This coming weekend, the streets of Watford town centre are expected to be crowded with football fans celebrating Watford FC playing in the FA Cup final at Wembley.  No doubt there’ll be many Man City fans around, too, staying in our hotels, or dropped off by coaches to make the remainder of the journey into Wembley by train.  O’Neill’s (which has recently taken over The Flag) by Watford Junction station is expected to be especially busy, as is the intu atrium and Cassiobury Park, where the match can be watched on big screens.  Plenty of our town centre pubs are also showing the game.  So why not come into town on Saturday afternoon, soak up the atmosphere of hope and expectation, and join in the fun and celebration? 

Our Street Angels will be around overnight on Saturday around the bars, pubs, and clubs to help out anyone who’s commiserating, or whose post-match celebrations haven’t quite gone to plan!  Seek them out if you need their help, or find them at their big orange bus. 

In amongst the pre-match hype, in recent weeks our daytime Chaplains have noticed the streets getting busier as the sun shines for longer every day.  Two Bank Holiday weekends have brought more customers into town centre shops, and events programmes such as the BID food and drink week, intu’s school holiday activities, and concerts in the newly reopened town centre church St Mary’s have begun again.  It’s as if we’re all waking up to the Spring, and emerging from Winter hibernation.  In this 2019 Easter season, Watford is rising!