The Daventry Express looks over some of the biggest stories from 2012.
A retailer in the town launch a petition to preserve the character of Daventry. Jenny Patching from Second of May at Serendipity set it up after plans were unveiled for the Mulbery Place development.
CCTV in the town centre was saved after nine months of uncertainty but it came down to a single vote. Daventry Town Council agreed to work with other agencies including the police and Daventry Business Partnership to take over the running of the cameras.
A thief stole hundreds of pounds from The Friends of Priors School shop in Bowen Square, Daventry. A full day’s takings were stolen leading to the chairman of the trust running the school to label them as despicable.
An academy bid for three schools in the town was successfully granted. Danetre School and the infant and junior schools on the Southbrook estate merged together to create the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village.
Police launch an investigation into alleged financial irregularities at Daventry Working Men’s Club. £135,000 went missing from the club’s accounts and the inquiry is still ongoing.
Planning permission was granted to turn the derelict pub The Falconer on Ashby Road, Daventry into a new Co-op. The store was opened in November.
Premiership referee and Gusher columnist Pete Walton announced he was retiring from officiating matches. His final match was a game between Everton Football Club and West Bromwich Albion Football Club later that month.
A dispute between the Friends of Daventry Open Spaces (FODOS) and Daventry District Council (DDC) was settled as land for the new University Technical College (UTC) was secured. FODOS had applied for village green status which could have prevented development but a deal was agreed between the two parties.
A family led a tribute to a popular teenager from Daventry who died in a car accident. Joe Butler’s family described him as a great son and a wonderful person after he was killed in an accident on the A5.
A half-a-million pound cannabis factory was discovered on an industrial estate. Police found around 600 cannabis seedlings in the factory on the Low March.
William Parker School in Daventry was forced to close early after pupils protested against possible teacher redundancies got out of hand. Police were called in to assist. The school later became an academy and changed its name to The Parker E-ACT Academy.
Daventry’s Ambulance Station faced closure after plans looked at by the East Midlands Ambulance Service. Campaigners are still fighting the station’s closure because of fears about response times to 999 calls.
A Daventry man was praised for his life-saving actions after seeing TV adverts starring former footballer and actor Vinnie Jones. Rob Smith saved his friend Graham Reeve when they were playing pool in the Dun Cow and the pair later appeared in a revamped TV commercial which encourages people to carry out chest compressions to the tune of Staying Alive.
An American-style diner Buddies revealed plans to open a restaurant in Daventry. It was given permission and it was opened in September.