and well-being of over 50s

Watford Observer: Picture from stock

8:43am Monday 16th November 2015

A donation of £1,000 has been presented to the Watford African Caribbean Association to help improve the health and well-being of over 50s

Former Phoenix Lodge resident charged over fire

Watford Observer:

11:13am Friday 13th November 2015

Sydney Noah, 68, was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after the fire at Phoenix Lodge on Monday morning

More than 600 attend Northwood Act of Remembrance parade

Watford Observer:

5:08pm Wednesday 11th November 2015

Led by Wing Commander Jonny Wylie, the Padre, the service paid tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of their nation

Women taught how to check for symptoms of breast cancer

Watford Observer:

6:11pm Tuesday 10th November 2015

Breast Cancer Care staff and trained volunteers were on board the bus, which parked at Asda in the Odhams Industrial Estate on Thursday and Friday, providing breast health information and encouraging women of all ages and backgrounds to check regularly for any unusual changes

Recruitment roadshow coming to Watford to hire warehouse workers for the festive season

Watford Observer: Council updates its contract procurement rules

6:07pm Tuesday 10th November 2015

International recruitment firm Transline Group will be running events every Tuesday throughout November at the Leavesden Green Community Centre

Group of churches in north Watford band together to organise weekend activities for families

Watford Observer: Leavesden gardeners urged to get digging for fruit and vegetable show

5:43pm Tuesday 10th November 2015

The 'lift off' project includes film and games nights, a Saturday morning 'messy breakfast' and a garden for the children to learn about growing their own fruit and vegetables

Christmas campaign to raise funds to help disabled children and young people go on holiday

Watford Observer:

5:38pm Tuesday 10th November 2015

Action for Children, based in Watford Business Park, has teamed up with HomeSense, in Century Park, to raise money over the festive period

Police appeal after bike thefts at railway stations across south west Herts

Watford Observer:

5:36pm Tuesday 10th November 2015

British Transport Police are re-appealing for information in connection with five bikes, which have a combined value of about £1,900, stolen from stations in Watford, Kings Langley and Croxley

Police custody in Hertfordshire criticised after unannounced inspection

Watford Observer: 'Be vigilant' say police after rise in shed and garage burglaries

12:10am Tuesday 10th November 2015

Hertfordshire's police custody facilities have been criticised after inspectors made a surprise visit.

Get your dancing shoes on for Strictly Come Hospice 2016

Watford Observer:

5:43pm Monday 9th November 2015

Peace Hospice Care is looking for couples or singles to join them for a Strictly Come Hospice 25th Anniversary Special

Watford Labour announce Central ward candidates standing in May council elections

Watford Observer:

5:41pm Monday 9th November 2015

Watford Labour Party has selected three town campaigners to fight the key swing seats in Central ward in May's all-out Council elections

14 new jobs as doughnut retailer to open store in Watford

Watford Observer: Council updates its contract procurement rules

5:38pm Monday 9th November 2015

Krispy Kreme has announced 14 new jobs ahead of its opening of a store in the town on December 3

'Digital transformation of Watford' a step closer to free WiFi across town centre

Watford Observer:

5:35pm Monday 9th November 2015

Free Wi-Fi is now available in community centres and sheltered housing schemes

Bonfire Night celebrations go off with a bang

Watford Observer:

5:31pm Monday 9th November 2015

A crowd of more than 20,000 braved the rain on Saturday to enjoy the Cassiobury Park Bonfire Night celebrations

Skunk Anansie guitarist to teach Watford music students

Watford Observer:

5:28pm Monday 9th November 2015

Watford music students are welcoming one of the country's top rock guitarists today

Consultation on Watford tall buildings policy

Watford Observer:

5:26pm Monday 9th November 2015

Watford people are being urged to have their say about changes that could shape the town's skyline

Watford school to hold carols and coffee morning

Watford Observer: Charity tree festival next week in Harpenden

5:23pm Monday 9th November 2015

Kingsway Junior School, in Briar Road, is hosting the event on Thursday, December 17, between 11am and 12pm

Climate change demonstration to take place in Watford town centre

Watford Observer: St Albans couple 'furious' after paying hundreds of pounds towards neighbours' electricity bill

5:20pm Monday 9th November 2015

Watford and Three Rivers Friends of the Earth will be demonstrating in the town centre on Sunday, November 29, to coincide with the United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in Paris

Purses snatched in Watford town centre

Watford Observer:

12:04pm Monday 9th November 2015

Officers want to speak to the woman pictured in connection with a theft at around 3.40pm on Wednesday, October 10, during which a purse was removed from a shopping trolley in B&M Bargains in High Street (C1/15/5064)

Uddin murder trial: Witness says family told her Shahena was beaten with a glow stick the night she died

Watford Observer:

6:22pm Friday 6th November 2015

The older sister of Shahena Uddin, who was allegedly beaten to death by her family, told a court their sister in law confided in her that Shahena had been beaten with a glow stick the night she died and had asked her "how to get out of it"

Peace Hospice Care’s annual Lights of Love remembrance ceremony

Watford Observer:

4:39pm Thursday 5th November 2015

The event, which this year will take place outside Watford Central Library, is aimed at everyone in the community who wishes to remember someone they’ve lost

Oxhey sports enthusiast who lost her sight after a brain haemorrhage completes sprint triathlon

Watford Observer:

4:34pm Thursday 5th November 2015

Alison Mead, of Hampermill Lane, said she put on lots huge amount of weight after her illnesses in 2005 but sport of any kind seemed no longer an option

New consultation to make several more streets in West Watford a controlled parking zone

Watford Observer: Councillors throw out proposed parking permit rises

4:27pm Thursday 5th November 2015

Earlier this year residents in zone m/n – between Harwoods Road, Whippendell Road and Hagden Lane – voted against the scheme with an overall majority of 60 per cent

Christmas market and charity abseil in Watford town centre will take place next weekend

Watford Observer:

4:16pm Thursday 5th November 2015

Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers are is asking residents to join in the Snowflake Challenge on Saturday, November 14

Hundreds of people from across Watford and Three Rivers enjoy Community at the Colosseum

Watford Observer:

4:06pm Thursday 5th November 2015

Children were given makeovers, created traditional Halloween decorations and decorated ghostly biscuits during the Watford Community Housing Trust event on Saturday

Gym goers in Watford raise £4,700 for charity that helps people who need life-saving transplants

Watford Observer:

3:58pm Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Users of Watford Leisure Centre Woodside and Watford Leisure Centre Central raised the funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust during a month long campaign

Grand Union Canal Half Marathon finishing in Cassiobury Park returns on Sunday

Watford Observer:

1:01pm Tuesday 3rd November 2015

People can still enter the race, which starts in Cowley Recreation Ground, Uxbridge, at 10am on Sunday, November 8

Daughter of former Watford Synagogue rabbi appointed its new youth director

Watford Observer:

12:07pm Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Devorah Roselaar, who was born when her father was rabbi at the synagogue, is returning to her Watford roots to take up the role following the departure of former youth leader Scott Michaels for university

More than £1,000 raised in memory of Watford lecturer who died in a hiking accident on Ben Nevis

Watford Observer:

11:49am Tuesday 3rd November 2015

A £1,000 has been collected for the mountain rescue team that recovered the body of a much missed Watford lecturer who died after a hiking accident in Scotland

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