Watford Observer

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 05:31:00 +0000
The Royal Oak Watford Heath say a 'sad goodbye' to customers
Pub landlords have said a “sad” goodbye after three decades running boozers.

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 16:27:52 +0000
Rob Beckett stand-up tour to visit Watford Palace Theatre
A popular TV comedian has announced he will be bringing his tour to Watford later this year.

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 16:12:18 +0000
The Body Shop: Herts stores could go as closures announced
The Body Shop is set to shut nearly half of its 198 UK shops, with three Hertfordshire sites at risk after the cosmetics chain entered administration last week.

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 16:11:56 +0000
Watford's Grounded Kitchen closes and unit on market
A Watford town centre unit has been put up for lease after the Korean restaurant Grounded Kitchen closed suddenly.

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 15:54:42 +0000
Large fire at Ann Shaw Gardens playground 'arson'
Police are investigating “suspected arson” after a “large fire” in park play area was ruled to be deliberate.

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 15:09:23 +0000
Shoe shop Greyder opens first UK branch in atria Watford
An international business has opened in Watford after choosing the town for its first ever UK branch.

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 14:43:07 +0000
Harry Potter Studio Tour shares Prisoner of Azkaban exhibit
The Return to Azkaban exhibit as part of the Harry Potter Studio Tour will be open between May and September 2024

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 12:10:47 +0000
February half-term 2024: 10 fun things to do in Watford
We've rounded-up fun things to do in Watford for February half term 2024.

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 11:40:18 +0000
Leavesden Road 'drugs crime' flat closure extended
Police have extended a closure order for a flat linked to drug crime and antisocial behaviour in Watford.

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 11:33:53 +0000
Everett Rovers FC player's car broken into during match
An Everett Rovers FC player had his car robbed at the club carpark during a match on Sunday.

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 11:27:54 +0000
Rickmansworth Road factory to be demolished for 94 flats
Plans for nearly 100 flats at a factory site in Watford have received final approval after 17 months.

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 10:19:24 +0000
BBC spotted filming JK Rowling crime drama Strike in Bushey
The BBC has been spotted filming for the crime drama Strike, written by J.K. Rowling, in Bushey.

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 09:55:02 +0000
Trains not stopping at Bushey or Harrow & Wealdstone
Trains between Watford Junction and London Euston are unable to stop at two stations after a fault.

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 09:46:07 +0000
Best to worst parcel delivery companies from Martin Lewis's team
Martin Lewis's team at Money Saving Expert have revealed the 'best to worst' delivery firms according to a survey of its users.

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 05:30:00 +0000
Inside look at Boom Battle Bar Watford after revamp
Boom Battle Bar Watford has reopened with fresh attractions after closing for renovations.

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 19:44:00 +0000
Classic Ibiza poll opens for tracks to be played live
The five most popular tracks in Classic Ibiza's poll will be added to this summer’s orchestral set of over 40 dance anthems.

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 17:30:42 +0000
Bushey House Beaumont care home eyes £1m revamp plans
A Grade-II listed care home in Bushey could knock down interior walls to create larger bedrooms as part of a £1 million investment.

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 17:24:30 +0000
Hertfordshire: M25 maintenance workers to vote on strike
Disruption could affect Hertfordshire, with M25 maintenance workers set to vote on a strike over pay.

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 17:05:43 +0000
Hertfordshire Police 'concerned' for missing Radlett teen
Hertfordshire police are "concerned" for Radlett teenager Amarildo, who has been missing for almost two weeks.

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 14:27:17 +0000
Sewage pumped in River Colne for over 50 hours
Sewage was pumped into the River Colne for over 50 hours only a week after works began to restore the "dirty and unkempt" river.

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 13:28:10 +0000
Ofsted receives 30 complaints in Hertfordshire in one year
Ofsted received 30 complaints about its inspections in Hertfordshire in the year to March 2023, new figures show.

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 12:38:26 +0000
Man who strangled woman in Bushey gets suspended sentence
A man who was found guilty of strangling a woman in Bushey has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 12:33:44 +0000
Antisemites threatened to slit Hertfordshire teacher’s throat
Antisemites threatened to slit a Hertfordshire teacher’s throat – one incident among a catalogue of 4,103 reported to the Community Security Trust (CST) last year.

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 10:39:57 +0000
Best and worst Watford area train stations for delays
The best and worst train stations for delays in and around Watford have been revealed, according to new data.

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 10:35:05 +0000
Thief jailed after breaking into Imran Louza's car
A thief who broke into Watford star Imran Louza has been jailed after he moved to Devon and stole his grandmother’s life savings.

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 09:52:29 +0000
Mobile phone ban for schools in England moves step closer
Plans to ban mobile phones in schools in England have moved a step closed with ministers publishing guidance as to how it will work.

