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Hospital trust asks Government for £45million as cash crisis deepens

Watford Observer:

2:05pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust faces a crippling shortfall of £124 million in eight years unless drastic action is taken to turn its financial performance around.

Suspended sentence for man caught with indecent images of children for the second time

Watford Observer:

12:50pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A man with multiple sclerosis has been caught with indecent images of children for the second time.

Police helicopter called to search for suspects after South Oxhey burglary

Watford Observer:

12:16pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A helicopter circled above South Oxhey last night as police searched for suspects following a burglary.

Councillor named Freeman of the Parish of Sarratt after 17 years of hard work

Watford Observer:

11:54am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A councillor has been recognised for his years of service to the community by being given the title Freeman of the Parish of Sarratt.

Watford teen raises thousands for cancer charity by shaving head

Watford Observer:

11:20am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A 13-year-old Watford schoolgirl has shaved her head to raise £4,000 for children battling cancer.

Garston engineer wins national award

Watford Observer:

10:50am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A technician working at bus operator Arriva the Shires’s Garston depot won national recognition last week at the IRTE Skills Challenge engineering awards.

Top Gun to be shown at open air cinema event in Bovingdon Airfield

Watford Observer:

10:30am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A Bovingdon based tearoom will be hosting an open air cinema event at Bovingdon Airfield next month.

Decision on Bovingdon hotel redevelopment delayed

Watford Observer:

9:58am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Residents fighting the development of a Bovingdon hotel will have to wait longer to discover the fate of the plans after the council delayed the decision date for a further two months.

Pupils raise hundreds for Peace Hospice Care

Watford Observer:

8:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Pupils at a South Oxhey primary school raised more than £400 for Peace Hospice Care.

July 23, 1892

Watford Observer:

5:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

1892 - lemon cutting on horseback, mounted tent pegging - it's fun for everyone at the Herts Yeoman Cavalry annual sports

'Keep your dog on a lead' pleads Watford woman following the horrific mauling of her pet

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

The owner of a dog who was killed after a horrific mauling on a popular north Watford footpath has called for owners to keep their dogs on a lead.

Woman's 25 year service breaks charity's record

Watford Observer:

5:15pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A woman has been commended for 25 years service to the disability charity Walsingham, making that the organisations longest serving employee.

Falconer School taking 'effective action' against problem areas

Watford Observer: Falconer School no longer in special measures

4:50pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A Bushey school that was told it requires improvement by Ofsted is taking "effective action" to tackle problem areas.

Business expert to host networking event tomorrow

Watford Observer:

4:40pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

An "international expert" in business networking will be giving advice to Bushey Heath businesses tomorrow via Skype at a specially arranged event.

Croxley Green residents left without water

Watford Observer:

4:10pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Residents were left without water in Croxley Green this afternoon.

Watford firefighters called to 'smouldering tree'

Watford Observer:

3:40pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Firefighters extinguished a smouldering tree in South Oxhey.

Free swimming pool and gym use for under 19s in Watford

Watford Observer:

3:10pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Watford residents 18 and under can go swimming and use council gyms for free this summer.

Free gym membership for women and girls in Hertsmere

Watford Observer:

2:40pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Women and girls living in Bushey and Radlett are being offered a second chance to have a free three month gym membership in a project undertaken by Hertsmere Leisure in partnership with Hertsmere Borough Council.

Phone scammers impersonating police officers target people in south west Hertfordshire

Watford Observer:

2:10pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Phone scammers impersonating police officers are targeting people in south west Hertfordshire.

Work on railway bridge in Abbots Langley set to finish tomorrow

Watford Observer:

1:50pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Work being carried out on a railway bridge in Abbots Langley is set to finish tomorrow.

Man taken to hospital with head wounds after fight at Abbots Langley house-party

Watford Observer:

1:22pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A man in his twenties was taken to hospital after a fight outside a house-party in Abbots Langley.

Pensioner accuses Watford council of 'censorship' after being refused meeting with chief executive

Watford Observer:

12:50pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A man who has been refused a meeting with the Watford Borough’s Chief Executive claimed the council is "rife with censorship".

Roofer who charged Watford woman for work that was never carried out admits fraud

Watford Observer:

12:10pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A roofer who charged a Watford woman for work that was never carried out has admitted fraud.

Sun shines on charity fun day in Abbots Langley

Watford Observer:

10:52am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A mother of two from Abbots Langley said "something must have been looking down" favourably on them as the sun shone for a family fun day to raise money for charity on Saturday.

Asda staff help to refurbish a Christian community centre

Watford Observer:

10:27am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Managers from Asda at the Dome roundabout in Watford have helped refurbish a Christian community centre in the town.

Quiz: How well do you know your town?

Watford Observer:

9:50am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

How many people in Holywell are under 16? What proportion of Cassiobury residents own their home? Test your local knowledge with this quiz from the Office of National Statistics.

