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HERITAGE DAY EVENT

Posted by Watford on September 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM

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A History of Cycling

Posted by Watford on September 15, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Interested parties gathered at the West Watford Community Centre on Thursday 8th September for a talk by Peter Stray on the History of Cycling.


Peter brought along a lovely old racing bicyle and displayed it in all its shining glory on a stand in the corner - everyone had a chance at the end of the talk to check it over. There was a cigarette card book of very old models through to up-to-date ones, two or three guides to cycling and the maintenance of bicycles and a leather racing helmet about 30 - 40 years old that belonged to a friend of Peter and which was passed around for the group's interest. 


Peter spoke for just over an hour, first explaining that his area of expertise covered the activity in the 1920s and 1930s. However, he began by giving a brief description of how cycling evolved from the 1870s and how popular it became towards the end of the 19th century, "the golden age of cycling". 


This was followed by a look at how cycles changed over the years and how styles of dress are still influenced by what is best to wear whilst riding a bicycle. For instance, ladies in later Victorian times started to wear "rational dress, Plus 2s in tweed and a tweed jacket". 


The audience were asked to join in and much discussion took place about local bike shops and manufacturers.  The future of the cycle was also a keen topic.


With thanks to Peter Stray for the talk and Sue Ettridge for the write-up.

Public Meeting

Posted by Watford on May 27, 2016 at 7:25 AM

History of Market Street

Posted by Watford on January 4, 2016 at 1:15 PM

"The History of Market Street".  A presentation by Janet Goulding.

To be held at the West Watford Community Centre, 15 Harwoods Road, West Watford on

Thursday 14th January at 7.15 pm. 

All welcome.  Admission £2.50

WW1 Project

Posted by Watford on July 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

The West Watford History Group is currently working on a very exciting project to research all WW1 combatants with a West Watford connection. With the help of  'Ancestry' and 'Find My Past' websites, you will be able to find out what the people living in your house in West Watford did in the war. 


For example, in 1914, Frank Bonham Ryder was a dairyman at 15 Harwoods Road (now West Watford Community Centre). Married to Dorothy in 1911, Frank attested in 1915, which showed he was willing to serve, but would like to delay his service for business reasons. Like many, he was given a brief exemption by the local Tribunal, but by 1917 helping his dairy farmer father was not enough reason to delay joining up, so he became a Gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillary (RGA) aged 29.


The RGA was responsible for firing the heavy guns positioned behind allied lines and would have received similar shells from the enemy. Seriously wounded in the fighting, Frank's leg was amputated at the thigh in a Belgian hospital from where he was sent to a military hospital in Edmonton to recover. 


Discharged on 20th March 1919 as unfit for further service, but of good character, as a married man he was awarded an initial pension of 27/6d reducing to 16/6d for life and 7s per week for his two children for as long as they were eligible. 


Make a note in your diary for the Heritage Weekend, 13th/14th September and find out more. 

Heritage Weekend

Posted by Watford on July 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Talk on Sun Printers by Brian Reynolds

Posted by Watford on June 9, 2012 at 5:30 AM

The

Story of Sun Printers

 

A talk by Brian Reynolds

 

Thursday June 14th 2012 at 7.30pm

All welcome

West Watford Local History Group

at

West Watford Community Association

15, Harwoods Road WD18 7RB

 

Cost - a contribution to room and refreshment costs

 



 

Allotments

Posted by Watford on April 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

At the monthly meeting on April 19th, we welcomed Mary Reid.  Mary gave an extremely interesting talk on the History of Allotments in West Watford from the late 19th century to the present gleaned from her own research. Armed with many maps, newspaper articles, historical advertisements and photographs, members and guests were captivated by her knowledge and her engaging delivery. At the end of the evening there was a chance to take a closer look at the maps, etc she had brought with her and to discuss allotments in Watford, many of which are now long gone. We thank her very much for her time.  (Hopefully a fuller account of Mary's talk will follow).

If anyone has memories of allotments in the Watford area and would like to share them, Mary would be very pleased to hear from you.  She can be contacted via our website.

Talk on the History of Allotments

Posted by Watford on April 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM

A Talk on the History of Allotments in West Watford

Thursday April 19th at 7.30 pm

WEST WATFORD HISTORY GROUP

15 Harwoods Road, West Watford

ALL WELCOME


 

Talk on the Canal

Posted by Watford on January 13, 2012 at 3:45 PM

At our first meeting of the New Year, 12th January, we were treated to a talk by Fabian Hiscock.  Fabian is a member of the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust and his hour and a half talk, complete with slideshow, on the development of the canal, the people who worked on it, their boats, how they lived and the impact the canal had on Watford was well received by all members and guests. Through Fabian's knowledge and love of the canal and his accompanying photos, we gained a real insight into life on the waterways in times past, from the people, to the industry, the goods carried and the eventual demise of this way of working life. 

We extend our thanks to him and to the guests, one or two of whom had travelled all the way from Aylesbury to join us. 

For anyone interested in more information on the Canal, please visit the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust at Batchworth Lock, Rickmansworth, where you can also find out about the historic narrowboat Roger.

http://www.rwt.org.uk/