Watford Observer

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 19:00:00 +0100
Excess deaths in Hertfordshire during peak of coronavirus pandemic
There were twice as many deaths than normal in Hertfordshire during the worst period of the coronavirus crisis.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 18:30:00 +0100
Rise in number of Watford companies going bust during lockdown
There has been a surge is the number of companies going bust in Watford and surrounding areas during the coronavirus lockdown, figures show.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 17:47:31 +0100
Sadiq Khan didn't know about M25 coronavirus lockdown plans
London’s mayor knew nothing about Government plans to seal off the capital at the M25 if coronavirus cases rise.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 17:20:00 +0100
Amazon set to open up to 30 physical shops in the UK
AMAZON is set to open up to 30 stores on UK high streets that won't have any checkouts.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +0100
Stores will not close during Meriden estate construction
A parade of shops will not have to temporarily close during the construction of the Meriden estate, a housing association has said.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 13:34:51 +0100
Cash and cocaine seized during police raids in Abbots Langley
Cocaine and around £70,000 in cash was found by officers during two morning police raids in a village.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:30:44 +0100
All the restaurants in Watford taking part in Eat Out to Help Out scheme
Diners are now able to get half price off their food and drink bill as a Government scheme launches today.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0100
BAME people in Hertfordshire more likely to get lockdown fines
People from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in Hertfordshire were more than twice as likely to be fined for breaching Covid-19 lockdown rules than white people.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:40:00 +0100
Coronavirus: M25 could be used to seal off London
THE M25 could be used to seal off the capital if there is a spike in Covid-19 infections.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:11:14 +0100
Rapid coronavirus tests introduced next week in UK
NEW rapid tests that can detect coronavirus in just 90 minutes will start to be used in care homes and labs from next week.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:30:00 +0100
Hairdressers could be passing coronavirus to customers
SCIENTISTS fear hairdressers could be unknowingly passing coronavirus to customers because of inadequate visors.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 07:55:07 +0100
Eat Out to Help Out scheme launches today
A postcode checker allows people to see which of their local retauaunts, cafes and pubs are taking part in the new Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 06:00:00 +0100
Watford Palace Theatre says there will be no performances before December
Watford Palace Theatre has announced it will not be reopening in September.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 05:00:00 +0100
The Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday is good news for homebuyers
The Chancellor's recent announcement of a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) 'holiday' is good news for residential property buyers, whether you are first-time buyer or moving home.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0100
Eat Out To Help Out: Full list of restaurant chains taking part
DINERS will now be able to get half price food and drink as the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme launches - including McDonald's, Costa Coffee, Wetherspoons and Nando's.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:50:00 +0100
Free TV Licence ends for over-75s: Why some still won't have to pay
The free TV licence for over-75s has ended - with the BBC confirming they will now means-test those in that age bracket to determine their entitlement.

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0100
Letter: There is no safety net for the NHS in US trade deals
Three years ago, a historic milestone was reached in the United States. The healthcare sector became the country’s largest employer, surpassing the manufacturing and retail industries, the jobs powerhouses of the 20th Century. These companies ar...

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 19:00:00 +0100
The lives of great screen cads Dennis Price and George Sanders
This week I look back at the careers of two of my favourite stars of the past, both of whom sadly had endings they did not deserve.

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 16:00:00 +0100
Outdoor cinema returns to Watford with classic movies and family favourite films
A popular event in Watford's summer calendar is returning later this month.

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0100
Developments for A120, A603 and at Essex Road could cost £11m
Costs to build new roads in Hertfordshire could be around an additional £11m due to social distancing.

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 12:30:00 +0100
The high street shops we've loved and lost in Watford
Lockdown has been an extra challenging time for our high street.

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0100
Now is not the time to reorganise local government
The past few weeks have been like no other in the history of Watford. We’ve suffered the heartbreak of department store closures and the sadness of Watford FC’s relegation. Many people have lost their jobs and others face an uncertain future. Thi...

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0100
Watford Observer Camera Club: this week's selection of pictures
Whether it's drawing the year in the sand on the beach, playing on the swings or exploring during a walk in the woods, children are making the most of their school holidays judging by some of the posts from our camera club members over the past week.

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0100
Abbots Langley author to release novel inspired by Leavesden Asylum
An author is soon to release her debut novel which is inspired by the history of Leavesden Asylum.