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 05:30:00 +0000
Latest plans for Watford Colosseum submitted ahead of reopening
New plans to bring Watford Colosseum back into use have been submitted.

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 05:00:00 +0000
Charity concert at Watersmeet with RAF band and Clare Teal
The Royal Air Force Squadronaires band is set for a one-off charity concert in Rickmansworth with Clare Teal.

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 14:31:37 +0000
NatWest offers free £200 when switching to these bank accounts
NatWest is offering a free £200 to anyone who switches to a Reward or Select bank account - see if you are eligible and what you need to do.

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 18:10:00 +0000
Hertfordshire Constabulary welcomes 16 new police officers
Hertfordshire Constabulary has welcomed 16 new officers to the force via the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) route.

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 16:00:00 +0000
Death notices in the Watford Observer week ending February 16, 2024
These death notices have been published in the Watford Observer in the week ending February 16, 2024

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 15:00:00 +0000
New Watford police station 'perfectly placed' says Dean Russell
It was a pleasure to attend the official opening of the new Watford police station. The opening was the culmination of local hard work and campaigning to provide a more central facility. Located on George Street, the new station is perfectly placed t...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 13:00:00 +0000
Planning applications in Watford, Three Rivers, Dacorum and Hertsmere
Our weekly round-up of planning applications submitted to Watford, Three Rivers, Dacorum and Hertsmere councils.

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 11:00:00 +0000
Copsewood Road off Leavesden Road pictured in past
A look back at how Copsewood Road in Watford looked when there was a bus garage at the end of the street.

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 09:00:00 +0000
Man running for Rennie Grove Peace after losing two partners
A Watford man who lost two partners to cancer is raising money for the “outstanding” hospice that cared for both.

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 08:00:00 +0000
Public notices in Watford and Bushey
Applications to keep more than 30 vehicles at a company’s base and to introduce a new disabled parking bay in a road are among the public notices that could affect residents in the Watford area.

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 07:00:00 +0000
NAWT Watford pet rescue seek homes for four female guinea pigs
The National Animal Welfare Trust in Watford are seeking new homes for these four guinea pigs.

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 05:00:00 +0000
Zoopla is selling a 6-bedroom home in Watford for £1.3m
You can buy a six-bedroom home on a private street in Watford for £1.3m from Zoopla.

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 14:41:29 +0000
Aldi to M&S Valentines meal deals: the supermarket I prefer
I compared Valentines meal deals from major supermarkets including Aldi, Morrisons and M&S and here's who I think has the best one.

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 05:30:00 +0000
Cassiobury Park: bizarre TripAdvisor reviews revealed
For many Cassiobury Park is the jewel in Watford's crown - a beautiful open space open year round with tennis courts, a croquet club, cafés, a miniature railway, and a newly refurbished paddling pool.

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 18:00:00 +0000
Amazon, Tesla and all the other 'next big things'
The pathway of life is littered with the remnants of the ‘next big thing’. We have, for as long as time, been sold the dream: devices, gizmos and gadgets that will improve our lives to the nth degree and eliminate neurotic first world worries tha...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 17:30:00 +0000
Three major Watford homebuilding plans currently at appeal
Planning refusal for several major building projects made headlines last year, but for these developments that it not the end.

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 14:36:58 +0000
Missing Chorleywood woman, 85, 'may have taken train'
An 85-year-old woman who has gone missing is believed to have taken a train journey, police say.

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 14:20:00 +0000
Jaw fractured in assault at Marchmont Arms, Hemel Hempstead
A man was left needing surgery after an assault at the Marchmont Arms in Hemel Hempstead.

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 11:00:00 +0000
Looking back at three bookshops in St Albans Road, Watford
Lesley Dunlop looks back at the independent booksellers from Watford's past, particularly three that had shops in St Albans Road.

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 11:03:59 +0000
Opening date confirmed for Watford's double-size Zara store
A popular fashion brand has confirmed the date it will be moving into its new multi-floor Watford shop.

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 09:00:00 +0000
Video: Let Loose's Lee Murray helps grandma smash drums exam
Many people take up new activities after retiring to help remain active. Ann Phillpot did just that and has now passed an exam with merit – in playing the drums – with the help of a member of a 1990’s boy band.

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 07:00:00 +0000
Beautiful pictures of scenery in Watford and Hertfordshire
Ashridge Estate, Cassiobury Park, Chorleywood and Rickmansworth Aquadrome are among the locations to feature in gallery of scenery in Watford and Hertfordshire.

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 05:31:00 +0000
York Way Meriden flats crisis: family reveals the 'chaos'
A family given just over a week to leave Meriden flats for up to a year say finding somewhere to stay has been “chaos”.

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 17:51:40 +0000
Man took his own life after leaving Watford hospital, coroner says
Health bosses at Watford General Hospital must act after a man died by suicide straight after leaving hospital, a coroner has said.