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August 28, 1981

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

1981, and Watford mourns one of its stars

Watford General Hospital 'very busy' due to Bank Holiday pressure

Watford Observer:

11:40am Wednesday 27th August 2014

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is warning residents that the A&E department is "very busy" after an increase in the number of sick patients needing treatment in hospital.

Croxley Green man gathers fundraising team for Peace Hospice challenge

Watford Observer:

5:10pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Kwok Man has gathered a team of 15 to 20 people to take part in Push it for the Peace on Saturday, September 20.

Lifelong Hornets fans from Garston to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

Watford Observer:

4:50pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

The lifetime Watford FC fans, who live in The Gossamers, were married at All Saints church in Horseshoe Lane, Leavesden, on August 28, 1954.

Nine year-old girl has waist-long hair cut off for charity

Watford Observer:

4:11pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Sophie Robinson had her "amazing colour hair" cut for the first time and donated it to the Little Princess Trust, who make wigs for children who have lost their hair while receiving chemotherapy.

Traffic jams during Hare Krishna festival due to record number of visitors and a car crash, say police

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Motorists faced severe traffic delays throughout the Watford area due to the volume of people attending the annual festival at Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Firefighters from Rickmansworth among volunteers taking part in M25 Cycle Challenge

Watford Observer:

3:40pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

The firefighters will be joined on the ride by volunteers from Watford Mencap and staff from the Rickmansworth based property management company, Sewell & Gardner, which is sponsoring the event.

M25 crash: lanes reopened after four-car crash near Maple Cross

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

The air ambulance and emergency services were called to the accident between Junctions 17 and 16 and part of the motorway was closed off.

Welcome to your new-look website

Watford Observer:

1:50pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

With a modern, fresh layout, the home page has been redesigned to provide an improved reader experience, focussing on what matters to you most – trusted, up-to-the-minute local content.

Appeal for witness after 18-year-old arrested on suspicion of assault

Watford Observer:

1:10pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Officers are currently trying to trace a woman who was walking her dog as they believe that she may have witnessed the incident. They also believe that she was wearing a pink jumper.

A 16-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with the murder of Aqeel Khan

Watford Observer:

12:30pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

At St Albans Youth Court in this morning the teenager, from Watford, appeared expressionless in the dock after being brought up from the cells.

M25 crash: air ambulance called after four-car collision on the anti-clockwise carrigeway

Watford Observer:

12:10pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Hertfordshire Constabulary was called by the East of England Ambulance Service at 11.20am after reports of a four-car collision between junction 16 (Uxbridge) and junction 17 (Maple Cross).

Commercial Feature: Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan

Watford Observer: World's Biggest Coffee Morning

12:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Join people in your area for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September – all in the name of Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Autumn programme unveiled by Watford and District Association of the National Trust

Watford Observer:

11:29am Wednesday 27th August 2014

All meetings take place at the Stanborough Centre in St Albans Road from 8pm on the first Thursday of the month.

Woman arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm during a South Oxhey Stanley knife attack re-bailed

Watford Observer:

10:20am Wednesday 27th August 2014

The 48-year-old woman was arrested following the attack in Nisa, in St Andrew’s Road, on Saturday, August 16.

Commuters facing delays between Watford and Milton Keynes due to broken down freight train

Watford Observer:

9:50am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Commuters are facing delays between Watford Junction and Milton Keynes Central after a freight train broke down in Kings Langley.

Hannibal the heron returns to Watford pond

Watford Observer:

9:34am Wednesday 27th August 2014

The bird, fondly dubbed Hannibal for his penchant of devouring the water feature’s fish, deserted his usual digs while the pond was being refurbished over the last year.

August 27, 1982

Watford Observer:

5:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

1982 and what will happen to former gin "palace"

Aqeel Khan: Former teachers remember 'polite, courteous and respectful young man'

Watford Observer:

5:40pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

The principal of West Herts College, which the 18-year-old attended last year, said the thoughts of staff and students were with his family.

Contentious proposals to build more than 50 new homes on a cramped Garston estate recommended for approval

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Watford Council planners have urged politicians should vote through Watford Community Housing Trust’s plans to expand the Boundary Way estate.

Remember the First World War with the Woodland Trust and Watford Observer

Watford Observer:

5:18pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Over the next four years, the Woodland Trust will be commemorating the centenary of the First World War by planting millions of trees across the country – and you have the chance to create a lasting tribute to those who lived and served during the war.

Work has started on a new £250,000 gym in Bushey

Watford Observer:

4:40pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Bushey Grove Leisure Centre is due to be opened next month by Paralympian and gym member Derek Derelangi.

Owner of Cecil the stolen pony 'just wants him home'

Watford Observer:

4:10pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Hertfordshire Constabulary was called last Friday after Cecil, a one month old Shetland pony, was stolen from a stable in Summerhouse Lane on Thursday.

The Watford Observer is looking for a worthy cause to give a cash donation of up to £10,000

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Grants are being offered by the newspaper through The Gannett Foundation, the charitable arm of Gannett Co, Inc. owner of Newsquest Media group, which publishes regional newspapers, websites and magazines nationwide.

Watford Friends of Salfeet to hold garden party

Watford Observer:

3:20pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

The group aims to support the "social, medical and educational activities and institutions of Salfeet", a district, made up of 19 villages, 25 miles north of Jerusalem.

