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25.08.05: Watcha Film

The Cinesonic Film Festival takes place at the Cha Cha Cha Café in Cassiobury Park over the Bank Holiday weekend. The festival celebrates the relationship between film and music, and a spectacular variety of films, from Singing in the Rain to Bladerunner, will be shown from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August. For more information, visit the Watcha website or call 01923 247868.

24.08.05: Over the Hills

Daren Norris has written a new book - Over the Hills and Far Away - about his Great, Great, Great Grandfather, tracing his life in Watford and through his service during the Napoleonic Wars. The family has been in the Hertfordshire area through eight generations, from Norman times to the modern day.

Funds raised from sales of the book are going to the British war graves charity at Elvas in Portugal. For more information, you can visit Daren's website.

22.08.05: Re-live Dig for Victory Day!

In the latest installment of our 'Dig for Victory' diary, you can re-live all of the excitement of the Dig for Victory Day on 6th August. Have a browse and you'll find lots of wonderful photos of the people who made it such a special day. Look out for the next diary entry soon!

19.08.05: Book for the Wonder of Watford!

A reminder that booking in advance is recommended for tomorrow's matinée performance of "The Wonder of Watford" at 2pm. The last performance was a sell-out success, so make sure that you're not disappointed! More details are on the activities page.

11.08.05: A victorious day

Saturday's 'Dig for Victory' day was a tremendous success, with three hundred people coming along to the museum to join in. We'd like to thank Moonlight Theatre Company, Watford Fire Museum, Watford Band, and all the many volunteers who made it such a wonderful day. Look out for photos on the site soon.

03.08.05: Remember the Wonder of Watford!

Don't forget that you can catch the I Can't Believe We're Not Better Theatre Company's performances of "The Wonder of Watford" - "a whirlwind tour of Watford's celebrated and illustrious past" - at the museum on Friday 5th August and Saturday 20th August. More details are on the activities page.

01.08.05: 'Dig for Victory' on Saturday

A reminder that it'll be 'Dig for Victory' Day at Watford Museum this Saturday, 6th August, between 10am and 5pm. There will be free entertainment, activities and refreshments...1940s style!

25.07.05: Another 'Dig for Victory' diary entry

Because so much is happening, we've got a second entry for July in our 'Dig for Victory' diary, including our first root produce.

08.07.05: July's 'Dig for Victory' diary

In the new installment of our 'Dig for Victory' diary, plenty of watering has kept everything - beans, peas, tomatoes, potatoes and our decorative sunflowers - shooting upwards spectacularly.

04.07.05: Rock on!

Are you in a band? Do you want to be in a band? Either come with your band or come and join one at Summer Rock 2005, which takes place on 2nd, 3rd and 4th August 2005.

Summer Rock is run by Hertfordshire Music Service - The Rock Project in collaboration with Base1 Music. It will be a great three days to come and play, write songs and meet other bands and players. For more details, call 01582 830394.

01.07.05: Summer workshops

There's a fantastic programme of summer workshops throughout August at Watford Museum. Kids can make all sorts of things at the workshops: jewellery, flowers and masks, to name just three! A full programme is on the activities page for more information, including booking information.

30.06.05: The Wonder of Watford!

The stage comes to Watford Museum! During July and August, the I Can't Believe We're Not Better Theatre Company will be putting on four performances of "a whirlwind tour of Watford's celebrated and illustrious past". See the activities page for more information.

06.06.05: June's 'Dig for Victory' diary

In the latest installment of our 'Dig for Victory' diary, you can see all manner of greenery...and our first produce!

01.06.05: Read Alec's memories

As part of our online exhibition covering Graham Taylor's second spell in charge of the club, you can read Alec Chamberlain's memories of his most famous hours in a Watford shirt. Alec will soon be celebrating ten years at the club with a testimonial season; you can find out more from his website at

Why not join Alec and contribute your memories to the website? We've created two online exhibitions to follow on from the original Goal-den Years exhbitions at the museum, so that you can send us your memories of the two most famous periods in the club's history: 1977 to 1987 and 1996 to 2001.

30.05.05: Visit our latest exhibition

Over the next week, you can visit an exhibition of figurative sculpture by Janet Conway at the museum. The exhibition runs until next Saturday, 4th June.

23.05.05: Adult Learners' Week continues

Following a very successful High Street Trail on Saturday, despite the pouring rain, our series of Adult Learners' Week activities continues with a tour of the museum's stores on Thursday and a talk on the Cassiobury Collection of fine art on Friday. More information is on the activities page, as ever.

18.05.05: May's 'Dig for Victory' diary

Lots of things - potatoes, onions, and peas - have been poking up and sprouting energetically during May, as you can see from our 'Dig for Victory' diary. It's all very exciting!

We'd like to thank John Lewis for their fantastic support; staff have been encouraged to come down to the museum to give community hours and their help in the garden has been gratefully received.

17.05.05: Auction of breweriana

The Watford and District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale is holding an auction of breweriana on Thursday (19th May) at the West Herts Sports Club in Park Avenue. You can view the lots - which are described in the catalogue (Word doc, 155k) - from 7.00pm before the auction itself starts from 8.00pm.

