• Watford Grammar reach plate final

    Watford Grammar School for Boys booked their place in the Watford Observer Plate final after securing a 17-run victory against Aldenham. A rare day of dry weather meant the rescheduled fixture was finally played and after winning the toss Watford

  • Art on a knife's edge

    Discovering the most personally expressive art form has been something of a journey for Oxhey-based artist Suzy Taylor, whose work is currently on display at the Artistsmeet Gallery in Rickmansworth. Suzy tells me art has always been a driving

  • Breath of fresh air for South Oxhey Choir

    Four years on from when the TV cameras first assembled for Gareth Malone’s The Choir: Unsung Town , the South Oxhey Choir is still drawing a crowd and the group has big plans as it returns to the Watford Palace Theatre with its Summer Concert, following

  • Let the flag-waving continue at Battle Proms

    Jubilation does not have to end with the celebrations marking the Queen’s 60th year on the throne. Pack up your picnic hampers and the champers for the 12th annual Battle Proms picnic and firework concert at Hatfield House. There will be a

  • From house parties to Wallander

    The hauntingly soulful voice that accompanies the opening credits to the BBC One drama Wallander is that of singer songwriter Emily Barker, who plays at this year’s Folk by the Oak at Hatfield House. Composer Martin Phipps asked Emily

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  • Rickmansworth branch of Clinton Cards closes

    The Rickmansworth branch of Clinton Cards closed last Sunday after the company went into administration. The firm went into administration on May 9, and 397 of the company's shops, including those in Watford and St Albans, were sold to Lakeshore

  • Organ scholar's farewell to Herts

    Esteemed organ scholar Peter Holder is to perform a farewell concert at St Albans Cathedral on the renowned Harrison & Harrison organ. Peter, who has been at the Cathedral since 2010, will take up the position of Organ Scholar at Westminster

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  • Loach completes Ipswich move

    Scott Loach has completed his move to Watford’s Championship rivals Ipswich Town. The ‘keeper leaves the Vicarage Road club for an undisclosed fee and has signed a four-year contract with the Tractorboys. Although the fee is undisclosed, the

  • All at sea in Welwyn

    Lanlocked as we are in leafy Hertfordshire it’s nice to know the sounds of the waves crashing and stories of mermaids and valiant voyages can be transported to our shores with The Sea Show this month. Squashbox Theatre recounts a mix of tall

  • Green Flag awards for excellence announced

    Rickmansworth Aquadrome, Chorleywood House Estate and Leavesden Country Park have been given awards for excellence. The "Green Flag" is awarded in recognition of good use of green space, well-maintained facilities and high standard of safety and

  • Have you not got what it takes?

    Currently headed up by TV presenter Jonas Hurst, The Hurst Children’s Theatre Group is an enterprising outfit. Originally set up by Jonas’ grandmother, the group has been entertaining audiences for more than 50

  • Goths and monsters

    Women's literature is the driving force behind St Albans resident Rebecca Vaughan’s highly acclaimed theatre shows. Her first two one-woman shows – Austen’s Women and I, Elizabeth –were five-star successes at Edinburgh and Adelaide in 2009 and 2010

  • Watford consider changing shirt sponsor

    Watford are considering replacing The Happy Egg Company as shirt sponsor despite only announcing the deal less than a month ago. The Hornets agreement with the egg distribution firm was announced on June 22 - a week before the Pozzo family's takeover

  • MP boosts 'education for all' campaign

    MP Richard Harrington visited Chater Junior School in Watford yesterday (Wednesday), in a bid to support the Send My Friend to School campaign. The movement is helping to highlight the fact that more than 67 million children around the world

  • Kitchen fire at Radlett church hall

    Firefighters have been called to a church hall in Radlett after a blaze started in the kitchen. One engine from the St Albans station and a pump from Borehamwood rushed to the United Free Church in Station Road at 11.44am. The fire had been

  • Joggers take on Wycombe challenge

    Mark Studdart and Ciaran Weldon took on the notorious Wycombe Half Marathon on Sunday as both ran well on a demanding course. The race features a 225ft climb straight from the start of the race but the duo ran well over an undulating route.

  • Prison bosses criticised for imposing smoking ban

    Bosses at The Mount prison in Bovingdon found themselves at loggerheads with prison inspectors this year after banning some inmates from smoking in their cells. A report released this week by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) details how former

  • Watford confirm arrival of eight new members of staff

    Watford have finally confirmed some of the staffing changes on the club website. Former assistant manager Ian Woan, ex-coach Tony Loughlan and the old head of medical Dave Hart stopped working at Watford once Gianfranco Zola's appointment was announced

  • Chefs of the future impress at Bushey Academy

    The kitchens of Bushey Academy were busy on Wednesday last week, as the school staged its "young masterchef" final. Students were given two and a half hours in the academy's restaurant kitchen to prepare and present two complete courses

  • Tennis club holds junior finals day

    Pupils from schools in Radlett and Bushey served up some spectacular tennis on Sunday, managing to win top awards at The Drive Lawn Tennis Club. Mayor of Barnet Brian Schama presented six-year-olds Joshua Larholt-Jones from Radlett Prep and Sam

  • Footballer claims fitness was key to cancer recovery

    An ex-professional footballer believes his fitness was key to his speedy recovery from cancer - and is urging fellow sufferers to exercise while undergoing treatment. Neil Sharp, 34, was diagnosed with Stage 4B Hodgkins Lynphoma in his spleen in

  • New barber's shop to donate takings to charity

    Staff at a new barber’s shop in Radlett will be donating half of their takings to a children’s hospital this week. Overgrown, opening in Watling Street on Wednesday, hope to raise "as much money as possible" for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

  • Finn fails to make England team

    Steve Finn has not been included in the England team to face South Africa in the first Test at The Oval. The 23-year-old Watford-born bowler made his return to the Test side for the final match of the West Indies series in June, taking three for

  • Woman taken to hospital after crash

    A woman had to be cut from her car last night after crashing into a lamp-post in Watford. The East of England Ambulance Service and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue were called to Churchfields Road at 9.06pm after several 999 calls about the crash

  • Police priorities won't suffer as a result of Olympics

    Watford's elected mayor has said policing levels in Watford’s town centre and crime hotspots will not be affected by officers being drafted in to provide Olympic security. Mayor Dorothy Thornhill said last night that senior officers from Hertfordshire

  • Loach to join Ipswich for less than £200,000

    Hornets goalkeeper Scott Loach will complete his transfer to Ipswich Town today in a move which the Watford Observer understands is worth less than £200,000. Loach completed his medical last night and is set to join the club he supported as a