22nd July 2013

Asda Community Challenge

As part of their Community Challenge program, staff and managers from Asda in the North London area came in to paint all of our corridors, kitchens and toilets as well as Watford Mencap's SoftPlay room.

1st October 2012

Lemarie Centre Ltd replaces Watford Charity Centre Ltd in running Lemarie Centre for Charities

WCCL was a shared limited company that only stated its aims as 'not for profit' and indeed never did distribute any funds to shareholders. Lemarie Centre Ltd is a company limited by guarentee which means that all profits remain within the organisation.

This will hopefully make it easier to try and fund-raise for the Centre as funders will be able to see that the money cannot be given over to shareholders.

The Centre Manager and the Board of Directors remain the same.


For immediate release February 2012

Lemarie Announces Mullany’s Buses Support

Lemarie is proud to announce that Mullany’s Buses has agreed support for the Centre in 2012.

Opened in 1963, Lemarie has become a Watford icon, although its current work is not so well known as its iconic “Red Bus” mural on the exterior of the Centre’s building, next to ASDA, on St Albans Road in Watford.

Consisting of sequential poster campaign, the agreement allows Lemarie to promote the new logo and highlight it’s unique role in providing cost effective and flexible office and day centre space for a range of diverse local charities. Current Centre occupants are Watford Mencap, the local Stroke Association, Watford Asian Community Care and West Herts Against Crime. Lemarie also offers space to non-resident charities (including MSS) and, in addition, provides low cost meeting room facilities for other local organisations.

To help solve the “recognition problem”, the new logo graphically explains that, in essence, the building represents a community of charities that benefit from both Lemarie’s property management expertise, and an environment where likeminded staff and users feel supported, welcomed and understood.

Mark Evans, Lemarie’s Manager said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that Mullany’s Buses have agreed to be the first hosts of our “awareness” poster campaign. Like us, Mullany’s represent all that is best about Watford’s community spirit and we are very pleased that we are able to release our exciting new logo on a real red bus!”.

Jackie Chambers, General Manager, West Herts Against Crime, added:

“Lemarie is a great place if you are a busy organisation like us. I know that the other charities here agree that working together under the same roof simply helps us all to be more efficient and responsive to our own clients’ needs. And we’re all thrilled about Mullany’s imaginative and generous sponsorship”

Thanks are due to Ian Port, Lemarie Change Volunteer, and Steve Martin, both of Watford, who conceived and artworked the new logo.


Contact: Ian Port 01923 230779 wccl@lemariecentre.co.uk