• A414 North Orbital to close for road works tonight

    The A414 North Orbital will be closed tonight for emergency road works to repair damage caused by the recent bad weather. The closure starts from 8pm and will affect the westbound lane between the longabout and the London Colney roundabout.

  • Firefighters extinguish bonfire after smoke blows onto M1

    Firefighters were called to a garden bonfire in Garston after smoke started billowing onto the M1. Crews from Garston Fire Station attended the address in Bucknalls Lane at around midday today. Firefighter Stuart Grant-Salmon said the occupants

  • Saracens line up games in Belgium and South Africa

    Saracens are understood to be considering staging games next season in South Africa and Belgium in addition to five matches at Vicarage Road. The Premiership rugby club have confirmed their first game at their new home in Copthall Stadium will

  • Hertfordshire G4S deal under pressure

    Hertfordshire Constabulary is keeping tight-lipped about whether a plan to outsource back office functions to G4S will be scrapped in the wake of the Olympics security shambles. The three forces had been planning on using the company to provide

  • Duxbury: 'Players won't be sold to pay bills'

    Watford players will no longer be sold to fund operating loses, according to the club’s chief executive Scott Duxbury. The Hornets have made no secret of the fact they needed to sell players to balance the books in recent years and there are noticeable

  • Jets take to the pool

    Oxhey Jets have taken an unusual step in readying the squad for the new campaign as the squad reported back for pre-season training. The Spartan South Midlands Premier Division side will be looking to finish higher up the table this season but

  • Council funds pensioners' trip to Stratford-upon-Avon

    A pensioners’ group is having social trip to Stratford-upon-Avon funded by Hertfordshire County Council . North Bushey Pensioner’s Voice, a social club for pensioners aged 70 and over, is due to receive £470 to make the trip to see the birthplace

  • Kings Langley mum heart condition campaigner to be on TV

    A Kings Langley mother who won the support of MPs and politicians in a bid to raise awareness about her daughter’s rare heart condition is to appear on BBC daytime program The One Show. Alexandra Smith, 33, took her case to parliament after doctors

  • Man denies assault charge

    A man has denied assault in connection with an incident where a woman travelling in a car in Garston was allegedly attacked. Jamie McCarville, from Lord Street, appeared at St Albans Magistrates' Court yesterday, charged with assault and using

  • Divorce and family law

    The most common divorce questions answered. Do I get an automatic divorce after 2 / 5years? NO. You will still need to file a petition, pay a fee and do exactly what you would do if you were divorcing straight away based on adultery or

  • Garston coninue America tour preparations

    Garston Ladies took on a touring side from New York last Friday as they stepped up their preparations for their forthcoming American tour. The girls entertained a team representing NOGA Soccer (which stands for No Other Game Around) but fell to

  • Kings Langley heart condition awareness plea to make TV

    A Kings Langley mother who won the support of MPs and politicians in a bid to raise awareness about her daughter’s rare heart condition is to appear on BBC daytime program The One Show. Alexandra Smith, 33, took her case to parliament after doctors repeatedly

  • Santa Fe is most certainly worth visiting

    WE tend to opt for the guided tour round the bigger cities and we find it extremely beneficial many more times than not. We took a trolley trip (another bus with a diesel engine called a trolley) round Santa Fe, which of course is the end of the

  • Herts Air Ambulance charity has high hopes for Dead Sea trek

    The Herts Air Ambulance fundraising team is looking for supporters to embark on the charity’s next big challenge – trekking the Dead Sea to Petra. From November 3 to 10, 2013, volunteers will face the challenge of a lifetime, taking on Jordan’s

  • 'Lads have taken to Zola well'

    Watford defender Martin Taylor believes former Hornets boss Sean Dyche “couldn’t have done any more” during his time as manager but stated his dismissal is “the way football works”. Dyche’s sole season in charge at Vicarage Road was an undoubted

  • DRUM holds exhibition of Olympic inspired art

    Inspired by the forthcoming Olympic and Paralympic games in London members of DRUM (Disability Recreation Unity Movement) have taken part in an art challenge which was exhibited to the public at the latest Drumworks exhibition. Members of DRUM

  • New players needed for Sun Postal

    Sun Postal Youth Football Club are on the hunt for new players for next season’s under-nines team. Boys currently in Year 3 at school interested in joining a team are invited to come along to an open training session being held tomorrow (Saturday

  • Councillor reacts to ejection from Conservative group

    A Watford borough councillor who was kicked out of the town’s Conservative Party for the second time in two years described the decision as a “blow for diversity”. Park ward councillor Malcolm Meerabux had his membership terminated by a vote

  • Watford Health Campus embroiled in political row

    The Watford Health Campus became embroiled in a political row this week as borough councillors split over whether allotment land should be used in the project. At a full Watford Borough Council meeting on Wednesday the opposition Labour party

  • Wilding plays unique part in Olympic build-up

    While the nation’s eyes are fixed firmly on the Olympic Torch Relay crossing the nation, for one Watford resident there is an alternative. Eight-thousand people are carrying the Olympic Flame towards Stratford in time for the Opening Ceremony next

  • South Oxhey set to say farewell to Rita Braine

    A great grandmother from South Oxhey, one of the estate’s renowned characters, passed away on Monday, July 9, after suffering a stroke the week before. She was 79 years old. Rita Braine, of Hayling Road, moved to South Oxhey in the 1950s. She had

  • Wilson set to leave Watford

    Highly-respected football director Ross Wilson is set to leave the Hornets, the Watford Observer can exclusively reveal. Wilson joined the club last summer from Falkirk and made an immediate impact, with Hornets legend Graham Taylor quickly claiming