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September 16, 1949

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

1949 and a 10-gallon hat proves popular with Watford residents

The Watford University Technical College opened its doors today

Watford Observer:

5:50pm Monday 15th September 2014

Students in Year 10 and Year 12 joined The Watford University Technical College (UTC), based in Sanyo House, earlier today.

Watford betting shop assistant, Amy Connelly, leaves The X Factor

Watford Observer:

5:32pm Monday 15th September 2014

The 25-year-old, whose first audition reduced Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to tears when she gave a “captivating” performance, split the judges’ opinion when she reached the arena round.

TOWIE star, Lauren Pope, headlines at Watford's Party by the Pond event

Watford Observer:

4:50pm Monday 15th September 2014

International DJ and star of The Only Way is Essex, Lauren Pope, headlined the afternoon and evening of classic covers, rock anthems and top club tunes.

Teenager arrested in Watford town centre following theft from Sports Direct

Watford Observer:

4:30pm Monday 15th September 2014

The 17-year-old from Watford was arrested in St Mary’s Road after items were stolen from Sports Direct.

Water works to be carried out in main Croxley Green road this week

Watford Observer:

4:10pm Monday 15th September 2014

Motorists are being warned of delays in Watford Road from tomorrow until Thursday as Affinity Water engineers repair a communication pipe.

Gas leak shuts central Watford road

Watford Observer:

3:59pm Monday 15th September 2014

Firefighters and police were called to Water Lane at 3pm following concerns that a gardener had damaged an underground gas pipe.

Bushey mother shares first-hand experience of meningitis and septicaemia during national awareness week

Watford Observer:

3:30pm Monday 15th September 2014

Emily Furniss of Rudolph Road is a "Meningitis Ambassador" and she wants to ensure others can recognise symptoms of the conditions so they can help and support loved ones affected by them.

Cinnamon Square owner, from Rickmansworth, recognised at the Baking Industry Awards

Watford Observer:

3:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

Paul Barker, owner of Cinnamon Square bakery and coffee shop in Church Street, Rickmansworth, received The Innovation Award for his delicacy which he devised as a regional finalist in the ITV series, Britain’s Best Bakery.

Rickmansworth road closed until next month

Watford Observer:

2:20pm Monday 15th September 2014

Bury Lane will be shut from today at the junction with Bury Meadows.

Flaunden village pub removes 'cruel' foie gras dish from menu

Watford Observer:

1:37pm Monday 15th September 2014

The Bricklayers Arms has been forced to remove a controversial dish from its menu after speculation mounted over methods used in its production.

Rare picture of the Watford FC first team squad in 1920 sells for £850 at auction

Watford Observer:

12:40pm Monday 15th September 2014

The postcard-size image, pictured, is thought to have been produced by the club and sold at the stadium to fans.

Lib Dem parliamentary candidates to go head-to-head in hustings debate on Friday

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

The candidates will state their cases before members of the party who will then vote on who to put forward for the General Election in May next year.

Hundreds gathered at Meriden Park on Saturday for a special funday

Watford Observer:

11:30am Monday 15th September 2014

The event was organised by Watford Community Housing Trust as part of "I Love the Meriden" - a project to improve the area in partnership with local people.

Firefighters called to garage blaze in Abbots Langley

Watford Observer:

11:00am Monday 15th September 2014

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue were called at 10.49pm after a fire broke out in the roof of a garage in Tibbs Hill Road.

The dark arts come to Leavesden

Watford Observer:

10:20am Monday 15th September 2014

Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden are unveiling a new section devoted to the dark arts at the popular studio tours in Aerodrome Way next month.

Phones 4u goes into administration

Watford Observer:

10:06am Monday 15th September 2014

The company said all its 550 stores, including those in the High Street and intu Watford shopping centre, are closed today pending a decision by the administrators on whether the business can be reopened for trading.

Desperate owner of lost kitten fears she might have been taken mailiciously

Watford Observer:

9:35am Monday 15th September 2014

Natalie Foley, of Maxwell Rise, said one-year-old Lambo hasn't been seen since Sunday, August 24, while the family was away on holiday.

September 15, 2000

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Monday 15th September 2014

2000 and the Sydney Olympics gives a Radlett backpacker her dream job

Watford housing staff raise top amount in Harefield Hospital Fun Run

Watford Observer:

3:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Trusty Troops, from Watford Community Housing Trust, raised £1,895 when they took part in the Harefield Fun Run in 2013 - the highest amount of any team taking part in last year’s event.

Special conference to mark 60th anniversary of South West Herts Archaeological and Historical Society to take place next month

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

The conference will throw light on archaeology during the past 60 years in Hertfordshire and beyond, including the latest excavations at two important sites - The Manor of the More at Moor Park and Queen Victoria Street in London, both first excavated 60 years ago.

Watford pupils to take part in photography exhibition in aid of Hope for Children

Watford Observer:

9:00am Sunday 14th September 2014

Parmiter's School A-Level students will display their work to be judged by photography experts and VIPs, including the former head of photography at the Tate Gallery, David Clarke, and the deputy mayor of Dacorum, Gbola Adeleke.

September 14, 1979

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Sunday 14th September 2014

1979, and Abbots Langley greets the new Archbishop of Canterbury. Again.

Watford gym supports Peace Hospice Care's Push It For The Peace

Watford Observer:

3:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

The Gym Watford, which is set to open in the Imperial Industrial Park, is sponsoring the five-mile obstacle run being held in Cassiobury Park on September 20.

Horse and pig race night to be held at Chipperfield pub next month

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

The Windmill, based in The Common, will be hosting a race night on Friday, October 24 and all the proceeds will go towards the Wipe Your Tears charity.

