Review of the year: March to April

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Daventry girl Kristin Hallenga’s Coppafeel! was given national backing when The Sun newspaper launched a campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer. Kristin had been previously diagnosed with breast cancer.

Daventry mum Anne Moule said a wheelchair donated to her disabled daughter will have a huge impact on the quality of her life. Charlie, nine, suffers with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism which means that she has the body of a three-and-a-half year old. The donation came from the Daventry Masons.

A Daventry train driver found an owl had hitched a 175-mile ride on the back of his engine.

Nathan Beahan, from Baler Close drove the 1,700ft (518m) freight train from Crewe to DIRFT near Crick where workers discovered the tawny owl perched between his Class 66 locomotive and the first wagon.

Father of two Ian Thomas from Weedon branded signs in a Daventry car park as sexist. The signs in Bowen Square had designated bays for Mother and Child parking only. The issue was resolved the following month after the article was published.

The Parker E-ACT Academy in Daventry was put into special measures following an Ofsted inspection. It is currently going through regular monitoring visits and, in November, was said to be making good progress towards coming out of special measures.

Daventry trader Paul Bowditch was in for a shock when he was working in a field near to Long Buckby train station. He discovered part of a human skull. The remains were believed to be historic.

A pensioner from Daventry whose life was blighted by anti-social behaviour thanked organisations for tackling the issue. Paul Kelly, 74, said the work at The Hollows has transformed the area.

The owner of the Evergreen Art Cafe in Daventry launched a project to bring street art into the town. Simon Williams worked alongside artist Binty Bint to brighten up the town.

The Middlemore Residents Association admitted defeat in its long running campaign to get a free school on the Daventry estate. The group could not find a suitable sponsor for the primary school.

Stars from the world of soaps and television visited Daventry to play in a charity football match. Emmerdale’s Danny Miller, Luke Roskell and Joe Gill played in the match which raised £2,500 for the Once Upon A Smile charity.