Sunday, 11 September 2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

1926 - 2022 

Many great and fine words have already been spoken about Her Majesty's exemplary life of duty and reign of 70 years. For many people she has always been a part of their lives, but even for those who have known her for just a few, her passing, at the age of 96, is a sad event. It is only fitting that we add a few more words on this Watford Website. 

Queen Elizabeth II visited the Watford area a number of times during her long and glorious reign.

Her first visit was as Princess Elizabeth when she visited the Herts Show in Cassiobury Park in July 1946. This was the first Hertfordshire agricultural show following the amalgamation of the Herts, Tring and Watford events. 

The Queen's second visit to Watford was a brief stopover in Christmas 1962 when she alighted the royal train at Watford Junction, received a brief loyal greeting and then left for Windsor by car. 

In 1977, Her Majesty celebrated her Silver Jubilee and in that year she visited Rolls Royce to present a Queen's Award for Industry. 

The Queen visited two schools in the Watford area in the 1980s, Parmiter's School in 1981 and the Royal Caledonian School in Bushey five years later. 

In May 2010 Her Majesty opened the Joint Headquarters Building in Northwood where she toured the premises and met operations staff. 

With thanks to the Watford Observer and Watford Museum

Books of Condolence are currently available to sign at Watford Museum and the Town Hall. Flowers may also be let at the Peace Memorial. 

St Mary's Church is also open for quiet reflection. 

St Mary's Parish Church - Photograph Lynda Bullock

Long Live the King  

If you have any memories of Her Majesty's visits to the area and would like to share them, please add them in the Comments box at the foot of the page. 

Monday, 22 August 2022

Workhouse Bricks Update

Damage to Bricks 

Earlier this month (August 2022) there was an unfortunate accident in the courtyard where the engraved memorial bricks are. A car hit a wall and some damage was done to the external door, interior office and surrounding structures. 

Members of the Council's Conservation Team have been on site to assess the damage and save what bricks they can. There are some whole bricks which can hopefully be reused and more part/broken bricks so there is a bit of a jigsaw puzzle exercise to be done 

All bricks have been removed to a safe place and the area cordoned off and made secure. 

Further updates will be issued when we know more. 

(We sincerely hope the driver of the car is making a good recovery)

Monday, 6 June 2022

Zoom Talk

Wednesday 8th June.  Contact West Watford Community Centre for link:

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Scammell Lorry Centenary Run 2022

 SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2022 AT 12 PM – 4 PM

The Scammell 100 
100 years of Scammell in Watford, King George V playing fields, Tolpits Lane Watford.

The 1st May 2022 is the centenary of the founding of Scammell Lorries Limited – prior to this the trading Company was G Scammell & Nephew.
To commemorate the founding of Scammell Lorries Limited and the move from Fashion Street in Spitalfields, London, to Tolpits Lane, Watford, The Scammell Register is holding a celebration of Scammell products.
Thanks to Watford Council we have the use of The King George V Playing Fields for a Scammell gathering over the 1st May weekend.
The playing fields are in Tolpits Lane, between the site of the original and latter Scammell factories.
We intend to celebrate all things Scammell; the lorries and all associated Scammell products.
As well as the gathering on the playing fields, which will be open to the public Sunday 1st May 10am – 4pm there will be a road run leaving the playing fields at 4.30pm.

Information from the Scammell Register:

Photo credits and copyright Lynda Bullock 
taken at Classics on the Green, Croxley, 2008

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