Letters: New Year messages

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Leading figures in Daventry written in with their take on 2014

Marking a year of success

I was elected to the role of Mayor in May of this year. During this time I have been invited to numerous events in and around the county and have met so many wonderful people.

Without their extraordinary commitment, events would fail. These volunteers give up their time and energy to help various groups of people and children within the Daventry area.

We have some excellent talent within the schools and groups in Daventry. The Daventry Dolphins have had a brilliant year and the Phoenix Gymnastics group have had numerous successes in 2014 to name just two.

I have been lucky enough to have attended some wonderful concerts at schools in Daventry where the pupils taking part have been superb. I asked the Daventry Music Centre Brass Band, a group of young people, to play at my Civic Service and they were excellent.

Finally, I would like to thank the people of Daventry for their attendance at, and participation in, the Various WW1 commemorative events that took place this year. There has been a true community spirit shown for these important occasions.

I would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year.

Cllr Ron Fox

Mayor of Daventry.

Rising to the challenge

Whatever the outcome of next year’s General Election the public sector in England will continue to face unprecedented financial pressures as demand for services continue to increase whilst funding from central government continues to decrease.

Despite this tough backdrop we are determined at the district council to continue to work with partners to deliver our exciting vision for the town and district on behalf of its residents.

The foundation stones of this vision will still continue to be around improving the local education and skills training offer and driving economic growth forward.

Whilst we currently have one of the lowest unemployment rates nationally, we are still committed to attracting higher value jobs to our District in order to achieve greater prosperity for all in the longer term.

It is very encouraging that Northampton College will have a brand new building opening in the town by 2016 alongside a much needed Special Needs Academy. Also the excellent Moulton College will continue to have a presence in the town.

We will continue our programme of investment to save schemes which will bring additional revenue to the council, hence ensuring we can maintain our low council tax precept. However just as important is to continue to promote our town and district as a place that is open to support new business opportunities and a great place to live in!

Wishing Gusher readers seasonal greetings and all the very best for 2015!

Cllr Chris Millar

Leader of Daventry District Council

Celebrating our achievements

The New Year provides the perfect opportunity to look back on the achievements and successes of the last 12 months and, as a community, the Daventry district has plenty to be proud of.

As an organisation with a distinctive community focus, Daventry & District Housing has been pleased to recognise the fantastic individuals, groups and projects who volunteer and make a real difference to local people on a daily basis.

It was so nice to be able to showcase and celebrate many of these often unsung heroes at the Star Awards event we held in December.

Our third annual awards ceremony was a tremendously enjoyable evening and I felt extremely proud and privileged to be able to meet a few of the district’s inspirational individuals.

The winners included people like our tenant of the year, Eileen Roberts, who selflessly volunteers hours of her own time to help others and vital organisations like Daventry Area Community Transport, who enable independence and increased mobility to many across the district.

2014 has been a year of achievement.

There are many moments which are worthy of a mention but, in particular, I would like to highlight the impressive individual achievements of dedicated volunteer, Jamie Over, who has benefitted beyond all expectation from his willingness to lend a hand and go the extra mile, and who could forget the dedicated and committed Brian Nelson’s successful one-man bus shelter campaign?

It is wonderful to be able to reflect on the many heart-warming stories and see events such as The Daventry Arts Festival develop and grow year on year.

This year saw the festival feature more than 40 arts and craft themed activities over a two-week period.

Our annual ‘Make A Difference Day’ saw over 80 team members volunteer at over 20 local projects during National Volunteers’ Week. This gave our own team members the opportunity to see the positive impact of volunteering for themselves and encourage others to reap the significant benefits of giving up a little of their time for the benefit of others.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year and I look forward to discovering more of Daventry’s community heroes in 2015.

Hayley Davies.

Executive Director of Daventry & District Housing