Southend-on-Sea 2019

We had a fantastic day trip to Southend on Saturday 3rd August with our residents, their families and friends. 

We took three coaches and everyone said what a great time they had. As a bonus, tickets into Sea Life Adventure were included.  Below is a selection of photographs taken throughout the day.

Brenda, Marion and Kon preparing for the residents arrival
The residents arriving in the sunshine
Boarding our three coaches
On the way for a great day by the seaside

We had a great time walking around Sea Life Adventure, below are a few pictures of the variety of animals that you can enjoy inside.

Many of us went on the 1.34 miles long Southend Pier.

Everyone had such a lovely day, below some of our residents, their families and friends posing for a quick picture by the beach.

We would like to express our thanks to our County Councillor, Kareen Hastrick, Comms Wch Watford and the Co-op Community Fund for helping to fund this trip.

Meriden Community Cafe

We all had a great time at our first Meriden Community Cafe on Wednesday 17th July at the Meriden Community Centre.

The Cafe is hosted by the Meriden Community Centre and the Meriden Residents Association.

Join us every Wednesday for refreshments, friendly chat and free internet access.

Drop in from 9.30am to 12pm (Wednesdays) at the Meriden Community Centre. It will be lovely to see you and everyone is welcome

Watford Community Housing celebrate their incredible volunteer groups!

It was great that the Meriden Residents Association (MRA) was asked to be a part of making this video.

Every year, the first week of June is dedicated to celebrating the fantastic work of volunteers across the country.

Watford Community Housing say ‘We might be biased, but we think our volunteer groups are the best ones out there – so we made a video to highlight their amazing work!’

Meriden Residents Association Easter Community Event

Thank you for all those of you that came to join our litter pick at the Meriden park on Saturday 13th April. This was part of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign “Great British Spring Clean”. There were about 27 of us which was more than double the number we had last year.

We had both adults and children and great fun was had by all. We collected lots of bags for recycling as well as general waste.

Watford Community Housing filmed the event seen above with Kon Hanson,

At the end of the litter pick, we joined in Random Cafe’s event at the Meriden Community Centre (MCC) which we can highly recommend. Random Cafe meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 1 to 3pm at the MCC. Random Cafe provides delicious lunches, homemade cake (the bread pudding made with chocolate croissants was to die for) donated cakes and food that you can take away, you just put a donation in the pot.

There was a great community atmosphere, and the MRA held an Easter Bonnet competition and the four winners won a cuddly bunny or a lamb along with an Easter egg.

Everyone was invited to take home an Easter egg at the end of the day as a gift from the MRA.

We would like to thank John and Sarah from our sweet shop, Martin’s, for kindly donating the prize eggs. Our thanks also go to our local Co-op and ASDA for donating some of the eggs that we gave away at the end of the afternoon. Our thanks also go to the Meriden Community Centre for allowing us use of the large hall at no cost and to Veolia for loaning us your litter picking sets. Thanks to our new committee member, Piyush, for taking the photos.

The Living Room Watford Centre

The Living Room Watford Centre is now open at the Meriden Community Hub, 149 York Way, Watford, Herts, WD25 9UF. It is open from Monday to Thursday and hosts daytime group therapy for all addictions and a support group for Family and Carers.

Their vision is a future where people with the illness of addiction are able to live their lives free from an addiction to drugs, alcohol or behaviours, becoming contributing citizens in society.

At The Living Room, they maintain that on-going recovery from addiction is possible with a range of cognitive tools and the appropriate support networks.

Main addiction group

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10.30am – 12pm and 1pm – 2.30pm

Family and Carers group

Wednesday 10.30am – 12pm and 1pm – 2.30pm

They are now taking referrals from local residents. You can book an appointment by calling 0300 365 0304. All calls are handled in strict confidence. Alternatively, please fill in their Enquiries Form.

For further information you can email:

Watford Dementia Survey 2019

Working towards making Watford a Dementia Friendly Community, the Watford Dementia partnership would like to hear your views on living with, or caring for, a family member or friend with dementia. 

They are interested to know what you think about Watford as a place for someone with dementia and to better understand what might help make it more dementia friendly.

You can fill in the survey at

Revitalising St Albans Road

Watford Borough Council, working closely with local councillors, local businesses, residents and Hertfordshire County Council, want to make improvements to St Albans Road. These include new street furniture, improved paving, tree planting, more cycle friendly routes and other changes to the look and feel of the area.

Watford Borough Council is investing £400,000 to revamp the ‘Callowland’ stretch of St Albans Road (from Brixton Road to Balmoral Road). It’s really important that we can get the views of local residents and users about how you think this stretch of St Albans Road can be made better.
Have your say on the consultation at

The £400,000 investment will include:

Repairing pavements​

Consistent style for railings on pavements and on the road

More trees and greenery

More parking bays to ease the parking pressure

Exploring options for cycling along the route

Working with Hertfordshire County Council to resolve the water pooling

Watford Borough Council will use the information you provide in this survey to stay in touch with you, providing news, updates and marketing.

Police Operation on the Meriden

Dear Watch Member,

Today the Watford and Hertsmere Safer Neighbourhood Teams were out in full force on the Meriden Estate in Watford. We are aware of some concerns from some members of the public regarding crime in the estate and it was our aim to get more information today. We were stationed at the main entrances and exit of the estate and speaking to as many people as possible, gathering more information regarding the concerns that people of the area have and at the same time disrupting any crime, being a presence and gathering intelligence.

Officers were in the area for 5 hours and stopped around 800 people, we received a great deal of information from many of those stopped and the team would like to thank everyone for their time and cooperation. If you didn’t see us today and would like to give us any information that you have, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us, either by replying to myself, calling us on 101 or visiting and using our online reporting feature. Alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use their online reporting form at

Thank you very much for your time, I look forward to hearing any information you may have.

PCSO Ben James 6490 Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Homelessness in Watford

Watford Borough Council has launched a new campaign to show how donations to homelessness charities can change lives.

The campaign aims to raise awareness to the potential problems surrounding homelessness and begging, and shows how your donations can change the lives of people who are homeless in Watford.

They have created two films that talk about why donating directly to local charities rather than people on the street can have a bigger impact. Click here to watch

Donations to homelessness charities can help provide vital support to those who are homeless in our town. By helping to provide the basics, such as food, clean clothes and shelter, your donations will make a huge impact.

Crucially, they also help charities provide trained professionals to give those who are homeless tailored support throughout their entire journey.

You can donate to any of Watford’s homelessness charities using the links below

New Hope @


Herts Young Homeless @

OneYMCA Watford @