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West Watford History Group

History of West Watford and environs

Watford Community Fair

Saturday 31st October 2015 saw members of the History Group attend the Watford Community Fair at the Colosseum where they had two stalls, one in the main hall and one in the foyer. 

Manned mainly by Marilyn Spidell, the table in the foyer showcased items relating to the Labour Church and the Labour movement as it related to West Watford. On show (and for sale) were two booklets on the subject, produced by Roger Kattenhorn, along with many other photos, leaflets and pieces of research.There were also items from the group's very successful 2014 WWI exhibition held last year in the Scout Hut, Durban Road (site of the aforementioned Labour Church). 


In the main hall, the stall there had display boards also showcasing some of the group's 2014 WWI display work, focusing on the use of animals in 1914, along with photos of soldiers camped or training in Cassiobury Park or marching through the town, work largely researched by Lynda Bullock.


On the table there was a varied selection of memorabilia, a large amount related to the Scouts in West Watford, including diaries and folders of photos, collected and collated by the Scout archivist Sue Ettridge.

Alongside those items was the booklet "Wartime Memories of West Watford", produced by Stella Merryweather and Mary Green, from transcriptions of individuals of their memories of the Second World War, shared with volunteers from the West Watford Community Association (copies can be found in the Library). Two of the transcriptions from local residents, Jim Norman and Julie Fiskin, were on display to read and were part of the material used at the Memories Group/History Group event held 12th/13th June this year.


(It is possible that there are locals out there in the wilds of West Watford who did not participate in the Reminiscence Project, but who have many memories of the 1940's and 1950's and would perhaps like to share them with us. If so, please do get in touch with us via the contacts page on this site or email:  lyndadmb@aol.com  Alternatively, please telephone the West Watford Community Centre on 01923 23548 )


The West Watford Community Association was also represented with leaflets detailing the Association's activities and copies of their magazine for West Watford residents "Westwatch" were freely available.


Alongside all of that illustrated information was a running slideshow.


Members of the public stopped by the stalls throughout the day, some briefly browsing, while others spent more time asking questions and showing genuine interest in the history of West Watford.


Together with all the other stalls on show and the varied entertainment, it can be said it was a successful day and we hope we may have attracted more members, or at least pointed them in the directon of our website. 


You can view a few photos of our day in the Gallery. 

With thanks to Marilyn Spidell, Sue Ettridge, Lynda Bullock, Ann Rattue, Roger Kattenhorn and Jim Norman.