Watford knitters put finishing touches to 22-metre-long 'peace scarf'

Watford Observer:

9:32am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Knitters and crocheteers from Watford Quaker Meeting and the Teabreak group at St Peter’s Church, north Watford, completed a 22-metre-long scarf as part of the Wool Against Weapons Campaign.

Children's hospital pantomime is 'just what the doctor ordered'

Watford Observer:

9:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Young patients at Watford General Hospital had their morning brightened up yesterday with a summer pantomime performance of Robinson Crusoe.

July 22, 1960

Watford Observer:

5:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

1960 - and watch out for dodgy fivers

Two women and a man injured in early morning attack

Watford Observer:

1:31pm Monday 21st July 2014

Two young women and a young man needed hospital treatment after being viciously beaten up in Watford town centre at the weekend.

List of films to be shown in Watford Parade released

Watford Observer:

4:24pm Monday 21st July 2014

Films to be shown on the Big Screen in Watford Parade this summer include Wall-E, Mamma Mia! and The Lego Movie.

Charity swim raises £170 for Watford Mencap

Watford Observer:

3:52pm Monday 21st July 2014

A Rickmansworth man raised more than £170 for a Watford charity, which offers support to those with learning difficulties.

Reunion at St Margaret’s School attracts visitors from Australia

Watford Observer:

3:19pm Monday 21st July 2014

Past pupils and staff travelled from as far away as Australia to attend an exclusive reunion at St Margaret’s School in Bushey.

Number of parking spaces in new developments to rise following Hertsmere Borough Council review

Watford Observer:

2:10pm Monday 21st July 2014

The number of parking spaces that developers have to provide for new housing developments is to increase following a council policy review.

Hospital trust makes 'biggest investment in IT for more than a generation'

Watford Observer:

1:05pm Monday 21st July 2014

The NHS trust in charge of Watford General has signed a £25.5 million contract to update its IT systems.

Hospital's top cancer nurse urges people to stay safe in the sun

Watford Observer:

12:20pm Monday 21st July 2014

Watford hospital's top cancer nurse has urged people to stay safe in the sun as the summer heatwave continues.

Preparations ramped up for annual Skate Jam

Watford Observer:

11:50am Monday 21st July 2014

Three Rivers will be ramping up the fun this summer as plans are rolled out for the 8th annual Skate and BMX Jams next month.

New pitch will enable Kings Langley Football Club 'to grow youth programme even further'

Watford Observer:

11:21am Monday 21st July 2014

Kings Langley Football Club has spent more than £120,000 on a new pitch, according to a senior club official.

A new Dawn: Watford mum launches slimming club after losing four dress sizes

Watford Observer:

10:50am Monday 21st July 2014

A Watford mum who lost two-and-a-half-stone and dropped four dress sizes is relaunching a slimming club on the Holywell estate to help others do the same.

Nominate a Watford hero for this year's Audentior Awards

Watford Observer:

10:22am Monday 21st July 2014

People in Watford have been called on to nominate local heroes for this year's civic awards.

Abbots Langley Neighbourhood Watch hoping to boost numbers at residents' meeting

Watford Observer:

9:59am Monday 21st July 2014

An upcoming public meeting is an opportunity to increase Neighbourhood Watch membership in Abbots Langely, according to a member of a residents' association.

Children design poppy-themed art to commemorate centenary of World War One

Watford Observer:

9:28am Monday 21st July 2014

Children at Mount Pleasant Lane Primary School in Bricket Wood have been busy designing their own art work to commemorate the centenary of World War One.

July 21, 1928

Watford Observer:

5:00am Monday 21st July 2014

1928 - and a bus conductor finds his luck is in

Watford Community Housing Trust to close flats for the elderly

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

A community housing association is set to close a number of its flats for older people in Watford and Three Rivers because they are not fit for purpose - but it won't be building any more for five years.

Cancer support group celebrates fifth anniversary

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

A cancer support group from Garston celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier this month.

9 Lives to host charity craft fair and auction

Watford Observer:

9:00am Sunday 20th July 2014

A Rickmansworth charity will be holding a craft fair and auction on Saturday, July 26.

July 20, 2001

Watford Observer:

5:00am Sunday 20th July 2014

2001 - and 'elected Mayor' referendum is called into question

Defibrillator to be installed in Asda Watford

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

A public access defibrillator is to be installed in Asda Watford and store staff trained in CPR.

Did you see assault in Data Food Store in Watford?

Watford Observer:

3:36pm Saturday 19th July 2014

Police are appealing information following an assault in the Data Food Store in St Albans Road, Watford, on Thursday.

Vintage Affair event held in aid of Northwood hospice

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

Classic cars, swing dancers and afternoon tea attracted crowds to the Vintage Affair event which was held last weekend in aid of a Northwood hospice.

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