Leaflet containing information about the Watford Supporter Trust Grand Dinner: click to enlarge (JPG file, 95k)

16.05.05: Have dinner with Graham Taylor!

The Watford Supporters Trust has announced a Grand Dinner on Thursday 11th August at the Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club, with Graham Taylor as guest speaker. As well as a three course meal and a chance to meet GT, the evening also includes entertainment from an impressionist, a raffle and an auction.

Tickets for the event are 30 and are available from or by phoning Elaine on 07966 622150. For more information, see the leaflet or the Supporters Trust website.

12.05.05: Forthcoming Friends talks

A reminder that Janet Dineen will be giving a talk on May Day traditions on Friday 20th May at 2.00. You can find out about this and other forthcoming Friends of Watford Museum talks on the activities page.

11.05.05: Book yourself an art class

On the activities page, you can find the new leaflet for the Watford Museum Art Club. The leaflet includes a booking form that you can print, fill out and send, so it's now even easier to book your place!

09.05.05: Join us on a trail!

A reminder that our popular High Street Trails will be starting again very soon.

The first trail takes place on 21st May as part of Adult Learners' Week; it's free but numbers are limited, so please phone Sarah Jones on 01923 232297 to book your place.

Other trails follow every month until September at a cost of 2 each; for more information, and a glance at our lovely leaflet, visit the activities page.

27.04.05: Alec goes online

Watford Football Club legend - and Goal-den Years contributor - Alec Chamberlain has launched his new official website, which can be found at Among many other things, the site features a diary, the thoughts of fellow professionals and fans, and an absolutely huge picture gallery.

Having served the club for an eventful ten years, Alec has recently been rewarded with a testimonial season, which kicks off with a game between the Hornets and Charlton Athletic on 30th July. Watford Museum would like to congratulate Alec on this fantastic achievement.

26.04.05: Even more in the 'Dig for Victory' diary

As we bring our 'Dig for Victory' diary up to date with April's entry, you can see the Anderson Shelter that's appeared in the garden and energetic planting from our volunteers.

25.04.05: VE Pageantry

As part of VE Day events, there will be a spectacular pageant at Patchetts Green, Aldenham. From 10am, Saturday 7th May 2005, it will feature an appearance of the Household Cavalry, Pipes and Drums of the Royal Tank Regiment, Blues and Royals, veteran Paras, march past, vintage vehicles, steel band, Irish and Morris dancing.

The entrance fee of 10 (young children get in for free) includes access to all events, with proceeds going to the Army Benevolent Fund and Mencop. For further information, phone 01923 857265.

22.04.05: I Don't Believe It!

Local theatre company I Can't Believe We're Not Better have launched a brand new website.

The company produced last year's Ghost Walks and are planning lots of exciting things with the museum. In the meantime, you can see a performance of their play The Russian Recruit during Adult Learners' Week in May.

21.04.05: Three Rivers Museum VE Day Special

Three Rivers Museum is organising a special trip to Bletchley Park on Sunday 8th May. The journey will be made on a 1968 Routemaster for Bletchley Park's huge street party celebration. For more information, please contact Barbara Owen on 01923 772325.

20.04.05: Magic dragon!

This splendid dragon, which is currently on display at the museum, was made at one of our Easter workshops, by children working with artist Joanna Scott. You can visit Joanna's website at

19.04.05: The 'Dig for Victory' diary continues

Grand plans and sprouting potatoes in March, as our 'Dig for Victory' diary continues. We'll be bringing the diary right up to the present as part of several updates to the site this week, so don't forget to pay a return visit soon.

18.04.05: Forthcoming Friends talks

A reminder that Mary Forsyth will be giving a talk on Watford's listed buildings on Saturday 23rd April. You can find out about this and other forthcoming Friends of Watford Museum talks on the activities page.

12.04.05: More for adult learners

With Adult Learners' Week soon to be upon us, you can find details of what's going on at Watford Museum on the activities page, including a couple of fresh additions to the programme.

12.04.05: And more for artists too!

On the activities page, there's also information about the Art Club, which takes place on Fridays and has now added an oil painting class to its existing drawing and watercolours group.

11.04.05: Read the 'Dig for Victory' diary

As promised, we've added a new 'Dig for Victory' diary to the site. It'll be updated monthly with photographs as the garden grows, so check back to see how it progresses throughout the year. And don't forget to help us with spud and pea planting on Thursday if you can!

08.04.05: Help us to dig for victory!

The museum is looking for people to help us to plant potatoes and peas in the Dig for Victory garden on Thursday 14th April; please contact us if you're able to help. Have a look at the activities page for more information about the garden, and look out for a photo gallery on the site soon.

05.04.05: FREdome

Watford Museum is pleased to be supporting an exciting new project by the students of St Michael's Catholic High School. The school is bidding for Humanities status in its Jubilee Year and has launched the FREdome website, which will support local arts, communities and business. Why not visit the site and get involved?

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