News and Events from the Women's Centre Plus

From time to time we are featured in various local media or hold events to help fundraise for the Centre or promote day's such as International Women's Day, which helps raise the profile of women. This a good way to follow what is happening at the centre in addition to our Facebook and Twitter updates.

October 2017

To mark black history month we are holding a special event at the Wellspring Church on Wellspring Way. Please see the poster below for details and click here to find the location.

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September 2017

Just to let you know we are hosting  Free Healthy Life Event later this month. Full details on the poster below and via our Facebook Page.

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August 2017

A few photos from the well attended Woven Lives - Upcycled Art Exhibition we held on the 10th August at The Wellspring Centre. Many thanks to Mayor Dorithy Thornhill for speaking at the event and to all of the staff, volunteers and course participants who helped make the course such a great success. More images and details about Woven Lives can be found on our Facebook page. Keep up the great work.

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March 2017

Many thanks to our fantastic performers Sarah Vista, The Flicks and La Celine and the staff and Adrian the sound engineer at The Horns Watford and to everyone who came along and supported the event. With the help of our great volunteers we raised over £300 for the Dometic Abuse service at the Centre.

Also any thanks to Gareth Quinn for taking the photos at out fundraising concert last Tuesday.

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January 2017

Happy New Year to everyone. Once again in 2017 there will be lots of news and events happening at the Centre, So make sure to visit this page on a regular basis so you don't miss out.

International Women’s Day Concert

Once again we will be holding a music concert at The Horns Pub to mark International Women’s Day. The concert is on 7th March 2017. We have two groups, Sarah Vista and Flicks and also a solo singer, Celine, with more to be confirmed.

We will be charging £5 in advance and £6 on the night. Doors open at 7:00. For more details and tickets click here.

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December 2016

Big Thanks to Yellow Comedy

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With the help of Andrew Carberry, Co-promoter of Yellow Comedy we raised over £320.00 from our fund raising event held at Watford's Pump House. A crowd of nearly 80 supported the event and turned out to see headliner Steve Owen Williams and five other great comics, Sonia Aste, Arielle Souma, Jon Long, Pete White and Rosie Holt. As usual Andrew MC'd the event. A great time was had by all.

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Following on from the fabulous Yellow Comedy night in March, Watford Womens Centre are delighted to be working with Yellow Comedy again for another night of comedy fundraising.

Last time to celebrate International Women’s Day we had an all women line of comedians, this time some male comedians are appearing. A different line up but another Fun Filled Fantastic night of comedy is promised.

Our headliner is the most famous and celebrated comedian of South West Hertfordshire, Steve Owen Williams. A special treat for everyone.

Steve made his professional debut at the age of 17, his polite and friendly manner, along with innate ability to communicate and create an innocent sense of fun has seen him perform alongside many celebrities from the world of showbiz and sports. Steve has also made regular TV appearances throughout his long career.

Doors open at 7:15pm, the Comedy will start at 8:00pm.

What are you waiting for? Book now - to come and enjoy the show!

Tickets £7.00 if bought from the Centre, £8.03 via Eventbrite or £9.00 on the door.

October 2016

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped romote the gig or staff the doors, The Horns pub Watford and to both bands who helped us raise over £200.00. Also many thanks to Gareth Quinn who took some amazing photos of the event.

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September 2016

We have just released the poster for our Music event being held on 18th October 2016 at The Horns Pub in Watford. We have two great bands playing that night Side Sideboard and the Chairs  and The Blazing Zoos. The music starts at 8:00 and donations of £5 on the door please.

Hope to see you there.

You can get your own copy of the poster by clicking on it and downloading the pdfile which will open in a new window.

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August 2016

Please join us for an evening of music in support of the Domestic Abuse Services at Watford Women's Centre at The Horns 8:00pm on 18th October 2016.

Headliners: Sid Sideboard and the Chairs

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Local legends in their own lunchtime, Sid & the Sideboards are regulars at The Horns

"Leaping Larry loves his ballet, he's the one with the legs / Leaping Larry does his ballet in his tiny garden shed"

That says it all really....

The Blazing Zoos are a country band based in London, who have played and recorded sporadically since their unlikely debut at a beach festival in Albania in 2006. "Chocks Away" is their second album.

The Blazing Zoos are Andrew Mueller (vocals, guitar), Jeremy Jones (guitar), Lara Pattison (bass, vocals) and Gen Matthews (drums). In recent years, they have opened for Drive-By Truckers, Chuck Prophet, Corb Lund & The Hurtin' Albertans, Hurray For The Riff-Raff, Luke Haines and Grant Langston & The Supermodels.

"The sort of outfit you might stumble across on a road trip in the American South, entertaining a room full of half-drunk ne'er-do-wells on a Friday night before passing a hat around to compensate them for their efforts." – No Depression

Tickets £5:00 in advance available from the Centre and will go on sale in early September.

July 2016

£360 pounds raised

Our first Night of Music at The Horns raised £360.00 to help fund the Women's Centre. A huge thank you to both O'Connell & Love and The V-1's for the great entertainment and for supporting us and also a big thank you to everyone who turned up, we hope you had a great time.

Join us for a night of music at The Horns to raise funds for Watford Women's Centre.

Featuring: O'Connell & Love

Support from: The V-1's

All proceeds go towards domestic abuse services at Watford Women's Centre O'Connell & Love is the latest incarnation of Larry Love (Alabama 3) and his long-time songwriting partner Brendan O'Connell, who co-wrote much of Larry's first solo album, Ghost Flight, released under the name of Robert Love in 2006. Kris Kristofferson credited Ghost Flight as 'one of the best debuts I've ever heard.'

