Review of the year November and December

Hampers donated by pupils at The Grange School to the Foodbank
Hampers donated by pupils at The Grange School to the Foodbank

The Daventry Express finishes its review of the year by looking at November and December.

November

East Haddon Primary School receives an outstanding report from OFSTED.

East Haddon Primary School receives an outstanding report from OFSTED.

A registered blind ex-soldier from Long Buckby took part in the Remembrance Sunday march at the Cenotaph. Frank Berry, 76, marched in London with more than 100 other representatives of Blind Veterans UK.

Pupils and staff at the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village were left shocked by the sudden departure of principal David Howell. He resigned with immediate effect and was thanked for his efforts by academy sponsor E-ACT. A new principal will be appointed in April.

Work started on the first new building in the town centre’s key regeneration site. Contractors started work on a new home for Daventry’s Mind mental health charity as regeneration plans for the town centre begin to take shape.

Daventry District Council revealed an investment of nearly £4 million. The money will go towards redevelopment of its unit on the Marches industrial estate and changes to the council’s offices.

A mother spoke of her outrage after flowers to remember her son were stolen. Jane Hodgson regularly placed the flowers to remember Paul Geddes, who took his own life in August last year. She was later given a donation of flowers to replace the ones that were taken.

People without mobile phones will be prevented from parking at Daventry Country Park in future.

It followed a meeting of the council’s strategy group to discuss a cashless system to be used at the park.

December

The Parker E-ACT Academy was judged to be making reasonable progress towards coming out of special measures by Ofsted.

The report was released after the first monitoring visit carried out by the Government inspector.

A terminally-ill mother of three from Daventry launched a fundraising campaign to support two local causes. Rebecca Lawrence, 33, from the Grange estate, has breast cancer which has spread to her lungs and wanted to raise funds for Coppafeel! and the oncology unit of Northampton General Hospital.

An 18-year-old was jailed for five years following the death of Stanley Harrison earlier in the year. Harnaryan ‘Ryan’ Johal was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

A man from Long Buckby Wharf pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, resulting its death. Stephen Woodhouse will be sentenced in May after killing a dog called Meg belonging to his neighbour.

The Phoenix Centre was given planning permission for a major extension and renovation which will cost a total of £1.5 million. The work will see the gymnastics hall extended as well as additional space and equipment and improved facilities for young people with disabilities.Review