Nascot Wood Road: Elderly man freed from his car after five-vehicle smash in Watford

Watford Observer:

2:30pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Three fire engines from Watford, Garston and St Albans, a road ambulance and police raced to Nascot Wood Road at 1pm on Sunday after numerous people rang for help.

Derby Road Baptist Church to reopen after arson attack

Watford Observer:

1:59pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

The blaze at Derby Road Baptist Church in February caused substantial damage to the interior of the church, but police - who have so far made no arrests - do not believe the crime had a religious motive.

Woman almost died after being hit on the head with a bottle in Watford bar

Watford Observer:

12:30pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Holly Hallett, 20, was not involved in a scuffle that had broken out involving her friends and John Esquivias-Davies in Paparazzi in The Parade.

West Watford Golfing Society donate £10,000 to Peace Hospice Care

Watford Observer:

11:50am Tuesday 26th August 2014

The society was founded in 1940 and their charitable works began almost immediately, as members’ wives knitted clothing for troops fighting in the Second World War.

Crowds gather at Bushey Horticultural Society annual show

Watford Observer:

10:50am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Once again the main trophies for flowers went to the Parker family from Hemel Hempstead. This year it was Julie Parker collecting the silverware, including the award for the best horticultural exhibit for her dahlias.

Woman taken to hospital with life threatening injuries after 'falling from a car' on the A41

Watford Observer:

10:01am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Police are investigating a traffic incident after it is believed a woman fell from a car on North Western Avenue.

August 26, 1933

Watford Observer:

5:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

1933, and how old do you need to be to be able to tell the truth?

Boy, 16, charged with the murder of Aqeel Khan

Watford Observer:

11:36pm Monday 25th August 2014

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of Aqeel Khan, who was fatally stabbed in West Watford on Friday.

Wall damage dispute could cause Henderson Hall plans to 'grind to a halt'

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Monday 25th August 2014

Proposals drawn up by the Henderson Hub Company aim to change the Henderson Memorial Hall into an art and social centre in the High Street and the group hopes to agree a lease with the current trustees "in the next two or three months".

Kings Langley sporting enthusiasts set to benefit from a cut of £250,000

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Monday 25th August 2014

Dacorum Borough Council’s Get, Set, Go Dacorum scheme is set to receive funding that was allocated under Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.

South Bend 'is the ideal situation for a motel' according to a Three Rivers councillor

Watford Observer:

9:00am Monday 25th August 2014

Three Rivers District Council are currently considering proposals that will see the existing building in Kings Langley demolished and a 30-bedroom motel built in its place.

August 25, 1883

Watford Observer:

5:00am Monday 25th August 2014

1883, and excitement as the Tube is coming!

Aqeel Khan murder investigation: Man released with out charge

Watford Observer:

4:56pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A 21-year-old man arrested in connection with the Aqeel Khan murder investigation has been released without charge.

Police hunt 'chubby' suspect after distraction burglary in north Watford

Watford Observer:

5:18pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Police are hunting a “chubby” suspect after a distraction burglary in north Watford yesterday.

Unsigned and Unplugged music festival to be held in Bushey Rose Garden

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Up and coming musicians will be entertaining the crowds in the award-winning garden on Sunday, August 31, in the second ever Unsigned and Unplugged event.

Cash stolen in Bovingdon burglary

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Hertfordshire Constabulary said that an offender, or offenders, gained entry into the back of a property in Hyde Lane and stole a handbag after being disturbed by the occupants.

Free health tests at Herts Pride

Watford Observer:

9:00am Sunday 24th August 2014

The HIV and sexual health charity Herts Aid and Watford Sexual Health Clinic are working together to offer testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at Herts Pride in Cassiobury Park from 11am on Saturday, August 30.

August 24, 1918

Watford Observer:

5:00am Sunday 24th August 2014

1918, and the most famous person on the planet gets the thumbs-up from the Watford Observer's film critic

Aqeel Khan stabbing: Family pay tribute to slain teen as 'loved by all who knew him'

Watford Observer:

10:43pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

Family members have paid tribute to Aqeel Khan, who was found collapsed in Croxley View, yesterday.

Pupils past and present invited to the 60th anniversary of a South Oxhey school

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

Woodhall School, in Woodhall Lane, will be celebrating the occasion with games, stalls and food on Saturday, September 13 between 11am and 4pm.

Theatre company receives grant for latest production

Watford Observer:

2:00pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

The theatre company will be performing "A Slice of Saturday Night" at the Radlett Centre in October, with tickets costing £14.

Teen fatally stabbed in West Watford named as 18-year-old Aqeel Khan

Watford Observer:

12:28pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

The teenager fatally stabbed in West Watford yesterday has been formally identified as Aqeel Khan.

Residents are being invited to 'Friends of Knutsford' community fun day

Watford Observer:

9:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Bouncy castles, majorettes and stalls will be on show at Watford Rugby Club, Radlett Road, on Saturday, August 30.

August 23, 1991

Watford Observer:

5:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

1991, and the A41 reveals a 5,000-year secret

Teenager found stabbed in West Watford has died in hospital

Watford Observer:

11:20pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A teenager stabbed in West Watford has died in hospital.





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