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +0100
Friendly ex-racing greyhounds need new homes
Hello, my name’s Flame and I’m five-years-old and this is my friend Blue, who is three.

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 07:00:00 +0100
Study shows how likely it is to catch Covid-19 on a train
Train passengers could be infected by coronavirus if they sit within 2.5 metres of someone carrying the disease on a two-hour journey, according to new research.

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 20:00:00 +0100
Cancel culture can ruin livelihoods
When envisioning ‘cultures’, I imagine Tibetan, Islamic, Western or Yakult. In our woke times however, another has gatecrashed the party: ‘cancel culture’. As a rancid interloper, the prevalence of ‘cancelling’ those who we disagree with,...

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 18:00:00 +0100
In Memoriam: Death notices in the Watford Observer week ending July 31, 2020
The following death announcements were carried in the Watford Observer last week:

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 17:43:33 +0100
'Thank U NHS' Spitfire flies over Watford
A Spitfire plane has flown over Watford with a message of thanks to NHS workers.

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 17:00:00 +0100
Councillor 'gobsmacked' after lamppost put in tree in Watford
A councillor says he was "gobsmacked" when he saw that workers had put up a new lamppost in a tree.

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 16:00:00 +0100
Proud of your garden in the Watford area? Send us your pictures
Mary Carter needed something positive to do during lockdown and she is now able to sit out and enjoy what she has created.

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +0100
Five restaurants and cafes for sale in Hertfordshire
Have you ever dreamed of owning your own restaurant?

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 13:54:08 +0100
Coronavirus: Pubs may have to close so schools can reopen
PUBS may have to close in order for schools to reopen, a pandemic expert has warned.

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 13:30:00 +0100
Small rise in number of coronavirus cases in Watford
There has been a rise in the number of coronavirus cases in Watford, latest government data shows.

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 12:30:00 +0100
Watford relegated? Football is more than wins and losses
The writer Nick Hornby, a fan of the team who sent Watford down to the Championship on Sunday, once wrote: “The natural state of the football fan is bitter disappointment, no matter what the score.”

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 11:15:00 +0100
Police investigating distraction theft at ATM in Mill End
A man lost £350 after he was distracted by someone at a cash machine.

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 10:40:00 +0100
Second man charged in connection with Garston stabbing
A second man has been charged in connection with a stabbing.

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0100
Cloud 9 launches crowdfunder for Hertfordshire obstacle course
People are being urged to help fund a campaign for an inflatable obstacle course to give you a Wipeout experience.

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 08:40:00 +0100
Prime Minister Boris Johnson scraps spectator pilots
Frustrated sports fans are set to miss out after the return of spectators on a pilot basis was scrapped by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +0100
Watford coffee shop Perfect Blend owner proud of community role
A grateful owner of a Watford coffee shop says being nominated as one of the favourite outlets in the area “gives us the motivation to continue”.

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 07:00:00 +0100
New arrivals: babies from Watford, Bushey and Chipperfield born
Congratulations to the parents and families of these three babies who were all born in the past fortnight.

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 10:40:00 +0100
Tawny Port is the best barbecue wine you've never considered
“Claret is the liquor for boys, port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.”

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 18:20:00 +0100
New lockdown changes: what you can and can't do
NEW rules are coming in as the Government announced England's latest lockdown changes today.

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 18:00:00 +0100
Watford named third 'messiest' place for a night out
Watford has been named as the third "messiest" place for a night out.

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +0100
Several arrests during operation on M25 near Three Rivers
Drink driving and driving under the influence of drugs were among several offences people were arrested on suspicion of during a police operation.

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 16:00:00 +0100
Herfordshire police officer denies assaulting man while making arrest
A police officer pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault while arresting a man.

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 15:30:00 +0100
20 week roadworks at Harper Lane and Watling Street to begin
A controversial scheme to introduce a set of traffic lights at a busy junction will begin on Monday.

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 15:00:00 +0100
Watford's Ascot Road Community Free School receives £10,000 Skillnet donation
Some dreams have come true for the principal of a Watford primary school after it received a large donation from an apprenticeship business.

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 14:50:00 +0100
Police warning about swimming in Rickmansworth during heatwave
We may be basking in a heatwave but police are warning people about the dangers of swimming in open water.

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 13:00:00 +0100
NHS Spitfire to fly over Watford General Hospital
A Spitfire plane will be flying past Watford this weekend with a message of thanks to NHS workers.