Community market coming to Abbots Langley next weekend

Watford Observer:

9:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

Abbots Langley Transition Town Association will be holding a community market at Henderson Hall, High Street on Saturday, September 20.

September 13, 1930

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

1930 and non-payment of rates provides a chuckle for local magistrates

Elderly paedophile who sexually abused four girls jailed for 10 years

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Friday 12th September 2014

Church-going John Dearlove, 80, was jailed for five and a half years, but was given an extended sentence of a further four and a half years because of the risk he poses to children.

Boundary Commission confuses West Watford with north Watford while drawing up new wards

Watford Observer:

5:11pm Friday 12th September 2014

The commission has proposed Callowland Leggatts be named West Watford instead and Holywell Vicarage be changed to north Watford in it's new report.

Hospital trust chief shortlisted in health awards

Watford Observer:

4:10pm Friday 12th September 2014

Samantha Jones, who was appointed in February 2013, is one of 11 chiefs vying for the title in the Health Service Journal awards.

Lib Dems back campaign to abolish school admissions tests

Watford Observer:

3:40pm Friday 12th September 2014

Mark Watkin, who is also a Liberal Democrat councillor for Nascott in Watford, said he opposes the admissions tests the seven schools in the consortium use as part of their application process.

Free dog chipping event in Radlett next week

Watford Observer:

3:10pm Friday 12th September 2014

The event, which is being organised by the Dogs Trust, will be held at the Philimore Recreation Grounds, Gills Hill, Radlett, between 11am to 3pm on Wednesday, September 17.

Free events to be held across Watford as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme

Watford Observer:

2:53pm Friday 12th September 2014

Heritage Open Days, which runs until Sunday, September 14, aims to celebrate architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

Footballers involved in mass brawl in Watford town centre ordered to carry out unpaid work

Watford Observer:

1:49pm Friday 12th September 2014

The sentences were imposed yesterday (Thursday) at St Albans crown court when the five, who are all from Watford, appeared in front of Judge Stephen Gullick.

Soaps, sanitizers and gloves needed to combat spread of ebola

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

The community has great concern for Gambia citizens and are doing their best to provide people there with soaps, sanitizers and gloves as a means of preventive measures.

Firefighters called to early morning blaze in Chorleywood

Watford Observer:

12:13pm Friday 12th September 2014

Firefighters were called to a fire in Chorleywood in the early hours of this morning.

Family-of-four forced to leave home after 'disorganised' housing association botched repairs to damp house

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

A family-of-four has been forced to spend the last four months in temporary accommodation after a Watford housing association botched repairs that should only have taken six weeks.

Farewell to Scotland? dance to be held later this month

Watford Observer:

11:40am Friday 12th September 2014

The Watford Scottish Society will hold the dance from 7.30pm to 11pm at Dame Fuller Hall, The Watford Grammar School for Girls, Lady's Close, Watford.

Watford band, Gallows, donates PlayStation and mobile phone to Peace Hospice Care

Watford Observer:

11:10am Friday 12th September 2014

Gallows founder member and lead guitarist Laurent Barnard, know as Lags, is a former pupil of Watford Grammar School and he had no doubts that he wanted the gifts to go to his local hospice charity.

Firefighters release woman's hand from letterbox in South Oxhey

Watford Observer:

10:40am Friday 12th September 2014

Rickmansworth Fire was called at 2.44pm to Gleneagles Close following reports the woman was trapped at her home.

Watford cat charity struggling to cope with volume of animals needing care

Watford Observer:

10:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Catherine Jarvis, spokesman for Cats Protection, said: "The huge number of unwanted cats in the UK puts intense pressure on animal welfare organisations such as Cats Protection and the charity’s national network has its hands full looking after between 5,000 and 6,000 cats at any one time.

Watford café raises £1,300 for ebola victims in Sierra Leone

Watford Observer:

9:30am Friday 12th September 2014

Wellspring Church, who support a school and community home for the blind in the suburbs of the capital, Freetown, were able to release over £1,300 in response to the desperate needs arising from the ebola outbreak.

Hertfordshire's PCSOs are investigating crimes 'beyond their role or training'

Watford Observer:

8:50am Friday 12th September 2014

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) identified that 17 forces across England and Wales were using PCSOs to respond to crime, rather than providing a "visible, community reassurance role".

September 12, 1941

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Friday 12th September 2014

1941 and tear gas is sprayed on Bushey

Hundreds call for an end to school admissions tests in south west Hertfordshire

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Hundreds of people have signed a petition to abolish the South West Herts Admissions Consortium in a bid to stop admissions tests and keep local schools for local children.

Family of teenager who died from heart arrhythmia donates defibrillator to golf club

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Seven years after 19-year-old Daniel Smith passed away from heart arrhythmia, his mother, Gwen Mullins and his sister, Amy Smith, donated a defibrillator to Sandy Lodge Golf Club.

Residents invited to join discussion on urgent care services across south west Hertfordshire

Watford Observer:

4:37pm Thursday 11th September 2014

The event will be held on Thursday, September 18, from 9.30am at The Metropolitan Police Sports Club, Aldenham Road, Bushey.

Watford banker, Victoria Zielonko, walks Hadrian's Wall for Teenage Cancer Trust

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Victoria Zielonko, regional manager for Leeds Building Society in Watford, will walk 84 miles from Wallsend to Bowness over three days with 13 other colleagues from the building society.

Bushey allotment holders wanted to stop crime

Watford Observer:

3:32pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Set up by Hertfordshire Constabulary, Allotment Watch will give allotment holders tips on avoiding crime, including theft and criminal damage.

Watford fraternity opens its doors to the public for first time in 120 years

Watford Observer:

2:54pm Thursday 11th September 2014

The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, Watford Lodge, opened its doors to the public for the first time in 120 years.

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