After spending much time playing acid country house on the road with Alabama 3, Love approached O'Connell to produce this follow up to Ghost Flight. Their anticipated follow-up album Minesweeping, was released on Mountmellick Music on 6th July 2015.

We will be having a raffle - with a couple of good prize - £50 voucher for meal at Bills and 4 tickets for Harry Potter World.

Both bands are playing for free and the Horns are giving us the venue for free and the sound guy and set up for the band. They re also giving a raffle prize. This is on the Horns website already and its on the O'Connell & Love Facebook page and has been shared on the various groups associated with them and the V-1's, O'Connell & Love website.

Tickets are available directly from the Womens Centre offices in Market Street or via our Eventbrite page.

June 2016

Great News from the Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service funding for 2016-17 approved

HAFLS logo Watford Women's Centre Plus are pleased to announce that they have been successful in applying for funding from the Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service for 2016-17. This enables us to provide our low costs ESOL and courses for the next two years. In addition we are able to expand our services into Hertsmere and increase provision in St Albans and Watford. We are also working with the Herts Women's centre to deliver courses in Stevenage.

WWCPlus are one of the leading providers of HAFLS courses in Hertfordshire and are happy to be able to continue providing our popular courses across the region. In2014-15 over 494 accessed our courses and this is increasing year on year. Our courses cover ICT, English as a second language (Esol), personal development, sewing and employment skills. Our course fees start from a low as £10 with a small administration charge, this is to encourage those who would not normally be able to access further education. Some of our courses are women only however we offer mixed courses both at our Market Street premises and in our satellite premises.

Full details of our Autumn timetable will be available shortly.

May 2016

Our "Secret" Garden is now open.

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March 2016

We raised over £320.00 from our  International Women's Day Yellow Comedy Evening. A bi thank you to both them and ATTICO Arts Centre in Watford High Street who let us use the venue. A big thanks also the Andrew Carberry who MC'd the event and to the comedians who performed on the evening, Fiona Ridgewell, Sandra Hale, Natasha Smith, Yuriko Kotani, Kate Jones, Claire Nelson and Sian Doughty.

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International Women's Day 8th March 2016

We have two great events planned for this day. The first is a fundraising evening of Comedy at Attico Art Centre with Yellow Comedy. Tickets are £6.00 when purchased from our Market Street offices in advance or via our Eventbrite page where they cost £7.52. Acts include Yuriko Kotani – a "leftfield rising star" Time Out Magazine and Winner of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award in 2015.

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Our second event takes place earlier the same day. We are celebrating International Women's Day between 10:30 and 2:30 at Watford Library. Tickets are free for this event. Click hear for details.

February 2016

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January 2016

World Daughters Day - 12th Jan 4.30-7.30 @ Market St

We will be holding a special event to mark that special bond between Mothers and Daughters this forth coming Tuesday.

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October 2015

CitiPark’s pleased to support Watford Women’s Centre

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CitiPark, the Leeds based nationwide car park operations company, who have recently taken over the running of the Church, Gade and Sutton car parks in central Watford have introduced a half price parking scheme for, staff and volunteers of Watford Women’s Centre Plus, the Watford based domestic abuse and women’s support charity.

The centre relies heavily on volunteers to run it’s vital services and this means that, as volunteers frequently come into the centre several times per week, they will be able to save money on their car park cost which will encourage more frequent volunteers. This will also help the Centre recruit new volunteers as it can now offer this benefit. This in turn increases our capacity to offer our services to more clients.

CitiPark are investing several millions of pounds to refurbish the car parks to improve the signage, lighting, surfaces, to make the carparks much more pleasant places to use and also make them much safer places for women and families parking their cars, with better CCTV surveillance. The refurbishment project should be fully completed by early next year.

Alison Dunstone the Centre Manager said “We are delighted that CitiPark have chosen Watford Women’s Centre Plus as their local charity. Their generous offer will help the Centre’s staff and volunteers provide a better service to our clients and will encourage more to volunteer with us”

Mathew Williamson, Commercial Manager at CitiPark, said “CityPark have a company policy of supporting a local charity where ever we operate across the country and we are delighted to be partnering the Women’s Centre and to help them meet their client’s needs who often require long term support and encouragement to emerge from what can be a very traumatic situation.”

The scheme launched last Monday 19th October.

To find out more please click on the link which will take you to The CitiPark web site.

October 2013

New women's charity opens in Market Street, Watford

A new charity shop and crèche aimed at supporting women in Watford has opened in the town centre. Watford Women's Centre Plus opened its doors in Market Street yesterday at a ceremony led by the town's elected mayor, Dorothy Thornhill.

Read more at New women's charity opens in Market Street, Watford © Watford Observer 2013

September 2012

Mayor Dorothy Thornhill and Baroness Brinton give talk at Watford Women's Centre

The real life stories of two high achieving women, Baroness Sal Brinton and Watford's elected mayor Dorothy Thornhill, were regaled at the annual meeting of Watford Women's Centre at the YMCA on Thursday last week.

The evening celebrated 100 Years of Women Voting and the centre's 22nd birthday.

The audience of more than 60 women and men heard an opening address by Baroness Brinton, who is the great niece of Mary Stocks, one of the very first suffragists active before World War I. Sal, as the Liberal Democrat Baroness prefers to be called, told of her work to bring to fruition the stalking bill that becomes law in November saying: "If I leave the House of Lords tomorrow it is the one thing of which I can be proud."

Read the full article here Mayor Dorothy Thornhill and Baroness Brinton give talk at Watford Women's Centre © Watford Observer 2012